Stinkoman

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Stinkoman in a "cool pose"
This article is about the character. For the game, see Stinkoman 20X6.
Looking for challenge

Stinkoman (also spelled Stinko Man) is Strong Bad's 20X6 counterpart. He is an amalgam of anime clichés, including blue hair, big eyes, a blocky sort of body, a mouth that doesn't move along with his speech, and an obsession with challenges and fighting. He was introduced on January 6, 2003 in the Strong Bad Email japanese cartoon, which makes his birthday fall exactly one week before Trogdor's. Even before the introduction of the Stinkoman character, his name was mentioned in island when Homestar Runner calls Strong Bad "Stinkoman". Stinkoman also stars in the game Stinkoman 20X6, which The Brothers Chaps introduced in the NYU Talk and later released on homestarrunner.com.

Stinko Man's theme song, which accompanied most of his early appearances and featured neo-Japanese lyrics (actually the words "Challenge" and "Fighting" repeated as if spoken by a Japanese person) was actually a background tune from a NES racing game Rad Racer.

Stinkoman employs technology to arrange, engage in, and practice for his challenges. He has a cell phone which he uses to challenge Marzipan in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 8.0, and when the distance to his foes is too far, he whistles for the Stinkowing for transportation. According to alternate universe, Stinkoman uses his friend Vector Strong Bad as his "training simulator", but when he's not preparing for upcoming challenges, he relaxes by playing the Nintendo Entertainment System at Stinkoman Headquarters. Stinkoman's favorite foods appear to be chicken soup, bread, power crunches, pudding, and prawns, as seen in Stinkoman 20X6.

Stinkoman vs. Mega Man

Various facets of Stinkoman's persona refer specifically to characters in real-world popular culture. In particular, Stinkoman is very similar in build to the NES incarnation of Mega Man, who also had blue hair at one point. In fact, Stinkoman's sprite in Stinkoman 20X6 is a modified version of the original Mega Man sprite.

Stinkoman's lines, "Are you asking for a challenge?!" and "No way, you're just a kid! Maybe when you're older" are very similar in both content and intonation to messages spoken by the Mega Man 8 boss Tengu Man: "Are you worthy of my challenge?" and "It's just a kid, don't make me laugh!" The line "No way, you're just a kid! Maybe when you're older!" is also used several times (depending on translation) in the anime movie Akira. The 20X6 and Akira connection appears again in an Easter egg in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.

"plus sign - endowed grill"

When Stinkoman grits his teeth, plus signs (+) make up the cracks between them. The character Donkey Kong in the original Donkey Kong arcade game was also depicted with plus signs to indicate the separate teeth in his mouth. Finally, Stinkoman has worn the costume of another Japanese cartoon character, Speed Racer, as seen in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.

Stinkoman seems to have a strange habit of eating dirt, such as when he finds the time capsule in the sbemail, time capsule, and in under construction, where he tastes what he thinks is dirt even thoughit turns out to be pudding.

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Character Evolution

Image Info Created Appearances What's Changed?
First design of Stinkoman 2003 japanese cartoon; Main Page 17 N/A
Second Stinkoman 2003 Toons from 20X6 vs. 1936; various Strong Bad Emails starting with time capsule; Stinkoman 20X6 Pants lighter colored and shaded; arms appear slightly longer, thinner and set higher up

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