Characters: Homestuck Trolls Two
Elsewhere in paradox space, we examine another planet, forgotten by time. But we will strive to remember. What was this planet's name?
Long before the formation of planet Earth, there was a world called Alternia. Alternia was a world ruled by the trolls
, a species who, at least externally
, look like humans
with grey skin
, yellow eyes
, and striped horns
. The trolls, too, have found Sburb (or rather, Sgrub), and over the course of the adventure we meet twelve troll children who play it together, split into two sessions of six. However, sometime during the course of their quest, something goes very wrong
, and they begin a campaign of petty internet harassment
against the kids, who they blame for the incident. Despite their monstrous looks, sinister screennames
, and character profiles composed of mixes and inversions of traits from one or more of the kids
, the trolls mostly aren't that bad
; they were introduced properly in their own sub-adventure arc in Act 5 Act 1, also known as Hivebent, before essentially becoming part of the main cast on par with the kids in Act 5 Act 2.
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♌ Nepeta Leijon ♌
You live in a CAVE that is also a HIVE, but still mostly just a CAVE. You like to engage in FRIENDLY ROLE PLAYING, but not the DANGEROUS KIND. Never the DANGEROUS KIND. It's TOO DANGEROUS! Too many of your good friends have gotten hurt that way. Your daily routine is dangerous enough as it is. You prowl the wilderness for GREAT BEASTS, and stalk them and take them down with nothing but your SHARP CLAWS AND TEETH! You take them back to your cave and EAT THEM, and from time to time, WEAR THEIR PELTS FOR FUN. You like to paint WALL COMICS using blood and soot and ash, depicting EXCITING TALES FROM THE HUNT! And other goofy stories about you and your numerous pals.
A cave-dwelling troll with an immense love of and fascination with the art of shipping, who maintains an extensive Shipping Wall.
In Sburb, she is the Rogue of Heart
. Her trolltag is "arsenicCatnip
Has allocated her STRIFE SPECIBUS
with the CLAWKIND ABSTRATUS
:33 < *ac types by beginning her lines with a two-mouthed cat smile, inserts cat puns into her spelling
wherever pawsible, sometimes roleplays in third-person, and replaces double E's with "33"!*
- Air-Vent Passageway: Used here.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She has a huge crush on Karkat, even marking Karkat<3Vriska as "Oh nooooooo" on her shipping wall. Granted, in all likelihood, she gravitates toward Karkat because he also deals with relationships a lot. She is also more or less Equius's Morality Pet.
- Although, let's be honest, Karkat is practically cuddly in comparison to the majority of the troll cast.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Karkat thinks that she's autistic, though applying human symptoms to an alien might not be a reliable way to diagnose them with a human condition. Either way, she willingly lives in a cave, keeps track of her friends' romantic lives and rigidly adheres to it, is incredibly bubbly, somewhat ditzy, and eventually acts as a Sprite with Feferi, even after they separate. It's not if she has a condition, it's what condition she has.
- Anchored Ship: She's very interested in quadrants, and is determined to have Karkat as her matesprit and won't take no for an answer. According to Karkat at least, in canon we never get to see any of this before she's killed.
- Back from the Dead: Prototyped into Roxy's sprite with Feferi.
- Badass Adorable: Roleplays as a mother cat. Kills wild animals with her hands. And wait until you see what she can do with a proper weapon.
- Badass Longcoat: She wears a green longcoat. She puts on a black one when she's a pirate.
- Beast and Beauty: The Beauty to Equius' Beast.
- Berserk Button: She became enraged and attacked Gamzee after he killed Equius.
- Biting The Hood: After a particularly frustrating conversation with Equius.
- Break the Cutie: She did not handle seeing Gamzee strangle Equius well.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Equius.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She never does confess her feelings to Karkat. Ironically, he knew about her crush all along and was trying to tread carefully so as not to break her heart.
- Cat Girl: Roleplays as one. Nepeta herself is a borderline case, since her horns are shaped like cat ears and her default expression is a Cat Smile complete with Cute Little Fangs.
- Cat Smile: The Emoticon she begins sentences with is a two-mouthed variation. It's her default expression, as well, and her cat hood and bangs create a second one.
- It's also the face of her lusus, Pounce De Leon.
- Cute and Psycho: For an adorable young girl, she's quite violent, though never towards someone who doesn't deserve it.
- Cute Bruiser: Sweet as a box of Fruit Gushers...and regularly slays wild Alternian beasts for dinner. And paints on the walls with their blood.
- Cute Little Fangs: Like most trolls.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: Nepeta's theme is called "Walls Covered In Blood", which describes the cave she calls home - her giant "Shipping Wall" is drawn with blood. The song is mostly comprised of cute little "meow"s in an upbeat tune.
- Expressive Mask: The eyes of her hood match her own eyes' expressions in the Alterniabound flash.
- Extreme Doormat: Even though she puts up a huge fuss, she always listens to Equius.
- Expy: Very similar to Numbuh 3.
- Fingerless Gloves: Made from the hides of animals she's killed, too.
- Fun Personified: She has the occasional dramatic moment (usually involving her getting killed,) but is mostly meant to be a goofy, fun character with little bearing on the plot.
- Fun with Acronyms: Her planet is named the Land Of Little Cubes And Tea.
- Furry Fandom: She roleplays online as a mother cat entirely unironically, apparently, and dresses like a cat.
- Fragile Speedster: She and Equius were her session's go-to physical fighters. Despite this, she can't seem to take a hit.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Definitely in play over her facing off with Gamzee.
- Grotesque Cute: True to her fursona, who kills wild animal with her bare hands, she lives in a cave littered with animal skins and bloody marks on the walls. But she's still adorable with her kitty cap, her fake tail, and her big goofy Cat Smile.
- Happily Ever After: Of a sort. She seems very happy in dreambubbles and seemingly even ends up with an alternate Karkat.
- Hulk Speak: Her (highly inaccurate) impersonation of Equius.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Equius. Averted somewhat as all the trolls are edits of the same sprite, but the Flash game sprites have a more appropriate height difference between the two.
- Joke Character: Unlike other Demoted to Extra trolls, Nepeta literally never has any impact on the plot. This is combined with being a Kawaiiko and being part of Those Two Guys with Equius to boot.
- However, it has yet to be seen if she will influence the plot once more now that her ghost has met up with Vriska and Meenah, which would subvert the trope.
- Kawaiiko: The most adorable and cutest of the trolls by design; her appearance and mannerisms are obviously inspired by anime-loving female cosplayers. Even the fact that she hunts down beasts with her bare hands for food barely dents the sheer amount of cute this troll exudes.
- Kill It with Fire: Her Dreamself was still alive after Jack stabbed her, and died when he set the Derse ablaze.
- Kill the Cutie: Stabbed thrice by Bec Noir as her Dream Self. Killed off-screen by Gamzee with his Duce Clubs.
- And now, in [S] Flip, it's made even worse by the fact that her smiling head sits on the jury of Gamzee's mock trial.
- Leitmotif: Walls Covered In Blood, which is later remixed for her walkaround theme.
- Meaningful Name: Nepeta cataria is the scientific name for catnip. Leijona means "lion" in Finnish. Leijon was also the last name of a Swedish politician who was the target of a kidnapping plot known as Operation Leo.
- Arsenic used to be used as a green dye.
- Messy Hair: As seen here.
- Nice Girl: Rarely hostile, and most of her interactions are pleasant ones.
- Numerological Motif: 33, the atomic number of arsenic as well as being a double Cat Smile.
- Her dreamself also dies of three stabs to the midsection, while one of the last things she does before dying is scratching Gamzee three times on the face. And to truly impressive levels on the author's part, the predicted lifespan of her blood caste according to a fan-discovered equation is thirty-three sweeps.
- Only Sane Man: It's a bit of a pattern with green bloods. Nepeta, while goofy and silly, is pretty down to earth and understands troll romance just as well as Karkat. Unlike Eridan for instance, she realizes her crush is unrequited and tries (admittedly unsuccessfully, even to herself) to get over it.
- Orwellian Retcon: "[S] Roxy:Sleepwalk" originally showed Nepeta in a dreambubble - yet she didn't have the Prophet Eyes all the dead characters have (which, of course, prompted pretty much every Nepeta fan to shit a brick). This was quickly fixed.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Equius. It's actually the only moirallegiance which works perfectly fine.
- Sacrificial Lamb: An odd example of this combined with the Worf Effect. She's shown to be one of the more competent melee fighters of her session, but Gamzee snaps her wrist and throws her aside with ease.
- Satellite Character: To Equius, and later for Feferi, who she has started acting as one being with due to enjoying their time as a Sprite.
- Shipper on Deck: Keeps track of all of her friends and herself on her Shipping Wall of course! She takes shipping very seriously and keeps constant track of how relationships develop. She also has Nepeta<3Karkat marked off as her own personal OTP.
- Ship Tease: The entirety of her Shipping Wall is this. The topmost pairing relates to her specifically, showing that she has a crush on Karkat, of all people. According to him, he's aware of this and has been trying to sidestep the whole thing for quite some time now.
- Shout-Out: Probably not an intentional one, but does that fursuit remind you of anyone?
- An alternative theory on the forums is that it's a Cathearst suit (from the epilogue of Problem Sleuth, a Catwoman expy)
- Her relationship to Equius is evocative of the relationship of Enkidu and Gilgamesh.
- Stealth Pun: For a long while, Nepeta was... a Schrödinger's Cat. Considering she has enough circumstances to equally make it seem like she's alive and dead: On one hand, it's unlikely Gamzee would have left her be if she so much as twitched, but on the other hand, he could have simply beat her unconscious and was too busy looting Equius' corpse to notice. Hussie has admitted, more or less, that this is intentional. But more or less for all intents and purposes she's out of the story.
- Theme Naming: Nepeta's Zodiac sign is Leo.
- There Are No Therapists: In a nice aversion, it turns out that she goes above and beyond as Equius' moirail — so much that he credits her for keeping him from going as crazy and homicidal as sober!Gamzee.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Nepeta seems to be battling Feferi for the top example of this trope. Word of God even acknowledges this:
If you look up Expendable Character in the dictionary you would see a picture of Nepeta batting around a ball of yarn while looking as adorable as possible.
- Third-Person Person: :33 < *ac doesn't see a reason not to role play at all times!* Occasionally she'll slip and say something in the first person, hastily adding an "ac said" to the end.
- She's the only person in the entire comic to continue to refer to herself by her screen name after her name is entered.
- Those Two Guys: With Equius.
- Together in Death: As shown in [S] Roxy: Sleepwalk, an alternate Nepeta has found happiness with a God Tier Karkat in a dream bubble representation of her land.
- Western Zodiac: Leo. Her appearance, Trollian name, use of claws and obsession with cats make her a good example.
- Wolverine Claws: Her Weapon of Choice (they're on gloves, not part of her body though).
