Characters: Homestuck Cherubs
A child with two personalities
sharing the same body. The two personalities are playing a game of Sburb, in a supposed two-player session between both of them. Though initially hinted to be trolls, the child belongs to a new race entirely, Cherubim.
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Both of Them
A kindhearted Cherub who cheers Jane and her friends on in their quest. She is beginning her own session with her brother, and is fascinated with the four human and troll sessions.
Her Strife Specifus
is set to WANDKIND
, which has an object duality to PISTOLKIND. Her Juju is/was a green Lollipop.
She is the Muse of Space
of her session. Her chumhandle is uranianUmbra.
she commUnicates Using lower case except for the letter U
Uses stUpid-looking emoticons ^u^ <and emotes!>
and Uses faUx british phrases sometimes too love
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes on the form of her Trollsona when she meets Roxy in the dream bubbles, presumably because she believes herself to look hideous. However, Roxy claims that she's absolutely fine seeing what Calliope really looks like, making this an Inverted Trope.
- Artist Avatar: She has her own Trollsona called Callie Ohpeee.
- Ascended Fangirl/One of Us: Just as how all the trolls represent common internet archetypes, Calliope represents the MSPA fanbase. She's read about all the kids, made fanart of Dirk (and Cal) as the Prince(s) of Heart, and written fanfiction that she's embarrassed to share.
- She also enjoys speculating about them, though admits the fanfiction is something she enjoys more, reflecting that theorizing is less popular than the absolute deluge of fanworks.
- She also represents the fans that try to get other people to read Homestuck, even if they have no interest in it.
- Big Good: What her alternate, doomed-timeline self hopefully is, being theoretically as powerful as Lord English.
- British English: Most noticeable in her terms of affection and use of words like "coloUr".
- Call Back:
- Her debut conversation starts out very much like Karkat's debut conversation, except she's actually nice to Jane.
- At one point Jade tells Karkat that if he was nicer to her she would have believed what he was saying. Jane specifically says that Calliope's niceness is what makes her somewhat more believable.
- Her refusal to spoil things before the Kids reach them smacks heavily of Jade's own philosophy up through Act 5.
- Her fanart is titled "dirkisthisyoU" and "roxyisthisyoU"—a reference to Terezi's drawings.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jake mentions here that someone had to twist his arm to get him working on the bunny. When Calliope talks to Jake, she mentions giving him "more arm twisting", revealing that Jake was referring to her.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She enjoys cosplaying her own fan character and spent some time dressed as her during Act 6.
- Covert Pervert: In A 6 A 6 I 4, when a doomed Jade talks to Calliope about Typhaeus and describes him as a large green snake, she immediately associates him with the mating form of a cherub, and begins to snicker as Jade describes Typhaeus as 'awake and ready for [John]'. Though admittedly, a "large snake" being "awake and ready" for someone would probably sound kind of dirty to a human too.
- Cute Monster Girl: Even though she's convinced otherwise.
- Daddy's Girl: Apparently, towards Gamzee when she was a baby. It's actually really adorable.
- Dungeon Bypass: Much of Act 6 since her "death" has focused on finding her in dream bubbles, to defeat Lord English. This whole process is rendered irrelevant by Calliope herself telling Roxy her name, and that calling it out to Caliborn will cause her to take over their shared body.
- Fan Nickname: Callie tends to get used.
- Fandom Nod: Fanart commonly depicted Calliope as looking like Calmasis with troll horns. Hussie acknowledged this through cosplay. Amusingly, it was revealed she essentially was cosplaying as Calmasis with troll horns.
- Foreshadowing: She is cheering instead of trolling. Calliope is not a troll, but a cherub.
- Green Eyes
- Her Codename Was Mary Sue: Since she represents the fandom, she also has a self-insert trollsona, Callie Ohpeee, whom she has written many stories about. Some of which may or may not be Lemons.
- Ironically she genuinely becomes an Invoked example of a Mary Sue, as she's a MacGuffin Girl that most of the dead dreamselves are searching for to defeat Lord English.
- I Am Not Pretty: She dresses like a troll because she thinks she will never be truly beautiful, though she's still pretty cute as far as green skull monsters go.
