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  • Aborted Arc:
    • Act 6 Act 5 Act 2, the Trickster Arc. Sort of. It actually was just "skipped over" (we didn't get to see it), but it still happened, and the ramifications of what just happened remain.
    • This conversation from Homestuck explains the abortion of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff's nacho party arc.
    • Discussed in Act 6 Act 6 Act 3 with the Alternian arc of Homosuck, which was foreshadowed (and partially seen in at least one timeline) but scrapped by Caliborn.
    • The mysterious item which could be alchemized by combining a hammer with a Problem Sleuth poster, which required an enormous amount of grist, was clearly intended as something relevant to the future plot. However, it has never been referenced again. It was probably a path to the Warhammer of Zillyhoo, a hammer related to Problem Sleuth.
    • Act 7 itself wraps up the majority of the plot, but leaves a number of threads hanging. An epilogue better explaining some of what happened is in development in order to rectify this.
  • A Boy and His X: Jade and Bec.
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: The story revolves around a game that ends the world. Not playing means dying, while playing means killing everyone else, and having the possibility of dying anyway. It's a rather large gamble.
    • A more minor appearance is when Terezi takes a gamble with everyone's life on the line in [S] Flip.
  • Accidental Innuendo: Invoked in-universe, from Karkat's POV when John sends him and the others a letter in a bucket. Played with even a bit more before, as Jade chastises John and tells him to "throw [a bucket] through my mysterious portal"
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Hussie likes to play with alliteration in names and words from time to time.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played straight at first, as John's father seems to care more about baking then the imminent danger he is in, Rose's mother seems to be near insane, Jade's grandfather is dead, and Dave's parents are no-where to be seen. Later subverted however, as John's Dad *SINGLEHANDEDLY* escaped from his captors, with none of the advanced weapons the children have. Rose's Mother opens the door that allows Rose into the laboratory, which saves them both, and eventually also singlehandedly slays a large monster. And Jade's Grandfather turns out to be alive, and is piloting a spaceship which carries John's Dad and Rose's Mother.
    • Also definitely subverted by the Condesce, which is the only living adult Troll... and is very much not useless.
  • Adult Fear: Poor Jane's dad. It's hard enough that there have been attempts on his teenage daughter's life, but then he had to watch her get blown up by a letter bomb...
  • All Just a Dream: Here, Doc Scratch reveals that, from the coin flip onwards, he had actually been describing a doomed alternate timeline in which Terezi let Vriska carry out her plan, and that, in the alpha timeline, Terezi had foreseen that outcome and stabbed Vriska to avoid it.
  • All Trolls Are Different: In more ways than one!
  • Affectionate Parody: Of many different disparate genres and works, too numerous to list.
  • After the End: The Reckoning initiates a meteor storm that reduces all host planets it affects to a desolate wasteland to be populated by Exiles from the game years in the future (but not many).
  • Air Jousting: Featured here.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: A machine called an alchemiter makes various objects based on codes punched into punchcards. John explains a part of the logic behind it with this update.
  • Alien Blood: The troll hemospectrum contains a wide variance of colors, but they are all dull and muted. Karkat's bright red blood is an anomaly.
    • Fantastic Racism / Fantastic Caste System / Law of Chromatic Superiority: The trolls' caste system is based on blood color, with the "cool" colors (as in purple, blue, and green, known as "highbloods") at the top and warm colors (yellow, orange/brown, red, known as "lowbloods", or "rust bloods") at the bottom. Trolls can use the color gray (their skin color) as a form of blood-anonymity, but it raises a few eyebrows. Trolls in the low blood castes tend to have psychic powers. The high blood castes tend to be almost completely immune to psychic attacks, but far more prone to mental instability and insanity.
    • Three of the storyline trolls have special blood: There's Karkat's mutant candy-red which isn't even on the hemospectrum; Feferi has the most highly-ranked shade of purple of any living troll, making her the future Empress. Kanaya's blood is pretty rare as well, and she comes with a number of exceptions to general troll rules. It's possible Karkat and Feferi and their ancestors are the only trolls of their blood colors on account of being created with ectobiology rather then being born the usual way, though with Kanaya we do get mention of other Jadebloods.
      • According to Calliope, trolls with lime blood are also special, in the fact that they had powers that threatened the authority and were hunted down to extinction. However, as Calliope writes Troll fanfiction and has a Parody Sue self-insert Trollsona, she may simply be making up the rarity, power, and very existence lime-blooded Trolls to back up her Trollsona.
    • Color-Coded for Your Convenience The zodiac signs on the troll's shirts (along with their text color) match the color of their blood, with the exception of Karkat.
    • Chromatic Arrangement / Rainbow Motif: How the trolls are arrayed in the Kids' Trollslum, and how we arrange them on character pages as well. Karkat is technically off the spectrum entirely, though according to Hussie he would be a Limeblood without his mutation which would place him between Sollux and Nepeta color-wise.
  • Alien Geometries: The final form of Skaia is certainly non-euclidean.
    • The Furthest Ring does odd things with both space and time. The longer you're in there, the more indirect your path becomes. The further you travel, the more backwards your timeline becomes.
  • Alien Invasion: In the future of the Post-Scratch Universe, The Condesce outright invades Earth.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Every character, excluding Damara, who speaks in a "low-blood accent" (which is actually Japanese) seems to speak English. In the case of game constructs (Carapaces, Consorts, Denizens, etc.) it seems that a session is able to load the language (much in the same fashion as Quest Beds/Cocoons) from the players. In the case of Trolls, it's revealed that English is actually Trollish with a different alphabet, since the Trolls created the universe Earth exists in. And other characters, like Doc Scratch, or the Horrorterrors, are omniscient enough that it explains away the language.
  • all lowercase letters: Jade, John, Dave, and quite a few trolls type (and speak!) like this, but they have different styles; see the dossier for more detail.
  • Alliterative Name: Used several times for the characters' screen names: tentacleTherapist, gardenGnostic, gutsyGumshoe, timaeusTestified, apocalypseArisen, cuttlefishCuller, uranianUmbra, and undyingUmbrage.
    • Jack Noir becomes the Sovereign Slayer in the kids' universe, and the Scurrilous Straggler/Spades Slick in the trolls'.
    • Draconian Dignitary/Diamonds Droog.
  • All of Them: Used by various characters, though mostly Vriska.
  • Alternate Self: Dreamselves, doomed timeline doubles, and Scratch counterparts.
  • Alternative Calendar: Alternians measure time in "solar sweeps" rather than years; one solar sweep, at least as far as age is concerned, is equal to two point sixteen repeating years. (And two solar sweeps equals four and one-third years!)
  • Alt Text: The banners in Act 5's Doc Scratch arc starting here.
  • Alternate Universe: There are five universes relevant to the plot. And Sburb/Sgrub takes place in another alternate universe for each session.
    • The first universe is the Kids's universe, containing Earth and humanity. It's eventually revealed that this universe was created by the Trolls in their Session.
    • The second universe is the Troll's universe, containing Alternia and the Troll race.
    • The third universe is revealed to the readers by Doc Scratch. The troll's universe was actually reset by an earlier Scratch, making it an Alternate Universe of an Alternate Universe, with the Trolls' ancestors as players.
    • The fourth universe is when the Kids do their own Scratch, resetting their universe. This universe also contains Earth and humanity, but things have changed a bit, and troll influences are a bit heavier.
      • This universe's version of Sburb, the Sburb Alpha, is depicted with a horizontally-flipped logo colored red to demonstrate its creation by Betty Crocker Corp. The universe itself is associated with green, which serves as an inversion from the pre-Scratch universe, which was associated with red and the Sburb logo was green.
      • Earth itself is more of less the same. However, there are a few differences:
      • Humans have or plan to have a Mars colony during 2011. Technology levels seem to be mostly the same however
      • A few celebrities have vastly different lives, like Harry Anderson and Guy Fieri.
      • There are populations of lusii on Jake's island.
      • Also, there's a live-action, feature-length Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff movie, and a Complacency of the Learned novel series.
      • The Condesce reveals herself to Earth on the day of Jane's entry, then systematically dismantles civilization and eventually floods the planet. Dirk and Roxy live in the far distant future on the Earth, contemporaneously with the Exiles from their session, and seemingly form a small phalanx of La Résistance.
