[[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/ Hivefled]] is an in-progress {{Homestuck}} fanfic by Fovos and Chel, originally spawned from a KinkMeme entry. ''Hivefled'' contains some NotSafeForWork content, but all adult content is marked and the main storyline is not pornographic. Be warned that the Tumblr account overall is still excessively violent, though. It is strongly recommended that you check out the [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/warnings warnings page]] first. The fic can also be found at [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/582582/chapters/1046167 AO3]].

Now has an [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Hivefled in-progress character page.]]

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!!Provides examples of:

* ALoveToDismember: GH still has the Handmaid's skull, as well as the painting.
* AbusiveParents: UpToEleven, given that GH and Condesce apparently went out of their way to have kids specifically so they could do horrible things to them. Dave and Bro's parents were apparently no prizes either.
* AffablyEvil: The Grand Highblood is actually very polite when readers ask him questions, and he's been very willing to expound upon all kinds of topics.
* AffectionateNickname: Condesce refers to Gamzee as "Gammy", and it's later revealed that GH always called the Handmaid "Pooka" (as in a vicious shapeshifting spirit). Meanwhile, Mom Lalonde becomes the "luscestor" and Bec the "not-lusus".
* AintNoRule: According to Gamzee, there isn't any law in the church which says GH ''can't'' rape teenagers to death and bind their souls to himself, though even the murder-happy Church of the Mirthful Messiahs would consider it extreme.
* AllThereInTheManual: The authors kindly provide answers to questions asked on the Tumblr (and provide some very lovely art works as well), which have revealed background information, like details on some of the Kin.
* AnythingThatMoves: [[ILoveTheDead And Some Things That Don't]], in the case of GH and Condesce. Eridan had a phase of the former as well.
* ArchnemesisDad
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Variation; Equius is a poorly-closeted masochist and really wants his mentor to bully him into doing better. Said mentor picks up on this, and decides to mentally torment him by being ridiculously nice to him. Equius is terribly confused. This also probably contributed to his assumption that Gamzee was happy about GH touching him.
* AnArmAndALeg: Some of the Kin; Ukuthe's arm floats beside her shoulder stump, and Keskay's is missing completely.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The warnings page lists death, rape, torture, body horror, cannibalism, necrophilia, and "[[ItMakesSenseInContext dubious use of buckets]]".
* {{Asexuality}}: Viewed as a form of incompetence in troll society, and [[spoiler:responsible for a lot of Eridan's problems; specifically he's panromantic asexual. Tavros is non-kismesissic, and author Chel and the [[http://askfandomstuckhivefled.tumblr.com Fandomstuck personification of the fic]] are also asexual]].
* AssholeVictim / KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Lereal and Dualscar.]]
* {{Autocannibalism}}: Poor Psii.
* AwesomeArt: Some of the art is just ''beautiful'', such as [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/54495168104/occasionally-i-paint-for-my-moirail-other-times this piece.]] For meta points, it's art of an artist making art.
* BaddieFlattery: GH has the rebels' communication system hacked and takes the opportunity to tell Gamzee how impressive the latter's escape was.
* BastardBastard: Threatening Eridan and Equius with rape as "punishment" for not helping him was really not Gamzee's proudest moment. Gamzee is convinced he's tainted by both his parentage and what they did to him, and is only holding himself back for Karkat's sake.
* BattleCry: Lereal's is "Let them suffer!"
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil / RapeLeadsToInsanity: Sort of. Being a highblooded troll, Gamzee would naturally have been a bit off-kilter to begin with if he hadn't been perpetually stoned. The combination of horrible tortures and developing immunity to sopor slime made him snap, though not quite as severely as in canon (in which he was instrumental in the destruction of his entire planet and is being influenced by an EldritchAbomination, so the type of mental duress is different). [[spoiler:Karkat still manages to stop him rampaging.]]
* BerserkButton: Aside from the obvious ones, neither Gamzee nor Eridan react well to the "Flying Purple People Eater" song.
* BizarreAlienBiology / BizarreSexualDimorphism: Trolls appear at first glance to be {{Hermaphrodite}}s, but WordOfGod is that chromosomally they're actually all male except for the Mother Grub. "Female" trolls were the primary carriers of genetic material in the days before buckets, and have bigger internal pouches for carrying fluids and [[NonMammalMammaries venom sacs]] for self-defence during their pilgrimages. Female bulges are used to aim at the bucket or to direct genetic fluid into their own nook for storage. Male nooks are more or less vestigial and it's considered taboo to stick stuff in them; most male trolls aren't keen to do so anyway because they tend to be over- or under-sensitive.
* BlackComedyRape: Quite literally in Dualscar's case.
* BleachedUnderpants: The original ''Reprise'' was basically nothing but horribly violent pornography. ''Hivefled'' proper is non-sexual and plot-based, though it does have X-rated sidechapters kept separately.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Grand Highblood operates on an entirely different level of culture to humans.
* BodyHorror: Gamzee and the Kin.
* BreakTheCutie: Hoo boy.
* BrickJoke: Eridan's shoelaces.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Dave. Given that Equius is essentially a sentient, troll-shaped wall, it doesn't go well for him.
* BrokenPedestal:
** Gamzee was overjoyed to meet his ancestor at first. That didn't last.
** After some CharacterDevelopment and a bit more knowledge of what Dualscar was actually like, Eridan no longer thinks nearly as highly of his ancestor as he used to and has even admitted that he was an asshole.
