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Brown and Peach Pikmin were planned at one point, but got Dummied Out
See the third glitch mentioned here. Also, Purple Pikmin might have been planned in the story mode, and would have had Onions. That, or the purple coloring would be assigned to another planned new type.
I Believe I Can Fly...
"PUNCH ALL THE KAMINAS IN THE FACE. GOT IT. INCLUDING KAMINA ACCESSORIES AND PEOPLE WHO TRY TO IMMITATE ME."
Age: Chronologically only a few hours, biologically Kamina's age (~16?)
Species: Mutated (spiral) human clone
Fate: Presumably went off to start Kamina City, inhabited mostly by the other Kamina clones, and they will form a team completely seperate from Team Dai-Gurren
Associated Fandom: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Rare Kamina is a clone of Kamina made in the special Too Many Kaminas, created in an attempt to end the flood of Kamina clones that are bogging down Team Dai-Gurren (a metaphor for the fan fic author, who has admitted to going overboard on Kamina references, parallels, and appearances).
His last scene directing the other Kamina clones to "a new city to go to." He takes off flying, helping the clones fly after him, while R.Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly supposedly (this is text-only, and has no actual supporting sound, so this is going by the fan fic's word) plays in the background.
Being based on Rare Akuma down to name, and as an effect of being cloned from the Cloning Portrait (which rarely if ever makes a clone with everything truly the same), Rare Kamina looks similar to Kamina, only with Rare Akuma's "first" palette applied to him. His skin is gray, his hair a bright yellow, and his pants and cape are both recolored a dark green. In addition, his tattoos are now a curiously bright green, and his eyes are silver. According to Leeron, he is four cm taller than the original Kamina.
He is likely the most powerful Kamina written by Great Pikmin Fan, if not one of the most powerful characters as a whole. Little has been known about him, but he can teleport, including into completely different multiverses with different laws of physics. And he can do this nearly-instantly. His punches hurt, but based on Simon, Kittan, and some of the seen reactions, they're not automatically fatal. (In fact, Rare Kamina never kills anyone.) As revealed in the ending, he can also fly and levitate objects. The full extent of his powers is unknown, since teleportation and punching were all he mainly did, in addition to flying (and helping the other clones fly) at the very end.
In addition to all of this, lightning frequently strikes the ground around him whenever he's standing under clouds, another nod to Rare Akuma. This has no impact on his debut story.
People He's Punched (at Least)
All of the Kamina clones in this very story, including the original
The Kaminas from the following:
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals
Ship But Not Romance
The following Striders:
Eve Genesis (A Slash of Mortality)
Crimson Facade (360 Degree Duck)
Steven Universe (I Thought Those Were the Ingredients)
Mabel and Dipper Pines (No Longer Alone)
Nepeta Leijon (496 Reasons)
Ezekiel Smithy (TDWTR and TZ)
Simon the Digger
Carl Stevens, not for copying him, but for being a crappy self-insert Gary Stu that got away with being killed like most of the other Stus
He is interestingly never seen punching any "Kamina accessories," and it's left unknown as to what the heck even properly defines a "Kamina accessory." This line was likely just a nod to a phrase Hank Hill often says, "I sell propane and propane accessories"
Note that none of these save for the ones in his own story are actually "canon" to the fics/fictionpress entry. He "appears" in exact spots that have all been at actual events (Eve first blasting into space, Mabel preparing the Super Tengen toppa Giga Drill Break, HUC-Kamina about to kill the Titan Mecha, etc), and going there in the original story reveals nay a mention of aformentioned character suddenly getting a sharp pain in their face. This was intentional, to rid the ambiguity and confirm that this story is not, in fact, canon, but just a silly little gag thing.
Great Pikmin Fan often remarks that he was surprised that Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals already had a few gags that he thought he'd start in Dawn.
Fan also said that he was surprised that Carl remarking that Kamina would not be the kind to give up in chapter 11 was accurate to his character in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, considering how he hadn't seen a single episode of it at the time.
In chapter 11 of Ulumate, Major shoots at Rip several times. However, it turns out that her abilities seem to extend to enemy fire. She and Quimby survive the shots completely, thanks to her redirecting all of the bullets into Major, pushing him off and ending the fight. This was never hinted at.
Chapter 4 of Dawn exaggerates this by having Alucard and Walter, Denise and Kaitana, and Kamina and Cortana all turn out to have some way of having some kind of giants in order to be evenly-matched with the kaiju-sized AI and Mystique. Walter summons a giant wolf Naruto-style and he and Alucard ride on that, Denise and Kaitana fuse into a giant, scaled thing, and Cortana appearantly remade Gurren and Lagann from memory and scratch, and she and Kamina board them and combine to take on the enemy. Of course, each pair lampshades this to another.
The fourth chapter of Dawn gives one to a late plot point in Homestuck that the author doesn't seem to like. Jane's mind control. Or rather, as Kamina heavily implies, the execution of it. Cortana is eventually hijacked by the villain of the week, and turns red with black eyes and starts shouting "OBEY!" She nearly kills Kamina. While he's under attack, again, he remarks that this was an interesting idea with subpar execution.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Boota. He shows up along with Kamina at the tail end of chapter 3, but when Kamina himself comes in in chapter 4, he's nowhere to be seen at all and never gets mentioned. Time will tell if he pops up again in chapters 5 or 6, but still, his absense doesn't make much sense.
Bizarro Episode: To Great Pikmin Fan's entire continuity. Even by SBIG standards (and this isn't officially a SBIG story, nor is its writing badly done/spelt like the SBIG installments), the plot's out-there. He said the story was inspired by "The Sweaters" of The Amazing World of Gumball, another weird episode in an already weird show.
Crack Fic: Unquestionably one for the Big Bang Theory, and maybe even one for Perfect Hair Forever, but it's hard to tell.
High Stakes Bet: Both sides are betting their entire university based on a two-on-two game.
Elitaa reappears after he explicitely said not to expect her in any future works, as a complete idiot who stumbles into the tournament by accident and gets knocked into a quicksand pit.
Ezekiel shoving himself in at the end was confirmed to be a self-dig at how GPF would shill Total Zeksmit like there's no tomorrow, ignoring his other, arguably more interesting work concepts.
The story constantly lampshades that the "crossovers that really don't get along that well" has lately been done to death by the author now. First he did Steven Universe and Hellsing/Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, then Darkstalkers and King of the Hill, and now Big Bang Theory and Perfect Hair Forevernote Technically this already happened with Big Bang Theory if you count the first comic in Sheldin and Lenard Tock About Fysicks, with the nudist Homer Simpson. Two out of three of those conflicts are resolved over the course of a game series, and the last had that highly considered.
"Background" gags in between the challenges include a drunk Alucard (his abundance of SBIG despite the lack of reviews any particular installment gets) getting himself killed, Kamina's dead body getting burried in a funeral (his over-reliance of copying TTGL, effectively beating the horse dead), and an also-drunk Hank Hill breaking into the room and puking into the Shrek statue (him shoving KOTH everywhere).
Running Gag: The Shrek statue will not, under any circumstances, stop making Ogre puns. Or onion puns, for that matter.
Spoof Aesop: Of the "broken, then lampshaded after" variety. Eventually, the final challenges somehow turns into "anime vs US animated works, despite the fact that Big Bang Theory isn't animated and Perfect Hair Forever isn't anime" yet both sides resolve their conflicts... then Ezekiel (Canadian animation) drops by, and they decide to go on hating Canadian series instead.
Trailers Always Spoil: The first actual "footage" of it already gives away most of the first chapter's plot, including a heavy implication of the plot twist (they're not stranded on Earth, which is given away by that whole "new world" line), in addition to showing Dick (doesn't appear until chapter 3), and confirming that Caliborn will be an antagonist. This alone would qualify under Late-Arrival Spoiler since this is early-story content that defines the later stuff, but there are other scenes that are rather needless. Like showing Anti, who may seem like a Monster of the Week at first glance, but is actually rather important, and one that can't be as-easily hand waved as "the trailer makes them look less important and more episodic than they are:" John encountering Jean, as well as the cloning tubes having the other Distaff Counterparts/Spear Counterparts opening up.
To be fair, while the latter does sort of shake up the series by doubling the cast, Fan uses opposite sex clones in his Homestuck works all the time, so this seemed like a re-confirmation of a recurring "character group," the only part of note being that they no longer have distinctive coloring anymore. (As that goes to "alternate" alternate selves.) It's also appropriate considering the Self-Fanservice themes here, in that having gender bents of everyone will "complete the rainbow" of both men and women at the same time. What is a spoiler, the fact that they were created soley to power Castle English's legs and have/had some data embedded in them, is not revealed, although their origins in what appears to be a lab implies it.
Shockingly, absolutely nothing by Fan until this very bullet point gives away something that the story itself actually starts out with: the fact that the characters are all working as strippers. Though the Plot-Relevant Age-Up and inexplicably-otherwise Stripperiffic outfits should be a cue-in on that. As a matter of fact, when going into the story with absolutely nothing about it known, it can be assumed that it's simply another "humanstuck" AU focused on their gritty lives before things get weird.
On the Flip Side,
Art Evolution/Art Shift: Taking a look at the images that accompany the new version of a chapter's publishing, and comparing them to SJAHJ's artstyle. While chapter one shows a picture of Vriska that looks a lot like SJAHJ's hold style, and two and three don't really show much of the other characters (apart from a far-away back of the head shot of Fin and Trace for the former), chapter four gives away some new designs on John and Jade. Jade especially looks very different from her SJAHJ self, with her being tall and slim actually appearing more (although she looks about the same height as John, but this was confirmed to be an error), she actually looks a bit... curvier to show that their counterparts are older, and she and John have defined noses and ears to further distance themselves from the previous. Finally, their skin is confirmed to be the same color as their text, with their hair at least being darker shades. Lots of details are also accounted for, like Jade's colorful reminders (only appearing as single, colorful pixels along her hands, thanks to the size/scale and everything), which haven't been referenced in HHC proper yet.
Crack Pairing: Alucard/Kamina, although it was just an illusion or... something, brought on by Lex Luthor.
Precision F-Strike: When Dale admits that he got BBH called in order to hunt down Felicia (back when he thought she was a threat), she gives the only swear of the fan fic:
Felicia: "You tried to kill me?! After everything I did, after I was a houseguest, after getting past all of the SHIT you and your redneck friends threw at me and my friends, you send a hitman after me!"
Oh. I remember now.
I had originally typed the recap on TV Tropes, which is why when looking through the file, I found a bit of its markup in it. It wasn't just me making a mistake, but actually the leftovers of pasting something from a website with different formatting rules.
