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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.

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[[folder: Equius]]
!![[color:#000056:♐ Equius Zahhak ♐]]

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---> ''You love being STRONG. You are so strong, you would surely be the class of the elite legion of RUFFIANNIHILATORS. And while such a calling would be quite honorable, you would prefer to join the ranks of the ARCHERADICATORS, perhaps the most noble echelon the imperial forces have to offer. Unfortunately, you SUCK AT ARCHERY. You have not successfully fired a SINGLE ARROW. Every time you try, you BREAK THE BOW. You are simply too strong. You have broken so many bows, it has developed into a habit BORDERING ON FETISHISTIC. You have to stop. But addiction is a powerful thing. ''

A traditionalist troll who staunchly believes in upholding the noble customs and beliefs attributed to [[BlueBlood his blood colour]].

In Sburb, he is the '''[[color:#112554:Heir of Void]]'''. His Trolltag is "[[color:#000056:centaursTesticle]]".

He has filed three [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBI]] in his STRIFE PORTFOLIO: [[GoodOldFisticuffs FISTKIND ABSTRATUS]], BOWKIND ABSTRATUS and [[DestroyableItems 1/2BOWKIND ABSTRATUS]].

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->@@[[color:#000056:combinations with the % sign, "loo" and "ool" with "100" and "001", uses horse puns when ser100sly agitated,]]@@
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* ArcherArchetype: In keeping with the Sagittarius theme, considers the bow a dignified weapon of the upper classes. He even begins every line with a symbolic bow and arrow: D -->. He's actually terrible at archery, though, to the point where he's never successfully fired an arrow.
* AntiquatedLinguistics[=/=]SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: He sometimes types like this.
* BackFromTheDead: As Equiusprite. And after Dirk tosses his Auto-Responder into the mix, Arquiusprite.
* {{Badass}}: His hobbies include programming robots and TEARING THEM APART WITH HIS BARE HANDS.
** JUMPED INTO HIS GATE. PUNCHED AN OGRE'S HEAD OFF. YEAH HE'S BADASS.
** This exchange.
-->[[color:#e00707:TG: how the fuck do you even wield a broken bow]]\\
[[color:#e00707:TG: did you go around clubbing shit with the two halves]]\\
[[color:#000056:CT: D --> Yes]]\\
[[color:#000056:CT: D --> Sometimes]]
* BattleCouple: With Aradia for a while; later, with Nepeta, although in a different quadrant.
* BigBrotherInstinct: His protectiveness of Nepeta.
* TheBigGuy: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004117 Whoa.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: He's incredibly strong, to the point where he can decapitate an ogre with a single punch. He also cannot control this strength, so a "gentle", appreciative pat bruises his lusus (which itself was picked for its own strength), he cannot handle a bow without snapping it in half, and the only person he can hold an intimate relationship with has a robot body that he built himself.
* BlueBlood: Figuratively and literally (indigo, to be precise). He looks down on those from the lower classes.
* CombatMedic: He's frighteningly STRONG, but at the same time, he's kept the more unlucky trolls patched up with robot prosthetics, including Vriska's arm, Tavros' legs, and Aradia's soulbot.
* TheComicallySerious:
-->[[color:#000056:CT: D --> Humorous insincerity is for pedantic wigglers]]
* CulturedWarrior: He collects fine art (or at least what ''he'' considers to be fine art), has an appreciation for nature, and displays a penchant for slam poetry. If you piss him off, however, he will literally punch your head off. He also objects to 100d language, leading to GoshdangItToHeck.
* DeathByIrony: He wants so badly to be an archer, but he always breaks the bows. So naturally AxCrazy Gamzee brings him to his knees with an arrow, then kills him with a broken bow.
* ADeathInTheLimelight
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: He's terrible at archery due to always breaking the bows and he [[AndCallHimGeorge bruises his lusus]] (''one of the strongest creatures on the planet'') when trying to give him "a grateful pat, as gently as possible" for bringing him a glass of milk. Also, he can't drink without breaking the glass.
* EroticAsphyxiation: He starts grinning as he's being strangled to death by Gamzee. He's always had "bloodshot bags" under his eyes (petechia, for those who love ForensicDrama[=s=]), which is probably a hint he doesn't mind his killbots going for the neck.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Memetically, thanks to fan association with Nicholas Cage. However, in-universe, he's mostly seen as an intensely creepy pervert by everyone but Nepeta and possibly Aradia.
* [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Perverts Have Standards]]: Equius, with all his weird fetishes, still feels uncomfortable with how Eridan hits on him.
* {{Fetish}}: Equius gets off on being [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004121 ordered around and chastised by highbloods]]. And from getting strangled by highbloods. And by what he considers "depravity" (subversion of the caste hierarchy, such is lowbloods being disobedient or holding authority over highbloods, lowbloods acting dignified and highbloods acting undignified).
-->[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004180 ''D --> It's so magnificently depraved.'']]
* FingerlessGloves: He wears a pair.
* FurryFandom: His "art" collection.
* GadgeteerGenius: He likes building robots, usually just to destroy them, but he made some prosthetic legs that he let Tavros keep, as well as Vriska's mechanical arm, and a ''robot body'' for Aradia.
* GeniusBruiser: He builds strong and sturdy killer robots, and beats the shit out of them in caged brawls.
* AGlassInTheHand: Happens ''every time'' he picks up any glass because he is so STRONG.
* {{Gonk}}: Has mouthful of broken teeth, blue circles under his eyes that are often visible even underneath his sunglasses, frequently sweats profusely and in the Alterniabound segments his hair is particularly stringy-looking. Needless to say he's probably the least attractive of the trolls.
* GoshdangItToHeck: [[color:#000056: CT: D --> Fudgesicles]]
* GotMeDoingIt: He makes horse puns when flustered, much like Nepeta does with cats. Take both of them roleplaying as each other while flustered and you have quite a sight.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: And he's a bit grudging about it, given his preference for archery. But WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer...
* GoOutWithASmile: Played for both laughs and {{Squick}} at the same time, like everything about Equius.
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets mad pretty easily, which is why he builds robots. He needs something to take his anger out on. Note that venting his rage at his robots seems to ''work''; we never actually see him get seriously angry at anyone else--we only see him venting at inanimate objects.
* HiddenDepths: He is, of all things, a pretty good rapper. He even wins a rap battle with Dave (though Dave wasn't taking it super seriously). There's also his [[LikeBrotherAndSister moirallegiance]] with Nepeta and his hobby of making robots. Plus, despite being glaringly obviously neurotic and having serious fetish issues, he actually turns out to be one of the most stable trolls -- he has one of the few actually healthy and stable relationships in the entire series, and (aside from his death and his inappropriate decision to build Aradia's robot body with an attraction to himself) he manages to keep all his various issues in check enough to remain functional even when everyone else is going batshit. He even recognizes that he probably won't be able to make himself kill Gamzee, and tries to make sure Nepeta is safe first.
* HonorBeforeReason[=/=][[InternalizedCategorism Internalized Classism]][=/=]LoveMartyr: Even though he wants to stop Gamzee and save his friends, and he's STRONG enough to [[http://www.formspring.me/mspadventures/q/158881785575405344 easily snap the bowstring with his neck muscles]], doesn't even try to resist when Gamzee strangles him to death because of his STRONG belief in highb100d supremacy.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005331 And this is how reacts upon learning of Gamzee's killing spree]]: [[color:#000056:"Are you saying the highb100d has finally embraced his position atop the hierarchy ... I'm not entirely positive I can raise a hand to the highb100d".]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Nepeta.
** Made more apparent in the more-detailed talksprites in Act 5 Part 2, though it's primarily musculature and not height that makes Equius the Huge Guy.
* InASingleBound: STRONGJUMP!
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He may be a racist asshole, but it's hard to really hate him when his obscene strength prevents him from doing pretty much anything. Plus he's still racist in situations where it doesn't benefit him or even goes against his interests. And he does question it sometimes, and it's almost more like a fetish for him.
