Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals is a Homestuck fan fic, the seventh fan fic in the Stylistic SuckSBIG series by Great Pikmin Fan, and is a spinoff to Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals. It takes place in the same universe and timeline, but focuses on some of the people who used to be side characters.John, Rose, and Jade are playing an MMORPG when a strange "white orc" character kills all of their avatars and messes up their gameplay. Irritated (for the second time in Rose and Jade's case), they get Roxy to track down the person responsible and find out that it's Doc Scratch, of the Felt. For some reason. After their first attempt at killing him fails when the entire Felt tries to fight them at once, the eight humans seek help from the trolls, who first train them and then hire them as part of their group. Originally, the trolls called themselves the Zodiacs and the humans the Housestucks, but since the humans make the group not fit the Zodiac theme they rename themselves the Rainbow Crew.Similar to Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, the main conflict is between two organizations; the Felt and the Rainbow Crew. Completely unlike HUC, however, over half of the fan fic will consist of various side story chapters dedicated to developing the characters and the world. That's right. An attempt at "Character Development" and "World Building" in an intentionally badly done fan fic. This goes about as well as one might expect. Word of God says the relationship between HHC and HUC is similar to that between The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Ocarina of Time respectively, just done really badly. Also, apparantly everyone is a die-hard fan of Futurama.See also Sweet Jade And Hella John, which is basically another, if less direct, attempt to succeed Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, if being this fic's Spiritual Antithesis.The first five "seasons" are over. The sixth "season" is planned to start on June 11th, that date chosen because it is apparantly the day the author found some fan art he was fond of. The fan fic, as with its preceedor, is planned to update every three days during a "season," until that season ends, which leads to a break. With the exception of the sixth one, which might push it up to every five days due to the planned length and complexity of each chapter.Seasons so far:
There will be seven seasons total.A few days after posting a new chapter to another, completely unrelated fan work, Pikmin Fan wrote a short story on his profile announcing a few key details about the series future: Seasons 4 onward will feature more genuine character development (season four was enough to shake Rose's former status as a cold-hearted sadist). More information on the series's future can be found on Pikmin Fan's WikipediaSandbox(Warning: Massive spoilers!)Possible spoilers in the trope descriptions, especially as the story's first three seasons alone contain a bit of Late-Arrival Spoiler!
According to Word of God (the actual author, not the false persona "making" the story), the Love Dodecahedron became this after trying to induce Divergent Character Evolution and the romance started getting played a little more straight. He did this by having each chapter of season 4 (14 being the only exception) end with all of the groups suddenly confessing love for eachother in two 12-sided relationships and one 4-sided, which while it doesn't completely remove the subplot, it greatly simplifies it now that "ingroup" relationships and which ones exist and which ones don't don't have to be worried about anymore.
The author admitted that the "Dirk goes crazy" point that started at the end of season one and went on through over half of season two never really went anywhere.
Meulin's stalker-habits to Jake, and generally acting exactly like Sierra, seem to have died after the same season it was introduced in.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: John's mom seemed to have conceived him at youngest legal age (for Illinois) possible. The pattern seems to go for the rest of the guardians as well, with the exception of Bro and Sis, who obviously did not conceive their respective patronee.
Ambiguous Disorder: Dave and Bro are noteriously out of character even by the rest of the story's standards, as at least the former is arrogant, loud, and almost a Perpetual Smiler whose the first to get himself into something wacky. He tones down on this from season 4 onward. He also seems to have a loose grasp on reality, thinking that his imagry of Santa Claus was real and actually trying to attack him. And his Bro knows exactly what he thought was happening.
Anachronic Order: Chapter 4 is a pretty big offender, having three random flashbacks, two of which are events that happened within the time span, but from a different perspective. The events leading to Damara taking up Meenah's mission and the reason for why the helicopter taken to the ship was destroyed could have been told in chronological order.
Chapter 10 opens with an intermission showing Homer as a "nuclear mutant" rampaging his home city of New York. It answers the question as to where he came from in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, but for those that haven't read that fan fic the intermission would seem pointless and both his death and the sequence leading up to it with Integra wouldn't make any sense.
Chapter 16 downplays this: right in the middle of an arc about invading the Felt's tower, we get... a chapter that's mostly composed of characters playing Truth or Dare with eachother.
Animated Actors: Implied. Similar to HUC, this universe's ways of how fiction works is... bizarre, to say the least.
Another Side, Another Story: The entire plot thusfar almost completely parallels with Hecksing, even though as of now the Rainbow Crew and Hecksing have almost no direct influence on eachother, and what indirect they have is very little. Though according to the timeline the author posted on his sandbox, following season five this will expand past the last non-Distant Finale chapter of HUC.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The costumes that the ancestors (of the original pre-scratch trolls) have generally get increasingly outragious as it goes up the hemospectrum, with Kurloz and Cronus's ancestors practically wearing nothing but in rather abstract ways. Then it ends with Meenah's ancestor, whose sling bikini is actually pretty normal compared to the rest of them. The fact that it wasn't described as prose-y as the rest of the outfits hammers this in.
Art Initiates Life: The Hitler tattoos have the ability to come to life and turn into ink monsters.
Artifact Title: "Housestucks" is the name of the group of eight humans at the beginning, however when they merge with the Zodiacs both groups are renamed into the Rainbow Crew. This happened near the end of the first chapter, meaning that the story's title stops making sense as soon as it really begins. To a much lesser extent the same goes for the "Hurricane"/"Hurrcain" part of the title, as it seems to imply some connection with John and his Heir of Breath powers. Classpect abilities haven't really been used since the first chapter (the first half of which, to boot) so far, as the story looses its more mystical and supernatural backgrounds and becomes a more pseudo-science fiction/Badass Normal-focused series.
Ascended Extra: Several characters, even up to the premise. John and Jade only got a little mention in chapters 9 and 13 of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals and ultimately contributed nothing to the story. Here, John's the main character (Jade... not as much, but her relevance is definitely growing) and the other members of the Homestuck cast gets to appear. Apart from this, there are others:
In Hecksing, Wiggim only makes one brief cameo when he arrests Integra. He's never mentioned again, not in the court case itself or even the epilogue. In Housestuck, he's a threat within chapter 3 and reappears in chapter 14 before suddenly getting Killed Off for Real out of his own stupidity.
Even Pip, who's decreased status in HUC was pretty much his entire joke. He actually speaks more than two lines in this, albiet as a ghost.
For less-meta examples, there's the A1 trolls (AKA the "Alphas" trolls in this world), many of whom were joke characters in canon. Here, they kind of still are, but there's an entire season around uniting them. Damara got this especially, and Kurloz is the driving force behind the Pikmin Rebellion Season.
The guardains. Prior to season four, Bro only appeared once and was basically a cameo/an answer to if Dave was living by himself or not, and Nan was just a joke character limited to chapters 9 and 10. However, not counting the properties of season four's "read it in any order," they, the other six guardains, and the ancestors have had perfect attendance from then on out, appearing in one chapter of season four, then in chapter 15, then 16. (Even if they don't all have lines in some cases.)
Ass Kicks You: Unlike most examples of this trope, this one is lethal. While Vriska, Gamzee, and Eridan re-create their rampages, Gamzee's comes to a premature end when Nepeta tries to fight him. She jumps backwards ass-first at him, and its apparantly so strong that it causes his head to explode. Karkat naturally takes advantage of this by shoving in as many ass puns as possible.
Karkat:WOW. NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL AN ASSASSINATION. YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR TROLLTAG TO ASSENICCATNIP. I GUESS WE SHOULD TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY WHENEVER YOU BUTT IN ON CONVERSATIONS. GAMZEE'S LAST WORDS SHOULD HAVE BEEN 'THAT IS ONE BAD ASS, MOTHERFUCKER.' I BET NOBODY WANTS TO BUTT-HEADS WITH YOU NOW. THAT'S WHAT I CALL ASSASSIN'S CRE— wait I already made an assassin joke. Um... THAT JUNKIE (ASSUMING IT MEANS DRUG ABUSER) SURE MET HIS END WITH THE LAST KIND OF JUNK HE'D WAN.T or first if he's a butt pervert. GAMZEE HAD ALWAYS BEEN THE BUTT OF HIS OWN JOKES BUT THIS IS NEW. YOU REALLY REAR-ENDED HIM, JUST LITERALLY BUT ALSO A BIT MORE FIGURATIVELY DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU CONSIDER LITERAL OF THE TERMS. HE WENT OUT MAJORA'S MASK STYLE: TOOK A DIRECT HIT FROM A MOON. GAMZEE TRIED TO BURST MY BUBBLE BUT THEN YOU BURST HIM WITH YOUR BUBBLE BUTT- wait hold on that doesn't make any sense- Nepeta: Are you done with the ass jokes? Karkat: YES BUT I HAVE A QUESTION. HOW THE HELL IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? Nepeta:You guessed right when you said I have a bubble butt. It's round, so it can be used like a weapon just like I did now. Karkat: oh that makes sence
Author Appeal: Both chapters 12 and 13 have had references to Tony Hawk's: American Wasteland, and even uses a few of its songs. The latter much more than the former. According to Pikmin Fan in the latter chapter, he actually was pretty fond of that game.
Dirk became this after his breakup with John. Temporarly, though.
Dirk's eye twitched like he was going to go crazy. Dave: You and John broke up? Welcom to the club. Jane: Dirk, you don't look so well... Dirk: I'm... fine... mwa ha ha! I WILL KILL JOHN NOW FOR BREKING UP WITH ME oops did I say that loud.
The Troll Empress. Just about nothing that comes out of her mouth really makes sense logically, but she uses it to threaten people into doing what they wanted.
Badass Normal: Meenah. She builds a long, complicated dungeon under a day that stumps the entire Rainbow Crew, leaves the Felt and manages to steal heavy amounts of "Vitamin Scratch" from them with minimal consequences (keep in mind that it's implied they try to kill people who leave the Felt — as with Damara's case), and duels Porrim — who has extreme regenerative skills and super strength and speed — in a battle that amounts to a draw. Her only natural alien abilities are a long natural lifespan and the ability to live underwater, neither of which are even used in any of these feats.
Feferi: Hay I want you all to remembers that I can still be meen. I not all that noice.
Big Bad: Doc Scratch is geared towards this overall, but each season so far has an overarching "final villain" to it:
Season one: Still Doc Scratch, this is so far the only season where the Rainbow Crew/Felt war is central to the plot (as Word of God does not want it to repeat Hecksing vs the Millennium).
Season two: Meenah. Though she pulls a Heel-Face Turn at the end... sort of.
Season three: The "Pikmin God"/Waterwraith.
Season four: While the events in the chapters only happened because the Troll Empress forced the Rainbow Crew to do it, Omega Drew Pickles had sent a minion after the ancestors/guardians for each group, endangering them and leading to ODP as a more "direct" Big Bad of the season or a physical obstacle, whereas the Troll Empress was more of a rules-type obstacle.
Season five: Doc Scratch again, with Stickdawg serving as a this-season-only dragon.
Season six: invokedAccording to Word of God, the shark that ate Chief Wiggim. The Troll Empress will also play a huge part in the first half.
Big Good: Rose and Karkat, the leader and second-in-command of the RC respectively.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked. Dirk randomly advertising Family Guy without even using any typoes. The faux-author says that this is supposed to be some form of Product Placement, and hopes that Seth McFarline will pay him for it.
Big "NO!" Vriska's reaction to the fact that her ancestor is actually a virgin.
Chapter 2 was just a simple reinactment of the Valentine Brothers arc in Hellsing. It was very short and had little to it that wasn't 100% plot relevant. Right after this was the longest and most complicated chapter out of its respective arc.
Chapters 9 and 10 essentially make up an entire bottle mini season. Chapter 9 was rather short, only mainly focused on Stylistic Suck character development for the Rainbow Crew, and half its plot was taken from the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. 10 was also short and half of it was Weird Romance Shit. It's between season 2, the fic's first real Story Arc focused on (re-)introducing twelve characters who will then be permanently added to the cast, and season 4, which is full of lengthy chapters that finally really shake the status quo that has been applied to the Rainbow Crew.