Hellsing: Alucard's SBIG personality. He's very good natured, kind most-of-the-time (just not to his enemies), a bit michevious, and generally kind of childlike and stupid.Killed Off for Real less than a third of the way into Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, but he is the star of the prequel and made some appearances in the Housestuck branch.
Fantrolls include Elitaa and the Troll Empress. While Puerco and Bororo are just bad gag characters many readers will not miss, Elitaa could have easily been some kind of foil for Karkat and have a lot of differentiation from the character she was a Take That at (Lisa Simpson) and from Kankri. Unfortunately, all of her appearances outside of the original story have just been devoted to making her a villain and killing her. The Troll Empress could have also led to some great Evil Versus Evil plots between her and the Condesce, but alas, she's only in one story and only actually active (save for a few very small appearances prior to season six) for about three chapters before an unceremonious death, and her appearances in those chapters are rare save for the last one.
The new and revised Blue and Yellow Team from the "HD" remake of Sweet Jade and Hella John all have some pretty different personalities tossed in this time, to the point where it's hard to tell which member was originally an alt of who in the old version. Sadly, they invert Spared by the Adaptation and are killed for little apparant reason other than shock value, and have not made a re-appearance since.
Amazingly, this applies to Caliborn. He has never been the final Big Bad of any of the fanworks so far, and his appearances are brief and rare. The fact that he's killed off in every story he appears in just makes things worse.
Jared and Hugreen could have easily been recurring antagonists of the entire Intervention Group series, what with their very weird butt obsession being... memorable, but Fan seems to disagree strongly on that, so they are Killed Off for Real at the end of the first story and don't come back.
Greenlit was set up as an interesting mysterious mentor, but only appears about three times in I Thought Those Were the Ingredients and seems to have vanished after that. Instead, the training is usually guided by her disciples, blatant expies of the four first human leads of Homestuck and gaining some flack for that.
Peridot, Turquoise, and Onyx might have made for very interesting counterparts to Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl respectively. Sadly, they're mostly there for comic relief, and both of the Desertverse-including stories are more about Steven, Connie, and their counterparts (or the original Gems in the case of the second installment) than them.
Felicia from the EMDHS spinoff was subject to this despite (or maybe because to some people, since she's not a Parody Sue like about half of the contestants are) being an obvious and shameless expy of the Darkstalkers fighter with the same name. Partly because she has the best friendship/dynamic with Ezekiel so far despite them starting off as the biggest enemiesnote By contrast, just about everyone else Ezekiel knew either hated him openly or were cold in general to him no matter how much development he showed, and while Geoff is one exception, he and Ezekiel are so virtrolic it's hard to see any friendship in them at all since they come across more as two frat brothers pranking eachother, how she's one of the nicest and most all-around likable competetors in EMDHS, and because she punched the resident Hate Sink Amethyst. (Who is basically the worst aspects of Heather and Sugar blended together.) And she's implied to be the reason why Ezekiel started the Character Development from sexist, poser-boy jerkass to whatever he's becoming now. Despite this, she's voted off first, doesn't get that much screentime, and Ezekiel doesn't seem to really care that much. She doesn't even get that many appearances in Side Stories, and when she does, it's less interactions with Ezekiel and more about Sierra's wacky stalker hijinks with her done soley to make Sierra look bad. She only has two appearances so far in the competitions: Once in the first season special with some of Ezekiel's other ex-contestants, and once in Island when Justin invites her and the King of the Hill group (see below) as thanks to Ezekiel helping him out with something, so that Ezekiel doesn't feel as lonely now that he found out Karen was screwing with him the whole time.
A similar thing can be said with Ezekiel's countryside friends who are blatant (but not to the extent of name. Barely though, their names are similar and everything) teenage expies of Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer from King of the Hill yet show more permanent development than their KOTH counterparts. Unfortunately, when Ezekiel goes on adventures in Side Stories, it's usually with Geoff, Justin, and Kathy, and not any of them or Felicia. They only appeared once in the competition so far during aformentioned camee in Island.
Gwen during season one of the proper competitions, who was kicked off second and ultimately showed no role in the plot other than how gray Courtney is in the conflict's Black and Gray Morality. To add insult to injury, she just serves as someone to get manipulated by Heather in the Aftermaths. And speaking of Heather, she is the only person who Gwen outranked, and yet she manages to have a bigger role on the plot anyway. However, she's set to have a bigger role in season two, so that might change things.
Sierra. Introduced back around halfway through Plains. Has some mild past with Ezekiel, and tries to stalk him down. Gets caught up by Homer/Courtney's boyfriend later, doesn't appear again until the post-game Aftermath. She seems to have a high role, and her obsession not being Cody but instead starting with Ezekiel then moving to Heather gives her a lot more room for development, and... just about nothing. She's just Butt Monkey fodder for the second season until losing the game pretty early. It's clear that Fan doesn't like her, but she's still given a lot more buildup just to become a glorified "Look! Another canon character!" in the end.
Going back to EMDHS, David, who is another expy in the form of "Diablo Strider" from the author's loose Homestuck continuity. Unlike Felicia or the KOTH group, Diablo himself was distanced far, far enough from Dave to be considered his own character anyway. David here is shown more than once to be faking how dumb he appears to be and is actually cold, calculating mastermind with some greater goal beyond any game show. Yet his annoying backstabbing sister Karen gets more spotlight than him, both end and out of EMDHS.
Cody. His only role of any note at all was to transport Gwen, Leshawna, and Courtney a few miles in the season special, and piss all three of them off while doing that. And he has a few cameoes in Side Stories.
Total Drama — Other:
Cody also falls under this in Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, where many figured that, if he had to be an antagonist, he was much better suited for a final villain that Ezekiel was, because he came off as far more of an Evil Counterpart to Harold. And that's not getting into the people who thought that he was the "real" hero of the latter story despite his high number of Kick the Dog moments.
Katie in World Tour Rewrite serves the same role Cody did in Total Zeksmit Plains, namely being included just to piss her fans off. Right after Sadie is voted off, there's a lot of emphasis built on her becoming her own person... only for her to spend the next chapter doing almost nothing but wangsting about it, and promptly getting voted off as a direct result. This is the clearest case of the trope being invoked, and that's saying something.
John once again loses both legs and has to get robotic replacements.
Dave loses an arm thanks to Portal Cut, when John destroys the internet provider that was powering the internet for the electronic devices Dave was attacking through. Since his line-reaching only works when there's internet in all computers involved, the portal slices Dave's arm off, but he quickly puts shadow matter in its place.
All Your Colors Combined: The Hammerspace, when people are powering it, causes its user to shine brightly between all the colors of those inside it and the color of the user themselves.
Apocalypse How: Surprisingly, only regional. Dave ends up merging all of his dreamselves together to form a near-inpenetrable battleship that burns up about half of the United States. To say nothing of the crator when it explodes, which leaves a massive ditch where the fight used to take place.
Dave in general. His dreamself ship specifically, when he uses his Reaching Between the Lines and effigy ability with his clones doing that to himself, creating what can best be described as a fractal abomination that shoots out tough sword missiles that nearly blew the Western Hemisphere off the map.
According to Jade after his death, he apparantly had his eyelids grown out/into him during his time as a vampire, as his vampire powers kept them permanently moist and he did not want the temptation of doing something as useless and time-wasting as blinking. True to her word, at no point post-vampirazation are Dave's eyes closed, and suddenly him sleeping with them open makes a lot more sense. Granted, his case is similar to a fish where he doesn't have them because he normally doesn't need them, but still, ew.
Like Seras, after losing an arm, he turns it into shadow matter/loose blood that he shape-shifts into something appropriate like a weapon. Unlike her, the arm usually has eyes and mouths growing from it, and at times they can be seen forming faces in agony.
Hell, the arm-loss by itself. Not just because of the High-Pressure Blood, but his face. It's hard to tell if he's in deep pain or just infuriated that John managed to get the better hand of him.
In the final confrontation, he asks if John wants to join "Me," (Dave), or "Jade and later them," the latter one marking where he shows John the familiars of all of the dead trolls. Which is every troll that isn't a Leijon. The injuries they appear to have match up with how they died. (Aradia has a ton of bullet holes in her, Karkat is still in two halves clumsily merged together by blood, Kanaya still has half her head missing, etc.)
Darker and Edgier: While the first half is standard-fare SBIG content, the second half is far darker and a lot more serious than anything SBIG-related, before or so far after.
The House Statue, a new thing that guards the front door of John's house. He's defeated even before the proper reveal that this will not be entirely focused on John, Jade, and Jane getting out of the former and latter's house.
Lord Major Quimby. Again.
Rip has now been de-elevated to be on par with Dirk, as the fight against her also takes place alongside the Trifold Battles and she's just been a story-long excuse as to why the B&YT didn't use Hammerspace once John alchemised it.
Dave, who seems to get a new dream/vampire/Sharingan ability whenever convenient.
Averted with the Hammerspace. When it's first created, Jade gives a run-down list of all of its abilities. Then it's taken by Rip. Once the Team finally gets it back, John proceeds to use exactly those abilities.
Reaching Between the Lines: Dave once jokingly takes one of John's chips by reaching through the computer screen, which causes John to flatly wonder how he did that, and with him stating that Sharingan powers can also allow him to "work over the internet." This later takes a grimmer turn as he uses it to kill many, many of the other characters, and even shows that he could have easily stabbed John's head via the eyes thanks to his glasses computer, but only kept him alive on the off-chance he might start hating Jade too. In addition, he's not just limited to computer pairs — thanks to somethings called "effigies," he can spawn copies of whatever he's sending across the screen, that stay there so long as Dave is attatched.
Ultimately inverted. This has the same death toll the original SJAHJ did, with only pluses, and no minuses (unless you count the characters who are not in at all). In this case, all of the minor members of the Blue and Yellow Team, since John, Jade, Jane, and Jake are the only members out of them to stay alive.
Subverted with Roxy and Rose, both of which survive the Trifold Battles (while Rose already did, she was mortally injured and died shortly after), but the former is killed when John barrels through Dave's dreamself ship and the latter is killed by all of said Mauve Shirts in the B&YT. Dirk gets no dice though. Notably, his death sequence of being flung over by Jade using his own board is still kept in, except that instead of getting smashed with Jake flying on Roxy, Roxy dodges Jake's slingshot attack at the last second and Dirk just ends up getting crushed between the board and Jake's feet.
"Hammerspace," the weapon John alchemises in the story, was originally going to appear in 496 Reasons. But for one reason or another, it never got to be in that story itself.
