"Does it surprise you how many cats there are who don't live in Clans?...[Clan cats] often act as if there could be no other way to survive except by the warrior code, but how short their memories must be if they have already forgotten...the contented rogues and kittypets they have encountered."
—Rock on Clanless cats, Cats of the Clans
Creepy CircusBloodClan are a group of villains from the Twolegplace that debuted in The Darkest Hour. Let by Scourge, their endless desire for power is only matched by the courage of the Clan cats.Beware of unmarked spoilers!Note: Please add character tropes exclusive to Dawn of the Clans to the Dawn of the Clans character page, not here.See also:
"Oh, yes. Blood is everything. But the only blood I'm interested in flows from my enemies. Look around you! These cats are bathed in blood. It soaks their fur and laps at their paws. We are BloodClan!"
"Nothing will control me."
A bloodthirsty and violent cat from the city, and the leader of a gang of strays known as "BloodClan". An excellent fighter despite his small size, he delights in killing and bloodshed, and is described more or less in terms of pure evil. He serves as a partner to Tigerstar in the sixth book, and is finally killed by Firestar (his half-brother) during a war over who will own the forest: the four Clans, or BloodClan.Because of his massive fanbase, he eventually was given his own spinoff manga. Titled The Rise of Scourge, it explained how he went from a meek kit named Tiny to the bloodthirsty killer we know today.
The Rise of Scourge: "Oh, yes. Blood is everything. But the only blood I'm interested in flows from my enemies. Look around you! These cats are bathed in blood. It soaks their fur and laps at their paws. We are BloodClan!"
The Darkest Hour: "You see what happens to cats who defy BloodClan. Your friend here thought he could control us. He was wrong."
Bad Boss: BloodClan isn't really a Clan, it's a group of cats Scourge kills (or has killed by another) for any small misdeed. Any cats that can't fend for themselves are allowed to die, and he won't lift a paw to save them.
Bad Liar: Tries to convince his littermates and mother that his adventure beyond the fence was real by telling absurd lies that none of them believe.
Becoming the Mask: He started off pretending to be an evil and powerful conqueror. By The Darkest Hour, he was everything he had claimed to be.
Belated Backstory: His past wasn't revealed until more than a series after his death.
Evil Counterpart: Like Firestar, he was a kittypet who felt unsatisfied by his life and ventured into the forest. Unlike Firestar, the apprentice he stumbled upon was a young Tigerstar, who proceeded to give him a beating he would never forget. He then travelled to Twolegplace, where he became a cruel leader with no trace of the compassion or idealism he once had. He's also Firestar's half-brother, and Barley mentions in The Darkest Hour that without StarClan to guide him, Firestar could have become just like Scourge.
Evil Is Cold: His blue eyes are described as "chips of ice, untouched by even the slightest warmth of StarClan."
Faux Affably Evil: Acts calm and polite towards Firestar, but he's crazy, evil, and wants to rule the whole forest.
Final Boss: He's not really the Big Bad, but he takes Tigerstar's place as the main physical threat in the sixth book.
Flat Earth Atheist: Even seeing a cat come back from the dead before his very eyes wasn't enough to convince Scourge to believe in anything.
Freudian Excuse: He was bullied by his siblings, and, fearing that he was unwanted by humans and therefore going to be drowned in the river, ran away to the forest, where he was nearly killed by Tigerpaw. He went to the city, where he was still picked on until he made a name for himself through violence.
Killed Off for Real: Even after cats die in Warriors, they can still show up in StarClan, the Dark Forest, and the Tribe of Endless Hunting. However, since Scourge never believed in anything, he's never coming back.
Large and in Charge: Inverted. Scourge is the smallest cat in the group, barely larger than an apprentice.
Meaningful Rename: He changed his name to Scourge so that he wouldn't seem weak to the cats of Twolegplace.
Memetic Badass: In the series proper. BloodClan makes a big deal out of everything he's done, whenever anyone mentions his name it's because they're referring to how badass he was, and he's pretty much a legend among the Clan cats, despite it being many years since his defeat. invoked
Mundane Made Awesome: In The Rise of Scourge, the act of introducing himself to some other cats gets a dramatic shot of him devoted to it, and has flashbacks as build-up.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Likely takes his from a conversation he had with his mother when he was a kit. She mentions the Clans to him and says they are "a scourge on the name of all good cats."
Walking Spoiler: Because of how long-running Warriors is, and because of how nowadays It Was His Sled among the fandom, the entirety of Scourge's entry is unspoilered. However, if this was only a page for the Original Series, then at least 90 percent of this section would be spoiler tagged. The mere existence of him was a major revelation back in The Darkest Hour, and in his second appearance he proceeded to kill the Big Bad and hijack the book. Plus he's also Firestar's brother, and the ultimate representation of what our fiery-furred hero could have become.
Red Right Hand: The first clue that they might not exactly be friendly? Snapper's scars, which hint that he has seen many fights.
The Reveal: The big twist of Shattered Peace is not that they are the villains (which is incredibly obvious). It's that they are former BloodClan members looking for a new home. Which is right here on this page for all to see.
Satellite Character: Tess is there just to be there. You could remove her entirely, and notice would change in the story.
A cat who was friends with Bone prior to the events of The Rise of Scourge. Brick petitions Scourge on behalf of the cats of the city to defeat a dog that was terrorizing them.
Ambiguous Gender: While the cat looks fairly masculine, fans have pointed out that Brick has eyelashes, like Scourge's mother and sister. Brick's gender is never actually stated in canon or revealed by the authors.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Brick disappears from the plot entirely after Scourge defeats the dog, and doesn't even get a mention in the other BloodClan related stories.
"If you don't scamper your pretty little tail over to the other side of that path right now, then we're going to rip your head right off your shoulders!"
Two unnamed BloodClan cats from the Tigerstar and Sasha manga series.
Actual chapter 3 tropes that are here after chpater 3 is out because of some other factors that require finishing them first before adding the trope:
Development Hell: According to the author's note at the end of chapter 3 and a short story posted on his profile (which is scheduled to be later reposted on his Tumblr page along with a comic version of it), the entire story is on a long pause until he publishes something new that isn't a Stylistic Suck work. Given the large number of things he'd like to get done before said new work, this is going to take some time.
Sweet Jade and Hella John is a deliberatly badly written fan adventure of Homestuck by Great Pikmin Fan, obviously inspired by Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff with a little bit of Problem Sleuth. It's also the fourth installment of the SBIG series and something of a Spiritual Successor to Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals (especially given how Millennium themselves make an appearance). The story itself is rather confusing: For nine months it was about an immersive Mario game that John and Jade go through in order to defeat one The Evil. However, two rival organizations, the Fox Crew and the Millennium, have also been warring within the game. Aside from this, which is the closest thing the comic had to an arc by that point, it's implied it will be a Random Events Plot. And during the opening of Act 2, it was. Then, however, one of the Millennium's members gained increasing role in the story, and it turns out several more of the characters are prone to evil than thought... this sets the stage for the second part, John trying to beat through Dave, one such person who has became villanous. Early into June 2013 this arc has ended and for a month the plot was about the "Blue and Yellow Team," the group consisting of John, Jade, Jane, Jake, and all of their alter egoes, going to Heaven for a grand showdown against the comic's Big Bad. This has also ended mid-July, afterwhich the comic had its epilogue that ran until an ending in July 29th. The thread can be found here, and the mirror can be found here.A lengthy time following its conclusion and about halfway through the mass ret-con, the author had announced and begun a "remake/remastering/rewrite" called Sweet Jade and Hella John HD, dedicated to rebuilding it from the beginning. Paradoxically, it is confirmed that while the beginning is a new-ish storyline, as it goes on the plot will later become like Act 2's.A similar story (in that they are both sucessors to HUC) is Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals.Possible spoilers below!
NOTE: Tropes applying to HD only will go underneath the HD folder. Tropes that originally applied to the comic, but were done differently in HD, go under the proper alphabetical folder with the standard tropes.Tropes A - E
Art Evolution: More like de-evolution, but the same effect is given. At first, only copy-and-pasted art is used for most characters, but then they get SBAHJ-styled sprites that progressivly get crappier sometimes. Here's one of the uglier images that took advantage of the new MS Paint tools.
HD, as its name sort of-implies, ups the style considerably. It still uses a "scribble style" and has the "B&YT sprites" that showed up towards the end of the original, but it's drawn with much more shadow and light techniques, almost never uses the "single color backgrounds" spammed in SJAHJ (especially as the plot goes later on), and ditches bright "Web colors" in favor of making the settings look very scerene and calm.
Nepeta, to the point where she's orcastrating something massive and is behind quite a few of the comic's events.
Kanaya, Equius, and Feferi within the series, who started off as rather minor characters before becoming the designated "main" trolls along with Nepeta.
Jane and Jake, who were originally parodies of the "villainous doppleganger" archetype before becoming a part of the main cast in Intermission Act 3.
Aranea is arguably one of the most important of the trolls, right behind Nepeta. For starters, she gets an entire intermission centered around herself and stories told by her — something none of the other characters so far have had. And now she's the cause of most of the troll deaths.
Dotty/Dottie Campbell was a one-shot-then-twice-cameo extra on Family Guy, but became a semi-recurring character here. For one, she's the last member of the Fox Crew to die.
HD does this with the ancestors, both trolls and human alike. Instead of being backstory props, they actually have more of a say in the plot.
...And again for HD we have the counterparts. Unfortunately, the other alter egoes hardly get so much as a mention (this was actualy by intent; Pikmin Fan felt that too many alts would make the story nearly impossible to write, especially when factoring in the other characters). So the counterparts were, in a way, made into Composite Characters of the other alter egoes.
A third example for HD is the Curse Woman, who is given her own brief storyline instead of being another generic villain. The rest of the Revenge Five, on the other hand, range from "side characters" to "non-existant."
Dotty is drawn like this once, in an image actually devoted to explaining just how her censors work. It points to her explaining that she's going to be censored, even though she wasn't at the time.
None of the characters have nipples. This even applies for HD. Considering the use of this trope, it makes the censor bars somewhat redundant.
Evil Twin: All of the human and troll kids who were post-scratch players in canon are seen as this, whereas their pre-scratch counterparts are the "good twins." A conversation between Dave and Aranea reveals that what denotes as being "good" or "evil" depends on what type of magic they are naturally good with. Also, Yoshi has one, which actually stemmed out from a suggestion that was supposed to compromise with there only being one Yoshi but two kids to ride him.
Averted in HD, where the characters are just "twins." Yoshi doesn't have one either, as both the twin and himself were removed from the storyline. Although John and Jane are very much in a rivalry at first, and unlike the original this extends to their past until they finally make up early on in the remake.
Tropes F - Q
Non-Indicative Name: Averted; depending on how you count Tricksters and demon selves, at a certain point there is in fact a Sweet Jade, and after the mass alter-ego creation there is indeed a Hella John or several.
Played straight with HD, which isn't in HD. It's just drawn with more detail.