Chapter 16, while its definitely not shorter than the average other season 4 chapter by any sense and isn't really filler (elaborating on a lot of the pasts of characters who haven't gotten one), is still a little shorter than chapter 15 and was practically written with the "minimal use" in design. Aside from the beginning and end, the entire chapter consists of an extreme Truth or Dare game that the Rainbow Crew plays, first while they're stuck in a cave-in and continuing after their guardians/ancestors/lusii come to save them. It's pretty much nothing but character development (which is a little jarring, considering how at least Roxy seems to have suffered from Aesop Amnesia of Sis calling her out), which makes sense considering the creation of the counterparts at the end of the last chapter. The game, both in-universe and out, serves to be their first form of development, and attempts to establish how they are different from their originals. It should also be noted that there are no time skips during this scene; everything bar the longer dares plays out in real time (though the "rounds" (one person asking another truth or dare) move by pretty fast — about three to five lines — and due to the rules and everyone being risky, just about every round is an elimination), and the line breaks literally only serve as "checkpoints" in case someone stops reading mid-chapter.
It's subject to change, but chapter 17 is jarringly short compared to its previous two in its season. This is because of Real Life Writes the Plot: Pikmin Fan was a little rushed to write chapter 17 before his self-set deadline, and had the chapter only cover the absolute bare essentials. So... just Scratch sending everyone to the Grand Canyon, Karkat getting the lime blood needed to finish the sheild, and the battle against Stickdawg.
The list of the author's "comments" on the first four acts mentions that they'll reference John wanting to "spades Betty Crocker." The chapter in question never does... until near the end before the Meenah-Stalfos conversation.
At the beginning of chapter 9, John and Damara are watching a Conker's Bad Fur Day movie where one of Conker's lines is "I'm a badass! I drive a Ford!" In chapter 16, after the majority of the Felt have been killed off, he is briefly seen crashing a car into a house and being arrested for it, commenting "Note on the file that this is a Ford." The cop asks "Why," and he answers with "So they'll know I'm a badass!"
An even bigger example: On the very first chapter towards the very beginning of the story, Roxy ends up calling John over to go attack Scratch's apartment for the first time, except John was on the can while it happened. Finding no toilet paper left, the scene ends with him fiding a copy of Twilight and deciding to use that. Flashforeward all the way to chapter 16, where Karkta dares Rose to read one page of the worst book with them, and John takes out a ripped copy of Twilight outright calling it "toilet paper" before admitting that that was a bit more literal than he would have liked it to be.
Another example that occurs within the same chapter: One of the earlier dares in the Strip Truth or Dare game is to eat Chocolate Mix Skittles. This is also the final dare, which Jane refuses to do after, unlike Aramin, actually tasting them for the first time and finding it revolting.
Brother-Sister Incest: John and Jade have been all-but confirmed to not be related in this story. However, there is a less "meta/in another world" example in the terms of Adrion's weird crush on Aradia. Normally this would be Screw Yourself, but at least everyone in the Rainbow Crew seems to treat counterparts as siblings (much like Sweet Jade and Hella John does with all alternate selves). And that some counterparts, Adrion and Aradia included, do not appear to have that much in common personality-wise. Commented with Roxy calling out "INCEST! WOOOOO!"
In spite of how season four established them as being an incredibly tight group and how he holds the role of second-in-command, the Rainbow Crew as a whole seems to have a lack of respect towards Karkat.
Even the character who is supposed to be pre-scratch him fits this, as he is the only ancestor out of the "lowblood six" to be unable to help Mituna in any way, and his profession is significantly less impressive.
The bullet point on Karkat can be said, minus the second-in-command part but doubling everything else, to Vriska. Following chapter 1, almost nobody takes her seriously.
They may not be related anymore, but it seems that Scorpio trolls fall under this, as this story has a habit of disrespecting Aranea. Rose holds a gun up to her when she first finds the Rainbow Crew for breaking a television,she has to do something for them before she can join (for all other Alpha trolls it's the other way around, depending on how you count Meenah), and in chapter 13 she's the only character to not make a direct hit on Darkhorse and gets stomped on the groin several times. And it's implied that whatever trolls have down there, either sex getting hit hurts as much as guys getting hit in the same region. It gets even worse in chapter 16, where all of the Scorpio trolls are the first ones to be eliminated.
Less in-universe example: The girl who appears in the library by Santa Monica is heavily implied, and then confirmed, to be Connie from the past of one of the author's more sincere stories (Carl Stevens Universe), especially given how it outright states that Porrim isn't the only vampire she bests with a specific book. In said story, she partakes in a plan that gets another, vampiric character eliminated from a paintball match. It Makes Sense in Context. This now means that CSU is implied to be "canon" even in the events of HUC and HHC, and it's not just limited to the other way around (to an extent).
Noah appears in chapter 14. Complete with a lack of any typoes. The fact that the prior two sentences are in spoilers only makes that much sense for those that read Hecksing.
Captain Ersatz: Word of God says that the Rainbow Sisters were inspired by the Koopa Bros. from Paper Mario. Down to missing a blue member until it's revealed that Jade filled that role for about a week.
Celebrity Paradox: This fan fic has a truely absurd example even by the trope's standards. For starters, most of the shows not only exist as their own shows, but the characters seem to be Animated Actors. Hank Hill being an example of this, as he says he would go back in time and start the show itself. Then there's Carl from Hecksing/Hellsing's plotline, who was a No Celebrities Were Harmed of Charlie Sheen, before an offhand comment by Giant David Hasselhoff reveals that there is also a Charlie Sheen hanging around.
Character Rerailment: Invoked. Seasons four onwards are said by the author to be the point where he intends to lessen on the Stylistic Suck just a little and, among other things, start having the characters act more like their canon selves. This will not be through offscreen changes, however, but instead through "Character Development."
Characterization Marches On: Specifically the B1 group, as they are the only group that have all recieved real focus in the first season. While almost everybody was out of character, what character they had in place changed. This does not count the attempted Character Rerailment in season four, or at least what was gradually happening. (For cases like Nepeta's.)
John was initially a hyperacive idiot, which Jane's guardian Pop eventually became an exaggerated version of. Sometime around chapters 3 or 4 this dropped a bit and his signs of toying around with the other characters began to show. He's still a little dorky, though, as evidenced by his Freudian Slip in China. He also used to be pretty anti-nudity and pretty vocal when people end up naked around him. By chapter 16, he actually thinks Roxy's Strip Truth or Dare idea is something tame. This, however, might just be because of his Obfuscating Stupidity, and involve his mind games with Jade... somehow.
Jade used to suffer from a basic Cannot Spit It Out, and had a bit of a running gag of trying to see if she can get John to say if he likes her or not. Geno confesses for her midway through chapter 4, John openly says he's not interested, and the John/Jade dynamic quickly becomes a lot more complicated.
Rose playing an MMORPG along with John and Jade seems a bit too nice for this characterization of her considering her cold personality later on. Though unlike the others, it does show as early as chapter 2 when she doesn't take Gamzee spilling Faygo on her rug lightly.
Dave almost completely switched places with John in terms of character. By the beginning, he was the more rational one, in contrast to John's... oddness. His loose grip on reality didn't really come into play until season two.
Jake's initial quirks were limited to dropping a random form of alternate speech or slang into what he says. This vanishes before season two, and it takes a while before his sometimes great, sometimes horrible social skills kick in. Between then, he's just a Butt Monkey, which is almost redundant considering how Vriska's role in that is pretty constant. Aside from....
Karkat was said to straight-up be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the first chapter, and even yells at Nepeta. In actual anger, not surprise. Later on in the series, he loses his jerk elements and just becomes a Large Ham.
Pretty much the only thing Nepeta did was knock on doors in the first three seasons. And thicken out love x-drangles. By season four, she inexplicably Took a Level in Badass (moreso than Ichigo's other four students, whom this trope seemed to invoke on.) and practically merged with her Sweet Jade and Hella John self.
...In chapter 1, Vriska managed to cheat Karkat into losing strip poker. She also puts up a decent fight against the Housestucks, and she even gets a say in starting the fight. Considering her Butt Monkey status later on, her Running Gag in season two of objecting to the Alpha-troll hiring, and the general fact that her fellow Crewmates love ignoring her (rampage in chapter 12 aside), this is unusual.
A case of Real Life Writes the Plot: Damara becomes a lot more vulgar and mischevious during season two. Season one was written before her canon introduction, and back then the only thing anyone had to go by for her was Handmaid and that she was willing to perform a scratch.
Aranea was implied to be a bit of a prick early into season two. (Especially when she flat-out tells the Rainbow Crew that they have no chance against Meenah.) This seemed to have dropped completely (until Netimp point-blank brings it up again in chapter 16), and in chapter 13 it's something of a gag that she manages to do next-to nothing against Darkhorse.
Remember that paper Dave was working on in chapter 4? That turned out to be the script for a song that he will sing at the end of chapter 8 to earn redemption.
The whistle Kurloz wants.
In chapter 14, Dave is upset that he can't do anything to Rose since she never physically abused another member of the Rainbow Crew (punishing Kurloz for doing something that was bad in the first place not counting), and she would probably outmatch him verbally. Then Rose hits Jade, and Dave suddenly has an excuse to fight.
Season five in general loves these, retroactively or established earlier in the season. Karkat passing the time by trying to make a shield, only to have his progress halted by the lack of any lime blood? After his counterpart, who thanks to a bizarre side-effect of the Ballad of Duality, is created, he does get the blood color he needs to finish the design, and uses the completed sheild to protect the Crew against Stickdawg.
Chapter 10 has a poem, after it is read the narrator insists that it will not become relevant on chapter 15. Come chater 15, and the narrative keeps its word (er... its not-word, rather). Say hello to the counterparts!
Dave and John's guardians appear in chapters 8 and 9/10 respectively, as background characters. They, and the other six guardians, make full appearances in season four.
Tony Hawk appears in chapter 13 skating around in the background. Later on, he provides as a semi-important character when he gives some words to Latula and when he reveals that he has the ability to turn into an actual giant hawk.
Cross-fic example: The shark that apparantly shoots and then eats Wiggim is implied to be the same shark that stole Rip's musket from Carl in Hecksing.
Wiggim himself was a cameo in HUC who became a minor antagonist in chapters 3 and 14 of HHC.
That girl implied to be Connie from chapter 13? A brief train ride confirms that it is her. However, all that happens during that ride becides the trolls being attacked by Itchy is that Porrim makes up to her for trying to attack her over a book, and the trolls give her a communication device. This has yet to come up again.
Hecksing's epilogue says that Homer Simpson was reincarnated into Hank Hill and that John and Jade have Opposite-Sex Clones of them created. Both Hank Hill and those counterparts come into play in chapter 15, with the former even helping to create the latter. And it's not just John and Jade; it's the entire Crew, not counting the interns.
Another cross-story example was Giant David Hasselhoff, who appears in chapter 8 of HUC to transport Carl and the Master Chief from the Grand Canyon to London, then he transports John and Jade from London back to the United States.
Chekhov's Skill: Ghost-Pip mentioning at the end of chapter four that he has the ability to revive six people. Sure becomes useful when exactly six people die and would have stayed dead.
Chicago: Halfway through chapter 1 reveals that the Rainbow Crew lives in Chicago. In the first four chapters, Chicago itself has ironically gotten little focus.Note Chapter 1 mostly takes place in the Grand Canyon, 2 takes place completely in Rose's house and the path leading to it (except for the very end, which takes place in the treehouse), 3 takes place entirley in Hawaii, and 4 mostly takes place in Scratch's appartment or the Aircraft Carrier.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: This is Pikmin Fan's first Homestuck SBIG installment that leaves out the carapases. At least, so far, but considering how the story is over halfway over and none of the following plotlines seem to suggest that they will ever be in the fic in any way at all, combined with their rather inactive roles in Sweet Jade and Hella John and Kids Fit the Trolls, it's unlikely they will be in seasons six or seven. Similarly, this continues Pikmin Fan's streak of not having in many of the Sburb constructs at all, something even his one story that actually takes place in a Sburbverse seems to do.
Cloudcuckoolander: The flashback at the end of chapter 8 implies that Dave has a really poor grasp on what's reality, to the point where he can't tell that Marge Simpson was just a conjure.
Colon Cancer: The title to the faux-blue ray of season 3: "Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals: The Complete Third Season DVD: Uncensord Editshon: With a extended director's cut of the Carival seen in China."
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Rose's punishment to Kurloz after she found out he was helping the Waterwraith? To get a voluntier to spank him with a dead porcupine.
Kurloz: YIKES! And you think YOUR job is a pain in the ass!
