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->''Elsewhere in paradox space, we examine another planet, forgotten by time. But we will strive to remember. What was this planet's name?''

Long before the formation of planet Earth, there was a world called Alternia. Alternia was a world ruled by the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]], a species who, [[HumanOutsideAlienInside at least externally]], [[RubberForeheadAliens look like humans]] with [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation grey skin]], [[FangsAreEvil fangs]], [[SupernaturalGoldEyes yellow eyes]], and striped [[HornedHumanoid horns]]. The trolls, too, have found Sburb (or rather, Sgrub), and over the course of the adventure we meet twelve troll children who play it together, split into two sessions of six. However, sometime during the course of their quest, [[GameBreakingBug something goes very wrong]], and they begin a campaign of [[{{Troll}} petty internet harassment]] against the kids, who they blame for the incident. Despite their monstrous looks, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast sinister screennames]], and [[EvilCounterpart character profiles composed of mixes and inversions of traits from one or more of the kids]], the trolls [[DarkIsNotEvil mostly aren't that bad]]; they were introduced properly in their own sub-adventure arc in Act 5 Act 1, also known as Hivebent, before essentially becoming part of the main cast on par with the kids in Act 5 Act 2.


!! ♈ Aradia Megido ♈


->[-'''''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' Appearances''': "A Friend In Need" | "Secret Sufferer" | "Star of the Ocean" | "Spritecon" | "Relation Shipping" | "Summerteen Romance"-]

->''You once had a number of INTERESTS, which in time you have LOST INTEREST IN. You seem to recollect once having a fondness for ARCHEOLOGY, though now have trouble recalling this passion. It nonetheless has led you to find your PRESENT CALLING, which came through the discovery of these MYSTIC RUINS on which you presently stand, and which you recently DESECRATED OUT OF BOREDOM.''

A rather spooky female troll who organized the Troll session. Before the beginning of the story, she was murdered by Vriska, by means of a mind-controlled Sollux. However, prototyping her Kernelsprite with the head of a frog statue and her own ghost brought her back to life.

In Sburb, she is the '''Maid of Time'''. Her trolltag is "apocalypseArisen".

In life, she allocated her STRIFE SPECIBUS to WHIPKIND, quite like the human Franchise/IndianaJones. In death, she mostly relies on telekinesis to fight enemies.

When God Tier Aradia and a memory Aradiabot were in the same log, the Aradiabot used her old typing quirk and Equius' color to distinguish herself. The Aradiabot quickly abandoned the typing quirk, but kept the color.

->@@types with0ut punctuati0n 0r capitalizati0n (th0ugh she s0metimes uses exclamati0n p0ints!)@@
->@@and replaces the letter "O" with "0"@@
->@@she 0ccasi0nally uses a blank em0tic0n 0_0 though she's als0 dabbled in trying t0@@
->@@make it l00k happy but it kind 0f l00ks stupid t00 0u0@@
->@@upon ascension to god tier her "0"s become "o"s and she uses regular emoticons like :)@@
->@@and has a more cheerful disposition in general@@
!!!Universal Tropes

* ActionGirl: Has strong PsychicPowers, beats Vriska to death, and eventually grows so strong that she can selectively stop time.
* AnimalMotifs: Rams, due to being an Aries.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Most of what she does is because the voices of the dead tell her to do it. Later this ties into TimeyWimeyBall, as it's implied ''Aradia herself'' is the voices of the dead guiding her. Or, more accurately, her time duplicates.
* ExpendableClone: Justified. Duplicates created by time travel not resulting in a StableTimeLoop are doomed to die anyways and treated as expendable.
%% * ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* HearingVoices: Explicitly one of her powers.
* IAmSong: Got one about all of her iterations in "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/temporal-shenanigans Temporal Shenanigans]]".
* IHatePastMe: The thousands of Aradiabots from doomed timelines. In the Dreambubbles, she considers them "separate agents" and as such do not follow her orders. She's also creeped out by Equius being in charge of a group of bloodthirsty death-craving robots who are identical to her.
* {{Irony}}: When we first see her, she's basically the token dead girl of the Trolls. As of '''[S] GAME OVER''', she's the only troll who's fully alive.
* IronicDeath: She has the shortest lifespan of all the trolls, being a rust blood. She's one of the two trolls to gain {{Immortality}} by ascending to God Tier, and is the only troll so far who isn't dead, even though she has died several times.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/psych0ruins psych0ruins]]"[[note]]A partial remix of "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/ruins-with-strings Ruins (With Strings)]]", which received another remix later, associated with WV, called "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/ruins-rising Ruins Rising]]"[[/note]] and "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/arisen-anew Arisen Anew]]".
* MeaningfulName:
** Her discovering Sburb set the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in motion. (If linear causality has any meaning with all the Weird Time Shit going on.)
** Aradia is the name of a goddess of witches, portrayed as the messianic daughter of the goddess Diana and the god Lucifer. Lucifer is a Latin word (from the words ''lucem ferre''), literally meaning "light-bearer", which, in that language, is used as a name for the dawn appearance of the planet Venus, heralding daylight. Venus in Aries is in its detriment, because Aries is the opposite sign to Libra, which Venus rules.
** "Megido" is a shortened form of "Megiddo", which is what we get the word "Armageddon" from. It's also a place that a number of religions believe the final battle will take place.
** apocalypse''Arisen''
* MesACrowd: Her time powers can be used to create an army of alternate future selves. And unlike Dave (who could theoretically do the same thing, but doesn't because doing so dooms the version of himself making the decision to copy themselves to death), robot-Aradia doesn't care about dying, so she can abuse it relentlessly.
* MessyHair: Ghost, robot or God Tier, her hair is a constant tangled mess.
* MindOverMatter: To spectacular levels. As the lowest on the hemospectrum, she has the strongest PsychicPowers of all the trolls, though she doesn't rely on them nearly as much as [[BlackMage Sollux]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: She's a ram-looking psychic alien ghost time traveler archaeologist merged with a frog-statue-prototyped sprite who's haunting a robot body fueled by blood which eventually exploded because her soul turned into an immortal fairy goddess of time who is the descendant of a forced apprentice to an mob boss/eldritch demon of time/personification of death and now acts as a dream guide/{{psychopomp}}. Yeah.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers one to Vriska at the end of [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004478 [S] Make Her Pay]]
* OffModel: No one can seem to figure out how her horns are supposed to work. If you watch [S] Make Her Pay, they're all over the place. According to Andrew, her horns "curl whatever way looks best for the scene".
* OutOfFocus: Zigzagged; she takes center stage a few times but ends up being not one of the main trolls.
* PerpetualFrowner: Played straight at first--she's never seen smiling as a ghost, and as a robot, she smiles ''once''.
* PerpetualSmiler: When alive, she falls under this trope.
* PsychicPowers: Levitation, telekinesis, hearing the voices of the dead, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004141 summoning their spirits]], and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004048 putting people to sleep]].
* PowerFloats: Though being dead helps a bit...and just plain being psychic period once she's not so dead and actually not dead at all.
* PrescienceIsPredictable: Gets hit with this hard.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair length seems to vary, but it's always very long, regardless of her state of being.
* ShoutOut: [[Series/DoctorWho Eventually becomes an immortal master of time]]. Her second {{leitmotif}}, "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/arisen-anew Arisen Anew]]", even contains the top quote on TimeyWimeyBall!
* StableTimeLoop: In a nutshell, how she gains her Crosbytop and discovers Sgrub to begin with. Given that she is the Maid of Time, a lot of her actions revolve around this.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Aradia uses her time powers rather infrequently but still has them, especially now that she's ascended to god tier. The trope-naming line gets directly quoted in one of her later themes.
* TriangRelations: Close to Sollux (and was all but stated to have been his girlfriend before Vriska made him kill her); lusted after by Equius.
* UncattyResemblance: Her lusus, seen in flashback, has curly ram horns like hers.
* WesternZodiac: Aries. Her 'arise' part of her handle is an anagram of this.
* YouCantFightFate: Easily the most fatalistic character before her revival, both due to her vantage point as the Maid of Time and due to having lived with voices telling her the future much of her "life". [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004490 From a memo addressed to her past, future, and alternate selves]]:
--->PAA: and here i was thinking we were finished taking 0rders fr0m v0ices! \\
PAA: weve 0nly swapped the imperatives 0f the dead with th0se 0f 0ur future selves \\
PAA: wh0 are als0 dead \\
FAA: yes it seems that way \\
PAA: 0h well it was an enj0yable reprieve fr0m fatalism while it lasted \\
PAA: id nearly managed t0 sav0r it \\
FAA: [[SnarkKnight an err0r narr0wly av0ided then]]

!!!Pre-Death Aradia

* AdventurerArchaeologist: She was seen running around and investigated ruins, as well as spelunking.
* BreakTheCutie: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004068 She was a lot more cheerful]] before Tavros was crippled and she was killed.
* NiceHat: Gets her hands on one of Dad's due to timey-wimey shenigans.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Until the [=FLARPing=] disaster.
* WhipItGood: In flashbacks, she has a whip on her floor, as befitting an AdventurerArchaeologist. [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40585720/Combined_Formspring_Web_Aug-28-2011.htm#andrewhussie898242917 Confirmed]] to have been her [[WeaponOfChoice strife specibus.]]

