The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
It started out with "What's In the Box, Jack?" Explanation In comic, Jack Noir looks into a box. A thread was created where fans created their own versions of what he found., which then launched so many spin-off threads that they all ended up condensed into one gigantic Image Manipulation thread. Then there's pretty much everything from Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff (which also has achieved memetic status within the series' own universe). Listing all the in-fandom memes would take the rest of this page... oh look, it does!
EB: how do you know about jegus? do you even know what that is?
AG: I have no idea! It's something Terezi has 8een saying non stop for some reason.
AG: It is weirdly infectious.
In-fandom responses: "TROLLS DO NOT SAY GOG" (due to a few times when the trolls, before they met the kids, said "god" and "Jesus")
On 4chan's /co/ board, due to the massive amount of shipping and general threads, "HOMOSUCK IS SHIT" has evolved into an all-around catchphrase for anything that's too invasive or clutters up the board.
Homestuck could have updated RIGHT NOW. Explanation Homestuck updates a lot and at odd hours.
Turn that 0_0 into a 0u0!
Wait, no, that looks stupid.Explanation A reference to Aradia Megido
being 0kay with things Explanation A common response by Aradia to the events going on. Well, when she's dead, anywho.
All of the X. All of it/them. Explanation A phrase referenced repeatedly by the character Vriska, beginning with "you've gained all the levels. All of them." Also said a lot by the narrator during introductions.
Everyone is Spades Slick Explanation A parody of Epileptic Trees for Homestuck.
Everyone is Lord English, who is already here!Explanation A reference to the speculation over English's true identity.
Nepeta is Lord English! Explanation A further parody of the above.
Are there more Lord Englishes I should know about?! Explanation A reference to the hype over Jack Noir possibly turning into Lord English and a reference to a SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
BLUH Explanation Common expletive used by various characters
HUGE BITCH BLUH BLUH Explanation Used to describe Snowman and Vriska. A snowclone "BLUH BLUH HUGE WITCH" was used to describe Rose.
GLUB GLUB HUGE FISH Explanation A snowclone of the above referring to fish troll Feferi Peixes; or, now, more often, to her ancestor the Condesce.
being STRONG Explanation A reference to Equius Zahhak, who has Super Strength.
STRONGjumping, STRONGgalloping, STRONGsitting, STRONGlifting, STRONGrunning, STRONGdating, STRONGhobble etc. Explanation See above
___ double reacharound Explanation A phrase that appears in the comic
complete bullshit Explanation Another phrase that appears in the comic, usually preceded by "This is"
Trollsonas Explanation Fans making troll versions of themselves.
Buckets counting as sex toysExplanation Trolls use buckets to reproduce.
Referring to Valentine's Day as "Pail Day"
Is that... a bucket? Augh, I can't believe someone would post that kind of smut on a worksafe site! Have you no decency?
SIX SOLAR SWEEPS! NOT 0KAY! Explanation Six solar sweeps is equivalent to 13 Earth years.
My Little Hoofbeasts Explanation Trolls call horses "hoofbeasts". A reference to My Little Pony
NEIGH Explanation A reference to an Easter Egg flash
Basically everything in Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff. Particularly "I warned you about stairs", "flip it turnways" and SBAHJification. Explanation Everything is based off various lines from the comic. SBAHJification is making something like Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff.
Got Tiger Explanation On Hussie's Formspring, someone made this typo when attempting to say "god tier", and Hussie naturally couldn't let it pass without comment. "Getting the tiger" became an Unusual Euphemism for someone ascending to the god tiers.
Dog Tier! Explanation Jade got a pair of dog ears to go with her Animal Motif when she achieved her God Tier. The fandom loved it, bestowing upon her this nickname.
And most recently, Cod Tier. Explanation After a fan requested a picture of a God-Tiered Gamzee as part of Hussie's charity fundraiser for Japan after the earthquake, Hussie drew a sketch of Gamzee in his God Tier outfit which included, among other things, an enormous codpiece from Bard Quest. Naturally, the fans ran with this.
An extreme example: on the formspring Hussie commented that "There are major characters, and there are minor ones. If you're waiting for me to fire up NEPETAQUEST 2011, don't hold your breath." Now, the fans are making it hapen.Twice.
KARKAT: YOU KNOW WHAT? GIVE ME FIFTY FUCKING NEPETAS! WHY THE HELL NOT. WE'LL CALL OUR JOURNEY THROUGH BLACK ENDLESS DESPAIR "NEPETAQUEST".