Covers Always Lie: Intended. The cover (seen on the page image) does not depict anything that happens in the story so far, and based on the plans for this fic's future, it's unlikely it ever will. Sburb is not even mentioned in the story, thus getting rid of the Jack, Skaia, and God Tier outfits part. Not even nods to the God Tier costumes show up, as the original outfits of the Rainbow Crew members weren't described until their uniforms, which certainly have nothing to do with the powerups. It also shows John and Vriska near the bottom, as with the in-story summary talking about John/Vriska being one of the final pairings. While John is a major character with a lot of screentime, (this is pretty much the only thing accurate about the image) Vriska is just a side character Butt Monkey who so far has not even had a Ship Tease moment with John (which is an achievement considering the large heaps of Weird Romance Shit), and Hecksing(and the tags and the opening warning) gives away that John's final partner will be Jade.
For starters, the alter-ego author skipped to Act 5 and the only part of Homestuck before that that he read was the intermission.
The faux-author apparantly does not know how ectobiology works. Given that he skipped Acts 3 and 4 (until making chapter 5), where it is introduced and where it plays a role in creating the kids respectivley, this shouldn't be that much of a shock. He is aware that trolls have no concept of siblings, but thinks that the post-scratch and pre-scratch trolls sharing last names is an error on Andrew Hussie's part, which is "fixed" by giving them different last names. (Peixez instead of Peixes for Meenah for one.) It's unknown as of now how Roxy and Dirk's sharing of surnames with Rose and Dave will be affected, since as of now only Dave has been referred to by last name.
Matchstick's and Quarter's powers. Matchstick's is actually similar to what he has in canon — if more limited. Quarter's is just flat out wrong.
John's player character in the Friendship is Magic game is named "Rainbow Sparkel." Doesn't sound bad on its own, but it's supposed to be a character from canon.
The Halo series was not developed by Nintendo.
The fake author's knowledge of Nintendo characters in general seem to only extend to Super Smash Bros, not even factoring the information on the trophies.
Crack Fic: At first, it seems like it's going to be a standard High School AU, albeit one with crossover (in this case, Twilight). By "at first" we mean literally the first three paragraphs, because right after that Alucard Badguy comes out of nowhere, shoots Edward, and one of the subplots gets kick started. And from then on out the story only gets weirder.
Crack Pairing: Invoked with things such as a Nepeta/Sollux/Rose love triangle (which just seems to get bigger and worse as the fan fic goes on and more people are added into the fray until it becomes outright polygamy), and John/Damara, the second person in the later couple not even being introduced at the time of writting season one. And then there's Doc Scratch's crush on Undercover Brother....
Crossover Punchline: The very beginning has Kanaya making out with Edward Cullen before Alucard suddenly comes in and kills Edward. This actually isn't as random as it seems if you read Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals's fourth chapter.
Gamzee could only say "Waht the" but not fuck as Nepeta huntressed her way out of his grip and suddenly jumped at him, except this time she jumped backwards and her ass hit his face. Gamzeee was so hit by it that the front of his skull caved in the back part of his head and skull exploded and his brains shot out like his head had diarrhea. He fell back, and for the first time in the history opf Homestuck there was a dead Gamzee and he's NOT going to God Tier. Karkat gasped because this was not what happened in canon but instead somebody got spared by the adaptiation as TV Tropes would put it.
Curse Cut Short: John at the end of chapter 9, in the "end of episode cutoff" variant. Odd, because this fan fic doesn't shy away from swearing. Subverted in chapter ten after the short Homer intermission, which picks up exactly where John's statement left off.
Rainbow Crew (or more specifically, Vriska) vs the Rainbow Sisters. In fact, the battle just consists of "they lost" until it's finally elaborated upon in chapter 15.
Waterwraith vs Onions.
All four of the Felt battles during the roadtrip portion of chapter 15 are embarassingly short, and end with the Felt member getting quickly and suddenly killed by someone. In Crowbar's case, he gets blown up by his own jetpack after it's exposed to Horuss's flamethrower.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Aranea. Although the Rainbow Crew does not find it cute when she trips and breaks their HD TV. Rose actually threatens to shoot Aranea over it.
Darkhorse Victory: The winner of the Truth or Dare game was Porsiv, Porrim's hippie-ish counterpart. The fact that he of all people is the winner and not a more major character like John or Jade shows just how pointless the entire game was.
This focuses on the events of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals from John and Jade (and the other Homestuck character's) perspectives, and every last member of HUC's chapter 9 jury is supposed to get some mention as well. Also, the epilogue will elaborate on as to what happened to Dracula.
Each of season four's chapters focused on a different "team," split between what canon session they had.
Die for Our Ship: Parodied/invoked; John/Dave is a really blatant metaphor for Owen/Izzy in fanon; they both have a similar incident happen, and that incident is used as evidence #1 that they should break up. (Even though Owen/Izzy had been fine in canon even after the serial killer incident — though they break up, it's for a different reason). John/Dirk is, of course, a metaphor for either Izzy/Noah or Izzy/Ezekiel. And then their break up, and Dirk's fall into insanity, it a metaphor for when one of the people in a couple goes insane or turns evil from being broken up with.
Wiggim shooting at the Rainbow Crew for speeding on segways, without even so much as giving them a chance to pull over. Even odder, in chapter 9 of Hecksing, Wiggim just arrests Integra for speeding. This is revealed in chapter 14 of Housestuck that, thanks to Mom, Wiggim has learned to calm down a little.
John breaking up with Dirk over a diet proposal. However, this has nothing on Dirk planning on murder because of it.
Karkat to the nudist woman who runs the Hawaii town's inn. Nobody else seems to care. This goes to such an extent that when John uses "wet dream" to describe the Geno incident (see Shout-Out below for clarification), Karkat misunderstands and thinks he's talking about the woman.
Porrim, oddly, acts like a complete and total idiot. She even forgets her own name at one point. She does get smarter in chapter 13, and seems to stick that way... but her counterpart, Porsiv, keeps playing it straight in her place.
In the beginning, there were a lot of Rainbow Crew members that were pretty interexchangable and generic. (All of the troll girls except Aradia and Vriska; Tavros, Equius, and Eridan. To a lesser extent, Dirk and Dave for the "interexchangable" and Jake, Jane, and Rose for the "generic" part.) This number went down considerably each succeeding season, and they got even more unique in seasons four and five.
This story seems to be built on making the guardians/ancestors into seperate characters, in contrast to canon drawing a ton of similarities between them. Giving the humans different names, for one thing, as it was once implied that Poppop was still named John.
Similarly, right from their introduction HHC has been attempting to make the A1 trolls vastly different from their A2 stand-ins, though what they have in place of being Flanderized versions of them changed during season 3 or 4.
Chapter 16 seemed to be an experiment as to how to induce this on 32 characters at once, being devoted to establishing the counterparts as their own identities and not just literal gender-bent clones of them with different colors.
The remaining members of the Felt as of chapter 15 get a line or too that tries to give them all "quirks" to an extent that hints at personalities.
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Porrim is by far one of, if not the, strongest members of the Rainbow Crew, with vampire powers rivaling Alucard Badguy himself. Too bad she is also (at least at the start of the fic) a complete and total moron who doesn't even know half of her abilities.
Don't Explain the Joke: There are several moments where characters or the narrator explain the punchline to a joke.
Door Stopper: This is currently the longest work Great Pikmin Fan has on his fanfiction.net page, although many of the other works have comparatively took off (such as Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, which by design must have at least 26 chapters, yet only two are out right now). And the chapters are considerably longer than that of the rest of SBIG, not counting Sweet Jade and Hella John. To give a comparason, the first chapter of this is about as long as Hecksing's longest chapter, and while there are a few decreases, it generally only goes up in length from there. As of the end of season five, it's at over 130,000 words. And season six as well as post-edit chapter 17 is planned to make that significantly longer.
This story goes to such a point in averting these that it's implied that the culture of the Crconikals world is changed so that even it doesn't have them. Which is unusual, considering Seras and Carl in Hecksing. To give one example, both sexes seem to be equally pressured into having sex, evident by Carl's implied A Man Is Not a Virgin shtick back in HUC and how Vriska is horrified to discover that Mindfang is a virgin in chapter 12 of HHC.
Although so far there has been one blatant one pointed out in chapter 12, but that can be judged to Karkat's personal preference. Especially seeing as Karkat isn't exactly the Only Sane Man of this story. But still, it gives the idea that guy flashing his ass = good prank, girl flashing her ass = just fanservice.
Vriska responded by mooning him but because she was girl and not guy Karkat found that hot and not enraging.
Dreaming of Things to Come: John confessed to having erotic dreams about Dirk in chapter 3, saying that it could be something of "the destinies" since they're in a relationship. The very next chapter shows that he's wrong, thus subverting the trope.
Drives Like Crazy: Cronus. Although it's not really a case of him not caring about what's on the road as much as it is him being extremely neglectful while driving.
Geno, who gets killed off suddenly by a Hitler tattoo that came to life.
Pretty much all five of the remaining Felt members, bar Doc Scratch (and Stickdawg, if he counts), in chapter 16. They all get katamari-balled by the RC's uniforms.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first season had no concrete plot connecting the four chapters, unlike at least seasons two, three, four, and five. (Six is currently... very ambiguous on the matter. It might take until the season actually starts for it to be revealed.) It also had very vague and brief references to class and aspect powers, like Roxy simply voiding out Doc Scratch's vision of the heroes. This has yet to be brought up again. In a similar vein it's also somewhat unusual how the first chapter lacks the Rainbow Crew treehouse and even moreso that in the second chapter Rose's own house is being used as a base until Fin and Trace's invasion wrecks it up, seeing as the treehouse will then become an established main location. And speaking of that, it's unusual that the first two chapters have scenes in the human's house without any mentions of their guardians, especially with, again, chapter two taking place almost entirely in Rose's house. And that's not even getting into the characters, which are covered in Characterization Marches On.
Easily Forgiven: The Rainbow Crew seems to hate Dave more for an act of fear (holding John up to a bear) than they do of Dirk for actually, deliberately trying to kill John. Granted, Dirk had gone a little crazy, but this wasn't the concern.
Solid Snake has (very weak) earth powers, Plasma Snake has fire powers, Gas Snake has wind powers, and Liquid Snake has water powers. The latter three are even made of their respective elements, however Solid Snake isn't made of earth because "HUMENS ARE ALREADY SOLID, IDIOTS."
John and Jade themselves develop fire and ice powers respectively after studying up on them from info scrolls they bought on their way back home.
Escort Mission: Mituna's sidequest is essentially this. Vriska lampshades this and says how much she hates this trope.
Even Evil Has Standards: Meenah, who was the main villain for an entire arc, refuses to get a tattoo of Hitler on her ass.
Every Car Is a Pinto: All cars — and vehicles in general — that crash explode shortly after. Except Wiggim's cop car. Cronus is really lucky to be alive.
Cletus is only referred to as "Incest Guy," something of a Call Back to Hecksing's "Card Guy" (Tubalcain Alhambra) and "Lawyer Guy" (An OC who later appears in HHC himself). Then there's various monsters like the Stalfos, Waterwraith, and Hydra, whom have only been called by their species name in spite of each of them seeming to be sentient.
Chapter 15 averts this with half of the guardians, revealing their actual names. (Nan:Betty (or Beth, sometimes, usually to fit the four-letter name), Pa:Dean, Pop:Harl, and Ma:Katherine.) Chapter 16 goes forth and reveals the other four names. (Bro:Dale, Mom:Lily, Dad:Burton, and Sis:Violet) The ancestors, though, still more-or-less have "titles" instead of nicknames so far.
Expanded Universe: This story, as a sort-of spinoff (even though the storylines are only really related by extremely small tangents, jury duty quests arc aside) to Hecksing. The expansion really started with a HUC/Steven Universe/also cameo of King of the Hill crossover, and it seems to just be growing from there.
Meulin's actions towards Jake are a lot like Sierra's actions towards Cody. John even lampshades this when the Rainbow Crew show Kankri (and Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, and Gamzee) that they have recruited Meulin and Porrim. However, see Aborted Arc above.
Porrim was this of Lindsay, from the same series. As of chapter 13, however, she seems to be smartening up.
Past-Aranea of Leshawna (also from the same series), complete with saying Leshawna's introduction line.
Rose's portrayal was an expy of Integra's portrayal in Hecksing before quickly becoming meaner.