Tropes R - Z
Shocking Swerve: Invoked to hell and back. Dave, Rose, and later Roxy and Dirk turning evil? Aranea turning out to be a villain? (Keep in mind that this was before it happened in canon.) Aradia suddenly being dead? All intentionally jarring and badly writen plot twists for the sake of plot twists. HD ups this by adding "THE POT THICKENS" after some of these events and more, an intended Freudian Slip mocking this trope and implying that those who used it were simply on drugs. That somehow get thicker.
The caption when John leaves his house for the first time: "Thank God. You were just about to think that you would spend a thousand pages trapped in that room, possibly playing some dumb video game while we're at it."
"You [Jane] utterly loathe this show and you are glad that its characters are stuck in fictionland."
Early-Bird Cameo: Jane appears while the page numbers are in the single digits, and Jake appears while they are in the double. In the original version, they don't show up in person until over a hundred pages in.
The last of the main four introduced, Jake, is also the only one who doesn't begin the story trapped in his house. At first it seems like he's going to be stuck in Wall-mart, but his leaving it quickly disproves that.
In Name Only: At first it fits this when compared to the original. It begins as "Problem Sleuth, but with Homestuck characters!" before John, Jane, and Jade finally get out of their houses.
The biggest example is the Fox Crew and Millennium, who were pivotal to SJAHJ's original plotline. Both organizations have vanished, though at least Death Mecha, Hydra, and Darkhorse are merged with the Curse Woman and Bank Robber to form a new Revenge Five. Word of God says that this was because HD's eventual Big BadDave would be much more interesting than Rip, and to tone down on the number of Midnight Crew intermission knockoffs.
It has been confirmed that Elitaa and Puerco will not make an appearance. Pikmin Fan hated them so much that he kicked them out of the remake of the very comic they originated in.
The Trol Seasson cameoes are also out of the picture. In fact, he said that just about the only reference to a fan adventure will be the nod to Superego once there's ten Johns/Jades/Janes/Jakes.
Lyrics to the Worst Rap Battle Ever
Mike: You think you can rap, but you choke. You're a freaking joke. You're gay, You can't get a girl anyway.
Raindrop: Yo, you're gay. You suck. Fakes! Oh! All night, that your face all wells up, And it fades away! Yo!
Mike: Dude you can't even rhyme. What a crime. You're wearing a blue T. You can't mess with me.
Raindrop: Yo, yo. You suck bows along with hoes. You're so gay that you... you... don't know what to say. You're gay.
Mike: Your name is Matt, you're really fat. You think you're all that, but you're not.
Raindrop: You have a bowl(?) on your shirt, You look like a bird(?) from a cartoon, A coon, And it runes(?) like prunes! You live with raccoons! Animal boom! You live in Kalimazoo(?)! You foo!
Zombie Attack! As it may (or may not, the idea's sounding stupider now that I think about it) be tacked on as a bonus "third chapter" to TEE, it's unlikely that it may need a cover. However, one design I could think of is just a scene from Back to the Future with the timecar, Edd's head clumsily copy-pasted on with the word "sup" written in orange by him. Nothing shows the title. Maybe.
Total Zeksmit: For all seasons, it's a simple image of a touque drawn in MS Paint (resembling Ezekiel's own hat), with that same "flash" background effect used in those meme things. (IE this◊, image courtesy of looking up "Hank Hill Meme."note I was going to pull the first Google image result for "meme" that fit this but it was a Hitler joke so no.) The colors depend on the season:
Plains: Light green, spring green (generally colors that fall between green and cyan, or just light colors in general. Maybe some chartreuse too.)
Island: Cyan, teal, heck maybe even azure and cerulean.
Woods: Purple. Possibly red-purple shades, just to keep using my favorite colors.
Campsites Around the World: This one's tricky... probably the background will be a large rainbow gradation (like this, only with paler colors. PS if you like spectrums like that please look at the summary under "other versions," it's pretty nice), and the hat... I don't know, a neutral gray?
Sweet Jade and Hella John: Eh... doesn't particularly need a cover, already even has a title screen (which wasn't there at first).
Onionstuck: I forgot that even existed until I looked up my ficlist to see what comes after TZP. Now I wish I didn't. Anyway, I'm completely idea dry.
Movie Day: If I were a good artist, I'd definitely take a scene from Ed and Eddy's flight near the end of chapter one. Probably a top-down view at an angle of them soaring through the air with the forest beneath them. Because that scene kinda shows what MD is all about: People getting from Point A to Point B in extreme, adventurous ways.
496 Reasons: A wall, the same color as the Veil lab walls. There's splotches of paint in a color corresponding to every player except the B2 group, arranged in an order that looks like a map of the Medium. In the place of the B2 kids (and in fact filling in where they would be on the Incipisphere map — the diagonals) are four red splotches, connected by thin lines in an "X" shape that meets up at the center, which is a heart the same shade of red. The bottom-left to top-right diagonal line is a bit thicker and "drips" to somewhat resemble the Blood symbol.
Gumball Vs Satan: Already working on it. Basically consists of the title, with Darwin and Eliza on top of it, and four characters in a row below it.
SBIGlets: Probably just a stock image of a book with the collection's title written on it in a fancy, gold-colored font.
Did Somebody Say "New?"
Roottangled is technically considered by the author to be his second MS Paint Fan Adventure as its role of a remake of the "actual" second adventure, Onionstuck. This in particular is regarding a large session played by a large group of human...oids who seem to have some connection to plants, dubbed "Plant-ish-people" by the maker.
Amazing Technicolor Population: All of the Sburb players, and some of the background characters have skin paler than their text/eye color. Their hair all follows suit too.
Arc Number: It changes in the beginning of the story (as a nod to Onionstuck's trying to hide that the session would have involved 90 players instead of 6) quite often, from 130 to 214, then 924, etc. It finally settles onto 360 after the true nature of this iteration of the game is revealed.
Beige Prose: As a consequence for wanting to move parts we already know will happen at a lightning pace along with other things, the story can feel like this. A notable case is Plant-ish-people Romance. The page elaborating on this just consists of an image of a large heart, with "It's that simple." written as the entire caption.
They may be called humans in-story, but their term when defining the different race between them and more familiar humans is "Plant-ish-people."
Jenny speaks like this most of the time.
Canon Welding: It has been confirmed that this either takes place in the same universe 496 Reasons does, or a world where the canon characters underwent similar events to 496, given how they appear and mention events that only happened in said story. The author is unsure as to which he should make the case.
Specifically, it's implied to take place in 496's version of Universe C. The 66-zodiac system their planet has and the fact that the world is constantly referred to as "C" all-but confims this.
Color Motif: Their session as a whole is extremely colorful. All six of at least the tertiary players' planets involve large quantities of coloring. It's also in the primary/secondary sixsome but that's less noiticable. And then, of course, the "360 colors" gig, inspired by a huge RGB color wheel image.
The main cast from the Pikmin in Onionstuck, many of which being what could have beens. Even though only six characters were really given characterization over the short course of OS (one of which being in the "leftover" of the final update before it was closed off, and three of them — sporesInfection, twinColors, and eagerBubbler — being confirmed to not be in the story along with their respective mushroom-reps and "spike"-reps), according to Pikmin Fan they were planned to be re-uses of his very old Pikmin fan fiction character archetypes. Impatient Red, Valley Girl Yellow, sports extremist Blue, nice idiot Purple/Violet, and later cryptic White/Magenta.
Luis is an expy of Captain Olimar, and actually named after Louie. Well, he's actually more like an Evil Counterpart to them.
Extremely Short Timespan: Prior to the three year time skip, the story primarly takes place in one day, with the tail end of another taking place before it and around two days leading to said time skip after. Oliver enters at the stroke of midnight on January 30th, and the last player enters mere seconds before it becomes January 31st in her timezone. The only events that take place before hand are Oliver's entry itself, which thanks to the nature of the story and the author's hatred of dragging things on, goes by pretty quickly. So overall, it follows the usual three day-use of this trope.
The fact that this session will involve more than six people is given away right at the beginning. Contrast Onionstuck, which was supposed to have a lot of buildup to this reveal (according to the outline of it given by Pikmin Fan).
The player characters are not exactly human. This is made known early into the story, even though as of the time it begins they didn't know much about what they really were either.
Green-Skinned Space Babe/Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Plant-ish-people externally look just like humans, only with a rainbow of skin colors. Amusingly, the only major one that's "pure" green, PP, is first cloaked in gray and uses gray text to be anonymous about his coloring until he enters. Internally, however, they appear to be very different, if the X-Ray Sparks are any indication. (Despite Pikmin themselves having vaguely human-like skeletal structure, based on theirX-Ray Sparks.)
I Just Want to Be Normal: Davesprite, very much. He hates being a dragon ghost and only being a third then half of a being. He also looks low to the sword sheathed in him, calling it a useless toy thanks to how it was the weapon Rosesprite and Roxysprite used against Luisprite; which didn't manage to kill him, and the fight resulted in Rosesprite's death. He even considers trying to kill himself on a Time quest bed at one point, before realizing that this might wipe out Roxysprite and Rosesprite (if the latter was still alive) even if it did succeed in transforming Dave.
Killed Off for Real: Almost all of the sprites, including everyone that's not a sprite of the main twelve, and currently 7 and 1/3rd OF the main twelve's sprites (the 1/3rd being Rosesprite, who was attatched to Davesprite and Roxysprite as part of the hydra-doll prototyping. Because of this, they represent three different characters, and Rosesprite was permanently offed when her head was cut off). So far though, none of the players have died for real.
Loads and Loads of Characters: There's a whopping 360 players, though for obvious reasons many of them will remain in the dark. Despite that, it is confirmed that the primary/secondary/tertiary duodeco will be relevant, and the quatrary group are implied to be as well. And that's not even factoring in the new sprites, or the appearance of doomed offshoots of the canon characters.
The narrator mentions that he should end Act 1 about four pages into the entire story, to emphasize that this will not begin with Homestuck-first half of Act 1-style fooling around. He then notes that ending Act 1 early and giving acts arbitrary times would be a bad idea that's worthy of not being spoken of again. This is a self-jab at Sweet Jade and Hella John.
Oliver's sprite, along with the overall red theme, has bright azure eyes, reflecting the Hank (red)/Rip (azure) rivalry in SJAHJ. Later on the color scheme inverts after Luisprite "heals" the crack caused by the disc prototyping him to be scratched prior. He later freezes over/crystalizes half of LOVAL, and after that the map of the Medium represents this as the planet being half red and half azure.
Said game disc itself is a nod to Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures in SJAHJ, and its role as storing a ton of power. It was in fact going to be EENE: TME with the power, before the author changed it to something a little more generic as he found it "a dumb idea in a dumb way."
Very early into the story, one of the characters goes on the MSPFA mirror site and clicks a random adventure, finding Onionstuck (the prototype for this story) and commenting that it is a shame whenever authors abandon ideas like this case. What's odd is that the character viewing OS is an expy of one of the six characters who was given dialogue in the old version (in this case, toxicTerror). How she would react to the fact that there is a character very similar to her isn't explored.
