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Webcomic: Paradox Space

As a Homestuck page, all spoilers related to the main comic will be unmarked. For those who have not read up to the Gigapause, this is your only warning. The Paradox Space spoilers will be unmarked too, since it's freely available and there's no barrier to reading it.

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''Those who like [Homestuck] are extremely fond of the characters, yet those characters are trapped — "stuck" if you will — inside a very particular narrative, which itself has been at the mercy of my ability to produce it. So when I think about the future of Homestuck, I envision projects which liberate the things people love about it from the story itself, and most importantly, from my intensive personal effort. So this website is the first major step in that direction.
Andrew Hussie, introductory news post.

Paradox Space is a Spin-Off of Homestuck, updated every weekday. A webcomic anthology, it was launched on 4/13/2014, Homestuck's fifth anniversary, as a surprise for the Homestuck fandom, and motivated by the desires of Andrew Hussie to ensure that the world of Homestuck wouldn't be completely limited to what he had the time and energy to create. It can be found here.

Paradox Space itself is comprised of short stories with no overarching narrative, by various artists and writers working in tandem. Some of them are "possibly canon" to the main story of Homestuck, depicting takes on off-screen events alluded to in-comic or new tales plausibly set somewhere in the original comic's timeline, while others are decidedly non-canon and set in "doomed timelines", alternate scenarios, or simple silly situations featuring Homestuck characters.

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The following stories have been told so far (with writers & artists noted):
  • You Have A Feeling It's Going To Be A Long Day: A silent introductory comic showing John waking up on his 13th birthday. (Andrew Hussie & Zack Morrison (Paranatural))
  • Headed For Stardom: Gamzee hosts a "talent carnival". It's a shame that all the participants are inanimate. (Jonathan Griffiths (Beyond the Canopy))
  • John's Birthday: The kids and trolls go to the zoo. (KC Green (Gunshow))
  • Prototyped: John's first prototyping goes a bit differently... (Zack Morrison (Paranatural))
  • A Fun Day for Bec: Bec uses his powers to play fetch around the world. (Rachel Rocklin & Matt Cummings)
  • Critical Miss: Eridan and Vriska amuse themselves with some role-playing. (Benito Cereno & Kristin Kemper)
  • Con Faire: The cast participate in the Teen Con Air re-enactment contest. (David McGuire (GastroPhobia))
  • Deadline Day: The Dersite press struggles with uneventful times. (Matt Boyd & Ian McConville (Three Panel Soul))
  • A Fun Day for GCat: GCat uses his powers to hunt critters around the world. (Rachel Rocklin & Matt Cummings)
  • Quality Time: Dad takes John with him on a shopping trip. (Andrew Hussie & Hanni Brosh)
  • Fetch Quest: A day on the job for PM. (Phil Gibson & Evan Dahm)
  • Summer Sea Fun: Sweet Bro & Hella Jeff do some underwater diving. (KC Green (Gunshow))
  • Hunting Lesson: Nepeta takes Equius on a hunting trip. (Phil Gibson & Adrienne Garcia)
  • Togy Hark Pro Skator: Sweet Bro goes skateboarding. (KC Green)
  • Ace Sleuth Jane: Jane starts an investigation about who ate her sandwich. (David McGuire)
  • Party Crashers: Some bored Consorts have a tea party, attracting some undesired company. (Rachel Rocklin, Kory Bing & Matt Cummings)
  • Nak Worth: Two LOHAC Stock Exchange traders discuss a business venture. (Phil Gibson & J.N. Wiedle)