!!!Ghost Aradia

%% * BrokenBird
* CreepyChild: Somewhat. Compared to herself when she was alive, she's much creepier, though it never becomes a problem.
* DeadAllAlong: Ghost Aradia is the first iteration introduced.
* TheEeyore: She is very gloomy.
* EmotionlessGirl: Consistently shows no emotion in this state.
* GhostAmnesia: Not only can she no longer remember what it was like to feel anger, she more or less ''can't remember ever having felt it at all''. Bear in mind that the angriest moment in her life was directly prior to her death. She doesn't seem to have forgotten how she died, but her own emotions regarding what happened that day are a rather shocking thing for her to have forgotten.
* ManipulativeBastard: Clearly has her own agenda while playing the game, although most of what she does is guided by the voices in her head.
* ProphetEyes: Like all dead characters.
* SingleIssueWonk: The apocalypse. Justified, as it's her job to set it in motion.
%% * SoulPower
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: She has the blank eyes, long black hair, and tattered [[SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack school uniform]].
-->'''[[WordOfGod Andrew]]:''' She's basically every girl from every Japanese horror film ever. [[SarcasmMode Whoops canon I guess]].
* TheStoic: This is her attitude. "I'm 0K with it" is sort of her {{catchphrase}}.


* BattleCouple: With [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004214 Equius]].
* CasualKink: Her and Equius's relationship is pretty evocative of BDSM. That and she kisses him passionately after beating the crap out of him.
* DoomedByCanon: The Aradiabot was shown to explode several months before it happened. Ended up being a MetaTwist however, as Aradia was revived into her God Tiers and the robot exploding was simply a symptom of that.
* EmotionlessGirl: Most of the time, but, unlike Ghost Aradia, she can feel anger.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Prototyping her sprite with a frog was critical to the trolls' success. Why? The Black Queen ''hates'' frogs [[note]]Frogs represent the creation of a new universe[[/note]], and refused to wear her prototyping ring because of it.
* HeroicSacrifice: How her doomed temporal duplicates become doomed temporal duplicates.
* MoodSwinger:
** Her emotions tend to be level unless she gets enraged, whereupon she simply goes nuts. At least Sollux simply alternates between "be2t damn hacker ever" and "everythiing 2uck2 god why even try".
** The ones who show up during Meenah and Vriska's showdown want to "destr0y everything", which Equius thinks is just a malfunction.
* NotSoStoic:
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004188 GET IT 0UT]] GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT GET IT 0UT
** And again [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004708 later]]:
--->AA: just st0p\\
AA: st0p st0p st0p st0p st0p st0p
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: To Vriska.
* RobotGirl: For a time, she was "resurrected" by possessing a machine that Equius built for her.
* SnarkKnight: She was a lot more cynical and harsh when she was robotic.
-->''[to Karkat]'' its n0t like a decisi0n y0u are ab0ut t0 make will invariably lead t0 every problem we have and will ever face as well as the great und0ing itself\\
just keep listening to y0ur angry impulses it will all be fine
* SlapSlapKiss: Literally, with Equius.
* StealthPun: Aradiabot is a literal iron '''maid'''en.
* TwitchyEye: Her emoticon (0_0) is accompanied with an eye tic in Alterniabound.
* UnstoppableRage: Aradiabot, with her restored emotions, [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004478 finally meets Vriska in the Medium]] and beats her, both physically and telekinetically, ''to near death''. Eventually it seems like she's just laying into Vriska's unconscious body.
* VerbalTic: After prototyping her Kernelsprite with a segment of the Frog Temple and her own spirit, she occasionally lets a "ribbit" slip in her Trollian conversations.

!!!God Tier Aradia

* AboveGoodAndEvil: She doesn't like to think of herself in those terms; however, unlike many examples of this trope, she falls pretty firmly into the category of Good.
* BadassBoast: "You're done with dying."
* BringIt: [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130308024051/mspaintadventures/images/0/04/Hs-wake07.gif Her grin]] when facing Bec Noir just ''screams'' this.
* TheBusCameBack: Eventually returns in Act 6 Intermission 3, having become a self-appointed caretaker of the dead.
* TheChessmaster: One of the better examples among the Trolls. She organizes much of the events of Cascade and, together with Feferi, is the mastermind behind the dreambubbles; however, she willingly steps down afterwards to hold Jack off.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has a tendency to do this after her revival, though still good-naturedly.
-->TA: h0ly shit, i can't see!
--> AA: yes [[CaptainObvious thats what being blind means]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu:
** Did she just hold [[PhysicalGod a First Guardian]] in place for hours? Yes she did.
** In [S] Collide, she was able to timestop ''Lord English''.
* DissonantSerenity:
-->ARADIA: so please believe that i would never take joy from the destruction of any soul
-->ARADIA: however you must realize that it is only by the grace of the horrorterrors that so many have been allowed to continue existing for so long
-->ARADIA: they have persisted for ages beyond their time just as he has
-->ARADIA: as such it seems to me his rampage is just another kind of housekeeping
-->ARADIA: while he rounds the ring undoing the work of the gods we must prepare for his undoing as well
-->ARADIA: to ready the manor for the lords arrival so to speak :)
* {{Flanderization}}: Of her unusual attitude towards death - by Act 6 Intermission 5, this has changed from a single quirk to almost the main thing about her.
* HesBack: After spending the narrative as an emotionless tool of fate, Aradia emerges from the exploding moon of Derse as a God Tier and immediately faces off with an [[Characters/HomestuckAgentsAndMonarchs omnipotent serial killer.]]
* Letters2Numbers: Averted. She drops the quirk once she is brought back to life for real and opts to talk like this!
* ManOnFire: Done to her dreamself by Bec Noir, and how she CameBackStrong
* MsExposition: On a couple of occasions, starting [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004490 here]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005494 here]].
* NiceGirl: Probably the nicest of the trolls, despite her obsession with death.
* NightmareFetishist: Ever since her god-tier revival, she has displayed a fascination with death after spending so much time in the dream bubbles, to the point of getting excited over having a "corpse party" for Sollux's dead body. Sollux calls her out on this, and Terezi thinks it's charming and funny she's become such a "[=D34TH F4NG1RL=]". As time passes, she just gets [[UpToEleven even weirder about it]].
* OnlySaneMan: Subverted; generally, the more insane a troll, the more unusual their quirk is, and Aradia post-revival has no quirk at all beyond not capitalizing anything and speaks perfectly normally. Then it turns out that she's also crazy, she's just polite about it.
* PerkyGoth: Despite an ongoing (and seemingly escalating) obsession with death, Aradia is much cheerier than her previous selves.
* PowerGivesYouWings: Like all God Tier trolls, Aradia now has fairy wings.
* PutOnABus: She stayed behind at the Green Sun to delay Jack Noir.

* SlasherSmile:
** Upon Jack Noir accidentally waking up her dreamself and causing her to God Tier, her smile can only be defined as this.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007928 She pulls another one much later]].
** Lately, it's pretty much her default expression.
* TakeAThirdOption: Aradia has a choice: she can either let Jack go and die now, or hold him in place as long as she can and die when she eventually runs out of power. Her solution? [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005466 Dodge into Jack]] and teleport to the Green Sun.
* WhenSheSmiles: As both a ghost and a robot, Aradia is a PerpetualFrowner, but post-resurrection, she's rarely ''not'' seen smiling--and it's usually adorable (with the exceptions of the [[SlasherSmile rather creepy grins]] she sports in parts of Act 6).
* WhileRomeBurns: Aradia seems quite amused by the Green Sun's collapse into a black hole, even as the Furthest Ring is being shredded around her.

!! ♉ Tavros Nitram ♉


->[-'''''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' Appearances''': "Headed for Stardom" | "Secret Sufferer" | "Relation Shipping" | "Summerteen Romance"-]

->''You are known to be heavily arrested by FAIRY TALES AND FANTASY STORIES. You have an acute ability to COMMUNE WITH THE MANY CREATURES OF ALTERNIA, a skill you have utilized to CAPTURE AND TRAIN a great many. They are all your friends, as well as your warriors, which you [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} pit in battle through a variety of related CARD AND ROLE PLAYING GAMES]]. You used to engage in various forms of MORE EXTREME ROLEPLAYING with some of your other friends before you had an accident.''

A rather awkward troll with huge horns who is paralyzed from the waist down; he has a childish disposition and upbeat personality regardless.

In Sburb, he is the '''Page of Breath'''. His trolltag is "adiosToreador".

He has allocated his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with the [[JoustingLance LANCEKIND]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice ABSTRATUS]].

For a brief period of time later in the story he became [[Characters/HomestuckSprites Jane's sprite, along with Vriska]]. CameBackWrong applies heavily here. See that character's section for tropes applying to it.


