Characters: Homestuck Exiles aka: Homestuck The Midnight Crew
During the course of a session, five Carapacians, Dersite or Prospitian, will be exiled by being sent through a Skaian portal. They land on the barren home of the players, and together rebuild a new society, while advising the players of the session via terminals that grew out of the meteors that destroyed the player's homes.There are three known groups of Exiles: the desert wanderers of Pre-Scratch Earth, the violent gangsters of the Midnight Crew who advised the Troll Session, and the starving Dersites who pester Roxy on Post-Scratch Earth.
All Exiles are an example of:
After the Reckoning: After abandoning the Incipisphere, their lives take place in the planet of the players they guide.
Flat Character/Satellite Character: Only a few Exiles in each group receive much focus. For the wanderers this is WV and PM. For the Midnight Crew, it's Spades Slick. For the starving Dersites, they have their unnamed leader.
The Needless: We don't know exactly how long the exiles wandered the wastelands before joining together, because we don't know when their meteors landed, but it was long enough to wear down and turn all their clothes brown or grey. Yet, in all that time, they seem to have survived without any clear source of food or water. They are still capable of feeling hunger.
Nominal Importance: Of a sort for the desert wanderers. They don't really have names, they only have initials. They're still important though, WV especially within terms of the game. Averted for the Midnight Crew, though it was played straight back when they were agents.
Insistent Terminology: Averted. Technically, the correct way to refer to them would be as "The WV" or "The PM", but that sounds a bit silly so nobody does.
In Universe Nickname: Jade refers to WV and PM as "Mr. Mayor" and "Miss Mail Lady", while Dave and Karkat simply refer to WV as "The Mayor". Fans extend this to the rest of the exiles.
Ascended Fridge Horror: Fans speculated that because the Kid's scratch would reset their Universe, the Exiles we know would die as part of it rebooting. Then Jack Noir himself came and slaughtered them all, leaving just PM and a mortally wounded WV.
Homage: WV and PM are seen by many to be one to WALL•Enote Post-apocalyptic non-humans (one dirty and goofy but endearing Nice Guy and one cute Badass shiny white girl, both of whom are on Missions they pursue beyond all logic or limit) meet up and develop a relationship. The shiny white girl ends up doing drastic things to save the life of the boy and is ultimately successful. That description could apply to WV and PM or WALL•E and EVE.
Took a Level in Badass: Oh so very much so. Although the WQ and WK actually vaguely stepped down in their badass levels, PM and WV were just normal pawns that are now respectively a Queen destined to become a space warping One-Man Army and the hero of a (failed) revolution.
Wayward Vagabond/Warweary Villein/Wastelandic Vindicator/Wizardly Vassal/The Mayor
Years in the future, but not many, a WAYWARD VAGABOND records a stuttering step in the sun-bleached dust.
Exiled to the ruined Earth during the Reckoning, he plants suggestions in John's head using a mysterious terminal he finds in a bunker in a desert where Rose's house used to be. Prior to his exile, he was a simple WARWEARY VILLEIN attempting to eke out a living as a farmer on the battlefields of Skaia. He incited a revolution against the Black King, fulfilling his role as a game concept, but his army was slaughtered by Jack Noir. The fourth playable character introduced.
Dangerous Deserter: Zig-zagged. WV deserted the Black Army to be a farmer, but none of his superiors seem to care — at least until he got fed up and raised an army to overthrow them. Then, the only one to act on it was an usurper who left him alone alive to see the ruination of his dreams.
Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a Dersite, he's one of the nicer people in the series; his earlier rudeness to John was simply because he didn't know about human etiquette. He was even able to lead an army of both Prospitians and Dersites against the Black King.
Decoy Protagonist: Zig zags around. He was built up for some time as the central Exile, seemingly destined to be the one who faced Jack even as PM took a more proactive role. Then Jack punched a hole through his stomach, and PM got the ring anyway. But he still ends up much more important to the main characters directly, while PM remains more distant.
