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Adored by the Author: Total. Zeksmit. At no point in its long and ongoing history has it yet to exceed the popularity of its spiritual preceedor Total Drama World Tour Rewrite (which had recently concluded, to boot), or for that matter to rub salt in the wound once TDWTR's side-fic Total Drama Race got past its third chapter it skyrocketed past TZ as well. Many of the major characters are seen as forgettable or annoying (fortunately most of the side characters are another story), compared to TDWTR, TDR, or hell anything else he writes the pacing is glacially slow, and the plot is needlessly convoluted but at the same time far more simplistic than some of his other works: Everburn, the Real Story, and 496 Reasons... being some examples. And yet it's often his top priority, he's a lot more zip-lipped about its future developments than any other fan fic, and the amount of fine-details put into it as well as the refining and editting is ludicrus compared to almost anything else he writes. It doesn't help that after finishing Sweet Jade and Hella John (which took nearly a year and a half of four (five about a fourth of the way) pages a day updates) he put way more focus on this than many of his other works until he published chapter 3. Whereafter he put it on hiatus, but as soon as that ended he worked on it non-stop until making it up to chapter 6. This doesn't seem like much, but the average update rate per that period of time was one chapter every two weeks.
Lampshaded/parodied during the teaser for Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals Season 4. The very beginning is Ezekiel about to announce some "new twists and features" to TZ (by this point Zeksmit was still very early in its history so obviously these features have yet to happen) before Rose runs up to him and punches him. The fact that HHC itself hasn't updated all year in spite of the arc in question claimed to be started on December of the last year, combined with how the trailer was posted right after chapter 3 of TZP really helps drive the point in.
Also lampshaded during a scene in Carl Stevens Universe, after the second match where the Gems are desperately trying to turn their television away from the news broadcast of Carl bragging about the power of his Pikmin. Total Zeksmit is the last show flipped to, and this very lengthy paragraph follows:
Finally, the electronic was turned off. Nobody really liked that last particular show, even if there wasn't much in it to connect to Carl or Hellsing. It seemed very bland, took too long, and the main character was obnoxious. Plus during the rare times the Gems decided to glance around at the TV they found networks always advertising it, even though it only lasted three episodes before going on some big hiatus. Actually it wasn't just networks either; billboards, smart phone ads, very eager people with fliers, and even works of literature that had the audacity to shove a blatant reference to it in their words. Hopefully that hiatus will end soon, because the sooner that gets back on the road, the sooner it will end, and the sooner everything will finally shut up about it.
Speaking of 496 Reasons, let's. After the Jake/Terezi hiatus, it pretty much has an average of an update (chapter counts ranging from one to... usually six maximum) per week. It usually takes more than that time for him to get one chapter (or a two-chapter primere, those are getting increasingly common starting from its origins in 496 itself) of anything else out. He also openly pimps it everywhere on his user pages, and it is right up there with TZ itself as being the "mascotfic" of what he writes. Fittingly, promotional images (and his Tumblr backgrounds) usually have either a character from 496 (if a canon character, they bear changes obviously only applying to 496) and Total Zeksmit (again, canons have their appearance-changes visible, like Ezekiel's Kamina shades) pit in the center duking it out with eachother surrounded by stuff from other works, or are mostly justTeam Shots of one of his worlds. Guess which two are the most common.note Aside from the two obvious choises, other things GPF is fond of drawing group shots of include Housestuck, Everburn, Real Story, and Swyyx Project/Blue Sun Chronicles.
Amazing Technicolor Population/Green-Skinned Space Babe: Works its way into all of his original works in some way or another, whether through one particular race having no definite palette or the main characters fitting under this. To give examples of both original and fan fiction:
Blue and Yellow Series: Their entire race is made of 360 of them so far, each a unique color/hue following this image.
Blue Sun: Again, the main characters (at least of the first series). Their race is basically like humans, but with even more physical variety in... everything.
Total Zeksmit: Genes associated with elemental classes can give people natural skin and hair colors unusual by our standards. Bearing these colors do not necessarly mean you have the class though.
Any Homestuck fan fic (that's not Sweet Jade and Hella John): The human "player" characters, if race is mentioned (this isn't always the case; HHC doesn't reveal their races, partly because the issue is a large Shrug of God for that particular story), makes them have the same color as their eyes/text. Sometimes it's dodged around by even the narrative describing them in their blank-slate white color. 496 Reasons does both, the prologue flat-out describing Rose's skin as being "open to interpretation" and even commenting on how the white skin combined with the Milky White Eyes makes her look eyeless. Later on the prose casually mentions their skin as being whatever their eyes are (dropping the araciality), leading to such (half-intended) narm as "He glanced at his blue face" and an attempt at getting a jump when the dreamselves get involved more and colors that do not correspond to any of the humans are listed.
Sweet Jade and Hella John has a regional class 5. All of Texas, as well as both its immediate surroundings and most of the Mario session (eight of the nine Marioplanets, Prospit, and Derse) have been annhialated by Rip's reckoning save for two very specific areas protected by the Tricksters.
Total Drama Race, of all things (both due to being Lighter and Softer to already comparatively light Total Drama World Tour Rewrite and for being a Total Drama fan fiction), features at least a global class 1. Thanks to Duncan accidentally breaking Cody's panacea project, all clothing in the world is dissolved. This includes anything that could even slightly be used as clothes, and many, many types of inorganic material. Fridge Horror kicks in to the point of Inferred Holocaust considering what this means (as very, very little after the incident is shown that isn't directly centered on the main characters), seeing as earlier this same story featured several background characters in cold climates: Antarctic scientists, mountain climbers, skiiers, etc., and that's not getting into other scenarios such as people in deep, toxic caves or anyone wearing any kind of protective suits in locations where it would be vital.
Everburn has this as a central plot point. Regional class 2 after Johnny gets the upgrade to his Permafrost, easily wiping out most of the central United States and turning it into a tundra wasteland. The rest of the world, however, quickly prepares, and sets itself up a defense system to hold him back in case he tries to escape. It works, but at he cost of trapping the main characters in the area for a long period of time.
496 was terrible with this in the beginning, because of the storyline being based on a randomly generated list. It takes Jake about seven chapters to finally start working for Vriska, John nearly ten to get out of the coma he was knocked into at the end of the 100th pairing (not that anyone's really complaining), the amount of time it took for all the flashback chapters to finally cover over what happened with Jack is overkill, etc etc. And there's the extreme length of the first day (fortunately some chapters flash ahead at this time, but mostly stay within the span of the first week), to the extent that it was often mocked for having "Day 1." at the beginning of each couple even when it seemed unnecessary.
Total Zeksmit is odd because, similar to 496, its issues with this were more common towards the beginning than towards the middle. The whole first season was already considered very slow after the pilot, but the final four is regarded as telling something in the span of three chapters that could barely thicken out one. And there's the events of the second Aftermath and the special, the character arcs in both being more easily fit into season 2.
Total Drama World Tour Rewrite's final "arc," which has more chapters than the first three (8 compared to 6 each, counting Aftermaths) and each chapter on-average is longer. And it's more noticable because of the comparable lack of action: so much more of the events could be considered filler, it doesn't focus on a three-way conflict like the prior seasons did as the only arguable "arc-specific" villain (Gwen) is directly working for the overarching Big Bad, Harold ceases taking levels in badass and slowly getting out of Designated Protagonist Syndrome as he's suddenly shot into relevance, none of the eliminations are "permanent" — the fact that they all hang around in the cargo hold after and get unnecessary screentime after that cheapens their vote-offs, especially when they start participating in the challenge in "Raining Cats and Dollars" instead of being dropped off in Hawaii, and overall it takes the author's usual cliches and slams them in againtimes eleven. The fact that just prior Cody had been eliminated doesn't really help.
Homestuck Rewrite is the only work so far which is commonly said to invert the pacing problems with almost anything else he writes: Its beginning is very quick to the point of being hard to follow, but around the time the cast enters the post-scratch session everything comes to a grinding halt.
Archive Panic: As of November 2014, the total number of words in the sum of each fic is well into the octuple digits.
Sweet Jade and Hella John is one of the longest MSPA fan adventures, measuring at 2,496 pages. (One page is the beginning ran through bad translator, and there's a few gag pages early on that don't particularly cover any of the comic's events, but the number of pages with multiple images more-than covers up for it.) While the author described each arc on its own as being a "fast read," put alltogether it's next to impossible to get through two of the longer subactsnote Pretty much Intermission Act Two, Intermission Act Three, Intermission Act Four, Act Two Act One (to a lesser extent; only slightly), Act Two Act Two, and Act Three in one sitting. And the storyline is rushed, with many of the arcs being flattened short or cut off anticlimatically due to a pseudo-Cosmic Deadline; should there be a storyline accurately accounting for every villain and non-background alter ego, and there's potential that the story may be longer than Homestuck itself.
Total Zeksmit, after the "Something New" hiatus, quickly exploded into a complicated universe. Three competition seasons to which it originates from (with a planned fourth), each nearly multiplying in chapter count from 13 to 27 to an estimated 40; collection of side Crack Fics Side Stories that currently has nearly 30 chapters and shows no signs of ending anytime soon; and countless filler comic strips and ficlets. Reading each chapter of Plains takes an average of twenty to thirty minutes; they get much longer in Island and Woods, with the upcoming fourth's planned to be so long they will have to be split. Something the author almost never does.
496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems. By the sheer premise alone: It's a fan fiction dedicated to writing ficlets of every possible Homestuck pairing counting the eight kids and twenty-four trolls. With the twist that they all take place in the same story (and — when it comes to the actual shipping — the characters are the same selves, not doomed offshoots), intertwining the continuity. There is also OT32 Shenanigans, numerous one-shots which features the "OT32" in some way or another.
SBIG as a whole is worse than Sweet Jade and Hella John. Why? Because it not only includes SJAHJ itself, but every other parody fan fiction, and as a whole counting each SBIGlet there are more stories of this "superseries" or "multiseries" than there are not. (And that's after he starting writing one shots that dragged the "not" count up!) Sure, the first chapter of EDventure or Zombie Attack! or even all of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals isn't that bad, but there's Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, with its latter seasons that can each take around an hour to read. And the second chapter of EDventure, which isn't really anything short in of itself. And SBIGlets, a huge and partially interwined series of short stories that get longer, more complicated, and less comprehensible in terms of plot as they go on, with no signs of stopping. And unlike every other example here, SBIG isn't neatly organized on the author's fanfiction profile, spanning onto the MSPA Forums and the author's Tumblr page.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In his entire continuity, Elitaa Sinois and her would-be-dancestor Puerco Sinois have been officially retired from ever making a full appearance in any Homestuck fanwork unless further noted. Given how Elitaa's "placement" in the story would later fit canon character Kankri Vantas much better, how Puerco was a reference to an outdated fan video series, and how both of their only appearances were in Sweet Jade and Hella John (a rather forgettable story), this is hardly a big loss.
Elitaa at least has recieved two cameos thusfar: In 496 during the ministrife (AO3 version and Tumblr concept art only), where she's hidden in the huge pile of duplicates and her only line is "Whats going oN" before only speaking with her simplistic emotes, and a not-visual only scene in Everburn where she's one of the protestors. It's implied in both of them that she got killed: In 496 she's the only "duplicate" who is not teleported away when Alt Meulin attacks, and in Everburn she seems to be killed when Johnny gets the Water Spawner and begins his reign over the United States. Puerco, on the other hand, got nothing.
Following the end of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals and thus rounding off the "Hellsing Trillogy," none of the Hellsing characters have been seen in SBIG or otherwise since then.
Unlike the canon series, Total Zeksmit is generally designed to be read with 100% linearity (Side Stories nonwithstanding), with no skipping whatsoever. The scarcity of recaps, the series's mechanics, and the Chekhov's Armory show this.
People who haven't read at least the first season of Total Zeksmit will miss the meaning behind many gags in Total Drama World Tour Rewrite (post-revising), such as why there's so much Izzy/Bridgette teasing.
496 Reasons was intended to avoid this (every pairing could be read out of order, the prologue could be skipped and you could read a brief version instead), but Pikmin Fan realized that it would be somewhat difficult to have so many chapters only devoted to building relationships without getting repetitive, so he had the main plots and subplots be the building blocks and contexts for the shipping. It is still possible to read the pairings in any order, it's just that some of the details would be slightly more confusing.
The last two chapters of Gumball Versus Satan make no sense whatsoever if you didn't read Zombie Attack! Granted, the AN advises to read it, but it's easy to overlook because... well, it's an author's note.
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals and its spinoff Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals are supposed to be read in whichever order you choose, but HUC explains several aspects of HHC, like how vampire powers work, where Alucard came from (HUC explains about as much as Alucard said but at least he doesn't seem to come out of nowhere since there's a story from his perspective, albeit beginning after the killing), and who shot Homer Simpson.
Homestuck Rewrite practically requires you to read at least one other work by him, preferably a "serious" work (so it's easier to tell sooner that this fic is one big Stealth Parody), and preferably Total Drama World Tour Rewrite in order to really "get" the story in any way. There is almost no indication of this at all, and his Creator Backlash to TDWTR in its early days makes matters worse. Plus how there are stories that really are that bad. (The degrading quality, on the other hand, is a much clearer sign.) Neglect TDWTR alone and the following writing decisions make less sense:
Why John has a harem subplot in the first place, and why Dave is quick to lampshade on how forced it feels.
Why the harem in question is made of all girls, even though this author wrote a binormative fan fic 496 Reasons which ultimately paired up everyone regardless of the resulting orientation.
The bad dubbing scene.
Basically everything regarding the end of the three year journey, alluding to TDWTR's ending even though the part in HR is only about 3/4ths into the story.
Total Drama World Tour Rewrite's second to last "regular" (IE non-Aftermath, non-ending) chapter featured a number of cameoes from characters who resemble those from other works, either from him or what he has written fan fiction of by this point. To list them all: Kathy from Total Zeksmit (and the old TDWTR), who gives Harold directions to the cannon; Dave Strider, Rose Lalonde, Roxy Lalonde, and Meulin Leijon — all of whom help out Harold's group and the latter helps out Ezekiel; the Curse Woman/Emily and Dotty Campbell, appearing at the nudist site; Zombie Attack!-inspired Edd, GVS-Carrie (portrayed as a Dave cosplayer, despite an expy of Dave existing), and even a humanized Oliver from the long-unupdated Onionstuck (all three of which appear while Ezekiel is on the train); and Alucard Badguy, running the river raft ride. Sadly, Total Zekmsit Plains's suspiciously similar challenge did not feature any crossover at all, and that was even supposed to be a season special and thus something more appropriate for a cameo frenzy.
496 references just about any Homestuck fanwork he made. If the dreamselves don't account for any existing alter ego, then their clones surely will, and that includes guaridan and ancestor expies (as thanks to the setting, actually incorporating the non-Leijon ancestors into the plot is fairly limited as they are all explicitley dead), of both canon and their instances in HHC/SJAHJ. Duplicate Meulin's arc especially is much like Nepeta's arc in Sweet Jade and Hella John (at first).
Carl Stevens Universe — well, let's go through this step by step...
The premise involves crossover with Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, specifically featuring the "surviving four" characters (Carl, Seras, Rip, and Captain) with a cameo of their Pikmin. Based on a comment made by Pearl's puppet of Alucard, it takes place around two years after the events in HUC and possibly in the "present" (IE the same day range it was published on).
Hank Hill appears, and Word of God says that every story Rip appears in will have at least some aknowledgement of Hank. He's unsure if this should apply the other way around. At the time this was a simple nod to Sweet Jade and Hella John, although the Hank-Rip rivalrly/odd relationship was one of the many elements that intended to be a recurring theme which happened to originate in SJAHJ.
After watching a news video of Carl taking out a powerful monster with Pikmin, the Gems flip through the channels and find two of Pikmin Fan's prior stories with mentions of space (in other news, reminding them of Carl, who is a Martian): The Eds' EDventure, where Eddy and Peter are flying toward the moon; and Kids Fit the Trolls, where the titular kids are flying to Alternia. They also flip to a third show; Total Zeksmit (the opening line is even copied word-for-word), before turning it off alltogether. The following paragraph lampshades TZP's slow pacing and Ezekiel's unlikability, as well as the hiatus it was on until CSU itself took it off. The channel numbers also match the order they were published (counting off-site works like Zombie Attack!)
Total Zeksmit to Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, though this is far from obvious at first given the lighthearted season opening. If the breaking of the "no minor (or major) swears" rule or Beth telling the beginning of a rather innapropriate joke aren't clues, than the Big Bad's dead-serious emotional manipulation and deeper changes to the characters will be. In addition, the humor is more uncommon and less based on slapstick than conversation.
