Character sheet for Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
. Be wary of spoilers: Only those detailing the final season are marked.
[And yes, I do think this might have to be cut into pages right away. Seriously, look at the size of this bastard. Remove all of the level 1 headings and replace the asscaps with... well, more level 1 headings.]
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"Well, to put it bluntly, you are [a geek/dork]. But so am I. We all are here at the Rainbow Crew, and that just might be why we pushed ourselves to become such great people. Not because of the Felt's doings. Not because one of our old band members has set a fort in the Grand Canyon. Certainly not for unpaid assistants, no no no no no! But to look for our own purposes in life while finding purposes of others and helping them live and acheive them. Deep down in our hearts, this was what we were looking for. Geno and Homer did not come in for those reasons. Is that why they're dead? Technically yes, logically there is no way some force struck them down for not fitting them in. I mean, the Pikmin interns did not befriend us for the same emotional reason and they're all alive. But look mam, Homer's and Geno's personalities led to their downfall. Geno was strictly to assign to protect, with little to no guidelines, and died partly due to his kamikaze of the airplane since he lacked a real escape to that carrier. Homer died because his selfishness and lack of plotting got himself killed by the Stalfos. Us, no matter how much we know it, are really working for a better cause.
* Aims flashlight at wall.*
This light represents the population of the planet.
* Holds a rock up, it and his hand blocking the light. *
Now we split things up a bit. This shadow represents the evilness on the planet, with the light being redifined to be the good. Some of us, like you, might think that the world itself is in a bad shape and that you are slowly being consumed into its darkness with no other options, however in reality-
* Replaces rock with a prism, causing a rainbow to shine where the rock was. *
You are contributing to an equally important role with the rest of us to work with the world and make both parties better. Take this rainbow for instance. As seen here, one color by itself won't make a difference in lighting up the dark and some does indeed remain in the form of my arm, but while together their impact is very strong, it's all because each individual puts their own little unique effort into it defined, shaped, and influenced simply by being who they are."
to Roxy, chapter 11.
Note that many tropes that apply to the "originals" might also apply to their counterparts as well. In that case, any tropes that both of them demonstrate in just about the same way will be covered only under the originals, while the trope list for the counterparts has elements that either deviate from the original's examples or are tropes unique to them alltogether.
- Aborted Arc: The Ichigo-training stuff started taking an abrupt backseat to more "traditional" Rainbow Crew attacks where they all use guns somewhere around when the character development started, then drop alltogether halfway through the Hecksing crossover. Fan says that this was because he was getting rather sick of feeling like he had to put the students of Ichigo's into a specific group-like manner and/or have them constantly talking about the blade, especially since the story has since moved past things like that.
- Age Cut: The second generation is all either 17 (legal age in Illinois) or 16 (which, admitedly, isn't in that specific state). This actually was "originally" because the story was supposed to have a high school backdrop, but as it became apparant that said backdrop wasn't used at all, it was just an excuse for fanservice. John and Jade are the only characters explicitely said to be 17 and the A1 trolls are ironically the only characters explicitely said to be 16, but this never really comes up at any relevant part.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: All of the humans are colored the same as their text. This is handwaved by a one-off comment implying that technicolored people aren't that uncommon in the Crconikals world.
- Awesome but Impractical: Rose, Roxy, Eridan, Nepeta, and Feferi repeatedly charge into battle with their Ichigo-taught skills, even though they are stated to have a vast variety of weapons that are probably more useful than some sword attacks. Namely, guns and later explosions. They eventually drop the Ichigo-based moves around chapter 20.
- Back from the Dead: Tavros, Vriska, Equius, Gamzee, Eridan, and Feferi are all killed and revived in chapter 12 (yes, both of those happen in the same chapter), and everybody save for Nepeta, Netimp, and Disciple are killed and revived in chapter 18. Fan even bent his Leijon-immortality rule just a little so that "Lagoins" are not counted as it, even though it's been revealed that Leijons actually share an ultimate parent with Lagoins and all other RC-blood castes, which should technically make all those trolls immortal at most and the Lagoins at least.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Just about every human and troll member. All of the trolls have been abandoned by their ancestors (if by near-necessity), and were raised by lusii. As for the humans:
- John's mother was implied on a few occasions to be coming onto him. Notably, the crush was going to be a little more blatant and she would be less stable about it, but Fan thought it would be funnier if the undertones were subtler but still not subtle. He seems to be aware of it, but doesn't care.
- Jade actually has a fairly healthy relationship with her dad. He was originally going to have a crush on her, but Fan found that too redundant and wanted a male example of a Good Bad Girl, plus an Only Sane Man of the guardians, so he made Jade's Pa fit both bills. Then again, it was implied that he was lax when it came to letting her around guns (like his canon self, Grandpa), but this came to a quick end when the Harley manor was set on fire and both of them nearly died.
- Rose and Mom are in constant rivalry for eachother. Unlike Roxy and Sis, it's at equal grounds, and it's still going after season four, but in a far more lighthearted manner.
- Dave and Bro also get along fine, except A: both of them have been abandoned by their parents, and B: they're both Cloud Cuckoolanders, Bro being more open about his ridiculous paranoia.
- Jane is on good terms with her dad, but unfortunately, he's a complete idiot, so she basically takes care of him despite how he's still in his thirties.
- Jake's Ma overly babies him.
- Roxy's sister is probably the most blatant case, as she openly breaks into a speech over-analyizing everything she does and generally shames her all the time. They end up fixing their terms by the end of Sis's debut chapter, though. Like Dave, both of them have been abandonded by their birth parents at some point.
- Dirk's father belittles him and intentionally goes out of his way to embarass him in public, in the name of "irony." He also stops this after his introductory chapter.
- And finally, all eight of them have at least one missing parent.
- The lephrechauns, Homer, Pikmin interns, and Geno aren't clear, but it can be assumed that the Onions are what passes as the intern's family, and things seem to be as normal as Pikmin families can get. Calliope's case isn't clear either, but she seems to lack any sort of guardian figure at all.
- Boring but Practical:
- As strife specibi don't exist, the cast is free to use whatever weapons they want whenever, as long as they can get their hands on it. Many, many of them chose guns. The battles aren't as particularly flashy as a sword fight, but they really tend to get the job done, especially towards season six.
- The way they beat Doc Scratch. After shooting him with a light arrow, they all just... gang up and beat him normally. Then do the same with Lord English, only before he gets a chance to attack. Ruins a climactic moment, yes, but it's also effective.
- Color-Coded Characters: No two members of the Rainbow Crew share the same colorsnote . This is an Up to Eleven take from canon: Not only do the pre-scratch trolls have different hues that all fall between the hues of the pre-scratch texts, but the ancestors and guardians also have some very mild variance too. And the counterparts to the humans are all, for the most part, totally original colors while the counterparts to the trolls are pale/light versions of the rough hue. (Ardion's is a pale pink distinct from Roxy's, Tavass a light orange, etc. Karkta and Kankri use pale/light chartreuse and a pale chartreuse-green respectively, meaning that normally nobody actually has the regular limeblood color. Originally, aformentioned two counterparts would have.) The only similarities of note is when a character changes their sex, in which it still remains exactly the same. This also applies to Pikmin Fan's works as a whole, with Calliope's Back Story going an even further mile by having the cancer trolls all be associated with lime green. (Which may not be accurate, but since they're humanizations anyway and thus their colors don't hold that much of an impact on the plot, there isn't really anything wrong about it.) Which opens bright red to Strider-only territory. Here's just the completely new colors:
- Jean: Yellow.
- Jude: Spring greenFan's specific definition .
- Ross: Similar to Rose's blue-purple, but leaning a lot closer to the blue end.
- Dove: Chartreuse.
- Joan: Azure, blue-cyan.
- Jaky: Rose, pink-red.
- Rory: Magenta, Jaspersprite's text color.
- Dian: Vermilion.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
- All of the Alpha trolls, save Aranea who is more like Crouching Moron, Hidden Exposition Fairy. They may act like flanderizations of their canon counterpart's already flanderized selves, but come to combat and they're suddenly nightmares.
- All of the first generation (aka guardians and ancestors) aside from the originally-A2 batch. Sure, they may seem goofy, but they can absolutely open up a can of asswhoop on almost anything that comes in their way so long as that thing isn't Doc Scratch (at first), the Troll Empress, or Jaws. The A2 ancestors are inversions in that they start off appearing very noble and strong, but turn out to be
- Darker and Edgier: Zig-zagged when compared to Hecksing. While they and their issues are treated in a more serious light than Hecksing's, at the same time the in-universe concept behind these guys are a lot brighter. There are far, far more named members in the Crew than in Hecksing, they travel around together a lot and frequently crack jokes to eachother and have a lot of friendly conversations, only two of them die and one of them was an Asshole Victim while the other was blatantly made to feel jarring, and they have an ideallic take on heroism. By contrast, Hecksing has very few members, missions usually exclude at least someone and the talk is usually either business or Carl goofing off, many of them die including Alucard, and there's an overall sense of "this is kind of hopeless" tied with what they do considering Alucard's arc.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Storm down the Trope Namer casually in chapter 18. Yes, they literally simply jump on Cthulhu while escaping an oil rig about to explode and kill him.
- Everyone Is Bi: Except Jade, who is Johnsexual.
- Everyone Is Related/Tangled Family Tree:
- All of the ancestors are siblings, being a group of 24 all born from the Troll Empress... doing things with a Mother Grub. This also means that their descendants are technically cousins, or siblings when it comes to them and their counterparts.
- Averted with the human families, who have eight very simplistic family trees total.
- Expy: A few leftovers from Sweet Jade and Hella John:
- The guardians are all slightly based on those from SJAHJ, complete with sharing the same base names for the most part. However, there are a few differences. All of the "Prospit" guardians are considerably more perverted, while the "Derse" guardians aren't so locked up in some kind of league with eachother. While Kate seems a bit unstable, she is nowhere near the cold-blooded criminal that Sleepy Dogwoman was, to name a specific example. And finally, their hairstyles resemble a cross between their canon design's and their SJAHJ ancestor designs, which is justified when it comes to Harl at least because his hair is insane.
- The counterparts may seem like this to the SJAHJ counterparts, but in truth it's a lot more complicated than that. Jane's is the same (extremely moody/unstable and prone to shouting at others), but the rest are different: Jake's did not get that much characterization in SJAHJ, but it was stated by the author that he thought about making her more reserved and having a lot of ellipses in her dialogue. This shows a lot more here. Jade's was supposed to be more like her canon self, to balance out how the "main" Jade was so OOC and jackassish. But since HHC's Jade is a lot kinder, and the idea of putting back in "Rude Jade" was off-putting by the author because that wouldn't make as much sense choice-wise without knowing about the in-joke (and even with), he stuck with making Jade's counterpart a nod to Jadesprite. Then there's John's, who is completely different. Instead of being plain and a bit of an exposition character, Jean's now a lot more hyper and kind of stupid. Add that to how everybody has a counterpart now and...
- Faux Action Girl: All of the Zodiac's ancestors invoke this on themselves by painting themselves up to be badasses with big, mysterious stories, just to turn out to be very plain, ordinary, and more importantly they're all terrible at combat. It seems to be only them, though: The Alphas (who in canon were genetically identical to them) are all established right from Aranea's words to be far more badass than the rest of the Crew at the time, and the Alpha's ancestors (the other set of ancestors) are probably even tougher. But alas, Handmaid, Disciple, Dolorosa, Redglare, Mindfang, and even Condesce aren't anything special. Then chapters 18 onward rolls along...
- Full-Frontal Assault: None of them mind fighting in the nude if they have to, even in disturbing situations like Gamzee charging after a Monster of the Week in chapter 20. No Defeat by Modesty there.
- Gender Bender: All of the second generation can flip their sexes at will after playing the Ballad of Duality. This actually has nothing to do with Stitch flipping their genders prior, but instead a natural effect of the song. Still, for the most part, the originals prefer remaining their original sex, while the counterparts the opposite. Word of God said that this was only an excuse to have "completed rainbows" of female characters, as even with the counterparts several colors would still be missing.
- Gender Is No Object: From chapter 15 onwards, the second generation gets the ability to flip their sexes at will. They rarely do this, and whenever they do, it's not for plot reasons. It's admitted to serve as an excuse to draw gender-bending concept art of HHC/everyone as female more than anything.
- Gendered Outfit: Subverted. The counterparts generally have slight changes in their outfits to accomodate them being the opposite sex, but this does not usually (they still have two copies of each variation, so if the spare is available they can just put it on) apply when either of them changes themselves.
- Generation Xerox: Played straight with the first two generations, as each member of the first either has exactly one descendant or (in Sis and Bro's case) a younger sibling of note, in the troll's case a "patronee" that shares a lot more of one particular ancestor's DNA than the other 23. Averted as the first generation's own trees are rather different from what was revealed, and in the Distant Finale, the third generation differs heavily. (John and Jade have a ton of children running the new Rainbow Crew, while some characters just have three or two or one or even none.)
- Guest Star Party Member: The first generation hops in and out of adventures, and often goes on their own subplots during seasons five and six. In fact, their B-plot was what was used to make chapter 17 a little longer, padding it out with a flashback. This is justified as the trolls do not want their biological preceedors accompanying them all the time, and the humans less-so. (Although given what has been revealed about the split timeline, they don't seem to mind as much if they were the same age as them.)
- Hotter and Sexier: Parodied. Compared to Hecksing, which only really had Rip (Seras's outfit is now incredibly tame by Crconikals standards believe it or not), this organization has just about everyone fighting around in revealing outfits, and they have aged-up and "fanservicey" redesigns that get a lot more emphasis than Rip did (which isn't saying much).
- Last of His Kind: Condesce, Fuchsian, Feferi, Meenah, and the latter's counterparts are the only fuchsiabloods in existance through the majority of the story. (But this is resolved in the Distant Finale thanks to science/cloning/gene-splicing breakthroughs.) For some reason, while the Troll Empress did have more limebloods and revived their race, the first two were the only direct tyrian-blooded trolls from her, and TE seemed to have no success in getting the genes out in her other ways.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: You thought Homestuck canon was bad? The Rainbow Crew alone has 96 human and troll members, 1/3rd more than the human and troll players and their scratch counterparts (keep in mind that many of the guardians/ancestors were only covered in brief in canon, and several of the charactes as a whole never grouped with eachother like this). And it's implied that whatever focuses on the split timeline will also have counterparts to the guardians and ancestors, which is more than canon's human-troll count even if you include the dreamselves. And this is just the Rainbow Crew.
- Magnetic Hero: They grow in count each season. First the Housestucks and the Zodiacs merge, then the Alphas are thrown in, then come the interns, then the guardians and ancestors officially join in, and then there's the counterparts, for season six the Felt's mooks are back and all Heel-Face Turn on the Crew's side, and season seven tones it down to one in the form of Calliope. Unlike some other fanworks by this author, the Crew spends far more time pretty close together, while stories like 496 Reasons and Calliope's Back Story (at least at first for both cases) have them spread out a lot and to pretty different points of the meteor/island.
- Mythology Gag:
- All of the Leo troll's outfits were decided to "retroactively" represent some aspect of Total Zeksmit. The leaves and loincloths were used in challenges before (the same chapter, in fact), and there has been a naked challenge, but nothing relating to Body Paint yet.
- More obvious are the Sweet Jade and Hella John borrows, like the way the counterparts were used to some extent.
- Naked People Are Funny: Apart from the costumes, the amount of nudity within them increases as the story goes on. Throughout the first three seasons, it's just a matter of an occasional character's Wardrobe Malfunction. Then the last three seasons have had at least the entire second-generation Crew naked on multiple occasions, at least each chapter from 16-23note , and this is something that's implied to be even worse in Split.
- Pals with Jesus: They are friends with Ichigo (who works in the Afterlife), Hank Hill (a powerful fairy with light magic), and at least John might have been with the late Geno (a star-spirit guarding a Cherub). Then said Cherub herself, Calliope.
- The Power of Friendship: Emphasized in chapter 18, where they are able to curb-stomp Jaw's shark army when together and Cthulhu, but when forced into two groups (thanks to the Troll Empress), they are massacred.
- Stripperiffic: Starting from season three, all of the second-generation characters start going around in revealing outfits (non-existant in Nepeta's case), and the first-generation always did and get revealed to in season four.
- Took a Level in Badass: Most of the characters actually start out either weak or just mediocre, but by the end of the story, they're all high on the badass scale and even. The reason why the characters who start out badass (Dirk, all A1 trolls save Aranea, all A1 ancestors including Karmagal, etc) usually don't seem to improve by that much is because Fan didn't want the "weaker" members to be constantly Overshadowed by Awesome, and get their chance to be just as cool as the powerful ones instead of leaving to how badass they were. In essence, characters like Meulin, Rufioh, and Meenah would be Crutch Characters if this was a game.
