The King of Town

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Character: The King of Town
watch The King of Town's character video Bubs The Poopsmith
"My life is a joke."
This article is about the character. For the toon, see The King of Town DVD. For the Decemberween character, see The King of Town (Decemberween). For the title, see King of Town (title).



The King of Town, middle name Wad and self-nicknamed the "KOT", is a very rich man and the de jure ruler of Free Country, USA, though in labor day, Strong Bad suggests that his title is self-proclaimed. However, nobody wishes to acknowledge this; it's therefore possible that this character is a satire on the obsolescence of monarchy. His head is completely white with black lines for eyes, a mustache and a beard, though it was suggested in diorama that the white is fur or hair, as he has pink flesh underneath. He wears a gold crown and what appears to be a red robe with white trim with no arms. He has been seen in different attire resembling a striped one-piece swimming suit when swimming (keep cool) and in Strong Bad's amazing feats of wonder (retirement). When in this suit, it suggests that he has this white fur/hair all over his body.

One of the King's main problems is that he is a glutton and will eat anything in front of him, except peas and The Cheat. He had a long-standing aversion to whatsit which finally ended in fan club when he ate the Poopsmith's whatsit pile (he appeared to be working toward conquering that aversion in virus before Strong Bad's computer virus caused him to be transported to a page where The Ugly One slapped him in the face nine times). His favorite food is butter, though in Homestar Ruiner, he has a natural love for chocolate, since it is one of his "several hundred culinary weaknesses." As a result of his unhealthy eating habits, he has many, sometimes serious, health problems, as it is the norm for him to have several heart attacks after eating. According to the record book, he is the "least healthiest (man?)". As revealed in the sbemail pizza joint, he spends most of his day calling random numbers in hopes of finding a new restaurant, and has found The Pizz as a result.

Do I smell 3D?

The King employs The Poopsmith (for personal reasons) and a few other characters. Like Homestar, Homsar, and Marzipan, he also has no visible arms, but can handle things as though he does. His age is known to be somewhere in his 60s. He also leads the K.O.T.H.S. Junior Varsity Marching Band during the Fall Float Parade. According to a message he left on Marzipan's answering machine and on Strong Bad's answering machine in Lappynapped!, he can play the guitar, and was finally seen doing so in Baddest of the Bands. Along with The Cheat, he has cut a remix demo called "Not Talkin' About Butter". He also has his very own "quite popular cartoon show" which, although it was pre-empted in favor of a Strong Bad Email in senior prom, was shown some time later. He is also an authorized Godzilla reseller as seen in TrogdorCon '97.

It has become unclear whether the King has royal ancestors from whom he inherited the official honor of "King", or if his title is self-imposed and he simply purchased his crown from the "Costume Palace", as could be interpreted from his character video. In original, Strong Bad claims that "there've been like twelve King of Towns". An Easter egg at the end of the email shows graves for 11 Kings of Town, including one known as "Onion King of Town", although it is unknown if this is real or imaginary. Marzipan and Bubs both claim that Strong Bad was lying about Original Bubs, who angrily leaves due to the current King eating the mayo off his egg salad, (Homestar seems to miss Original Bubs, though) so Strong Bad may have been lying about the other Kings of Town as well. It is revealed in Strong Badia the Free that he hates his job, so much that he tricks Strong Bad into taking over his castle while getting his house. A short time later in the game, he is tricked into retaking his throne.

Although the King wears his crown most of the time, it has been stolen by Strong Bad and The Cheat in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon. It has also been worn by Strong Bad when he was on a "regal rampage", by Coach Z when he tackled The King while thinking he was going to eat The Cheat in Where's The Cheat?, by The Cheat in Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, and Strong Bad took his spare crown in Strong Badia the Free.

The King can be heard booing from time to time, even at himself.

In Play Date it is implied that the King has been married to a bowl of Brunswick stew for fifty years, referred to by the King as the "dollop of sour cream" anniversary.

Character Video Transcript

Main article: The King of Town's Character Video

{The King of Town is standing outside next to his castle. One of his sheep stands behind him.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Hello, my loyal subjects. I am the King of Town. Please remain standing while I finish my speech and consume the contents of this bowl. {holds up a bowl momentarily} Now, despite rumors to the contrary, I did not just buy a crown at the costume palace and ask people to start calling me the King of Town. I earned my title the same way I earned a free combo meal: by purchasing one of equal or lesser value. I also did not ever try to eat my own mustache. I live in yon castle {gives a nod to his castle}, and employ a Poopsmith for reasons I don't care to disclose. And furthermore, now I'm going to eat this bowl of corn dog batter. {picks up a bowl of corn dog batter and begins to eat it}