* {{Jerkass}}: First-class, at first. He's a genuinely nice person though, although he buys into racism a bit much
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As much as he looks down on the lower classes, he readily provides robotic prosthetics to the crippled Vriska and Tavros, and looks after Nepeta as best he can.
* JokeCharacter: WordOfGod himself confirms this. Introduced with his "[[PornStash Fine Art]]" and died as a SenselessSacrifice.
* KilledOffForReal: Godspeed, you lovable deviant bastard.
* KneeCapping: Gamzee forces him to [[KneelBeforeZod kneel]] by shooting him in the knee with an arrow.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/horschestra-strong-version Horschestra]]
* [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt Looks Like He Is Enjoying It:]] Rare example that it is [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005346 without sound,]] but [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005347 still]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005348 apparent.]]
* MachoCamp: The author has associated him with [[UpToEleven incredibly]] [[FetishFuel eroticized]] [[ManlyGay masculine imagery]] since his first full appearance, mostly [[PlayedforLaughs for comedic purposes]] or to deliberately {{Squick}} out fans. Of course, he's bi like all trolls.
* MadScientist: A mostly-heroic version.
* MadeOfIron: Implied as a RequiredSecondaryPower for his SuperStrength, but made more explicit in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004184 these]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004185 pages]], where he STRONGFALLS a significant distance and suffers no noticeable injury. So naturally he's strangled to death like the Hercules' Nemean Lion.
* MeaningfulName:
** Equus is Latin for horse.
** Zahhak is a villain in Iranian folklore, who has an older name that means "[he who has] 10,000 horses".
** He's also known as "Aži Dahāka" in more ancient folklore, a name derived from the Avestan word for "serpent," which would roughly translate his full name to "Horse Serpent." [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004079 Think on that for a moment.]]
** He's the Heir of Void, [[IncrediblyLamePun now devoid of air]].
* MoralityPet: Shortly before going off to get killed, he tells Nepeta that she's the only reason he didn't become a murderer like most of the other highbloods.
* MyGreatestFailure: Letting Nepeta die. When they meet again after being revived as sprites, he's horribly ashamed, which is made worse by him being [[FusionDance merged]] with [[ArtificialIntelligence Lil Hal]], who's never had to deal with emotions like that and promptly freaks out.
* MythologyGag[=/=]CreatorInJoke: More than any other character in ''Homestuck'', Equius is a reference to Hussie's older work, like his satirical blog post on the paintings that would later became Equius's "fine art" or his death being a WholePlotReference to ''Whistles''.
--> "He was always the troll personification of everything like Humanimals I ever did and put on the internet. [...] I used to do all sorts of weird stuff, reviewing obscene furry pornography, making weird collages involving horses, and just a whole lot of bizarre shit that didn't make much sense, but I thought was funny. The whole span of these endeavors was quite trollish in nature[...] The fact that it puts some people off is part of what makes it funny. So Equius was that entire arena of trollish content, rolled into a character."
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: He's ''very'' upset that Aradia only said goodbye to Sollux before she exploded, hence why he makes it a point to say goodbye to Nepeta before confronting Gamzee.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant[=/=]CovertPervert: "It would always make everyone uncomfortable when he just stood there. And watched."
* NobleBigot: Towards both Lower Castes and Seadwellers.
* OverprotectiveDad: He seems to have something similar going on with Nepeta. Most notably, he doesn't want her to talk to the "lower-class" trolls (based on blood color, of all things), and she feels the need to ask his permission before playing Sgrub.
** As she points out, though, he has some reason to be concerned, given that the usual "games" among lower-blooded trolls involved Vriska murdering them in vast numbers.
* PetTheDog:
--->CT: D --> You e%terminate beautiful, innocent creatures by the hundreds\\
CT: D --> I can't condone such wretched behavior\\
CT: D --> Beasts are meant to be 100ked upon with adoration
** Later, we find out [[FurryFandom exactly what he means by "looked upon with adoration"]].
** His deceptively NON-abusive relationship with Aurthour might count as this also.
** [[http://mspachan.net/artarch/src/12898624368.png And he prevented Nepeta from playing FLARP, which could've gotten her killed by his neighbor.]]
** Also, he sets aside his racism to build a pair of robot legs for Tavros, who is near the bottom of the blood spectrum.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Nepeta. It's actually the only moirallegiance which works perfectly fine.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Averted with bowkind, played straight with fistkind and ˝bowkind ([[DontExplainTheJoke because his freakish strength makes him good at breaking bows]] ([[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004727 and killing things with broken bows]]).
* PowerOfTheVoid: Equius' mythological role is the Heir of Void, which may or may not have this trope in effect. Darkleer, his ancestor, was naturally surrounded by a void in Doc Scratch's awareness--a PsychicBlockDefense against scrying and omniscience. UU mentions in Act 6 that Void powers are about the destruction or obfuscation of knowledge, but how it manifests in an Heir is unknown.
** This isn't so much an extension of his power but rather an ironic subversion, but UU's book that contains Rose's description of what happened in the kids' session was censored by Gamzee with Equius' blood used as ink.
* PrecisionFStrike: Equius considers swearing beneath him, but that doesn't stop him from dropping an F-Bomb when he [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004178 realizes]] that Aradia, who is at the very bottom of the blood hierarchy, has authority over him as his server player.
* PungeonMaster: Starts making horse puns by the dozens when flustered.
* PureIsNotGood: He doesn't condone foul language (such as "what the hell") or the killing of animals and refuses to pollute his body with "sugary beverages and [[FantasticDrug soporific to%ins]]". It doesn't stop him from being a JerkAss and elitist bigot, though.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: His SinisterShades have this appearance in the dark.
* ShipTease: With Nepeta, although this turned out to be more of LikeBrotherAndSister.
** And with Gamzee [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004121 here]], to [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale truly astonishing levels]].
* SinisterShades: Broken ones, at that, because he is too strong to ever put them on without breaking them
* SleevesAreForWimps: And a wimp he is not.
* SunglassesAtNight: Out of style apparently. And they fall off when he dies.
* SuperStrength: He can't fire arrows because he always breaks the bows, and he's capable of destroying robots with his bare hands.
* TestosteronePoisoning: He loves being STRONG, DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength, wears a muscle-exposing tanktop and unleashes his aggression by beating the shit out of killer robots. Later kicked {{up to eleven}} when he merges with Lil Hal. The resulting Arquius spends most of his pagetime encouraging people to touch his muscles.
* ThemeNaming: Equius's Zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Nepeta
* TooKinkyToTorture: Getting strangled by a highblood gives him a big smile on his face when he dies.
* ToothyIssue: Some of his teeth have been knocked out in his fights with his robots. (Luckily, they usually grow back.)
* UnfortunateNames: Albeit one he picked himself, for [[FurryFandom obvious reasons]].
* UndignifiedDeath: Why on earth is he [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005347 smiling]] as he is [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005348 strangled to death]]?!
** On the other hand, Hussie maintains that Equius "died a death of supreme integrity." Which is true--he remained loyal to his ideals of highblood supremacy and extreme {{squick}}iness even as he died.
*** "He died as he lived: Sweaty and inappropriately turned on."
* UnstoppableRage: The only safe outlet for his anger is beating up robots inside a steel cage.
* WesternZodiac: Sagittarius.
* TheWorfEffect: Equius finds Sgrub to be a somewhat effortless affair thanks to how incredibly strong he is naturally. Gamzee manages to dominate him completely and utterly through several means, to show us just how dangerous he is now.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Gamzee]]
!![[color:#2b0057:♑ Gamzee Makara ♑]]

