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Everyone loves the Homestar runner, he is a terrific athlete!
Homestar Runner was originally a children’s book created in 1996 by Mike Chapman and Craig Zobel, The Homestar runner enters the strongest man in the world contest". It became a flash cartoon in 1999 when “The Brothers Chaps”, Mike and Matt Chapman, wanted something to practice using flash on. The website became live in January 2000.
Homestar runner is the main character of his self-titled cartoon, also staring Strong Bad, Strong Mad, Strong Sad, The cheat, Marzipan, Pom Pom, coach Z, Bubs, The King of Town, The Poopsmith and Homsar. They live in Free Country, USA, and often engage in surreal activities. The show contains many 70’s 80’s and 90’s pop culture references such as old video games. Other long running cartoons on the website include “teen girl squad”, “Powered By The Cheat”, “Cheat Commandos”, “Strong Bad Email”, “Marzipan’s Answering Machine” and “Puppet stuff”.
Strong Bad email
Homestarrunner.com only really became popular when the SBemails started, where fans could write an email to Strong Bad and he would make a responce with humourous consequences. It is for this reason that even though Homestar Runner is the main character, Strong Bad remains the most popular character of the series. These emails spawned new characters and spinoffs such as “Trogdor the burninator”, Homsar and “teen girl squad”. Trogdor has become one of Strongbad’s most popular creations with many fans making their own variations, Teen girl squad has also been parodied.
Origin of Trogdor:
Homestarrunner.com has never advertised and Mike and Matt Chapman claimed that their site spread by word of mouth.
Blue = homestar runner, Red = homestarrunner.com
The spike in 2004 may have been from it being talked about on NPR. Story here
There was a video game based on the website entitled Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People (or abbreviated SBCG4AP). It was developped by Videlectrix (Mike and Matt Chapman) and Telltale games. It was released for the Nintendo Wii and the PC.
A Homestar Runner Parody:
Kingdom of hearts teen girl squad parody