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Revision as of 22:47, 13 May 2008

Okay, here's a guide to the wiki.



A short summary of the Toon's premise followed by the cast listing.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, The Cheat

Places: Strongbadia, Place

Date: When the toon was released

Running Time: The toon's length (by minutes)

Page Title: What appears in the browser's titlebar


{A brief description of the scene.}

CHARACTER A: What Character A said.

CHARACTER B: {singing} What Character B sang.

{Cut to some other scene.}

Easter Eggs

  • A bulleted list
  • Of all of the toon's Easter eggs
    CHARACTER A: What Character A said in the Easter egg.

Fun Facts


  • A bulleted list
  • Of fun facts about the toon


  • Be sure to keep

(see other subcategories below)

  • Facts in the proper subcategories
  • And only use the ones you need

External Links

[[Category:<Toon type>]]</nowiki></pre>


In most cases this should be a PNG image uploaded to the wiki via the Upload file page. It should be optimized for the web and its size should not exceed 100 kilobytes. Its dimensions should be approximately the same size as on the official site and never exceeding 600 pixels in width. JPEG format is generally only desirable for "live action" toons such as Puppet Stuff, and GIF and BMP formats are never desirable. When uploading the file, be sure to give it a meaningful name which describes its content and more importantly, its use on the wiki, as in the example above. "homestar_with_a_hat.png" is not meaningful. "dangeresque_3_screenshot.png" is more meaningful.

Most toons are framed by a border with rounded edges. When taking a full-sized screenshot, cropping the frame of the toon will leave rounded black regions in each corner. To remove these, replace each black corner with the color of the nearby part of the image (for the most part, those regions are monochromatic). This method is preferred to merely cropping the frame so that the black corners are out of image, since this latter approach omits some of the information in the scene.

The screenshot should be added as a thumbnail, as shown above. Use a caption which is fun and demonstrates the tone or plot of the toon. In most cases, the caption will be a quote from the toon; these should be put in quotes. However, when the caption is not a direct quote, do not use quotation marks. It is common, but by no means required, for the caption to match the scene the image is from. If using an image from earlier or later in the toon than where the caption was derived yields a better combination of image and caption for the article, that's what should be done.

Please note that articles on topics other than toons normally have a thumbnail as well. The caption to these types of images may or may not be from the same toon the image is from, depending on the article; there's nothing wrong with having the caption and the image from two separate places if it works.


The summary section generally contains at most six things, as applicable: a short synopsis, a list of the cast, a list of locations seen in the toon, the date of the toon's release, the running time of the toon, and the page title.

The synopsis should be a brief description of the premise of the toon. It is not necessary to describe the entire plot of the toon or give away the ending, and the synopsis should only be a couple sentences long.

The cast list should take the following form:

'''Cast (in order of appearance):''' {{Film|Character A}},
[[Character B]], {{Film|Character C}} (Easter egg)

Note that everything between (and including) "Cast" and the colon (:) is between the bold markers, and each character's name is separated by a comma and a space. The characters should be listed in the order in which they appear in the toon. If a character appears only in an Easter egg, then denote this as above, with the words "Easter egg" in parentheses. The list of places should be presented in the same manner.

It is preferable to link to the characters or places in the cast or place list but not in the synopsis, so as to keep the cast or place list consistent and so as to follow the Link Once rule.

A character with a filmography category should be linked to by the {{Film}} template. All major characters have this category. See Category:Filmography for a complete list of characters with filmography categories.

The date of release should be formatted with the month (spelled out), the day (numeric), a comma, and the year (four digits). The date is determined by the time in Atlanta (Eastern Time) when the toon is released (this is observed strictly, despite any efforts by The Brothers Chaps to be sneaky, for example by releasing a Halloween toon late and claiming it's still Halloween in certain time zones). The running time should match what is listed as the running time on the official site unless that time is clearly wrong. If there is a difference between the official and the actual running time, it should be noted on the page:

'''Running Time:''' ##:## [[TV Time Toons Menu|official]], ##:## actual

If no official time is listed, the running time is generally calculated by assuming 12 frames of Flash equal one second. (Rarely, a toon will be produced with a different frame rate. Use the correct frame rate to calculate the length of the toon.)

