Strong Bad is a Bad Guy

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Bad Guy Tattoo

The Brothers Chaps go back to their roots with Mario Paint. Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat talk about tattoos.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Mad, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Marzipan, Marshie, Trogdor, Homestar Runner

Places: The Field, Strong Badia, The Bar

Date: Monday, October 17, 2005

Running Time: 1:44

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1



{The following title card appears}:


(made with mariopaint)

{Cut to Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat in a field.}


STRONG BAD: A glowy box? Are you sure that's what you'd get for your tattoo?


THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: I'd want mine to look like a prison tattoo that you carved out yourself with a spoon and some soap.

{Cut to a muscled arm.}

STRONG BAD: There'd be a rocket launcher, of course,—

{A rocket launcher appears on the arm.}

STRONG BAD: —and above that it'd just say, "Bad Guy."

{The words "BAD GUY" are written in yellow above the rocket launcher. Music begins.}

SINGERS: Strong Bad is a bad guy, bad guy, bad guy.
Strong Bad is a bad guy, bad guy, bad guy.
Strong Bad is a bad, bad man.
Strong Bad hates Marzipan!
Strong Bad's got a master plan,
To buy a custom conversion van!
Strong Bad is a bad guy, bad guy, bad guy.
Strong Bad is a bad guy, bad guy, bad guy.
Marshie is a bad guy, bad guy, bad guy.
Trogdor is a bad, bad guy!

{Cut back to the Field. Music ends. Homestar walks in.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey guys! H'whatcha teekenbot?

STRONG BAD: We're talking about something cool and interesting. You wouldn't understand.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, tattoos, huh? I'd get one on my forearm {the bulging arm reappears, and tattoos appear on it as Homestar talks} that said, "The For Real Deal," and has a picture of me dressed up like Uncle Sam.

STRONG BAD: You'd get one on your forearm, huh?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Or one on my bulging bicep that just says "Cake Man." {the bulging arm reappears, with 'cakeman' on it in crude blue script} Ooh, or a glowy box on my wrist...

STRONG BAD: {to The Cheat} I just don't have the heart to tell him.

STRONG MAD: YOU DON'T HAVE AR- {gets cut off by a cut to the bulging arm with a "THE END" tattoo and a rocket launcher tattoo above it, then changes to a black screen that says "done."}

Easter Eggs

"Tattoo Idea #26"
  • Click the screen when The Cheat is talking to see tattoo idea #26: "some kinda snake lady killing some kinda snake".
  • Click on The Cheat after Homestar says "A glowy box on my wrist" to see a drawing of a box with the caption "Glowy box 4 ever."

Fun Facts


  • Strong Bad's desire to have a tattoo that "you carved out yourself with a spoon and some soap" refers to the old prison cliché of carving weapons out of soap.


  • This is the second 'toon made in Mario Paint (an SNES game) to be released since Super NES. The button on the main page when this toon debuted read "back to our roots".
  • Actual 'prison tattoos' are usually made with a regular sewing needle and a thread which is saturated with ink, typically from a ballpoint pen. This results in a tattoo made up of short lines, which will often have a "stitched" look.


  • Homestar's propeller is missing, as in the original Super NES cartoon.
  • No paint appears on Marzipan's poster as Strong Bad spraypaints it.
  • The glowy box Easter egg is clickable from when it appears until the end of the 'toon.


  • The "X" close button doesn't appear until the title goes away.

Inside References

  • Strong Bad beats a muffler with a pipe. In no loafing, Strong Mad is inspired to do the same thing.
  • Strong Bad spray-painting the poster of Marzipan may be a reference to origins, in which he did the same thing to the real Marzipan.
  • The ascending group of three quick notes in the "Strong Bad is a Bad Guy" song is taken from the Teen Girl Squad Theme, although the synthesizer seems to be the one used in TROGDOR!. They can be heard the clearest before the first line of dialogue.
  • During the song, Strong Bad performs the Double Deuce.
  • The way that Strong Bad and Strong Mad are drawn closely resembles the sketch "Viewtiful Brothers Strong" from the sketchbook. These drawings are done in the style of the video game Viewtiful Joe.
  • The onomatopoeia explosion "Dooj" was heard previously in the song "The System Is Down" and the DVD featured Sketchbook.
  • The "master plan" to buy a "custom conversion van" echoes Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, when Strong Bad uses his powers of persuasion to influence The Cheat into pulling one more caper, and "blow the college fund on a really tricked out van."
  • Strong Mad's tactless "YOU DON'T HAVE AR-" comment is yet another reference to several characters' lack of visible arms.

Real-World References

  • Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States.
    • In the movie Rocky, Rocky's opponent, the character Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers), was known as "The Real Deal", and he dressed as an exaggerated, stylized caricature of Uncle Sam when he came out to the ring before their climactic fight.
  • The Rocket Launcher tattoo reading "Bad Guy" may be a reference to the movie Scarface. In the film, crime boss Tony Montana has a famous speech where he refers to himself as "the Bad Guy", and in the climactic scene fires a rocket launcher at his enemies.
  • Custom conversion vans have been seen in such shows as the A-Team.
  • The term "vantastic" is a possible reference to the band Piebald who describe their tour van using the same word.

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