- Vapor Wear: Many of them invoke this from season three onward. Rose even says to consider her outfit more like overwear with nothing underneath, and not underwear or a swimsuit, because it's more tantalizing that way.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Many of their regular outfits can more-or-less be boiled down to swimsuits at the most, but John and Jean probably take the cake as their outfits are standard-grade swimsuits.
- With Friends Like These...: It's a miracle that the troll sets alone can be friends. Let alone groups like the ancestors (Fuchsian and Condesce were openly hostile towards eachother for starters), the troll groups to eachother, and the trolls and humans. At least in Calliope's Back Story, the threats they faced off against were so powerful and they were so defenseless at first that they pretty much had to learn to band together, and in 496 that was actually the main plot.
- WTH, Costuming Department?: Invoked. Their outfits are all intended to be incredibly absurd and not meant to be taken as straight fanservice.
The central lead of the story and one of the more active members of the Rainbow Crew, John appears at first glance to be a bit of an optimist who is always ready to step up at whatever the hell his trials throws at him. It turns out later, however, that about half of this is a ploy. He really also likes faking personalities and toying with Jade's mind to see what reactions he'll get, but he soon discovers what a bad idea that is.
The supposed secondary lead of the fan fic.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A huge part of her role in chapter 14 was to finally lose the jerkass elements from the first three seasons.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's a Rose Lalonde and a Rose Quartz.
- Supporting Leader: She's the leader of the Crew prior to season six, but isn't the main character. Dirk, her replacement, is even further from the primary spot.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When exposed to a rage virus, he can become pretty terrifying.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not as extreme as Bro, but he's up there, coming up with weird theories and generally showing a difficulty telling the difference between reality and his mind.
- Large Ham
- Mythology Gag: He basically turns into "Diablo Strider" when infected to the Hate Plauge.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His reaction to Karkat's death in chapter 18 was "OH FUCK THIS IS A DOOMED TIMELINE." If this was Game Over, he would have turned out to be right. Turns out that while Karkat's death doesn't stick, it's for a different reason.
- Informed Attractiveness: Played for laughs/in-universe. She's supposed to be a beauty goddess (or god, when she's male). Concept art just kind of draws her looking like most of the other characters.
- Informed Flaw: She's also considered very unimpulsive by John. Her actions and willingess to fight earlier on do not give that vibe. She either loses this completely after John nags her about it (seeing how she challenges Dirk for leadership in season four) or John was judging her way too quick.
- Naked Apron: Her outfit gimmick.
- Only Sane Man: Falls closest to this out of the recurring Crew members, and when she's not being sucked into relationship drama. It should be noted that she's the only member of the Rainbow Crew who speaks without any typoes or spelling mistakes, but this becomes harder to notice as the spelling drastically cleans itself up each season.
- Smart People Play Chess: She's shown playing chess with Rose at the beginning of chapter 20, and beating her. This is actually foreshadowing the end of Rip's conflict.
- Aesop Amnesia: Her character development in chapter 11 was supposed to both knock her off her pervy pestistal (Sis's analyzing) and then get her back up into something normal (Jake's encouraging speech). Instead, she eventually walks away from it feeling completely blameless, the only thing she really learned from that whole experience was to have more self-trust, her lack therof was never really apparant at all until that very chapter save for some very minor foreshadowing. Thankfully, she actually snaps out of it in chapter 18, and gets even more development when her counterpart learns even less than she did.
- Butt Monkey: While not hitting Scorpio tier in this regard, she does come close to Karkat tier. For starters, she's almost always wrong when it comes to everything, constantly belittled by other characters, and called out frequently.
- Deconstruction: Of fan works that simplify her into a party-obsessed girl who keeps throwing in sexual references and nuding at pairings. Her character is still treated with a lot more sympathy than it was in Sweet Jade and Hella John, but still.
- Foregot Flanders Could Do That: With her idiocy displayed throughout most of the story, it's hard to believe that there actually are several points throughout it all that she displays some of her hacker/scientist self from canon.
- Meaningful Name: Her new last name, considering how she is still an alcoholic.
- Ms. Fanservice: Averted. Her outfit is considerably more modest and plain than many of the other Rainbow Crew members, although this was not by intention. She simply did not expect the other Crew members to go so bold, and thought that a tank top and shorts would be extra-revealing by their standards.
- This Loser Is You: Before Lewis came along (and that was in the story's last leg), she was, and still sort of is, the closest thing the story had to a mockery of fandom perverts.
- The Comically Serious: He's one of the few Rainbow Crew members who actually remains pretty calm most of the time, which adds to the absurdity of certain situations. There's also the fact that, like all Rainbow Crew members aside from maybe Roxy, his outfit is absolutely ridiculous.
- Digital Bikini: His outfit invokes this, generating a slightly see-through pair of holographic shorts over a more revealing crotch plate.
- Supporting Leader: At the very beginning back in chapter 1 before the Housestucks merged with the Zodiacs, and from about the halfway mark of chapter 18 where Rose and Ross both resign and him and Dian both take up new leadership. In between those points, Rose (and later Ross) was/were the leaders.
- Crash-Into Hello: The Zodiacs first meet the Rainbow Crew when Rose falls into his arms.
- Out of Focus: As with Feferi, it takes a while before that much development with this guy really settles in.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In chapter 12, he insists up and down that this is a story is one more focused on the trolls who survived Act 5 in canon. That it's really about Karkat and the patron buddies, while everyone who wasn't him, Kanaya, or Terezi will probably get killed. Yeah... he's pretty far off from the truth, and thankfully realizes this on the same chapter where these traits show up.
- Goofy Print Underwear: His default outfit from season three onwards is a pair of boxers with quadrant symbols on them.
- Hand or Object Underwear: He uses his shield to cover himself after everyone's naked at the end of chapter 18. He says that it also calls "dibs" on the shield in an obvious, but disgusting, way.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The hemoshield in season five, which allows him to tap into the hidden powers of the A2 trolls who donated their blood to craft it. It's not exclusively his, anda subplot in chapter 19 is that the rest of the Crew thinks that his lack of wanting to be a hero means that the shield should go to someone else, but he does like it a lot.
- Only Sane Man: In a way distinct from Jane. While Jane remains calm and speaks a lot clearer than other characters, he seems to be one of the few members of the Crew who actually realizes what kind of a fucked up story he's in, and reacts in shock when things stop making sense. (While Jane rolls around with a lot of the nonsense.)
- Ass Kicks You: Her butt is an actual, pretty lethal weapon. She kills Gamzee with it and makes his head explode in chapter 12. In chapter 19, one of two random haters (who are gonna hate) try to kick her there in frustration, just to get an Agony of the Feet and think that his bones might have been broken. He even asks if her butt is made of metal.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She begins the story as just another Zodiac, who is also used to lampshade how useless she is. (Her highlight is knocking on doors, which other people occasionally took from her.) Even after taking Ichigo's lessons, she still doesn't do much independantly. Then season four ensues and she's suddenly becoming bold and hijacking Cartman's tank.
- Cats Are Mean: Or at least secretly massive pricks. She acts like a jerk to Vriska a lot, in a teasingly way. This is supposed to be after they've hooked up.
- Genre Savvy: She's even more aware of her increased role in the story than her SJAHJ counterpart, and is milking it for all it's worth.
- Immortality: At first it seems coincidental that she evades death in chapters 12 and 18, but it turns out that she actually cannot die anyway, as even if she was placed in a lethal situation she would still be able to regrow and heal back completely even out of nothing. This is because of the events in a different story, 496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems, where she has a code keeping her alive until Simpsons ends in Real Life. (Though this code is revealed to have an increasing number of loopholes.)
- Ms. Fanservice: In-universe at least, everyone seems to find either her or how she goes around completely butt-naked to be very attractive, given how when she made a debut during the "donation" portion in chapter 9 (where Rose takes advantage of Sex Sells and knows that citizens will give them more money just because they like the costumes) the Crew was absolutely flooded with money at that point. Jane probably comes in second, considering how her appearance resulted in her getting a bag of solid gold bricks thrown on. Jane also usually is the Ms. Fanservice parody in the other AUs.
- Off the Rails: When the trolls are dying in a manner that matches up with their canon deaths, she turns the tables and ends up killing Gamzee when she was "supposed" to die. But of course, Pip revives everyone anyway, so it doesn't matter.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Out-does the rest of the Rainbow Crew (aside from her own counterpart) by actually going completely naked from the season three outfit change onwards. And while the rest of the crew's being nude was mostly during wardrobe malfunctions and undressing from poor communication, she does this constantly.
For some reason, it takes until chapter 18 (when she's forced into a military uniform in the beginning) before this is given a reason: She only likes wearing baggy clothes or nothing. Because of her irregularly shaped... "hips," most bottoms painfully ride up her, and she hates tops in general. Both of these apply to her counterpart. She doesn't even own any swimsuits, pajamas, or underwear.
- Troll: She's the only character so far who has said something negative about Futurama and not as part of an idea for a mission (as Flanders once did), which is generally considered a no-no in at least the Crconikals universe. She did this just to provoke Vriska. How she managed to not get crucified by the other characters with them for insulting the show is beyond anyone's guess.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: Her Verbal Tic in this verse is to add very unnecessary suffixes to certain words, just to add length and complexity. This was toned down pretty early on.
- Butt Monkey: She's frequently ignored by the Crew, and during the points where there isn't a chance of death, she's often subjected to slapstick.
- Easily Forgiven: She got away with killing Tavros in chapter 12 for a few days. But the general consensus in-universe was that Terezi's stabbing her through the back was enough to make up for it. Tavros himself easily forgives her for some reason, despite being the murder victim.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She tries so hard to give this image, but being Overshadowed by Awesome frequently keeps that from happening. She does give an unexpected kill of Stalfos though.
- Out of Focus: Out of the whole 2nd-generation Rainbow Crew (yes, even compared to the Alphas, but not the counterparts), she probably gets the least amount of screentime, and most of it is tied to Eridan.
- Super Drowning Skills: He doesn't actually drown despite being in the water for a while (and doesn't even suffer from any irreversable problems), but he does apparantly sink like a rock. Most of the Rainbow Crew does.
- Hypocritical Humor: In chapter 19, just before Latula quickly snaps him out of it, he insults the Crew from trying to ruin Alternian culture by basically saving Gamzee's life. He was actually about to participate in said fight himself, and holds his gun behind his back while saying this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She and her counterpart save everyone's lives in chapter 18. They were so devoted to bringing others back from the dead, no matter how slim the chance was, that they went around the entire oil rig and collected all the corpses they could find. Which thankfully turned out to be all of them. If not for that move, them, John, Nepeta, Netimp, and Disciple would be the only Crew members alive (aside from the interns and maybe the leprechauns).
- Ms. Fanservice: Only for season two. Every season after, and the entire Crew pretty much replaces/adds to her role.
- Painting the Medium: When doing his spooky shouting thing, his text is in all caps and bolded, and even the quote marks are written in bold. The story itself lampshades this. His counterpart has a similar effect, only her words are written in all lower case (even where capitalization should be applied to), making her, at times, one of the few characters who keeps a consistent "quirk" other than all caps shouting.
- The Quiet One: As he does not have a sewed mouth, he can talk, but he tends to remain silent and write things down. He has no problems outright talking normally when with the Waterwraith.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Despite the two of them having never met before this point, he and Gamzee are somehow able to perfectly understand their messages to eachother. Messages that just consist of stuff like "Faygo miracles motherfucker."
- Red Herring: A Running Gag through season two is that his appearance is inexplicably built up. Apart from being the last one on the list, characters would mention him often, and he spreaded the (true) rumor that the Rainbow Crew is willing to help out a particular troll before adding them into the group. When they finally make it to him, he just turns out to be an ordinary member that Drives Like Crazy.
Guardians and Ancestors
- Badass Normal: She successfuly makes a dungeon that stumps the then-Rainbow Crew, and duels a powerful vampire (Porrim, at the time) in a battle that ends in a draw. This and her only abilities are breathing underwater and natural long life, neither of which she uses in combat at all.
Elizebeth "Beth" "Betty" Egbert
- Alliterative Name: When not shortened.
- Berserk Button: She understandably becomes furious (and for the only time in the story) when Carl sexually harasses her, causing his face to end on the recieving end of her mallet.
- Butt Monkey: On the recieving end of a lot of slapstick in chapter 21, or rather her past self was.
- Drop the Hammer: As a tribute to John's canon incarnation (though himself here never uses hammers), she weilds an enormous mallet as her Weapon of Choice.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Embarasses Jane with his own idiocy.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The guy seems to be obsessed with trying to get into movie parts, repeatedly "reinacting" them and often getting himself hurt in the process.
- One of the Kids: While never seen tagging along with actual children, he's easily one of the most childish characters in the story who isn't a villain, and in fact Jane has to act as a guiding figure to him sometimes. Which raises the question as to how Jane's so able to function while he's a complete idiot.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His default outfit can be described as a harlequin skirt.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Bombs are his weapon, especially dynamite. He notably shares this weapon with Rick, but this was confirmed to be a coincidence as Fan wasn't thinking of Harl when he decided his weapon.
Katherine "Kate" "Kath" English
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: As with all of the B2's parents on their first appearance, she humiliates Jake by overly babying him.
- Cute and Psycho: Especially whenever something happens to her Jake.
- Everyone Is Related: She is HEAVILY implied to be related to Rip Van Winkle in some way. Jake too, on account of being her sonEvidence .
- Gag Boobs: Worst of the whole cast, with them being about as tall as her body, and extremely wide. This was apparantly because her body had a funny reaction to no longer feeding Jake a long time ago, an exaggeration of something similar from an episode of Family Guy.
- Genius Ditz: Do not be fooled by her seeming obliviousness. She does know a lot about technology, weapons, espionage, and even torture.
- Mama Bear: Literally turns red and gains enough strength to charge through a lake of poison water to save her son when he's kidnapped by Hydra.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Doubly bad as she also alters between a sadist and a masochist depending on what the mood strikes, so one moment she doesn't care who hits her, then the next she casually breaks free and beats the hell out of them.
- Yandere: She turns into this to her affections over time, if downplayed. By the time most people (re: the other seven guardians, at least three of them but possibly all seven) realize this, they decide that the relationship is worth it.
Burton "Burt" Coolkid
Dirk's rather stoic father, and the HHC counterpart to post-scratch Dave/Dirk's Bro. A lot of what he does is in the shadows, but most of it is claimed to be "ironic."
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Deliberately tries to screw with Dirk on most oppertunities in the name of "irony." Unlike the other B2 guardians, he clearly (Vlie is a lot more ambiguous) does this on purpose.
- Meaningful Name: One of the possible translations of "bull" in Swedish that cropped up in Google Translate.
- Meaningful Name: Uzbek for "silver," which is known for being given as second-place.
- Meaningful Name: Greek for "Moon," and the moon is associated exclusively with the cancer sign.
- Asended Extra: She more-or-less suddenly jumps up to the "main ancestors" in the middle of chapter 17. According to Fan, he wanted someone to tell Daisy what the ancestors were doing before/while they were called to help gen 2 during the Great Typo Cleanup (a major edit to this and some other SBIG installments before season six came out), but didn't want Mindfang or Condesce, so he picked Disciple. It stuck. He even edited up what was written of chapters 18 and 19 prior to give her slightly more of a role.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: She is admitted to be drawn like this in concept art, as the "paint" is openly said to not really do a good job at covering her at all, and she has nothing underneath, but wanted it to look more like a fanservice costume and less like she's nude with blotches of paint everywhere. Dolorosa and Scalper have similar situations.
- Meaningful Name: Finnish for "Sun," (as Leijon is Finnish for lion) minus the "O" at the end, and the sun is associated exclusively with the leo sign. It's also thematically appropriate with Signless, as they both share a tight bond in HHC at least.
- Gender-Blender Name/Ironic Name: Heavy corruption on the Thai word for "father." On the slightly more meaningful side, it sounds a little like "fixed-in," as in "fixed," which might be a cruel twist on the virgo sign having "virgin" as a meaning.
- Meaningful Name: Corruption of the Lao word for "dragon," just minus an "N."
- Unfortunate Names: According to Word of God, the result turned up for putting "verbose" into Google translate for Hungarian, and then corrupting that.
- Meaningful Name: Apparantly a heavy corruption/merge/flip-around of "Sasuke," "Itachi," and "Madara," or at least uses those names as an inspiration. Pikmin Fan has occasionally acused Makaras of being sort of like "the Uchihas of Homestuck," (despite many claiming Serkets fall under that more) and used this as a bit of a light Take That.
