Strong Bad

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Strong Bad is one of the major characters of the Homestar Runner series of animated Flash web cartoons. He is portrayed by Matt Chapman, the principal voice actor and co-founder of the series. Strong Bad enjoys pranking the other characters of the series, along with his ever-diligent lackey pet named "The Cheat" and his older brother Strong Mad.[1] The main segment that Strong Bad is a part of is "Strong Bad Email", in which he answers emails sent to him by fans.[2] Strong Bad Email has turned into several DVDs, as well as a podcast, since its first episode in 2001.[3]

Strong Bad is sometimes referred to as the main antagonist of the series due to his pranks that he, Strong Mad, and The Cheat play on the other characters, and his insulting of his brother Strong Sad.[4] He seems to be a character influenced by the American popular culture trends of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, such as heavy metal music and the second and third generations of video games and video game consoles.[4] Since he is one of the site's most popular characters, merchandise has also spun off of Strong Bad, which includes t-shirts and sweatshirts sold by the website.[4]

Strong Bad has been one of the series most popular characters, and has been well received. In an article by National Review Online, Strong Bad was described as "a non-stop braggart, liar, manipulator, and egotist", but also "one of the coolest characters on the Internet and the real star of Homestarrunner.com, which may be the most popular homegrown animation in the world".[4] Segments have been spun off of his emails, including "Teen Girl Squad" a comic drawn by Strong Bad about four teenage friends.[5]

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  1. "Characters: Strong Bad". Homestar Runner.com. Retrieved 2008-09-18. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  2. Taylor, Lauren (October 24, 2003). "Homestarrunner's antics provide entertainment for its on-line fans". Red and Black. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  3. Miller, Aaron (August 23, 2007). "Podcasts". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Wood, Peter (August 27, 2003). "Everybody to the Limit". National Review Online. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  5. "Strong Bad Email 53". homestarrunner.com. 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-18.