"Beware of Homer" specifically is where the story kicked itself up a few notches, ridding almost all of the "lolfanservice" and digging into the depth of the plot. While there have been a few slip ups and even Breather Episodes (the first season special, ironically, being the only definite example out of what remained of the first season) later on, the series as a whole never looked back.
Island is supposed to be somewhat darker than Plains (which would be something, given aformentioned characteristics about Plains), as even though there's an increase in light atmosphere early on thanks to the drastically expanded cast, later chapters feature a greater theme of paranoia and get into a somewhat in-depth look on popularity. Woods is planned to be even darker than Island (with a "mystery" theme throughout the most of the season, until "things are finally answered") but this is unknown. Campsites Around the World, however, has been admitted to be able to fall anywhere on the spectrum.
Housestuck to Hecksing once season 4 rolls around. Before, it was arguably lighter than Hecksing, with less dark humor and having a more friendly, populated atmosphere.
Depending on the Writer: Possibly invoked, seeing as while these are all written by the same person, there are a few "alter ego" authors in the SBIG series that crop up. At the very least, within each story the characters are reletively consistent.
Carl Stevens is an especially bad offender. He can range from an amazing superstar loved by everyone to an arrogant idiot with Seras and Rip as his only real friends (and even Seras doesn't have to be a constant) or anywhere in between depending on what the story calls for. Carl Stevens Universe appears to fluctuate between his previous HUC depiction and said "Seras and Rip are his only real friends" before finally settling on a rarer, Jerk with a Heart of Jerk-type characterization for him. In short though, he can't decide if Carl's a parody of Charlie Sheen or Harper.
Rip Van Winkle herself is almost never depicted the same way across two stories. She's often somewhere around flat-out sociopath or, oddly, the only character with an ounce of rationality.
Jade Harley. ESPECIALLY in SBIG. She's so far been a competant fighter, a useless crybaby, some kind of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, a secret sociopath, a person who turns from one of the previous to another, and so on and so forth. And there's a notable case in Sweet Jade and Hella John, where she is what is described by the author as "a mix of Dave, Cartman, and Amethyst in the absolute worst way imaginable." And that's not even getting started on her alter egoes, especially given how the alts are generally supposed to have some kind of relationship with the original characterization wise (IE whether they're people the characters want to be, don't want to be, their inner thoughts, inverses of them, traits mixed, etc). Lampshaded with an image that's a mock-up of the original Creamsicle picture, that's a comparason between SJAHJ Jade and a Composite Character Jade. If it wasn't for the glasses and dresses, you'd think they were two entirely different characters who both happen to generally be tall and slender. No, really, [[ the difference is staggering.]]
...And then we have Jake, who is either a hopeless dork or an absolute expert at social conversations. The latter started with Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals season 4 and was supposed to be a joke (in fact the irony of the situation was the entire reason why Jake of all people was the one who resolves Roxy and Dirk's familial issues), but as the stories go on it gets incorrectly added to his character. His relationship with Jane is another issue (though Jane herself is the only Prospit kid who is actually constant, and this notably even applies to her "primary" alter egoes: her counterpart is always a wild Mood-Swinger, and her "guardian" version is always a pervert in some way — closet or otherwise (SJAHJ being one exception to the latter, then again she was very much underdeveloped)). So far, the two have been inseperable Sickening Sweethearts, ordinary Makeout Kids, platonic/neutral towards eachother (HHC being the biggest example pre-season 4, which is odd because HHC is all about tossing in asinine pairings at random), undergoing a few relationship issues, and in at least one case siblings.
Homer Simpson is by far the most bizarre example, even and especially before he was "retired" along with the rest of the Simpsons crew bar some very special exceptions. He has so far been a simple arrogant Jerk Ass who eventually gets a lot of power through mutation, a wild nudist who loves games, most commonly Big Lipped Alligator Momentmaster who shows up in people's thoughts randomly, and an incredibly hyped-up destructive force who is considered a borderline Eldritch Abomination in-universe. The latter only applies for a reality show challenge, however, and not the man himself.
Similar to Homer but more... stable is — ignoring how ironic it is that it's not the other way around — Peter Griffin. Whether he's an ally or an obstacle can always be answered with "Whatever the story calls for."
And similar to the above two is Hank's portrayals. He's a great person bordering on Ace in the more serious works, yet in parodies he's... goofy at best and a dangerous idiot at worst.
Ezekiel is probably one of the more known examples, given his villainous status in Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, his Anti-Hero status in Total Zeksmit, and his good-intentions-obnoxious-guy status in Total Drama Race.
Early-Bird Cameo/The Stinger: Every one of his concluded stories (unless they end in a Cliff Hanger which would be used to directly tie them to another story, like with Zombie Attack!) has a preview for either A: Something completely new or B: A hint that he is, in fact, going to update something he didn't in a long time and that the project hasn't been canned yet. These are usually after the final AN, unless the formatting either prevents it or allows for something otherwise depending on how you look at cases like SJAHJ where the text linked to the preview, yet it was within the update where an actual note followed. These are usually very cryptic hints, and by themselves almost no context is given of them.
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals: A short clip about Girlfriend from The Eds' EDventure building a revival divice.
Sweet Jade and Hella John: The "THE END" at the ending links to a gif of Jade telling the readers they just got trolled. The last frame of this gif is Jade teasingly asking who some random character is, this character in question being Eoflit Swyyx from Blue Sun. Granted, she gets redesigned a lot, but it marks the first visual appearance of her.
Carl Stevens Universe: Would have been some silly clip in Total Zeksmit taking place between chapters 3 and 4 as this fic was what finally broke TZP and TDWTR out of their "Something New" hiatus, however due to the author thinking it got too much love the idea was scrapped. Instead, it was a short scene of Aradia doing her "epic look" out in the mountains in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, while a ton of crap is going on in the background, giving another tease at season 4.
Movie Day: Instead, this is what uses the TZP clip. Instead of taking place between chapters 3 and 4, however, it takes place between 6 and 7, to be more up-to-date with TZ at the time.
Sheldin and Lenard: The first one to be an Easter Egg, or at the very least not openly obvious. There is a small bit of text at the bottom right corner of the fifth and final comic, specifically linking to some Imgur image. This image turns out to be a fake-poster for the Naruto SBIGfic .
Soap: A preview of the X Colors series, with Red ordering Green to order Blue and Yellow to guard the fortress while Teal and Magenta go forth and fight.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The earlier chapters around Act One Act Two onward (and the prologue. Especially the prologue), after the beginning pairings were mostly focused on "starting up" the plot first thing and setting the general tone of what's gonna happen, had a lot more of a sit-com feel to them, and the characters occasionally acted exaggerated. Now most of these chapters have been redone (the old versions still archived, buried underneath the author's Tumblr posts), but in general he refers to this stuff as "Lolstuck" and rarely if ever does it again.
Early-Installment Weirdness: According to him: "Sweet Jade and Hella John is almost always the exception and never the rule," and he feels guilty of writing it as it conflicts a number of his standards.
Easter Egg: His like for these resulted in an increasing number of them sprinkled throughout his works, and made up a tag on his Tumblr page noting the easter eggs that others already pointed out (meaning that there are still "several" — as he said — hidden around). This ranges from simple things like clouds, rocks, and other things forming the letters "F U" in Sweet Jade and Hella John, to complex subliminal hidden codes in the written works (usually involving taking capital letters used in every paragraph/sentence/a certain series of something) that either reveal urls or form something like "BOYCOTT THE SIMPSONS," to simple abstract references, to oh-god-why-would-you-even-think-about-that types of coding, to very subtly hidden images within the later visual works post-SJAHJ.
Parodied in Total Drama World Tour Rewrite where in "Raining Cats and Dollars," Lindsay falls into a barrel of toxic waste, which gives her... odd effects. Instead of the mutations seen in canon (turning her into a giant like Dakota or giving her acid spit like Ezekiel), she gains flight and super powers and starts glowing every color of the rainbow. Pikmin Fan names "Hyper Mode" as a nod to Super Metroid's Hyper Beam. It's not as cringeworthy as it sounds, considering that Lindsay never uses these powers to do anything more plot-relevant than simply flying to Hawaii (during the finale she suddenly gets sick from the waste and thus Harold cannot use her powers to help him), and because she would have been tagging with a group heading there anyways had Ezekiel not knocked her into the vat, it actually serves as an excuse to give Lindsay less screentime yet still find a way for her to get to the finale within reasonable time.
Blue Sun makes a case of this — all of the characters that are part of the main race can have their genders toggled in the "options" menu, various comics randomly flip whichever sex they are, etc., and the point is there is no difference at all. Not even the changes between the two sexes are consistent for each character:
Total Zeksmit is a parody. Apparantly the author did not like fan competitions that gratuituously played it straight, stating that it felt "weird" and "unfitting" for the game show, so he originally wrote TZ to have it both invoked in-universe and made ten times dumber and more of a shoe-horn, back when it was called Total Fan Service. It toned down after the remake and rename from TFS to TZ, then toned up again when the second season began, probably due to the larger size of the series and greater number of contestants being able to make room for more goofing off.
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals is a more obvious parody. At first it seemed to be going this way with Seras (who was explicitley stated to have "nice boos"), then suddenly did a kick-flip and turned Rip Van Winkle into the blatant sex symbol, complete with Gag Boobs and a randomly revealing outfit.
Word of God says that Rip's outfit change and over-the-top-sexualization was based on a Total Drama submit-fic where one of the apps was outright described as having large, bouncy breasts, and she slept in a see-through bra and thong, the sleepwear being what Rip's outfit was based on. (Meaning that Rip's outfit is actually more conservative than the OCs, even if it's casual wear and not sleepwear.) Pikmin Fan outright checked the character's application — needless to say, the author of the actual competiton remodled her a little and that was not what was submitted as her sleepwear.
HUC's spinoff/sequel Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals is even worse. In short, the United States (and maybe Brittain/the United Kingdoms of London) is apparantly the only country in this world with anything resembling a nudity taboo, and even then it's extremely relaxed. Between most of the foreign lands visited having some Carnival-expy event, a gross misunderstanding of how the European Union views nudity and sex, the Ren and Stimpy clips shown here, the subplot of Karkat having a crush on some nudist inn-runner who lives in Hawaii, Porrim (who is an expy of Jillian from Family Guy — at least at first), the human lead's swimsuit-clad guardians, and the troll lead's exoticly-looking-dressed and stripperific ancestors, it's safe to say that only reason for clothing still existing in the world is to tease. (The other obvious purpose of keeping warm doesn't seem to apply; for a non-sexual example, there's how the trolls could survive the Colorodo mountains in their casual outfits, and for a sexual example, how their ancestors did the exact same thing.) This doesn't go without lampshading: a running gag is for characters to imagine scenes involving Gandhi and spongebaths.
Aformentioned guardians deserve special mention. Surprisingly, while the ancestors are all rather — for lack of a better word — celibate (all of them being raised as siblings, thus discouraging any ancestor/ancestor dating probably has something to do with that), at least half of the guardians have been confirmed to be perverts in some way or another during season 5. John's mother frequently involves herself in one-night stands with random Chicago citizens, and her past self openly expresses her interests in highly messed up fetishes that leaves John speechless. Jane's dad has been revealed as a Kavorka Man who has been in a lengthy, complicated, sexual relationship with Dirk's dad. Jake's ma is a secret vamp who used to sleep with enemies for information, before retiring and taking out her downright sociopathy as a dominatrix. And lastly, there's Jade's father, who was modeled to try to be a gender inverted Good Bad Girl and who has slept with all seven of the other guardians multiple times. None of their kids actually object to what they do, save for one notable part where John finds out that his mother slept with Carl. Completely because of who she slept with (around this point Carl's real colors as a total jackass were starting to show to the Rainbow Crew and they all hated him), he undergoes a huge freakout. Fortunately, as far as what's been revealed the Derse guardians haven't been subjected to this as much. Roxy's Sis seems too reclusive and more interested in psycology, Rose's mom appears to be mostly talk, Dave's Bro is just crazy, and Dirk's dad seems to care more about looking impressive.
According to Word of God, public nudity had recently became legal in HUC/HHC's United States and Brittain, however almost everybody in those countries finds the law unconfterable and many buisnesses still enforce mandatory attire, hence why naked people just tend to get laughed/stared at at worst and not suffer any other consequences. (The reason why everybody was laughing at Hecksing in the end of HUC was because they were simply in one of the most anti-nudity neighborhoods at the time.) People who wear the kinds of outfits the ancestors do would also get laughed at (and the ancestors do get laughed at for them) or have people ask in curiosity as to how they hell they stick on, understandable since realistically many such costumes would have fallen off.
From Sheldin and Lenard: "I saw how the show makes Penny into sexy so I thought of doing it even more to get more viewers so here she's in a bikini now."
Homestuck Rewrite is another mockery in the vein of Total Zeksmit in that it was designed specifically to feel jarring, unfitting, and uncomfterable, even if the specific part (only taking into consideration the end of the meteor trip, not counting Momsprite) was only really for half a chapter. And that chapter was referencing the King of the Hill episode "Sug Night."
496 Reasons has Jake's Godawful comic book, yet another parody inspired by of one existing webcomic mentioned below. Thankfully, none of the characters based on the actual meteor crew are subject to sexualization.
Idiot Ball: While it is a nice break from the torrent of abuse he got from Jade inSweet Jade and Hella John, Karkat makes so many idiotic decisions in this fic that sometimes one might wonder why he was even considered a leader in the first place. For starters, Terezi's able to play him like a fiddle without even trying near the beginning, and he seems to think that "I saw you naked..." is a reasonable first thing to say to someone in person especially after you implied that you have the ability to snoop around in a near-limitless cam.
Temples has a recurring cast of four: John, Jade, El Puerco, and the Spirit of Broken English. There's also the villain known as "The Man." Except that the Man is really the Spirit of Broken English. Also, Dave and Rose appear twice in the fan fic frozen in the Spirit Temple's main room, the first is a mere cameo and the second is when John, Jade, and El Puerco start thawing them out. So really Temples by itself has only six named charactersnote There's also the guy in the loby of Dave's appartment when John and Jade are about to enter the Fire Temple underneath it. in all, this diminished cast being quite strange compared to the entire rest of the Decathalon which is character-rich. However, this is justified by most of the fan fic taking place in the titular abandoned temples, one scene in particular being in a lifeless desert.
The Eds' EDventure has a grand total of one new character: Girlfriend. And one crossover character: Peter Griffin. This isn't that noticable nor does it feel that odd until the second chapter. The long second chapter.
Movie Day only uses the twelve kids from Ed, Edd n Eddy, and even goes an extra step by not throwing in Eddy's brother. However, there is one scene towards the end of the first chapter where Edd notices a truck driver, who is described (though through Edd's thoughts) in more detail than canon would with its background characters. Then this is subverted when the end of the first chapter comes and introduces a few OCs who only stay in the story partway, and this happens repeatedly. The settings that the kids visit following this point are, contrast to the pre-Gravel Bay areas, bustling with life and have people described roaming around them all the time. This is to show how far the kids are truely going from their familiar and rather empty home area in Peach Creek.
496 Reasons, thanks to clones from dreamselves and doomed offshoots, pulls off both this and Loads and Loads of Characters, only focusing mainly on the group inside the meteor (with some flashbacks elaborating on the Carapases, guardians, etc.)
Total Zeksmit: Plains by itself has two notable cases. The first four chapters were fairly lighthearted, and so was the majority of chapter 5 — until the first case, the elimination. With a chain reaction afterward, in short half of the final six was left in tears. (Courtney, Beth, and Sadie.) Courtney's ego finally shatters after Bridgette is gone, realizing that had already blown her chance at winning the game a day and a week ago when she voted for Lindsay instead of Leshawna, and even says to herself that everyone who voted for Heather in the pilot instead of her made the wrong choise. In an unrelated incident, Beth also breaks down after defending Courtney because admitting as such made Lindsay end their friendship and tell her that she will never be popular again, and she lies to say that Courtney and her secrectly planned to make Beth the "fodder" in the alliance should the Killer Jackrabbits lose a third time. Then there's Sadie, who after seeing Courtney and Beth crying (and Izzy actively mocking the two of them in spite of her own girlfriend being voted off), starts up too at how her life has been hell since Katie was eliminated. Also, while Ezekiel himself isn't in tears over Bridgette's elimination, he is noticably shaken over it, silently blaming his strict rules and still letting emotional manipulation as to why she was kicked off (since he lives in Playa Des Losers over the course of the game, her elimination isn't an issue of not being able to see her, but instead the fact that she doesn't have a shot at winning anymore), and for the first time actively comparing himself to Chris instead of denying it. He's so disturbed that he doesn't even do the typical signoff — Justin has to improvise. The second case is "Beware of Homer," which follows a rather silly chapter overflowed with nudity humor and a quick little Aftermath, and is a
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals is a... hurricane of emotion following season three. Season four is especially cruel due to the gimmick that the chapters can be read in any order: They all start off with the usual as what could be given by this fic's standards, then — every time — the Derse-dreaming characters get into some kind of issues with their ancestors/guardians, dragging everyone else down with them... Season five seems to lighten things up — for half of a chapter. After the gender-bending part happens and they leave the Felt's tower, this time the Prospit dreamers get character development and the season as a whole stays dark aside from a few small scenes and the End of Season fight against Stickdawg. Then again, this was heavily inspired by Majora's Mask.