* ButtMonkey: Vanate.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/35912971354/pitviperofdoom-for-a-full-explanation-go-here Feferi's Battle Song]].
* TheCanKickedHim: Vanate died from drinking the Trap's water supply, which comes from a sewer pipe.
* ChildByRape: Laneen.
** Probably Sollux too, since he's also descended from the Psiioniic.
** And, as revealed in a sidestory, [[spoiler: Karkat]] is the result of the Condesce and the Grand Highblood [[spoiler: raping the Signless before his execution]] though it's implied that this is several generations removed.
* ChildSoldiers: The Sufferists are mostly kids and youths who skipped conscription.
* ClusterFBomb: A natural feature of any fic containing Gamzee Makara. GHB combines it with SophisticatedAsHell since he has the same VerbalTic but is actually quite eloquent.
* ComplimentBackfire: Telling a torture survivor that his scars are "hardcore" is a [[BerserkerRage bad, bad idea]].
* ConfirmationBias: Lereal takes the appearance of Karkat, Tavros, Kanaya, Sollux and Nepeta as a sign that the time for a Sufferist revolution is coming. He takes everything he can as a sign that Karkat will lead them to victory, and doesn't stop to wonder if maybe Karkat isn't being modest, he's being ''honest''- and [[spoiler: gets nearly the entire cult wiped out.]] [[invoked]]
* ConLang: Bits of the Alternian language are left untranslated. Most of the words we've seen in it so far have been slurs (see SlaveBrand below), except for the ship ''Naelenurenna'' (''Mindscar'', because Eridan and Vriska couldn't decide which of their ancestors to name it after, and 'Mindscar' sounded better than 'Dualfang'). Later on we get "lupa pevuhi ja lotenjaneyak xineeru" ([[spoiler:"I am unable to read this tattoo"]]).
* CorruptChurch
* CountryMatters: Dropped a few times, applied to both men and women; anatomically and culturally appropriate as all trolls have the organ in question.
* CreepyChild: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/36211317407/then-and-now GH was pretty horrifying]] [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/44725068093/your-imperious-condescension-might-this-unworthy-alien even as a baby]] [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/44657279249/do-i-miss-gamzee-quite-often-yes-but-i-never and didn't improve in his toddler days]].
* CrossCulturalKerfluffle: The Earth kids have taken it upon themselves to find out what the brand on Gamzee's arm means by cross-referencing it with troll pornography, unfortunately their conclusion (that he's a rapist) turns out to be the opposite of what actually happened, since he's actually a ''victim''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: GH and Condesce are pretty inventive.
* CryingWolf: According to Karkat, Gamzee "messages us all to brag when he successfully uses the fucking toaster", which probably didn't help to contradict Equius and Eridan's assumptions when he messaged them.
* CurbStompBattle: The previous Empress, a grown and skilled adult, versus the young Condesce, the Grand Highblood and the Handmaid, who she presented as weapons. Everyone thought it was hilarious… except for the bit where the Condesce had the world's most powerful psychic on her side. It wasn't much of a fight.
* CuteGhostGirl: Sort of. Laneen retains the savaged appearance she had at the time of her death, but Gamzee notes that despite this and her missing teeth, "her smile wasn’t any less beautiful."
* CutenessProximity: Condesce towards her "wittle wigwers", in about the most horrifying way possible.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Well, on one hand their entire universe isn't being destroyed and there is no EldritchAbomination involved, unlike canon. On the other... yeah.
* TheDeadHaveNames: The Kin carved their names into the walls of their cell, and Gamzee reads them off. Later, he meets them, and we actually get a few faces and identities to put to the names.
* DeadManWriting: Aside from the blood, all that remains of the Highblood and Condesce's prisoners are the words of advice and encouragement they scratched into the walls.
* DeadpanSnarker: GH has his moments.
-->"'Aargh' isn't much of a joke."
* DefiantToTheEnd: In her first appearance in ''Reprise'', Laneen relates how she provoked Condesce into killing her by [[{{Squick}} clawing out her own tongue]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: To the human audience, aside from the rape, the ParentalIncest is disturbing. Gamzee is less concerned about that than about the fact that his parents are moirails and thus supposed to be PlatonicLifePartners. He's also disturbed by the idea that humans ''don't'' leave their dead out in the open, as to a troll death is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Meanwhile, the other trolls upset the humans by asking why humans don't eat babies. It also turns out that Alternian lacks a word for rape, their nearest equivalent being a patronisingly-pronounced version of the word for consensual kismesissic mating.
* DisguisedInDrag: Gamzee managed to navigate the subjugglator ship while disguised in clothes stolen from a female recruit. The female and male subjugglator uniforms look very similar, but obviously they didn't fit him very well. It's also not helping his self-esteem; part of the emotional abuse was about him being effeminate.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted very, very hard.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Gamzee's conversation with Equius and Eridan. Lereal totally misses the point of everything the Signless ever taught about equality and thinks the hemospectrum ranking should be reversed instead of removed.
* EatsBabies: Trolls have to, as grubs are born millions at a time and would strip the planet bare of all other food if their numbers weren't reduced.
