Upon further thought, the fact that every one of the Guardians, plus Grandpa Harley and minus Bec, found a small child that looked remarkably similar to them (for excellent reasons), and decided to keep him or her.
Every single one of John's birthday letters to his friends.
In his letter to Jade, John writes he would have never met Rose or Dave if it wasn't for Jade. It is also the other way around. Jade has her letter from John delivered to her own past self, causing her to contact the other kids on pesterchum and creating their friendship in the present. Best birthday present ever.
In the End Of Act 4 animation. Dream Jade tries to wake John up, then, realizing that the entirety of Prospit is bearing down upon them, pushes him out of the way just in time. Overlaps with Tear Jerker, in spades.
And then the letter afterwards, when John finally opens the box.
And after that, her Grandpa preserves her body.
Let's not forget, Bro slicing a fucking meteor in half just to buy Dave some more time, and sends his rocket board to rescue Dave from falling. Definitely counts as a Crowning Moment of Awesome as well. Good Bro. Best guardian.
Karkat explaining lovenote or as close as trolls get to it to Vriska was actually kinda sweet. He took material that would have been easy enough to use as another "Reason You Suck" Speech and presented it as genuine psychological advice.
It might have been even better if it was shown how the trolls worked together with each other and Jack to learn about teamwork and friendship, but, understandably, Andrew's in a bit of a hurry to wrap the Troll arc up and get back to the kids.
Tavros deciding against all logic to trust that Vriska's faith in him was sincere and rush headlong into a near hopeless fight with his denizen only to be sent through his second gate instead. Vriska had lead him to her house, where she was waiting for him dressed as a fairy. She's doing it horribly wrong and it's borderline horrible, but given that this is VRISKA of all people, it's rather sweet.
Gamzee's conversation with Eridan afterwards is also one of these.
Not strictly part of the comic but Hussie's response to accusations of trolling the audience with troll romance on his formsping is pretty damn nice.
So I think drawing your own horse porn is pretty weird. But who am I to say that's REALLY so terrible? I'm not better than anybody. I'll poke fun at it for a while, but then I'll just roll with horse dicks with a straight face for a while too.
ACT 5 ACT 2. It's genuinely a heartwarming showcase of how John met Jade and John growing up with his Dad. The ending is actually pretty heartwarming too. (Spadewarming?) Seeing Karkat "fall in hate", shall we say, with John, it really sweet.
A standout in the Dad and John montage; at one point a baby John is seen playing on his little slimer toy. When he falls off and gets hurt, Dad immediately runs in to help him.
Although Karkat disagrees, it's pretty heartwarming how close the kids and the trolls have apparently become at John's point in the timeline here.
Although this conversation (John's first, sometime later on Karkat's timeline) shows that however grudgingly, Karkat has at least some fondness for the kids.
Similarly, any of Dave and Terezi's conversations, which also show a degree of friendship between them. Especially when they start drawing comics of each other.
Two moments with Karkat and Robot Aradia in Alterniabound: First, when Aradia says she might kill Karkat for the hell of it and doom them all, if only they weren't already doomed... "and if you werent my friend". Karkat supplies the next, saying how he would dedicate the whole team to bringing Aradia back to life if he could. It goes to show that even as a stoic ghost in a robot, Aradia still cares for her friend, as well as how much Karkat values the people around him despite all the shouty business.
Such as this and this. I guess Terezi really does care...
GC: NOW R3L34S3 M1ST3R OR4NG3 CR34MS1CL3S, ST4T
GC: 4ND H4V3 DR34MS 4S SW33T 4S H3 T4ST3S >:]
When playing as Terezi in Alterniabound, you can find an empty chest in her lair. Re-examining it in the future yields GIFT ART FROM A COOL FRIEND (a SBaHJ picture). Additionally, the walls in the area have new chalk drawings on them— one of her and Dave, and one older drawing that's been SBaHJ-ified.
Also, if Terezi talks to Tavros, Terezi tells Tavros how cool he looks with his robot legs. He's grateful and says he feels more confident, as if Rufio had given him a high five and a massage telling hime "you're the champ". But what's really heartwarming is what comes next.
Terezi: DONT L3T ANYON3 3V3R T3LL YOU RUF1OS NOT R34L
CG: NO, I'M YOUR LEADER BECAUSE OF MY INCREDIBLE TACTICAL SKILLS AND MY ABILITY TO MOBILIZE AND MOTIVATE A BUNCH OF USELESS PEOPLE TOWARD A COMMON GOAL, AND BECAUSE I'M EXTREMELY AMBITIOUS AND INTREPID. ALSO BECAUSE LEADERSHIP IS IN MY BLOOD. WE'VE BEEN OVER THIS.
GA: Statements Like That Are Also Why Youre Our Leader
A lot of the kids' conversations with Jade qualifies but this one with Dave feels especially heartwarming compared to all the crazy crap that's been dropped left and right.
Dave's reaction when he hears that Rose plans on a suicide mission (unaware that she's only going to kill her expendable Dream Self) is at equal times vintage Dave and so heartwarming this troper felt his heart physically warm when he read it. Rose even lampshades how sweet it is, but YMMV on whether or not she's being sarcastic.
Jade acts very reasonably when confronted with her Grandpa's proxy killer. She quickly forgives Tavros of his cultural misunderstanding and starts to form a bond. It's pretty nice to see her acting with a Troll in a civilized manner for once.
In a twisted train of thought, the flashback of how Vriska ascends to the God Tier has its touching moments. You'd think her playful needling of Tavros while her real self is bleeding out is just her being her usual two-faced self, but when they get to her Quest Bed and she starts encouraging him to kill her, it seems almost genuine. What really seals the deal is her rather forceful reaction to her Exile after she suggests Vriska take the reins and do it herself... by writing it in plain sight with Tavros' hand. Yes, folks, the HUGE BITCH herself honestly believes (or really, really hopes she does) her emotional punching bag has the stones to man up and kill her quickly. Considering how Vriska behaves, that's... oddly comforting.