* AccidentalMurder:
** He runs over his lusus while talking to Nepeta.
** Also of Grandpa Harley, though, due to cultural differences, he doesn't realize that this is a bad thing.
* {{Adorkable}}: He sucks at trolling, but you still want to hug the poor guy.
* ActualPacifist:
** May have managed to get through the session without killing a single enemy.
** After taking it in stride for just so long, Vriska may finally have pushed him into TechnicalPacifist territory. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004965 I guess a man]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004966 can only stomach so much...]]
* ALoadOfBull: He sports a pair of ''ridiculously'' oversized bull-like horns, in keeping with his Zodiac sign. Because of them, he gets little sleep because he can't fit into his recuperacoon.
* AnimalMotifs: Bulls, due to being a Taurus.
* ApologizesALot: Tends to apologize often for things like bEING BORING, though, notably, he refuses to apologize to Vriska for having a disability.
* ArtificialLimbs: Equius builds him some robot legs.
* BackFromTheDead: Gets resurrected [[Characters/HomestuckSprites via prototyping]] twice. The first has him combine with Vriska briefly, while the second sees him prototyped individually, at least until he's tricked into grabbing GCAT.
* TheBeastmaster: He can control any animal. This extends to imps and ogres. This extends to [[PhysicalGod Bec]].
* BeigeProse:
** He's a very nervous speaker which, ignoring his faltering "uhs", results in his words manifesting as innocuously and concisely as possible. When he's not indulging in god-awful rapping, anyway.
** Although his later chat logs with Jade seem to indicate that he becomes more verbose when he's feeling confident with himself. [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Or at least constantly assuring himself that he's confident]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: After [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice facing Vriska]], [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005200 Terezi finds him]] sporting this trope.
* BlowYouAway: Although his powers are not nearly as strong as John's, they have the same Aspect. Tavros isn't shown making use of the windy side of the Breath aspect very often, but after an eternity of being Vriska's plaything he's managed to master the bond side of it.
%% * BluntMetaphorsTrauma
* BreakTheCutie: It started with his paralysis and Vriska's constant abuse, but what ''really'' broke him was when Vriska demanded that he MercyKill her and he couldn't bring himself to do it.
* ButtMonkey: Quite the Butt Monkey. He isn't good at rapping, trolling, or even being confident in himself. He also undergoes a disproportionate amount of psychological and physical abuse.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn:
** Compare his [[SmugSmiler smug]] first appearance to his [[ThePollyanna more optimistic]] personality seen later on.
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] when he shows back up Post-Retcon with his own army he amassed through friendship rather than mind control, wherein Vriska finally admits he did something genuinely useful and helpful with no reservations, and he proceeds to rub it in her face for several panels while doing multiple corny dances. It is pretty much an effective reversal of their traditional character relationship played UpToEleven.
* CheerfulChild: Stays pretty upbeat despite a lot of things. Later eventually starts emoting more at the end of the Troll's session as it gets worse.
* ChewToy: The poor guy gets forced to walk off a cliff, [[HandicappedBadass paralyzed from the waist down]], [[BackAlleyDoctor gets his legs]] [[ChainsawGood chainsawed off]], has a {{Tsundere}} ManipulativeBitch frenemy, and gets run through with his own spear.
* CrazyJealousGuy: After he and Vriska die and become matesprits, it becomes clear that he doesn't like having John around and tends to act distastefully towards him. John, however, [[UnknownRival is oblivious to this]].
* CoolChair: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004264 It's a]] FlyingCar!
* {{Cyborg}}: After their session of Sburb, Equius makes him some robot legs that allow him to walk...once Kanaya [[ChainsawGood chainsawed]] [[BackAlleyDoctor off]] his old ones.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: His first attempt at Communing with Bec show the differences between the two cultures. The way he saw things, he was protecting Jade and her lusus from an intruder. Too bad the "intruder" he was saving Jade from was her grandfather.
* TheDogBitesBack: After quite some time of being pushed around by Vriska (though she does loosen up on him a little), he up and quits helping her.
* DuelToTheDeath: Embarked to have one with Vriska. When it finally happens, since he's facing a God Tier opponent, it goes [[CurbStompBattle about as well as you'd expect]].
* EntitledToHaveYou: Initially towards Jade, and lately towards Vriska. This backfires spectacularly with Jade (as his saving her life turns out to give him a lot less leverage over her given that he killed her grandfather in the same stroke); Vriska, being Vriska, steamrollers right over Tavros the way she pretty much always has.
* ExtremeDoormat: Vriska paralyzes him and he ''still'' lets her boss him around. At one point ''she blames him for not being able to walk''. (Actually, that particular instance is less Tavros being a doormat as it is Vriska being mean, considering she makes similar remarks to Terezi.) He is incredibly shy, and the trope is even mentioned in canon when Terezi finds his body and says [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005263 "Adios, sweet Toreadoormat."]] Once he and Vriska start dating in Act 6, it's played a bit looser, but still in effect.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Although he's allergic to cats.
* GratuitousSpanish: His trolltag.
* GreenEyedMonster: He does not take the fact that John used to date Vriska well.
* GrewASpine:
** He finally stands up to Vriska and goes to fight her after he discovers she created Bec Noir. [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice It doesn't go too well for him.]]
** Later in the dream bubbles, he stands up to Vriska and flies off in the middle of their treasure hunt while flipping her off with both hands, ironicly using the "fly, pupa, fly" line that Vriska used to mock him so many times with as he flies off. And it sticks, as he later shows up with an even larger ghost army than the one Vriska and Aranea made with their mind control powers that he gathered all on his own and rightfully tells her to suck it as she breaks down in disbelief that he actually did something useful.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: How [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005285 his dreamself dies]]. Kanaya does this to him as well to allow his legs to be replaced with robotic prosthetics.
* HappyDance: After finally scoring a major success of his own ''and forcing Vriska to admit that he did so'', Tavros launches into four pages of silly, awesome and ''extremely'' happy dancing.
* HandicappedBadass: Implied by the fact that he went from living on [[CrapsackWorld Alternia]] to reaching the [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap top of his echeladder]] while unable to use his legs the entire time.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: His initially weaksauce ability to commune with Alternian fauna also applies to the hordes of imps, ogres, basilisks, cyclopses and so forth. You think about that for a second. It turns out his ability also affects the lusus naturae, the guardian creatures that look after each young troll. Think about THAT for a second. Unlike Vriska, his powers can be used on different species, so he can control ''Bec''. Think about '''that''' for a second. He can possibly control any creature that is part animal, such as [[BigBad Jack]]. Tavros could have prevented his and the other trolls' deaths quite easily if he put his mind to it.
* HenpeckedHusband: Towards Vriska in the Dreambubbles, at least until he decides to leave her.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Oh how the list runs on.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002999 He attempts to troll Dave]]. It does not go well.
** Later, he gets stabbed by his own lance after charging right into Vriska's hands.
* HopeSpot: Shared with Kanaya. It doesn't work.
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He's really bad at trolling, to the point where Dave [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002999 countertrolled him without as much as a huff]]. He eventually ends up dropping all of the pretense entirely.
* InnocentInnuendo: All throughout his [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005886 conversation with Gamzee]] and in some lines when he [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003495 trolls Dave]].
* InterspeciesRomance: He had a one-sided redrom crush on Jade.
* FamousAncestor: He is a descendant of the Summoner, who was the one who ended up slaying Mindfang (and was her matesprit), and led the rebellion that resulted in an order to exile all troll adults off Alternia. A far cry from then and now.
* InformedAttribute: He tells Jade that the only time that he really enjoyed Sgrub was when he was asleep, but he [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004269 seems to be having fun]] in the Land of Sand and Zephyr. Of course then Vriska was yelling at him and then it got awkward.
* IronicEcho:
** Vriska's taunt of [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004075 Fly, Pupa!!!!!!!! Flyyyyyyyy!]] is eventually used against her by him when he gets sick of her shit and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere flies off]] with a [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007944 fLY, pUPA, fLYYYYY,]]
** That same Tavros does it again, [[CallBack calling back]] to Vriska's tantrum as he tells her to suck it.
* JerkassFacade:
** The facade is rather transparent, though. He ran out of mean things to say after his seventh line of dialogue. He seems to be a ''lot'' more friendly when he's [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003836 talking to Jade]].
** He's a straight up {{Jerkass}} [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007283 to John, though]], especially since John's making a bad first impression by putting on the engagement ring meant for Vriska and acting like total Jerkass back to him.
* JiveTurkey:
** He practices the ancient art of Alternian Slam Poetry, but isn't that good at it at all.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004023 "You both then proceed to have one of the worst rap-offs in the history of paradox space."]] They finally show it [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005886 over a year later]] with bonus redrom flirting!
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/desperado-rocket-chairs dESPERADO ROCKET CHAIRS,]]
* LoveMartyr: Towards Vriska, after they die and become matesprits.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: How he informs Karkat that he just became paralyzed.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: The Feminine Boy to Vriska's Masculine Girl. Admittedly they're something of a deconstruction.
* MeaningfulName:
** Tavros is Greek for bull.
** Alternatively, a reference to Tarvos Trigaranus, a bull god.
** He named his self-esteem [[Film/{{Hook}} Rufio]], which fits into his fascination with ''Pupa Pan''.
** "Nitram" is "Martin" written backwards, and was suggested after a fan's name in real life, similar to Gamzee's.
** Toreador is an alternate way of saying torero, or '''bullfighter'''...but the more commonly-used term for them in America is ''matador''. His trolltag, adiosToreador, sounds like final words from a dying bull.
* MercyKill: Vriska was, at one point, trying to encourage him to pull one on herself, after Aradia was done with her, so her real self wouldn't bleed to death on her Quest Bed.
* MagikarpPower: Sadly unrealized while he was still alive. As a Page, Tavros had the potential to become unimaginably strong, but Vriska's bullying and his meek personality helped prevent this. However, his pre-retcon instance finally manages to overcome this by mastering ThePowerOfFriendship to the point that he is able to form an '''enormous''' army through words alone, something even Vriska couldn't achieve.
* NiceGuy: As a Hero of Breath, this is to be expected. He's timid, but that doesn't stop him from being polite...[[BewareTheNiceOnes or eventually realising his title in a way that allows him to gather a massive army through friendliness and words with little, if not any psychic intervention]]. Karkat notes that he actually seems to be incapable of hate.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tavros killed Jade's Grandpa when he "communed" with Bec to save Jade when she accidentally shot herself as a toddler. In his defense, he didn't/doesn't know what a grandpa is and thought the old guy was an intruder. On the other hand he did save Jade's life and she forgave him pretty quickly.
* NoIndoorVoice: His whispers are loud enough that he can be heard from long distances.
* NotDisabledInVR: When characters are warped into the videogame Sgrub, there's a mechanic where any time a player sleeps, they assume control of a "dream body"--a completely healthy version of themselves that can also fly. Tavros is paraplegic (and has dreamed of flying even before he lost the use of his legs) so when he enters Sgrub, he spends as much time flying around in his dream body as possible.
* ObliviousToLove:
** Tavros is more or less clueless that Vriska has an enormous crush on him. He gets better later and even becomes her [[HenpeckedHusband Henpecked Matesprit]].
** Later, it's revealed he [[AllergicToLove tends to get rather uncomfortable when people hit on him]], even Gamzee who is a good friend of his.
* PhraseCatcher: "Adios, Torea(word starting with the syllable 'dor')." From Vriska mostly.
* PlayingWithFire: After his death, he seems to have this power as a BrickJoke.
* ThePollyanna: Read a little more, and you'll see why he's TheWoobie. But despite all those things, he's usually smiling.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While the Breath aspect mainly manifests in [[BlowYouAway aerokinesis]], friendliness, bonding and teamwork play important roles as well and Tavros is no exception. He's one of the nicest trolls seen and his pre-retcon self manages to amass a ghost army of proportions [[ManipulativeBastard Vriska]] couldn't dare to reach simply by convincing trolls to join.
* ShoutOut:
** The role-playing and card games he uses animals in are based on Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, and the animals he uses are based on the famous monsters from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''.
** Tavros' strife specibus, his hive (and his Land) having windmills, his Spanish trolltag, and his over-idealistic way of thinking all point towards Tavros being the series' Don Quixote. Hell, his battle with Vriska could be described as tilting at windmills!
* SmallNameBigEgo: Has a lot more confidence in his trolling abilities than [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003495 actual talent.]] Subverted it's not even funny. [[HarsherInHindsight Literally.]]
* SmugSnake:
** Fans instantly pegged him as this when they first got a look at his [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003496 amazingly-punchable face]], only to discover in late Act 4 that he wasn't actually such a bad guy...and then to learn in the Hivebent arc that he's--well, just see TheWoobie below.
** It's later zigzagged. He can be a possessive jerkass (re: his interactions with [[ClingyJealousGuy John]] and [[EntitledToHaveYou Jade]]), but he can also be genuinely nice (re: his interactions with Dave, Aradia and Gamzee) and so he ''sometimes'' fits the trope.
* StealthPun:
** Why is he such a Woobie? Because he's being [[IncrediblyLamePun bull]]ied.
** Tavros has his legs replaced with robotic ones. He becomes a [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth mechanical bull]].
* TakeThat:
** [[WordOfGod The Author]] has indicated that his [[TheWoobie perpetually-victimized woobie]] status is partly a TakeThat at some of the early criticism by the FanDumb (with [[{{Troll}} Vriska]] playing the part of the critics.)
** Although he did also say he might have done it anyway, because fans are either sympathetic to him or amused, and it's important that a story invokes an "emotional response" in its readers.
* TheRoleplayer: Tavros' character in FLARP was based around his personality and interests rather than being particularly effective in combat. This did not end well when he was pitted against KillerGameMaster Vriska. However, it seems as though his class of choice only becomes formidable at [[MagikarpPower very high levels...]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: After a lifetime plus more of abuse from Vriska, he finally manages to best her when he gathers the ghost army of her dreams simply by convincing people to join. Vriska is unable to comprehend that the Page of Breath has finally unlocked his hidden potential.
* TooDumbToLive:
** That's right, Tavros. Just charge at the [[AxCrazy insane]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], [[CameBackStrong God-Powered]] girl who ''told'' you to charge at her. [[BlatantLies I'm sure it will all work out]].
** He was set up by Vriska to attack her (complete with his real legs being her ''capote'' for taunting), knowing very well that he would fail no matter what he did. [[TruthInTelevision Much like in an actual bullfight]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: He acts pretty dickish to Jade just after she enters the Medium, mainly because [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex he thinks that's what being confident is all about]]. And when John shows up, he's pretty much a complete ass to him. Slightly justified in that he's dating Vriska, but he's still pretty negative about it.
* ThrowTheDogABone:
** In the afterlife, he gets to meet an alternate Dave Strider, whom he apparently thinks is a cool guy, and engages in a one-sided slam-poetry battle whilst bringing incendiaries which require a licensed physician. While Dave is less than enthused about the whole thing, Tavros seems happy.
** Tavros' afterlife in general ends up being pretty much better than the TraumaCongaLine that was his life.
** As the crowning example, his pre-retcon ghost that abandoned (Vriska) shows up later with his own ghost army that he gathered on his own and gets to tell Vriska (the alive one) to suck it.
* VictoryDance: After Vriska's shock at him assembling a huge ghost army, he does a variety of these, such as a Charleston and a Shuffle.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: His typing quirk uses a lot of commas, often several in a row.
* WesternZodiac: Taurus.
* WillfullyWeak: Tavros refuses to use his powers of communion to force the imps to carry him up to his gate. He does later use his powers, probably because his only other option is killing the imps.
* WordSaladHumor: His attempts to troll Dave are filled with this. In fact, his very first lines are:
-->AT: hEYYY,