And then there's season six, by far the longest season in both chapter number and word count. Observe Zombie Ashton Kutcher going on a date and Roxy not wanting to talk to her past-sister because she knows she can't change the future and that she's afraid of being the reason why they had a shakey relationship, both events happening in the same chapter! And there's a collosal war on its first chapter that kills off almost everybody, however the final chapter ends with the fic's biggest motivational speech (and that's saying a lot) leading up to a proposal and a Big Damn Kiss! And finally off the tip of the iceberg is an entire chapter partially devoted to mocking the Fan Dumb, with the following chapter exploring Always Someone Better in the likes Carl Stevens Universe did only to an even bigger extent! Fortunately, season seven is much, much, much more lax.
First Steps is a one-shot consisting of short stories regarding each Pikmin type relaxing or having fun in ways specific to their type, all because Olimar thought they deserved a break. One might notice that while they are going in the general order they were encountered across the trilogy, red Pikmin are oddly missing. That's because the "red" story is the last one. And that's because it's about the first Pikmin Olimar ever encountered — this is the longest story, and it by itself contains mood whiplash. It starts with the Pikmin and Olimar's curiosity towards eachother, then the usual "breaks" given to the other colors, before suddenly cutting to sundown several days later. The Pikmin does not make it back to the base in time, and only looks up as it realizes that Olimar likely doesn't even know which one it really is, and may never know what he did for it. It choses not to complain about it, realizing that Olimar dropping back down to rescue it would risk more than not, and even though Olimar is the one to blame as the Pikmin was only doing his orders, it still spends its last minutes alive looking up to him in honor.
Ms. Fanservice: A number of examples, played straight or parodied, almost every story from Hecksing onwards has one. Hecksing itself had Rip, the author's arguable first example. The first Mr. Fanservice wouldn't come until the proper introduction of the male guardians and ancestors from Housestuck, several years later and even then
Total Zeksmit: One of the elemental classes, and definitely the odd one out. Part of standard genetics in its world.
Sweet Jade and Hella John: Essentially a formed from a paradox. As revealed through Word of God after the story ended, Rip was responsible for inflicting vampirism in the first place. So, rewinding, Meenah prototyped a copy of Twilight into one of Dave's kernels, which affected the Carapases by giving the royalty vampire powers. Later Jack gets the ring and its powers and bites Jade, creating Vampire Jade. Vampire Jade and John were later used to ectobiologically create Rip, who as stated before would then infect various virgin men in history, turning them into vampires and starting the "plague." Now, the history and myths of vampirism inspired the Twilight series... being what started this whole deal in the first place. To make things even more complicated, Vampire Jade started a mini-chain of transformations on her own with Vampire Dave, Vampire Rose, and Ghoul/Zombie Jade; and Alucard (implied to be a more "standard" vampire who just got really powerful in both here and in Crconikals, none of the atypical transformation in canon applies) was used among another person and two objects to ectobiologically make Lord Major Quimby, who would later/earlier clone his DNA into the Simpsonian race. So that's two races of vampires formed by paradox, one directing the other.
Crconikals: Derived from rainbow drinkers, which was the biological norm in rare trolls.
Mythology Gag: In his Homestuck works (the Shipping Intermission of SJAHJ being an exception because Early-Installment Weirdness, though the comic itself follows the trend as the deaths begin much, much later), Gamzee and/or Aradia is always the first one killed off out of the post-scratch trolls and should they die. Though if one dies, that does not mean that the other will follow or even has a garunteed death. Homestuck Rewrite is an interesting case, as Gamzee is the first troll killed off, yet after several more die he's sprited — only to die again before any other troll does following his revival, sprite or not-sprite. And HHC got around the rule by having Aradia turn out to have been killed and revived immediately after in a flashback that was told after some of the trolls have died.
"Jaka," the name given to genderbent-Jake in the sillier works. Only brief notes and the slightest hints say that it's "Jack-ah," though it's easy to mistake as "Jock-ah," (which the author himself sometimes says) "Jake-ah," (Punny Name fitting with the general series's attempts at So Unfunny It's Funny) and could theoretically be pronounced the exact same way as "Jake." However in serious works (yes, there is genderbending in serious works) her name is Jaky, Jackie shortened down to fit the 4 letter naming theme, which is clearer. (And done because he didn't think of the name until long after writing her introduction in Sweet Jade and Hella John, and opted for the old name out of callbacks and because it's so dumb, while using the new name for serious works because... the old name was so dumb.)
No real word on "Elitaa," "Sinois," or "Bororo" yet. "Puerco" however is directly taken from a Spanish word, and "Sierda" is just a rhyme of "Mierda" (Shit) so that's not an issue.
496 is a bizarre example. Word of God says that he either reads it "Four-nine-six" if the title is shortened to only include the number itself, yet most of the time (not always though) read out as "Four hundred [and] ninety six" if it's part of the full name. Shortening it to only 496 Reasons can go either way.
Great Pikmin Fan: Putting them into more and more fanworks is just me piling on a bunch of weights without carrying them — at first. Once Hussie somehow tells us something about them, then the weights will be tossed on my shoulders and it will practically kill me editting the stories to fit them more/remove the weights. It would be easier making the B2 ancestors just teleport over to the beach and act as their "patrons" or somehow be in both the beach and the mountains at the same time. I'm also gonna give them nods in 496. And ret-conning that is gonna be a chore depending on where in 496 the storyline is as of the time of the reveal. Although in a way I am gonna sorta miss these guys as I replace them all....
Enforced with the new Total Zeksmit contestants: Andrea was even renamed from Amy after announcements of a character from the canon sixth season that shares first names.
Averted once crossover is taken into consideration, through implication. Prior to Everburn Redcorn never shows up, but there have technically been twoJohns in Sweet Jade and Hella John and other HS-KOTH crossovers, as well as twoDaves (the Family Guy Dave being Campbell, who while he never appears in person, his wife does) in the former specifically. (And heck, any other time they're crossed over.)
Everburn itself is an aversion that deserves mentioning. As of the end of Act 1 and the sudden Steven Universe additions with Amethyst's surprise-steal of the Pikmin Statue, there could be two Sadies (Total Drama Sadie has been confirmed and even had a few Pesterlogs late into the Act) and two Connies (KOTH Connie has been in the story since the beginning, although throughout the entire first Act her and Joseph's status have been unknown). Technically the latter could apply for Carl Stevens Universe, however Hank and Peggy are the only characters from King of the Hill who make actual appearances and there's only a brief mentioning of even Bobby.
Also averted in-fic as early as Sweet Jade and Hella John if nicknames are included: There's two Silencers. The doll head, and the new version of Aradia's ancestor.
Speaking of ancestors (and guardians), while canon has implied that they all share the names of their counterparts across the scratch (calling Handmaid's room "Damara's room" being one of the more obvious examples, but there's at least one more involving John/Poppop), everything has renamed them whenever they are refered to by first name. Even SJAHJ, although before closing author's notes expand to add the rest in that little detail, only half of the human ancestors had their first names given.
This could be technically averted even in the beginning. The Eds' EDventure. An Ed, Edd n Eddy fanwork. Centered around characters named Edward, Edward, and Edward.
All Trolls Are Different: Both internet trolls and a race of trolls appear in the "Sug Night WITH A TWIST" SBIGlet. Confusingly, neither of those resemble the Homestuck trolls in the slightest, even though those do appear later on as a cameo.
Starting from Carl Stevens Universenote Though Total Zeksmit (back under its old title; it had not been ret-conned as of the time of the update) did get a brief mention in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, but the actual clip wasn't shown because it wasn't ready yet (a Self-Deprecation joke on his slow update rate), a Running Gag is the characters watching GPF's other stories on television or through some other form of media. Actually (and possibly in nod to this), CSU itself is the most common thing being watched. The channel numbers, much like a quick scene in Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso from Epic Rap Battles of History, correspond the the story number. Word of God says that this is a coincidence in-universe, and each channel may also play something else.
A non-canon supplement to Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals features an odd variation. In a subplot, Carl's hummer's television can show the events of HHC itself, only about ten seconds in the future. He ends up crashing because he was too busy watching TV... and laughing at his future self crashing for not paying attention to the road and instead paying attention to his future future self not paying attention to the road and so on.
SBIG contains numerous stories, references of which sometimes appear in other works (Carl Stevens Universe being the most blatant example so far). The relationship between them all gets extrordinarly complicated pretty fast, especially because some fandoms have more than one installment attatched to them.
Scrapped example: The Eds' EDventure, Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, and the ill-fated SBIGtermissions were supposed to have been writen by a character within another story in an endless circle. One of the trolls from the intemrissions would write HUC, Rip would write TEE in the epilogue, and a character from TEE would write the intermissions in chapter 2. However, come the epilogue of HUC, Pikmin Fan forgot about having Rip write the story. Seeing as later on the intermissions were scrapped completely, this turned out to be an accidental good move.
Total Zeksmit... well, let's do this by season. Plains would go into a long span before pretty much every even-numbered pre-merge chapter, the merge itself and following Aftermath (the second one, on the other hand, updated near-instantanious), and the finale. These were all not due to being unable to write the more quicker-paced scenes, but rather the opposite: Pikmin Fan hits writters block on the breather chapters, due to finding it hard to progress in anyway at worst and being unable to write character development in a way that's not boring at best. Island was extremely choppy in the first half due to Pikmin Fan still not planning much of the base plot, though the second half was pretty fast until the final four. (All of the chapters starting from the final four itself took a month before publishing.)
496 Reasons..., span between Jane/Roxy and Kanaya/Roxy aside, actually updates pretty quickly (the ending of Sweet Jade and Hella John greatly helping), with the exception of anything preceeding a Jake chapter. This is because all Jake chapters begin with an excerpt of his own comic book projectThe Chroniclednote Sometimes mispelled "Crconikaled" or something along those lines, as a Mythology Gag to another Stylistic Suck work by GPF with a green-themed protagonist with "Carl" in his name and at least one overly sexualized character. Events of Captain Jacob Carl and His Fearsome Brigade. Basically the comic is a parody of overtly fanservicey works in general, and inspired by an obscure and pretty much NSFW comic Mahou Oh No! specifically. As seen with Total Zeksmit and one of the many reasons why its title changed, however, Great Pikmin Fan is terrible at writting fan service, even and especially the over-the-top and poorly shoved in kind. The upside at least is that since when he's stuck on one chapter, he jumps to more, once he's finished with the Jake chapter there's usually multiple updates on that day. The fact that the chapters are really short helps.
Movie Day had a span of over a year between its first two chapters.
Rip Van Winkle, who in her SBIG incarnations is almost always a complete and utter camera hog. She survives the entirety of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals for practically no reason and is the designated main villain of Sweet Jade and Hella John. In the former fanwork, her characterization is highly inconsistant (notable since following season 1 at the latest everyone else is dead set into certain character types, disregarding how these types are OOC they're at least stable) as she flip-flops between a ditz, a brash egotist, or the absolute Only Sane Man, the latter is bad by itself because it's Great Pikmin Fan retroactivley going back on his word on how he hates the trope. Her latter mentioned appearance isn't much better as she's a rather one-dimensional antagonist over the arguably more interesting and more "final boss" worthy Davenote Whether or not Homeredux making him the final villain makes up for this — or was even done right by itself — is another story., a feat which was only kept within the story because of the author's prior word before making Dave into a villain and to make an unfunny jab at Lord English's lack of direct relation with the main Homestuck protagonists in canon. Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals's crossover arc alleviated this by giving Rip plenty of Not so Above It All moments and actually keeping her consistant, but the damage in the prequel had already been done. She was a Creator's Pet in HUC, but that ended along with the fan fic.
One of the reasons (SJAHJ) Dave himself is more "final boss" worthy than Rip, mind you, is because he's one of the few antagonists who manages to be more obnoxious than her. He's an egotist, self-centered jackass God-Mode Sue in the first half of the story who treats his friends as tools, and a flat, inconsistent, creepy, egotist, self-centered Villain Sue in the second half. It doesn't help that Pikmin Fan loves expy-ing the hell out of him, as "Dave undergoing a breakdown and turning into a hostile threat" has been done later in Homestuck Rewrite (to a much lesser degree, and he's still a hero) and Carrie Kreuger from Gumball Vs Satan who is pretty much his inverse. And last but definitely not least, there's the deal with Homeredux...
Speaking of SBIG, pick any incarnation of Jade Harley. Any. Great Pikmin Fan doesn't seem to know how to or care about writing Jade in the parodies IC, so he derails her. Usually as a form of mocking the fandom, to boot. Herself in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals is whiny and near-useless, and she does very little other than fawning on John. (John's actual partners don't do this, whoever he's hooked up with at the time.) Herself in Sweet Jade and Hella John is a highly rude, brash, and as revealed in the epilogue reallyuntidy (Pikmin Fan notably otherwise avoids characters who are gross in the way Jade is) bully whose verbal abuse is implied to be the reason everything started. Anyone who opposes her is killed off, though at least Jade herself doesn't kill them unless it's in self-defense. She frequently whines that she's never important enough towards the end and needlessly angsts about many details, and most of those details are her own fault. John, Jane, and Jake, who all normally heavily believe in morality in their own ways, just roll with it. Other incarnations include Kids Fit..., where her roles include getting kidnapped and getting kidnapped, and the "Gym Class" SBIGlet, which is bascially her SJAHJ self but with more toilet humor and without the implied familial issues that could explain her actions. Finally there's herself in Homestuck Rewrite, which because of the Stealth Parody elements, basically combines everything terrible about her as all of those above negative traits are shown one at a time. And unlike Rip, she seems to be a perpetual author pet.
Monoe, whose appearances are only limited to two out of the current seven SBIGlets so far (and one took place in the same world as another), is an expy of her SJAHJ/Gym Class self. However, she's a bit more tolerable because A: She gets away with a lot less and B: she dies halfway through the latter story she appears in, and it's implied that there will be a third one involving the ghost-hunting crew so she will be left out for good unless Yume Nikki characters appear later again for some reason. But note the phrase "a bit more tolerable."
For something that's not in SBIG, Kathy from Total Zeksmit. Her "riddles" in the first season are obnoxiously obvious or given away through some form of the fan fic's formatting, and it's clear that they're being shoved in to try to make Plains more complicated than it really is. While this may work with the later Zeksmit seasons or Total Drama World Tour Rewrite (make of that if you will), it doesn't work for the rather linear plotline in TZP. It's even worse when she's a contestant; as an active regular until a thankfully early elimination, her only role amounts to creeping the other campers out and leading them to plotlines that prove to be completely worthless. "Coincidentally," her final designnote As in, after Pikmin Fan ret-conned the old Total Drama World Tour Rewrite in the Halloween Update, which contained a detailed description of her can be described as a maroon-themed Palette Swap of Rip Van Winkle (Pikmin Fan admitted that the suits were accidental), just without the glasses and with less complicated hair. And with needless Gag Boobs. To add a final nail to the coffin, she is just about the only character on this list who has yet to have a true Take That, Scrappy! moment.
Pikmin Fan confessed that he won't let her die because she was one of his earliest Total Drama OC designs, and didn't want that to go to waste. He also liked the idea of having a would-be season 2 contestant cameo at various points in season 1, and couldn't find anyone more appropriate or easier to fit in than a character who has a big theme of appearing out of nowhere in dark spaces to be cryptic.
Also what sparked some ire was a certain twist near the end of Total Drama World Tour Rewrite. Out of all of the season 2 newcomers, she got to make a cameo appearance during "Raining Cats and Dollars" as part of the mass cameo (see Continuity Porn above), over more popular characters like Kandi, Andrea, or Sonia. What makes matters worse what that the cameo in question was very negligible and it was just as easy — if not easier — to have someone else fill her place.
