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[edit] Leeko, leeko, leeko! I'm a bad guy!

Strong Bad spins around on his head in funny.

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 05:55, 7 December 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

  • It looks to me more like he's floating around on his head.
  • Things that are only vaguely similar are usually not references, just independently alike.
  • If his motion was more "bouncy", I'd say there was a reference there. But since he flips back and forth vertically in one of those scenes, it looks more like a coincidence.
  • It doesn't say he spins on his head in this 'toon.

Additional comments:


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  2. Has Matt?
  1. Heimstern Läufer
  2. It's dot com
  3. talk Bubsty edits
  4. DorianGray
  5. Image:kskunk_fstandby.gif KieferSkunk (talk)
  6. teeeffoh!
  7. I R F
  8. Mycroft Holmes
  9. Trey56
  10. — User:ACupOfCoffee@
  11. arrow4.PNG~Rebecca~ RJMT speaker-noise.gif
  12. The Thnikkaman
  13. GWR_Wikisig.gifGWR 2004 TalkContribs
  14. אוקאלייליי (Ookelaylay)
  15. DEI DAT VMdatvm center\super contra
  16. AbdiViklas
  17. NFITC1

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[edit] A Plan, a Man — Dan?

The "master plan" to buy a "custom conversion van" echoes Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, when Strong Bad uses his power of persuasion to influence The Cheat into pulling one more caper, and "blow the college fund on a really tricked out van."

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 17:52, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

  • The Chaps are well known for having obscure references to past episodes. It seems that anything they decided to add would be intentional.
  • Perhaps a plan is mentioned just because plan rhymes with van. (originally, the argument below only mentioned "plan")
  • Other articles mention small references, such as the earlier SBemails articles bringing up Strong Bad's short-lived spaceship obsession.
  • Since Strong Bad never got to get that van in the previous cartoon due to getting caught, he is probably still trying to live up to his dream.
  • The fact is worded in such a way ("echoes") that lets the wiki readers decide for themsleves whether it is a reference.

Arguments against:

  • A van is mentioned just because van rhymes with plan, man, and Marzipan.
  • If it was "tricked out van" both times it would be a different story, but with two different adjectives, this is probably just a coincidence.

Additional comments:

  • Aren't "custom" and "tricked-out" pretty much the same thing?
    • Perhaps, but is "pretty much" enough for a reference, or is this just another case of independent mentions of a similar thing?
  • I think it works. It was the first thing that came to mind when I saw it.
    • Same here. At the very least, this is the second time Strong Bad is referenced going to extreme lengths to get a better than average van. That is noteworthy somewhere.
  • Is it just me or does this seem like a very big stretch?
    • No, it's not just you.
  • I'm still on the fence on this one; I need more arguments!
  • Can't we just change the wording to be a little less decisive? IE "The 'master plan' to buy a 'conversion van' MAY BE a reference to..." (sans caps, of course.) I'd vote for that, but not in its present form.
    • NOTE: Just in case this is accepted, I have reworded it slightly. I am not presenting it as a full revision (1) because I don't think the substance of the item is changed, and (2) because I don't want to complicate a vote that is almost dead even. If anyone has a serious issue with the rewording, leave a note here and we'll figure something out.
  • It seems to me that the only reason this would even work as a reference is because the Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon is the only other place on homestarrunner.com where vans are mentioned. That doesn't seem conclusive enough to put this in as a fact.
  • There's just BARELY enough arguements to persuade me to give a positive vote.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. DorianGray
  2. Homestramy20|Talk
  3. User:Johnmazz84
  4. Jenny
  5. KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
  6. TaranchulaVamp15
  7. The Lappy
  8. Lapper (talk)
  9. Invisible Robot Fish
  10. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  11. Spell4yr
  12. B
  13. Syphax
  14. Trey56
  15. CHS
  16. Rebochan
  17. Majicmps
  18. Alcnolien
  19. sigmazero13
  20. talk Bubsty edits
  21. Vile.exe
  22. Wobbuvahi
  23. K1rby
  24. THE SMOKING MONKEY
  25. TotalSpaceshipGirl3
  26. RatherAnnoying
  27. MegamanEXE
  28. Thatkidsam
  29. Crystallina
  30. Racerx is Alive
  31. Thunderbird
  32. Teh_Frossty_One
  33. NFITC1
  34. Kerrek_slaya
  35. Sbemail(Talk,Contribs.)
  1. — User:ACupOfCoffee@
  2. Joshua
  3. FireBird|Talk
  4. The Chort
  5. JesseLangham
  6. Exhibit A
  7. Mycroft Holmes
  8. Jay o'Lantern (Haunt)
  9. JestyTalk
  10. GWR_Wikisig.gifGWR 2004 TalkContribs
  11. Lil Stiny
  12. Ju Ju Master
  13. videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif
  14. Rogue Leader / (my talk)
  15. Gafaddict Image:Gafaddict sigpic.gif (Talk | Contribs.)
  16. Darkstalker
  17. TobyTheRobot
  18. Lazmo
  19. Tuquee
  20. Heimstern Läufer
  21. AbdiViklas
  22. Ciberdude444
  23. GG Crono
  24. Zurty
  25. M Moogle