A few MS Paint doodles show Dirk as boarding Dave's massive dreamself-battleship. Fan confirmed that he did ponder about Dirk surviving the Trifold Battles as well and joining them and dying just before Roxy as John charges through, but felt that once again having Roxy and Dirk die at around the same spots would feel too cluttered-in.
Yandere: Hell, the entire Red and Red Team has been remade into a Five-Bad Band of them. Originally Roxy was the only clear qualifier. From most to least obvious, there's Roxy (who is more aggressive towards getting other ships together, but is clearly the most psychotic of the bunch not counting Dave), AR (his increasing obsession with Jake), Rose (being overprotective of Dave in general), Dirk (also kind of getting a bit loopy thanks to Jake), and finally Dave (who seems to be going through all of this trouble and not simply nuking everyone who pisses him off because he wants John to be on his side... hrm... leaves little to wonder why he's so fixated on just John).
Random Profiles (but seriously what is this)
Full Known Name: Exactly what it says. This only applies for their most common name, alternate names in other universes go under "AKA." Such as Edmund Quimby for Caliborn.
Appearances: Which of the ill-defined "continuity" do they appear in?
Status: Active or deceased. If they survive every appearance (which is unlikely), put "active (all)", or if they're dead in all of them, put "deceased (all)". If they only have one appearance, just put alive or deceased. Please note that "incaptiated," "sealed," "unknown," etc are good swap-ins. If you have a mixed case, the character survived one story but not another, do something like this (using Hank Hill as an example):
Active: The Hill King, Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, 496 Reasons Why Multidating is More Complicated than it Seems (Hanksprite), Everburn (through revival)
Deceased: Sweet Jade and Hella John, The Fox Crew
Abilities: Their powers. If it's limited to one or just a few of the stories, feel free to note which stories those are limited to in parenthesis. Please note that powerups do not count, so nothing like "Catspider John (496)" under John Egbert.
Race: What are they? Do note that "humans" are kind of defined in different varieties. Are they a Spring Race human? A "spiral human?" (Yes, even in works where the entire human race naturally makes Spiral Energy, they're still considered homo sapiens spiralis). If they're from the TZ verse or appear there, be sure to mention what elemental class they are, and list "neutral" if they don't have one. Or "unknown" if it's not confirmed. An example with Gwen:
Human: Total Drama World Tour Rewrite, Rewrite Trilogy, Total Drama Race, Everburn [...] (You can probably cheap out and do "all appearances except," but it's not recommended)
Human, water-class: Total Zeksmit
Color: Whatever color-coding they have. Does not have to limit to chat accounts (see "Homestuckish Appearances" below). In just about anythng visual, each character tends to have some color or another associated to them. You do not have to list out the exact hexadecimal combination. For reference, Total Zeksmit, Fox Crew, Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals (the comic), Sheldin and Lenard Tock About Fysicks, and just about everything to do with Homestuck has color-coding in it somewhere. Please don't list out the individual hexes. That's what the "color" template is for.
Alter Egoes: Do they have any sort of counterpart that's not just a reskin of them convenient for the current narrative? As in, does this counterpart have a distinguished enough difference to be considered their own character? A good indicator is if the alternate can co-exist with their original in the same universe. Humanized trolls do not count. But Jean does count to John.
"Homestuckish" Appearances: If they appeared in a story that uses things like chat handles and typing quirks, like Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals or Fox Crew. You don't have to pay attention to any of this if no chatlogs were ever involved with the character, like Lumpy Space Princess from Fox Crew.
Notable Typing Quirk:
Handle: Chumhandle/Trolltag/Whatever. Also, include the abbreviation, since there is an increasing amount of characters who do not follow the normal convention of lowercasefirstwordUppercasedsecond [LU].
Well well well. Long time no see. Entertainers.
(Template: Original Character?)
Full Known Name: Dick Abs
Appearances: Kids Fight the Zombies (debut), Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals, [I don't know but it's getting a rename since there's something that shares its name apparantly]: Homestuck, Calliope's Back Story
Deceased: Kids Fight the Zombies
Active: [?]: Homestuck, Calliope's Back Story
Abilities: Natural super strength and athletic skills (all), trained to have a high maximum energy capacity (CBS), dark arts mastery (HHC, KFTZ and CBS)
"Text" Color: Yellow
Notable Typing Quirk: Uses proper capitalization But no punctuation Unless its exclamations or question marks of course He usually speaks in short and douchebaggy-sentences Because he thinks he's above this "online chatting" crap and all
Handle: [The heck should I know]
Associated Fandom: Homestuck
Dick Abs is a semi-recurring antagonist in
How many days in between updates, counting: TEE's remake, the day the update itself came, and starting right after the day with the last update?
0 (Posted on the same day as chapter 11's revision)
"Jolting Start:" In a world where humanity seems to be immortal and spawns from a puddle that formed in a storm, the oddly-mannered Eve leads a team to try to get away from a limited living condition. However, something from their world's past convinces them to go back, and eventually lead start an expedition to space.
"Spring Meeting:" With the other Spring Races encountering humanity, the core group especially finds something about all of them to be... off. Meanwhile, a new threat to all of the Spring Race Alliance, a rebel known as Matrarx, makes herself present.
"The Attack, Continuing:" Humanity's war against Matrarx seems to be nearing an end, but takes a slight turn for the worse.
"Research? What Research?" With Sarah dead and Eve retiring, Mary, Rain, Adam, and Chrissy have to finish off Matrax nearly feeling alone.
"The Core of the Matter:" One of the Five Researchers gets into an even bigger quarrel with the Spring Race Alliance.
"Arrested, Double-Edged:" The remainders of Team Eve are arrested while trying to capture two more of the Five Researchers. After getting sent free, they then need to save the prison from their might.
"Trapped Under Rocks:" While attacking the last of the Five Researchers at their own base, Eve comes to a realization and takes herself off of retirement, jumping into the battle herself. Carelessness also reveals what the Researchers are looking into: entities known only as the Guardians.
"Burning Truth:" Team Eve try to defeat the first four of the eight Guardians, sapping their enourmous amounts of Teleport Matter in the process.
"A Splash of Immortality:" The Spring Race Alliance has caught onto the massive surplus humanity has in Teleport Matter, and chases after them while they in turn seek out the last four Guardians. Eve manages to revive all of the deceased Spring Race members, including Sarah, which also raises some ire. Note: The title of this chapter was hidden due to its name implying a spoiler. The name was not revealed until after Eve brought the entire graveyard back to life.
"Size Against Speed:" The Guardians unite with Matrarx and the Five Researchers for a final battle in the former's citadel, which reveals a secret of the universe.
"Powers do not Make You Worthy of a God!" Eve gets into a disagreement with the recently-revealed god of the universe, Joe, which prompts him to send a series of attacks themed on the ten Plagues of Egypt while he tries to set regulation on the Spring Races.
"Mirror:" Team Eve breaks through Joe's recent shell put over the universe, just to find that he made a second, parallel universe out in what was the void. Unfortunately, it's "populated" by stronger versions of the humans that enter it!
"Bang:" With Joe's penultimate task beaten, he gets desperate and takes on the Spring Races in a physical fight of universal proportions.
Joe Being a Jerk (Chapter 11) and other A So M tidbits
Water into Blood: This will probably have something to do with Teleport Matter. Or he corrupts some water supply of theirs, like the ocean. This is combatted when they start purifying it, which eventually makes Joe turn their ocean water back.
Frogs: An army of building-sized (which is absolutely nothing by this story's standards, but there will be a lot) frog mecha. Beaten the way they deal with any other mecha, until Joe finally calls off the attack.
Lice: He spawns a lot of lice in the human's hair. They're quickly dealt with via anti-lice shampoo that they all already have.
Wild Animals or Flies: Random animal mecha. Bigger than the frog mecha. Defeated with a new technique invented by Sarah, and again, the army is called off.
Diseased Livestock: He releases a flu that supposedly adapts to any antivirus. Rain and Mary eventually invent tiny ships that can destroy the virus cells at the source. As in, blow them up without harming the animals. Joe gets impatient with this one and calls it off as soon as he sees progress being done against it.
Boils: He just gives everyone pimples. They use acne medicine to clear it. He doesn't even need to call this one off, since they've already taken care of it.
Storm of Fire: Now he's pissed. He pinpoints every location of a human or primarly-human settlement, and spawns meteors a few feet above, saying that only by Eve changing her mind will he call them off. While he actually does cause some property damage and even traps some people, satelites are made that zap them on site, something that continues until Joe calls them off. Not being able to take the plagues anymore, Eve finally sets off to the shell he put over the universe and leads a party to break it, to get ready to fight him directly.
Locusts: Finding mechas to be pointless now, he just mades a few clouds of locusts that explode into huge swarms, who attempt to eat Teleport Matter. Chrissy and Adam manage to disperse them, by a combination of baiting them with a stock supply of TM and attacking them with TM-less weapons.
Darkness: Outdoes lice in being the shortest of the plagues. He temporarly blinds all humans. But they get around via sound, feeling, and later on aiding technology. A random citizen tells Joe that this might actually be seen as something offensive, so he embarassingly ends the plague.
Death of the Second Born Spring Race Human who Keeps not Understanding what an Awesome God I am: He gives up trying to give himself any Biblical ties and just sends a bunch of Wile E. Coyote crap to kill Eve. He actually might have succeeded towards the end of his weapon-spree, except everyone else comes to her aid as well.
While it has been confirmed that some characters can look indistinguishable from "regular" humans, all of the main cast has at least one of what we would consider a biological irregularity that hardly comes up:
Adam and Eve have red eyes. Not as in what happens when colored red from albinism, as in their irises are red.
Mary has polydactyism, six fingers and toes each, all with individual joints and bones.
Sarah has webbed digets.
And obviously, Rain's pale green hair, and more obviously, Chrissy's blue skin and seagreen hair.
Faux Symbolism: Word of God admitted that 5/6 of the main protagonists having Biblical names (if you interpret "Chrissy" as her birth name Christina, and that as a derivative of Christ) was accidental, and that he just thought random names for Sarah, Rain, Chrissy, and Mary, and they stuck. Although 2/6 of them, Adam and Eve, weren't.
No, because it would go like this:
Eve: If you only go through universes that you like, and abandon the ones that you regret or hate, then you are starting a slippery slope of condemming yourself to a hell of a godhood. Hank: *Shakes head.* I'm not listening to that nonsense *Wipes everyone from existance.*
I picture that if Joseph became a God, and one of his creations warned him that wiping them out of existance would start a path that would turn his godhood into hell, he'd probably listen to that opening warning. And then listen more when the creation elaborates. But Hank is so damn rut-stuck that he might tune out anything he'd hear or translate it to gibberish, no matter what it is. Peggy is even worse. The only thing that might get either of them to budge is if Eve pulled the "You're playing God" card, something she honestly wouldn't do since she follows the idea that sentient life is their own higher power.
