Radio / Troll Cops
Troll Cops: The Radio Play
is a radio adaption of the Homestuck
fanfic AU Troll Cops
. Unlike the AU, which has many different canons Depending on the Writer
, the Radio Play has a consistent canon based around the canon of the most prolific Troll Cops
author, Wigmund, and any story that doesn't conflict with it.
Currently on hiatus, but Word Of God
also says that a podcast is in the works so anyone can listen to it anytime, anywhere. Here
is a list of all the stories that are part of the radio show's canon in (mostly) chronological order.
Troll Cops: The Radio Play provides examples of:
- Ancient Artifact: The city is chock-full of Skaian artifacts, many of which are suddenly in working condition after the Green Sun incident.
- Cowboy Cop: Terezi.
- Da Chief: Police Commissioner Armstrong Righteous. He is the LAW, and the LAW must be obeyed!
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Karkat, Nepeta, and Terezi were orphaned by the Green Sun Disaster; John's mother was killed as well. Bro Strider and Gamzee's and Feferi's families also died under other circumstances.
- Die Hard on an X: DOOF Hard is a direct Shout-Out to the Trope Namer, with Equius and Egbertman in McClane's position while Aradia and AR take Powell and Robinson's places, respectively, on the outside.
- Disability Superpower: Terezi, as in the canon (she's blind but can smell and taste light)
- Subverted with Mr. Pupa, who simply has bionic legs for whenever he feels like walking.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The entire 2013-14 season. The late 2014 retool introduced the Night Valian community radio show framing device, as well as remastering and partially rerecording 2013 episodes and broadcasting them in a different order. It's almost as though the 2013-14 season never actually happened!
- Embarrassing First Name: Ambrose "Bro" Strider.
- Five-Man Band: The cops are this, although the order shuffles over time.
- Right after Sollux and Aradia join the force, we have:
- After Aradia's death and resurrection as Aradiabot
- The original lineup for S.E.E.R. also fits this trope.
- Foil: Terezi and Mr. Pupa (both handicapped, neither handicapped by their handicaps, both chessmasters).
- Also Egbertman and Crowbro. One, a happy-go-lucky, Lighter and Softer hero who refuses to kill and flies around helping people during the daytime. The other, a hardened vigilante who operates at night and will not hesitate to murder criminals in cold blood.
- Genre Roulette: In Episode 1 alone, we've had romance ("Captor and Culler", "Blinded By Time"), infiltration thriller ("The Raid"), comedy of the most ridiculous order ("The Madman"), and a backstory-filling traditional cop show mini-episode ("Orientation")
- Later in Season 1, there's also superhero episodes, a tense mystery thriller, more backstory, and an action-adventure spoof of Die Hard.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Sollux, being bipolar, manages to play both.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: SEER's mission statement is to recover and keep all dangerous Skaian Artifacts out of the wrong hands.
- Kudzu Plot
- Magitek: Some of the Skaian Artifacts seem to operate like this, as well as some of the Harley inventions, notably the transportalizer.
- Magpies as Portents: The Magpie.
- Obfuscating Disability: The Nefarious and Notorious Mr. Pupa uses his wheelchair to lull his foes into a false sense of security, before escaping on his fully functional robotic legs.
- Original Character: Several. Prominent ones include the Magpie, Mama Captor, and John's mother.
- The Plan: Pretty much everything Mr. Pupa does.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Karkitty gang consists of three orphaned trolls. One has anger issues and a powerful Big Brother Instinct, one is obsessed with cats, and one is a perpetually stoned clown who was born into one of the richest families in Alternia City before they were all murdered before his eyes by a rainbow drinker. It doesn't really get much more ragtag than that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayor WV, ditziness notwithstanding. Commissioner AR, too. Additionally, Terezi and Equius outrank the other cops, and they may also fill this role... Depending on the Writer, of course.
- The cops in general fill this role toward the people of the city. Generally, if they're not busy tracking or chasing criminals, they're perfectly happy to stop and help random civilians with their problems. Except for maybe Vriska, but Vriska's a bitch.
- Retcon: "S.E.E.ing Double" seems to be just another average, perfectly ordinary day. "A Very Strider Christmas" reveals that it was actually Christmas Eve.
- Running Gag: "Terezi Pyrope has been named Officer of the Month...again." Every single month.
- Shapeshifting: Nepeta can turn into a car.
- Street Urchin: Karkat, Gamzee and Nepeta are three orphans who turned to crime in order to feed themselves.
- Vigilante Man: Bro, as Seppucrow. It doesn't go so well for him.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Andrew Hussie, oh so much. As Alternia City's resident crazy vagrant, he objects to the entire AU's existence and believes everything was meant to play out as it does in Homestuck. This frequently lands him in jail or the asylum, for his own safety.