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> Tropes A-C

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* AbortedArc: Act 6 Act 5 Act 2, the Trickster Arc. Sort of. It actually was just "skipped over" (we didn't get to see it), but it still happened, and the ramifications of what just happened remain.
* ABoyAndHisX: Jade and Bec.
* AccidentalInnuendo: Invoked in-universe, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006272 from Karkat's POV]] when John sends him and the others a letter in a bucket. Played with even a bit more before, as Jade chastises John and tells him to "throw [a bucket] through my mysterious portal"
** Rose's chumHandle: [[TheProblemWithPenIsland tentacleTherapist.]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Hussie likes to play with alliteration in names and words from time to time.
* AdultsAreUseless: Played straight at first, as John's father seems to care more about baking then the imminent danger he is in, Rose's mother seems to be near insane, Jade's grandfather is dead, and Dave's parents are no-where to be seen. Later subverted however, as John's Dad *SINGLEHANDEDLY* escaped from his captors, with none of the advanced weapons the children have. Rose's Mother opens the door that allows Rose into the laboratory, which saves them both, and eventually also singlehandedly slays a large monster. And Jade's Grandfather turns out to be alive, and is piloting a spaceship which carries John's Dad and Rose's Mother.
* AdultFear: Poor Jane's dad. It's hard enough that there have been attempts on his teenage daughter's life, but then he had to watch her get blown up by a letter bomb...
* AllJustADream: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005732 Here]], Doc Scratch [[TheReveal reveals]] that, from the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005674 coin flip onwards]], he had [[HalfTruth actually been describing]] a [[ForWantOfANail doomed alternate timeline in which Terezi let Vriska carry out her plan]], and that, in the alpha timeline, Terezi had [[SelfDefeatingProphecy foreseen that outcome and stabbed Vriska to avoid it]].
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: [[{{Troll}} In more ways than one!]]
* AffectionateParody: Of many different disparate genres and works, too numerous to list.
* AfterTheEnd: The Reckoning initiates a meteor storm that reduces all host planets it affects to a desolate wasteland to be populated by Exiles from the game years in the future (but not many).
** In the B2 universe, Dirk and Roxy live [[ArcWords years in the future (but not many)]] in [[OceanPunk a world submerged underwater]], ruled openly by the Condesce.
** The lands of the B2 Session are all barren and filled with skeletons of the Consorts who died long ago.
* AirJousting: Featured [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002771 here.]]
* AlchemyIsMagic: A machine called an alchemiter makes various objects based on codes punched into punchcards. John explains a part of the logic behind it with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002745 this update]].
* AlienBlood: The troll hemospectrum contains a wide variance of colors, but they are all dull and muted. Karkat's bright red blood is an anomaly.
** FantasticRacism / FantasticCasteSystem / LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The trolls' caste system is based on blood color, with the "cool" colors (as in purple, blue, and green, known as "highbloods") at the top and warm colors (yellow, orange/brown, red, known as "lowbloods", or "rust bloods") at the bottom. Trolls ''can'' use the color gray (their skin color) as a form of blood-anonymity, but it raises a few eyebrows. Trolls in the low blood castes tend to have psychic powers. The high blood castes tend to be almost completely immune to psychic attacks, but far more prone to mental instability and insanity.
** Three of the storyline trolls have special blood: There's Karkat's mutant candy-red which ''isn't even on the hemospectrum''; Feferi has the most highly-ranked shade of purple of any living troll, making her the future Empress. Kanaya's blood is pretty rare as well, and she comes with a number of exceptions to general troll rules. It's possible Karkat and Feferi and their ancestors are the ''only'' trolls of their blood colors on account of being created with ectobiology rather then being born the usual way, though with Kanaya we do get mention of other Jadebloods.
*** According to Calliope, trolls with lime blood are also special, in the fact that they had powers that threatened the authority and were hunted down to extinction. However, as Calliope writes Troll fanfiction and has a ParodySue self-insert Trollsona, she may simply be making up the rarity, power, and very existence lime-blooded Trolls to back up her Trollsona.
** ColorCodedForYourConvenience The zodiac signs on the troll's shirts (along with their text color) match the color of their blood, with the exception of Karkat.
** ChromaticArrangement / RainbowMotif: How the trolls are arrayed in the Kids' Trollslum, and how we arrange them on character pages as well. Karkat is technically off the spectrum entirely, though according to Hussie he would be a Limeblood without his mutation which would place him between Sollux and Nepeta color-wise.
* AlienGeometries: The final form of Skaia is certainly non-euclidean.
** The Furthest Ring does odd things with both space and time. The longer you're in there, the more indirect your path becomes. The further you travel, the more backwards your timeline becomes.
* AlienInvasion: In the future of the Post-Scratch Universe, The Condesce outright invades Earth.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Every character known yet seems to speak English. In the case of game constructs (Carapaces, Consorts, Denizens, etc.) it seems that a session is able to load the language (much in the same fashion as Quest Beds[=/=]Cocoons) from the players. In the case of Trolls, it's revealed that English is actually Trollish with a different alphabet, since the Trolls created the universe Earth exists in. And other characters, like Doc Scratch, or the Horrorterrors, are omniscient enough that it explains away the language.
* AllLowercaseLetters: Jade, John, Dave, and quite a few trolls type (and speak!) like this, but they have different styles; see [[Characters/{{Homestuck}} the dossier]] for more detail.
* AlliterativeName: Used several times for the characters' screen names: tentacleTherapist, gardenGnostic, gutsyGumshoe, timaeusTestified, apocalypseArisen, cuttlefishCuller, uranianUmbra, and undyingUmbrage.
** Jack Noir becomes the Sovereign Slayer in the kids' universe, and the Scurrilous Straggler[=/=]Spades Slick in the trolls'.
** Draconian Dignitary[=/=]Diamonds Droog.
* AllOfThem: Used by various characters, though mostly Vriska.
* AlternateSelf: Dreamselves, doomed timeline doubles, and Scratch counterparts.
* AlternativeCalendar: Alternians measure time in "solar sweeps" rather than years; one solar sweep, at least as far as age is concerned, is equal to two point sixteen repeating years. (And ''two'' solar sweeps equals [[ArcNumber four and one-third]] years!)
* AltText: The banners in Act 5's Doc Scratch arc starting [[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005956 here]].
* AlternateUniverse: There are five universes relevant to the plot. And Sburb/Sgrub takes place in another alternate universe for each session.
** The first universe is the Kids's universe, containing Earth and humanity. It's eventually revealed that this universe was created by the Trolls in their Session.
** The second universe is the Troll's universe, containing Alternia and the Troll race.
** The third universe is revealed to the readers by Doc Scratch. The troll's universe was actually reset by an earlier [[ResetButton Scratch]], making it an Alternate Universe of an Alternate Universe, with the Trolls' ancestors as players.
** The fourth universe is when the Kids do their own Scratch, resetting their universe. This universe also contains Earth and humanity, but things have changed a bit, and troll influences are a bit heavier.
*** This universe's version of Sburb, the Sburb Alpha, is depicted with a horizontally-flipped logo colored red to demonstrate its creation by Betty Crocker Corp. The universe itself is associated with green, which serves as an inversion from the pre-Scratch universe, which was associated with red and the Sburb logo was green.
*** Earth itself is more of less the same. However, there are a few differences:
*** Humans have or plan to have a Mars colony during 2011. Technology levels seem to be mostly the same however
*** A few celebrities have [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman vastly different lives]], like Harry Anderson and Guy Fieri.
*** There are populations of lusii on Jake's island.
*** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also]], there's a live-action, feature-length ''SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' movie, and a ''Complacency of the Learned'' novel series.
*** The Condesce reveals herself to Earth on the day of Jane's entry, then systematically dismantles civilization and eventually floods the planet. Dirk and Roxy live in the far distant future on the Earth, contemporaneously with the Exiles from their session, and seemingly form a small phalanx of LaResistance.
*** The far future of this Earth is also home to the Cherubs Caliborn and Calliope.
* AlwaysNight: Almost every panel of Alternia is shown during the night, because the trolls cannot stand the BLISTERING ALTERNIAN SUN. The exception are panels featuring Kanaya, who is one of the few trolls who can stand the sun. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent She's a rainbow drinker (Alternian Vampire). It's complicated.]] The one daytime panel not featuring Kanaya shows why, as Terezi is blinded by the sun.
* [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation Amazing Technicolor Babies]]: When trolls are grubs their eyes and bodies are their blood colors. Once they pupate, their skin and eye colors become the same between all trolls, however they fill in with blood pigment as the trolls get older. The twelve main trolls are still young enough for their eyes to be gray.
* AmbidextrousSprite: A plot point in the Midnight Crew intermission, but exhibited throughout. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003200 "DAMMIT. Your sprite was flipped the wrong way."]] Especially visible with the trolls [[FashionableAsymmetry Kanaya, Sollux, and Vriska]].
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Vriska and Eridan, killing three people between them, are considered monsters, while Jack, who killed millions, hardly seems to have hit the MoralEventHorizon. Vriska and Eridan had killed their so-called friends, rather than simply attacking their enemies. Eridan did however destroy the Matriorb, thereby dooming the Trolls to extinction, and Jack will blow up Derse, which is basically his home.