!! ♊ Sollux Captor ♊


->[-'''''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' Appearances''': "Killswitch ENGAGED" | "Secret Sufferer" | "Spritecon" | "Summerteen Romance"-]

->''You are apeshit bananas at computers, and you know ALL THE CODES. All of them. You are the unchallenged authority on APICULTURE NETWORKING. And though all your friends recognize your unparalleled achievements as a TOTALLY SICK HACKER, you feel like you could be better. It's one of a number of things you SORT OF BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT for NO VERY GOOD REASON during sporadic and debilitating BIPOLAR MOOD SWINGS. You have a penchant for [[DualityMotif BIFURCATION]], in logic and in life. Your mutant mind is hounded by the psychic screams of the IMMINENTLY DECEASED.''

A moody troll afflicted with bipolar mood swings with an incredible knack for hacking.

In Sburb, he is the '''Mage of Doom'''. His trolltag is "twinArmageddons".

He has not allocated his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with any KIND ABSTRATUS as, after all, a [[MindOverMatter high-level psionic]] has no need for weapons.

->@@type2 wiith no cap2 but u2e2 punctuatiion. replace2 the letter "S" wiith "2", double2 the letter "I"@@ @@whenever iit2 u2ed, liike2 two replace the word2 "to" and "too" with "two".@@
->@@refer2 two friiend2 wiith repetiitiive letter2 iin theiir name2 by tho2e letters.@@
->@@(kk for karkat, ff for feferii, etc.)@@
->@@for a brief peri0d after l0sing his visi0n-tw0f0ld and his fangs he als0 l0ses his lisp and replaces his@@
->@@o's with 0's like Aradia did.@@
->@@when half-dead, he types 0 and O in alternating 0rder in a co0l but c0nfusing way O_0.@@