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-->''"You get pretty excited by [[Music/InsaneClownPosse CLOWNS OF A GRIM PERSUASION WHICH MAY NOT BE IN FULL POSSESSION OF THEIR MENTAL FACULTIES]]. You belong to a RATHER OBSCURE CULT, which foretells of a [[Music/InsaneClownPosse BAND OF ROWDY AND CAPRICIOUS MINSTRELS]] which will rise one day on a MYTHICAL PARADISE PLANET that does not exist yet. The beliefs of this cult are SOMEWHAT FROWNED UPON by those dwelling in more common lawnrings. But you don't care, you got to be going with what feels right at where your heart's up in, you know?"''

A rather spacy troll, perpetually high on sopor slime, who holds a deep and spiritual awe for all life's miracles, great and small.

In Sburb, he is the '''[[color:#412385:Bard of Rage]]'''. His trolltag is "[[color:#2b0057:terminallyCapricious]]".

He has allocated his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with the [[JokeWeapon CLUBKIND]] [[CarryABigStick ABSTRATUS]], and later the [[ConfusionFu JOKERKIND ABSTRATUS]].

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->@@[[color:#2b0057:[=PrEpOsItIoNaL cOnStRuCtS aLl Up On OvEr. He AlSo LiKeS tO uSe SmIlIeS wItH cLoWn NoSeS. hOnK hOnK! :o)=].]]@@
->@@[[color:#2b0057:after sobering up and DECLARING HIMSELF SUBJUGGLATOR he types alternating lines of text WITH ALL CAPS AND LOWERCASE,]]@@
->@@[[color:#2b0057:WHICH IS INTERPRETED as his two personalities who are both evil ALTERNATELY YELLING AND WHISPERING]]@@
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* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Acts as one by the time he meets Jane, trying to push her to buy "potions" that [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies suspiciously bear the same (blood) colors and promised traits as the dead trolls]]. Answer however you want, ButThouMust buy them from him.
* AnimeHair: Most ridiculous hair style of the trolls, and pretty much any character in the comic.
** FunnyAfro: More or less.
* AndIMustScream: As Aranea's loyal servant:
---> ARANEA: You will not ever 8e speaking again. No. Never, never, never again. Never.
** It gets worse. As it turns out, Aranea's mind control [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008676 stopped him from screaming in pain when Terezi started stabbing him repeatedly]]. Which means that all of the pain inflicted on him in previous panels [[FunnyAneurysmMoment actually was hurting him, and he could not do anything about it]].
* ALoveToDismember: He was romantically interested in Tavros and dismembers his corpse, sporadically kissing his severed head and saving the body for over three years.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted. His particular blood caste essentially was AxCrazy, and his Mirthful Messiahs canonically are essentially the Devil and Grim Reaper equivalents in Alternian culture, but Gamzee himself is pretty okay when he can control his insanity.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: After the Scratch, it wasn't ''entirely'' clear if he's still working for Lord English or if he was just being weird. Act 6 Intermission 4 seems to confirm that he is, in fact, working for him.
* AntiVillain[=/=]EnigmaticMinion: On one hand, he created a self-loathing Tavros/Vriska BodyHorror hybrid for no reason, conspires with his even ''more'' insane dancestor, and serves as a guide for Caliborn. On the other hand, he still values his relationships with Karkat and Terezi, offered to be a guide for Jane, and created a stable hybrid of Sollux and Eridan to assist Jake with, a stable hybrid of Nepeta and Feferi to assist Roxy with, and prototyped Equuis to assist Dirk with. What he's playing at is anyone's guess.
** Act 6 Act 5 Act 2 reveals that he's been under the mind control of Aranea for quite some time, which would explain ''some'' of his actions.
* AscendedExtra: His solo appearances that weren't as part of the CastHerd prior to going crazy can be counted on your hands.
* AxCrazy: His FaceHeelTurn in Act 5 Act 2 single-handedly turned the trolls' asteroid into a slasher flick. [[HeelFaceTurn He got better]] before the end of the act, though he's still pretty nuts.
* {{Badass}}: Once he goes AxCrazy, he becomes incredibly lethal.
* BerserkButton: The "Miracles" music video by Music/InsaneClownPosse, which he describes as [=BlAsPhEmY=] is what sets off his plunge into insanity.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Prior to his FaceHeelTurn, Gamzee was easily the most laid back member of his session, but also dealt the most damage out of his entire party during the final battle against the Black King. In a single blow.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[MonsterClown Hell.]] [[AxCrazy Yes.]]
* BiggerBad: While Gamzee is far from the biggest threat or most pressing evil in the story, he was directly responsible for introducing the Cherub race to Sburb, resulting in the creation of [[BigBad Lord]] [[UltimateEvil English]]. Then again, Lord English, like Jack Noir earlier, was [[ArcWords already there]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: ''Terrifyingly'' so, between his stoned persona and the polite half of his sober persona.
* BloodLust: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005354 Inherited]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005355 from]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005356 his]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005414 ancestor.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: An absolute ''torrent'' after being shot and brutally beaten by Caliborn. Who got told off for it with elevator music.
-->You made this dear, sweet, pseudo-innocent juggalo vomit liter after thick, glutinous liter of nasty purple blood.
* BlueBlood: Actually purple blood, but has the same implications, as he's the highest on the hemospectrum aside from the nautical royality. Averted in that he's pretty chill for a hereditary aristocrat.
** Played straight later on when he accepts his role as the heir to the Subjugglators, a line of trolls meant to subjugate the rest of the troll race, and starts calling people peasants and commanding them to [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]].
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Karkat and Caliborn's Red Oni.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: It's shown that Lil' Cal has had an influence on him, and it's also implied that the godforsaken thing was crucial to making him want to kill his friends.
** HeelFaceBrainwashing: Aranea's mind control over him, if only in the sense that it keeps him pacified and that he serves her [[WellIntentionedExtremist lofty goals]].
* BreakTheCutie: Averted. His descent into insanity was shown to be incredibly emotional for Karkat, but Gamzee himself ''really'' enjoys it.
* ButtMonkey: Caliborn ''really'' likes pumping his guts full of lead, along with whacking him right upside the head.
* CatchPhrase: [=mOtHeRfUcKiNg MiRaClEs=]. [=mOtHeRfUcKeR=] in general is pretty commonly used by him.
* TheChessmaster: He's capable of some shenanigans once he goes insane, and helped manipulate Vriska's death. He currently is manipulating Jane in ways that have yet to be explained.
* ChekhovsGun: The Vast Honk prophesied by his religion turns out to be [[ApocalypseHow the summoning of]] [[EldritchAbomination Lord English]], the counterpart to the Vast Croak.
** CerebusRetcon: And his Mirthful Messiahs are actually Lord English and Doc Scratch, i.e. the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* ClusterFBomb: Drops swears incredibly often (mainly "Motherfucker", and any derivative of it).
* ConfusionFu: His Jokerkind Strife Deck gives him access to any weapon he carries, so he's pretty unpredictable, though he never uses a weapon twice. Nobody is quite sure what he did to The Black King that messed him up so badly either.
* CoolBike: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004374 A rocket unicycle.]] He never uses it but it does exist.
* [[CooldownHug Cooldown Shoosh-Pap]]: Gets [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005986 a very comforting one]] from Karkat. As moirails, Karkat continues to be a stabilizing influence on Gamzee.
* CuteAndPsycho: His quiet personality, the one that speaks in lowercase, is cheerful and polite, but is still equally as psychotic as the loud personality.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Which is what makes him an especially good [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]].
* {{Determinator}}: He just. Won't. Die.
* DissonantSerenity: His usual personality. He's pretty chill with the fact that Sollux died. When he's talking in lower case, he's pretty much chill with everything including his desire to murder everyone he knows.
** It comes back full force in Act 6, where he keeps smiling after being brutalized by Caliborn and stabbed by Terezi - and it's absolutely clear that he's in excruciating pain, but can't show it, especially in the latter's case.
* TheDragon: For Caliborn. He's also Aranea's Dragon at some points, but it ''[[MindManipulation certainly]]'' isn't willingly.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Gamzee was unceremoniously murdered over the course of ''[[OverlyLongGag four flash sequences]]''. [[SubvertedTrope Or he would've been]], if he wasn't still alive.
** OnlyMostlyDead[=/=]{{Determinator}}: And he's still kicking.
* EasilyForgiven: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005996 At least by Karkat]]. Kanaya still wanted to murder him for a long time after that.
* EruditeStoner: Though he zones out from time to time, he's fairly smart at understanding exactly what to say to his pals.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Or at least, typing style switch. When sober, [=He GoEs FrOm TyPiNg LiKe ThIs=] to alternating between all lowercase... THEN GOING ALL MOTHERFUCKIN CAPS KARKAT STYLE.
** After his FaceHeelTurn, he remains scarred from his self inflicted injury from Nepeta's claws.
** And then finally an ''actual'' costume change, into the Bard of Rage God Tier robes, which include a [[GagPenis preposterous codpiece.]]
* EyeTake: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005422 Shared with Vriska]] in surprise to... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny someone]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome walking]].
* FaceFramedInShadow: In the two parts of ''Openbound'' that he appears in, his actual face can't be seen. His blood's visible, though.
* FaceHeelRevolvingDoor: Gamzee has gone crazy, become sane again, and currently seems to be crazy again. He's also been suggested to be working with Doc Scratch and Lord English, and is very fond of Cal.
** His codpiece outfit that he's been seen wearing in Act 6 was given to him by Kurloz Makara, who explicitly stated that both of them were in service to Lord English.
* FaithHeelTurn: Seen [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005927 here]] (although it did occur earlier in the story).
** Partially {{Inverted|Trope}} in Act 6. He returns to believing in his faith, but he's working for the BigBad in order to bring about its prophesied promised land.
* FanNickname: Gamzee's God Tier Bard of Rage outfit has been referred to as "Cod Tier", after it's notable codpiece.
* FlashStep: [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005618 Rivals]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005620 Dirk]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005621 in this]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005622 regard.]]
* FriendlyEnemy:
-->[[color:#2b0057: TC: [=bUt NoW wE kInD oF sEtTlEd DoWn AnD mE aNd ThE iMpS aRe ShArInG sOmE pIe=] ]]
-->[[color:#2b0057: TC: [=tHeSe MoThErFuCkErS aRe PrEtTy DoPe AcTuAlLy, I lIkE tHeM.=] ]]
** As it turns out, he's also in a caliginous relationship with Terezi.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: By halfway through Act 6, he's managed to drive away everyone on the meteor [[DatingCatwoman except Terezi]], even his former best friend. The closest thing that he has to a buddy now is Caliborn, who actively hates his guts, and even Terezi wants to dump him, though she can't quite manage to do it.
* FreakOut: After he watches the "[[Music/InsaneClownPosse Miracles]]" music video, he finds it blasphemous and goes completely ''insane''.
* FluffyTheTerrible: "Gamzee" is a real-world Turkish name that means "Dimple".
** GenderBlenderName: And it's typically a female name at that.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From JokeCharacter to HeroKiller over the course of a few hundred panels.
* GagPenis: His cod piece is rather large; however it serves primarily as a MythologyGag to ''Bard Quest'', as it's not even known if Trolls '''have''' penises.
