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"On a massive scale that would rival the Aztecs"

Strong Bad Email #97

Strong Bad is asked to create a monument in his own image. He goes on to explain how the arrival of the Thnikkaman distracted him and prevented the completion of the monument.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs/Thnikkaman, Homestar Runner (easter egg)



STRONG BAD: {singing} Oh traipsing along, traipsing traipsing along, and a email got stuck in my eye.


Hey there Strong Bad!
I was thinking since so many people
and ladies think you're SUPER COOL,
why not build a monument to yourself
for all to enjoy?

Another fan,
Kaitlin G.

STRONG BAD: {typing} I'm assuming the G stands for generally overused girl's first name. Well generic name, you're really onto something here. Turns out I AM super cool. {clears his throat.} As for monuments, I already got one. But it's kinda {clears screen, continues typing} only of my right foot. You might know it better as DUN DUN DAAA: The Strongbadia Sign!

{Cut to the Stop Sign, then to a picture of Strong Bad. As he narrates, a diagram of the monument is built.

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Yeah there were big plans once. It was to be made of the finest materials. On a massive scale that would rival the Aztecs and their... techno-chocolate land.

{Cut back to Compy 386.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Anyways, we lost our funding or public interest waned or something distracted me. Man, what was it? What could possibly have distracted me from {mumbling} humbera hum...

{Cut to Strong Badia, where Strong Bad and The Cheat are building the monument.}

STRONG BAD: Oh yeah, The Cheat. That totally looks like my right foot. It's got all the rightness of a foot without all the footdom of a right.

UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} Here comes the Thnikkaman!!! {These words float across the screen.}

STRONG BAD: No way! Check it out The Cheat. {Strong Bad looks and points off-screen.} It's the Thnikkaman!! {Strong Bad and The Cheat run to meet the Thnikkaman, who is obviously Bubs wearing sunglasses and a "TH" sign taped to his chest.} Hey Thnikkaman!


STRONG BAD: Can we have some?


STRONG BAD and THE CHEAT (in Cheat-speak): Thanks, Thnikkaman!

STRONG BAD: {in low voice, perhaps translating for The Cheat} Thanks, Thnikkaman.

THNIKKAMAN: Yeah. {takes off his sunglasses} Shut up, kid!

UNSEEN CHORUS: {singing} There goes the Thnikkaman!!! {Now these words float across the screen}

{Thnikkaman exits. Cut back to Compy 386.}}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So you can see why I got distracted. I'd like to see you stay on task when you're starin' down the barrel of a loaded Thnikkaman. I don't care what you're doin. No one can resist. {not typing} Speakin' of monuments, somebody should make one to the Thnikkaman. Oh the things that man does! Come to think of it, what exactly does that man do? {typing again} Anyways, I'm gonna go try and find some of that Technochocolate. That stuff sounds a-prettypretty good!

{Strong Bad gets up from his seat and leaves. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "I don't care what you're doing" at the end to see Homestar Runner being distracted by the Thnikkaman.
{Cut to the field. Homestar Runner is holding a pair of trousers.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I'll just, uh, put these pants on -
UNSEEN SINGERS: Here comes the Thnikkaman!
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, Thnikkaman. It's the Thnikkaman.
{He drops the trousers and runs off to the left.}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {pokes his head back onscreen; singing} Here comes the Thnikkaman!
  • Click on "technochocolate" at the end to hear Strong Bad and The Cheat do a chocolate version of Techno. The Cheat throws a one-man lightswitch rave.
  • Click on "Thnikkaman" at the end to see Bubs in his Thnikkaman costume with a flashy background dancing to the Thnikkaman theme song.

Fun Facts

  • Some of the things comprising Strong Bad's monument are from other toons: the "Pie Factory" is from stunt double, the palm tree is from island and the toilet paper and the fake afro from Homestar's John McEnroe costume are from 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
  • During the "technochocolate" easter egg, the tiny sign above the lower light switch that The Cheat uses says: "The Cheat."
  • Strong Bad forgets his period after "distracted" when he says, "So you can see why I got distracted."
  • "Thnikkaman" is likely an inside joke referring to Snickers candy bars. The sale of such items by Bubs and Strong Bad's request to "have some" are evidence of this.
  • Techno-chocolate-land is an attempt to pronounce Tenochtitlan, the capitol city and religious center of the ancient Aztecs. (actually pronounced tay-nohsh-TEET-lahn)
    • Also, it could come from a naive description of Aztec life. They were known to be technologically advanced for their time, and they were also the first to discover and grow chocolate (cacao).
  • Big Green Egg is a combination ceramic barbecue/meat smoker. It's frequently seen on the game show The Price is Right.
  • Technochocolate reappears in extra plug as a club.
  • "Shut up, kid" might be a reference to Star Trek when Guinan and Reiker are talking and Wesley says something and Guinan says "Shut up, kid"

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