1/18 Explanation It's a gay porn comic featuring Tavros, Eridan and Equius that was being spammed at 4chan's Homestuck General. It always started with a spoilered pic of the first page, and a spoilered text saying "1/18". Soon it started being parodied, including one version that had SBAHJ-style art.
HOPE RIDES FOREVVER ALONE!◊ Explanation The character Eridan uses double "v"s and "w"s as his typing quirk since his sign is Aquarius and is commonly characterized as being a desperate, dateless loser. And then he was revealed to be the "Prince of Hope". Mashing him with the line "Hope Rides Alone" from The Protomen swiftly followed.
MARCH MADNESSExplanation Back in December of '10, a group of fans got together and began designing a Homestuck calender. When the topic of a crossdressing Eridan was breached, the artist designing the picture for March decided the idea was too good to pass up, so they decided to work it into their image and came up with this as a result.
The outfit is also memetic, as is the picture for being ugly to many.
Another memetic mutation that eventually worked its way into the AlterniaBound album was Trollcops. It started as a thread on the forums and was your standard AU thread. The music team then answered with making the AU's radio theme, the aptly named Trollcops. It especially shows in the Radio Play version when the narrator describes the long-time officer (Terezi) and the rookie (Sollux).
Sollux's eyes flashing as a siren.
Troll terminology including Jegus and Gog (which they picked up from Dave), candlelight hate date, bone bulge, nook and seedflap.
Troll typing quirks Explanation Each troll has their own way of typing.
Fan art depicting troll, felt and first guardian versions of various characters
Fat Vriska and Fat Feferi, aka Fatferi. Partial explanation Fat Vriska came about from a long series of trolling/counter-trolling Q&A on Hussie's formspring account about whether Feferi was fat or not that eventually degenerated into an expression of hatred & lust for fat people with Vriska as the focus. The Q&A in question can be read here.◊
Terezi facing the wrong direction in fanart Explanation Terezi is blind.
This even extends to cosplay photoshoots, in which the various Terezis stand with their backs to the cameras, wave to the sky, or just look off in the wrong direction.
Pants◊kat◊ Explanation An Off Model moment caused by an unusual art choice made Karkat look as though his entire body consists of a pair of really long pants. Pantskat is the most common name for the entity, but "Karkat Pantas" is also used on occasion. The image in question can be found here.
Missing◊ Middle◊ Kanaya◊ Explanation Derives from the same frame as Pantskat, "Cutnaya" comes from how the colour of Kanaya's sash is the same colour as the floor, so it appears she is lacking a midsection.
The catchphrase "Kids & Fun" and the many variations of it
Tsunamis and Secretaries Explanation After Eridan killed Feferi and Kanaya, a huge shitstorm started on 4chan's Homestuck General. Eridan's fans were celebrating his victory and unsuccessfully trying to justify his actions. One of Eridan's fans decided to make an analogy with a tsunami, saying Eridan was doing that to avoid said tsunami.
Gods & FunExplanation All the original human kids reach the God Tiers.
The animes, like Disukuwarudo by Pratchett-san. Explanation These two related memes emerged from some of Hussie's snarky Formspring responses concerning, well, anime; Hussie doesn't care about the animes, and so gave Discworld as a snarky response. It spent most of its time as a Formspring/MSPA forum injoke, and didn't get a nod in Homestuck itself for a long time, until Jade alchemised the Dead Shuffle dress and it's remarked that in it she looks like she's "straight from the animes".
Homestuck: The Anime. Complete with screencaps, episode summaries, VA discussion andSub vs. Dub flame wars.Explanation On July 1st, 2012, Hussie was forced to take an unexpected hiatus for Comic Con and dealing with his neglected chores, while also working on the next Flash update. During this time, the fandom had so little to do that they began to create high quality 'animestuck' fanart. The results were so convincing that some people began asking where they could find it, leading more people to create more Anime-style art based on scenes from the comic, as well as creating lists of VAs, and adding subtitles to certain images.
"AnD ThEn mAyBe mAkE OuT a LiTtLe ;o)" Explanation This came from a particularly hilarious line by Gamzee where he casually (and unexpectedly) asks Tavros to make out.
"i am not a homosexual." Explanation Right after Karkat confesses his hatecrush on John, John replies with this line. It can be found absolutely everywhere.