** If Kurloz's mission is of any indication, it's part of something more sinister. No, really.
* AGodAmI: Claims to be ''both'' of the Mirthful Messiahs when on his rampage. Many fans take this as evidence of a SplitPersonality.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Popular {{Fanon}} holds that Gamzee went crazy in part because of ParentalAbandonment from his lusus and finding Tavros's corpse. Neither of these things were shown in canon. Hussie attempted to [[{{Jossed}} Joss]] the former by showing the wild seagoat on Jake's island to be a monstrous animal intent on chasing and eating Jake, while Gamzee was shown to be crazy before he possibly could have found Tavros's corpse.
* {{Good Parent|s}}: Surprisingly, he actually takes fairly good care of both Calliope and Caliborn.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Evil and self inflicted.
* GroinAttack: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005424 The victim of one.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Kanaya does this to him. Vertically. This is notable in that, whether it [[KilledOffForReal sticks]] or [[DeathIsCheap not]], it's the first time Gamzee has died in any timeline - ''ever''. That is, [[JokerImmunity if he actually did die.]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: While he's sober and trying to help Jane, he skirts around on this line. Namely, he calmly throws the corpses of Tavros and Vriska into Jane's Sprite in order to help her out. While she screams her lungs out.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Initially with just about everyone. When he goes crazy, it's subverted, as the only thing he wants to do with them is make fingerpaintings out of their blood.
** Subverted between him and Tavros as shown in [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005886 this update.]] Gamzee has a crush on him but Tavros did not reciprocate. Eventually turned into {{Yandere}} on Gamzee's part, as he's seen kissing Tavros's ''severed head'' while crazy.
*** And then ultimately DoubleSubverted, as the power of moiraillegiance partially reintegrates his two personalities and makes him sane-ish again.
* [[RoarBeforeBeating Honk Before Beating]]: Something of a specialty.
* IAteWhat: Likes to sneak tastes of SOPOR SLIME PIE, which shouldn't be eaten by trolls.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Lampshaded by Jane when she see his "[[FanNickname Cod Tier]]" outfit, which includes a polka dot, peaked, clown hat/hood and the ostentatious codpiece from ''[[MythologyGag Bard Quest]]''.
* InTheBlood: While crazy, he follows the path of the Subjuggulators like the Grand Highblood more closely.
* InventoryManagementPuzzle: He doesn't understand how it works, nor does he care to learn. He just captchalogues stuff to watch the lights. He deserves points for being the first character to use [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003923 the most obvious solution]] for such an abstract modus.
* {{Irony}}: Unlike the rest of the trolls his personality is the polar opposite of his zodiac sign - Capricorns are supposed to be [[CorruptCorporateExecutive greedy]], [[LonersAreFreaks antisocial]], and [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] while Gamzee is a FriendToAllLivingThings LoveFreak DefectorFromDecadence - when drunk on sopor slime. When sober, it's straight as can be.
* JokeCharacter: Started out as one before his FreakOut.
** LethalJokeCharacter: He seems harmless enough, but [[NoodleIncident apparently what he did to the]] [[EldritchAbomination Black King]] [[NoodleIncident in the troll session]] was the single most damaging move in the battle, outweighing even [[{{Munchkin}} Vriska's]] final blow. During Act 5 Act 2, his descent into insanity slowly showcased the development of him going from Joke to just plain Lethal.
* JokerImmunity: Every Troll has at least one dead doomed timeline version of themself. [[FridgeHorror Not for Gamzee]].
** He also apparently literally has this, as he is notoriously hard to kill because he is a [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker "rascally clown"]]. It takes Kanaya chainsawing him in half vertically to push Gamzee onto death's doorstep, and even then it's unclear whether this will be enough to actually kill him..
* {{Juggalo}}: The troll analogue/parody of one. Dirk lampshades this by finding the idea of an alien Juggalo ridiculous.
* KickTheDog: He kills Nepeta and Equius pretty much ForTheEvulz. He does it again when he makes fun of Terezi's blindness in their hate-relationship, causing her to get her eyes healed out of bitterness. Somewhat subverted in that he's later revealed to have been under Aranea's control when doing so, although he still kicked the dog with Nepeta and Equius.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Caliborn's [[MoreDakka initial treatment]] of Gamzee is meant to showcase just how much of a {{Jerkass}} he is, though it's undercut somewhat since Gamzee [[LaserGuidedKarma kind of had it coming for screwing some of his friends over]].
* KillEmAll[=/=]TogetherInDeath[=/=]MurderIsTheBestSolution: Apparently the main tenet of [[ReligionOfEvil the Subjugglator cult]]'s theology.
--->[[color:#2b0057:TC: [=I PeEpEd oN A PlAcE Of 6 tRiLlIoN HeMoS=]]]\\
[[color:#2b0057:TC: [=AlL Up aT OnE RoCk, BlEeDiNg aS EqUaLs=]]]\\
[[color:#2b0057:TC: [=It's eAsY To sEe iF YoU SeArCh aLl yOuR FeElInS=]]]\\
[[color:#2b0057:TC: [=ThAt pEaCe hApPeNs fIrSt, AnD MuRdEr's tHe sEqUeL=]]]
** Subjugglators make "humorous" sacrifices [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005414 in anticipation of the Vast Honk]], which was ultimately revealed to be Lord English.
* KneelBeforeZod: His request to Equius before killing him.
* LaserGuidedKarma: He kills a troll nicknamed "centaursTesticle," then Kanaya appears, and [[GroinAttack nut shots him]]!
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/miracles mIrAcLeS]] and later [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/blackest-heart Blackest]] [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/blackest-heart-with-honks Heart]].
** Even just honking in general is very associated with Gamzee.
* LightningBruiser: Master of FlashStep and capable of catching a pouncing Nepeta out of midair with one hand.
* LoveFreak: His obsession with recognizing miracles within the universe makes him one.
* MadArtist: Like his ancestor.
-->TC: I AM GOING TO MOTHERFUCKING KILL ALL YOU MOTHERFUCKERS.
-->TC: and paint the wicked pictures with your motherfuckin blood.
* MadeOfIron[=/=]NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Getting filled with bullets doesn't kill him and he has never died in any timeline. The Narration says he's [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap God Tier]] but Caliborn doesn't buy it and believes he's a fake.
** For what it's worth, he doesn't act like the other God Tiers. Normally when they die a death that isn't either Just or Heroic their corpse disappears after a while any then they reappear, perfectly fine. Gamzee is still clearly bleeding profusely when he shows up at the tower, so it's not that he died and it didn't "take", he's just still alive somehow.
* MadLove: For Caliborn. He gave up everything and everyone else in his life (except his blackrom with Terezi) to serve him. Caliborn greeted him by pumping his torso full of hot lead in a sincere attempt to kill him. Repeatedly. Even after Hussie got him to stop by hanging the threat of [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn playing Elevatorstuck forever]] over his head, Caliborn still treats Gamzee like crap when he deigns to acknowledge his existence at all.
* MadnessMantra: honk HONK honk HOOOOOOOOOONK.
* MeaningfulName: Makara is the Indian equivalent of Capricorn.
** Makara means blessed. He is a self proclaimed DarkMessiah.
** His Trollian account name is terminallyCapricious, where capricious means "prone to sudden mood swings." Given his sudden turn for the [[AxCrazy quite insane]] once he got all the sopor slime out of his system, and the fact that he terminated some of his former friends, his name seems quite appropriate.
** Karkat gave the kids' universe cancer, but Gamzee [[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005929 made it]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005930 terminal]].
* MeasuringTheMarigolds: Takes this attitude toward any kind of knowledge, from computer science to lemonade recipes.
** He also has a captchalogue that operates via "Miracle Modus"; he has absolutely no idea how it works, and doesn't want to know.
* MessyHair: Easily has the worst haircut of the Post-Scratch Trolls.
* MindRape: His innate psychic power due to his purple blood is to insert things into people's subconscious, usually in the form of hatred, which also makes said thing real in their DreamWorld. He's done this twice that we've seen, which instilled a fear of clowns in John (creating the Imp Doll in his tower on Prospit) and a fear of puppets in Dave (creating Cal in his tower on Derse). He was not shown using his power on Rose or Jade, suggesting that they might have some immunity to this power. However, seeing as he essentially never interacted with them it may just not have occurred to him to do so.
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: It's implied that with proper application of his powers, you can make a person go ''insane''.
* ModestRoyalty[=/=]RebelPrince: He's only a smidge away from Eridan and Feferi's castes, but he doesn't act or look like it and doesn't seem to care about blood color--until he's sober.
** At which time he cares deeply about ALL the blood colors. ALL OF THEM. Specifically in the sense of "what can I paint with these?"
* MonsterClown: Looks the part, and collects posters of them. He also has juggling clubs, a unicycle and a load of horns. Subverted, however, due to his genial, friendly personality. But only until the sopor slime runs out.
* MoodWhiplash: Suddenly appears for a second in the otherwise silly "[S] All: Behold the glory of the Warhammer of Zillyhoo" flash, appearing before Karkat just before Gamzee kills him. This was shown later to be an alternate timeline where Karkat never ran the ~ATH program that blew up his computer, which resulted in Gamzee killing everyone save Aradia, who went back in time and corrected the problem.
** At the very end of his MotiveRant at a very confused past Dave for ruining his faith (which he will do later, [[StableTimeLoop as a result of this conversation]]) he suddenly starts flirting with him and asks if he wants to rap. "They both then proceeded to have one of the best rap-offs in the history of paradox space."
** He unexpectedly appears after the very atmospheric and spooky ''{{Myst}}''-esque puzzle session on Jane's planet in full God-Tier regalia that includes a [[GagPenis codpiece]] and sells/gives her potions that are strongly implied to be the blood of his friends. Just when the audience has gotten used to Gamzee acting silly again, he reveals he ''stored Vriska and Tavros's bodies in Jane's fridge'', tosses both of them into Jane's kernelsprite [[CameBackWrong creating Tavrisprite]], and adds a [[OhCrap "honk."]] for good measure.
** When he's under Aranea's mind-control (or at least the times we know he's under her control) he's incredibly placid, but the second he's free he completely freaks out. When he's freed during Terezi's attack, he reverted to his original personality--
---> GAMZEE: [=TeReZi=]...\\
GAMZEE: [=wHoA=].\\
GAMZEE: [=PlEaSe StOp=].\\
GAMZEE: [=YoU'rE mOtHeRfUcKiN=]...\\
GAMZEE: [=hUrTiNg=] Me. :o(
** --for about a second, then [[UnstoppableRage violently attacked her]] (in his defense she was stabbing him with her cane-sword and he couldn't move or even speak because Aranea "ordered" him not to; in Terezi's defense he was [[WouldHitAGirl a horrible, *horrible* black-rom partner]]).
* MythologyGag: Gamzee isn't the first [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001195 clown bard]] in ''MSPaintAdventures''.
* NiceGuy: He's pretty polite and friendly in spite of how profane he is. Even after going AxCrazy, he still has some shades of this.
** FauxAffablyEvil: Became this during Act 5 Act 2.
** AffablyEvil: Became this (unless he gets serious) during Act 6.
* NightmareFace: Whether it's of the subtle, creepy variety or the kind that terrifies you with the tenacity and appearance of a JumpScare, Gamzee can do either, to very horrifying effect.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Is on the receiving end of one by Terezi and her cane. As soon as he's freed from Aranea's control he flies into a rage and delivered one to Terezi, it's lampshaded when Rose yells at him to stop.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Gamzee has failed to die in any timeline. He constantly survives getting pumped full of lead by Caliborn back on alpha Earth, and in the A2 session survives multiple cane stabs courtesy of Terezi, afterwards remaining strong enough to completely trash her and easily kill Karkat when he attempts to save Terezi, all while dancing on the brink of a lava pool. Kanaya responds to all of this by slicing him in half a la Eridan (but vertically this time around.) It's STILL not clear whether this is going to finish him off.
