Characters: Homestuck Agents And Monarchs
The agents of Derse and Prospit and the royalty of those planets.
For the troll universe's version of Jack Noir, Draconian Dignitary, Courtyard Droll, Hegemonic Brute, see the Midnight Crew section in the Exiles pages
. For their version of the Black Queen, see Snowman of the Felt
For other notable Prospitan and Dersite characters, including post-Exile versions of the White Queen and White King, see the Exiles
Tropes common to all Prospitians and Dersites
- The Ageless They have only been shown to die from external causes, and seemingly cannot die of old age. They're even fairly tolerant of injuries, starvation, and dehydration. In fact, there's no indication that the exiled carapaces even ate or drank anything for several hundred years.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of chess pieces. Averted with some other pieces, like rooks and bishops, which exclusively appear on the Battlefield and seem much more monstrous than other carapaces.
- Ascended Extra: Both as a whole, they've become very popular, and In-Universe, where a few carapaces will be exiled and advise players from their former homeworld, and then rebuild civilization with other, unseen, exiles.
- Bishonen Line: Odd usage related to hands. High ranking agents like Jack Noir and the Royalty of each planet have clearly distinct fingers while pawns like WV have more claw like hands. Inverted with their teeth though; high ranks have sharp teeth but low ranks have pretty much human teeth.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Averted, though their skin are semi-segmented hard carapaces, with edges and complex joints, this does nothing to their durability, as they suffer from wounds in a nigh-identical manner to humans and trolls. They do have internal genitals and Non Mammalian Mammaries, but they have skeletons too, and organs seemingly all in the normal places, meaning overall they're pretty human.
- Fan Nickname: "Carapaces" to refer to both races as a whole, and extrapolating from that, "Carapeople."
- Ascended Meme: They eventually start to be referred to as Carapacians as a whole in Act 6.
- Fantastic Caste System: Follows basically from chess rules. There is only one pair of royalty per planet, a small number of archagents, and a massive number of pawns below them.
- Five-Bad Band: The Dersite Agents and the Black Queen somewhat align to this. Without the queen, the Agents are more of a Quirky Miniboss Squad. At least until things go Off the Rails.
- The Black Queen is the Big Bad of Derse, and the Dark Chick.
- Jack Noir is The Dragon, with heavy The Starscream tendencies.
- The Hegemonic Brute is The Brute.
- The Draconian Dignitary and Courtyard Droll make five, but the Evil Genius is Jack, and there is already a "chick". The Droll has more chick-like tendencies than the queen, but is not really dark chick-like. The Dignitary is another level of The Dragon, this time to Jack.
- Funny Animal Anatomy: Follow in Hussie's words "cartoon logic" in that guys don't have to wear clothes, but girls do. Word of God is that they have internal genitals.
- Man Child: The higher you go up the castes, the more mature they seem. Jack Noir acts like a teenager, the Courtyard Droll and Wayward Vagabond act like young children, and the Royalty of each planet act more or less like adults.
- Women Are Wiser: With exception to some of the pawns in WV's army, all female Carapacians are shown to be more intelligent and less prone to random bouts of silliness. That's not to say they're necessarily kinder however; the Black Queen in normal sessions is quite The Chessmaster, and is arguably more of the Big Bad than the Black King.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Black for Prospitians, White for Dersites, neither having pupils.
- Non Mammalian Mammaries: Unlike the trolls, it happened because fan speculation pegged PM as female, and Hussie said "Why not," and it spiraled from there. Originally, they were intended to be all male, save the Queen. Not true for all women though, as there have been several shown and identified female pawns that are completely flat.
- Ring of Power: The two Queen's Rings and the two King's Staves can prototype any carapace, giving them strong reality warping abilities, as well as conferring on them the features of the things that were prototyped, ie, jesters, cats, various animals, impaled crows, First Guardians...
- MacGuffin: In addition, the White Staff can be used to start the Reckoning, and is used to do that by the forces of Derse in an ordinary session. The players then have 24 hours to defeat the Black King and capture the Black Staff, which wins the game.
- Sidequest Sidestory: Most Carapaces are irrelevant to the game, but nonetheless are sentient and can interact with the players, and have their own stories going on. However, two Dersites in particular are ways to eliminate the final bosses, avoiding direct combat. These sidequests are only triggered under unknown circumstances, apparently when the resentment of the Royalty by the two becomes unbearable, and may not occur in a session.
- Jack Noir (and to a lesser extent the Archagents under him) functions as backdoor means to eliminate the Black Queen due to his ambitions. In both the Pre-Scratch Human session and the Post-Scratch Troll's session, he eliminated the Black Queen through direct power grab and a coup d'etat, respectively.