- Killed Off for Real: Her dreamself. Her actual self is still technically alive, but asleep, since Caliborn is in control of their shared body. The way that Caliborn is monopolizing the body shows that she's not coming back anytime soon.
- Mad Eye: One of her pupils is bigger than the other.
- Man Behind the Man: Calliope is responsible for quite a bit of the events that occurred in the two human sessions.
- Meaningful Name: The "uranian" in her name refers to the unique sideways rotation of the planet Uranus, which she admires for its resemblance to a pool ball's topspin, or "english". Umbra usually refers to the deepest part of a shadow cast by a celestial body; taken literally, her name means "the shadow cast by Uranus" or, more symbolically, "the shadow cast by [the planet with the] English".
- Calliope is the name of a famous Greek Muse. Specifically, the muse of epic poetry (that is, heroic stories). She is also commonly depicted as holding a tablet—think fanart. And, of course, it starts with "Cal", which turns out to be her brother's nickname for her.
- Also, Urania is the name of another Greek Muse: the muse of astronomy. Urania was said to be able to tell the future by looking at the stars—similarly, as a Prospit dreamer, Calliope can see visions of the future while dreaming by looking up to the clouds of Skaia.
- Both this Calliope and Calliope/Cal from Middlesex have bodies of ambiguous sex.
- When she was first introduced, many fans pointed out that "uranian" is an archaic term for "gender variant". This is one of many things that lead to a I Knew It moment when it was heavily implied and then outright revealed that Calliope and Caliborn shared a body.
- Misery Builds Character: Her doomed self seems to be an example of this: while she had no human friends in this timeline, her isolation with only Caliborn for company made her strong enough in her resolve to predominate over him, something her alpha self never could have achieved.
- The Muse: Literally, though her powers are only vaguely alluded to. Despite having done almost nothing in the plot so far, an entire army of spirits is aiding her in her cause against her brother.
- Ms. Exposition: Explains about Sburb titles, and seemingly has spent time researching them.
- Mystical White Hair: In her cosplay outfit. She's cosplaying a limeblood, who were known for their powers.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the most helpful and polite characters in Homestuck. She even tried to get along with her Jerkass brother, who unfortunately does not want to return her favors. Her kindness is even demonstrated when she contacts people: she's cheering them!
- Oracular Urchin: Another Prospit dreamer who awakened before the game. Calliope also has the ability to communicate across the timeline like the trolls can but is doing so before entering the Medium. Calliope knows that the B2!Kids will meet the B1!Kids and promises that together they will escape the influence of the Green Sun and build a safe future for their descendants.
- She also has Rose and Kanaya's detailed walkthrough, so she's able to convey a lot of information about Sburb's mechanics.
- Rage Breaking Point: Caliborn's bending of the rules of chess sends her beyond there, hitting the table and making her declare her (platonic) hatred for him.
- Rage Quit: See above.
- She basically freaks out when Rose, the last person she wants near her, appears out of nowhere and tries to wake both her and Roxy up to prevent her brother from finding her.
- Rule of Symbolism: Her computer's symbol is a combination of the Rod of Asclepius, a medical symbol associated with Ophiuchus, the 13th astrological sign in some versions of the Western Zodiac and the Caduceus, a symbol of commerce and negotiations associated with Mercury.
- In universe it's complicated as well. It contains both Grey and Green, matching her Expy nature to Jade and Karkat. The lime portion of her symbol matches the color used for First Guardian powers and Uranium both. Limebloods are also the Troll caste in between Sollux and Nepeta, aka where Karkat would be if he had normal troll blood, though this fact turned out to be Fauxshadowing.
- The use of the Caduceus is also symbolic in universe, as Greco-Roman mythology influences the Denizens, among other things.
- Ship Tease: She acts British, so a lot of her lines come off as rather flirty.
- The Smart Girl: Fits pretty well, and gets easily flummoxed by Roxy. She's apparently spent some time researching the B2 Session and the legendary figures (i.e. the players) of it, and knows quite a bit about Sburb titles.
- Space Master: Has the potential to be this due to being the Muse of Space.
- Stealth Pun: Her symbol and blood color is lime. "Limey" is old slang for Brits, particularly sailors.