- Meaningful Name: Switch-around and removal of letters from "Schutter," Dutch for "shooter." Has the bonus of sounding and looking a lot like "musket," but this was accidental.
- Unfortunate Names: It's a corruption of "Kempine," Lithuanian for a certain sea-creature. That creature? Sponges. Her name is basically "sponge."
- Meaningful Name: Sounds like "Minotaur," a mythical half-bull creature. And it was based on heavily corrupting "miner," as in "Minecraft," a game with creativity elements. Being the one who comes up with games like Fiduspawn, he's one of the more creative ancestors.
- Meaningful Name: Averted. His name was just made up on the fly and doesn't appear to be meaningful, probably like Kurloz.
- Meaningful Name: Sounds a bit like "Eve," which is kind of where the Modesty Leaf outfit ultimately originated from, and sounds ("Eve-en-tee") a bit like "eventually," slightly fitting with Nepeta's running gag in these of having some plan that comes together eventually and usually spans the story.
- Genderblender Name: She uses "man" in her title, when she's really female. This apparantly had something to do with a mistranslation.
- Meaningful Name: A heavy corruption of "PHD." You know, doctorate.
- Team Medic: Well, duh. It's in her title.
Despite the "8," she's actually Latula's ancestor.
- Meaningful Name: Shortening of "Accipitrinae," a sub-type of hawk. As in, Tony Hawk. They're both skateboarders.
- Meaningful Name: Corruption of "lotus," often used as a symbol of karma in Asian traditions.
- Meaningful Name: Latin for "iron." Although it would be more fitting to Signless or Vocalist, it slightly works since Gearbox works with a lot of metal and mechanics.
A series of copies of the second generation, created through a complicated process in chapter 15. They are meant to be "inner" or "repressed" variations of that person, generally
like the original only with a slightly lower sense of guard, or with less focus.
Counterparts of the first generation are an increasingly likely possibility.
- Literal Split Personality: While there is no real splitting involved, these guys basically change around a few traits of the originals, mostly by amplifying parts that lied dormant in them, and are alternate selves from that.
- Literally Born Yesterday: Though they are mentally as old as their originals, because in a way they shared their minds with them (not to the point where the traits "representing" them in the originals are gone though, it works similar to bringing fictional characters to life in SJAHJ where it simply takes the "data" and makes magic based on that).
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Subverted. They begin life as this, but them and the originals are allowed to change their sex at command, and whatever one is does not effect the counterpart.
John's counterpart, and considerably more energetic tham him.
- Vanilla Protagonist: Oddly, plays this straighter than any member of the Crew despite not being made/introduced until over halfway through the initial story. She's actually rather one-note and doesn't have that much development or quirks compared to the other counterparts, and is simply "John but as an actual dumbass."
Jade's counterpart, and based on Jadesprite. He is highly saddened by almost everything, and will cry at the slightest problem.
- Expy: Unlike Jude from Sweet Jade and Hella John (as Jude was eventually decided to be "closer to canon Jade," which is redundant here as Jade is shaped to be a lot more in character by the time he comes into play), he's a clear take on Jadesprite. Only without the sprite powers, without the First Guardian abilities, without the potential to become God Tier Jade, and without the dog parts. And as a guy most of the time.
- Flanderization: At least Jadesprite kind of had reasons to be sad at everything. He just explodes at the slightest downfall.
Rose's counterpart, who likes to think of himself as being very intellegent and looking into the tiniest cracks of information even Rose wouldn't, but he's really just kind of naive under it all.
- Troll: To Rose. Even worse seeing that they both share leadership positions for some reason, allowing him to equally rule over the Crew.
Dave's incredibly stoic, yet very snarky, counterpart.
- The Stoic: As what is now considered a retroactive Trolling Creator move, she's the opposite of a Davesprite expy in that she's even less outwardly emotional than Dave is. Even compared to the canon Dave.
Jane's counterpart. He has a very short temper.
- Anime Hair: His hair is supposedly very wild, a bit like his Sweet Jade and Hella John incarnation.
- Large Ham: When pissed.
- Mood-Swinger: He flips around between being... slightly calm and collective to flipping out and shouting at everyone and everything.
Jake's shyer counterpart.
- Development Gag: She is mis-named as "Jaka" by John in chapter 18, a nod to both her original name in Sweet Jade and Hella John as well as how it was going to be her name here too, before Fan thought that it would be too nonsensical to have Jake's counterpart continually switch names story-by-story depending on its seriousness, and to just peel the band-aid here and permanently switch the name. When she corrects John, she adds in "Let's not get into that."
- Shrinking Violet: In contrast to Jake himself, who is slowly starting to live up to his original fandom reputation as a Memetic Badass. Eventually in 496 Reasons, the roles are flipped, with Jake slowly becoming a bit more reserved while his dreamself is basically awesome from beginning to end.
Roxy's counterpart, who started off being even more
perverted than this incarnation of her was before snapping out of it at an alarming rate.
Dirk's counterpart. Based loosely on how Dirk is able to control his dream and real selves, Dian is very cooperative and willing to work alongside Dirk even in the tightest opperations.
Going by the "Zodaics:"
- Ardion, Aradia's counterpart.
- Tavass, Tavros's counterpart.
- Sliiou, Sollux's counterpart.
- Karkta, Karkat's counterpart.
- Netimp, Nepeta's counterpart.
- Kanayo, Kanaya's counterpart.
- Tezlom, Terezi's counterpart.
- Virkso, Vriska's counterpart.
- Equisa, Equius's counterpart.
- Gamsis, Gamzee's counterpart.
- Erdini, Eridan's counterpart.
- Fefian, Feferi's counterpart.
And here's the "Alphas:"
- Domoni, Damara's counterpart.
- Rufiye, Rufioh's counterpart.
- Mitchl, Mituna's counterpart.
- Kiriki, Kankri's counterpart.
- Yeulin, Meulin's counterpart.
- Porsiv, Porrim's counterpart.
- Latlin, Latula's counterpart.
- Aramin, Aranea's counterpart.
- Haerus, Horuss's counterpart.
- Kursis, Kurloz's counterpart.
- Cromie, Cronus's counterpart.
- Mannah, Meenah's counterpart.
And here are the tropes proper:
- Brutal Honesty: The default speak for most of them, especially Netimp.
- Butt Monkey:
- Virkso and Aramin. Sealed with their (temporary) deaths in chapter 18, where Aramin is one of the first casualties, and Virkso is killed after the narrator did a tally of whoever is still alive and found that he ended up on the list, so he quickly said that Jaws shot him for not paying attention.
- Most of Tavass's existance is to joke at the expense of her gag boobs and butt. Although she doesn't have the biggest of the former (that goes to Kate), she's the only "regular" (IE second-generation character, since the first often goes on seperate missions) to fall under the trope.
- Extreme Doormat: Karkta lets anyone and everyone walk all over her, which pisses off Karkat to no end.
- Light Is Not Good: Associated with lighter colors than the respective troll, and in many cases lighter than even some of the kid's colors. But none of them are really saints.
- Mind Reading: Kursis is able to know Erdini's name before she says it to absolutely anyone else. It's not known if Kurloz has this power himself, but considering their biological similarities he probably does.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Porsiv.
- Purple Prose: Ardion's primary form of dialogue reads like some kind of confusing and complex poetry. Dave lampshades this in chapter 18, when he says that he knew Jaws, Dave requests Aradia to do the talking because he doesn't want to hear Adrion's exhausting descriptions. He doesn't talk as much as characters like Aranea or Kankri, but god is it hard to understand.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here! Netimp actually gets so fed up with the troll's inability to understand their own romance in chapter 19 (and being one of the only two who knows how the pale quadrant is) that he outright leaves the group and instead voluntiers to help the leprechauns. Nepeta (the other of the only two) is forced to akwardly leave the group too, thinking that lieing about not sharing his beliefs to be too big of a risk.
- Shadow Archetype: Many of them are a lot more based on some kind of underlying inner feature of the trolls, in contrast to the humans, who mostly have exaggerations (as the trolls already had exaggerations in the form of both their HHC characterizations and, from canon, the "dancestors.")
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Almost all of them are incredibly rude, such as Netimp (who openly insults the other members of the Crew with Brutal Honesty, and even leaves and calls them useless idiots — it doesn't help that their inability to decide how to evade the Troll Empress and their conversation regarding it suddenly derailing to subjects like which Super Smash Bros game is the best was actually proving him right) and Fefian (who specifically wants his original to look bad, taking advantage of how he's a supposed "fresh start" Peixes). Inverted with Mitchl, who is less explicit than Mituna, and Karkta, who is so harmless that even when the Hate Plague is unleashed the worst she can do becides spreading the virus is knock over some potted plants.
- Unfortunate Names:
- Tavass. Goes without saying, really.
- In a subversion, chapter 19 goes out of its way to let us know that "Sliiou" does not rhyme with "Calliou," and it's pronounced "Sly-ow" instead. Not exactly a pleasant name still due to the pain-sound, but it's a step above having that association. Especially given the certain memes and Crack Fics aformentioned show is known on the web for.
A group of Pikmin Rose hired around chapter 8. (Note to self: Or was it 7?) Like Hecksing's Pikmin, they are meant to provide as a Red Shirt Army
, although they ironically do not go on that many missions with the Crew. They are, however, pretty important to the Pikmin Rebellion Arc, as the name implies.
- Easily Forgiven: Jake forgives them for nearly castrating them. Then again, he's Jake.
- Honor Before Reason: Many of them, at least the ones that work under the Crew, seem to care more about what their "god" says and follow it unquestionably, without thinking about why in the world they are asked to attack the Crew.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: A Red Pikmin leads, but not because of this reason. It's because Reds are the first race you come across, permanently considering Yellows are found at the beginning of 3 but are unusable between the tutorial and getting to Distant Tundra.
Spoiler Character (Chapter 23)
For information on Homer and Geno, see the villains and "other" pages repectively.
- All There in the Manual: Aranea's 8ackstories reveals that she and Caliborn are actually counterparts to eachother, and that Calliope formed him by playing the Ballad of Duality while trapped in a cave.
- Big Good: Chapter 24 already sets her up as this, since she acts as a firm and unambiguous "guide" of sorts to the Rainbow Crew, and greatly helps them out in the final battle.
- Walking Spoiler: She's generally supposed to be an unexpected, endgame addition to the Crew. Also, her awakening spoils John and Jade's wedding proposal.
- Obviously Evil: Their apartment/tower. It's a deep, saturated green in complete contrast to Chicago's grays and browns, which already makes it stick out like a sore thumb. But what's even worse when it's remade into the Felt Tower between seasons one and five, where it now has windows that look like a smile with razor sharp teeth, as well as a pair of "reflector globes/cue balls" that, when combined with the "smile windows," make it resemble Rip's grin. (And, admited to be a coincidence, it also wouldn't look too far off of something Fawful would have.)
Doctor Baul Scratch
The Big Bad
of the overarching plot, Doc Scratch is the leader of a Hitler Revival Group known as the Felt. Despite this, he only even appears in the first, fifth, and seventh seasons.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's said to be a puppet brought to life and grown with dark magic in this verse, just with the head cut off and replaced with a cue ball.
- Badass Decay: This is invoked with him, and how he's considerably weaker and lacks a lot of powers that his canon self has. At least he gets to be a bit taller.
- Berserk Button: Appearing to have an orgy in his house quickly heats him up more than anything else. (Even his own minions betraying him.) He actually starts showing signs of competency.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He suddenly gets pissed and starts using what appears to be powers similar to his canon self's First Guardian powers when he thinks that the Crew is doing it in his tower. And despite his oddness, he still manages to almost successfully trap the Rainbow Crew to the Grand Canyon.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He's on the recieving end of this in chapter 25, where he's beaten down defenseless as soon as Equius hits him with a light arrow. A similar thing happens to Lord English, only he doesn't even get the benefit of attacking first.
- Forgot His Powers: In chapter 25, he teleports the entire Felt Tower and the occupants to the moon. While low on magic/life/chakra. If he can effortlessly teleport people around like this, why he never did before and never tried something more harmful like warping the Crew directly over the lava pit from chapter 15 is a mystery.
- The Napoleon: This keeps in line with the one-off comment that he's four foot tall. While exact heights are not given aside from some general "constants," no member in the Rainbow Crew (except perhaps the leprechauns) is shorter than him, a fact explicitely stated when they are about to begin the final confrontation in chapter 25.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Don't be fooled by how wacky he is and his general incompetance; everytime the Crew tries to fight him prior to the final three chapters, they ultimately fail reaching the man himself. In fact, Rip outright says that the Felt is probably one of the most dangerous Hitler Revival Groups out there, and applauds the Rainbow Crew's dedication to taking them down.
- Shout-Out: Despite most of the fan fic being based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, he seems to take a lot of cues from the Ganondorf battle in Ocarina of Time. To make it more obvious, the six barriers he has within the lowest floor of the tower that serves as the main focus of the first half of chapter 24 is clearly a derive of the barriers on Ganondorf's Castle. Naturally, Lord English fills in the role of Ganon.
- Unfortunate Names: As revealed in chapter 24, his full name sounds like "Ball sack."
- Back from the Dead: Karkat uses Die's doll to revive them all at the tail end of chapter 18. They become semi-regulars from then on.
- Heel-Face Turn: Sort of. They turn out to share Damara's case, where Scratch forced them into working under him. After finding themselves completely surrounded by the Crew and thus "free," they join on and are accepted without discrimination.
- Mr. Exposition: Crowbar explains to the Crew just what the hell is going on most of the time, especially when it comes to Calliope and how exactly she helps beating Doc Scratch.
- Story-Breaker Power: As of the end of chapter 18, the Rainbow Crew now has fourteen time-related (or people who use powers similar to time) people on their side. Naturally, they tend to have some excuse as to why they can't use their abilities to just get around whatever issues the Crew is faced with. Karkat also doesn't revive them earlier because of some hastly-explained reason involving not wanting to risk bringing fourteen powerful time criminals back, and then when the war comes, the doll is knocked into the ocean as Karkat himself was revealed to be the person holding on to it.
For Damara and Meenah, see their respective entries under the Rainbow Crew page.
Doc Scratch's pet... "dog" of sorts. It attacks the Rainbow Crew after Scratch sends them to its home location, the Grand Canyon.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": This thing looks somewhat like a giant preying mantis made of wood and similar material, with huge eyes. He can also talk. Yet he's called Scratch's "dog."
Doc Scratch's adopted son. He makes his first appearance all the way in chapter 24, where Scratch allows him to try to "collect" the Rainbow Crew. He seems to be a little... into
- Abhorrent Admirer: To the whole Crew. He's at least around three years younger than them and damn-near obsessed with their looks.
- Heel Realization: He learns the error of his ways at the end of chapter 24.
- Loony Fan: He's not even really part of the Felt, yet he's so crazy for the Rainbow Crew and selfish about it that he's probably a bigger threat than any of the mooks.
- Take That: Most of the idea behind the Rainbow Crew is a jab at fans who sexualize the Homestuck characters (at least, thankfully, they're aged up if they were unambiguously underage in canon), and this cumulates in this guy, who is basically a jab at either the people who enjoy the works or the people who make them. Which makes his later interest in the 360 to be Self-Deprecation, considering how Pikmin Fan himself made up those guys.
- This Loser Is You: Again, a deck at the pervy fans. It may not have been the intent at the time (as he was thought up well before said canon events happened), but this guy makes Caliborn's sexualized anime drawings look generous by comparason. This is also a bit of a deck towards Pikmin Fan himself, considering both Calliope's Back Story and how Luis later starts obsessing over the 360 instead, who are made by Fan himself.
Spoiler Character (Chapter 25)
Troll Empress and Related
- Anti-Climax Boss: Invoked. He was intended to look extremely easy to defeat after his reveal. Unlike Doc Scratch, he doesn't even get a real attack in before being light arrow'd and beaten to death.
- Bigger Bad: Subverted. He was really just a random ally of Doc Scratch's that technically isn't part of the Felt, who Scratch convinced to fight the Crew as a last resort.
- Foregone Conclusion: His appearance, ever since Geno mentioned Calliope back in chapter 3.
- Last Episode New Character: He beats even Calliope (23, if at the very end) and Lewis (24, again at the very end) in being a character with a large part in the final season that's not introduced until pretty late into the story. However, he still gets some expansion thanks to Aranea's 8ackstories.