Dramatic Irony: To him, the rebellion was a failure and because of this he was nothing but a fool for believing that he could be a leader. To what was left of his former army, he was a great hero who gave them hope in the bleakest of times, despite the tragic ending of the rebellion.
Extreme Omnivore: In addition to haven eaten a pumpkin, a potted plant, several pieces of chalk, a chunk of uranium, and a cyborg bunny's eye, he learned proper human etiquette by eating a book on it. It seems like he'll eat anything as long as it's green, or if it had been green at some point in time. Doesn't matter if it's edible or not.
The one exception to this is paradox ghost slime, which he describes as "unappetizing sludge."
Foil: He mirrors Jack Noir pretty well. They're both male Dersites who detest their leaders and start to rebel, but unlike Jack Noir, WV is more silly than actively malicious. And of course, they're literally counterparts in eliminating members of the Black Royalty.
Foreshadowing: Nannasprite's exposition to John and WV's interruptions hinted WV's true role long before it was actually revealed, especially his response of "ME??" when she says that the war continued forever until 'you' showed up — it's initially played as a joke, but in fact he did break the stalemate, explaining why he initially thought she was talking to him.
For Want of a Nail: Jack Noir was able to slaughter all the Exiles, escape into the trolls' session, and kill Bilious Slick...because WV hit the Caps Lock key at the wrong time.
Genius Ditz: He wastes lots of time doing strange things like playing with cans, but the Wayward Vagabond seems to be remarkably adept with computers (even bizarre alien computers he has never seen before) as well as being able to think very fast on his feet and having "an uncanny knack for tracking precise distances [he has] already traversed, in whatever units [he chooses]." That he is, in essence, a living chess piece who spent his life on a battlefield may go some way toward explain his talents.
And despite the way he blames himself for his failure, his rebellion against the Black King nearly succeeded before Jack Noir intervened, something over which he had no control. This implies that's actually good at tactics, leadership, and inspiring others. Keep in mind that Black winning the war by default is supposed to be a universal constant in the setting, yet the WV nearly overthrew the Black King with no help from the kids.
Heroic BSOD: Seeing the armies he led into rebellion getting brutally, mercilessly slaughtered may well account for his eccentricities.
Hidden Depths: Among other things, while his responses play up how unimportant he thinks the queen's ring is, when he falls asleep he has a dream of himself turning into Jack, implying that he might (at least subconsciously) know what it does and refuses to put it on because he fears becoming a monster like Jack.
Hilarious in Hindsight: All of the joke speculation that WV is an Imp. He's a Pawn note Which is virtually the same in the scheme of things, they just don't drop grist and fight on the Battlefield instead!
Hilarity Ensues: Pretty much everything WV does. Including going on a road trip in the middle of a battlefield. Except his backstory, that's not hilarious at all. At least until he meets up with John. Then it was hilarious again.
Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Normally only players (not Carapacians) get the psychic dreams. However, WV has repeatedly show the ability to dream in dreambubbles regardless; Vriska was even once able to communicate with him through one.
Sidequest Sidestory: In an ordinary session, WV functions as a backdoor means to eliminate the Black King, though it is seemingly extremely difficult to do so. Didn't happen in the Kid's session because of Jack.
Killed Off for Real: His alternate in the Troll session is implied to have been this, due to none of the Trolls reaching Skaia in time to aid him before he was destroyed by the Black King.
Supporting Protagonist: In terms of story, PM is the hero of the Exiles, but he is the one we focus on the most and was introduced first. This was subverted later, with WV becoming much more directly important to the protagonists.
Sure, Why Not?: WV being an ex-soldier is technically Fanon that hasn't been outright stated in story yet, but Andrew canonized it via Formspring responses.
He repeats the same "drinking" binge with shaving cream later in the story (and earlier in his past), but finds it less delicious. This doesn't actually stop him from drinking it.