* AcePilot: Shows ImprobablePilotingSkills using his PsychicPowers to steer himself and the other trolls toward the Green Sun. While blind, taking direction from Terezi and Karkat, and possibly bleeding to death under the strain using said powers.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: While he isn't stupid in any sense of the word, he ended up leaving his Dream Bubble, which is essentially ''the afterlife'', because he didn't know he couldn't.
-->Aradia: Hey! Why are you out of your dream bubble?
-->Sollux: am ii not 2uppo2ed two do that?
* AnimalMotifs: Bees, probably due to his blood color.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Sort of. Thanks to his unique brain, he [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004405 ended up with two dream selves, one for Derse and one for Prospit]]; [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004415 the current Sollux is actually the Derse dream self]].
** And then again, when prototyped with Eridan to form Jake's sprite, [[TwoBeingsOneBody Erisolsprite]].
** It's averted once the retcons begin. Vriska doesn't want to prototype his corpse under the assumption that it would take him away from travelling dream bubbles with Aradia, a fate she knows he enjoys. Of course, she doesn't actually know that his bifurcated nature would simply revive the corpse as a sprite and leave his half-ghost fully alive (and blind), as what happened originally with Erisolsprite.
* BerserkButton: Voices of the imminently deceased. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004409 He goes nuclear when he suspects Clubs Deuce of being a spirit trying to bug him]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Subverted--he's by no means evil, and, girlfriend(s) killings aside, he's actually considerably more relaxed now that he doesn't have visions, voices, a lisp, and a bifurcated brain to deal with.
* BlackMagic: In essence, Sollux's ~ATH codes are curses that center around doom and destruction. Of the two ~ATH codes presented, one causes the death of all the trolls' guardians while also dooming anyone Karkat will ever meet while the other was created to summon '''Lord English.'''
* BlessedWithSuck: He can hear the voices of those doomed to die. [[BerserkButton It's just that THEY. WON'T. SHUT. UP!!!]]
* BlindMistake: While [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005985 oscillating between Kismesis and Matesprit for Gamzee]] he's actually looking at the Lil Cal puppet, which confuses the hell out of Karkat.
* BlindSeer: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003976 "...unlike the typical sightless prophet of doom, you are gifted with VISION TWOFOLD."]] However, he predicts that eventually the universe will make him one so that he can see visions of the future properly. Furthermore, when he goes blind, he loses his ability to hear the voices of the doomed, which he takes to mean nobody else is in danger.
* BloodFromTheMouth:
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005224 Shown]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005225 here,]] after getting KO'd by Eridan.
** Also shows up in '''[S] CASCADE''' when he's "piloting" the asteroid to the Green Sun.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In the past, Vriska used her mind control abilities to make him murder Aradia.
* CartwrightCurse:
** Aradia blows up right before his eyes, and then Feferi gets killed.
** And of course, Vriska used him to kill Aradia in the first place.
* CassandraTruth:
** Sollux is the one who initially learned of the game's true implications. Few believed him until it was too late. He's a little bit tweaked at this.
** He even manages to pull this on himself. In a future memo and sees that he's acting like he's in trouble and assumes in the future he'll just mess with Karkat. In the future, this is actually Sollux moments before dying.
* ChickMagnet and DudeMagnet: Manages to be both due to Trolls being inherently bisexual; he's been in two actual relationships (Aradia and Feferi), Terezi has flirted with him and Eridan once attempted to get into a kismissisitude with him (although it's possible that he was only doing that because he was desperate).
* CoolShades: 3D Glasses, specifically.
* TheCracker: SerialEscalation style mixed with RuleOfFunny. His hacks make computers ''explode'' and place ''curses'' on the victims and he's good enough to adapt alien technology and software into warping reality. Also, he makes a program that allows Terezi to troll Doc Scratch, ''who doesn't even have an account''. And uses a typewriter. And lives on the moon.
* DeathIsCheap: Sollux has died 3 times and his latest revival was basically him walking out of the afterlife because [[AchievementsInIgnorance he didn't know he couldn't]].
* {{Determinator}}: He managed to get Feferi into the game while he and the rest of Alternia were being {{Mind Rape}}d to death by the cry of an EldritchAbomination.
* DoomedProtagonist:
** Sollux has forseen his blindness and subsequent death since his first appearances in the comic, and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005899 his recent interaction with Aradia in the afterlife]] confirms that he will die.
** Subverted in that he keeps hanging around after prophesying his own death twice. On the other hand, it's possible only one of those deaths actually "counted".
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The Mage of Doom of his session.
* DualityMotif: Being the Gemini troll, he has this in heaps. He has mismatched eyes (one red, one blue; later one black, one white), vision twofold (normal eyesight and psychic prophecy), two dreamselves (one Prospit, one Derse), bipolar mood swings, [[FashionableAsymmetry mismatched shoes, and bicolored eyewear]]. He dies twice and becomes a half-ghost.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Gets two: first when he withstands the Vast Glub in order to get Feferi into the medium, and again in [S] Cascade, when he strains himself to the absolute limit to psychically hurl the troll's meteor to the Green Sun. Apparently, it gained so much momentum, it keeps going even after he dies. And the guy is still alive in a sense.
* EyeBeams: Uncontrolled when he eats mind honey, but possibly under his control at other times. It doubles as a WaveMotionGun.
* EyelessFace: After his duel with Eridan. They aren't gone, just black, but the effect is similar. Later, he gets a white one, too.
* EyepatchOfPower: Currently wears one over each eye (due to blindness), their colors matching those of his old glasses.
* FangThpeak:
** Cause of that lisp mentioned in his intro.
** He loses his lisp after getting his fangs knocked out, and appears to be much happier for it.
--->TA: lips, lips, lipsssss. w0w, it feels s0 great t0 say that w0rd!
* FashionableAsymmetry: One shoe is black, the other white. His sunglasses are mismatched too, although that's probably just to match his eyes.
* {{Foreshadow}}: The Ψiioniic died getting the Empress's ship back to Alternia and it looks like Sollux is going to die getting the asteroid to the Green Sun.
* GlassesPull:
** "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003971 You could almost say we need to get moving...]] [[OneLiner ON THE DOUBLE]]. [[ShoutOut Yeah]]."
** He seems to do the GlassesPull[=/=]QuipToBlack routine often, as seen in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004659 this]] conversation.
---> TA: let'2 2hed 2ome...\\
TA: LIIGHT on the 2ubject.\\
TA: *glasses*\\
[[color:#a1a100: TA: that wa2 the joke 2hut the fuck up.]]
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual:He starts wearing Feferi's goggles after he goes blind. Odd though that may seem, he's never before needed extra protection so much for that part of his face. Probably for sentimental value over anything else, as Feferi is killed by Eridan shortly before he is blinded by the latter.
* GotMeDoingIt: After dying and being revived as a dreamself by Feferi, he's sort of taken on Feferi's penchant for fish puns and glubbing, though not as often as her.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Does it by sending the Trolls and their meteor to the Green Sun faster than the speed of light. But see UnexplainedRecovery.
** And ultimately averted as he decides to stay behind at the Green Sun and move on, staying dead for real.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Very much so, as pointed out by Terezi:
TA: what do you mean.\\
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pretty grumpy and rude most of the time. Gets fussed at by Feferi & Aradia a lot for it, but he's not really that bad in the end, much like Karkat.
* KnightInSourArmor: The universe is playing him for the biggest chump, he's totally aware of it, and every time he tries to get out of it Aradia's there to remind him that he can't. He only adapted the game in the first place because he was under the impression it would save the CrapsackWorld he lives in. He's justifiably bitter about everything that's happened and thinks that they will die no matter what. Also sets up the network for the other trolls' trolling attempts on the kids, even though he says he only did that to get everyone to stop bothering him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/the-la2t-frontiier The La2t Frontiier]]
* MadOracle: Bipolar Prophet
* MeaningfulName:
** Made a computer code that may depend on two Universes ending.
** His actual name is based on Castor and Pollux, twins in Roman/Greek mythology that were transformed into the constellation Gemini.
** Also, "Sol" and "Lux" mean "sun" and "light" in Latin.
* MindOverMatter: His psionic powers, which are apparently a natural power of his blood caste.
* MoodSwinger: Between complete apathy and rage to rival Karkat's. Though once he loses the lisp and dying voices in his head he stabilizes.
* NerdsAreSexy: Aradia and Feferi certainly think so (though Feferi's more attracted to him for his grouchiness).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** He gave a computer code that would curse everyone he knew to the one guy most likely to execute it in a fit of [[HairTriggerTemper blind, stupid rage]].
** He adapted Sgrub after being led to believe that it would kill its players but save the world, intending to make a HeroicSacrifice. Of course, it actually does the exact opposite.
* NightmareFetishist: His relationships thus far have been Aradia (loves ghosts and death, and ''was actually dead when introduced'') and Feferi (was raised by an EldritchAbomination) and he's hinted to be attracted to ''[[MonsterClown Gamzee]]'', of all people.
* OnlySaneMan: Sollux is the only troll that is disturbed by the omens surrounding Sgrub and is also the first person to call out (Vriska) for letting thousands of ghosts be killed by Lord English.
* OptOut: Decides to do one after he returns as a half-ghost to the asteroid with the surviving trolls, Dave and Rose. He could stick around, but he's tired of the adventure and would prefer to run around with Aradia through dream bubbles.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent:
** He can be considered this after leaving his dream bubble. Karkat calls him a "half ghost", but [[UnreliableExpositor he's not the most reliable source.]]
** And when the ghost/dead half of his soul became part of Erisolsprite, the other half of his soul became fully alive (and completely blind) again.
* PowerIncontinence: This is why it is '''NOT''' a good idea for powerful psionics like Sollux to consume mind honey. Both times he ends up eating it somehow, people he is close with die.
* ProphecyTwist:
** For the reader. Early on, Sollux predicts he'll die twice, and that he'll go blind before he dies. At first it looks like the prophecy was fufilled with Sollux's death by the Vast Glub (where he was replaced with his Dersite Dream Self) and the death of his Propitian Dream Self by Jack Noir. Future events would then suggest that neither of those deaths actually counted. When Sollux was blinded by Eridan, several readers interpreted it as the first "death" in his prophecy and that he would be killed later on. While he did die from a HeroicSacrifice, he had [[UnexplainedRecovery already left the afterlife]] (due to AchievementsInIgnorance and TimeyWimeyBall).
** It seems that Sollux's prophecy doesn't include Dream Self deaths or [[CameBackStrong God-Tier ascensions]]. As such, it's hard to say if he died once or twice for the purposes of the prophecy - the Sollux that piloted the meteor to the Green Sun was technically his Dersite Dream Self.
* PsychicPowers: In terms of raw offensive potential, Sollux is by far the strongest of the trolls gifted with psionics. However, he isn't capable of mind control.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** Thanks to his eyes and [[MoodSwinger BIPOLAR MOOD SWINGS]], Sollux plays this trope ''by himself''.
** After losing the lisp and no longer having the voices of the dead in his head, he becomes very calm and collected, essentially becoming the blue to Karkat's red.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ditches Vriska and her crew when Tavros does, as he can't stand what they are doing. Then he leaves with both Feferi and Nepeta.
* StealthPun: Sollux's eyes after becoming half-dead are white and black, matching his shoes, as he has one foot in the grave.
* TheStoic: He reacts surprisingly well to getting blinded and getting his teeth knocked out.
%%* SuperpowerMeltdown: See EyeBeams, above. (Do not point to other tropes)
* TechnicolorEyes: Alone among the trolls aside from Terezi's damaged eyes, Sollux's eyes are solid blue and red, with no pupils. Each eye can alternate between colors too. Later when Eridan injures him, they turn black and he goes blind. When his dreambubble self shows up at the Green Sun, his right eye is white and the left is still black, and he regains part of his vision.
* UncattyResemblance: His BICYCLOPS has one red eye and one blue eye like he does.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He somehow still exists outside of the afterlife even with his real body dead (although technically that was the body of his Dersite Dream Self). Possibly explained by his Doom powers (which are still ambiguously unknown), and, regardless, he still plans to stay at the Green Sun and move on, in essence staying dead.
* UnwittingPawn: Gets manipulated by Aradia into making Sburb. When he finds out the truth he tries to call it off, but it's just too late.
* WesternZodiac: Gemini.

!! ♋ Karkat Vantas ♋


->[-'''''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' Appearances''': "John's Birthday" | "Con Faire" | "Her Pale Passions" | "Night at the 100dseum" | "Soul-Fraying Games" | "Garbage Day" | "The Mortician" | "Secret Sufferer" | "Three out of Five Hats" | "Spritecon" | "Summerteen Romance"-]

->''You have a passion for RIDICULOUSLY TERRIBLE ROMANTIC MOVIES AND ROMCOMS. You should really be EMBARRASSED for liking this DREADFUL CINEMA, but for some reason you are not. You like to program computers, but you are NOTORIOUSLY PRETTY AWFUL AT IT. Your programs invariably damage the machines on which they are executed, which is just as well, since you like to believe you specialize in COMPUTER VIRUSES. When you mature, you aspire to join the ranks of the most lethal members of your society, the THRESHECUTIONERS.''