- Outside-Context Villain: He honestly still has no ties to any Crew member that isn't Calliope, unless you count how Geno was her failed bodyguard and John had an obsession with Geno. He was just some guy Doc Scratch knew and set up contacts with, and Calliope didn't have strong ties with the Crew either and only helped them by making a shortcut to the final rooms of the Felt Tower. He's not even officially part of the Felt.
- Power Glows: He makes everything around him (read: the entire moon) flash his billiard colors when he's first summoned.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Averted unless you count the fact that he used to be nothing more than a dornant thought or something inside Calliope, or however the Ballad of Duality really works.
- Walking Spoiler: While it should almost be a given that he's in the story, especially after Calliope's debut, his presense is still something of a spoiler.
The Troll Empress
The psychotic ruler of at least Alternia, and someone who has some pretty strong power over the United States as well. She was actually an experiment created by then-ruler of the troll world Emperor F about three centuries ago to create a person with a combination of all twelve troll castes, including the extinct lime. This was to destroy an even more aggressive alien race that was attacking trollkind, the Zergizocks.
- A Day in the Limelight: Sprinkled out through the first four chapters of season six. Back in four, she was just some nutjob ruler who served as an excuse to get John and Jade (and the rest of the Crew) on the jury mission. However, chapter 18 reveals the reason for her creation, 19 elaborates on the tension she causes between Condesce and Fuchsian and their mutual hatred towards her actually bonds them, 20 shows how her rule "works," and 21 gives a bit of a look into her past self even though she died the chapter before.
- A Dog Named Dog: Her first name is "Troll."
- Alien Blood: Even by troll standards. She has twelve different blood colors somehow flowing through at once, but when she bleeds, they all mix together to form an inky black.
- Ax-Crazy: Very little of anything she says makes sense or can be classed as any definition of "sane." The plot of the fourth season is kicked off because she threats John and Jade into forming a jury with death being the threat. And then there's her actions in season six, which are just plain senseless.
- Death by Irony:
- Meenah, second to Condesce in being the origin for her expy-wise, is her ultimate murderer.
- The first thing she does to the Rainbow Crew when meeting with them in the flesh is to split them in two (by their original sex; drafting the guys, then the girls after half of them are dead). Gender segregation aside, how does she die again?
- Disc One Final Boss: Of season six. Nope, Jaws is the true Big Bad of that season.
- Famous Last Words: "A knife? I don't know whether to laugh or cry... so I'll do both!"
- Generation Xerox: Subtle, but still there, in that she sometimes shows traits of some of the trolls eventually descended from her. Most obviously is her death sequence, where she mimicks Gamzee's having one half laughing while the other half frowns in shock.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Haha, yeah, she's a brutal empress/leader. She has the whole of the troll race under her finger prior to her death, and is heavily implied to have a hold on human/Earth society too.
- Killed Off for Real: In chapter 20, but she gets to re-appear as her past self in 21.
- Knight of Cerebus: She is possibly the story's nastiest villain, her introduction kicks off the arc where things start taking themselves a bit more seriously, and she's the direct reason why everyone save for the Leijons dies in the oil rig war.
- Half the Woman She Used to Be: Bisected by the second generation Rainbow Crew thanks to their newest submarine feature: A giant knife.
- Hate Sink: Doc Scratch was supposed to at least be mildly entertaining with his Cloud Cuckoolander-ness added to him. A similar case is done for the other villains, who have their own little quirks. She, however, is mostly meant to annoy, and thus make Meenah's kill of her into a bigger triumph.
- Her Name Really is Troll Empress: She was named as such by the Imperial Drone who raised her. Who also flat-out decided to "Fuck the 6-6 naming system!"
- Insane Troll Logic: Literally! She's an insane troll, and most of her logic can really only be defined with the three words that make up the trope. Her way of being considered the ruler is the more traditional/figurative form, where the blood colors are equated to numbers (fuchsia = 12; violet = 11; etc), and instead of being judged as a whole or as a mutant, her ranking went somewhat like "12+11+10+9+8..." technically placing her at a whopping 78. By this logic, someone with two lower blood colors can theoretically outrank a mid-blood, but the hemospectrum doesn't even make sense in the first place.
- Last of Her Kind: To both the limeblood race and, after Emperor F.'s getting killed thanks to his own Imperial Drone system, the fuchsiablood race. She eventually succeeds in reviving them both.
- Odd Name Out: Violates the 6/6 naming system by instead going by 5/7.
- Offing the Offspring: After getting desperate, she tries this on Condesce and Fuchsian, and by extent attempts to kill off the other ancestors and descendant-trolls. Who are her children and grandchildren, respectively.
- Oh, Crap: "A knife?"
- Parody Sue: While she is a villain and not comitted in a relationship to anyone, she still falls under this for having an unusual blood color (rainbow, at that), having a lot of power, replacing the role of at least one other character, and being "unusual" or "different" in a lot of ways. Plus, her backstory as an engineered super experiment counts her towards this as well.
- Matricide: Meenah gleefully bisects her with a giant knife. Granted, she totally deserved it, as she spent the whole story up until this point acting like an insane, murderous dictator.
- Really Gets Around: Supposedly, this is how she revived the limeblood race.
- Really 700 Years Old: Condesce and Fuchsian may subvert this by the former lying about her age and the latter being assumed to be as old, but she herself was fairly long-lived. Around three hundred.
- Shock and Awe: Her Weapon of Choice is a taser.
- Slasher Smile: As seen in concept art for chapter 18.
- Spell My Name with a "The": While not part of her official name, "the" is often tacked on because it feels better for most people to call her "the Troll Empress" and not just "Troll Empress."
- Uh-Oh Eyes: Her irises quickly "splash" around all kinds of different colors, as a result of her twelve seperate pigments wildly flowing around them or... something.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She thinks that the second generation would be helpless without the first generation to assist them, so she gets Censorbot to barricade the latter out (and Hecksing). However, what she doesn't realize is that the second generation of the Rainbow Crew has spent the whole story training up to become more badass and able to get through tougher situations, independant from their older relatives. The Crew quickly overwhelms her. (Though this seperation was really just an excuse so as to not also have the guardians and ancestors go back in time and see their past selves; not because Never Shall The Selves Meet (which Great Pikmin Fan always averts), but because Pikmin Fan thought that it would be too exhausting to have two temporal copies of them around in addition to the already massive number of characters, and feel that they wouldn't have quite the impact if their older selves were still around).
The Imperial Drone
- Adult Fear: He gives himself up to protect the Troll Empress in chapter 19, since the Troll Empress is pretty much his adoptive daughter.
- Couldnt Find A Door: He likes breaking through walls. Even the walls of his own home.
- The Dragon: To the Troll Empress, although Censorbot ends up outliving him (and the Empress herself, for that matter). He's the one who carries out the threats, and prior when she barges into the hotel in chapter 18, he's the communication link between the Rainbow Crew and her.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's at least three hundred. Probably older: His history before the Troll Empress was born isn't elaborated on.
After returning to the present, the Crew finds out that the Troll Empress's taser also housed an emergency signal to this giant robot set to go off should the taser break. This bot awoke, terrorizing a nudist collony until the Rainbow Crew stepped in and looked for its hideout.
Lawyer Guy Threats Debuing in Season One
Threats Debuing in Season Two
All members of Hitler Revival Groups have to get
The Rainbow Sisters
A sextet of misogynistic sisters who, for some reason, have had a long rivalry against Porrim.
- Bullying a Dragon: They constantly pick on Porrim, who spent the majority of the story as an extremely powerful rainbow drinker/vampire.
- Card-Carrying Villain: They don't act subtle at all.
- Colorful Theme Naming: They mainly go by Rainbow Red, Rainbow Orange, Rainbow Yellow, Rainbow Green, Rainbow Purple, and Rainbow Pink. During her short time working withthem, Jade was Rainbow Blue for reasons not quite clear. (It was originally her hair, as she was going to take off her Sweet Jade and Hella John design and share Rip's dark blue, but then she is confirmed to be technicolor. Since she has green skin and hair and clothes, it no longer makes sense.)
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: They're curb-stomped by Vriska (the closest thing the Rainbow Crew has to a Joke Character) in their first appearance, and the battle wasn't even written at first. It just consisted of "they lost." Later on, they become a lot more competant; enough to duel the ex-Alphas fairly well.
- Female Misogynist: All six of them hate other girls and women.
Homer SimpsonThe Homer Simpson.
He first appeared having already been hired as one of Meenah's top minions, with the other being the Stalfos. He's fired at the tail end of chapter seven, and in chapter eight he forces the Crew to join him in order to complete Kurloz's quest. However, and to the relief of most (if not all) Crew members, he's incapitated in the assault itself. Sadly, that body would become mutated by nuclear waste it fell in, turning him into a mutant that grows as he eats people. He may get killed, buthis ghost still haunted the Crew until Equius found a way around it.
Threats Debuing in Season Three
that initially worked under Meenah's wing. While he seemed devoted to her no matter what choices she made, he's killed off before Meenah's Heel-Face Turn
, so his reaction to her joining the Crew was unknown for a long period of time.
He later makes a return in chapter 22 via afterlife-messaging, and his past self has a cameo in chapter 21.
- The Dragon: To Meenah, back when she was an actual threat to the Crew.
Threats Debuing in Season Four
A michevious ghost-like (but distinctly not ghost; exactly what a wraith is is currently not clear) entity that attempts to manipulate the Pikmin back in season three. After being defeated when the Rainbow Crew call the Onions, this attacks the ancestors back on Alternia for revenge, then absorbs Fuchsian's airship to become the Plasm Wraith. And he leaps back into the Grand Canyon for a re-match shortly after the death of Stickdawg. Before his defeat, however, he calls the Rocket Blaster to finish off the Crew after being defeated in a "bet" where the counterparts and the originals each take on one incarnation of him.
Yellow Devil/Purple Devil
Haku and Zabuza
Ωmega Drew Pickles
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's a joke when introduced, but Kyle, Stan, and Kenny looking into Death Mecha results in them accidentally releasing what can best be described as an "Avenge me" will video from him. His video call-out for help might have triggered a few things from the fifth arc. Subverted in that all Scratch accomplishes from Pickle's message is that more of his mooks die.
- The Worf Effect: All he really does is serve as a way to worf Team Four, just to in turn get worfed by said team's guardians. Even his own minions lasted longer than him, and had flashier battles plus an actual role in the plot (unless you count how he sent the other three out in the first place, but with the way they were presented they might as well be Monsters of the Week anyway).
Noah Threats Debuing in Season Five
Threats Debuing in Season Six
The only original villain of season five, and even that's because Fan wanted a new non-Felt villain introduced there. He was shoed-into the the Grand Canyon to try to help Plasm Wraith gain the upper hand in battle. He later returns in the Hecksing crossover.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: In chapter 19, when Dark Ezekiel takes advantage of his resurrecting abilities to fuse with him yet still have Jaws around, Jaws has no part in the rest of the chapter other than to face-palm at Dark Ezekiel's stupidity. From then on out, the remain of the chapter is about Dark Ezekiel, then saving Gamzee from His Honorable Tyranny and co.
Sharkweaks and Sharkstrongs
A strange clone of Ezekiel
that the Troll Empress had kept sealed up in Alternia.
- Expy: Being sealed in a dungeon in an island-society? He falls under the same plot role as the Curse Women did in Sweet Jade and Hella John. The icing is how the sealer is probably a bigger threat to the protagonists than the seal-ie.
- Healing Factor: His regeneration apparantly rivals SCP-682's, with the exception of light magic (which greatly slows it down).
- Informed Attribute: For a guy that's supposed to have a bit of a grudge on the Alphas, he mainly targets Nepeta because he's implied to find her hot.
- Mythology Gag: He seems to have taken a little bit of Kathy's traits, like calling Nepeta "Cutebutt." Unlike her, this guy seems a lot more sincere about it.
- Palette Swap: He's a pitch-black Ezekiel with a gray hoodie and red eyes and teeth.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eye color is red.
- Villain Team-Up: He teams up with Jaws because of their shared love of chaos.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: One of the few villains, along with Jaw's sentient shark soldier army, to die on the chapter he was introduced.
His Honorable Tyranny
A random musclebeast that helps His Honorable Tyranny capture Gamzee.
A teenage troll (indigoblood/Gamzee's caste, to be specific) that helps His Honorable Tyranny keep Gamzee at bay. Like in her original story of 496 Reasons
, she seems to have an unhealthy fixation on him. After surviving the Rainbow Crew's attack, she teams up with Rocket Blaster and the two of them amass a group mostly
consisting of villains the Crew failed to kill, but some of them were original.
An HRG encountered by both Hecksing and the Rainbow Crew during their crossover, and the only one so far that both of them have taken on in actual combat (not counting Jade's bad encounter with Rip in the past meaning that she fought Millennium too, in fact Kanaya and Equius worked with Doctor without even knowing about his organization's dark goal). Basically an organizational-expy of Iscariot, they try to kill vampires and other supernatural forces as per their Fantastic Racism
/Van Helsing Hate Crimes
Despite their name, they insist
that they have nothing to do with Supernatural
. Some of them are even fans of it.
The Time Screwer
This is supposedly a mysterious entity that attacks those who interfere with time, and the idea behind him scares the Rainbow Crew when they accidentally travel to the past. It's later proven that this thing doesn't actually exist, at least not in the form of any mystic being. He's really just a guy named Nick Page (no relation, although John finally
shows some of his canon interest in the guy by being displeased to find the name similarity) who wishes that the Crew didn't try to use time travel the way they did.
- Badass Normal: He holds up on his own against the entire Rainbow Crew — and this is the RC near the end of their badass line, at that! — for quite a while, and he's one of the few villains that doesn't have that much power.
- Clock Roaches: Subverted. Creatures of this kind do not exist in the Crconikals world, and this rumor is no exception.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted, he's clearly his own person and not just a celebrity parody ala Carl. He doesn't even look like Nick Cage.
- Posthumous Character: He's implied to have been dead by 2011.
- Real After All: Subverted. Shortly after he's defeated, we see a shot of what looks like another one of them hiding in the shadows, staring meanacingly at the Crew... then Dave happens to notice it, hits it, and it turns out to just have been Roxy stealing his costume.
Threats Debuing in Season Seven
A fairly popular surfer and golf player at the local high school, who Jade worries will end up becoming yet another one of John's dates thanks to a fear that resulted from his recent breakup with Jane. John says that he never felt anything towards him, Jade says she's glad at that — and unknowingly reveals her crush on him to Rick for the first time. Since Rick had secretly held an obsession with Jade, this drives him completely off.
His character is clearly based on the author's Homestuck
original villain with the same name, who has appeared in Calliope's Back Story
, among other stories.
- Color-Coded Characters: Confusingly, he has the exact same theme color as Jean.
- Demoted to Extra: The guy's streak of being a Big Bad in every work he appears in ends here, as he's just a villain of the week.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: In a series with malicious water-beings (Waterwraith), mummies (the Mummy), trolls (Troll Empress), drones (Imperial Drone), robots (Lawyer Guy(s copies), Censorbot, and Death Mecha), vampires (Rip), and weird stuff (Darkhorse), he's still probably the most terrifying villain and the evilest despite "just" being a human. Fittingly, the chapter he appears in also has a virus that "unleashes a person's primal urges," showing that deep down some of the characters (except Karkta) can be real asses.
- Jerk Jock: It's Rick Abs. What do you expect?
- Killed Off for Real: Thanks to a combination of Tavros's thinking and an appearance by Jaws.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not to the extent of previous contenders like Century. Word of God is that he was intended to feel like a "gateway" of sorts to season seven, with how it has the highest ratio of emotion to comedy in the whole story. Yes, this point may aseem a little too late to have a trope that involves setting the tone for the rest of it, but he captures the transition to a season that's supposed to be more down-to-earth character development and fluff. Despite the guy himself being a terrifying attempted killer.
- Monster of the Week: Kind of a given when looking at this a certain way: Almost all other villains listed on here got to reappear at least once (save for Time Screwer/Page, because he's implied to be dead in 2011 and there's only one chapter that takes place in the past long enough to have him as a threat), usually in season four or six. This is as they get to be in a later chapter. However, he and Censorbot are both introduced when the story is a stone's throw away from ending. One and two chapters respectively before the final season starts, and the final season only has three chapters, one of which being the showdown and the final one consisting entirely of an epilogue of flashforewards that go up to the year 2041. So, being introduced this close to the end of the story, Fan didn't feel he could bring them back (yes, chapter 24 is intended to be a Continuity Calvalcade, but exclusively limited to heroes or neutral parties), so they were killed off on their introductory chapter while everyone else survived a few more or outright weren't killed, just arrested or something instead.