* EthicalSlut: In the prologue featuring the human cast, Bro insists Dave carry condoms. He offers to share, and Jade takes some. As for the trolls, Preosh and Gartel don't mind Eridan's promiscuity so much as his Un-ethical Slut nature; he allegedly stole from them, didn't bother to remember his partner's names, and shamed Preosh for having multiple partners.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: For all the [[NightmareFuel horrifying]], [[{{Squick}} revolting]] things they do and have done, the Grand Highblood and the Condesce seem to care for each other a great deal, and are sincerely affectionate toward one another. [[DissonantSerenity Which makes what they do even more disturbing]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Horrible blood sacrifices come with the territory for the Mirthful Messiahs' followers, but ideally they are supposed to perform rites to free the sacrifices' souls and let them become honoured guests of [[{{Heaven}} the Dark Carnival]]. Gamzee is horrified to find GH has been keeping the ghosts of his victims and tries to free them. So far all he's managed to do is bring them with him, but that's a small improvement. According to him, binding the ghosts of victims is disapproved of but not technically forbidden, [[spoiler:especially as he thinks GH's actual intention is to take the ghosts with him and offer them to the spirits all at once after his own death]].
* EvilCounterpart: GH and the Condesce for Gamzee and Feferi.
* EvilIsPetty: Condesce [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/55879886471/t-ats-not-so-much-of-a-problem-for-a-tyrian-we picks her follower's pockets]].
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Poor Eridan.]]
* FantasticRacism: Many of the Kin despise any and all of them with indigo blood, even if said indigobloods had nothing to do with or opposed the Church.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FluffyTheTerrible: Ganmed Lomust's lusus was a troll-eating seagoat, which he named "Snowball".
* ForcedToWatch: GH and Condesce don't take chances on getting the point across to Gamzee that yes, he is theirs, and no, they never did quadrant-flip.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Tsukey Morney gets a character bio despite never being seen in canon. [[spoiler: Her importance in the story rapidly grows when it's revealed that she's Tavros' Gwen Stacy, and not only was she captured and tortured alongside Lereal, she's now one of the Kin, and likely to become one of the more well-known Kin.]]
* FreudianSlip: Jade nervously produces candy and offers the trolls some "Lawbreakers".
* FromBadToWorse
* FunetikAksent: Eridan's wweird wwawy thing, Tholluckth'th lithp, and Tavros', uhh, stutter are all translated from their canon typing quirks. Eridan's former classmate Gartel zpeakz like thiz.
* GadgeteerGenius: Equius and Sollux [[spoiler:manage to create the first ever removable helmsman rig]].
* GenerationXerox: Averted: Gamzee does ''not'' want to be anything like his ancestor. Lereal is not happy that Karkat and Nepeta aren't in a relationship like the Signless and Disciple were, but they tell him to stick it.
* GenreRoulette: ''Reprise'' started out as a 'guy meets his long-lost father and gets to know him' story, before rapidly descending into a gorn horror story. When Karkat and co rescue him, it becomes an action story about a PTSD-ridden victim of horrific crimes trying to adjust to freedom. ''Hivefled'' started out with the kids in a happy Enid Blyton-like story about four kids who go camping, then it became a sci-fi story where the know-nothing kids establish first contact with aliens. For the trolls, it started as an action story where a small group of rebels try to manage a revolution without getting anyone else killed. When it all goes wrong, it becomes a thriller as the trolls try to escape. Then they meet the kids, and it becomes a wacky 'aliens and humans try to learn about each others' cultures, with all the hilarious hijinks' story, mixed with the action as the troll fleet descends on Earth- but now it's becoming a dramedy as the kids start to investigate the trolls in depth.
* GilliganCut: Unfunny variation; Gamzee declares he won't "hand a bunch of wrigglers over to him", and the next chapter shows the gang failing to persuade Lereal not to drag the cult into attacking the fleet.
* GlasgowGrin: Gamzee, inflicted during his torture as a punishment for [[DisproportionateRetribution not smiling when instructed]].
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GoshDarnItToHeck: The trolls know they're about to die horribly when Equius utters the word "crud".
* GratuitousRape: Not entirely gratuitous as the original was a KinkMeme fill which specifically wanted it, but there certainly is a lot.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: At one point during his rages Gamzee rips off Vriska's mechanical arm and beats her with it.
* GroinAttack: Multiple cases happened, worse was threatened. Ow.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: Karkat is pissed off at Equius and Eridan. Even while realising and being lectured for the huge mistake they made, they argue with each other. And then they ''keep arguing'' while [[spoiler:Gamzee is chasing them down the hallway with intent to kill them.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Lereal really should have seen that coming.]] May or may not end up applying to GH and Condesce as well, since the bastard offspring they produced for the specific purpose of killing horribly are now working with the rebellion against them.
* HopeSpot: Gamzee gets [[spoiler: called out for being a tool by the Kin]]. He agrees, promises to do better, and it looks like things are starting to calm down... unfortunately, he's still suffering from PTSD, and [[spoiler: Eridan being a really big tool]] does not help in the slightest.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/37780352091/height-charts-highbloods Observe the height chart]]. [[BrainBleach Think about that.]] Then remember that Gamzee is actually noticeably bigger than most of the other trolls, and be very relieved that they haven't been caught.
* HumiliationConga: Both the Makaras inflict one on their respective Amporas in their own ways.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Lereal, big-time. Also, GH claims he would "never harm" the Handmaid after we already found out he killed her.