- WV also serves as a backdoor means of eliminating the Black King. According to Word of God, there is always a rebellious soldier in every session. Seems to also be That One Sidequest in that it's far more difficult to interact with him on Skaia, while Jack Noir actively seeks out players. At any rate, he hasn't pulled it off in either session shown so far.
- The Voiceless: Odd usage. Carapaces clearly can speak and have done so in commands, narration, and game sequences, but nonetheless they never speak in chat logs. The Mayor is noted to never speak, but is able to convey meaning. It is unknown if he is mute, or if it was a joke based on the previous.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Generic pawns look completely identical. Non-combat pawns vary more in their appearance. Justified as they are produced by cloning facilities in the Veil.
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Jack Noir/Sovereign Slayer/Bec Noir/The Cancer
The three forms of Jack Noir note
The Archagent of the Dark Kingdom of Derse, he watches events from his CUBICLE OF VIGILANCE. Within the game, he functions as a non-standard way to get rid of the Black Queen, and should players collaborate with him, they can avoid a tough fight at the end of the game, though they should also be cautious that he doesn't turn on them.
The trolls' iteration went on to become Spades Slick
, leader of the Midnight Crew, after helping the Prospitian trolls exile the Black Queen. The post-scratch iteration also has his own subsection below.
The pre-scratch version was humiliated by the Black Queen by a succession of increasingly humiliating dress code changes. It didn't end well for her
. Or for anyone else, for that matter
- Achilles' Heel: Besides the omnipotence, which definitely sucks for everyone, the Bec prototyping did actually grant Jack something that can only be beneficial to the protagonists; he possesses a fierce subconscious loyalty to Jade and is completely unable to bring himself to harm her. Also he has this weird obsession with dog treats.
- This eventually came back to haunt him - Jade and Dave fought him together and Dave outright abuses this weakness by shielding himself with Jade. So Jack is pretty much in a battle he can only escape from.
- After that, he was stuck following Jade around like a lost puppy and obeying her commands because of his loyalty.
- After that, while he was able to engineer a way to kill her, his loyalty made her carry her dying body to her Quest Bed, allowing her to survive and ascend to God Tier.
- Allergic to Love: Both versions of Jack have shown disgust and hatred towards red romance, so it's not all that surprising that when he falls for an angry PM, his first reaction is to run.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Jack loves to murder people. He cares very little even for his comrades, and even his idea of consoling someone is kind of paltry at best.
- Pre-scratch Jack does display some kindness to Jade... of a sort, and only really because Bec's prototyping essentially Brainwashed Jack. Even then, he's still kind of a jerk. When his form of kindness is not immediately killing someone, well, that says a lot.
- And Then What?: Faces this dilemma after being prototyped with Bec. Killing and destruction are the only ways he knows to pass the time, but he has to be careful so that he doesn't accidentally destroy everything with his omnipotence, because then there will be nothing left for him to destroy. However just as he's run out of things to blow up, PM shows up and Jack falls in love with her.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: His insatiable lust for destruction exists because he's the embodiment of the cancer in the kids' universe.
- Appeal to Force: The Black Queen is able to humiliate Jack only so long as she can overpower him; once he pulls out The Bunny, he overpowers and kills his queen without a second thought before stealing her Prototyping ring, leading to Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!.
- Axe Crazy: Although it's not always obvious at the beginning of a session, when he still has the Black Queen above him keeping it in check, he always descends into this if he has the opportunity.
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: He hates the outfits the Black Queen forces him to wear.
- Berserk Button: After the fourth prototyping, harming Jade eventually develops into this.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Both Spades Slick and B2 Jack Noir have "Terrier Fancy" as their Porn Stash, which puts a whole different spin on the main B1 Noir's instant attraction to PM.
- Big Bad: Handily usurps this role from the Black Queen and King in the Kids' session, and is the Big Bad of Act 4.
- Has the role usurped from him in turn in Act 5 where Doc Scratch (and by extension Lord English) proved to be the true Big Bad, whereas Jack is merely a very dangerous threat.
- Bishonen Line: He looked positively monstrous between John's One-Armed Harlequin prototyping, Dave's Seppucrow, and Rose's Eldritch Cat Princess etching their features onto him. After Bec is prototyped and Jade enters the medium, he loses the tentacles and cat features, and what was left of the harlequin outfit and becomes overall sleeker and meaner.
- However, when you see him up close in detail in [S] Cascade, he is one ugly, scary dog. So, averted.
- The Caligula: He already had the personality, then he got hold of the Black Queen's Ring and became the Sovereign Slayer. After being prototyped with Bec, he becomes even more unstable, and also has dog-like thoughts from time to time. And once he enters the troll's session, he doesn't hold anything back, destroying the troll's lands and then their Prospit and Derse while brutally murdering any dreamself who happens to be awake at the moment, as Tavros, Karkat, Feferi, and Nepeta find out the hard way.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Shades of this are creeping into his personality as of the fourth prototyping. Suffice it to say that the combination of limitless power and canine urges isn't doing much for his mental stability.