No Hugging, No Kissing: In contrast to 496, the author's other session-centric ficnote Homestuck Rewrite does not count as is it a Stealth Parody, this has very little focus on romance. Of course, this is justified: All of the players are genetic siblings to eachother, the other people who have entered the Medium are far above the characters' age range, while most of the non-main-12 sprites are unknown the ones we see in the background so far have been animals, inanimate objects, or, again, out of the protagonists' age range. That leaves shipping them with the main 12's sprites, which again share many complications. Rule out the same problems mentioned before and you're left with just Hydrasprite, composed to Davesprite, Roxysprite, and the late Rosesprite. Which would basically be pairing canon characters up with OCs, something that's a pet peeve in any fandom. Add to that, neither Davesprite nor Roxysprite (Rosesprite is, again, dead) show any interest in any of the characters at all, and if anything they seem more likely to start dating eachother than the players (this may sound surprising but if you're familiar with the author's fic history it really isn't, especially after this kinda stuff starts leaking into other fandoms), even though Word of God jossed that because "it would feel like a shoehorn." So, in short, none of the characters have reasonable love interest options who play key roles in the story (there are tons of souls in the Dream Bubbles, but that's self-explanitory to anyone familiar withHomestuck), something that is lampshaded multiple times.
Luisprite Blows up Skaia itself, causing it to undergo a First Break and share characteristics of a dead session. In other words, he killed the session. The way the players try to avert this crisis is by getting the agents to play the game, so that they'll have a new Skaia to work with. And kill the agents afterward, allowing them to take over from there uninterrupted.
Prop Recycling: BB/Oliver retains his name (full name, too, if mostly being refered to by his middle name) from the old Onionstuck and was the only character properly named before its time of replacing. AA/Jenny was named after another suggested name. The rest, however, were made up on the fly by the author.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: After Luisprite heals and puts the session on lockdown so only he could have the ability to win, his color palette turns from being red with azure eyes to azure with red eyes.
Red Herring: Both with the old version containing Mushroom Pikmin who would have fit this role and this version introducing a comparatively mysterious gray-texted character who remarks about being in a vastly different society, you would think that PP (said gray texted character) is part of a troll-expy group. Nope.
Shout-Out: The player cast is based on the titular creatures of Pikmin, which is a near-given seeing as most of them are expies of would-be ideas from Onionstuck. The characters also draw a few parallels with the Pikmin themselves:
The red one is "fully" introduced first, and in spite of breaking the introduction sequence, the blue one is "fully" introduced last out of the main characters.
Story Breaker Power: The video game disc Oliver got as a present can appearantly be used for mind controlling, but only from things that somehow get characteristics of it and only to things with its characteristics. Normally this would result in the powers cancelling eachother out once one person is aware that they're being manipulated, but the disc being scratched prevents people from controling them. When does this cross over onto story breaker power territory? When Luisprite heals his scratch. As the disc was prototyped as being broken, this means that Luisprite can manipulate others with the game's features and the other way around cannot happen.
Three Beings, One Body: Rosesprite/Davesprite/Roxysprite, AKA Hydrasprite as a whole. Unlike the canon sprite combinations, they were prototyped with the doll of a hydra whose heads were replaced will heads of Rose, Dave, and Roxy dolls. And unlike Pikmin Fan's usual portrayal of hydras, control is limited to one head per half, with Rose's head serving the right half and Roxy's head controlling the left, leaving Dave with nothing. Later on the Rose part dies, which somehow gives the Dave part control over the right half. The first thing he does with his newly controlled arm is punch Roxy in an attempt to shake her out of a Heroic BSOD.
Equius. The fact that he's even in this story is a colossal spoiler. Along with the other canon characters, but as the first to make an appearance, once he shows up the shock of the others lessens.
Thanks to language naming troubles, it is next to impossible to mention Hydrasprite without implying that Rosesprite will die. In addition, their appearance back as their cameo as custom-crafted figurines was supposed to be a surprise, in terms of implying that the figures will be prototyped and thus giving the faux-appearance of canon non-carapase characters before the actual canons show up.
What Could Have Been: Onionstuck as a whole. This is the fourth story by this author to get a complete remake from the ground up, while the old version went down to obscurity.
For future reference, primary, secondary, and tertiary RGB:Red-orange-yellow-chartreuce-lime-spring-cyan-azure-blue-violet-magenta-roseMaroon-brown-olive-[right now also chartreuce like how I used to use indigo to also designate violet but that will change]-green-jade-teal-cerulean-navy-indigo-purple-tyrianWeb colors.
Tin can's ready to roll!
Medium assault mech,Warhound was originally intended to become one of the terrans’ new units in Heart of The Swarm multiplayer. However, it was ultimately banned from multiplayer due to balance issues, and remained only in the campaign.
April Fools' Day: On the 1st of April 2013 Warhound returned to the multiplayer in all of its game breaking glory… as a reskin for worker units for all 3 races
Awesome yet Practical: Good overall stats(see lightning bruiser below) combined with very reasonable price and rather low position on a tech tree. So awesome in fact, that when it was available in HotS beta terran players just spammed them for easy win.
Secondary Fire: Just like Roaches and Hydralisks, Warhounds have a hidden melee animation.
There's exactly two differences. In the form of these questions:
Are they in a polygamous romantic relationship, or can barely even stand eachother?
Are their guardian/ancestor counterparts "equalized" with them, or more set-back characters who might be old(er) than them?
The OT32 pseudo-series answers "polygamous" for the former, and "set-back" for the latter, while the 8stuck pseudo-series answers "barely stand eachother" for the former, and "equalized" for the latter. No story so far has the answers switched around, the closest being Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals which fits very unconfortably between OT32 and 8stuck. (But I'll categorize it as the former, for consistency.)But you won't have to worry about the classing soon, because I think the former pseudo-series is going to be closed off at Shenanigans and 496 Reasons until further notice. I'm just considering that either of these can already be enough to cover their... style. There's already a serious, plot-heavy one, and a collection of harmless screwing around.Although I'd really like to write something outside of BOTH series more often, like Homestuck Rewrite or (and I use "like" in both uses of earlier in this sentence very loosely) Sweet Jade and Hella John, just so that I can start killing player-characters who aren't Caliborn again. And no, I'm not worried about the whole "incomplete rainbow" when the color-coding of them is factored in anymore. I have 360 Degree Duck for that now. And possibly Steven Universe on the fan fic side, if I just invent enough alternate universe counterparts or start making "from scratch" new Gems.
In the Origin, there were eight. Eight distinct groups. Eight purposes. The four who stood at the Dawn of the Origin, beginning their journey with eyes locked foreward. The four who guarded over them, half dead by the Dawn, half more alive than ever. The twelve who begetted the universe of the Dawn, many clouded with their issues and conflict, half rendeered dead before the final four groups were unmasked. The twelve preceeders of those, largely known through tales of war and rebellion, who sculpted their world for better or worse. The four who are closest to the future of them all, yet are clouded with personal relationships and how they chose to handle them. The four who died without a proper chance to guard them, three as well-known rebels. The twelve who gave all prior groups reason to exist, yet many of their own existances are questioned. And the twelve prceeders of those, who stay in shadows until the Dusk, if not longer... Like cells, they divided. Each person had someone else to whom they were the same at birth, split by the guiding light of the new universe. Here, outside of the Origin, they may continue to "split", or may not. But the important thing is that they are all united, finding a way to face the same enemy together, the eight groups who will be forced to find a new side and branch off into infinity. Their ages neutralized, family ties severed, how different are they really? I'll try to answer that with a "very".
Character sheet for Desert City. As the author has announced a number of stories that will be taking place in its continuity, this sheet will also cover all of the stories that will be confirmed to take place alongside it.
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Beach City-verse Characters
For canon characters, this will only cover traits unique to them in either story.
Desert City-verse Characters
Desert City in General
[Some of these may be moved to the trope page...?]
Action Survivor: Both the remaining humans and the remaining Gems in the war with eachother.
Alternate Self: While it's faintly implied that there are some Beach-exclusive people and some Desert-exclusive people, at least all six of the main Desert City characters and all of the named background characters are confirmed counterparts to someone else.
Color Contrast: All three of the still-alive full bloods have inverted colors compared to their counterparts. Smoky and Rose, as well as Sven and Steven, have dark gray to pink respectively. Downplayed for almost everyone else (Sven/Steven included), who only have hair color/outfit palette changes at the most.
Dark Is Not Evil: Smoky, Sven, and Onyx have dark gray (the first two) and black (the latter) motifs, but are not villains by any stretch.
For Want of a Nail: The nail isn't that everyone is the opposite of themselves (in fact, that isn't even the case with the world at all), or anything similar to that, but that the first generations of Crystal Gems were meant to destroy humanity instead of protect it. Later generations try to stop it, but the damage had been done and went there from there, and was implied to cumulate in the extinction of their race had Steven not stepped in. Also, another nail is that the Gems might somehow be part-vampires in this world. Maybe.
Steven's Desert-world counterpart, and the only member of the Crystal Gems left who frequently ventures into the city. He's the first counterpart Steven meets.
The Ace: To the point where he has several more abilities than even the Beach-Gems know about, like Super Speed or bright light projection.
Broken Ace: Unfortunately, he's very bad at coming up with ways to stop the war, mostly because he doesn't try to know any of the humans bar his dad on a personal level. If anything his skills are prolonging it.
Clark Kenting: Disguises himself as an ordinary townsperson, and even has shirts without a star on it for the occasion. When he goes out in public trying to fight monsters, he simply dons a cloak and switches to a gray-scaled version of Steven's outfit.
Did Not Get the Girl: Bonnie explicitly rejects him in the end, even after they make up and stop trying to kill eachother.
Establishing Character Moment: Before even being introduced, the first thing he's shown doing is properly knowing how to summon his shield, and protect Steven from the giant Vehemoth Phosbat expy.
Genre Blind: Really, even the Beach-world characters fall under this compared to most works by the author, but he takes the cake when it comes to missing on the GPF-ish signs. He does show some savvyness, like wearing a shirt without a star on it when he goes into the city.
Healing Factor: While it's implied that at least the Desert-Gems all have this, he's the only one seen actively healing.
Bonnie: Do it. All it will mean is that I was right.
Lonely at the Top: While he was the most active of the Desert-Gems (for a few reasons) through the duration of the story and even considered an unofficial leader, his snobby targetting humans effectively made him into a Fantastic Racist.
Luckly My Sheild Will Protect Me: Unlike Steven, he has complete and total control over summoning his sheild. As well as using all of his other powers, including (along with his own fellow Gems) the ones even Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl aren't aware exist.
No Sell: Thanks to being only half-Gem, he and Steven (especially the latter) are much more immune to the anti-Gem weapons than the rest of their respective groups. He's only stunned and numbed for a few minutes, while the others are outright knocked out for hours.
Other Me Annoys Me: He's the only Desert City character to seems to dislike his Beach City counterpart (or at least he underestimates him); for everybody else, they either like eachother or it's the other way around.
"Look, Steven. I only knew you for, like, two hours. And in those two hours, I already know that you're not really ready for this."
Red Herring: His "public" outfit resembles that of theSignless. And yet he's not the one who gives any sort of preaches or speaches or the like — in fact, he's far from excecuted. Steven fills that role if anything (again, minus the killing), while Sven is implied to be prolonging all of the problems in the first place.
