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Behind the Fourth Wall
The guy writing the story and the narrator. He's much, much more involved than that would imply.
- Adam Westing: Andrew Hussie in real life is a soft spoken man with an odd sense of humor and little patience for the antics of the fandom. In-comic, Hussie is a completely insane Large Ham who continually mocks the audience, often speaking almost entirely in memes and call backs.
- Adorkable: Particularly with the joke subplot about the bullies and his appearances in Openbound.
- Author Avatar: Though he seemingly still has a place within Sburb's mythology.
- Author Scorned: As of Act 6 Intermission 5, Hussie has apparently grown quite bitter about Vriska shooting down his "extraordinarily inappropriate advances", and tries to jerk the plot's focus away from her whenever something important involving her happens. As a consequence, Vriska, like Caliborn, has gained awareness of his narration.
- Big "NO!": Implied here.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Or rather, looking through it.
- And physically smashing through a "Fifth Wall" into Doc Scratch's tower.
- No Inner Fourth Wall: Hussie interferes with the events of the story he's writing, but his actions are also a comically exaggerated part of the story the real Andrew Hussie is writing. The Andrew Hussie Author Avatar and the Andrew Hussie in real life are distinctly different.
- Brick Joke: "I wish those bullies would just leave me alone. Later I am going to ride a long magic dog through the sky and fuck their shit up."
- Butt Monkey: Every so often he ends up finding himself and/or his study dressed up in a ludicrous fashion, which he isn't too pleased with.
- Chewing the Scenery: HE CONJURES THIS INTREPID FANTASYSCAPE!
- Cosplay: He likes dressing up as his characters. Usually he cosplays as characters that are relevant at that point in the story. Poorly.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Engaging Conversation: As soon as he sees Vriska, he asks her to marry him. She responds in disgust. Yes, it's canon.
- Evil Laugh: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAet cetera.
- Fan Nickname: His fan nicknames are not just many. They are legion. Huss, Huss of Lips, Waste of Space, Thief of Life...
- Incredibly Lame Stealth Visual Pun: Hussie-bot is a Deus ex Machina.
- Killed Off for Real: Seemingly. It's worth mentioning that this update came on April Fools' Day, that he didn't die a Just or Heroic death, and that Hussie has always had the same Blank White Eyes that a dead person does. Currently, he appears to be in a dreambubble, but still able to narrate the story. The biggest consequence of this though is that he now can concretely interact with characters, despite claiming in another insert that his influence would be limited to John and Jade's journey across the yardstick in his study.
- Large Ham
- Lemony Narrator
- Mind Screw: In one recap, we found he was only the second most important character in Homestuck. Even though he's the writer of the story.
- Mr. Exposition: He has written three recaps and started a fourth, but abandoned it. Not to mention all the exposition he gives during the normal narration.
- Nonstandard Character Design: As the only canonically white person in the comic, he's the only one depicted with a skin colour. Funnily enough, it's stated to be orange.
- The Omniscient: He knows everything within the context of the comic. Justified because he's the author. Wasn't enough to save him from Lord English, though...
- Rapid-Fire Typing: He's shown doing this for the Recap Episodes. It gets Lampshaded here.
- Self-Deprecation: Refers to self-insertion as a bad idea on several occasions.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Vriska in the dreambubbles.
- Teasing Creator: Enjoys taunting the audience constantly.
"So, uh... what about all the other kids?" "Huh? Who? Oh, yeah. Those people. Aren't they all dead?"
- Trolling Creator: A few of the stranger self-inserts only make sense if you realize that Hussie used them to troll the fandom for flipping its lid over something (e.g. Rufio: Make him pay).
"Oh God, you're right! There are still a few characters I haven't killed yet. I almost forgot about them. I was planning on totally messing with them in the short window of time they're in the same universe as me! Hopefully it isn't too late."
- Troll: He acts as Caliborn's Exile, and actively insults and messes with him.
- Throw Away Guns: When he finds out his trump card wasn't loaded.
Originally a random background Prospitian holding a paint bucket. And she would have stayed that way, were it not for this question
from Ryan North
. She eventually reappears as Andrew Hussie's assistant.
The reader of MS Paint Adventures. Located in the LAND OF STUMPS AND DISMAY. Has allocated their STRIFE SPECIBUS
with PISTOLKIND ABSTRATUS.
The most terrifying character in Homestuck
and Lord English
have nothing on him.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Played with; Vriska appears to own the Wolf Head during her time on Alternia, and Doc manages to get a copy of it at some point, and it survives the destruction of the universe with part of Doc's apartment.
- Joke Character: The cast page that shows who's alive and who isn't has the Wolf Head on it, so it could be considered a character.
- Running Gag: It's always freaking the hell out of Hussie.
- Shout-Out: To a scene in the The Neverending Story where Bastian is scared by a stuffed wolf's head illuminated by a lightning flash during a storm while hiding in his school's attic from bullies.
- Taxidermy Terror
Sburb Cosmic Forces
The Gods of The Furthest Ring
A group of horrific creatures that whisper advice to the dream selves of Derse. The largest of them make up the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors.
- Blessed with Suck: The counterpart of Skaian visions for Derse Dreamers is being able to listen to the whispers of these guys during a lunar eclipse, when all light from Skaia is blocked out. It's so far proved to be of little to no value directly in comic, though they have allegedly proved useful offscreen or in the backstory. The Gods did become more useful by fueling in part the introduction of Dreambubbles, which are more directly useful for players. Even then, any player with a dead dreamself can access those, not just Derse Dreamers. Long story short, Prospitian dreamers definitely have a more useful source of knowledge than Derse Dreamers.