Trademark Favorite Food: He compulsively eats anything green, and he sometimes doesn't even seem aware that he does so. He also describes green text and buttons as "attractive" and tells John not to die in the "tasty fire" when he's surrounded by green flames.
Trauma Conga Line: His farm burns down, his army is slaughtered, his mission from John is a failure, he's exiled and wanders Earth alone for several hundred years, watches as Jack murders John, he has a horrific nightmare about Jack, and just as things are looking up for him, Jack comes in, rips uranium out of his stomach, and leaves him to bleed to death.
Minutes in the future, though perhaps not as few as implied by circumstance, a PEREGRINE MENDICANT trundles precious cargo beneath the gleam of the celestially ominous.
Like the Wayward Vagabond, a wandering soul living in the future who, while wheeling around a collection of mailboxes, stumbles across a Sburb capsule. Prior to the Reckoning, she was a simple PARCEL MISTRESS on a quest to deliver a very important package. The sixth playable character.
Action Girl: That sword sure ain't there just to look nice.
What does she do when she sees that Bec Noir is attacking AR and WV? Leaps at him with her sword. When that fails? Prototypes herself with WQ's ring, giving her powers equal to him, grabs WV's wounded body, and confronts Bec Noir directly. That this is only the second time we have ever seen a genuine Oh Crap moment on his part should tell you everything you need to know.note Discovering his "misstep" in the pseudo-intermission between Acts 4 and 5 was the first.
You are somewhat mystified by the fact that she is be more impressed by your silly drawings than your amazing technology.
Maybe simple things are the key to the heart of a lady. You do not know because you do not know anything about ladies really. They are a riddle draped in a mystery wrapped in post-apocalyptic shroudwear.
Implacable Mail Lady: She's been chasing Jack through the Furthest Ring for the last two years. When the universe itself shatters around them, she glances at it for a few seconds and then goes right back to pursuing him. Jack, who hadn't been the least bit threatened since his final prototyping, eventually starts to get freaked out by her determination.
Years in the future, which is to say, THE PRESENT MOMENT PRECISELY, an AIMLESS RENEGADE prepares for company.
The third future wanderer, who is investigating the Frog Temple and is covered in yellow police tape. Prior to his exile, he was an AUTHORITY REGULATOR tasked with the enforcement of the law in the kingdom of Derse. The eighth playable character.
Hanging Judge: So far he seems to be played up as this, fashioning a courtroom and judge outfit from weapon parts and punishing misdemeanors with judicious use of heavy artillery. At any rate, he seems as obsessed with the law as WV and PM are with mayorhood and mail.
Heroic Sacrifice: He saves John by strapping him to a rocket board, which is, seemingly, the only means of escaping from an Earth-bound meteor. But he obviously survives, as we had already seen his future self.
Senseless Sacrifice: His hesitation about blowing up the terminal WV at first appears to be a moot point, as WV has the Uranium ripped out of his stomach by Jack and is left for dead. Subverted when WV just barely survives, justifying AR's earlier hesitation.
Impossibly Cool Clothes: The other "desert" characters (WV and PM) are dressed in grey or beige-colored robes. AR wears yellow caution tape fashioned into wrappings. He also has a judge's wig made out of bullets. Complete with a gavel made out of a grenade and a bayonet.
The fourth exile, who suddenly appeared out of an egg-shaped Sburbcraft. Communicated with Rose through her Sburb device. Prior to her exile, she was the WHITE QUEEN, adored sovereign of Prospit, who abdicated her throne in order to help PM on her quest. After PM becomes the Prospitian Monarch, she is appointed as her royal adviser.
The Chessmaster: One of the few people who seems to actually understand everything that's going on aside from being unaware of the Trolls.
The Stoic: She's proven to be completely unflappable even during the destruction of Prospit.
Not So Stoic: She's justifiably terrified when Jack shows up and murders her husband. And even then her expression doesn't really change; the only way you can tell she's terrified is through her body posture.