Zelda also gets a lot of heat. Fans of certain popular Total Drama fan fiction hate her for being an obvious and rather harsh jab at fanon Ezekiel, and people in general including aformentioned fans hate her because she's a sympathy baiting (worse than Ezekiel), hypocritical, self-centered Kankri Vantas ripoff with little to no redeemable traits.
Speaking of the canon lineup, there's Ezekiel himself. He's a jackass 90% of the story, his descriptions of the challenges are bland and drag on compared to the fast pace of the rest of the series, his desperate affection to Bridgette (again, another Scrappy) is hardly considered amusing, he harshly fired Geoff (probably the nicest staff member he has; the only one out of his main then-three assistants who was genuinely supportive of him) for being a "bad host" even though he's hardly any better halfway through the first season, his issues steal the spotlight from the other show staff member's more interesting storylines, and while he does develop it takes so. Damn. Long for it to really happen. (About five chapters before he has the slightest notable change in personality.) At the very least, many of these things have been lampshaded and toned down highly after the lampshade has been done.
Lindsay has been described by the author as "the Zelda of season one." While they are almost nothing alike generally, they both have one thing in common: They were writen with much less sympathy than most of the other characters and come off as annoying and too childish. Her adittude towards Beth from the second half of chapter four of Plainsafter she thinks about giving Courtney a second/third/possibly-fourth chance until near the season's end borders of Heather-levels of Alpha Bitch, except unlike Heather she rarely if ever actually does any strategizing during the events of TZ so far. Granted, she does have a few redeeming moments, such as giving away her immunity to Gwen for thinking she would make a better leader than her, but those are far and few in between, and many of them take place in the earlier chapters. Given how the author fully admitted to not liking characters who "are so dumb you can't even have a real conversation with them," this is likely a case of Ron the Death Eater.
The dreamselves (yes, all 34 of them) in 496 Reasons Why Mutlidating is More Complicated than it Seems get some flack for being rather annoying in general and pretty two-dimensional (one-dimensional in the case of most of the dream trolls) compared to their waking selves. That's not even mentioning how their abilities get really creepy and/or overpowered, really fast, especially when they start using them on other people including the realselves. Many readers who don't like canon/OC romance in general — which GPF admitted to not minding as long it's not self-inserty — don't like how all of them except Dream Jade seem like fronts for original characters. Why is Dream Jade an exception? That's another Scrappy qualifier. Because she's based off of Jadesprite. And is a semi-regular following the first several chapters. Let that sink in. Notably it's been mentioned that dreamselves, once they split from their real personas, tend to be very unbearable to their waking counterparts, similar to the inner selves in Sweet Jade and Hella John. SJAHJ-Dave loathes Dove, but John got along with her just fine, just as 496-Dave thinks his dreamself is socially uncrackable, while John and Rose (among others) are interacting with him without as much trouble.
Word of God said that during the huge Jake/Terezi hiatus he decided to make the dreamselves the real villains of the story after considering how annoying they might become and how they symbolize the exact kind of people the heroes do not want to become, with Duplicate Meulin (the original character who would fill that role) more or less just presenting a fancy final battle and being an excuse for how the heroes got helped out — at first.
496 has the honor of being one of the few Homestuck fanworks that arguably makes John into this at some periods of time, thanks to his fun-policing attitude providing a jarring contrast with the story's general habit of pushing everything to the absolute limits and beyond. This is also notable considering the extra badassery added to his fellow Prospit dreamers Jade, Jane, and Jake and their incredibly high role in the plot, while most of what John does amounts to goofing off, creepily lusting after someone else, angsting, or getting himself into problems and in one case actually being locked up (something only reserved for the "fishiest of people with the nack for fucking shit up," AKA Vriska and Meenah) for his actions.
El Puerco from Temples is generally seen as "forgettable," "unnecessary," or "obnoxious," which is a huge deal considering that 1: In contrast to Temples's character-filled sisterfic Attack of the Killer Time Beatles! (or hell, anything else in the Decathalon) Temples only has four recurring characters and he's one of them and 2: Thanks to loose Ampora traits, he is the closest thing the entire Decathalon has to a troll making an appearance.
El Puerco has an odd case of Name's the Same with Puerco Sinois from Sweet Jade and Hella John, who also qualifies along with her sister Elitaa due to only serving as a reference to a now-obscure fan video ofSimpsons and to dig at Simpsons itself respectivley. Even Pikmin Fan himself hates them and their only appearances — which is so far limited to Elitaa — were very brief cameoes that always ended in her death. Also, Kankri's introduction in canon retroactivley/effectivley made Elitaa redundant, due to being characters in the spot of Vantases who take extreme and selfish methods of blood-related "social justice" and bearing blood colors that would normally get them killed/hunted on Alternia, which is how the SJAHJ verse's trollworld goes by. (Elitaa was made up before the reveal that limebloods were hunted to extinction on Alternia.)
The Troll Empress from Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals. Walking plot device (for not just around half the chapters of season 6 depending on how you count it but all of season 4), Suspiciously Similar Substitute to/Replacement Scrappy of the Condesce, wafer-thin Parody Sue design, and generally obnoxious "over the top" personality all rolled in one.
She Is All Grown Up: Jane quickly and suddenly becomes the Ms. Fanservice in the last hundred or so chapters, and during flash forewards of the last two or so years on the meteor. While it is common for other characters to crush on her, shortly after hitting puberty she is stated to be near-irresistable by everyone and it gets even worse from there.
At times it seems like the characters react this way to anyone, because puberty seems to hit them all (bar John) like a ton of bricks. Nudity goes from being laugh-worthy to flush-worthy, the
Ship Sinking: He likes to make it clear when popular pairings aren't going to happen. The number of breakups in his works in general are abnormally high by fan fiction standards. Some notable examples include:
Total Drama World Tour Rewrite not only has several couples undergoing sudden breakups near the beginning, but also sinks Izzy/Noah through an extremely casual, sudden line from Izzy where it's stated that she doesn't like his "boring" adittude and pits him as equals with Tyler (who first she thought was already dating someone else, then after the news of his breakup came in thinks of him as not getting over Lindsay — she's right, by the way) in terms of males on her team.
There's around over two dosen ships that get at least nods in Sweet Jade and Hella John. The number that actually hooks up and stays together is in the single digits, and that's with John and Jade's "pitty [for the readers] hookup" and arbitrary couples like Karkat/Equius dragging it up.
496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems is supposed to avert this. No pairing, no matter how dumb it is, how hated it is, how canon-conflicting it would be, how polygamy-disagreeing it might be should everyone be decent, how Squicky it may be, or — and the most important factor — how little Pikmin Fan can stand it, is to be broken up by the end of the fan fic. (Or moved to a quadrant becides flushed.) After all, the fan fic is supposed to be more of "Everyone makes it up to everyone in the end, OT32 makeouts!" and less of a guessing game to see which couples will "work" and which wouldn't, and the whole point of having everyone hook up with everyone and stay that way was so that Pikmin Fan can write out of his comfort zone. (And mostly an excuse to write more Dave/Rose and harem shenanigans.)
The guardians (the ancestors are... another story) from Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, especially their kid forms, get a lot more promotional art and stories than the actual main characters. The fact that they are easily more divergent and recognizable as individuals than the portrayal of their children probably has something to do with it.
Ezekiel from Total Zeksmit. Yes, he's the host, except for how the other show staff supposedly have their own subplots on their own. You wouldn't know that from how Ezekiel's anti-Chris Bridgette-love Blaineley-worship/hate storylines get in the way of Justin's scheming and Geoff's hero adittude.
John Egbert. Especially noticable in OT32 Shenanigans, where all of the first three stories begin with either focus on him or have the other characters mention him in someway. The author tries to tone down on this later by having the humanized-trolls get more screentime than the human-humans (who by themselves could be considered examples, especially the Prospit dreamers), but the evidence is still there.
Stylistic Suck: "SBIG." Everything about it. Except maybe chapters 11 onward of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, which is (very) surreal character development.
Whenever Ren and Stimpy appears within SBIG, the clips are usually so bad they make the origin fic look believable. This also began the running gag of him using "Getting Carp Past the Radar" [sic, in fact sometimes it's mispelled as "Gettig"] to jokingly refer to anything with more questionable content than the rest of the story, years after the clip it originated in.
Speaking of "Getting Carp Past the Radar," according to the 'definition' of it Jake's comic in 496 Reasons is full of both GCarpPtR andStylistic Suck. See Schedule Slip above for more information.
Homestuck Rewrite contains itself, as it is the first work that isn't claiming itself as a parody until the very end. Pikmin Fan took advantage of his own obscurity and made a Tumblr post the day before publishing it saying that it is a parody and not meant to be taken seriously as a saving throw, then wrote it to be increasingly crappy to mess with everybody who didn't get the joke. The joke is that it is one colossal Stealth Parody of the author's own writing, taking up his usual habits to complete extremes. Such as the random nudity, convoluted and anticlimatic plot devices, rehashing, (this time deliberately) flipping around the general fandom opinions on charactersHoo boy, this is long. Just covering the kids here John is a wimpy, Oblivious to LoveStraight Man; Jade is very tempermental to the point of Yandere levels; Rose manages to be the equivilent of the stuck up "popular girl;" Dave, in spite of being the strongest character in whole story, is by far the designated Butt Monkey and always gets the short end of the stick; Jane is some kind of beauty Goddess that everyone finds attractive; Jake is incredibly wise and a top-tier listener (this was gotten from Housestuck); Roxy is an incompetant lunatic nobody really cares for; and Dirk is a wannabe badass (this was possibly gotten from SJAHJ) and crack pairings for no reason.
Sweet Jade and Hella John is about the titular two characters dicking around, while the Millennium from Hellsing are also dicking around as expies of the Felt and one member of which is set up as the comic's obvious main antagonist. Most of the danger comes from random crossover happenings in the story, but regardless the kids always make it out just fine. That's how it is for the first half. Starting when Jack puts on the Queen's ring and starts thinking about what he's been prototyped with, he eventually gets the sudden urge to kill Jade, which leads to Kanaya questioning Dave and Rose (as their "dreamselves" (not the same as Homestuck dreamselves) were prototyped as well and influenced Jack), which leads to Dave suddenly ordering Rose to kill her. After that, and a brief intermission establishing Aranea as a hostile threat, the trolls start dying like flies and the Derse kids turn evil. It gets so bad that by the end there are only SIX notable characters left alive in the entire story, not counting duplicates (as they never recieved much characterization), out of over one hundred.
Soap is the worst so far. It goes from cheap Adventure Time knockoff to a story featuring depressing dystopian societies where the two main characters are permanently killed off half way through, ending with the entire world being blown up within its entire span. Which, by the way, consists of only six chapters.
Word of God said that this was actually due to a Writer Revolt. He set out to write an original fiction that was incredibly pointless, depressing, and most importantly uncreative in some attempt to "disprove" something. According to him, this was both to try to ward off anyone from saying that he should write more original works ("just in case") and to show that it's easier to fics sometimes instead. He did this with Soap because the concept already lost his interest years ago when he couldn't think of any way to make it stand out from what it was ripping off, so he decided to raise the little ship just to sink it. He later did this again with Ant Invasion!, only this story was more "Bad B-movie" than "Everyone suffers." It wasn't until THE BEST FAMILY that he actually tried writing some legit original web fiction. (Not counting how Blue Sun technically pre-dates all three stories; a badly-drawn Eoflit making a cameo at the end of Sweet Jade and Hella John.)
Rip? Dies a ridiculously large number of times in SJAHJ, in HHC she's always getting subject to the RC's slapstick (and is the first member of Hecksing to be told off), and in Carl Stevens Universe the cast finds her as obnoxious as Carl himself and she's depicted as a Small Name, Big Ego idiot.
Dave? Even back in the Mario session, he still has his hatebase of Eridan. Vampire Jade gives him a Reason You Suck Speech near the end of Act Two Act One.
Jade? Almost always insulted by other characters, especially Karkat.
Bridgette? Heather completely screws her over in the Aftermath, exposing that she is Not so Above It All.
Ezekiel? He's mocked by the entire cast almost all the time.
The dreamselves? Tagetted by mainly John, Jade, and even the own alter egoes they create.
John? As mentioned on his entry, he gets locked up along with Dream Meenah (the only prisoner who wasn't released by the time he got "arrested"), who was very eager to taunt the hell out of him.
El Puerco? Jade insults him all the time.
The Sinoises? Killed anti-climatically, Elitaa was not "assimilated" with Aranea because she found her too horrid/useless/something like that to get her to work for her. They rarely come back in future works, only to die again.
The Troll Empress? Gets brutally ripped in half by a submarine. Technically by accident, no less.
Theme Initials: "EFS." Sometimes shortened to just "ES," or as of Curseit could also be lengthened to EFFS.
He provides rather unironic takes on Creamsicle, considering how even the original image was a parody. Even in Global! The Strobes that Glow Like Chernobyl, their storyline and relationship is taken more seriously than most of the character arcs.
Half of the stuff crossed over in Everburn, including (unfittingly) aformentioned Creamsicle as well as Epic Battle Fantasy, has their characters mostly treat the setting pretty... realistically, whereas others (including the Big Bad) are fourth wall leaning, wise-cracking jokesters.
His motivation for doing both Temples ("I don't care how much I start hating the plot, I'm still sticking to it") and the Real Story (though this was more because he liked the idea of creating a convoluted adventure story centered around a show that was already dying when it launched).
To elaborate: Pikmin Fan has had a history of John and Jade's hookups being increasinglydramatic in the order that they're written.Spoilers, obviously Sweet Jade and Hella John has a simple kiss at the top of a staircase, though the panel its in is exceptionally large. Temples has them "officially" become a couple right when they kill Morpha and beat the temple they struggled the most on, celebrating during its death sequence. Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals has Jade giving a long, emotional speech about how the Rainbow Crew shouldn't give up so quickly, and that their actions as heroes have changes their lives for the better and led to such big contributions, before ending it with proposing to him, their kiss freeing Calliope. In Homestuck Rewrite their kiss occured while [Meh I'll think of something later] So the implication here was that the pattern would continue, even though Word of God has thought of shrinking it down a bit.
Another Dave will undergo another breakdown.
Why where who and how are all unknown at the moment, but the hints are there. Everything after Carl Stevens Universe that involved Dave had showed signs that he's not completely got himself together.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals: Very, very unlikely in spite of Dave's generally not-there personality shoved to him in the story. After season four greatly retooled the characters and gave them actual, unique personalities, Dave became one of the few unambiguously good members of the Rainbow Crew, to the extent that he's the arguable Token Good Teammate out of the B1 group/Team Three. Aside from that, season five is over and while there's still two more to go and six has been confirmed as the longest, it would be a huge leap from what's been established. HHC is on its hind legs and having one of the nicest characters pull a complete 180 just isn't its style, and Pikmin Fan pulling a sudden twist bigger than "They were naked all along" or "This couple I teased so much really does get together" isn't his style either.
496 Reasons: The fact that he's one of Nepeta's four knowing assistants is a warning sign, as with his "bet" with Jane. Dave's definitely been acting very shadey throughout. And one could make the claim (though not seriously) that he has/had motivation this time: Smuppetsprite.
Kids Fit the Trolls: Considering how the author doesn't treat this as one of the "larger" works, this isn't too likely. It'd be like wasting a perfectly good plot, except in a multi-story sort of way. And the Kids Fit series always has a higher amount of Negative Continuity even compared to SBIG.
Homestuck Rewrite: In spite of having the most build-up, it would be somewhat innapropriate from this story and destract it too much from its original point. And even though this is supposed to be a parody of the author's style (said original point), Evil-Dave has only been done once so far.
OT32 Shenanigans: Much like KFTT's sequels, the negative continuity would negate way too much meaningful buildup. This only being a single-chapter incident only makes for a large anticlimax.
Everburn: The first and second act titles have both corresponded to a theme related to a Derse dreamer (Dark and Grim : Rose :: Blacked Cats : Roxy) in spite of none of them appearing in person yet. Word of God said that there will be a "flashy showdown, though nothing special" prior to Bobby getting the Everburn, which is stated to happen at the end of Act 4. So this could be it.