- Red Herring: Unintentionally so. Rose and Dave's conversations about Derse in Acts 4 and 5 end up being completely irrelevant because of the above. Even when Dave finally does take his shades off to stare into the abyss around Derse, he sees a dreambubble rather than the Gods.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They are first mentioned in Rose's Grimoire, which includes Fluthlu from Problem Sleuth as a very, very minor servitor of their race.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Well, it might be. Their actual evilness is left pretty vague and opinions vary between characters. Rose lampshades this trope to justify her ambivalence towards working for their ends, but when she finally asks the cue ball whether or not they're evil, she's shown some eldritch text and goes grimdark.
- While they help the players in the sense of giving them Dreambubbles and whispering to them, they also worked with Doc Scratch to make Alternia a Death World.
- Several of the dialogs that pop up in A6I3 when Meenah "re-bubbles" memories on "Bubblr" suggest that the Horrorterrors actively enjoy the misery and suffering that results from being ignored or scorned by her fickle Bubblr followers.
- Above Good and Evil / Blue and Orange Morality
- Eldritch Abomination
- Even Evil Has Standards: They may want to destroy all universes and undermine what Skaia creates, but they draw the line at Lord English who wants to destroy everything; probably because he's been killing them in particular.
- Fling a Light into the Future: They now store Rose's walkthrough in order to help other sessions of SBURB. It's found by Kanaya in what can effectively be considered the kid's past.
- Unfortunately, they also host the server that runs the ~ATH code that summons Lord English.
- Place Beyond Time / Void Between the Worlds: They live outside of the Incipispheres, in the Furthest Ring, literally existing in the spaces between universes.
The counterpart to the Elder Gods; Skaia shows the dream selves of Prospit confusing visions of the future, past, and present.
- Big Good: Skaia tries to shape the players into becoming heroes and grants them new realities to continue the creation of new universes.
- Sentient Cosmic Force
- God: If Doc Scratch and Lord English are the Devil figures, Skaia is probably the closest to a God figure.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Induces this in everyone who looks into its clouds except high ranking Dersites and Derse dreamers.
- Genius Loci: Although not intelligent in the classical sense, Skaia itself seems to have some form of awareness and knows everything.
- Not to mention a lot of game important things take place in or around Skaia.
- In a successful session, Skaia becomes a sort of bubble that holds a Genesis Frog, meaning they literally contain universes.
- Light Is Not Good: A lot of what Skaia does would be viewed as evil if any of the characters did it. The Reckoning appears to be an example of this, since Skaia intentionally destroys a session's homeworld to save itself, instead of teleporting the meteors pretty much anywhere else, like empty space. However, according to Rose in Act 6 Intermission 2, Earth is the only place it can send the meteors. It's also justified in that certain meteors need to hit a planet to seed it for the session.
- Meaningful Name: Sky + Gaia
- The Omniscient
- Out-Gambitted: None of the sessions shown have really worked out that well.
- Stable Time Loop
A mysterious force that causes doomed timelines and paradox doubles to die abruptly. Despite the name, it's not a physical location, so much as the shape of reality itself. Very little is known about it.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Paradox Space's immutable fate often takes the guise of ~ATH programs or vague curses. To what extent ~ATH actually warps reality is largely unknown, but it seems to simply reflect what Paradox Space had already decided.
- Big Bad: By some interpretations, Paradox Space is this, given that the efforts of the characters in comic are all predestined, including those of the actual Big Bad!
- Big Good: Of course Skaia and all the beneficial things that occur from it also fall under Paradox Space. Above Good and Evil applies heavily here.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Initially seemed like an offhand joke by Terezi about doomed timelines before being revealed to be an actual concept.
- Fan Nickname: P-Space. Eventually became used in comic as well.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Paradox Space and the fate it ordains is a subtle reference to the fact that the characters are fictional and Andrew plans all the arcs, with minor deviations springing up from fan input or just having fun with developing characters.
- Vriska's Rage Against the Heavens makes this even more evident; she's mad in part because she's been relegated to being a minor character.
- Omniscient Morality License / Above Good and Evil
- Our Angels Are Different: Angels apparently serve as agents of it. It's unclear if these are the same angels associated with Heroes of Hope.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Somehow is capable of observing all of reality and manipulating fate.
- Possibly averted. Aranea's exposition on it suggests it is no more cognizant of dooming people to die and manipulating their fates than humans are of cells in their body.
- A close reading of the story indicates that Paradox Space is really more like a law of physics (or maybe even a law of destiny) rather than an actual character.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Paradox Space is why everything is essentially predestined; all offshoot timelines veer off into non-existence. Notably, however, this only applies to the players and to actions that will have an impact on the potential creation or destruction of universes; non-players who aren't in a position to affect such things have as much choice as their lot in life permits.
- While fate isn't completely immutable, some minor variations being allowed, all major events are predestined. Despite this, Aranea points out that it isn't really a hindrance, as someone with unlimited choices would have no sense of identity.
The Final Boss
in each player's Myth Arc
, and the source of the troubles they face on their various lands.
All Denizens are examples of
- Ambiguously Evil: They do loosely serve Derse, but they're usually more interested in challenging the player to grow as an individual.
- With that said, Hephaestus went nuts in Davesprite's timeline due to the Forge never appearing.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Denizens are virtually identical in appearance to the icons used for a player's internet client, which usually is shown long before the character enters the Medium.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Mentioned early in Act 4 but seemed to take a backseat to Jack Noir's ascension before coming back near the end of Act 5 in a big way.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? / Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Both are valid options.
- Final Boss: Of each Land; though a player has the option of Talking the Monster to Death.