      • The far future of this Earth is also home to the Cherubs Caliborn and Calliope.
  • Always Night: Almost every panel of Alternia is shown during the night, because the trolls cannot stand the BLISTERING ALTERNIAN SUN. The exception are panels featuring Kanaya, who is one of the few trolls who can stand the sun. She's a rainbow drinker (Alternian Vampire). It's complicated. The one daytime panel not featuring Kanaya shows why, as Terezi is blinded by the sun.
  • Amazing Technicolor Babies: When trolls are grubs their eyes and bodies are their blood colors. Once they pupate, their skin and eye colors become the same between all trolls, however they fill in with blood pigment as the trolls get older. The twelve main trolls are still young enough for their eyes to be uniformly gray-and-yellow.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: A plot point in the Midnight Crew intermission, but exhibited throughout. "DAMMIT. Your sprite was flipped the wrong way." Especially visible with the trolls Kanaya, Sollux, and Vriska.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Act 7 in a nutshell. Let the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement prevail here.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Vriska and Eridan, killing three people between them, are considered monsters, while Jack, who killed millions, hardly seems to have hit the Moral Event Horizon. Vriska and Eridan had killed their so-called friends, rather than simply attacking their enemies. Eridan did however destroy the Matriorb, thereby dooming the Trolls to extinction, and Jack will blow up Derse, which is basically his home.
    • The kids and the trolls are more broken up over their friends' and loved ones' deaths than the destruction of their respective races.
      • Virtually nobody brings up the fact that Vriska personally murdered thousands of trolls, or that Eridan murdered their lusi note . Feferi and Terezi likewise escape judgement despite being complicit in their murders for sweeps.
      • Feferi, at least, has an excuse: if she doesn't keep her lusus alive by feeding it the lusii Eridan hunts, it will kill everyone in the galaxy. Vriska's case is similar, if less intense (failing to feed her lusus will only lead to the death of the two of them, as opposed to the entire galaxy), but other aspects of her character mentioned elsewhere on this page keep her from being seen as sympathetic in the eyes of some.
  • Anachronic Order: The entire storyline is fraught with flashbacks, flashforwards, different universes (which exist in separate timelines altogether rather than the past, present, or future), and everything in between. Good luck figuring out anything. The Intermission and Act Five take this even farther.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The comic tends to change POV at extremely inappropriate times. It once showed the POV of a hat.
    • The Midnight Crew has to take the cake for this. They have a chapter's worth of story, but have nothing to do with Homestuck. You're meant to think so, anyways.
    • Act 6 is in the same veins of the Intermission or Hivebent. It was however well predicted by the fans and Andrew has said it was meant to be obvious that the story would come around to the Post-Scratch Kids eventually.
      • This has become so prevalent that we get this from [A6I5]:
      Andrew: So why don't we stop wasting everyone's time, shut the lid on this lousy MacGuffin, and be Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer.
      • This becomes relevant in [S]Collide.
  • Animal Motifs: Quite a bit, seeing as the Trolls are partially inspired by the Western Zodiac. Most of these are represented through their horns (Tavros = Bull, Aradia = Ram etc) while others show it through their actions (Karkat = Crab = Crabby, Vriska = Spider/Scorpion = Unpleasantness etc).
    • The kids have this as well: Dave is associated with crows, Rose with cats, and Jade is a dog. Dirk has a gull motif as well and Roxy is associated with cats like her pre-Scratch counterpart.
    • Downplayed on players' planets with the salamanders, crocodiles, turtles, and iguanas. It also goes for the small animals that come out of nowhere when a player dies on their quest bed, since the only moments the narrative connects John with fireflies is when he enters the game and when he dies (and it's even more disconnected with Jade and hummingbirds).
  • Animation Bump: Most panels have some sort of animation to them, but it's also used shamelessly in terms of Sound Pages (Marked with an [S]). In addition to usually having great sound, later ones tend to have a dramatically different art style - compare John's first STRIFE page with [S] Cascade and you'd think they were two different comics.
  • Anime Hair: Only hairstyles as such, nearly any hair color in comic is only black or white, but there are some pretty ridiculous hairdos. Karkat and John (Who have Shonen Hair) aren't as bad, but Gamzee's hair is just a mess. His dancestor Kurloz is even worse. And then the Empress's hair is just insane.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Hussie loves using obscure vocabulary.
    • Jake speaks with an odd mix of modern and early 20th century slang.
  • Anti-Climax: Most of the flashes usually have some action; [S] 3x Showdown Combo appeared to set up a three-way fight between the murderous trolls God-Tier Munchkin Vriska, "White Scientist" Eridan, and Monster Clown sober Gamzee; then quickly averted it as Kanaya came Back from the Dead and kicked all their asses.
  • Anyone Can Die: Especially since, because of dreamselves and weird time shit, they can die more then once. All the trolls (with the exception of Gamzee, who just won't) have died at least once. Bro, Mom, Dad, Tavros, Feferi, Equius, Eridan, and Nepeta are permanently dead. Probably.
    • Although there was introduced a ring said to be able to resurrect the dead. John eventually found the ring on his way to the new session, but it was stolen by Gamzee shortly after he arrived. Gamzee was actually being mind-controlled by Aranea, who wears the ring, returns to life, and causes a bunch of havoc to the timeline.
    • Similarly, Jane's God Tier powers as the Maid of Life allow her to bring back everyone from the dead, but only once each. So feasibly, any dead character could come back to life.
    • Later lampshaded on this page
      • Which also reveals that Dad is a subversion; he's alive in the B2 universe.
    • Plot Armor: Only happens to the more Out of Focus and minor characters though, aside from Vriska (whose character arc was built around her eventual demise).
      • Up until intermission 2 of act six, when Lord English successfully kills the author.
    • Gorn: The only troll whose murder wasn't witnessed on screen was Nepeta's, and some of the stuff that happens with the corpses of the dead trolls later falls straight into Black Comedy.
    • Lord English goes to dreambubbles and kills the ghosts that were spending the after life there. Several dead characters lampshade the fact that the concept of 'second death' is now a viable possibility. Despite being dead, a number of characters are actively fighting to become plot relevant again.
    • Hussie has said on tumblr that the unofficial title of Act 5 Part 2 is 'Jack Noir Kills Everyone.' Aside from Jade's Grandfather, WV, and PM, it is hard to think of anyone he hasn't directly or indirectly killed at least once.
      • Ironically the one person he doesn't want to kill is Jade, and he's been responsible for killing her twice.
    • [S] Game Over.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Terezi in act 6, after killing Vriska at the end of act 5. Her dialog when she first meets Aranea demostrates she's suffering from great remorse and guilt from this action, and of course later there's her aggreeing to heal her eyes, Faygo substance abuse and implied to be the underlying reason of her hateromance with Gamzee just before the group enters the alpha session.
  • A Planet Named Zok: Downplayed quite a bit with troll planet Alternia.
  • Apocalypse How: Lots.
    • A Class 3a variant (Dominant Species Extinction) occurred during the Vast Glub, which killed every troll in the galaxy from psychic backlash, save for the Empress.
    • Class 6 (Planetary Extinction) results as part of the Reckoning. The hours leading up to the end go up the scale prior to it.
      • This was downgraded to a Class 4 (Extinction of higher lifeforms) during the Post-Scratch Human session due to the machinations of the Condesce. She later alterniaforms the flooded Earth and colonizes it.
    • A Class X (Planetary Annihilation) is brought about by Caliborn in this update, culminating in him creating a large black hole.
    • Class X-4 (Universal Destruction) happens as a result of Lord English's machinations. Both the Beta Human Universe and the Troll Universe are destroyed, by Jack Noir and Spades Slick respectively, acting as Lord English's pawns.
    • Class X-5 (Multiversal Destruction) is the aim of Derse, although why exactly hasn't really been explained.
      • Jack's destruction of the Human Universe was later revealed to be this, as his destruction of the Genesis Frog destroyed any and all parallel universes from the Human Universe.
    • Class Z (Total Destruction of Reality) has been hinted at, due to the unknown entity killing the Horrorterrors.