** The kids and the trolls are more broken up over their friends' and loved ones' deaths than the destruction of their respective races.
*** Virtually nobody brings up the fact that Vriska personally murdered thousands of trolls, or that Eridan murdered their lusi [[note]]Indeed the first thing Eridan does after being officially introduced is murder a lusus[[/note]]. Feferi and Terezi likewise escape judgement despite being complicit in their murders for sweeps.
*** Feferi, at least, has an excuse: if she doesn't keep her lusus alive by feeding it the lusii Eridan hunts, it will kill ''[[BrownNote everyone in the galaxy.]]'' Vriska's case is similar, if less intense (failing to feed her lusus will only lead to the death of the two of them, as opposed to the entire galaxy), but other aspects of her character mentioned elsewhere on this page keep her from being seen as sympathetic in the eyes of some.
* AnachronicOrder: The entire storyline is fraught with flashbacks, flashforwards, different universes (which exist in separate timelines altogether rather than the past, present, or future), and everything in between. Good luck figuring out anything. The Intermission and Act Five take [[SerialEscalation this even farther.]]
** [[http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/288/b/3/homestuck_timeline_by_niftyapplestar-d4cyonx.png This might help.]]
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: The comic tends to change POV at extremely inappropriate times. It once showed the POV of a ''hat''.
-->"This is it. You have no choice but to wage a fierce rooftop battle. [[TemptingFate This is totally going to happen now,]] [[BlatantLies and could in no way conceivably be interrupted by a sudden shift in our attention]]."
** The Midnight Crew has to take the cake for this. They have a chapter's worth of story, but have nothing to do with Homestuck. You're meant to think so, anyways.
** Act 6 is in the same veins of the Intermission or Hivebent. It was however well predicted by the fans and Andrew has said it was meant to be obvious that the story would come around to the Post-Scratch Kids eventually.
*** This has become so prevalent that we get this from [[=A6I5=]]:
--->'''Andrew:''' ''So why don't we stop wasting everyone's time, shut the lid on this lousy MacGuffin, and be Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer.''
* AnimalMotifs: Quite a bit, seeing as the Trolls are partially inspired by the Western Zodiac. Most of these are represented through their horns (Tavros = Bull, Aradia = Ram etc) while others show it through their actions (Karkat = Crab = [[GrumpyBear Crabby]], Vriska = Spider/Scorpion = [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Unpleasantness]] etc).
** The kids have this as well: Dave is associated with crows, Rose with cats, and Jade is a dog. Dirk has a gull motif as well and Roxy is associated with cats like her pre-Scratch counterpart.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] on players' planets with the salamanders, crocodiles, turtles, and iguanas. It also goes for the small animals that come out of nowhere when a player dies on their quest bed, since the only moments the narrative connects John with fireflies is when he enters the game and when he dies (and it's even more disconnected with Jade and hummingbirds).
* AnimationBump: Most panels have some sort of animation to them, but it's also used shamelessly in terms of Sound Pages (Marked with an [=[S]=]). In addition to usually having [[AwesomeMusic/{{Homestuck}} great sound]], later ones tend to have a dramatically different art style - compare John's first STRIFE page with [[WhamEpisode [=[S]=]]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Cascade]] and you'd think they were two different comics.
* AnimeHair: Only hairstyles as such, nearly any hair color in comic is only black or white, but there are some pretty ridiculous hairdos. Karkat and John (Who have ShonenHair) aren't as bad, but Gamzee's hair is just a mess. His dancestor Kurloz is ''even worse''. And then the Empress's hair is just ''insane''.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Hussie loves using obscure vocabulary.
** Jake speaks with an odd mix of modern and early 20th century slang.
* AntiClimax: Most of the flashes usually have some action; [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005420 [S] 3x Showdown Combo]] appeared to set up a [[MexicanStandoff three-way fight]] between the murderous trolls God-Tier {{Munchkin}} Vriska, "[[BlackMage White]] [[InvertedTrope Scientist]]" Eridan, and MonsterClown sober Gamzee; then quickly averted it as Kanaya came BackFromTheDead and kicked all their asses.
** [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Due to Hussie biting off more than he could chew]], the battle between Rose and Jack comes in summary form from Doc Scratch.
** Gamzee and Karkat's FinalBattle looks to be an [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown epic fight]]--until the conflict is resolved through ThePowerOfFriendship.
* AnyoneCanDie: Especially since, because of dreamselves and [[TimeyWimeyBall weird time shit]], they can die more then once. All the trolls have died at least once. Bro, Mom, Dad, Tavros, Feferi, Equius, Eridan, Nepeta, and Vriska are [[KilledOffForReal permanently dead]]. Probably.
** Although there was introduced a ring said to be able to resurrect the dead.
** Similarly, Jane's God Tier powers as the Maid of Life allow her to bring back everyone from the dead, but only once each. So feasibly, any dead character could come back to life.
** Later lampshaded on [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006189 this page]]
*** Which also reveals that Dad is a subversion; he's alive in the B2 universe.
** PlotArmor: Only happens to the more OutOfFocus and minor characters though, aside from Vriska (whose character arc was built around her eventual demise).
*** Up until intermission 2 of act six, when Lord English ''successfully kills the author.''
** {{Gorn}}: The only troll whose murder wasn't witnessed on screen was Nepeta's, and some of the stuff that happens with the corpses of the dead trolls later falls straight into BlackComedy.
** Lord English goes to dreambubbles and kills the ghosts that were spending the after life there. Several dead characters [[{{Lampshading}} lampshade]] [[BeyondTheImpossible the fact that the concept of 'second death' is now a viable possibility.]] Despite being dead, a number of characters are actively fighting to become plot relevant again.
** Hussie has said on tumblr that the unofficial title of Act 5 Part 2 is 'Jack Noir Kills Everyone.' Aside from Jade's Grandfather, WV, and PM, it is hard to think of anyone he hasn't directly or indirectly killed at least once.
*** Ironically the one person he doesn't want to kill is Jade, and he's been responsible for killing her twice.
* APlanetNamedZok: Downplayed quite a bit with troll planet Alternia.
* ApocalypseHow: Lots.
** A Class 3a variant (Dominant Species Extinction) occurred during the Vast Glub, which killed every troll in the galaxy from psychic backlash, save for the Empress.
** Class 6 (Planetary Extinction) results as part of the Reckoning. The hours leading up to the end go up the scale prior to it.
*** This was downgraded to a Class 4 (Extinction of higher lifeforms) during the Post-Scratch Human session due to the machinations of the Condesce. She later alterniaforms the flooded Earth and colonizes it.
** A Class X (Planetary Annihilation) is brought about by Caliborn in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007161 this]] update, culminating in him creating a large black hole.
** Class X-4 (Universal Destruction) happens as a result of Lord English's machinations. Both the Beta Human Universe and the Troll Universe are destroyed, by Jack Noir and Spades Slick respectively, acting as Lord English's pawns. %% Doc led Slick into killing Snowman and via his manipulation of Rose and Vriska controlled Jack Noir's behavior and actions.
** Class X-5 (Multiversal Destruction) is the aim of Derse, although why exactly hasn't really been explained.
*** Jack's destruction of the Human Universe was later revealed to be this, as his destruction of the Genesis Frog destroyed ''any and all'' parallel universes from the Human Universe.
** Class Z (Total Destruction of Reality) has been hinted at, due to the unknown entity killing the Horrorterrors.
* [[ApocalypticLog Apocalyptic Memo Page]]: Due to the nature of [[TimeyWimeyBall time]] in Homestuck, Karkat's final memo actually gets viewed by the people it most affects before it even happens.
** Rose's GameFAQs walkthrough for ''Sburb''.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005855 Fedorafreak's Serious Business messages]] would qualify as well.
* ArcNumber: "04/13", the date the comic began, has appeared quite a number times throughout the story, in obvious and obscure fashions. A compilation of the various instances can be found [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/413 here.]] The trolls have their own arc number, 612, detailed in the act that began on June 12. A third number has been introduced, which is the sum of the first two: 1025. Its first major appearance was the release date of [[SuddenVideogameMoment Alterniabound]], October 25. A fourth number, for the post-Scratch session, appears to be 11/11/11, the date of the start of Act 6.
** Lampshaded and parodied by John [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004780 here]]
** Several of the Homestuck album prices are variations on various arc numbers.
** On Day 612, the 16th of December 2010 (12/16 backwards is ''61/2''1), Hussie released the video of John ascending.
** 11/11/11, aka 2x3PRONG DAY. Also extends to 11/11, 111, or simply just 11.
*** And with 4 Kids, 4 Trolls, and 3 Carapaces, 11 people escaped the Troll and Beta Human sessions (ignoring Jade's bringing of their lands, as apparently that was preordained in its own way).
*** Also has a minor bit of retroactive meaning; ''[=MSPA=]'' became the longest webcomic on record on 2/11/11
** ONE ZILLION is the arc number of the short-lived act 6 act 5 act 2.
* ArcSymbol: Card suits and pool balls are seen often throughout the comic, usually in relation to The Midnight Crew and Troll romance quadrants for the former and The Felt and Lord English for the latter. Bec's face and the scratched record also qualify.
* ArcWords: Lots, as part of Andrew Hussie's policy of self-references.