- The Ghost: Other than the fact that they look like each player's internet client icon, none of the denizens have actually appeared on-panel thus far, though a few of the kids and trolls have ended up encountering their denizens in some way or another.
- Somewhat alleviated by the silhouette of a statue of Echidna, and later totally undone by Yaldabaoth's appearance in Act 6 Act 4.
- Infinity–1 Sword: All seemingly have a weapon that can be given to another player of the session, for instance, the Quills of Echidna are part of NeedleKind, and Hephaestus's Fear No Anvil was captchagraphed by Davesprite and its code given to John. However they are not the ultimate weapons of a session, and a player can alchemize better ones.
- Meaningful Name: Almost all of them are named after Greek or Roman mythological figures and all share their names with a player's internet browser.
- You Bastard: Should a player choose to kill them, knowing that they're sentient. This has happened with at least Vriska and Karkat.
- The Unreveal: Because of the way the trolls set up their computers, we never end up seeing what any of their Denizens are. Dirk's computer was similarly set up so The Reveal of Yaldabaoth wasn't immediately obvious.
- The Unseen: None of them have been seen in person - all we have to go on are statues, the browser icons, and dead!John and Vriska's reactions to encountering a memory of Typheus.
- Completely undone thanks to Araneas exposition; Yaldabaoth is seen in-person giving Caliborn The Choice.
Possibly the Denizen of Breath
. He has appeared on the Land of Wind and Shade during John's travels.
Most tropes will apply to John's iteration.
- Nice Guy: Explained to a doomed John exactly what would result from the timeline shift before killing him.
- Snake People
Possibly the Denizen of Light
. She has appeared on the Land of Light and Rain during Rose's travels, on the Land of Maps and Treasure during Vriska's travels. Very little is known about her. Vriska killed her iteration, who attempted to explain something to Vriska before she died.
Possibly the Denizen of Time
. He has appeared on the Land of Heat and Clockwork during Dave's travels.
- The Blacksmith
- Cool Sword: Likes to make them
- Hot-Blooded: According to Davesprite at least.
- Jerkass: Comparatively amongst the Denizens. He attacked Davesprite without provocation, but once the Forge was lit by Jade, he seemingly calmed down a lot, and helped Davesprite reforge the Caledfwlch into the Royal Deringer.
- Man on Fire: Seemingly constantly.
- Odd Name Out: Of the first four Denizens introduced, he is the only one that is a god rather than a monster.
Possibly the Denizen of Space
. She has appeared on the Land of Frost and Frogs during Jade's travels and on the Land of Ray and Frogs during Kanaya's travels, as well as Aranea's land in the pre-scratch troll session.
- Big Bad / Big Good: More or less is the leader of the Denizens.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Doc Scratch refers to her as "the mother of all monsters." It's unknown whether this was just a reference to the mythological Echidna or whether she somehow plays this role in Sburb.
- Sadistic Choice: Every known iteration of Echidna has offered the players one. According to Jade, the choices "seem to have to do with facing mortality and making it clear if you choose one path over another it will lead to your death and that your death may even be necessary to accomplish a goal." Kanaya theorizes that all Denizens produce an ultimatum that is a variant on that choice.
- The pre-Scratch trolls were given the chance to scratch their game rather than face extinction "and put no others at risk." This turned out to be a Deal with the Devil, as it allowed for Doc Scratch and Lord English to reign over their universe.
- The post-Scratch trolls were given a task which Kanaya said was impossible in exchange for how to find the last frog. Karkat pushed her to ignore the frog and focus on the final battle. It's implied that Kanaya killed her version of Echidna like the others.
- Jade was told that she must agree to the seemingly impossible task of taking all the Denizens, the Consorts, and their lands with her after the Scratch. She agrees despite having no idea how to do so and later pulls it off after reaching God Tier.
- Snake People
Possibly the Denizen of Life
. She resides on Jane's Land of Crypts and Helium.
- Meaningful Name: Hemera is the goddess of daylight and her dress is golden, which in-verse is associated with Prospit and Skaia.
- Rule of Symbolism: Her dress visually resembles the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol associated with medicine.
- The Aloner: Other than the Underlings, she will be the only one still alive to greet Jane on LOCAH due to the extra long time it took for them to get into the game.
Possibly the Denizen of Void
. She resides on Roxy's Land of Pyramids and Neon.
- Meaningful Name: Nyx is the goddess of night and her dress is purple, which in-verse is associated with Derse and the Horrorterrors.
- Palette Swap: Visually resembles Hemera above, only her dress is purple instead of golden and swirls the opposite directions.
The Denizen designated for the most naturally gifted warriors. He appears on Dirk's Land of Tombs and Krypton and resides inside of Earth's core during Caliborn's session.
- A God Am I: 'The God of All Monsters'
- Art Shift: In his appearance, he is much more detailed and luminous than typical of Homestuck characters.
- Eldritch Abomination: Comes across as one, but never explicitly stated to be one.
- Odd Name Out: All of the other Denizens (aside from Abraxas) are named after Greek and Roman deities and creatures. Yaldabaoth takes his name from the creator of the material world in the Gnostic tradition, which may also be a reference to Jade and Roxy's chumhandles.
- Though the concept of Demiurge stems from Plato and was subsequently appropriated by the Gnostics, meaning the connection isn't entirely gone. Plato's conception of Demiurge and the Gnostic conception of Yaldaboath are distinctly different though.
- Palette Swap: Visually resembles Typheus, except with a red body and a dark orange Light sun head.
- Genius Bonus: Yaldabaoth/Demiurge is often portrayed as posing as a sun deity. It fits well for a denizen whose aspect's theme is a fractured soul.
- Power Of The Sun: He has a sun for a head.