  • Apocalyptic Memo Page: Due to the nature of time in Homestuck, Karkat's final memo actually gets viewed by the people it most affects before it even happens.
  • Arc Number: "04/13", the date the comic began, has appeared quite a number times throughout the story, in obvious and obscure fashions. A compilation of the various instances can be found here. The trolls have their own arc number, 612, detailed in the act that began on June 12. A third number has been introduced, which is the sum of the first two: 1025. Its first major appearance was the release date of Alterniabound, October 25. A fourth number, for the post-Scratch session, appears to be 11/11/11, the date of the start of Act 6.
    • Lampshaded and parodied by John here
    • Several of the Homestuck album prices are variations on various arc numbers.
    • On Day 612, the 16th of December 2010 (12/16 backwards is 61/21), Hussie released the video of John ascending.
    • 11/11/11, aka 2x3PRONG DAY. Also extends to 11/11, 111, or simply just 11.
      • And with 4 Kids, 4 Trolls, and 3 Carapaces, 11 people escaped the Troll and Beta Human sessions (ignoring Jade's bringing of their lands, as apparently that was preordained in its own way).
      • Also has a minor bit of retroactive meaning; MSPA became the longest webcomic on record on 2/11/11
      • And Homestuck will resume regular updates on 11/1.
    • ONE ZILLION is the arc number of the short-lived act 6 act 5 act 2.
    • In [S] Cascade, the penultimate note in the music is exactly 10.25 seconds long.
  • Arc Symbol: Card suits and pool balls are seen often throughout the comic, usually in relation to The Midnight Crew and Troll romance quadrants for the former and The Felt and Lord English for the latter. Bec's face and the scratched record also qualify.
  • Arc Words: Lots, as part of Andrew Hussie's policy of self-references.
    • "Ascend" and its variations.
    • "Rise up" was common early on and still pops up occasionally.
    • "He is already here."
    • "Scratch": Used at various times to mean a Negative Space Wedgie, a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, the scratched side of Terezi's coin, and the scratched record on Dave's shirt, mirrored by disc 2 of Homestuck (not of Sburb or Sgrub), after Terezi tries to play it on a turntable, causing the game to glitch up briefly.
    • "Make her pay." and "Luck doesn't actually matter." are minor examples; the former eventually comes to represent the Cycle of Revenge that plagues the Troll's session, while the later is initially stated as a sort of Screw Destiny but eventually comes to mean You Can't Fight Fate.
    • "See you soon!"
    • "Vast [X]" makes a lot of appearances. So far the Vast Glub, the Vast Joke, the Vast Croak, the Vast Expletive, and the Vast Honk have been referenced, but there may be others. All of these are either implied or outright stated to be truly significant in some way. For example, Feferi's lusus is basically Troll Cthulhu, and if she ever raises her voice above a whisper, many of the lower-caste Trolls will die. If she gets really angry, or really hungry, Troll legend says that she may utter the Vast Glub which will kill all the Trolls in the Alternian universe with the exceptions of the Imperial caste, of whom there are exactly two at any given time.
    • In a meta example, "You can't escape the miles. No one can escape the miles," started out as something the Dignitary said once, but undyingUmbrage is trying to make them into Arc Words, despite resistance from other characters who don't think it's a thing.
  • Art Evolution: The author's skill with flash has improved quite a lot since he started. Compare this early page with this one. Regular updates have the same sprite style since the beginning, and the "hero mode" drawings have a consistent style, although they appear much more often later in the comic. The author admits this is still well within his talent and he prefers the simpler style, though this has changed somewhat.
    • Also inverted in terms of Hussie's skill—drawing the high-detail cover for the "Heir Transparent" album in fact took him more time than it would have before he started the comic, simply because he just doesn't do that kind of stuff lately.
    • He has an art team who make drawings for the flash cartoons, sometimes in different (he'll say better) styles.
    • It finally struck static pages itself, as Andrew is experimenting with more realistic art. This is the first example of it, which becomes more fine-tuned later.
    • He's also used EarthBound-style sprites, though those are the work of the art team.
    • The non-sound pages seem to be getting kicked up a notch as well.
    • Even if you compare instances of the normal sprite style, you can tell that he's constantly improving there. Compare John's design to, say, Jade or any of the trolls, or even John's original attire compared to his later outfits; the newer work is generally considerably more refined and eye-pleasing. Even among the trolls this becomes evident—compare Karkat (who we see way before any of the others) to pretty much every other troll.
    • While some of the above art styles were short-lived, faces in Hero Mode lately have gotten much more expressive.
    • In-Universe, Caliborn's art style has evolved from illegible scribbles to poor drawings and more recently, to amateur claymation. It's all still Stylistic Suck, but it's grown gradually more comprehensible.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Thorns of Oglogoth are described as doom artifacts.
  • Art Major Physics: Kanaya kicked Gamzee in the bone bulge, causing his hat, glasses, and shoes to be blown off. Then she punched Vriska and chainsawed Eridan in half before the glasses started descending on her face. AT A CONSTANT VELOCITY.
  • Art Shift: The comic tended to shift into more traditionally drawn panels for suitably epic scenes, although by Act 5, half the pages are done in this style. It also switches into a more scribbled and sloppy style for silly or childish panels.
    • Starting from Act 2 and becoming the standard by Act 5, art contributions are being made, creating constant shifts between art. A major one found in this page has a style reminiscent of EarthBound.
    • Following that page, Andrew introduced some new styles into the main comic pages, including EarthBound-like sprites and more detailed styles in the traditionally drawn panels. See here and here, for instance.
    • Real Life people are usually represented using Photoshopped photos of themselves. When the Insane Clown Posse faces off against B2 Dave, though, they're drawn in both the normal and Hero Mode styles.
    • Act 6 Act 6 Act 5, also known as "Caliborn's Masterpiece," shifts into claymation.
  • Artistic License – Biology
    • Andrew doesn't understand biology very well. Troll reproduction methods (mixing genetic material for "strongly dominant and strongly recessive genes" sounds scientific but is just Techno Babble), as well as the high rate of significant mutations (Sollux and Vriska especially are never much explained despite being far beyond the genetic norm) and the nautical royalty race (which in reality is more or less a completely different species).
    • Act 6 opens with a shot of Jane's house from above in Washington state in November. All the trees shown have turned their leaves, since it's fall. However, forests in the Pacific Northwest are rife with evergreen trees which do not change color, but none are to be seen (except around the Lalonde house in upstate NY).
    • The kids and their ancestors are all created directly from genetic code, either copied from a past version of themselves or created by combining the genes of two people. Yet all of them are "born" with diapers, and the nearsighted even have glasses. Three-Month-Old Newborn is also in effect, with each child already being strong enough to crawl.
  • Artistic License – Economics: Post-Scratch Dave somehow manages to invent a way to manufacture unbelievably low-quality SBAHJ-inspired items at negative manufacturing cost, meaning that he just sort of miraculously gets money by making them. He made a fortune this way.
  • Artistic License – Physics: The united trolls & humans plan to be sent at near light-speed on their asteroid to the new B2 session in a single push. When Karkat objects that they can't stay ahead of a pursuing Jack, Rose shuts him up by mentioning "Troll Isaac Newton," which is well and good except for two problems:
    1. Accelerating to near light-speed in a single short push would impart enough energy to render them instantly into a sub-atomic plasma.
    2. The Medium is breathable, so there's presumably air resistance. Hitting air at near light-speed would also more than vaporize them. It would also slow them down, gradually. Newton's 1st Law would only prevent this in a vacuum.
    • By the endgame, the houses that are a central part of Sburb form towers as wide as a regular 2-story residential house, and reach a height of a significant percentage of their planet's radius. Even supposing Baby Planets of only a few miles wide, there is no way to do that with any material or building technique known to man, and trying to do it by copy/pasting parts of residential houses together is just laughable. What is particularly odd is that the structural merit of different parts was discussed at an early stage of the game. However, it is possible that Sburb relaxes the laws of physics within the Incipisphere as they pertain to architecture, since building these towers is such a central aspect of the gameplay.