The former King of Prospit, who hid inside the time capsule in the Frog Temple to survive and become the Writ Keeper on the future Earth.
Badass Bookworm: He's been shown to be completely engrossed in Rose's novel and on Skaia he led armies.
Chekhov's Gun: When he appears as the Writ Keeper, he is seen reading Complacency of the Learned, a story written by Rose. The story is nominally about wizards, but Word of Godhas said that it represents Rose's subconscious mind about the creation of the universe—specifically the Troll's game of Sgrub. What knowledge the Writ Keeper will gain from it remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, we never know what he learns because he's immediately killed. He'll probably be reset with the Scratch, but he'll know nothing of his past life.
He was reset, but he was killed before he could do anything but still be trapped in a stalemate with the Black King.
Flat Character: Has appeared very few times, so his personality as of yet is still more or less an unknown.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Almost immediately after emerging from the seed, Jack kills him before he can do anything at all.
Post Scratch Exiles
A bunch of "Exiles" taken from the Post-Scratch Session by the Condesce, to form the backbone of her new empire. They mostly live on floating cities that resemble chessboards, and according to Dirk they're essentially slums. Roxy lives in one of these cities, and was raised by them. On occasion some of the Carapacians sneak into her lab to hunt her cats. None of them have names or distinct appearances, with exception to one who led a hunting party into Roxy's lab, who is still nameless.
Call Back: A lot of them almost look like known exiles like the Midnight Crew, but none of them are exactly identical to them. Most notably, the apparent leader of the hunting party looks sort of like a cross between Jack Noir and WV, and uses a crowbar.
The ones that most closely resemble PM have one of their eyes covered by their robes. Their apparent leader does as well.
Expy: In terms of appearance at least. Their apparent leader looks exactly like a cross between WV and Jack Noir, having slanted pupils but having rings under them and claws for fingers. Others are more indistinct though.
In sprite form, two of them resemble AR and default pawns (like WV) with different robes.
Reduced to Ratburgers: Roxy tries to avoid thinking about how they're probably breaking into her lab to eat her mutant cats.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Their apparent leader has a unique design and possibly even wields Crowbar's crowbar; a powerful juju that has been lost at several points in the story. None of the original crowd has appeared since their debut and shortly afterwards.
You All Look Familiar: Aside from their apparent leader, all of them share their appearance with another exile in their group, including robes, though this might be Andrew simply copying sprites, as it didn't seem to be the case with their drawn crowd shot.
Of course, there's only so many ways to draw random, nameless Dersites without them looking somewhat like a named character, especially since the Dersites are all canonically clones.
Anti-Hero: Type V. They're only considered heroes during "Operation Regisurp" in the Troll's Session, due to their alliance with the protagonists. In the kid's session, they are definitely evil, and their leader is the primary antagonist.
The leader of the Midnight Crew. Armed, dangerous, and extremely violent. He and Diamonds Droog are probably the smartest members of the crew. Notably, Spades "made this town what it is." "Wasn't nothing but a bunch of dust and rocks before [he] got here." Long before the Midnight Crew, he was the Jack Noir present in the trolls' session, who allied with the trolls to overthrow and exile the Black Queen but was exiled himself in revenge. He wandered the post-apocalyptic Alternian desert for years as the Scurrilous Straggler before founding the Midnight Crew and returning civilization to the planet.Though it seemed he died in the destruction of the Troll Universe, Andrew Hussie (in comic that is) swooped in and saved him. He was badly hurt and had to be turned into a cyborg
Antihero: Sburb gave him an ambitious, ruthless personality so that he'd help the players take out his boss, the Black Queen, before the Reckoning. In the Trolls' session he performs his task as he's meant to and assists them in banishing the Queen. In the kids' session, this backfiresspectacularly.
Artificial Limbs: By the time we get back to him at Doc Scratch's apartment, he has picked up a robo-arm to replace the one Snowman took off.