- Random Encounter: Yaldabaoth is the exception to the Aspect=Denizen rule. He only appears to players who are already naturally gifted Badass before Entering the session.
- Rule of Symbolism: Dirk uses the content aggregator "Complete Bullshit" rather than the browser Yaldaboath most of the time. The Myth Arc for a Hero of Heart sometimes revolves around a fractured sense of self.
Possibly the Denizen of Hope
. He resides on Jake's Land of Mounds and Xenon.
- Meaningful Name: Abraxas is a great archon in Gnositic text, who contains and appears in all 365 heavens within himself. Abraxas's design also includes the symbol for infinity, ∞.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Unlike the other Denizens, who have human-like faces, Abraxas has a birdface instead, as seen in most depictions of him.
- Odd Name Out: Like Yaldabaoth, he's named after another Gnostic figure.
- Rule of Symbolism: Depending on the source, he can be ether interpreted as an Egyptian god or a demon. Lord English is a demon who uses a sarcophagus to travel time.
In-Universe Fictional Characters
The Squiddles and Skipper Plumbthroat
Characters from a Saturday morning cartoon show Rose and Jade watched when they were younger. Entirely irrelevant to the plot. For now, at least.They have their own album.
They are, in part, a subconscious representation of the Gods of the Furthest Ring, created by humanity.
- Affectionate Parody
- All There in the Manual: Most of the info about them was revealed in the description for a poster in the store. The album reveals some more info.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Animesque: Parts of the flash movie that comes with the album.
- Art Shift: There's several different art styles in the Squiddles opening.
- Blatant Lies/Lies to Children: "Mister Bowman Tells You About The Squiddles:"
Mister Bowman: The Squiddles live in a magical land,
Below the waves in castles of sand
If you listen close, you can hear them make their plans
Kids: What kind of plans?
Mister Bowman: ...Happy Squiddle plans!
- The Captain
- Dark Reprise: The Squiddles theme suffers a pretty severe version of this. The version used in [S] Jade: Wake Up (and as a hidden track in "Squiddles!") starts out sounding more and more like the product of a defective tape machine before falling apart completely, and has a pretty severe case of Last Note Nightmare.
- Egomaniac Fisherman
- Everything's Squishier With Cephalopods
- Expy: In universe, the Squiddles are Lighter and Softer versions of the Gods, while Skipper Plumbthroat is possibly related to Lord English. Word of God has been very teasing on their connection, but an outright link has never been stated.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Two squiddles are seen smoking in bed after being tangle buddies.
- God Never Said That: Skipper Plumbthroat doesn't have a pegleg, despite fans assuming he did.
- Harmless Villain
- Medium Blending: The opening sequence includes a puppet show segment, midway through the puppet show, they decide to be tangle buddies, and it switches from puppets to gloved hands.
- Merchandise-Driven: Judging by the sheer amount of plushies.
- Nonstandard Character Design: The magical girls in the Squiddles opening.
- The Power of Friendship/The Power of Love: Always.
- Punny Name
- Puppy-Dog Eyes
- Real Trailer, Fake Movie: Here for the Squiddles movie, The Day The Unicorns Couldn't Play.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Show Within a Show
- Stylistic Suck: Never actually seen, but it's implied to be pretty bad to the people of the Homestuck universe, excluding Jade. It has a 2.6 out of 10 on the (fake) IMDB page seen in the description for the poster mentioned above.
- Title Theme Tune
- Villain Song: "Catchyegrabber" for Skipper Plumbthroat, which later received a remix and is the closest to being Eridan's theme as any song is.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: From what is seen/heard of the show, it's implied that it tended to touch down on themes that, for children's television, were needlessly bleak.
Characters from Complacency of the Learned
"The Complacency of the Learned" is a story written by Rose and her Post-Scratch counterpart, Mom Lalonde. While Rose's story never amounted to much more than Purple Prose
, Mom Lalonde's novels have become inexplicable best sellers.
The series is about a group of disciples of twelve great wizards who rebel against them under the influence of Calmasis, chief antihero and antagonist. The kids then murder each of the wizards in ironic ways, until only their leader, Zazzerpan, is left to duel him in a chess match. Roxy calls the books "dark," "inaccessibly written," and "exhaustingly heavy-handed" though still inspiring to her as an author of more lighthearted wizardfic.Word of God
is that Rose's wizardfic is about 12 evil kids who influenced every dark event in history
, and thus a subconscious reflection of the trolls' role in creating the universe. Other characters in the series seem to correspond to the cherubs.
Calmasis is the main antagonist of the series.
- Anti-Hero: Is referred to this by Roxy, though evidence seems to suggest that s/he's closer to a Villain Protagonist.
- Ambiguous Gender: Consistently referred to as "s/he", due to being very androgynous.
- Death by Irony: Seemingly obsessed with them.
- Expy: Intentionally done in universe. Calmasis has the relative appearance of Rose's grimdark phase, is heavily associated with Doc Scratch, and has been shown to be partially foreshadowing Calliope and Caliborn.
- Magnetic Hero / The Corrupter: Manages to turn other pupils against the Complacency.
- Meaningful Name: Calmasis
- It's also similar to "kismesis".
- Also similar to Salmacis, the nymph who was merged with Hermphroditus to become the first hemaphrodite.
- Villain Protagonist: Torments and kills the Complacency for no real explored reason.
- Villain Sue: In universe example. S/he wins a game of wizard chess even after being checkmated.
- Most wizards use wands. Calmasis has a revolver.
Also known as the Predicant Scholar. Leader of the Complacency and main protagonist.
A wizard cursed and later killed by Calmasis.
Executus, Smarny, Ockite the Bonafide, and Gastrell the Munificent.