♍ Kanaya Maryam ♍
You are one of the few of your kind who can withstand the BLISTERING ALTERNIAN SUN, and perhaps the only who enjoys the feel of its rays. As such, you are one of the few of your kind who has taken a shining to LANDSCAPING. You have cultivated a lush oasis around your hive, and in particular, you have honed your craft through the art of TOPIARY, sculpting your trees to match the PUFFY ORACLES from your dreams. You have embraced the tool of this trade, which conveniently is the weapon of choice for those who would hunt the HEINOUS BROODS OF THE UNDEAD which crawl from the sand at sunrise to feast on the light and the living.
An unusual troll with a love of gardening and fashion, who lives in a hive and surrounding area eerily similar to that of Jade.
In Sburb, she is the Sylph of Space
. Her trolltag is "grimAuxiliatrix
She has allocated her STRIFE SPECIBUS
with the MAKEUPKIND ABSTRATUS
. This means she's armed with a chainsaw
Types By Capitalizing The First Letter Of Every Word And Rarely Punctuates Her Sentences
- Adorkable: Elegant she may be, but she's also rather awkward at times, and prone to rambling when unsettled.
- Back-Alley Doctor: As a favor for a friend.
- Back from the Dead: As a Rainbow Drinker.
- Bad Ass: She strolls over, and NUT-SHOT-PUTS the crazed troll sober Gamzee over the edge, stunning God-Tier Vriska in the process. Then she clocks Vriska with one punch! Then she One Hit Kills Eridan with her chainsaw.
- And just to add some extra badassery, Equius' shades (which Gamzee was wearing) just fall perfectly onto her face while she turns the blood-covered chainsaw back into lipstick, then applies it to her lips and licks the blood off. Vriska swoons.
- Badass Gay: Oh hell yes.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Downplayed. Kanaya always wanted to be a Rainbow Drinker, but admits once she gets to it that it's neither as romantic nor as interesting as she thought it would be. She doesn't regret it, since it allowed her to survive Eridan's attack, but she finds the constant hunger tedious.
- Berserk Button: Even though Gamzee is supposed to have been mollified and reverted to his old gentle demeanor, the discovery that he's made off with the corpses of Vriska and Sollux definitely seems to touch a nerve with Kanaya.
- Dave and Rose ask her eventually if she's got blackrom interest in him. Her response is that she just wants to kill him platonically, and even lets loose a Precision F-Strike.
- Killing the last hope the trolls have of repopulating their race, which happens to be her sacred charge and the last remnant of her lusus. That is a big one.
- Rose's drinking appears to have reached this point as well, much to the terror of Can Town's imaginary inhabitants.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After coming back from the dead, she kicks Gamzee off a cliff, clocks Vriska so hard one of her pupils falls out of place and chainsaws Eridan in half.
- Big Sleep: After Eridan's kill, possibly shows it here. Possibly subverted due to not being Peaceful in Death, but definitely not Dies Wide Open.
- This would probably explain a lot, since Kanaya has become a "rainbow drinker" and revived herself.
- Blatant Lies: Of course she isn't buying shit from Jane.
- Blood Lust
All this blood and sunlight is stirring bright feelings within.
You often fantasize about being a true rainbow drinker
from your literature. It would be a life of darting between the shadows, of persecution and being misunderstood. And of ROMANCE. You would drink heavily from its multicolored well, and the hemospectrum would be your wine list preceding the great feast of passion. Surely it couldn't hurt. While no one is looking... Bluh!
- Came Back Strong: Literally. When she becomes a rainbow drinker, she sends Gamzee and Vriska flying with one hit each!
- Chainsaw Good: Her lipstick transforms into a chainsaw in a manner similar to, but not quite the same as, object duality from Problem Sleuth. She used it primarily as a gardening tool before entering the game, but it also happens to be the most suitable weapon for killing the undead.
- Cool Big Sis: Generally comes across as this, especially to Karkat.
- Cool Shades: Inherits Equius' shades from Gamzee after kicking the Bard of Rage over a cliff by his groin.
- Dark Horse Victory: Completely interrupts the impending Mêlée à Trois with Gamzee, Vriska and Eridan. Notably not a Big Damn Heroes, because she doesn't seem intent on saving any of them.
- Determinator: Getting shot through the chest and having a gaping hole left in its wake doesn't stop her from getting revenge.
- Didn't See That Coming: With the trolls becoming murdered or murderers, very few did not expect Undead Rainbow Drinker Kanaya to Take a Level in Badass and put the murderers in their place.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: She claims it's a human thing, even though her friends use it all the time.
GA: I Think What I Find Most Challenging About Human Insincerity Based Humor Is The Degree Of Commitment To The Fantasy Which Is Apparently Requisite
- The Dreaded: As the undead, specifically to Eridan
- Dynamic Entry: Oh yes.
- Expospeak Gag
 Am I Being Accused Of Falling Prey To The Human Dysfunction Of Amorous Inclination
- Fangirl: She discovered Rose's Game Faqs entries from the past/future and fantasizes about a troll version of Rose single-handedly leading her team to victory.
- Fan Nickname: Kanpire, Vampaya.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Has a bent horn, and most of her outfits are both asymmetrical and fashionable. The bent horn may have to do with her symbol; it seems like almost all the troll symbols resemble their horn configuration.
- The Fashionista: Which makes her a rarity among trolls.
- Fearless Undead: She faces off against the Bard of Rage, the Thief of Light, and a white science wielding Prince of Hope without a second thought. Check Crazy Awesome to see her actions prove this trope.
- Foreshadowing/Incredibly Lame Pun: To keep things linear, Kanaya gets a password from Jade to tell to her future self: CROOOOOOOOOOOAK. Before she can talk to Jade again, Kanaya then croaks- that is, dies.
- Her resurrection as a Rainbow Drinker is also foreshadowed very heavily; Doc Scratch tells Karkat to "not turn his back on the body", and sure enough, Kanaya's body disappears later. When Nepeta is sneaking through the air vents, she sees "grub-sauce colored" footprints and a transportalizer that seems to have been "chopped up by a chainsaw". And lastly, Terezi discovers "fanglike bite marks" on Feferi's neck (though she assumes that they were made by an Ax Crazy Vriska).
- Friendly Neighborhood Rainbow Drinker: She's definitely not friendly to everyone, but she was considerate enough to put a bandage over her fang holes on Terezi's neck, and when she met Jade in a dream, the latter seemed perfectly comfortable around her, having already been informed of her change via time irregularities. In general, her personality is the same as before her death except when she's angry.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: A bright purple one. It's Eridan's cape. And it's not for fashion's sakes either, it's covering the bloody hole where Eridan one-shotted her.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Again, CHAINSAW. Subverted in that she is consistently the most rational and realistic of the trolls.
- Groin Attack: Sends sir Super Strength Bard of Rage flying with a well-placed kick to the balls.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Her preferred method of dispatching enemies. So far, it's been used on Eridan and Gamzee.
- Hand Wave: Why exactly she turned into a rainbow drinker is completely unknown; being vaguely handwaved later on as Jade bloods are rather abnormal by troll standards. Knowing Hussie however, it will probably be explained later.
- Supposedly it's to do with her caste type and their duties involving living in dark caverns and protecting wrigglers. Even Kanaya says she doesn't really understand it.
- Hope Spot: Shared with Tavros. "Alas, they cannot be revived. Their dream selves have been slain." See also Unspoken Plan Guarantee.
- I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She isn't as awful as Tavros at trolling, but she was unenthusiastic about it from the outset and befriends the person she was trying to annoy.
- Insistent Terminology: She doesn't meddle or mediate. She HELPS, dammit!
- Ironic Death: Killed by the very wand she made. Not to mention her previous conversation with Future Jade where she said she was eagerly awaiting Kanaya's password from her past self. And the password? CROOOOOOOOOOOAK.
- Lady in Red: In the time that she isn't seen after killing Eridan, she replaces her bloody outfit with a gorgeous, blood-red evening gown.
- Leitmotif: Virgin Orb, which is later remixed for her walkaround theme, Darling Kanaya.
- Lesbian Vampire: Though her sexuality has never been alluded to in the actual comic, and is only confirmed due to Word of God.
- The only two romantic interests she's had are both female, and she's a vampire.
- Like Ancestor Like Descendant: She and the Dolorosa apparently hiss when sensing danger.
- The hissing is probably a Shout-Out to Dracula in the Hammer Horror films.
- The hissing might just be a regular troll thing, since Equius was also seen to hiss
- Kanaya and Karkat's entire relationship (Kanaya being motherly and protective of him and Karkat being seemingly the only person who appreciates her help) could be seen as emulating the relationship between the Dolorosa and the Sufferer.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Literally, since she occasionally wears jade-green lipstick. Her lipstick, by the way, turns into a chainsaw.
- Literal-Minded: She defaults to this at times.
TG: you have no idea dude she is so in my grill
TG: like a stray hotdog that rolled down there
TG: and now its too much trouble to fish out with the tongs
TG: so you just watch it like crack and turn black
GA: Um Is This
GA: A Common Sort Of Practice In Human Courtship
GA: Watching Oblong Meat Products Tumble Into Places They Dont Belong
- Mama Bear: She was NOT pleased when Brainwashed!Jane stabbed Karkat to demonstrate her life powers.
- Man on Fire: Depicted here as how Bec Noir kills her sleeping dreamself.
- Meaningful Name: Kanya is the Hindu name for Virgo. Maryam is Miriam, or Mary (as in the Virgin Mary).
- Auxiliatrix is taken from Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix, and is also derived from auxilium, meaning "assistance" in Latin, referring to her meddling nature. Grim most likely refers to her being The Stoic most of the time.
- Mediator: Ends up biting her in the butt as Vriska doesn't see her affection.
- Mundane Utility: Parodied. Before Sburb, she used her chainsaw for its intended purpose: as a gardening tool, as opposed to the invincible murder-machine fiction portrays it as. Realistically, it's clunky and unworkable in combat.
- Mythology Gag: Her Chainsaw transforms into lipstick when she goes to pick it up. But that's nothing to get hysterical over.
- Neat Freak: Much to Vriska's annoyance.
- After biting Terezi, she stuck a bandage on her neck.
- Nice Gal: Kanaya is a total sweetie when she isn't dispensing righteous chainsaw justice.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Eridan used the wand she made for him to duel Sollux into submission and then kill Feferi. And herself.
- Not Enough to Bury: Thanks to the Condesce.
- Not Quite Dead: Much to Eridan's dismay.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite wielding a Chainsaw, she's pretty calm and collected. Then she gets killed, comes back to life, interrupts a three-way duel and wins.
- One-Hit Kill: Happens to herself. Then she does it to the one who killed her.
- Only Sane Man: At least Karkat thinks so.
- Our Rainbow Drinkers Are Different: Interesting to note that in certain legends virgins were said to become vampires.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Done chainsawing Eridan in half.
- Perky Goth: On Alternia, goths are unusually fond of brightly-colored fashion and interested in undead creatures who only appear during the day.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Karkat. Karkat even calls her "my other best friend" (Gamzee being his first) at one point.
- Power Glows: Post-rainbow drinker transformation, her face and her wound both seem to be glowing softly.
- Precision F-Strike:
CGA: Shes Not Even Responding To My Messages Anymore
CGA: Could Be Busy
CGA: But Im Rapidly Approaching A Resolution To Discard The Preposterous Infatuation
FCG: SHE? WELL I GUESS THAT NARROWS IT DOWN SOMEWHAT.