The Worf Effect: Stops and kills the bat monster from the beginning with almost no effort on his part. Aces many of the missions he's seen in, whether they're stealth based or action based. Bonnie scares the shit out of him. You do the math.
Would Hit a Girl: His battle with Bonnie in the climax eventually results in him nearly smashing her face with her hammer. If their own Beach counterparts didn't intervene, he would have killed her.
The unnofficial leader of the Gems, and Garnet's Desert-world counterpart.
In Spite of a Nail: The Gems initially trying to kill humanity instead of saving it in the past didn't seem to have much of an effect on her, aside from her and the others being oddly recolored.
The second most genergetic Desert Gem behind Sven, and Amethyst's Desert-world counterpart.
Up to Eleven: She's basically an exaggerated version of Amethyst, unlike Onyx who is practically a really cynic, yet laid back Pearl.
One of the last surviving Crystal Gems and Pearl's Desert-world counterpart.
For Want of a Nail: She used to be a lot more like Pearl, but eventually the horrible state of the world had her undergo a slight breakdown, and she doesn't worry about much any more.
Other Me Annoys Me: Her and Pearl do not ever really get along, unlike the other Crystal Gem counterpart pairs. Steven and Sven don't really, at first, but after a while the latter warms up to the former.
The Pig Pen: For some reason, she seems to have given up on keeping anything organized. She looks like a wreck even compared to the other Desert-world characters, and her room is extremely messy and full of fowl water.
Sven's deceased mother and Rose's counterpart.
Generation Xerox: A confusing example because she was actually more-or-less an expy of Steven in her earlier years. Sven, however, only seemed to have inherited her gem abilities, as he is shown to be more of an ace than she was.
Jive Turkey: It's implied that she talks like this, to an extent. According to Pikmin Fan's... headcanon? (there is yet to be anything to say otherwise apart from common expectations), her counterpart Rose fits this to a much, much bigger degree.
Posthumous Character: As with her counterpart. Unlike her, however, we actually do get to know a bit about her through flashback, while even in this story, a lot of Rose is kept a mystery.
Sven's retired militant fighter, and Greg's counterpart.
My God, What Have I Done?: Realizing that his war kills of the past Gems have all been from a misunderstanding, and many of them were friendly/rebels anyway by this point. Steven bringing up his kills without knowing this causes him to have a small break down.
Probably the only person Sven is afraid of, and Connie's Desert-world counterpart.
Badass Normal: She mostly built her weapons by herself, including rocket-boots that lets her catch up and even outrun the Desert-Gems, a blunt hammer that shoots Anti-Magic lightning, an implied kind of "armor," and a net-firing gun, along with others mentioned in a flashback. She fearlessly attacks all eight of the Crystal Gems (if with pulling a surprise attack on them that stuns six of them), and battles Sven in a fight that amounts to a draw, leaving both Desert and Beach City in ruins. The only thing she doesn't have over Sven is strength, which he lampshades:
Sven:Really? Did you think trying to pull a hammer from a guy with super strength is going to do anything?
Call Back: As the show itself did later on in one episode, this too alludes to Connie's tennis lessons. Her counterpart uses those same strategies at one point too, except it's more of a way to strike Sven directly.
Dark-Skinned Blond: As a result of her hair color being changed from her counterpart, like the hair colors of the other Desert City residents.
Defiant to the End: While she doesn't actually die, she does face death in a surprisingly calm manner.
Expy: Believe it or not, of Alucard, or specifically his handling in SBIG. The little-too-hammyness, the dark red outfit with yellow-tinted glasses, and her role as The Dreaded (even though only two people in HUC or HHC were ever scared of Alucard: Luke and Kanaya, and even then the latter stops this). Steven even remarks, in a panic, that her hat and glasses makes her look stupid — the same thing Jan told Alucard in their fight.
Freudian Excuse: Continuing with Expy above, similar to Crconikals-Alucard with the Badguy buisness she was pressured by her father into becoming a Gem killer. The only difference is that she doesn't rebel until after attacking the Crystal Gems, and when she does, it's treated rather lightly.
Knight of Cerebus: The only humorous quirks she has until her Heel-Face Turn are the references to the author's prior works she provides. If you haven't read them, which the author thinks is likely, she would come off as a villain played completely straight. Her proper introduction is the first time Steven faces real danger in the story, she paralizes all six of the fullblood Crystal Gems (it doesn't immediately work on Steven or Sven due to being half-human), she's the one who finally provides Desert City's rather gruesome backstory, and her first appearance is implied to contribute to Steven's trippy Nightmare Sequence.
Perpetual Frowner: Even after she's convinced to stop hunting the Gems, she bears either neutral expressions, frowns, or scowls through most of her appearances. Across both of the stories with her in it so far? Smiled twice, once in each. Near the end in both cases.
Walking Spoiler: Like her counterpart in the author's previous story in the fandom, she doesn't appear initially and most of her existance is tied to a big spoiler. In this case, the fact that the Crystal Gems used to be almost entirely trying to kill humans instead of save them in this world. Or that she's generally pretty mallicious.
Ascended Extra: The counterparts to Peedee, Lars, and Sadie, thanks to the Intervention Group's existance in the story in between their appearances.
See the Intervention Group section below for Steven.
Only Sane Woman: With Pearl and Amethyst smoking up a storm, the Intervention Group all getting a little too interested in fighting and missions, Onion being Onion, and Jared and Hugreenn... being Jared and Hugreen, she's probably the only major character with an ounce of rationality by the story's end.
Badass in Distress: Subverted. She deliberately pretends to be easily kidnapped by Jared and Hugreen so that she could destroy their hideout from the inside out.
"HEY STEESTEE! Dude, you're probably all kicked up to see me for the first time! I... wish it was when things aren't so ill right now, sorry."
(For Violet Kracken (who is obviously Rose Lalonde... in some way), see the "Original/crossover" section below, under "Greenlit's Disciples")
Big Good: This is how she's done in-story, at least.
Jive Turkey: How she talks. In this story. Her canon way of speaking has not been confirmed yet (aside from maybe a voice from a small floating whale, in the form of a small question), so the author decided to replicate the Zeekeeper with her.
Sophisticated as Hell: After the giant rose she's kept in is opened and thus her "spirit" is freed, she starts out having a very rational, down-to-earth conversation with the Intervention Group. Then Steven makes an appearance and things just kind of go to hell from there.
Walking Spoiler: Down to the fact that she even gets an entry on this page. Holy crap.
These are listed in order of gaining their elemental sword (which is also kind of the order they were "added"), with the exception of Steven.
Determinator: At some point around the second mission, they all become pretty devoted to stopping Jared and Hugreen. And in the second half, curbing Amethyst and Pearl's addictions.
Pinball Projectile: All of the elemental swords are classed as part of the "boomerang blade" series, regardless of how different they look (this is, in fact, how the disciples manage to locate them; the Gusty Garden was found after a lot of throuough searching, but the rest was found through a very simple magic locator they have).
Authority Equals Asskicking: The sort-of leader of the Intervention Group, and the only one of them to be half-magic. Later inverted — the rest of the IG takes a level in badass, and he's the weakest of them due to both lacking strategy and having a comparatively unimpressive sword, and no dreamworld weapon.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: He can apparantly summon up portals to pocket dimensions that use people's minds as imprints. These dimensions can be huge, especially when merged with Jared and Hugreen's own.
Real Men Wear Pink: He spends a lot of the story using a pink cat-themed sword (ignoring whether or not something like that actually exists) between Greenlit breaking his rusty one and Crimson Crow eventually tossing him the Gusty Garden. Oh yes, and there's the Quartz Drill Break.
This Is a Drill: As part of the Finishing Move during the three giant battles, he gets a clump of ice and uses that to morph nearby water (or, in the final battle, a clump of lava larger than a galaxy) into a drill. And this naturally reaches its peak in the final battle, which references the climax of the second Gurren Lagann movie.
"Every time you knock on my door, it's because something is trying to kill everyone."
Butt Monkey: Rarely does she pull off any stunts flawlessly. She's constantly falling on her face or getting smacked around by anchient technology. Strangely, during scenes that are supposed to avert Amusing Injuries (the awakening of the Protector Mecha), she's often the last of the IG to get hit.
The Lancer: It becomes increasingly obvious that she's the second main character of the story. She's the first to get a "mission chapter" (which is also the first chapter of the entire story), the first Steven recruits in the IG, the one whose usually second to strategize... and then there's the giant battles, which while she literally uses the other four members for special moves, is all on her. Speaking of the giant battles, it's made no secret that this fic as a whole is a nod to Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and... well, taken into consideration (what with the clones and the giant selves), she's the Luigi.
See her quote? One to Desert City. That story also has a scene where he knocks on her door, just in time to avoid a table flying into him from their counterpart's battle. (Except that these stories do not take place in the same verse. It's really confusing.)
Her counterpart from Pikmin Fan's last story was a clear Alucard Badguy callback. Here, she herself is probably one to Integra (a bit more generally) to a lesser extent, as both of them command very powerful humanoid(s) to accomplish things and have an impressive arsonal on their own.
(Note: Thanks to a change in plans as to how dreamworlds work, this may be outdated. In general, ignore anything saying that they're from Steven's mind.)
"I'm always here for you!" "Even if we go down, it will be together!" "So what do we do?"
Cast of Snowflakes: Downplayed and invoked. They do share the same basic "Connie" template and all wear the same outfit she has in the story, they come in a different variety of colors, sizes, composures, and shapes.
Chekhov's Gun... Weird Dream Girl Army: They first appear in the completely unrelated Desert City, and ultimately make very little indirect change to the plot and no direct change. They're the Intervention Group's primary method of transportation later, and one of Connie's primary weapons.
Expy: The idea of a crapload of dream alts that don't completely resemble the original came from Sweet Jade And Hella John, and in fact there was an idea to somehow extract all of the copies from John/Jade/Jane/Jake's dreams and have them litter around the world. Then the concept of the Tricksters and their Jennerator came up, and that felt too redundant.
Genki Girl: In a contrast to the original Connie (who is notably terrified of the horde at first, even though the purpose of them was a subconcious attempt to keep her company. Then again, wouldn't you if a swarm of not-quite identical clones of you came out of a painting?), they are all usually pretty upbeat and excited to cheer on the Intervention Group. But in short, their emotions are often very exaggerated.
Portal Painting: They are the result of Connie getting sucked into (and shot back out of) a life-sized portrait of herself hanging in an art gallery in Steven's mindscape world. Unlike their cameo in Desert City, where they pretty much came out of nowhere.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Just like the original! As with Connie's ridiculous role-increase (which Bonnie has thankfully avoided so far, keeping in line with pre-ITTWTI Connie's habits of only showing up near the end or in one case beginning) in the author's fanworks from Ingredients onward, this is lampshaded. It doesn't help that the first mission of the Intervention Group's is "Connie's," meaning that this horde appears way before many of the other elements in the story.