** "Ascend" and its variations.
** "Rise up" was common early on and still pops up occasionally.
** "He is already here."
** "Scratch": Used at various times to mean a NegativeSpaceWedgie, a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, the scratched side of Terezi's coin, and the scratched record on Dave's shirt, mirrored by disc 2 of Homestuck (''not'' of Sburb or Sgrub), after Terezi tries to play it on a turntable, causing the game to glitch up briefly.
** "Make her pay." and "Luck doesn't actually matter." are minor examples; the former eventually comes to represent the CycleOfRevenge that plagues the Troll's session, while the later is initially stated as a sort of ScrewDestiny but eventually comes to mean YouCantFightFate.
** "See you soon!"
** "Vast [X]" makes a lot of appearances. So far the Vast Glub, the Vast Joke, the Vast Croak, the Vast Expletive, and the Vast Honk have been referenced, but there may be others. All of these are either implied or outright stated to be truly significant in some way. For example, Feferi's lusus is basically Troll Cthulhu, and if she ever raises her voice above a whisper, many of the lower-caste Trolls will die. If she gets really angry, or really ''hungry'', Troll legend says that she may utter the Vast Glub which will kill all the Trolls in the Alternian universe with the exceptions of the Imperial caste, of whom there are exactly two at any given time.
*** Remember kids, Alternia is a CrapsackWorld. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005964 It proves to be more than a legend.]]
** In a meta example, "You can't escape the miles. No one can escape the miles," started out as something the Dignitary said once, but undyingUmbrage is trying to ''make'' them into Arc Words, despite resistance from other characters who don't think it's a thing.
* ArtEvolution: The author's skill with flash has improved quite a lot since he started. Compare [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001982 this early page]] with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003049 this one]]. Regular updates have the same sprite style since the beginning, and the "hero mode" drawings have a consistent style, although they appear much more often later in the comic. The author admits this is still well within his talent and he prefers the simpler style, though this has changed somewhat.
** Also inverted in terms of Hussie's skill--drawing the high-detail cover for the "Heir Transparent" album in fact took him more time than it would have before he started the comic, simply because he just doesn't do that kind of stuff lately.
** He has an art team who make drawings for the flash cartoons, sometimes in different (he'll say better) styles.
** It finally struck static pages itself, as Andrew is experimenting with more realistic art. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004705 This]] is the first example of it, which becomes [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004709 more]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004718 fine-tuned]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004727 later.]]
** He's also used ''Videogame/EarthBound''-style sprites, though those are the work of the art team.
** The non-sound pages seem to be getting [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005539 kicked up a]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005546 notch as well]].
** Even if you compare instances of the normal sprite style, you can tell that he's constantly improving there. Compare John's design to, say, Jade or any of the trolls, or even John's original attire to his most recent two outfits; the newer work is generally considerably more refined and eye-pleasing. Even among the trolls this becomes evident--compare Karkat (who we see ''way'' before any of the others) to pretty much every other troll.
** While some of the above art styles were short-lived, faces in Hero Mode lately have gotten [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006488 much more expressive]].
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Thorns of Oglogoth are described as doom artifacts.
* ArtMajorPhysics: Kanaya kicked Gamzee in the [[GroinAttack bone bulge]], causing his hat, glasses, and shoes to be blown off. Then she punched Vriska and chainsawed Eridan in half before the glasses started descending ''on her face.'' AT A CONSTANT VELOCITY.
* ArtShift: The comic tended to shift into [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Hero_Mode more traditionally drawn]] panels for [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome suitably epic]] scenes, although by Act 5, half the pages are done in this style. It also switches into a [[http://mspaintadventures.wikia.com/wiki/Scribble_Mode more scribbled and sloppy style]] for silly or childish panels.
** Starting from Act 2 and becoming the standard by Act 5, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/artcredits.html art contributions are being made]], creating constant shifts between art. A major one found in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004692 this page]] has a style reminiscent of ''Videogame/EarthBound''.
** Following that page, Andrew introduced some new styles into the main comic pages, including ''Videogame/EarthBound''-like sprites and more detailed styles in the traditionally drawn panels. See [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004705 here]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004709 here]], for instance.
** RealLife people are usually represented using Photoshopped photos of themselves. When the Insane Clown Posse faces off against B2 Dave, though, they're drawn in both the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006766 normal]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006767 Hero Mode]] styles.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology
** Andrew doesn't understand biology very well. This is most obvious with the troll's blood colors (as pigmented body fluids make no sense at all) and their reproduction methods (mixing genetic material for "strongly dominant and strongly recessive genes" sounds scientific but is just TechnoBabble), as well as the high rate of significant mutations (Sollux and Vriska especially are never much explained despite being far beyond the genetic norm) and the nautical royalty race (which in reality is more or less a completely different species).
*** On the other hand, they are StarfishAliens in the guise of HumanAliens; applying logic doesn't work out entirely.
*** Pigmented body fluids makes a ''great deal'' of sense, since that of chordates (e.g., humans) contains hemoglobin, which is red/dark purple depending on whether it's oxygenated or not, and that of arthropods contains hemocyanin, which is cyan/grey depending on whether it's oxygenated or not. A ''single species'' having pigments of multiple colors makes less sense, but troll reproduction is different enough to (potentially) justify it.
** Act 6 opens with a shot of Jane's house from above in Washington state in November. All the trees shown have turned their leaves, since it's fall. However, forests in the Pacific Northwest are rife with evergreen trees which do not change color, but none are to be seen (except around the Lalonde house in upstate NY).
** The kids and their ancestors are all created directly from genetic code, either copied from a past version of themselves or created by combining the genes of two people. Yet all of them are "born" with diapers, and the nearsighted even have glasses. ThreeMonthOldNewborn is also in effect, with each child already being strong enough to crawl.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The united trolls & humans plan to be sent at near light-speed on their asteroid to the new B2 session in a single push. When Karkat objects that they can't stay ahead of a pursuing Jack, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006285 Rose shuts him up]] by mentioning "Troll IsaacNewton," which is well and good except for two problems:
## Accelerating to near light-speed in a single short push would impart enough energy to render them instantly into a sub-atomic plasma.
## The Medium is breathable, so there's presumably air resistance. Hitting air at near light-speed would ''also'' more than vaporize them. It would also slow them down, gradually. Newton's 1st Law would only prevent this in a vacuum.
** By the endgame, the houses that are a central part of Sburb form towers as wide as a regular 2-story residential house, and reach a height of ''a significant percentage of their planet's radius''. Even supposing [[BabyPlanet Baby Planets]] of only a few miles wide, there is ''no way'' to do that with any material or building technique known to man, and trying to do it by copy/pasting parts of residential houses together is just laughable. What is particularly odd is that the structural merit of different parts was discussed at an early stage of the game. However, it is possible that Sburb relaxes the laws of physics within the Incipisphere as they pertain to architecture, since building these towers is such a central aspect of the gameplay.
** The trolls were able to move far faster than light-speed, meaning the g-forces are not an issue, at least when using troll telekinesis. The friction problem does still hold merit though, given that during the Reckoning, meteors light on fire ''before'' entering Skaia's gate, and the meteor is later shown having a fiery trail in the Furthest Ring.
** Both apply to John and Jade in Andrew's study however. From their perspective they're moving at the speed of light through an environment with an atmosphere and gravity for 3 years. The time dilation for their journey is also the wrong way around: they should experience the journey between the windows in a shorter time than Hussiebot does instead of experiencing 3 years.
*** Actually, due to the combination of time dilation and length contraction, the journey should take about the same amount of time for them as it does for Hussiebot.
** Caliborn's entry toys with the actual physics of a black hole for cinematic effect.
** Averted with the eclipses of Derse and Prospit. Some fans have called this trope on them because of the rarity of eclipses in real life. However, the rarity is largely due to eccentricities in orbits, which don't seem to exist in the Incipisphere. Therefore it's perfectly reasonable for Derse and Prospit to have eclipses on a regular basis.
** The moons of Prospit and Derse are held in orbit with physical chains which, when cut, send the moons flying. The moons, however, are nearly as massive as the planets they orbit. The gravitational forces between the two should be more than enough to keep the moons in orbit. If anything, there should be a structure to prevent their gravities from pulling themselves together.
*** The moons most likely revolve around their planets at a high speed, so their gravitational forces alone probably wouldn't be enough to keep them from flying off. This raises another problem, though, in that the two similarly-sized bodies should rotate around a point on the chain, rather than the center of Prospit/Derse itself.
** All in all, the physics of the Medium have shown to make absolutely no sense at all, at least in relation to physics as we know them, so its better to just let WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief assume they work on a [[EldritchLocation different set of rules entirely.]]
* AscendedMeme: On the forums, due to the [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} community's general personality]], many forum polls had "WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE" as a non-sequitur choice. Shortly after this happened, Worcestershire sauce got a mention in the comic. There are many other examples, as Andrew Hussie incorporates [[WildMassGuessing speculation]] into the comic.
** SweetBroAndHellaJeff was appropriated from a minor side project so the kids could engage in this in-story.
** One of the more popular {{Alternate Universe Fic}}s was ''FanFic/TrollCops'', depicting Terezi and Sollux as... well, [[TheyFightCrime troll cops]]. Come the Alterniabound album, we are treated to [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/trollcops two slightly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KowW2vV5qBQ different]] versions a Trollcops theme song.