With Bobby, the issue wouldn't come up at all. He would never try to dicate over another universe like that. I don't honestly think Joseph would, but hey, that's where I can pull the "He's an expy not a direct transplant/crossover" card. Anyway, Bobby would probably just make himself into an ordinary citizen, hang out with everyone, and try out all of their cool inventions. Eve would hate him for his occasional subborness and lazyness, but frankly, he's not trying to kill anyone or enforce a dictatorship, so her hands would be tied there.
While not to the extent of the later ones, "Pairing is Caring" for its unique challenge concept of having to stick around with a member of the opposing team, as well as its elimination marking the point where the fan fic definitely steps out of the shadow of one of its bigger inspirations and becomes something very different. (Namely, how Fan isn't afraid to fodderize Bridgette anymore.)
"The Final Five Countdown." Not only does it get back to some of the more popular eliminated contestants (particularly Heather, Gwen, and Bridgette), but it shows an amount of character development, gives Heather some serious levels in badass, and clearly foreshadows the roles some of the contestants will have in season two for the first time. The fact that it came out along with a pretty quick (by this fic's standards) series of updates that went all the way to the penultimate challenge really helped. As did the content of the chapters right after: "Beware of Homer" gave a mild changeup in the show staff roster (adding Geoff to the "in-show" group for once, expanding the dynamic beyond "Justin thinks Ezekiel is ridiculous but puts up with it anyway"), meant that Side Stories was finally going to be worked on, and finally solved a few questions as well as hinted at what the world was like for the first time; "High Gear in High Heels" gave a lot more depth to the final four, and set up for a good showdown; and "Attack of the Censorbots!" was not only one of the show staff's better moments, but also included a crapton of crossover cameoes (which would become a TZ staple) that the season/series has been lacking in up until this point, save for an akwardly-written female expy of John Egbert.
The special was another point, to the extent that Fan considers Plains to be more like a "season zero" to Island proper.
Meenah/Rufioh is where this stops feeling like a series of loosely-connected fluff works that have a prologue with ominous signs and becomes the massive adventure full of alternate selves and very bizarre powers. The sudden, unexpected appearance of a living Mindfang in the Dream Bubbles instantly marked the reveal that this story is far more than what it seems. End of Act One Act One indeed.
Pairing 100. Meulin takes even more of a level in badass, John's dreamself finally enters the fray, John himself is no longer a Scrappy (neither is Cronus at around the same time, and thus all A1 trolls are finally out of the heap), and the entire story begins both taking itself more seriously and starts updating a lot faster. The promise of increased Carapase involvement just cements this.
"Even Dark Things Have Shadows," despite only being the second chapter, sees a huge step up in quality from "Piloting to Hell." The latter feels very crammed, tries to introduce sixteen characters in one chapter (fourteen major and re-occuring, one just reoccuring, and one kind of just the Monster of the Week at the time), and gives Duck a bad case of the Idiot Ball. Plus the fight against Anti Angel was extremely underwhelming despite more than half of the chapter leading up to it. It somehow felt both too long and too short at the same time, and nothing really "standard" had been applied to it yet. Chapter two fixes a lot of these problems, has everyone "feel" more like they're in their right spots in the story, Witchita becomes more like part of the main cast and feels less like a seemingly unrelated villain that happened to get wrapped up in the Anti Angel encounter, and the fight with the villain is much more impressive than a back-and-forth volleyballing that demonstrates the character's powers.
The pseudo two-parter that ended the first arc, "Icesky" and "Green Witch, Orange Witch." For starters, the 360 actually has evently-matched or even stronger opponents, who act as Wake-Up Call Bosses that show that they can't just power through anything anymore since their fight with Anti Angel. Also, we're introduced to the eventual overarching Big Bad, and the world is vastly expanded here with more elaboration on the witch and demon races. Also, this is the first time that the status quo for the past few chapters is finally shaken up a bit, after going through a bit of an akward Monster of the Week phase.
And then it's topped again by the beginning of the second arc, "Minus Three." We're introduced to Seecon, the first villain who actually wins. Not just beats down the 360 but encourages them to come up with a new strategy so they win anyway, someone who completely defeats them, and runs off proud about his victory. He also marks the start of the "Color Model Conflict," which turns the story on its head.
Growing the Beard: The end of chapter 3, with Sarah's death. Not in the Take That, Scrappy! sort of way — Sarah wasn't an easily hatable character at all. However, it was because of the impact it had on Eve. She went from being a nearly-invincible, almost flawless, constantly praised borderline Mary Sue to suddenly revealing a number of issues that knock her off the ace pedestal she was on, like taking it very badly when a plan backfires. This combined with how often she is seen as a traitor, coward, or fleer both pre- and post-her return to the battlefield (which reaches its peak at the end of the second arc, where everyone is booing at her despite how she helped defeat the Big Bad at the time, thinking that she was trying to take the credit and only jumped back in when she knew the fight was turned towards the SRA's side) helps give her new perspective and turns her into something of an Iron Woobie.
Actually averted with the Homestuck installment, which is comparatively ordinary. Not counting the alternate geography of the Earth, but compared to parallel universes and living ray guns that can spawn entire people, that's nothing.
The Steven Universe installment is possibly slightly more "normal" than its base work, considering that the new additions are all science fiction-stuff and all of the magic elements (the cross-worlds portal, etc) are either things that appeared in the show prior or things that appeared in its prequel.
Jade: Don't do it. You'll get yourself killed. Or worse, humiliated!
The Bad Guy Wins/Bittersweet Ending: Sort of. While Dick does manage to pull off diverting funds away from the research facility Jade and Roxy work at, he also ultimately ends up wrecking his own boat. Plus, the four couples are all a little closer in the end.
Beta Couple: John/Jane and Dirk/Rose to Jake/Jade and Dave/Roxy. (The latter of which are the tagged pairings, and the Jake-Dick-Jade conflict is the major plot of the story.)
Death Mountain: The island itself has one, which is where about the second third of the story takes place.
Decoy Protagonist: Non-lethal example, which is actually rare for this author. The main focus is on Dave for the very beginning, then Jake until the mountain climbing part, back to Dave for exactly that portion, and then finally back to Jake as he tries to beat Dick in a surf-off.
Demoted to Extra: While several characters from canon neglect to make an appearance, this is actually the norm for many of the author's other Homestuck fanworks. However, this is notably the first time the trolls are absent from the main story and their only appearance is as (humanized) cameoes in crowd scenes, such as when Dave and Roxy are grilling. And, confusingly, they are mixed in with completely new characters who just act in the background.
Genre Savvy: Jake takes Jade's previous words about how bad Dick is very seriously, and so just a tiny bit of jerk behavoir when they meet in person tips him off that Dick isn't really a good guy at all.
Jerkass: Dick the surfer makes his debut here, and is confirmed to reappear (and originally debut in) the substory posted alongside Act 5 Vs Act 6.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: It would make no sense if there were 13 year olds working at research labs, going on dangerous mountain climbs, boating over from island to island by themselves, and having a "legal car chase."
Serious Business: Surfing seems to be regarded very highly on the island the story takes place.
Tropes Present in the King of the Hill Story
Fish out of Water: The main premise is about Hank stepping into an alternate universe.
Lighter and Softer: Compared to its direct prequel, Desert City, which is possibly one of the darkest works the author wrote.
No Antagonist: The Homestuck installment had Dick. The King of the Hill installment had the Beyond Creature. The Total Drama installment had Izzy and (for the first half) Owen. The closest thing this has is a pair of jackass kids and their "Mothbots" gone haywire, specifically the Motherboard Mothbot.
Parallel Universe: Desert City makes a return, left off in the state it was in from... well, Desert City. (Still kind of crappy, but people are working on making it better.)
Something Completely Different: Unlike the other installments, which take place in completely seperate continuities (so far, anyway), this one is a direct sequel to another work by the author.
Tropes Present in the 360 Degree Duck Spinoff Technically Falling Under this "Series"
Artistic Licence - Geography: While it's the only one that takes place in a universe with a more definite "looser" geography, there's still the oddity of a mountain that turns into a strange cliff that hovers out into a fake-"bridge" formation over the ocean before branching off into a loop. The thought of the base breaking down and dropping the entire thing into the ocean must be terrifying.
Fan Disservice: Both competitions so far have had focus on Ezekiel's hairy ass. World Tour Rewrite, while he was never naked in person (strangely), has Harold's Dream Sequence at the beginning of the seventh chapter, where he's standing by the edge of the bathtub asking if he can join Harold and the girls, and Zeksmit Plains has the sixth chapter, which has the contestants constantly commenting on how it's possible to have a butt that hairy. It doesn't help that he's not exactly the cleanest individual around — lampshaded in the former scene, where after jumping in the tub, the water instantly darkens and basically becomes mud. (Granted, it was a dream, but still.)
If Rose ever makes an appearance, through flashback or otherwise, she will defy the usual expectations for someone like her
Soap: The Lost Element: Woat and Kate are the first characters introduced and part of the Four Temperment Ensemble, but they get killed off just before the halfway mark of the story.
THE BEST FAMILY: Sometime around when the Myth Arc sets in and there's an ending on the horizon, Tyler dies.
360 Degree Duck: Downplayed. Malcom at first just seems like a Badass Normal cop that's rather hastely thrown in during the first chapter, but he later becomes buddies with Duck and Red and gets a lot more development. But he's killed at the end of the first arc via Icesky.
A Slash of Mortality: It's a tad more complicated. At first, we're given the obvious set up with Eve being a Kamina expy, with her group consisting of oddball nature girl Rain, comparatively average Adam and Sarah, and later both the former mean leader Mary and the slightly misguided, cruel-to-subbordinates Chrissy. On one hand, there's two directions this could go in should it be played straight: one of the other six, particularly Sarah (who at first glance has the least of anything or establishment going for her) might be the canon fodder out of them, but on the other hand, Eve is a Kamina expy after all. On the other hand, this is by an author who has established that he picks who he kills off pretty differently from stories like this, and he both goes after more major targets (thus warding off Sarah) and he also hates repeating things that have been done before (warding off Eve, lest her death be something different from Kamina's). Sarah eventually ends up being the one executed by the eponymous slash of mortality (subverting his trend of killing off the "fodder"), however Eve retires from this in shame and Rain takes up the role as the protagonist. Then Eve comes back, later still she revives Sarah, but the role of the hero flickers around between the other four (and Sarah at one point), before finally getting to Eve proper in the final chapter.