Story Breaker Power: Compared to a giant, sparkly Swiss Army Cutlass (Peedee's mindscape-given weapon), a weird gauntlet-whip-spear fusion (eventually became Lar's mindscape-given weapon), and a mechanized chair (Sadie's mindscape given weapon), this is easily the best form of attack or defense used out of Steven's mindscape sub-dimension, and could very well break the story open. It helps that Pikmin Fan has written about the power of a limitless human generator several times before. So naturally, the fact that they are the only mindscape "weapon" powered by their holder's emotions is thrown in as a limiter.
[I'm sure something about Jared and Hugreen can go here. Give it time.]
Word of God says that trying to avoid this trope on either side is the reason why the idea of Giant Connie Vs Opal never happens in Ingredients, and has yet to happen later. (He could change his mind.) They're on the same allignment, so it's normally not possibile. An evil GC knockoff vs Opal wouldn't really feel right and have little in-depth story purpose, and the victor would be very obvious. On the flip side, an evil knockoff of Opal being one of the obstacles to be beaten in a fight could carry undertones of Creator's Pet, as put here:
The idea of a little girl who has had no more than a few days of total combat experience being able to beat a fusion of two powerful alien-ish warriors who are hundreds if not thousands of years old really comes off as "HEY LOOK NEW STORY NEW GOD FITER CAN TAKE DOWN THIS STRONG PERSON." And that's not even getting into the MS word(s).
Dark Is Not Evil: By complete accident. He's the one with the dark-themed weapon. But, then again, he's also very self-aware that it could have the potential for really bad things.
Decoy Protagonist: An inversion! For the very beginning, it doesn't seem like he's one of the Intervention Group (ignoring that he's listed as a character on the storyThis note will be deleted once this is moved Ignoring the fact that he doesn't have a character tag yet. He probably will by the time this is finished) — Steven gets five swords, but oh no one breaks. Four disciples, four Intervention Group members. — Then he's suddenly dragged along, and that's how it starts.
"You thought you were the only one [monster fighter]? Heh. Heh heh! That's a little... well, you need to think more."
A strange, always-hooded swordswoman who gets her four elite disciples to train Steven and his intervention group. Confirmed by Word of God to not be the exact same Brandy from Simpsons Meets Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, or even really a Brandy in particular (read: not a dog), but her vague design and backstory are based on her.
Ambiguously Human: No real word on this. Brandy herself was a dog, hence the confusion. This also takes place in a world with humanoid (but clearly not human) Jared and Hugreen and the Crystal Gems, her being the latter is more plausable considering the fact that one of her disciples is.
Dramatic Unmask: The reveal on what she looks like doesn't mean much (especially since this is a text story), but the context of it really matters. It shows that she thinks the Intervention Group really has came a long way from their beginnings.
First Installment Wins: In-universe. She's based off of a character from one of Pikmin Fan's earliest fan fiction ideas, and clearly seems to be one of the biggest badasses around.
Lapis Lasuli Laugher, Golden Wolf, Violet Kracken, and Crimson Crow make up Greenlit's four toughest trainees. They are obviously based on John, Jade, Rose, and Dave from Homestuck respectively. (Or specifically... probably one of the author's Homestuck fan works thanks to his Continuity Porn, but which isn't crystal clear yet.)
Amazing Technicolor Population: They all bear this, with Laugher being blue, Wolf being green, Kracken being lavender, and Crow being red. Nobody seems to note the oddity in this. This might be because they — or at least, Wolf — may be Crystal Gems.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Their masks use a rather standard "blindfold with eye holes in it" design that barely obscures who they are. And they often refer to eachother by their real names. This isn't quite an issue here because nobody knows their real personas.
The Reveal: Wolf showing Steven that she has a pair of jades on her wrists.
Shoo Out the Clowns: They do make up pretty wacky characters by the story's standards, which is probably why they soon leave the Intervention Group and don't appear again for the rest of the story (bar their mentor Greenlit) until the end, as their departure was just when said Intervention Group started taking levels of badass.
Shout-Out: The "color" part of their code names all come from a Candypop Bud in Pikmin 2, hence why Jade's color is dubbed "golden" even though it's more of a chartreuce.
Jared and Hugreen
Jared: Ja-red! Hugreen: Hu-green! H. U. G. R. E. E. N. And Jared's already a real name. Look it up.
A pair of very strange giant beings made of several rectangual prism-like shapes, for the most part. They serve as the main antagonists of ...I Thought Those Were the Ingredients, which is also their debut and current only appearance. They both have a strange fixation on Pearl's ass. And assses in general.
Affably Evil: They act like standard, egotist "macho" guys, but while they're doing this they're also doing things like trashing up Funland or trying to kidnap Pearl.
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Not only are they pretty large to begin with (about twice Opal's size each, if Steven's word is a reliable unit of measurement) Jared can grow his legs to ridiculous lengths, and Hugreen can grow his arms to ridiculous size. Taken even further in their battlefield subdimension, where they have more freedom to grow overall.
Beware the Silly Ones: By sheer power in size, they are probably the most dangerous enemies fought in Pikmin Fan's Steven Universe works, and maybe any work total. The exceptions — those that can probably beat them — include the stronger antagonists of Sweet Jade and Hella John, Hitler from Hecksing (assuming he can still life drain them), Carrie (with a Death Note and knowledge of their names), and the wild card Kanker Sisters.
Final Exam Boss: The battle with them involves them all using different tactacs in different "phrases" of the battle that just so happen to benefit with the skills of the Intervention Group.
Freud Was Right: Invoked. When stacked, they resemble... well... a penis. This is pointed out by Amethyst at the end.
Killed Off for Real: Garnet takes them out after she manages to control the dark vines coming from the gem cigarettes.
In-Series Nickname: They deal these out to people based on how their asses look to them. Once they meet the Intervention Group for the first time, they give names for all of them at once, at it takes them a while to figure out who the hell they called who.
Lars: ...Which one of us is "Miley Cyrus?"
Irony: Getting their asses kicked by Steven's Intervention Group. As they spent most of the story wanting to fight Amethyst and/or Garnet (they simply wanted to kidnap Pearl), this is the exact opposite of what they wanted. They're pretty bitter about it: Unlike Carl, who acknoledged Connie as a Worthy Opponent (no dice for Steven; in fact, what got him to take note of the pair was completely Steven's idea, and he miscredited Connie because she's the one who appeared to do everything and get him eliminated in the paintball game) in the stinger of Desert City, both of the bros go down wishing that they didn't waste energy on the five, so that their battle with Garnet could be more "proper."
Weirder though is that the Intervention Group's pestering of them led to them briefly seeking assistance from a... vision... spirit... hologram... something of Rose that was kept down in the depths of Steven's mind, so in a way they fought one of the strongest of the Crystal Gems, yet discounted it for their weird standards. (In that spirit images don't count.)
Mythology Gag: To the Equius-Equisa STRONG/FAST debate in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals.
One-Winged Angel: In the final part of the story, they summon a portal to a sub dimensional battlefield, generate a star-sized purple star, and infuse with it. If it wasn't for a combination of Steven turning part of the dimension into his mindscape thanks to how the dimension works, the army of giant Connies, the Intervention Group finding Rose's... spirit or something, and Garnet taking control of the dark vines that entangled Pearl and Amethyst from smoking too much, then Jared and Hugreen could have very easily won.
OOC Is Serious Business: In their battlefield, Steven panics when he sees Hugreen getting on Jared's shoulders after beginning to create the purple star. Why? Because in every other instance before in the story, it's always been the other way around. Sure enough, they go into another attack tactic.
Lone Wolf Boss: They seem to have no connection with anything Gem-related.
The Scrappy: In-universe, their butt obsession creeps out the rest of the cast.
Serial Escalation: How big can they get? Especially after they enter their One-Winged Angel form in their battlefield? The climax really takes this to its extreme. To the point where there has been, at earlier parts, a giant Connie carrying everyone else in the Intervention Group around. It Makes Sense in Context. Here? There's need for a much bigger giant Connie carrying another giant Connie.
Fitting the "red elder, green junior" color scheme in the Mario & Luigi series. One of their moves even resembles the spin jump.
invokedSpeaking of Mario & Luigi, the entire ending part is really a love letter to Dream Team, with one nod in particular about them: Their That One Attack? (As in, the attack that screws everyone over more than their other attacks.) Involves turning into a hammer. Much like two other That One Attacks from that game.
Paradoxically, the reason why there's so many Naruto and Sonic references is because he wants to see if he can "get" anyone with them, since they're apparantly internet hot buttons and have vocal hatedoms.
Natalie's external personality is a dig at "bland" characters (usually original characters) who have little-to-no definining features to them, or that their personality essentially ends at "is nice" with an optional "BUT CAN GET YOU BACK IF YOU MESS WITH THEM." Not coincidentally, Natalie is the only TZ newcommer so far with connections to a canon Revenge of the Island or Pahkitew Island contestant: In this case, she's friends with Zoey, a character who has been accused of more-or-less being a canon example of this. Even then, what she's actually like might amount to a take that at poorly-written Villain Sues.
Zelda is one at the common fanon personality for Ezekiel.
In the middle of Island, Ezekiel hears that the latest season of EMDHS will have the gimmick that each contestant has a different letter in their name. He, Geoff, and Justin break into laughter, the latter claiming that Chris has started running out of ideas at this point. What Fan's doing here is calling the "alphabet" fics (26 contestants, each one has a name a different letter of the alphabet) uncreative or not that much of a gimmick worth giving it mention in the summary or title. Notably, while the characters have all individually digged at Chris before, this is one of the only times that all three of the aformentioned guys agree on something when it comes to him.
360 Degree Duck:
Meta is a comment on anything and everything in general that relies far too much on meta humor. Probably best shown with how the show within that storynote This sounds confusing, but it isn't when you think about it from a certain angle: 360DD is supposed to be a bit more "down to earth" (quotes used since it takes place in a world where humans, "witches," and starting from early into the story "demons" all co-exist together on the surface), and its shows get fleshed out. Meta is somewhat akin to just another show, with about equal building as DD, or it would be if not for how the show by itself is a simply sit-com anyway. Now, from their perspective, Meta's SWAS is just a SWAS to them and not a SWASWAS, so it's about as minimalistic and unelaborate as a usual Show Within a Show. is moreenjoyable than Meta itself.
Most of what they flip to on TV when they're at home qualifies, it's just that Meta by far has more appearances than anything else. It also did a take at Family Guy, which had very blatant animation conserving, relied on realistically dipicting a car-crash for humor, the punchline was a racist joke, and the Brian and Stewie stand-ins were obviously taking more screentime than the Peter stand-in despite the fact that "Peter"'s face is the show's logo.
While no clip was shown, there was a comment on how reality shows seem to be dominating almost every network now and are a big player in Network Decay.
Icesky is basically the personification of a lot of viewpoints that Pikmin Fan disagrees with, particularly the ones that originate from King of the Hill. Hell, her actual (and, since there seems to be no indication otherwise, legal) name is taken from Peggy, who is also the show's Scrappy. Everburn makes this far, far more blatant.
Sheldin and Lenard Tock About Fysicks, after a hiatus that lasted for over a year, bounced back with a show within a show-view of Two and a Half Men that boiled down to Walden and Alan making sex jokes for the entirety of the clip, and Alan showing creepy stalker tendancies towards Walden.