- Contrived Coincidence: Jack has a knack for arriving at exactly the wrong time. Justified though, because of Timey-Wimey Ball.
- Cool Shades: After the fourth prototyping, he steals Bro's as a trophy. Later on, he realizes taking clothing from dead enemies is stupid and takes them off.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he wants to be. Faced with an epic dual between him, Rose, and John, he... uses his teleportation power to warp behind John and stab him the back, killing him instantly. Likewise, rather than fight Vriska immediately, he first follows her trail back to finish off the other trolls, since they're an easier target and still pose a threat.
- Create Your Own Hero: Many times, with PM, Aradia, and all of the kids. It's fair to say that everyone who isn't directly killed by Jack becomes much more powerful because of his actions, and even some of the ones that he does kill become much more powerful.
- He's also partially the result of an attempt to invoke this by Vriska.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: According to Andrew Hussie. Although there are arguments for him being the inverse, simply not caring about genre or implications, and just wanting to destroy everything.
- By now this has been demonstrated multiple times. A nigh-unkillable God Tier player shows up the challenge him; does he accept? He does, but not before following her trail back to her hideout and slaughtering all of her non-God Tier friends. Two players show up to challenge him in order to get revenge for their murdered parents; just as the fight is starting, he teleports behind one of them and stabs them in the back. He encounters two more players, one of whom is his Achilles' Heel and he can't bring himself to harm. (check the banner at the top of the page) After trying to fight them directly for a bit, he redirects the attack from one player into her friend (banner again). Bottom line: Noir knows his tropes and subverts whenever possible.
- Though as counterpoints, sometimes he just blows things up for fun without thinking of the consequences, such as when he attacked WV's ship without taking precautions to secure the ring, or again where he ignores PM and the ring a second time.
- He also has a blind spot where John is concerned. He gives PM the package intended for John which bites him later, he kills him on his Quest Bed (ensuring his godhood), he seems befuddled that the Breeze keeps him from hunting down his scent, and he sucker stabs him in a fight that would've surely led to him doing something heroic and earning a more permanent death.
- He does learn from the incident where he killed John on his Quest Bed. Later, one iteration of Dave is sleeping, defenselessly, on his Quest Bed. Noir seems to wait until the precise moment when he wakes up and gets off the bed to slit his throat.
- And it works against him when he's savvy enough to get CD? to kill Jade, which by that time Jack had decided to not do.
- Distinguishing Mark: When Jack enters the troll universe, he's seen with a bloodied hand. This serves to distinguish the "future" Jack with the "present" Jack, who lacks the blood on his hand. The blood is eventually revealed to have come from WV.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Look at the rest of his tropes, then remember that Jack's reaction to Lord English's actions in Act6 Part 2 EOA was shock and fear.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Jack is bewildered that a little thing like murdering all her friends provokes such an Unstoppable Rage in PM.
- Evil Counterpart: The Midnight Crew was always one for Team Sleuth in the bonus material, with Spades Slick being the obvious counterpart to Problem Sleuth. Taken a step further here, with the fourth prototyping essentially the Evil Counterpart to Sepulchritude.
- Flash Step: Skilled enough with it to keep up with Bro and Davesprite at the same time, before he was prototyped with Bec.
- Foe Yay: His relationship with the Black Queen is a dead ringer for kismesisitude. Unlike Spades Slick & Snowman, though he kills his Black Queen before this can be shown.
- And now with PM after she followed him to get revenge. A stunned Jack ♥'s PM now, but PM ♠'s Jack.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a glorified paper-pusher to an nigh omnipotent Ax-Crazy One-Man Army who destroys planets.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Okay, his species has internal genitals, so he isn't showing anything but black carapace, but he's still a member of a normally-clothed race going around with only a scrap of clothing since he ripped off his gaudy uniform.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Evil, black, feathered wings, befitting his prophesied role in the Troll session as the Lord of all Angels.
- Grudging Thank You: After Mr. Egbert sets his hat on fire, sprays shaving cream all over it and stomps it into ruination, Jack allows him to leave. He really hated that hat.
- Handicapped Badass: The prototyping removed one of his arms, not that it seems to hinder him any.
- Hero Killer: He's already wiped out entire armies and planets, but killing Bro, one of the most badass characters in the story, qualifies him beyond a doubt. He then goes off to stab John through the heart and to kill another of Dave's timeline offshoots. Then, he stabs Mom, Dad and John (again).
- Possibly tops this in his brutal onscreen murders of the dreamselves of Feferi and Nepeta, two trolls who before playing Sgrub were capable of pulling whales around and murdering animals with no weapons at all.