Aradia's final goodbye to Sollux.
AA: i wish
AA: i c0uld s0meh0w make that em0tic0n smile
AA: n0 that l00ks stupid
AA: 0h well
And then it's followed by her giving him a hug, of all things.
Midway through [S] Wake, between the losses of a planet and a favorite character, Aradia ASCENDS. No longer dead, a ghost, a prototyped frog-spirit, or a soulbot, She is now a living, breathing troll, with God Tier time powers that rival Bec Noir's Space powers, as a plus. ...How is THAT not heartwarming??
What makes it heartwarming is that she's smiling. This is a character who we've seen smile literally only twice before.
From now on I know I'll be more careful where I tread I'm alive, I'm smiling, I'm so tired of being dead! I see in full clarity what was so muddy before You see, I'm far from empty - I'm back to what I live for.
The first part of this page, at least. While Terezi is hilariously struggling with trying to help Tavros, Karkat has one of those rare moments of showing something other than RAGE, and it's... well, it definitely belongs here. *sniffle*
"Son. If you are reading this, it means you have inherited my wallet. You have truly become an adult man. Wield it with responsibility and integrity. I am so, so proud of you."
Even better when John looks through his dad's wallet he finds ticket stubs from a Cirque du Soleil show they went to years ago and a bunch of photos of John throughout the years.
The 2/6 flash update shows just how deeply Equius really cares about Nepeta.
How does Equius deal with his grief over losing Aradia? Does he beat up some more robots? Nope. He and Nepeta curl up in a pile and discuss feelings. *sniff*
Well, the pile they curled up in was made of decapitated robots, so technically he did both...
He roleplays with her. He never roleplays with her. And it's adorable.
Above everything else, Equius just wants Nepeta to be safe. And then when they split up, and Eq makes sure to say goodbye...and Nepeta quickly says they'll see each other again...it's all very sweet and sad at same time.
The fact that Aradia still wanted to see Equius even after coming back to life. It's a small thing, but it proves that she really does feel something for him and wasn't just using him as a relationship of convenience.
This conversation between John and Vriska is a major Pet the Dog moment for the latter. John seems to have taken Kanaya's place as Vriska's Morality Pet.
Happy Aradia is back! The smile from her transformation should have given us a hint, but... still, it's nice seeing her back to her pre-death self, all cheerful and fun. She actually sounds like Jade, in a way.
Even more so with this page. For having to put up with death and the trauma of sGrub as long as she did, it's nice to see her happy and determined to stay alive.
Dad and Mom continue with their lovely tea party in the middle of the battlefield. The ground shakes a bit due to John using the Windy Thing as a drill to excise the Tumor, causing Dad to accidentally spill a little wine on Mom's lab coat. Mom does not mind at all. They have a moment.
The man and the woman are at ease. They have everything because they have each other. They know that together they can make it through anything, whether trouble brings a bit of spilled wine on a chic lab coat, or reduces the very castle beneath their feet to ruins.
A meta example; Andrew's comments on the two year anniversary. Sometimes he makes his readers wonder if he appreciates us. Now is not one of those times. note "The two year anniversary of HS has come and gone. Not as much fanfare in-story about it as I'd hoped, but at least it got a nod. Remember when games came on multiple disks? You always were asked to swap during a kind of peculiar and underwhelming moment, like walking through a thing, or talking to a guy. Sometimes it was shortly after you got an airship, or something. I had plans to do something a little more mesmerizing, like last year, but started running out of time. So I revised the plans, then ran out of time for THOSE too. And so on, til I said screw it. Disc 1 probably wouldn't have been able to fit another hefty animation in it anyway. Those discs are only like what, 700 MB?? It takes a lot to meet a deadline coming up fast, when the thing you are planning is meant to be a BIG DEAL, by definition. First you must come up with an animation idea, and that itself will take a long time to make. Then you must move the story along to the exact precipice of that moment, which also takes time, and must do so with enough time left to animate! Plenty of ways to blow it. Making this story on the fly requires not just a lot of drawing and writing, but the sensibilities of a producer. Knowing when to appropriate large amounts of effort for what purposes given various time constraints. I make adjustments to plans all the time, just like I did with the last 4/13 milestone (was originally scheduling end of act 4 for that). Hence this milestone was less jaw dropping, but then if you recall, the original 4/13 celebration was pretty underwhelming too. What will next 4/13 bring? Guess we'll see. If I'm taking the time to reflect on two years of Homestuck as an achievement I'll do so here only as a gesture of gratitude to the steadfast readers, new and old. I am humbled by your devotion. This is not any sort of platitude to be dismissed as quasi-sincere acceptance speech fodder, or a dispatch from my PR department because sometimes you guys give me money for stuff. This is sincerely true. I look around and still cannot quite believe the magnitude of the enthusiasm that surrounds this story. I stopped being able to keep track of all the fan art for it more than a year ago, and even then there were thousands of fan-made images I would diligently attempt to pore through. I have honestly never seen so much fan art created for anything, anywhere, ever. Even things which have millions of dollars backing their production budgets. Maybe Harry Potter has more? (Alright let's get real. HS fan art is probably just now beginning to approach the subset of drawings that involve Harry being naked with somebody.) Greater and greater hordes of troll cosplayers can be spotted taking over the floors of conventions. You could have pressed me on the subject, but I never would have guessed anyone could be quite so tickled to be slathered in messy gray makeup and crowned by a homemade pair of horns. There is this seething passion for HS that is a self-organizing, autonomous entity unto itself, which is practically inaccessible to my understanding or involvement, even though I'm responsible for the content driving it. I've kept Homestuck's fire hot; its gaping furnace was hungry for coal so I got goddamn shoveling. But you have been responsible for breathing life into this monstrous organism which surrounds me, and now in its breadth transcends my work entirely. To thank you as a whole for this phenomenon almost doesn't sound rational. It's like thanking a furious thunderstorm for the deluge of rain it gave to your thirsty little box of poseys. My paltry utterance dissipates in the far deep rumbling. The clouds don't even notice I'm there because they're too busy swapping fan fiction. Maybe instead I'll offer something more significant than gratitude. Something more personal and experiential. I'll submit my amazement. You can't see me now, but it is a look of wonder and discovery. A boyish look of astonishment at something remarkable beyond words, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, but on a more cosmic scale and more viscerally shocking. Like a squealing horrorterror's gruesome Cesarean birth. That is the look I have every time I disrupt the tunnel vision that keeps the work's bright sun searing my eyes. When they adjust to the dark, I see the silhouette in soft black focus of the young planet sized monster, chirping its affections. I offer it this look because it is all I have to give, with the exception of the tears streaming down my face. Its hunger is piqued at the fluid and my only regret is I can never possibly provide enough to nourish the orphan, now that it can never know the taste of its dead mother's heinous teatbrine. Or... Or I could just say thanks guys. LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN YEAR THREE!!!!!!!!"