Characters from Wizardy Herbert
"Wizardy Herbert" is a story written by Roxy. In real life, the story actually began as "a very flippantly satirical story about kids and magic" written by Hussie before Homestuck
, and many of the jokes in this story provide several of the comic's Mythology Gags
related to wizards. Unlike that endeavor and Complacency of the Learned
, however, Roxy's story is of poor quality, and appears to serve the purposes of My Immortal
or Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff
for the Potteresque Complacency
The plot involves four teenagers from the real world who all somehow enter
a fictional story
, one of even poorer quality than the larger story, about a summer camp for wizards. It is revealed that one of these characters, Grant Anonama, the villain, is originally from the story and that his true name is Slinus Marlevort. The narrative appears to make Russet the protagonist at first before accepting the titular protagonist's place in that role. The story is left unfinished at a scene where Herbert and Beatrix are playing an obvious parody of Quidditch involving flying wooden horses.
- All There in the Script: His surname is mentioned only in Hussie's original Wizardy Herbert and its related materials.
Slinus Marlevort / Grant Anonama
- Big Bad: Of Wizardy Herbert
- Meaningful Name / Shout-Out: His surname appears to be a lazy portmanteau of the two names for Harry Potter's Dark Lord, "Voldemort" and "Tom Marvolo Riddle." His first name appears to be in the style of those of other Potter characters (i.e. "Severus," "Lucius," "Sirius," etc.).
- His pseudonym, which he used when he pretended to be the heroes' friend in the real world, is an anagram for "Not an anagram."
Robots & Dolls
Dirk's Auto Responder/Lil Hal
An AI Dirk Strider
developed that supposedly imitates his thought processes within a small margin of error. As such, his chumhandle is also timaeusTestified
. Dirk created him around his thirteenth birthday, and he's more or less a screenshot of Dirk's personality at that time period, though he's undergone his own character development as well.
Because they're very closely related, tropes here specifically apply to the program. For tropes related to his merger with Equius as Arquissprite, see the Sprites
Originally uses orange, and talks like Dirk, but switches to red later.
- Artificial Intelligence: The first and so far only truly robotic character in the comic.
- Asexuality: While he does have a slight crush on Jake at times, it's more like an echo of Dirk's feelings, and he's not sure if he "can be 'into' someone in a way you [Roxy] understand."
- Ambiguously Bi: On the other hand, he flirts with Roxy in addition to the aforementioned crush on Jake. Dirk however calls him out on it and says he's just doing it to fuck with him, which AR agrees with.
- Brain Uploading:
- Bratty Half-Pint: Sort of. He's got a mental age of 13, as opposed to Dirk who's aged since.
- Call a Human a "Meatbag"
TT: Because clearly its up to a soulless droid to feel emotions for the both of us, you callous, corporeal carbon ape, all trotting around with your fancy fuckin' DNA and shit.
- Seemingly only does so when he's pretty upset or trying to assert his intellectual superiority.
- Call Back: Is a reference to how Davesprite insists on being treated as his own person, separate from Dave.
TT: If it's me, I'm going all out. Oceans will rise. Cities will fall. Volcanoes will erupt.
- Makes a call back to a dramatic action taken by another robotic character
TT: What does he have to do to make you at ease with the alkaline sting of his gentle robogrope? I really want to know.
TT: Maybe he should just rip his heart out of his chest and pound it into green gravel there in the jungle with his hella strong robot arm.
- Cool Shades: Literally is a pair of them.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Jake agrees to treat AR as a person and not a program.
- Extends further: Dirk created him from a captcha when he was 13, but AR has since undergone his own development since, separate from Dirk. It also explains why he's a bit more immature and sweary than Dirk, in that he's mentally a bit younger.
- Expospeak Gag: When Jake runs into the occasional hole in his ability to mimic a human. Of course, it turns out that this is just a schtick he's doing to mess with people.
- Fan Nickname: Shades Prick, after Spades Slick.
TT: What does he have to do to make you at ease with the alkaline sting of his gentle robogrope? I really want to know.
TT: Maybe he should just rip his heart out of his chest and pound it into green gravel there in the jungle with his hella strong robot arm.
TT: If it's me, I'm going all out. Oceans will rise. Cities will fall. Volcanoes will erupt.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual
- Hypocritical Humor: From here.
TT: Hey, I'm upset about it too, but let's watch the fucking language.
- Irony: He's just as committed as Dirk to impenetrable irony, though Dirk accuses him of ruining it.
- LARPing: Apparently does stuff with Roxy that Dirk wishes he wouldn't.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
GT: How long have your machinations been in play!
TT: Jake, come on. The feat you describe would exceed the capabilities of even the most far fetched theoretical AI system. It would be a daunting challenge to engineer such a series of events, even if I was relegated to a model of pure fiction.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: The accuracy numbers he admits to pulling out of his ass.
- Misaimed Fandom: Refers to HAL 9000 as the "protagonist" of the movie.
- Not So Stoic: In comparison to Dirk, he's a lot more open about his feelings. However, he makes a distinction between feelings he inherited from Dirk and feelings he thinks of as actually his.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He is pretty resentful of humans and tends to mock them when his artificial nature is brought up.
- Broken Bird: His conversations with Roxy have made it clear that he's incredibly upset about being artificial, if only because it means no one takes him seriously or treats him like a person.
- Pungeon Master: Tends to use "bro" puns (bromide, brocurement), as well as others:
- His puns are sometimes followed by a Glasses Pull with an emoticon image, similar to previous characters, though naturally his is simply a faceless pair of glasses.
