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The following shorts were originally associated in one way or another with the Strong Bad Emails. They are numbered by halves to show where they appeared chronologically in the list above. Numbers 99½B, 118½, and 158½ are not linked to from anywhere on the site.
The following shorts were originally associated in one way or another with the Strong Bad Emails. They are numbered by halves to show where they appeared chronologically in the list above. Numbers 99½B, 118½, and 158½ are not linked to from anywhere on the site.
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*199&frac12;. [[Place ya bets!]] <small>(Its HTML file is "sbemail199andahalf". In it, [[The Deleteheads]] try to predict what will be in Strong Bad Email #200.)</small>
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*199&frac12;B. <small>(When you go to the HTML File "sbemail200", there shows a page load error page, the default in Firefox, with the [[The Deleteheads]], who seem to be camping out. )</small>
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*199&frac12;A. [[Place ya bets!]] <small>(Its HTML file is "sbemail199andahalf". In it, [[The Deleteheads]] try to predict what will be in Strong Bad Email #200.)</small>
*193&frac12;B. [[The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw]] <small> (The reading of the story takes place after what appears to be a Strong Bad Email.) </small>
*193&frac12;B. [[The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw]] <small> (The reading of the story takes place after what appears to be a Strong Bad Email.) </small>
*193&frac12;A. [[SBCG4AP Advertisement]] <small>(This email is an advertisement for a game that was in the making and never actually appeared on the Strong Bad Email page)</small>
*193&frac12;A. [[SBCG4AP Advertisement]] <small>(This email is an advertisement for a game that was in the making and never actually appeared on the Strong Bad Email page)</small>

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Strong Bad checks his email.
Strong Bad checks his email.

Strong Bad Email, frequently shortened to sbemail, is the most frequently updated feature of homestarrunner.com. It was originally a small feature introduced in 2001, in which Strong Bad would answer a fan-sent email and commonly mock the spelling and grammar of those who wrote to him. Although the animations were initially brief, the responses gradually grew to establish numerous inside jokes, and running gags and catchphrases, as well as spin-offs, like 20X6, Teen Girl Squad, Trogdor, and even the main character Homsar. A typical Strong Bad Email will include numerous Easter eggs and other hidden material, often found at the ending screen. Many Strong Bad Emails, such as action figure, japanese cartoon, and isp, are satirical views of particular aspects of popular culture.

Contents

Strong Bad Emails

Lappy 486 Era

(November 2004 — present)


Compy 386 Era

(September 2002 — November 2004)


Tandy 400 Era

(August 2001 — September 2002)

DVD Releases

DVD Emails

The following emails only appear on the DVD set:

Podstar Runner Releases

Beginning January 30, 2006, Strong Bad emails were released under a feature called Podstar Runner. They have featured popular Toons, Teen Girl Squads, and Strong Bad Emails in .m4v format. They are designed to be viewed on a Fifth Generation Apple iPod, but are workable on a variety of other portable media players. These emails are featured or have been featured through this service (in order of release, top left being the earliest, bottom right being the latest):

Not Quite Strong Bad Emails

The following shorts were originally associated in one way or another with the Strong Bad Emails. They are numbered by halves to show where they appeared chronologically in the list above. Numbers 99½B, 118½, and 158½ are not linked to from anywhere on the site.

  • 199½B. (When you go to the HTML File "sbemail200", there shows a page load error page, the default in Firefox, with the The Deleteheads, who seem to be camping out. )
  • 199½A. Place ya bets! (Its HTML file is "sbemail199andahalf". In it, The Deleteheads try to predict what will be in Strong Bad Email #200.)
  • 193½B. The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw (The reading of the story takes place after what appears to be a Strong Bad Email.)
  • 193½A. SBCG4AP Advertisement (This email is an advertisement for a game that was in the making and never actually appeared on the Strong Bad Email page)
  • 191½. Rotten Eggs (A message made by the splattered rotten Easter egg reads, "Sbemail Next Week.")
  • 170½. Sbemail 169 Deleted Scene (A deleted scene from sbemail 169)
  • 158½. Lappynapped! (Messages on Strong Bad's answering machine, as the Lappy is missing.)
  • 152½. Weclome Back (Strong Bad tries to show an email he checked over summer vacation (in midair, no less), but hits "stop" instead of "record" on the video camera.)
  • 149½. Sbemail 150?!? (Strong Sad tries to get Strong Bad to do his 150th email.)
  • 136½. Sick Day (A failed attempt at an email due to sickness striking the entire cast.)
  • 127½. HomestarRunner.com PAY PLUS! ("The Email Show" is one of the pay-per-view features.)
  • 118½. Strong Bad Email? (Broken Compy Menu.)
  • 99½B. Not the 100th Email!!! (Secret URL address for anyone who wanted a peek at Email 100 before it was released.)
  • 99½A. Puppet Time (A message was taped onto Puppet Compy's screen that read "Probably at a barbecue, from SB")
  • 68½. Lookin at a Thing in a Bag (A message was taped onto the Compy in the email menu that read "Looking at a thing in a bag" when the cartoon was released.)
  • 66½. Arcade Game (Homestar Runner reads Strong Bad's note he left on the Compy 386.)
  • 59½. Superbowl Dealie (The Paper reads "Due to the big game, the Strong Bad Email will be late this week.")
  • 55½. Too Busy to Check E-mails (Typed on the Compy is "No emails on the holidays.")
  • 41½. King of Town Email (The King of Town tries to answer an email on his recently bought (but broken) Tandy 400.)
  • 36½. TV Time Toons Menu (Placing the mouse over Strong Bad Email will bring up a short, soundless email from Stu. See Wireless Bizness.)