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005854 FedoraFreak]] alchemized a "tall pant" outfit in a ShoutOut to the Pantskat meme. Pantskat is also alluded to in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005872 this]] conversation with Karkat and Jade. The image of the tortured Sufferer is also a reference, as he is described as wearing a set of "Righteous Leggings", [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005959 with which the Disciple absconds after the Sufferer's death]]. Seen again at the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006273 end of his mental breakdown]] in [=A6I1=].
** The ship name for the Jane/Roxy ship is "Cotton Candy". [[http://www.medinoc.fr/web/ImagesDiverses/Captures/Ride2.png Check out these images]] briefly seen in the second [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=pony2 [S] Ride]].
** Now and then in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=686tHIbQhaw Octopimp's videos]], Eridan exclaims "Nyeh!", a speech quirk that has been referenced sporadically throughout the fandom. It has since made its way into his ancestor's speech during [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007208 A6I3]].
** The (in)famous [[http://abortedslunk.deviantart.com/art/Homestuck-Calendar-March-Page-191184591 March Eridan]] is among the crowd in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007327 [S] MINISTRIFE!!!]].
** The name for the ship of John and Karkat is "Communism", since John wields a hammer and Karkat favors a sickle. Cue Dave in [=A6I5=] [[ItMakesSenseInContext calling Karkat a communist]] and then pointing this very fact out.
** One of Homestuck's fan-given nicknames is "Hamsteak", a word which eventually appears [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008227 in the comic itself.]]
* AstronomicZoom: All the time.
* AsYouKnow: Future Dave and Future Rose's review of the events leading up to their appearance.
** A few of the Troll conversations, since, unlike the kids, we don't see everything they do after starting the game.
* AskAStupidQuestion: Jade inquiring about all the rambunctious crows invading Dave's room.
-->@@[[color:red:TG: i always keep birds in here its sort of my thing]]\\
[[color:#4ac925:GG: ohhhhhhh\\
GG: kind of like all those silly naked puppets are your bros thing?]]\\
[[color:red:TG: no no thats irony this is like\\
TG: sincere honest to god psychosis\\
TG: im training to be a lame gothy supervillain]]@@
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The inhabitants of the Land of Wind and Shade seem to have this, as evidenced by this bit of text:
-->Inhabitant- "Look at this! Another Cherished Idol profaned! Such sacrilege has become commonplace with the recent glut of the Underlings. It would bring a tear to my eye if I were not so clearly fit to be tied with these hyperactive mannerisms and severe attention deficit oh my god look a bug."
* AuthorAppeal: For one, glasses. Seriously, over half the main cast wears glasses of some kind [[note]] John, Jade, Jane, Jake, and Vriska have actual corrective lenses, All 4 Striders, Sollux, and Equius wear shades, Eridan is a bit of an enigma but might wear them as part of being a hipster, Terezi wears glasses less out of a corrective need and more to [[EyeScream hide her burned-out retinas]], and Feferi wears her goggles, which [[GogglesDoNothing may or may not do anything]][[/note]].
** Amongst other things, clouds, superpowers, and [[ComplexityAddiction intricate plots]] are things Andrew enjoys.
* AuthorAvatar: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003571 Andrew Hussie: Engage in highly indulgent self-insertion into story.]] He shows up for recaps, and also when the fanbase is particularly riled up about something to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004397 troll them]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004971 make references to]] ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
** Dave is also Andrew's avatar ''to a very minor extent'', but not directly. His dialogue is easiest for Andrew to write, often parrots what Andrew believes, and early on used borrowed actual quotes from Andrew's own IM conversations.
*** Dirk is also Andrew's avatar, but to a much greater extent than Dave. He and Andrew seem to have similar ideas about irony, and they've both performed {{MST}}ings of actual books by writing in them.
**** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And they both have the same Sweet Bro tattoo]]
* AuthorCatchPhrase: '''BLUH'''
--> [[color:#008282:GC: [=1 4M UNF4Z3D BY YOUR HUM4N BLUHS=]]]
** You've gained all the levels. All of them.
** THIS IS STUPID.
** [[BigYes YES.]] [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK]] YES. [[RuleOfThree HELL. FUCKING. YES.]]
** BOOYEAH!
** That's really all there is to say on the matter.
** "<Temporal noun> in the <Past/Future>, but not many..."
** [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent Be the other guy]]"
** You cannot hope to beat <X> in a <Y>-off.
*** [He/She] is simply the best there is.
** ALL THE <NOUN>S. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment All of them]].
** Oh nooooo
** "[[PhraseCatcher Irons in the Fire]]"
** Who's this douche bag?
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The royals on both sides are entitled to enchanted regalia which grant them powers from the players' prototypings. [[OhCrap Then]] [[TheStarscream Jack Noir]] [[KlingonPromotion gets a promotion]], breaking up the regular order of the SBURB session.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many of the alchemizations.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning:
** Jack Noir gets TWO. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003568 Here]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003701 here]]. PM gets [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003522 one]] as well.
** Warweary Villein's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003701 unification of the pawns]]
** God Tier ascensions intentionally invoke this too, as the entire Incipisphere glows when someone ascends via a Quest Bed. The ones hidden in the moons of Derse and Prospit do not invoke this however.
* AxCrazy[=/=]HairTriggerTemper: Trolls are basically an AxCrazy species, but most of the highbloods fall into fits of rage constantly. Feferi is the only exception to this, as Gamzee goes insane later on. Even the lower-blooded trolls are not beyond this, as the fits of rage from Kanaya showcase. Aradia also rages occasionally, but these occurred while she was in a robot fueled by blue blood.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: B]]
* {{Baby Planet}}s: All of the celestial bodies located throughout the Incipisphere.
* BackFromTheDead: Every single main character has died at least once. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the alpha trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the beta trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Tavros, Eridan, Sollux, Nepeta, Feferi, and Equius died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane, and Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker, and Gamzee and Terezi's dream selves died.
* BadassFamily: When you've got a WorldOfBadass where EveryoneIsRelated, this trope necessarily follows.
* BadFuture: Many alternate bad futures get shown and discussed, almost all of which have direct impact on the main timeline due to time travel.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Caliborn tries to compliment Jane that way. She's anything but flattered, but mostly for [[ThePeepingTom other reasons]].
* BadNewsInAGoodWay:
-->"Since you are [[GameFAQs reading this]], chances are you have already installed this game on your computer. If this is true, like many others, you have just participated in bringing about the end of the world. But don't beat yourself up about it."
* BaitAndSwitch: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002565 Here]], after heavy anticipation of Jade's first appearance.
** Again when it seems like Doc Scratch is expecting the BigBad Lord English, but Spades Slick arrives at his door instead.
** And again [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005596 here]], when Grimdark Rose and God-Tier John confront Bec Noir over the not yet cold bodies of their murdered parents. Much is made of John's reaction to the news, and the stage is set for an epic two-on-one battle with much dynamic music, badass poses, the title card 'Round 1', then--John is killed instantly.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Dirk unveiling his idea for an AI replica of his own brain.
-->[[color:green:[=GT: Does that mean I'll have to deal with two dirks?=]\\
[=GT One who is MORE MACHINE THAN MAN...=]\\
[=GT And another who is a computer program you made hahahahahahaha.=]]]\\
[[color:orange:[=TT: That's a super joke.=]]]
* BandLand: The meaning of the "Melody" in the Land of Quartz and Melody was not apparent until [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004214 this panel]], where it was shown to have [[EternalEngine giant insides of music boxes]].
** The Land of Heat and Clockwork also applies to a limited extent.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: The Incipisphere is breathable.
** Space is apparently so breathable that the cast decides that ''space'' is a more comfortable environment to raise cloned frogs than the ''planet''. Mainly because, far from being [[SpaceIsCold cold]], space is warmer than [[SlippySlideyIceWorld the planet below]].
** Averted when Doc Scratch takes away [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005944 The Handmaid's "breathing privileges.]]
* BattleCouple: Jake and Dirk are a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of one.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Parodied in [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006811 this scene]], wherein we cut away from Jack Noir killing a regulator to [[RelaxOVision a Pawn that Jack Noir killed previously using a knife]]. And then we cut back (too early) to see that Jack Noir [[{{Gorn}} isn't actually finished killing the regulator, let alone cleaning up the copious amounts of blood.]]
-->"''[[{{Narrator}} You]] [[RunningGag stop being the other guy]] in time for us to see that you have just finished quickly and cleanly subduing the...''"
-->"''Jack.''"
-->"''Jack, the man is dead. Stop that.''"
* BeamOWar: Eridan and Sollux engage in this twice.
* BeamSpam: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003260 Sentryworm.]]
* TheBechdelTest: Passes easily, though some characters discuss romance a lot, the gender balance is still even. Nepeta and Eridan both discuss romance and little else, but are both also minor characters.
* BenevolentArchitecture: Parodied. [[color:#2ED73A:Stitch]] and [[color:#2ED73A:Crowbar]] are found setting up a room with two rows of chest-high [[CrateExpectations crates]] before a gunfight breaks out. Very thoughtful of them.