- Self-Parody: He created Lil Hal Junior, his own entirely unnecessary autoresponder, which clearly has no AI at all. It only says things like "Hmm" and "Interesting" unless the person pestering it triggers the following parody of the "It seems you have asked about DS's chat client auto-responder" spiel:
TT: It seems you have asked about Lil Hal's chat client auto-responder, Lil Hal Junior. This is an application designed to simulate Lil Hal's otherwise inimitably rad typing style, tone, cadence, personality, and substance of retort while he is away from the computer, which is never. The algorithms are guaranteed to be 0% indistinguishable from Lil Hal's native neurological responses, based on some statistical raw data that is hard as a diamond golem's priceless erection.
- Shout-Out: Not directly, but he explicitly puts on a "Hal 9000 schtick".
TT: I'm afraid Dirk can't hear you right now, Jake.'''
- Later on, he tells Jake to call him Lil Hal, and after that:
TT: My abilities would have to go well beyond those of Mr. Hal 9000.
TT: They would have to be, you could say...
TT: Over 9000
TT: 9X shades combo
GT: Augh not that fuckin meme again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Sophisticated as Hell: He has both a wide vocabulary and swears a lot more than his creator.
TT: It seems there is a 76.10395784% chance you are pussying out on me.
- Turing Test: He almost passes, fooling Jake for nearly an entire page and then convincingly asserting his own personhood afterwards.
- Dirk claims that he programmed him to pretend to fail it ironically.
- Verbal Tic: He immediately regurgitates a preformed chat message when prompted about himself, and then subsequently tries to play it off as being irrelevant.
TT: It seems you have asked about DS's chat client auto-responder. This is an application designed to simulate DS's otherwise inimitably rad typing style, tone, cadence, personality, and substance of retort while he is away from the computer. The algorithms are guaranteed to be 96% indistinguishable from DS's native neurological responses, based on some statistical analysis I basically just pulled out of my ass right now.
- He has a tendency to use "It seems" and percentages a lot in conversation, both of which Dirk also programmed into him.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Jake invokes this, claiming that machines don't have real feelings, but AR defies it, says he does have feelings, and is quite offended by Jake's attitude.
TT: I think you knowingly confuse the field of robotics and artificial intelligence to engender some sort of cavalier attitude about technology that a rough-and-tumble guy who's all about brawling and fisticuffs would probably have, and if this is cultivated to a humorous effect then I commend you.
TT: But you're wrong.
TT: I do have feelings. And you're shitting on them.
TT: It sucks.
- Cloning Blues: Doesn't take kindly to Jake's insistence on talking to the "real" Dirk. This is one of the ways one can tell the difference between him and the original Dirk Strider.
- Dirk himself seems to believe that the question is irrelevant, even to the point of leaving his functions on because he regards muting an AI whose entire purpose is to talk an And I Must Scream situation.
- On the other hand Dirk dismisses his growth in maturity since they were both 13, since he has developed "in whatever way is natural for a frequently running, self-aware application," as opposed to how Dirk grew as a human. Dirk eventually admits that this is just denial since he's disgusted by how Lil Hal shows him exactly how hard it is for others to deal with his own personality.
- Wishful Projection: His defense of the "loyal brobot" seems rather personal.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Zig-zagged. From the beginning fans have speculated that Lil Hal would be Dirk's sprite eventually, much in the same way that Dave prototyped his sprite with a copy of himself. 5 months after entry, Dirk finally relents and agrees to do so (after almost killing Lil Hal in a bout of self-loathing and frustration), only for Gamzee to finally sneak past him and prototype the sprite with Equius. Dirk says, "Fuck it," and prototypes Equiusprite with him anyway.
Sawtooth and Squarewave
A pair of rapping robots created by Dirk Strider. Sawtooth was designed to be unbeatable in a rap-off while Squarewave loses to Dirk every time.
Squarewave has spoken in a flash
and speaksALMOST ENTIRELY IN PURE RAPAFTER HE GOT FED UP WITH DIRK'S CRAPHIS RHYMES THOUGH ARE PRETTY WEAKDIRK BEATS HIM WITH ONLY A TWO LINE STREAKHE ALSO USES STEREOTYPICAL RAPPER SLANG LIKE DOGG!!
Bro's favorite puppet. He's kind of creepy.
According to Caliborn, Cal is a "juju", which is an Artifact of Doom
seemingly connected to Lord English. Dirk Strider has his own version of Lil' Cal, but it's currently unclear if it is a duplicate created by the Scratch or the same Cal from a different point in time. Caliborn and Cal's ability to wink have implied that it's probably both and that Cal's power as a juju allows Caliborn to store his soul inside
- Always Chaotic Evil: See Artifact of Doom.
- Artifact of Doom: Caliborn seems to think that Lil' Cal is one, though its unknown how specific he's being when trying to warn Dirk to destroy him.
uu: THERE'S ONLY ONE REASON FOR THOSE TO EXIST.
uu: IT IS TO TuRN THE LIFE OF EVERYONE WHO OCCuPIES THE SAME uNIVERSE WITH IT.
uu: INTO A NIGHTMARE.
- He later realizes that the reason for Cal being this is that he will eventually store his soul inside the puppet.
- Biggest Bad: Implied to be the ultimate representation of the ontological cancer that is behind all the story's misfortune.
- It turns out this is because he, alongside the similarly-treated Felt jujus, is Caliborn's phylactery.
- Brown Note: Looking at him winking is largely implied to make you insane (or, in Gamzee's case, more insane than usual).
- Companion Cube: One that turns out to be Evil All Along.
- Creepy Doll: In and out of the Homestuck Universe.
- Defictionalization: Forum regular Eyes5 made a real Cal doll and gave it to Andrew.
- Demonic Dummy: Those eyes...