- Obviously Evil: The dude sports on a Slasher Smile when he's not giving a pretty grim-looking smirk. His extra forms are related to darkness and his highest one even melts half his face into a skull with a glowing red eye. This guy is obviously not a hero.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Holy shit. This guy makes Equius look feminine by comparason.
- The Worf Effect: While he and Jaws do briefly co-exist in the threat spotlight, he's ultimately killed by the shark when Tavros kicks him into Jaw's mouth, bisecting him with his teeth.
- Yandere: Towards Jade. He starts out being calm, cool, and collected, but suddenly snaps when he finds out that she has a crush on someone else.
There are technically none, as all enemies faced there are either characters from before or part of the Felt.Threats Debuting in Aranea's 8ackstories
Sburbland — Denizens
By day, they are the animatronics of the "Singing Beasts" attraction of Sburbland. By night, Cal directs the magic from the tablet into them and the plushies, bringing them to life and letting them roam the park.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Simply giving them and Cal magic/chakra tablets could have avoided their intense desire to be seperated from the Tablet's powers.
- Disc One Final Boss: They're not the real threats of Sburbland — the plushies are.
- Elemental Hair: All four of them have hair based on the element that their canon players, and even canon incarnations in general, are tied to.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Unsurprisingly anymore to anyone familiar with the story, Echidna does in fact charge at any foe topless.
- Humongous Mecha: Their monster forms are represented as mecha that they ride around in during attractions. They were built by the park staff with a number of real elemental weapons, and you can guess what they use them for at night.
- Jerkass: Typheus takes the description of "a huge dick" given to him in canon and runs with it.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Apparantly, Yaldabaoth not being aspect-specific is the reason why he and the other B2 denizens do not make an appearance, as Fan would rather have ones A: confirmed to be tied to aspects and B: in groups of four.
- Really Gets Around: Implied to be the case for Hephaestus, as Li'l Cal says that he represents the sin of lust.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: According to concept art, they look entirely organic save for little black lines indicating parts bolted together.
- Self-Fanservice: [[in-universe]]The animatronics are given human forms. Subverted in that they're incredibly unnerving at least and outright Fan Disservice at worst, especially Echidna.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Well, about half of them anyway. Typheus is greed (oil obsession = money), Echidna is sloth (putting snow everywhere and wanting to sleep even more than usual), Cetus is gluttony (eating everything, especially fish), and Hephaestus is lust (this one was not elaborated upon, we'll just have to take Cal's word for itnote ).
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-universe. These characters are supposed to be children's attractions. Of course, considering the world's incarnation of Ren and Stimpy, this is easily ignorable.
Sburbland — Carapase Plushies
- Always Chaotic Evil: Unlike the Denizens and Cal, who have some kind of excuse, the plushies admit that they're cruel just for the sake of it.
- Badass Adorable: They're fierce fighters comparable to the Pikmin themselves, but they take the appearance of small plushes of black or white stick figures, some of them wrapped in bandages.
- Evil Counterpart: Again, to the Pikmin interns.
- Irony/Laser-Guided Karma: They pull the same crap on the Pikmin interns as the interns did on Jake back in season three.
- Killer Rabbit: Easily the most dangerous of the Sburbland lineup despite being adorable little plushes.
- Shout-Out: As the Denizens are a nod to the animal animatronics, Cal to the Puppet, and Gold Homer to Golden Freddy, these guys are to Sburbland as the plush animals are to Five Nights at Freddy's 2. Except they actually attack. A lot.
Sburbland — Li'l Cal
The eponymous puppet in the 8ackstory
"the Puppet," and tied to the reason for everything coming to life at night in "the Interns."
- Bigger Bad: Implied to be the reason for Doc Scratch's coming to existance. Either him or Bill Cipher (or both), depending on which implications are followed.
- Demonic Dummy: Not to the extent of his canon counterpart, but he's still not the friendliest person the Crew encounters.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's restrained to be an attraction, barely able to move and get active. Because of this, he becomes a little... desperate, and tries to extend his magic to other characters in the theme park. Sadly, the Carapases are the only ones who try to break him free, and the glass keeping him in is very strong.
Sburbland — Golden Homer Simpson?
A strange (metallic) gold-colored Homer Simpson mask-head flying around. It seems to serve no purpose other than to reference Golden Freddy. Even Cal wasn't aware of it.
One of the three major threats the ancestors had to face in "The Puppet," shortly before the time travel arrival of the second generation. He's an alcoholic, fowl-mouthed clone of Alucard.
The Blood Breaker
A faux-pro wrestler that actually works under an HRG. He's the next threat the ancestors encounter in "The Puppet," before a quick prequel match with Li'l Cal himself.
An entity that is the main focus of the 8ackstory
"The Split." Hank challenged the Rainbow Crew to go into its tomb and defeat it in order to re-earn his trust, as knowingly creating an entirely new timeline pissed him off.
As the 8ackstory
title implies, this has only appeared in the seperate timeline so far.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark purple hour-glass looking thing (at first) filled with only slightly less dark sands.
- Eldritch Abomination: A lot of it is unexplained, and it demonstraits very strange, space-warping abilities while the Crew's fighting it.
AlliesThe Jury & Associates
See the villains page, as he spends most of his time in the story with an antagonistic role.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Hoo boy does this guy appear a lot. In fact, he has some role in just about every season except three and maybe one. First, he's only mentioned in a card that Geno gives his future students. Then, he trains them and presumably makes them become more badass (though it becomes clear later on that they were already rather competant, especially when they're forced to go without his swords). Then, he's a jury member. And he also makes a cameo closing a portal to Hell that Homer's ghost manages to escape from. He has a quick cameo in chapters 19 and 23, and he shows up one last time pre-epilogue to get into a conflict with Link in chapter 24. Despite all of this and clearly being the most relevant jury member outside of John and Jade themselves, he's still considered "more of a HUC character."
Luffy Helpers, Trainers, Etc
"Get ready for the Hank Hill experience! Um, not the dirty kind that was embarassingly named after me. The nerve of some people, I'll tell you what."
Appears as a plant/light-fairy of sorts that formed from shooting Homer Simpson's ghost with a light arrow. He teaches the Crew the Ballad of Duality when in a pinch, creating the counterparts.
He later returns in chapter 20, as his past self would join the second generation in going back in time and end up becoming an Animated Actor
of the Crconikals
version of King of the Hill
. Somewhere waiting from the span from 1993 to 2011, he becomes a lot more uptight and old-fashioned than he was when initially created (closer to his canonical self) and as a result a lot less chummy with the Rainbow Crew. While he keeps the leaf outfit for some bizarre reason, when his older self is summoned by Carl he is one of the few helpers who is not
initially friendly with the Crew and rather coldly asks that they do tasks for him to get "Hank Tokens" before they can make deals.
- Boring but Practical: His deal system. First, before even making a deal, you have to do some rather mundane chore or work-related task
- Fan Disservice: He has an outfit made entirely out of leaves, not unlike Huntress (only Hank has a lot more leaves). Unlike her, who is implied to be a pretty fit and attractive troll, he's a middle-aged and pretty unattractive man. Who has elements of Hank's personality. (Thankfully not his whole personality.) Second, the deals themselves are said to sound lame, but help the dealer grow and later take down obstacles in the future because they put up with whatever it is Hank did (such as the counterparts, the most blatant example).
- Fairy Sexy: Averted. Despite being classed as a fairy, he is not sexually appealing at all and looks exactly like canon's nude Hank Hill, only in leaves. In fact, quite the opposite.
- Light Is Good: He was formed from light magic, which pretty much makes him good.
- Shout-Out: To the Great Fairies of Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask/Hyrule Warriors, although retroactively. Fan did not specifically have parodying the Great Fairy in mind when he came up with the idea of a leaf-wearing Fairy Hank Hill, but went with it anyway.
- Uncanny Valley: Invoked despite being a heroic character. The comic version and many concept pictures usually draws Homestuck and non-Homestuck characters alike with a stylized, simple style that slightly resembles canon's but with arms, noses, and ears, and slightly more realistically-shaped heads. However, Hank goes overboard, and he's the only character with individual facial lines. There's also littler details like the fact that his nose isn't a simple curve/angle on the face but instead made up of an outline. All-in-all, compare his very simple look◊ from the original Sweet Jade and Hella John to this first picture of his new HHC look◊, and see the uncanny Art Evolution. It really doesn't help that said latter picture has someone who is normally a Perpetual Frowner like him smiling. The only character drawn with similar "realism" is Carl. The implications of that alone are disturbing.
Neutral Characters/OtherChicago ResidentsIn the United States
Standing for "Fuchsia," Emperor F. is a very rare male tyrian-blood who ruled over Alternia (the planet, not the island it is in the present) around the time the Zergizocks attacked. In desperation, he combined the DNA of the anchient fighters/rebel and made the Troll Empress, who would later grow up and comit genocide on the Zergizocks. The man himself would not live to see this: He's the one who established the Imperial Drone system in hopes that it will get him a girlfriend or boyfriend, but this instead got him killed since he failed to provide for the drone. That same drone who killed him would later raise the Troll Empress, and work as her Dragon
for at least chapter 19.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's killed by his own law. Even if he survived, he still would have been outranked by the Troll Empress, and there's no telling how she would treat him when she grows up. She's already hostile towards Condesce and Fuchsian.
Not to be confused with the ancestors of the Rainbow Crew, these are instead a band of eleven top-tier fighter trolls and one limeblooded rebel, whose blood had samples taken and then used to make the Troll Empress. Not much was known about htem other than that.
- Expy: They vaguely resemble the canonical ancestors more than HHC's ancestors (with Troll Emrpess being the Condesce stand-in), only much about them isn't elaborated upon except that the limeblood (eventual "cancer") was rebellious. Maybe this is where Signless got his tales from, and it could explain part of Vocalist and Kankri's atittudes?
- Famous Ancestor: As great-grandparents to the trolls that have been dead for a while, they fit this far more than the ancestors of the Rainbow Crew.
- Post Humous Character: Even in the flashback 300 years ago that first mentions them, they're all implied to be dead. Yes, possibly even the greenblood.
Has not showed up on-screen, but was confirmed to have fought against Alucard and the Troll Empress in the past.
- Badass: She fended off against Alucard, and the teleporting, nightmare-using, telekinetic, animal-and-people controling Troll Empress, and was implied to fight them both to a stand-still.
- Hero of Another Story: We don't even see her three-way fight in Hecksing: The Dawn. Fan said this was because he honestly forgot about that plot point.
Porrim encounters her in chapter 13, while she's trying to find books to buff up her skills. As this takes place before Steven Universe
, it is foregone that she will not meet Steven, although they do come extremely
close in the party in chapter 24.
Ren and Stimpy
Despite also appearing in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals
, they have only half the number of total appearances as they do here.
(Adding a little to the HUC character sheet once the "crossover" chapter(s) come out)
His Appearance in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- Back for the Dead: He's revived in season six of Housestuck, but blown up yet again on the destruction of the oil rig.
- Hero of Another Story: He was the hero of Hecksing, but a minor antagonist in Housestuck.
His Appearance in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- I Banged Your Mom: It may work when Rip conjured the two of them to freak out John, but when he actually tries to hit on Nan/Beth, he gets turned down. Then gets the snot kicked out of him when he tries to grope her.
- Villain Protagonist: Maybe. Whether she's exactly on the path of heroism or villainy is still yet to be made clear, and she undoubtedly holds the record for the most mysterious character in a Great Pikmin Fan story (not SBIG installment, story, although her Sweet Jade and Hella John incarnation has a much more straightforeward goal and is clearly a villain inside and out), as even after HUC proper ended the spinoffs have ret-conned her endgoal from "being a hero," then in chapter 15 of HHC it was "make up for my villainous path," then chapter 20 of the same story hints that she still has some antagonistic intent, given how much she scares the Rainbow Crew and only when Seras, Carl, or the Captain aren't around.
Her Appearance in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- Chess with Death: What her challenge with Rose ended up being. If Rose won, Rip will carry out the deal and free the entire Crew from the Troll Empress's dome, free of charge. If Rose was check-mated, then she'd lose her soul.
- Humanoid Abomination: Her crossover in Housestuck makes this more evident, as she uses her Alucard-ian powers to distort and deform herself into several pretty horrific states. Especially the climax, where she turns herself into a giant room and envelops the eight former Housestucks into it.
- A Glitch in the Matrix: Ultimately, all seven of the Rainbow Crew members trapped in her temporary LEM realize that they weren't dreaming the story's recent events (or the story entirely in John's case) when they notice that the people they knew/fellow RC members aren't acting like themselves. For instance, John sees that Nan has slept with Carl, Dave notes something off an OOC about Rose's behavior, Jake realizes that the characters in his plane have been acting too much like exaggerated sit-com types, etc.
- Graceful Loser: When the ex-Housestucks managed to break free from her Lotus-Eater Machines and helped Rose beat her at chess so that she's forced to work for them for a while. She simply gives them a clap, flashes eyes that match their own eye colors at them, and turns herself into a giant drill to save them. However, she was notably (possibly?) confused when Jane played Rules Lawyer with her.
- I Banged Your Mom: She gives John the illusion that Carl slept with Nan while John was in her dream world. He's horrified at this, but then realizes that even Beth wouldn't sleep with a sleaze like Carl, and that's exactly how he realizes that they're not real.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Has these built into her body. Unlike Zorin, however, she does not have immediate access to the person's memories without having to kill them (which she does not want to do to Rose and co, especially not Jade)
- Reality Warper: Only inside her. She can control whatever visuals and objects are within her, as they are technically a part of her, which she can freely manipulate. She's nearly omnipotent from the inside.
: (EDIT: The first one may have the name of the second, and the second may have a new name.)
- "The Interns:" The Pikmin interns get a mission of their own. This doesn't really expand anyone's character of note, but it's at least A Day in the Limelight for the interns.
- "The Puppet:" Elaboration on the ancestor sets and how they made it to Earth. Meanwhile, the to-be-guardians deal with events just before the Rainbow Crew arrives from the present. Elaborates on the first generation.
- "The Cherub:" Calliope gets trapped in a cave, and has to play the Ballad of Duality. With some dire consequences. Elaborates on Caliborn and the Felt.
- "The Split:" Longest one. Taking place in the "split" timeline formed at the end of chapter 21, Hank Hill turns against the Crew for knowlingly making a new universe and challenges them to take down a "Shadow Hourglass" before they can re-earn his trust.
- Season One: Alucard
- Season Two: Rip
- Season Three: Carl
- Season Four: Seras
- HHC Season One (One of Each then-Main Group):
- Chapter 1: John
- Chapter 2: Karkat
- Chapter 3: Roxy
- Chapter 4: Damara
- HHC Season Two (A1 Group):
- Chapter 5: Rufioh, Mituna
- Chapter 6: Kankri, Meulin, Porrim
- Chapter 7: Latula, Aranea, Horuss
- Chapter 8: Kurloz, Cronus, Meenah
- HHC Season Three (B2 Group):
- Chapter 9: Dirk
- Chapter 10: Jane, Jake
- HHC Season Four (Guardians & Ancestors):
- Chapter 11: Pop, Ma, Sis, Dad
- Chapter 12: Handmaid, Summoner, Ψiioniic, Signless, Disciple, Dolorosa, Redglare, Mindfang, Darkleer, Highblood, Dualscar, Condesce
- Chapter 13: Succubus, Inflamed, Electric, Vocalist, Huntress, Medicman, Sk8oardr, Karmagal, Gearbone, Scalper, Unithorn, Fuchsian
- Chapter 14: Nan, Pa, Mom, Bro
- HHC Season Five (Counterparts):
- Chapter 15: Jean, Jude, Ross, Dove, Joan, Jaky, Rory, Dian
- Chapter 16: Ardion, Tavass, Sliiou, Karkta, Netimp, Kanayo, Tezlom, Virkso, Equisa, Gamsis, Erdini, Fefian
- Chapter 17: Domoni, Ruflie, Mitchl, Kiriki, Yeulin, Porsiv, Latlin, Aramin, Haerus, Kursis, Cromie, Mannah
- HHC Season Six (A2 Group & B1 Group):
- Chapter 18: Aradia, Tavros, Sollux
- Chapter 19: Nepeta, Kanaya
- Chapter 20: Terezi, Vriska, Equius
- Chapter 21: Gamzee, Eridan, Feferi
- Chapter 22: Dave
- Chapter 23: Rose
- HHC Season Seven (Misc to give it a "This is the end" vibe):
- Chapter 24: Doc Scratch
- Chapter 25: Calliope
- Chapter 26: Jade
is the fifteenth chapter of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
The chapter opens with Aranea looking out into the sky long after the Rainbow Sisters have flown off with their plane. She recaps, get lectured by Kankri that she's not finding a way to get them back to Chicago, and the chapter proper begins.