  • Suffering Through/For The People: The Signless answers questions from the masses. (Zack Morrison, E.K Weaver, Adrienne Garcia)
  • Pones: Sweet Bro & Hella Jeff like ponies. (KC Green)
  • A Fun Day for Jaspers: Jaspers plays psychotherapist with Rose. (Rachel Rocklin, J.N. Wiedle & Allison Shabet)
  • Killswitch Engage: Equius demands help from Sollux with a computer problem. (Phil Gibson & Mallory Dyer)
  • Hand Made in Alternia: Doc Scratch welcomes the reader to his humble abode. (Phil Gibson)
  • Indemnity Double Reacharound: Terezi and Dave play with scalemates. (Benito Cereno & John Keogh)
  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse: Rose and Jade's dream selves meet up to explore Prospit and Derse. (Mary Borsellino & Magnolia Porter)
  • Her Pale Passions: A drunk Rose meets with Kanaya to study quadrants after picking up a "textbook". (Phil Gibson)
  • Can Town in Trouble: Can Town is threatened by an intruding creature. (J.N. Wiedle, Kristin Kemper, Adrienne Garcia, & Bea Munoz)
  • Night At The 100DSEUM: Equius "kidnaps" Terezi and Karkat. (Jonathan Griffiths & Mallory Dyer)
  • Soul-Fraying Games: It's time for some tabletop gaming with Karkat, Kanaya, Rose, Terezi and Dave! (Alex Rafael & Rennie Kingsley)
  • The Viceroy and the Lady Grimme: Rose and Bubbles are on an adventure together. (Evin Weston & Fin Hickey)
  • Horse Play: Doc Scratch challenges Andrew Hussie to a game of chess. (Zack Morrison, Jonathan Griffiths & Mallory Dyer)
  • Lalondian Tourism: Kanaya and Terezi explore Rose's Memory Room. (Alex Rofael & Adrienne Garcia)
  • Go Fetch: Jade and Rose are preparing for a role-playing game. (Arden Ripley, Kristen Kemper & Shelby Cragg)
  • The Thirst of Dornamon Gary: Sweet Bro makes Hella Jeff an immortality-granting t-shirt. (KC Green)
  • Hospitality: Gamzee visits Eridan in LOWAA. (Alex Rofael & Mary Cagle)
  • Mother & Grub: The Dolorosa takes the infant Sufferer under her wing. (Alex Rofael & Adrienne Garcia)
  • Garbage Day: Somebody's got to take out the trash. (Alex Rofael & Incineraptor)
  • Stand-Up Room Only: Dualscar tells a joke. (J.N. Wiedle, Phil Gibson & Adrienne Garcia)
  • Damara: Damara Megido died yesterday. (Allison Shabet, Mary Borsellino, & Tom Siddell (Gunnerkrigg Court))
  • Antiquated Japesterism: Dirk and Jake discuss boners. (Alex Rofael & EK Weaver)
  • The Inaugural Death of Mister Seven: There's a meeting at the Felt Mansion. (Andrew Hussie & J.N. Wiedle)
  • A Friend In Need: Feferi asks Kanaya for fashion advice. (Mary Borsellino & Rennie Kingsley)
  • The Mortician: Terezi hosts another scalemate trial. (Hanni Brosh)

This webcomic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adorkable:
    • John in every comic he's in; a given as he just wouldn't be John Egbert if he weren't Adorkable. He's really this in "You Have a Feeling It's Going to Be a Long Day", though.
    • Vriska and Eridan, of all people, are this in "Critical Miss", where they can be seen playing FLARPing and at the beginning, they're hunched over rule books and character manuals. Eridan especially, with his hilariously bad attempts at flirting and accusing Vriska of cheating.
  • Alt Text: Some of the comics have this. Not all of them have it, but some may be added at any time. The only way to know when new alt text is added is to regularly check every comic.
  • Always Murder: Berrybreath remarks in Indemnity Double Reacharound that it's "always murder in this load gaper of a town."
  • Anthology Comic: Webcomic, specifically.
  • Anime Hair: Played with; in You Have A Feeling It's Going To Be A Long Day, John lathers his hair with "pixel gel" to give it the sharp, spiky appearance it has in Homestuck.
  • Arc Number: 413 pops up in Horse Play as the order number for Hussie's horse-themed chess set.