* IdenticalStranger: The Grand Highblood and the Condesce never found a descendent of the Handmaid apart from Aradia; instead, they found Ukuthe, one of the Kin, who looked enough like the Handmaid that for a while, the Grand Highblood actually thought she ''was'' the Handmaid.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Gamzee just wanted to be a subjugglator. Karkat isn't terribly happy about being a cult figure, even though it saved the gang's lives. Equius was perfectly happy with the fleet until Nepeta kidnapped him, and Eridan was fucking everyone who looked at him twice in an attempt to make them like him.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Tavros had a strong palecrush for a Sufferist called Tsukey. Unfortunately, he couldn't get her to come with them, and she wasn't on the one ship that escaped. [[spoiler: It's been revealed that she was taken captive with Lereal, tortured for information and became one of the Kin.]]
* ILoveTheDead: The Grand Highblood.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** GH and Condesce casually converse about eating Gamzee when they're done with him, not even specifically intending to freak him out. They've also made victims eat each other before, and there's a dose of this with CarnivoreConfusion when they plan to make the gang eat Terezi's lusus - species aside, this is essentially her ''mother'' they're talking about.
** It's also said in the story that trolls have to eat grubs because grubs are born in such overwhelming numbers that if they didn't, the planet would be overrun and they'd all run out of food.
** Keskay, one of the Kin, died from being eaten alive.
* ImportantHaircut: Kid Dave in the sidechapters. Slight variation in the main fic; Gamzee is relieved to look less like GH when Jade puts his hair in a ponytail.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: [[spoiler:The first time Gamzee is sincerely amused since his escape]] is when John points out that in English a declaration of ashen feelings would be "I club you", which doesn't quite sound how the trolls intend it.
* IncestIsRelative: Trolls have no real concept of incest because usually they never meet their relatives. The Condesce and the Grand Highblood do live long enough to meet their offspring, and get kicks out of the novelty of the situation, which does not work out well for Gamzee. Reproductive moirail mating is a rough troll analogue of incestuous breeding, causes similar disgusted reactions (to the point of being mentioned as a ShockSite subject), and is punishable by culling - except, of course, for the Condesce.
** BrotherSisterIncest / {{Twincest}}: Condesce and GH have plans to "persuade" Gamzee and Feferi into this. Gamzee's also [[BoyMeetsGhoul exchanged flirtatious comments with Laneen, his deceased half-sister]].
** ParentalIncest: As well as what they did to Gamzee, [[spoiler:Condesce introduced Laneen to Psiioniic. And they forced Gamzee to provide a genetic sample, and have every intention of doing the same things to the kids they may have with him]].
** ScrewYourself
** SurpriseIncest: It takes at least two trolls to make offspring. Gamzee knew the Grand Highblood was related to him, but didn't know the Condesce probably was as well. He was not happy when he found out.
** VillainousIncest
* InnocentInnuendo: Lereal's trollian handle is 'testimonySixtynine', and he has no idea why everyone thinks it's so funny.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence
* {{Irony}}: Gamzee has always been known for effectively using the word "motherfucker" as a punctuation mark. Condesce is, technically, his "mother".
** DramaticIrony: Shortly after Karkat promises to kill Gamzee's bloodlink, Medine casually reveals who Gamzee's bloodlink actually is, specifically the terrifying General of the Imperial Army. Karkat hopes his more obsessive followers didn't take it for a prophecy.
*** Sollux is under the impression his bloodlink died with the Sufferer. [[AndIMustScream He didn't]], and they have conversed; Sollux, for want of a better name to call him, is now referring to him as Helmsman Chaton, as he knows Laneen Chaton of the Kin has a connection to him.
*** When Nepeta shows the humans the reaction videos the trolls made to the moirail porn, pubescent stoned Gamzee is unaware why it is supposed to be so offensive.
*** Inadvertent version on this side of the fourth wall; the chapter in which [[spoiler:Eridan lost an eye]] was published just before the authors saw the {{Homestuck}} update in which [[spoiler:Terezi regained hers]]. Also, in canon, Kurloz (the Grand Highblood's alternate-timeline self) sewed his own mouth shut; in Hivefled, GH [[GlasgowGrin tears Gamzee's open]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Eridan, [[spoiler:to the point that he managed to convince himself that sex was supposed to be horrible rather than acknowledge that he might not be perfectly normal]].
* JerkAss: Lereal Belsai and, to a much lesser extent, Shuran Harkol.
* KarmicDeath: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/34663001305/i-really-hate-clowns-we-promise-the-real Sadly non-canon.]]
** A variant occurs with [[spoiler: Lereal. He claimed that Gamzee's ordeal was a lie, and [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/45342505677/more ended up as the toy of the priests.]] (NSFW)]]
* KilledMidSentence: Dualscar.
* LaResistance: The Sufferists.
* LameComeback:
-->"Equ, if you're gettin' off on this, you're fuckin' dead."\\
"Trust me, Ampora, none of my personal fantasies will ever involve you in any capacity."\\
"... Yeah wwell you suck."
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The Q & A sessions with the characters, and occasionally the characters themselves will lean- for example, when Vanate, one of the Kin, was explaining why drinking the water in the Trap was a [[{{Understatement}} Very Bad Idea]], he ended the explanation with [[{{Squick}} 'there is a reason why the artist has not depicted me from the waist down'.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: Lereal plans for two-hundred-and-fifty cultists to attack the thousands-strong fleet, relying on protection from the magical powers Karkat does not actually have. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, it's much too early in the story for a battle against overwhelming odds to work.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Summoner, according to GH.