- Calliope was hinted to be a Troll and is a fan of the Sburb players. In other words, a fan troll (all of which were jokingly canonized by Word of God).
- She uses British English, and she looks like Lord English.
- Stepford Smiler: She's one of the sweetest characters in the comic. She pretends to be a troll because she finds everything about them to be better than her—prettier, more fun, more interesting social dynamics—and feels that nobody would ever love her or bother to kiss her back to life.
- Weapon of Choice: A Magic Wand/deudly white magnum. Her brother is said to wield "something a little more...heavy handed"
- Wish Fulfillment: She writes fanfiction of her trollsona having romantic pursuits.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Dresses in a suit.
A mean-spirited Cherub who jeers Dirk from time to time. He detests everything, most especially his "sister", Calliope, and the four human and troll sessions. He will grow up to become Lord English
. His Juju is/was a red Lollipop.
He is the Lord of Time
of his session. His chumhandle is undyingUmbrage.
COMMuNICATES uSING ALL CAPS EXCEPT FOR THE LETTER u.
DROPS IN A LOT OF PERIODS. WHERE YOu MIGHT EXPECT COMMAS INSTEAD.
AND ALSO. SOMETIMES ENDS STATEMENTS WITH A QuESTION MARK?
uSES RuDE EMOTICONS LIKE tumut
HAS TAKEN TO SPEAKING IN ALL-CAPS AND WITH HIS SISTER'S BLOOD COLOR. AS A TOKEN OF HIS RUTHLESS TRIUMPH.
ALSO PUTS SPACES IN GENDERED WORDS. SUCH AS CRAFTS MANSHIP. AND A MISS.
- Alas, Poor Yorick: He is shown holding a poorly-drawn version of Lil' Cal's head in his overly-dramatic soliloquy.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated/Intrigued by Humanity: He asks Dirk to draw romantic pictures of Dirk and his friends. When he starts drawing on his own he draws mostly human characters, and includes things like "alpha males" being kissed by the ladies, or even Yaoi Guys. This is not because he likes humans in any way. Rather he seems to get off on humans and their concept of romance, like it's a sick deviant fetish. Which it probably is, by the standards of his race.
- All Women Are Lustful: A firm believer of this. When he briefly sees Roxy and Jane on the same screen, he expects them to start cuddling immediately.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees/Defictionalization/The Red Stapler: Caliborn's DeviantArt account is real, and it existed three weeks before the update.
- Hussie considered making "Cal Coins" real but then he actually learned about Bitcoins and changed his mind, although he's open to someone making them on their own.
- Ambition Is Evil: Invoked. Ambition is the only human quality he admires, which serves to make him look more like a jerk.
- Art Evolution: From indecipherable scribbles to a perfect circle made out of straight lines to a step above stick-figures to imitation manga to an improved version of the "straight line art".
- Ascended Fanboy/One of Us: Inverted. He represents anti-fans of Homestuck, particularly people who complain about being constantly told by fans to read the comic but don't find it enjoyable. For example, his vehement dislike of the colored pesterlogs refers to a common criticism about the comic. Due to the rest of his personality, he may serve as a Take That, Critics!.
- He also represents much of the negativity of the Homestuck fandom, serving as a Take That, Audience!. His complaints about the kids wasting time refers to the fans who want the plot to move faster instead of having romance drama or humorous interludes.
uu: OH MY GOD. WHO CARES?
uu: IT'S JuST SOME MORE POINTLESS TRASH FOR YOu TO OBSESS OVER, AND DISTRACT YOu FROM GETTING ANY ACTuAL RELEVANT SHIT DONE.
uu: THE AMOuNT TIME YOu PEOPLE WASTE. IT IS FuCKING uNBELIEVABLE TO ME.
uu: I READ ABOuT SOME OF THE THINGS YOu AND YOuR PREDECESSORS HAVE DONE. FAR MORE THAN I CARED TO. TRuST ME.
uu: AND EVERY TIME. I'M ALWAYS JuST...
uu: *GET THE FuCK ON WITH IT ALREADY.*
- He has been shown to be overjoyed at the sight of worldbuilding, which is something that Hussie hates.
