King: "Take anything you desire from my kingdom, be it arms, ale, all the gold you can eat - name your prize."
Hogstrong: "We'll take all of it."
Hogstrong quote

— Hogstrong, demanding all of the king's rewards for rescuing Princess Bustilda.[1]
Hogstrong LeStrong
Starbarian Hogstrong The Starbarians' Die
Hogstrong confronts Siad in the episode, "The Starbarians' Die".
Appearances Animatic
• "The Starbarians' Die"
• "Episode 1.5"
• "The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1)"
Gender Male
Note(s) • One half of the Starbarians, along with Killgar
• Wields an Axe-Gun[2]
Voiced by Harry Partridge

Hogstrong LeStrong[3] is one of two main characters in Starbarians. Together with Killgar, he belongs to the eponymous Starbarian warriors, a duo of antiheroes who are described as "the only good guys worse than the bad guys".[4]

Taking the appearance of a stout purple-skinned humanoid alien with multi-coloured hair, floppy ears, and a snout, Hogstrong is very much an equal to Killgar and shares the same mindset towards "saving" the universe.

Biography Edit

Animatic Edit

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Hogstrong and Killgar are contacted by the King of Space to rescue his one hundred daughters from the evil Scrotor, who has kidnapped them for a "ritualistic blood-orgy for his mutanoid army". The two land on Terrax, where the girls are being held, but after Killgar kills a Terrachian Moonslug, they first head to a bar. The two get involved in a massive bar fight which concludes with the bar's destruction and the two riding away on motorcycles, each with a female in tow.

The narrator concludes that they eventually did save the girls, but not before having several other adventures first, such as "[dining] with the mutant thieves of Threndor, [pleasing] the Snake-slugs of Glycon, [riding] dragons made of guns, [battling] the ferocious Zab, and generally just [fucking] shit up".

Teaser Edit

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Along with Killgar, Hogstrong visits the planet of Mammoria. For promising to slay The Beast of Gorlax, the Starbarians are treated to one month's worth of alcohol, orgies, and food. After the month has passed, however, Killgar suggests that as they have been rewarded in advance, there's no need to kill the monster. They laugh and walk off.

The Starbarians' Die Edit

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The two Starbarians land on the planet of Galeron V to rescue Princess Bustilda, who has been kidnapped by the villainous "evil snake wizard" Siad. Despite his apparent intelligence, they quickly overcome him through sheer strength, and Hogstrong unties and frees Bustilda himself. After returning her, the Starbarians are offered one of three potential rewards by the king. Hogstrong instead decides on taking all of it, and the two loot all the rewards, kidnap Bustilda themselves, and leave in search of "monsters and boobs".

Episode 1.5 Edit

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The duo meet Trinosaur – a villain wanted for murder, slavery, stealing, and raping – upon a three-ringed planet to claim his bounty. After learning that they themselves have a bigger bounty than Trinosaur, they decide to instead kill Trinosaur and climb inside him, pretending that Trinosaur has devoured them so that they can claim their own bounty. In the end of the episode, Hogstrong is seen standing in the left half of Trinosaur, with his head sticking out of the Triceratops' mouth.

The Incredibly Strange Creatures That Stopped Living and Became Mixed up with the Starbarians (Part 1) Edit

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The duo are on their ship with Hogstrong in front, piloting the ship, while Killgar is in his bedroom having sex with an unnamed female and eating chicken. Killgar then joins Hogstrong on the flight deck and asks if they have any new missions. Apparently low on food, Hogstrong remarks that in order to avoid starving, it is time for a new mission and pulls up the only available one: a gladiator tournament, Gladius, hosted for the primary purpose of providing consenting warriors an opportunity to whet their bloodlust. Killgar yells in excitement. Hogstrong asks if Killgar wishes to go on the mission, turning to find Killgar fully clothed, sword at the ready, and holding a foam finger with the tournament's name. With that, Hogstrong declares that nothing will stop them from going on this mission while a distress signal from the primitive planet flares up on the mission log behind him, unbeknownst to the duo.

Episode 3 (April Fools) Edit

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In this non-canonical episode,[5] while aboard The DD Rex, the two become trapped inside a cosmic cloud that visually degenerates the ship. Hogstrong attempts to pilot the ship out of the cloud but is too late, and both he and Killgar are turned into potatoes on a desk.