KANAYA: See Im Explaining This Badly
KANAYA: All Im Saying Is Basically
KANAYA: Fuck That Guy
- Punch Clock Villain: She only started trolling the kids because Karkat roped her into it.
- Punched Across the Room: She puts her fist back, connects with Vriska's face, and slides her across the room.
- Refuge in Audacity: When she gets her revenge on Eridan by cutting him in half, kicks Gamzee off a cliff, and punches Vriska so hard in the face that her pupils fall out of her place, what is the latter's reaction? Love.
- Really Gets Around / Does This Remind You of Anything?: Played with when Eridan begs her to auspistice here.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Jade threatens to have Jane do it to her as she's a "vampire." Kanaya questions the concept (Jade admitting to not knowing how it works), and speculates that it wouldn't work as they seem to be confusing her with a shadow dropper. In an Act 6 Interactive she says that her condition seems to be a biological part of her blood cast, rather than being undead.
- Senseless Sacrifice: She doesn't even scratch Eridan before he kills her in one hit. And she doesn't save the Matriorb, dooming the troll race to extinction.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Even moreso than Rose.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend
CA: kan make her talk to me do somethin
CA: your no good connivvin fuckin backstabbin girl crush thats wwho
GA: Overstating Our Relationship Wont Make Me Feel Very Cooperative
GA: Its Paler Red Than That Ok
- Shout-Out: She reads rainbow drinker romance literature.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Demure, graceful, poised and polite. And deadly.
- Sincerity Mode:
GA: I Am Beginning To Feel As Though I Am The Only One Working On Our Friendship
TG: hahaha yes youre on a roll
GA: That Was Sincerity
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Once she becomes a rainbow drinker, Kanaya can move very silently even without trying to. Put it this way: she moves so quietly that at one point her sudden appearance makes Dave speak in capitals.
- The Stoic: In addition to not having any outstanding mental disorders or personality flaws, Kanaya is damn near unflappable.
- Stoic Woobie: What's the only thing that breaks her calm demeanor during Hivebent? Heartbreak. (Well, that and the taste of blood.)
- Sword over Head: Done here with her CHAINSAW. Too bad it fails against white science...Oh Gog
- Team Mom: Given all her "fussing and meddling," she seems to consider herself one of these. It's tempting to agree given she's told Vriska she wouldn't keep stepping on things if she picked up her room once in a while. And since her sign is Virgo, that would make her a virgin mother.
- You mean like her lusus?
- "Vriska, stop picking on Tavros." Bonus points for threatening her with a broken toilet.
- Turns out she is also in charge of breeding duties, whatever that means.
- Turns out her job was to create her session's B. Slick, which in turn is Jade's primary goal as well.
- Fans have compared her to Mary Worth.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: She has an interest in sewing and is one of the more feminine trolls. She's made Tavros a Tinkerbull plush, Vriska her Fairy Dress, and has apparently collaborated on a few of Rose's outfits.
- Theme Naming: Kanaya's Zodiac sign is Virgo.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She believes that the life of a Rainbow Drinker is one full of romance and mystery. She eventually gets irritated by the constant hunger and illuminated skin, though she learns how to turn it off from Porrim. She also seems to find blood disgusting, and is implied to feel guilty for drinking from others.
- Token Minority: An in-universe minority, being the one of the few on Alternia with her particular hue of blood, and as such one of the few who could have a Virgin Mother Grub as a lusus, which is so uncommon that it is considered a historical event. She also loves sunlight, though nearly all other trolls are nocturnal. She's also the only one of the twelve trolls who isn't bisexual.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Girly Girl compared to any of the other female trolls.
- Took a Level in Badass: Yes. Hell. Fucking. YES.
- Torso with a View: When Eridan blasts her, it goes right through, leaving a hole in her stomach. It's unknown if it's still there and her anatomy keeps her upright, if her newfound rainbow drinker abilities keep her functional or if they healed it up.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She's the only troll with a fondness for colors and fashion (such as it is in a very utilitarian society) and her WARDROBIFIER, much like Jade's, allows her to instantly change outfits at various intervals.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Kanaya tells Jade she's going to hatch the Matriorb in the center of the meteor and raise the new Mother Grub to repopulate the troll race. And then the Matriorb was blown to bits. And then Kanaya died.
- Unstoppable Rage: Double Subverted when she fights Eridan, who kills her in one hit...but she comes back as a rainbow drinker and knocks Gamzee off a cliff with one hit. With the same angry expression, she then proceeds, perhaps surprisingly, to punch out Vriska. Then she snaps Eridan's Science Stick in two and does something very similar to Eridan himself.
- Western Zodiac: Virgo. She is probably the girliest of all the trolls, moreso than even Nepeta and Feferi.
♎ Terezi Pyrope ♎
You take an interest in justice, holding particular fascination for ORCHESTRATING THE DEMISE OF THE WICKED. You have taken up study of BRUTAL ALTERNIAN LAW, and surround yourself with legal books. You have no need for copies printed in TROLLBRAILLE, because you can SMELL AND TASTE THE WORDS. You hope one day to join the honorable ranks of the LEGISLACERATORS.
A blind troll law student who delights in being weird and messing with people; the only troll who is actually effective at trolling, she supplies the kids with hints on how to get ahead in Sburb, sometimes helpful, sometimes not
She is the Seer of Mind
. Her trolltag is "gallowsCalibrator
Has allocated her STRIFE SPECIBUS
with the CANEKIND ABSTRATUS.
TYP3S 1N 4LL C4PS W1TH NO P3R1ODS, 4ND US3S 413 L33TSP34K 4ND HORN3D SM1L13S >:]
- Action Girl: While all of the female trolls are this, Terezi deserves a special mention for taking down monsters several times her size, being Made of Iron, and killing a Physical God at one point.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She gets into a lot of Ship Tease/Slap-Slap-Kiss dealings with Karkat, later befriends and practically falls for Dave, and is in a blackrom with Gamzee. Although, when all's said and done, Terezi's probably badder than any of them.
- All Women Love Shoes: She takes the dead Jade's red slippers because they are red and delicious. This, naturally, creeps John out.
- Always Someone Better: Her perception of Latula, which further weakens her already-damaged self-confidence.
- Amicable Exes: With Dave, who she remains friends with even after their breakup.
- Amoral Attorney: She aspires to become one, as shown in her court roleplay where the verdict was decided on a coin toss.
[Senator Lemonsnout] looks a bit confused. He quivers his lowly proboscis at the coin. See? The coin has exonerated him.
Coin? What coin? Surely you jest, Mr. Senator. The prosecution sees no coin.
- Badass: During the course of [S] GAME OVER, not only did she manage to pull a sword from her stomach, but she was also one of the three survivors, along with the Lalonde girls.
- It takes multiple apocalypses to kill Terezi, and, even then, she makes it wait. When she does eventually die, it's after helping John secure a better timeline, and on her own terms. Needless to say, Terezi might just be one of the most Badass character in Homestuck, at least among the trolls.
- Battle Couple: With Karkat, displayed in full during [S] Make Her Pay.
- Berserker Tears: When fighting Gamzee on LOFAF.
- Bile Fascination: Her In-Universe reasoning behind her blackrom with Gamzee. She is completely disgusted by practically everything he does, so, naturally, this causes her to being addicted to being around him.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: "It's just that your red chalk is THE MOST DELICIOUS CHALK. You cannot get enough of it."
- Black and White Morality: Along with Vriska, she killed many trolls while FLARPing, but only because she believed them to be "bad guys". She relishes her home world's law system, which has no defense—justice is absolute for her. Terezi gradually (but not completely) grows out of this over the course of the narrative, which was one of the main sources of her internal conflict from killing Vriska.
- Blindfolded Vision: Replaces her blindness in Act 6 Act 6 with a red Scarf of Asskicking.
- Blind Seer: Literally—"seer" is her title. Although she mainly uses the topic of her disability as a springboard for further trolling.
- Semi-literally as she dreams on Prospit, and her powers of Mind are at least partial precognition separate from Skaia. The "Blind" aspect has apparently been dropped as of Act 6 Intermission 5.
- Blind Weaponmaster: See Handicapped Badass.
- Blood from the Mouth: On LOFAF, Gamzee punches her hard enough to make her bleed and knock out a tooth. His resulting beatdown produces even more blood.
- Shortly thereafter, she coughs up just as much blood as you'd expect after being telekinetically stabbed in the chest by Aranea.
- Boisterous Bruiser: As loud and annoying as she is deadly.
- Boyish Short Hair: It's only natural that the most tomboyish of the troll girls would have a haircut like this.
- Break the Cutie: Though it is hard to see at first, you soon notice that something has been getting more and more off about Terezi since she killed Vriska. She gets less and less confident of her actions, she gets into an unhealthy relationship with none else than Ax-Crazy Gamzee (the guy who killed and butchered some of her friends) and is found drunk on the floor of the meteor. Then she breaks down completely after she ends up in a dreambubble built on the moment Vriska blinded her.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Tends to use plush toys as a forensics team. Given how she treats them, a real forensics team would probably want to stay far, far away from her.
- Calling Your Attacks: JUST1C3 K1CK!
- Cane Fu: She's very proficient at fighting with a cane.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She gained her Super Senses through hard work and training from her unborn telepathic dragon lusus.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Her smile is more than a little creepy.
- The Chessmaster: This is her power as the Seer of Mind.
- Actually somewhat of a deconstruction in that her needless manipulation of people ends up doing far more damage than necessary. For instance, her elaborate plot to get Dave to ascend to godhood ends with Dave refusing to go along with it, and forcing her to watch the real damage that her manipulation- forcing an innocent Alt-Timeline Dave to get slaughtered right in front of her.
- Later gets Reconstructed. In the aftermath of Game Over, she redirects John - who is now unstuck in reality - to various parts of her timeline, allowing him to change events that will create a better timeline.
- Combat Pragmatist: When she sees the timeline where Vriska accidentally leads Jack to the trolls and has them slaughtered, Terezi decides to kill Vriska. By stabbing her through the chest with a walking cane.
- Cursed with Awesome: Why she prefers being blind.
- Cloudcuckoolander: When she finds Tavros' body after he was impaled and killed by Vriska, she starts beating his lifeless face while proclaiming the murderer's handiwork as being on the same tier as a MASTER CRIMINAL. That's only the beginning.
- Hate Dating The Joker: Her current relationship with Gamzee.
- Death by Irony: Terezi dies by the same sword she used to kill her best friend.
- Destructive Romance: Her relationship with Gamzee has made her come apart. She's drawn to his wretchedness, and hates herself for not being able to resist. She takes his insults personally (especially those to her blindness), and hates herself further by not being able to block them out. Part of the reason she fixed her eyes was because of the relationship, a decision she immediately regretted. When Karkat tries to comfort her saying that he should leave her when they get to the session, she begins crying, believing that if he were to discard her like that she really would be pathetic.
- Determinator: She raised herself from infancy. Alternia is a Death World. Do the math.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: With some creative manipulation, she makes Doc Scratch blow up one of his magic cueballs, amputating one of Vriska's arms and destroying one of her eyes in the process.