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[edit] Explosions, Fireworks... Reference?

Homestar Runner was first seen dressed up as Uncle Sam on Main Page 12.

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 15:13, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

  • The hat doesn't equal Uncle Sam. Just as this symbol for the NY Yankees (there at the right) is not a reference to Uncle Sam, but rather patriotism.
  • On Main Page 12, Homestar isn't wearing a beard (that we can tell) or a big blue coat or anything else that goes with Uncle Sam besides the generic patriotic hat.
  • I agree on that it's the second time he SHOWED up as Uncle Sam, but he never actually dressed up. He only had a tatoo of himself as Uncle Sam on his arm. Also, It would be more signifigant if it was the first time.

Additional comments:


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
  1. It's dot com
  2. Trey56
  3. I R F
  4. small_logo.pngUsername-talk
  5. videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif
  6. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  7. DorianGray
  8. Alcnolien
  9. Mycroft Holmes
  10. Zurty
  11. Lapper (talk)
  12. Aaronak
  13. Homestramy20|Talk
  14. AbdiViklas
  15. The Chort

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[edit] Good Ol' Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States dating from the War of 1812.

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 00:23, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

  • This is a legitamate fun fact that not everyone would know.
  • Many people NOT from America wouldn't know who Uncle Sam is.

Arguments against:

  • I really want to know who hasn't heard of Uncle Sam.

Additional comments:

  • Even if there is a link to the wikipedia article, this doesn't mean a Real World Reference should be removed.
  • There's pretty much no reason to remove this - it's somewhat obvious, but the War of 1812 bit was something I didn't really remember, and frankly, just because one knows he exists doesn't mean that everyone knows EVERYTHING about him... thus the link to the Wikipedia article's nice, too.
  • About the argument against: Do you know who is the national personification of.. let's say.. Canada? The United Kingdom? If don't, then people from those countries maight not know who Uncle Sam is.
  • On another note: Did Uncle Sam first appear during the War of 1812? I've always been taught he showed up during the Revolutionary War.
  • How complicated can a simple vote be? Well, I'm about to make it more complicated. There is some evidence that the term "Uncle Sam" was around as early as the War of 1812, but Homestar is referring to the character. From the Wikipedia article on Thomas Nast:
    Notable images and icons which he created or popularized were [among others]:
    • Uncle Sam, a lanky image of the United States (first drawn in the 1830s; Nast and John Tenniel added the whiskers).
    If the character wasn't first drawn until the 1830s, then the War of 1812 predates it, and therefore the war cannot be an important part of our Real-World Reference. For this reason, I must shift my support to the revision below.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. Alcnolien
  2. Shadow Hog
  3. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif
  4. Joshua
  5. Lapper (talk)
  6. The Pardack
  7. - Camalex(talk)
  1. It's dot com
  2. Lil Stiny'
  3. Ciberdude444
  4. I R F
  5. Zurty
  6. small_logo.pngUsername-talk
  7. «Rob»
  8. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  9. Trey56
  10. Aaronak
  11. Racerx is Alive
  12. Mycroft Holmes
  13. AbdiViklas
  14. Sigmazero13
  15. Heimstern Läufer

Proposed revision:

Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States dating from the War of 1812. Homestar Runner was first seen wearing a Uncle Sam hat on Main Page 12.

Arguments for:

  • We shouldn't have two entries for the same thing when we could combine them.
  • Main Page 12 really isn't referenced other than the fact that Homestar appears in roughly the same getup. Therefore, that part should be a secondary part of this item, not one of its own.

Arguments against:

  • I disagree; I don't think Inside and Real-World References should be combined.
  • As far as Main Page 12 is concerned, the hat doesn't equal Uncle Sam. Just as this symbol for the NY Yankees (there at the right) is not a reference to Uncle Sam, but rather patriotism.