An ambitious, misanthropic young troll who is almost always angry at everyone, most especially at himself.

He is the '''Knight of Blood''' and is the leader of the Troll Session. His trolltag is "carcinoGeneticist".

He has allocated his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with the [[SinisterScythe SICKLEKIND ABSTRATUS]]. He was the first troll to be introduced, both visually and over Pesterchum, and is the "main" Troll protagonist.

->@@ (on rare occasions he has, surprisingly, been capable of whispering in lower case.)@@

* AchievementsInIgnorance: Vriska muses at one point that Karkat might have actually been exactly the leader the trolls needed - so whiny and obsessed with being respected that he got two teams of antagonistic, feud-prone trolls to work together in the interest of shutting him up.
* {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments.
* AdultFear:
** He does NOT take his friends dying very well, especially Sollux.
** He's afraid of Gamzee for two reasons: because he's going to kill his friends, and that the only way to stop this is to kill someone he considers deep down to be a best friend.
* AfraidOfBlood: In large quantities. He fainted when he saw Kanaya cut off Tavros's legs.
* AGodAmI:
** Karkat tries to give John one of these speeches. It doesn't go the way he expects.
** Later on he tries it out on Jade and gets told off by his own future self.
* AnimalMotifs: Crabs, due to being a Cancer.
* AnimeHair: Less so than Gamzee and Eridan, but still a good example. It somehow makes a ''right angle''.
* AlienBlood: Inverted. Of all the trolls on his planet, he is the only one with human-like "candy-red" blood. This mutation actually takes him off the blood scale entirely. To avoid complications, he makes his blood color a mystery and favors an anonymous gray instead.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Not only does he supply the speculation on Nepeta's with a line of his, he himself seems to suffer from something. He shows signs of anxiety, such as extensively worrying and having panic attacks under stress, he also has serious anger management difficulties, and lastly, has many signs of depression. There are many RealLife human disorders with similar symptoms, so it is possible he has the Troll equivalent of Borderline Personality Disorder, or Depression.
* {{Angrish}}: A couple of times, but in [=A6A6I5=], a conversation with him and Vriska culminates in "LJSDLKFJASDLALKJASDKLSHDKLAHSFKLASHB".
* BattleCouple: With Terezi, displayed in full duing [S]: Make Her Pay.
* BerserkButton:
** While he tends to [[RunningGag do acrobatic fucking pirouettes off the handle]] quite easily at the best of times, Karkat went absolutely ''ballistic '' [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004690 when he found out]] John and Dave were (perhaps unintentionally) [[InterspeciesRomance flirting with female trolls]].
** Poking too much about his blood is a good way to set him off too.
* BigNo: With Karkat, it's hard to tell, but when Gamzee lost it...
--> CG: OH MY GOD\\
* BlessedWithSuck: Lampshaded by Karkat himself near the end of the comic. Being called Knight of Blood sounds cool, but Karkat never discovers any useful powers or benefits.
* BloodBrothers: With his session's version of Jack Noir.
%%* BornInTheWrongCentury: Vriska tells John that she thinks Karkat would have fit in better with humans instead of trolls. (Wrong trope, but I have no idea what the right one is)
* BreakTheCutie: The events from when Eridan kills Feferi and Kanaya onwards have not been taken well by Karkat.
* BrokenPedestal: Possibly with Bec Noir - he recognizes Jack (assuming him to be ''his'' Jack), and looks absolutely devastated. It makes sense considering that's one of the few people that he really connected with.
* CantCatchUp: By the time his group enters the B2 session, every single human character has become a God Tier, all the other trolls have at least some sort of noticeable special ability, and the antagonists are all either god tiers themselves or empowered by the omnipotence-granting green sun or ''both''. Karkat is... good at shouting, and that's about it. Karkat himself complains that he and Kanaya are nearly the only characters left who can't fly.
* CannotSpitItOut:
** Early in the story, Karkat refuses to elaborate on anything he tells John, since from his perspective he's already told everything and is sick of repeating himself. Even though telling those things at that early (late for Karkat) point would mean he wouldn't ''have to'' repeat himself. Ironically, midway through he points out that John gave him the very same treatment when he started trolling, in John's future...
** He also clearly has a problem talking about recent tragedies or emotional events. Even when people are simply worried about him and want to know what happened or is happening, he is frequently in too much pain to even let them know, let alone talk about anything in depth. Seen unable to tell past Feferi about [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005260 her own future death]], unable to tell past Eridan about [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005261 his own future murders, at least beyond "HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO THEM" and "I THOUGHT YOU LOVED HER"]], and unable to tell John about [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005765 Vriska's death]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005767 what happened to Gamzee]].
*** Though at least the examples with John could be because by this point it's become clear that the trolls need the humans' help and he's afraid John will have a meltdown if he finds out Vriska's dead.
* CassandraTruth: Winds up on the wrong end of these constantly, due to him being the only troll who bothers to keep up with events with his time-traveling memos. Takes a heartbreaking turn when he's being playfully teased by friends in the past who have presently gone insane or gotten killed.
* CloneJesus: Well, not quite, he was cloned with half of his species' Christ analog, but hey, close enough.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Gets pretty introspective when he's traveling through the Furthest Ring, mostly because of meeting dead trolls and dead AlternateTimeline trolls.
* CosmicPlaything: AND HOW! He's got a laundry list of misfortunes and failures with only two successes to his name; creating himself, his friends, and their ancestors as grubs (several of which have strange mutations, including himself) and beating Clover. He's been killed twice, has a mutant blood color that could've gotten him killed BEFORE SGRUB, lives in the shadow of Alternia's equivalent to Jesus, had to deal with a bunch of dysfunctional teenagers for so long, fails as a leader at every attempt, got woken up before he could get the chance for a hit on Lord English, and gave the universe cancer.
* CrystalDragonJesus: He is the descendant of one: the Sufferer.
* DarkMessiah: Sort of, in that it's not conscious on Karkat's part: The Sufferer's last prophecy was about his successor who will signal the end of the world.
* DeerInTheHeadlights:
** Shows this look [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005259 here]] after reading a threatening message from a [[PowerLimiter slime]]-[[ObfuscatingStupidity sobered,]] [[AxCrazy ax-crazed,]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide split]]-[[FromNobodyToNightmare personality]] [[MadArtist Gamzee.]]
** Also [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005324 here.]]
* DemonHead:
** He tends to appear like this whenever he gets particularly angry at the kids. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004825 Oh jeez.]]
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005040 Karkat cannot be conveyed with a more detailed portrait yet. He is too angry, and is forced to look like shit.]]
* DramaQueen: Karkat cannot enter a conversation without ranting about ''something''.
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: Many of the trolls have sunken eyes in their sprite forms, but Karkat's are particularly prominent in both sprite form and in hero mode. Justified in that he's probably one of the least happy members of a generally unhappy group of people. In particular, check the link in DeerInTheHeadlights; notice the bags under his eyes and looking lifeless with fear.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "HI AGAIN, IDIOT."
* EveryoneCanSeeIt:
** His "thing" with Terezi, which even the kids wind up commenting on from time to time. [[ShipperOnDeck Sollux, Vriska, and Gamzee all seem to ship it.]]
** Even [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006592 his own future self]] points out his feelings for Terezi.
* FailureHero: Literally everything Karkat has done, he has done wrong; even his largely positive actions like calming Gamzee down have backfired horribly. It begins to weigh down on him heavily in Act 6.
* FatalFlaw:
** His immense self-loathing and relentless antagonism even towards people he likes hinders his ability to communicate, and probably delayed his awakening on Prospit.
** Jade points out that he has a lot a flaws, but a notable one is that he's too impatient to do things correctly. His impatience [[ItMakesSenseInContext gave an entire universe cancer]].
** His temper proves to be a literal fatal flaw, as he gets himself killed by charging at Gamzee in a blind rage.
* FloweryInsults: Has a knack for these. Especially to himself. He says [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005872 3x5 inches worth of insults]] about himself instead of the ''single insulting sentence'' he's supposed to. It even provides the page quote!
* {{Foil}}: Primarily to John but also fits neatly with Dave, Kanaya, Jade, and almost every other character.
* FreudianSlip:
CG: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005152 MAKE MYSELF OUT TO BE]]
** Literally a couple sentences later, when talking to John about Jade:
EB: wow
* FreudianSlipperySlope: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005771 "was that another weird erotic slip of the tongue?"]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Vriska says Karkat would probably would have been a better human than Troll. Later it's shown that due to the oddities of his blood colour, his God Tier does not have wings.
* GuiltyPleasures: Guy loves his romcoms.
* GrotesqueCute:
* GrumpyBear: A given, being the {{Foil}} of the relentlessly optimistic John.
* HairTriggerTemper: He's perpetually pissed off at everything and anything, even himself.
* HateAtFirstSight: The first time he sees John on his computer screen, kismesis develops.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Though he sincerely likes everyone equally as well, beneath the hate. Once Eridan undergoes his FaceHeelTurn however, Karkat sincerely hates him.
* HeroicBSOD:
** When [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004370 Sollux dies.]]
** Later on he sits in completely stunned silence after seeing Eridan murder Feferi and Kanaya.
** Suffers a THIRD one right after the previous when he finds out Gamzee is sober and AxCrazy.
** Suffers his fourth and by far most serious one yet after witnessing Gamzee mortally wounding Terezi and pushing her into the lava of LOFAF's (erupted) volcano
* HiddenDepths: The first time Karkat appeared he was a random asshole being mean to Jade. He's gone on to become the most emotionally complex character in the story.
* HopelessWithTech: Karkat has godawful luck when it comes to messing around with programming, a trait shared with fellow session leaders John and Jane. Unlike the two however, he took this UpToEleven by [[TooDumbToLive executing a deadly and cursed program he was told not to do mere moments before by its creator]].
* HotBlooded: Most of the time, this translates to him yelling at people more than typical heroics.
* {{Hypocrite}}: As expertly pointed out by Dave - Karkat yells at John and and Dave to stop flirting with Vriska and Terezi, respectively... and then his future self trolls his past self for insulting Jade.
-->?TG: ahahahahah oh god
-->?TG: dude i cant believe you were just getting on our case about hitting on the troll girls
-->?TG: and then literally the very next memo you are slobbering all over jade
-->?TG: thats just perfect hahahaha
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** Says something along these lines to Terezi.
** In an inverted case, somewhat, he also wants Nepeta, who loves him, to be happy, even if he doesn't reciprocate, which is currently ambiguous since Nepeta's death.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: In the end, Karkat comes down to this. He's the common element in every troll's social circle and genuinely cares for all of them.
* {{Irony}}: Karkat used to drone on about worthless humans were compared to trolls and how little he valued their existance, but by Act 6 Intermission 5, he's [[WeUsedToBeFriends ended his moiraillegience]] with Gamzee, [[TheFellowshipHasEnded been deserted by Aradia and Sollux]], cannot stand to be around Kanaya because of [[SickeninglySweethearts her relationship with Rose]] and can barely recognize Terezi ever since she started [[DatingCatwoman hate dating Gamzee]]. The humans are the only ones he still fully regards as friends.
* IronicHell: He views the Land of Pulse and Haze as this, because of his own mutant blood color.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** By BrainwashedAndCrazy Jane as a demonstration.
** And later by Gamzee, before being kicked into lava.
* FamousAncestor: Karkat's ancestor was mentioned in passing over the span of about [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005658 two sentences]] in Mindfang's journal. Why? Well, leading a revolt on such a scale that not only did the Highbloods have to ''work'' to put it down, but then ''[[OrwellianRetcon forbade any mention of both it or the Cancer symbol, public or private]]'', may have been a factor.
* TheInsomniac: He's gotten maybe one solid night's sleep over the last several months.
* InterspeciesRomance: As of the beginning of the second half of Act 5, it has been revealed that he once harbored blackrom feelings for John, as well as potential redrom for Jade. At least enough that he trolled himself over it.
** Post-John's time travel shenanigans he's in a redrom relationship with Dave
* ItsAllMyFault:
** During the first HeroicBSOD.
** Somewhat about Sollux's ~ATH curse as well.
* JawDrop:
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005249 This]] panel after seeing a bunch of shocking revelations. It's become a fandom meme. His exact pose is replicated later when John throws a bucket at him.
** This is also his reaction to Kankri. Even though the sprites are different, you just know he is making that pose.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The guy's one of the biggest jerks you'll ever see, even when he's being amicable and helping people through their emotional problems, but he is actually a relatively nice guy and he does care for his teammates and, eventually, the kids.
* JiveTurkey: With anyone else, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003960 this might have been obnoxious]], but with Karkat, it's just plain hilarious.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Because he wanted to be a leader and prove himself as somebody important.
* LargeHam: He tends to be overly dramatic when he's angry.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/crustacean Crustacean]]", which is later remixed for his [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/karkats-theme walkaround theme]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** Goes a step further even than this, deciding that he has to troll John backwards through the timeline so they will never even be ''able'' to speak of their first conversation in which Karkat accidentally revealed his [[FoeYay hatecrush]].