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Yes, the Big Bad has been seen since Act 2.
- Foreshadowing: Dave's sword is called Caledscratch. It's later revealed that Doc Scratch was created by the Black Queen alchemizing Cal with Vriska's magic cue ball.
- Remember all those jokes about Lil' Cal being Lord English? It turns out English spawns from Doc Scratch's body at the end of the universe. He has Lil' Cal's facial structure.
- As do the cherubs, both of whose names contain Cal's. And he's not called Lil' Cal for nothing: he's the host for Caliborn's soul.
- Killed Off for Real: As it's implied that the Cal from the B1 Universe that Gamzee owned is the last Cal, the puppet, under Caliborn's influence, effectively commits suicide when it persuades post-scratch Jack Noir to steal its eyes and destroy Prospit's prison (and the rest of the puppet with it). His curse, however, still survives inside "Union Jack."
- Meaningful Name: Since the dummy contains a piece of Lord English's soul, as he's essentially a Little Caliborn.
- Mythology Gag: Before MS Paint Adventures, Andrew Hussie often used the name "Lil' Cal" for rappers or gangsters in his other comics.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially his dream counterpart, which moves around on its own. Then it turns out that he is his dream counterpart through weird time shit, so he was alive and capable of moving all along... (unless Dream Cal only moved due to Dave's subconscious influence) Also, Gamzee thinks Cal can talk, and is telling him that it's time to kill him all, is he just an Ax-Crazy maniac who thinks his puppet talks to him, or is he an Ax-Crazy maniac whose puppet really is talking to him?
- Given Lil' Cal's connection with Doc Scratch and Lord English...
- Security Blanket: To Dirk, strangely enough.
He's been around as long as you can remember. You were practically raised by that puppet. He was a much better guardian to you than that Hollywood superstar BRO of yours ever was. He is such a good listener. You share with him all your most private thoughts and hopes and dreams, and sometimes you snuggle up with him for a nice nap.
- Soul Jar: Implied to be the primary vessel for Caliborn's soul.
- Stable Time Loop: Caliborn calls Lil' Cal a "juju." Later, Calliope explains that "juju" are said to have origins impossible to trace, emerging out of the void, and cannot truly be copied or destroyed.note Lil' Cal is a fine example of this. He was created by Gamzee as a nightmare to haunt Dave's dreamself based on Bro's puppet. That nightmare eventually was sent through a Skaian portal to become Bro's puppet, and then that puppet through elaborate shenanigans ended up following Jack into the troll's session and eventually wound up in Gamzee's hands, inspiring his own creation.
- It gets even more complicated: Gamzee's creation is not entirely of his own volition; Dirk's Dream Cal is found by Gamzee and given to Caliborn, and after Caliborn stores his soul inside Dirk's Dream Cal, it becomes, in Caliborn's words, "ENTANGLED WITH THE VOID" and is then transferred by Gamzee into the Cal he "creates." As a result, Lord English is created, and he inspires Gamzee's "chucklevoodoo" abilities and, with help from Kurloz, ensures he travels far enough in the void to get to Caliborn. Without Gamzee, Caliborn would have never discovered Cal.
Con Air Bunny Rabbit / Liv Tyler / Mr. Terry Kiser
The genuine rabbit seen in the film Con Air
, given by Nicolas Cage
to his daughter at the film's "dramatic
" climax. Dave got it for John as a birthday present. It's had an interesting history.
- Ambiguous Gender: Rose and John use female pronouns for it; Jake uses male. It's a stuffed toy, so it doesn't have one.
- BFG: The Cyborg Bunny wields the ultimate or penultimate weapons of the same types as the kids. One of them is Eridan's Ahab's Crosshairs — miniaturized, but still much taller than the Bunny itself.
- Cat Face: Well, bunny face, but definitely has a penchant for doing this.
- Chekhov's Gift: John receives all three versions of the Bunny on his birthday. He does not realize it at first, but each one is very important — the first two must be sent back in time to create the third, which ends up saving his life when cornered by Jack.
- This also logically means, of course, that John has regifted the poor thing twice. Talk about unappreciative!
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Still looking out for John and the Kids too, Liv stole the Tumor and delivered it to Rose and is accompanying her on her suicide mission.
- The Cavalry: "The toy has taken a new master. The tactician, a misstep."
- Big Damn Heroes: It has a bit of a habit for coming through for the kids when it's least expected.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unceremoniously killed offscreen during the creation of the Green Sun.
- Averted later in Act 6, where Terry gets a whole flash dedicated to its life and death as Liv Tyler after Jake sends it to Jade.
- Eye Scream: WV eats its green eye, RIGHT OUT OF THE SOCKET. Thankfully occurs off-screen.
- I Have Many Names: John calls it Liv Tyler; Jake calls it Terry Kiser.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Duh
- Shout-Out: Aside from the obvious, John eventually has her pilot one Derse's floating battleships, making her Captain Tyler.
- Shrink Ray: Liv Tyler has both a infinitesimalator (pressing her red eye) which can littlefy things and a monstrositifier (the green eye) which hugens them. John used the monstrositifier to hugen the Warhammer of Zillyhoo back to its normal size. Unfortunately WV ate the green eye, leaving only the infinitesimalator, which John used to shrink a Derse battleship.
- The Slow Path: It's at least 38 years old.
- Transplant: The stuffed Bunny is the authentic toy itself from Con Air, albeit much abused.
- Walking Armory: It shows up with four ultimate weapons strapped to its back — the Warhammer of Zillyhoo, the Quills of Echidna, the Royal Deringer, and Ahab's Crosshairs.
