Stave It Off Guy

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"Stave it off, one two three and now you can count to three. Stave it off, one two three and now you can count to three. Sta—"

The Stave It Off Guy (or Stave for short) is the folk guitarist who first appeared in the Strong Bad Email for kids, where he sang "Stave It Off" on Homsar's show, Whaddaya Know, Haddi-Man?. He later appeared in Crystal Fortress, where he attempted to convince Strong Bad to "come down from [his] crystal fortress", only to have Strong Bad fight back with a heavy metal song about french fries. Strong Bad describes him as a "stupid hippie", and says he "doesn't get French fries".

His appearance seems to be based on folk singer James Taylor as seen on Sesame Street, while his singing voice in Crystal Fortress is done by John Linnell of They Might Be Giants. In the RSS feed for Crystal Fortress, Matt Chapman introduces the name "Stave It Off Guy", or "Stave" for short, which is later used by Strong Bad in Fan Costumes '09. He also looks like Gordon Giltrap on his "Live in 99" and "The Solo Album" sleeves.

On the @StrongBadActual Twitter account, a video was posted showing the Stave It Off Guy singing the protest song, Justice Combo Meal from Strong Badia the Free, suggesting that he was the singer of the original song. In Halloween Hijinks, he appears on The Homestar Runner Mysfit-steries as a murderer disguised as Large Bean, before he joins the group's band in playing Kooky Moonlight, backing up the song with the lyrics to "Stave It Off".


"Mmm. French fries."

Crystal Fortress begins with two Powered by The Cheat-style hand puppets eating french fries. The one addressed as "Davey" announces that he'll sing a song he's written about Strong Bad, and a wig, moustache and guitar appear on him to make him resemble Stave. Their connection is supported by the toon's page title, "Davey Gets His Due!". In the rest of the toon, however, Stave is seen singing the song in a different voice from Davey's. Strong Bad, in his heavy metal retaliation, says the hand puppets get french fries but Stave doesn't, suggesting that Davey and Stave may be separate characters.


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