- Disability Superpower: Her Super Senses.
- Eye Scream: Animated, even. Undone as of Act 6 Intermission 5 due to Aranea's influence.
- The Face: She's able to both manipulate and coerce people into doing her bidding.
- Face Death with Dignity: After her mind signal actually proves a success, Terezi gives John a few motivational final words, draws her own chalk outline, and fearlessly succumbs to her wounds, satisfied and victorious and smiling all the while.
- Gambit Pileup: Responsible for quite a lot of it, though not nearly as much as Doc Scratch.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Admist everyone justifiably wallowing in the aftermath of [S]GAME OVER, she jetpacks over to John, while still heavily wounded, crashes, and headbutts John so hard that his nose breaks before ordering him to fix things.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In a majority of her appearances in the lab, she is carrying around stuffed dragons, or shown doing awful things to them. In her introduction, she plays a mock criminal trial which ends with her tying a noose to one of the scalemates and hanging it from her treehive. When she finds Tavros's body, she pretends that the stuffed animals are her investigative forensics team. Then throws all of them down a cliff for their incompetence. She also used a white one as a sidekick back in her FLARPing days, called Pyralspite.
- Go Out with a Smile: She leaves John with a smile and a Terminator-style thumbs up before succumbing to the the injuries she sustained during [S] Game Over.
- Handicapped Badass: Terezi's blindness hardly keeps her from walloping enemies. Mainly because she can, in a sense, still see.
- Hanging Prosecutor: "Defense" is an offense in trollish law, and there's no such thing as 'alleged' crime. If the Legislacerator doesn't execute, then the judge will get all the fun.
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: She likes Dave's obscene bucket comic◊, her response is "this comic is borderline pornographic, you are a really fucked up kid (it is fantastic, I love it)".
- Hello, Attorney!: Subverted. While she's got a few male admirers, most are very creeped by her. Played straight with Dave, who she starts a relationship with.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: The longer she's on the meteor the more Terezi seems to be falling into this; second guessing herself, losing her confidence, and comparing herself to her ancestor. Gamzee may or may not be using this to his advantage. And it's cranked up to eleven with Act 6 Intermission 5.
- The Hyena: Even in text! Her default sprite expression is a laughing grin.
- Inspector Javert: Her "investigations" started by the discovery of Tavros's corpse have led her to conclude that Vriska killed everyone, lack of evidence be damned! Also played with, in the fact that although she is partially wrong about the :murder spree, she still has at least one very valid reason for pursuing her — the fact that Jack will find Terezi and her friends if she doesn't get to Vriska first. Chalk it up to Dramatic Irony depending on who you are rooting for.
- She does say to herself that Vriska is guilty of "at least one" murder, and the text indicates she's suspicious about the evidence for the others — when Vriska denies them, Terezi immediately accepts her denial at face value (though partially because the issue with Jack is far more pressing.) And when she tries to come up with an explanation for how Vriska could be behind everything, she says herself that it doesn't make a lick of sense. She mostly treats the investigation as a joke anyway, since that's not the real reason she needs to confront Vriska. In fact, part of the joke might be that Gamzee went to such lengths to frame Vriska, when Terezi (as the proprietorial equivalent to a Hanging Judge) didn't actually care whether she was innocent or guilty at all, and none of his tricks had any impact on what actually happened.
- Jet Pack: She alchemized a pair of Rocket Wings during the game.
- Kangaroo Court: Aspires to work in one.
- Kick the Dog: She dooms a Dave mostly for her own amusement, and to get Alpha Dave to stop bugging her. She regrets it later though.
- Kiss of Life: Attempts to invoke this result here with Tavros' corpse to try waking his dreamself.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: She has stolen Feferi's brainfork, Kanaya's chainsaw, several of Equius's musclebeast portraits and Aradia's Magic Feather, and stowed them all away in her private meteor chests.
- Knight Templar:
- She's studying to be one of these, and has a particular interest in the punishment of the wicked. It's possible that she tried to kill John because she views the kids' collective failure as a crime against her species, seeing as their particular Sburb session purportedly breaks the game so much that the trolls end up losing too.
- At the same time, it's possible that the reason she felt bad when she learnt that she'd succeeded in killing John in the alternate timeline wasn't so much that she'd killed him, but the rather dopey, trusting way in which he followed her instructions. No fun in punishing the innocent.
- "You will play the role of the prosecuting attorney. On Alternia, there is no such thing as a defense attorney, or a defense."
- She was okay with Vriska killing and feeding young trolls to her lusus, and even helped her with it, but only if she considered the trolls to be bad people. Vriska doesn't care either way.
- Kubrick Stare: here.
- The Lad-ette: She's crass, obnoxious, irritating, and manlier than most of the male trolls... and is a 13 year old alien girl.
- Leitmotif: An odd example: while she has a few songs about her (The Lemonsnout Turnabout and BL1ND JUST1C3 : 1NV3ST1G4T1ON !!), her only official leitmotif is her walkaround theme.
- Large Ham: Oh yes. Even when she's trying to be serious, she's Chewing the Scenery.
- Leet Lingo: Her typing quirk.
- Letters 2 Numbers: Specifically, with 4, 1, and 3. It gets Lampshaded when she's referring to Aradia's handle (AA = 44), and again when she specifies when she needs 413 Boonbonds ("aie").
- Love Before First Sight: Dave, according to Karkat.
- Made of Iron: During the course of A66, Terezi survives, in order, getting the living shit beaten out of her by Gamzee, being telekinetically forced to stab herself in the chest, being blasted into a mountain, the collision of two planets, and a jetpack crash forceful enough to leave a gaping crater. She still has enough strength to walk and speak—and to headbutt John in the face hard enough to draw blood. Although she ultimately succumbs to her wounds after her talk with John, it literally took the fucking apocalypse to kill Terezi Pyrope, and even then she made it wait until she was damn good and ready to die.
- Manipulative Bastard: This was gloriously confirmed when she successfully used a nigh-omnipotent, nigh-omniscient being, that prides himself on being a master of manipulation, for revenge, through nothing but effective button pushing. That this was probably a terrible idea does not make the fact that she pulled it off less impressive.
- Badass Normal: As Karkat points out, she's able to play mind games without the aid of special powers. Vriska hates her for it.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Karkat. While not especially feminine, he loves Rom-coms, romance/erotica novels, and tends to get into hysterical fits, whereas she's a crass, loud, obnoxious Action Girl.
- Meaningful Name:
- She's the Libra troll. Libra is justice. Justice is blind. Ergo...
- Justice is frequently delivered by gallows, too.
- Terezi is the Azerbaijani word for Libra. Pyrope derives from a Greek word meaning "fire-eyed", and is the name for a red gemstone.
- Terezi's dragon, Pyralspite, is also meaningfully named: Pyralspite is the name given to the aluminum rich garnets, one of which is Pyrope.
- "Fire-eyed " fits even better when you find out how she lost her sight.
- "Terezi" is also similar to Teiresias, the name of a blind seer (of variable gender) who was a recurring character in ancient Greek dramas.
- gallows Calibrator
- Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: In order to prove that fate isn't absolute, she gets John killed by his Denizen, usually an endgame enemy.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Applies to all trolls, but since Terezi has a habit of constantly laughing, it's more shown on her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has one of these with John and Dave. With John she was simply unaware that her actions would have led to his death since the trolls know he's just fine (plus, the sequence of events this spawned ended up being tremendously helpful for the kids in general, so she was kind of vindicated on it). With Dave she instigated a series of time deals where she lied to Dave about the result of a coin flip to ensure that two timelines was created, one of which where Dave is doomed to die. When said event occurs, she runs off to have herself a cry. These are respectively called back and foreshadowed in her conversation with Vriska here.
- Never My Fault: She blames Aranea and Gamzee for manipulating her into having her sight healed, and entirely blames the latter for debasing her person. While this might be true, part of it is definitely arose out of her own insecurities and bad decision-making, such as going out with Gamzee in the first place, or killing Vriska.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant:
- Her treehouse is strung with plushies hanging from nooses from her mock trial sessions, and somehow she manages to be both somewhat creepy and strangely adorable.
- See what she does to her plush toys during an investigation as well.
- Her death threats against John alone are enough to make him change his Chumhandle.
- Noodle Incident: With Karkat.
GC: 1T W4S WH3N 1 GOT CLOS3 3NOUGH
GC: TO SM3LL 1T UND3R YOUR SK1N
GC: PL34S3 K4RK4T, DO NOT PR3T3ND TH4T YOU FORGOT 4BOUT OUR L1TTL3 MOM3NT
CG: YOU MEAN
- No Indoor Voice: When she's speaking above a whisper, her talking is most peoples' shouting.
- The Nose Knows: She's able to smell, and by extension taste, colors. She can smell Skaia from Prospit, which even by conservative estimates is still miles away. It's implied what she's specifically smelling is light in addition to a standard sense of smell.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After John zaps to the moment before Terezi scratched Homestuck Disc 2, he honks a nearby horn, which alerts her to Gamzee's presence. When we see her leave the room a moment later to go upstairs, she has Gamzee tied up on her back, with the horn stuffed in his mouth.
- Only Sane Man: Sort of. She trolls the kids in linear time rather than starting from the end of their adventure because that would just be needlessly complicated and confusing. She's also by far the best of the trolls we've seen, even managing to run rings around Dave.
- Not to mention she's actually perfectly rational most of the time and just enjoys messing with people too much to take things seriously. With the death of half of the trolls, Terezi has serious'd up, but is still partially deluded into blaming Vriska for everything.
- As of the three-year journey on the meteor, she definitely fits.
- Parental Abandonment: She grew up without a Lusus, and actually seems to be a bit bothered by Gamzee forgetting. Subverted when her lusus comes immediately to her aid after being mind controlled into blinding her, teaching her how to smell and taste colors.
- Personality Powers: She's very good at predicting and manipulating people, and as a Seer of Mind, she develops the ability to see where people's choices will take them.
- Rasputinian Death: She was beaten savagely by Gamzee, stabbed through the chest via Aranea's telekinesis, was blasted through a mountain, endured the sheer force of the collision of two planets, and crash-landed hard enough to leave a crater on another planet's surface. She was able to walk after all of this, and died only when she succumbed to the wounds she sustained - but not after delivering one Hell of a pep-talk to John and Roxy.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted. She's one of the more heroically aligned trolls out of the 12.
- Red Is Heroic: And delicious!
- Sanity Has Advantages: How she's able to manipulate - and take revenge - on many of the trolls despite lacking telepathy or mind control of any kind.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Alchemizes a red one from the Lalondes' scarf, ties it around her healed eyes to try to regain her powers, and goes CLOWN HUNT1NG wearing it.
- Screw Destiny: Told John she was doing so by trying to kill him, and she remains one of the few people who disagrees with the You Can't Fight Fate mentality of Sburb.
GC: LUCK DO3SNT 4CTU4LLY M4TT3R >8]
- Secret Relationship: With Gamzee out of fear of what might happen if Karkat knew about it.
- Everybody Knew Already: Not only does Karkat know about it, Dave broke up with her because he also knew about it. The two of them keep it a secret from the other.
