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Characters: Brainbent

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Karkat Vantas

  • Covert Pervert/Yuri Fan: Possibly, if the following is of any indication:
    I DONíT KNOW WHAT ROSE AND KANAYA ARE DOING. THEYíRE PROBABLY HOLED UP IN THEIR ROOM SMEARING VICKS VAPO-RUB ALL OVER EACH OTHER OR SOMETHING.
    UH.
    I MEAN.
    SHIT YOU DIDNíT HEAR THAT.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As in canon, but unlike in canon it's treated a genuine disorder. He's so mired in free-floating aggression and self-hate that he can't function, directing his rage either outward (and getting into fights he can't win) or inward (where it tears him up and flattens his self-esteem).
  • Hates Being Touched: As Gamzee discovered, to the dismay of both. One story demonstrates that Karkat doesn't much like seeing others touched against their will, either.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Or so he hopes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be blunt, tactless, abrasive, vocally opposed to social interaction and have a nitro-glycerine temper, but beneath all the yelling he's a deeply compassionate guy, tuned in with the emotional states of people he cares for, wanting to see them happy, and tragically convinced his presence just gets in the way.
  • Messy Hair: Because he's constantly pulling at it.
  • Mixed Ancestry: His mom is from India and came to the US when she was a kid, while he refers to his dad as "a redneck", implying that he's bi-racial.
  • Mommy Issues: Probably only rivaled by Rose's. A good deal of Karkat's identity and temperament issues can be traced back to his emotionally abusive relationship with his mother (for starters, it's hinted that he smothers all emotions save incandescent rage because otherwise his feelings would be used as proof that he's "something [he's] not"). Eventually his mother seems to make efforts towards getting her own temper under control, which only mires Karkat deeper in self-loathing for not being able to improve himself accordingly.
  • The Napoleon: His height is one of (many) Berserk Buttons for him, not helped by the fact that he's often hunched over.
  • Red-Headed Hero: His official hair color is black, but it's usually rendered as red for symbolic reasons.
  • Self Harm: Some of his self-destructive habits, such as the time he got into a fist fight a cinderblock wall, fall into this territory, especially whenever they're used as an outlet for his anger.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside
  • Transsexual: He's a trans guy. There are very few patients who know, such as Dave, who was assigned to room with him precisely because the staff knew he wouldn't give a fuck; Jade, who is the glad recipient of all the girly clothes Karkat gets, and possibly Rose and Vriska.

Sollux Captor

John Egbert

Kanaya Maryam

Jade Harley

  • Badass Adorable: She's an excellent shot.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Bec, naturally (sans reality-warping powers - he's just an enormous fluffy white dog in this universe). He's not allowed in the institute, so she visits him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Due to having been raised by a survivalist.
  • Genki Girl
  • The Heart: Everyone openly admits to liking Jade, including Karkat. Even Vriska nearly punched Eridan's face in when he accidentally upset her.
  • Only Sane Man: She's not mentally ill, she just had a very unconventional upbringing and needs to be properly socialized.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Awesome survivalist, excellent shot. Basic social necessities not so much.
  • Skinny Dipping: YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! She is unaware cannon-balling into a stream minus clothes tends to surprise others somewhat. And may be illegal in Minnesota.

Gamzee Makara

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally extremely affable. But when he returned Karkat's opening punch, he knocked the kid flat and left a black eye that didn't fade for two weeks. Something prompted learning to hit like that.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In a completely non-hostile way. It's more like a Verbal Tic than anything else. Equius does not approve, however.
  • Cuddle Bug: Which causes some trouble with Karkat.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Friend to All Living Things: Bugs included.
  • Gentle Giant: Described as such at one point. He's incredibly tall but about as malicious as a fluffy pillow.
  • In the Blood: The story told from the point of view of his father, Ches, implies that some of Gamzee's issues are hereditary.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Once in a while. He's a total sweetheart, but doesn't always think before he acts or talks. This mostly comes out in his dealings with Karkat and Sollux, both of whom have more than their fair share of Berserk Buttons that he has an unfortunate habit of unintentionally hitting.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Calliope.
  • Harmful to Minors: When he was a kid he witnessed his father attack his mother after he found out she was seeing someone elsenote , and it's implied he repressed this memory.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's biracial.
  • Nice Guy
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Played for Laughs when he substitutes his usual casual F-bombs for "motherlovin'" in front of Calliope. Sollux is very shocked by this.
  • Ship Tease: With Sollux, consistently.
  • The Stoner: Albeit, currently cut off due to St. Lobaf regulations. Unlike in canon, this hasn't caused him to lose his normal good nature.
  • Sweet Tooth: The man loves cake. And Faygo.
  • Stepford Smiler: Gamzee's spacey teddy-bear persona sometimes hangs on by a thread. He once had a particularly bad morning and spent most of the day in the Troubled Fetal Position, weeping his eyes out.
  • Supreme Chef: Provided he can be prevented from adding certain prohibited substances...although apparently, he can cook pretty spectacular things that include them as ingredients. He's just not allowed.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In his mermaid Halloween costume. He mentions that he enjoys modeling for Kanaya, which suggests that he doesn't pay much attention to gender conventions when he gets a chance to dress up.
    • According to Kanaya, he "Has Excellent Taste in Womens Clothes And Terrible Taste In Mens"

