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They fight crime. Sometimes on purpose.

Sam & Max is a long-running series about the adventures of Sam, a six-foot revolver-wielding dog, and Max, a hyperkinetic-rabbity-thing. Together they form the Freelance Police and take on many strange cases involving, amoungst other things, washed-up child stars, the mafia, volcano gods, talking space gorillas and Lovecraftian elder gods. Starting as a comic series, the series has been adapted to animation and video games. The LucasArts adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road and three episodic series by Telltale Games are particularly well-known.

Multiple references and even crossovers have taken place between Sam & Max and Homestar Runner. The primary driver for these was Telltale Games' involvement in both series, developing both Sam & Max games and Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People.

The Brothers Chaps were fans of Sam & Max Hit the Road, and had already been playing through Telltale's first Sam & Max game when the company contacted them about partnering for SBCG4AP.

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[edit] Appearances

To date, Homestar Runner and Sam & Max have only crossed over in Telltale Games productions.

  • Sam & Max Season Two Alternate Ending 101 — A promotional video for Sam & Max: Season Two presents several alternate endings, with different characters revealing themselves as the criminal mastermind behind the series. One such ending features Homestar Runner, using the model developed for SBCG4AP.
  • Make a Scene With Telltale at PAX 2010 — This PAX panel used audience input to stage and script a short scene featuring characters from multiple Telltale games. Sam questions Marzipan about a murder; Sam & Max characters Max, General Skun'ka-pe, Pedro, Sal and Mr. Featherly appear in the toon, as does Strong Bad in a non-speaking role. This scene served as a demonstration of Telltale's game engine, and was not intended as an official part of any included property.
Strong Bad playing Bluster Blaster.
  • Poker Night at the Inventory served as the first proper instance of characters from both universes interacting together, with their official voices and with dialogue written by the license holders, in a poker game featuring Max and Strong Bad among the computer-controlled opponents. Strong Bad, Max, and the other characters talk amongst themselves; they also appear in the game's teaser and trailer.
    • Bluster Blaster, the arcade game from the Sam & Max games, is played by Strong Bad after he loses the tournament.
    • Banang, a running joke in games by Telltale Games that originated in Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space episode "Moai Better Blues", is continued in a conversation between Strong Bad and Max. A container of Banang also appears in a room in the opening scene when the elevator is going down to The Inventory.
    • Sam, Flint Paper, Girl Stinky and Mama Bosco also make cameos.

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[edit] Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People

  • References throughout the series —
  • Homestar Ruiner
    • Homestar Runner's reply of "Yes? Yes. Yes. Yes? Nooooo! Yes. Yes!" to Marzipan on his cellphone is the same as the reply Sam gives the Commissioner in Sam & Max Save the World Episode 4: "Abe Lincoln Must Die!"
    • If the area of the light right above The Cheat in the Snap Shak is clicked, the pointer changes to the Max crossbones shirt from the Telltale Games store.
  • Strong Badia the Free
    • If the highest awesomeness rating is achieved, the Max Crossbones shirt is unlocked for Strong Bad to wear in the Snap Shak. Strong Bad describes the shirt as a "cheesy cross-promotional marketing tie in".
    • Strong Bad can obtain the rank of "Secretary of the Posterior", the same title Max can convey to Superball in "Abe Lincoln Must Die".
  • Baddest of the Bands — One of the backgrounds in the Snap Shak is of the moon from Sam & Max Save the World Episode 6: "Bright Side of the Moon".
  • Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective
    • The map icon for Dangeresque's office uses the same design as Sam & Max's office.
    • When first traveling to Strongborneo, Dangeresque begins the scene by saying, "So, here we are... braving the rapids of this turbulent river deep in the heart of the jungle.", a possible reference to the running joke in Sam & Max of cutting to a new scene with Sam saying "Well, here we are," before explaining where they are, despite how obvious it is.
    • A timecard from Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Episode 4: "Chariot of the Dogs" appears in Perducci's deck.
    • The Commissioner from Sam & Max calls Strong Bad by accident, resulting in Strong Bad replying "Do WHAT to a rabbit? You've got the wrong number, pal."
    • One of the backgrounds in the Snap Shak is Sam & Max's office and Bosco's Inconvenience store from Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space.
  • 8-Bit is Enough — When you set the machine to high backstage at Gel-Arshie's Pro Fruitboarder, Gel-Arshie says "Hi! I'm Gel-Arshie!" in the same way that Hugh Bliss said "Hi! I'm Hugh Bliss!" in Sam & Max Save the World.
  • Promotional material —

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