- Seer: With her specialty being actions and their consequences.
- Self-Defeating Prophecy: Predicting what would have happened if she had let Vriska escape to fight Bec Noir
- Sense Freak: She's really interested in the scent and taste of various blood colours, and really curious about Dave's eyes.
- Sex Dressed: Presumably found in this state by Karkat at the start of Act 6 Intermission 5. She's not wearing pants or shoes, is surrounded by copious amounts of horns and spilled Faygo, and has had her toenails painted Gamzee's blood color.
- Ship Tease: With everyone she talks to. John, Dave, Karkat, Sollux, even Rose and Nepeta. Dave even more now that the two of them are exchanging ironic comics and are generally in cahoots.
- Confirmed for Karkat.
- "She wouldn't dare harm sweet, precious Gamzee, would she? The thought is almost more than you can bear."
- Dave seems to be dating her by year two of their Furthest Ring Road Trip.
- Gamzee claims he's cultivating calignous feelings for her. The feelings are reciprocated.
- Shoot the Dog: Does this to Vriska to preserve the Alpha timeline.
- Terezi is basically Alternia's version of Daredevil. It's even alluded to in the comic.
- Her use of a coin in the trial scene is a reference to Harvey Dent aka Two-Face. When Dave tells her who Two-Face is, she's bummed that her coin-flipping shtick isn't a fresh and original thing.
- Her track on the official troll album is called "The Lemonsnout Turnabout". The Phoenix Wright games are known as Turnabout Trials in Japan, and each case in the games has Turnabout in the title (barring the DS extra, which is more of a pun on the attorney's name).
- Furthermore, her forensic investigation of Tavros's body was done a few days before the Japanese release of Ace Attorney Investigations II.
- She has also lately dismissed one of her own amateur forensics-type theories as preposterous, while at the same time doing Edgeworth's trademark belittling shrugging/shaking head pose.
- One of her themes on the OST is "BL1ND JUST1C3 : 1NV3ST1G4T1ON !!" It sounds just like one of the songs from the series.
- Sinister Shades: Especially when she's in legislacerator mode.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: More like Mock Mock Cuddle, but definitely this with Karkat.
- The Social Expert: She's the most talented manipulator of the series, contrasted with Vriska who relies on more direct Psychic Powers.
- Starfish Language: She jokes about this.
"1 FORG3T TH4T YOU HUM4NS 4CTU4LLY COMMUN1C4T3 W1TH SP33CH 1NST34D OF R3L34SING CLOUDS OF FR4GR4NT G4S3S"
"4ND SM3LL1NG 3ACH OTH3RS S3NT3NC3S"
- Stealth Pun: She likes dragons, and she likes brutal law. What kind of law does she like? Draconian law!
- Her dragon plushes are of course Scalemates
- Not to mention her entire blindness being a joke on the most common interpretation of Libra and Justice both are blindfolded.
- Submissive Badass: She hands her position as the Red Team leader over to Karkat, not that it stops her from manipulating the session from behind the scene.
- Super Senses: She can smell and taste colours, and can read by licking her computer monitor.
- Sword Cane: Her dragonhead cane has two blades concealed inside, one in each half.
- Take That: "GC: LUCK DO3SNT 4CTU4LLY M4TT3R >8] " is an insult directed towards Vriska, which Dave wouldn't know.
- Tears of Remorse: After she gleefully tricks Dave into creating another doomed version of himself and encourages him to kill his doomed self, Terezi watches the doomed Dave get his throat slit by Jack and runs out of the lab in tears.
- Teeth Flying: At the start of her No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Gamzee knocks out one of her teeth.
- Theme Naming: Terezi's Zodiac sign is Libra.
- Trademark Favorite "Food": After hanging Senator Lemonsnout from the tree, she takes a short recess to enjoy a lick of red chalk.
- Two-Headed Coin: Albeit scratched on one side, like Two-Face's.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Mostly with Karkat, with a mix of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- The Unreveal: Terezi takes her shades off for the first time post-blindness, and her eyes are just offscreen.
- Vampire Bites Suck: After Terezi steps away from pestering Sollux, she awakes with two puncture wounds. May slide into Kiss of the Vampire territory due to the white bandage covering the marks, possibly showing the drinker is considerate of his or her actions.
- Vein-O-Vision: She claims in this conversation with Karkat that she can "smell" his red blood underneath his skin.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Predicts this relationship for Rose and herself.
"YOU S33 W3 4R3 M34NT TO B3 B3ST H4T3FR13NDS FOR3V3R"
- She definitely has this kind of relationship with Dave.
- Weapon of Choice: Her cane, which also doubles as a multi-segmented staff. As of the end game, she's using it as a sword more than a cane.
- Western Zodiac: Libra. Especially apparent with her constant taste for judgement.
- We Used to Be Friends: Pre-Sgrub, she was part of Team Scourge with Vriska, hunting down trolls they judged to be criminals and feeding them to Spidermom.
- You Taste Delicious:
- Thanks to her enhanced senses of taste and smell she describes the other trolls' blood as flavors. Karkat is cherry, as are the human kids, Sollux's eyes are apple-berry blast while his blood is YUCKY MUST4RD, and Tavros is chocolate.
- Averted when Terezi examines the site of Kanaya's death and when she samples a bit of the blood, she responds with a 'BLUH'.
- Averted again when Tavros is killed; the text makes it clear that while normally she would associate Tavros' blood with chocolate, the particularly horrific circumstances have her associating it with something foul instead.
- Against her better judgement, she does admit that Vriska's god tier outfit smells delicious.
- Gamzee is grape jelly.
- Your Cheating Heart: Zigzagged. Dave and Terezi used to date until Dave found out that she had been secretly dating Gamzee and broke it off. By troll standards she did nothing wrong (since her relationship with Gamzee was blackrom and Dave's relationship with her was redrom) but by human standards she was cheating on him, especially since she had been trying to hide it.
♏ Vriska Serket ♏
You are a master of EXTREME ROLE PLAYING. You can't get enough of it, or really any game of high stakes and chance. You have persisted with the habit even in spite of your ACCIDENT. But then again, you don't have much choice. You are something of an APOCALYPSE BUFF, which is something you can be on Alternia. You are fascinated by end of the world scenarios, and enjoy constructing DOOMSDAY DEVICES for the hell of it. You are drawn to means of DARK PROGNOSTICATION and the advantages they offer, particularly in gaming scenarios. Your abilities in this department were hobbled with the loss of your VISION EIGHTFOLD, and you have since sought alternatives through various BLACK ORACLES. You consult with these ominous globes, but routinely destroy them in frustration over the PUZZLING GUARANTEED INACCURACY of their predictions. Breaking them has developed into a habit BORDERING ON FETISHISTIC, and with each you destroy, you add to an insurmountable stockpile of TERRIBLE LUCK. You have to stop. But addiction is a powerful thing.
A troll with a love of games of all kinds, particularly live-action roleplay and gambling, to such a sociopathic extreme that few trolls trust her.
In Sburb, she is the Thief of Light
. Her trolltag is "arachnidsGrip
She has allocated her STRIFE SPECIBUS
with the DICEKIND ABSTRATUS
For a brief period of time later in the story she became Jane's sprite, along with Tavros
. Came Back Wrong
applies heavily here. See that character's section for tropes pertaining to it.
Types 8y replacing the letter "B" and any sylla8le that sounds like "eight" with "8", and gravit8s towards
repeating characters 8 tiiiiiiiimes. She also uses smilies that have four pairs of eyes for a total of 8. :::;)
She 8lso uses the 8s m8re liber8lly when she g8ts worked 8p.
- Abusive Parents: Her lusus makes her murder other trolls to feed her. If Vriska didn't, her lusus would eat her. Vriska became a Manipulative Bastard partially to cope and survive.
- Actually Pretty Funny: How she tends to react when people get the best of her, at least once she gets over the initial frustration.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She had a blackrom fling with Eridan.
- A Million Is a Statistic/Nominal Importance: Invoked here.
- And That Would Be Wrong: Retroactively.
GC: W3 W3R3 SUPPOS3D TO B3 L1K3 4 V1G1L4NT3 DUO D1SP3NS1NG JUST1C3
GC: 4ND YOU COULD T4K3 TH3 B4D GUYS HOM3 4ND F33D TH3M TO YOUR STUP1D SP1D3R
GC: BUT 1NST34D YOU JUST F3D H3R 3V3RYBODY!
GC: 4ND L13D 4ND L13D 4ND L13D
AG: Yeah, those were the days.
AG: I mean, days full of mist8kes and r8gret!
- Anticlimax Boss: In-Universe. She sets up an epic battle with Bec Noir, who ignores her to kill the rest of the trolls. It's subverted when he returns with "motivation" in the form of Karkat and Terezi's bodies, probably to make sure she's a better fight than the Maid of Time (who just froze him) and the Heir of Breath (who just died). They then proceed to have an amazing fight...but that sequence was ultimately Terezi's vision of what would happen in the doomed timeline where Vriska lived, and she killed Vriska. Who did die rather anticlimatically.
- Angrish: She tends to go a little bit crazy with the eights when flustered:
AG: Or you know, if you're so h8gh 8nd might8 an8 th8nk you're so gr8at, m8y88 you c8uld oh I d8n't kn8w........
AG: TRY AND ST8P ME FROM DO8NG B8D THINGS????????
- An Arm and a Leg: Gets her left arm and eye blown off and replaces them with robot parts.
- Ancestral Weapon: Her Fluorite Octet.
- Animal/Numerological Motif: The number 8, which is how many legs all arachnids have and how many eyes most spiders have. Also, Scorpio is the 8th sign, she was the 8th troll to be named, and her horns resemble a scorpion's claw and stinger.
- Anti-Villain: In Act 5. Her overall actions there are detrimental to the protagonists, but she is a Well-Intentioned Extremist with a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: She has 8 pupils like a spider, and her Ancestral Awakening outfit is spiderweb-patterned.
- Arc Number: 4+1+3=8.
- Also, 8 is a lucky number in Japan; much of her persona is based around luck.
- Anti-Hero: In Act 6, where she's working to beat Lord English.
- Author Avatar: The most traditional example out of the entire comic.
- Back from the Dead:
- After Aradia beats her to near-death, Tavros brings her to her Quest Bed, which allows her to ascend to God-Tier when her original body dies.
- If Vriska's corpse getting prototyped works at all like Dream Jade's corpse getting prototyped, she just came back a second time. VERY briefly.
- She has now retroactively never died in the first place thanks to John's interference, although the "dead" version of her still exists in the Dreambubbles.
- Badass Boast: " Save your 8reath, page. I 8n't dead just yet."
- Badass Longcoat: Her Pirate uniform.
- Base Breaker: Done intentionally and with an incredible degree of success.
- She eventually was accepted as a vague Anti-Villain, with opinions differing on her ultimate heroism or villainy, much like her own death.
- Big Damn Heroes: After being retroactively brought back from the dead by John's retcons, Vriska shows up at the start of the story's Darkest Hour and singlehandedly deals with both Jade and Jane, saving both of their lives as well as, by extension, those of literally everyone else.
- Big "YES!": Yeah!!!!!!!!