  • Bathos: The story "Indemnity Double Reacharound" features an extremely dark and gritty art style, a story involving a murder... and all the characters are brightly colored dragons with names like "Pumpkinsniffle" and "Berrybreath", odd Alternian words used in a serious way, and one of the characters speaks using slang that feels completely out of place in the Film Noir setting.
  • Big "YES!": Eridan's response to Vriska howling, "Me? A cheat?!"
  • Black Comedy: Headed For Stardom opens with Gamzee holding a talent contest. In a room surrounded by the heads of the trolls he's killed. And they're the contestants.
  • Blah Blah Blah: A Fun Day for Jaspers has the young Rose pulling off a tirade so long that this is all that Jaspers (and by extension the reader) can hear.
  • Bottle Episode: Most episodes use one setting only.
  • Broad Strokes: Hussie has stated that there are two types of stories in this webcomic — those that are not canon (be they doomed timelines or Alternate Universes), and those that are possibly canon, which would count as this trope. The only stories that are confirmed to be canon are ones that Homestuck proper actually alludes to in some way.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Eridan thinks it's a good idea to hit on and antagonize Vriska. This ends about as well as you would expect.
  • The Cameo: The crowd in Con Faire includes Ms. Paint, Spades Slick, Problem Sleuth, Pickle Inspector and Ace Dick,, Itchy, the Aimless Renegade, Spades Slick, and what could be Bec Noir.
  • Call Back:
    • The Alt Text for the last page of A Fun Day for Bec is "GOOD DOG. BEST FRIEND." That's a reference to an early part with Jade in Homestuck.
    • The Alt Text for the first page of Soul-Flaying Games is "what's a mom?", calling back to Suffering for/through the People when a troll asked the Sufferer the same question.
  • Cassandra Truth: In John's Birthday, John tells Dave that the zoo's monkeys have knives. Dave takes this for an attempt at comedy, and berates John for his lack of originality. Of course, John is telling the truth.
  • Chain of Deals: The plot of Fetch Quest.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: If the Alt Text in Con Faire is fully part of the comic, then part of the reason it ended in a Crack Defeat was because Vriska attempted to mind control WV into judging her the winner, and he found out.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: "Quality Time" highlights just how weird Bro was sometimes. Apparently to teach Dave life lessons, he has Dave sit inside a concrete ball pit at a store he frequents. Except that said ball pit is empty, so it's just Dave sitting in a concrete hole in the ground until Bro gets done shopping. He also apparently buys hand-to-hand weapons from the same place he buys his groceries.
  • Continuity Nod: In Killswitch Engage John's ghostly arm can be seen amongst the robot horde in reference to a Stable Time Loop he created in Act 6 of Homestuck. We also learn one of the ways Equius lost his left horn.
  • Crack Defeat: Lampshaded at the end of Con Faire, when the win goes to John and Roxy after WV THE JUDGE awards them six billion points for love and heart in "an extremely unconventional Dumbledore-esque move".
  • Curse Cut Short: In Critical Miss, Eridan manages to say "Oh shi-" before Vriska goes medieval on him.
  • Darker and Edgier: Becquerel's 'fun day' is a global game of fetch. GCat's is a global safari, in which he hunts whatever animal he can get his shiny paws on.
    • Damara could be argued to be this for Paradox Space as a whole. It's based on a horror manga and has a lot of genuinely disturbing content (even by Homestuck standards!), to the degree that they actually put a warning on it.
  • Deadly Game: Eridan and Vriska's game in Critical Miss is one; if Vriska wins, she gets to feed Eridan's lowblood 'slaves' to her lusus.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: In Hunting Lesson, an imp Equius punches explodes into a grist-raining fireball as it flies into the horizon, though that is a standard reaction of Denizen constructs in the comic proper.
  • Don't Try This at Home: The Alt Text for the last page of Headed for Stardom warns readers not to put stickers on their eyes when they're cosplaying.
  • Dude, Not Ironic: Karkat and Vriska have an exchange like that during Con Faire.
    Vriska: Define irony........ A bunch of idiots who don't have a chance against me!!!!!!!!