Vriska Serket

  • Abusive Parents: It's heavily implied that her father was this.
  • Attention Whore: Part of her HPD. She "feels empty when no one's looking".
  • Base Breaker: She's not a lot less controversial in this Alternate Universe than she is in Homestuck proper, and since it's a fanfic, people who don't like her portrayal can complain that she's being written wrong. VastDerp has complained about the resulting deluge of fan opinions in his inbox.
  • Celeb Crush: On Nicolas Cage, like her troll counterpart. After John shows her Con Air, she could be heard singing "How Do I Live Without You" in the shower.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery
  • False Rape Accusation: She accused an ex-boyfriend of raping her because he dumped her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Her abrasive personality has led more than a few people to avoid her like the plague, though they do genuinely want her to get better.
  • The Hyena: Described as such in her character profile.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Revealed in her backstory, virtually everything about her current persona was copied from her Aunt Mindfang. As such she doesn't actually have much of a sense of self.
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: Many, many, many times. For just one example, her idea of an April Fool's prank was telling Nepeta that Grumpy Cat got hit by a car.
  • Never My Fault: A lot, just like in canon. A notable example is when she mocks Calliope for having severe burns on her face, prompting John, Dave and even Karkat to get angry at her. Her response? It can easily be summed up as "It's just a joke! Jeez, would you lighten up?" Another unfortunate conviction of hers is that when she does bad things, gets reprimanded, and apologises, the situation is then immediately fine again - the injured party has no reason to feel any animosity or wariness toward her and if they do, they're just being unfair. After all, she said sorry!
    • It's her biggest problem as a patient: she refuses to admit that she has a problem, and won't try helping herself. Then she turns around and gets upset that people are 'giving up on her'.
  • Pet the Dog: Most of her interactions with John.
  • Pirate Girl: She has a pirate costume and she wears it pretty much whenever she feels like it. Also she's missing an eye (and an arm) so she has a legitimate reason to wear an eyepatch.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Woe betide the man who dumps her.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Shrinking Violet: In her backstory, her original persona.

Dave Strider

  • Abusive Guardian: His brother, to put it mildly, is not fit to be a parent. A lot of Dave's problems stem from his refusal to admit this.
  • Celibate Hero/Asexuality: He's willing to talk (and joke) about sex and related issues in the abstract, but has yet to show any physical or romantic interest in any of the other characters, and he does not find the idea of having sex with anyone at all appealing.
  • Elective Mute: Goes "on strike" whenever he's under extreme stress and refuses to speak or interact with anyone, except occasionally Terezi and Nepeta.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Bro loses the hearing. Everyone knew it was coming except for Dave, who refused to consider the possibility.
  • Heroic Albino: Played straight and also deconstructed by showcasing the problems that real life albinos have because of their condition. Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement) and extreme sensitivity to light are among the worst of it.
  • Hidden Depths: He's also far more observant than some people realize. For instance, he already knows that Karkat is trans but doesn't feel it's worth commenting on, and Word of God is that they specifically placed them together because they knew he wouldn't care.
    • He can also be very astute at times. For example, after Rose tries to talk some sense into Vriska and fails, he tells Rose that while she was right, nobody likes being emotionally blackmailed into something, even if it's for their own good. After Rose admits that she was taking her anger out on Vriska for being so catty when she just wanted to help, Dave tells Rose that she thinks she has to know everything and fix everything to be worth anything. Rose is shocked and amazed, but admits that he's right.
  • Missing Time: Something he frequently experiences. On on occasion he accidentally cut his hand open while home alone and then lost time, meaning he could have bled to death and not known it.
  • Self Harm: Puts cigarettes out on his arm. Usually doesn't seem completely aware he's doing it.
  • Stepford Snarker
  • The Stoic: Verging on an Empty Shell after the custody hearing.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Justified, since he has very bad vision due to his albinism and is trying to hide his nystagmus.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour

Nepeta Leijon

  • Asperger's Syndrome: A fairly accurate portrayal, all things considered - she's more eccentric and socially awkward than anything, and it's considered a non-issue by the staff as long as it doesn't affect her day-to-day functioning.
  • Brown Note: Because of her sensory processing issues, she can have very strong negative reactions to mundane stimuli. She has a particular loathing for purple.
    • And whatever perfume Kanaya was wearing that day. Holy shit.
  • Cat Girl: With her outfit and persona. Biologically, she's completely human.
  • Cat Smile: She has a slight cleft lip in some of the art that gives this effect.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: One of her hobbies away from Lobaf's. Then there's her usual choice of accessories.
  • Expressive Shirt: Her hat occasionally mimics her moods.
  • Genki Girl: By Karkat's memorable description, "a permanently-erupting volcano of giggles".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Equius.
  • Nice Girl: She's rather eccentric, but extremely nice. She's also one of the few people Dave will willingly talk to when he's "on strike" besides Terezi specifically because she's so nice.
  • Noodle Incident: Played for Drama with what put her in St. Lobaf's in the first place. All we hear is that she had an emotional meltdown, which has never been described in detail, nor has said incident ever visited in Brainbent canon. Played for Laughs when someone asks how she got in and she goes into a tangent about how she "jacked a police cruiser" and goes on to describe a crime she (allegedly) committed. She was probably just joking (or roleplaying) though.
  • Not Good with People: Mild Type One. She's friendly and kind-hearted, but she has trouble fitting in among "normal" people and keeping up with social trends. She also likes animals.
  • Shipper on Deck

Rose Lalonde

  • The Alcoholic
  • Brass Balls: As pointed out by several readers, it took some serious courage for her to admit that she has a problem, walk away from her privileged life and get help.
  • Broken Ace: She was at least on the verge of becoming one - rich, intelligent, and accomplished, but full of hidden insecurities, parental ambivalence, and substance abuse issues. Unusually for the trope, she's actually getting help.
    • Dave also points out that Rose feels like she has to be an Ace to have any worth at all. Rose concedes the point.
  • Broken Bird
  • The Mad Hatter: Going to St. Lobaf's was her idea - she recognized she had problems.
  • Mommy Issues: Her mother never physically abused her, but what she did do was endlessly criticise young Rose, thus destroying her self-esteem.
  • Only Sane Man: Often. She's even this from her canon character by being more honest with herself and trying to help others with their own issues.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
  • Yaoi Fangirl

Eridan Ampora

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Feferi. Unlike in canon, he realizes he's got no chance - but a man can dream, right?
  • Abusive Parents: From what we've heard, his father's a massive dick.
  • All of the Other Reindeer
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's clearly a troubled young man, but his official diagnosis hasn't been established.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: In his backstory, he got fed up with being bullied, and then decided to strike back, so he went to school dressed as his LARP character and broke the jaw of the first guy to give him shit about it. The main reason he got sent to Lobaf is that school officials feared they might have a potential school shooting on their hands.
  • The Dandy: A bit. At least, he is unusually style-conscious for a teenage boy.
  • Drama Queen: Apparently, when a cold epidemic swept through St. Lobaf's, he spent all of his time lying in bed with his hands folded over his chest funeral-style because he was convinced he was going to die. From a cold.
  • Giftedly Bad: As a writer of amateur fantasy fiction. Gamzee seems to like his work, but Gamzee seems to like everything. Eridan does have potential - it takes genuine talent to write prose that purple - but he's in dire need of constructive criticism and the confiscation of his thesaurus.
  • Hipster: And by that token...
    • Straw Vegetarian: Atypical dietary habits/needs aren't uncommon at St. Lobaf's (for instance, Nepeta is very particular about the arrangement of her food due to her sensitivity to textures; Equius and WV are entirely pleasant vegetarians; and Gamzee has strong feelings about varieties of dessert). Really, nobody would have a problem with Eridan going vegan...if he didn't walk around trying to cram his moral superiority for doing so down everyone's throats.
  • Insistent Terminology: Eridan would like you to know that he owns an actual fedora, as opposed to those 'modern reimaginations a the fuckin trilby'.
  • Likes Older Women: He has a crush on Feferi, who in this universe is in her early thirties.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: His parents are pretty well-off, which fuelled a lot of the bullying he endured in school.
  • Megane: Unlike his canonical counterpart (who eventually fell into Four Eyes, Zero Soul territory), Eridan here is a shy, dorky, mildly annoying nerd with no genocidal ambitions, although he does have a dark side.
  • No Social Skills: Not in the "Good lord, were you raised by alien robot wolves?" sense, but he's suffering from a bad case of adolescent pretentiousness and he lacks tact.
  • Speech Impediment: He has a stutter.