Finally, denote the page title after the running time like so:

'''Page Title:''' A Funny Page Title

The page title is found in the titlebar at the very top of your Web browser window, usually next to the name of the browser, e.g. "A Funny Page Title - Mozilla Firefox" or "A Funny Page Title - Microsoft Internet Explorer".


A transcript is a detailed account of a toon's dialogue and action. Its basic format is this:

''{A brief description of the scene.}''

'''CHARACTER A:''' Something witty.

'''CHARACTER B:''' ''{singing}'' Something melodious.

''{Cut to some other scene.}''

As you can see, a line of dialogue begins with the character's name in upper case followed by a colon, all of which is bold. This is followed by a space and then what the character said. When different characters are speaking their dialogue should be separated by a blank line.

If a character does something while speaking a line of dialogue, or if more description is needed for their manner of speaking or inflection (e.g. if they're singing or whispering) the action (if it is not too long to describe in a few words) can be enclosed in curly braces — { } — and made italic, like this: {goes to the refrigerator}. Note that the curly braces themselves are also italic. Short actions like these do not need to be proper sentences.

If there is a scene change or major action (which takes more than a few words to describe), it should be separated from the dialogue by a blank line above and below, and in this case complete sentences and proper capitalization and punctuation are desirable.

There is a special case for Strong Bad Emails. When Strong Bad is reading an email on his screen, its text should be enclosed in <blockquote></blockquote> tags like so:

<blockquote class="email">
<div>subject: bored...</div>
Dear Strongbad,<br />
Does it ever get boring where you live? Right now I am<br />
bored out of my mind.<br />
<br />
With lots of crap,<br />
Callie, Lake Jackson, TX

The email should be formatted as it appears on Strong Bad's screen, with line breaks, etc. in the same places. If Strong Bad is using his Tandy 400, use <blockquote class="tandy email"> instead of <blockquote class="email">.

Links in transcripts should be limited. There should never be links in dialogue or email sections. Links in annotations between curly braces are not prohibited, but should also be kept to a minimum. One common exception is when The Paper comes down; unless The Paper is mentioned in a Fun Fact, link this in the transcript.

Easter Eggs

An Easter egg (or just "egg" for short) is a secret part of a toon that can only be accessed by performing a particular action (e.g. clicking on a particular word or object) during a toon. Also, an interesting discovery which can only be found by manipulating the Flash file itself can also be considered an Easter egg, but only if it's clear it was put in the toon with the intention that it would be discovered. Things that happen if you wait a while after the toon has "ended" are not considered Easter eggs, but rather are noted at the end of the transcript.

Easter eggs should be listed in chronological order (that is, the order in which they are accessible in the toon).

The transcription format is similar to the normal transcripts, except with a colon ( : ) placed at the beginning of each line.

:''{A brief description of the scene.}''
:'''CHARACTER A:''' Something witty.
:'''CHARACTER B:''' ''{singing}'' Something melodious.

Fun Facts

A fun fact is anything about a toon that is unique or out of the ordinary. Some examples include:

  • Something that makes reference to a previous toon or feature on the site.
  • Something that makes reference to something in popular culture, e.g. a band, a television show, or world history.

It is difficult to define everything that a fun fact could be. A fun fact might appear in the form of a bit of dialogue, an object in the background of a toon, a graphic or a musical riff.

What fun facts are not is obvious. If something is obvious to 95% of the audience (including first-time viewers), then it is not a fun fact. If a fun fact is questionably fun, or questionably factual, please see HRWiki:STUFF for instructions. Also, the fact must be relevant to the article in question; if the only connection to the article is extremely tenuous, or nonexistent, then the fact is likely to be removed or STUFFed.

When posting fun facts, please refer to the General rules above, particularly the prohibition on conversational style, and place all fun facts with respect to their chronological relevance to the toon. That is, a Fun Fact about the email song Strong Bad sings should appear within a category before a Fun Fact about an Easter egg.

For most toons and emails, the facts should be split into multiple categories for readability. Please do not add a category if the facts are not already split, unless you split all of the facts. A category under Fun Facts should be surrounded by three equal signs on each side (for example, ===Trivia===) Toon fun facts should be split into the following categories:


If a plot element is very obscure (either something not obvious in general or something that would be unfamiliar to a certain group, like international viewers), an explanation might be necessary. In the vast majority of cases, however, you should not explain the joke. If you feel that a sizeable portion of the audience won't understand a joke, instead of explaining it directly, explain what the pieces of the joke are (or list the various pieces of the joke in one of the references sections below) and allow the reader to put them together. Note that generic references to concepts are usually listed as Explanations, whereas direct references should be listed in Inside or Real-World References.