* LoopholeAbuse: The Condesce went up against the Empress of the time with two weapons- the Handmaid and the Grand Highblood. Both were technically 'weapons', while several of the Condesce's cronies objected, having the universe's most powerful psychic on your side is a good way to withstand any complaints.
* TheMessiah: Two, actually. Karkat and Tavros are regarded as the second coming of the Sufferer and the Summoner, respectively.
* MindRape: Before Gamzee was outright imprisoned, the Grand Highblood spent a month or so pretending to keep him as an apprentice and treating him "normally", while drugging him and randomly hurting him just enough to keep him confused. Gamzee has a natural resistance to his [[MindProbe chucklevoodoos]], but that didn't help much.
* MixedMetaphor: Nepeta's "don’t be such sticks in the mud after the rain on the parade."
* MistakenForProstitute: Trolls don't make a gender distinction in the stigma related to fucking AnythingThatMoves, and rumours of Eridan committing theft got mixed up with his promiscuity, resulting in this.
* MonsterClown: This is the subjugglators' usual gimmick. GH takes it to extremes.
* MoodWhiplash: Chapter 43.
* MoralityPet: This is what moirails are ''supposed'' to be. Neither Condesce nor GH is sure which of them is supposed to be pacifying the other, but since they actually both make each other worse it doesn't really matter. They do argue that they keep each others' actual body count down, though.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: The Condesce told the Grand Highblood that the Handmaid was cheating on him so he'd kill her and get rid of the competition. It worked.]]
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: GH towards the Handmaid.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The trolls are intentionally feeding the kids a mixture of truths and half-truths, while carefully not revealing what happened to Gamzee. This would be completely understandable, but now the kids believe that Gamzee is an escaped criminal who was punished justly by the Grand Highblood.
* [[AssShove Nook Shove]]: Bringing a pointy-barrelled gun to a confrontation with GH does not end well.
* NoseShove: John walks in on Terezi trying to teach Dave her smelling talent by shoving crayons up his nose.
* NoPronunciationGuide: The trolls are heading for the planet "Ee-are-th". On the other side of the fourth wall, Fovos actually wrote up a [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/pronounce pronunciation guide]] for the fantrolls by request.
* NonMammalMammaries: Condesce's leak skin-melting venom.
* NoodleIncident: Somehow, [[GenkiGirl Nepeta]] manages to successfully drag [[SuperStrength Equius]] into an escape pod to kidnap him. We're not entirely sure how. (She did have the help of Sollux and Vriska, so psychic powers may or may not have been involved.)
* NotMeThisTime: When Rose tells Karkat to "tell your purple friend [Gamzee] to stay away from my mother" Karkat immediately demands to know what Eridan did now, despite his protestations.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Vriska just wants to be a pirate.
* NotSoDifferent: Gamzee does ''not'' deal well with his behaviour being compared to his ancestor's.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: "[[TickleTorture Shall we]] [[OhCrap immortalise]] [[GlasgowGrin the moment]]?"
* ObliviouslyEvil: Ganmed.
-->Sure, you have KILLED A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, but it's not like it was PERSONAL, and you ALWAYS remember to do the LAST RITES for them, even if they are UNGRATEFUL.
* OffingTheOffspring
* OhCrap: Gamzee upon realising what's about to happen, Eridan and Equius upon realising what actually did happen, and Karkat on realising who Gamzee's bloodlink actually is.
* OnlySaneMan: John is quite possibly the nearest thing to a normal person in the group.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Equius threatens to kill Gamzee, shit is hitting the fan.
* OrphanedPunchline: Dualscar's LastWords.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Kin.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Despite being fed almost nothing during his imprisonment, Gamzee survives a hell of a lot of blood loss, at least until the GlasgowGrin pushes him over the edge and he requires actual medical attention.
* PaintingTheMedium: When a reader asked Dyemene and Dyemar a question, the question had a pair of purple hands drawn on it, grasping the names.
* PantsFree: Poor Vanate. At least most of the rest of the Kin got their clothes back when they died.
* PapaWolf: Lieutenant Gritch is painfully nervous and harmless-seeming most of the time, but do ''not'' bother his students.
* PardonMyKlingon: The words carved on Gamzee are given in the original Alternian.
* PedophilePriest: GH to Gamzee. Gamzee is actually the troll equivalent of an eighteen-year-old, but his captors enjoy treating him like a child.
* PlanningWithProps: Eridan uses the salt and pepper shakers to demonstrate how [[BlatantLies he lost his eye in a fight to the death with a dragon]].
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: The trolls are now eight sweeps old, the equivalent of eighteen-year-old humans, and therefore old enough to be conscripted, for both plot reasons and avoiding authorial {{Squick}}. The humans, seen in the prologue, have also aged proportionally; it's the summer between their high school and university attendance.
* PoorCommunicationKills:
** Before he was imprisoned, Gamzee messaged Equius and Eridan, begging for help because his bloodlink was creeping him out. They mistook it for bragging.
** The trolls haven't told the kids what happened to Gamzee, but what they ''have'' explained has led the kids to believe that Gamzee is an escaped criminal (and possible rapist) who was justly punished by his ancestor.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Eridan and Vriska can't agree on whose ancestor (Dualscar or Mindfang) to name the ship after, and settle on "Mindscar". It sounds slightly better in Alternian.
* ThePrankster: Shuran Harkol.
* PrehensileHair: Tyrian trolls. Condesce can wield knives precisely enough to carve words with hers, and Feferi's hair brushes itself.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: The Condesce, oh so much.