"And that [Teleporting to the moon] makes me think about a way of life: If you force yourself to break from a hold hard enough, you will break free!"
Eve's thoughts after pretty much discovering gravity.
Summary Draft One: Sounds too much like an ad
You've probably heard of the story of Adam and Eve a dosen times before. The first humans created, lived in the Garden of Eden, snake convinces Eve to take a bite of the fruit they are forbidden to eat from, Eve convinces Adam, they get knowledge of good and evil, feel shame in being naked, and God kicks them out of the garden.
But what if there wasn't a snake?
Which is because there is no tree. There is also no real Eden, no God to govern them, and there's more than the two of them, because humanity is actually endlessly spawning out of a puddle— spring— lake?
Summary Draft Two: Sounds...
Tropes I Guess
Action Prologue: Not unlike Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, it opens with a shot of the future — specifically, an upcoming battle taking place mainly on a giant aircraft carrier that is able to go through the sun. The sort of comes from how it's relitively early into the story. (Guessing about chapter 4 or 5 or something.) Unlike Gurren Lagann, there is less of a chance that this will end up being an arc that never happens.
Amazing Technicolor Population: Practically a staple in my web original works — and evensome of the fan works. Springs of Life generally create people in different appearances mostly depending on surroundings, and the bigger the springs are, greater chance and higher amount of diversity there is.
Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Yes, a woman with blue skin, six eyes, and nine arms will still be called a human if she originated from one of their life springs. Although seeing as none of the aliens look even remotely humanoid and that the spring's essentially been the source to the same species as, say, the far more real-world looking Adam and Eve, this is a little justifyable.
Death from Above: The opening scene does shows a group that has at least Adam and Eve protagonist-wise doing this with none other than kinetic bombardment. To the sun.
Establishing Character Moment: Eve's first appearance is in a flash-foreward, where she reveals the minor twist that everyone on board is naked or near-naked, shouts at the enemy and calls them cowards for "covering" themselves in their Humongous Mecha, and asks for a nuke. Which she then takes to a testing site, breaks with her knee, survives the blast with her arms made skeletal yet not caring about it(they get better), and suggests to what is apparantly her military squad that they should improve on it.
Faster-Than-Light Travel: Thanks to the debut of teleport matter! Without this, battles and arcs would literally take millennia in-universe.
Genre Shift: The opening (not counting the flashforeward) seems to be gearing towards a Lord of the Flies clone told in brief, what with implying that even with background-less kids born up on a mountain, they still are notsaints and get into fights, something which only heightened once the spring split off and created two "families." Then it cuts to an equivilent of the early era, where established houses and the like are made, the spring has been split even more (again, due to accidents breaking off parts of the rock holding it in place and causing some to stream over to another section), and they're still sharply divided over which of the springs they came from. During this part, it starts out as a purely social conflict with very few fight scenes aside from some wild animals... until they finally band together by the end and, several millennia later, make humanity's first rocket. At the tail end of the first chapter, the story's real style comes into play.
Humans Are Special: Downplayed. While animals still have the conventional "live for a certain lifespan, die sometime around then or get killed some other way before," it first seems like humans are the one exception. While their fellow animals appear to be born and evolved in the same way as their real life counterparts, the humans spawn from a strange flower that was pretty much dissolved into a pond of water, now considered a Life Spring that slowly grows. And they appear to be unable to die. Humans also have some good control over teleport matter, being able to harness it thanks to whatever the spawn flower left in their internal systems, and control it to do whatever they want with it. The downplay comes from the fact that, upon making it to space, they don't even get to fly past the moon to realize that other sentient races have these traits too.
Frankly, of the story of Adam and Eve. Yes, those are the names of the first two people that originated from the first spring. And yes, their last name — as with the last names of everyone from that particular spring — is Genesis. And it takes the idea of there being no death at first and runs with it. But that's where the similarities end. The most fantastic things they encounter at first arc the spring (later springs) they originated from and the fact that they are seemingly immortal, as there's no signs of a god or any kind of creation. Later it becomes a more alien-centric story. But the real kicker? The characters named Adam and Eve themselves? They're more Like Brother and Sister if anything at all, which is kind of what happens seeing as they quite clearly grew up together.
Additionally, the end of the first chapter states that it's loosely based on the (partically NSFW) video "If Man Obeyed God", but while that inspired the story along with Gurren Lagann and possibly a friggin AXE commercialnote The "Billions" one, the whole "mobs and mobs of naked people" was the only element taken from it and it goes in a very different direction the moment it starts.
The beginning actually describes that the fighter's bodies as usually being hidden through some way, which is latter revealed to be covering the fact that they're all naked. (Which doesn't come to light until seconds before Eve rants to their enemy about this style.) Once that's through, the narrative lampshades this in a similar manner to the ending of Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, where it turns out that Carl, Seras, and Rip went into combat naked by accident.
Non Indicative Name: Teleport matter. It's not really matter in any sense and you don't actually teleport so much as just go faster than light. True instantanous teleportation is seemingly impossible unless you're Joe. Plus its ability to make actual matter isn't covered, since that does seem like a very important purpose for it.
The One Guy: Adam is the first human to be spawned from a Spring of Life, and the first male. And seemingly the last male. While he eventually gives up watching any future spawns to see if any of them have the same... "anatomical structure" as he does, Eve repeatedly claims that he shouldn't, even if the probability looks increasingly slim.
Eve in the first chapter, when saying that she does not give a fuck about a small conflict between two different villages. She then says that she literally just made that word up right now, which doesn't have any clear meaning yet and can be used for any form of serious emphasis, referencing the trope.
Eve pulls one again, which is also the first time she swore at an enemy: "Sarah is dead [...] but her words will live on through my hands! And right now, she says FUCK YOU! (Punches Seel.)"
Of Who Wants to Live Forever?, but it cheats. A lot. Firstly, all sentient species introduced so far are also immortal, so loneliness and outliving are never an issue. Neither is aging. The theory about time speeding up is... not even brushed against, or only mildly hand waved as not being that servere. And while this still contains issues of what will happen in the future as discussed in the first chapter (such as the Earth literally being unnavigatable, and after that it will be consumed by the sun and everyone would be forced to live out there for billions of years until it finally explodes and leaves them drifting through space until they finally find new homes, whereupon the cycle will just repeat. Mouthful, but it is a worry for these guys) are debunked through with some planning (Blast off to space! Or, better, make something that can recycle the atomic structure of the sun itself to prevent it from expanding/dying).
And Humans Are Bastards, with the beginning few chapters — especially the first — being about uniting them all in order to face off against the enemy.
Required Secondary Powers: This variation of immortality has it in spades. And any that they don't have is quickly accounted for.
Serial Escalation: To be general: How far will the human race go? What kind of crazy crap can they invent next? How big will the threat local team of protagonists be faced with be? How ridiculous can Eve's swords get? The answers, in order: Able to kill an extremely powerful Reality Warper that created their universe, a massive cluster of energy that starts out shaped like a hand with a raised middle finger the size of the universe, a massive mecha with a lava-ish texture to it that is, again, the size of the universe, and a massive airship of swords that can all be remote-controlled.
Title Drop: Twice. Given how the main characters are immortal, yes, "A Slash of Mortality" will definitely be something bad.
Near the end of chapter three, Matrarx just discovered a way to drain someone's lifeforce, which would disable a spring person's sheer healing and adaptation ability. She demonstrates on Sarah, and yells out that this is a slash of mortality before slicing Sarah. True to her words, it works.
A more... heroic example happens in the final chapter. Eve concludes her last real speech to Joe by saying that, if there is one living thing in the universe that deserves death, it is him, and he deserves the slash of mortality. However, unlike Sarah, he doesn't die instantly, his top half just challenges Eve to a fist-fight. But it's after he loses the remarkably easy fist-fight that he's killed.
Wham Line: While the opening to the entire story gives away or at least heavily implies that aliens of sort will come into play, they are confirmed pretty suddenly near the end of the first chapter. After launching the world's first rocket, the team on it soon gets a transmission from another one of the sentient species. "Hey there, looks like we have another one."
Widget Series: Even compared to the previous three original web fictions before this, this one is a bit of an oddball.
Nepeta as a whole zig-zagged this. In the first story she appeared in, she was confirmed by the author to have a large role and constantly screwing with the plot planned since the beginning, which her quick and somewhat suspicious introduction was supposed to foreshadow. Right from the bat, she was this competant mastermind who could pull just about every character in the story (even the Big Bad and, basically, all of the Gods) like puppets in order to help out for the idea world, yet despite all of this she still showed emotion towards the other characters from time to time. The Flanderization comes from how most later stories, even the ones that aren'tStylistic Suck, usually have her acting as a rebellious figure who toys with other's emotions (something she never did in SJAHJ), and only caring about Karkat if anyone at all. Even in fics where she's not a major character, when she appears she acts incredibly suspicious as though she's manipulating something indeterminable. And the zig-zagging comes in with a very small handful of stories that parody a misconception by making her innocent, as well as the ones where she still has a grip on the plot with an iron fist, but clearly cares about the others.
Ezekiel is far more of a dumbass in the TZ series than in anything else. World Tour Rewrite, for example, has him as so competant that he outlasts nearly everybody. It's hard to imagine that the guy who would eventually take a level in badass and fight off a crowd of aliens would also think that a challenge that involved fighting a guy in a Homer Simpson costume was a good idea.
Inverted with Hank Hill, who was originally a villain, then an anti-hero whose house-obsession leads to the creation of an evil doll head, then a generally well-meaning if often wrong guy. His lifestyle was originally actively and blatantly harmful, now it's only harmful to fit the themes of staying stagnant and tradition for the sake of tradition = bad, progressing = good.
Alucard was originally only mildly odd in Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, then Hecksing: The Dawn turned him into an outright dumbass. Similarly, Integra was originally just a slightly generic "boss-type" figure in HUC who did not recieve that much characterization, only getting fired up at Carl, and for a number of good reasons. But in Dawn her temper decreases.
Steven Quartz Universe. Fan speculated early on in the series that Steven is already playing a large part in the Crystal Gems by helping humans out, and in many cases helping them feel better, which is protecting them in a way. His fan works, especially the Intevention Group series, turn this to damn-near Purity Sue levels. Compare that to Carl Stevens Universe where he wasn't actually that big of a character, just sort of there and fighting off against the obnoxious Carl.