    Karkat: THAT WAS NOT IRONIC AT ALL, VRISKA!
  • Dream Team: Hussie has already assembled a handful of talented web comic authors, and he states that the circle is going to get bigger as time goes by.
  • Easter Egg: Going to a 404'd page causes Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff to show up to chide you.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: A bunch of monkeys live in the zoo in John's Birthday.
  • Expanded Universe: For Homestuck, more or less.
  • Expressive Hat: Nepeta's, in Hunting Lesson.
  • Flat "What.": Very, very prevalent throughout Horse Play in regards to Doc Scratch's reactions to Hussie's chess shenanigans.
  • For Want of a Nail: Prototyped deviates from canon events merely from John picking up an extra harlequin figurine. Indeed, the last page has John and Dave lampshade the fact that they're in a doomed timeline.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • On the first page of Birthday, if you look in the background you can see that Terezi has a birthday hat strapped to her face instead of the top of her head.
    • Also, in the first page in Prototyped, the captchalogue codes for the cards are "420BLZ" and "8UTT5".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In Damara, the eponymous girl's death isn't depicted (except through dialogue); all the art shows is her broken-off horn. Given that she's stated to have cracked her head open, this is probably for the best.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: The alt-text for page three of Quality Time remarks that "bogus dad crisis" will be the name of Hussie's new band.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Antiquated Japesterism is just one big joke about how "boner" meant mistake back in the 1950s, but has a less PG-rated meaning now (in fact, it would be rated R. For "Raunchy as hell").
  • High School A.U.: Damara takes place in this setting.
  • Immortality Inducer: Hella Jeff's t-shirt from The Thirst of Dornamon Gary has a drawing that ages instead of him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: According to one troll in Suffering Through/For The People, the Condesce can't be that bad if trolls prostrate themselves before her image each day. As the Sufferer quickly points out, they only do that because the Condesce murders them if they don't.
  • Large Ham: The Psionic is bombastic in his declarations of loyalty to the Sufferer.
  • Lighter and Softer: The vast majority of strips are lighter in tone than Homestuck proper. Yes, including the one involving Gamzee's raving insanity and corpse-mutilation.
  • Literal Metaphor: One of the LOHACSE workers really lost his shirt in a round of trading. And the market is just going to eat Dave alive.
  • Mama Bear: Do not take or threaten someone under the Dolorosa's care. She will end you with extreme prejudice.
  • Mister Exposition: In Con Faire, John fills this role.
    John: Just picture it, Karkat! Teens from all over competing for best portrayal of the final scene of Con Air!
  • Mr. Fanservice: If Suffering Through/For The People is to be believed, the Signless had enough admirers, given that trolls as a species are bisexual, for at least one of them to demand that he take his shirt off during one of his rallies. How they expected him to do that when he doesn't really wear a shirt in the first place is anyone's guess.
  • Mood Dissonance: In Homestuck tradition. For example, Stardom depicts a crazed serial killer playing with the corpses of his victims, and is rendered in bright, cartoony art.
  • Mood Whiplash: The strips' unconnected nature makes this inevitable, although most of them seem to be either comedy-based on light in nature. Quality Time goes from a humorous exchange between John and Dave over bro shops to Dave monologuing about being left alone in an empty concrete ball pit for hours in the span of two pages.
  • Mook Lieutenant: The Lich in "Party Crashers" is the most prominently featured of the Underlings and seems to be the "spokesperson" of the group.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Equius lost his horn during a struggle with out-of-control robots. Or after being mauled by the sweati. Depends on the timeline.
  • My Little Phony: In "Pones", Sweet Bro is playing with a magenta / rainbow colored unicorn. Hella Jeff thinks that this means Sweet Bro will want to be the back of his horse costume.
  • Never My Fault: In Damara, Cronus insists that it wasn't his fault he attempted to rape her. He even uses the classic line "[She] led me on!"
  • No Immortal Inertia: At the end of The Thirst of Dornamon Gary, Hella Jeff's immortality-granting t-shirt gets torn, and he instantly becomes the rotting corpse that was pictured on it.