Sweet Jade and Hella John:
At one point in the battle against a pissed off fire-ghost Roxy, one of John's allergies is exploited. He swells up into a spherical shape, with his head, arms, and legs (though this last one is justified due to being artificial) being exceptions. After this, he shouts, "WHAT IS THIS, DEVIANTART?"
Eridan's whole role is to metaphorically flip off fan works that simply him to his relationship issues.
Jade was reportedly written the way she was because Fan was under the impression that a not-uncommon dipiction of her could almost border on Shameless Fanservice Girl-tomboy territory, so he took this to an extreme by making her a complete asshole who turns out to be the indirect cause of many of the story's conflicts, and openly reads pornographic magazines in public. Not to mention that she seems to have zero sympathy. Now, it's retroactively an inverse of Jade being chickified, or something like that.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals:
Similar to Jade in SJAHJ but with clearer intentions, most of the cast is a call-out on the Self-Fanservice present in the fandom. The revised version makes things more obvious, since now the heroes (thankfully aged up somewhere around the 17-18 range, they're all high school seniors near the end of their year) also get elaborate outfits that border on fanservice, like their guardians and ancestors. (Except the fanservice with the teens is toned down from the guardian/ancestor costumes.) That's not even getting started on chapter 16...
Terezi: Look! I'm topless for no concieveable reason! The Edgy!
naruto the guy with the ninja is a story-long take that at Naruto-harem fan fics.
Kids Fight Series:
Kids Fight the Zombies starts out as a mockery to OOC fluff fics that disregard almost anything else, mentioning specifically about the characters doing eachother's hair or implying that they would have played in the snow and that everything is "cute." That title isn't even revealed: It's given a fake name of The Homestuck Thanksgiving Special, right up until John is eaten by zombies, and decapitated... twice, somehow.
Joey is one directed at fan sessions that rip the beginning of Homestuck, citing him as a "young man standing in his bedroom" and even making a brief reference to the "enter name" gag being re-used. (It should be noted that, before hand, Pikmin Fan himself made a story that copied HS's beginning, Onionstuck, and said that he felt shame for it. This can be seen as every one of his following fansessions or session-like stories ditch the "Homestucky" style period, and opt towards different beginnings. Like Homestuck Rewrite opening with John and Jade walking over to Rose's house, and all three of them manage to play the game there.) Later on, once he's revealed as a villain, he's one at self insert-Sues that are paired up with the character the author likes the most.
Karkat's constantly acting like he's entitled and destined to Jade, based on his wants while ignoring all of her rejections, was confirmed by Word of God to be one at numerous Karkat/Jade arguments that mostly just take things into Karkat's side and treat Jade like his trophy. This is also possibly the reason why they are the only patron relationship to never get together in the "main" two Kids Fight series.
Act 5 Vs Act 6: "I would make a joke about the Barrel of Doom but I think that was 1000s of times so if you are thinking about doing that come up with your own material and don't steal jokes like Family Guy does."
Towards the climax, various Cartoon Network characters (or at least, characters that are SUPPOSED to come from Cartoon Network, since Spongebob and Timmy Turner and there too) are spawned from the power of the Master Emerald. Many of them do at least one attack in the final battle. However, all Mordacai and Rigby do is make a guesture, go "WOOAAAAAH," and promptly get crushed by a piller of the Hidden Palace.
Speaking of Kids Fight and Family Guy, the beginning of the first story has Dave and Rose briefly travel to Quohog. First of all, Dave asks if he can "Stewie and Brian" them into the castle they need to get into — using their names as verbs and commenting on their roles as the Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Second, when they get there, Peter is taking a dump on an easel and calling it art, and after Dave asks him if he/Brian and Stewie can help, all he does is shift his eyes back and forth.
Calliope's Back Story as a whole is another one to HomestuckSelf-Fanservice, by means of having the character's sexier, stripper redesigns actually hold an impact on the plot in a way. (To show how bad it gets: Nanna Egbert is among the many characters redesigned as an attractive ~21 year old stripper. For ages, by the way: Dan is the only human character older than the early 20s range, at the age of 42, and Joey is the youngest human character, at 19.) So we have things like lectures on how to trust in the power of one's ass, how its shape also determines what kind of the energies is the person's natural tallent, and how having a Hank Hill-esque butt basically renders you powerless (as seen with Dan). All supposedly said with straight faces, and somehow never becoming pornographic in the slightest. Amazingly, the story actually does start taking itself seriously after two to four (it depends on how you count chapter 3, or if 4's mood is "ruined" by 3, or if you don't really "connect" 2 through 4 and leave them both as seperate chapters, leaving 3 as the first "serious" one) episodic romps, but it thankfully involves far, far less focus on the character's rumps.
Hand Wave: After "Lars and the Cool Kids" completely jossed the geography Carl Stevens Universe had for Beach City (namely, that there is no downtown), a later yet (maybe) unrelated story which still gave it a bigger city commented that said city was built because "a lot of strange things happened here lately, so we're making this a tourist hot spot!" as said by a construction worker. Thankfully, the series from Desert City doesn't seem to have fallen under the same blunder.
(In)complete List of Every Character in SBIG
Sorted by their original fandom, alphabetically. Their debuts may be listed later, but for now that's a little too much effort.
Homestuck — canon (hold onto your seats, this one is long. And that's not even getting into their billions of incarnations): 
Jane Crocker (Egbert in SJAHJ)
Jake English (Harley in SJAHJ)
Roxy Drunkie (Lalonde in SJAHJ)
Dirk Coolkid (Strider in SJAHJ)
Damara Megido (I'm not even going to bother with the stories where the A1s have different last names, it's too complicated for now)
Calliope (so far, only as a "Simpsonian" known as Edith)
Caliborn (so far, only as a "Simpsonian" known as Edmund)
Betty "Nan(na)" Egbert/Betty Crocker (As with all guardians, the latter name refers to their SJAHJ incarnations, whom are very different characters but I'm ranking them all together otherwise it would get really confusing)
Dean "(Grand)Pa" Harley/Adventure Dude
Lily "Mom" Lalonde/Drunken Obliterator (genderbent in the latter)
Dale "Bro" Strider/Katana Chick (genderbent in the latter)
Harl "Pop(pop)" Crocker/Pranking Harlequin
Katherine "(Grand)ma" English/Sleepy Dogwoman
Violet "Sis" Drunkie/Grand Highbuck Lalonde
Berton "Dad" Coolkid/Reddy McCoolshades
Succubus (HHC's interpretation of pre-scratch Aradia)
Inflamed (HHC's interpretation of pre-scratch Tavros; I'm sure you can see the pattern now)
Dad Egbert (only appearance so far had him renamed "Pop," as Rose and Roxy's guardian had his old name)
Gl'bgoylb (Screw putting the other lusii down here for now, she's so far the only one that did anything)
WV (do note that he and most of the carapases don't really do much on their own, and most of them are limited to just being Dave's soldiers in SJAHJ)
White King (I don't really remember if the Black King or Queen ever made an appearance in SJAHJ, and I don't care to check right now)
Sweet Bro/Burt (Also note that he and his bro's below's only appearances were, again, as SJAHJ-Dave's minions)
Homestuck — associated OCs (this one is also pretty long): 
John's counterpart (whose name may vary later on, as with all of the below counterparts)
TE's Personal Imperial Drone
Fire John (now that we're into the SJAHJ alts, I'm only counting those out of the "major" 16. Jean, Jude, Joan, and Jaka are already covered under John/Jade/Jane/Jake's counterparts respectively, and part of the 16 is John/Jade/Jane/Jake themselves)
Jenn, John's Inner Female Self
Blue Demon Jade
Dove, Dave's Inner Female Self
Olive Nepeta (as in closer to the web color of just dark yellow, not the dark green used in canon)
Indigo Nepeta (Gamzee's caste)
Purple Nepeta (Eridan's caste)
Horsesprite (the other sprites have one reason or another why they are already established characters)
Elitaa Sinois (retired)
Puerco Sinois (retired)
Bank Robber (the people seen robbing the banks in the epilogue won't be counted yet, because counting every SJAHJ appearance isn't what's going to happen yet)
Imagine if this was a Super Smash Bros. roster. Or a M.U.G.E.N roster. It's only going to get a lot bigger from here. A lot. For the former, on the upside Geno's finally in the game, but on the downside... well, Be Careful What You Wish For. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing a Hank Hill vs Naruto vs sand-crown Noah vs Darkhorse match.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: The first two games have a pattern of their first "area"s going something like this: Start with John. Jade's added after a few tutorial battles. Perspective switches to either Jane and Jake or Roxy and Dirk (depending on the game) several times. They meetup near the end of the area, not too far from the first major boss but close enough to give some tutorials on four-player battles. Whole Story averts this by starting you with a full party right off the bat, a sign of the Sequel Difficulty Spike to come, and 1 in 496 has the dreamselves added to the party right after they awake, meaning that a "regular" playthrough as them alone doesn't happen.
Bizarro Episode: Dungeon Duo and Rewriters in the Making, seeing as they are outright confirmed to not be a part of the "reincarnation cycle" discussed by Nepeta.note Which the existance of Sburb — 1 in 496 — greatly complicates, especially since each incarnation of Nepeta, Meulin, Disciple, and Huntress is the exact same Nepeta/Meulin/Disciple/Huntress (aside from maybe 1 in 496 itself), but that's excused by their overall world going by a similar scheme as SJAHJ's, where one person can go through a very excruciating test to become the next God and change how the entire multiverse works. And the horrorterrors were not previous Sburb players as theorized, but in this AU they were the previous people who won Godhood, and tried to test out Sburb's system. It's implied that the Hat Goddesss changed how everything works completely again, but we'll have to see that later.
Disc One Final Boss: Every game has them, reflecting its maker's prevelant use of this trope. In order of the game's release dates:
Mis-Edventures: Rip Van Winkle, who is only fought about halfway through the game. After her is the whole "Red and Red Team" arc, while may only be one storyline, but it's pretty damn long.
Rainbow's Prism: Caliborn. People familiar with Homestuck but not Pikmin Fan are deliberately being led to believe that he's actually a Villain Exit Stage Left, and you're instead fighting an all-powerful overlord, even though Scratch treats him as another henchman. It turns out, take Scratch's word for it, because he really was just another mook who happened to also be the same guy as Homestucks Big Bad.
Feferi's Whole Story: Feferi herself. Not putting it in spoilers this time; it's very early in the game, despite the fact that she's set up as the major and only source of conflict at the time.
Dungeon Duo: Bongo Bongo, considering El Puerco's comments about the fifth stone. A bit downplayed, since this happens in the penultimate area instead of much earlier.
1 in 496: Also downplayed a little. Dream Gamzee and/or the Nightmare Tent, thanks to having a bigger emphasis earlier in the game than in 496 Reasons. The tent is destroyed shortly before the end of the six years, Dream Gamzee seems to resign, and then... Duplicate Meulin happens.