Axe-Gun Edit

Killgar Hogstrong The Starbarians' Die.png Killgar Siad Hogstrong The Starbarians' Die.png
In the episode "The Starbarians' Die", Hogstrong is seen wielding both an axe (when confronting Siad, left) and a gun (when fighting Siad, right), but they are both separate weapons and are not the Axe-Gun, which didn't appear until the drawing of the action figures.

Hogstrong wields an axe which doubles as a firearm, aptly named the Axe-Gun. The handle of the weapon, when used as an axe, is the barrel of the firearm. Conversely, when used as a firearm, the blade of the axe forms the base of the firearm's grip.

The weapon was first seen and named in a drawing of Starbarians action figures by Harry Partridge[6][7] but, unlike Killgar's Thunderblade, has not featured in Starbarians prior to its appearance in the drawing. However, the first episode, "The Starbarians' Die", saw Hogstrong with both an axe and a gun separately.[8][9]

On 4 October 2014, Partridge posted a short video of Hogstrong wielding the Axe-Gun, or Axegun, in both stances.[10] Several years later, on 23 July 2018, Partridge showed a .GIF of Hogstrong transforming the Axe-Gun further by removing the blade.[11]

Trivia Edit

  • In the teaser, Hogstrong has a deeper voice than he does in later episodes. Conversely, Killgar's voice is oppositely affected in later episodes.
  • Harry Partridge tweeted a drawing of Starbarians action figures.[6][7] In it,
    • the spelling of Hogstrong's surname, LeStrong, was confirmed. It had previously been mentioned in passing by the king in "The Starbarians' Die".[3]
    • Hogstrong's Axe-Gun is given its first appearance. It did not show in either the teaser or "The Starbarians' Die", where instead he is seen wielding both an axe (before confronting Siad)[8] and a gun (during the short fight against Siad)[9] in separate scenes.
    • he is described as a "porky, put-upon punk with a heart of gold".
  • Hogstrong appears in an unlisted YouTube video in which Partridge briefly experiments with motion blur.[12] He can also be seen inside Partridge's brain alongside Killgar in Partridge's With Animation You Can!, accompanying the lyrics "And I've stories to tell that stay locked in my brain / And I don't know how I'll get them out".[13][14]

Gallery Edit

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References Edit

  1. Episode: "The Starbarians' Die"
  2. Image: Starbarians action figures.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Transcript ("The Starbarians' Die")

    King: Killgar of Killgaria and Hogstrong LeStrong, for besting the evil snake wizard Siad in a battle of the minds, you have earned my people's trust, and for bringing back my dear princess and saving her from certain molesty-sexy-gross-type stuff, you've earned my love.

  4. 4.0 4.1 DeviantART image: Starbarians by ~Harry-Partridge
  5. Twitter: As sad as it is that I've asked myself that, the ...
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Twitter message: @HappyHarryToons: Starbarians action figures ...
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Twitpic image: Starbarians action figures? You'd buy one right...RIGHT?
  8. 8.0 8.1 Image: Killgar Hogstrong The Starbarians' Die.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 Image: Killgar Siad Hogstrong The Starbarians' Die.png
  10. Twitter: "Axegun."
  11. Twitter: Nightstick/Rifle/Knife/Axe. ...
  12. YouTube: Motion Blur Test
  13. 13.0 13.1 YouTube: With Animation You Can!
  14. Image: With Animation You Can Killgar Hogstrong.png
  15. Newgrounds image: Starbarians by HappyHarry
  16. Newgrounds image: STARBARIANS by sucho
  17. Newgrounds image: Starbarians Commission for Adrien by HappyHarry
  18. Twitter message: @HappyHarryToons: Starbarians action figure ...
  19. Twitpic image: Starbarians action figure turnarounds...
(view template) Characters
Starbarians HogstrongKillgar
Villains ScrotorThe Beast of GorlaxSiadTrinosaurEternoid leader
Females BustildaNewsreaderZoa
Miscellaneous Ace SpacelyKing of SpaceKing
Upcoming / cut Thi-LenaThrillgarSheriff