* PunchClockVillain: The fantrolls with the fleet.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Do. Not. Talk. That. Way. About. ''My. Students."''
* RapeAndSwitch: Referenced but not accurate; Gamzee wonders if what happened to him caused his gender identity issues. It didn't, he just hadn't thought about it much before.
* ReallyGetsAround: Eridan's bio describes him as having become his ship's "[[FunetikAksent twwo-wwheeled devvice]]" before the Sufferists kidnapped him. It resulted in his potential matesprit Preosh dumping him, and got him arrested on charges of "unlawful prostitution".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Highblooded trolls normally live for centuries or millennia, but GH takes this to extremes thanks to a life-extending kiss from Condesce. Icatus Gritch is a blood caste above GH, was a toddler at the time of the Sufferer's death, and is now old; GH was born centuries before that and has remained in his prime throughout all that time.
* ReligionOfEvil: Played with a bit with the Mirthful Messiahs.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Grand Highblood and The Condesce are quite fond of this.
* RhymesOnADime: Dyemene and Dyemar speak this way. They both switch from rhyming the end of each two lines to rhyming the first/third and second/fourth lines.
* RightBehindMe: Gamzee tries to message his friends. Nobody replies, then:
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-->??: [[SmugSnake Did you know, you’re horrible at faking sleep.]]
* {{Room101}}: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Trap.]]
* RunningGag: Vanate does not have any pants, nor is he likely to acquire any in the near future.
* SadisticChoice: The signing of the Sul; Gamzee has to choose between the possibility of his friends being captured and similarly tortured or his own soul being bound forever to the Highblood, and it's probable that this is standard practice for the binding of new Kin.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Being as wealthy as the Lalondes is useful for persuading people not to notice the trolls.
* SelfMadeOrphan: The Grand Highblood killed his own lusus and gave it to the Condesce for Gl’bgolyb, and also killed his own ancestor, the previous Grand Highblood.
* SeparatedAtBirth: Gamzee and Feferi.
* SexSlave: Poor, poor Gamzee.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Tavros now has functioning robolegs and big sparkly wings, and mention is made of John having been a fat kid before he started weightlifting and cut down on cake.
* ShipperOnDeck: The Sufferists ship Nepeta/Karkat, and want her to follow in the Disciple's footsteps. Since she dated and broke up with him before the gang ran away, she's not best pleased, particularly when Lereal expects her to abandon all her other quadrants for him.
** Gamzee has become one with regards to Sollux and Feferi's moirallegiance, because he fears himself and Feferi being stuck in a PairTheSpares situation and repeating their parents' relationship.
* ShockSite: This is where one would usually find "'rails-with-pails" pornography in troll society. The Condesce lets some stay up because it's her favourite kink, but the makers tend to get executed for giving the population ideas. We actually see one, and by human standards it's nothing worse than confusing but the trolls are horrified.
* ShoutOut: Heavy musical influence is noticeable, particularly if one is familiar with the fanmix, and the sidechapters are titled with song lyrics.
** Callback to ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' with "Hands full of bulges and heads full of empty" and "What's pumpkin?"
** The Trap sequence is reminiscent of ''Literature/{{Coraline}}.''
** Gartel'z voize iz zimilar to [[{{Redwall}} the Monitorz]], knife collector Tsukey Morney's Trollian handle is burrowingFarrago (also a reference to ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''), and Jade makes reference to ''Taggerung'' while offering to teach Tavros to sing to cure his stammer.
** Sollux lends Gamzee his [[FanFic/{{Brainbent}} Fucking Ugly Stuffed Bee]].
** There are two thousand, four hundred and sixty Kin, making Gamzee [[Literature/LesMiserables prisoner 2460 + 1]].
** One to ''Film/AKnightsTale'' by way of the WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum [[{{Irony}} Disturbing Acts of Violence Department]]: Vanate's "entrails turned extrails".
** "[[{{WebComic/Digger}} I'll write my spirit's name on the inside of its skin. In purple ink.]]"
** One of the Kin makes a reference to Vermillion Lies' "Circus Apocalypse" in a q&a.
** The [[SomethingPositive Alternian Floorportal Logmonster]].
** ''Reprise'' was named as such after EmilieAutumn's song "Gaslight (Reprise)". Tsukey is shown wearing [[spoiler:and later garrotted with one of her]] striped stockings in a reference to ''The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls'', and she [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpJkCti8IL0 speaks in third person]].
** The reclusive Tsukey Morney's sigil is an outlined jigsaw piece, in a reference to the autism pride symbol. (Author Chel is on the spectrum.)
** John suggests Equius fix the problem of constantly breaking his bows by building a [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Piecemaker]].
** "[[SCPFoundation Do bees know they are bees?]]"
** When the humans are shown a picture of the Grand Highblood, the hair and codpiece cue a {{Labyrinth}} shoutout.
** Ganmed's fanfic focuses on a "[[MarySue Mayree Tseouh]]" character.
* {{Shotacon}}: Gamzee is actually a legal adult, but Condesce likes to pretend he isn't, and [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/44853854822/hi-names-pyeran-kousta-least-i-think-that-was not all the Kin were]], though author {{Squick}} means no graphic details will be given about the younger ones, and a q&a demonstrates that there was at least severe creepiness going on between GH and Condesce when he was five sweeps old (the equivalent of about twelve).