- Blood Knight: She has no patience for puzzles (when they don't lead to big loot, anyway) and much prefers fights when the stakes are high and when she's challenged. Most telling is her stated goal to kill Jack Noir.
- Deconstructed. Fighting — whether her opponent is fate, other people, or the game itself — is the only way she knows how to live or interact with people. Much of her frustration with Tavros is caused by his refusal to (openly) fight her, something Vriska cannot understand.
- Body Horror: Her VISION EIGHTFOLD manifests as a seven-pupiled left eye.
- And a normal right eye, which makes eight pupils total. For those of you not keeping count.
- The Bully: Poor Tavros.
- Byronic Hero: It's clear she's playing for the good team, but her past is filled with a lot of questionable things, and she still ultimately looks out for herself first for the most part.
- Came Back Strong: Her God Tier resurrection.
- Came Back Wrong: With Tavros as Tavrisprite.
- Character Development: Her murder of Tavros both causes her to feel terrible and makes her realize how immature she's been. Later she states that when all is said and done she would like to live like a human and would stop killing. And when she finally meets Alpha timeline John she admits that she really screwed the pooch when it came to her actions, and doesn't seem all that upset that she wound up dying for it. Now she accepts the fact that she is dead and that even though the way she's achieving her goal seems cruel to others, to her she's doing what she believes to be the right thing and will continue to do what she thinks is best:
VRISKA: I only ever wanted to do the right thing no matter how it made people judge me, and I don't need a magic ring to do that.
VRISKA: You don't have to 8e alive to make yourself relevant.
VRISKA: And you don't have to 8e a good person to 8e a hero.
VRISKA: You just have to know who you are and stay true to that.
VRISKA: So I'm going to keep fighting for people the only way I ever knew how.
VRISKA: 8y 8eing me.
- The drama and poignancy is... slightly undermined by the massive tantrum she throws when the story stops focusing on her.
- This comes up again during a conversation that Vriska has with Meenah while Aranea's soul is being ripped out of her body by Brain Ghost Dirk. Vriska's analysis of Aranea's plans to defeat Lord English basically boils down to Vriska admitting that both she and Aranea have the same issues with obsessive egomania and trying to do the "right thing" for all the wrong reasons. Vriska also denounces her own behavior as being no different from what Aranea is doing now, and is no longer motivated to try and defeat Lord English.
- Celebrity Crush: On Nicolas Cage.
- Chewing the Scenery: Her octupling of letters isn't just an orthographic tic but because she's a liiiiiiiittle bit overdramaaaaaaaatic.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Since her introduction, she has back-stabbed or planned to back-stab virtually everyone she's spoken with. The other trolls, by now, mostly either refuse to associate with her or keep her at arms length, though this hasn't stopped her from trying anyway.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Tavros and for a while with John.
- Cluster F-Bomb:
AG: Fuck you for me trying to help you.
AG: Fuck the 8lue team, fuck your conniving, fuck Equius's dou8ledealing and the stupid muscle8east he rode in on, and fuck you for s8ving my life.
AG: FUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!
- Complexity Addiction: Vriska's biggest boast is the number of irons she has in the fire, pies in which she has fingers, and euphemistic representations of the number and complexity of her schemes. It's now apparent that she doesn't really care if any of these irons conflict, provided they are irons and she has them in the fire.
- Which makes it kind of Ironic that she's one of the most straightforward trolls. Unlike her Ancestor, she never really bothers with mind games, subtlety or obfuscation and her attempts at manipulation basically boil down to "hit them in the brain really hard with mind powers". Even her attempts at lying are so completely bold-faced as to be honest in a way.
- Compressed Hair: How she fits that mane into her God-Tier outfit's tiny hood is anyone's guess.
- Confusion Fu: "Rolling the dice will execute a wide range of highly unpredictable attacks." However, later on it stops being this and simply becomes a Game Breaker, because she uses her status as the Thief of Light (who can steal luck) to ensure that she always gets the best possible result.
- Cool Sword: As a part of her Ancestral Awakening attack.
- Creator's Pet: Played with. Besides being done quite deliberately (Hussie has said she was meant to be a Base Breaker), she seems to be the troll the story focuses on, but she still fails a lot. That, and a lot of her "overpowered deeds" are, in the view of the fandom, still quite awesome. And that's not even getting into her rather complex backstory...
- If she was before, she's certainly not now, given that she's been dead for a long time and has had effectively zero plot relevance since. And then when John - the last character to have genuine affection for her - reflects on her one in-universe year later he admits that while everything with her seemed very important at the time, in retrospect she's just some crazy troll girl who was kinda into him for one day a year ago, though he's still interested in talking to her.
- Lampshaded when the author steps into the story and proposes to her... with what's later revealed to be a magic ring that would have brought her back to life if she'd accepted.
- Cyborg: Had a robot arm.
- Defeat Means Friendship: with Kanaya. With a side of Ship Tease.
- Demoted to Extra: Says to Tavros she's not going to let this happen to her.
VRISKA: Some inexplica8le forces out there are fucking with us. They are doing everything in their power to make sure that when we're not 8eing totally humili8ted, we are staying completely irrelevant.
VRISKA: We can't let them toy with us, then just sweep us under the carpet like that. I'm not going to let our relevance 8e marginalized anymore, Tavros.
- Deuteragonist: More so than Karkat, although he is officially the main troll protagonist.
- Die or Fly: Putting Tavros through this for apparently nothing more than sadistic pleasure was her Establishing Character Moment. She later left this challenge to John, who succeeded. Not coincidentally afterward, she enforced the 'Die' part on Tavros.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Aradia sends the ghosts of Vriska's victims to torment her. Vriska retaliates by killing her, using Aradia's boyfriend/best friend to do the deed.
- Dramaaaaaaaatic Irony: After she dies and goes to the dreambubbles, she finally meets John and goes on a "not-d8", but it's the alternate-John that was killed by Terezi and he doesn't know who she is.
- Dreadlock Warrior: Meenah had styled her hair into Jack Sparrow-styled dreadlocks.
- Driven to Villainy: She had to become a mass murderer to keep her lusus from eating her.
- Duel to the Death: She has one with Tavros. She wins. Within seconds.
- She might, by a hair's breadth, have actually succeeded with Bec Noir, but she never got the chance because it would've meant the deaths of the surviving trolls and Terezi wouldn't allow it.
- Dying Alone: Although Terezi and Karkat are there, they leave her bleeding out on the floor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Lower right corner. Why, hello there, Vriska!
- Even Evil Has Standards: Judging from what Meenah is saying, Vriska is not happy about what Aranea is currently planning. This is confirmed when Vriska notes that watching Aranea hare off to save the day is basically like watching herself all over again.
- A little earlier, Vriska attempted to force Tavros to kiss her (again), only to suddenly stop with a resigned expression.
- Provided it's her reaction and not that of the narrator, she's also noticeably disgusted when she finds out that someone put Tavros' severed legs in a chest. Didn't stop her from taking them and taunting Tavros with them, though.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Not Vriska herself, but her glasses after receiving a punch from Undead Kanaya.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She takes it in stride that people will want to do horrible things to her in return for her own machinations. But she haaaaaaaates when people try to be nice to her.
- Evil Hand: Equius reminds her who built her replacement arm.
- Evil Laugh: After she made Tavros jump off a cliff:
- Extra Eyes: Or rather, extra pupils. She used to have seven in one of her eyes, which was lost when Doc Scratch's Magic Cue Ball blew up in her face. Vriska herself considered this to be seven eyes rather than a single eye with seven pupils. Her extra eyes return after she reaches God Tier.
- Amusingly, this eye bears a closer resemblance to a fly's compound eye than to a spider's eyes; most spiders have eight eyes, but they aren't arranged in a cluster like this.
- Eye Beam: After her Thief of Light power awakens, she can steal luck with her left, seven-pupiled eye.
- Eyepatch of Power: To show how mysterious and diabolically crafty she is. Loses it when she revives but gets her VISION EIGHTFOLD back.
- Eye Take: Gives one with Gamzee in surprise to...someone walking.
- Fairytale Motifs: Just like in the tale of the Scorpion and the Frog, she finds herself abusing her friends even when it's directly against her best interests. Her nature is foreshadowed in Doc Scratch's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her before she enters the session, where he describes her as "vicious and predictable, like an insect."
- Famous Ancestor: Marquise Spinneret Mindfang was a real troll and notorious pirate.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One real arm, one robotic arm. One eye covered, one eye not. Two different funky-looking horns.
- Even before she lost her arm and eye and again now that she's been replaced by her dreamself, she has the two different horns and also two very different eyes, as one has 7 pupils and the other only has one.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. It's ambiguous how much of that overconfidence is natural and how much of it is her trying to emulate her ancestor. After being dead for a while, Vriska recognizes this as her main weakness, and hates herself for letting it dictate her life for as long as it did.
- Fearless Fool: It's unclear whether she actually fears anything, but she certainly doesn't allow fear to influence her actions, or tolerate it in others. After the catastrophic events of Sgrub- a lot of which were caused by her rashness- she seems to have overcome this.
- Fire-Forged Friends: When they first encounter, Vriska and Meenah square off. After bonding and seeing how much they have in common, it's safe to say that they're true blue friends now.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: As a result of a number of her more sociopathic actions, most of the people that interact with Vriska have stated that they can't stand her, but won't bother to cross her because of what may result out of fear that she'll do something worse. Unfortunately, this seems to carry on after her death—even though she's gotten considerably better as a person, a number of people still don't trust her. It's gotten to the point that even John has admitted that he is disgusted with her.
- Fusion Dance: As a result of Gamzee chucking her and Tavros' dead bodies into Jane's unprototyped kernelsprite. Fortunately, it lasted only moments before exploding.
- The Gambling Addict: Can't get enough of games with high stakes, such as Flarp, so naturally she would play Sgrub, which has really high stakes. Not to mention the high stakes involved in trying to outwit an omnipotent godlike being using his own scrying tool. Or manipulating an entire timeline so she can vanquish an unbeatable foe.
- The Gambler: She sometimes makes decisions by rolling her roleplaying dice, such as when deciding what method to use to euthanize her crushed lusus.
- Generation Xerox: Vriska discovered the journal of her most direct ancestor (the Troll whose genetics were most prominent in her birth), the original Marquis Spinneret Mindfang, when she was really young. She then spent her life emulating her and seeking out her treasures; she even named her FLARP character after her. Ultimately, this is deconstructed, as Vriska realizes that that she doesn't want to be like Mindfang and would much rather be her own person, shortly after killing Tavros, a theme that comes up again during the A6A6I2 chapter.
- Glory Hound: Vriska is trying to be responsible for as much as possible, so that her ultimate (planned) victory over the demon will be that much greater and everyone will accept her. This includes being responsible for Jack getting prototyped with Bec, Bec being created in the first place, and John going god-tier because she wants to make the ultimate hero and villain. As noted under Character Development above, though, she becomes disillusioned with this idea after she's been dead for a while, and criticizes both herself and Aranea for letting their glory-seeking tendencies ruin pretty much everything.
- Hair Flip: In Alterniabound. Constantly.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Can manipulate luck to a ridiculous extent.
