This Flash-Animated Cartoon Character Got Me Through College

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If you had access to a computer back in the Wild West days of dial-up internet, you probably remember the Flash-animated internet cartoon Homestar Runner and its breakout star, Strong Bad.

Strong Bad started out as the antagonist for the other characters, but eventually became a main feature of the series…

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Voiced by Homestar Runner co-creator, Matt Chapman, the braggadocious and egocentric character of Strong Bad was a fan favorite because of his self-parodying sensibilities as well as his unplaceable accent and obscure mix of pop culture references that are somehow still ahead of their time.

He grew so popular that he was given his own segment…

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In the series “Strong Bad Email,” the character was given his own platform to shine like the lucha libre mask clad diamond that he is. The premise is basically that Strong Bad reads emails sent in by fans and then he — while wearing boxing gloves — types up a response as only he could.

“Strong Bad Email” was responsible for some the funniest spinoffs in the whole series…

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In the same way that “Happy Days” gave birth to “Mork And Mindy” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Strong Bad Emails” spawned “fhqwhgads,” a hilarious musical misunderstanding of a fan’s typo, and “Teen Girl Squad,” which was actually just a comic Strong Bad drew about four teenage girls.

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