** He also doesn't want to remember that he created all the trolls in an ectobiology lab, just like John did.
** And, yet again, he doesn't want to tell John about what he did to Gamzee, because John wouldn't understand the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue and Orange]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Moirality]] behind it.
** Also the time when he and Sollux mutually agreed to delete an entire conversation because it was too embarrassing for either of them to handle having in their computer memory.
* LittleNo: Averted for the most part, considering Karkat almost always speaks in capital letters. There are a few cases where context indicates a Little No, particularly [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008722 this page]], especially because of its lack of punctuation.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop:
** In Hivebent, none of the other trolls really care about him enough to tell him about any of this end of the world business, and again as everything falls apart at the end of their session. He just goes along with Jade's plans because there's nothing else to do. To top it off, Jade won't tell him what's going on either, as she is trying to avoid an [[TemporalParadox Information-based Ontological Paradox]].
** He blocks Terezi after believing she's been killed by Gamzee (he only found her glasses), and doesn't know she's going to confront Vriska until he runs into her right after she does it.
%% * LooksLikeCesare
* LovingAShadow: Inverted; Karkat watched John grow up and immediately hated him, but he never interacted with him until Sburb/Sgrub.
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: [=...YOUR HUMAN _____...=] Shared with Terezi. Dropped to a large extent later as he actually develops as a character and stops antagonizing the kids.
* ManOnFire:
** Seen for a brief moment in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004827 [S] Jade:Enter]], before the demon engulfs Prospit and Karkat's dreamself in green fire, after he heartbreakingly recognizes [[BloodBrothers Jack Noir]] as the demon.
** After being stabbed by Gamzee and shoved into the lava spilling out of LOFAF's forge, Karkat catches on fire as he sinks to his death.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: His relationship with Terezi. Admittedly, he's loud and crass, but unlike Terezi he's more emotional and prone to showing interests and emotions that are often viewed as feminine (the romcoms, his interest in relationships, etc.)
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Towards Terezi. By his own admission, this is why nothing ever came of their [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]]. Though being a Troll, instead of flipping between romance and indifference, he was flipping between romance and FoeYay.
* MaybeEverAfter: With Dave of all people.
* MeaningfulName:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karkata_%28astrology%29 Karkata]]/Karka is the equivalent sign to Cancer in Indian astrology. On top of that, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histrelin Vantas]] is a pharmaceutical used to treat prostate cancer.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005877 By giving up the search for the final frog]], the Genesis Frog [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005905 became imperfect]]. In other words, Karkat [[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005917 gave THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE cancer]].
---> You are no ectobiologist. [[{{Foreshadowing}} If only there was some other title more befitting of the true discipline you practice, and the death sentence given to whatever you do the disservice of creating.]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005370 You can't think of one though.]]
** Carcinology is also the study of crustaceans.
** A geneticist that causes cancer (or crabs). Karkat created himself through ectobiologic cloning.
** A carcinogen is a substance which causes cancer.
** His title "Knight of Blood" is at first simply [[BloodKnight a vicious-sounding name]], but once you take into consideration the importance of the trolls' blood color based caste system (and where Karkat is placed in relation to it), it is pretty relevant.
* MotorMouth: At one point during Act 6 Intermission 1, he makes a point of shutting up when told to. A page later he gasps for air because he apparently wasn't aware that you don't have to hold your breath not to talk.
TEREZI: [=H3 R34LLY 1S >:|=]
* TheMovieBuff: as part of his {{Foil}} nature to John - although Karkat specialises in Troll Romantic Comedies, making him an expert at deciphering issues of Troll Romance.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Apparently he always apologizes profusely and asks if they're still friends whenever he blows up at Sollux. Which is often.
** And then a serious use when he runs Sollux's code, and again when Sollux dies.
** Later, he realizes that his hurry to beat the Black King instead of find the penultimate frog led to the Cancer in John's universe and all the post-game problems in his.
* TheNapoleon:
** His overweening ambition, short temper, and nubby little horns qualify him as a Napoleon. His overcompensation is about his position as a hemospectrum outcast and not height, though the principle is the same.
** Equius once called him a "tactical midget", although it's not clear whether that's referring to his height or otherwise. If that does mean he's short, then he matches the trope even better.
* {{Narcissist}}: Inverted. Karkat practically is his own kismesis with his future & past selves, whom he loathes intensely, something that unsettles him when he thinks about it and provides fodder for mockery by Terezi and others.
* NeverMyFault: Zig-zagged. Karkat is less likely to accept responsibility for his actions and more likely to blame his [[OtherMeAnnoysMe past or future selves.]] [[MindScrew Even though they're him.]] But when REALLY bad things happen, he blames himself for it if he had even the slightest involvement in it.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** He executes Sollux's code. You know, the one that ''curses everyone the user knows''. The result is [[WhamEpisode not pretty]]. However, he really didn't have a choice in it; Aradia went back and corrected the timeline so he had to. If she hadn't Gamzee would have gone crazy much earlier and killed all the Trolls.
** His haste in beating the game without properly understanding the frog breeding process gave the kids' ''entire universe'' cancer.
* NoIndoorVoice: Almost all of his dialogue is written in all caps, and the narration implies that it's shouted.
* OnlySaneMan: Plays this role to the rest of the trolls; compared to all the others, he really is shockingly ''[[TheGenericGuy normal]]'', he comments on this, specifying that the only troll in the group who is more sane tends to be Kanaya.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe:
** Future Karkat and Past Karkat argue between each other at every opportunity, Future Karkat because Past Karkat hasn't wised up to the situation, and Past Karkat because he feels Future Karkat has gone soft. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005152 His feelings about Present Karkat aren't much better.]]
** He hates Past Karkat even when he's ''just gotten done'' '''''being''''' Past Karkat. There's at least one memo where Current Karkat is arguing with a Future Karkat; towards the end of the memo Current Karkat starts arguing with Past Karkat. Yeah, the one that was Current Karkat when he started the memo. They're literally ten minutes apart.
* PairTheSuitors: With Dave, eventually. After spending ages competing for Terezi's attention, with the subtext between them played for laughs, they are strongly implied to be an item by the end of the comic.
* PetTheDog:
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003970 What's on the fridge, Karkat?]]
** Generally does this a lot, especially in his conversations with Kanaya and Terezi, and eventually John and Jade.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Kanaya, whom he even calls his "other best friend" (Gamzee being the first) at one point.
* PleaseWakeUp:
** [[HeroicBSOD PLEASE TELL ME THAT'S]] [[AlienBlood JUST HONEY]].
* ThePowerOfBlood:
** Officially speaking as far as Sburb goes, this is still a mystery, with the Blood aspect being one of the few that hasn't been explained.
** He befriends (pre-Spades Slick) Jack after he finds out they have the same blood color.
** The only person we know Karkat tried to kiss back to life is Kanaya. It couldn't work due to her dead dream self, but she awoke as a troll vampire anyway.
* RealMenWearPink: Has a fascination with romantic comedies.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gave a particularly excellent one to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004078 Vriska]]. And a [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004752 smaller one]] to himself.
* RedHerring: Disregard that crying Karkat seemingly about to get murdered by Gamzee, they're both okay. Seems to have been an alternate timeline at the moment.
* RedOniBlueOni: With John. To put it in perspective: John's battle theme is titled "Showtime", whereas Karkat's is "Showdown". Also literal in that Karkat's "theme" color is red, while John's is blue.
* TheResenter:
** Towards John, to the point where [[FoeYay he develops a crush on him]]. Kismesis crush anyways. Eventually, he becomes friends with John. He ends up resenting his past self as well, unable to believe the way he acted mere hours ago.
** He is ''not'' fond of Dave either, thanks to complicating his relationship with Terezi, although that seems to have changed as of recent updates, with Karkat going so far as to call Dave his bro.
* RevealingInjury: His blood color was revealed when Jack stabbed him - but only to Jack (who didn't particularly care) and the readers, as most of the other trolls still aren't aware of his blood color at that time.
* SanityBall: He pretty much has the ball any time he's not going ballistic, such as when he points out Jade's hypocrisy in going apeshit on Jadesprite after the conversation she had with Past and Future Karkats simultaneously.
* SanitySlippage: Over time, due to a combination of insomnia and mortal terror of Gamzee.
* ScrewYourself: A running theme (and possible fetish). There's also this:
-->GG ''[chiding past-Karkat for deliberately misremembering her password, which was]'' IF I HATE MYSELF SO MUCH, THEN WHY DON'T I HATEMARRY MYSELF?
* SenselessSacrifice: In [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/GAMEOVER/ [S] GAME OVER]], Karkat gets himself killed by Gamzee in attempting to protect Terezi from his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in spite of him neither being a Godtier nor anywhere near as physically threatening as Gamzee. Justified in that his judgement is clearly clouded by anger.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Can occasionally lapse into this when worked up.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Inevitable, considering cursing is practically ritual to Karkat.
* ShipperWithAnAgenda: Ships John/Rose and Dave/Jade [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004690 here]] because he thinks InterspeciesRomance would be gross and thus wants the humans to date amongst themselves.
** That's what he ''says'', anyway. The memo in question presents about five reasons why he might be doing what he's doing, and none of them are any more or less likely than the others. Troll mentality sure is weird!
** This turns out to be foreshadowing: Jack kills Rose and Dave, so John and Jade have to revive-kiss them.
* ShipTease:
** With Terezi most of all. They dated in the pre-retcon timeline, although the state of their relationship was nebulous, cycling between redrom, blackrom, and disinterest.
** Had some ShipTease with Jade (red or ashen), Gamzee (pale), and Meenah (red).
** Subverted with John; ever since he confessed his hate for John, they've pretty much had no ShipTease and have instead become friends.
** Surprisingly has some serious ship tease with Dave post Vriska-retcon. Both are a lot happier without the messy Terezi/Gamzee romantic entanglement and the two of them become friends quicker.
* ShonenHair: Impressively spikey. There's even a right angle in there.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Karkat is worried that his high standards will stop him from ever finding that "Special Kind of Hate". Then, when he finally finds someone he deems worthy of his blackrom, it turns out [[InterspeciesRomance their species]] [[IncompatibleOrientation doesn't work that way]]. He eventually worries that he's so screwed up that his kismesis is his own past and future selves.
* SinisterScythe: Well, a sickle.
* SirSwearsALot: Distinguished from the other foulmouths by being a meticulous swearsmith; he proudly hand-crafts his obscenity for special delivery. When he's being friendly, or even contrite, he's still casual with the generic f-bombs. John eventually lampshades Karkat's ClusterFBomb tendencies:
--> JOHN: the guy is really angry, and says fuck like in practically every sentence.
* TheSleepless: Apparently went almost a month through the entire Troll session without sleeping ''once''. While sleep doesn't seem to be mandatory in the Incipisphere, it's still pretty important and Karkat occasionally mentions that he's incredibly tired. In all of canon he's only been shown to be asleep for an hour or so.
* SourSupporter:
** He at least ''appears'' to be trying to help out John and the other kid protagonists, but that doesn't mean that he treats them with any kind of respect whatsoever. It turns out, it's quite legitimate: His future self is simply less hostile towards them as he develops a friendship with John.
** He is this way for all his troll friends, too; he'll yell at anyone over anything, but come to him with a real problem and he'll... well, he'll still yell at them a lot, but he will also help out immediately.
* StealthPun:
** He's always feeling rather crabby.
** And his weapon is...a claw-like sickle.
* StillTheLeader:
** "Officially" hands off command of the trolls and humans to Rose (who in turn acknowledges John as her leader) but in practice he keeps telling people what to do. Lampshaded in that nobody else really cares who their leader is.
** Genuinely hands off leadership to Vriska in the post-retcon timeline. Echidna subsequently insists that Karkat is meant to be a leader in the new universe and guide the troll race to have better values. He doesn't believe her.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Karkat practically lives in this trope.
* SurvivorGuilt: Hits him HARD when the "Troll Murder" storyline kills over half of his team.
* TapOnTheHead: Ends up on the receiving end of one in [=A6A6I5=] courtesy of Kanaya.
%% * TeamDad
* TeamMom: In spite of his permanent irascibility, he really does look out for the rest of the team, and counsels them in romance issues thanks to his familiarity with troll romance films. The sign of Cancer is associated with motherhood, and this gets even further continued when it is revealed that he did all of the ectobiology in the troll's session.
* ThreesomeSubtext: In the ending credits, goes on some outings with Jade and [[BiTheWay Dave]] that look an awful lot like dates. He eventually ends up living with them.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Vriska is theoretically able to control him, but never does so because she finds his hate-filled mind too offensive to dip into for more than a moment.
* TogetherInDeath:
** With Terezi. In an alternate timeline. Twice.
** In a dreambubble, a dead God-Tier Karkat and dead Dream Nepeta were together.
* TraumaCongaLine:
** Started with him witnessing Eridan kill Feferi, Kanaya, and the matriorb, and continued on from there. Now that he's regrouped with Terezi, Kanaya and Sollux, and now that Vriska and Eridan are dead and Gamzee is somehow neutralised, it looks like it might have finally let up.
** It seems to have started up again during the 3 year journey, as Terezi has finally lost her patience with him and he is left with only himself to argue with.
* TookALevelInKindness: While 'kindness' would definitely be stretching it for Karkat, he's certainly less hostile and more willing to work with people progressively after Hivebent.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** His tsuntsun obviously dominates, but beneath all that swearing he seems to have a genuine soft side.
** The best (and most adorable) illustration of this would be on [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004476 this page]]
--> GC: [=BY3=]!
--> GC: <3
--> CG: BYE