* NoMedicationForMe: It may be improper for a troll to eat sopor slime pie, but Gamzee needs it... or else he remembers that he's one of the descendants of the Subjugglators.
* NoodleIncident: How he achieved God Tier or got a hold of Aradia's time-travel music boxes is so far, hand-waived as "shenanigans."
** Although his God Tier can reasonably be assumed to be fake, since even Hussie admits to Caliborn he should stop shooting him because he may not actually be immortal. Plus we saw his fake wing fall off and we know he got the cod piece from his dancestor, and not from an ascension
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He was generally nonviolent during the session (and, incidentally, was nowhere near the status of a villain), but realized his potential at the end of Sburb's FinalBoss, and moreso after going insane.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Although less "teleportation" and more "being [[ArcWords already there]]." Because of all the [[TimeyWimeyBall Weird Time Shit]], there are ''at least'' four instances of him running around Universe B2 simultaneously, as well as the instances on the cherub session's Earth and on the trolls' meteor.
* OhCrap: He gives off this expression from ''[[DemonicDummy Lil' Cal]]'', just to show the reader how scary Lil' Cal is. Note that Gamzee has never shown fear on screen before up until that point.
* OmnicidalManiac: While insane. It's an unfortunate aspect of being descended from Subjuggulators.
* OrwellianEditor: Gamzee apparently went through Rose's tome about the events of the story and censored bits about Lord English and himself by [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007010 covering them up with Equius's blood.]]
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: He's bleeding more than any other character after Caliborn fills him with holes.
* ParentalAbandonment: Gamzee's lusus was never around to teach Gamzee ''anything.''
** AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Gamzee holds his lusus as he dies.
%% There's no indication that by leaving Gamzee alone, the old goat was leading him to become psychopathic. In fact the opposite seems to be the case.
* PetTheDog: He also raised both Calliope and Caliborn well (to the best of his ability, anyway).
** He is genuinely shocked/upset by Fefeta's death and cries when [=ARquius=] is created, which would imply that he cared about resurrecting his dead friends.
* PhraseCatcher: "Fuck that guy", from Kanaya, Erisolsprite, and Dave.
** "You can't keep down the clown" and "Down with the clown", to a lesser extent.
* PluckyComicRelief: Was before graduating to full-fledged cast member.
* PowerCopying: He steals Aradia's MagicFeather time crystals and gains the ability to travel in time too, just in time to visit Jane. Credit to him being the first person to actually think to do that.
* PowerLimiter: The sopor slime that Gamzee was shoving down his gullet kept his murderous impulses at bay. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Possibly, since there's extensive debate over whether it was actually the lack of sopor slime that set him off, or the number of other contributing factors.]] It is likely that his [[MindRape chucklevoodoo]] abilities were suppressed by the slime, at any rate.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: How Karkat [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005996 cured]] his [[AxCrazy ax craziness]].
* [[EvilCounterpart Presumably Evil Counterpart]]: A troll with an important role in their society abandons everything to raise a baby with candy red blood, whose accomplishments will change things forever. Is this a description of Gamzee or is this the Dolorosa?
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: His response to seeing Insane Clown Posse's music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs their song Miracles]].
--> [[color:#2b0057:This. Is. Motherfuckin'. [=BlAsPhEmY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=]]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Is given one by Terezi about how much she loathes him and his disgusting faith as well as insulting him for being in league with Aranea, while beating him up. She completely fails to understand that he isn't in control of himself, and that Aranea is using him as a puppet.
* ReflectiveEyes: Shown [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005119 here]] fondly regarding Jadesprite's prototyping off the computer screen.
* ReverseMole: Though he serves Lord English on the surface, he's also being mind-controlled by Aranea. However, given what [[AGodAmI her]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans plan]] is, this isn't necessarily a good thing.
* ScarsAreForever: When he shows up on Jane's planet he still has the scars from Nepeta's claws despite an unknown amount of time passing.
* SerialKiller: When sober.
* ShipperOnDeck: Appears to ship Karkat/Terezi [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/scratch.php?s=6&p=005743 here]].
* ShoutOut: He's become a murderous MonsterClown who caused one of his victims to die with a smile on his face, wears smeared makeup all over his now scarred face, has a predominantly purple wardrobe, and is obsessed with [[Characters/HomestuckTheFeltTwo a constantly scowling emotional cripple]]. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Sound]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker familiar]]?
** After taking a graceful swan-dive off the deep-end, he describes his former "mental instability" and sums up his new-found "lucidity" to Karkat thusly:
--->[[color:#2b0057: TC: RUSTS YOUR MOTHERFUCKIN THINK PAN.]]
--->[[color:#2b0057: TC: and the floor all stares up back at you through the motherfuckin hole.]]
--->[[color:#2b0057: TC:]] [[VideoGame/SilentHill2 BUT THERE IS NO HOLE NOW.]]
* SignatureSoundEffect: honk. HONK.
* TheSlacker: In no small part due to his periods of zoning out.
* SlasherSmile: With his FaceHeelTurn, his partially-shown grinning smile [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005119 here]] qualifies.
** Let's just say that Gamzee has [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005342 completely]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005344 mastered]] the art of the SlasherSmile.
* [[InsaneEqualsViolent Sober Equals Violent]]: But it's justified in that according to troll society's expectations of his blood caste, Gamzee as a murderous sociopath is actually more normal than as a blissed-out space case.
* SnakeOilSalesman: While peddling his "potions" to Jane.
* SplitPersonality: A common explanation in fandom for Gamzee's post-FreakOut behavior. On the one hand, his writing style and proclamation of being ''both'' of the Mirthful Messiahs lends this interpretation credence; on the other, it's never been explicitly confirmed canonically, and he doesn't show any other real examples of dissociative thinking.
** SplitPersonalityMerge: In line with the above example, this is commonly believed to be what happened when he was calmed down by Karkat.
* TheStoner: All the potions he sells/gives to Jane are 420 Boonbucks, and that update came out around 4/20/2012.
** StonersAreFunny: Generally, through his ramblings and moments where he spaces out.
* SuddenlyShouting: His trademark speech quirk when sober. The other characters even [[LampshadeHanging complain about it]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted, in that the "evil side" may very well be his true self which was only suppressed by the ingestion of Sopor slime.
* TeethFlying: Terezi kicks him in the face and knocks out a tooth on LOFAF.
* ThemeNaming: Gamzee's Zodiac sign is Capricorn.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Slaughtered several of his friends, mutilated the corpses of others, and is implied to still be working against them with the help of his even eviller ancestor.
* TotallyRadical: More than half of the things he says. The rest is primarily the words "motherfucker" and "miracles".
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite Drink]]: Faygo, like many Juggalos.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Inadvertently. Gamzee was named after a Turkish fan who had been roleplaying as him on Formspring. Her friends repeatedly suggested her name as a joke and added an e [[note]] Her name being only five letters long as Gamze. Other suggestions included Gamzel[[/note]], and Andrew assumed that it was a MeaningfulName and used it. That's right, the terrifying unstoppable killer's name means "Dimple". That does however make Gamzee the only troll with a an actual real world name.
* TheTrickster: An [[EnigmaticMinion apparently]] evil one. He's capricious, tempermental, and [[BatmanGambit much cleverer than he seems]].
* TheUnreveal: Fans demanded to know Gamzee and Eridan's titles in Sgrub. When Gamzee's came up in his conversation with Dave, he'd actually ''forgotten'' half of it. The title remained this way until it was stated by Karkat to be the Bard of Rage.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Seriously, he was probably ''the'' most idealistic and friendly guy in the Troll session (outdone only by Feferi), even to the point where a number of Imps refused to attack him. Then, Dave showed him the "Miracles" video, inadvertently making a mockery of his religion, which turned him into a homicidal wreck who hunted his old friends for no reason. Even if he resembles his old self more after the Scratch, his actions show that he's not the same person he once was.
* UnstoppableRage: Presumably his power as Bard of Rage.
* VerbalTic: hOnK hOnK mOtHeRfUcKeR :o)
* VitriolicBestBuds: Calls Karkat his best friend. In return, Karkat loathes him like hell. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Only not really]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[color:#2b0057:[=HiS uSuAl WaY oF tAlKiNg/TyPiNg=]]] sorts itself into [[color:#2b0057:SMALLCASE OR ALLCAPS EVERY OTHER LINE, which gamzee claims IS HIS TWO ALTERNATE PERSONALITIES. oh, and THEY'RE BOTH EVIL.]]
* WallOfWeapons: Jokerkind consists of [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005352 stacks upon stacks]] of weapon cards, including ones that belong to members of The Felt and The Bunny.
* WalkingSpoiler: Explaining why he's the most important character in ''Homestuck'' will lead to spoiler after spoiler, let alone explaining his behavior during sobriety.
* WesternZodiac: Capricorn.
* WhamLine: "[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness shut up.]]"
** To a lesser extent, "honk" Considering his previous claim that typing in all lowercase feels unnatural, seeing that one word in the picture before even looking at that troll log itself instantly indicates something is wrong.
** Later in the act:
---> TC: i focused on [my dark ancestral chucklevoodoos through] the rage you made me have\\
TC: AND I WENT AND MADE YOUR UNIVERSE...\\
TC: terminal. Bo)
* WildCard: Typical of the Bard class, apparently, who UU says "are typically known for their spontaneoUs and dramatic story-altering inflUence on the fate of a party" and are sometimes known for being "single handedly responsible for their spectacUlar downfall or improbable victory. or both!" Gamzee was partially responsible for their success against the Black King and definitely a factor in their party coming unglued. UU concludes that the post-scratch kids are probably fortunate for not having a Bard in their party.
** And then he inexplicably appears as a God Tier on LOCAH waiting for Jane. On the other hand, he seemed to have Aradia's timetables on hand so [[FridgeBrilliance he probably jumped to the past after the meteor arrived]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He's directly responsible for the creation of Cal and was used by Doc Scratch and Lord English to help destroy the Human Universe.
** He's also been manipulated by Aranea for quite some time, and only has a vague idea of what he's doing.
* WouldHitAGirl: Attacks Terezi after being released from Aranea's control after she's been stabbing him for a while (the glitched-up screen covers up the violence but somehow makes it more disturbing). It's implied he hit her when they were black-rom partners:
-->TEREZI: [=WH4T, NOW OF 4LL T1M3S YOU C4NT BR1NG YOURS3LF TO R41S3 4 H4ND TO M3?=]
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[[folder: Eridan]]
!![[color:#6a006a:♒ Eridan Ampora ♒]]