* BenevolentConspiracy: Skaia Net, the company that produces ''Sburb'' on B1 Earth, is old, powerful, and clearly well-intended. Its replacement on [[AlternateUniverse B2 Earth]] is [[AlienInvasion significantly more dangerous]].
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Courtyard Droll[=/=]Clubs Deuce is an [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} idiotic goofball]]. He's also the killed the most (that we see) of the whole Midnight Crew, with his body count including Jade, Jake's dream self, and the majority of the Felt.
* {{BFG}}: Holy ''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005064 shit.]]''
* [[{{BFS}} BFH]]: The Telescopic Sassacrusher is too big for John to use on his own. And then there's Fear No Anvil, which in its natural size is too big even for the gauntlets. Inverted, however, with The Bunny's weapons, which, while insanely powerful, are ''too small'' for the kids to use.
** {{BFS}}: All of Dave's swords are significantly longer than he is tall in the standard art style. While more proportional in the various {{art shift}}s, they still fall under this trope.
* BigBadEnsemble: The webcomic has seen various {{Big Bad}}s antagonizing the different {{Cast Herd}}s.
** Jack Noir, of the pre-Scratch kids session, the iteration of Jack Noir that prototypes into Bec Noir.
** The Black King, who normally serves as the BigBad in a normal Sburb session, was ousted brutally by Jack in the kids' session.
** The Condesce, the BigBad of Act 6.
** Gamzee, who has basically become the overarching BigBad of the trolls' continuing story arc.
** Doc Scratch, the BigBad of Act 5, paving the way for his master...
** BiggerBad: Lord English, the biggest [[BigBad bad]] (in both size and threat) of them all, taking the title as the main BigBad, now that Doc Scratch is dead and that Jack has met his match (his ''exact'' match: PM with WV's ring, making her as powerful as him).
** Having a BiggerBad is also referenced [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007288 here]], with all its implications.
* BigDamnKiss: Foreshadowed [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006456 here]] and played out [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007150 here]], though [[ProphecyTwist not exactly in the manner implied.]]
** And again [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007321 here]], with possibly the most awkward build-up imaginable beforehand. [[TrollingCreator Probably on purpose.]]
* BigFancyHouse: Rose/Roxy and Jade/Jake reside in sprawling high-tech pads. The villainous equivalent would be Lord English's jade mansion.
* BigGood: The White King, until he abdicated to a [[AlmightyJanitor postal worker]]. Skaia may also count, as well as the Genesis Frog.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: InUniverse, "[[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Let us never speak of ACT 6 ACT 5 ACT 2 again.]]"
* BigNo: Jake's reaction to Jane's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/trickster.php?s=6&p=007623 new hue]].
** John's reaction to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008230 Karkat being stabbed by Crocker-tier Jane]].
** Dave's reaction to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008289 grimbark Jade trying to push The Mayor into lava.]]
* BigShutUp: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007426 Here.]]
* BigStupidDoodooHead:
-->@@JOHN YOU ARE STUPID\\
STUPID STUPID DUMB@@
** John's [-GameFAQs-] entry reads, "dave probably won't read any of this because he's sort of this great big whopping stupid horse butt. whatever."
* BigYes: "YES. HELL YES. HELL [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] YES."
* BilingualBonus: Used in an interesting way. The troll alphabet is actually the [[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/daedric-alphabet Daedric Alphabet]] from Franchise/TheElderScrolls, rotated 180 degrees. The first name suggestion translates as "Turdodor Fuckball." The "real" name, however, translates as "Trollplanet", which is obviously just a joke since the real name is "Alternia". The attempted insulting name for Karkat translates as "Bulgereek Nookstain". During their fight scenes, the word "[[{{Griefer}} GRIEF]]" appears instead of the kids' STRIFE. Much later, we discover that the name of the Fluorcite Octet's ultimate attack translates as "Ancestral Awakening."
** With the introduction of "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004732 Caledfwlch]]", it is suddenly a good time to be able to speak Welsh (it's the Welsh name for Excalibur, and pronounced "Caledvoolch"). Caliburn, another name for Excalibur, is derived from this, meaning Caliborn's name may or may not be a MeaningfulName.
---> [[color:#e00707: DAVE: what are welsh things doing in this game]]
---> [[color:#f2a400: DAVESPRITE: thats an awesome question]]
** Starting from [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005172 this page]] Serenity narrates WV's dream in Morse code, and it is not gibberish--actually it's a CallBack to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002697 this scene]] with Jade. And a bug is involved in both of them.
** Serenity's [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005169 giant help message]] roughly translates to this:
--> '''Serenity:''' Help, my friend is stuck inside the big can building. You must hurry. He's not very bright and he doesn't understand when I blink. Are you watching me? Oh no, don't blink me, you don't understand blinking either. How do you people even exchange ideas without luminous rear ends?
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Araena sure seems nice, but she's actually a self-centered SmugSnake KnightTemplar. Inverted with Mom Lalonde; she seems like a bitch, but it becomes clear later that she's actually one of the sweetest characters in the comic and that her passive aggressive behavior was actually her trying to connect Rose.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The players houses are built up basically by copy-pasting bits of the architecture they already have.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Trolls reproduce by donating two samples of genetic material to the Mother Grub, with one sample coming from a loving pair and the other coming from arch-enemies. This works just as well between same-gender couples as it does between mixed-gender couples, rendering sexual preference meaningless to the entire species. They must be able to provide at least one set of buckets, or they will be killed. Among other things, this also means buckets are sex toys to trolls.
** Exactly how bizarre is unclear due to RuleOfFunny, CallARabbitASmeerp and TeasingCreator.
** Cherubs at first blush seem to be a little more sane in their boning, due to having two distinct genders and a simple enough pairing between two opposite-gendered individuals. Except, all reproduction is fueled by intense hatred between wildly conflicting morals and the beginning of courtship has both turning into ''1 AU'' (or 149,597,870,700 m (92,955,807.3 mi)) ''long invincible serpents'' who duke it out until one wins, upon which the winner assumes the insemination position. Either gender can wind up carrying the egg, which they then lay upon a planet orbiting a red giant soon to be a black hole. Then the spawn will hatch and quickly generate two conflicting, in morals and gender, personalities.
* BizarreAlienSenses: The comic plays with this. After Terezi lost her normal eyesight, she learned how to taste and smell colors to compensate. But when she contacts the human protagonists, she messes with them by claiming that ''all'' Alternians share her abilities.
* BlackComedy: ''Homestuck'' has ''many'' examples of this, often accompanied by MoodWhiplash.
* BlackScreenOfDeath: To be exact, the variant that has slice marks showing up on the (generally red, not black) screen, but nothing else; generally used for faster animation.
* BlandNameProduct: Played straight with ''Gamebro'' magazine and the chat client Pesterchum.
** "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Green Slime Ghost]]".
** Averted with Betty Crocker-brand baked goods, Terezi's Crayola chalk, Tab soda, and Faygo soda.
* BlatantLies: Dave claims the reason that evil Jade can smell John in his room is because he sprays it with nerd smell and is totally because he didn't just teleport in and disappear again.
* BlockPuzzle: In Terezi's room in the interactive [=AlterniaBound=] segment. Mercilessly lampshaded, as Terezi complains bitterly about the pointlessness of putting such a simple block puzzle here.
* BloodyHilarious
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Troll society takes killing relatively easily. Childhood on [[CrapsackWorld Alternia]] begins with a series of dangerous trials designed to off the weakest of them; once the survivors pass, they're introduced to an essentially lawless society where everyone has to fend for themselves, compassion is weakness and your frenemies are likely to stab you in the back. Arbitrary cullings are commonplace. They don't seem to have a huge problem with murder in its own right, just when it happens to someone they actually like, in which case it's okay to get bloody revenge on their fallen friend's behalf. Trolls who would qualify as dangerous sociopaths and serial killers on Earth are just thought of as huge tools, except for [[VigilanteMan Terezi]], who is well-liked (possibly because unlike Vriska, who kills indiscriminately, Terezi has a set of rules she follows). The actions of [[BaseBreaker Vriska]] are more understandable given the culture she grew up in--and it's implied she isn't nearly the worst out there, just the worst given characterization.
** Trolls are so inherently violent that being someone's MoralityPet is an integral part of their culture.
** When Rose tries to ask if the Horrorterrors are [[DarkIsNotEvil ev]][[DarkIsEvil il]], she "[[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes off the deep end in every way]]".
** It is first implied then later outright stated to be due to Doc Scratch's meddling. The pre-Scratch version of Troll culture was too soft and the players failed hard at the game (because they were too weak and unprepared), so Doc Scratch (on Lord English's orders) manipulated their culture to bring about a brutal, violent, ''prepared'' group of teens the second time around.
*** Another big part of it was the Condesce's insane ruling; it would seem that a murderous, bigoted sociopath who believes in a bastardized form of social Darwinism and apparently thinks that wild animals are better at child-rearing than adult trolls [[{{Understatement}} doesn't exactly make a civilized society]].
** Sburb/Skaia itself may count. It casually destroys whole civilizations and planets to protect/propagate itself so that it can create new universes.
* BodyMotifs: Missing eyes and missing limbs recur in tandem, sometimes justified, sometimes not.
* BondOneLiner: Spades Slick attempts one [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003184 here]] (complete with an emoticon-based GlassesPull), but even he admits it was terrible.