Disney Death: A page showing all the dead characters has a question mark next to him, making his fate ambiguous. Hussie's tumblr also stated that he's taking care of Slick. This seemed like a joke, until it was remarkablyconfirmed at the beginning of Act 6 Intermission 2.
However, unlike other characters who had undergone similar circumstances, Slick had to undergo an Emergency Transformation and is heavily mechanical now.
Eyepatch of Power: After his other eye is injured. He keeps even after the robotics because he thought it looked cool.
Eye Scream: When Snowman stabs him in the eye with her cigarette holder.
Exact Words: He's fond of saying that he "made this town"; when Dies uses his Juju doll to shift to a world where Slick was dead all along, he discovers that this is literally true, ending up in a barren, boring, empty wasteland.
Took a Level in Badass: Is now a super strong, super fast cyborg, owns Lord English's Golden Cuestaff, and has taken command of The Felt (sans Snowman, since shifting to a world where she never died would presumably result in massively-confusing Weird Time Shit).
More Dakka: Averted, his gun is a dinky little pistol, which looks downright pathetic in the shootout scene where on his team HB and DD are using a freaking minigun and dual assault rifles respectively while on the felt side Stitch, Crowbar, and Sawbuck are using a full size Uzi, an overlarge tommy gun, and a Spas-12 shotgun respectively.
No Mouth: Like how people from Derse and Prospit are typically portrayed, but he stands out from the other members of the Midnight Crew, who do have mouths.
Badass in a Nice Suit: Although all the members of the Midnight Crew are well-dressed, Droog takes particular pride in his classy outfit.
The Chessmaster: He was able to, using the forensics evidence of some destroyed clocks and a single lost tooth, figure out exactly when Fin was going to try and bite him from the past, and fill him full of lead instead. Meanwhile, he used knowledge of The Felt's temporal abilities, Clubs Deuce, and a time bomb to redirect Trace, who was attacking from the future, and kill off both him and Doze at the same time. Pretty safe to say that Droog is the smartest and the best planner.
Crazy-Prepared: His BRAWLSOLEUM has multiple BACKUP HATS, several tasteful suits, and a shitload of guns and cards. He eventually subdued and captured Stitch as well, just in case.
Guns Akimbo: His weapons of choice are an AK-47 and a second assault rifle of a different type. Note that instead of two SMGs or pistols he's wielding full sized assault rifles.
So Proud of You: His treatment of Aradia, to whom he is an exile guide, is peppered with this. In his one shown conversation he used phrases like "Atta girl" and "That's what I like to hear". Aradia however seems to resent it.
Though it's implied that isnot all there is to it, considering Droog has a fetish for grey women, and Trolls and Aradia specifically are grey. His Porn Stash was in his hands at the same time as his comments above. Plus, even if he is genuinely praising Aradia, he usually says the above sentences after she's killed someone.
The Starscream: In the above mentioned video, Clubs Deuce comments that he thinks Droog "wants to be the leader". It's never been stated if he's really planning Slick's downfall or not, though.
The Stoic: Even when he's angry, he doesn't show it.
An Axe to Grind: Boxcars has quite the impressive collection of battle-axes (along with a mace or two). Ironically, while he goes on to decapitate another character (Eggs), it's... not by using an axe.
Brick Joke: At one point in the first intermission, he is "clocked" into a Horse Calender by Cans. Come Act 6's Third intermission, Meenah finds a horse calender that Hearts Boxcars is "still farming."
Butt Monkey: His encounters with Eggs, Biscuits and Cans make him this.
Evil Counterpart: While at first it may seem he has no clear analogue in Team Sleuth's three man band, Hearts Boxcars is pretty similar to the Hired Muscle that was payed to work with Team Sleuth until his eventual death.
Possibly also an analogue to AD as well, in that he is freakishly strong and angry often.
Gatling Good: His gun of choice is a minigun. It's probably the weapon counterpart of the wax lips.