Vriska's reaction is truly one also, she looks ENRAGED that Jack killed them.
In the Alpha Timeline, Karkat receives a note from Gamzee telling him to go onto the roof. The writing itself is made to mimic Terezi's typing quirk, and Karkat already thinks that Terezi might be dead. When they see each other, this happens. Awwwwwwwwww!
Vriska talking to the then unable to answer John, stating that one big reason she is afraid of fighting Bec Noir is she wants to someday meet John in person, and hopes that he will, despite the fact that she is an alien, look past the terrible things she has done and go on a date with her. Also a bit of a tearjerker when you remember she was just killed.
YMMV given that it is a black romance, but Slick and Snowman's little scene in the banner can be heartwarming in context, especially considering she just murdered another member of her gang to keep Slick safe. Timeline preservation or not, they still engage in Sloppy Makeouts afterwards.
As Aimless Renegade is preparing to blow up the pods, he takes the time to use his console to contact Dave one last time in order to wish him luck and encourage him to get justice for Bro's death.
Still a Tear Jerker, but Karkat admitting that Gamzee was his best friend, and he actually liked him, fits in this category for at least one reader.
And now we have our second 2XCORPSESMOOCH COMBO with Rose and Dave, kissed by John and Jade respectively, who wake up on Derse as a result. In Jade's case, Bec Noir, despite turning Dave into Swiss cheese with Jade's bullets, looks at her like a sad dog.
Two examples from the clippings of Scratch's ruined scrapbook: Jadesprite and Davesprite finally meet, and Nepeta talks with Jaspersprite.
It manages to be a bit bittersweet, given that this version of John never befriended Vriska, and can't really remember a thing about her, but it's still primarily heartwarming. Early in the sequence, John lends Vriska a spare jacket because she looks cold. Later, as they leave that memory, it gets warmer.
GT: guess i'll take my coat off.
GT: i can take yours back, if you want.
AG: No thanks. I think I'll keep it on.
"EB: but it's okay. i will be your matt mcconaughey."
When dead Dave and Aradia meet, she walks him through what happened and then takes him to her hive. While this is nice enough, then she says he has a visitor. What happens? Tavros says he admires Dave and the two fall into their old wordplay games. Accidental innuendos aside, it's kind of nice to see they won't be alone.
TG: its my eternal punishment to have shitty rapoffs with this tool forever is that it
AA: yes you figured out the mystery!
This conversation between Dave and Rose.
TT: I am the pilot. That's all there is to say on the matter.
TG: but i dont want you to die
TT: Help John and Jade.
TG: this isnt right
Also, Dave not missing a beat once he realizes his sister is in danger. He grabs his sword and flies for the moon about two seconds after waking up.
Also, Nannasprite telling him a story to comfort him as he dies, plus his reaction of "@pipefan413's kindly mother: ty".
Karkat gives John a heads up before having his first conversation with him from his perspective.
CG: I DON'T ACTUALLY HATE YOU, AND I NEVER DID. I WAS DELUDING MYSELF.
CG: DEEP DOWN I'M SURE I WAS ALWAYS PRETTY OK WITH YOU.
This page reveals that the pre-Scratch version of the trolls got a chance to live normal lives on a peaceful Alternia, and that trolls aren't inherentlyevil.
The Dolorosa gave up her job of caring for mother grubs, fled to the surface, and committed an unthinkable act of acting as the Sufferer's lusus. Why? She saw he was special, and knew he would have nearly no chance for survival otherwise.
What really stands out, is that Karkat, of all people, genuinely smiles for the first time, seeing that he is an often negative person, who usually rages and screams constantly.
I think the absolute heartwarming of this needs to be put into perspective, for the past few months, we've had nothing but tragic events and character deaths, all just making the story we've been invested in seem pointless. And then, just when it seems the darkest, Karkat solves this problem without anyone dying.
Terezi telling Tavros not to let anyone tell him rufio isn't real is a nice way to help bolster his self-confidence.
In the days leading up to the Act 5 EOA flash, some of the usual advertisements on the site changed into something Homestuck themed.
In [S] Cascade, Bec Noir sorrowfully brings Jade's body to her Quest Bed so that she may ascend to God Tier (or just lay her to rest). Good doggy.
Also in [S] Cascade, the WQ and WK's reunion after 413 years (413 million, for WK) of being separated. It promptly turns into Tear Jerker.
Dave and Rose's ascension. After worrying during the scrapbook intermission that either one or both of them are going to die, their ascension, combined with the music accompanying it, is both awesome and a relief.
The look on dog-tier Jade's face after she ascends and starts saving the hell out of freaking everything. She's just...full of joy and resolve unlike her sprite self. It's like she took Davesprite's words to heart and was telling herself, "I don't have to cry and worry any more. I can do this. I will do this!"
The bit where Vriska talks about finding Mindfang's journal. "It really felt like she wrote it just for me, like she was talking right to me and telling me how to 8e like her."
you are my friend and also my sorta-sister, and we just met for the first time ever a few minutes ago... i'm not going to be like, welp! see ya in three years jade!
