Bubs Evolution

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This page tracks the evolution of Bubs. His design has not changed much, most changes have been minor revisions and improvements to coloring or adjustments to his face.

Image Info Created Appearances What's Changed?
Early concept

The lower sketch would be used for the variation "Original Bubs".  ??? Sketchbook (museum)

Top: flashback; origins; alternate universe; The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw; Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold
Bottom: original

First design

Bubs' legs were not seen in this design. 1999 Where My Hat Is At?; Marshmallow's Last Stand In Marshmallow's Last Stand, it can be more clearly seen that his right eye is meant to be black with a white dot in the center.
Second design

2000 Old Characters Page; Character Cards; Yearbook Character Page (in photo) His right eye is now white with a blue (matching his skin) pupil. Outlines are thinner and more consistent.
Third design

April 2000 (or earlier) A Jumping Jack Contest; Dancin' Bubs; A Jorb Well Done (silhouette) Bubs has a more squat appearance, with broader shoulders, shorter arms, a stockier torso, and his head resting lower on his shoulders. He appears wider and shorter overall. The blue pupil in his right eye is off-centered, giving him a slightly cross-eyed appearance. His head is more oblong, with his mouth extending higher onto his face. He is colored darker overall and shading has been removed apart from on his head.
Fourth design

May 2000 (or earlier) Theme Song Video; Yearbook Character Page; Homestarloween Party; A Holiday Greeting; The Luau; The House That Gave Sucky Treats; Some Stupid Turkey

2022 Costume Pack Now Available

Bubs is now drawn with colored outlines; the blue inner circle on his right eye is outlined in black.
Fifth design

2001 Bubslegum Comics; The Best Decemberween Ever; Where's The Cheat?; various Strong Bad Emails from 1 step ahead to slumber party; Pumpkin Carve-nival; A Decemberween Pageant; The System is Down; Lookin at a Thing In a Bag; 3 Times Halloween Funjob; Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon; Halloween Fairstival; Homestar Presents: Presents; HomestarRunner.com: PAY PLUS!; Bug In Mouth Disease; Senorial Day; Happy Fireworks; Cool Things; A Folky Tale; Halloween Potion-ma-jig; Fall Float Parade; Weclome Back; No Hands On Deck!; Happy Hallow-day; Date Nite; DNA Evidence; One Two, One Two; Ever and More; Quality Time with Cardboard Homestar; Jibblies 2; Toikey TV; Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 15.2 His arms and shoulders sit slightly lower and closer to his torso, giving his arms a longer appearance. Bubs is now drawn with shadows and highlights, including a gleam in his left eye and special shading on his teeth; in some toons his legs are shaded as well. The colors of some outlines have been adjusted, most noticeably on his mouth.

His voice sounds slightly more raspy, and his teeth are also a little lighter and move more freely when he talks.

In various toons from do over onward, his belt curves around his stomach more.

Sixth design

This is the current design. 2007 Various toons from Happy Dethemberween; various Strong Bad Emails starting with nightlife Bubs' arms are slightly shorter. His head is shaped slightly different. His shading has been adjusted, appearing variably lighter, darker, or nonexistent since virus. His belt curves around his legs in more toons now.

His arms are animated in a different manner. Rather than bending on a single elbow joint, his entire arm moves in a smooth "bendy" curved manner as he gestures.

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