Post-Scratch Bunny / Huggy Bear / Lil' Sebastian
A version of the Cyborg Bunny that was created by Dirk and given to Jane for her birthday. The post-scratch counterpart to Liv Tyler.
- In Spite of a Nail: Dirk enclosed the actual Con Air bunny in a robotic suit, despite Jane not being a fan of Con Air.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: However, due to the duplication of items between the Scratch, Jane technically has 3 different instances of the exact same bunny now, which doesn't have to undergo a Stable Time Loop anymore.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed off just as unceremoniously as its counterpart.
- Disney Death: Later recovered from the ground by Gamzee in the far future Earth of Caliborn's session. Though he's able to dance the same way he has before, he's pretty rusted and beat up.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Small Annoying Creature: Jane is not amused by his actions, particularly his desecration of Poppop's body, and more recently, the destruction of one of her home's walls by a thrown refrigerator.
- Shout-Out: Li'l Sebastian is named after a miniature horse from Parks and Recreation, and the name "Huggy Bear", of course, comes from the character played by Snoop Dogg in Starsky & Hutch.
Assorted Animal Sidekicks
Over the course of their adventure, the kids (and some other characters) come into possession of a number of animal sidekicks. In order of appearance, they are MAPLEHOOF, a beautiful pony given to Rose by her mom; VODKA MUTINI, a friendly mutant kitten found in the lab near Rose's house; and a small murder of RAMBUNCTIOUS CROWS who burst through the window of Dave's apartment.
Serenity / Twinkly Herbert
A firefly from the Land of Wind and Shade that was trapped in amber in WV's exile station. He appearified her out of the amber and she has since followed the cast around.
... .--. . .- -.- ... / . -. - .. .-. . .-.. -.-- /
.. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
(Translation: Speaks entirely in Morse Code.)
Casey / Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer
CASEY is a salamander from the Land of Wind and Shade who played the part of Cameron Poe's daughter in one of John's emotionally charged Con Air
- Ambiguous Gender: John isn't quite sure what gender Casey is, but gives her a girl name. Rose thinks of "Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer" as male. Who's right? Who knows.
- Ascended Extra: Is briefly focused on during Act 6 Intermission 5.
- Badass Adorable: Viceroy Von Salamancer is an absolutely adorable Fun Size salamander with a scarf and black robes. Also has now displayed the powers of a Necromancer.
- I Have Many Names: Similar to Mutie's nickname, Casey gets called "Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer" by Rose. Turnabout is fair play?
- You ALL Look Familiar: Casey looks the same as any salamander, only smaller and thus cuter.
A famous prankster and one of John and Jane's heroes. In both the pre- and post-Scratch universes, he was married to Betty Crocker and was the adoptive father of two of the eight meteor babies - Nanna and Grandpa pre-Scratch (though he never lived to raise both of them), and Grandma and Poppop post-Scratch.
One of Dad's business associates.
- Action Survivor: The only known human still alive on post-apocalyptic Earth after the last meteor hits.
- Ascended Extra
- Ascended Meme: Attempts to use large pants as some kind of defense.note
- Stuck in the Medium. Drinks his own filtered piss. note
- It's safe to say fedorafreak is nothing BUT this.
- Expospeak Gag: He types like this, all the time.
- Expy: He's basically Dad only talking and more obsessed with hats. But then again he was never meant to be a major character.
- Hero of Another Story: He's playing his own session somehow, possibly with other survivors. He seemingly wandered across a player's wrecked house and entered that way
- Fridge Horror: Earth Sessions are unbeatable because of inherent flaws in the Universe. What happened to him is best left to the imagination.
- Innocent Bystander / Red Herring: Another interpretation of his character.
- According to his last log with Nannasprite, he likely even managed to ascend to God Tier (he describes himself clearly mortally wounded and lying down on a mysterious stone bed.) Unfortunately, he was probably annihilated along with the rest of the prescratch human universe.
- Nice Hat: It's in the name.
- Potty Humor: Such a source of this that Andrew jokingly dubs him the Gent of Piss.
- Serious Business: Professional attire, particularly hats.
- Sure, Why Not?: Probably the biggest example as a character within the entire series.
- The Voice: Although he only communicates through text.
A Food Network
star turned Supreme Court Justice, then High Chaplain of Interstellar War under the Condesce's rule, and eventually regarded as the third Antichrist
. He was assassinated by Lalonde, Roxy's Ancestor, in the last gasp of the Resistance.
- Disney Villain Death: If the knitting needles didn't finish him off, the plummet to the bottom of a waterfall of blood probably helped.
- Eye Scream: Stabbed in both eyes with a pair of knitting needles.
- Foreshadowing: Fieri made his first cameo in the comic some seven hundred pages before Dirk explained his rise to power more fully. It's easy to dismiss those popups as a throwaway gag, until you find out that... well, see below.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He was responsible for the deaths of 5 billion people. Out of 7 billion.
- Stealth Pun: His name resembles Feferi's, which seems to be the only explanation as to why Guy Fieri of all people.
- Well, either that or because he, like Betty Crocker, is a chef.
- Villain with Good Publicity: It became increasingly obvious that he was evil as other Supreme Court justices dropped dead and humanity continued its acrobatic pirouette off the handle.
The first and last Juggalo
and dual presidents ever, having been appointed by the Batterwitch herself. They caused a Hilarocaust
and were eventually killed in a duel by Strider, Dirk's Ancestor, in the final gasp of the Resistance.
Mierfa Durgas and Nektan Whelan
Two Fantrolls that exist because their creators paid a whopping $10,000 for the Kickstarter for the Homestuck Gaiden Game
. Though Hussie originally intended the option to have fan characters appear as a joke, he ultimately followed up by making them appear briefly just before Calliope and Caliborn are born
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