Extremely Short Timespan: While the overall series is starting to add up, each season takes place over no more than the course of three days. And every season except the first, as well as the fifth in a way (as the first chapter mostly takes place at the same night at the end of season four, but it skips to the next day near the end and chapters 16 and 17 take place on that same day), take place over the course of one day. Season six, however, is stated by Word of God to finally break away from this, only for the seventh and final season to go back to it in taking place over one day (discounting the Distant Finale).
Famous Ancestor: After denying that they would appear, the original ancestors would finally make their proper debut in chapter 12. The problem is, it turns out that all of the stories about them were either rumors or downright lies. Except Darkleer and Highblood's, but to paraphrase they themselves their jobs weren't as interesting in the first place. The ancestors that are supposed to correspond to the pre-scratch trolls appear themselves in chapter 13, as OC Stand Ins.
Taken up with the guardains and ancestors. Especially how the story grinds to a halt in two different chapters to go on about the latter's very impractical outfits.
This gets even worse once the guardian's relationships actually come into play on-screen. What makes matters even worse is that the most "active" relationships are between characters who, in canon, are biologically related.
The Truth or Dare game in chapter 16 was also intended to come off as disturbing. Lampshaded when, before the Crew even returns to the Felt tower, Rose asks Roxy what the hell is wrong with her. Some highlights:
Roxy getting spanked... so hard that her pimples all pop, and a ton of snot comes out of her nose. Which Gamsis proceeds to eat. And Roxy's mouth starts bleeding too, and her spanker Equisa left a dent in her ass. Even though it's all text, this is probably the closest thing HHC has to a Grossup Closeup.
Fanservice Costumes: The ancestors in general, though many of them don't have a trope to them and all generally fall under Stripperiffic. The Condesce is probably one of the most ridiculous, since she "wears" absolutely nothing but her twin-sided trident glued to her front.
Barely-There Swimwear: Along with the swimsuits of the guardians, Fuchsian's (Meenah's ancestor) "sling bikini."
Near the end of chapter 10, Jane tries to show John that she can be impulsive by sneaking into his room "wearing" nothing but a Mystique cosplay "and censor bars" in a scene admittedly ripped from an episode of Family Guy. John, for some reason, at first thinks that she had just killed Equius and Horuss and was running around naked and covered in their blood. (Jane corrects him before he does anything stupid.) Then it turns out, Jade did the exact same thing Jane did. And later John's mom joins in, for some bizarre reason.
Disciple's usual outfit is nothing but random splatters of paint layered over tape and pasties.
Fundoshi: Basically, Darkleer's outfit is a fancier, more complicated version of this.
Theiss Titillation Theory: Invoked with pretty much all of the ancestor's outfits to an extent (Disciple and Dolorosa having a variant; they make it look like you could see nudity (nothing under the former's paint and all of the clothing layers of the latter being see-through), but they're not (there is something opaque under both outfits)). Handmaid, Signless, Highblood, and Condesce are the worst offenders out of the A2 group, and Darkleer's almost completely relies on this in an unusual way as part of the appeal. The A1 group has Porrim and Aranea's ancestors, who play this straighter than anyone else out of the 24 by far.
The final chapter of HUC reveals the outcome of the Jade/John/Rose&Dave love rhombus before HHC was even thought up.
In the first chapter, Dirk comments that there is a rumor that Family Guy might get canceled. According to Seras's and Carl's comments in chapter 13 of HUC, it was.
Foreshadowing: Oddly enough, because of how HHC and HUC are in relation to eachother, this sometimes makes for some retroactive foreshadowing depending on which fan fic is read first.
In chapter 3, John saying that he will only marry someone "on his team." According to HUC, he will be in a couple with someone from that team. (Jade.)
In addition to this, in season four the Crew is once again split into teams, this time based on what session they were in in canon wheras the last split was based on what planet they dreamed on. Now, who's the only other Prospit-dreaming B1 player?
During a flashback in chapter 4, The narrator comments that Kamina seems too awesome to die. His death in the original series aside, he dies in HUC while fighting Hitler.
Non-HHC example. In the middle of chapter 8, John says that he would rather go through the five Ocarina of Time temples with Jade than go through Meenah's dungeon. Guess what the premise behind a secret-until-new-year's-eve-2012 work, Temples, featuring John/Jade is about.
Chapter four involved losses on both sides: For the Rainbow Crew, Geno dies. For the Felt, they lose both Damara and Meenah, the latter of which they just got.
John and Jade during the jury duty arc. Hoo boy... for starters, it occurs during season four which is split into four chapters that face the same rough Majora's Mask style of biome visiting (swamp, mountain, ocean, canyon — in that game, by the way, the direction you go through those regions maps out the number "4"), the Rainbow Crew goes into four different groups with John and Jade's having four people in it at first, and the chapter focusing on their group ends with the number four. They are being threatened with death for this, by the way.
Four Lines, All Waiting: Averted. While there are many, many subplots, (Kanaya's revenge on Alucard, anything side characters give to the Rainbow Crew, Homer's story line, mysteries such as the poem in Waterwraith's cave, etc) most of them completely take backseat to whatever the Rainbow Crew as a whole is dealing with, and they are almost always dealt with one at a time.
Jake's mother is probably the worst offender of the entire Crconikals continuity, with Rip Van Winkle from Hecksing as her only potential competition. And that's saying a lot. She managed to induce complete Marshmallow Hell on seven people at the same time, engulfing them all completely between her breasts.
The Rainbow Crew seems to have Tavros's counterpart to fit that roll, Tavass. As her name indicates, she also has a Gag Butt. (As does Nepeta.)
Gag Penis: Giant David Hasselhoff is revealed to have this. Upon meeting him, John jokes "If you're going into porn, you have the wrong kind of 'big.'" GDH drops his swimsuit. The resulting "censor bar" extends down a freeway and into a cult's place.
Genki Boy: Dirk flat-out describes John as this in the first chapter.
The ancestors and guardians, openly being stated to not be a part of the Crew yet but they do temporarly help them out with some missions. That aside, the Crew seems to be way more open to getting people to help them out than Hecksing is, considering other character who might fit the bill like Luffy, Tony Hawk, Ichigo (more than once), etc.
Geno and Homer are the only characters so far who were "official" members of the Rainbow Crew, yet they were never in for more than two chapters, as they both die shortly after their addition.
High Heel-Face Turn: That or High Horn Face Turn; Damara betrays the Felt and joins the Rainbow Crew, but Geno specifically said to keep her alive only because he "liked trolls," and being the only female member had nothing to do with it. It seems that even if one of the male trolls filled in Damara's place, he would join the RC anyway.
Chapter 16. Roxy makes a loophole to get one of the players of the Truth or Dare game eliminated. She gets offed by pretty much the same loophole.
The same chapter has the Rainbow Crew using Egg's and Biscuit's duplication abilities against Cans by rolling their copies into a giant katamari-like ball until it's big enough to take him and all of the other remaining members out.
Homage: The latter half of chapter 1 reads like a parody of Total Drama fan competitions, as many involve "go out and look for something" as the first challenge.
Hotter and Sexier: Do not let the fact that the cover art looks like it came straight out of the rather tame (sexual-wise) Sweet Jade and Hella John, or the fact that SJAHJ was one of the author's previous installments. This is a little more out-there than the norm for SBIG, and it's even pointed out in the opening AN.
Parodied with the citizens of the world. Hawaii consists of nudists, and then there's the reporter in chapter 4. And everything about the ancestors and guardians completely blows the previous examples out of the water. Hecksing didn't shy away from "hot" background characters itself — the dancers in Brazil — but that was one of the only moments, it was added retroactivley, and it didn't go in as much detail about it.
The guardians and ancestors play this for laughs. While the entire fan fic talks about sex and features nudity way more often than Homestuck (which, admitedly, isn't saying very much, especially if you don't count Act 6 Intermission 3), these guys go absolute overkill with it.
More meta example: John and Jade's first Crconikals appearance was in Hecksing, where they and their Opposite-Sex Clones (of which Word of God said that a later chapter of HHC will elaborate on) were the only Homestuck characters to appear or even be mentioned. There was a fake-author's note about Homestuck saying that "It not all trolls," and yet in the fake-author's notes of chapter 5 he mentions that bringing up the trolls first is a good way to hook in readers and that those works that not doing so would just get people skipping parts of the story without them.
Snake: Now, Samus and I are going to have sex right here- wait, right? Samus: Yes. Snake: and [sic] if you don't want to see or hear I suggest going at least one mile away. I'm giving you one minute to leave headstart. No wait, even cars take a bit to go that fast... an hour.
Damara commenting that she caught Scratch trying to get marijuana red handed... and then saying it's more like him being caught "green handed" because of the subject of what he was buying.
Indy Ploy: Equius fires a light arrow at Homer Simpson's ghost, having no idea as to if it will work or not. Not only does it get rid of the problem, but it changes it into something... better. Much better.
Mindfang uses the visual similarities between the Virgo and Scorpio signs to cite that her being a virgin shouldn't come off as a surprise.
Intentional Engrish for Funny: As of season five, the general writing style shifts from being filled with intentional typoes to being filled with this. Any exposition-giving character especially is filled with it.
Interface Spoiler: If you haven't already been spoiled by HUC's ending, don't look at the character/pairing tag. Heck, even if it wasn't tagged as a pairing, the fact that the listing oddly shows John and Jadeand the warning in the opening AN about not reading if you're offended by incest can give away one of the endgame pairings before the Ship Teasing between them even begins.
Irony: The Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals version of the Alucard vs. Rip (or rather, Jan) fight was not as close to what happened in canon as John, Jade, and Geno vs Damara. While neither was an exact recreation, for one thing, the carrier Alucard battles Jan on is blown up by Jan and flat-out kills Alucard, whereas for HHC, the carrier arrives on land similar to how it did in Hellsing.
Geno frequently insults his own teammates, up to and including blatantly admitting that he thought the doll he would possess looked stronger than Karkat, Terezi, and Gamzee.
Rose is an asshole. She underestimates everyone, kicks people off the treehouse computers to look at porn, and even threatens to kill Aranea for breaking a TV. Her reaction when first meeting Latula is to assume that she's "broken" (whatever that means) and advices the other RC members to go away.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Karkat. His first appearance in this fan fic was him shouting at Nepeta and threatening to fire her over a mistake. Terezi then elaborates that he donates to children in need every day.
Karmic Death: Homer's ghost brags about being able to not just kill the Rainbow Crew, but wipe out their ghosts as well with a beam. He gets a light arrow fired at him from Equius, which changes his soul into that of Hank Hill's and gives him the fitting body. Even though HUC's epilogue says that Homer was reincarnated, this isn't a simple case of that — Homer's essense was changed at its base, effectively making the Homer as we know it Deader than Dead. The same fate he tried to induce on the Crew.
Killed Off for Real: Like most of SBIG, this doesn't shy away from killing off heroes and villains at all. The heroes side has none of the "main" Rainbow Crew, but Geno and Homer have suffered from it. Out of the villains, it's easier to list the currect exceptions: Waterwraith (he just gets slapped by an Onion and currently isn't mentioned again), Doc Scratch (survived every encounter as of chapter 14, though Word of God is that he will die in the final season), fellow major members of the Rainbow Crew (usually give Heel-Face Turns, and this counts Meenah too), Noah (he loses the crown though), the Rainbow Sisters (faught twice, first battle even being a curb-stomp, but nobody saw any reason to kill them off permanently), and Alucard (on the count of already being dead during the first direct fight against him, and his death being offscreen in the events of HHC).
Kinky Spanking: Averted. While Roxy intended this to be the losing punishment for the Truth or Dare game, it really, really doesn't come off as that in the story. Mostly because almost all of the spanks happen off"screen." (As in, they don't get described at all and there's often not even any indication that any spanking happened.)
Karkat is depicted this way, as thanks to the sheer weird crap that happens in the story, his caps locks comes off more like he's overreacting in surprise rather than shouting in anger.
Vriska may also count, being a little overly dramatic in her For the Evulz route.
Unlike herself in canon and Carl Stevens Universe, Connie. This is her first line in the story:
"PLEESE I HERD GOOD THIGS ABOUTT THIS AND I TRAVEL A LOT OF BEACHES AND COULD NEVER FIND A LIBRARY WITH A GOOD COPY AND THIS IS MY LAST DAY HERE BECAUSE MY DAD'S GONNA GO TO ANOTHER PLACE AND I'M LEAVEING TOO AND I DON'T KNOW WAHT ELSE TO FIND AND THIS LA CITY IS ALREADY FULL OF CRIME AND DEATH AND GANGSTERS AND I'M JUST GETTING SOMEWHAT LONELY SINCE I YET TO MEET A FRIEND. Oh fuck did I flip out on you?"