- Not to mention reducing an entire army of Aradiabots to scrap metal, psychic powers and robotic strength be damned.
- To clarify with John and Rose, one was God Tier and wielding an Infinity Plus One Hammer, the other had gone Grimdark and was wielding the power of ancient Eldritch Abominations. John gets taken out seconds into the fight, and Rose doesn't last much longer than that.
- His total body count, roughly in order: the Black Queen, the Black King, WV's united Prospitian/Dersite army, most of the population of Prospit, Jade's dream self, Bro, numerous salamanders, John, an alternate Dave, Dad, Mom, John again, Rose, Dave, the Courtyard Droll, the White King, the White Queen, AR, mortally wounding WV, the entire army of Aradiabots, all the trolls' dreamselves save Vriska, all the inhabitants of the trolls' Prospit and Derse, all the inhabitants of the trolls' Lands, and every single instance of Earth's entire universe.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: After he becomes the Sovereign Slayer. It's quite telling how in the second recap, every mention of his motivation is followed by "only he knows."
- Honor Before Reason: When the Parcel Mistress hands over the White King's and Queen's crowns, he hands over Jade's package, just as he promised. Even though it contained the obscenely powerful weapon that precipitated his rise to power in the first place, and the Parcel Mistress certainly couldn't have forced Jack to give it up. This turns out to be a very bad idea.
- On the other hand, Andrew has suggested that he believed the bunny would remain under his control, regardless.
- Also, returning Bro's sword to Bro before engaging him in a fight. Obviously he could've killed Bro there and then, but he really wanted a compelling duel.
- Humanoid Abomination: Thanks to the ring, which brings him ever closer to the "abomination" part of this trope with each prototyping.
- I Have Many Names: Jack Noir, Sovereign Slayer, Bec Noir, "the demon", "the cancer", and possibly Lord of Angels.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His default state when wearing the ring. The prototyped Seppucrow causes him to sheath his sword through his chest.
- Ironic Echo: Troll-session Noir cuts his right hand to show his red blood to Karkat, proving that he's Not So Different. Kids-session Noir has a red blood-covered right hand when he enters the Troll universe and starts killing everyone, including Dream!Karkat.
- Another echo between (a) the end of the Midnight Crew intermission when Spades Slick poses over the bar scanner with one gouged eye, a missing arms, and a pattern of red laser light on his head and (b) the end of "[S] Jack: Ascend," when Jack is in the same pose after putting on the ring with blood splattered on his forehead.
- Ironic Echo Cut: The same bloodied hand above is featured in a cut in "[S] Cascade" from when his hands are covered in the blood Jade's killer to when he enters the Troll session right after having rammed his fist through WV.
- Leitmotif: Not the Ballad of Jack Noir, but rather Liquid Negrocity/Black.
- Kick the Dog: When he goes to Prospit and proceeds to kill all the Prospit carapaces, and later when he ambushes and kills Mom and Dad.
- Klingon Promotion
- Knife Nut: "Here, stick this in your pipe and bleed to death slowly."
- Lonely at the Top: He's been bored out of his skull ever since he became omnipotent.
- Marathon Boss: His duel with PM has been going on for two years in-universe. It may be an inversion; Jack himself is still scared shitless and it's PM who's pressing the fight.
- Meaningful Name: Jack is the rank below Queen and King in a deck of cards. Noir means "Black" in French, thus Jack Noir being "Blackjack," and in the Midnight Crew's fake band there are songs titled "The Ballad of Jack Noir" and "Blue Noir," which could be a reference to Jack's name. Especially since Spades Slick was once a Jack Noir. Not this Jack Noir, but a different one.
- Meaningful Rename: For his new name, Sovereign Slayer, or SS = Spades Slick
- Also Bec Noir = BN, chess notion for Black Knight.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike the other Agents, he doesn't keep his initials when his name changes. Also, he is the only one with a name and not a title. It is possible that he had an "SS" title in addition to his name, but he doesn't.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Ever since Bec was prototyped, Jack has found himself thinking like a dog at times and sees Jade as his friend and master.
- Monster Clown: Jack, along with all the Dersites, wear clown — er, harlequin outfits because John prototyped the Kernelsprite with a harlequin doll, giving them its traits. Subverted in Jack's case, he hates the clothes and gets rid of them whenever possible.
- Though he still wears its tattered remains when he becomes the Sovereign Slayer.
- Morality Pet: Played for laughs. "You can never stay mad at Cal. He is a true friend. The only you have ever known."
- Zig-Zagged with Jade. He can't bring himself to hurt her because of his prototyping with Bec, and constantly has to suppress urges to gush over her like a puppy. So he orders DD to kill her instead. Except that when someone actually manages it, he's so upset that he takes her corpse to her Quest Bed, reviving her as a ridiculously powerful God Tier First Guardian.