Felicia went from being close to the Only Sane Woman of New Super Dale Gribble U (if not for Nancy and Boomhauer taking the first two slots, though she still definitely gets the bronze) if a little ditzy who, towards the middle, had a Running Gag of saying things that accidentally scared Dale and reinforced his fear of the catwomen race. Fast-foreward to the Fox Crew, and she's the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, with her poorly-wording her greetings to almost anyone who didn't know about her beforehand. The thing with Dale is that him being jumpy about her actually makes sense, not so much for anyone else.
Dale, like Hank, also inverted this, originally only having aliens on his mind before moving on to the other conspiracies. In both his and Hank's case, it stemmed from GPF not seeing much of the show back then, only going with charactrers based on vague memories.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Speaking of Nepeta, there was more than one occasion where she was contacted via Pesterchum/Trollian, only to say nothing but "busy" (naturally, mispelled) and leave the conversation instantly. We usually never find out exactly what she was doing during those times. She was also seen skydiving towards the end of Act Two Act One. Again, how the hell that factored into the plot is left a mystery. What's even worse is that since she has time to chat while falling from the sky, it really raises the question as to what she can be doing that's so occupating that she
Pikmin Fan eventually just shrugged on this and went with research, since the story proper never actually showed Nepeta trying to figure out anything, she seemed to instantly know about what she needed to do.
A cheaper version of Edd, aptly titled Cheaper Edd, was made, with highly buffed speed and stats, the ability to jump up to ten times in a row, a slowly-filling power bar, and with several new hypers. His portrat looks the same as Edd's, but with what appears to be a bad drawing of Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's shades on over him. He has nine new palettes, and an alteration to Edd's original third palette.
Knocking him out with normal characters is very difficult, but possible. Due to his sheer speed, he can run to your position in less than a second and use the normal combo-mash that Edd does, which quickly shaves off health twice as fast as it normally would thanks to the doubled attack strength. Many of his hypers deal massive damage as well, and when he reaches his full gague, he will activate a Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill Break that will instantly KO unless the opponent can block it. That, or he will use the move called "SEXY PARTY," where he crushes the opponent under a stand that contains several dancing women in bikinis, that is not a one-hit KO but it is unblockable, takes up the whole screen, and does enough damage to garuntee the knockout of an average character with about 60% or less of their health left. Finally, he is immune to instant KO attacks, and will fully heal if he takes a combo at forty hits or more. Finally, he heals slightly whenever he blocks. However, he does have several weaknesses. He still cannot throw, and in fact his block-damage is halved from Edd's, allowing you to simply block him for an extended period of time and come up with a strategy or wait for his projectiles and strikers to leave the stage.
His intros include a normal Edd yelling "OH MY LORD!" (originally Edd's KO sound), getting engulfed in a beam of white light, and then turning into Cheaper Edd (according to the maker, he is using prayer to grant himself more power); running in to kill Naruto, Mario, Homer Simpson, and Sonic the Hedgehog (similar to Omega Tom Hank's Intro); two grayscale Edds walking into eachother and fusing to form Cheaper Edd; a normal Edd gathering the seven Chaos Emeralds to turn into him; and him forming from the result of two Falcon Punches colliding. Victory animations include dive-kicking Venus in half; donning a "cheap radar" and going after more cheap characters; a screen appearing over the fight reading "Brought to you by Strickland Propane," with a picture of Hank Hill smoking a cigarette; him walking to the enemy, blasting them with a mouth beam, and causing an explosion that turns the stage into a smoldering crator; and special outros when the finishing move is either the Super Tengen Toppa Giga Drill Break (He dons Kamina's shades, only for Kamina himself to run in and knock him over) or Sexy Party (He jumps on the stage and does a "rave dance" (really just him repeatedly raising his finger and grinning) while the background starts cycling colors).
Slingshot: QCF, Punch.
Obligatory Annoying Slide Kick: QCF, Kick.
Falcon Punch: QCB, Punch.
Teleport: QCB, Kick. (Invincible, does mild damage)
Homing Wagon Rush: QCF, QCF, Punch. (Invincible)
Giga Drill Break: QCF, QCF, Kick.
Giant Laser: QCB, QCB, Punch.
Missile: QCB, QCB, Kick.
Color Shield: QCF, QCB, Punch. (Launches a sphere that temporarly floats around Edd, attacking anyone that gets near him if their timing is off)
Color-Coded Characters: Gray for Woat (probably), white for Kate, black for Sool, and whatever persona Sifs has for Sifs.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Woat's melancholic, Kate's saguine, Sifs's choleric (specifically, Red Sifs), and Sool's phlegmatic.
Badass Normal: He's the only character in the entire story who is confirmed to have no natural magic whatsoever. Don't be confused when the story says that his gunblade glows and/or he fires something from it: That's just pre-made weapons, with glowing effects added because it's cool.
Meaningful Name: His last name is like "Katana," although his gunblade is nothing like that. His first name sounds a little like "What," which accurately describes the widget-ness of this.
The One Guy: The only male character out of the main four.
Walking Spoiler: It's pretty hard to mention anything about him that's not related to how he dies halfway through the story.
Aerith and Bob/Odd Name Out: She's the only character out of the main four with a "normal" name. This was because Pikmin Fan really couldn't think of anything. She was originally going to be named "Marge" after a Simpsons joke regarding a story-incarnation of her, but the author decided not to go with that after his dislike for modern Simpsons became that overwhelming.
Split Personality: She has at least twelve of them, each corresponding to a different element and each of them being able to switch at the will of whichever one's taking the lead.
A very strange witch that Woat, Kate, and Sifs come across after all of them collapse from the cold on the twin mountains. After nursing the group back to help, she agrees to join them in taking down the Soup General, then later chooses to stick around with them as friends.
Meaningful Name: It's GPF's common initials of "EFS,"note Which, again, was pretty much made up on the fly and has no actual significance whatsoever. The E and S coming from a random character he made up for a Stylistic Suck reality show idea, and the "F" being the joke that her middle name would be an actual F bomb reversed.
360 Degree Duck
(This is a planned alternate name for This Story is Sexist!)
I already have a character sheet for this. Here, under "A character sheet."
It's been planned sometime in early chapter 1 development to have it revealed that the preceeding humans did, in fact, survive the Eco Bombs via living underground. This was even foreshadowed a few points after losing interest in the idea when they first discover life on the moon, tell Adam about it, he asks "[We're going to] the observatory?" and Eve sarcastically comments "What? Did you think we found find anything below us?"
The other Springs would have housed very weird-looking aliens that still fell under the same rules as Spring Humans, only each of them had their own male (who was the first one born) as well. One of the Five Researchers would have even been the sole male in his Spring Race. Also, humanity was not intended to be the first Spring to give life, several would have preceeded them, and this would have explained why there are several very advanced socieities the Earth-borns came across despite the fact that they had about two decades worth of a head start.
It was planned to have a Gainax Ending at one point. (Spoiled because it gives away a lot of the final part of the story.) While dealing the finishing blow to Joe, the teleport matter was suppose to react to him in an odd way. It would rift with him, and act as a portal to the universe he originally came from (This is going by the "Godhood is transferable to another person who can make their own world with its seperate laws of physics" system done in a few of GPF's other fanworks, and he even implied that with this it's possible that they could all take place in the same "multiverse", it should be noted that Joe's existance and the way he acts implies this). Eve would jump through this and, naturally, end up in the world of King of the Hill(...ish), except at a Texan city at night. Looking around and shrugging, she would take a few steps foreward into the night sky, and that's where her part ends. But he thought that would border too much on Esoteric Happy Ending and has too many faults of itself (How would Eve get back, or the others get to where she's at? Wouldn't she be arrested in Arlen for indecent exposure? Since KOTH's world doesn't work the same way as ASOM's, will she still be able to pull off the ideas from her origin story or will everyone think she's just a nut? What happens when they find out she's immortal (Fan states that she would, indeed, remain immortal had she entered Houston)), and just seemed like a bad way to go. Like if it were saying that the next step these guys was supposed to go had anything to do with "our world" (quotes because it's not even our world or really KOTH's, since Joseph is never implied to have reached Godhood of his own personal universe).
Why are most of the dream selves so damn unbearable, especially to their real counterparts? And the ones that aren't are usually out of the real selve's league in some way, too. Figure out that they can later temporarly merge with their originals to enter a pseudo-God Tier state. Now,
Icesky is a powerful ice demon who hates all but a specific group of humans. Think less "Ice KingHitler" and more like "Peggy Hill as an annoying, ice-using redneck who thinks that all Muslims are terrorists." That "specific group?" Americans.
He also came to greatly regret the character Carl, for playing an obnoxious Parody Sue completely straight instead of being killed off like he normally does with bad fancharacter parodies.
It's also somewhat ironic that Adam and Eve are actually the least into animals, considering how the Bible's Adam was supposed to watch on the animals in Eden.
Why did Eve kill Joe, saying he deserved to have a slash of mortality dealt to him, while sparing the other, previous villains and aiming them to redemption? The Guardians and researchers may have had Freudian Excuses (bossed by Joe for the former and the Guardians themselves for the latter), but Matrarx really didn't at all. She was a dictator who just barely skirted past Joe's definition of "moving too far," and thus didn't get kidnapped by the Guardians with her entire Spring Race faction. But consider her interactions with Eve. Early on, Eve is extremely hostile towards her, and while it's not said, it's pretty clear that she would have tried to kill her if she knew about life-draining or making tools specific for the job. When Matrarx finds a way to kill another person, she only doesn't do this because she's devistated at Sarah's death. Then when she's reborn, she gets a new set of ideas, and actually acts nice to Matrarx for the first time. What does she start out with? Giving Matrarx a kitten, a living creature, to look after, and see if she still has killing intent after the cat dies. Matrarx eventually grows attatched to the cat, is heart-broken when it falls to natural causes, vows to research a way to make animals immortal (especially after Eve herself tells her that she actually doesn't care for pets), and Eve quickly warms up to her. Basically, she got to see what it was like to actually care for someone else for once, and that helped her realize her mistake. How does Joe fall under this? Because he already failed the test. He tasked himself to care after humanity themselves, but turned on them and threatened to wipe them from existance/kill them multiple times, long after getting to know them. In Eve's eyes, Matrarx proved herself redeemable to at least warrant still living, while Joe did not.
There are also some symbols that make more sense when another one of his stories is taken into context. Joe always talks about status quos and infinite loops, and naturally uses the infinity symbol to show this. In the final battle, he ends up making an attack that's actually in the shape of an infinity symbol. Chrissy launches a counterattack that makes a part break off, and extend into the distance. Which looks like a nine sideways, as the infinity symbol is an eight sideways. This is a pretty unsubtle sign of breaking loops, and going Up to Eleven even if that "limiting number" is infinity itself, advancing further, etc, however, suddenly the Leijon's added emphasis on their nine theme becomes a lot more meaningful than repeating a simple cat pun. Especially since they have an uncanny nack of defying the expectation/familiar... as with their always being better than Serkets at influencing the plot. The Serkets tend to unknowingly play into loops, while the Leijons break them.