Ultimate Beach Volleyball Tournament Crossover Xxtreme [sic, the mispelling of "Extreme" is actually supposed to be part of the title and not in a Troll Fic way] is a massive heap of Self-Fanservice mashed with Serious Business/Mundane Made Awesome wrapped up in an attempt to appeal to feminists. ...Or, it being for feminists is just what's said by the author. The apparant plot is that an anonymous host invited a wide number of female and gender-bent male characters from a number of works of media onto an island where they must play a variation of beach volleyball filled with Limit Breaks, shark infestations, zombie raids, needlessly complicated plots, Retcons that drill gigantic holes into said plots, girls ending up naked for no reason, so many Twilight jokes that it crosses the line from funny to annoying and then back to funny at the sheer number of them and how ridiculously forced they are, and traps/rule changes such as dealing with explosions going off around the field or playing a game over a pit of lava. There's also an "Evil Overlord" who has been foreshadowed at many points, but either the author is attempting to pull a massive Andrew Hussie or he's been forgotten since chapter five. There's over three hundred chapters (all short (~1,000 words each, though the opening is much longer) but unique; there's no copy-pasting involved) to this madness and it's still ongoing. Also the reveal of the host as being a man provides this quote: "OH MY GOD! THERE IS PENIS ON THIS ISLAND?"
Creator Breakdown: This is very much implied to be the case here. After finishing the comic, Pikmin Fan confessed that his interest in Homestuck plummeted sometime around the point where Gamzee's Joker Immunity was revealed, and whether or not it was the exact case it really shows here. The latter half of the comic killed off every troll (except the Leijons), "Simpsonian" (Cherubim equivilent), guardian, sprite, Fox Crew member, ancestor (again, except the Leijons), the entire population of Texas which is basically every side character, the whole Mario session, and even the four Derse dreaming kids, and jokes about the original canon were more frequent and less lighthearted. This cumulates into a completely unnecessary true final battle against Roxy's ghost brought out of the dead world out of pure rage just before the Epilogue, which while it isn't the intent it really comes off as a giant middle finger to both canon and the fandom (especially since Pikmin Fan admitted he finds Roxy very overrated).
Covers Always Lie: A Running Gag is that the images for the particular fan fic's cover feature on ffn are either completely dishonest or gives away some spoilers, however due to Pikmin Fan switching it up and his general crack storylines it's difficult to tell which one is the case.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals is the first one with a dishonest cover and it is currently the worst offender. It depicts a God Tier John and Vriska standing underneath Skaia while Bec Noir flies between them and said planet, looming over the couple. None of this actually happens: There is no God Tiering or even God Tier equivilent (which is notable considering how most other Homestuck fan fics in SBIG didnote God Tiering itself appeared in Kids Fitmultiple times and Sweet Jade and Hella John has the super mode.), none of the Carapases exist let alone Jack in the specific Bec form, Skaia is not present, (the entire fan fic takes place on Earth. Technically the climax takes place on the moon but, you get the idea.) and John and Vriska only briefly hook up for less than half a chapter and that's during the "mass coupling" part of the time travel chapter which partially gives the Weird Romance Shit arc its name. What makes matters worse about this cover is that towards the beginning of the story there is a "summary" in-fic that's equally misleading and the details of which actually match up to the details of the cover.
Naruto the guy with the ninja's cover is a craptastic, compressed drawing of Naruto pimping out with Sakura and Hinata. This kind of does happen, but a key detail is how it's portrayed in a positive light and the Naruto-centricness. In reality, the fan fic is a Deconstructive Parody of harem fics, where Naruto is eventually depicted as an omnipotent form of chaos who ruined the lives of villages and only Sasuke and his band of Anti-Heroes can stop him.
Milder example: Concept art for Sweet Jade and Hella John sometimes depicts John with his metal legs, and Jade, Jane, and Jake in their super modes, all four of which are seen posing together. At no point in the story are they all together like this; John has real legs when the others first enter super mode, but before he gets the prosthetics Jake is pulled away by Tavros's group and they do not reunite until after Jade and Jane's super modes run out. This manages to be both innacurate and contain mild spoilers.
The cover for The Eds' EDventure is actually based on a scene from Movie Day, a completely different fan fic. This is somewhat confusing for anyone who gets the two mixed up.
Out of the spoiler ones:
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals: Gives away three of the last characters alive by the end. Basically all major characters left alive, counting Captain as a special Back for the Finale exception and Quimby as a side character.
Gumball Vs Satan: Notice how neither of the titular guys actually appear on the cover? Yeah, major sign that they're not that important.
Late Arrival Spoiler: Oh boy... For starters, just about anything that happens in the first season. And all of the pairings. And anything regarding Bridgette.
Who made it into the final two of Plains gets thrown about casually, due to the controversy of the winner.
In the first half of the first season, the identity of Courtney's boyfriend was supposed to not only be a secret, but an active mystery spanning the fan fic with only the vaguest clues to lead you through. To hammer in this point, these clues only slightly tell you who her boyfriend isn't and several of them rely on prior knowledge about the author and his history of ideas. Once his identity is revealed, it's tossed around everywhere, from the author's pages to some of the promotional art... the only exception is the characters tags in the fan fics themselves, as noted by GPF he expects people to find the series through its later seasons being updated, and if the addition of another character alongside the three revealed canon-showstaff members would be a dead giveaway.
Geoff getting fired in the first Aftermath and being re-hired as co-host to work alongside Justin was also a twist in the unnofficial two parter "Aftermath: The Final Five Countdown" and "Beware of Homer." Speaking of which, the latter chapter was intended to be a giant plot twist, however since every detail of that chapter permanently reshaped TZ into what it is it hardly feels like that anymore.
Natalie being the Big Bad of Island was supposed to be an unexpected development. Going to practically anything related to Zeksmit (the author's tumblr, his fanfiction.net profile, hell at one point his fictionpress profile) can easily give this away. Except for the opening of Woods and Campsites Around the World, due to the capslocked, bold line at the very beginning telling you that you should have read the prior seasons first before going there.
Zekitunakwa itself has rather puzzling geography. Aside from being a warm, grassy prairie in the middle of modern-day Canada, its entire west side has a ridiculously thick and jungle-like forest right in the middle of the grasslands with comparativley little border or indication of a change. There's also a river that manages to loop around the entire campgrounds originating from a far-off mountain.
Cerebus Syndrome: Many instalments parody this, however there has been one fic in the multiseries to completely and truely play it straight: Houestuck Hurrcain Crconikals. The first three seasons seem like typical low-brow SBIG humor, if not even moreso than it usually is due to comparativley higher explicitness and a canon-incestuous crush being a major plot point instead of background stuff like before. However, once season 4 hits, things suddenly get real. The first halves of Season 4's chapters continue the low-brow shinanegans, however once the cast interacts with their guardians/ancestors and the canon-Derse-dreamers elaborate on their backgrouns it gets convoluted and deep. Season 5, after the whole counterpart incident, plays Scratch to be much more serious than he is before, and this time the Prospit dreamers get elaborated on. Season 6 is a mix of Breather Episodes (the Censorbot chapter, the finale), deep character development (the war arc, the time travel chapter), or Mood Whiplash of both (the trip to Alternia, the Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals crossover). Season 7 surprisingly goes back to the whackiness for the most part until near the end.
To elaborate and give just one example on season 4: Early on in chapter 11 we meet the Post-Scratch kids' guardians (guardians and ancestors are all introduced during season 4). Things seem to be going normal and the guardians are shoved into the background as soon as they're introduced, until Jake gets kidnapped by a hydra. At one point, Roxy's guardian sister gives increasingly personal insults to her which all seem to be confirmed, eventually driving her to tears as she runs off. Jake (who escaped the hydra's nest) comfronts her and gives a metaphor about light and color and how it relates to the Rainbow Crew, its member's personalities, and the impact they have on society, which is surprisingly deep for a crossover parody with bad spelling littered around in the beginning. Moreso since just after we learn that Roxy's sister has issues all on her own and feels total guilt over her belittling.
War Is Hell: Chapter 18 begins with this, having a suddenly grim description of the RC men preparing to leave the treehouse to fight against the oil-rig invading sharks as part of Troll Empress's asinine draft. After a short speech about the horrors they will face, almost all of the drafted characters are gunned down to death within seconds. Then the girls eventually get to the battle zone, and the same thing happens to them. (Thankfully both sexes get better.) At first drafting this wasn't the intention, but it was made to symbolize how powerfully terrible of a thing war is: the heroes have all survived a cuestick-dog monster, a number of immortal-like beings, escaped an errupting volcano, destroyed an entire magic pyramid, and even try to go up against the "omniscient." Yet war was so much on them, such an awful thing that it managed to kill the Rainbow Crew (again, if temporarly). Another speech is given by the end of the chapter, and this is all rather weird for a fan fic that sometimes makes war-related jokes and its prequel includes the line "I like war. It makes my penis nice and hard."
After a few days:
All There in the Manual: Certain details about comic-within-a-comic Coolstuck and what's different between it and Homestuck are not actually covered within the comic itself, but instead through an author's note at the very end. These include Lord E-Bro's origins (as Coolstuck has no Cherubim equal), the individual personalities of the men and the mermaids, and a lengthy summary that includes points after Dave's last in-universe update of it and the original planned ending before Dave dies and the Blue and Yellow Team finish the story for him. Needless to say, Dave's planned ending is much better than Jean's.
When Duplicate Meulin takes over the cursed Skaia, it becomes a somewhat toxic, super heated wasteland with a greenhouse-gas effect and several lightning bolts, none of which hit the ground due to the high cloud density. Sound familiar? It resembles the planet Venus, which is named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty.
Every single Homestuck fic by him thusfar has referenced Naruto:
Sweet Jade and Hella John: Dirk outright says that John and Dave's storyline is like that between Naruto and Sasuke, with the hair colors flipped.
Kids Fit the Trolls: The battle between John and Feferi, John using the Rasengan and Feferi using Chidori.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals: The title. Also, Naruto himself is a part of the jury, and characters from the first arc of his comic show up during his respective sidequest.
496 Reasons: Dirk is associated with orange, has blonde (maybe; in 496 it deliberatley flip-flops on his — and the other human's — exact physical appearance) spiky hair, and his dreamself can create copies of himself and make balls of spinning energy.
Seven years ago, within the... reletively peaceful town of Porkbelly, there lied one hidden cavern swamped with magma. One of the town's residents, one Johnny Test, had explored this cavern alone during a theivery of his sister's project to create suits resistant of even unimaginable temperatures. What he found admist the heat in a deep, molten crator was the entrance to the site of the more guarded of the two pearls and of the two legendary guns: the Lava Spawner, and it's fitting gun's opposite, a musket known as the Permafrost. Entering the lava-free dungeon where it lied and casually stashing the lava-spewing pearl, he had no idea what was in store when he picked the azure treasure off of the large, gray stone square bearing glowing edges. As soon as he took the gun from the hindges, a column of light surrounded him and he disintigrated into another plane. The glow on the border of Permafrost dimmed into inactivity, and he was never seen again. Until now.
"Seriousfic" number six in Great Pikmin Fan's works, Everburn is his first attempt at a sort of unironic Massive Multiplayer Crossover centric around King of the Hill and, according to him, inspired by Epic Battle Fantasy 4.
The backstory is laid out in the page quote, and the plot follows the "until now" at the end. The Hill residence (thanks to the timelines of each series not eactly being in synch with eachother in terms of what's the "present," they're the same age as they were in the original canon) gets news of the return of the guy who picked the Permafrost off of its "box." Unfortunately, somehow and someway, the seven years he spent in the spiritual realm linked up with the gun turned him into a monster. Hank and Peggy reveal themselves as "Keepers," a large band of people whose one task is to watch out for the Permafrost since it was taken, and fit any plan according to whatever Johnny would end up doing. Johnny quickly rendeers Hank and Peggy dead, and claims that he intends on ridding any Keepers to prevent them from trying to stop him from achieving the Water Spawner — a Rock of Limitless Water that can be used to power up the Permafrost exponentially.
Bobby doesn't get on his bad side at first and in fact he deliberately ignores him, until a botched mission to retrieve the Water Spawner and give it to authorities. After a cave-in traps both that and the Everburn far underground out of the reach of Bobby, his then-teammates Connie and Joseph, and even Johnny, the group of three soon opt to try for something else — a search for the ten Pikmin Statues. These statues, if united, can grant any wish imaginable, ignoring even the boundries of life and death. However, Johnny follows them up the trail to where the first statue is supposedly located, and things quickly get worse. Bobby is left seperated, and soon finds himself on a river that goes far out Arlen and into the rest of the world. The thing is, unlike in King of the Hill canon, Arlen is one of the few places that can be described by our standards as "normal." Now being very much a Fish out of Water (moreso than he was in Arlen) and suddenly finding himself useless, he must transverse through an unfamiliar supernatural region in hopes of getting anything done, and needs to learn which aspects of both his favored life and the life Hank taught him are just not worth going through in a time like this.
In spite of being the main character from the beginning, Bobby is quickly shoved into the background in favor for focus on the Massive Multiplayer Crossover war that occurs as several factions get into battle with eachother.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Pikmin Statues are each a different color, arranged in an RGB spectrum covering every primary, secondary, and tertiary color except for green (a nod to Nintendo's mysterious lack of Green Pikmin) and indigo (the slot between blue and magenta; this color was omitted for authoral preference).
Crack Fic: Even taking out the crossover, this is still a story about Bobby Hill looking for ten Chaos Emerald expies and a magic gun that shoots firey bullets.
Decoy Protagonist: The first non-lethal example out of the author's works. Bobby is the main character of the prologue and Act 1 (the latter of which covers ~3 1/2 chapters), but right after the Kanker Fortress he's quickly put out of center spotlight.
Foreshadowing: The crossover works have all been foreshadowed at during some point earlier to their first proper appearance, with the exceptions of King of the Hill and Johnny Test. So far, there's:
A character using a tire to go down a river. Ed, Edd n Eddy had this as the plot of an episode.
[The Homestuck foreshadowing. This is embarassing, I thought I hinted at that when I didn't...]
This was apparantly why, with the exception of Johnny Test, everything directly featured in the first act was limited to what Pikmin Fan had wrote a fic of.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jade Harley of all people gives one to Bobby near the end of Act 1, finally getting fed up with him. It doesn't help that since rescuing Jane they've been on bad terms with eachother.
Rule 63: For some reason unspecified by the author, many worlds have its male characters genderbent. King of the Hill itself is one exception, and possibly Johnny Test.
All Just a Dream: The entire story, including the multiple endings, was just a dream Dave had while getting an opperation to remove a brain tumor. This sounds like a terrible idea, but given how the entire story is supposed to be plauged with intentionally bad writing, it was intended to come off as a relief that none of this "actually" happened.
Anyone Can Die: Not even counting characters who revived and stayed alive until the end of the story, there are only ten major characters left by the end: John, Jade, Rose, Nepeta, Kanaya, Terezi, Feferi, Roxy, Jane, and Dave. Counting those who revived: All eight of the girls were killed twice (first at varying points in the story, all having to be kiss-revived by John, then they were all shot by Caliborn in his One-Winged Angel form and had to be God-Tiered by Dave); Dave had to kill himself to reach God Tier so that he can pull off a plan that required Time powers and being merged with Bec; and while John's "main" self hasn't been killed off, while he was dreaming he sacrificed his dreamself to get killed by Eridan shortly after Jade's revival.
Back for the Dead: Gamzeesprite, the first B2 sprite to die, gets killed half a chapter after he is sprited.
Battle Harem: John's fangirl club becomes this soon enough. Really, they were near the beginning, just with more "battle" than "harem" as they didn't really start becoming a group until Nepeta gets into the B1 session and Jade finally starts having some competition (becides John's then-one sided crush on Rose).
Early on in the story, Roxy gets knocked out and envisions Homer singing a mostly hard-to-follow song that could loosely be interperated as a Men's Rights tune. It doesn't end there: When alone, Roxy would oftentimes see Homer in the "real world." It turns out that before getting the opperation, Dave had seen Homer in his hallucinations, and his appearances in the dream are memories of that.
"Canon John" coming out of nowhere and trying to retroactively end the harem plot, only to fail.
Canon Welding: This takes place in the world of Temples and Attack of the Killer Time Beetles! As that is confirmed to be the setting of the "real world" out of Dave's dreams by Word of God.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Roxy, to the point of borderline insanity. Her hallucinations of Homer Simpson really don't help.
Eleventh Hour Super Power: Thanks to Lord English killing the eight girls before the showdown and Dave's quick save, God Tiering became this in their case.
Fix Fic: Averted, including the surface premise. It's like Total Drama World Tour Rewrite in that the author felt like goofing off with the same characters and settings. In fact, unlike TDWTR it's not centric around "fixing" it seeing as unlike canon there's almost no guidelines whatsoever, since as a fan fic it's assumed you know about Homestuck canon. (And the sometimes slow-paced fan sessions influenced the fast beginning.)
John and Rose removing the tumor. Right after this, Rose pesters the following line to Dave: "The operation was a success, Mr. Strider. The tumor has been removed." Sounds a little off in this context, doesn't it?