- Nice Hat: Although he doesn't like it that much, it's required of him to wear it when his monarch is looking. After becoming Bec Noir and Killing John's Dad, he took his Fedora. Then he pulls it off when he realizes that collecting trophies is stupid.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nice job waking up and empowering the one person who could possibly stop you (temporarily).
- No Fourth Wall: Literally, his CUBICLE OF VIGILANCE is missing its fourth wall. Jack is pissed about that. It was later used by Andrew to provide a recap.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: See his fight with John and Rose.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Was one originally, although he outright says that he'd rather kill someone than do any paperwork they may require of him.
- Odd Name Out: The only carapace to actually have a name, outside of the Midnight Crew.
- Oh Crap: He gets one when he realizes the bunny is loyal to John, again when the ring-wearing (and incredibly pissed) Prospitian Monarch appears, and again when he witnesses Lord English's Breath Weapon.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He'll kill anything that isn't Jade.
- One-Winged Angel: Happens after he puts on the dead Queen's ring.
- He does it a second time when Bec is prototyped with Jade's kernelsprite. Arguably more of a Bishonen Line, since he loses the tentacles.
- Outside-Context Villain / Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Initially from the perspective of the Trolls. They just beat the final boss, are about to claim their great reward, and then suddenly an even more powerful opponent comes out of nowhere, kills all of them, and destroys every planet in their game.
- Pet the Dog: See Grudging Thank You. Also his inability to kill Jade, though this is due to Bec's influence more than anything. Averted right after, where he just asks Draconian Dignitary to do it for him... which unfortunately bites him in the ass.
- All the more so: he is the reason Jade was resurrected, and he appeared to be genuinely sad and angry about her death, almost as if he started believing the urges Becquerel gave him.
- Physical God: As of his fourth prototyping. He's the second most powerful character in the comic, and the only one more powerful than him is an immortal demon that consumes universes.
- Picky Eater: As shown by the Post-Scratch Human Session version, although implicitly applicable to all versions, Jack will NOT eat fresh produce, only meat. Justified: as he himself indicates via a display of sharp teeth, he's an obligate carnivore by biology. Or, whatever the Dersite equivalent of biology is.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Jade is killed (by his own orders, no less), Bec's influence on him sets him off on one which leads him to Earth and ultimately the troll session.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: After killing Dad and Mom, he took Mom's Scarf. He then promptly pulls it off, realizing it looks stupid.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: In the Kids' session, his only real restraints are making sure he doesn't destroy everything to the point that he doesn't have anything left to destroy and Bec's influence stopping him from killing Jade. In the Trolls' session, he has no restraints.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Becomes synonymous with everything going straight to hell.
- That One Attack: Red Miles. Strong enough to destroy the entire universe, and more. When they say no one can escape the Miles, they aren't kidding.
- The Starscream: All instances of Skaia have a Jack Noir, who will usually contact the players somehow and help them execute a plan to exile the Black Queen before they have to fight her. The Kids' Jack Noir is a freak case in that getting Liv Tyler/The Robo-Bunny allowed him to go after the Queen without the players' help, thus his ascension to Big Bad.
- Took a Level in Badass: Before: Obstructive Bureaucrat. After: where to even begin?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Licorice Scottie Dogs. Both the Troll & post-scratch versions of Noir have been seen hording them, though it never came into the story for the main pre-scratch version.
- Twitchy Eye: Gets one when he first meets John and Rose again after having killed them two years before. (In John's case, Jack has killed him twice.)
- Unorthodox Sheathing: Keeps his sword impaled in his chest.
- Up to Eleven: Does this almost literally when he changes from being a metaphorical Jack of Spades (10) to an Ace (11) when he steals the ring.
- Victory Is Boring: Shortly after killing John's Dad and Rose's Mom: "God you are so bored."
- Villainous Breakdown: The last two years of pursuit by PM have taken the edge off Jack's Omnicidal Maniac tendencies. Now he's just confused and a little freaked out, and really wants to find someplace to hide and catch his breath.
- Villain Protagonist: Clearly allied with Derse, but nevertheless becomes the seventh playable character (and the fifth to be named by the player).
- Done deliberately. Mostly as a preview of his rise to power. Even Spades Slick in the Intermission was part of it.
We learned a lot about his character, even though it wasn't even technically the same character, and never suspected we were getting a primer on the key villain who would rise to power. This was the plan.
- Interestingly, he's still playable after gaining First Guardian powers.
- Villainous Crush: Develops one towards PM. However, she's gone caliginous for him instead.
- Why Don't Ya Just Stab Him?: Subverted VERY HARD. Played straight and justified when he refuses to kill Jade because of Bec's influence on hm.