* ShowerOfAngst: When Gamzee is still allowed to shower.
* SickeninglySweethearts: The Grand Highblood and the Condesce seem to be a borderline example of this; they're very loving with each other with pet names and everything, but nothing over the top. It becomes less borderline and a bit more disturbing when you take into account that they're supposed to be [[PlatonicLifePartners moirails]].
* SlasherSmile: Gamzee is traumatised enough to interpret Feferi's normal smile as one of these, because of an unfortunate family resemblance.
* SlapSlapKiss: Eridan and Feferi switch quadrants on a regular basis, but she dumps him from all of them after hearing what he said to Gamzee.
* SlaveBrand: The Makara and Peixes symbols were carved into the back of Gamzee's neck in the style of the now-obsolete traditional slave marks (troll slavery was banned when enough other species were conquered to be used instead), along with words translated from the ConLang Alternian as "slut", "pet", "rape toy", "pail", and "worthless". The final brand, "namoha", translates as "one who is owned by a higher", and binds him forever to the Highblood; should he die, he will end up as one of the Kin.
* SlippingAMickey: Gamzee was drugged to prevent his natural indigoblood rages and to slow his mind enough to stop him escaping. Luckily, he'd been [[TheStoner taking sopor slime all his life]] and built up a resistance, so it didn't work for long.
* SpiritAdvisor: The Kin are this to Gamzee.
* StealthPun: Preosh's trolltag is [[OneWingedAngel OnewingedAngelfish]].
** Orphaner Dualscar leaves an OrphanedPunchline.
** The [[http://www.asexuality.org/home/ Aconcupiscent Invisibility and Education Network]].
* StepfordSmiler: The Condesce. She giggles and coos over Gamzee like he's a puppy, when we all know exactly what she intends to do with him. It's incredibly creepy. She also demands he become one; [[GlasgowGrin see above for what happens when he doesn't]].
* StopWorshippingMe: Karkat and company do not like being thought of as messiahs, particularly when Lereal takes their protestations as modesty rather than truth.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Karkat and Kanaya are both mildly freaked out to realise they're bordering on caliginous flirting when arguing about Gamzee and Eridan.
* StylisticSuck: Ganmed's [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/47467391830/hey-ganmed-whats-your-opinion-of-the-grand-highblood ConscriptionFiction works]].
* TakeThatUs: "Your name is GAMZEE MAKARA, though for a while now you have been wishing it WASN’T, because the AUTHORS of this fanfic are a pair of SADISTS."
* TeacherStudentRomance: Equius and Eridan think this is what's going on with Gamzee; trolls don't have an incest taboo, so the fact that said teacher is his biological father doesn't matter. Meanwhile, Equius is oblivious to the fact that his own teacher has plans to attempt a kismesissitude with him, and Eridan's attempts to seduce his own teacher went unnoticed.
* ThatManIsDead: Sollux knows that his ancestor is the Psiioniic, but not that the Psiioniic is actually the Helmsman he's been talking to. The Helmsman 'helpfully' tells him that the Psiioniic is dead and that he (the Helmsman) saw him die. Which is [[ExactWords technically true]], but still kind of dickish.
* TickleTorture: Inflicted on Gamzee in the guise of a game during the "normal" phase of his life with the Highblood, in order to both render him more susceptible to a random GroinAttack and [[RefugeInAudacity make him feel too stupid to complain]]. He made the mistake of mentioning it to Equius and Eridan, killing their ability to take his complaints seriously.
* ThirdPersonPerson: [[spoiler:Tsukey.]]
* ToThePain:
-->"You want to know what it was like? How about I tear your MOTHERFUCKING HORN out of your MOTHERFUCKING SKULL and SHOVE IT up your MOTHERFUCKING SEEDFLAP so you can FIND OUT?"
** Karkat threatens that if he meets Gamzee's bloodlink he will "rip his bulge out with my fucking teeth and nail it to his forehead", and tells Equius and Eridan that if they upset Gamzee again he's "handing you over to Her Imperious Bitchness with shiny Twelfth Perigee's Eve bows on your horns".
** If Gamzee or Eridan hurt Nepeta again, Equius will "skin you both with the claw side of my hammer".
* ToiletHumor: "Haha, you said flush."
* TokenMiniMoe: Pyeran, the youngest Trap victim.
* TheToothHurts: A particularly unpleasant scene involving a file.
* TortureTechnician: The BigBad couple like to do their own wet work.
* {{Transsexual}}: Gamzee is confirmed by WordOfGod as genderfluid, which isn't really a known thing in troll society. Since he also has an unfortunate unrelated biological quirk which made him react more strongly to penetration than most male trolls, he's convinced it makes him a disgusting mutant. [[spoiler:Sennir, born "Sennah", tells him off for thinking so.]] It also means he can't devote himself to his preferred spirit; only female trolls are allowed to follow her, and standard practice for those in his situation is to commit suicide and beg the gods to reincarnate them in more appropriate forms. Meanwhile, FTM Dave has his own problems.
* [[HumanSacrifice Troll Sacrifice]]: Normal part of the Mirthful Messiahs' worship. GH is breaking the rules by keeping the ghosts.
* TwoFaced: Sennir has all the flesh on one side of his face and neck ripped off, as it was at the point of his death. Aradia, in this 'verse, was injured less severely in the roleplaying accident, with only one side of her body damaged, and is now a cyborg.