The trailer that plays before John and the girls watch Con-Air together seems like the usual Freud Was Right-type humor overkilled in the fan fic before you realize it's set to be out three months after the world supposedly ended. (On both sides of the scratch.) The thing about the trailer was that the sounds is what Dave heard while in the coma, and he was visualizing what the trailer would have been like, using the context of the dream to support it. In a way, his own mind invoked the Freud Was Right trope.
Unrelated to the above: Nepeta's hat being able to bring people back to life, much like how the Simpsons ~ATH code during a certain quote in Sweet Jade and Hella John, was hinted at in a seemingly throwaway line.
Gag Boobs: The Egbert-Harley girls have both supposedly been victims to this, but due to the story being text only this is mostly a case of Take Our Word for It. Really comes to light during the "Sug Night" homage, specifically the Con-Air watch that abuses Scenery Censor. While the other six are covered by more "standard" sized objects like apples, birds, and wooden planks, Jane and Jade get censored by watermellons, large propane tanks, and entire sheets. For each breast in the case of each object. Obviously this is just an exaggeration and they don't require that much censoring, otherwise the rest of the story would seem pretty ridiculous. Then again, being as badly written as possible while not being obvious is a major element to this fan fic, and that would fit perfectly.
In fact Jane suffocates Eridan to death with her chest.
Gag Penis: Homer Simpson, from Roxy's hallucinations. He usually sings about it, too.
"The lights went out! That's never good!" Shortly after the above quote, "Oh my God locked doors! Something is wrong!" "I don't think we won yet!" When describing dreamselves earlier, "I like to think that my ideal girlfriend is somewhere in the other planet, and it's like a big quest going all the way there."
Hope Spot: At one point a "canon" John zaps into the story, apparantly using his Treasure powers, and after Dave tells him about his story, the "canon" John agrees that it is highly screwed up and begins to try to rid some of the stupider elements... but then a paranoid Roxy guns him down for being a "demon" just before he teleports. It's counted as a heroic death for reasons unclear, and as a result his dead body teleports to when John and Jade are about to have their first kiss, his appearance is only seen as a brief distraction from the two. They kiss anyway, throw him into the lava of LOHAC, and it's implied that Otherjohn's new ret-conned timeline was hardly any different from the "main"/"Alpha" one.
It Makes Sense in Context: The whole story. The first two chapters are... alright in it, with some minor weird points, but after that it quickly descends into Nonsense Town.
An in-universe example happens in the first chapter. Pesterchum is unable to specify a point to pester someone else, unlike Trollian, so when John pesters Nepeta for the first time his message goes to a point near the end of the three year trip. She casually mentions some comments that hint at what will happen during the "Sug Night" homage before realizing that it's John from the past. She tells him that this will all make sense in context before closing the conversation, leaving John dumbfounded.
Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Often to the point where it crosses over into this. Like Vriska getting Gamzee's ghost to get her Nepeta's hat... because the hat can bring people back to life for no real reason.
Iron Woobie: Dave, in spite of fusing with Bec and achieving God Tier earlier than many of the characters, is still riddled with increasingly distant friends and his dog side legitimatley messing with his thoughts.
Mythology Gag: The opening two-parter is slightly similar to Total Drama World Tour Rewrite's two-parter. To a lesser extent, the entire first half could parallel everything in said fic pre-Aftermath I.
The frequent use of the phrases "retarded plan" and "fucking awesome plan." This was supposedly based off of Tails Gets Trolled.
The two main villains are near impossible to take seriously. There's Eridan, who is extremely arrogant and reliant on Contrived Coincidences to get his way, and Caliborn, with his ridiculous and sudden crush on John that came out of nowhere.
It doesn't remind you often (only during huge scene breaks, in case one would think they got dressed in between scenes), but realize that Roxy and Momsprite spend almost all of the story completely naked. Any chance of a scene being able to be taken seriously is robbed of that.
Oh crap, Vriska came back to life! And she found the meteor group! What is she going to do now? ...Why, humiliate them of course! What follows looks like something out of The Amazing World of Gumball of all things.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: John. His reaction when Rose's mom tripped into the kernelsprite out of her bathrobe, resulting in a sprite that's naked aside from a cake placed around her waist? To laugh at her and calmly tell her to get dressed, and even be offended when Momsprite's idea of getting dressed only involved manipulating a little frosting. His reaction to the "secret photo" of Roxy's mom? Dismisses it, nearly throws it away. His comments while playing Dave's rather violent and 'sexy' new game? "It hurts my eyes." And that's not even getting into the Sug Night scene...
Eridan literally becomes this when he fully activates his Hope powers. Arguably a reference to Walter from Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, right down to getting killed in an anti-climax almost immediately after.
Caliborn using the dream bubble plasma-stuff to alter his appearance into that resembling Lord English.
Piss Take Rap: Based on the "Worst Rap Battle Ever," John and Caliborn's rap off.
Purple Prose: One of the symptoms of Eridan's hormone placement into John when he was born is that the girls who personally met with John have trouble describing basic things about him without going into long paragraphs of description. This trouble also applies to them when they're aware.
Jade: See, look! She has black hair, she has black hair, I have black hair, Jake has black hair, John has long streams of ebony bunched into sharp spikes that penetrate into one's own soul!
Scooby-Dooby Doors: Referenced when a fully-revived Vriska is chasing John and the eight girls around the meteor.
The fan fic makes it increasingly clear that Vriska is not going to be added to the harem as an extra/surprise "ninth member." To make matters worse, Dave is essentially considered for that role, not to mention how the "Sug Night" arc hammers that in.
It's also made obvious that, unlike Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, some popular couples in the fandom won't get together, even if one of the people involved with the relationship is one of them in the harem and doesn't end up paired with John in the ending:
Jade/Dave instantly dies in one swift line: "In fact, I FUCKING HATE THAT SNOB ASSHOLE!" Whether it's her talking or the hormones caused from Eridan's mutation isn't perfectly clear, but regardless she seems to permanently stop liking him at that point. This is however justified in something very rare for Pikmin Fan: The narrative activley avoiding a case of incest without the characters really knowing it at the time. The "real world" (IE everything after Dave wakes up from the surgery) is implied to take place in the same universe as Temples and Attack of the Killer Time Beetles!, and in that world Jade is Dave's sister. So while John dating Rose is less bad as it's drempt by a third party who didn't know, if Dave drempt about his own sister falling in love with him, even if they didn't know, it would be pretty weird. And it would completely turn the point of Temples/AotKTB on its head.
Following suit of Sweet Jade and Hella John, Jade/Karkat goes down in even bigger flames as well.
And while not really "popular" per-say but a part taking cues from TDWTR, there's how the harem-members are all in relationships at the start of the story that all break up: Nepeta/Gamzee, Kanaya/Vriska, Terezi/Karkat, and Feferi/Eridan. Three of them become villains.
Averted for Jake and Dirk, who get one tearful kiss before both being riddled by bullets/energy beams from Eridan.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Flat-out abused. Anyone who's not John, Dave, the eight girls after the former, or a frequently active villain is basically comic relief.
In the very second chapter, there's a non-lethal example during Gamzee's rampage. Gamzee locks John, Jade, Nepeta, himself, and Eridan (by accident) in Rose's house, briefly writing just about everyone else out of the story for that portion. Especially since Dave still hasn't gotten into the session and half of the trolls won't get into B1 at all, instead skipping to B2. During this portion the story is basically a survival horror of the former three locked in trying to evade the latter two, and once Gamzee dies and Eridan flees the trio navigate the boat over to Rose, Aradia, Equius, and Feferi and things lighten up again.
Tavros, being the very second permanent death following Gamzee, during Vriska's fight with Karkat over leadership.
Sollux's death at the hands of Karkat's retarded plan.
The last week actually last hours spent on the meteor is a reference to the King of the Hill episode "Sug Night," just turned Up to Eleven in many ways.
The final battle is a takeoff of that in Pikmin 3. The nonsense "race" beforehand is one to an episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy, except instead of for one last jawbreaker it's for John himself — or rather, so that the girls can let John get freed from Caliborn.
Take That: Reportedly Dave having a Japanese half-brother was, along with generally ruining the story even more cliches and serving as another King of the Hill reference, supposed to be a jab at the meme of Gratuitous Japanese meme around the fandom.
Somebody read the note that Pikmin Fan really wrote this to see how badly he can mess up the story of Homestuck without making it look blatantly obvious, and didn't like how he was ruining the comic. His responce?
I don't know if I'm really screwing this up more than canon already did. I mean, Act 6 did set the bar pretty high...
The Stations of the Canon: Averted. Not only does the story start with some slight divergence (John, along with Jade, playing Sburb through a sleepover at Rose's house instead of having the characters at their seperate homes), but anything that is forced to be the same by the plot happens offscreen. (John preparing to enter the Medium.)
Stealth Pun: The B2 kids each get a dead troll — specifically out of those who survived in canon prototyped as their sprite, and in three cases their text colors matched what the trolls' blood hues while they were alive — Aradiasprite (red) as Dirk's, Karkatsprite (green, counting his zodiac slot and using lime blood as a stand-in) as Jake's, and Gamzeesprite as Roxy's (indigo). Sollux, Jane's sprite, is an exception — unless you look at a common theme. By starting off yellow and then going blue, he fits the blue/yellow duality motif Pikmin Fan seems to be so fond of.
What Happened to the Mouse?Vriska comes back to life, lands on the meteor at the tail end of the three year trip, and it seems like something big is going to happen... only for an incredibly pointless chase sequence to ensue, ending with the Main Nine being teleported back to B2. Vriska herself stays on the meteor and is sent to post-scratch Earth, where she is never mentioned again.
Until the final part of the last "ending" chapter, where — unlike the others — John asks if Dave knew what happened to Vriska. He is unable to come up with an answer, and suddenly the entire setting seems to haze out of existance. Come the epilogue after that, where it's revealed that the whole story was just a coma-dream of Dave's, and that gaping plot hole was what finally made him realize that he was dreaming. In other news, this story turned a Plot Hole into a Chekhov's Gun.
Whole Plot Reference: The first half? Loosely to Total Drama World Tour Rewrite. The first part of the last non-ending chapter? Pikmin 3's final boss.
Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: "I mostly made this up as I went along, hencewhy the romance had been sloppily handled. Like why Jade was crushing on John in the beginning even after he was not only oblivious to her advances but kept shooting snarks back at her."
[[Didn't Think This Through[Something something trope about backfiring] ]]: Halfway through the story, Roxy injects John with a needle full of truth serum in an attempt to get him to confess possible feelings to her. It backfires horribly: Just about everything he says turns into an insult to either her or the other girls, while he continually praises Vriska for some of the most asinine reasons. It leaves a bitter taste in their mouths. Goes to show Things Man Arent Meant To Know.
Amazing Technicolor Population: Word of God and the narrative state that the characters' skin colors is in a similar hue to their text colors, just maybe a little darker. (Or paler. It really depends on the story.)
Curtains Match The Windows: Ditto with the eyes, only with more saturation to match their text colors. (Given that it's canon that the kids' text matches their eyes.)
Captain Ersatz: The demons from the stranded chapter are openly admitted as being knockoffs of Uga Buga and Jugga from Conker's Bad Fur Day. Possibly making the scene near the beginning where the television picks up a strange Conker movie adaptation into foreshadowing.
Early into "1 Reason Why Multiliving..." it's mentioned that there's a certain cave containing a hydra locked in it. Guess where the main cast (if by accident) end up? In that cave. And guess what the have to fight? That same hydra.
Crack Fic: The polygamy is actually one of the most normal parts of the story. It's more surreal than Total Zeksmit Side Stories, which is saying something.
Deconstructive Parody: The majority of the first halfs of chapters works like this, with the second half more-or-less diving into a real story. "1 Reasons Why Multiliving is More Complicated than it Seems" especially has this as its given premise. Namely, that 32 people living together in a standard-sized house is not really that easy of a thing.
Demoted to Extra: It's been three stories so far and the alter egoes (well, at least the dreamselves, the rest of them are really more of glorified Living Props) have gone from being major turning forces in the plot of 496 to background neighbors/cameoes. Word of God says they will get some eventual spotlight, but the key word is "eventual."
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Pretty much all of the villains so far can be described as this, seeing as they're weird, come out of nowhere, have no prior relationship with any of the 32, and none of them can be traced to anything from canon. Although the hydra at least can be connected to something by Pikmin Fan (Hydra from Sweet Jade and Hella John), as well as some official work (the dragons in the 3DS AR games)
Canon characters outside of the 32 and their other forms have been confirmed to have a chance at showing up some point later. One possible plot is for Lord English to kidnapp Calliope, and then stuff gets weirder from there.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is titled something along the lines of "[X number] Reasons Why [Subject] is More/Less [Something] than it Seems." the heaviest deviance is the pilot: "There's No Real Reason Why Marriage has to be More Complicated than it Seems." The "X number" in question is seemingly random, or somehow related to a character or the story itself. Pikmin Fan has confirmed that "X number" might be shared across different chapters; IE there might be another one beginning with "1 Reason."
John's fetish for red giants comes into light when the demons start attacking everybody in "8 Reasons." Dave, Aradia, Damara, Karkat, or Kankri have yet to be giant themselves. Nor has anyone else in the 32, for that matter.
After building and getting a working television on the island in the stranded chapter, one of the channels scrolled through appears to be showing the Conker movie shown briefly in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, only instead of taking place in the fire imp part of the game, it takes place during a more... iconic moment. How is this a certain HHC reference? Because Conker is rapping everything he says. Poorly.
Negative Continuity: According to the author: "Only the first chapter is 'canon.' And even then, a few slight details may change to match the continuity of a later story, but they're always noted in the chapter itself. Like if their genders were bent." The first chapter is also the most normal by a long shot; this was intentional.
Once a Chapter: Their television — officially manufactured or not (as seen in the stranded chapter with their own hand-crafted TV) — always gets destroyed.
Prop Recycling: The storylines are admitted as general ideas that Pikmin Fan either had for an old story but the story faced complications, or general concepts he couldn't fit into anything else. It's the exact same case with Total Zeksmit Side Stories. The big difference in determining if something is a Side Story or a Shenanigan is whether the addition of the 32 would make the plot line any more interesting in his eyes.
"8 Reasons Why Getting Stranded isn't as Bad as it Seems" in particular. Jade gets/inherants her grandpa's large ship and takes a number of other characters on a ride. They end up getting stranded on an island. Eventually, they find a huge cave system part of the island, and following that there is an unexpected snow storm even though the island itself seems tropical. This was also what would have happened in the ill-fated SBIGtermissions.
Rule 63: Applied almost randomly to characters as the story goes on. The first two chapters were done with everybody in their canon gender. The third had everyone as a girl except John. The fourth will have everyone as a guy except Dave. The fifth might have John as the only bent character, to "even things out a little." (So that everyone would be switched for the same number of chapters: Two each thusfar.)
Spiritual Antithesis: Frankly, to 496 Reasons itself. Shenanigans has a required "intro" chapter while the rest can be read as the reader choses, while 496 has an optional prologue leading to a strict and "linear" series of pairing chapters. Shenanigans focuses on the adventures of the characters after getting married, while 496 is about the building blocks of them barely even falling in love. Shenanigans is a surreal comedy/adventure story while 496 is a more serious romance drama. Shenanigans has a heafty number of side characters and always takes place in a still-populated Earth while 496 has almost nobody but the kids, trolls, and their alternates, and begins with the human and troll universes already getting completely obliterated.
Widget Series: Don't let the fact that it's a "humanstuck" AU fool you: It's very, very weird. In addition to this, it's only humanized as far as the "OT32" goes.
List of Sprites
Sweet Jade and Hella John: (Unlike other stories, the SJAHJ sprites are not exactly "assigned" to any specific player, though they could be considered to correspond to the Coolstuck protagonists)
Edwardcullensprite/Horsesprite: The teal kernel in the main timeline was first prototyped with a copy of Twilight from the Maryam's hive, by Meenah. This resulted in Edwardcullensprite, who seemed normal and bore vampire powers. Later he was silenced when rogue forces from the Mario session prototyped him with a fandom horse poster from the Zahhak hive, turning him into Horsesprite. Horsesprite was mostly seen as an annoyance from then until being combined with the cloud of racism formed from Dirk's acid trip, creating Darkhorse. The sprite became deceased when Darkhorse was killed in an accident by the Waterwraith.
Icekingzersprite/Johnsprite: The blue kernel, towards the end of the Mario session, was prototyped with the ghosts of Bowser and the Ice King, by... I think it was Robosanta? Can't remember. Following the session, Roxy had prototyped an unwilling dream John after getting into his memories to try to extract data on his medical records. Johnsprite was mostly normal, however following his death at the hands of the Major, John's ghost began to get the effects of the Ice King's crown. In a panic, he went to Carrie, who showed him the Trickster Fountain which wiped away the effects and revived him at the cost of turning him into Trickster John. As stated before, the sprite became deceased after being killed by the Millennium's Major.