First, John and Jade's part is covered. They are wandering around the streets of Great Britan when they come across Dracula's shop. Wanting to buy supplies there, they are offered vampirism (which both of them reject) and three scrolls that teach different kinds of magic/chakra moves: one for fire, one for ice, and one for light. They buy the scrolls despite John finding the low price suspicious.
Meanwhile, the rest of "Team Three" witnesses Noah leave them when Dave suggests that he helps them get back home. Luckily for them, Horuss is able to summon the Horse Mecha from chapter 7 with just a whistle, [...]
- Concluding the four clifhangers at the end of season four (five counting both John and Jade's being at the UKOL and Rose/Dave/Beth/Dean/Lily/Dale[Shoot I can't remember]'s being stuck in the Grand Canyon desert as seperate groups), where the Crew makes it back home through various means. This is what gives the chapter its name.
- The reveal of the names of John, Jade, Jane, and Jake's guardians (respectively, Beth, Dean, Harl, and Kate, when shortened down (except for Dean and Harl, both of which are their birth names)).
- The entire Crew now has access to knowledge of fire, ice, and light powers, but they are only mainly used by John, Jade, and Equius respectively.
- The guardians and ancestors are considered part of the Rainbow Crew, specifically in another "sector" referred to as "the first generation," while the earlier 32 members rename themselves "the second generation." This is also the first division that's not just for a single mission.
- First appearance of Doc Scratch since chapter 4.
- The introduction of Hank Hill, and technically the "double death" of Homer Simpson (since his soul turned into Hank's, he's not really "existant" in this timeline any more.)
- The creation of the counterparts and their partial introduction. Jean, Jude, Ross, Dove, Joan, Jaky, Rory, and Dian are all named.
- The second generation originals and counterparts all gain the ability to change their sex freely as an effect of the Ballad of Duality.
- This is the final chapter to not have at least an entire sector of the Crew naked at some point. Interestingly, chapter 16 was the first that did, making it a once-per-chapter tradition that keeps consistent after it starts up (counting their state in chapter 16 andthe beginning of 17 for different chapters, since it's the same instance just spread across the two).
- Pikmin Fan says that this is his second least favorite chapter in the entire story, having problems with John and Jade's trip greatly contributing to the length, the akward flashback placement, and not liking Jade's "fillibuster" where she attacks John's sports atittude. His least favorite was originally 16, but after tuning it up he cited it as 25, as it contained almost no content and should have had some of the plotlines from chapter 24 (namely, the Louis bits) instead of shoving both the eponymous six barriers and the Louis-capturing together.
"Well then. If you want to, the final battle will begin right now."The Six Barriers
is the twenty-fourth and third-to-last chapter of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- Calliope elaborates on her back story, and explains that she's able to lead the Crew straight into Doc Scratch's final room.
- The return of all heroic or neutral characters that aren't dead.
- First GPF-wide appearance of anything Futurama related, after Farnsworth's appearance in chapter 9 was ret-conned away.
- Debut of Louis.
- Lead up to the final battle with Doc Scratch.
- This is the only chapter whose associated quote(s) given by Great Pikmin Fan is not by a member of the Rainbow Crew. In this case, it's by Doc Scratch, the main villain.
- This has the longest recap of the fan fic. Even when not factoring when Aranea gets upset, threatens to quit, but gets encouraged by Karmagal to stick around and finish it up.
"Go on now! I say go!"Scratch'd
is the twenty-fifth and second-to-last chapter of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- Felt Tower being re-located to the moon.
- The deaths of Doc Scratch and Lord English, the debut of the latter.
- Calliope growing wings.
- John's seventh, shortest, and final (on-screen) visit to the Grand Canyon.
- The last of the story's events that took place in 2011.
- The Rainbow Crew's massive playthrough of Planet of Warcraft mimicks one of the final panels of Sweet Jade and Hella John, where some of the main characters just sit down and play Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures after all of the conflict has been through.
- This chapter has the second-shortest title of the whole fan fic, behind "Prom." Interestingly, the character count in both of them is a multiple of four.
- It should be noted that "Mature Content" had "Flagged" as a working title, but Fan wanted "endgame" chapters of the last two seasons to have the shortest titles, so he went with the former name for it instead.
- John and Jade's running off into the sunlight at the end of the chapter was based on the non-epilogue ending of Gurren Lagann, where Simon does something similar.
- The other Crew members "resembling a canyon" was based on a mis-interpretation Pikmin Fan saw of a smaller re-creation in the "plot summary." He thought that the crowd of people was a canyon cliff, and so he kept in this annalogy to make one last reference to the Grand Canyon.
- This is the first and only time Rose cries in the story. When John and Jade announce that they're moving out and going to New York.
- John and Jade's leave to New York is an inverse of How I Met Your Mother, where Ted was going to move from New York to Chicago.
"Thanks. Buddy."Fun in 2041
is the twenty-sixth and final chapter of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals
- Reveal of developments the Rainbow Crew, and other characters, have done over the course of the years that this spanned over.
- The Rainbow Crew's "general wedding."
- John and Jade's wedding.
- Technically Andrew Hussie's first actual GPF-appearance. (He was implied to exist in some form in SJAHJ where, in a dream, John sees one of the topics of a forum has "S_O" as the last poster.)
- The Rainbow Crew's children are shown to take over the majority of the business in the future, being far more active than the first or second generations (at least, during that point in time, not compared to activity in 2011), who generally lay back and vacation more. The third generation is the one doing the most crime-fighting.
- A re-visiting of the ending of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, seen by a flying-over Hank.
- Mayor Quimby's (second?) death, and by extension, the confirmed final appearance of a Simpsons character in SBIG until further notice. Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are also off-handedly confirmed to have eventually died in combat in their 30s.
- The Zahhaks have been shown to succesfully perfect arrow fireworks.
- Carl remarks that the number of HRGs left is down to six, counting the fall of Section DCLXVI. Seras leaves the party at the final scene early in order to stop one when a radar picks it up.
- The story proper ends after John and Jade share a last kiss.
- Past the closing note is a scene that apparantly shows what happened in the "split"/"unloop" timeline that arose when Terezi's coin landed on scratch in chapter 21. Rose turns off the time portal to conserve power, says that the united two generations don't have to worry about making their timeline a loop because "someone else already covered it," and it's heavily implied that Roxy tried invoking or at least teaching the Ballad of Duality on the first generation.
- The end of season seven, and Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals.
- This is the only chapter to have its name purposefully dropped. In this case, it's in the first line when the year finally reaches 2041. "Fun in 2041. We'll have fun in 2041."
- This chapter has a drastically different method of implimenting its "do not try this at home" disclaimer. First, because of the lack of an opening AN (to signify that this is the end), it's moved towards the bottom and before the "THE END." that marks the finale of a story. Second, it's labeled in past tense, because of this. Third, it's more accurate to the Total Drama quote inspiration. Its "one badass" is "group of vampires," tieing in how HUC's "experts" are the vampires and the "badasses" are always something else.
- Regarding quotes associated to chapters by the author, this has the shortest out of all HHC chapters. (At least when compared to the "collections" of quotes.) It is also the only quote of season seven said by a human or a troll. It is also the only one to be said by someone who was a member of the Rainbow Crew since the first chapter.
- Season seven is the only season to have a members of different species for each quotes: Doc Scratch (dark magic puppet), Calliope (cherub/angel), Jade (human). No troll makes a quote for this season, and hasn't since chapter 21. (Which is also the last multi-quote chapter.)
- And with images, this chapter is the only one so far to have more than one image directly associated with it/posted along with the Tumblr post noting the update. The first is the actual final scene from the chapter, John and Jade's last on-screen kiss. The second is a select amount of the main Rainbow Crew members (John, Jade, Dave, Jane, Jake, Roxy) and Geno standing on a stage in their regular/pre-season three/"canon" outfits, all save Geno giving a farewell wave to the audience. Additionally, near the bottom of this post is a third image, but one to represent the fan fic as a whole. It's an alternate, "more accurate" version of the cover, with Vriska replaced by Jade, Jack replaced by Doc Scratch, the Medium replaced by Chicago (Skaia replaced by the Felt Tower), and John and Jade drawn technicolor and implied to be in their RC outfits.
- John's comments about wanting to go to a "simpler time" and Jade answering that with wanting to feel like she did before meeting so many other characters might be a self-jab at the fan fic, and GPF's, obsession with throwing in a number of characters and complexity into his works. It might, might also be another nod to the John/Jade pairing, since that was apparantly popular back when the cast was smaller.
- None of the guardians or ancestors appeared to have aged even in the final time skip. Even though at the very least, if this follows canon's rules, Handmaid and Succubus would likely be dead by this point. 37 + 30 = 67 years, well past their life expectancy of one or two dosen sweeps (~24 or 48 years old). The first is explained by "technological advancements" in age appearance.
- Because of the movement of the disclaimer, this has the shortest opening note. It just consists of "Enjoy the chapter."
- Like the other long-winded Homestuck SBIG installment Sweet Jade and Hella John, the ending here contained a few bookends:
- John and Jade's discussion mirrors Kanaya and Edward's at the beginning; the last lines of dialogue are similar to the first lines.
- The locations are very close: The same park in Chicago, only they're overlooking the cliff, instead of by the sidewalk. Kanaya points this out at the beginning of the final scene.
- The story begins and ends with a scenic description of Chicago, which closes on how the couple involved are currently kissing.
- Relatedly, there are a few similarities with Sweet Jade and Hella John's ending parts, epilogue, and ultimate finale.
- John and Jade kiss as the sun rises here, as three pairs of their alternates do in SJAHJ.
- Not counting the beginning with Kanaya, Edward, and Alucard (or the ending stinger with the Ballad of Duality), John has the first line of dialogue in the story here, as he did in SJAHJ. Jade holds the final line in both of them.
- As mentioned in chapter 25's trivia, the Crew's playthrough of Planet of Warcraft = the Blue and Yellow Team (well, more like John and Jake) playing Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures.
- John, Jade, and an alternate of John are the only characters involved in the absolute final round of dialogue. (Unlike SJAHJ, the other characters actually are with them, however.)
- The heroes are in a house that was not built prior to the epilogue.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
- Thanks to Fan's lack of wanting to flesh out Cherubim at all, Caliborn/Lord English gets hit with this pretty badly, only appearing at the very end as a generic brute with no in-fic characterization and getting killed almost immediately. The fight being an intentional anti-climax does not help, nor does the sheer length of the story beforehand that would imply a major showdown.
- Naruto had a rather weird personality by the standards of the neutral parties/Rainbow Crew-helpers, but his only appearances outside of the jury arc are the obligatory cameo at the chapter 24 party and the mention in the epilogue. Ichigo gets far, far more screentime than him despite being more generic character-wise.
- Despite Fan claiming that her canon self is a noteworthy victim of this trope, Feferi is easily the most underused of the "original"/pre-Jury Arc twenty-four trolls. That's right, characters who were originally jokes like Kankri, Horuss, Meulin, Cronus etc get more screen time and depth than her. While the rest of the "Zodiacs" and "Alphas" each get some kind of gimmick to establish them, even if a lame one, then have personality fleshed out later, it takes Feferi until season five (and the last chapter, at that, and after the Great Typo Cleanup, at that) to have anything of note beyond being tied to relationships, being one of Ichigo's students, and having a hidden "mean side" that was poorly elaborated on.
- Calliope herself. While she would feel very odd in the non-Felt arcs (as she seems like the kind of character that's geared towards "endgame" stuff), she isn't fully introduced until the third-to-last chapter, holds not much of a personality becides being a Big Good, and lots of her canon traits (like her low self-image) are only covered in brief before moving on. Plus, she has a very bizarre Green Lantern Ring-like ability (she can spawn almost any object out of Cherub magic) that would have led to some cool situations and manages to be unique even by this story's standards, but gets very underused.
- Rip in this story now acts as a Bill Cipher-esque figure to the Rainbow Crew and toys around with them in clever, Dangerously Genre Savvy ways (namely by taking out character's Wrong Genre Savvy and outright turning it against them). Her tasks are also themed around overcoming them by some emotional or mental development, a sharp contrast from many of the other villains just being physical Monsters of the Week defeated by simplistic and comedic power-ups. Her moves so far are incredibly unique by the story's standards (a Lotus-Eater Machine maze and a Hate Plague, while almost everyone else simply offers some fancy physical move) She only appears with anything of note in chapters 20 and 23; despite being in the story's last three chapters, those appearances are more-or-less just cameoes.
- The counterparts. Back in chapter 15, Hank teaches the Crew how to make clones of themselves that both somehow represent their "innerness" or something like that and they specifically annoy the member that they are the counterpart to (in most cases). This concept is barely explored after the Strip Truth or Dare chapter (which was specifically made just for the sake of introducing them) and many of the originals pull the weight of the following chapters, even the counterparts to supposed main characters John and Jade.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- HHC as a whole, since it brings up a few good elements, but you have to get through three very shallow and immature seasons before the slightest hints of depth show up. Concepts like exploring deals with angel figures (Hank) vs deals with demon figures (Rip) and the idea behind the counterparts would have made for interesting stories.
- The history of the Troll Empress was only briefly looked over in one flashback at the beginning of chapter 18, but it rose a few good points burried under the usual Excuse Plot. Briefly because apparantly Fan hates Alternian world building.
- Ancestor-grade trolls vs another, probably more advanced alien race. That sounded interesting on its own, as well as their fall, getting bought out (this was covered not in 18, but chapter 19), and being forced to relocate themselves into a single island that eventually became pretty poor.
- The eleven top-notch soldiers and one rebel who tried to avert limeblood extinction (and failed solo, but they were revived anyway through the Empress). Imagine ancestors closer to their canon depictions, only forced to work together against a lime-blooded expy of the Signless? With "Signless" being the protagonist? Sadly, they die while we know very little about them. This would have been even more fitting seeing as said original ancestor's incarnations are all jokes.
- Finally, the Troll Empress herself. Taking the "omniblood" or even a "polyblood" concept would be interesting in some way as a villain, especially as this fic does contain a genuine explanation other than "it's a super special mutation" that a lot of bizarre-blooded fantrolls get. Canon at least has bits of this with the Condesce, unlocking the powers of all castes.
- Rip vs the Troll Empress. Sadly, this never happens, even when they do get very close to eachother (like just before the Empress brings the dome over the RC's treehouse). The compromising fight is hemoshield-Karkat vs TE, which is way too much of a Mirror Match to be that comparable (contrast to maxed-out blood powers vs extreme vampirism, this was maxed-out blood powers vs maxed-out blood powers).
- On the same chapter, the Hecksing crossover could have had Kamina (with or without Cortana) making a surprise appearance thanks to Time Travel, but he does not. It's strictly just Rip, Seras, Carl, and Captain. Fan generally not focusing on the members of Hecksing who died in HUC aside from a few special occasions (like Hecksing: The Dawn, which takes place before their deaths) was supposedly him writing some mild disappointment for the lack of AUs that have some trolls survive the murder arc of Act 5 and tag along the meteor with Karkat, Kanaya, Rose, Dave, WV, and Terezi.
- Three-way battle between Alucard, Rose from Steven Universe, and the Troll Empress. No, not even Alucard and Rose teaming up against TE, but a full three-sided fight. That is impossible to not be completely and utterly badass. Even though one of those three is alive for the majority of the story and another was both alive at the beginning and brought Back for the Dead, neither of them ever elaborate on it. Heck, since Rose is fighting Alucard, even why the hell they're against eachother even though Alucard's a lot nicer and more honest in this universe is a mystery worthy of a good plot on its own.
- The fact that this is technically a prequel (well, more like just generally takes place before, since this obviously isn't part of SU's canon) to Steven Universe alone should raise some concepts worth exploring. The story also has far too little gem monsters — zero, to be specific — to be considered going anywhere with that idea.
- The history of Noah, the pirates, and the sand crown.
- Season seven, or specifically chapter 25, is full of plot points that spring up out of nowhere just to add to the length and never really go that far. Like the "trifold enchantment," which wasn't foreshadowed and ultimately just an excuse to bring in an Ocarina of Time reference and subvert The Chosen One. The fights against Scratch and English are both huge anti-climaxes, one of them would have been okay but both is a bit overkill.
- The entire story is mostly a love-letter to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, but there are elements of Ocarina of Time near the end. When did this really start? Chapter 22, after the Crew returns to the present, then gets a lot more blatant in chapters 24 and 25. What happens before chapter 22? The time traveling, which splits the timeline. Kinda like OOT. In an inverse to OOT, the "main" branch could be comparable to Majora's Mask, with one of the splits eventually becoming something more akin to Ocarina. While Housestuck: The Split continues the Majora elements (oddly, not slipping into Twilight Princess territory).