Staff

Equius Zahhak

  • The Big Guy: He is STRONG. And has a tendency to break knitting needles.
  • Brass Balls: See Nice Guy, below. It takes a lot of STRENGTH to turn away from your life in the face of everyone else's disapproval.
  • By The Book Dorm Supervisor
  • Comically Serious
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: His backstory pre-St. Lobaf.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He does not curse and disapproves of cursing in others.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Platonic version, with Nepeta.
  • Hyper Awareness: He notes that he's recently become very aware of his surroundings, noticing every little detail and looking for signs that something might be amiss with the people around him.
  • Nice Guy: To the point that he walked out of his old life because he wanted to do something that would actually help people, and he felt guilty because he had so much while others had so little when they were doing so much more than him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He recently took up knitting and writes poetry. He also has a Suspiciously Specific Denial about how the terribly clashing colors on Terezi's dress is no business of his.
  • Riches to Rags: Actually invoked it himself: he went from his comfortable existence to being the nurse in a mental institution, and he's just fine with it.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He's not the most approachable of individuals, between his social awkwardness, overly-serious manner, and sheer size, but he's kind in his way and has a STRONG desire to help people.
  • Team Dad: Rose even tells him that he'd make a good parent in one story.

Tavros Nitram

  • Adorkable: Very much so.
  • Badass Adorable: Doesn't often get a chance to show it, but he's had his moments.
    People who really know him will also talk about the time he went jousting at the local renfest and unhorsed every re-enactor that dared come up against him. And then broke his nose on the dismount. There are photos on the internet of Tavros Nitram smiling and throwing the horns, grinning through a curtain of crimson from both nostrils and both eyes already swelling up, surrounded by astonished and horrified people in corsets.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's doing quite well now, but in the past he's faced homophobia, bullying, depression, a permanent spinal cord injury, and a (failed, obviously) suicide attempt.
  • Friend to All Children: He's specializing in child and adolescent psychology, and his character introduction mentions that he gets along well with younger people, although they tend to think he's kind of a dork (probably because he is a dork).
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not a victim, he's a survivor.
  • Nice Guy
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's had a hard life, but his cheer shows regardless.
  • Youthful Freckles

Dr. Terezi Pyrope

  • Asian and Nerdy: A mild example, and it's stated she played Dungeons & Dragons in high school.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's the same cackling weirdo she was in the source material and once spontaneously ran off the grounds to locate and institutionalize Stephanie Meyer, but is still a mature and effective therapist.
  • Cool Shades
  • In-Series Nickname: "Doctor Tongue", she was also called "Tiny Asian Doogie Houser" by her college buddies.
  • Improbable Age: 34, which isn't too far fetched for a psychologist, but being chief of staff for an entire institution is (which is lampshaded).
  • Noodle Incident: The incident that spawned her aforementioned "Doctor Tongue" nickname. She thinks the rumors are hilarious.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: There are several references to her wearing colors that clash badly or outfits that just don't go together, but people cut her some slack due to her blindness. It's also implied that she may be doing this intentionally. According to Equius:
    Her dress is awful, teal and vivid red, and you suppose she chose it for the loudness of the colors. You have no idea where a woman might buy something so terrible. Surely no company would deliberately create such a dress, not that it is any business of yours.

Feferi Peixes

Penelope Messenger (PM)

  • Official Couple: With WV
  • Plucky Girl: Most likely, although she hasn't made enough appearances to know much about her personality. Her intro mentions that she "rules the front desk with an iron fist" and is capable of taking on Feferi.