    • The trolls were able to move far faster than light-speed, meaning the g-forces are not an issue, at least when using troll telekinesis. The friction problem does still hold merit though, given that during the Reckoning, meteors light on fire before entering Skaia's gate, and the meteor is later shown having a fiery trail in the Furthest Ring.
    • Both apply to John and Jade in Andrew's study however. From their perspective they're moving at the speed of light through an environment with an atmosphere and gravity for 3 years. The time dilation for their journey is also the wrong way around: they should experience the journey between the windows in a shorter time than Hussiebot does instead of experiencing 3 years.
    • Caliborn's entry toys with the actual physics of a black hole for cinematic effect.
    • Averted with the eclipses of Derse and Prospit. Some fans have called this trope on them because of the rarity of eclipses in real life. However, the rarity is largely due to eccentricities in orbits, which don't seem to exist in the Incipisphere. Therefore it's perfectly reasonable for Derse and Prospit to have eclipses on a regular basis.
    • The moons of Prospit and Derse are held in orbit with physical chains which, when cut, send the moons flying. The moons, however, are nearly as massive as the planets they orbit. The gravitational forces between the two should be more than enough to keep the moons in orbit. If anything, there should be a structure to prevent their gravities from pulling themselves together.
    • All in all, the physics of the Medium have shown to make absolutely no sense at all, at least in relation to physics as we know them, so its better to just let Willing Suspension of Disbelief assume they work on a different set of rules entirely.
  • Ascended Meme: On the forums, due to the community's general personality, many forum polls had "WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE" as a non-sequitur choice. Shortly after this happened, Worcestershire sauce got a mention in the comic. There are many other examples, as Andrew Hussie incorporates speculation into the comic.
  • Astronomic Zoom: All the time.
  • As You Know: Future Dave and Future Rose's review of the events leading up to their appearance.
    • A few of the Troll conversations, since, unlike the kids, we don't see everything they do after starting the game.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Jade inquiring about all the rambunctious crows invading Dave's room.
    TG: i always keep birds in here its sort of my thing 
    GG: ohhhhhhh
    GG: kind of like all those silly naked puppets are your bros thing?

    TG: no no thats irony this is like
    TG: sincere honest to god psychosis
    TG: im training to be a lame gothy supervillain
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The inhabitants of the Land of Wind and Shade seem to have this, as evidenced by this bit of text:
    Inhabitant- "Look at this! Another Cherished Idol profaned! Such sacrilege has become commonplace with the recent glut of the Underlings. It would bring a tear to my eye if I were not so clearly fit to be tied with these hyperactive mannerisms and severe attention deficit oh my god look a bug."
  • Author Appeal: For one, glasses. Seriously, over half the main cast wears glasses of some kind note .
    • Amongst other things, clouds, superpowers, and intricate plots are things Andrew enjoys.
  • Author Avatar: Andrew Hussie: Engage in highly indulgent self-insertion into story. He shows up for recaps, and also when the fanbase is particularly riled up about something to troll them and make references to The Neverending Story.
    • Dave is also Andrew's avatar to a very minor extent, but not directly. His dialogue is easiest for Andrew to write, often parrots what Andrew believes, and early on used borrowed actual quotes from Andrew's own IM conversations.
  • Author Catch Phrase: BLUH
    • You've gained all the levels. All of them.
    • BOOYEAH!
    • That's really all there is to say on the matter.
    • "<Temporal noun> in the <Past/Future>, but not many..."
    • Be the other guy"
    • You cannot hope to beat <X> in a <Y>-off.
      • [He/She] is simply the best there is.
    • ALL THE <NOUN>S. All of them.
    • Oh nooooo
    • "Irons in the Fire"
    • Who's this douche bag?
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The royals on both sides are entitled to enchanted regalia which grant them powers from the players' prototypings. Then Jack Noir gets a promotion, breaking up the regular order of the SBURB session.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Many of the alchemizations. The Fetch Modus by and large are this too (some more awesome than others), with a few exceptions being practical to use.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning:
    • Jack Noir gets TWO. Here and here. PM gets one as well.
    • Warweary Villein's unification of the pawns
    • God Tier ascensions intentionally invoke this too, as the entire Incipisphere glows when someone ascends via a Quest Bed. The ones hidden in the moons of Derse and Prospit do not invoke this however.
  • Ax-Crazy/Hair-Trigger Temper: Trolls are basically an Ax-Crazy species, but most of the highbloods fall into fits of rage constantly. Feferi is the only exception to this, as Gamzee goes insane later on. Even the lower-blooded trolls are not beyond this, as the fits of rage from Kanaya showcase. Aradia also rages occasionally, but these occurred while she was in a robot fueled by blue blood.

  • Baby Planets: All of the celestial bodies located throughout the Incipisphere.
  • Back from the Dead: Every single major protagonist (and a few antagonists) has died at least once. Except Gamzee. All of the alpha and beta humans died and then came back as god tiers. All of the alpha trolls died and then came back as ghosts. Of the beta trolls: Vriska and Aradia died and returned as god tiers; Tavros, Equius, and Nepeta died and returned as sprites, Karkat was killed and then revived by Crocker Tier Jane as a demonstration of her revival powers, Kanaya died and returned as a Rainbow Drinker, and Terezi died in the aftermath of [S] GAME OVER and then was revived via Cosmic Retcon. Gamzee also dies during [S]GAME OVER. Being sliced in half vertically WILL kill you.
  • Badass Family: When you've got a World of Badass where Everyone Is Related, this trope necessarily follows.
  • Bad Future: Many alternate bad futures get shown and discussed, almost all of which have direct impact on the main timeline due to time travel.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Caliborn tries to compliment Jane that way. She's anything but flattered, but mostly for other reasons.
  • Bad News in a Good Way:
    "Since you are reading this, chances are you have already installed this game on your computer. If this is true, like many others, you have just participated in bringing about the end of the world. But don't beat yourself up about it."
  • Bait and Switch: Here, after heavy anticipation of Jade's first appearance.
    • Again when it seems like Doc Scratch is expecting the Big Bad Lord English, but Spades Slick arrives at his door instead.
    • And again here, when Grimdark Rose and God-Tier John confront Bec Noir over the not yet cold bodies of their murdered parents. Much is made of John's reaction to the news, and the stage is set for an epic two-on-one battle with much dynamic music, badass poses, the title card 'Round 1', then—John is killed instantly.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Dirk unveiling his idea for an AI replica of his own brain.
    GT: Does that mean I'll have to deal with two dirks?
    GT One who is MORE MACHINE THAN MAN...
    GT And another who is a computer program you made hahahahahahaha.

    TT: That's a super joke.
  • Band Land: The meaning of the "Melody" in the Land of Quartz and Melody was not apparent until this panel, where it was shown to have giant insides of music boxes.
    • The Land of Heat and Clockwork also applies to a limited extent.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: The Incipisphere is breathable.
    • Space is apparently so breathable that the cast decides that space is a more comfortable environment to raise cloned frogs than the planet. Mainly because, far from being cold, space is warmer than the planet below.
    • Averted when Doc Scratch takes away The Handmaid's "breathing privileges.
  • Battle Couple: Jake and Dirk are a deconstruction of one.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Parodied in this scene, wherein we cut away from Jack Noir killing a regulator to a Pawn that Jack Noir killed previously using a knife. And then we cut back (too early) to see that Jack Noir isn't actually finished killing the regulator, let alone cleaning up the copious amounts of blood.
    "You stop being the other guy in time for us to see that you have just finished quickly and cleanly subduing the..."
    "Jack, the man is dead. Stop that."
  • Beam-O-War: Eridan and Sollux engage in this twice.
  • Beam Spam: Sentryworm.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: the trolls even have a name for it: kismesis. You know your culture is fucked up when BST is considered normal and healthy.
  • Benevolent Architecture: Parodied. Stitch and Crowbar are found setting up a room with two rows of chest-high crates before a gunfight breaks out. Very thoughtful of them.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: Skaia Net, the company that produces Sburb on B1 Earth, is old, powerful, and clearly well-intentioned. Its replacement on B2 Earth is significantly more dangerous.