Daddy Droog is best Droog! Explanation After seeing Droog watch the Curb-Stomp Battle between Aradia and Vriska and how he praised her afterwards a lot of AU fanfic/fanart portrayed Diamonds Droog as Aradia's adoptive father, frequently with other members of the Midnight Crew or the Felt adopting other trolls (usually based on exile/troll pairings).
"Is she holding the gun right? Y/N" Explanation Two characters, Jade and Eridan, use guns in-canon, leading to a lot of fanart of them with guns. Since they're both expert marksmen, it's somewhat jarring to notice how rarely they're drawn holding their gun correctly, even in otherwise-good pictures, or in canon.
SHOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSHHH Explanation A string of updates near the end of Act 5 have Karkat calming Gamzee down from his subjugglating madness by repeatedly "pap"-ing his face and shushing him.
KARKAT IS A SUBJUGGLATOR WHISPERER.
GIVVE THAT BITCH A WWHALE. BITCHES LOVVE WWHALES. Explanation Said Seahorse Dad to Eridan. In fanon, this is generally portrayed as the extent of their knowledge of the ways of love, moreso for Eridan.
Kanaya is a drunk, hic!Explanation Sometime around June 2011 someone posted a role-play log wherein they were role-playing Kanaya as a drunk, it boomed with [[http://drunk-homosexual-virgo.tumblr.com/ popularity within hours.
And many other spin offs
"John and Dave Play Sburb", a video mashing up audio from Two Best Friends Play with scenes from Homestuck, has become very popular. "I might NEED the blankie!" "That's textook vampire-ism." Fans have been known to declare that Matt and Pat are now their headcanon voices for John and Dave.
ssh only ______ now. Explanation From [[ this drawing sent by Terezi to Dave.
SHES HOT RUNWAY MODEL. (Referring to Kanaya.) Explanation "[S] Cascade" featured one shot in which Kanaya had an interesting pose that the fandom decided to run with. the image was drawn by fanartist Xamag
This also resulted in the creation of Jesus John, Reaper Karkat, and Angel Davesprite.
Hussieruya Explanation Shipping Hussie with Hidekaz Himaruya is a fairly common thing, it may have originally been created as a tongue-in-cheek to poke fun at the inexplicable hatred between the Hetalia fandom and the Homestuck fandom at the time. (The two Fandoms have since made up.) It was popularized by artists Tannanana and Sclez. Hussie now knows about it, thanks to a fan who sent him a link to the Hussieruya blog via Twitter. This was his response.◊
10/25, never forget. Explanation When Hussie posted the EOA 5 flash on Newgrounds on the 25th of October (10/25), so many fans flocked there to see it that Newgrounds crashed. Then, when he posted a link to download it on Megaupload, the same event occurred. A livestream that was set up to play the EOA for everyone who'd missed it also crashed within minutes. Even Tumblr ended up crashing due to the sheer amount of fans posting about the flash. 10/25 has since been dubbed "the day that Homestuck broke the Internet."
Im Sorry I Thought It Was Obvious Explanation Originally said by Kanaya Maryam, it is used in response to an exclamation of Fridge Brilliance about something everyone else already understood.
Double pistols and a wink is quickly becoming a favorite among fans.
Prior to the appearance of Dirk Strider and Roxy Lalonde, fanartists jumped on the idea that Dirk is a ridiculous fanspeak-spewing anime lover (probably inspired by his pointy shades), and that Roxy is a Valley Girl (inspired by an offhand reference: "you and she are totally BFFSIES 4EVERZ, her words").
There's currently a rebellion brewing on the forums against Betty Crocker. FIGHT THE BATTERWITCH. Explanation Betty Crocker is a villain in Homestuck
13 YEAR BREAK Explanation On his now-defunct formspring account, Hussie responded to a question about a perceived slowdown in updates by pointing out that his overall rate hadn't changed—there were longer pauses between updates, but there were also more pages per update. Then he pointed out that at that time he had put out enough pages, quickly enough, that he could stop updating entirely for 13 years, and Homestuck would still have a higher lifetime page-per-day rate than any other webcomic currently in existence.
Dirk Strider as a sink wearing sunglasses. Explanation The first pesterlog Dirk has is in fact Jake talking to his autoresponder- that is, his shades- which are shown resting on a sink.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DEMONS FUCKING EACH OTHERExplanation The widely used pairing name for Gamzee/Tavros is 'pbj', due to their respective blood colors. This prompted a non-Homestuck fan on tumblr to complain that after searching the 'pbj' tag he found a bunch of 'peanut butter and jelly demons fucking each other' when all he wanted was a sandwich.