Davosesprite/Jennsprite: Near the very end of the Mario session Dave had prototyped the yellow kernel with what is his only actual intended... prototyping. A dreamself of him and a dreamself of Rose both jumped into the sprite, resulting in a freakish hybrid of them. Davosesprite is arguably the most important sprite in the story (counting seperate forms) whist still a sprite, joining the counterparts on their trip towards Alternia and offering them a way back to the present. Near the end of the trip, Rose woke up, briefly ridding the Rose portion from the sprite and letting Dave, again from the sprite, talking to her one-to-one and essentially becoming Davesprite with a half-Rose appearance, henceforth Dav(os)esprite. Thanks to Davosesprite's prior eavesdropping and Kanaya getting weary of behavior Jack displayed while given Dave and Rose characteristics, Dav(os)esprite advizes Rose to kill Kanaya. After this attempt failed, eventually Roxy prototyped the sprite alongside the blue one with dream John projections. As mentioned above, a more "main" John was used on the blue sprite, while Jenn was used on the yellow one. Jennsprite was later killed by the Major.
"[S] Jane: Accelerate" Universe:
Edwardcullensprite/Horsesprite: As the teal kernel was prototyped twice before the timeline split, there is no difference with this sprite. It's implied that he was killed by Lord E-Bro Dave.
Dovesprite: Apparantly prototyped by going into one of the Dave's dreams and getting out Dave's innter female self, much like how Roxy prototyped Jenn. She was used as a sort of "safe haven" from Dave during his rampage, until Dave himself stopped caring and went after them. Dovepsrite is implied to be killed after Jane timeline-hops into the main timeline.
Planksprite: The Blue and Yellow Team, at a point that I can't remember if it was even stated, had found the two pieces of Plank and prototyped them both into (a presumably unwilling) Davosesprite.
Pre-entry effects: (Note: Due to how this version of Prospit and Derse work, only the first tier prototyped is sent to the planets as tier-one prototyping is what hatches the kernel.)
Edwardcullensprite: Gives affected objects vampire-esque powers, and is implied to be the sourse of vampirism in the SJAHJ verse. This can be transfered from person to person, yet unlike the original powers from the ring, this does not wear off if the ring is removed.
Icekingzersprite: Can spit fire, gives affected objects a spiked shell and robe, and can use ice magic. Affected users get obsessed with princesses in general, and Princess Peach upskirts specifically. Even after death, anyone with traits of the sprite start to slowly go insane from the ice crown unless the crown's magic is reversed somehow.
Davosesprite: Gets a combination of Dave and Rose's hairstyles, gains an intense hatred for Jade.
Due to the alternate future having the same first-tier prototypings as the main timeline, it can be assumed that the effects are all the same.
Cowsprite/Hanksprite: Meulin's sprite. Originally prototyped with the First Guardian of Beforus, a cow-like creature, before entry. After entry, Meenah got irritated at the gibberish the sprite emmited, and tossed in a cardboard cutout of Hank Hill. The result was basically Hank Hill, but with cool ghost and spatial manipulation powers, and some slight cow habits. He was presumed to be wiped from existance when Damara initiated the scratch and he pushed the trolls into the Skaian portal, but it turns out that he and the other sprites were saved by Duplicate Meulin.
Everyone else had Lusiisprites. I'm not sure when or if they should die.
Whitekingsprite: Nepeta's sprite, protoypied by accident when Alternia was warped into Bororo's session. Bororo killed the kings at the Battlefield due to finding them "distracting," and the White King was flown into Nepeta's hive and right into the kernel. The sprite then went on to create a transporter linking A2 with the B universe, specifically B2. I'm not sure when or if he should die.
Everyone else had Lusiisprites. I'm not sure when or if they should die.
Nannasprite: John's sprite. Nanna's ashes were thrown into the kernel pre-entry by Jade, as part of her massive save of John from the sinkhole. Might be killed by Bororo, I might change it or something.
Grandpasprite: Jade's sprite. Prototyped with the corpse of Jade's grandfather pre-entry, as part of her massive save of John from the sinkhole. Towards the end of the B1 session he tried to hit on Nannasprite, which was later implied to have failed horribly. Might be killed by Bororo, I might change it or something.
Momsprite: Rose's sprite. Her mother jumped into the kernelsrpite just before her entry. Might be killed by Bororo, I might change it or something.
Smuppetsprite: Dave's sprite, prototyped by Bro just before entry and before Bro would wander off into the Medium. Smuppetsprite is highly obnoxious and persistent of Dave. Currently listed as dead, but soon I'm going to edit it so that Duplicate Meulin saved it.
Damunasprite/Cueballsprite: Along with Hanksprite, Jane's sprite is one of two sprites to be prototyped twice. Originally Duplicate Muelin had tossed the cloned copies of Damara and Mituna in, resulting in a highly confused combination of the two. Later on after getting enough grist, the twice-combined team of sessions would alchemize a cue ball, which would be tier-two prototyped into this resulting in an omniscient guide that still shows very mild signs of Damara and Mituna hybridization. The sprite was killed by Bororo, and might be changed to a Damara-Horuss combination instead, and as such the rest of this description would treat the ret-con as if it actually happened.
After getting blown up by Bororo, the ghosts of D-Damara and D-Horuss both have faint memory traces of being omniscient, and know about the dream bubble base D-Meulin has set up. Envyous, Damara blackmails Horuss (using her knowledge that Rufioh cheated on her with him; she got that after they were fused together) into joining her on gathering an army to invade the fortress, and alert the Alpha Timeline selves about what's happening. They alert the "Handmaid" alter ego eventually spawned up in the meteor through shenanigans, however before she could tell the rest of them, she gets mind-wiped and brainwashed by Duplicate Meulin and used to terrorize the meteor group in a terrible attempt to try to get them to bond together.
Hoonahsprite: Jake's sprite, a combination of Horuss, Cronus, and Meenah's duplicates, once again prototyped by Alternate Meulin. Hoonahsprite mostly follows Jake around like a creep until getting killed by Bororo. Might be changed to a Mituna-Cronus-Meenah hybrid instead, and as such the rest of this description would treat the ret-con as if it actually happened.
After getting blown up, D-Meenah attempts to amass an army using the other two duplicates. However, D-Mituna and D-Cronus get into several fights, and eventually the cloned Meenah gets swarmed by trillions of doomed offshoots of herself, most or all of which have came up with the same plan.
Karrlasprite: Roxy's sprite, a combination of Kankri, Porrim, and Latula's duplicates, once more prototyped by Alternate Meulin. Karrlasprite occasionally follows around Roxy, trying to engage in conversation with her, until getting killed by Bororo.
After getting blown up, the three of them witness what D-Meulin is doing and try to organize a "safety" event to protect a bunch of fankids and fantrolls from being victims of any potential incident. They fail horribly as D-Meulin finds them first, which starts her soul-eating rampage across the furthest ring.
Ruanozsprite: Dirk's sprite, a combination of Rufioh, Aranea, and Kurloz's duplicates, finishing off Alternate Meulin's dead body collection. They mostly idle around being all mysterious until Bororo's attack that killed the previous three sprites. Bororo was about to off Ruanozsprite, but then they unleash a Vast Honk that "curses" everything presently in the session. The sprite leads Bororo to her death, then explodes.
After getting blown up, they all akwardly stare at eachother — now being more aware of eachother's secrets (Rufioh's affair, Aranea's Mindfang act, Kurloz worshipping some guy who doesn't exist in this AU (or maybe now someone else)) — and go their own ways. Not sure where they go from there.
I'm considering switching around the B2 sprites a bit: Jane's would be a hybrid of Horuss and Damara (let's just call this one Horuss-Damarasprite) and Jake's would be a hybrid of Cronus, Mituna, and Meenah (again, Cronus-Mituna-Meenahsprite). Based on both some theorized troll ectobiology session, and because for both sets of trolls the zodiac combinations make more sense in that they had closer relations to eachother. But this won't be for the Halloween Update's grand unstupidifying; that update is only for the "emergencies" of the prologue, and currently it works just fine with the current combinations.
Roxy's Kankri-Porrim-Latula hybrid and Dirk's Rufioh-Aranea-Kurloz hybrid (the latter is more of a case of "odd ones out" when it comes to the A1 group, but not the A2 group) are a bit more fitting. And regardless of what happens, I'd like the Prospit-dreaming humans to get sprites of Derse-dreaming trolls, and visa-versa.
Tumorsprite: Bororo's kernel had split in two thanks to the Skaian meteor duplication. In A2, it turned into a black hole, warping Alternia into her session. In A1, however, it remained. Meenah prototyped their session's copy of the Tumor, which didn't actually change much about the time left before explosion. This explosion was done so that the trolls would not starve to death trapped in the Frog Temple. The sprite was obviously killed when it exploded.
Lusiisprites: Probably the same as in canon.
Cowsprite: Gave underlings and royalty First Guardian powers, making the session even more difficult to the A1 trolls than it already was.
Whitekingspirte: Made both the royalty and to a lesser extent underlings more cooperative. It's implied that this would have led to a White Session (where Prospit wins the initial war, something not possible in canon but possible in the 496-verse) when Bororo comes in and starts wrecking the place. It's implied that he was killed off. The underlings, though, still liked wrecking up everyone's hives, and started attacking the players once they started fighting back.
Nannasprite/Grandpasprite/Momsprite: Possibly just gave the underlings and royalty their faces.
Smuppetsprite: Gave everything large butts and softened the material of whatever had its characteristics.
Damunasprite: Grants ghost communication, telekinsis, and eye lazers. Possibly Time and Doom powers too.
Hoonahsprite: Grants strength, longer life span, and ability to live underwater at the least. Because Duplicate Meenah ended up with her trident stuck through her (somehow, I'll find a way for this to work) after getting blown up, anything affected with this sprite's effects also gains the trident as a sort of in-body weapon, like canon-Davesprite's sword. Possibly gives Void, Hope, and Life powers too.
Karrlasprite: Grants rainbow drinker abilities at least. Possibly Blood, Space, and Mind powers too.
Ruanozsprite: Grants giant wings, manipulation, and chucklevoodoo power. Possibly Breath, Light, and Rage powers too.
Homestuck Rewrite: (LARGLY INCOMPLETE)
A1 and A2:
See 496, only replace Hanksprite/Whitekingsprite with Pouncesprite. (Another lussisprite.)
Jaspersprite/Jadesprite: First prototyped with Jaspers' corpse, then with the corpse of (an already kiss-revived) Jade following the aftermath of the Gamzee battle.
Becsprite/Davesprite: [...] Eventually becomes God Tier Dave.
The reason for the "good twin" trolls aside from Aranea and Meenah appearing for so long. This includes Puerco, but for a different reason: Pikmin Fan admitted he simply hasn't drawn the sprite for yet. When the narration does truley focus on them as a group for the first time, only four of the five revealed are mentioned. (The fifth, Meenah, is screwing around in the Captor's house.)
Word of God confessed on one of the MSPA discussion boards without refering to SJAHJ itself by name (partly due to not wanting to advertize himself in general, and partly due to very slight Creator Backlash with the comic) that John and Nepeta's breakup may have been a straighter case of this trope. He said that he started knowing someone in real life who cosplayed Nepeta one day, and so he had the characters break up almost the next time they interacted (which wouldn't be for over two hundred pages after the IRL incident.)note The breakup occuring just before John's heavier ship teasing with Dove (IE taking special offense to Dave scaring her awake/out of existance, putting more emphasis on what he did wrong with Dove than with Jade or those he manipulated) is a coincidence. because he thought keeping them together would "feel really fucking akward for me," and he has not yet elaborated beyond this. Although they do stay in touch with eachother.
(Hopefully) Years in the future, but not many...
SBIGnote Standing for So Bad, It's Good, which is what's attempted here and what the core concept is based off of. is a series of lighthearted Stylistic Suck fan fiction by Great Pikmin Fan written as an open parody. The stories are for a variety of fandoms, often their origin stories having nothing in common (Ed, Edd n Eddy and Hellsing being the first two faces should give an example), though the end result is almost always the same: A typically action-packed story with, following Sweet Jade and Hella John yet Housestuck being an exception, decreasing care for the actual plot and more of a care on making it riddled with Plot Holes and absurd situations. The two main sources of attempted humor are both said plot problems and the "actual" in-universe humor often trying to be either So Unfunny It's Funny or just plain old downright unfitting for a situation that was "meant" to be serious. Nothing too deep is ever meant in these, and they're usually quick projects that the author sprinkled between everything else he writes.
The "lighthearted" part comes from the stories attempts to avert common Troll Fic trends. Unlike usual methods of having gratuitous explicit sex or Gorn, the shock value comes from Pikmin Fan trying to out-stupid himself in writing and commonly derailing the characters (usually by turning them into exaggerations of fan misinterpretations or, though this is becoming less common, inverting their personalities).
The fan fics are:
SBIGlets (Collection of various short side-stories, 2013—note Zombie Attack! doesn't qualify as being a short story due to this trope (and as a Grandfather Clause) and because of the lingering cliff hanger, in contrast to the SBIGlets having closed endings.):
Upcoming fic continuing the storyline of Dream House and Ascend, capping off the trillogy. This is the only one in this list considered confirmed.
Upcoming possible crossover with GPF's "big three"note The three fanworks he puts the most effort into and develops the world the most: Total Zeksmit, 496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems, Everburn.
We're Still Relevant, Dammit: Defied. Pikmin Fan says later on that he writes based purely on what he wants to write about, and actively avoids trying to be "relevant." Hence his refusal to poke at the latest Homestuck updates (with some exceptions; John near the end of season 1 of HHC mimicking what his canon self was doing at the time — rambling like an idiot, though that was for the Hypocritical Humor), and his changing the MMORPG played by John, Jade, and Rose from a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game to a generic World of Warcraft clone preceeding season 4.
What Could Have Been: Back when each fic was simply titled "SBIG: [fic name]" or left untitled, Total Drama and Simpsons stories were planned. The former idea eventually turned into something called That's So Cliche, which would have blurred the line between SBIG and not, before the project was canned altogether. And with the retirement, a Simpsons story is gone too (though the plans of it did get a nod in the brief intermission of chapter 10 of Housestuck).
Write What You Know: The reason why there is yet to be a full Friendship is Magic or Regular Show story.
"Rule number one: I have to have seen the work of media (EENE, Hellsing, Homestuck, Dexter, House but only a really few episodes) or have a sufficient ammount of knowledge about it (Conker, Yume Nikki) to do a SBIGfic on it. This includes SBIGlets. Obviously, suggestions are discouraged, as you might find it quite hard to come up with something I have seen, being rather closed and all."
Make the prologue of 496 less stupid. The plot will stay the same for now but the dialect will not. One such example is renaming the scratch divice from the "Big Ass Crystal" to something else. Oh also, I decided during the Jake/Terezi hiatus to have everyone think that the ectobiology family tree of the humans was actually the inverse of what it really was for a long part of the story, thanks to a combination of fallacious pattern making (in that the troll session with ectobiology was the one with the ancestors, they think the same applies with humans) and John not paying attention (he rushed through without caring much about details because he was late to a meeting by Rose and knew that the ectothing was important for him to do). Before this the family tree was just a mystery to all of them. (Goal reached!)
End the Jake/Terezi hiatus (ideally would be the longest hiatus) in 496. Publish at the very least pairings 3 and 4, and likely 5. (It is pretty much finished and I have re-tuned it a few times, but it's very, very lacking on romance right now.) (Goal reached!)
Ideally make it up to the first Nepeta chapter in 496 (pairing 19) at Halloween, but this is extremely unlikely. Probably have some thing where Meulin (real, dream, or duplicate/alt/never settled for a good consistent term) drops a plot twist (or at the very least tells a twist to characters who didn't know at the time), just like SJAHJ's first and thankfully only Halloween update having Nepeta, another Leijon, telling Karkat, Kanaya, Equius, and others that Dave and Rose are trying to kill people. (Nope. But at least I ended 496's last chapter in the update with Meulin (metaphorically) droping a bomb.)
Probably get Gumball Vs Satan done just to get it out of the way. Especially since chapter 1 is pretty much 100% finished and finalized, and my own cowardance is the only thing keeping me from getting it out. (Goal reached!)
Revive Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, just because chapters 1 and 2 are done, and start up my Tumblr page. Well, 2 is completely finished aside from (re)moving a note-to-self, and all I need for 1 is the intro. (Goal reached!)