Even more lol (I swear this was unintentional):
This fic's incarnation of Alternia is a rough metaphor for Mexico, its past maybe Native or Latin America
Namely, immigration. Vriska is a Boomerang Bigot
who doesn't want more of them in (her negative reactions to each "Alpha" hiring and when the first generation comes in. Keep in mind that she didn't force a sweep of classes on the "Housestucks," and accepts the Pikmin interns), the region is currently considered in-universe to be poor and home to a bit of violence even though the Crew's trip was safe (aside from the Troll Empress and associates, but she's the Troll Empress; also Dark Ezekiel, but as what is basically an SCP they knew what they were getting into), the ancestors mention some unspecified "issues" with simply coming clean and revealing themselves to be descendants (border troubles?), [I have no idea I thought I had another one]
Lastly, it should be noted that Karkat randomly spoke Spanish is Sweet Jade and Hella John
at two completely seperate and unrelated points. Then again, these stories went out of their way to cut connections to eachother.
This... I don't know.
Almost everything that has been and will be featured in SBIG will be confirmed to exist in the Crconikals world
Kind of funny how it's almost all
thanks to just chapters 9 and 13 that this world got some expansion at all, since it would have been just another installment without them and was originally planned to be such before the idea of HHC came in. First, its world wasn't any more remarkable or worth bridging into something bigger than, say, Zombie Attack!
s or Shelding and Lenard Tock About Fysicks
, but now it's a full subseries while the closest something else got is just one sequel or spinoff. Kids Fit the Trolls
is the only one to get both (and its spinoff has a sequel), and even then Kids Fight the Zombies
has almost nothing to do with KFTT or A5VA6 even by tone other than the slightly
similar chapter format.
And Now For Something Completely Different
- Audience-Alienating Premise:
- The series as a whole. It's blatantly telling you that the effort on it is half-assed, and it may not be that respectful to canon. The fact that it even does this might get rid of Poe's Law, but the sheer bizarre-ness of the direction some of the stories go in might change this somewhat.
- Sweet Jade and Hella John HD. After a goofy beginning arc about the heroes being trapped in their rooms/generally treasure-adventuring while Dave shows serious ace skills, suddenly the story 180s into something dark and horrifying. A Homestuck fancomic where an overpowered vampiric Dave goes around killing people with disregard towards Plot Armor (and even attempts to bring about the apocalypse), a vampiric Rose flies around sucking the life out of others and traumatises Jane, Roxy has mutilated herself into a hideous four-eyed cat beast and uses an army of clones merged together or altered in even more horrific Body Horror ways, and Dirk is having his body slowly and painfully getting taken over by AR and replaced with robotic parts in a messy, bloody fashion. Unlike canon, the heroes are incredibly outmatched when it comes to power, having no abilities on their own or even hoping to have any, meaning that the villains are stronger without question. The ending can be described as an Esoteric Bittersweet Ending. The worst part of all is that while three of the heroes try, Jade is a very terrible person that would be classed as a villain in a more realistic story, and she might even be more hateable than the antagonist because her bullying could be seen as something more relatable. The whole thing was an experiment with how hard Fan can pull the Cerebus Syndrome card (no, this wasn't a bad case of Creator Breakdown — in fact, before it was even remade it was planned to be dark and hopeless, and said Darker and Edgier moments were foreshadowed constantly even if they appear to come out of nowhere), which doesn't make it better. Still, people who like mindless sillyness would be turned off by the swing, and the ones who are into dark stories won't like how there's about five hundred pages of Problem Sleuth-esque fluff and how the whole thing is still not meant to actually be taken seriously.
- Gumball Vs Satan takes a kid's show, kills off the lead of it and seemingly the lead of this fic, and generally has a pretty dark plot that's blanketed under the pretense of being an actiony-war story.
- Audience-Alienating Premise:
- The Total Zeksmit series. The first installment, Plains, can shun many for two reasons. One: It's a direct challenge to Ezekiel/Katie/Izzy/to some extent Noah/Cody?-centric stories that take an early-eliminated character and gives them screentime, openly saying that it is unlikely to happen. Two: It repeats some of the same faults as the canon season Action, like removing half of the characters and kicking off the fan-favorites that remain early. While said removed characters will eventually return in season three, that might be a little too late. Another possible reason is that the world is very unfamiliar. By contrast, Total Drama World Tour Rewrite got a bit more views and reviews (not saying much) probably because the setting is familiar, the plot feels more original at an earlier pace, the liked characters stuck around longer, and some of it (like the Unwanted Harem plot and Ezekiel being the Big Bad thanks to a From Nobody to Nightmare route) could be controversial.
- This is what doomed Calliope's Back Story from the start, since it looked like it was an attempt to visualize a shitty film adaptation of Homestuck. That was not the intention, but between the idea of "Take only some of the concepts and re-envision it in a new world" generally doesn't go over well in that fandom when that AU is more-or-less the same genre as the canon.
- On the original-fiction side of things is A Slash of Mortality. The Big Bad has some very insulting levels of This Loser Is You and critiques a good number of kid-Reality Warpers/overpowered self-inserts. What doesn't help is how the leads go around naked a lot of them time, even if it's hardly referenced and never described in detail.
- Homestuck Rewrite does this intentionally so that Fan's works as a whole can finally get more reviews. It's a supposed straight-up Fix Fic of Homestuck (not even a "what if," it outright pretends to be an "improvement" over the comic even if it never actually calls itself that), announces right on the summary that there is an Unwanted Harem plot (which includes the "center's" own ectobiological sister and mother), and it ultimately plays like a very cliched bad romance fan fiction with Dave as the Only Sane Man. While not actually being part of the SBIG series due to putting effort in spelling, grammar, and wording, the whole story is deliberately terrible as a self-mock of Fan's cliches and especially as a giant bird-flip to his own earlier story Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, and it eventually ret-cons itself out of existance by revealing to be a bizarre dream Dave had while asleep for surgery.
- The Fox Crew takes Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer of King of the Hill fame and repaints them as the leaders of a badass vigilante squad. Sound cool? Not so much since the story has all kinds of weird crossover (including Perfect Hair Forever of all things, and only because it was featured in an even stranger crossover) but still takes itself a little too seriously.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- I Thought Those Were the Ingredients opens with about four or six storylines right off the bat (namely, Pearl and Amethyst's addiction to a blatant cigarette parallel, the giants attacking Beach City while the Gems cannot use any Warp Pads to go back, Steven setting up a group). Many of them take second-tier to the actual story.
"Big Gift Shop of Horrors"
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: SBIG tends to be Stylistic Suck and comedic, and this even goes for most of these, but there are some cases where the sheer concept is just too dark to get that invested in. The installments are in their "official order:"
- Sweet Jade and Hella John HD. The protagonists are either idiots (Jake), corrupt (Jade), somehow very underreacting (John) or too emotionally scarred to make giant decisions (Jake again and Jane), pairings are teased just to be crushed in some of the most brutal ways imaginable, four of the human characters start murdering nearly all of the trolls thanks to two going insane and the other two feeling forced to side with them, and they also mutilate themselves into freaky redesigns (except for Dave, who simply starts wearing an overkill of emo clothes). All four of said muderders generally do pretty disgusting acts and Jade is explicitely said to barely be any better than them emotionally by virtue of being a heartless, perverted bully. It ends with most of the setting it took place at completely destroyed, the hero's closest friends dead, and the only unambiguous gain they got from it wouldn't be noticed by them (a better afterlife system/multiverse) until they die. Even Homestuck never got this gloomy, as the heroes were allowed to make some achievements and death was cheaper there. The original SJAHJ was only slightly better, as the Blue and Yellow Team still ends minus a few friends but on the bright side it's implied that the leads might start having their lives turn around for the better.
- Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals was bad with this, since the characters are derailed into either annoying sit-com like versions of themselves or just made into outright jerks who border of sociopathy (Rose, Rose, Rose), then seasons four and on came along and gave some very much needed character development, a massive attempt to rescue most of the Rainbow Crew from the Scrappy heap.
- Gumball Vs Satan kills off Gumball in chapter two, the world is implied to be as good as doomed thanks to both Carrie and Elisa/Omarn's plans, and the secondary protagonist introduced in the last two chapters Edd is a complete, smug jackass, who is unfortunately also an ace the leads are forced to rely on.
- Kids Fight the Zombies. It's kind of hard to get anyone invested when John is Killed Off for Real within the first few paragraphs, and Jake and Dirk join him. While no more deaths happen after that, and the apocalypse is cleared up, it's still a rather bleak "slight-spinoff" to the Kids Fight the Trolls duology.
- SBIGlets: (Again, most of them are lighthearted, even the Binding of Isaac-crossover one, but some aren't so much)
- 5word keeps up the tradition of killing off main characters by icing all five (six counting Linksprite) heroic Links before the final battle. Also, Mario. Two things makes this worse: One, this is the very first SBIGlet, and two, this also finally marks Mario's debut.
- Ship But Not Romance. The King of the Hill and Hellsing crowds are both jerks, the villains take a while to show up, Soos and Wendy are out of comission most of the time, and Kamina and Stan both suffer from diarreah thanks to drinking tainted beer. Fortunately, the next one to involve Gravity Falls characters in a heroic light is a lot better with this.
- Avatar in Avatar had a... probably overdone idea (Last Airbender characters in the setting of the James Cameron film Avatar) that still would have been something, unfortunately it's focused on the film adaptation. 'Nuff said.
- The Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage has a similar problem to the Gravity Falls-involving SBIGlet Ship But Not Romance. Just about everyone, even Mabel from time to time, is an asshole. Dipper is the only exception, and he's constantly told that he'll eventually die a meaningless death. The villains are extremely overpowered, and many of what beat them before won't work anymore for one reason or another. Dipper's Exposition Fairy, Journal 3, is an even bigger ass. The worst part is that this is played in sit-com-esque comedy, despite Fan having a distaste for comedies where most of the characters are jerks.
- naruto the guy with the ninja, after The Reveal that Naruto is the villain of the story while Sasuke has to become the hero. Why? Very quickly after this reveal, Sasuke is knocked out. While knocked out, pretty much the whole ninja world was taken under Naruto's powerful spell except for Sasuke himself and his wannabe Quirky Miniboss Squad. This means that, for the most part, the cast largely just consists of Sasuke's group battling their way to Naruto's, and despite Sasuke still having, you know, the Sharingan, it's still unlikely that he'll compare to Naruto's ridiculous power buff. This is probably why this is confirmed to only be a miniseries at thirteen chapters, instead of something longer as originally planned.
- Lastly, there was the "SBIGtermission" concept, which was scrapped for this reason. Dave, Rose, and John are all assholes, and while Jade is sane she's frequently mocked and subjected to slapstick by the other characters.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While many of his works, fan fic or original, are pretty lighthearted, some really aren't.
- Soap: The Lost Element. The first two chapters introduce a pair of characters, who then bud up with two more and become a quartet. Seems like it'll be all about their magic adventures, right? No. In the mere third chapter, Woat and Kate (the first two of the four "leads" introduced) are killed off permanently, suddenly, and most importantly, unceremonously, and the story just goes downhill and more kingdoms reveal to be Crapsack Worlds and the last two remaining leads have to take responsibility for actions they never directly did until the original two lead's home town is destroyed. The Big Bad may be dead, but by the end more harm than good was done to the place. Then again, this was invoked, as the author wanted to try to show that Cerebus Syndrome isn't inherantly good. So... good job? He also rectified this with posting A Slash of Mortality a few weeks after the chapter Woat and Kate die, which despite its title, is actually incredibly upbeat and Gurren Lagann-based.
- Ant Infestation is another intentional example, with the whole thing feeling like a poorly-made "B movie" just as a written story. Here's a synopsis: Ants become sentient and start taking over the world. A survivor group quickly dies one-by-one as they try to escape and find a way to counterattack. The last few survivors, not of the group but of the whole human race, make it to Antartica. The ants get a hold on nuclear weapons and blast them to atoms anyway. End. He also wanted to test Eight Deadly Words, by making the characters so unlikable that some might find their deaths funny.
- Total Zeksmit Plains is the first unambiguously unintentional example. By the final five, the characters left aren't really popular by the fandom, and there's no real signs of fan favorites returning. (The one saving chance was "Beware of Homer," which added a new character to the overall cast. But said character was Harold. Cue yawns.) Additionally, the plot consists of a bunch of bickering and fighting between select characters while Eva powerhouses her way through the competition and everybody else still around by the time she's revealed as the Big Bad comes off as very unlikely to ever defeat her. Fortunately, season two makes everyone a bit better.
- Prequel Extreme Musical Drama High School suffers from something similar: Many of the more likable contestants are kicked off early. This leaves the Smithys, Ezekiel having strikes against him for his cramming into TZ proper and Zelda just not being likable (by intention); Hate Sink Amethyst (who is accidentally similar to Sugar, a big Scrappy from canon); and characters whose purpose is to mainly be Take Thats at certain types of original characters. Fun competition, who do you want to win?
- Calliope's Back Story, early on. While it presents itself as a sort of action-"comedy" and stays pretty lighthearted compared to some of his other fanworks, there's still the issue with how batfuck overpowered the villains are compared to the heroes. Being made into humans with regular abilities, characters like Vriska or Sollux now start off lacking powers like mind control or telekinesis. While the three energy concept is introduced from the beginning, skills even close to their starting canonical skills don't really happen until around chapter five. Between then, we're introduced to Rick, who could possibly even curbstomp canonical Heir of Breath John (minus retcon skills) since he can theoretically split planets in half effortlessly. Rick also has everything figured out, basically stuck the rest of the cast on an alien planet until the find a way to and from Earth in a future arc, held control over almost everything, and would have won the story if not for the sheer luck of Calliope specifically being sealed in the past in a way that retains her physical and Dash finding her in the present. Other enemies include strong magic-using Caliborn, shape shifter who can turn into stronger versions of other people Anti, [I need to think of two more original villains here hang on], and borderline Reality Warper and immortal Risiah.
(The below is just stupid Stylistic Suck
POTENTIAL (might not go through with this) quick idea jotting — BoI
Jotting jotting jotting — Avatar
- Probably would open with a prologue with Shyamalan getting his original... um, what was it, I know the movie was editted and ended up being less respectful? Anyway, there's two scripts. One for the more faithful movie, and one for the one that exists in our world. Guess which one ends up on a poorly-thought out and nonsensical conveyor belt leading to "publish?"
- If these three are going to be part of an unusual "three stories" SBIGlet, then they should crossover, lest they be no different from the SBIGletlet series of chapters that are collections of actually short stories. (Just with three instead of several.) And have ???'s car crashing into the Mystery Shack, in a Real After All moment after it seems like Stan's stories are BS.
- Idea came from when I posted a list of crap that was involved in SBIG on the main sandbox a while back, and someone added on Avatar: The Last Airbender. Haven't seen it yet, plan to. Kind of ended up watching the movie first though, sort of by accident. Alter-ego behind this potential story would think about writing something Avatar related, and while he/she has seen the sow, they'll opt for the movie. Just for troll points.
- Aang's name is always mispelt so that it matches the pronounciation in the film.
- "Air Karate" reference in there somewhere.
- While we're at it, the Unfortunate Character Design too. You know, the one where someone's hair looked like a certain male organ is one shot.
- Na'vi are planned to be involved in Fox Crew as it stands so why not already get used to having them here?
- I'd make a Pokemon reference where all the bendable elements match up to the type, leading to ridiculous situations like dragonbending but no. Then Feferi used chidori!
Why'd you stop?
I couldn't think of a rhyme!
Well just say the first thing that pops into your mind!
(Still no Freddy.)
Oh, Screw it. Tropes
- Bathos: It's SBIG. What do you expect?
- 5word attempts to make Ganondorf's "prototyped" form scary. The fact that he has a Conker-like head kills a lot of this, and it gets worse with the Bowser shell, Goron body type, Deku leaves around his neck, and boobs. Then Dark Link undergoes something similar.
- Disc One Final Boss: While normally a staple of a GPF work, most of these so far have been victims of having several not-final villains.
- 5word: Ganondorf. Dark Link hijacks the plot from him.
- Dream House: Initially, it seemed like there was no antagonist but the chaotic dream world, so Poniko's unexpected entrance counts as this.
- Gym Class: The Executive, since he's only being framed by the Producer.
- Ship But Not Romance: Hecksing seems like the main antagonistic force, then comes the Space Pirates. Who aren't in space.
