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Some of the YouTube versions of Homestar Runner toons parody the Related Video Thumbnails displayed by YouTube when the current video has ended. Nine fake thumbnails for other videos appear at the official end of the toon, in order to give the appearance that the video has ended, after which the Easter eggs are played automatically. Only two of the "videos" shown in the thumbnails have actually been released, plus an episode of Coffee Town with Homestar + Mike, which originated here.

YouTube videos from email too cool onward, instead of related video thumbnails, have a single (usually live-action) thumbnail at the end that parodies YouTube's Autoplay feature. These are covered with a dark gray matte, with a header consisting of the words "Up next", a title for the video, and the name of the channel (homestarrunnerdotcom). There is an autoplay button with a radial wipe in the center, along with a cancel button beneath to stop the autoplay.

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[edit] List of Thumbnails

Thumbnail Description Introduced In
10000 Coach Z and Strong Sad dancing on the Race Track in outer space. Fish Eye Lens
10001 A photograph of a CRT television displaying Swordquest: Earthworld. The Videlectrix Guys appear in the lower-left corner, along with the caption "Joystick Wagglin' with Videlectrix". Fish Eye Lens
10002 A framed picture of The Videlectrix Guys next to a four-switch Atari 2600, a Spectravideo Quickshot third-party controller, and a copy of the game Haunted House. The caption reads "Joystick Wagglin' with the 'Trix". This would eventually be expanded into Joystick Wagglin' with Videlectrix: Halloween Edition. Halloween Safety
10003 A photograph of a CRT television displaying a single green pixel with the caption "GOOD GRAPHICS". The Videlectrix Guys appear in the lower-left corner, along with the caption "Joystick Wagglin' with Videlectrix". Strong Bad Classics!
10004 Homestar Runner and a peasant from Peasant's Quest Online? standing in The Field with snow on the ground. Fish Eye Lens
10005 Homestar and an archer from Peasant's Quest Online? floating in the sky. Halloween Safety
10006 A tiny Strong Bad walking up Senor Cardgage's head. Fish Eye Lens
10007 Homestar standing in an older style Field, with an orange laser beam in place of his head (which is now on the ground). Homestar's hat is missing. Fish Eye Lens
10008 Puppet Homestar and Mike Chapman sitting in front of a curtain with a cup of coffee. The caption reads "COFFEE TOWN WITH HOMESTAR + MIKE, episode 6". Fish Eye Lens
10009 Puppet Homestar and Mike Chapman again sitting in front of a curtain with a cup of coffee. This time the image is mirrored and a black evil beard and eyebrows are drawn over Mike. The caption reads "COFFEE TOWN WITH HOMESTAR + MIKE, episode 3". Halloween Safety
10010 The same image of Puppet Homestar and Mike as before, with the caption "Coffee Town with Homestar + Mike" Episode 12. However, the name of the show is covering Mike's face. Flash is Dead!
10011 Puppet Homestar and Mike Chapman sitting in front of a curtain with a cup of coffee. The caption reads "COFFEE TWON WITH HOMESTAR + MIKE, episode 16". The entire picture is color-negative. Strong Bad Classics!
10012 Strong Bad in front of a red-yellow gradient. In place of his legs are several more torsos that continue off the screen, some of which have extra arms, resembling a centipede. Fish Eye Lens
10013 A small Bubs hopping over the Compé's keyboard on Strong Bad's desk. Bubs is leaving a bouncy, dashed white line behind him, à la Where U Goin' 2?. Fish Eye Lens
10014 A peasant from Peasant's Quest Online? hopping over the Compé's keyboard on Strong Bad's desk. The peasant is leaving a bouncy, dashed white line behind him, à la Where U Goin' 2?. Flash is Dead!
10015 A small Homsar hopping over the Compé's keyboard on Strong Bad's desk. Homsar is leaving a bouncy, dashed white line behind him, à la Where U Goin' 2?. Strong Bad Classics!
10016 Pom Pom peeking out of a stylized human brain. Fish Eye Lens
10017 Bubs and Coach Z in The Field. Coach Z is wielding a broken sword. Halloween Safety
10018 Homsar is surfing on a giant remote control. Halloween Safety
10019 Pom Pom and Marzipan posing for a Photo booth portrait decorated with bells. Halloween Safety
10020 Pom Pom and Marzipan posing for a Photo booth portrait decorated with bells. Marzipan has The Cheat stuck in her throat and two mouths. sbemail206
10021 The King of Town and The Poopsmith posing with a caption that reads "the worst". Halloween Safety
10022 Homsar and F-Sack in The Field as an explosion occurs in the background. This is a reference to the "meteor", which Strong Bad compared Flash's death to. Flash is Dead!
10023 A thumbnail drawn by The Cheat reading "Pow'd by The Cheat". Flash is Dead!
10024 A Powered by The Cheat drawing displaying the words "Powdered by The Cheat" and a bottle of "talc". Strong Bad Classics!
10025 Pom Pom is seen on blue gradient without a head and his eyes moved onto his body. White text above him reads "The New Style!" This variation resembles Baby Pom Pom from highschool. Flash is Dead!
10026 A cross-eyed dancing Bubs on a gray floor against a purple polka-dotted background with text above him reading "Still Dang Dancin'!" Flash is Dead!
10027 A real-life plushie Strong Bad in a room with a poster in the background. This plushie was first seen as a "stunt double" replacing the Strong Bad puppet in some quick shots in Dangeresque: Puppet Squad, and was first shown clearly in a Tweet by @StrongBadActual. Flash is Dead!
10028 Four Strong Bads against a blue gradient with one of their arms extended. Flash is Dead!
10029 Multiple light brown, blue and white diagonal stripes. Text above reads "Cool Stripes w/ The Poopsmith". Flash is Dead!
10030 Multiple light brown, red, blue and white diagonal stripes. Text above reads "More Cool Stripes w/ The Poopsmith". Strong Bad Classics!
10031 Shark Tooth Bubs dressed as The Thnikkaman standing in front the old man in Peasant's Quest. Strong Bad Classics!
10032 An arrangement of multiple Marzipans, woolen hats from A Death Defying Decemberween and Telebision remotes, reminiscent of Happy Dethemberween. Strong Bad Classics!
10033 An extreme close-up of Strong Bad's face with the words "TOO CLOSE" written at the bottom. Strong Bad Classics!
10034 F-Sack from Flash is Dead! cast against a white background, captioned "6 hours of F-Sack". Strong Bad Classics!