Rewriters in the Making: Vriska, for just about the same reason as Nightmare Tent and Dream Gamzee (Ascended Extras compared to their original stories). Nope, the Big Bad is still Eridan, with Caliborn claiming the title of final boss because... er... part of the Stealth Parody?
Early-Installment Weirdness: Mis-Edventures is the only one that's an explicit crossover (four out of Ocatina of Time's nine main bosses in Dungeon Duo, as well as five of its dungeons, not really counting, nor the fact that one of the bosses in Rainbow's Prism is very much like Waterwraith), though that might be because Pikmin Fan cared/cares less about tuning up SJAHJ than the other five base fics. It's also considerably darker. All of the following games have more lighthearted and wacky plotlines, even the two that keep the element of Sburb ending the world.
Killed Off for Real: Just about every boss is killed off within the game they're fought in. The only exceptions are Nepeta and her bloodswap clones from Mis-Edventures (as it wasn't really a fight to the death, plus they're all immortal anyway until Simpsons ends), and Feferi and Meenah from Whole Story by Defeat Means Friendship. Rainbow's Prism, 1 in 496, and both of the side projects have no survivors.
Generation Xerox: With the exception of Mis-Edventures in regards to the Derse kids, just about every reincarnation of the main cast seems to be the same.
John and Jade are the only party members who are fully playable in more than one game. Throughout the main series, they are aided by a new pair of people. In the two side projects so far, they go solo. Mis-Edventures has Jane and Jake; Rainbow's Prism has Roxy and Dirk; Feferi's Whole Story has Dave and Rose (the fact that they are the last of the six "main humans" to join John and Jade is lampshaded; out-universe it was because this felt like the appropriate one from the author, since the original Kids Fit the Trolls had focus only on the pre-Act 6 characters); and 1 in 496 has their dreamselves. However, the four (six in 1 in 496) humans who aren't playable do appear in special moves to assist the playable characters. With the exception of the first game, for plot reasons.
Feferi is playable for exactly two enclosed points in the entirety of Feferi's Whole Story. She is an aversion because she does not fight (there are no enemies on the maps she's playable on), and is instead used for platforming areas.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Well over 100 in all of the games. Just about everything except for Feferi's Whole Story and the two spinoffs also have a pretty high character count.
Not His Sled: None of these stay in the same range as their original fan fics.
Mis-Edventures: Not only does Rip actually start working for Dave halfway through instead of competing with eachother throughout the whole story, but Rip eventually tries to betray him... and dies in the resulting fight. Dave is the final boss.
Rainbow's Prism: While there's no major changes to the ending, the Felt is fought in a completely different way, the jury duty arc is different from both its original HHC incarnation and in Rainbow, and of course the plot is seriously altered by having Roxy and Dirk always tagging along with John and Jade unless the plot absolutely must have them separated.
Feferi's Whole Story: The entire KFTT segment is abridged heavily, and instead the focus is placed on Act 5 Vs Act 6. The entire time travel arc is axed, Petey does not capture anybody (though this would have been an excuse to have John and Jade split from the Guest Star Party Members of the game), and most importantly, instead of the Horrorterrors hijacking both plots, Meenah turns out to be the final villain and Feferi was genuinely malicious and not brainwashed at first.
1 in 496: This one is a pretty true self-adaptation to 496 Reasons, but the monsters of the week and the storyline arcs are totally different. And John and Jade get along with their dreamselves earlier on, although this may have just been an excuse to not have four-player gameplay come in so late.
Dungeon Duo: Rose and Dave have a pretty different subplot and El Puerco is the Man while the Spirit of Broken English is just a ghost that originated from the Spirit Temple.
Rewriters in the Making: This is not a dream Dave had while/after getting surgery to remove a tumor. It is, however, the halucination he had while trying out Rose's steam room in 1 in 496. The fact that a Sburbworld character would dream about another Sburbworld story with the same trolls involved actually makes a lot more sense. Oh, and the final boss is fought with John concious, since it would be pretty brutal to have to deal with him as just one character.
Official Couple: John and Jade in every game except Mis-Edventures, which ends with them hooking up. Pikmin fan says this is because having six seperate "them"s going through romantic tension and eventually getting together would get really repetitive, especially since it already happened in their original stories. (Feferi's Whole Story/Kids Fit the Trolls/Act 5 Vs Act 6/Kids Fight the Zombies being an exception.)
Point of No Return: Averted. While all six of their case fics are heavily based in completely linear stories, there's almost always some reason that John, Jade, and Jane and Jake/Roxy and Dirk/Rose and Dave/Dream John and Dream Jade are able to go back.
1 in 496, for being the only game where its base work is not originally Stylistic Suck. Though Rainbow's Prism is more based on Rainbow than Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals.
Spared by the Adaptation: All background Texas citizens and nearby locations in Mis-Edventures. Inverted with El Puerco from Dungeon Duo, thanks to him being the final boss.
Tutorial Boss: All of the main games have one. In order, there's Monster Mandel, Vriska, Aradia, and Dream Jane's literal "First Boss." Like many of the more "minor" bosses, none of these have X versions in their game's Boss Rush.
The story would have been just fine if it focused more on humanity in this strange, abstract, immortal state, and had basically just been an enlongated version of chapter 1. Teleport Matter prefered to spicen up the battles and keep up with the idealistic theme. Unfortunately, the part with just humans is condensed into the first chapter, everything flows very akwardly from the point where settlements are formed below the mountain up until the "modern" age (when the rocket was built at the end), and the rest of it goes on to a less-relatable story about aliens. And an even less relatable story about a war against a god whose basically a Take That at True Art Is Angsty, especially since said god has no clear reason for why he's such a dick.
The fact that this one involves a parallel universe opens up an uncountable number of possibilities, and it even has its own versions of Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet with distinct (you'll have to do a lot of between-line-reading for Garnet's, but there's definitely some differences between her and Turquoise) but similar personalities, it's a military-based Crapsack World, and... by the second half of the story, this vanishes and the main plot is on Steven and Sven. Oh, and Connie and Bonnie, to a lesser extent. Still, something of a shame.
Any and all possible role Gwen could have served in the first season. She pulls a What an Idiot moment by antagonizing over half of her team by offhandedly insulting Beth and Lindsay, and Courtney takes advantage of that to vote her off. This even rose a small group of readers who refuse to accept that she's not the hero of Plains.
People who prefer the Crystal Gems being the protagonists to the Intervention Group are generally peeved by the number of Gem-related plotlines that suddenly drop from story-to-story. Steven's populated-Lunar Spire Temple illusion in the Lotus-Eater Machine? All of the new Gems that Jared and Hugreen possibly made from their memory? Gone when the IG snaps him out of it and convinces him to fight. Steven's vow to find if the real real Rose Quartz is really still out there somewhere? He apparantly doesn't care about his Missing Mom that much, since he hasn't mentioned it in two entire stories. The reveal that Golden Wolf, at the least, is a Crystal Gem? Well, Greenlit and her disciples vanished, and aren't showing any signs of making returns anytime soon. Not even through Pikmin Fan's usual self-referencing.
Recap page for SBIG, I guess. But I'll have to put them somewhere else first.
Sheldin and Lenard Tock About Fysicks
Science: Sheldon has just completed his new Large Hardon Collider, and uses it to summon a certain guest star. However, things go bad when the guest star starts exhibiting certain unpleasant behavior....
Mario: The comic now switching to a jpeg format, this comic is much shorter than the last and specifically focuses on Leonard as he plays through a game of Mario. This version, however, is not quite the same as our's, as this comic clearly shows.
It's Darker Now: This is the first comic in the darker 2014 reboot, which doesn't seem like much considering how there were only two comics before and one of them was really really short. This one starts out by finally showing Raj, Penny, and The Other Guy in person, and has Leonard get cut in half by a lazer accident at work. In his dieing words, he breaks up with Penny for almost no reason.
Funeral Fun! Introducing Bernettate and Amy and re-adding Homer Simpson from the first strip, the gang discusses things at Leonard's funeral. Unfortunately, a certain zombie outbreak makes this worse....
The Final Fight! Sheldon, one of the few remaining surviviors, attempts to fight off the zombies by re-using his Large Hadron Collider, which has some Caliborniriffic consequences. This is set to be the shortest strip in word count.
This is Purely Hypothetical Here. Well, Mostly Hypothetical.
The gang's all here.note Foreground, left to right: Lars, Sadie, Steven, Connie, Peedee. Background: The Connie Horde. That pink thing Steven's holding: The Quartz Drill Break.
The "Intervention Group" refers to both a title of a group of characters and a continuity of Steven Universe fan fics where they form said band, done by Great Pikmin Fan. The whole thing is about a band of Beach City residents, led by Steven, which was originally formed to defend themselves against a monsterous attack while the Gems were out on missions.The stories are meant to be very focused on the Beach City townspeople, instead of Steven by himself (canon, most of the time) or the Crystal Gems (most fan works), and was based off of a Wild Mass Guess at the show itself of Steven making a band with Lars, Sadie, Peedee, Onion, and Connie. Pikmin Fan did not include Onion in the line up for whatever reason, but he and the other characters are more often than not involved in the plots, especially as the series of fics goes on.
The most obvious trait is that it is much longer and more about the group's origins than their actions. The plot, thanks to the latter, was more episodic and a tad more serious.
Connie was just another member of the Group until near the tail end; her place as The Lancer had not been established yet. Yes, she's the center of the first chapter, but that's easy to forget since the three chapters after that each put a member of the Group into A Day in the Limelight, and unlike them, Connie had to share her development with much more exposition of the fic's mechanics as well as longer and more numberous scenes with the Gems.
Dreamworlds have a much, much bigger role in the story.
The Big Bads were... really weird. A pair of giants that can grow their legs or arms and have an obsession with asses. While the villains of the later stories varry, they're generally much less surreal than Jared and Hugreen, and some of them wouldn't be out of place as the regular monster in the show itself.
ITTWTI had a pretty mysterious character named Greenlit, based off of a Brandy from one of the author's earliest fan fiction ideas. She had four trainees, obviously based on the main four kids of Homestuck. This is slightly implying that the IG's world is in a bit of a crossover, something later stories do not add too at best or downright detract from the idea at worse. None of these five characters ever appeared afterward (as of the latest Intervention Group-related update), which is a little frustrating for two reasons. One, this is one of the very few times Pikmin Fan has pulled Chuck Cunningham Syndrome with this much level of non-explanation (usually, when a character vanishes or becomes "retired", they're given an off-handed excuse, even in the badfics), and two, their last appearance implied that them and their origins would be important in the future, and that Golden Wolf/Jade is a Crystal Gem. Maybe the other three too, since they are technicolor.
Related to the Big Bads is that the humor in Ingredients was a lot less mature than in following stories.