Especially when you consider that the first time he physically met her was through his dreamself, who later finds out that Jade's dreamself died trying to wake him up and how much she wanted to meet him.
Jade, John and Davesprite all interacting is possibly the cutest thing ever. It shows what good friends they are.
Especially considering that Davesprite came from a future where John died and Jade never made it to the Medium, and now they'll have plenty of time to spend together.
During Jane's exploration of The Land of Crypts and Helium, she comes across some little balloons with tablets attached that are said to grant a wish should the floating balloon make it to Skaia. So she carves a picture of Jake's face on one. Daaaawwww.
There is something bizarrely heartwarming about Tavros thanking Vriska for how good her self esteem felt while they were fused. Also how he immediately forgives her for killing him.
For that matter, Vriska is apologizing to him for killing him, and then makes it her mission to a) make them both relevant, and b) help him get genuine self-confidence.
A minor one, but if Jane refuses to buy an olive Love Potion, the usually-greedy Gamzee notices she could use one, and offers her one for free.
The reason Roxy keeps appearifying pumpkins.
TT: She tries to feed the hungry neighbors whatever she can scrounge up.
The fact that, despite all his efforts, Doc Scratch couldn't remove love from troll society. He could hide it as pity or weakness, and he could twist their reproduction to move away from it, but it was still there. Love survives.
It's encased in his normal crabby jackassery, but Karkat griping about missing his friends when they pass through the dreambubble with Meenah and Aranea. His comments about Nepeta are of special note, since over the course of the story he went from calling her an "autistic catgirl," to grudgingly accepting her presence, to defending her from Eridan's objectification ("SHE'S A PERSON WITH FEELINGS, YOU RAVING DOUCHE!"), to having her be the first one he asks for when he gets a chance to see his dead friends again. It may have been just a joke to slip in a meta-reference to Nepeta Quest, but taken in relation to his character development it's actually quite touching.
One reader pointed out that this is the very first time Dirk has touched another human.
The same could be said for Roxy, even though she's unconscious at the time.
He's mentioned retrieving her from the Furthest Ring before, so he's probably touched her before.
Aranea helping Dirk to wake up. She hasn't met him, she barely knows who he is, and she's under no compunction to help him - but she does anyway. This is the first time we've ever seen Scorpio powers used for a truly altruistic reason, and it's awesome.
The fact Dirk is so determined to save all his friends, avoid the Red Miles and save the universe that he literally cuts off his own head to save them, and eventually, himself. Itís heartbreaking, because itís selfless and selfish and brave and ridiculous and maybe even a little stupid, but he does it, because he knows exactly what will happen, and he trusts Jake very much. The amount of faith he has in his best bro is astounding. He has to believe that Jake will follow through, because if he doesnít, than everything he did was for nothing, and they would all just die. If the Prince title didn't mean destroyer, he pretty much seals the literal title of Prince of Heart.
The Alpha kids are all together after Dirk rescued them all.
Roxy, Dirk, and Jane on the hoverboard in [S] Dirk: Unite. It ties in with the above, but just the expression on Roxy's face and how close they are makes it funny, lighthearted, and heartwarming. For a few precious moments, Homestuck was Kids and Fun again.
Dirk and Jake's first canonical conversation is pretty heartwarming. After all the secrets and awkwardness and accidental hurting going on in the present, especially between Roxy and Jane, it's pretty nice to go back to a few years ago before all that started happening. It's even sweeter when you remember that, them being thirteen, this was around when Dirk was first getting a crush on Jake.
GT: Id wager a tidy sum the results of the endeavor will be sensational.
GT: I believe in you!
TT: You do?
GT: Sure bro. I always have.
Even though it just turns out to be Jake talking to a splinter of Dirk in a Dreambubble, after all that's been explained about the less-than-stellar future, we have this:
TT: But you believe me, right?
GT: Oh yeah every word of it!
GT: Why shouldnt i? You are my friend and i trust you.
Act 6 Intermission 3
When Meenah opens the chest with a Plush Scalemate, she states, "Holy shit. You are never going to stop hugging this thing. Ever." Cute.
When Meenah hears sobbing, she asks Hussie what is his deal, and if he is crying. What really sells it is this look of curiosity on her face, like she actually looks concerned for him.
This can get better. If you return to him with the Pretzeled Horse Hitcher, (what he cherishes the most amazing present ever), he'll be overjoyed with enough gratitude to forget about Vriska and follow Meenah like a loyal puppy. Aww.
On the second map, Meenah can find the Thorns of Oglogoth in a chest. Stating that any sane adventurer would cast them away and forget they existed, she realizes someone just did that. Move south, and you'll find Rose standing a distance where the chest is located, like they were thrown behind her into the dream bubble beach waters. The point? Subtle Character Development on her part, having no use for the needles anymore. Hashtag "A wise move," indeed.
Kanaya hinting at Rose maybe being her "girl frond."
Latula reveals Meenah timed her Tumor explosion right before their Scratch so the God-Tiered players could not be revived and erased out of existence. In other words, she timed her Kill 'em All plan so that ALL her teammates would join her on the other side, not just some of them.
Also, Meenah learns the Pre-Scratch Trolls afterlife is just the same as when they lived. In response, she wants to puke in a nice way though, slightly revealing Meenah's happy how things never really changed. It helps Latula agrees with Meenah here, with her wink. >;D
Talking to Porrim, Meenah pities Karkat for suffering Kankri's speech. Indeed, poor, poor Shouty. 38(
The relationship between Porrim and Kankri is like that of a mother and son.
If Kankri talks to Latula, then we see Kankri admires a few details about her, like the way she high fives, or the way her hair flows, or even recounting the story of Latula smelling a cake Meenah baked despite lacking a sense of smell, and playing it off like nothing.
What really makes it sweet is how this last story leaves Latula speechless.