- Worthy Opponent: Seems to think Bro is one, having retrieved and returned Bro's katana for him. Though after the fourth prototyping, Jack is able to overpower him.
Post-Scratch Jack Noir/Jack English
This time, he's taking a slightly more direct approach in fueling the Prospit-Derse war. He is subsequently incarcerated for his actions, until he gets a little something
from a clown that makes him re-evaluate his situation
- Ascended Extra: At first, it seemed that this incarnation of Jack would be Demoted to Extra compared to other agents such as the Draconian Dignitary, and for three acts was stuck in prison. However, he suddenly regained relevance when sent a pumpkin containing two knives, a hacksaw, and a certain crowbar and Demonic Dummy...
- Axe Crazy: First thing he does when given some knives in prison? Kill everyone he can reach.
- Blood from the Mouth: Somewhat injured from a head injury.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: This version of Jack is already fully aware the success or failure of Derse rests solely on the heroes and their actions. So what does he do? Plans on killing them before they even enter the game, severely reducing their chances of winning.
- Disappointed In You: After opening a pumpkin from Courtyard Droll, Jack's eyes adjust slightly to convey this Dull Surprise emotion toward how CD screwed up.
- The Dragon: To the post-scratch Black Queen, aka the Condesce.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He admits that dedicated people deserve a proper funeral. Well, at least as proper as he could make it.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Not Jack Noir himself, but his sword thanks to Rule of Funny.
- Eye Scream: Caliborn makes him do it to himself.
- Fan Nickname: For this form, the nicknames range from the predictable ("Jack English," "Lord Noir") to the puntastic ("Union Jack").
- Genius Bruiser: While still being his usual Ax-Crazy self, he apparently has enough technological skill to rewire his prison cell's Sendificator to transport to a specific new location.
- He is also, despite hating his job, very good at being a pencil pusher and cutting though red tape. You could even say that he's an expert at cutting things and dealing with miles upon miles of red tape.
- Hero Killer: Once he gains power from Lord English
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Jack delivers one to DD, who is not amused.
- Mythology Gag: Ends up in a Jail Break adventure.
- There is No Kill Like Overkill: He feels that if you kill a guard by stabbing him in the back with 7 knives and beat his head into a door 88 times it is the proper amount of violence.
- Although 89 times is where he realizes the overkill. And by overkill, we mean he begins to get bored.
- Soul Jar: Since assisting in Lil' Cal's suicide and replacing his eyes with Cal's, it's implied that he's the newest Soul Jar of Caliborn and Lord English.
- Stealth Expert: Among the people and environment of Prospit he sticks out like a sore thumb, so he must have this going for him in order to be able to successfully infiltrate Jane and Jake's towers completely undetected. Then again, Prospitians and Dersites have been seen going to each others' planets without any trouble.
- You'd think the Prospitans would recognize the Archagent of Derse if he showed up in public, so he HAS to be this.
- Tap on the Head: Courtesy of the post-scratch White Queen.
- Visual Pun: After being knocked out by the White Queen, Jack awakens in a jail cell. He has been captured.
Cherub Session Jack Noir
Like post-scratch Jack, he assasinates Prospitians. He strikes a deal with Caliborn to kill Calliope.
- The Cameo: It's unlikely that he'll appear outside of Act 6 Act 3, but who knows...
- Demoted to Extra: Has only appeared in a few panels, and considering the outcome of the Uu session, he's not likely to show up again.
- Every Man Has His Price: Sweet Scotty Dogs.
- Palette Swap: Unlike previous Jack Noirs, he wears white clothing.
An Agent of Derse, and considerably smarter and calmer than his superior Jack Noir. Best described by Dave as a "pretty cold blooded dude", he actually gets things done without being a raging homicidal maniac by employing stealth and actually thinking things through. He was directly responsible for creating Becquerel (at Vriska's suggestion) and thus contributed to Jack's rise to power. Later, he takes over the day-to-day operations of Derse while Jack is off killing everyone, and his nagging is pretty much the only thing keeping Jack from flipping his shit and completely destroying the Incipisphere.
- Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a spear with a head that visually resembles a red diamond (as in the suite, not the rock).
- Chekhov's Gunman: Parcel Mistress first passes him by on the way to Jack Noir's office. Of course, by that time, we already had met Diamonds Droog.
- The Chessmaster: After stealing Rose's code, he creates Becquerel and sends him to Earth as its first Guardian. And by the time Jade plays the game, Bec prototypes himself, giving his superior, Jack, First Guardian powers.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: Subversion. DD is actually very dedicated to his job. However, he is maliciously lazy when it comes to orders that distract him from said job.