Elaborate list on Serkets Vs Leijons:
Sweet Jade and Hella John: Vriska and Nepeta here are probably the most obvious. Vriska is just fodder and often a pawn in the Dave-Rip battle, while Nepeta repreatedly goes around trying to nudge the Mario session to her desires, and getting her goals. Nepeta often spends her time getting things done, while Vriska spends a huge chunk of the Intermission trying to get back on-fails and join the rest of the trolls since her karma adventures with Tavros made her miss out on what most of them were doing. Meanwhie, while Aranea was fairly active, killed Hank, and assimilated the trolls, she was ultiamtely just a stepping stone for the Millennium, and did nothing to try to aleviate this. Further more, she ended up dragging most of the trolls into loops of their own — the assimilation, before they were finally killed (oh look, by a Leijon, what a coincidence). Meulin didn't do much of importance, but she was implied to help with Nepeta's plan to replace the current gods with a better force and ensure a better multiverse for all to live in.
Kids Fit the Trolls: A very rare inversion of this. Nepeta does absolutely nothing in the first installment, while Vriska's the one who kicks off the plot. However, it's reasonable that just for KFTT (as A5VA6 and KFTZ return to the usual style), adding to being a bit of an Oddball In The Franchise, abandons these symbols for the sake of fanon parodying.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals: Scorpios (they might be realted, but the Leijons are related to them in the exact same way, so it's easier to just go by symbol) are usually just Butt Monkeys. Vriska constantly has her complaints ignored and does nothing to try to support them. The Rainbow Crew doesn't do anything in Aranea's gain, and instead she has to do something for them. Meanwhile, the Leos tend to take much more levels in badass than anyone else, and soon Nepeta is metaphorically flipping off Cartman, while far later Meulin saves everyone from death.
496 Reasons: Nepeta is the Decoy Protagonist, Meulin is the real protagonist, Meulin's duplicate is the ultimate reason why all the sessions are derailed beyond belief, and their dreamselves were the most active early on. Meanwhile, Vriska spends a bit of the early story arrested, and most (thankfully not all) of her plans fail. Same goes with Aranea's derailing plans. In fact, when duplicate Aranea tries to derail Duplicate Damara/Duplicate Horuss's plan to get back at Duplicate Meulin, she's quickly caught and... what do you know, gets arrested for it. It may feel like the author gets rid of or alters most canon symbolism behind the characters in sake of his own recurring signs, but signs have clear meaning beyond referring to a canon event (or, worse, an indicator that the same events will be repeated with only some change).
If a nine represents the escape, that gives the assumption that the beginning is somewhere above while the ending is somewhere below. What does that have to do with sixes (Maryams), which is not only two lower than eight, but also having its "break" at the top?
When Joe is angry, he doesn't really come off sounding as a vengeful god like he tries to make himself, but instead more like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. Seriously, just remove a few words in some of the things he says and they sound exactly like stock child phrases. This, in addition to the entire main cast being taller then him, and a few other signs, is a symbol for how much he really is in the wrong despite his abilities. Then there's the parody of the Creation of Adam, where despite Joe still filling the role of God and the resistance all filling the role of Adam, Joe's still the lower person.
Height doesn't even have to be a constant symbol; Chrissy, who had came from a Spring even named Lowyu, ended up contributing the most to the final arc, showing how far she's gone in the other direction.
Something that doesn't make sense: Everyone in the whole continuity compared to/paralleling/recreating Simon the Digger's arc, or even piloting a friggin Lagann, is female. (Save Simon himself.) Meulin Leijon (to Nepeta's Kamina), Mabel Pines and Nzyvo ????? (the former... to Dipper or Stan?), Cortana (Kamina's partner; pilots Lagann), Seras Victoria (to Alucard's Kamina — or Kamina Plus since Kamina himself is involved), Connie Maheshwaran (to Steven's Kamina, actually the rest of the IG could count but she's clearly the most "Simon"-ish and her weapon is even a damn drill). It's not exactly clear who's the "Simon" or "Kamina" of ASOM despite by far being the most blatant copy, as Eve seems to paradoxically fit both roles or neither, but the chance that it's Adam doesn't seem that high. (The most likely is that Rain's the "Simon" by being the most active hero when Eve falls into a Despair Event Horizon and before she metaphorically enters FTL speed to leave that event horizon, with Sarah being the encouraging force ala Kamina... except to Eve instead, while Eve also ended up out of commission and in turn had to encourage Rain. Whose words would later get to Mary, Adam, and Chrissy in that roughly that order in addition to all Spring Races, so it's all one big cycle.)
By far the most common color appearance is a blue/yellow duality. These are often seen together, and if there's a character associated with one, they will likely have a connection to someone with another.
Red and pale azure (originally just azure) has also sprung up, arguably even before the blue/yellow one did.
Eight-groups of magenta, red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and purple are semi-common, maybe with a shade of gray or two. They're the color-codes to the elemental classes in TZ's world, the fight eight are the colors of the Guardians in ASOM, and Blue Sun will finally reveal that the elemental classes were just sort of leading up to many of the main leads being personifications of the respective elements pot holed.
List of 360 sightings
Hecksing: The Dawn: Kamina's co-workers in the Spartan troops, explicitely being compared to the colors of that Wikipedia image.
360 Degree Duck: The eponymous demons. And logically, the families/capitals they come from.
The Journals of Wisdom, Power, and Courage: 360 of the 618 keys are all keys of various colors. Put together, they form the megawheel.
"JOHN I THINK I LOVE YOU!!" Dave Strider. It's not a last-minute love confession so much as it is an effect of a mental breakdown he had earlier in the comic.
SJAHJ 2015 Remake:
"SYSTEM OVERLOAD. DATA REGISTRY: ITEM = SWORD OF IMMENSE PROPORTIONS; DESTINATION = SELF." Dirk's Auto Responder.
"Bullet doesn't always beat blade. You just got lucky." Dirk Strider.
"BECAUSE YOU HATE DAVE'S BRILLIANT MIND SO MUCH, YOU DOOMED YOURSELVES TO STAYING MORTAL. YOU WILL DIE EVENTUALLY. AND WHEN YOU DO, I WILL BE THERE, RINGING YOUR WEDDING BELLS WHETHER YOU WANT ME TOO OR NOT! ENJOY YOUR HOPELESS, LONELY LIVES IN YOUR FLAWED RELATIONSHIPS, I'LL BE KICKING BACK AND WATCHING EVERY SECOND OF YOU CRUMBLING UNTIL YOU JOIN MY ARMADA IN ETERNITY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" Roxy Lalonde.
Insignificant spoiler alert: Calliope's Back Story's cover design is this: A harlequin spiral, with sixteen (16bit-looking) flames arranged around it in a circular pattern, the fires looking identical save color, and they each correspond to the originally-human characters. Around that circle is another one of 48, with identical flames, this time in the text colors of the originally-troll characters.
The main protagonist of a children's Show Within a Fan FicWavette's Sticky Situations. She's supposedly a sailor who tours around the ocean and, by proxy, world (read: Canada) and getting into bizarre and rather explicit (for the supposed target audience) adventures.
She and/or the show she's from demonstrate examples of
Animesque: Despite being made in what is technically Canada.
Butt Monkey: In all of the show's appearances, she's stripped (often in public) and forced to do something humiliating.
Clothing Damage: Happens all the time in the show, and implied to be more than Once per Episode. One example has her and about thirty of her friends lose clothes to a breeze of wind.
Everyone Is Satan in Hell: In-universe. While Ezekiel's high off his mind on painkillers, Kathy gives him a DVD set just to see how he'd react to seeing an already weird show while he's doped up. One of the results is that he keeps watching an episode over and over because he has a hunch that it contains Satanic clues. Considering how much Kathy looked into his following notes, and who the lead is based off of, he may or may not have been onto something.
She's clearly based off of Rip Van Winkle from Hellsing appearance-wise, just over the top Animesque. Her friends mostly seem to be original. This is odd because one of Courtney's friends already sort of resembles her. Considering Rip's prior appearances in Pikmin Fan's works, specifically the rolesshe brings, this should be taken as a warning sign.
One of her friends resembles Giffany. Her bow's different and she has huge glasses (like everybody else Wavette is friends with), but the resemblance is still there. She's even implied to be part electric-class.
Long Runner: Details aren't clear yet, but the show ran since Kathy was a kid in-universe (about eight years at least depending on when you'd define being a kid, maybe around a decade), and it's implied to be a lot older than that.
Meganekko: She and all her friends bear big, dorky, circular glasses, and she seems to be cute and nice herself.
More Teeth than the Osmond Family: This isn't some kind of hidden creepy element — the show makes zero attempt to hide that their lead is rather... fangy. Then again, seeing as vampires are actually commonplace and lumped up with elemental classes (and, for all intents and purposes, biologically an "elemental" class on their own despite not corresponding to any real Elemental Powers like the other eight), this could be brushed off by saying that she's a vampire-water class.
Parental Bonus: In-universe, she's subjected to a lot of situations that carry highly blatant sexual undertones.
Remember the New Guy: The whole show. Despite the show's Running Gag appearances in Side Stories as a non-SBIG counterpart to Ren and Stimpy as it appears in Crconikals, this does not even get an aknowledgement in the cosplaying chapter of Plains. The out-universe reason is that Pikmin Fan didn't think of it until long after that chapter, but the in-universe reason is that Ezekiel didn't like the show enough/or didn't think it was "current" to put on here.
Sex Sells: Implied to be the reason why it's still ongoing.
Subverted Kids Show: It's a genuine children's cartoon in-universe and pretends to be innocent, although nothing with this content would pass as a kid's show in at least America. Probably in a lot of ordinarly laid-back countries too.
Tastes Like Diabetes: Everything seems to be cute, bright, and colorful in her world, probably not to the degree of Super Mario Bros., but it's getting there. Hell, at first glance, it looks like a very young kid's edutainment program. At second glance, a Cartoon Network/Nickelodeon/Hub/etc regular. At third glance, see Subverted Kids Show.
Vague Age: She and her friends look like young adults, but they're apparantly old enough to run for Prime Minister.
Watch It Stoned: While the show is fairly popular to the general public in-universe, Ezekiel hated it until he watched it on very powerful painkillers.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-universe. The content it contains is pushing even the "T" rating of Total Zeksmit as a whole to some new limits. And this is supposed to be a Saturday morning children's show.