* BonusBoss: John can fight a Uranium Imp during the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004979 Enter Village]] interactive segment.
* BootstrappedTheme: Sburban Jungle and the drumline from Upward Movement (Dave Owns) are more or less the main themes at this point.
** Also, Doctor. It was originally used for John's land, then for his ascension to God Tier, then ''Jade's'' ascension to God Tier, and by now it is ''the'' most heavily remixed song in the entire Homestuck discography.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "Gosh you love movies. Almost as much as you love skulls. And movies that have skulls in them? Oh my god."
* BreakingBadNewsGently: Dirk dropping the bomb that he's from the future. Jake debates sitting down for this news, then realize he's already sitting. "Maybe I should stand up."
* BrickJoke: In a meta-joke, from [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004387 here]] to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004974 here]].
** During [S] Wake, when Tavros and Vriska face off, he holds up the decapitated head of one of Vriska's dolls and makes a throat slitting gesture, she replies by holding up HIS SEVERED LEGS AND TORSO and making a waist cutting gesture.
*** Which, in case people didn't know, is a joke originally featured in [=AlterniaBound=] in which you can find Tavros' severed legs in a chest in a part of the lab only accessible while playing Vriska.
** Dave alchemizes an Unreal Air skateboard [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003729 in late act 4]]. It promptly [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003730 floats away to Skaia]]. Over a year later, late in act 5, it is [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005845 finally seen about to land on the Battlefield]].
** Meta-ish-example. [[invoked]][[WordOfGod When Hussie talked about]] Jack Noir's transformation into Bec Noir, he mentioned that while the tentacles vanished Jack could still manifest them. This didn't come up until the end of Act 5.
** When WV is first introduced, he marks parts of can town with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002593 motor oil]]. Quite a while later, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005713 Slick puts it to use.]]
** You probably forgot about that pallet of shaving cream, didn't you? It returns with a bang right before [S] Cascade.
** Relatively early on, Terezi helps John get the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003534 captcha]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003535 code]] for a non-functioning rocket pack that he creates on accident so that he can create a functional version. A bit later, in Act 5, Vriska retrieves her [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004258 rocket boots]] from one of her loot strongholds so she can give her paraplegic Sgrub client, Tavros, the captcha code for them so he can make his own pair. The rocket shoes code looks a little... [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004262 familiar]].
** Jade's pumpkins have been disappearing her whole life. So when we see WV steal one with a teleporter, mystery solved, right? Except that only explains ''one'' pumpkin. A few thousand panels later in Act 6, we finally find out what Jake has been stealing the ''rest'' of her pumpkins, and her intense efforts to grow pumpkins that she can use have created some kind of super-pumpkins that have completely overgrown his version of the island.
** "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002216 You will however contemplate bleating like a goat for IRONICALLY HUMOROUS purposes at a later date.]]" [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006176 Nearly 4000]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006177 pages later...]]
** Here is probably the longest running Brick Joke in the comic: John mentions his peanut allergy [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001972 here.]] The B2 Courtyard Droll used Jake's peanut allergy to kill his dreamself [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006305 here.]]
** Colonel Sassacre breaks even this record when the book [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001932 big enough to kill a cat]], 4468 pages later, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006400 finally does.]]
** One of the random things alchemized by John early on is a hat with bunny ears.[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007259 Many, many pages later...]]
** Though it is meta, two people made it to God Tier levels of donation during the Kickstarter, guaranteeing that their fantrolls would [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007866 show up in the comic]], but [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007867 not survive more than one page]].
** One of the leprechauns/ members of The Felt (Purple Stripe) is named Eggs [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003070 here]], in the first intermission. His name is used on [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007965 this page]] as an Easter joke (the page was uploaded on March 31st, 2013 - Easter of that year)
** One of the very first commands in Homestuck was for John to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=001905 retrieve his arms]], and now, 5th of april 2013, using the "ultimate weapon", [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008004 John's]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008005 are]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008006 every]][[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008007 where]].
* BrokenBridge: John comes across one [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003505 here]]. As the Pesterlog on that page notes, the only way to the Denizen's palace on the other side is through the Seventh Gate.
* BuffySpeak: The planet-wide hurricane John creates, and his powers in general, are called "the windy thing."
** Eggy-Looking Base.
** [[RunningGag The red, swingy, flippy, ]][[OverlyLongGag flappy dealie]] on the mailbox.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in troll society, where [[MonsterClown clowns]] are in charge of repression. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in act 6, where [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007471 The Condesce complains]] about how "proper dudes" assigned for the job in Derse get [[SeriousBusiness distracted by damaged hats]].
* ButThouMust: One of the inhabitants of the Land of Wind and Shade asks John to sell him his dapper suit. At many other such choices in the segment there are two buttons to click, "Yes" and "No", but this time "No" is the only option.
** When the friendly clown offers to be Jane's guide, your choices are "No" and "fuck no." When he starts offering potions for sale, she ends up buying some regardless of which option you choose.
*** Later, Crocker-tier Jane sells Kanaya troll blood. The options are "Yes" and some other form of yes, differing with each bottle.
** In [=AlterniaBound=], the choices when Gamzee asks Karkat to sleep on his horn pile are "No" and "Hell No".
** in [=A6I4=], when Gamzee meets up with Caliborn, you're presented with two choices just like with Jane. The choices are Caliborn's face, and Caliborn's face. Either one ends in Caliborn shooting Gamzee for panels and panels straight.
** In Act 6 Act 5 Act 2, after playing a purposefully annoying mini game in which you just move trickster Dirk to the right until he reaches his goal, the options to "Play again?" are "no" and "fuck no." However, if you roll over either button, a bigger button will appear saying "YES," taking you back to the beginning of the game.
* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: When the trolls' home planet is destroyed, all the trolls elsewhere in the galaxy are killed by The Vast Glub.
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[[folder: C]]
* CallAHitPointASmeerp: Health Vials containing Vitality Gel.
* CallBack / ContinuityNod: Almost ''every single page'' is in some way a call back to another, either visually or in some other elements.
** There's even an in-universe explanation, a phenomenon called [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005710 circumstantial simultaneity]].
*** And at one point it is implied to be [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005603 the entire point of the game/comic]].
* CallForward: "TROLLING ME FROM THE FUTURE, HOW JUVENILE CAN YOU GET" - oh, you are so right there, Karkat. [[SarcasmMode You would never do such a thing.]]
** Doc Scratch to Terezi: I'm not going to tell you my name. But if you wish, you may refer to me as Mr. Vanilla Milkshake. It is perfectly in keeping with a habit which you will develop in the future.
* CallingMeALogarithm: Jake entreating Dirk not to make [[CoveredInGunge any more slime appear over his head.]]
-->[[color:green:[=GT:The last thing i need on my bday is another installment of and i quote manbro bukkake theater.=]]]\\
[[color:orange:[=TT: You still don't actually know what that means, do you.=]]]\\
[[color:green:[=GT: Not really? Its your friggin figure of speech man. I gathered it just meant getting slimed like in ghost busters or somesuch.=]]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Extraordinarily powerful attacks will appear named in a ''FinalFantasy'' styled blue window.
* CameBackStrong: God Tiers do this. Kanaya also achieved this by becoming a vampire.
* CamelCase: Every pesterChum or Trollian handle.
* TheCameo: The Parcel Mistress has a letter addressed to a [[Webcomic/DrBrinnerGhostPsychiatrist Dr. David Brinner]] at one point.
** During Aranea's expositive monologue on cherubs, two fantrolls from the people who managed to hit the $10,000 donation mark on the Homestuck Kickstarter made an appearance. The two are then immediately annihilated by a cherub.
* CanonImmigrant: The Midnight Crew was originally a four-man PsychoRangers group created for a a donation request during ''ProblemSleuth'' that spent most of their time having non-canonical skirmishes with the main characters. However, in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' they actually play a more relevant role in the plot.
* CaptainErsatz: Averted with Grampa Harley's Iron Man suit, but the Iron Lass suit somewhat plays with it, and references it during Jade's crafting frenzy.
-->'''"If you are going to adopt a new regular outfit, you'd prefer something a little comfier and less ostentatious, and if possible, in less flagrant violation of copyright laws."'''
* CartesianKarma: Done so to a more general sense. Vriska is controlled essentially by her civilization's violent culture and expectations, her own insecurities/ego, self-destructive actions, and the rules of paradox space itself. She 'over-comes' it eventually, but by then it's rather to late for her to change. She even acknowledges she can't change what she's done by any means, but accepts it and any karma facing her because she believes she needs to do the right thing.
* CassandraTruth: Post-Scratch GeorgeWashington had prophetic dreams of the Insane Clown Posse being installed as Presidents, and tried to amend the Constitution to exclude "unruly jesters", but everyone assumed that he was high on the colonial cannabis.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Everyone but the Pawn Armies are distinctly different. Even the three main Exiles, who are all Pawns, have slight differences that differentiate them from each other outside of their wardrobe; AR is taller and squatter than WV, for example.
* CatchAFallingStar: After being [[DestinationDefenestration thrown out a window]] by Rose, [[PerversePuppet Lil' Cal]] is rescued by a passing hoverboard. Dave too, when he gets pecked off tower by his own kernelsprite at the beginning of the 5/31 update.