- Armoured Closet Gay: To date, he is the only character in the whole webcomic to express quasi-homophobic attitudes (particularly towards Jake/Dirk) because hey, why not have another reason to hate him? So, naturally, when he speaks with either Jake or Dirk, the Ho Yay goes off the roof. All of this despite the fact that he lives in what may be an hermaphroditic body, but cherub sexuality has been shown to be rather complicated. He clearly identifies as male, so the point remains.
- Ax-Crazy: He's playing the game to kill, he plans on killing Calliope, and he's also threatening people with death. It turns out that he has already killed his sister's dreamself by proxy. His reaction to first seeing Gamzee, and being asked by him if he wanted him to be his guide? More Dakka.
- Bad Boss: To any version of Jack Noir. Who he proudly proclaims he'll dispose of once they outlive their usefulness.
- Bait the Dog: The infamous "Porn Drawings" incident made him look like he would be something of a fairly likable Cloudcuckoolander Jerkass...and then he revealed that he killed his sister through proxy.
- Blood Knight: He specifically wants the his session with Calliope to be about competition between the players, mainly because he enjoys the idea of bloodshed. When told by Dirk that the game may have assigned him a role that would pressure him into restraining his bloodlust, he blows off the idea.
- Book Dumb: He admits that he has trouble learning new things, when he isn't doing things the hard way from some perceived notion of it being in easy mode.
- Bowties Are Cool
- Break the Haughty: Implied in [S]GAME OVER: John enters a fight with Caliborn, and at first, they're evenly matched. However, John, who is very mad at this point, gains the upper hand, tears Caliborns cape in half, humiliates him, and then jumps on top of him and proceeds to beat his face in. It's implied that if John didn't teleport, he would not have stopped till Caliborn was dead. Caliborn looks visibly shaken by this event, staring into the sky while barely blinking.
- Call Back: Caliborn's first conversation with Dirk, in which Dirk responds that he though Caliborn was angling for him to draw more weird porn after Caliborn acted like Jigsaw, is a reference to Hussie's insane "Cheerfulbear" Saw/Muppet Babies parody, previously referenced by Bro messing with Dave. It's also a call back to when Vriska interrupted John to tell him to get going because he'll be wasting time; turns out he was wasting time because he was talking to Vriska.
uu: SO I FEEL THAT. THE MORE I GROW IN POWER.
uu: THE MORE STUFF IT SHOULD TURN OUT I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR.
uu: UP TO AND INCLUDING. EVERYTHING THAT EVER HAPPENS.
uu: EVEN IF IT HAS TO BE.
- Captain Ersatz: Has an apparent fondness for "puzzlemurders" à la Jigsaw or The Riddler. Note that Word of God has stated Lord English resembles Jigsaw.
- Card-Carrying Villain: So evil, he wraps around to cute... Or maybe adorabloodthirsty.
- Cassandra Truth/Jerkass Has a Point: He's completely correct about Lil' Cal being a bad omen. On the other hand, even if Dirk took his advice and destroyed Cal it's unlikely that it would actually prevent anything. Then he learns that he would be the one who makes Lil' Cal a portent of ruin.
- Character Blog: Right over here You can find all of the art he drew in Act 6 Act 6 Intermission 3, and the drawing that inspired his Author Avatar.
- Character Development: Defied. He has no interest whatsoever in becoming a better person; only in winning.
- Chubby Chaser: Lusts after Jane because she's "meaty."
- Cluster F-Bomb:
TT* : What if your real quest is to put aside your differences and work together, if you want to both survive, and grow as a person?
uu: NO. NO. NO.
uu: FuCK THAT SHIT.
uu: HuMAN FuCK THAT SHIT. NOT EVEN ALIEN FuCK THAT SHIT. SO YOu CAN uNDERSTAND BETTER. THE KIND OF FuCKING OF THE SHIT THAT'S GOING ON.
uu: HuMAN FuCK IT SO MuCH. SO HARD, AND SO ANGRILY.
- Comically Missing the Point: Happens a lot, since he refuses to even acknowledge how the game is supposed to be played, but reaches a zenith when he is utterly incapable of picking up Hussie's increasingly obvious hints that he should give Leprechaun #7 (the future Crowbar) his crowbar.