Karkat made the password to his memories specifically something that reminded him of a friend. The password? Jade's old crack about his hatred of his past self: "IF I HATE MYSELF SO MUCH, WHY DON'T I HATEMARRY MYSELF?" which she had used as one of their passwords.
When Meenah finds that Karkat has stopped following her, she laments that it's hard making friends. She's less cold than she lets on.
John has taken to calling Davesprite, Dave sprite. After all of Davesprite's angst about not being real a simple pause in words conveys exactly how real John thinks he is.
Karkat trying to cheer Terezi up.
KARKAT: HER RAD GIRL THING IS SUCH AN OBVIOUS ACT. SHEíS CLEARLY WORKED FOR SWEEPS ON PERFECTING IT, AND QUITE APPARENTLY REVELS IN THE ATTENTION IT GETS HER. KARKAT: BUT THE FACT THAT SHE WORKS SO HARD ON IT IS EXACTLY WHY YOU DONíT HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. KARKAT: YOU DONíT EVEN NEED TO TRY TO BE THE GOOD PERSON YOU ALREADY ARE. KARKAT: SEE, YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN AND BE LIKEABLE BY JUST BEING YOURSELF. IT DOESNíT NEED TO BE PART OF SOME OVER THE TOP SHTICK TO IMPRESS PEOPLE. WHEN SHE DOES THE RAD GIRL THING ITíS LIKE A DISGUISE, PROBABLY COVERING UP SOME PART OF HERSELF SHEíS UNHAPPY WITH. BUT WHEN YOU WITHDRAW AND COVER YOURSELF UP LIKE THAT, YOUíRE ACTUALLY JUST PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM SEEING SOMEONE WHOíS ALREADY BEAUTIFUL.
And afterwards, Terezi starts looking for Karkat again.
One line, from Meenah to Terezi:
MEENAH: ps ur dragon out fit rules
Remember how evil the Grand Highblood was? Not so with Kurloz, who (at least at some point) cared about Meulin.
After having mind controlled her to continue his plan, talking to her again leads to an adorable scene where both of them communicates to each other in gifs.
Karkat seems to be genuinely warming up to Meenah - if only through their shared hatred of Kankri and Cronus.
Enough that he tells her about how much he admired Her Imperious Condescension (Meenah in another life) when he was growing up on Alternia, and how much he wanted to be a Threschecutioner, who were basically her most powerful army, despite his absolutely crippled social standing due to blood color. He goes on to talk about how much he really loved Alternia, and how kickass he thought the place was. Towards the end of their conversation, he makes her a promise that if their meteor crosses dreambubbles with her again, and she doesn't have her army yet, he'll leave the meteor to come join her in fighting Lord English as her royal Threshecutioner. For her part, Meenah immediately becomes catatonic with joy.
Meenah's fangasm for the Condesce starts breaking, although she denies it and tries justifying it to herself. Why? Because she can't wrap her mind around how cruelly her counterpart treated Mituna's counterpart.
Meenah coming to Mituna's defense when Cronus was being all creepy and insulting towards him. (even if she does treat Mituna poorly herself)
After John spent the better part of the intermission very angry and frustrated, he finally smiles and lets out a small laugh when he puts an embarrassing hat on Bec Noir's head.
The idea of Tavros wanting to do a human marriage proposal to Vriska is pretty sweet, remembering that a long time ago he used to be afraid of her and now has warmed up to her during their time in the dream bubbles.
What really makes this a truly heartwarming moment is the context building up to this. In the previous intermission, John had claimed not to remember much of Vriska, not even her name, and thinking he had been in the wrong for considering romantic possibilities during his adventure. Yet, upon meeting her, even though he never saw her in person, John instantly recognizes her by personality alone! He never forgot anything about her. He never thought any less of her. If anything, he was hiding bitterness behind a faÁade of indifference that was threatening to take over, just to suddenly fall the moment heís with her again. If this doesnít speak of her feelings for her, the way he keeps the ring from Tavros should make it pretty clear.
Rose and Dave chatting, and acting like the brother and sister they are (insults, put downs, rivalry and all) is oddly sweet - especially when Rose reveals that she's trying to use chemistry to create tasty beverages, and Dave practically Squees over the idea of being able to have apple juice again. Rose simply smiles and promises she'll try to make some for him if she can.
Kanaya and Porrim's discussion in the third part of the Intermission is rather adorable, all things considered.
Meulin (Nepeta's ancestor) and Horuss (Equius's ancestor) are moirails. Why? because of Nepeta and Equius. Their moiraillegiance is so intense that their ancestors became moirails after meeting them. Or, as one tumblr user put it: "The love of one sweaty bigot for a jackass catgirl that prompted a sweatier, worse bigot to carefully reach out for the hand of a satanic catgirl, him still slightly redolent of plastic horse dong."
On the other hand, Horuss and Meulin's moiraillegiance doesn't seem to be particularly healthy for either one of the,, with Meulin essentially telling Horuss to just always be happy no matter what, even when holding back his feelings cause him physical pain. It seems like the two are just mindlessly copying their dancestors in an attempt to be as happy as Nepeta and Equius are, without thinking about how unsuited they are for each other.
That brought down the mood...
If you're Damara and go up to where Mituna is sleeping, Latula will be there carefully watching and threatens her with death if she tries anything, implying Latula is looking out for him, and that she trusts the other characters who can approach him, including Meenah.
Even better, if you're Damara, and got to where Karkat is sleeping, Terezi will be protecting him the same way Latula is protecting Mituna. Aww!
Vriska echoes this in the "Mini-Strife", when Cronus starts to touch Tavros.
Rose and Kanaya finally go on a date.
And of course, after Rose manages to drunkenly proclaim her curiosity about all of troll romance, they kiss. And since it was posted just a few hours into the day after the anniversary of Cascade and pretty much every reader was anticipating this, Hussie somehow pulled off, with sweet aplomb, the webcomic version of a Sweeps Week Lesbian Kiss.
Even when Rose is comically slurring every other word, she still manages to be romantic.
During the "Mini-Strife", Tavros is ignoring everything to find the ring he intended to propose to Vriska with.