Fun Facts

  • An Old Characters Page claimed the King was Marzipan's father, but The Brothers Chaps have said they dropped this idea early on. "That was just something that we just toyed around with there briefly, but then decided that's not the way we wanted it to go. We just put that up, but most people don't visit the Museum, so hopefully it doesn't cause too much mass confusion." — Matt Chapman
  • According to A Decemberween Pageant, a King of Town was involved in the discovery of the first Decemberween. It is not clear, however, whether that King of Town and the current one are the same individual.
  • He was once slim and trim, but according to flashback, may have gotten his weight from the lifetime supply of fishsticks because nobody else would claim them.
  • Apparently, the King has a ham for a heart, as shown in Halloween Fairstival.
  • When playing the game Kid Speedy in KOT mode, the King appears to gain energy by eating junk food and swear words. Although he has exhibited his love of unhealthy food on many occasions, his predilection for foul language is otherwise unknown.
  • The King once purchased the Tandy from Bubs, but was unable to make it run in order to check his emails. He claimed it was "the last time he'll buy a used computer from Bubs". His email address is currently invalid. He also has had an answering machine that claims that he "has no messages...ever", that he has "no friends", and that "nobody likes" him.
  • He may have German heritage, due to the fact that his Old-Timey variation is German and he wears a pickelhaube in Ever and More!.
  • Though he claims he lives in "yon castle", Strong Bad claims in the commentary to The King Of Town DVD that he actually lives in a run-down two-bedroom home next door to him.
  • In the short, Donut Unto Others, it is shown that the King possesses either powers of teleportation or skills as a ninja, as he can appear and disappear in a puff of smoke without any sign of him, even when standing in an open field.

Favorite Foods

The King of Town has a number of things he loves to eat, both food items and non-food items alike. (He is not seen eating some of the items listed, but they are stored in his pantry or have been mentioned.)

Food Appears In
Animal Phat suntan, the bet
Anything with "butter" in the name Who Said What Now?, The House That Gave Sucky Treats, Revenge of the King, suntan, the bet, Baddest of the Bands
Army Style Mayo the bet
Awwww Gratin Potatoes from '83 the bet
Bananas Homestar Ruiner
Biscuit dough Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon
Bleached Buttered Bats Baddest of the Bands
Buffalo wings Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 11.2
Buttermilk Homestar Ruiner
Cake Homestar Ruiner, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
Candy Corn-shaped Halloween lights 3 Times Halloween Funjob
Cardboard Boxes covered in syrup monster truck
Chicken (both baked and Kentucky Fried) Halloween Potion-ma-jig
Chili mac Strong Badia the Free
Chocolate-Covered Organic Packing Peanuts Homestar Ruiner
Chocolate dipped tapeworm Marzipan's Answering Machine version 16.2
Coal Decemberween Short Shorts
Cold cuts Homestar Ruiner
Corn dog batter The King of Town's character video
Cotton balls diorama
Danish Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
Decemberween Bunnies The Best Decemberween Ever
Denture tablets retirement
Deodorant secret recipes
Doughnuts Donut Unto Others
Electrical cable Baddest of the Bands
Fajitas the movies
Fried Turkey Toikey TV
Giblets Jibblies 2, Homestar Ruiner, Strong Badia the Free
Giblet gravy more armies
Giant piles of salt record book
Good Gravy for kids
Gravied Yams Homestar Presents: Presents
Ham Homestarloween Party, The House That Gave Sucky Treats, Revenge of the King, Halloween Fairstival, Homestar Presents: Presents, Halloween Potion-ma-jig, Tis True, Pom Pom, Tis True
Hello Kitty erasers Most in the Graveyard
Himself Decemberween Short Shorts
His mustache His character video
His foot Homestar Ruiner
His tongue Homestar Ruiner
Ice Style Cream the bet
Jelly beans Strong Badia the Free
Lamb Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 2.0
Macadamias Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
Marshmallows One Two, One Two
Meatballs Homestar Ruiner
Milk Duds the movies
Mini-breads Homestar Ruiner
Motherboard (covered in 70% cacao) nightlife
Nougat Homestar Ruiner
Oatmeal Baddest of the Bands
Octopus Baddest of the Bands
Oliveloaf Baddest of the Bands
Omelette Baddest of the Bands
Oysters Baddest of the Bands
Pizza Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 2.0, KOT's VOQPCS!, pizza joint, Homestar Ruiner
Cans of Pork b/w Beans business trip
Pork Ramblins and Pork Snagglins the bet
Potate the bet
Pickled monkey fingers Most in the Graveyard
Prescription ice cream Bug In Mouth Disease
Puppies rated
Raw eggs 3 Times Halloween Funjob
Red Flavored Fluffy Puff Translucent Dessert Related Substance winter pool
Regurgitated food (at least a ham sandwich that Homestar ate) Halloween Potion-ma-jig
Royal bologna Homestar Ruiner
Royal custard Homestar Ruiner
A TV remote control No Hands On Deck!
Salisbury Sundaes Homestarloween Party
Schenectady Crispies the bet
Scorpion Food (as Munchox) 8-Bit is Enough
Sheep (lamb chops) The King of Town DVD
Steak Where's The Cheat
Strong Sad's "disturbing soft-serve flip" keep cool
Strudel 8-Bit is Enough
Stuffinged Ham Homestar Presents: Presents
Sunflower seeds Kick-A-Ball
Swiss Cake Rolls (Creamy Ding Snack Cakes) Strong Badia the Free
Thin gravy film Strong Badia the Free
Toilet paper 3 Times Halloween Funjob
Turduckens Halloween Fairstival
Whatsit fan club
Wii remote Baddest of the Bands
Wooden tables unnatural


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