** Nannasprite catches John by telekinetically moving his bed after pranking him off the side of his house.
* CatsAreMagic:
** Rose, who might be the most magical of the four kids, prototyped her dead cat Jaspers to her kernelsprite, and also made a genetic sequence using the letters MEOW (instead of the typical [[StealthPun GCAT]]) which can be spliced with other DNA to create godlike entities.
** And now the Post-Scratch Kids universe has the God Cat, or GCAT for short, which is a literal magic cat, being created with an alternate version of the above code.
* CatsAreMean: the above mentioned God Cat is seen as kind of a nuisance by the kids.
* CelestialBody: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005918 Bilious Slick]], who contains/is an entire universe.
* CerebusRetcon: Several. Some examples include Jade's narcolepsy (Vriska testing her psychic powers), Karkat's arguments with his time shifted selves (creating a sense of extreme self-loathing), and Gamzee's clown honks (becomes NightmareFuel after he snaps).
* CerebusSyndrome: It used to be a comic about some kid trying to get to his computer to play a game, then [[GrowingTheBeard shit gets real]] and it turns out the game destroys entire planets. As of the Act 4 finale and the reveal of the BigBad, there's a lot more bloodshed, and some of the characters may be going mentally unhinged from the stress. Though despite its descent into complex drama, it has managed to retain its humour value.
** Despite any CerebusSyndrome, it still remains [[InsistentTerminology relentlessly lighthearted]].
* CharacterClassSystem: The titles of Sburb players amount to this, each generally defining the player's aptitude and intended role in Sburb - the Knight class (Dave and Karkat) is obviously combat-oriented, and the Seer class (Rose and Terezi) is intended as a support role to guide the other players according to Doc Scratch. They're not hard and fast however and people can corrupt their MythArc and mimic other classes.
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies: Almost all of the characters die at some point only to be visited in TheAfterlife, where we learn someone is [[BackForTheDead killing them]] ''again'' - [[ItMakesSenseInContext more than doubling the body count]].
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: This is fairly commonplace in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', although the author is always kind enough to cut back to the fight in time for it to begin... eventually.
* CharacterDevelopment: Noticeably during the Act 6 Intermissions (especially for the kids), since the previous acts [[WebcomicTime were only about a day long]]. The characters are in their early teens, after all.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Very many things. This comic is big on continuity.
** AshesToCrashes: John topples the SACRED URN, spilling his Grandma's ashes. The work is nothing if not GenreSavvy: "In retrospect, upon mulling cinematic tropes regarding ash-filled urns, this outcome was a virtual certainty."
** ChekhovsBoomerang: Grandma Nanna's ashes end up Tier 2 prototyping John's sprite when the urn falls off of the mantle ''again''.
*** John's bunny goes from OverlyLongGag to KillerRabbit.
*** Biscuits useless oven turns out to be actually very useful, just not for timetraveling. It actually functions as a sort of portable, oven-sized HammerSpace .
** ChekhovsGag: Almost every update contains some sort of CallBack joke. It would take far too much effort to list them all.
*** Remember the sarcophagi and mummies Jade's Grandpa collected that creeped her out? Watch the second intermission. Yeah. They'll scare the crap out of you too.
*** John's hatred of Betty Crocker.
** ChekhovsGift: The stuffed bunny from ''Film/ConAir''. Thanks to weird time shit, John receives the same bunny three times over. Dave sends him the original as an ironic birthday present. It goes back in time with baby Rose, grows ratty over the years, and is then given to John ''again'' after Rose repairs it with knitting. ''This'' version of the bunny is sent back in time with baby Jade. She eventually upgrades it into the autonomous and heavily-armed robobunny that allows Jack Noir to overthrow the Black Queen and devastate the Medium-- but ''also'' protects John from Jack at a critical moment. Which was why she made it for him in the first place.
** ChekhovsGun: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007392 Discussed]].
** ChekhovsGunman: Gamzee, according the the narrator on the January 1st update, is "the most important character in Homestuck" despite seeming like a minor character at first. (The seriousness of this statement is, however, debatable.)
*** Gamzee manages to create the a large portion of the code that created Doc Scratch and made the doll that spawned Jack's hatred for harlequin clothes. He's practically the indirect cause of a lot of the bad things in the comic. On the other hand, when "the most important character" regarded the new beginning, Cal was sitting in Gamzee's lap while he chatted with Doc Scratch about the same event, so it's hard to say who this referred to even if serious.
*** Fedorafreak also appears to be one, having only appeared in one conversation before (one that didn't even have a Pesterlog devoted to it) but is has been recently revealed that he is playing the game and ended up ''dying on a Quest Bed.''
*** '''Betty Crocker.''' [[ChekhovsBoomerang Twice over.]]
** ChekhovsSkill: John's [[NoodleIncident dubiously obtained]] "Fear No Anvil" hammer. It's shown in the ''John: Enter Village'' flash to freeze even the ludicrously unhittable Uranium imps, implying the same could be said of timestopping powers on any Green Sun-powered being. With John's real body dead, we're left to believe that this is a red herring...but then, the long-discounted Aradia manifests herself as the Maid of Time and freezes the rampaging Jack dead in his tracks.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003338 Chekhovs Juice]]: This is not a trope, but it damn well should be.
** As discussed under CosmicRetcon, there's actually an Aversion as well. At a point during Act 6, John's arm shows up in many different panels across the history of the story; these panels have been permanently edited so his hand is in the original update as well. So while this may ''appear'' to be a ChekhovsGun to new readers, it was added in a CosmicRetcon
** This line from [[ComicBookAdaptation Homestuck Book 2]] sums it up:
---> [[SerialEscalation Chekhov's Literally Every Single Story Detail]] plays a key role in the future as well. Keep an eye out for it.
* ChessMotifs: The conflict between the light and dark kingdoms is represented with chess imagery. Wayward Vagabond also plays a game of chess by himself to pass the time. Black wins, foreshadowing the fact that the Dark Kingdom will win the battle.
** Turns to blackjack motifs starting in Act 4. Also turns to pool for a bit with The Felt, a pool-themed gang.
* ChestBurster: Full body-burst, as an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''/''{{Pokemon}}'' parody, and used on a plush toy. Complete with a [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong face hugger]] coming out of a suspiciously pokeball-like egg. No, really.
* TheChosenOne(s): "A realm where four will gather, the Heir of Breath and Seer of Light, the Knight of Time and Witch of Space, and together they will Ascend." Apparently, players who successfully make it to the Medium are Chosen. Turns out they're chosen because the game creates them.
* ChristmasEpisode ([[WebComicTime although it's April 13th]]): Very much played for laughs in conjunction with WebcomicTime with John and Jade's alchemizing bonanzas.
* CliffHanger: A bunch of them at any given time.
* CloneDegeneration: The mutated paradox clones created from Jaspers' Paradox imprint ghosts.
** To elaborate, Paradox clones are clones of themselves, through stable time loops. Mom and Rose attempted to paradox clone Jaspers the cat, but since Jaspers was not born through any such stable time loop (at least as far as we've seen), two failed paradox clones were produced.
* ClusterFBomb: The [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003911 introduction]] of Gamzee, and more generally anything he says.
** Dave is generous with his fuck supply. As is Vriska. And Karkat's foul mouth rubs off on Jade gradually.
** Jane [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008582 here.]]
* ColonyDrop: Jack dropped Prospit's moon on Skaia, creating a massive crater.
** The meteor set to land on Jade's island [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004778 is about half the diameter of the moon.]] So massive, just the ''crown fire'' from the blast required to destroy it was [[ApocalypseHow enough to wipe off whatever was left of Earth's civilization.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Most of the characters have a corresponding color assigned to them.
** In [[[color:white:Doc Scratch's]]] case, it's more like Color Coded For Your Inconvenience - [[[color:white:his text is in all white, forcing readers and characters alike to highlight it in order to read it easily.]]] The annoyance of this is repeatedly lampshaded.
* CombinatorialExplosion: Hoo boy. The alchemy system ostensibly allows any object to be combined with any other object to create a new one, and there's at least two methods of combination (perhaps as many as there are logical operators). As lampshaded [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002745 here]], the number of possible objects (over 280 trillion) suddenly doesn't seem so big when you realize that it's supposed to allow ''any possible object'', excluding "key" items like Sburb discs.
** Although since the game controls time, it's entirely possible that it knows everything the players will try to make, meaning it only has to prepare for a few hundred combinations.
** Of course, then we learn about the Intellibeam Laserstation, and that there are apparently codes unreadable by players. Meaning that the vast majority of objects not used commonly by players could simply be laserstation captcha codes, which for all we know have additional characters not seen in normal codes and perhaps not even percievable to anything but the Laserstation, i.e. the Sburb disc or a pumpkin, for some reason.
* ComedicSociopathy: John in particular was victim to this in early acts. More generally dispersed now.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: The trolls live in a brutally SocialDarwinist CrapsackWorld where, had SGRUB not taken place and destroyed the planet, most of them would've probably been culled for being disabled (Terezi and Tavros) or low-blooded mutants (Karkat). Daylight brings [[OurVampiresAreDifferent rainbow (blood)-drinkers]], [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies the undead]], while they sleep in a tub of tranquilizers to make sure they don't get intensely brutal nightmares of blood and carnage. And this was all directly caused by a devil figure living on an unnatural moon.