Geno? He dies. Doesn't become a permanent member of the Rainbow Crew. The same thing can be said for Homer.
Season two may have been building up to Meenah being a final battle that isn't actually added to the Rainbow Crew, but she sorta-pulls a Heel-Face Turn and joins them.
This makes no secret at all of the fact that in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, Alucard dies. Chapter 14 also gives away Integra's death. Though in both cases, they are actually somewhat plot relevant as they do affect the Crew to varrying degrees.
Most of the relationship-related stuff. John doesn't end up with Dave. Or Dirk. Or Damara. Things are so far going... okay with Jane, but see Interface Spoiler above.
Leitmotif: Ignoring Vriska's preference to "redneck music," chapter 12 confirms one song associated with a character: Green Day's "Holiday" with Nepeta. If you look at the lyrics, a faint few of them actually match up to the point of her character in SJAHJ, and possibly HHC itself if her killing Gamzee instead of the other way around is any indication.
Hear the sound of the falling rain Coming down like an Armageddon flame The shame, the ones who died without a name ... I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies This is the dawning of the rest of our lives On holiday
Let's Split Up, Gang: John's head randomly flat-out morphes into Fred from the Trope Namer to say this during chapter 3, where the Rainbow Crew splits based on who was a Prospit dreamer and who was a Derse dreamer (except Sollux — who had one dreamself one each planet — who fills in the Derse side to even out the teams). However, the splitting doesn't actually occur until far after its proposal and is only brief until half of the Derse team members meet up with the Prospit team.
Lighter and Softer: This fic itself is this to... well... three different other fan fic ideas, only one of which (SJAHJ) was actually published:
Sweet Jade and Hella John. At least in terms of the plot. In terms of humor, HHC is much, much, much worse.
Perhaps the most bizarre out of the three: That's So Cliche, which wasn't even supposed to be a Homestuck fan fic outside of a briefly considered crossover. Rather, it was a Total Drama fan fic that specifically (as the title says) parodies cliches within the fandom. Pikmin Fan said that it was a little more blatant on the Total Drama parody elements than HHC, and the idea was scrapped because it would seem overly redundant.
Like You Would Really Do It: invokedChapter 12 provides something of an inversion. Some faint signs point to half of the trolls getting killed off and staying that way, and the fake-author thinks that it would take ANs to convince the readers that they won't stay dead.
Loads and Loads of Characters: As of the end of chapter 8, the Rainbow Crew has thirty-two members who aren't Pikmin interns. This doubles in chapter 15 to a full sixty-four thanks to the Ballad of Duality. And that's not counting the guardians or ancestors. Or the side characters, which had more focus than they did in HUC.
Love Dodecahedron: So John's crushing on Rose and Dave, and Jade has a crush on John. Seem simple so far? Good, because it won't be for long: John confesses to Dave just before they think they're going to die and they become a couple until the bear incident where they break up, then John starts flirting with Dirk and they become a couple by the end of chapter 1. Dirk is also apparantly "tsundere" to Jake, and Roxy has flirted with every male out of the humans except Dirk. Nepeta has also had a crush on Sollux, but then Rose starts flirting with him too before she begins dating Eridan for the hell of it. But Eridan likes Feferi. And Sollux apparantly likes Aradia. Meanwhile, John and Dirk break up over a diet proposal and John goes out with Damara, whom he barley even met. And it's implied that there was something between Meenah and Aranea. Lampshaded in chapter 1 when Tavros attempted to keep track of the romance but just gave up.
Love Makes You Crazy: Dirk. Averted with Horuss; he was just sad about Rufioh suddenly breaking up with him.
Magic Music: The Sonata of Castles, which seems to have an exclusive ability to just expose the Waterwraith's lair, and the Ballad of Duality, which heals injuries and creates a counterpart to the user(s) at the cost that it may only be used once for each person. (Though Hank, the teacher of the latter song, implies that there is a way to improve on it so that it can be used multiple times.)
Magnetic Hero: The Rainbow Crew as a whole. Or, actually, the Housestucks. They just so happened to find the "Zodiacs" trolls, manage to completely band together the "Alpha" trolls, and get Geno and Homer to join them before they both die.
Edward getting his face lit on fire after Alucard pours holy water on it. "No. My beautiful bishie face. It is becoming ruined. It is al burned now."
When Homer is mortally injured by the Stalfos (in fact, he only survives by getting mutated), all he says is "Ow! That hurt a little!"
invokedJake gets a really deep cut in his arm thanks to Hydra. He does act pretty hindered, but then invokes this after his mother offers a quicker but more disturbing healing sollution.
Jake: Nevermind! I'm fine! I'll just walk this off!
Mama Bear: Ma English is highly energetic and a little ditzy, but after Jake gets kidnapped by Hydra she suddenly flips out and goes barging into poison that literally sets stuff on fire to save him. Even her appearance changes.
Meganekko: This story has quite a few of them, and out of the Rainbow Crew many of them have more spotlight than the others. John and Jade are the main protagonists, with Jane and Jake getting more focus than the other A2 teens. There's also Vriska (thanks to Badass Decay), Aranea, Feferi, Meenah, and Eridan (also thanks to Badass Decay). All nine of these each have an Opposite-Sex Clone as of chapter 15, and that same chapter (which, by Rose's word, lampshades how mostly the Rainbow Crew members under this trope are important) confirms that all of their guardians or ancestors fit this. Crossover/side characters who fit this in HHC or HUC include Connie, and finally for now Rip, (after giving up a life of being a villain and chosing to get herself fired. When she joins Hecksing in HUC, she plays this pretty straight for the most part).
Monster Modesty: Hank Hill seems to be part-plant in a way, and was born with fig leaves all over him appropriately.
Mr. Exposition: Hank Hill. As he was infused with elemental light, this gave him knowledge of how many things work, including his own future.
Mr. Fanservice/Ms. Fanservice: Parodied with all of the guardians and/or ancestors. The former group makes up eight Walking Swimsuit Scenes, while the latter twenty-four all dress in extremely impractical outfits. (According to the narrator, Redglare is an exception; she's supposed to be a nudist who is really bad at hanging people, and she somehow got her ropes wrapped around her in a pseudo-outfit. It's implied that she just rolls with it.)
Mundane Utility: Kiriki dares Karkta to use her limeblood/"yellowgreen" powers to teleport some McDonalds into the area. This ignores the more obvious idea of teleporting everyone out.
The Mutiny: Meenah is planning on taking over Rose's job as the leader, although through promotion. Given how this is Meenah we're talking about here, she's being nice. Yet she has reason to act nice; Equius is threatening to kill her if she does anything against the productivity of the Rainbow Crew.
The "parallel chumhandle initials" system from SJAHJ returns here, only it's more conherant in regards to the humans. note Dave:Dirk::TG:BE instead of BE being Jane's handle; Rose:Roxy::TT:BB and Jade:Jake::GG:EE instead of the former being Dirk's handle and the latter being Roxy's handle; John:Jane::GT:EB instead of EB being John's and GT being Jake's. Since fanfiction.net cannot yet support colors and the fic itself doesn't actually say any of the chumhandles, this makes it a little easier to tell the difference between who's talking.
During chapter 5 in the expansion on Damara's flashback from chapter 4, when Damara is kidnapped, Aranea says "No!" Then when Meenah betrays the Alphas, Aranea shouts "Double no!" Like how Integra did to the Alucard's death/Walter's reveal situation in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals. Except after, there's a "Triple no!" when part of Aranea's afro gets sliced off by Meulin.
John and Jade pick up fire, ice, and light scrolls at a shop by Dracula, their intended purpose being used for arrows. They eventually harness the powers of the first two, and manage to use them to simply make the elements in their raw forms ala Fire and Ice Flowers. The catch? John's the one who primarly uses fire powers, while Jade is the one who primarly uses ice powers. Sweet Jade and Hella John had alternate selves of them, John's alt with fire abilities and Jade's with ice.
The existance of Hydra, Death Mecha, Darkhorse, and Omega Drew Pickles, to the same story. They are even confirmed later to be a part of a group.
Naked First Impression: Porrim. The first time the majority of the Rainbow Crew sees Meenah, she's half naked.
Naked People Are Funny: Hawaii mostly consists of nudists in this universe. Jade, Damara, Meulin, Porrim, Latula, and Aranea have all ended up naked in varrying degrees of public, causing John to freak the hell out over it. Season four looks to be toning it down at first glance, but then come in the guardains and ancestors....
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Kurloz's ancestor is given the title of the Scalper.note The seven-letter name is likely intentional, given how Gamzee's has nine letters instead of the standardized eight.
Never Live It Down: In-universe, Nobody seems to forgive Dave for using John as a human shield against the bear. Well, except maybe Roxy. Until Dave redeems himself with a song at the end of season 2.
"John Egbert is the Air of Brenth in this fan fic he must God Tier and Ascent to Skaia to take out Jack the evil villain. Pairings include John/Vriska Rose/Kanaya Dave/Terezi Jade/Karkat Roxy/Calliope Jane/Dirk/Caliborn trigale Eridan/Noone. But when John have to do dirty work, he rob bank and haz to avoid cops? Wow1"
This is a SBURBless/Post-SBURB AU (It says it's the latter but if this fan fic even remotely follows the rules of the comic then it should be the former), which by itself wipes out the entire first sentence. Doc Scratch is the "evil villain," while Jack isn't even mentioned. As of the latest chapter, John/Jane is the current John pairing, But HUC's epilogue mentions that John and Jade will get married by the end of the events of both fan fics, so John/Vriska will not be a final couple. Neither will Jade/Karkat. The narrator and later Kanaya herself comments that she does not want to jump to another relationship after Edward's death, seriously hindering Rose/Kanaya. (Until Kanaya finds news about Alucard's death, and especially after Edward confesses that he was an asshole.) Chapter 3 hinted Terezi/Dave, but then again it also hinted Terezi/Latula and Terezi/Karkat. As for Eridan's "noone" thing... that's jossed as early as chapter 3. There was a cop chase in the same chapter, which is perhaps the closest thing the summary got right. What certainly doesn't help in any of this is the fact that the cover (which is also this page's image) seems to agree with at least the God Tier, Jack, Skaia, and maybe John/Vriska parts. And now as of chapter 16, it's openly admitted that both the summary and the cover are flat-out lies.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: John and Rose screwing up Meulin's first request by blowing up the great wall built to keep out monsters. To be fair, they do get called out on it quite a bit.
No Fourth Wall: It's even worse here than it was in Sweet Jade and Hella John. Jade even says that the carrier trip will be longer "on a fourth wall level," whatever that's supposed to mean.
No Name Given: For the first ten chapters of the story, Roxy and Dirk were only known by their first names — in complete contrast to just about every other major character. They were revealed in chapter 11 as Drunkie and Coolkid respectively. (According to the author, the former's supposed to be from Spain and the latter was the result of Dirk's father being named with a different last name.)
Not His Sled: In chapter 12, the trolls begin killing eachother in a very similar manner to their deaths in canon. While its obvious that they won't die for real (especially after reading chapter 13 first, as none of those trolls die and it wouldn't make sense to kill off half of the post-scratch group yet let the pre-scratch ones live), we begin with a very familiar scenario of Vriska killing Tavros. Then Eridan kills Feferi, "kills" Kanaya, and knocks out Sollux, with the only difference from canon being the order. Gamzee later strangles Equius, and Nepeta faces off against him. It seems like she, too, will be killed... and then she suddenly turns it around and ass smacks him to death instead. Partially justified, as thanks to upcoming events in a completely different story, no Leijons can be killed off until Simpsons ends (in real life), and thus something like this had to be written to go around remaking the murder arc.
Not the Fall That Kills You: The humans survive a several story fall from Scratch's appartment through two different ways; Rose falls in Tavros's arms, and the other seven land on Terezi.
Not Using the Z Word: Like Hecksing, this trope in inverted. While ghouls/zombies haven't appeared yet, we've seen rainbow drinkers, who as of chapter 12 are just "troll vampires."
John thinks this is the casse near the end of chapter 10, where an Imperial Drone bursts through his house after... certain events. It turns out the drone was going to break in anyway, to deliver a message.