  • Berserk Button: Two words: Kankri Vantas.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Courtyard Droll/Clubs Deuce is an idiotic goofball. He's also the killed the most (that we see) of the whole Midnight Crew, with his body count including Jade, Jake's dream self, and the majority of the Felt.
  • BFG: Holy shit.
  • BFH: The Telescopic Sassacrusher is too big for John to use on his own. And then there's Fear No Anvil, which in its natural size is too big even for the gauntlets. Inverted, however, with The Bunny's weapons, which, while insanely powerful, are too small for the kids to use.
    • BFS: All of Dave's swords are significantly longer than he is tall in the standard art style. While more proportional in the various art shifts, they still fall under this trope.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The webcomic has seen various Big Bads antagonizing the different Cast Herds.
    • Jack Noir, of the pre-Scratch kids session, the iteration of Jack Noir that prototypes into Bec Noir.
    • The Black King, who normally serves as the Big Bad in a normal Sburb session, was ousted brutally by Jack in the kids' session.
    • The Condesce, the Big Bad of Act 6.
    • Gamzee, who has basically become the overarching Big Bad of the trolls' continuing story arc.
    • Doc Scratch, the Big Bad of Act 5, paving the way for his master...
    • Bigger Bad: Lord English, the biggest bad (in both size and threat) of them all, taking the title as the main Big Bad, now that Doc Scratch is dead and that Jack has met his match (his exact match: PM with WV's ring, making her as powerful as him).
    • Having a Bigger Bad is also referenced here, with all its implications.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Foreshadowed here and played out here, though not exactly in the manner implied.
  • Big Fancy House: Rose/Roxy and Jade/Jake reside in sprawling high-tech pads. The villainous equivalent would be Lord English's jade mansion.
  • Big Good: The White King, until he abdicated to a postal worker. Skaia may also count, as well as the Genesis Frog.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In-Universe, "Let us never speak of ACT 6 ACT 5 ACT 2 again."
  • Big "NO!": Jake's reaction to Jane's new hue.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Here.
  • Big Stupid Doodoo Head:
    • John's GameFAQs entry reads, "dave probably won't read any of this because he's sort of this great big whopping stupid horse butt. whatever."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Used in an interesting way. The troll alphabet is actually the Daedric Alphabet from The Elder Scrolls, rotated 180 degrees. The first name suggestion translates as "Turdodor Fuckball." The "real" name, however, translates as "Trollplanet", which is obviously just a joke since the real name is "Alternia". The attempted insulting name for Karkat translates as "Bulgereek Nookstain". During their fight scenes, the word "GRIEF" appears instead of the kids' STRIFE. Much later, we discover that the name of the Fluorcite Octet's ultimate attack translates as "Ancestral Awakening."
    • With the introduction of "Caledfwlch", it is suddenly a good time to be able to speak Welsh (it's the Welsh name for Excalibur, and pronounced "Caledvoolch"). Caliburn, another name for Excalibur, is derived from this, meaning Caliborn's name may or may not be a Meaningful Name.
      DAVE: what are welsh things doing in this game
      DAVESPRITE: thats an awesome question
    • Starting from this page Serenity narrates WV's dream in Morse code, and it is not gibberish—actually it's a Call Back to this scene with Jade. And a bug is involved in both of them.
    • Serenity's giant help message roughly translates to this:
    Serenity: Help, my friend is stuck inside the big can building. You must hurry. He's not very bright and he doesn't understand when I blink. Are you watching me? Oh no, don't blink me, you don't understand blinking either. How do you people even exchange ideas without luminous rear ends?
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Araena sure seems nice, but she's actually a self-centered Smug Snake Knight Templar. Inverted with Mom Lalonde; she seems like a bitch, but it becomes clear later that she's actually one of the sweetest characters in the comic and that her passive aggressive behavior was actually her trying to connect Rose.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The players houses are built up basically by copy-pasting bits of the architecture they already have.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Trolls reproduce by donating two samples of genetic material to the Mother Grub, with one sample coming from a loving pair and the other coming from arch-enemies. This works just as well between same-gender couples as it does between mixed-gender couples, rendering sexual preference meaningless to the entire species. They must be able to provide at least one pair of buckets, or they will be killed. Among other things, this also means buckets are morbid sex objects to trolls.
    • Exactly how bizarre is unclear due to Rule of Funny, Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp" and Teasing Creator.
    • Cherubs at first blush seem to be a little more sane in their boning, due to having two distinct genders and a simple enough pairing between two opposite-gendered individuals. Except, all reproduction is fueled by intense hatred between wildly conflicting morals and the beginning of courtship has both turning into 1 AU (or 149,597,870,700 m (92,955,807.3 mi)) long invincible serpents who duke it out until one wins, upon which the winner assumes the insemination position. Either gender can wind up carrying the egg, which they then lay upon a planet orbiting a red giant soon to be a black hole. Then the spawn will hatch and quickly generate two conflicting, in morals and gender, personalities.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: The comic plays with this. After Terezi lost her normal eyesight, she learned how to taste and smell colors to compensate. But when she contacts the human protagonists, she messes with them by claiming that all Alternians share her abilities.
  • Black Comedy: Homestuck has many examples of this, often accompanied by Mood Whiplash.
  • Black Screen of Death: To be exact, the variant that has slice marks showing up on the (generally red, not black) screen, but nothing else; generally used for faster animation.
  • Bland-Name Product: Played straight with Gamebro magazine and the chat client Pesterchum.
    • "Green Slime Ghost".
    • Averted with Betty Crocker-brand baked goods, Terezi's Crayola chalk, Tab soda, and Faygo soda.
  • Blatant Lies: Dave claims the reason that evil Jade can smell John in his room is because he sprays it with nerd smell and is totally because he didn't just teleport in and disappear again.
  • Block Puzzle: In Terezi's room in the interactive AlterniaBound segment. Mercilessly lampshaded, as Terezi complains bitterly about the pointlessness of putting such a simple block puzzle here.
  • Bloody Hilarious
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Troll society takes killing relatively easily. Childhood on Alternia begins with a series of dangerous trials designed to off the weakest of them; once the survivors pass, they're introduced to an essentially lawless society where everyone has to fend for themselves, compassion is weakness and your frenemies are likely to stab you in the back. Arbitrary cullings are commonplace. They don't seem to have a huge problem with murder in its own right, just when it happens to someone they actually like, in which case it's okay to get bloody revenge on their fallen friend's behalf. Trolls who would qualify as dangerous sociopaths and serial killers on Earth are just thought of as huge tools, except for Terezi, who is well-liked (possibly because unlike Vriska, who kills indiscriminately, Terezi has a set of rules she follows). The actions of Vriska are more understandable given the culture she grew up in—and it's implied she isn't nearly the worst out there, just the worst given characterization.
    • Trolls are so inherently violent that being someone's Morality Pet is an integral part of their culture.
    • When Rose tries to ask if the Horrorterrors are evil, she "goes off the deep end in every way".
    • It is first implied then later outright stated to be due to Doc Scratch's meddling. The pre-Scratch version of Troll culture was too soft and the players failed hard at the game (because they were too weak and unprepared), so Doc Scratch (on Lord English's orders) manipulated their culture to bring about a brutal, violent, prepared group of teens the second time around.
      • Another big part of it was the Condesce's insane ruling; it would seem that a murderous, bigoted sociopath who believes in a bastardized form of social Darwinism and apparently thinks that wild animals are better at child-rearing than adult trolls doesn't exactly make a civilized society.
    • Sburb/Skaia itself counts. It casually destroys whole civilizations and planets to protect/propagate itself so that it can create new universes.
  • Body Motifs: Missing eyes and missing limbs recur in tandem, sometimes justified, sometimes not.
  • Bond One-Liner: Spades Slick attempts one here (complete with an emoticon-based Glasses Pull), but even he admits it was terrible.
  • Bonus Boss: John can fight a Uranium Imp during the Enter Village interactive segment.
  • Book Ends: The story begins and ends on April 13.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: Sburban Jungle and the drumline from Upward Movement (Dave Owns) are more or less the main themes at this point.