- Complexity Addiction: Beyond any reasonable extremes. Caliborn tends to do any and all tasks, from the pedestrian to the epic, in the most needlessly convoluted way possible. Calliope, Aranea, and The Narration/Hussie himself all state that Caliborn revels in performing tasks that would make most others Rage Quit right away, and goes out of his way to do such things.
- Create Your Own Villain: Inverted and invoked. Caliborn eventually starts grooming and advising Jake to become his future Rival.
ARANEA: And while such trials
might discourage most players from even trying, our villain's response was quite the contrary.
ARANEA: He was only em8oldened 8y the mind num8ing chores. He took to them with gusto, as if performing them out of spite.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he thinks Jake sounds like a bit of a Casanova Wannabe and a douche.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While Calliope at least attempts to understand romance in all four quadrants, he dismisses it as being stupid and asinine. This is probably why his requests for "pornography" are simply mundane depictions of red romance.
- He also fails to understand why anyone would bother giving anyone a funeral.
- Evil Laugh: After he reveals he killed his sister.
- Later he directly echoes Cal's "haa haa hee hee hoo hoo" laugh.
- Does a seemingly endless laugh after destroying discs 1 and 2 while saying there's no disc 3.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from being a largely harmless brat chained to a wall far from any other living creature, capable only of verbally tormenting people, to an Eldritch Abomination who tears universes asunder to destroy everything that exists.
- Fate Worse than Being Repeatedly Shot in the Torso: He thinks that having to listen to "Elevatorstuck" is this.
- For the Evulz: Once he encounters Gamzee in his land, he promptly treats the troll to More Dakka.
- Gambit Roulette: The beginnings of his tendency towards such plans are visible in his "art", where he draws a circle using nothing but an enormous number of scribbled right angles by squashing them together in a circular shape. That he expends all that effort rather than just plain drawing a freaking circle shows how, in the future, he'll construct convoluted plots and schemes where simple ones would suffice out of the conviction that using a simple way would be dumb and for girls.
- Giftedly Bad: Only someone as vain as Caliborn could think art as bad as his is good in any capacity.
- Half Truth: Like Doc Scratch, Caliborn enjoys using these on occasion, managing to convince Jane that Dad was being tortured despite the fact that he told her earlier that Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad for him, when Dad was given the 5-star-hotel treatment.
- Handicapped Badass
- An Arm and a Leg: Bites off his own leg, losing a tooth as he does so, then replaces it with a metal prosthetic.
- He also has a learning disability but still manages to outwit his sister, who did not seem to have one.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He shows blatant disrespect for women but also prefers that at least one female be present in any of his "porn".
- Hostile Show Takeover: Act 6 Act 6, by ascending to the highest God Tier and being on his magical mystery planet.
- Hot-Blooded: With red-hot blood too.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Expresses his hatred of long, meandering chatlogs in the form of a long, meandering chatlog where he's doing most of the talking. Lampshaded by himself and Dirk:
- He goes into long, meandering complaints to describe in a long, meandering way what he's complaining about, and then makes a long and meandering complaint about that.
- Incest Subtext: Starts to go a bit off the rails in Act 6 Act 6 Act 3:
NOT TO IMPLY THAT ANY OTHER ASPECT OF HER IS LIKE YOUR SISTER. LIKE BEING ATTRACTIVE. WOW. WHAT? READ INTO STUFF MUCH? YOU DECIDE YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS. YOU STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS TOPIC STARTING AS OF IMMEDIATELY.
- Ineffectual Death Threats: Makes many toward his sister. Until he actually gets her killed.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Deconstruction. All of the things he does despite his learning disability would be inspiring if they weren't so horrible.
- Interface Screw: Courtesy of Crowbar's signature weapon applied to the MSPA narration terminal.
- Hussie also implies that this is part of the reason that the Cherub session is so messed up. He said that if Caliborn kept attacking the narrative, he would create many problems—including many for himself.
- Jerkass: Caliborn is probably the least pleasant character to interact with in Homestuck, and he's more than willing to toss insults at people whenever he feels like it. This extends to people who are trying to help him, and in one case, his loyal acolyte/adoptive father.
- Kick the Dog: He revels in doing this.
- Making Dirk draw "porn" of his friends to keep him from murdering his sister, then sends Jack Noir after her anyway.