You hit up the droll. The slayer was right, this guy is clearly incompetent. Still, the only real objective here is to get him to stop breathing down your neck with his awful dog breath.
- The Dragon: Jack Noir's second-in-command.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Suggested when he stole Dave's copy of Rose's MEOW book and used it to create Bec, apparently not on Jack's orders and with no obvious connection to Jack's plans. Later more or less subverted when Bec was prototyped, and Vriska revealed that she had conveyed the idea to the Dignitary as part of her own plan to empower Jack. So DD was still ultimately acting toward Jack's ends, even if not under his direct orders.
- Hero Killer: Early on, Dave finds out that going back in time to stop this guy just leads to dead Daves.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Not that Jack isn't competent, by any means. Still, DD's taken over the administrative end of things while Jack's been rampaging.
You tell him you're busy with things that actually matter. Like running this kingdom on his behalf and all. Levying taxes, oppressing consorts, all the unpleasant chores he would never dirty his snout with.
- Off with His Head!: His fate at Dave's hands.
- Pragmatic Villainy: "There's a narrow line to walk between obeying the orders of a clear superior and blindly facilitating a perfectly useless genocide. It takes a very savvy breed of psychopath to pull it off. "
- Meaningful Name: DD = Diamonds Droog
- Mythology Gag: It's Droog, not the Dignitary, who's been shown reading the newspaper frequently — it's hard to imagine Derse having any periodicals, as opposed to the rebuilt civilization on Alternia. But mind you, that doesn't stop the Dignitary from fantasizing about WAPping Jack Noir on the head with a rolled-up Gazette.
- Unusual Ears: Forced to wear fake cat ears after Rose prototyped her kernelsprite with Jaspers. He ditches them after Jack takes over Derse.
Post-Scratch Draconian Dignitary
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He coolly convinces the Condesce to lend him extra firepower, even lighting her a smoke even though she wasn't smoking in the first place. He's just that good.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: Building off his pre-scratch version, he thinks paperwork is undignified, and he's more than happy to let stuff keep piling up on Jack's desk while waiting for him to be sprung from prison.
- The Dragon: With Jack in Prospit, he instead directly answers to the Condesce.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Just like his boss, he's pretty ambitious. Unlike his boss, he prefers to take things more slowly and subtly.
See, you tell the boss this is his problem. He's too blunt about his ambitions. Don't get you wrong. It's all well and good for a man to keep his eyes on the prize. But he doesn't always need to step over a thousand corpses and swim across rivers of blood to get there. You remind him there are slicker ways to make your moves, especially when it comes to a lady.
- Hero Killer: Uses the Red Miles to murder Jane.
- Invisibility Ring: In addition to the standard RED MILES power, a void session's ring confers this unique ability. But DD doesn't think much of this "dimestore parlor trickery" and doubts he'll ever use it in the future
- Jive Turkey: 30's and 50's slang comes up a bit when the narrator focuses on him in Act 6.
- Menacing Stroll
- No-Nonsense Nemesis
- No Sense of Humor: Seemingly, but his sense of humor is just very dry and understated.
- Smoking Is Cool
- That One Attack: Red Miles, just like Bec Noir.
- The Social Expert: Unless the Condesce happens to have a particular affinity for him, he definitely qualifies for this: he not only knew exactly how to convince her to lease Dronegorg for his purposes, but even managed to persuade her to lend or give him her queenly ring. While the Condesce is well-supplied with offensive resources of her own, the RED MILES are a sufficiently devastating weapon that it's hard to imagine she would have given the ring away purely on a whim.
- Transformation Sequence: Subverted. Putting on the prototype ring with no prototypes causes DD to undergo a dramatic transformation sequence to change into...himself. Just as well; gaining power through transformations isn't really his style.
- Villainous Fashion Sense: Dronegorg may be an almighty engine of destruction, but you won't find DD at the helm: It's a bad look for him. No style at all.
- Villain Respect: Toward Jane's Dad, to such an extent that DD has insisted on putting him up in a Luxury Prison Suite and has stressed that he is not to be harmed by the prison guards. The kicker, though, is that DD hasn't taken a shine to Dad on account of any noble traits in his character... but simply due to his impeccable grooming and fashion sense.
- Wicked Cultured: Why rush into your villainous plans when you can spend a little time being really classy first?
Sure, you're going to put this ring on. But when you're good and goddamn ready. Maybe do a little reading first, have another smoke. Finish your coffee. Listen to some REAL music.
An Agent of Derse, in the service of Jack Noir. He tries to do important tasks involving stealth and theft, but he's not really all that good at what he does
Post-Scratch Courtyard Droll
The post-scratch session's iteration of Derse agent Courtyard Droll. Like Jack, he's also taking a more direct approach, though with reservations.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He isn't sure killing the heroes before the war begins is a good idea. Despite this, he still goes through with killing Jake's dreamself by feeding him peanuts.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Much like his pre-scratch counterpart, he seems to be able to sneak around no matter how ridiculous he looks. He infiltrated Prospit and set up bombs throughout Jane's tower while wearing this.