- Isaac Unbounded: Pride. The Great Mighty Poo is the finall villain, but the Human Centipede is also active after the timeskip, which happens after Pride's death.
- Dexter Vs the Elementals:
- No Longer Alone: First it's the Lichette, who is geared to be some kind of mega villain, then it turns out to be Bubblegum and Gumball, but then they (de-?)reincarnate themselves as a Spiral Power-crazed Dipper and Mabel Pines that serve as the real real final villains.
- Darker and Edgier: When you have Dark Link making a triforce out of blood and using that to utilize the "context sensitive" abilities, you know this is a bit of a step up above Ocarina of Time's grimness. Of course, it's played for laughs, as this same story has Mario telling the Sages that Ganondorf is a "furry."
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Purple Link being warped to Peach's Castle as a fail safe of having two warp points seems an awful lot like a badly-researched interpretation of a game sending the character to a certain room if something fails to load properly. It originally was the game actually loading Purple Link into assets of a different game, but this was changed because Fan didn't like such blatant fourth-wall screwing as much as he did when he originally had the idea.
- Off the Rails: The eponymous sword replacing the Master Sword results in the story getting completely broken apart. It gets so bad that at one point Purple Link gets launched to Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64 as a supposed "failsafe" for Faorore's Wind due to having two spawn points out at once.
- Painting the Medium: All of the dialogue from sprites are in script format (a nod to the concept's origin, Homestuck), while most other characters use regular literary format for what they say. The exceptions are the Links, who usually talk in regular dialogue, but switch to script whenever speaking with a sprite. Because non-Link characters don't do this, this leads to scenes where the formatting switches back and forth whenever a sprite is talking to a non-Link or non-sprite character, which can get very grating.
- Decoy Protagonist: House is initially set up as the main character, but it soon becomes obvious that this is really more of Madotsuki's story, with Dom Cobb also taking center spotlight and possibly being the decoy protagonist in his own right. Making House a decoy decoy protagonist.
- Dream Walker: Poniko/Uboa. What sets her apart from the Inception Team is that she can do this freely and without the need of technology.
- Dream Within a Dream: With inspiration from none other than Inception's take on the mechanics.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Aradia does get cured, just to carelessly fling herself off a stairway in joy and die anyway.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The original direction of the second half was changed after events regarding the cancellation of the movie the Interview (and likely would have been pulled due to being too similar toits base premise), and instead turned into a more allegorical one.
Ship But Not Romance
- Enemy Mine: Calling them enemies is a bit too much, especially after "The Golf War," but Pacifica ultimately saves the Pines and the remaining Hecksing members from being standed out in the tundra.
- Excuse Plot: This is all kicked off by Integra threatening the Mystery Shack for their supernatural knowledge. It also supposedly takes place in an AU of sorts from Crconikals where the supernatural is much better consealed.
- Potty Emergency: Kamina is put out of comission for most of the story thansk to incredibly bad diarrhea from drinking tainted beer. Stan also drank it, but not as much, so he's not in as bad of shape and recovers from it.
- Take That: Dark Pit appears randomly just to get eaten by a shark, possibly a jab at his odd and controversial inclusion in the fourth Super Smash Bros game.
- Toilet Humor: See the above Potty Emergency? When Kamina dies, the story "tries" to make his being let go and falling into the ocean (ala Jack from Titanic) very emotional... but thanks to the prior diarrhea and how this wants to be biologically accurate, his dead body shits itself, meaning that shortly after he falls a cloud of brown appears in the ocean right after.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe. This gives some... odd quirks to Isaac's alter egoes, sometimes based on their appearance and starting items.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While it boils down to Human Centipede and the Great Mighty Poo as the villains after the second time-skip, the two act very independantly to eachother.
- Came Back Wrong: Isaac gets his soul split from his body, the latter is revived as a zombie shortly after. Isaac, now basically the Lost, gets better, but the zombie/??? doesn't.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Poop. Envy steals it from Isaac for reasons unknown shortly after the Wrath/Horsemen battle, and it's later used by the Human Centipede to summon the Great Mighty Poo. This might also be a Brick Joke to 5word, as right after making Conkersprite Blue Link asks if he can "do the Great Mighty Poo."
- Demoted to Extra: Mom is quickly killed off before the real action starts. Of course, the Sins would invert this, going from minibosses to the driving force behind the plot of the first timeskip, basically the first half of the story.
- Evil Versus Evil: Belial-Judas, who is in control of everything but is trying to stage a revolt, versus Babylon-Eve, who is sort of in a werewolf-like situation and just becomes very feral when the form is activated.
- Expy: Most of the team is similar to Hecksing:
- Isaac/The Lost: Seras pre-flanderization (AKA first chapter Seras), one of the genuinely saner members who wants a lot less to do with this.
- Cain: Part of Alucard in that he has a bit of a pirate fetish and wants to disown/leave from his name.
- Eve: Integra, the colder figure who often resorts to simply shooting the enemy.
- Judas: Walter, the obvious traitor. (At first. Then he becomes more akin to post-flanderization Seras, but toned down.)
- Samson: Chief/Kamina, the party guy Large Ham Idiot Hero. (Or, Kamina was more of a Genius Ditz due to his extensive knowledge of Spartan technology and Time Travel, but Samson has neither of these.)
- ???/Blue Baby/Blue, Magdalene, Lazarus, Azazel, and Eden are all a bit more original.
- Ted: The other part of Alucard, easily the trump card who is killed off early on in order for the others to develop more individually.
- Additionally, the Human Centipede is basically Fan writing around his Simpsons retirement and bringing back the malicious entity Homer Simpson eventually became sometime around getting fired by Meenah to becoming a mutant. His attempted kill of Eve just to get shot by Samson even mirrors Homer's trying to kill Integra before Kamina shoots him.
- Fixer Sue: Played for Laughs with Ted/Jesus, who fixes up the storyline by letting Isaac break free from the dungeon. Unfortunately, he also unleeshes the basement's horrors to the rest of the world, and it's implied that this is what gave the Kanker sisters the zombies to start out Zombie Attack!
- George Jetson Job Security: Pride tries to "fire" the other sins all the time, but they never actually listen to him (except Greed. Maybe. He might have quit anyway). Gets taken Up to Eleven when he tries to fire Isaac in their confrontation.
- In Name Only: This actually does a decent job at referencing a bit of the game, but it hits the trope hard when it comes to the Human Centipede. In this case, it's not three people stitched together so much as it is a long-bodied Humanoid Abomination with six arms, six legs, and a mouth that can open to the height of a skyscraper.
- Innefectual Sympathetic Villain: The Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Famine's just very hungry. Pestilence is a Neat Freak too obsessed with cleaning out every place he comes across to really care about fighting or causing the apocalypse. War genuinely tries to be threatening, but mostly goes around attacking any shadow or reflection he sees (thankfully, his own is the exception in both cases). And fianlly, Death is so fed up with the frequent major character deaths and revivals that he thinks he shouldn't even simply bother trying to kill off anybody, as the former does the work for him should the deaths stick and the latter could easily undo whatever he does.
- Insane Troll Logic: Isaac asks why Ted is seemingly so bothered by being shot in the leg when he can fly. Ted replies that he can't walk on water anymore. Which is technically true, but... he can still fly.
- Knight of Cerebus: Wrath, for being played the most seriously of the Sins (not saying much), and while his own prior Quirky Miniboss Squad of the Horsemen were very ineffective at getting anything done (War being the only one that actually tried), he succesfully manages to kill Ted Mosby.
- Lighter and Softer: Undoubtedly to the original game. It's also a nice welcome from the first and fourth SBIGlets, which added a serious dosage of needless cynicism to Zelda and Gravity Falls respectively. The story immediately after, Dexter Vs the Elementals, is supposed to keep in line with this by taking something dark and making it into a lighter adventure.
- Meaningful Name: Played straight with Judas, for a while (he betrays his friends before a Heel Realization), but nearly averted with the rest of them. Fan even refused to make any connections between this Eve and the one from Slash of Mortality. (Claiming that there's too many Kaminas in his works, while letting Ted get a free pass.)
- My Car Hates Me: Subverted. When being attacked by Lust, Isaac and co hurry into his car. It has a bit of trouble... then it takes off without a sitch, Lust staring in awe at how they managed to get away. And Isaac even doubles back and runs her over.
- Obvious Judas: Guess.
- One-Dimensional Thinking: Averted. When Pride's tower collapses, everyone except Samson instantly takes off running to the side, while Samson has to get bailed out by Isaac.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Seven Deadly Sins, with Pride being their leader.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Possibly everyone who lived. Inverted with Ted Mosby.
- Stealth Pun: When driving from California (the location of the cul-de-sac, assuming it's still there as it was in EDventure) to Oklahoma, Ted decides to pass the time by telling the story about how he met his kid's mother. While it didn't take the entire time skip, right after he says he's about to begin the story it cuts foreward nine years. You know, nine seasons of the show?
- Stealth Sequel: An odd case in that this is only hinted at in the beginning, but it's implied that the beginning takes place right after the events of The Eds' EDventure, and just before Zombie Attack! It also finally, finally gives an explanation for the lack of any mention of the other cul-de-sac kids other than Jimmy in the latter (specifically the remake, which has Ed and Eddy but not them), if a rather grim one. Then again, given how two time skips take place, this could be considered a sequel to both. The exact stance on that is a Shrug of God.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Inverted. Pride is a lot dumber than the other sins he leads over, with Gluttony possibly being an exception.
- Time Skip: Two off them.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Eve and Samson are both obsessed with their guns. Eve thinks that if a point-blank forehead shot with a pistol doesn't work, then the enemy is as good as invincible. And Samson loves running around gunning just about any zombie/mook/whatever that comes around with machine guns. On the villain's side, Wrath has a similar love for bombs.
Calliope's Back Story
"This is me! Try not to get too used to me or anybody else narrating this, I kind of need to make room for the other people in this story."
is the ninteenth overall story published by Great Pikmin Fan, and his second unironic Homestuck
- Audience-Alienating Premise: Broken into points:
- It's based on an open and blatant Troll Fic of the author's, if one that's not openly explicit. "Kind of like what happens if some elements in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals were in a serious story" is not a real strong opening thing to say in the beginning author's note, especially if which elements aren't elaborated on.
- It's basically a Sburb story without Sburb. There's no apocalypse, the Lands have been replaced with comparatively generic alien planets... the entire fan fic feels kind of like what a bad film (or other media) adaptation of Homestuck would be like, complete with cliched mystic ruins and the like. The plot becomes a lot more original after that, but it gives a jarring beginning.
- expected when compared to other fanworks, even adventure-themed ones. But this garuntees that Jack, PM, WV, etc will be subjected to They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.Carapases being confirmed for a minor role. Consorts, Horrorterrors, and Denizens were never really strong selling points to a fic, so their absense isn't that much of a deal and at this point even
- No Alternia. Despite everyone else allowing the remain the same species, even "former players" Calliope and Caliborn, the trolls are more equalized and made human. Alternia's world is confirmed right from the get-go to not be in. In other words, one of the fandom's biggest sources of world building will be completely absent in a fan fic themed around world building.
- Which is even weirder because "actual" trolls in the form of Elitaa's return and the Troll Empress are hinted to show up during recent developments.
- One of the bigger complaints about Act 5 or, to a bigger extent, Act 6 is the over-abundance of characters. Let's tally this in terms of the handle-users. Acts 1-3: four characters, not counting the three earliest troll conversations. Acts 4-5: Sixteen characters. Act 6: Thirty-six characters, but ten of them are jokes while by this point any of the Act 5-introducees are also moved to joke status. Now, this fic takes all thirty-two of them, gives them far more of a theoretically equal standing (See John's opening narration), and doubles that amount. It's implied that it will be quadrupled in the near future. As for the people who like more characters, they tend to also follow stories for more romantic moments or general interactions, and while there are plenty of the latter (but very little romance), the fic is for the most part an action-heavy comedy.
- Homestuck has no less than four potential villains to pick from without drawing from the "human/troll players & Scratch selves" pool (Jack, Lord English/Caliborn, Doc Scratch, Black King), and yet an Original Character fits the mark instead. To add insult to injury, it sets of the possibility that Caliborn might hijack the plot from Rick, only for Rick to betray him and leave him to get himself killed fighting the heroes.
- Finally, and perhaps the most importantly, the fanservice elements from HHC returns in a slightly less ironic way (which isn't saying much). People who like it won't like how it's kept at a PG-13 level and plays second fiddle to the action, and that it's not a fanservicefest or in extreme cases outright pornographic. And the people who like the action/comedy elements would hate how overly aged up and sexualized designs "get in the way" of the story.
- Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: A very odd case in that it's elements that take the spotlight instead of series, since these are all supposed to take from Homestuck fanworks the author wrote, as well as canon. They key words are "supposed to." Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals and its spinoff Housestuck: The Split dominates the inspiration even more than possibly canonnote , and pretty much guides the whole plot.
Something Something about as if I'll have a base in the first place
- Base Breaker:
- Virtually all of the new villains. Rick was met with some pretty despising reviews on his introduction, since the story had been leading up to a potential Calliope-Caliborn conflict. When Caliborn was summoned and actually had some amusing interactings with Rick, the hate died down a little... and then Rick became polarizing again when Caliborn only lasted a whopping four chapters. Now that Rick has something of a Big Bad Ensemble, all villains being new, this became even worse. To sum it up, are these horrible Villain Sues who are taking up too much relevance when the story should use its "attempt at making a new fic world with these established characters" to try to put canon villains into new perspectives, or are they new and original takes especially since there's a few fanworks that reuse canonical antagonists already? The fact that Rick appeared in Fan's prior fanworks in completely different forms does this no justice.
- Risiah. She's an expy of the Crconikals-itized Rip Van Winkle, who in turn on the Housestuck side (and this is mainly based on HHC) is a bit of a Bill Cipher knockoff. So, both of them are rather popular in their respective series. Why doesn't she work? On the negative side, because she might be a loophole to Fan saying that certain crossover elements will not be returning (she's an exception because at this point Rip is so different from her canonical self she might as well be a seperate character, which is exactly what this is doing), or why is she of all people getting in and not a Hank Hill expy. She also magnifies the problems with the villains, as she's the reason why Rick has the army of three new characters in the first place. On the light side, she has a weird and batfuck personality that can be appealing, and unlike HHC (where she simply tries to screw over the people she makes deals with) she providews an interesting take on deals with devils in that she intentionally gives you shortcuts so that when it comes to the long-term stuff you'd be screwed over if you're not prepared like Rick was.
- The characters who... this is gonna take a bit, they were originally the guardians and ancestors of canon, yet in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals they are referred to as the "first generation" collectively and were the same age as eachother, and now they're the same age as the protagonists/"fire generation" and no longer related to them. Mostly because they either feel like akward OCs and the story didn't need more characters like this (and, of course, that they're redundant — Dale for Dirk, Vlie for Rose, etc, although Divergent Character Evolution sets in almost immediately upon their elaboration), or they're interesting additions and looks into the guardians and what makes them different from their Scratch counterparts.
- Calliope herself. Should she be the actual main hero and her just being the Morality Pet was bad false advertizing, or is she an obnoxious moeblob whose just there as a dumb excuse for why Eridan, Gamzee, Vriska etc are not going around killing people right now?
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Daisy and Gaz, the mother-son duo (respectively) from Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals who also make a cameo here.
- The captain from the very beginning. He may have died in the first chapter, but his Too Dumb to Live Honor Before Reason atittude that led to John having to try to carry him out of the sinking ship earned him a bit of popularity.
- Dash. Mostly because of how unexpected the amount of character deveopment he gets is. After briefly giving the impression that he's just some sleeze working for a quick buck and only added because a variation of Dad Egbert seemed obligatory, he turns out to have a bit of an intricate backstory, he really cares for all of the heroes, and he even has a dead twin brother Dan. Add to this that he's a Badass Normal and lacks even red or blue energy (no other character so far becides his own twin lacks one of those, much less both) yet still whoops some ass, and this portrayal... became something of a favorite?
- The Scrappy:
- The Opposite-Sex Clones of the group, mostly because of how they really don't give off that vibe when introduced, and are kind of cookie-cutter "fish out of water"-type characters before the development sets in (Fan did not want them to be redundant with the parallel versions/counterparts). Fan may have realized this, hence the "merging" ability that a person can merge with their clone. The clone may still exist and can be separated, but overall they don't come out on their own much.HHC stuff
- The counterparts for appearing the hell out of nowhere and coming off as even more redundant, confusing, and unnecessary than the clones/"guardian" expies. Their appearance also reeks of "NEW ARC, NEW CHARACTERS!" The fact that there is, yet again, one based on Jadesprite but not one based on Davesprite doesn't help much either.