[edit] List of Autoplay Thumbnails

Thumbnail Description Appears In
10000 The Exact Same next to a box of Cheat Commandos...O's. The thumbnail is cropped, leaving the tin can underneath the cereal box out of frame. The video is titled "Breakfast Unboxing w/ The Exact Same". too cool
10001 A Strong Mad figurine on a table with some wind-up drink toys. The video is titled "Strong Mad versus Wind-Up Drinks". This video was released on Instagram the same day. Squintmojis
10002 Puppet Strong Bad next to the "real-life" Lappy 486, which is displaying the Handheld Games Menu with Homestar Quiz highlighted. The video is titled "Puppet Strong Bad Let's Plays those Terrible Old Games". Characters from Yonder Website
10003 A screen from Clapping Party, first seen in the email slumber party. The video is titled "Clapping Party 1080p - 10 hours". Haunted Photo Booth
10004 Puppet Gunhaver on the phone. The video is titled "Calling Internet Customer Service with Gunhaver". Decemberween Dangeresque
10005 Character 1 of Characters From Yonder Website gestures to a bed. The video is titled "Falling Asleep Great with Character 1 from Yonder Website". The Next April Fools Thing
10006 Several meeples of the main characters are shown amidst a blasted field and some fire. The video is titled "Meeple Grove Market: Annihilation". Trogdor!! The Board Game
10007 A Puppet Stuff version of Cyclops Homestar stands in front of a small village. Several Cheat Commandos figures are in his mouth. The video is titled "The Cheat Commandos Arbor Day Special". Mr. Poofers Must Die

[edit] Combined Thumbnail Appearances

[edit] Fish Eye Lens

Don't look for these so much.

The thumbnails were introduced in the YouTube version of Fish Eye Lens. The contents of the thumbnails are as follows:

Space Track Joystick Wagglin Homestar Runner and a peasant
Senor Cardgage orange laser beam Puppet Homestar
Strong Bad Bouncing Bubs Pom Pom peeking

[edit] Halloween Safety

Don't look for these, too.

Some of the thumbnails are similar to the ones seen in Fish Eye Lens, while others are new.

Joystick Wagglin Broken Sword Channel Surfing
Homestar and an archer Puppet Homestar Photo booth
"the worst" Senor Cardgage orange laser beam
  • Marzipan's eyes in the middle-right thumbnail blink once.
  • The upper-right thumbnail takes place in the basement, but The Couch is missing.

[edit] sbemail206

"Are you sure this is gluten-free?"

All but one of the thumbnails have been reused from the previous toons.

Photo booth Senor Cardgage Space Track
Puppet Homestar "the worst" orange laser beam
Joystick Wagglin Broken Sword Channel Surfing
  • In the upper-left hand corner, the thumbnail of Marzipan and Pom Pom from Halloween Safety now displays Marzipan with The Cheat in her throat.
    • Again, Marzipan's eyes blink once.
    • She has two mouths, one in the correct position and one where The Cheat's eyes should be. Both are frowning.
    • Her hair is now misaligned from her head.

[edit] Flash is Dead!

"The death of Flash is equivalent to a giant meteor heading straight for the Earth!"

None of the thumbnails in this toon have appeared before, although two of them are very similar to some thumbnails from other toons.

The End of Flash Pow'd By The Cheat! The New Style!
Still Dang Dancin'! Plush Strong Bad Puppet Homestar
Strong Bad x4 Bouncing Peasant Cool Stripes w/ The Poopsmith

[edit] Strong Bad Classics!

While none are specifically the same, most are derivatives of previous thumbnails.

"Sounds unsavory..."
ThnikkaQuest Powdered! Cool Stripes
Collage Homsar Keyboard Hoppin' Joystick Waggling
"TOO CLOSE" Coffee Town 6 Hours of F-Sack

[edit] Recurring Themes

These are things that happen in more than one thumbnail.

  • Homestar and a character from Peasant's Quest Online?
  • Coffee Town with Homestar + Mike
  • Joystick Wagglin' with Videlectrix
  • A character hopping over the Compé's keyboard on Strong Bad's desk and leaving a bouncy, dashed white line behind it, à la Where U Goin' 2?
  • Cool Stripes w/ The Poopsmith
  • Play on words of Powered by the Cheat.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Real World References

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] See Also

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