Strong Bad Email Menus

Milestones

Whenever Strong Bad reaches an email milestone, such as 100 or 150, the email will be special or at least some note will be taken. Thus far, four emails have been considered milestones.

  • 50. 50 emails — Strong Bad checks 50 emails in honor of it being his 50th email check.
  • 100. flashback — The email is done in widescreen. Marzipan, Senor Cardgage, Old Timey Strong Bad, and Limozeen congratulate him on his 100th email. Upon the Compy indicating that he has checked 100 emails with a special screen, Strong Bad says "email" 100 times. Homestar says "Happy 100th birthday, Strong Bad".
  • 125. rock opera — features scenes and at least one word from all of Strong Bad's emails.
  • 150. alternate universe — Strong Bad goes into many alternate universes featuring alternate versions of himself, which at the end accompany him in a supergroup ballad. Called the "sesquicentennemail".

Frequently, a "teaser" toon is released a week before a milestone email in order to play off the anticipation for the upcoming milestone. The teaser toons so far have been Not the 100th Email!!! (teasing viewers hoping to view email 100 before it was released), Sbemail 150?!? (in which Strong Sad tries to convince Strong Bad to check email 150 and writes a proposed storyboard for it), and Place Ya Bets! (in which the Deleteheads speculate on what will happen in email 200).

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • Some time during mid-2003, "updated mondays" on the main Strong Bad Email Menu changed to "updated somedays." Nothing like this is even noted in Lappy-era emails.
  • On the Compy 386 menus, Strong Bad types "dir /p", a DOS command used to list all the files in a directory, and to pause between each screen's worth of files.
  • Not including Not Quite Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad has checked 228 emails as of being mean.
  • It would take 9 hours, 31 minutes, and 19 seconds to watch every Strong Bad email, including the DVD exclusives but excluding clickable Easter eggs. Including clickable Easter eggs, it would take 10 hours, 22 minutes, and 29 seconds.
  • Email #22, "sb_email 22", was actually made between emails 40 and 41. It was originally skipped and later made and released under the title 'the lost email' right before Strong Bad replaced his computer with the Compy 386.
  • Strong Bad Emails make up about 60% of the toons on the site.
  • Back in the Tandy 400 era (at least until July 2002), emailing Strong Bad would result in this automated response:
Thanks for your freakin email. I hope it's not stupid.
Once I finish these swiss cake rolls I'll read it and if it's awesome enough,
I'll answer it on the site.
But if your email is terrible, then it gets R.E.D. alright.
The Cheat Reads it, Strong Mad Eats it, and I Deletes it.
Click Here to see us in action!
Check back every Monday to see if your email has what it takes.
Watch me while I'm awesome,
Strong Bad

The link in the automated response leads to the Email Processing Room.

  • After random.bat was implemented, the email list comes from the rando.xml file. Before this, it was included in the Flash file.
  • Occasionally, there is a lengthy gap between email updates. This is sometimes recognized at the start of the next email, as in army, geddup noise, and redesign.
  • butt IQ, CGNU, 3 Wishes, and what I want are the only emails with capital letters in their titles.
  • Typing sbemail.swf in the address bar will take you to the Flash file for the Compy 386 era.

Remarks

  • At Flashforward 2006, The Brothers Chaps gave a list of five things not to email Strong Bad about. Additional information about which emails are selected were given in a later radio interview
  • During most emails, you see the back of Strong Bad's head when he sits in front of the computer, which is why he often starts a new line before the text reaches the right side of the computer's screen. However, on the Strong Bad Email menu, you don't see his head at all. This is probably so the viewers can use the bottom scroll button without anything in the way.
  • During Lappynapped!, retirement A, and retirement B, when the Lappy was kidnapped, it was still used for the Strong Bad Email menu.

External Links

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Holidays

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Puppet Stuff

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Apr 1, 2018

Video Stuff

Disk 4 of 12 - World Games
August 6, 2021

Teen Girl Squad

Issue 15
May 11, 2009

Marzipan's Answering Machine

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Apr 1, 2016

YouTube

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Feb 23, 2021

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