After Alucard is blown to smitherines, he seems to come back and survive it... then he's inexplicably unable to be harmed period, yet deals a lot of physical damage to Jan and even kills him off. Then... Alucard himself just... slowly vanishes. Disintegrats. This isn't that random if you consider that this is a M.U.G.E.N-based fan fic, and look at GPF's roster. Namely, Mario. One of the two Marios he has has an alternate "ghost mode," where he is immune to damage (doesn't even flinch or anything) yet has a quickly declining life meter, but he has a quickly replenishing power meter that lets him have access to more EX-versions of his attacks as well as hypers. However Mario's ghost enters that mode, Alucard found a way to do the same: He's intangable yet can hurt others, he seems to have a phenominal amount of power/chakra/spiral power since he can use so many flashy moves at once (because his power is refilling itself), but after a set amount of time, he "dies". When Rip said that the holy-nuclear blast should have killed him, she was right, and it did, but he came back as a ghost and helped Seras out anyway.
John has always lost at least one leg over the course of one of his stories (and if he doesn't, he's garunteed to lose it in a sequel). Unlike Finn with his arms, however, his alternate selves do not lose anything, and only whoever passes as his "main" self does. Oddly, Jean didn't in Dave's Hangover, which is nearly confirmed to be "finished" and not have any direct sequels. So if the closest one to his main self is genderbent (none of the characters really had any alts there unless you count their original-guardian counterparts)
He originally clearly did not give a rat's behind about the ancestors and/or guardians, but over time he warmed up to them (fanart that grouped them together with the teen characters, such as the well-known Feastings pixels, helped according to him). They have been slightly, but never completelynote Dave's Hangover being the only one with versions of them yet no distinct counterparts in any way, unless constructs like Hologram Dave or Robot Aradia are counted, and even then both of them have canon basis in Davesprite and Aradiabot respectively, replacing the idea of "counterparts," characters who are copies of their respective originals yet with at least one very key difference that makes them grow into different people. It's jarring to see Sweet Jade and Hella John take only one of the two ancestor groups (it was written before the other one was expanded upon) and turn them into painfully innacurate joke-characters who are very simplied, many of whom are killed off-screen despite most of the adventure having "real-time" looks on everything and usually avoiding having large conflicts told purely through Mr. Expositions.
This is more obvious in the story that covered a span where his atittude transfered. That being Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, which had its own versions of counterparts that worked similar to SJAHJ's, and were clearly foreshadowed by at least chapter 10. Redglare is outright said to be from another timeline, and Damara pretty much recycled the role of Handmaid (and was even refered to as such) while not following under the "ancestral" part of her life. However, chapters 11-14 suddenly spring up all of them, even going as far as to make twelve new ancestors for the newer trolls, and while it still doesn't try to keep them that much accurate at all, they're far more considered to be part of the main cast and are additional Rainbow Crew members in all but name. Once the counterparts themselves came in, they played second-fiddle and got little character development outside of their Day in the Limelight chapter (16), while the guardians/ancestors continue to play major roles and even have a much bigger, specialer chapter for their teen selves when the Crew goes back in time (20).
Counterparts themselves were originally interexchangable with Opposite-Sex Clones back in Sweet Jade and Hella John and Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals. Now, this is near-unthinkable: Fan stopped caring for the idea of "Male Jane" needing to be a completely seperate (down to having a different color, although how different varied from "a tone shift" like Jane, to "opposite ends of the spectrum" like John), rage-induced persona that represents Jane's inner feelings or something, so that hot-temper eventually just went to whoever serves as Jane's counterpart (such as her dreamself, or her main parallel universe self, etc). Genderswaps were not really nominal anymore and borderline OCs, but instead were neglected to non-sexual fanservice in a way, not being as important to the plot as they used to be. (Exception: Calliope's Back Story, and they act similar to their original selves.) Kidstuck is perhaps the biggest example of this.
And finally when it comes to the topic of seperate selves, SJAHJ was the only one to have such an overwhelming imbalance of "major" selves (with 496 attempting to replicate it as many characters don't have an amount of elaborated-alts that fit with one-another, such as Roxy's white-texted persona, but the three most major are their main selves, dream selves, and ancestral counterparts, which everybody has (Sollux and Mituna have two, but their Prospit-dreamselves tend to be Out of Focus)). Out of the sixteen members of the Blue and Yellow Team that were made before the creation of the Jennerator and supposedly the ones with character development, there's an overwhelming nine Jades, yet five Johns, and only two Janes and Jakes each. And neither the Derse kidsnote Vampire Dave and Rose/Davosesprite/this story's version of dreams elves/AR aside, but even then, there's still only ever one Roxy nor the trollsnote Nepeta's bloodswaps aside, but they're technically her ectodaughters with the biology rigged to give them strong resemblance to their ectomom had any split-alter egoes, unless alternate universe/timeline selves counted, but they aren't in the same way as some other stories do.
496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems underwent several major upheavals in regards to its plot.
[[ Here]] is one of the original versions of the prologue. While the bare plot stayed the same, there was one major change: The guide who helped Equius (well, technically Dream Equius, although Equius had not split his dream self yet) drift from the Furthest Ring and back into the game was a dead, God Tiered Rose. This was to set up an arc that would occur between pairing 100 and pairing 101, in these planned "Interlude" chapters that took place after every hundred pairings. The content of said chapters themselves would eventually, slowly be leading to the events of the interlude mostly via B-plots. In this case, there was an offshoot meteor crew that was originally just like the traveling meteor crew in canon plus the ship crew (just GT Rose, GT Dave, Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, a hiding Gamzee, WV, GT John, and Dog-GT Jade; sprites, consorts, etc optional), until Duplicate Meulin (or another villain, or Cal starts controlling Jade by itself without any duplicates involved) uses the copy of Cal made from the Skaian split to entrance Jade, similar to what Caliborn did to Jack. Jade would be controled over by it, brutally take its now-billiard eyes, and blow up the offshoot meteor, then float over to the alpha one and start building up an army of mind-controlled riders for a reason Pikmin Fan never clearly settled on. The ghost Rose was set to come from that at one point (but before that, she was originally just a generic offshoot of Rose). The whole thing would play out similarly to a zombie apocalypse, and end when John gets the upper hand and fataly wounds her, then knocks the billiard-eyes out of her with a slap to the back of the head. This final conflict would also end in John losing a leg and a tooth (this was before Fan decided that at least one leg-loss to the alpha John would happen in almost every story, and eventually he chose to make 496 an exception after thinking about how easy it is for John to get biological replacement limbs thanks to dream powers), then passing out, and that's when his dream self would awaken. Which, as this all implies, was not going to be until much later than it already did.
The number of reasons why this was scrapped is pretty plentiful. One: Hussie beat Fan to the idea of an evil, mind-controlled Dog Tier Jade. Two: The structure of having several, loosely-relevant chapters all leading to a major, non-pairing one that shakes things up a bit was considered too bland, since the stretch between them would be too long, so he opted to make it just pairing chapters, a prologue, and a four-part epilogue, and the pairing chapters can range from harmless fluff to full-blown wham territory. Three: It seemed like too harsh of a Take That to the fan works that rely on the "Act 6 Intermission groups" in fanworks (Fan has repeatedly commented on fics that take place during the 3 year trip and the current meteor setup vs adding characters to a "meteor" location like 496 does, vs even keeping the dead trolls alive, like 496 also does), especially considering their fates. Four: It seemed pointless overall to introduce doomed-timeline characters who only serve to die. Five: Dream John was set to be a pretty major character after his awakening, and after how dream selves are put into the plot was retooled, Great Pikmin Fan found it to be too much of an inconvenience to leave him out of the story for 100 chapters. Six: Going back to the first one, Fan did not like the idea of Evil Jade after seeing how canon handled it, although Jade English (not to be confused with the canon version of Jake's Grandma) was supposed to be far more serious and silent than "Grimbark" Jade. Then the idea of having only one instance of the B1 kids came into fruitition and this was dropped alltogether. Seven: Complications arose considering that Cal is canonically Caliborn's vessel or something to those lines, and so this version of Cal would be the vessel of the soul of someone who doesn't exist in this AU. Then there's how Gamzee never has both a conceivable way or reason to implant Cal in the first place. And eight: Fan could not come up with other "Interlude"-plotlines becides that one.
Dave was originally planned to get killed by the Big Bad after his final pairing chapter (and, as he's the first one to end up in a relationship with all of the other 31 major characters, thus the earliest in the story, Fan thought his death would carry more impact), and before that get his soul eaten by the villain, but he could not think of any situation that did not ripoff Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. What helped was that he already copied TTGL countless times before in other fanworks. That and the fact that Dave has "swaps" with just about everyone, a still active dreamself, a teenage version of Dirk's Bro (confusingly enough since Dave WAS originally teenage Dirk's Bro), and many more alts made the idea that somehow a Dave with slight difference dying leave such a large impact to come off as slightly ridiculous. Dave being the first Strider to actually lose his shades (not counting the Evil Counterpart of him made from a plant-virus thing, and even that was a Mythology Gag to Sweet Jade and Hella John) and the development that goes along with it was a remain of that: He was originally going to undergo the same shade-break when dying, and as a ghost, he would act just like shadeless Dave does here: A confident, perpetually smiling leader of the dead.
A series of events that would work well to the tune of the full version of "Eternity Served Cold" was thought of, mainly concerning Duplicate Meulin's ascention to villainy, but thanks to how the plot wrote itself off, this never came to be.
John's ultimate weapon was originally going to be called Hammerspace. True to the trope its named after, part of it would open up and allow everyone to shrink down to size and fit in, with each person giving it a phenominal boost to power. With the entire population of the meteor inside, he would fight Duplicate Meulin like this, and win thanks to getting even more power by plummeling the Battlefield down so that D-Meulin's "shipping lasers" would instead hit the hammer that he would put in its place. Using the curse-negating powers, John could then easily finish off Duplicate Meulin, move Skaia back, and create the new universe. But this clashed with the story's take on Screw Destiny and turning from "game characters" into "people," and by the time the weapon could feasably be created, the transfer that the protagonists took was too far for it to really work. So the final showdown amounted to a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
Before dream selves were really that thought through, the dream bubble segments were going to involve on some of the other, troll-preceeding races who played their versions of Sburb, or rather offshoots of them that have died. Concepts include rock-like people, plant-like people, and a species that runs with Terezi's joke in canon about trolls creating colorful gasses and sniffing/looking at eachother's sentences. Some of them would have even had their own lines and names. Now, they still exist, but are mostly neglected to cameoes.
The first crack in Paradox Space Bororo caused — the one she did to her own session — was going to be fixed by the Meteor Crew by the story's epilogue, before they entered the new universe. It would later somehow be (un?)broken by Duplicate Meulin flying through it as the Comet, simply to highlight how dangerous she is and make an inanimate victim to The Worf Effect.
Duplicate Meulin was just going to limit her abilities to freely being able to swap her blood. This was to be achieved with a dial, and she could only have one blood type at once. Then came the idea of classpect-utilization. Then came the idea of mixing some of her friend's classes with other aspects. Then came the thought of her using two at once, and it exploded from there.
The sessions in A1 and B1 were planned to wiped out by the Scratch, A2 being wiped out by Bororo's blast. Then Fan liked the idea of all 32 planets co-existing in the same Medium, and wanted Hanksprite and Smuppetsprite to hang out longer, so he revealed after Meenah/Rufioh that Duplicate Meulin saved them all, while also revealing the Leijon's modus. Wait I think I already revealed their modus...