"Brobot stalking Jake while unfitting music plays": After the update in which Brobot was first revealed, many fans posted the panels to tumblr alongside hilariously unsuitable audio. Music used included the Jaws theme, Every Breath You Take, Somebody's Watching Me, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Never Gonna Give You Up, and an original composition by soselfimportant, among others.
Trickster Mode, named after the Easter Eggs in various flashes, is an art meme where the characters are redesigned in bizarre ways, ie candy-themed and constantly cheerful. It can get very disturbing.
And then Hussie simply goes all out and makes Jane into a fully canonical Trickster. The results are...unsettling, to say the least.
"The Vast What": In reference to Jane's alleged death. The abrupt nature of the update has caused fans everywhere to respond with merely one word; "What." The amount of fans responding to the update on Tumblr led to the phenomenon being known as the Vast What, in reference to the Vast Glub/Croak/Honk/Expletive.
And now with this update, we have eyebrows sweeping the forums.
Roxy mentioned "eyebrow raising funnybiz" earlier in the comic which prompted a tumblr user to make fanart of her looking at Dad's butt.
Similarly, John's "beautiful" or "anime" Hussnasty eyes from this page shopped or drawn on other representations of John. There's a sub-meme where the eye is drawn only on the right eye.Explanation Since we've only seen the right eye on that page and [S] ==>, the meme jokingly implies that John has only a standard dot for a left eye.
"HELLO DANTE": When it emerged that Dante Basco (whose character Rufio has had minor involvement in the story) has started reading Homestuck, Hussie slightly modified the header of the MSPA website to issue an... ominous greeting, then posted a screencap of it on Twitter and Tumblr. Some other Homestuck establishments, like the Reddit board, have since done the same.
HONL Explanation When roleplaying on anonymous chat services such as Omegle or Trollmegle (a Homestuck version of Omegle), someone mispells their introduction and exits the conversation in an embarrassed manner as a result.
There's a Youtube meme where people try to take the like/dislike numbers and use math to get 8. Explanation A number associated with Vriska Serket, also the sum of the digits of the Arc Number 413.
MMM WHATCHA SAY Explanation Tumblr users post panels of the comic, usually where someone dies, with a snippet from Hide and Seek.
Roxy herself is pretty much a meme, what with her druknen tyspo *typos. Not to mention her dreamself has been manipped into sleepwalking in several panels.
There's even an app to let Roxy sleepwalk across ANY MSPA panel, and you can further extend it to your computer in general.
FASTEST FANARTISTS IN THE WEST Explanation Originating on the Skaia Imageboard due to the speed of fanart relating to an update appearing online.
When the panel revealing UU's identity came out, Hussie created a fake version◊ in an attempt to deter spoilers. The fanbase promptly responded with their ownversions of said panel.
YOU CAN'T ESCAPE THE MILES Explanation uu's mantra concerning Bec Noir's Red Miles finally invading the B2 timeline. He even lampshades it by saying that it's now a thing. Image manipulators made things more terrifying by adding the Red Miles to photos of real life locations.
HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO X WHEN I AM ALREADY Y? Explanation A snow clone of Lord English's lines from these two pages' topbanners.
Jokes about Hussie killing off characters, as well as predictions as to who will die in the upcoming updates, stemming from how many characters die on a regular basis. Explanation Answer - a lot.
Day 23. Explanation And other numbers between 20 and 30, depending on what number day it was. Used during the extensive pause in August 2012 as a reply to oddball Homestuck-related posts on tumblr to show the fandom's slow descent into madness.
These are sometimes followed by comments such as "Day 23: Even the other fandoms are begging homestuck to update." "Day 23: Even the forum admin have begin begging." and "Day 23: Other fandoms are starting to doubt Homestuck's existence."
Similar versions have existed for the beginning of the Megapause (April to June 2013) and the current Gigapause (since October 2013).
In particular, Uncomfortablestuck got popular during the Gigapause. Explanation Suggestions for Alternate Universe stories where almost everything is the same save for certain details. Also, usually a term for where someone very minorly edits a sprite, where the edited part only reveals itself with closer examination.
WHOOPI Explanation Since Latula was introduced in the Act 6 Intermission 3 update, many people have made comparisons between her appearance and that of Whoopi Goldberg. On 4chan, you can barely get away with saying her name without this cry.
