Strong Sad Evolution

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Strong Sad's design hasn't changed much. His arms have been changing in size and his voice has gotten higher. He has also grown less depressed.

Image Remarks Created Appearances What's Changed?
Early concepts

The bottom-left sketch would later be identified as "Strong Glad". September 1996 Sketchbook (museum)

flashback (bottom right); Main Page 20 (bottom right) The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw (bottom right); Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold (bottom right and bottom left)

First design

November 1999 Marshmallow's Last Stand; Old Characters Page; Yearbook Character Page (in photo); Character Cards


His torso is a solid color, without the striped or spotted patterns seen in many sketches.
Second design

2000 A Jumping Jack Contest; Strong Libs

Hremail 7

His design has been refined, sporting a cleaner vector look with thinner outlines. His arms are not as short, reaching to just above his waist. For all of his screen time during this time, he faces the front as opposed to a three-quarters view. His mouth appears to be on one side of his face, and his eyes seem further apart.
Third design

2000 Theme Song Video; Yearbook Character Page Homestarloween Party, A Holiday Greeting; A Jorb Well Done, The Luau; The House That Gave Sucky Treats; depressio; The Interview

2022 Costume Pack Now Available

His outline is now colored, and his arms appear slightly shorter. His upper body is no longer shaded, and his mouth is more centered.
Fourth design

2001 The Best Decemberween Ever, Where's The Cheat?; various Strong Bad Emails from stand-up to radio; Pumpkin Carve-nival; Main Page 16; Homsar Main Page; A Decemberween Pageant; 3 Times Halloween Funjob; Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon; Experimental Film; Halloween Fairstival; Homestar Presents: Presents He's rounder, his eyes are more glossy, his outline is thicker, his head is bigger, his body is slightly darker, he has much more advanced shading, and his mouth has a different shape and movement style in the toons from gimmicks on.

His voice sounds more "delicate" than just "tired-sounding".

Current design

2005 Various Strong Bad Emails from origins to too cool; toons from Bug In Mouth Disease to current; Main Pages 23 and 24; Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 His legs are closer together, his front arm is longer, his shading is slightly different, he has a thicker, darker outline, his head is a slightly different shape and his eyes are a little further apart.

Beginning in 2007, Strong Sad has become more self-confident and actively defends himself on occassion.

Current design

Used concurrently with prior design 2008 environment; rated; Compy Catalog; I Killed Pom Pom; Mr. Poofers Must Die There is a light reflection on his stomach, and a shadow under his head. He also has more realistic fingers and thumbs, and is slightly taller. His belly button has been flipped. His outline is slightly lighter and his feet point away from each other when he is standing still.
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