One of the Terezis is wearing Dave's shirt, indicating a possible Sexy Shirt Switch. Similarly, one of the Nepetas is wearing Equius' glasses and an Equius is wearing her hood (as previously seen in [S] Seek the Highbl00d), and an instance of the other "Meowrail" pair (Meulin and Horuss) have made a similar swap.
Nepeta and Meulin instantly become friends upon meeting each other. On a Squickier note that still counts, Eridan and Cronus are apparently about to go on a date (if only so Cronus would shut up.)
One of the Kankris is in what appears to be footie pajamas- which Porrim probably made for him. Aww.
Meulin is overjoyed to see Meenah, and says that one of her biggest regrets is that they weren't better friends when they were alive. Despite the fact that by their own admission, they hated each other, they manage to get along quite well.
Kurloz, despite being a creepy fuck, is still good friends with his former matespirit, helping her with her shipping wall and, it's implied, toking up on catnip with her.
Turns into Fridge Horror when you realize he's mind-controlling and manipulating her to help Lord English.
Act 6 Act 4 and Act 6 Intermission 4
To the satisfaction of Pumpkin Patch shippers everywhere, Jake gets a Sweet Bro tattoo to match Dirk's Hella Jeff.
Roxy, on the alpha team meeting up at last:
TG: this is better than i ever thought it would be in the silliest and stupidest way
TG: it feels so surreal and amazing just being here with my friends
Act 6 Act 5 Act 1
Jake looks at the fenestrated plane while the slow, dramatic-sounding part of "A Taste for Adventure" plays, sighing while he longingly imagines John and Jade smiling in the old clothes of young Poppop and Grandma, before being interrupted by the entrance of his sprite, who he is visibly joyful to see. It's adorable, even though the sprite is Erisolsprite and is giving him the finger.
Roxy is throwing Jane a birthday party. (Or should we say a "birt*day" party.)
Look at Fefetasprite. She's smiling.
Roxy's lulling her to sleep, noting that both Nepeta and Feferi had enough drama to deal with in their lives while she herself is coping with her own. It's clear that she really, really, loves her.
The Draconian Dignitary, the same man responsible for unleashing the Red Miles on Derse, is protecting Jane's dad.
Calliope seems to be attempting to contact Roxy through Serenity. Roxy resolves to save her as soon as possible.
It's definitely smile-inducing to see Roxy wearing a mini version of Mom's lab-coat.
Calliope appears as her trollsona, telling Roxy she doesn't want to scare her with her true appearance. Roxy reassures her that there's no way Calliope could ever look unpleasant enough to scare her off because she's her friend and knows what a sweet person Calliope is, but when Calliope admits she doesn't feel happy appearing as her true self because of her self esteem issues about her appearance, Roxy puts her own curiosity aside and doesn't press the issue any further so Calliope will feel more comfortable.
Then Calliope suggests the Alpha kids go god-tier. Roxy's reaction starts at "fuck yeah, let's do this":
UU: don't yoU have doUbts? UU: woUldn't it cross yoUr mind to wonder, "what if i never wake Up again?" UU: i know it woUld for me. TG: i guess thats a fair point TG: but TG: you say ill be fine right? UU: yes. i believe yoU will. TG: then thats good nuff 4 me TG: i trust you UU: ... UU: ^u^
Look at Rose and Roxy. Look at how happy they are to see each other!
Arquiusprite, unlike some of the other sprites, loves his situation. Lil' Hal loves having a STRONG body and emotions (and thinking about horses); while Equius is thrilled to be alive again and having a supercomputer brain. To sum up his feelings: "There is a 100% probability that I love being alive, and there is a 100 to the 100th POWER % certainty that I love being STRONG"
Act 6 Act 5 Act 2
All the dialogue with the Tricksters (well, at least up until Dirk becomes one) is a mix of this, Tastes Like Diabetes, Funny Moments, and a slight bit of horror. Even if the characters are solving their problems superficially, it almost feels like Homestuck is however fleetingly about Kids & Fun again.
The Equius half of Arquiusprite's apology to Nepeta, though it also crosses over with Tear Jerker.
Act 6 Act 5 Act 1 X 2 Combo
Andrew Hussie's Patrick Stewart Speech about how journeys serve to create a sense of self-discovery within the people who partake on them, and make said participants develop character is suprisingly heartfelt, even if it's undercut by Caliborn's obnoxious rebuttals.
When Dirk asks Jane what she did with the Juju, she claims that she drops it. He gives a calm "Good." to Jane. That's probably the best news that they've gotten all day.
Although it's also a Tear Jerker, Dirk's conversation with Jane and Jake's conversation with Roxy all lead to the same conclusion: They've all made mistakes and hurt each other, but they're all still friends.
Dirk says that he'd rather run his sword through his own dick than kill Roxy, even if it was for her own good.
Jane and Roxy decide to have a funeral for Fefetasprite, to honour her memory.
Dirk deals a one-two punch of heartwarming, by saying that, rather than being disappointed in her for drinking again, he is proud of Roxy and considers her the true leader of the Nobles, and that he loves her.
And by "loves her," he could mean "as a moirail," but the fact that he doesn't deny romantic love until after he makes that statement means that his true feelings remain up for debate.
He loves her, but denied in that way because he doesn't want her to get the wrong idea which makes it very heartwarming and sad. Because on the one hand, Roxy is very much loved by Dirk, but on the other hand not in the way she's been wanting.
In fact while he feels she deserves to be loved, he can't do it for her cause he wouldn't be true to himself, but he greatly respects her and feels she does deserve it. However, he would be betraying himself.
TT: Poor Jake was the only viable romantic target. I mean, considering our respective orientations.
Heck, everyone's conversations in this act fit. Waking up after a crazy night, finally getting the guts up to clear the air with everyone- it's likely the most character development per panels in any part of the comic.
Jade saving Jake and Jane from Jack. Especially for Jake, since she knows from his letters that in this universe he's her grandson. With that in mind, it almost feels like a Mama Bear moment.