Spatula Explanation Latula is very similar to spatula.
Check y9ur privilege. Explanation Kankri, being a Take That to tumblr, used this phrase a few times in his endless "sermon." tumblr, being tumblr, ran wild with this and turned Kankri into the patron troll of privilege-checking, as exemplified in this post.
From the Homestuck Adventure Game Kickstarter's comments section: the PimpkinExplanation A user named Pumpkin Appearifier had his name mistyped creating the marvelous Pimpkin.
KURLOZ! Explanation A face replace of Carlos from The Magic School Bus, subtitled "KURLOZ", after a bad joke or pun on a thread.
X with Equius Explanation Started with someone making a Sims 3 family with Equius and posting it on tumblr which led to people sticking him into other things.
Vriska pointing at her treasure maps being used as an exploitable images is pretty common.
caw caw motherfuckers Explanation A quote from Davesprite. Made additionally hilarious by its adoption and abuse by the Avengers fandom (some of whom claim they created it, to much humor).
Mituna's dandelion hair. Explanation Mituna shows up helmetless in the Ministrife, revealing he has an absurd mess of fluffy hair not unlike the head of a dandelion and so thick it covers his eyes completely. The tumblr HS fandom was overjoyed.
Nepeta is dead. Explanation Her death has become a bit of Black Comedy in the fandom.
FeFETAsprite/Ironcheese Explanation The introduction of Fefetasprite's name provoked a Hurricane of Puns from the fandom, usually involving just Feta cheese, though with the occasional observation that the combination of the elemental symbol for iron (Fe) and "Feta" makes "Ironcheese."
Putting Karkat's face on things. Explanation Someone on tumblr commented that if you put Karkat's face on anything, it becomes automatically funny.
Fandomstuck (Also called Fandombound) Explanation It's common knowledge that the Homestuck and Hetalia fandoms get along well these days.This spawned art of Anthropomorphic Personifications of the two fandoms in the style of Homestuck, influenced by the Hetalia fan's natural love for personifying things. Then art for other fandoms began to appear, and...well you get the idea.
Placing chatlogs in this format has become popular, often as a way of expressing just how weird this webcomic actually is. Have an example:
Page 1: A boy stands in his bedroom
4657 pages later: A post-apocalypse self of that boy's ectosister's grandfather kisses the decapitated head of their best friend's brother's post-apocalypse self on the lips in front of an erupting volcano.
Mere seconds after appearing, Jake's God Tier outfit became the ultimate rage in Tumblr. Particularly a rather... ''frontal'' panel regarding its selection of leggings. Or lack thereof.
Also from Tumblr: John didn't show up with Jade because he was stuck in the line at Starbucks. Explanation Originates from another Tumblr meme, "X shows up to Y fifteen minutes late with Starbucks."
I got up at 5am and made all these goddamn pancakes. Explanation A comic from Tumblr involving Baby Dave waking up Dirk when he's late for school, then giving him breakfast, which Dirk refuses to eat.
Photoshopping John's disembodied arm everywhere.Explanation Events in-canon resulted in John's arm appearing out of portals literally all over Homestuck.
Homestuck fans in regular clothing hearing about the first update since the mega pause, and stripping the regular clothes off to reveal homestuck clothing underneath.
If the comments on the "Squiddles Opening" video are to be believed, pretending that the Squiddles is an actual old kid's show is popular as well (i.e. saying stuff like "I loved this show when I was little", "I watched every episode!" etc.)
Ansrew, Andrew's evil counterpart. A typo in the forums and a troll (Not one from the Trollslum, the forum kind) resulted in the character becoming infamous in the forum community. Utterly insane, and both nightmarish and bizarrely funny.
Lesser know than Ansrew, there is also Abdrew. He is basically Hussie, but with a six pack and a mastery of the ways of love.
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead Explanation The Wizard of Oz reference when Jade died
Homestuck is too weird for 4chan. Explanation During the idiotic Tumblr-4chan raids the 4channers planning the raid steered clear of threads relating to Homestuck because the comic and fandom were already so weird, sexualized, and gory. This made the fandom rather proud.
The gigapause has been riddled with so many false alarms that it's become commonplace for fans to periodically spam tumblr with assumptions that an upd8 has occurred and refutations thereof. This may have something to do with the lack of a confirmed date for the Final Upd8's upload.