William Valentine (WV)

Others

Aradia Megido

Fucking Ugly Stuffed Bee (FUSB)

  • Companion Cube
  • Punny Name: Tavros intended to call it "Beeatrice."
  • Series Mascot: To the point where it shows up in other fanfics that aren't set in the Brainbent universe.
  • Ugly Cute: invoked Tavros was trying for "comforting" and wound up with "nightmarish", though still kind of adorable.

Pollux "Pol" Captor and Clubs Deuce

Mr. Egbert

Casey Egbert

"Bro" Strider

  • Children Raise You: Serious aversion. Raising his much-younger brother hasn't taught Bro how to be a responsible adult, and the results aren't pretty.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Apparently Bro never learned that saying you're sorry doesn't magically fix everything, nor does it instantly redeem you.
  • Douchebag Albino
  • Hidden Depths: While he's built up as a reprehensible toolbox for most of the AU, it's hinted here and there that he feels guilty over what the separation is putting Dave through, and does recognize on some level that he's an unfit parent.
  • Lethal Chef: His meals are inedible slop cobbled together from whatever's lying around, which is why Dave got into the habit of stashing food wherever he went.
  • Man Child: Deconstructed. Bro's a single parent in his early thirties with the apparent maturity, responsibility, and domestic aptitude of a teenager, and this affects Dave badly.
  • Not as You Know Them: Word of God is that in this AU, Bro and Dirk are two different characters. There is a level of Early-Installment Weirdness at play here, since this version of Bro was created before Dirk was introduced and based on an interpretation of Bro that has little in common with Dirk.
  • Parental Neglect: Leaves Dave home alone for hours or even days at a stretch, convinced that the kid can take care of himself. Dave has often gone without food and accidentally injured himself and had nobody to care for him.
  • Really Gets Around: Makes his living through homemade porn, both puppet-related and traditional. And that's not counting his lengthy series of girlfriends.
  • The Stoner

Rona Lalonde

  • Abusive Parents: Actually subverted, according to Word of God. Mrs. Lalonde is well-intentioned, but wasn't prepared for a daughter and doesn't know how to raise her. As with the source material, a lot of her abuse and neglect is actually due to Rose's warped perception of her mother and Rona's exasperation with their passive-aggressive spats.
  • The Alcoholic
  • Broken Pedestal: To Rose, big time.

Mindfang

  • Biker Babe
  • Cool Aunt: Vriska certainly thinks so. She could also be seen as a deconstruction; Vriska thought she was cool and sought to be like her, which led to Vriska suffering from most of the problems she has now.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Subverted, she legally changed her name.

Dante

Calliope

  • Big Brother Bully: Caliborn has been referenced twice on the blog (first when Gamzee mentions a picture of him in Calliope's sketchbook and second when an ACTUAL picture of him she drew is seen). While so far he hasn't made an actual appearance, what little we have seen and heard of him implies that Calliope's afraid of him.
  • Cheerful Child: As time goes on, she seems to be getting more like this.
  • The Cutie: She is adorable.
  • Harmful to Minors: We don't know what happened to her, but given that she's a small child, has a lot of scars and she's getting psychiatric help, she probably ran into this trope.
  • Imaginary Enemy: This update implies that The Felt/Leprechauns are this for her.
    TC: WhOoOoOa. :oO
    TC: AnD yOuírE sAyIn ThEsE jOkErS aRe AlL wAtChInG yOu AnD sTufF?
    TC: DaNg, BrIgHtEyEs, ThAtíS bEiNg StRaIgHt Up CrEePy.
    UU: ^u^
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Gamzee and presumably WV as well.
  • In Universe Nickname: Gamzee calls her "Bright Eyes", for good reason. Vriska calls her the less nice "Kruger8a8y".
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Her sketchbook slips into this occasionally (the aforementioned leprechauns and Caliborn pictures, for example). Possibly justified as drawing might be part of her therapy.
  • The Silent Bob: She hasn't spoken in canon. Her only line that doesn't consist of a single ellipsis is a smile (^u^).
    • When asked a question directly, she was perfectly willing to answer it... via written-out sign.
    • Possibly justified by her injuries, which are on her mouth. Either she can't talk, or her mask renders her unintelligible.
  • Two-Faced: Rare cute sympathetic female example. She has burn scars on the lower half of her face, which she normally covers with a decorated surgical mask.
  • The Woobie: She's been through a disfiguring serious injury and she's currently getting psychiatric help. It's safe to say she hasn't had the easiest time of it lately.
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