At the end of the Truth or Dare game, everyone is piled up thanks to Karkat tripping. Scratch thinks they're having an orgy, which isn't helped by the fact that most of them are naked and the ones that aren't are wearing almost nothing.
John seems to qualify under this, spending the earlier parts of the series acting like a hyper idiot before quickly showing his colors and siding with Rose. It seems to be a way to justify his Characterization Marches On.
It's revealed in a flashback in chapter 15 that Rip Van Winkle used this, after an assault on the Harley manor made Rip realize that Jade reminded her of herself once she got Jade into a state of helplessness. Rip then spends everything from that moment on trying to get herself fired from the Millennium. (It's implied that they would kill her if she quit, as for some reason their versions here are much less harsh on people they fire than people who quit) As revealed in HUC, she was such an asset to them thanks to her "charm" ability that it takes literally sleeping with the enemy (Carl) to succeed. It explains why she suddenly gains a ton of brains shortly after joining Hecksing.
Obviously Evil: Pretty much any antagonist, also when Dirk goes crazy.
OC Stand In: The Alpha troll's ancestors were written when absolutely nothing was known about their canon counterparts (bar a very brief mention of Meenah's), so as a result they were an odd mix of Generation Xerox and were expies of the Zodiac trolls.
Off the Rails: When the trolls are all killing eachother, not only are there a few differences from canon like Gamzee and Eridan having a one-on-one battle (the closest thing we got had Vriska thrown in, and a fight didn't actually happen as instead Kanaya broke in), but the biggest by far was that Gamzee died instead of Nepeta. Karkat's reaction should speak for itself.
Opposite-Sex Clone: The counterparts, with a few more differences than simply being the opposite sex.
Opposites Attract: This is what the fake-author came up with as the reason for why John/Dave is more popular than John/Jade.
Other Me Annoys Me: So far, very few characters have gotten along with their counterparts. Probably because most (but not all) of them are like jerkish versions of their original selves. Karkat especially hates his, thanks to her very light atittude about everything.
Our Dragons Are Different: The Hydra. Each of its heads not only breaths a different substance, but they also apparantly give the main body/other heads abilities as well. For example, the blue head also somehow enables the other heads to breathe under water, and with out it they can drown.
Our Ghosts Are Different: What little has been revealed about ghosts is mind-boggling. For one thing, it seems that they can only stay on Earth by using magic, and if it's drained then they are forced to Heaven or the Four Hells. Perhaps the weirdest thing is that while humans can see ghosts, vampires can't unless they're vampire ghosts.
When Kurloz is talking to the Waterwraith between Cronus's sidequest and assaulting Meenah's dungeon, his "bone text" is represented in all caps and bold, even with the quotation marks being bolded. This is evident in the narration:
...and even the quotation marks are in bold for emphashism.
Everything Darkhorse says is written in all caps, and like Kurloz's "bone text," everything — including the quote marks — is written in bold.
A flashback shows Doc Scratch going to a drug store (the pharmacy kind) to get marijuana. His only "disguise" is a pair of Ben Stiller shades. Considering what Scratch looks like, this trope really comes into play.
At the beginning of chapter 16, the Rainbow Crew all towers up to disguise as a pizza guy. The problem with this? As of this part, there are sixty-four of them, and as a result they look ridiculously tall. Then Aramin runs in and the rest of the Crewmates are knocked off of the tower, to which Sawbuck thinks he accidentally killed them.
"OW that stupid motherfucker..." he said before laffing, "I guess I"M the motherfucker becuz I fuck my mom since I'm into that" it's funny because it's incest. Anyway Incest Guy died.
The beginning of chapter 9 slightly implies that John's mom was trying to hit on him. This is not forgotten: When she comes in during the Truth or Dare game in chapter 16, she grabs the bottle when John is about to spin it, points it to herself, winks at him, and flat-out tells him to kiss her. She was just joking... maybe.
Parody Sue: The kid in the Hawaii inn could count, his appearance outright being described as a "parody of fantrolls."
Please Put Some Clothes On: John, the only humanoid guy alive at the time in one particular group, apparantly didn't like how Damara ditched her Felt wardrobe. Nor did he like Porrim being naked on her introduction. By the time Latula gets naked as some bizarre means to prove herGamer Girl status, John runs away in discomfort. He also runs when he came across Meulin accidentally exposing herself to show off the marks she put on her belt whenever Cronus does something deceitful.
The Rainbow Sisters. (Not to be confused with the Rainbow Crew or the Real Life group with the same name.) It gets much worse when Jade elaborates in a flashback when she used to work with Rainbow Red.
The Troll Empress. Not only is she an active follower of the hemospectrum, but as revealed in the tail end of season five, she's reallymisogynistic.
Troll Empress's Army Propoganda Speech: ...And I say men because I know that you're the strong ones. You're the ones who hit harder, and take harder hits. Women, you already have the agonizingness of periods to worry about, you don't deserve the war to harm your weak little selves. Kay thanks, bye!
The Pornomancer: John, to an extent. He's been around every time a female character gets naked either through stupidity or slapstick, not to mention how he (and the rest of the RC) just-so-happened to visit China during carnival. In addition to that, his mother just-so-happens to have a very active sex life.
Portal Pool: Doc Scratch has one in a point in his tower, the bridge going over it acting as the unnoficial border between the "lair" part of the building and the "apartment" part of it. It leads to the Grand Canyon, because Stickdawg lives there.
Precocious Crush: He might technically be a late teenager, but Karkat has a crush on the obviously older woman who runs the Hawaiian inn.
Purple Prose: Aranea's recap of the first season. (Which is actually pretty mild compared to most examples; it helped that the author was rushed in writting the second half.) Tweleve paragraphs to cover only four chapters, whereas Hecksing's recap narrated by Rip took ten paragraphs to cover nine chapters. Her recap of the second season isn't nearly as bad, although Word of God says that it was supposed to be longer.
The Pikmin interns are pretty terrible offenders. In spite of season three's central plotline centered around them, they are left out of season four entirely because Rose had them remodel the treehouse, and they don't appear much in season five because... well, no real reason is given on that.
While crossover characters do have a habit of coming and going pretty much whenever the story needs it, Connie was put on a train to Canada in chapter 15 in spite of, depending on how you count season four's "can be read in any order" gimmick, pretty much getting two chapters in a row's worth of appearances. But it should be noted that she was shown on the train in chapter 15, and that is in fact how the Rainbow Crew encountered her and how she made an appearance in said chapter.
The Quiet One: Dirk, following his breakup with John. He only talks to select people in private, until chapter 7 when he finally does speak — but it's not pretty.
R-Rated Opening: Sort of, and by its standards. While the rest of season one is actually pretty tame, it's opening involves Alucard burning Edward with holy water in what seems to be the vampire equivilent of throwing acid on his face. But it helps that Edward gives a Major Injury Underreaction.
"Rashomon"-Style: The entirety of season four is told this way, with each of its chapters focusing on a different group. To enforce this and as a contrast to most examples of this trope, the author (the real author, not the alter ego writing the story in-universe) encourages you to read them in any order.
Within season four is how the B1s tells about their battle on the bridge:
John's story paints himself as a Gary Stuinvoked, and he takes credit for most of the battle.
Jade's story is supposedly done in the appearance of a children's cartoon, with Zabuza being in Conspicuous CGI. She praises John endlessly, and dresses Dave and Jane (who wasn't originally there, though she does also appear in John's story) as stereotypical prostitutes as they have both either dated John prior or are dating John.
Rose's story is told in bland, typoless Purple Prose (Rose doesn't speak clearly in this story, by the way) and, like John's, she mocks everyone else.
Dave's story paints him as a Stu, has a few irrelevant details, everyone fawns over him, and is supposedly a musical before Ichigo interrupts him before he can start.
The amount of time it took before the final part of Act 6 Intermission 3's walkaround to be published determined the publish date for season two and, by proxy, the chapters afterward. In a similar situation to... what was once planned for Sweet Jade and Hella John, this is so that the last three A1 trolls are properly introduced, which would actually affect the plot.note In SJAHJ, by the time the A1 trolls were outright needed for the plot, Kankri, Latula, and Porrim had been introduced, so a few jokes were done with them and Aranea, and the other trolls were outright sillouettes. Although this didn't stop Pikmin Fan from using Damara during the first four chapters, when next to nothing was known about her. And now that her personality had been revealed...
Chapter 12 would have ended on a cliffhanger with the trolls going off a literal cliff, before it quickly says that they crash into an abandoned hospital which cushions their fall. The part about the hospital would have not been mentioned, however the author says that he's not sure when to even start season five, so the cliffhanger will be made longer than necessary. It turns out the break between seasons four and five would be relatively short compared to the rest of the breaks.
Chapter 17's short length compared to 16 and especially 15 was because of the self-set deadline catching up quick on Pikmin Fan.
Reality Ensues: Every chapter in season four ends with the respective group wandering just how they will get back home, since both the car and the airwig are destroyed and their plane is stolen. The author implies at the end of at least chapter 12 that season five will in fact begin picking up right where season four left off, and the first half of chapter 15 will focus on the Rainbow Crew getting back to Chicago.
Reset Button: Downplayed. In chapter 12, the trolls begin killing eachother, with only half of them remaining by the time they begin their battle with Death Mecha. However, Pip's ghost makes a return from eight (going purely by chapter number, and not counting season four's ability to be read in any order) chapters ago, and revives the dead ones. The downplaying comes from the fact that the characters did ultimately learn something from this, and it did stick around to teach them about acceptance or... something like that.
Retcon: In order of when the ret conned-event started:
Hecksing says that Jean and Jude were made in a lab accident. They weren't. Though this is probably because, back then, Housestuck wasn't even planned, and neither was the very convoluted chain of events that led to the Ballad of Duality, so Pikmin Fan just came up with a simpler backstory for them.
All of the class and aspect references are ret conned in chapter 16, admitting that Roxy's "voiding" was just a reference to her somehow being able to hack Doc Scratch's partial omniscience... or something.
An earlier chapter outright stated that the ancestors do not exist. Then comes chapters 12 and 13: The former introduces the more familiar ancestors, the latter introduces new ancestors that are supposed to stand in for the currently unelaborated ancestors in Beforus.
Romantic Plot Tumor/Strangled by the Red String: Parodied/invoked. Around half of the Rainbow Crew have romance troubles, but what takes the cake (pun unintended) is John. He starts out having a crush on Dave and Rose, but during a risk of death he suddenly swoops Dave in and kisses him. Then Dave, without really thinking, tries to use John as a human shield against a random bear, causing John to break up with him... which after he's suddenly flirtatiously hitting on Dirk. Until they break up in chapter 4 over a diet proposal. Then he hooks up with Damara and their relationship lasts for a whopping seven chapters, before Damara breaks up with him and he starts to love Jane. And then there's Jade's crush on him. And then there's the scene in chapter 3 where he discusses with every other Prospit Dreamer (Except Karkat and Vriska) about what it would be like if he married them. And that's all within the first nine chapters.
Rotating Protagonist: The author admits in chapter 7's closing notes that he was trying to give the Rainbow Crew members roughly equal screentime.
Rouge Angles of Satin: While most of the typoes avert this, there are still some straight (intended) uses. Like Plasma Snake "ejaculating" into smoke instead of evaporating.
In chapter 12, while Nepeta is working towards reviving the dead trolls, the narrative suddenly brings up three times that if the author was Andrew Hussie (obvious issues as to why the HELL Hussie would write a story like this aside), then the revivals would be fake-outs.
Rule 63: This one is actually a little bit complicated. First, after finally getting back to Chicago and entering Scratch's tower, the Crew is capture by Stitch and he genderbends all of them for kicks. After the Crew breaks free adn Stitch runs away, they encounter Ichigo trying to seal a portal to Hell that Scratch had opened prior. He gets distracted by the Crew's arrivals long enough for Homer's ghost to sneak through and threaten to kill and double-kill the Crew. Equius fires a light arrow at him, reincarnating him to Hank Hill who teaches them the Ballad of Duality, which reverts the gender changes (and undoes all injuries) and creates an Opposite-Sex Clone of every member of the Crew. According to Hank, the fact that the Crew was genderbent prior had nothing to do with their counterparts being genderbent, which is what makes it a tad bit more... well, complicated.