- Mythology Gag: His "you're welcome" embosser is based on a real embosser that Hussie made of the infamous memetic picture of him.
- Nice Hat: Continues to love ridiculous headgear. In fact, her indifference to it is part of why he likes the new boss. The other part is her ridiculously long hair, which he confuses for this trope.
An Agent of Derse, reportedly one of the largest and strongest Agents the kingdom has.
The Troll's iteration went on to become Hearts Boxcars. In the kids' universe, both the pre-scratch and post-scratch iterations were unceremoniously killed off
- The Brute
- Butt Monkey: In both the pre- and post-scratch sessions, he's the first of the four agents to die. Hell, post-scratch HB dies three panels after his debut.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's the safe-wielding minion summoned by Jack to put an end to Mr. Egbert's jailbreak.
- Demoted to Extra: The spirit of this trope is in play, even though it affects three versions of the same character within one story rather than across adaptations. All three supporting Midnight Crew members received roughly equal portions of screen time and characterization in the intermission. However...
- The pre-scratch Hegemonic Brute ended up as nothing more than a flat Giant Mook whose sole narrative purpose was to be subjected to The Worf Effect on two occasions, the second of them fatal.
- The post-scratch Brute got hit even harder, dying in his first scene; Dirk even lampshades it.
- Irony: During the Intermission, Hearts Boxcars beheaded Eggs. After Descend, Hegemonic Brute is beheaded by Parcel Mistress and again in Act 6 by Dirk when he attempts to use an appropriately-named AXE TO GRIND.
- Meaningful Name: HB = Hearts Boxcars. His name also reflects his role as the court's thug.
- Off with His Head!: His fate at PM's hands.
- Smash Mook
- Super Strength: Given the size of the safe he happens to be carrying during his first appearance, it's a pretty safe bet that he has this.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- The Worf Effect: Across all versions. Sure, he's the most physically imposing, but name a fight that he's actually won. Even his Midnight Crew counterpart only killed one enemy after SS ended the fight for him.
Post-Scratch Hegemonic Brute
The Queen of Derse. She possesses a Ring of Power
which changes her form to apply the prototyped aspects of the players' sprites when they enter the Medium. While her husband wages the war on the Battlefield, she's perfectly content to just sit around and harass the shit out of Jack Noir.
The Troll's version became the member of the Felt known as Snowman, and her tropes can be found here
. The tropes here apply to the pre-scratch session's iteration, and the final iteration in the post-scratch session was replaced by Betty Crocker, who presumably killed her
- Chess Motifs
- Combat Tentacles
- Evil Counterpart: She is, essentially, a color swap of the White Queen in appearance.
- Fake Boss
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Although she has the exact same scars as the White Queen, since they come from the Harlequin prototyping.
- I Have Many Names: She has been referred to as the Exalted Ruler, the Glorious Monarch and the Black Queen.
- Ring of Power: The source of her changes from being prototyped.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Arguably. She has a carapace, a feline face, two tentacles and wings, the last three resulting from the kids' prototyping of their sprites.
- Nice Hat
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Her dress is much more revealing than the White Queen's.
- Skippable Boss: Skaia's preset variables allows the players to skip her in some way, usually through contact and correspondence with Jack Noir.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Twice, since she was killed and replaced by Betty Crocker in the post-scratch session.
- Winged Humanoid
The Queen of Prospit. She possesses a Ring of Power
which changes her form to apply the prototyped aspects of the players' sprites when they enter the Medium. She's always a long-term planner, willing to concede defeat or sacrifice herself for the long-term goal. The kid's version abdicates the throne in order to aid PM?'s quest to deliver Jade's package.
Post-Scratch White Queen
Post-scratch Prospit's queen, who was rather unimpressed to find Jack trying to murder Jane again.
The King of Prospit, who wages war against Derse on the Battlefield at the heart of Skaia. He wields a scepter
which confers upon him increased size and the prototyped aspects of the players' sprites when they enter the medium; the army of Derse seeks this scepter and, when captured, will use it to start the Reckoning, leaving the players just twenty-four hours to defeat the Black King, stop the Reckoning and win the game. The version from the kids' session later hides inside the time capsule in the Frog Temple to survive and become the Writ Keeper on the future Earth.
The King of Derse, who wages war against Prospit on the Battlefield at the heart of Skaia. He wields a scepter
which confers upon him increased size and the prototyped aspects of the players' sprites when they enter the medium. Claiming this scepter is required to end the Reckoning after it starts and to win the game.
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