    • Also, Doctor. It was originally used for John's land, then for his ascension to God Tier, then Jade's ascension to God Tier, and by now it is the most heavily remixed song in the entire Homestuck discography.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "Gosh you love movies. Almost as much as you love skulls. And movies that have skulls in them? Oh my god."
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: Dirk dropping the bomb that he's from the future. Jake debates sitting down for this news, then realize he's already sitting. "Maybe I should stand up."
  • Brick Joke: In a meta-joke, from here to here.
    • During [S] Wake, when Tavros and Vriska face off, he holds up the decapitated head of one of Vriska's dolls and makes a throat slitting gesture, she replies by holding up HIS SEVERED LEGS AND TORSO and making a waist cutting gesture.
      • Which, in case people didn't know, is a joke originally featured in AlterniaBound in which you can find Tavros' severed legs in a chest in a part of the lab only accessible while playing Vriska.
    • Dave alchemizes an Unreal Air skateboard in late act 4. It promptly floats away to Skaia. Over a year later, late in act 5, it is finally seen about to land on the Battlefield.
    • Meta-ish-example. invokedWhen Hussie talked about Jack Noir's transformation into Bec Noir, he mentioned that while the tentacles vanished Jack could still manifest them. This didn't come up until the end of Act 5.
    • When WV is first introduced, he marks parts of can town with motor oil. Quite a while later, Slick puts it to use.
    • You probably forgot about that pallet of shaving cream, didn't you? It returns with a bang right before [S] Cascade.
    • Relatively early on, Terezi helps John get the captcha code for a non-functioning rocket pack that he creates on accident so that he can create a functional version. A bit later, in Act 5, Vriska retrieves her rocket boots from one of her loot strongholds so she can give her paraplegic Sgrub client, Tavros, the captcha code for them so he can make his own pair. The rocket shoes code looks a little... familiar.
    • Jade's pumpkins have been disappearing her whole life. So when we see WV steal one with a teleporter, mystery solved, right? Except that only explains one pumpkin. A few thousand panels later in Act 6, we finally find out what Jake has been stealing the rest of her pumpkins, and her intense efforts to grow pumpkins that she can use have created some kind of super-pumpkins that have completely overgrown his version of the island.
    • "You will however contemplate bleating like a goat for IRONICALLY HUMOROUS purposes at a later date." Nearly 4000 pages later...
    • Here is probably the longest running Brick Joke in the comic: John mentions his peanut allergy here. The B2 Courtyard Droll used Jake's peanut allergy to kill his dreamself here.
    • Colonel Sassacre breaks even this record when the book big enough to kill a cat, 4468 pages later, finally does.
    • One of the random things alchemized by John early on is a hat with bunny ears.Many, many pages later...
    • Though it is meta, two people made it to God Tier levels of donation during the Kickstarter, guaranteeing that their fantrolls would show up in the comic, but not survive more than one page.
    • One of the leprechauns/ members of The Felt (Purple Stripe) is named Eggs here, in the first intermission. His name is used on this page as an Easter joke (the page was uploaded on March 31st, 2013 - Easter of that year)
    • One of the very first commands in Homestuck was for John to retrieve his arms, and on 5th of april 2013, using the "ultimate weapon", John's arms are everywhere.
    • When Jane first meets Gamzee, Gamzee sells her several "potions" (actually Troll blood) against her will. Later, while under the control of her Tiaratop, she resells them to Kanaya at an incredibly high markup.
    • Spades Slick breaks originally wants to get rid of the Felt for destroying one of his favourite casinos. He still gets his opportunity for revenge later. Much later. Lampshaded: 'That didn't stop from being a thing.'
  • Broken Bridge: John comes across one here. As the Pesterlog on that page notes, the only way to the Denizen's palace on the other side is through the Seventh Gate.
  • Buffy Speak: The planet-wide hurricane John creates, and his powers in general, are called "the windy thing."
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Inverted in troll society, where clowns are in charge of repression. Justified in act 6, where The Condesce complains about how "proper dudes" assigned for the job in Derse get distracted by damaged hats.
  • But Thou Must: One of the inhabitants of the Land of Wind and Shade asks John to sell him his dapper suit. At many other such choices in the segment there are two buttons to click, "Yes" and "No", but this time "No" is the only option.
    • When the friendly clown offers to be Jane's guide, your choices are "No" and "fuck no." When he starts offering potions for sale, she ends up buying some regardless of which option you choose.
      • Later, Crocker-tier Jane sells Kanaya troll blood. The options are "Yes" and some other form of yes, differing with each bottle.
    • In AlterniaBound, the choices when Gamzee asks Karkat to sleep on his horn pile are "No" and "Hell No".
    • in A6I4, when Gamzee meets up with Caliborn, you're presented with two choices just like with Jane. The choices are Caliborn's face, and Caliborn's face. Either one ends in Caliborn shooting Gamzee for panels and panels straight.
    • In Act 6 Act 5 Act 2, after playing a purposefully annoying mini game in which you just move trickster Dirk to the right until he reaches his goal, the options to "Play again?" are "no" and "fuck no." However, if you roll over either button, a bigger button will appear saying "YES," taking you back to the beginning of the game.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: When the trolls' home planet is destroyed, all the trolls elsewhere in the galaxy are killed by The Vast Glub.

  • Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": Health Vials containing Vitality Gel.
  • Call Back / Continuity Nod: Almost every single page is in some way a call back to another, either visually or in some other elements.
  • Call Forward: "TROLLING ME FROM THE FUTURE, HOW JUVENILE CAN YOU GET" - oh, you are so right there, Karkat. You would never do such a thing.
    • Doc Scratch to Terezi: I'm not going to tell you my name. But if you wish, you may refer to me as Mr. Vanilla Milkshake. It is perfectly in keeping with a habit which you will develop in the future.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm: Jake entreating Dirk not to make any more slime appear over his head.
    GT:The last thing i need on my bday is another installment of and i quote manbro bukkake theater.
    TT: You still don't actually know what that means, do you.
    GT: Not really? Its your friggin figure of speech man. I gathered it just meant getting slimed like in ghost busters or somesuch.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Extraordinarily powerful attacks will appear named in a Final Fantasy styled blue window.
  • Came Back Strong: God Tiers do this. Kanaya also achieved this by becoming a vampire.
  • CamelCase: Every pesterChum or Trollian handle.
  • The Cameo: The Parcel Mistress has a letter addressed to a Dr. David Brinner at one point.
    • During Aranea's expositive monologue on cherubs, two fantrolls from the people who managed to hit the $10,000 donation mark on the Homestuck Kickstarter made an appearance. The two are then immediately annihilated by a cherub.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Midnight Crew was originally a four-man Psycho Rangers group created for a donation request during Problem Sleuth that spent most of their time having non-canonical skirmishes with the main characters. However, in Homestuck they actually play a more relevant role in the plot.
  • Captain Ersatz: Averted with Grampa Harley's Iron Man suit, but the Iron Lass suit somewhat plays with it, and references it during Jade's crafting frenzy.
    "If you are going to adopt a new regular outfit, you'd prefer something a little comfier and less ostentatious, and if possible, in less flagrant violation of copyright laws."
  • Cartesian Karma: Done so to a more general sense. Vriska is controlled essentially by her civilization's violent culture and expectations, her own insecurities/ego, self-destructive actions, and the rules of paradox space itself. She 'over-comes' it eventually, but by then it's rather to late for her to change. She even acknowledges she can't change what she's done by any means, but accepts it and any karma facing her because she believes she needs to do the right thing.
  • Cassandra Truth: Post-Scratch George Washington had prophetic dreams of the Insane Clown Posse being installed as Presidents, and tried to amend the Constitution to exclude "unruly jesters", but everyone assumed that he was high on the colonial cannabis.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Everyone but the Pawn Armies are distinctly different. Even the three main Exiles, who are all Pawns, have slight differences that differentiate them from each other outside of their wardrobe; AR is taller and squatter than WV, for example.
  • Catch a Falling Star: After being thrown out a window by Rose, Lil' Cal is rescued by a passing hoverboard. Dave too, when he gets pecked off tower by his own kernelsprite at the beginning of the 5/31 update.
    • Nannasprite catches John by telekinetically moving his bed after pranking him off the side of his house.