The "Alphas" flashback constantly reminding the readers that the trolls are 13, complete with saying, to give an example, "13 year old Aranea" every time the character is mentioned. Even in dialogue within the flashback. Flashbacks that happened later in the series seem to be thankfully avoiding this.
Vriska complaining whenever an "Alpha" is added to the group (even Aranea, who actually had to do something for the RC instead of the other way around) and bringing up the solid sweep she had to train in combat before she could join the Zodiacs. Rose deciding to add Meenah is the only time where she doesn't bring up the sweep, but the spoiler'd action in question was so out-there that Vriska threatened to quit and join the Felt.
In all four chapters of season 2, there is one person out of the two/three Alpha trolls recruited (Mituna, Porrim, Latula, and Cronus) that initially think that the Rainbow Crew is a bunch of Jehova's Witnesses trying to inform them.
Chapter 9 has the Pikmin intern's chance of "PUNISH HIM! PUNISH HIM!" Whenever the Crew tries to negotiate, and Jake's responding "NOOOOO DON'T PUNISH ME!"
Extremely cheesy chants for magic spells. Like Pip's reviving Tavros, Feferi, Equius, Gamzee, Eridan, and Vriska: "Alakazam! Biggity boo! Life!" Or how Stitch uses his powers in this fic (he is the only Felt member whose powers are modified that wasn't dead by the start of the canon intermission): "Oogala boogala, CHANGE THEIR SEX!"
Each chapter of season four has the team encountering a certain "X People" in the regions, who are all described as being halves of three things, and all turn out to actually be friendly.
Sacrificial Lion: Geno is introduced in chapter 3 and seems to be a major character that will become very important later on. Similar to Carl in Hecksing. However, he dies the very next chapter.
Script Fic: While it doesn't use script format, there are several scenes (especially during season 2) where it mentioned things such as a "dramatic closeup" or that the budget of the fan fic is low.
Self-Deprecation: A flashback shows Cronus driving a train — and crashing it. What that happens, Porrim comments, "Yikes! That's a bigger train wreck than Great Pikmin Fan's Total Drama World Tour Rewrite!"note This scene was written back when Pikmin Fan had extreme Creator Backlash over TDWTR; he has since lightened up to the fan fic as a whole, but not quite to the old version.
Doc Scratch's level of knowledge is extremely inconsistant. To the point where his motivation for killing John, Jade, and Rose's avatars in the MMORPG makes no sense if you think about it.
A big one involving the premise. It says that the "player characters" are aged up (possibly aged down in the case of the pre-scratch trolls, depending on if they really were 19 or they just started playing the game at a younger age) to 16, but a comment in HUC's final chapter says that they were 13 during what would be the events of this fan fic.
Whether or not classes and aspects still applies to the characters seem to flip-flop between being so (such as how Roxy voids out Scratch's vision) and not being mentioned. As of season four, however, it seems to have finally settled on "not being mentioned." And chapter 16 even admits that it isn't going to happen.
Serial Escalation: The way Meenah leaving the Alphas was handled was possibly done even worse than Walter saying that he can't give Integra a cigar because he is part of the Millennium in Hecksing.
Parodied with Porrim. Or for that matter, most of the female cast. But especially Porrim.
Jake's mother has no problems taking off her top in front of others.
Pretty much all of the ancestors only bother wearing clothes in the first place to troll people with how easy it is for them to lose them.
Shaped Like Itself: Used often, such as Medicman saying that she can't legally change Mituna's pervertedness. She repeatedly says that there's no legal thing she can do.
Ship Tease: Following Sweet Jade and Hella John, this usually (but not always) teases several crack pairings rather than popular ones. In fact, during the volcano run, John comments what it would be like to be in a relationship with each Prospit dreamer except Karkat and Vriska, the two people out of that group he's arguably shipped with the most. To add insult to injury, at one point Jade says that John has commented on a relationship with every teammate but her — in spite of Karkat and Vriska not asking.
The end of the third chapter contains another reference to Undercover Brother. Scratch point blank quotes the Chief, complete with accidentally saying Undercover Brother's name instead of the person he was reffering to. (Meenah.)
John reffering to the Geno incident as a fan's wet dream is a refference to one ofChuggaaconroy's early videos.
Rose's introduction of Meulin and Porrim to Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, and Gamzee is this to the opening of Total Drama World Tour, complete with using several lines. Given that copy-pasting lines from canon word-for-word has been admitted to be a pretty big pet-peeve of the real author, this could be something of a Take That at fan fics that do such.
Might be a as well Take That considering their... infamy, but when "KFC Guy" starts attacking the Crew, Dave shouts "PETA WAS RIGHT!" This is very likely a reference to PeTA's Super Chick Sisters.
Doc Scratch destroying the bridge over his Portal Pool and sending the Rainbow Crew falling into it resembles Knuckles's bridge destructions in Sonic 3 And Knuckles.
Chapters 15 and 17 draw similarities between the Felt Tower and the Stone Tower Temple from Majora's Mask. (Flipping upside down, light arrows being used (bonus points for indirectly becoming the cause of the upside-down flipping), and having a strange portal that leads out into the middle of a desert.) This isn't too surprising, given how Majora's Mask was a huge influence for the "sidequest"-centricness of the story, and the entire previous season was about the Rainbow Crew going to places aligning up with the four dungeon areas (swamp, mountain, ocean, canyon).
Slapstick Knows no Gender: Despite being a SBIG installment, there is actually surprisingly little of what can be consider actual slapstick. However, it shows up in chapter 16, and just about nobody is safe from getting hit in the rear. Hell, to hammer it in, the game covers every potential gender combination of who smacks who, even if you factor in "counterpart male" and "counterpart female" as two additional "genders."
Spell My Name with an S: Liquid Snake, Gas Snake, and Plasma Snake start also being refered to as Water Snake, Wind Snake, and Fire Snake respectively. After this change happens, it stays this way for the rest of chapter 13. The change, by the way, starts mid-paragraph.
Spoof Aesop: When building the border wall for Chicago, John and Rose start to think that they are actually doing it for the purpose of keeping out immigrants, and not for actually keeping out monsters, and Meulin was either tricked or flat out lied to them. They destroy a large chunk of the wall, give an asinine speech about acceptance, and then it turns out that the "monsters" kept out really were monsters. Giant ladybug creatures (Bulborbs, to be specific) that proceeded to eat most of Chicago's crops.
Stacy's Mom: John is revealed in chapter 11 to have a crush on Jake's Ma, who almost everyone else thinks is generally very absrud.
Status Quo Is God: While a lot of things change — including and especially relationships — any drastic changes made to the Rainbow Crew that don't involve additional members will likely be reversed. For instance, six of the trolls are killed off in chapter 12. Then Pip comes back, putting his "I can revive six people at once" skill by bringing those exact same trolls back from the dead.
Suddenly Voiced: The mooks of the Felt, Feferi's lusus (who, thanks to no longer having eldritch ties, can talk without killing all of the trolls), Link (lampshaded in that his first line sounds like one of his cries, but it's really him clearing his throat), the Imperial/Message Drones, the random Stalfos, Waterwraith(again), and all of the guardians/ancestors who didn't already have dialogue like Nan(na), Mindfang, and Condesce.
Super Cell Reception John can apparantly contact Jane via Pesterchum from Hell. But according to Word of God, it's because the signals travel through a portal that was present nearby, hence how they are able to type to eachother.
In chapter 12, Karkat's reaction to Kanaya using just one hand to chainsaw Eridan in half. "WOW SOMEBOYD'S BEEN FAPPING!" Karkat shouted. "AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT MYSELF BECAUSE I TOTALLY DON'T DO THAT.
The narrator has done this at least twice so far.
Chapter 5 says that Roxy glared like Redglare but she's from a different timeline. It turns out she isn't.
Chapter 10 has a poem on Waterwraith's chamber, which will definitely not be mentioned in chapter 15. Nope, not at all. Said poem reflects the counterparts.
The Stations of the Canon: Parodied with the Wave Country mission, where Team Seven (in the Leaf Village) and Team Three (in the RC, and dealing with the "Session" split instead of the "Prospit/Derse" split) encounter the same Demon Brothers, later encounter Haku, even recreate a little of the "run up trees" portion... things finally get derailed on the bridge battle. Of course, as this is only the first part of three missions in the chapter, and the third is supposed to be the only one with actual length, this is all ran through in brief.
At one point, Futurama is 'mispelled' as "Futarama."
There's irony behind John's crush on Ma. Realize that Ma, as Jake's guardian, is the HHC version of Grandma English (just younger and likely with a vastly different personality and... body shape), who in turn is the post-scratch version of Jade. So John does like a Jade in a way, just not the Jade in HHC's world.
The first three chapters had a scene with Damara and Scratch, plus a signoff by Gamzee. Chapter 4 lampshades this by saying that there can't be something like the latter every chapter, because this isn't like the Simpsons. Season 2 picked this up by having each chapter ending with a scene of Meenah having a conversation with a Stalfos, except chapter 8 given how the Stalfos is dead and Meenah has joined the Rainbow Crew. Season three is the first season to not have anything resembling a stinger at all.
At the end of chapter 17, there is a "video" by the Troll Empress, saying that an invasion broke out and an attack was led on an oil rig. She then tells people to sign up for the army, to fight it back.End of season five.
Stop Being Stereotypical: In a flashback, Kankri tells Aranea not to do her Undercover Brother impersonation because it is this. Aranea responds by saying that her personality really was like this when she was 13.
Suddenly Sexuality: Inverted. The very first lines are of Kanaya — of all people — making out with Edward Cullen.
Surprise Incest: Oddest example ever; this shocked the fake-author, having never read acts 1-4 until making season 2 of this fan fic. He found out that John and Jade were related after teasing them so much in the first four chapters (and hooking them up in Hecksing), but ignored this because Jane and Jake are shipped together as well as Dirk and Roxy, and said author thinks they're related too.Note They're not; Act 6 Intermission 2 elaborated that Jane and Nanna were biologically one and the same, as with Dirk and Bro, Roxy and Mom, and Jake and Grandpa. So they're still the biological parents of the session.
Depicitions of the Rainbow Crew members are usually a jab at something. Either an exaggeration of how fans commonly mis-portray them (Mainly the humans, what with John's innocense, Jade's shyness, Roxy's mind always on sex, etc.), an inversion of mis-portrayals (Usually with the trolls, since some of the Beforans already covered the previous depiction type in canon: Eridan becoming a pimp, Vriska being a near-Harmless Villain), some odd mix of the previous two (IE Gamzee's pseudo-Mr. Fanservice status), a reference to Total Drama fan fiction (Meulin, Porrim, and Aranea), or a parody of another stereotype. (Such as Rose, if the author's short story on his profile of her beating up an alternate Ezekiel from one of his other fan fics is any indication.)
The fake jabs at Twilight from HUC return here, including the first scene of the fan fic.
The ending of chapter 4 accuses The Simpsons of being too repetitive and formuletic.
John's rant about Meenah's dungeon (Bold emphasis not in the fan fic):
"ARGH! I can't take it! TRheres too many keys and doors and stupidly complicated puzzles and overpowered enemies! The keys! The keys! If this wa a Zelda OOT temple than this would be the Key Temple! In fact, I swer at once point that we get a key, use it on a door, and on the other side of that door is a room with nothing but another key in it! this is a few JPEGS from becomeing a Arise game!"
What Highblood's "outfit" "symbolizes" is a potshot at Gamzee. The last sentence in the paragraph states it outright.
Less blatant than that, but there's the fact that Kanaya's rainbow drinker/vampire reveal and revival is compared to Nepeta being able to easily smack Gamzee so hard his head explodes. Karkat's reactions to both explainations are even the same.
After making fun of people who make fun of Twilight, it finally deals one itself when Edward possesses a dead Eridan, and confesses that he watched his previous girlfriend and Kanaya sleep. Kanaya's reaction is to chainsaw Eridan's body again, thus killing Edward either twice or a third time — depending on how you count the Alucard vs Jan fight.
Chapter 13 has two parallels drawn to creepypastas, both of these mentioning blood. This is a jab at stories that have an overuse of blood for scare factor.
Now that chapter 14 elaborates a little more on Wiggim and answers one of the mousesHecksing left hanging, every Simpsons character who has ever appeared in Crconikals has died. In Quimby's case, he was brought back as a vampire, but he still technically died and underwent a rather painful death at that.