Act 6 Intermission 5
Not only have Dave and Karkat apparently become self-acknowledged bros, but Dave assures a nervous Karkat that John and Jade will remember him and be friends with him as well.
When Karkat mentions how his friends have all changed, and he's worried he'll lose all of them, Dave notes how Karkat's forgot to mention WV, and we get this sweet gem:
KARKAT: THE MAYOR'S FRIENDSHIP IS A UNIVERSAL CONSTANT, AND I AM INSULTED BEYOND COMPREHENSION AS WELL AS MY CAPACITY TO VOMIT THAT YOU WOULD INSINUATE OTHERWISE.
It's also good to see that Dave, while still being the smartass coolkid we all love, has gotten more mature over the three years on the meteor, to the point where he's doling out relationship advice without slathering it in too much irony or humor; and that his jabs at Karkat are more along the lines of how he jokes with all his other friends, and no longer trying to countertroll the troll.
As it turns out, thanks to Gamzee prototyping Sollux into Jake's sprite, the alpha timeline's Sollux is now fully alive again.
Vriska referring to Aradia and Sollux as her friends. Considering their tumultuous history, it's really something. Also her wanting Eridan to be on board as well and fondly regarding the campaigns they used to have.
Meenah thinks Feferi is cute and that it's a shame that her instinct is inimical to friendship with her ancestor.
She also states that she wishes she had an heiress she didn't instinctively want to kill and could teach the ways of being a badass too. This paints the Condesce's actions towards Jane in a different light...
Karkat trying his damnedest to console Terezi after Gamzee ditches her. Just to prove, in case there was any doubt, that underneath it all Karkat's heart of gold is massive. That being said, it's promptly ruined a la the above, as Dave naturally has to pitch in with smartass remarks and end up setting Karkat off on a rant about chairs.
Once the Karkat tantrum bingo resolves, he refers to Dave as his best friend even while chewing him out. He then continues with the intervention, describing Terezi as being "A LOT OF THINGS, AND ALL OF THEM WERE GOOD THINGS", before helping her Vriska-related confession:
TEREZI: YOU PROB4BLY TH1NK 1M CR4ZY TEREZI: JUST 4S CR4ZY 4S YOU TH1NK 1 4M FOR D4T1NG G4MZ33 TEREZI: BUT TEREZI: 1 R34LLY M1SS VR1SK4 KARKAT: NO KARKAT: I DON'T THINK YOU'RE CRAZY FOR THAT.
Lil' Seb is Heart Clover for Clover. Whether you're down with charmrom or not, that is objectively adorable.
VRISKA: You know, they can say whatever they want a8out me. VRISKA: 8ut somewhere out there is a shimmering new universe growing in a 8ig 8all of water. VRISKA: He's looking hells of majestic. Amphi8ious and resplendent. His glorious croak would 8ring you to your knees. VRISKA: That universe is going to give life to 8illions of trillions of zillions of cute little aliens. VRISKA: You wouldn't even 8elieve how pretty and wonderful and happy all these aliens will 8e. It's making your lip trem8le just thinking a8out them, and how worth saving they are. Wow. VRISKA: You could walk up to one of those aliens and put your hand on its innocent shoulder, and with a str8 face you could say, "Sorry to 8r8k it to you. 8ut tomorrow, a guy named Lord English is going to destroy your universe. You are all going to die." VRISKA: And when that alien looks up at you with tears in its eyes, just 8efore the first one rolls down its weird alien cheek, you lean in close to its a8surd alien ear and whisper, "Psyche." VRISKA: That's 8ecause you know a long time ago, in an o8scure pocket of reality the alien could never understand or give a shit a8out, some crazy girl sacrificed the "lives" of a 8unch of ghosts in order to kill that guy forever.
Meenah confides in John the fact that it's pretty much fate that she's going to steal the Life Ring from him and start trying to take over the world(s). The only problem is, she doesn't want to. She loves her (dead) friends too much to leave. John promises not to let her have the ring, either by hiding it or giving it to someone else before she has a chance to steal it.
All of Slick's interactions with Ms. Paint starting here. In particular, Slick getting angry when he finds out that Lord English hit her and Andrew (who was implied to have a thing for her himself) deciding that he shouldn't come between them and declaring their ship canon.
The Dolorosa is holding a young Signless in her arms when John appears. What does she do when faced with a strange alien? Hiss at him.
Then again, he's also crying while he looks at the remnants of his previous life. He's probably in hysterics.
Dave saving the Mayor. He DIVES OFF A ROOFTOP TOWARDS THE LAVA to save WV. Granted he can fly, but I had forgotten that and had no idea what he was doing: and then he's flying through the sky with the Mayor safe and the Mayor's holding out his arms like an airplane and Dave has the cutest little smile ever. It's made of Awww.
The little heart at the end of Dave saying that you can tell the Mayor anything.
Roxy's reluctance to create a Matriorb for the Condesce is in part due to the fact that she doesn't want to create an entire new race of people for the Condesce to subjugate.
A few exchanges between Dave and Jade later reveal that she is, indeed, still herself, even if the Batterwitch is brainwashing her.
She later tries to convince Terezi to set up support group so they can both recover from their addictions - which is especially sweet coming from her, considering that she's been inebriated for dozens of updates.
Bird Dave and I are getting along famously and STRENGTHENING our familial bonds like a sweet pair of motherf*** I feel our kinship goes beyond geneti% though We are misfits, estranged, he from Dave's alpha timeline, I from Dirk's alpha soul A two man menagerie of sideshow frickups, together at last Fle%ing and flapping Fraternally and eternally
On that note, this is probably THE most emotional Dave has ever been in the series.
Jake thinks of Dirk when he's on Derse hearing all about the eternity of slavery and martial rape he's in for. Even after everything that happened between them he still thinks of Dirk when he needs comforting.