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--> ''"You have an overpowering GENOCIDE COMPLEX, and have made it your sworn duty to KILL ALL LAND DWELLERS. You have amassed resources and deadly weaponry from around the world for this ambition through many sweeps of EXTREME ROLE PLAYING, while pursuing a working DOOMSDAY DEVICE which will bring armageddon to all those on the surface. Haven't had much luck with that, but maybe tonight's your night."''

A noble of the troll Nautical Aristocracy with a borderline-genocidal distaste for land dwellers, which he's perfectly willing to overlook should it serve his purposes.

In Sburb, he is the '''[[color:#c7a419:Prince of Hope]]'''. His trolltag is "[[color:#6a006a:caligulasAquarium]]".

He has allocated his [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with the [[HarpoonGun RIFLEKIND ABSTRATUS]].

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* AnimeHair: A mop of a hairdo with a purple skunk stripe.
* AnythingThatMoves: Eridan's continual failure at romance leads to a downward spiral of neediness and desperation that causes him to gradually regard matters of blood color, species and crippling sociopathy as inconsequential downsides to a prospective romance partner. Although, to be fair, it was never actually confirmed whether he wanted a ''romantic'' partner or a ''sexual'' partner; he could very well be an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. Especially since Cronus, who represents [[{{Flanderization}} fanon!Eridan]], ''does'' mention that he is looking for concupiscent relationships.
* AxCrazy: He made it a point to kill his session's ''allied'' constructs despite the fact that they didn't give any grist.
** When all hope is lost, he ultimately decided to turn on his friends with the intent of stopping them from dying. Given Feferi and Sollux's objections, Eridan decides to fight them. Then, Kanaya gets in the way and is promptly defeated. His killing spree is entirely out of paranoia and has nothing to do with actual allegiance to Jack Noir, the person who he was trying to make a possible deal with in order to save them all. Of course, Eridan's plan fails.
* BackFromTheDead: Prototyped with, of all people, Sollux to form Jake's sprite, [[TwoBeingsOneBody Erisolsprite]].
* BadassCape: Which he wears at all times.
* {{Badass}}: Think of him as you will, but he did manage to take on a land full of virtually unkillable Angels on his own. He also manages to take out Sollux, Feferi and Kanaya in a matter of seconds. Even though it is in no way justified, you have to admit, it was rather impressive. Oh, and his first appearance has him taking out a ''whale'' using his AHAB'S CROSSHAIRS without breaking a sweat.
* BaitTheDog: Originally presented as a HarmlessVillain or IneffectualSympatheticVillain, Eridan's grandiose ambitions were easily thwarted and made fun of, like everyone thinking he's a tool. He has sympathetic moments, like when his relationships fail, and when his insecurities show. "Kanaya: Return to the Core" emphasizes this, with him being quite pitiful, showing the problems in his planet were caused by himself, and showing that in-spite of everything, he still considers Kanaya to be a good friend and wants to help her, even using animations to show him at his most awkward, ready to cry, lip quivering, etc. Then he has his FreakOut.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Why he wanted to kill all landdwellers; he thought that it was the "destiny" Dualscar passed on to him the moment he found AHAB'S CROSSHAIRS. Later on, this trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]: after staying on LOWAA for an amount of time and interacting with the angels, he abandons this destiny, claiming that it was useless and that he never got any recognition for it anyway.
* [[BitingTheHandkerchief Biting The Scarf]]: When he realizes that his caliginous feelings for Sollux are pathetically obvious.
* BlackMagic: Inverted in name as "White Science" due to Eridan's insistence that belief in magic is for wrigglers, but otherwise played completely straight. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 Kanaya claimed to have trained him]] in White Sorcery to rival Rose. Or at least, she made him a light-based magic wand to shut him up. However, Light & Dark symbolism is inverted for trolls, and his "Empiricist's Wand" is entirely used to destructive ends.
* BlatantLies: In one of his memos, Karkat accuses Eridan of still trying to kill the angels. Eridan denies it, while his AHAB'S CROSSHAIRS are in his hands.
* BloodFromTheMouth: When [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005435 cut,]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005437 dead.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: He tries so hard, thinking he is the best, leading him to get rejected by [[strike:every female]] [[AnythingThatMoves everyone]] he tries to hit on. Then he gets a White Wand, KO's Sollux in a possible duel to the death, and blasts Feferi to death through the chest. And that's just for starters...
* ButtMonkey: Poor Eridan just can't seem to catch a break. He's a giant bundle of insecurities under the regal pretensions, and getting pre-emptively rejected by Feferi only to develop blackrom feelings for the guy she chose over him didn't help. He might just be the most pathetic out of all the trolls, since while even Tavros eventually got his robot legs and slightly less antagonism from Vriska, Eridan is still stuck with everyone thinking he's a tool.
** After he dies, ''nobody'' mourns him, or (aside from his merged sprite self) even mentions him again. At all. They're justified in doing this, but still.
* CannotSpitItOut: Averted when he reveals his flushed feelings for Feferi early on. They've both been carefully considering their feelings for a long time, and independently resolve that for good or ill, this night is the night upon which they each pour out their heart to the other. Unfortunately for Eridan, Feferi is emotionally burnt out from keeping him in check and staving off his constant attempts at genocide upon the lower social classes, and wants to downgrade the relationship from moirallegiance to [[LetsJustBeFriends platonic friendship]].
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Despite his own aspirations to be a wizard, he's convinced at this point that magic is not real, and that anything that appears to be magic is just highly advanced technology. Even after Kanaya makes him a science wand, he simply proclaims himself to be a "[[color:#6a006a:mighty wwizard of wwhite science]]"
* ClusterFBomb: He swears quite a lot, though not as much as Gamzee.
* ContinuityNod:
** Resembles a "lame gothy supervillian" which Dave jokingly aspires to be.
** His rifle was first seen with the Uber Bunny.
* DarkestHour: His killing spree is part of a series of catalysts for his character's darkest hour.
* DeathByIrony: Eridan blasted a hole in Kanaya's stomach, resulting in her demise. When she becomes a rainbow drinker and returns to battle, she chainsaws Eridan in half. She also wears a sash consisting of a cape he dropped earlier when fighting Sollux which covers the hole Eridan made in her stomach.
* DeathWorld: Turns his world (Land of Wrath and Angels) into this by killing the titular angels, enraging them to the point the rest of the trolls were too scared to even consider going on it. This is a race of people who thrive on a complete CrapsackWorld, and they were scared shitless of his world.
* DespairEventHorizon: As the Prince of Hope, he believes he knows when there isn't any, and now? Well, the trolls have no chance whatsoever--their only option, as he sees it, is to join Noir and pray he doesn't kill them. It's reached the point where he dooms his own race to extinction, just to prove there's no hope left.
** It is later revealed that the "Prince of Hope" title can literally mean "the DESTROYER of Hope" meaning he was meant to cause this all along.
* DeusAngstMachina: In essence what happens to him over the course of Sburb. On any other day his quest would have been his perfect power fantasy; an enemy to destroy utterly, angels of death at his command, and a world of temples dedicated to his ego. However, breaking up with Feferi makes him miss this, driving him to reprehensible behavior that isolates him and eventually leads to madness.
* DiabolicalMastermind: He aspires to be one, at least. He's plotted to wipe out all the land dwellers and Feferi feels a need to keep an eye on him and his "nefarious schemes."
** He also modeled himself after famous trolls in history, particularly the diabolical ones.
* DontYouDarePityMe: When Feferi breaks up with him.
--> CC: I can't look after you anymore.
--> CA: I DIDNT EVER NEED ANYONE TO LOOK AFTER ME
--> CA: i was totally fuckin fine my ambitions were noble
--> CA: and really none of your fuckin business QUITE FRANKLY [[SarcasmMode your majesty]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Overall, Eridan zigzags this trope. He tried to be this for Feferi during their time as a moiraillegiance, and in regards to most of his friends he actually was this prior to his FreakOut. When push comes to shove, he is more often a NiceGuy than not. However, he also was initially antagonistic towards land-dwellers. His paranoia became more rampant, which led to him thinking there was no hope left in his session. Nevertheless, he shows remorse after everything is said and done.
* DuelToTheDeath:
** Challenged Sollux to one offscreen earlier. It didn't wind up going anywhere.
** Before Kanaya interrupted it, he was about to engage in a duel with both Gamzee and Vriska. The "to the death" part was implied, given Gamzee and Vriska were also going to duel to the death for their own survival and because they were also AxCrazy.
* EmoTeen: To a small degree, given his appearance and exaggerated emotional theatrics.
-->CA: im the biggest fuckin idiot who ever lived
-->CA: i cant BELIEVE i just opened up to you like a chump when i knew what was comin
-->CA: i am one sad fuckin brinesucker
-->CA: overemotional sappy trash youre right im not better than anybody
-->CA: im worse than anybody
-->CA: EVERYBODY
-->CA: all the bodies
* ErmineCapeEffect: Wears rings and a cape, but that's about the extent of his royal attire. Even without them, though, his outfit is less simple than most trolls.
* EveryoneHasStandards: It says a lot that even ''he'' thinks Cronus is a creep. While he still gives Cronus a chance at the latter's suggestion, Eridan bemoans what he's "been reduced to."
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Wears a lot of rings. [[note]]Given that said rings have [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004365 fuchsia stones]], they may signify his moiraillegiance with Feferi.[[/note]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: When Feferi refuses to come with him to find Jack, Eridan's response is basically; "But I would protect you, and we'd be so powerful serving him! How can you not want that?"
* ExpospeakGag
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: wwhatEVVER you are so the vvillage twwo wwheel devvice wwhen it comes to auspisticing]]
* FamousAncestor: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005408 Orphaner Dualscar.]]
* FantasticRacism: He wants to kill all land-dwellers, except some of his friends. But at this point it's probably safe to say that he absolutely sucks at being a racist. He only ever says he wants to kill all land dwellers, but [[PretendPrejudice he never actually goes through with it]] and given that he knows that Vriska's superweapon wouldn't work and doesn't care, it's probably safe to say that it's all just a charade even if he did want to do it at some point. And beside that he is genuinely friendly with Kanaya, Karkat and Gamzee and is as genuinely taken aback at Sollux' death. Up until he decides to kill them himself.
** His fish-themed moirail points out that he's practically a land-dweller himself; he's barely even spent a full day under water in his whole life.
* [[FishPeople Fish Trolls]]
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: ok please lets just not get into the wwhole fuckin fish pun thing again ok]]
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: [[LampshadeHanging like wwe get it wwe are nautically themed]]]]
* FoeYay: [[invoked]]Has blackrom feelings for Sollux, his [[LoveTriangle rival in love for Feferi]]. He also had a ''very'' potent rivalry with Vriska back in the day whom he seems to still have lingering feelings for.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Best description of the energy blasts used to kill [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005232 Feferi,]] [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005243 the Matriorb,]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005246 Kanaya.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Becomes this by the time the trolls arrive at the meteor, having managed to disturb, piss off, or annoy everyone but Karkat into disliking him. The isolation drives his breakdown.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Eridan goes from [[http://i.imgur.com/Q4qKi.png this]] to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/03325.gif this]] in SEVEN PAGES.
* GrowingUpSucks: A complaint he has at the end of his conversation with Kanaya.
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: kan its hard]]
---> [[color:#008141: GA: What]]
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: being a kid and growwing up]]
---> [[color:#6a006a: CA: its hard and nobody understands]]
* HarpoonGun: Nothing less than [[InfinityPlusOneSword Ahab's Crosshairs]], which were seen earlier with the robot bunny. A miniaturized version, anyway. It's used as a sort of LightningGun[=/=]RayGun however.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: A particularly unexpected FaceHeelTurn happened with very little foreshadowing in Act 5. With Eridan's death, his story arc had not been immediately resolved. He was made into Erisolsprite with Sollux, which gave him a second chance. As Erisolsprite, he's displayed himself to be genuinely remorseful, and it's implied that even Feferi's half of Fefetasprite [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming forgives him]].