  • Cats Are Magic:
    • Rose, who might be the most magical of the four kids, prototyped her dead cat Jaspers to her kernelsprite, and also made a genetic sequence using the letters MEOW (instead of the typical GCAT) which can be spliced with other DNA to create godlike entities.
    • And now the Post-Scratch Kids universe has the God Cat, or GCAT for short, which is a literal magic cat, being created with an alternate version of the above code.
    • Jasprosesprite^2, for some people:
      JASPROSESPRITE^2: Yes I thought you wouldn't understand what that meant, and that the button would continue to do the trick.
  • Cats Are Mean: The above-mentioned God Cat is seen as kind of a nuisance by the kids, and is also susceptible to the Empress' animal controlling abilities. For a certain type of mean, Vriska basically tricks Tavrosprite into merging with GCAT even though Tavrosprite is allergic so she can KO him/them with her powers and prevent GCAT from interfering with the upcoming battles.
    • Jasprosesprite^2 has no filters and is particularly mean to Jake, greeting him as "Jade's unintelligent father", calling him boring when he's too stunned at her appearance to say hello, and says he's a prop at her Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party for Nepetasprite. She also calls Dave and Dirk boring for being too awkward to speak and "helps" Tavrosprite by, well see above. She attributes her lack of social graces to her cat-half...
      JASPROSESPRITE^2: I used to be quite guarded about my feelings as a girl.
      JASPROSESPRITE^2: But cats do not have complicated thoughts about what should be expressed and when.
      JASPROSESPRITE^2: What to convey about your current state of mind is everything. When to do it is now.
...but Jaspersprite was never this rude.
  • Celestial Body: Bilious Slick, who contains/is an entire universe.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Several.
    • Jade's comedic narcolepsy in Act 4 was caused by Vriska testing her psychic powers through the viewports as part of her plan to screw with the human timeline.
    • Karkat's arguments with his time-shifted selves start out hilarious but then fuel his descent into acute self-loathing and self-recrimination.
    • Gamzee's clown honks become Nightmare Fuel after he snaps.
    • Foiled double-example when Rose and Dave meet Roxy and Dirk: Rose discovers Roxy genuinely loves wizards, meaning what Rose interpreted as emotionally abusive mindgames on the part of her mother were sincere if misguided displays of affection. Meanwhile, Dave reveals to Dirk (after a very long and awkward silence) that his eccentric Training from Hell life with Bro was actually so traumatic and devoid of affection that physical danger, blood, and metallic noises are now PTSD triggers.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: It used to be a comic about some kid trying to get to his computer to play a game, then shit gets real and it turns out the game destroys entire planets. As of Act 6, the body count is astronomical, everyone's had at least one mental breakdown, and even a best-case ending can't restore everything the main characters have lost in the course of the story. Though despite its descent into complex drama, it still remains relentlessly lighthearted.
  • Character Class System: Not surprising, considering that the setting is a co-op video game. Sburb players' "[Class] of [Aspect]" titles define their aptitudes and intended roles within the game (via class), as well as which objects and forces within the Medium they can interact with in service of that role (via aspect). Aspect seems to be largely innate (all the dancestor troll pairs have the same aspect, the pre-scratch/post-scratch human pairs have thematically related aspects), while class depends more on acquired personality traits (Knights tend to be compulsively protective and self-sacrificing, Thieves are pathologically narcissistic). The underlying mechanics of the classpect system are left mostly unexplained until after the Scratch. Calliope's elaborations on Rose's research suggest that classes are structured in passive/active pairs (active Thief and Prince vs. passive Rogue and Bard), that some classes are gender-specific or gender-biased (Bards are all male, Muses are all female, Rogues are usually but not always female), and that class is based partly on a player's assessed competence (Pages start out essentially useless but have the greatest improvement potential if they can unlock it, Princes are exceptionally dangerous even at their starting levels). It's worth taking Calliope's statements with a grain of salt, however, as all of her data has come from 5 tightly connected sessions, and it's always possible for a player to corrupt their assigned Myth Arc or mimic the powers and behaviors of another class.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: Almost all of the characters die at some point only to be visited in The Afterlife, where we learn someone is killing them again - more than doubling the body count.
  • Charge-into-Combat Cut: This is fairly commonplace in Homestuck, although the author is always kind enough to cut back to the fight in time for it to begin... eventually.
  • Character Blog:
  • Character Development: Noticeably during the Act 6 Intermissions (especially for the kids), since the previous acts were only about a day long. The characters are in their early teens, after all.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Very many things. This comic is big on continuity.
    • Ashes to Crashes: John topples the SACRED URN, spilling his Grandma's ashes. The work is nothing if not Genre Savvy: "In retrospect, upon mulling cinematic tropes regarding ash-filled urns, this outcome was a virtual certainty."
    • Chekhov's Boomerang: Grandma Nanna's ashes end up Tier 2 prototyping John's sprite when the urn falls off of the mantle again.
      • John's bunny goes from Overly Long Gag to Killer Rabbit.
      • Biscuits useless oven turns out to be actually very useful, just not for timetraveling. It actually functions as a sort of portable, oven-sized Hammer Space .
    • Chekhov's Gag: Almost every update contains some sort of Call Back joke. It would take far too much effort to list them all.
      • Remember the sarcophagi and mummies Jade's Grandpa collected that creeped her out? Watch the second intermission. Yeah. They'll scare the crap out of you too.
      • John's hatred of Betty Crocker.
    • Chekhov's Gift: The stuffed bunny from Con Air. Thanks to weird time shit, John receives the same bunny three times over. Dave sends him the original as an ironic birthday present. It goes back in time with baby Rose, grows ratty over the years, and is then given to John again after Rose repairs it with knitting. This version of the bunny is sent back in time with baby Jade. She eventually upgrades it into the autonomous and heavily-armed robobunny that allows Jack Noir to overthrow the Black Queen and devastate the Medium— but also protects John from Jack at a critical moment. Which was why she made it for him in the first place.
    • Chekhov's Gun: Discussed.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Gamzee, according the the narrator on the January 1st update, is "the most important character in Homestuck" despite seeming like a minor character at first. (The seriousness of this statement is, however, debatable.)
      • Gamzee manages to create the a large portion of the code that created Doc Scratch and made the doll that spawned Jack's hatred for harlequin clothes. He's practically the indirect cause of a lot of the bad things in the comic. On the other hand, when "the most important character" regarded the new beginning, Cal was sitting in Gamzee's lap while he chatted with Doc Scratch about the same event, so it's hard to say who this referred to even if serious.
      • It's later implied that the real "most important character" in the scene is Lord English, present in the form of Lil Cal.
      • Fedorafreak also appears to be one, having only appeared in one conversation before (one that didn't even have a Pesterlog devoted to it) but is has been revealed that he is playing the game and ended up dying on a Quest Bed.
      • Betty Crocker. Twice over.
    • Chekhov's Skill: John's dubiously obtained "Fear No Anvil" hammer. It's shown in the John: Enter Village flash to freeze even the ludicrously unhittable Uranium imps, implying the same could be said of timestopping powers on any Green Sun-powered being. With John's real body dead, we're left to believe that this is a red herring...but then, the long-discounted Aradia manifests herself as the Maid of Time and freezes the rampaging Jack dead in his tracks. Both of these skills are used again in [S] Collide to momentarily freeze the villains they are fighting.
    • Chekhovs Juice: This is not a trope, but it damn well should be.
    • As discussed under Cosmic Retcon, there's actually an Aversion as well. At a point during Act 6, John's arm shows up in many different panels across the history of the story; these panels have been permanently edited so his hand is in the original update as well. So while this may appear to be a Chekhov's Gun to new readers, it was added in a Cosmic Retcon
    • This line from Homestuck Book 2 sums it up:
      Chekhov's Literally Every Single Story Detail plays a key role in the future as well. Keep an eye out for it.
  • Chess Motifs: The conflict between the light and dark kingdoms is represented with chess imagery. Wayward Vagabond also plays a game of chess by himself to pass the time. Black wins, foreshadowing the fact that the Dark Kingdom will win the battle.
    • Turns to blackjack motifs starting in Act 4. Also turns to pool for a bit with The Felt, a pool-themed gang.