Chapter 16 makes a dig at Chocolate Mix Skittles, with pretty much everyone agreeing that they taste terrible. To the extent that it's even a dare to eat them, and the Felt refused to steal the bag Kanaya brought with her while the Crew was knocked out.
Tempting Fate: The very first lines in the fan fic are about Kanaya and Edward saying that they don't want anything to ruin their little date. Then Alucard comes and kills Edward.
There Is Only One Bed... in an entire aircraft carrier. Though John and Jade's stay in it was far from romantic, continuing their streak of being in a one-sided crush stalemate and Jade farting at one point, driving them both out of the room for a while.
There Was a Door: The Messenger Drone at the end of chapter 10 bursts a hole through a wall in John's room and says that he couldn't find the entrance. He then bursts through another section of the wall when coming out, this time having no excuse.
Tonight Someone Dies: Near the end of chapter 3, Gamzee says that for the next chapter someone will die. That someone turns out to be Geno.
Too Dumb to Live: Chief Wiggim, as he dives into the ocean from the top of a car that's going non-stop in a direction away from him. To retrieve a football. He is then shot and eaten by a shark afterwards.
This was sort of the point of Ichigo's lessons to Rose, Roxy, Eridan, Feferi, and Nepeta, although it served as a dig against fans who generally thought any of those five were weak to begin with.
Nepeta specifically. For the first three seasons, she did very little other than being the designated door knocker and occasionally using her Ichigo-taught skills. Then she's suddenly good enough to take down Humongous Mecha Death Mecha, essentially by herself. And kill Gamzee just by hitting him with her ass. And carry Sollux, Tavros, Feferi, Equius, Gamzee, Eridan, and Vriska at the same time in one giant stack, which was done after catching all seven of them after they fell (Sollux from losing his mind honey and being unable to levitate further; the others from being revived in mid-air).
Compared to canon, the pre-scratch trolls. Damara and Rufioh at least showed having remarkable abilities in their battle against the Xenomorph, Meenah is the Crew's Badass Normal by a long shot, their fight against Darkhorse was much longer and flashier than the other battles against Omega Drew Pickles or his minionsand it was a more even match (contrast to the post-scratch trolls needing strategy, convenient nitroglycerin, and Pip reviving everybody, and both sets of humans getting assistance from their guardians), and Aranea flat-out says that without them, the Crew would stand no chance against Meenah at all.
Despite being the same people as them in canon, the ancestors of the original post-scratch trolls are revealed to invert this. They all really lead mundane lives and only shrouded themselves in stories to seem impressive, and they are all implied to be less-than-decent fighters.
Took a Level in Dumbass: Inverted with Porrim and John. The former started out as a Dumb Blonde parody before reading up on activism and suddenly, inexplicably acting a little more rational. The later was basically a hyperactive, relationship-hopping idiot before turning more and more into a borderline Jerk Jock.
Took a Level in Jerkass: John and Rose, especially in chapter 14. In chapter 12, Vriska suddenly becomes evil and kills Tavros for almost no reason (he gets revived, though), and Eridan suddenly stops being a parody/inversion of "desperate Eridan" and rudely kills Feferi (she gets revived too).
Torches and Pitchforks: The Pikmin interns use these at the beginning of chapter 9. Also, the pitchforks glow for some reason, but not as brightly as the torches.
Trailers Always Spoil: The summary during chapters 11, 12, and 13 gave away the fact that the ancestors and guardians will be appearing on those respective chapters. Chapter 14 doesn't, and especially since the summaries have changed, this isn't an issue anymore.
Transgender: Connie off-handedly implies she's a transgendered person (openly admitting she has a penis), and the author confirms it. (Which is a little necessary, since Haku uses his... thing as a way of proving that he's male, even though the fact that the story constantly using male pronouns for him while female pronouns for Connie would imply the difference between their situations.) It only applies to her in this timeline, but Carl Stevens Universe is included in that. Sort of. Pikmin Fan is very unsure on that.
Stitch seems to be one, given how after being attacked by Rufioh, he swaps the entire Crew's sex for practically no reason, and then leaves them to stumble onto a trap.
Rose goes from being a rather unpleasant leader to this, especially to Dave. She openly admits at the end of chapter 15 that she says outrageous things just to get Dave angry.
Unexpected Character: Frankly, going by number each chapter of season four gets more extreme in this regard. Chapter 11 has alternate versions of the B2 kid's guardians/would-be guardians, which is a little unexpected but seeing as we've seen John's and Dave's before it isn't too far-fetched. Chapter 12 has the ancestors, which despite being more popular than the B2 guardians, were flat-out stated to not exist earlier. Chapter 13 has the would-be ancestors of Beforus, characters who have not been elaborated on at all in canon, each given new names and interpretations. While chapter 14's group, the B1 guardians, are nothing too surprising at all (especially if you read season four in numerical order), the chapter itself contains Noah, a character who in both HHC and HUC alike has been said to be from a different anime/webcomic.
After this quote, Cronus looks at the other directions as if there's nothing that bad happening in the direction of the shark. He also seems pretty lax in general about the fact that there's a shark in the water with him.
Mituna was drowning so Cronus ran up to him and grabbed him and then began looking around for methods to get to surface. Towards the slope east and up to the beach he saw a man getting mauled by a shark so he knew that wasn't an option (AN don't worry he's going to get hospitaled back to health later on)....
In general, all of the male leads start running around in dresses matching those of the female leads at a certain point onward. They form a big group like this. Nobody says a thing.
There's also a point in the story where a UFO shoots down an airplane and the former's inhabitants, Xenomorphs from Alien (except sentient), get into a fight with the inhabitants of the airplane — or at least, one of the Xenomorphs. The rest are all much saner, and decide to hail taxis and get no flack for this in spite of being... well, Xenomorphs. Then again, trolls completely co-exist with humans so it's implied that aliens aren't that odd of a sight in this world.
Several characters run around in revealing outfits almost all of the time, a faint few practically naked. It's implied that this isn't that big of a deal outside of the US in this world, and even in the US it's extremely lax.
Doc Scratch. He's finally revealed in chapter 15 to be a giant puppet brought to life with dark magic in this verse, and other lines imply that he shares the same appearance he does in canon. His apartment is also revealed to be a giant, green Evil Tower of Ominousness that sticks out of the rest of Chicago. Yet everyone treats him like a regular citizen.
Generally any celebrities with special abilities. Like Tony Hawk, who in this story is capable of turning into a literal giant talking hawk and uses this to break into a library to help the Crew fight against a half-demon-horse, half-skeleton monster who goes by the name of Darkhorse. All that happens is that he gets shushed by the librarians. Or David Hasselhoff, who became a hundred feet tall after eating Mario mushrooms (the fake-author of the work believes that he was giant in his appearance in the Spongebob movie, and this was apparantly a reference to it, not that Spongebob and Patrick were tiny).
Averted with the Death Mecha in chapter 12; after being freed, he proceeds to wreck up the fortress he was sealed in and the people inside freak out and call the military.
Verbal Tic: Edward Cullen. Has a little habit. Of breaking up his clauses. Into seperate sentences.
Video Game Settings: Word of God implied that there will be quite a few settings featured in later chapters. Listed chronologically (by chapter count in the case of season four), we have:
Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe, Jake seems to think that the Rainbow Crew guys are actually genderbents when they're in their uniforms. This is because he himself was not around for the announcement of the uniforms, or when they were offered.
Villain Ball: Doc Scratch, definitely as of season five. It's been only one chapter focused on the newer Felt apartment (now called a "tower"), and already it lifts itself from the ground and flips itself upside down after a certain button is pressed at the bottom, which is supposed to be a way for Felt members to get out (getting the required 64 person-weight needed by making clones via time travel) even if it's inconvenient. This was intentional, as the original plan was for the button to simply spring them out, but the author thought that a needless inverse of the tower (complete with knocking Scratch on his ass) would be funnier.
Homer Simpson. Practically every development in the story on his side — his trip from Meenah's moronic minion, to being fired and joining the Rainbow Crew, to getting knocked into nuclear waste by Meenah's Stalfos, to getting killed by the Master Cheif while trying to attack Integra (the reason Integra's there is because Alucard's dead by this point), to being reincarnated as Hank Hill.
Hank Hill himself, as his origin gives away... pretty much everything in the above bullet point.
Practically each season bar the first has an "unexpected addition" of an ensemble. Season two had the A1 trolls, and a Late-Arrival Spoiler of Meenah deciding to join the Crew. Season three had the Pikmin and their Onions. Season four had the ancestors and guardians, the only groups so far confirmed to not be "permanent" additions to the Crew (although they do help them out frequently starting from here, and have even joined them in both the jury duty quests and the trips back home). And as of now, season five has the counterparts.
The counterparts specifically, because they don't appear until over halfway through the story, only get the slightest hints to their existances, are implied from the first chapter they appear in to give insight on their original selve's character by form of being slightly different yet similar to them, and their origins are tied to at least two more walking spoilers. (Hank and Homer.)
John, Jade, and Rose. Given that their actions and development in the later half of the story is all about their backstories, they quickly become this.
Speaking of the guardians and ancestors listed above, John's mother Betty can now count as this, as she doesn't particularly get that much character development until over halfway through the story and completely subverts the expectations one might have for an alternate version of Jane/Nanna. (Or as the mother of John, who in the first three seasons was pretty "innocent" before his background showed.) Something similar can be said about Jade, Jane, and Jake's guardians, but with John's it's by far the most extreme.
Stickdawg. As his entire purpose in the story was the be a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, and thus his entire joke is how out-there he is, to keep in line with the story everything about him is a spoiler.
Because of the way this story and what it's a spinoff to is structured, it's impossible to completely and uttery avoid spoilers of the other story unless you had them both open and read the chapters of both of them in chronological order.
Wangst: In-universe, everyone thinks this about Aradia's backstory. Really, losing a basketball game to Michael Jordan isn't that bad of a thing. It wasn't even Jordan — it was Sollux and Equius in a very elaborate disguise. Yeah... whether it makes it better or worse is up to you.
Chapter 3 to Super Mario RPG. Well, at least the first half is a reference to the Forest Maze portion. John lampshades this several times.
Chpater 9 and the first half of 10 to the Deku Palace portion of Majora's Mask. To make it even more obvious, the Sonata of Castles is just the Sonata of Awakening backwards.
Wolverine Publicity: Parodied, in chapter 5's AN it's revealed that the fake-author only had the fan fiction's opening centered around Kanaya and Edward even though the actual story is more about John, Jade, and Rosenote And to a lesser extent Dave, but really Kanaya is one of the least focused on characters in the Rainbow Crew. because they wanted to use the trolls as means of getting the reader's attention and attempting to drag them in.
The Worf Effect: The first thing Darkhorse does after appearing is effortlessly knock out Samus and Snake. While Snake did not fight up to this point in the story, Samus's introduction was taking out the Yellow Devil in one shot. Granted, Samus was in her "robot form" in the Yellow Devil fight, but still.
Would Hit a Girl: Almost everyone, given the author's preference of equality when it comes to tropes like these.
In general, all of the villains thusfar.
John, reluctantly. "Aw man, killing cute girls wan't part of mishin! But I have to do it anyway!"
All four of the human males did not seem to have a problem with fighting Vriska. Though Dirk is the only one who actually does fight her, that's because Vriska just got lazy right after and changed the challenge.
Jake to Meulin. He doesn't try to attack her at first, but once her stalking goes a little too far he does.
Nobody had any problems fighting Meenah, and the only reason a girl (Porrim) ends up being the only direct one to battle her is because both she dashed head-on to attack her first upon realizing that Meenah was a villain, and because shortly after the battle Meenah gives up and decides to join in with the Rainbow Crew.
Meenah and Cronus seem to think similarly to anyone who isn't Meenah or Damara, and Darkhorse thinks the same about anyone who isn't Meenah or Aranea. Again, they (including Darkhorse) are proven wrong in the Darkhorse battle.
Yandere: Dirk to John. He acts quiet and unemotional after their breakup, but then he just snaps in chapter 7.
You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. The end of chapter 1 shows that Aradia can have visions or can see into the future. But in chapter 2, when asked if the Rainbow Crew will be able to survive the attack from Fin and Trace, she says that it depends on how they do, implying that the Crconikals verse has a flexible timeline, unlike the Homestuck verse.
Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Non-alien example, but John's unusual dislike towards even interacting with someone if they're on seperate teams. He breaks his own rule with Jane during season four, though that may have been because they already hooked up.