Fanfic: Jake Englishs Mysterious Theater Of Scientific Romance From The Year 3000
From left to right: Edrobot
, Gamzee Makara
, Dave Strider
, Jake English
, Karkat Vantas
, Nepeta Leijon
, Pinkie Pie
. Not pictured: Caliborn
, Caius Ballad
, Lord English
, Tara Gilesbie
HOW CAN YOU THINK OF THAT MISRIBLE PILE OF LAMINATED THINKPAN EXCREMENT AS ANYTHING BUT AN ABOMINATION OF THE WRITTEN WORD? Jake English's Mysterious Theater of Scientific Romance From the Year 3000
is an MST
series written by Edrobot
, centering around characters from Homestuck
riffing really bad fanfiction
. The twist is that Jake, canonically liking absolutely all movies, here likes absolutely all fanfics, and takes most of them a bit too seriously. Hilarity Ensues
You can find a list of links to the episodes here
. Additional episodes are periodically published on edrobot's blog, which you can find here
. edrobot's tumblr is found here.
Works riffed so far include:
Tropes featured in this series include:
- Author Avatar: Edrobot
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 3 is this for the other Homestuck characters.
- Adaptational Wimp: Lord English, who is reduced to being a Harmless Villain for comedic purposes.
- April Fools' Day: Caliborn and Lux Lexor review a chapter of Dragon Age: The Crown Of Thorns.
- Arc Villain: Caius Ballad, The Prophet Gilesbie, and Monarch end up being this in seasons 2, 3 and 4.
- Brick Joke: In one chapter, wolf says that Big Daddy will keep stomping on Troll Phelous D1's spine untill october. Come October, Big Daddy finishes his attack, and Troll Phelous D1 escapes.
- Breakout Character: Electra Pendragon went on to become a major character in Edrobot's other fic, Justice Society of Japan.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Compassionate Critic / Caustic Critic: Characters can be found all across the spectrum. But among the regular reviewers...
- Dave, Karkat, Lant, Electra and Pinkie Pie are all Caustic Critics of one breed or another, though Pinkie cares more about cracking jokes than making fun of the work.
- Alfred leans more twoards being a Compassionate Critic, but Karkat, Lant, and even Jake dip into this when they try to explain why a work is so bad.
- The Comically Serious: Caius Ballad.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Edrobot resorts to this at one point with a Tonberry plush.
- Cutaway Gag: Used a few times, most notably in a cutaway gag that lead to a cutaway gag in a cutaway gag.
- Deus ex Machina: Parodied in the season 4 finale. After freeing Zeus from Granny Goodness, Zeus immediately solves all the plot threads without any sort of explanation.
- The Devil Is a Loser
- Everyone Has Standards: Jake doesn't like Sonichu.
- Five-Man Band:
- Parody Sue: Electra Pendragon, a deluded girl who thinks she's the daughter of Saber and Gilgamesh.
- Heroic BSOD: What happens to Karkat when he reads Pinkie Pie's "Cupcakes II".
- Heel-Face Turn: Caius Ballad by the end of Season 3.
- Harmless Villain: Every villain except Caius Ballad, the Prophet Gilesbie, Jade Edwards and Kotomine Kirei.
- Intoxication Ensues: What happens to Caliborn after getting into Gamzee's sopor stash.
- Kid from the Future: Electra may or may not be this.
- Killed Off for Real: Caliborn.
- Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: In one episode Karkat and company go to Trantor... and then realize that nobody can actually think of any good jokes about the Foundation series.
- Later, they end up witnessing a confrontation between "some obscure Doom Patrol villains".
- My Greatest Failure: Lant failed to save Alternia from the Vast Glub, and he failed to save the SBURB session he was inexplicably thrown into. Alfred, meanwhile, accidently sabotaged his own session by abusing the laws of time travel until one of his doomed selves went god tier and became an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Good Is Not Nice: Caius Ballad post Heel-Face Turn.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Minor character Lux Lexor once stole FOURTY CAKES OF WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Call of Zombie Troll Phelous D1 Alter.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Karkat gives a very straigforward and logical explanation as to why he doesn't like Thirty Hs.
- Original Character: Lant Kreck, Alfred Smith, Electra Pendragon, Lux Lexor, Jade Edwards, and Opal Edwards.
- Overly Long Name: Electra Rozelyn Sakura Belladonna Tokasha Emiya Brunestud Tono Nanaya Einzbern Pendragon.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The entirety of Episode 26, which somehow includes Sho Minamimoto, Gaz, and the Great And Powerful Trixie as part of the Suicide Squad, as well as Gilgamesh, Phelous, Bizzaro Discord and Aradia reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Previously On: Spoofed here.
- Post Modernism
- Raised by Humans: Opal, a Gardevior who was raised alongside Jade Edwards.
- Refuge in Audacity: Often subverted by Jake, who can get legitimate (or at least legitimate-sounding) analysis out of what he's reading.
- Repetitive Name: A one-off gag features Troll Phelous announcing that he's going to review Troll Troll 2.
- Serial Escalation: In Season 1, Caliborn was the closest thing there was to a villain, and he was pretty pathetic. Season 2 introduced Caius Ballad and his plan to destroy the timeline. Season 3 introduces the Prophet Gilesbie, who threatens to destroy reality itself.
- Self-Deprecation: Hinata Ends With The Soul Calibur was written by the same guy who wrote this.
- Suckiness Is Painful: Subverted; Karkat is the only one who acts like this is true.
- Unexpected Character: T-Rex and Utahraptor, from Dinosaur Comics.
- TV Genius: Jake. Knowledgeable on many subjects (or actually just knows that he can consult Google/Wikipedia/TV Tropes on any matter), but can't understand the difference between good and bad literature.
- The Devil Is a Loser
- Walking Spoiler: The author takes great pains to talk about Calliope and Caliborn in only the vaguest of terms, in order to avoid spoiling people who haven't yet read Homestuck. He also avoids mentioning exactly how Jake English is related to Homestuck, or the last names of any of the Dancestors.
- Villain Decay: Parodied with Caliborn, Lord English, and (in a one-off gag) Gendo Ikari. Played for Drama with Caius Ballad.
- Wham Episode: In Episode 11, Caius Ballad makes his debut. And then kills everyone.
- Then episode 22 ends with The Reveal that Caius Balad was an Unwitting Pawn who was made to forget about Yuel so that Gilesbie can posses her body. Caius is then about to make a Heel-Face Turn when Kotomine traps him in an "Anti Time Field" that will prevent them from interfering with Tara Gilesbie's plans.
- Episode 33 doesn't end too badly, but Electra remembers that she was sent back in time to stop The Great Disaster
- Episode 44 is written entirely in rhyme.
- Whole Plot Reference: Season 2 is a pastiche of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Season 4 meant to be a parody of Countdown to Final Crisis.