Aranea tries to kiss Jake because she thought he was attracted to her. When he started freaking out, she backed off, explained why she did it, and apologised and promised to be more respectful of his boundaries. Considering how crazy Jake's life has been, and the fact that the last person who unwillingly pulled him into a master plan told him that she was going to forcibly marry and rape him, it's a small beacon of... well, hope, for the poor guy.
The fact that Aranea proved herself to be a total sociopath before this somehow just makes it better; she proves that yes, there ARE lines she won't cross.
Jane shows concern for her daughter after Jake overpowers her - probably the most sympathetic thing she's done since going Crockertier.
After getting word from Karkat that bad things are going down on LOFAF, Dave takes a moment to bid WV farewell in a touching manner that we've never seen of him before:
DAVE: if i never see you again i just wanted you to know
When we next see Vriska and Meenah, Meenah is braiding Vriska's hair and listening to her ancestor-related troubles.
It was also pretty heartwarming when Meenah basically said she wouldn't think less of Vriska just because Vriska didn't want to go through with their big ghost army plan anymore. She compares it to her decision to abandon her throne because becoming empress would have made her miserable.
MEENAH: thats how this whole crazy mess kicked off
Karkat cares about Gamzee, even after all of the shit he's pulled. He cares about Terezi more, though - and he goes Papa Wolf once Gamzee nearly kills her.
It might be small, but there's something oddly sweet about Caliborn naming Gamzee "Honk Friend" in his list of trolls in Homosuck, especially when you consider how they started out. Despite all the abuse and repeated shootings, Caliborn still considers Gamzee a friend, and he was the only one to be spared an insulting nickname.
In the midst of the horrific bloodbath that is [S]: Game Over, there is one shining moment: After Rose is stabbed by the Condesce, who catches her and teleports away a second before she gets fried by the giant psionic beams? Roxy. Her Mom really does care! Although sadly turns into a Shoot the Shaggy Dog moment, since Rose succumbs to her injuries and dies a Heroic death.
Despite all that happened between them, Jake throws himself between Jane and a blade without hesitation (even though it's ultimately a futile and counterproducing gesture).
Karkat and Kanaya running up to attack Gamzee together. She looks surprised for a moment when she sees him running alongside her — then they just keep going.
In Act 6 Act 6 Intermission 4, amongst the Scenery Gorn and characters like Dirk having no time for anyone else due to sheer self-loathing, it's good to see in her dying moments, Rose tells Roxy that she never got to tell Kanaya she loved her... but also says that she loved her mom too, someone who is there to hear it.
This puts the relationship between John and his dad in a whole new light.
Dante Basco being really, genuinely touched about how much people care about him reading Homestuck and the amount of attention Andrew Hussie personally is giving him.
You know, this whole Homestuck fiasco, is one of the most unique and strange things that has happend to me. One, Iíve never read anything remotely close to this, Iíve never read a webcomic in my life. Also, Iíve never read anything with a couple thousand people kind of guiding me along the way, this whole experience is mind blowing! I mean the author greeted me on the screen and entering this whole world that I had no idea even existed a few days ago feels like stepping into a new dimension, and with tumblr, I can feel you guys all here with meÖ I donít know, itís late, Iím tired, my mind is tiredÖ Iím Homestuck.
Dante embracing the comic as much as he is. He actually shows a genuine interest in reading, and it just warms one's heart to think that famous people also like Homestuck.
And really, just the adorable way he blogs his thoughts about the comic. It definitely brings the "awws" to a not-insignificant amount of his followers.
How much the fandom has embraced Calliope's true appearance is really touching. There have been waves of fan content with people telling her she's beautiful and gorgeous fan art of her, and it's just really nice. This fandom really loves their characters.
Toward the end of the purely amazing [S] Kids: Rise Up, the four kids finally meet each other in person (something which hasn't even happened in-canon yet). Cute hugs happen and it's just really heartwarming.
Recently, Hussie set up a Kickstarter to make a Homestuck game once done with the comic. It reached a 100,000 dollars within the first day. For a while, the fans gave him a thousand dollars a minute. It really shows how ready the fans are to support Homestuck the moment Hussie asks for help.
As of this writing, two people have donated five thousand dollars each, and one heroic soul has donated ten thousand dollars. That is love of the comic, pure and simple. Well, more complex than simple in the sense that money is a complex thing and quite a lot of it is quite complex indeed, but you get the idea.
The man who donated the ten thousand dollars is a soldier who's deployed in Afghanistan, and he always finds Homestuck updates as something to look forward to. Think about it: he had $10,000 to spare and instead of, say, using it to bribe the higher-ups to let him duck out of duty, he donated it to Hussie's cause. D'aw.
The fans managed to reach the goal of 700,000 dollars in 32 HOURS. And the number's still climbing. If that doesn't prove just how much the fans love and support Hussie and Homestuck, nothing does.
Almost $1,260,000 as of 11:30 PM 9/14/2012, and there's still 19 days to go!
On a meta level, the horror-filled conclusion to Act 6 Act 5 Act 1 X 2 Combo sent the fandom into a dismayed, panicked frenzy. Then Act 6 Intermission 5 began with Karkat talking into a crab-shaped walkie talkie, and everyone calmed down to laugh and squee and draw Karkat in Kim Possible cosplay. That's right; Karkat managed to shooshpap the entire fandom.
Gamzee:Please forgive me for whatever I do...when I don't remember you...
This cosplay skit is mostly just hilarious, but there are some heartwarming moments too. Including:
Tavros forgiving—and thanking—Kanaya for sawing off his legs so that they can be replaced with robot legs for him to walk with.
Kanaya and Rose's reunion after Kanaya is declared innocent of her charges.
If you look closely at the crowd during Kanaya's sentencing, Vriska—one of the people Kanaya is accused of assaulting—declares her innocent.
Equius and Nepeta hugging after recounting their respective deaths.
Karkat standing up for Gamzee after he's put on trial and then loudly objecting to him being executed. This promptly leads to Terezi calming him down by revealing to him that it's not a real trial and that nobody's actually going to be executed.