* TykeBomb: GH and the Handmaid were only about six sweeps old when they teamed up with Condesce to battle her ancestor.
* UndignifiedDeath: Poor, poor Vanate. Dualscar doesn't come out too well either.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Gamzee to ''himself;'' GH's offhanded comments about how effeminate Gamzee is set him off thinking about it. He actually is nonbinary, but currently unaware there's a word for it.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Bucketdrinker" as an insult, and "gutbucket" as a CountryMatters equivalent. Dave refers to bone bulges as "dayglo banana slugs".
* VerySpecialEpisode: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/63075703014/sennir-which-do-you-think-has-been-better-for-you No, really.]]
* VillainSong: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/40249089119/id-like-to-thank-astra-aurora-from-livejournal Two]] [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/40512477493/astra-aurora-from-lj-is-on-a-roll-it-seems so far]].
* WaxingLyrical: The titles of the sidestories:
** The story where [[spoiler: the Grand Highblood kills the Handmaid after the Condesce manipulates him]] is called 'Road To Ruin Paved With Pins', a direct lyric from {{Angelspit}}'s song "Paint Hell Red". Doubles as FridgeBrilliance, because with all the deaths the Handmaid caused in the new Alternia, she was certainly painting hell (with blood), and after [[spoiler: she dies]], the Grand Highblood [[spoiler: paints with her blood, which is red(ish).]] In addition, the first line of the chorus is 'beat at the head 'til you run red, girl'. [[spoiler: And the Grand Highblood does exactly that... well, after breaking her neck, but still.]]
** The story telling Redglare's story as Mindfang kills her is called 'Be Reticent Of Fortunes They Foretell', a line from Seether's song "No Jesus Christ".
** The story where the Grand Highblood and the Condesce talk, in great detail, about the tortures they plan to inflict on Karkat and friends is called 'Give Good Hands To Trashy Tricks', a line from the Vocaloid song 'Hold, Release; Rakshasa and Carcasses'.
** The story where Karkat and friends meet and join the Sufferists is called 'By The Dim And Flaring Lamps', a line from the hymn "Battle Hymn Of The Republic".
** The story where Dualscar tries to betray Mindfang is called '5 AM Friday Morning', a lyric from Music/ToriAmos' song "Me And A Gun".
** The story where Eridan is accused of prostitution and falls out with Preosh is called "Aisuru Koto O Shiranai", a line from Kamui Gakupo's song 'SPICE!' (It translates as "I don't know a thing about love").
** The story where Eridan has a nightmare is called "I Guess Karma Comes Back Around", a line from Jessie J's song "Nobody's Perfect".
** The story where [[spoiler: The Condesce cuts the Psiioniic's superfluous organs out and makes him eat them]] is called "What Perfection, What Precision", lines from "Legal Assassin", from RepoTheGeneticOpera.
** The story where [[spoiler: Dawn becomes Dave]] is called "Spend Ages Taking Hairpins From My Hair", a line from TheWho's song "I'm A Boy".
** The story where Nepeta, Sollux and Vriska rescue Equius is called "Please Don't Bet That You'll Ever Escape Me", a line from Gladys Knight's song [[Film/LicenseToKill "License To Kill"]].
** The story where Rose and Jade pretend to date and end up dating for real is called "Ah, You Make Me Happy", a line from "[=PonPonPon=]" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
** The story where Mindfang gets the Grand Highblood to persuade Dualscar into giving her Mindfang is called "Slip Her A Smile", a line from 'Girl With One Eye', by FlorenceAndTheMachine.
** The story where Darkleer meets the Disciple is called "My Black Eye Casts No Shadow", a line from 'Kiss With A Fist' by FlorenceAndTheMachine.
* WeaponOfChoice: Gartel has a KillerYoyo, Preosh a [[EpicFlail double-hook flail]], Tsukey a [[KnifeNut knife collection]], and Ganmed a SimpleStaff topped with a wolf skull.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Lereal Belsai.
* WHAMLine: "Perhaps we'll get him a moirail, so he can carry it on properly." (More of one for Gamzee than the audience.)
** Eridan, when accused of being incapable of understanding why someone wouldn't want sex: [[spoiler:"Don't be fuckin' stupid, a' course I didn't ''wwant'' to!"]]
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:The Kin chew Gamzee out for his abuse of Equius and Eridan.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[http://hivefled.tumblr.com/post/42618285358/fanfic-i-cant-do-this-on-my-own Also sadly non-canon]].
* WigDressAccent: The four trolls with the smallest horns dress up as humans, with hats, facepaint, and gloves (in June).
* WingedHumanoid: Tavros inherited the Summoner's mutation.
* WouldHurtAChild: Yeah. Poor Pyeran.
* XMeetsY: ''Homestuck'' meets ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom''. Then the victims escape and hang out with ''TheBradyBunch'', and the contrast is probably not going to end well.
* {{Yandere}}: The Condesce had flushed feelings for the Psiioniic, and decided her best course of action was to wire him into her ship's engine forever and rape him repeatedly over the course of several hundred years. [[spoiler:Not to mention kidnapping and raping Laneen, who looked like Psiioniic and may or may not have been their daughter, and [[BodyHorror surgically installing a second pair of horns on her to increase the resemblance]].]] Similarly, GH killed the Handmaid when things didn't work out, and [[ILoveTheDead did things with the corpse]]. A case of InsaneTrollLogic from actual insane trolls.
* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Comes up when the trolls encounter the human kids.
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