  • Chest Burster: Full body-burst, as an Alien/Pokémon parody, and used on a plush toy. Complete with a face hugger coming out of a suspiciously pokeball-like egg. No, really.
  • The Chosen One(s): "A realm where four will gather, the Heir of Breath and Seer of Light, the Knight of Time and Witch of Space, and together they will Ascend." Apparently, players who successfully make it to the Medium are Chosen. Turns out they're chosen because the game creates them.
  • Christmas Episode (although it's April 13th): Very much played for laughs in conjunction with Webcomic Time with John and Jade's alchemizing bonanzas.
  • Cliffhanger: A bunch of them at any given time.
  • Clone Degeneration: The mutated paradox clones created from Jaspers' Paradox imprint ghosts.
    • To elaborate, Paradox clones are clones of themselves, through stable time loops. Mom and Rose attempted to paradox clone Jaspers the cat, but since Jaspers was not born through any such stable time loop (at least as far as we've seen), two failed paradox clones were produced.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The introduction of Gamzee, and more generally anything he says.
    • Dave is generous with his fuck supply. As is Vriska. And Karkat's foul mouth rubs off on Jade gradually.
    • Jane here.
  • Colony Drop: Jack dropped Prospit's moon on Skaia, creating a massive crater.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Most of the characters have a corresponding color assigned to them.
    • In [Doc Scratch's] case, it's more like Color Coded For Your Inconvenience - [his text is in all white, forcing readers and characters alike to highlight it in order to read it easily.] The annoyance of this is repeatedly lampshaded.
  • Combinatorial Explosion: Hoo boy. The alchemy system ostensibly allows any object to be combined with any other object to create a new one, and there's at least two methods of combination (perhaps as many as there are logical operators). As lampshaded here, the number of possible objects (over 280 trillion) suddenly doesn't seem so big when you realize that it's supposed to allow any possible object, excluding "key" items like Sburb discs.
    • Although since the game controls time, it's entirely possible that it knows everything the players will try to make, meaning it only has to prepare for a few hundred combinations.
    • Of course, then we learn about the Intellibeam Laserstation, and that there are apparently codes unreadable by players. Meaning that the vast majority of objects not used commonly by players could simply be laserstation captcha codes, which for all we know have additional characters not seen in normal codes and perhaps not even percievable to anything but the Laserstation, i.e. the Sburb disc or a pumpkin, for some reason.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: John in particular was victim to this in early acts. More generally dispersed now.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: For all the timespace shenanigans, alien monsters, mystical elements, and other weirdness of Homestuck, Hussie has said repeatedly that this is the true central theme of the comic.
    It's hard.
    Being a kid and growing up.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: The trolls live in a brutally Social Darwinist Crapsack World where, had SGRUB not taken place and destroyed the planet, most of them would've probably been culled for being disabled (Terezi and Tavros) or low-blooded mutants (Karkat). Daylight brings rainbow (blood)-drinkers, the undead, while they sleep in a tub of tranquilizers to make sure they don't get intensely brutal nightmares of blood and carnage. And this was all directly caused by a devil figure living on an unnatural moon.
    • In "[S] Jade Wake Up", Jade meets Feferi and they both meet the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors. Jade is disturbed while Feferi thinks they're nothing to be scared of since the creature that is effectively her foster mother was an Eldritch Abomination too.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The Land Of Heat And Clockwork. Not only is the entire place running with magma but the only platforms appear to be metal gears, which would either melt, or conduct the heat right to the people on them (Conduction Shmonduction?). Justified, as the game wouldn't want to make itself unbeatable by killing all the players that touch one of the planets.
  • Cool Mask: Jake and Dirk sport gas masks to protect themselves from the seemingly toxic atmosphere on Dirk's planet in the Act 6: Act 4 flash.
  • Cooldown Hug: Good Moirails.
  • Corrupted Data: Partway through act 5, the Homestuck game disc gets a nasty scratch, so the next several pages are marred by visual glitches and corrupted text. Eventually it causes the story to freeze just before a climactic fight, so the reader takes the disc to Doc Scratch to fix it.
    • In Act 6 Act 6, when the story switches from discs to console cartridges, the cartridge in question is jammed with special stardust and candy corn, producing similar effects.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: While it had elements of this for a while, it becomes a pretty major part of the story as of [S] Jade: Wake up. Warning: may cause gibbering.
  • Cosmic Retcon: Even though it's stated that the protagonists are unnamed until their thirteenth birthday, flashbacks seem to indicate that a character's name is applied retroactively.
    • The Scratch also functions as this, changing some of the parameters and resetting the universe itself from an earlier state.
    • In a more true to the sense of the trope, when John touches the Weapon in Act 6, his arm is shown in many panels from previous parts of the story. All the panels were edited to show his arm in the original panel, adding a retroactive Chekhov's Gun for future readers.
      • As John begins to alter the past further, new choices appear in old pages. These new choices are protected by a password system, so that new readers can't just skip ahead.
  • Cosplay: Invoked for shenanigans by Vriska and Tavros. This seems to be something of a theme for Vriska, as she later takes issue with John's peppy green outfit, and smoothly pressures him into cosplaying as her. Later we find out Terezi has her own set too.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Except, in this case, Vriska uses Mind Control to make someone else write a message in her blood, since she's not telepathic. They get in an argument, and the color being used starts to change.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Pre-Scratch Alternia, going by what Kankri and Aranea say.
  • Crapsack World: Every planet other than Earth, and it gets worse after the players enter too.
  • Crazy Cultural Comparison: Common buckets are, due to how Trolls reproduce, basically akin to porn stashes in Alternian culture, and leaving one exposed is a major faux pas.
  • Creation Myth: This is one of things Homestuck was supposed to be from the start. Universes are created when people play Sburb/Sgrub, and the new universe is based on the players and their actions. The trolls "created" our universe, and the constellations of the Zodiac represent them, not the other way around.
  • Crossing the Burnt Bridge: Subverted. Karkat thinks he's going to have to apologize to Vriska in order to get her to join the Red Team. When he finds out that Vriska's been kicked off the Blue Team, he instantly rescinds his apology, and apologizes to himself for even making it in the first place.
  • Crutch Character: Time players seem to be this for their group: they are able to Time Travel and sense changes in the timeline before they ascend to God Tier, whereas everyone else's powers are locked off, or at least harder to use, until they die on their Quest Bed. All of the Heroes of Time shown so far have been incredibly Badass, Dave and Aradia especially, backing this up.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The Trolls refusal to be helpful or coherent at all (even to past versions of themselves) tends to result in Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • Culture Justifies Anything: Vriska's defense for killing Tavros and feeding all those young trolls to her lusus.
    • Caliborn uses this to argue that Jane shouldn't be offended when he insults her, because his species expresses attraction through hate instead of love.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Very few fights in the series are even. Most result in one side getting beaten rather badly rather quickly.
    • One of the few subversions of this can be seen on the first flash segment after the end of the gigapause, in which, in between all the other stuff happening on LOFAF, there's also the fight between John and Caliborn, which goes back and forth, until the end in which John gains the upper hand shortly before being teleported away by his canon defying powers.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Insufferable Pri--" *CHOP*
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Jack Noir finally gets tired of Dad's busy fists. "Here, (flicks switchblade) stick this in your pipe and bleed to death slowly."
    • Spades Slick casing an all-green mansion belonging to Lord English. He looks forward to "painting this ugly house red with the blood of those miserable green motherfuckers."
    • If anyone tried to steal Boxcars' set of wax lips, he "would eat their eyeballs and deliver an angry lecture into their empty sockets."
    • Later in the story, when Hearts Boxcars tries to command Tavros to get up and kiss Vriska (unaware of his disability), he threatens him among other things to rip his horns off and put 'em through his eyes.
  • Cute Kitten: Refuse to acknowledge the absurd kitten.
    • You fail miserably.
  • Cute Monster Character: Most of the trolls count, especially Tavros, Nepeta, and Kanaya. The exception would be Equius.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Many, most notably the one between Vriska and Terezi, which led to 4 of the trolls being crippled or worse by the end of it.

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Alternative Title(s): Tropes A-C