Facts in this category include trivia about the toon, such as the first time an event happens or verified details about the production of a toon. These are generally more "nitty-gritty" than the facts in the Remarks section.


Can be viewed as the "miscellaneous" subcategory. This includes facts that are not direct references, not explanations, not mistakes, and don't really belong in Trivia, but are still notable enough to be added. These include non-obvious "did you notice?" plot details (that are not noted in the transcript) and general comments about the characters and locations in the toon. Some facts can fit under both Trivia and Remarks; it is up to the writer's preference where the fact is more appropriate. (But no fact should appear more than once.)


The Brothers Chaps are not perfect. Sometimes they make mistakes. If there is a plot or continuity error, or if things mysteriously vanish or appear (and it's not obviously intentional or due to a Glitch), then it can go into the Goofs section. Please do not add anything to the Goofs section if it was clearly intentional as part of a joke. This especially applies to Powered by The Cheat segments: assume that all "goofs" in these segments are intentionally mocking amateurish Flash animation. Additionally, assume all broken English in Stinkoman segments is intentionally mocking the poor translations frequently found in transitions from Japanese media. If there is an oddity that is not a clear goof, consider adding it to the Remarks section.

Fixed Goofs

The Brothers Chaps sometimes correct their errors shortly after they release an update. These goofs should not be deleted from the article; rather, they should be placed under the Fixed Goofs category.


Similar to Goofs, but limited to mistakes in the Flash software. NOTE: Flash byproducts are NOT allowed, unless they note something humorous or extra. A Flash byproduct is something odd or strange found by manipulating the Flash file, either by watching the .swf file directly, or by right-clicking and using the playback options. This can include missing parts of characters, different things "outside the wall", animations continuing while paused, etc. A Fixed Glitches category can also be made, similar to Fixed Goofs, if a glitch is removed after an update.

Fixed Glitches

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Inside References

An Inside Reference is when a toon makes a clear reference to a previous Homestar Runner cartoon. A repeated line of dialogue or the return of a non-regular character count as Inside References.

Note: For references, please only add the fact if you are CERTAIN that is a direct reference to exactly what you add. If there's any reasonable doubt, or it's a reference to "(this) and (this) and (this other thing) and (lots of other similar things)", or if it refers to something which is itself a reference to something else, please add it to the Talk page or the STUFF page before adding it to the article.

Real-World References

This is when a toon makes a clear reference to something outside the Homestar Runner universe that took place before the creation of the toon in question. Celebrities, commercial products, famous quotes, and so forth can be Real-World References.

(See note in Inside References.)

Fast Forward

A fact in the Fast Forward category is something of significance in the toon that is re-used later on, either in a later Homestar cartoon or in the real world (for the latter, also see Sightings).

Ad hoc subcategories

Subcategories that are appropriate for just one toon (e.g. Homestar's attempts at DELETED, Strong Bad's list of 3-letter words) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

External Links

External links are links that point to sites other than HRWiki. The links should be in the form of a bulleted list. Most toons have two links, one which links directly to the toon (usually ending in .html) and one which links directly to the Flash file (.swf). If there is currently a discussion taking place in the Forum concerning a toon you may create a third external link pointing to the forum thread. External links typically look like this:

*[[HR:filename.html|watch "<Name of Toon>"]]
*[[HR:filename.swf|view the Flash file for "<Name of Toon>"]]
*[[Forum:###|forum thread re: "<Name of Toon>"]]

For Strong Bad Emails, use the {{sbemailextlinks}} template:

{{sbemailextlinks|<email no.>|<no. of forum thread>}}

Note that links to toons always read "watch <Name of Toon>", links to Flash files always say "view the Flash file for <Name of Toon>", and forum thread links always say "forum thread re: <Name of Toon>". Note that ### in the Forum interwiki link should be replaced by the thread number, found in the url for the thread (


All toon articles should have categories listed at the bottom of the article according to what type of toon it is. Filmography categories are already covered by the cast list, but additional categories need to be added manually to each toon. The first category is the type of the toon as it is listen under the main site: Toons, Shorts, etc. Other categories depend on the style of the toon and its characters, e.g.: 20X6, Cheat Commandos, and so on.

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