* HighCollarOfDoom
* HopelessSuitor: In every quadrant, though he pines mostly for black romance.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The thought that Jack Noir- who had killed or tried to kill everyone he came across- would spare him if Eridan offered him allegiance is unlikely at best.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: And he keeps getting rejected.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: As [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004348 Feferi points out]], none of his plots to kill the land dwellers ever succeed, and every doomsday device he gets his hand on is a piece of junk.
** [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004339 Your penchant]] for mass murder notwithstanding, people tend to regard you as a BIT OF A TOOL.
** Then we find out that everybody else abandoned him in his game because of his {{Jerkass}} tendencies and the fact he kept killing everything in sight, including whatever the angels were. And then he stops being ineffectual. Later on, he becomes sympathetic when he apologizes to Feferi through the sprite combinations of Erisolsprite and Fefetasprite.
* InsistentTerminology: Magic isn't real. He practices ''science''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For a guy who wanted to kill all land-dwellers, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004365 he certainly put a lot of work into saving them]].
** Then his jealousy turns into hatred which ultimately makes him a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk...
** ... but after having caused so much mayhem during his killing spree, he seems genuinely remorseful for his actions as Erisolsprite.
* KnightOfCerebus: Killing off two of his fellow trolls -- and two of the most unambiguously ''good'' trolls, to boot -- sent Eridan firmly into KnightOfCerebus territory. Especially because it's when the trolls hit their DarkestHour.
* KnightTemplar: His ulterior motives all hinge around the concept of hope, and he was planning on joining Jack because his friends would otherwise be doomed. But he takes this ''[[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope way]]'' [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope too far.]] He decides that hope is his to do with as he wishes. As such, he destroys the Matriorb, the troll race's only hope of further propagation.
* LadyAndKnight: Was Feferi's knight before they broke up.
* LargeHam: He deliberately attempts to craft an image for himself as a legendary conquerer through exaggerated emotional theatrics. But it backfires; people just think he's a tool.
* [[{{LARP}} (F)LARP]]: Through his character Orphaner Dualscar.
* [[LesCollaborateurs Le Collaborateur]]: Somewhat subverted in a sense, he doesn't seek to join Jack out of a desire to get revenge on his fellow Trolls, but rather thinks that it's the only way to survive.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/eridans-theme Eridan's Theme]] (Now with [[http://youtu.be/Hx4MkLceyn0 lyrics from General Ivan.]])
* LethalJokeCharacter: Becomes this, in-universe. His romantic failures and social buffoonery were meant to mask much of his true dangerousness. Confirmed by WordOfGod to be what was intended.
* LightIsNotGood: Wielding white science to heroine Rose's black magic. Don't forget, light/dark symbolism is reversed for trolls.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Eridan just can't win on any quadrant. Feferi [[LetsJustBeFriends didn't really reciprocate his feelings]], Vriska just got bored of their rivalry, his attempts to start a new rivalry with Sollux are painfully obvious and fall flat, Rose responded to his clumsy flirtation by blowing up his computer, and Jade flatly only tolerated him long enough for him to leave her alone.
** Oh, ''and'' Terezi doesn't want to auspistice between him and Sollux, Karkat wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole, ''Equius'' is made uncomfortable by his advances (though in which quadrant, it's not specified), and his own client player Nepeta spectacularly failed to fall in love with him for saving her life in the same way Feferi did with Sollux.
* LoveHurts: Jerk that he is, it's hard not to feel bad for him when Feferi breaks up with him.
* MeaningfulName:
** Eridanos was the name of a river in ancient Athens which symbolizes Aquarius, while Ampora is likely from amphora, a vessel used for carrying, among other things, water, in AncientGrome.
** If you shorten it, it becomes [[Literature/HarryPotter Eri' 'pora]].
** His FLARP character, Orphaner Dualscar, kills custodians to feed Feferi's lusus.
** His title of "Prince of Hope" was for the longest time considered ironic due to this eventual actions, until UU revealed that the "Prince of x" is "one who destroys x, or caUses destrUction throUgh x". In other words, Eridan is literally the Destroyer of Hope.
** The first part of his chumhandle ties not only into his role as TheCaligula but also according to WordOfGod to his dark romantic obsessions [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40585720/Combined_Formspring_Web_Aug-28-2011.htm#mspadventures154128263025812338 via the caliginous quadrant]].
* MulticoloredHair[=/=]SkunkStripe: A purple tuft in the middle. Though the fact that his hair has any color ''at all'' is pretty notable as far as trolls are concerned -- and what's more, he was apparently born that way.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His planet. Anybody up for a trip to the Land of Wrath and Angels?
* NerdGlasses
** ScaryShinyGlasses: While evil.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He killed the local game constructs of his world, and then kept doing so, enraging them and turning it into a DeathWorld that the other trolls were araid to even set foot on.
* NietzscheWannabe: He tells Feferi that, as the Prince of Hope, he is most qualified to tell them when there is not hope left for them, which leads to him attempting to try to join Jack.
* NotGoodWithRejection: His reaction to Feferi breaking it off is just the start of his downward spiral.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Initially, he's portrayed as a harmless comic-relief butt-monkey villain whose plans aren't really serious. Then snaps and murders or seriously injures a third of the Troll cast within the space of a few pages.
* OminousOperaCape
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Intentionally. When he's about to reveal his feelings for Feferi to her, he stops typing in his "wweird accent" to show that he's serious.
* PerpetualFrowner: He is the only one out of the main trolls to not be seen smiling.
* PetTheDog: After finding out that he's a genocidal, serial-killer of trolls and their lusii (to feed Vriska & Feferi's lusii) in his introduction, you find out that he knows ''exactly'' how to kill off all the land dwellers. But he won't do it because it would [[MoralityChain make Feferi upset]].
** As Erisolsprite, when forced into meeting Fefetasprite, he does his best to genuinely apologize for killing half of her. It doesn't work out perfectly due to the situation, but she accepts his apology regardless.
* {{Pirate}}: Used to play Flarp as a seagrift, and was on-and-off an ally with Vriska.
* PurpleIsTheNewBlack: He wears fancy royal-purple clothes, and in regards to the trope's second meaning as a signifier of an ineffectual villain it's pointed out that all his plans to kill land-dwellers never work, he spends more time on land (or at least above the sea) than in the ocean, and doesn't even have enough rage to hate the soda that littered his beloved shore.
* RoyalBlood: Kickass royal blood, as he calls it. It's penultimate on the hemospectrum, second in their group only to Feferi's.
* RoyalBrat: Easily the least reasonable Troll to deal with. Most of the other Trolls can't stand him because of this.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Wears one.
* SelfDefeatingProphecy: Tries to join Jack Noir because, as he sees it, there's nothing left worth fighting for...and a few pages later, he's killed Feferi and destroyed the Matriorb- the trolls' last hope for recreating their species.
* ShoutOut: Couldn't you already tell from [[Literature/HarryPotter the glasses, the scarf, or the lightning bolt-shaped horns and mark on his head?]] Oh, and he likes magic.
** Also, when you first see him for real, he's [[MobyDick Hunting a White Whale. With a gun named Ahab's Crosshairs.]]
** Could be a coincidence, but he ''is'' an [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} egomaniac who wears purple and models himself after historical conquerors, who causes a huge, squidlike monster to give off a psychic shockwave that kills millions of people]]. His good intentions drive the comparison home, too.
** He's also [[ScottPilgrim a renaissance man who is trying to get his ex-girlfriend back from a nerdy loser.]] Heck, one flash even had the two fighting in Scott Pilgrim style sprites.
** How about [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings a white wizard who loses hope in the fight against the BigBad and decides to switch sides.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: While he's highly ranked in the hemospectrum, this seems to have colored ''everything'' about him. His Royal Blood means he knows best about everything, whether or not he ''actually'' has any clue whatsoever. For example, killing some of his planet's local game constructs until they were so fed up they were attacking him and any other troll who visited, despite them not dropping any grist. When Karkat calls him on that ''specific'' bit of idiocy, he agrees it was silly of him... then two sentences later he seems to have [[AesopAmnesia forgotten]] that lesson, and is talking about how hard it was to kill them and how he can't believe no one came to help him.
* TeensAreMonsters: At age thirteen, has so far killed countless troll lusii, the "angels" from his planet (most likely peaceful), two close friends, and an egg housing what would have helped repopulate the Troll race. With these criteria, could contend for the Trope Page Image, tied with Vriska.
* ThemeNaming: Eridan's Zodiac sign is Aquarius.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil / StoppedCaring: Made a personal decision to this effect by the opening of ''Return to Core''. By then, Eridan has utterly given up on everything except survival, and is perfectly willing to murder all trollkind if doing so would get him out of his current situation.
* TheSocialDarwinist: A mix of types 2 and 4. He mostly uses the caste system as an excuse to be a jerk, but his attempt to bring Feferi (and no one else) with him when he defects implies that he really does believe in highblood superiority.
* TriggerHappy: Enough to keep killing some of his planet's local game constructs.
* UnsoundEffect: His corpse gives off the word [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005437 DEAD.]]
** As did [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005233 Feferi's]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005247 Kanaya's]]. [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005225 Sollux]] and [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005243 the Matriorb]] come with unsounds of their own, too (all by Eridan's hand).
* VerbalTic: Not as pronounced as Feferi, but being an aquatic troll, he occasionally uses "glub", too.
* [[BlueBlood Violet Blood]]: The second-highest on the hemospectrum, as a matter of fact.
* WarriorPrince: Not that this is especially unusual on Alternia, where ''everyone'' from the royalty down is raised to fight.
* WesternZodiac: Aquarius.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Possible; he seemed to have gone Grimdark for a second right before his murder spree kicked into overdrive.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In a way. He seems to treat Sgrub as a FirstPersonShooter rather than staying true to its pseudo-{{RPG}} format—he spent most of his time in the game blowing angels up, instead of trying to make nice with them and learning more about his land and his heroic destiny as he was supposed to.
** In aspect terms, Eridan thought being the Prince of Hope means knowing whether hope exists or not, and having pure mastery of the aspect. But there are two sides of the Hope aspect: one who destroys using hope, and one who destroys hope. Eridan's total despair makes him the latter.
* {{Yandere}}: Could be interpreted as such, especially given the fact that his breakup with Feferi is most likely what triggered his StartOfDarkness. While the reasons behind his killing of Feferi are never confirmed, a lot of fans think it had to do with [[IfICantHaveYou extreme possessiveness]].
** Might simultaneously be this towards Sollux ([[RunningGag troll romance is weird]]). When Sollux and Feferi get together and reject his advances, he does ''not'' take it well.
* YouCantFightFate: Inverted. Eridan insists this regarding his blackrom rivalry with Vriska, but the latter broke it off entirely and avoids him. And then, it's later revealed that they're not only destined to face each other again, but their ancestors in the past also had a similar relationship/confrontation as well. However, [[AnticlimaxBoss Kanaya breaks up the present confrontation and kills him.]]
* YouWillBeSpared: Says so to Kanaya as she's one of the few land dwellers he likes and will put up with him.
--> CA: im not goin to vvery wwell kill you am i that wwould be fuckin unconscionable
--> CA: wwhat kind of friend wwould i be
** When he undergoes his FaceHeelTurn Kanaya is the only land dweller he manages to kill, and Hussie even brought the above quote up saying [[WordOfGod "What kind of friend indeed."]]