** In "[S] Jade Wake Up", Jade meets Feferi and they both meet the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors. Jade is disturbed while Feferi thinks they're nothing to be scared of since ''the creature that is effectively her foster mother was an EldritchAbomination too.''
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The Land Of Heat And Clockwork. Not only is the entire place [[LethalLavaLand running with magma]] but the only platforms appear to be ''metal'' [[EternalEngine gears]], which would either melt, or conduct the heat right to the people on them (Conduction Shmonduction?). Justified, as the game wouldn't want to make itself unbeatable by killing all the players that touch one of the planets.
* CoolCar: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005318 BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP]]
* CoolMask: Jake and Dirk sport gas masks to protect themselves from the seemingly toxic atmosphere on Dirk's planet in the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007338 Act 6: Act 4 flash.]]
* CooldownHug: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005994 Good Moirails.]]
* CorruptedData: Partway through act 5, the ''Homestuck'' game disc gets a nasty scratch, so the next several pages are marred by visual glitches and corrupted text. Eventually it causes the story to freeze just before a climactic fight, so the reader takes the disc to [[TheWatcher Doc Scratch]] to fix it.
** In Act 6 Act 6, when the story switches from discs to console cartridges, the cartridge in question is jammed with special stardust and candy corn, producing similar effects.
* CosmicComicStory: It plays with the tics of gaming, and has intricate epic plots that reach literary levels of complexity, although the comedic PS is more humor and gaming based. It tends to break their verses' mechanics quite a lot, such as destroying healthbars or shattering name-windows.
* CosmicHorrorStory: While it had elements of this for a while, it becomes a pretty major part of the story as of [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004748 [S] Jade: Wake up.]] Warning: may cause gibbering.
* CosmicRetcon: Even though it's stated that the protagonists are unnamed until their thirteenth birthday, flashbacks seem to indicate that a character's name is applied retroactively.
** The Scratch also functions as this, changing some of the parameters and resetting the universe itself from an earlier state.
** In a more true to the sense of the trope, when John touches the Weapon in Act 6, his arm is shown in many panels from previous parts of the story. All the panels were edited to show his arm in the original panel, adding a retroactive ChekhovsGun for future readers.
* {{Cosplay}}: Invoked for shenanigans by [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004274 Vriska and Tavros]]. This seems to be something of a theme for Vriska, as she later takes issue with John's peppy green outfit, and smoothly pressures him into cosplaying as ''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=004634 her]].'' Later we find out Terezi has her own set too.
* CouldntFindAPen: Except, in this case, Vriska uses MindControl to make someone ''else'' write a message in her blood, since she's not telepathic. They get in an argument, and [[FridgeHorror the color being used starts to change]].
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Pre-Scratch Alternia, going by what Kankri and Aranea say.
* CrapsackWorld: Every planet other than Earth, and it gets worse after the players enter too.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Common buckets are, due to how Trolls reproduce, basically akin to porn stashes in Alternian culture, and leaving one exposed is a major faux pas.
* CreationMyth: This is one of things Homestuck was supposed to be from the start. Universes are created when people play Sburb/Sgrub, and the new universe is based on the players and their actions. The trolls "created" our universe, and the constellations of the Zodiac represent them, not the other way around.
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: Subverted. Karkat thinks he's going to have to apologize to Vriska in order to get her to join the Red Team. When he finds out that Vriska's been kicked off the Blue Team, he instantly rescinds his apology, and apologizes to himself for even making it in the first place.
* CrypticConversation: The Trolls refusal to be helpful or coherent at all (even to past versions of ''themselves'') tends to result in SelfFulfillingProphecy.
* CultureJustifiesAnything: Vriska's defense for killing Tavros and [[HorrorHunger feeding all those young trolls to her lusus.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Very few fights in the series are even. Most result in one side getting beaten rather badly rather quickly.
* CurseCutShort: [[HelloInsertNameHere "Insufferable Pri--"]] *CHOP*
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Jack Noir finally gets tired of Dad's busy fists. "Here, ''(flicks switchblade)'' stick this in your pipe and bleed to death slowly."
** Spades Slick casing an all-green mansion belonging to Lord English. He looks forward to "painting this ugly house red with the blood of those miserable green motherfuckers."
** If anyone tried to steal Boxcars' set of wax lips, he "would [[EyeScream eat their eyeballs]] and deliver an angry lecture into their empty sockets."
** Later in the story, when Hearts Boxcars tries to command Tavros to get up and kiss Vriska (unaware of his disability), he threatens him among other things to rip his horns off and put 'em through his eyes.
* CuteKitten: [[AC:Refuse to acknowledge the absurd kitten.]]
** You fail miserably.
* CycleOfRevenge: Many, most notably the one between Vriska and Terezi, which led to 4 of the trolls being crippled or worse by the end of it.
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10th Aug '14 7:26:58 PM chopshop
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** It is first implied then later outright stated to be due to Doc Scratch's meddling. The pre-Scratch version of Troll culture was too soft and the players failed hard at the game (because they were too weak and unprepared), so Doc Scratch (on Lord English's orders) manipulated their culture to bring about a brutal, violent, ''prepared'' group of teens the second time around.

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** It is first implied then later outright stated to be due to Doc Scratch's meddling. The pre-Scratch version of Troll culture was too soft and the players failed hard at the game (because they were too weak and unprepared), so Doc Scratch (on Lord English's orders) manipulated their culture to bring about a brutal, violent, ''prepared'' group of teens the second time around.
*** Another big part of it was the Condesce's insane ruling; it would seem that a murderous, bigoted sociopath who believes in a bastardized form of social Darwinism and apparently thinks that wild animals are better at child-rearing than adult trolls [[{{Understatement}} doesn't exactly make a civilized society]].
** Sburb/Skaia itself may count. It casually destroys whole civilizations and planets to protect/propagate itself so that it can create new universes.
5th Aug '14 2:28:31 PM iamgamer215
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* ABoyAndHisX: Jade and Bec.
21st Jul '14 8:06:05 AM Generalcamo
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* AdultsAreUseless: Played straight at first, as John's father seems to care more about baking then the imminent danger he is in, Rose's mother seems to be near insane, Jade's grandfather is dead, and Dave's parents are no-where to be seen. Later subverted however, as John's Dad *SINGLEHANDEDLY* escaped from his captors, with none of the advanced weapons the children have. Rose's Mother opens the door that allows Rose into the laboratory, which saves them both, and eventually also singlehandedly slays a large monster. And Jade's Grandfather turns out to be alive, and is piloting a spaceship which carries John's Dad and Rose's Mother.
16th Jul '14 4:10:03 PM CopperRose
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* BackFromTheDead: Every single main character has died at least once, except for Gamzee and Terezi. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the alpha trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the beta trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Eridan, Sollux, Nepeta, Feferi, and Equius died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane, and Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker.

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* BackFromTheDead: Every single main character has died at least once, except for Gamzee and Terezi.once. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the alpha trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the beta trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Tavros, Eridan, Sollux, Nepeta, Feferi, and Equius died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane, and Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker.Drinker, and Gamzee and Terezi's dream selves died.
16th Jul '14 4:02:21 PM CopperRose
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* BackFromTheDead: Every single main character has died at least once, except for Gamzee and Terezi. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the beta trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the alpha trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Eridan, Sollux, Nepeta, Feferi, and Equius died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane, and Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker.

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* BackFromTheDead: Every single main character has died at least once, except for Gamzee and Terezi. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the beta alpha trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the alpha beta trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Eridan, Sollux, Nepeta, Feferi, and Equius died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane, and Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker.
11th Jul '14 9:04:33 AM rexpensive
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** He's also used ''EarthBound''-style sprites, though those are the work of the art team.

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** He's also used ''EarthBound''-style ''Videogame/EarthBound''-style sprites, though those are the work of the art team.



** Starting from Act 2 and becoming the standard by Act 5, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/artcredits.html art contributions are being made]], creating constant shifts between art. A major one found in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004692 this page]] has a style reminiscent of ''EarthBound''.
** Following that page, Andrew introduced some new styles into the main comic pages, including ''EarthBound''-like sprites and more detailed styles in the traditionally drawn panels. See [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004705 here]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004709 here]], for instance.

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** Starting from Act 2 and becoming the standard by Act 5, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/artcredits.html art contributions are being made]], creating constant shifts between art. A major one found in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004692 this page]] has a style reminiscent of ''EarthBound''.
''Videogame/EarthBound''.
** Following that page, Andrew introduced some new styles into the main comic pages, including ''EarthBound''-like ''Videogame/EarthBound''-like sprites and more detailed styles in the traditionally drawn panels. See [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004705 here]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004709 here]], for instance.
1st Jul '14 12:38:36 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheCameo: The Parcel Mistress has a letter addressed to a [[DrBrinnerGhostPsychiatrist Dr. David Brinner]] at one point.

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* TheCameo: The Parcel Mistress has a letter addressed to a [[DrBrinnerGhostPsychiatrist [[Webcomic/DrBrinnerGhostPsychiatrist Dr. David Brinner]] at one point.
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