- Laughing his ass off at the kids' supposed deaths while mocking his sister all the way.
- Beating the stuffing out of Gamzee when he was only trying to help figure out how to get the game to work. Even worse once you find out that Gamzee raised him since he and Calliope were infants.
- After calling Jane fat (and trying to pass it off as a compliment), he describes Mr. Crocker's supposed torture in vivid detail. On her birthday, no less.
- Laser-Guided Karma: See Self-Inflicted Hell.
- Laughably Evil: When he doesn't go overboard with being completely sociopathic, he's actually pretty funny.
- Laughing Mad: He has a laughing fit when he reveals that he killed Calliope's dreamself.
- Leitmotif: "Eternity Served Cold" note .
- Lemony Narrator: During his brief time running Act 6 Act 6.
- Love Makes You Crazy, Evil, and/or Stupid: Despite what he says he actually loves playing the game, it's just that...
UU: his passion for games transcends any hUman Understanding of love.
UU: for yoU to Understand it woUld be to fUlly comprehend the meaning of...
UU: how to pUt it.
GG* : Um.
- Made of Iron: Bites off his own leg. It doesn't even slow him down.
- Mary Sue: In-Universe. Creates a blatant self-insert (even admits to it being one) at the beginning of Act 6 Act 6 Act 3.
THIS IS YOURS TRULY. MY SELF INSERTION GUY. WHICH IS MY PREROGATIVE TO DO AS AN ARTIST.
- Meaningful Name: undyingUmbrage. Umbrage also means annoyance, or offense. Taken literally, his name could be interpreted as "Eternally annoyed" which describes him pretty well. Umbrage also has an archaic meaning of "shadow", connecting him to uranianUmbra.
- "Caliborn" is likely a corruption of "Caliban", though perhaps he bears a closer resemblance to Marvel's Caliban.
- It also could be a variation on Calibur, derived from Excalibur, which is derived from Caledfwlch—Dave's "legendary piece of shit".
- Excalibur, of course, being the sword of King Arthur. You know, the most famous mythological king of England. The Lord of the English.
- Medium Awareness: In a way never done before (in Homestuck at least)! After having entered the Medium, Caliborn is somehow capable of understanding the narration of his thoughts, and goes to express that he has MAJOR PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. The only thing close to this is Hussie's dialogue with the reader/narrator. And then he finds an Exile terminal and starts to talking back to the narration...
- Mood Whiplash: A funny scene where he wants Dirk to drawn "porn", but without any human sexuality, and just the relationship stuff, whiplashes when he decides that the scene of Roxy and Jake married with a baby isn't cutting it, and he wants a picture of Jake eating the baby. A few pages later, just as we're getting used to Caliborn being unstable but harmless, he reveals that he killed Calliope's dreamself.
- Act 6 Intermission 4 is almost entirely made of these moments.
- Most Annoying Sound: In-Universe, the elevator music that plays in the flash sequences he appears irritates him to no end. It gets to the point where Andrew Hussie threatens to play it if he keeps shooting Gamzee.
- Munchkin: He plays games only to win, purely and simply. He's even more of one than Vriska, who at least had a Freudian Excuse and an actual excuse (in the form of her Lusus) to be one.
- The Napoleon: He's shorter than Gamzee (the shortest troll, if Hussie really meant it). He compensates by being as abusive as possible.
- Never My Fault: Whines that a nerd "beat him up because he didn't like his art" (John beat him up because he's evil) and that it happened after he "tragically lost his sister to murder" (conveniently leaving out that he murdered her by proxy in the first place) after John beats him up.
- The Nicknamer: He's addressed his leprechaun minions collectively as gnomes, elves, frog men, puppet people, and toad goblins, and individually after the colors of their hats.
- His names for the "Homosuck" trolls are Krabkrab (Karkat), Honk Friend (Gamzee), Cape Douche (Eridan), Smelly Horse Man (Equius), Other Guy (Sollux), Bull Horn Wimp (Tavros), and miscellaneous bitches (all the girls, collectively).