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[[folder: Feferi]]
!![[color:#77003c:♓ Feferi Peixes ♓]]

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--> ''"You would redefine what it means to be CULLED in troll society. Under your rule it would mean caring for the unfit and infirm rather than exterminating them, and you have put this idea into practice by CULLING THE FAUNA OF THE DEEP. You tend to wild and beautiful AQUATIC HOOFBEASTS, grooming and feeding them daily. You capture and cage CUTTLEFISH by the thousands for their own good, and also because they are funny and colorful and you love them. They often swim through the bars of their cages, but that is fine. You run your whole palace as a sort of WILDLIFE ADOPTION FACILITY, even if the wildlife's need for care is dubious at best, and the practice really just amounts to an elaborate ROLE PLAYING SCENARIO. It's still fun though."''

The sea-dwelling heiress apparent to the throne of the Alternian Empire, she is determined to one day make a better life for trollkind.

In Sburb, she is the '''[[color:#78ab5f:Witch of Life]]'''. Her trolltag is "[[color:#77003c:cuttlefishCuller]]".

She has allocated her [[WeaponOfChoice STRIFE SPECIBUS]] with the [[DoubleWeapon 2x]][[ProngsOfPoseidon 3DENTKIND ABSTRATUS.]]

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* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Sea Ponies]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Previously in a relationship with Eridan, a wannabe villain who later [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turns]] and becomes a real villain. Currently in a relationship with Sollux, where she seems to find his grouchy, negative side attractive.
** Subverted in Eridan's case: it was those very "bad boy" traits that eventually drove her away from him.
* [[AbusiveAlienParents Abusive Alien Lusii]]: Fef seems to have a real affection for her lusus but she's an EldritchAbomination miles long, and can cause [[ApocalypseHow X-4 apocalypse]] if she gets extremely hungry and any voice above a whisper causes trolls to start dying. Though it's hardly Gl'bgolyb's fault that her voice just happens to be a BrownNote to trolls and she was more than willing to sacrifice her life to help Feferi to safety. This is in stark contrast to Vriska, who has a similar deal but her giant spider will make sure to put HER on the menu should she not keep the food on the table.
* BackFromTheDead: Prototyped into Roxy's sprite with Nepeta.
* BetterAsFriends: When Eridan finally reveals his feelings for her, she politely rejects him, much to his disappointment, but she says [[LetsJustBeFriends they should still be friends]]. This does NOT end well for her or Eridan.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's very hard to piss off, but doing so makes her fly into a rage that can really only be stopped by ending her life. Beyond that, she's easily the nicest troll, but even then you still have to put up with her being very unsettling at times.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: With Eridan and later Sollux.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: More than most trolls, considering her lusus is an EldritchAbomination that is capable of killing her entire species if its voice ever gets above a whisper (and it does). Compared to that, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004748 all the other Horror-Terrors Of The Furthest Ring are nothing.]]
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Feferi has no issue with Horrorterrors at all. They're FRI--ENDLY!
* DissonantSerenity: Even as her friends start to split off into various [[DwindlingParty parts of the lab]], Feferi seems oddly calm about the whole ordeal.
** She quite happily accepts her death and even has a casual conversation with Jade before just blurting out that she's dead.
* DoubleWeapon: ΨDON's[[note]]The Greek letter Psi (ψ)[[/note]] ENTENTE, a DOUBLE CULLING FORK.
* DreamWeaver: Implied to be one of her abilities as the Witch of Life: ''It is the past, brought back to life by a witch!''. Also being (meta)physically located in the furthest ring due to being dead helps. Considering it's not all that easy for someone without a clear concept of time to navigate between bubbles, the fact that she can means she must have some ability in this regard.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Wears goggles and a headband, even though neither are needed for her to live underwater.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Her preeminent blood makes her heir apparent to the Alternian empress.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: She's decked out in it.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Her pet cuttlefish, which she keeps by the thousands because they are funny and colorful and she loves them. Also her lusus, a very Cephalopod-like Eldritch Abomination.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The first thing she's seen doing is culling cuttlefish (though it turns out she has a different definition of "culling" than we do).
* {{Expy}}: Shares a lot of traits with Jade, such as having a deadly powerful guardian, being a Witch of Something, being free spirited, and being the weird one among their respective circles. Partially because of this, in Act 5 Jade underwent a lot of CharacterDevelopment and they're not as comparable after.
* [[FishPeople Fish Trolls]]: See Eridan's example.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: She did say she was [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005233 D-----EAD]], after all.
** Also, the title is said to challenge the player. So why would a title like Witch of Life challenge her unless she were to die?
* [[BlueBlood Fuchsia Blood]]: The highest on the hemospectrum.
* GenkiGirl: She's ''very'' -EXCIT-ED! about Sgrub, and everything in general.
* GogglesDoNothing: She wears them mostly because they're cool.
* HeroicSacrifice: Like with Jade, just of her dream self, though her purpose was to show that the gods of the furthest ring weren't dangerous. Bites her in the ass when she's KilledOffForReal by Eridan.
* IronicDeath: In the sense that the Witch of Life is dead. Also, she's the last sign of the zodiac, and she likely dies first after the Troll session ends. Compare to Aradia, who was the first sign of the zodiac, and died before the session started... but recovered.
* HealingHands: The power of an AlternateTimeline Feferi who went God Tier.
* KindlyVet: Rescues sea animals and helps them get better.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/keepers-bonus Keepers]], originally shared with Eridan, and now [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/love-you-feferis-theme Love You]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (Feferi's Theme)]].
* MamaBear: Mess with her friends and you'll be on the wrong end of a very, VERY angry fish troll and her 2x3dent. [[DoubleWeapon Not that there's a right side, really.]]
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Peixes Dream Girl]]: Her relationship with Eridan was a deconstruction of this trope: she tried to make him happy and get him to open up, but Eridan's refusal to contribute emotionally to their moirallegiance broke it down. She may also be this trope for Sollux.
* MeaningfulName: Feferi is a corrupted form of pfefferi, a poisonous species of cuttlefish. Peixes is Portugese for Pisces (and just plain 'fishes', for that matter).
* MoralityPet: The main reason Eridan hasn't implemented a plan to kill all land-dwellers yet? It would upset Feferi.
** MoralityChain: He promptly breaks this after his FaceHeelTurn when he kills her.
* MoodSwinger: As seen in her conversations with Eridan and Sollux, and tendency to switch to capslock at the slightest provocation. She's sweet, but has quick flashes of anger. [[note]]Given her relation to the tyrannical Condesce, and the hints that highbloods are more prone to insane furies and violence than other trolls, this might imply that she's suppressing something worse.[[/note]]
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Her smile is... unnerving.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: Believes in Troll equality, which is something nigh-unheard of on her planet (and may qualify her as WideEyedIdealist).
* NightmareFace: [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004894 "Because, Stupid! I'm D-----EAD!"]] For those who only want to read about it, imagine Feferi's usual creepy smile with ProphetEyes.
* NightmareFetishist: She doesn't seemed bothered by the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] while asleep, unlike Jade, Karkat, and most of the readers, and cheerfully tries to convince the others that said Horrorterrors are harmless and even ''friendly.''
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: Her lusus was the emissary of said Horrorterrors.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Because of Feferi being raised the way she was, there are a lot of things she considers normal that even manage to weird out the other trolls, with eldritch abominations just being one of them. Feferi can easily switch from being one of the most adorable trolls to the most creepy, within [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004893 TWO]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004894 PANELS]] of each other. To her she's just being friendly in her own unusual way.
* NightmareRetardant: Invoked, after all, Feferi is a fish alien, so what other expression would she have on her face in death than that of a dead fish?
* NoPronunciationGuide: While this is a problem with all of the trolls, Feferi has it the worst. For the record, it's fuh-FERRY PAY-shus according to WordOfGod.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Among the Trolls, she shares Rose's trait of knowing the most about the Horrorterrors, considering she was raised by one. Plus she makes it so that Jade can communicate with the Trolls via dream bubbles, something the living would not normally be able to do on their own without being God Tier and physically inside the bubbles. So yeah, things are starting to pay off for her even though she's dead.
* ObliviousToLove: To the point of cheerfully teasing Eridan about who he might have red feelings for. Turns out, she got sick of putting up with Eridan's crap especially when he decided to show up in Sollux' land just to start a fight with him over Feferi.
* OutOfFocus: Aside from Nepeta and Equius, who are legendarily ThoseTwoGuys, Feferi has suffered the most out of the Trolls in terms of screentime. Even her plot critical dream meetings have mostly occurred offpanel.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Feferi is, to quote a tumblr user, a radical reformist heir apparent to the imperial crown, whose predecessor has already signed her death warrant and who, given a chance, intends to take the throne by force.
* ThePollyanna: Easily the most optimistic of all the trolls. She's -EXCIT-ED about just about everything, is one of the first to step up with the suggestion that they should help the kids instead of trolling them, is absolutely positive the horrorterrors are not dangerous in the slightest, and is quick to reassure everyone that their friends starting to [[DwindlingParty become scarce is not a big deal]]. Not even ''death'' really does anything to dampen her spirit.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: The first kind.
* PungeonMaster: ''Loves'' fish-puns in particular.
-->[[color:#77003c: CC: Will you just clam up for once in your life?]]\\
[[color:#77003c: CC: Always carping and carping and carping!]]\\
[[color:#77003c: CC: You go completely overboard with your emotions, always looking to reel in drama wherever you can.]]\\
[[color:#77003c: CC: I am up to my gills in it! I just can't salmon the strength anemonemore.]]\\
[[color:#6a006a: CA: i cannot]]\\
[[color:#6a006a: CA: BELIEVE]]\\
[[color:#6a006a: CA: [[LampshadeHanging you are doin the fish pun thing while youre breakin up with me]]]]\\
[[color:#6a006a: CA: real nice]]\\
[[color:#6a006a: CA: whoops i mean REEL nice]]
* RapunzelHair: Slightly in canon, but taken UpToEleven by the [[{{Fanon}} fandom]].
* RebelliousPrincess: Has big plans for social reform. See PoliticallyActivePrincess above.
* RoyalBlood: Her blood color is unique to her and the current Empress, her ancestor.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The kind of leader she aspires to be.
** However in Sburb she becomes decidedly more low key and is content with Karkat and Aradia leading the Trolls around.
* ShipTease: With Sollux shortly after the game begins. Later they spend their time together talking about their feelings.
* SpoiledSweet: One of the nicer highbloods.
* SuperStrength: As trolls get higher on the hemospectrum their natural strength increases while psychic ability decreases. Being the highest she possibly can be on the spectrum, she can [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004327 pull a whale]] with ease underwater and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004369 leap out of the water]] several hundred feet.
* ThemeNaming: Feferi's Zodiac sign is Pisces.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Eridan.
** And later, with Nepeta.
* [[TokenHeroicOrc Token Heroic Highblood]]: She (and Equius, to a lesser extent) seem to exist partly to assure the audience that not all highbloods are crazy.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: She was a very idealistic character who wanted to create a more equal and just Troll society, yet was murdered before she was able to carry out any of her plans.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Thanks to character development, she shows a more jerkish side to her, possibly because she doesn't feel the need to be tactful around her friends anymore. Not to say she's still not the nicest troll around, but it is comparable to how Jade is also becoming more unwound.
* {{Troll}}: Pretends to be depressed to mess with Vriska in Alterniabound. It works.
* UndignifiedDeath: Her dream self's death. Yes, she had every intention of sticking around for a front row seat of the destruction of Derse. No, she probably doesn't realize what Jack likes to do when there's main characters about. And as for her actual death, she doesn't even get a step into her charge before Eridan blows a hole right through her chest, killing her instantly. Granted, considering dying has done nothing to lower her spirits to the point where she's able to proclaim she's dead with a huge grin on her face, she herself doesn't exactly treat her death with any dignity.
* UnstoppableRage: As hard to piss off as it is, it only comes natural that [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005227 when she DOES get angry]], [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005229 she means business]].
* VerbalTic: Glub glub glub glub glub!
* WellExcuseMePrincess: She's very kind typically. That doesn't keep her from mocking Eridan and calling Jade a retard.
* WesternZodiac: Pisces.
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