- Heel Face Door Slam: In her last message to John, she said she was planning on not only quitting killing after beating Jack, but also living out her life doing what humans consider normal, rather than trolls. And then Terezi killed her.
AG: May8e I can finally put all this terri8le stuff 8ehind me.
AG: And I won't have to worry a8out 8eing the 8est anymore, or proving what a ruthless killer I can 8e.
AG: May8e I can try out whatever is supposed to 8e normal for a human. Who knows, it might not 8e as 8oring as it sounds!
- Heel-Face Turn: Sort of held up by Act 6. She's still caustic and somewhat mean, and everything is still about her, but she's more mellow about it. Aranea's self-absorbed plan to defeat Lord English only magnifies the more mellow nature she was hiding Beneath the Mask.
- Hellish Pupils: Standard for Trolls. Plus her VISION EIGHTFOLD, which gives her seven extra pupils in one eyes, is really unsettling.
- Villainous Second Wind: Getting up immediately after having her arm and eye blown off, executing a (possibly strenuous) double-proxy mind control, while bleeding out of the stump of her limb? And if Terezi's memory is anything to go by—she went out of her way to do some gloating.
- Hero with an F in Good: Let's just say that Vriska's ability to judge the proper way to act out her good intentions is...shaky at best.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: Turns out, Vriska? Commodores and Rear Admirals outrank Captains.
- Hypocritical Humor: Includes complaining about manipulating people's body parts, fussing about Kanaya's meddling with her meddling, and best of all—
AG: You were f8ed for a team of losers, full of 8lind girls and lame 8oys and cranky iiiiiiiim8eciles.
- I Know You Know I Know: Loves this, her entire relationship with Terezi is basically built by this. Terezi as the Seer of Mind ultimately knew more and killed Vriska to save the rest of the trolls from Jack.
- Incoming Ham
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Well most of her schemes seem to be failures and she is at least somewhat sympathetic. Ends up being a subversion, in that she is not anywhere near ineffectual when it counts. She falls more into Well-Intentioned Extremist rather than evil as well.
- In Love with Your Carnage: After Rainbow Drinker Kanaya kicks Gamzee so hard in the balls that he flies off a cliff, decks Vriska, and then messily chainsaws Eridan in half (in revenge for killing her), Vriska is just swooning.
- Irony: Firmly believes in luck and its power to alter situations. She herself is extremely predictable.
- Also, the Scorpio troll is stabbed to death. A double whammy when you consider how she herself kills Tavros and John.
- Expresses disapproval for solving game puzzles and Tavros, now she is fused with him on a planet of nothing but puzzles.
- It's All About Me:
AG: Stop ignoring me. My messages should receive top priority.
AG: Who are you talking to? I don't appreciate 8eing snu88ed like this. How ungr8ful can you get!
- Jerk Ass: Overconfident to a fault, and loves to play up her abilities, regard herself as the best, and generally taunt most of the other people she knows.
- Jerk Ass Facade: However, she is trying too hard, and it shows. Karkat calls it "pretender's hate" among other things.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She fluctuates between the two at her best and worst, respectively. She spends much of Act 5 Act 1 as the latter, and has occasional moments as the former. In Act 5 Act 2, she briefly goes back to being a total bitch when she kills Tavros, but spends much of the rest of the Act grieving over his death and looking for ways to amend for it. After her death, her heart's in the right place, and she's beginning to really understand what was wrong with what she did thanks to 20-20 hindsight, but she's still petty, manipulative, and a little childish.
- Kick the Dog: Crippling Tavros.
- Subverted: Her use of her powers to put people to sleep at first seems like meaningless antagonism, but she's preserving the nature of the alpha timeline. Although it doesn't stop her from being a jerk about it.
- Ironically, her attempt to Pet the Dog with Tavros by appealing to his Pupa Pan fantasies came across as this.
- Killed Off for Real: Though the exact circumstances of it are a bit ambiguous.
- Killer Game Master: Literally. She needs a steady supply of bodies for her lusus.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Abandons her plan to deal with Lord English when she loses confidence in her convictions and reasons for wanting to stop him in the first place.
- Large Ham: Tends toward the overdramaaaaaaaatic, both in her Pesterlogs and in person, and employs a Hair Flip just for the sake of it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She crippled Tavros, blinded Terezi, and killed Aradia. In return, she loses an arm, is blinded in one eye, and gets beaten to death by Aradia.
- Halfway to full death, due to her still having a dreamself. Which goes nicely with losing half as many limbs, only blind on one side.
- Stabs and kills Tavros and ends up stabbed and killed herself.
- Jack breaking her clock just before it may or may not have determined whether her death was just or heroic, thus killing her regardless of whether fate would get a chance to decide. As Terezi would put it: "LUCK DO3SN'T R34LLY M4TT3R"—and even then it's not certain if the clock was an indicator or adjudicator.
- Her constant belittling of Tavros after they die backfires when she wants him to tell her where the ring of life is, and he decides to ditch her instead.
- The Leader: Is very heavily implied by Jane and Jade's story to Calliope to be leading the meteor crew now, following her death being retconned and the subsequent three-year trip to the B2 session.
JANE: Their leader was someone who was not expected to show up with them at all.
JANE: The presence of this lone interloper was enough to discombobulate a scheme millions of years in the making.
JANE: This hero occupied a blind spot as much to the Condesce as to my present recollection, but of this much I am sure.
JANE: The hero was bold, wily; the sort of firebrand personality they needed to take such a stand.
JANE: An intrepid soul who was not about to take the verdict of paradox space lying down.
JANE: You see, Callie, your historical documents make no mention of the leader of the raid, because originally, the curtains closed early on this plucky customer.
JANE: But the hero was written back into our story by some inscrutable gambit of circumstance which we may never fully understand.
- Lean and Mean: Both official guest and fanart tend to draw her and Aranea as much spindlier than the other trolls, fitting in with her spider motif.
- Leitmotif: Spider's Claw, which is later remixed with a Theme to make her walkaround theme.
- Light Is Not Good: Her title is the Thief of Light.
- Liquid Assets: Her powers as the Thief of Light allow her to steal luck. Because apparently, "fortune is the essence of light".
- Love at First Punch: It's very complicated (Vriska has admitted she may deserve this treatment and Kanaya has loved her for a very long time and gone unnoticed), but this is the effect that Kanpire finally has on Vriska.
- Love Before First Sight:
- Luck Stat: Her specialty. As a Thief of Light, she has low base stats but is able to steal the Luck - and other stats and abilities - of others. Given that her Weapon of Choice is dice that execute attacks with power depending on her Luck as opposed to the more traditional weapons the other trolls use, she quickly turns into Game Breaker.
- Made of Iron: Everyone kind of assumed that Aradia killed her. Turns out that just woke up her dreamself.
- Averted, in that she did eventually die of her wounds, and in the time leading up to her death she was unable to so much as lift a finger and was apparently in incredible pain.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase/Pungeon Master: "Adios, Torea[pun]!", but she spreads it to other things and other romance languages.
- Malignant Plot Tumor: She deliberately inserts herself into as many conflicts as possible on account of her self-aggrandizing nature and obsessive need to be the center of attention, even when she's actively harming herself and everyone else by doing so.
- From Hussie, we have this (the context seems to be Vriska turning up in WV's dream):
[Vriska] is obviously in charge of the story now. Her ascension to Fairy Vriska strikes me as a pretty decent distillation of who she's always been as a character. Impish, ubiquitously meddlesome, and kind of annoying.
- Manipulative Bastard: Or at least she likes to think so. Without her VISION EIGHTFOLD or mind-control powers, she can't really do much more than annoy people. She ultimately turns out to be a much bigger example than anyone could have anticipated.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to both Tavros and John's Feminine Boys.
- Meaningful Name: Serket is the goddess of healing stings and bites, who originally was the deification of the scorpion.
- Vriska, or rather, Vṛścika(वृष्चिक) is the name of Scorpio in Sanskrit. Also spelled Vrikchika and vr̥ṣcikaḥ.
- Medium Awareness: One of the few characters who seems semi-aware that she's in a story, to the point where she has a furious argument with the author when he tries to take the attention off her at one point to start a new subplot. All the other characters think she's lost her mind.
- Mêlée à Trois: All set to happen with Eridan and Gamzee, and then promptly subverted when rainbow drinker Kanaya shows up.
- Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Pesterlogs involving her usually end up this way.
- Monster Sob Story: In this conversation, all of Vriska's usual insults and cruelty are, surprisingly enough, directed towards herself right after she is mocked by some mysterious acquaintance. Beforehand the narration comments that she "could stand to have some camaraderie wasted on [her]"; while talking to Kanaya she repeatedly puts herself down, calling herself a "dum8 flighty 8road" and an "idi8t girl" and demanding to know why she tries to help her out at all. She clearly has a very fragile ego, and lapses into outright depression as soon as someone hurts her feelings.
- She has another one here with John.
- At the risk of being presumptuous for applying human foibles and terminology to an alien species, Vriska has, over several points of the story, displayed that she may well be suffering from a number of very deep and serious emotional issues and/or mental psychoses. While these provide a deeper rationale for her actions and understanding of her character, one should always remember the important issues of dealing with any deeply mentally and emotionally unbalanced person. Just because their story is sad and pitiable, it does not prevent them from simultaneously being highly unpredictable and dangerous.
- Munchkin: In real life. Partly due to a gaming addiction, and partly due to the fact that she needs to feed her lusus.
- My God, What Have I Done?: During a conversation with John, she is shocked to realize that she actually feels guilty about killing Tavros. As a blueblooded Troll, she thinks she shouldn't feel anything like that.
- However, in the same breath though, she waves off any remorse about Aradia or the thousands she killed to survive until her lusus died. Many of her unseen murders were innocent trolls as well, which is why Terezi stopped working with her.
- Mythology Gag: She constructed a CATENATIVE DOOMSDAY DICE CASCADER. She also appears to have one in her room, although that's probably an incomplete doomsday device or just a regular roulette wheel. It's hard to tell.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When the emotionally-restored robotic Aradia finally meets Vriska in the medium, she beats Vriska in a berserk fury.
- No Social Skills: Not even remotely. This explains a whole lot.
- Not a Date: She has one of these with alternate-timeline John in the afterlife.
- Not Quite Dead: Manages this one twice, in almost the same instance; once after being beaten black and blue by Aradia, waking up her dreamself, and again when it turns out that she survived that, though just barely.
- Not So Different: "You see John, you and I actually have some things in common, 8ut you couldn't possi8ly understand why yet." Slightly different from the traditional usage in the sense that it's said at the start of their series of conversations together. The main thing they have in common is that they both die and get resurrected via dream self as God Tier players.
- Vriska also says this regarding herself and Aranea during A6A6I2. As Vriska admits, both Serkets are inordinately focused on 1) being the center of attention in any given situation and 2) doing things more for their own sense of importance than actually accomplishing something good. The main difference between them is that Vriska has realized that kind of behavior is short-sighted and completely pointless in the long run, while Aranea has not.
- Oblivious to Love: She thinks Kanaya is in love with Tavros and angry that he chose her instead. This is backwards in almost every possible respect.