Additional comments:

  • Obviously, if this is accepted, the item currently in the Inside References will be removed.
  • The origin and date of Uncle Sam have no bearing on this cartoon, and are the sort of additional information that should stay in Wikipedia for those who really want to know more about Uncle Sam. It would be rather insular, though, to assume that he needs no explanation whatsoever, so I propose the revision below.
  • Just because Homestar wears an American-ized hat doesn't mean he's actually dressed as Uncle Sam.
  • NOTE: This revision was closed and split into its own item above. At the time it was closed the vote was 10–4 against. Any accept votes that conflicted with other accept votes in subsequent revisions have been omitted.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. Sam Goldfish
  1. It's dot com
  2. DorianGray
  3. Ciberdude444
  4. Lil Stiny
  5. Joshua
  6. Alcnolien
  7. I R F
  8. Trey56
  9. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif
  10. Elcool (talk)(contribs)

Proposed revision:

Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States.

Arguments for:

  • Eliminates the "War of 1812" part
  • Keeps what's vital for someone who hasn't heard of Uncle Sam.
  • Anyone wanting to know more about Uncle Sam can just click on the link to Wikipedia's article.

Arguments against:

  • I'd be interested in knowing where Uncle Sam came from. I stick with the original.

Additional comments:

  • The origin and date of Uncle Sam have no bearing on this cartoon, and are the sort of additional information that should stay in Wikipedia for those who really want to know more about Uncle Sam. It would be rather insular, though, to assume that he needs no explanation whatsoever, so I propose this revision.
  • Why muddy the path of a fact upon its way to acception?
    • Because the version above is factually incorrect.
  • I changed "symbolic personification" to "national personification" as per the other versions; I had changed it because I didn't realize it was a standard term.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. AbdiViklas
  2. Gafaddict Image:Gafaddict sigpic.gif (Talk | Contribs.)
  3. It's dot com
  4. I R F
  5. Mycroft Holmes
  6. small_logo.pngUsername-talk
  7. «Rob»
  8. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  9. Trey56
  10. Aaronak
  11. DorianGray
  12. Racerx is Alive
  13. RatherAnnoying
  14. Sigmazero13
  15. Ju Ju Master
  16. THE SMOKING MONKEY
  17. Heimstern Läufer
  18. KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
  19. Rogue Leader / (my talk)
  20. Spell4yr
  21. B
  1. Ciberdude444
  2. Lil Stiny
  3. Joshua
  4. Lapper (talk)
  5. Alcnolien

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[edit] Ouch!

"The For Real Deal" tattoo is a reference to Richey Edwards and the infamous interview he did with NME journalist Steve Lamacq. When Lamacq asked Edwards if he and his band Manic Street Preachers were serious about their music, Edwards tried to convince Lamacq by carving "4-real" into his forearm.

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 13:05, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

  • Both instances feature tattoos and very similar wording.
  • TBC usually make real-world references to events in the 80's and 90's, and this took place in 1991.
  • This event was significant enough to make it to #8 in this list of 100 significant moments in rock history (which, to be fair, was generated by NME).

Arguments against:

  • "For Real" is a common phrase.
  • I think that for something that is referred to as "infamous interview" should be something well known or notable. These is neither.
  • If it's not a clear reference, it's not a reference. It's interesting info that should stay on the Talk page, though.
  • I never heard of that, chances are, neither have alot of people. Too obscure.

Additional comments:

  • For the record, this was a much bigger thing in England than it was in the US. They certainly remember it across the pond. I think it's possible that indie rock fans like the Chaps keep up with this kind of thing.
  • The issue isn't really the notoriety or common knowledge of the referent; it's the solidity of the connection. Grover (on Sesame Street) is pretty well-known, but that doesn't mean for kids was referencing him.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. Trey56
  2. Doing
  3. Lazmo
  4. JesseLangham
  5. Majicmps
  1. Joshua
  2. I R F
  3. Mycroft Holmes
  4. DorianGray
  5. Spell4yr
  6. AbdiViklas
  7. metaspy
  8. videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif
  9. Hannah Banana
  10. - Camalex(talk)
  11. talk Bubsty edits
  12. THE SMOKING MONKEY
  13. Lapper (talk)
  14. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif
  15. Zurty
  16. Homestramy20|Talk
  17. «Rob»
  18. Aaronak

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[edit] A Glowy Box!