--> gallowsCalibrator [GC] ceased trolling carcinoGeneticist [CG]

--> carcinoGeneticist [CG] ceased trolling gallowsCalibrator [GC]

--> carcinoGeneticist [CG] began trolling gallowsCalibrator [GC]

--> CG: <3

--> carcinoGeneticist [CG] ceased trolling gallowsCalibrator [GC]
* TheUnreveal: Immediately after his dreamself's death at Jack's hands, Karkat entered a dreambubble. This is never depicted in comic.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Terezi in a mix of BelligerentSexualTension.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** With Sollux. He's vitriolic with a lot of his other friends too, like Gamzee and Nepeta, but they usually aren't angry back at him.
** In Interspecies matters, he and John seem to have developed into this. Particularly since Karkat once saw John as a [[invoked]] [[FoeYay Kismesis]].
** In [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005768 these]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005769 two]] conversations he basically admits that ''all'' the trolls are his best (hate)friends and he loved his lusus.
** As of Act 6 Intermission 5, he considers Dave one of the last people he's close to. Doesn't stop exchanges like this;
--> Dave: no dude thats not what gift of gab does
--> Dave: its utility isnt really comprehensible to lowly mortals sorry
* WarriorTherapist: The other Trolls come to him for relationship advice. It works in just about every single instance too, which is odd since everything he knows is from his love of romantic comedies.
* WesternZodiac: Cancer. His usual 'crabby' behavior puns this, and is also a reference to the sign; as the people born under the Cancer sign are said to be moody.
* WhenHeSmiles: Karkat spends almost the entire comic looking either angry or afraid. But when he gives Gamzee a CooldownHug to halt his murderous rampage, he's shown making a genuine smile of relief that's actually pretty adorable.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Compliments the [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005249 aforementioned]] JawDrop.
* WhichMe: Uses "past me" and "future me" to refer to those selves.
* YouCantFightFate:
** Karkat tries to warn the past trolls about horrible things that will happen in the future. [[CassandraTruth They don't believe him]], even when a future Gamzee shows up and offers false reassurance.
** His realization that this is the case is the reason the trolls focus on, well, trolling the kids, rather than making a serious effort to prevent everything from going badly. (Though he does ask Jade if there's any way he can convince her not to send the package to John, which was a key event in the chain that caused both sessions to ultimately go to hell.)
** Karkat is bothered by this when he travels through the dream bubbles and meets deceased AlternateTimeline trolls who went God Tier.

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