- This gets pulled on her when she tries to flirt with John and it goes right over his head.
- Opposites Attract: For Tavros. Definitely not reciprocated, though; she vacillates between red and black for him, while he's merely terrified of her.
- Also with John.
- Nicolas Cage is the most heroic person possible, whereas Vriska is the one of the villainous trolls. Guess who she has a massive crush on?
- Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Doc Scratch's cueball did a number on her account. Aradia's thrashing? No way she's still in the black after that.
- Over Shadowed By Awesome: Subverted. While she feels inferior compared to her ancestor and acts theatrical and egotistic to compensate for it, nobody seems to care about her or her ancestry. Later averted.
- Parody Sue: Invoked with her roleplaying character Marquise Spinneret Mindfang. Named after her ancestor.
"She is the best character, and you wish you were her. Oh wait, you are her! Your wish has been granted. Probably as a special boon for being so great at everything."
- Vriska's self-image is a metafictional commentary on the concept of a Mary Sue; she's a prettier, smarter, and stronger than everyone else (at least in her own head), she never suffers any negative consequences, and she inserts herself into situations to try to be the driving force behind every plot development.
- Personality Powers: As a God Tier Thief of Light, she can steal luck from her opponents, giving her absurd advantages in combat. This fits in with her being a power gamer and is the perfect match for her dice-based weaponry—which ties back into the first point, as it gives her reliable access to some of the most powerful attacks available. Word of God even confirms it:
Her power complemented her personality, which was that of a born cheater.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: For Nicolas Cage.
- Pet the Dog: She sends Tavros the code for a pair of rocket boots, which Tavros uses to alchemize a rocket chair and fly through the first gate. She then tries to be Tinkerbell to Tavros' Pupa Pan (with help from a costume that looks suspiciously like Tavros' computer wallpaper), but only winds up confusing the hell out of him.
- When she finds out that Tavros understandably doesn't reciprocate her feelings, she shrugs it off - but the tantrum she throws when he finally gets fed up with following her is pretty telling.
- And her last Pesterlog to John.
- Pirate: Her roleplaying character. Well, technically her class is Petticoat Seagrift, but same difference.
- Pirate Girl: Vriska may or may not count, being a roughly thirteen-year-old FLARPer, but she's attempting to emulate her ancestor Marquise Mindfang, who was definitely a Pirate Girl.
- Power Gives You Wings: Gets a nice pair of butterfly wings when she earns her God Tiers.
- Psychic Powers: She has an extensive combo-platter of telepathic powers.
- Mind Control: She abused this power to feed unwitting trolls to her lusus. Even after her death, she uses it to gather an army with Meenah for their shared purposes. However, Aranea's powers are way, way stronger than hers, enough so that Aranea was actually the one controlling most of the ghost trolls, by Vriska's account.
- People Puppets: She can even force other people to use their psychic powers on still other people.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Usually with just one hand.
- Telepathy: Can also read minds.
- Her Psychic Powers have shown to be incredibly powerful, from performing mind control by double proxy to affecting someone in a different universe completely cut off from her own. However, she can only put humans to sleep.
- Ragdoll Physics: After Kanaya clocks her, she slides across the floor, with the physics visually implied.
- And yet again when John punches her lights out in order to stop Terezi from killing her.
- Rage Against the Author: After finally reappearing in the comic after her death, Hussie tries to cut away from the treasure she discovered to talk about one of the salamanders. Vriska did not take this well, unceremoniously dumping the treasure on the floor, expositing all she knows about it, and then telling Hussie to suck it.
- Replacement Love Interest: John. When she fails to turn Tavros into the same kind of hero that his ancestor became that her ancestor fell in love with, she turns her attentions on John and falls for him as he rises to her challenge. The shadow of her failure with Tavros hangs over all of their conversations, such as when John thanks her instead of being mad at her for getting him killed to ascend to God Tier.
AG: I don't know, John. You'd 8e surprised how often people resent it when you try to help them!
AG: 8ut see, you really get it. That's why you're special.
- She appears now to have given up on him in turn and resorted to dragging Tavros around the afterlife as a pack mule.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Karkat gives her one, and Doc Scratch gives her another.
- Rocket Boots: She owned a pair from FLARPing, and used them during the game.
- Sadistic Choice: Presumably made one in her backstory: she could kill other children to feed her lusus, or let her lusus die.
- Self-Made Orphan: There is an avalanche outside her home. Her lusus is pinned underneath. Might as well put her out of her misery.
- Serial Killer: Has personally killed so many trolls she literally cannot remember how many she's killed. Spidermom has to eat...
- She's Back: Her comeback in the retconned universe.
- Ship Tease: With Tavros and virtually everyone she talks to. Especially John, whose outfit for a time was exactly like Vriska's.
- Ship Sinking: With John, as he had admitted to Roxy that once he really thought about it, he kind of hated her.
- Shoot the Dog: Her mass-hypnosis of the masses of doomed timeline ghosts is certainly morally questionable, and ultimately results in half her crew mutinying, but she feels it was necessary in order to find the weapon that can put a stop to Lord English and his universe-destroying rampages. Later, though, she admits that Aranea did most of the work in terms of controlling the ghosts.
- Shrug of God: Andrew decided to leave it to the reader to decide whether Vriska's death was genuinely just, or whether Slick killed her when he broke the clock.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Tried to be this for Tavros. Failed pretty spectacularly. Did something similar with John later, to much greater success.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: She wants to do this with Tavros oh so much. He's too afraid of her to do anything about it.
- Slasher Smile: Tavros challenges her to a Duel to the Death with the universal throat-cutting gesture. Vriska whips out those severed legs from Alterniabound and does one of those across the waist, gleefully sporting one of these.
- Smug Snake: She talks herself up like the best troll there is, but she can't really manipulate anyone without resorting to mind control—and she is, herself, embarrassingly easy to manipulate.
- Snow Means Death: Right here.
- Stable Time Loop: Granted, there are a lot of these in Homestuck, but a mention should go to the one Vriska perpetuates: After the troll's session is destroyed by a demon from another universe, she decides to help create said demon.
- Stalker Shrine: Once again, to Nicolas Cage.
- Stop Helping Me!: Her attitude towards Kanaya as her server player (and in general).
- Survival Mantra: "He is already here," which doubles as her justification for why ensuring Jack Noir's rise in power isn't a bad thing.
- Talking in Your Dreams: Because Vriska is her dreamself, she doesn't dream like the rest of the trolls and apparently has lucid dreams.
- Take That: The Author has indicated that some of her behavior is a Take That at some of the early anti-fans of Tavros.
- Which in return spawned a number of anti-anti-anti-fans of Tavros.
- Teens Are Monsters: At age thirteen, has so far killed countless trolls, feeding them to her lusus, manipulated events to create Bec Noir, who outright commits multiple genocides, and made Tavros' life worse from crippling him for a laugh to killing him after goading him with his severed legs to attack her.
- Tempting Fate: If my outrageously gr8 luck has any say in the matter, we will 8e meeting up in no time!
- Theme Naming: Vriska's Zodiac sign is Scorpio.
- These Hands Have Killed: Out of all the trolls who have started killing people, Vriska is the only one to feel any remorse or think about the ramifications. What's really odd is that the thing that freaks her out is the fact that she is freaked out about murdering. That isn't normal for blueblooded Trolls.
- Very inconsistent too; in the same conversation where she mentions being so upset about murdering Tavros, she dismisses her gleeful murder of Aradia and her thousands of murders of innocent trolls as being irrelevant.
- Token Evil Teammate: While many of the trolls wouldn't be good people by human standards, Vriska is almost certainly the meanest of them all. Or was. Comparatively, she's only moderately nasty now.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After dying, she's trying to act the part of the hero, rather than the villainous pirate queen, so she's less openly hostile. Her actions are...questionable, but they're in the name of a benevolent goal (though still all about her).
- Training from Hell: She covers Tavros's home with stairs for this purpose. Also she claims that she's always been trying to get him to stop being such a wimp.
- Treasure Room: What kind of Petticoat Seagrift would she be without at least one LOOT STRONGHOLD?
- Tricked Out Time: Vriska's solution to handling the demon, given how its existence is protected by a Stable Time Loop, and that any deviation will result in temporal erasure. That said, her methods are still questionable at best.
- Trope Overdosed: As a deliberate exercise in messing with the fandom's heads, she is rapidly gathering all the tropes. All of them.
- She was the only Homestuck character and one of the few on TV Tropes as a whole to have her own character page for over a year, but given her death and lack of screentime these days, she was merged with Terezi.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: She's a thirteen year old serial killer, and most likely has been at it for years. But, someone's gotta feed her lusus. Probably the root of a lot of her issues.
- Tsundere: For Tavros, big time. He is too terrified of the tsun to see the dere.
- Unscrupulous Hero: She genuinely wants to defeat Jack and win Sburb, no matter what it takes. See The Unfettered below.
- The Unfettered: Her goal since Act 5 Act 2 has been to kill the demon in the trolls' session. To accomplish this, she's subtly manipulated events in the kids' session, up to and including creating the demon and getting the main character killed.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Yes.
- Unreliable Expositor: At on point it was speculated that the trolls failed in their session because they failed to learn the values the game was trying to teach them (friendship, bravery, etc.) Then in this conversation, Vriska says the trolls failed because they didn't learn 'troll'' values (killing each other). Vriska's belief was then called in question when it was revealed that troll values were instilled in them by Lord English and his minions. It is later stated that players can be corrupted from their true purpose by an outside influence, suggesting that Vriska was wrong (as troll society itself was corrupted from its original nature).
- Unsound Effect: Flip spin THUD plop.
- The Vamp: To an extent; she displays romantic interest in Tavros, Kanaya, and John (and possibly blackrom for Terezi as well) within the span of an hour or two towards the end of the countdown. Her interactions don't end well for Tavros or Kanaya at all, dubiously so for John, and Terezi killed her. Downplayed in that she's not shown to be especially attractive or genuinely evil.
- Villainous Breakdown: FUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Yes.
AG: Hey, sketchier Ampora! If you touch him again, I will fucking kill you!
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Vriska is clearly trying to follow in the footsteps of her impressive ancestor Mindfang, but there's no one holding her to this standard but herself, making this a literally self-enforced trope. Some of Vriska's most important character development comes when she realizes that maybe that's not who she was meant to be, or even who she wants to be, considering how cruel and deviant Mindfang appeared to be.
- This is the driving force behind her interaction with Tavros too. Mindfang was destined to fall in love with the Summoner, who would be a world-shaking revolutionary and who would one day kill her. All her attempts to strengthen Tavros were to make him into the man his ancestor was, and it was his final attempt to kill her without reaching that potential (unlike John) that was in many ways the last straw for her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She manipulates several key events in the kids' session to both create and destroy the demon which ruined her session. Also includes getting John killed so his God-Tier self can take over for the rest of the game.
- Western Zodiac: Scorpio.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Right friggin here.
- Write Who You Know: Part of Vriska's character is her fake persona of being a Large Ham when she's really quite subdued. Andrew Hussie is quite the ham online, yet at cons and in person he's a soft spoken guy.
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