- Not Growing Up Sucks: His stunted development leads him to become a Psychopathic Manchild, which only serves to make him worse and worse as a person.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first he seems mostly bluster, given that we'd already seen trolls who talked big but tended not to follow through, only for him to kill Calliope's dreamself and divide by zero his own session. Not to mention that he's the younger version of the comic's Big Bad.
- Occidental Otaku: Well, the alien equivalent. After getting his hands on a How To Draw Manga book he's become a "man gaka" and an expert at "the yaois" and "bishies" ("IF YOU'RE CONFUSED, BASICALLY THE IDEA IS. YOU PRETEND THEM TO LOOK MORE LIKE GIRLS. TO MAKE IT LESS WEIRD FOR EVERYBODY WHEN THEY DECIDE TO TOUCH EACH OTHER.") and the concept of "tsundere" ("IT IS A TEMPESTUOUS LIAISON OF MUTUAL GRIEVANCE. AND YET, DEEP DOWN. THEY KNOW IN EACH OTHER'S HEART THAT THEY ARE SOLID DUDES.").
- Odd Name Out: The first person to have a non-uppercase chat handle.
- Pet the Dog: Every time he attempts to reach out to someone, he intentionally uses it as a vehicle to toss cruel insults at his target. He did, however, refuse to hurt his loyal minion Sawbuck when prompted to by Hussie, and he did refer to Gamzee as a friend when working on Homosuck.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Caliborn acts like an obnoxious brat while gleefully thinking about how he killed his sister.
- Real Men Eat Meat and Candy: He tells Dirk those are the only types of food he likes to the point he refers to Roxy/Jane as Cotton Candy and refuses any pictures of Dirk/Jake saying the colors are too much like a pumpkin.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In contrast to Calliope's softer green eyes.
- Renaissance Man: Has come to think of himself as one. He's not. He's really not.
- Rule of Symbolism:
- Caliborn's sigil is a red tilde overlaying a capital U, which is a somewhat obscure symbol for Ophiuchus. U is used in ~ATH code as shorthand for Universe, and the shade of red matches Karkat's blood and the color used for the kids' universe. Taken together, the red tilde over a U can be said to resemble a universe bathed in blood, which reflects his Blood Knight attitude.
- On the cruxtruder he was using, it showed a red tilde with a lime U, instead of a red tilde overlapping a black U. The Ophiuchus symbol of the tilde and the U together was meant to be a man's arms holding a snake. Here, the arms were Calliope's as the U was lime green and the red snake was Caliborn meaning that Caliborn has escaped from Calliope's grip and is now in complete control of his body and wherever he wanted after escaping Calliope's Juju-enchanted lock.
- The timer's display of ~U is similar to ~ATH, or tildeath, coding. While the actual in-universe coding we've seen in ~ATH has been different, some would suggest ~U parses as "At the Death of the Universe," which would certainly be a feasible entry time for anyone entering a black hole, as relativistic time could cause them to experience the rest of the universe in a short amount of time near the event horizon.
- Rules Lawyer:
- The king and queen are wearing each other's hats, but they're still the same pieces. No rules against decorating chess pieces, and even if there were, Calliope did it first. This, understandably, upsets her.
- Later, he starts beating Gamzee with a crowbar after being told that he wasn't allowed to shoot him.
- The Shitty Twist: He's Lord English. After a major flash sequence that implied it, it was outright revealed in a pretty dismissive way. Given Hussie's usual narration style, though, it's still possible for this to be a fake-out, with something more complicated at work.
- Self-Inflicted Hell: By killing his sister, he undergoes a punishment twofold:
- Instead of trying to undergo a Split Personality Merge with her, he will be stuck as a stunted, miserable tool forever.
- He is punished by the game for starting a one-person session, which is called a Dead Session. It will take ages for the actual game to start and, once it does, it's going to be Nintendo Hard.
- Shout-Out: His Self Insert is based on this fan art; the self-insert also gets a Dogged Nice Guy trilby and connects two memes:
- Slasher Smile: Try any time he smiles...
- Small Name, Big Ego: As far as his artistic "talent" goes. He thinks of himself less as a spiteful little imp and more as a tortured artist around the time of Act 6 Act 6 Act 4.
- The Sociopath: The only person that he outright likes is Jack Noir, known best as the guy whose selves doomed two universes. Just let that sink in.