  • Noodle Incident: Two in "Secret Sufferer"; Dave apparently pantsed Karkat at some point and there was a 12th Perigee's Eve when Vriska sent everyone doomsday devices. It ended with the thirteenth troll's death.
  • Off Model: The artist who drew The Thirst of Dornamon Gary switched the colors of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff's clothes, so Sweet Bro is wearing a blue suit and Hella Jeff is wearing a red suit when it should be the other way around.
  • One-Hit Kill: In Hunting Lessons, both Equius and Nepeta kill their prey in one strike.
  • Only Sane Man: Judging by Suffering Through/For The People, the Sufferer was this for pretty much the entirety of the troll race. Even his followers like the Psiioniic and Disciple don't seem very bright.
  • Parental Neglect: Bro apparently likes to take Dave to weekend trips to a gimmicky dollar shop, which consists mainly of Bro leaving Dave all alone in an empty concrete pit for hours at a time while he windowshops.
  • Police Procedural: Parodied in Ace Sleuth Jane.
  • Pun: in "Summer Sea Fun":
    Sweet Bro: A clam! I will "cla(i)m" its peral
  • Rage Breaking Point: Terezi reaches hers in Night at the 100dseum after having had to endure the taste and smell of sweat for the whole night and ends up unleashing a frozen yeti lusus.
  • Sarcasm Mode:
    • The Alt Text for Con Faire's first page.
    obviously this comic is 100% canon in every way
    • And for Night At The 100DSEUM.
    well this isnt ominous at all
  • Sanity Slippage: Doc Scratch goes through this in Horse Play as his chess game with Hussie goes on.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Prototyped, upon realizing that their timeline is doomed, the kids ditch Jack Noir and go off to watch a movie.
    • Night at the 100dseum, after unleashing an ancient yeti lusus (and realizing the doors weren't locked), Karkat and Terezi leave Equius to fight the yeti on his own.
  • Ship Tease:
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silence Is Golden:
    • Long Day is completely free of dialogue.
    • As is Fetch Quest.
    • And also Can Town in Trouble.
  • Slasher Smile: Nepeta sports an especially savage one as she ambushes a bunch of imps hosting a picnic.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: In "Summer Sea Fun", Hella Jeff hides inside of a clam at the bottom of the sea without any gear.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • John's and Roxy's performance in the Teen Con Air reenactment contest.
    • Summer Sea Fun, Togy Hark Pro Skator, Pones, and The Thirst of Dornamon Gary. They're Sweet Bro & Hella Jeff comics, after all.
  • Suspect Is Hatless: "Yes, you with the face."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Suffering Through/For The People, a poorly-disguised Darkleer asks how susceptible the Signless's movement is to infiltration on behalf "of a friend."
    "A friend who is an Imperial spy...But that's not who I am. I am not a spy."
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: "Quality Time":
    John: what do they sell at the braj shop? like... bro stuff?
    Dave: yeah, pretty much the basics. snacks, hats, soft drinks, hand to hand combat weapons.
  • Title Drop: In Quality Time:
    Dave: Bro doesn't really do quality time.
  • There Is No Kill Like Over Kill: When Equius goes hunting in Hunting Lesson, he doesn't pull any punches. Literally.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: The giant, fat imp that Equius punches in "Hunting Lesson" gets knocked into low orbit just before exploding.
  • Unsound Effect:
  • Wall of Blather: In A Fun Day for Jaspers, the young Rose ends up talking so much that it is shown as a load of words that alternate into symbols.
  • What If?: Both in the literal sense (Stardom: what if Gamzee held a talent contest?) and in the alternate universe/canon sense (Prototyped: what if John captchalogued three harlequins?)
  • Whole Plot Reference: The Thirst of Dornamon Gary to The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • With Catlike Tread: Done appropriately enough with Nepeta in Hunting Lesson. She tells Equius that she will teach him about sneaking up on prey and then immediately leaps over their cover and flying-kicks an underling in the face.

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