Update: Finish the pre-season 4 edit of Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals. Currently almost done with chapter 9, all that's left is Conker's lyrics. (Nope.)
Publish a new, non-competition, non-parody work, putting Total Zeksmit off hiatus (though TZ won't really be a high priority, in fact I'll try to only work on it when I'm absolutely desperate and idea dry for everything else. After all, I freaking hate the TZ-SBIG-TZ-SBIG rut I got into since Movie Day's first chapter (ironic because MD's all about leaving patterns and familiarity) and I do not want to fall back into it touque-first). I would say the most likely contender for this is Homestuck Rewrite, but that's supposed to be stupid so I guess it would count as a parody. Temples is the probably the second contender. (Nope. Carl Stevens Universe WILL fill that role, and it may be a few days later, but still. Nope.)
Maybe update Movie Day. (Nope.)
496 gets into a steady updating rate. (Unless I hit writer's block. I don't want to force these, after all.) Possibly end Act One Act One, if I haven't already done that in October. (Nope. Meulin/Mituna proved to be too impossible for me to write without ludicrous amounts of procrastination as of now.)
Update: Possibly start SBIGlets. (Nope. Though I should mention this thing is a total wildcard. On one hand, the first story and only definite goal so far, 5word, comes along well and I do have a good portion written (just about everything but the final showdown). On the other hand, I have no clue how much is left.)
Get Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals season 4 out. (S4 work resumed.)
Probably Total Zeksmit chapter 4, maybe I can edge out 5. (I'm pretty sure chapter 5's rate would be near-instantanious because I like the challenge idea. Chapter 4, on the other hand... well the draft would take a long time but the editting might go by quickly since it won't be too complicated even though it's pretty much the first chapter where just about every camper left has their own storyline involved with other groups of campers.)
[More will be added to the above later, probably although those would be more unlikely than what I have up. This list will be deleted either near the end of December or if the two "December" goals are fulfilled; whichever comes first.]
MAJOR CHANGES I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE IF I HAD THE PATIENCE, EFFORT, AND WAS ABLE TO BETTER STOMACH MY OWN BAD WRITING:
Homestuck: (Leaving this as a seperate entry because 496 is intended to expand on these points. Well, moreso the points of the other Homestuck fanworks than my fanworks in the other fandoms)
Sweet Jade and Hella John: Definitely give the human ancestors and the alter egoes a bigger role in the plot. Probably axe the entire Mario session altogether; that idea was only back when SJAHJ was supposed to be 99% goofy, it did not turn out as such and I do not want it to anymore. Plus it slowed the plot down considerably. Also axe the Fox Crew and Millennium, as they can kinda stand on their own story. This now limits the major characters to the kids and their alts/guardians/ancestors (ridding the Cherubim, as with the crossovers out there's no real fitting place to put them). So it would be like a cross between Housestuck (the everyone-guardian thing, style of humor, exploration atmosphere, faint idealistic "the world is awesome isn't it" feel present in some of my adventures...) and 496 (...plus numerous alts and the group not being so friendly to eachother at first, completely willing to backstab eachother left and right, and also the characters are mostly just with eachother, see my later comment about Minimalist Cast), only that the kids are allowed to kill eachother. It might also be a bit more Problem Sleuth-ish and the side characters... will still get more mentioning than in the original SJAHJ, but not be that integrated, which would likely give the parts of the story that don't focus on the trolls a real Minimalist Cast feel until the alter egoes start increasing. Speaking of the trolls, Elitaa's out unless she were to cameo as a random Arlen/random-Texas-city (not sure if the town it's in should still be named Arlen) citizen. Puerco is too. The general settings, like Jade's house being right on top of John's and the Strider and Lalonde houses being in walking distance with eachother and the Egbert household, will still remain. Some alts might be replaced with other, newer concepts, particularly Jenn.
Plot: John and Jane have just had some weird debate, and the story begins right after with her trapping him in his room. Jake does the same with Jade. It is here that the story begins much like with one feature SJAHJ tried to do, jave Jane and Jake be Just Another Villain What Happened to be Good Guys But Bad before becoming part of the main cast. John and Jade work together here, sorta break out (around here the perspective may shift to Jane and Jake, just to have two "free" characters be in the narrative), and after some big event likely involving cannons they're shot out into a nearby forest. Soon Jane and Jake meet up with them and they make ammends, and they find some odd abandoned building. The Inward Journey happens here (not sure about Fire John being made before the IJ, as he was in SJAHJ). During this time, the trolls will make their first major role by establishing their patronships (still the same as SJAHJ: Nepeta => John, Kanaya => Jade, Equius => Jane, and Feferi-with-occasionally-Terezi => Jake) and... [More later?]
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals: Integrate the character development earlier. As with John and Jade's more... "active" arcs when they in IA 2 of Sweet Jade and Hella John before the reuniting, I find it easier to write for characters when the groups are split up.
Kids Fit the Trolls: The trolls would have actually gotten more screentime. Maybe instead of being generic rooms, the dungeons where they are fought could have a bit more challenge to them.
Now w/ commentary:
One What of a Show <— Done
Rather Plain Sports <— Done
Blast to and From the Past <— Done
Cosplay Roughplay <— Uuuuh I hate this one already
Pairing is Caring <— Couldn't wait to start this chapter. Still can't wait. Been waiting even back in the old version; I decided to stop this and rebuild it while working on the chapter right before it, because I was absolutely dry on ideas for reward challenges
Metal Gear Naked <— Very much could be hit or miss
Aftermath I: The Final Five Countdown <— Same with this chapter
Beware of Homer <— I'm also looking foreward to writing this
High Gear in High Heels <— This one's probably gonna be cheesy
Attack of the Killer Censorbots! <— I hate writing this already
The True Heroine of Zekitunakwa <— Fwew! It only took two to three years but I'm finally done with this season! Sort of
Aftermath II: The Drama's Still Going! <— Another hit or miss
Lost Without a Compass <— Fwew! Done with the season for real! Now the story can finally really begin!
Bigger, Longer, Harder, and Deadlier
Unnaturally Born Talent
Note that tropes are often specific to what the cast undergoes within 496 itself. For information on their incarnations in OT32 Shenanigans, see Characters.OT 32 Shenanigans.
General Dreamself Tropes, "Central" Dream Humans
General Dreamself Tropes
Enemy Without: Most of them start to personify aspects of their counterparts' lives that they do not like.
Loads and Loads of Characters: The fact that they get actual development and eventual independance instead of being portrayed as simple avatars for their respective players means that the entire "player" cast is pretty much doubled. They were introduced in mass at full over the course of four pseudo "walkarounds" similar to Openbound about halfway through Act One. (Though parts are somewhat redundant, as we've seen Dream Jade, Dream Jane, and Dream Jake in-depth already, and all of the humans and some of the trolls already had a few appearances as individuals here and there.)
New Powers as the Plot Demands: They often get new abilities, to an even greater degree than their realselves do sometimes. Giving themselves increasing independance is one such ability, the most common and most often used.
Self-Duplication: They can dream up extra copies of themselves. Originally they were planned to have the same level of power as the central dream selves, but this was considered too cheap, so it was limited slightly. Dream John by far is the biggest example.
The Sixth Ranger: Word of God says that the Prospit kids' dreamselves unnofficially make up "players 9-12." (No such luck for the Derse dreamselves.) This would mean that each of them has a troll/hemospectrum color within the same hue as their own text.In case it wasn't obvious... Dave/Aradia, Dirk/Tavros, Dream John/Sollux, Jade/Limeblood (the slot Karkat would have taken), Jake/Nepeta, Dream Jade/Kanaya, Jane/Terezi, Dream Jane/Vriska, John/Equius, Rose/Gamzee, Roxy/Eridan, and Dream Jake/Feferi. This is evident by how often they tag along with the eight realselves.
Spared by the Fan Fic: Special case. This is one of the very few fanworks that actively tries to avoid killing off any of them, or having them get kiss-revived.
Ascended Extra: Notable because this goes even compared to her canon counterpart. She gets more lines than Jadesprite had.
The Ditz: She's clearly the dumbest out of the human dreamselves.
Expy: She is absolutely admited to be a knockoff of Jadesprite.
Disney Death: It was deliberately set up so that it would seem like the dreamselves provided a Quirky Miniboss Squad, and that Dream Jane would only turn out to be a Monster of the Week-type character who would later get killed by Dirk. She was intentionally given some bit of development to make this more shocking — so that Pikmin Fan could try to brag that he made a dreamself sympathetic and her death surprising, something he thought most fan fics may lack. She survives Dirk's stab though.
Mood-Swinger: She herself is this, and by association she makes Jane as a whole come off as such.
Other Me Annoys Me: These guys make John's alter ego shenanegans back in Sweet Jade and Hella John look normal by comparason.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: None of them take the main dreamself seriously, and rarely if ever actually follow orders. This would work in Real John's favor, if it wasn't for the fact that they disagree with him as well. And eachother.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Counting John himself (blue/2) and his main dreamself (yellow/1), they make up the 1-7 and 9-15 members of the Felt in terms of color motifs and their "gang" type.
Beware the Silly Ones: He's actually a ticking timebomb. When he's disturbed he becomes a serious threat.
Kavorka Man: Becomes this thanks to the randomized list. He's often one of the first characters most of them are paired up with.
Naked People Are Funny: Like the other two pages, he's naked the most often. Unlike them, he does it willingly and his first appearance excluding the prologue is after John and Jade put a towel over him for streaking.
Butt Monkey: Not nearly to as big of extents as Jane or Jake, but the slapstick given to her is considerable by the trolls' standards. It doesn't help that Word of God declaired her "the only irrelevant Megido." (He means it, too.note Unless you factor in the bloodswaps and the huge mass of alternates created during the final confrontation at the end of Act Five Act Nine. But yeah, out of realselves, dreamselves, and faux-ancestors, she ranks 6th place out of 6. Aradia is notable in being one of the few characters whose dreamself is more plot-critical than she is, following the prologue.)
The Quiet One: For the duration of Act Two. Also, even though she hasn't been featured or really introduced, Act One as well. She very rarely speaks afterwards either.
Derse Dream Sollux
Prospit Dream Sollux
Dream Troll Clones/Alter Egoes
Pre-scratch "Ancestral" Group
Alts of the B2 trolls who have decided to imitate the lives of their alternate selves from Beforus, created from a literal personality split involving the dreamselves as part of an "experiment."
Expy: Their personalities were all loosely based on their portrayals in Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, due to a lack of information on their actual selves. With some obvious changes made.
Post-scratch "Ancestral" Group
Alts of the B1 trolls who have decided to imitate the lives of their alternate selves from Alternia, created from a literal personality split involving the dreamselves as part of an "experiment."
Living Prop: For most of the story. They're pretty much background characters to thicken out a crowd scene.
AR and Jaspers
Auto Responder/Lil Hal/"The AI"
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Takes over the meteor at a point by downloading itself into its technology, mainly to get at John. Eventually flips back after Rose swiftly tells him off.
Chekhov's Gunman: First referenced way back in the prologue, when D-Meulin was telling Dirk he needed to prototype something. He's not properly a part of the fic until Act Three, which is almost halfway through the story.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Officially the last character to be introduced as of all 68 humans/trolls/dreamselves/cats/AIs on the meteor, not counting the alter egoes spun off from the center dreamselves. He is also the only one who is, in his words, "not organic or made of dream-pixie dust."
Shock and Awe: The shades can generate a heafty amount of electricity directed at someone, though his shocks were never lethal. Everything he "infects" seems to lack this ability.
Take That, Scrappy! Practically half of his screentime (well... whatever you count as "screentime" for someone who can infect an entire meteor and has done so for the majority of the story) is devoted to making John's life a living hell.
Meulin's sprite, and one of the larger reasons why the Beforan session went to hell. The kernel was prototyped with the first guardian of Beforus — a cow-based creature — then, after Meulin entered, Meenah decided to shut up the sprite's noise by tossing in an old cardboard cutout of (the Beforan version of) Hank Hill in there as well. The result acts somewhat like a father figure towards Meenah for reasons unclear (as he is not her sprite, especially since Homestuck Rewrite implied that all sprites usually go after only the people they are assigned to. Then again that entire story was a dream so...), even though his efforts at trying to make her into a better person are futile.
He plays a critical role in the backstory, where he is the one who comes up with the idea to save the pre-scratch trolls. Just before he himself is wiped from the scratch, however, Duplicate Meulin flies in and saves him along with the other twelve planets of the session. As it was stated that Bororo killed the other lusiisprites and Whitekingsprite (sparing Hank because as a part-first guardian he's pretty much immortal) through methods unclear, Hanksprite is the sole survivor across both troll sessions, and he and CGat are the only first guardians to make it to the B2 session.
A Load of Bull: He's technically a minotaur(-ghost... thing), if being part cow instead of part bull.
Author Appeal: His own existance. Pikmin Fan just really, really likes King of the Hill.
Deconstruction: Possibly to pop-culture sprites. Once the trolls leave and the initial shock of being saved wears off, he suddenly realizes thanks to a lack of any student-figures and a month's worth of extra time before they all get back that he's stuck in a purgatory between cheap immitation and Refugee from TV Land. His knowledge of himself from the show and the show in general is also limited to what's been revealed in the actual show: He thinks of any inconsistencies as situations where both possible ways are true, which makes him very uncomfterable. The lack of any other available means to get sprites of other characters only makes him worse for the wear.
Fish out of Water: A King of the Hill character — and one of the straightest ones — being tossed into the world of Homestuck. On the plus side, he's given spatial manipulation powers, but on the downside there's almost never a good point where he can use them.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: He's unable to self-destruct, like other sprites can, as a consequence of being part first guardian.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Being a cow-ghost who's essentially trapped in a completely different dimension does not sit well with him.
No Indoor Voice: It's implied that almost every line he says is at least louder than the standard.
Shout-Out: "I AM THE BUTT GHOST!" sounds at first like a reference to the "ghost butt" phase in canon, but it's actually a reference to this.note Granted, they're nothing alike; SCP-789-J is a ghost that eats butts, while Smuppetsprite is a ghost with a large butt that makes more smuppets.
Shrug of God: No confirmation or denial if he'll apply the inverse of his word that Hank will appear in every fic Rip appears in by turning Smuppetsprite into Ripsprite, who will only exist briefly before exploding.
See the guardians and ancestors folder.
See the Duplicates folder.
The ACTUAL Guardians and Ancestors
Chapters 4 and 5
Anyone Can Get Voted Off: The elimination order so far goes like this: First the apparant antagonist, then one of the apparant protagonists, the second person's best ally, then a comparatively minor character, and finally someone who had been hyped up as a major character. Word of God said at the end of chapter 5 that he intends on developing characters he felt were neglected by the fanon, a small twist on what the fandom usually does (developing those neglected by canon).
Batman Gambit: Eva pulls this off in the fifth chapter, her plan being to rely on Bridgette directing her vote to Sadie after the latter deliberately acts weak to try to convince her to vote her off. While Izzy is still directing one vote at Eva, this means that Eva's two-person alliance can pool up more votes to Bridgette and get her kicked off through statistic manipulation.
Odd Friendship: Courtney forms one with Beth and Lindsay. At first, it was purely for competetive reasons, however within the same chapter as the establishment Courtney takes concern when Izzy wins the final challenge by making Beth slipup and hit her head, leading the other two to assume that she was actually trying to be real friends with them in the first place. And as it turns out at the end, Courtney's okay with that and she just rolls with it. Though the friendship is challenged at the end of chapter 3, where Courtney votes for Lindsay to try to make herself credible for Leshawna. They seem to crumble apart almost completely by the end of chapter 5.
Once a Season: Word of God says in the quick summary for chapter 6 that he intends for every season to have both a naked challenge and a cavewoman challenge.
Running Gag: Characters getting Ezekiel's self-given nickname wrong in their audition. Heather had gotten it right (presumably in an attempt to kiss up to him) while Gwen, Leshawna, Katie, Sadie (she was in Katie's audition; she hasn't actually been eliminated as of chapter 5), and Bridgette all mistake it, though the former at least questions if she heard his name right.
Crap Saccharineworld: This AU is probably one of the biggest examples of such worlds out of the AUs in the fandom: Every universe is always in danger of being ret-conned out of existance, the legal system is so incompetant that characters suffering heavily from Designated Protagonist Syndrome are able to out-do the higher-ups, there's an entire country at a cold war with the United States to which, thanks to legal loopholes, is unable to do anything about it, the entire case of the ancestor's backstory, there's an "Antigod" who can easily destroy spacetime itself and is only locked up in a barely-sturdy door, and then there's everything involving Dave and Jade...