- Being liked isn't necessarily a good thing for Jack considering what Caliborn inflicts on him.
- Later, he decides that once he gets what he wants out of any given Jack Noir, he'll arrange for his death. "It's bad form to leave stray Noirs wandering around" indeed.
- He seems to have grown fond of Hussie, in his own twisted way, and throws a tantrum when Hussie falls silent and "sheer force of petulance" proves no longer able to get him to talk back. He also likes a few of his leprechaun minions, particularly Crowbar.
- Something Only They Would Say: His Evil Laugh is a variant of Calsprite's and Doc Scratch's laugh. Given that both Calsprite and Doc Scratch are tied to Cal, which is a vessel for Caliborn, their laughter is understandably derived from him.
- Stealth Pun: Dirk is the only person Caliborn can stand to talk to. In the process of transcription of DNA to mRNA, Thymine is replaced by Uracil. In other words, TT becomes uu.
- Take That, Audience!: His complaints about slow pacing were mocked by Dirk for Caliborn actually causing the story to slow down while providing insight into Caliborn's character, much like how the fandom complains about both the slow pace and detailed characterization of some characters being neglected for pacing issues.
- Teens Are Monsters: And, according to the narration, he will remain that way forever, at least mentally, because his predomination occurred much earlier than for most cherubim.
- Terrible Artist:
- Dear god. He's even worse than Karkat. His "drawings" are indecipherable scribbles, not even coherent enough to be stick figures. Put into perspective, starting here we see Dave and Karkat fighting over a marker, causing them to create an absurd scribbly mess all over the page (with some crudely-drawn penises courtesy of Dave's trolling). When Calliope finds it, she immediately recognizes the drawing style...as her brother's.
- He's gotten better: He can draw circles now! Kind of.
- You can actually tell what this is supposed to be.
- Despite his status as a decidedly bad artist and terrible person, he does dispense some sound advice for the aspiring.
- His people look like people now! Really, really amateur, person-who-just-discovered-anime people, but people nonetheless.
- Even his "sketchy" style has improved, as seen in A6A6A4.
- The Peeping Tom: He peeped into a pillow fight between Jane and Roxy.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Upon meeting Gamzee, Caliborn proceeds to unload his assault rifle into him for four straight pages, even taking the time to Double Tap Gamzee's motionless body. (In fairness, that damn clown refuses to stay dead.)
- Thousand-Yard Stare: After having his shit kicked in by John, his reaction is simply to stare blankly and reach for his mouse.
- Token Evil Teammate: He just wants to get into the game so he can "FuCK. SHIT. uP." That includes playing the game competitively instead of cooperatively and killing Calliope at the first chance.
- Took a Level in Badass: Did he ever.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Attributes his surviving torture while in Derse's prison to this and being Made of Iron.
uu: I WAS ONLY ABLE TO SURVIVE THE BRUTALITY. DUE TO MY EXCEPTIONAL CONSTITUTION. AND EVEN TO SOME EXTENT. MY ABILITY TO ENJOY ANGUISH.
- Of course, he stated he was a special prisoner, which if Mr. Crocker's treatment is anything to go by, means the exact opposite of torture. Even if he was serious about how for him Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad, a five-star-hotel treatment where no harm is allowed to befall him isn't really something to brag about surviving.
- Troll: The kind that says you suck and issues death threats, but not the literal kind.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He doesn't appreciate anything anyone does for him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Played straight and quickly subverted. When he briefly shared his conciousness with his sister, he seemed to be content and non-malicious. However, shortly after he gains control, he became like the prick that he is years later.
- Villainous Breakdown: John's ass-kicking of him is enough to cause him to cry (near the end of a prolonged soliloquy).
- The Voice: Until the end of Act 6 Act 3, his text was the only thing that was shown, not what he looks like.
- The Unreveal: And when he finally draws a picture for Dirk, it's too terrible for us to distinguish what he looks like at all.
- Weapon of Choice: A black cane that turns into an assault rifle.
- What Is This Thing You Call Hope?/What Kind Of Lame Power Is Hope Anyway?:
- Windows to the Soul: Literally, through Lil' Cal.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: For Caliborn, human romance seems to be the equivalent of sick, deviant, alien porn. And he likes it.
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