The "Glowy Box" Strong Mad refers to may be a reference to the box that Strong Bad makes dance and prance in haircut

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 19:14, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

  • May explain why it's "Personal" to Strong Mad

Arguments against:

  • May be.
  • Probably just a coincidence.
  • Strong Mad's box shaped. That's probably why he likes them so much. They aren't nessecarily referencing each other - it could just be a personality trait.
  • Strong Mad is just weird. He likes to say weird things.

Additional comments:

  • I'm sorta half confident on this one, but I thought I'd put it out there and see what people think.
  • I think trying to find any definitive meaning in what Strong Mad is saying here is like trying to determine what Homsar is saying with a rope in his mouth.
  • This could possibly become a running gag page, what with the numerous combolations of Strong Mad and boxes/cubes. How about something like Strong Mad's Boxes?
    • I dunno. I could be wrong, but they just don't seem that funny. Maybe an inside joke?
      • There are lots of other instances on the site of cardboard boxes roughly 2 feet cubic. I haven't figured out which ones interrelate, but it might be worth looking into.
        • You're right. I could swear that we've got a page on boxes...
          • We do have a page on the Box Computer, the cardboard box, and the Soapbox, to name a few.
            • If you notice, two of those three boxes relate to Strong Mad. Thatw was SM's computer box and also he wanted that box to dance.
              • I was thinking particularly of the Strongbadia Riverquest Adventure and R.Q. 2. There's the BOX FOR THROW GAME in there too, although I was thinking more of cardboard boxes.
  • Maybe we should mention Strong Mad's attraction to boxes on his character page?
    • I'd agree with that. He certainly has an affinity to boxes.
  • Strong Mad's pretty much a beefy Homsar. Except he's not white. And he has no neck. Or little derby hat. And he has arms. But, yeah, you get my point.
  • I agree with making it a Running Gag of some sort. There are many boxes relating to SM.--Martin925 21:13, 18 October 2005 (UTC)


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. JesseLangham
  2. DorianGray
  3. KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
  4. Kiwi
  5. Martin925
  1. Elcool (talk)(contribs)
  2. Mycroft Holmes
  3. Joshua
  4. Lapper (talk)
  5. Jay o'Lantern (Haunt)
  6. JestyTalk
  7. GWR_Wikisig.gifGWR 2004 TalkContribs
  8. Lil Stiny
  9. talk Bubsty edits
  10. AbdiViklas
  11. Heimstern Läufer
  12. Ju Ju Master
  13. Homestramy20|Talk
  14. minibaseball.png Bkmlb(talk to me·stuff I did)
  15. Invisible Robot Fish
  16. Spell4yr
  17. The Chort
  18. B
  19. The Flying Weasel
  20. The Pardack
  21. videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif
  22. Hannah Banana

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[edit] Revelation?

This is the first time that Homestar's armlessness has been mentioned to him. Strong Bad has talked about it before, but only when not near Homestar.

From: Strong Bad is a Bad Guy
Posted on: 20:30, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

Arguments for:

  • Homestar seems unaware that he has no arms in this cartoon.
  • Strong Bad said that he "didn't have the heart to tell" Homestar about his arms, implying that Homestar didn't know before.

Arguments against:

  • In fingers, it was implied that Homestar knows about it.
  • Who cares when it was first mentioned to him. What's at stake is whether this reveals the true status of Homestar's arms, which it doesn't really (see comment below).

Additional comments:

  • Just to clarify, the previous time was in The Interview, where Strong Bad referred to Homestar as a "no-armed whitey".
  • This is a running gag. It has been brought up before, and I think that, even taking this toon into account, TBC are keeping this ambiguous. After all, it was Strong Mad who said "You don't have arms," and what does he know.
    • We could revise this to mention it as the continuation of a running gag.
      • In the bird, Homestar flips the bird to Strong Bad, who seems to be able to see it.
        • You need to set up a page that documents the running gag. I suggest Invisible Arms, since it affects other characters besides Homestar. Also, it ties in with How Do You Type With Boxing Gloves On?.
          • I'm surprised that we don't have an Invisible Arms page yet, as it is one of the more common running gags.
            • Well, we do now. Somebody go to town with it.
  • Are we sure Strong Bad's lack of heart was about Homestar's lack of arms and not something else, like the dumbness of Homestar's tattoo ideas?
    • Yes.
  • Strong Bad didn't get a very good response when he told Homestar about his pants, or his lack thereof. So he probably didn't want to be the one to tell him.


Votes to accept: Votes to decline:
  1. It's dot com
  2. DorianGray
  3. KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
  4. Mycroft Holmes
  5. - Camalex(talk)
  6. JestyTalk

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