Beth and Lindsay in Plains, for spending most of the later parts of the season both being incredibly antagonistic towards anyone who dares say anything slightly negative about them or the other (even call-outs that are generally seen as deserved), and for not contributing much to the story other than being Morality Pets to Courtney. (And even so, several people wished that the role was filled by [insert Duncan, Trent, Cody, Noah, etc here] instead despite Fan's clear intentions not to in order to avoid the idea that relationships = all problems fixed. Fortunately, the season special and the second season have been working to rescue them from the heap.
Izzy was slightly polarizing back in Plains, but come Island and she's nearly unanimously disliked. This is because of her "I'm more mature" than you atittude while not actually acting like it, taking everything Bridgette said to her grave (while Bridgette herself is wrong about a lot of things — hence why Izzy taking her words to heart is listed as a negative trait — she's at least called out more often), and because her romantic subplot with Bridgette is just generally considered uninteresting. Her flaws from the first season are also sort of reminded considering that her controversial self back in Plains will become her outright hated self in Island. Like her mild Elimination Houdini position (how Eva keeps coming up with shady reasons to go after fodder characters instead of the two biggest threats to her stay on the game. Technically, this applies to Courtney too, but enough Character Development saved her from any total Scrappydom).
Zelda was actually fairly popular when glimpses of her were revealed in Side Stories. She not only seemed like a nice, shy moe, but as a tribute to Ezekiel's common fanon personality and thus a Smithy that was overall less arrogant and more sympathetic. Then she got her first major appearance, and it turns out that she's a jab at the fanon instead of a celebration of it. In reality, she is extremely selfish, a thinly-veiled Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who picks trivial reasons to completely hate someone and turns out to be at least just as big of a sexist as Ezekiel was. Acts of fame include tossing very negative comments at Lindsay for her stupidity shortly after Lindsay was considered to have been leaving the Scrappy heap (and basically telling her to kill herself), victim-blaming Sadie for getting bullied by Eva, and not caring if Courtney drowns in the first chapter of the new season because she finds her "unladylike." Normally, she would just be considered a Hate Sink, but she actually gets a lot more hate than intended for "wasting a good character idea."
Eva is the most hated antagonist. For not having the same interesting factor as Natalie or Malessica, being brutal and needlessly dark compared to them, her mistreatment of Sadie, and — sadly — not being as attractive as either of them. (Although Malessica is huge and basically looks like she has a patchwork of several different skin colors, even that's considered hot by some.) The fact that she's a canon villain also means that it's more likely her mean demeanor will be played straighter, while the other antagonists could be open to interpretation and have far more potential for change.
Justin is generally considered not that interesting at best and annoying at worst. It doesn't help that, unlike Geoff for comic relief, most of what Justin does amounts to insulting Ezekiel and playing an "I'm always better" role. His subplot in the first season was an on-again-off-again "charm bet" he held with Alejandro that wasn't really that special, and he lacked one in the second season and so far in the third season. When Fan revealed that he considered having Justin get fired at some point around season two and never return, people wondered why the hell he didn't go through with that idea, since Justin contributes very little plot-relevant to the story.
Harold. His reveal sunk at most eight ships simultaneously, and he's blamed to be the reason why Duncan/Cody/Noah/Whoever isn't playing a major part of the story. People have even acused this of being "Total Drama World Tour Rewrite 2.0" when he arrived, and hated the "harem" element despite the fact that it doesn't exist (the only girl who shows romantic interest in him is Courtney, and even that's pretty iffy).
Amethyst. The reason for the early eliminations of two Ensemble Darkhorses in EMDHS. Generally considered pretty dull compared to the array of odd contestant types in said season/spinoff. Combines canon-Courtney's brattyness, canon-Heather's status as an Elimination Houdini, and Sugar's general annoyance and jackassery. Has zero character development towards anyone better, and remains shallow and static throughout, with no kind of hidden depths or possible decontruction on the horizon. It's a no-brainer that she's easily the least popular contestant of EMDHS, but while again she was intended to be a Hate Sink, some say that she goes too far and turned them off reading it completely.
Rip is the ectodaughter of all eight second-generation Rainbow Crew humans, sent back in time
Mouthful, yes, but the signs are there and alarming:
She has traits from everyone now:
Dave's "fangs." Even before getting vampirised.
Dirk's speed. Again, pre-vampirism.
Jade's general "really fucking tall" figure. Reaching, but possibly her Rapunzel Hair too.
Jake's mom's... general... proportions (Jane's too to a lesser extent. In fact, having both of those families may explain why she's apparantly so damn stacked). Maybe some aspects of Jake himself rubbed off on her too.
Jane's eyes to an extent and clear speech.
If Harl is biologically related to Jane at all (and he certainly is), then it's very unlikely that clear speaking runs in the family. Still, it's a symbolic indication. This would also make her clear speech from way back in HUC retroactive foreshadowing, the exact kind Fan likes.
John's... the hardest one to pin. Deciet? The two of them both have an Obfuscating Stupidity thing going on to extents.
HHC is basically "how Sweet Jade and Hella John should have kind of gone," and in SJAHJ, Rip was already the ectodaughter of John and Vampire Jade. Some elements have repeated themselves, why not this one?
When she elaborates on her past, she says that her younger pre-teen life "might be horrifying to you, but not to me." She says this only when those eight are in the room.
In Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals, she was originally sent on the mission to go back in time. Why her? Well, if she told the Millennium that she's from the future, they'd have reason to believe that she's a bit more suited for it. (If Rip was actually honest. Another counterpoint is her lack of doing so.)
"The funnest part is, you're not even the first Egbert to go time-travelling!"
"Oh, really?" John smiled. "Who is? Did my Nan travel too?"
"Think the other side of the family tree."
"Right. Time travel. My future children can exist there. So... can you give me a hint?"
Rip's grin stretched to the far ends of her face. And then some, growing extra teeth and gums to go across her cheeks. "You wouldn't like it."
"I promise I won't change the future and make another timeline!"
"Oh, you don't have to worry about that. That daughter of your's was created by ectobiology, by someone out of your control. Unless you actively seek out against him, you will still have the kid as part of the timeline's loop."
"So who was it with?"
"Ah yes, that daughter of your's was between yourself, Dave, Dirk, Jake, Jane, Rose, Roxy, aaaaand... oh yeah, Jade of course. Looks like she sort of got her wish. The wish that you are looking at right now. The wish," Rip exploded into an archway of eyes, placed underneath John. All of the azure orbs looked in his direction. Before stretching for what felt like forever to him, both ahead and behind him, and turning the simple archway into a dark tunnel with a red glow. "That is looking at you right now."
"...Wait. No. No, no, no, no, no, no! Bad plot twist! BAD PLOT TWIST!"
She didn't simply revert to her normal form. Everything looked to melt, again, and he felt himself get another cube of shadow form around him. Blackness, with himself made to glow. Unsurprisingly anymore, his legs couldn't move. But that didn't stop him from trying to run away when a massive pair of her gloved hands flew at him with no warning. They stopped, of course, and started drawing up a family tree. As each finger pressed in an invisible board, lines of varrying color appeared on it.
"This is about... five or so generations of your humans. You guys are at the bottom. There's you. Oh! And here's your counterparts, how could I forget?" More colors were added. Despite the fact that each of the eight so-far seperate lines and dots alternated between two variations of a color, they were at least a bit more consistent than when she added jarringly different colors for the counterparts.
"Now... then, someone took you all and tried to merge them together, tweaked a few things a bit and..." she put a finger on each marker representing one of them, and slowly dragged them close together. Finally reaching the midpoint, Rip herself appeared in full instead of a dot. She levitated in front of John while she finished her exposition.
"And so here I am! That is, of course, not to imply that you won't have any future children. In fact, going as far as to call me the first is a bit of a large conclusion leap because of the non-linerarity of time travel!"
She sucked herself into the shadows, and the shadows themselves vanished into a single point not long after. John was left alone, control regained, standing in the treehouse.
"W...well... at least I have an excuse to do this..."
He whipped out his cell phone, and dialed the first number that came to mind.
"CARL!" He shouted.
"...Wuh?" Was the Hecksing Martian's eventual reply.
"STOP SCREWING MY DAUGHTER!"
"Ah, Rip musta told you man. Yeah. Between her and your mom, I'm really goin' all out on your family tree! Your counterpart might be next. Or you, if you decide to be in girl form. Come on! Admit it! You can't resist me!"
He hung up afterward. Okay, that joke might have been a bad idea.
(This is just an excuse to write Rip doing weird, trippy vampire stuff.)
Tomato Surprise: This is a major running gag of the series, taking advantage of being text-only most of the time. Often, it will discuss something and then casually mention a piece that just about everyone else knew already. Just some examples include:
Hecksing Ulumate Crconikals:
Rip's... "redesign" isn't mentioned until it becomes plot-relevant when it saves her from getting fired by pulling a Distracted by the Sexy moment on Doctor.
The identity of Alucard's brother is known to just about everybody in-universe. However, it's repeatedly hidden until the tail end of chapter 11. When he does come up, codenames or nicknames are used like "Overseer." Or in Alucard's case, "Bro."
Sweet Jade and Hella John, partially because of being visual, has to go back to more traditional routes. In this case, it's the human protagonist's ancestors, who all four of them clearly knew, but they weren't revealed until John, Jane, and Jade told the trolls about them in stories.
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals does this so often that it's listed in its page.
Tomato Surprise: A running gag is that the text leaves out very key details of something until about a few paragraphs at least after it happened. Confusingly, these could be considered "unintentional" variations of this because of the "improper pacing" of the alter-ego author... done intentionally. Such as:
The ancestors having over-the-top Hotter and Sexier outfits. (The guardians too, but they're described right away.) The A2 ancestors take special note, as they go the longest without telling much about what they look like.
The counterparts holding different eye/skin color, when it comes to the humans. (The trolls are confirmed to have nothing changed about them save for Karkat and Kankri's counterparts having lime blood.)
The humans knew about their guardians since the beginning, and that they are all in some really weird polygamous (and kinky) relationship with eachother, but the readers do not know about them at all until season four, and the relationship until season five. Before then, they even appeared to be living alone or something.
The Troll Empress's life is basic history for just about everyone, but hidden from the readers until the beginning of season six. Appropriately, this is first exposited by the Condesce explaining it to Dave, the only character in the entire main group leage bar his own counterpart who didn't really remember it right. In addition to that, there's also the fact that she's the ruler of the trolls and not Condesce (or Fuchsian, for that matter), as even Dave knew that yet this didn't come apparant until the end of season three when her behavior is vastly different from Condesce's.
The entriety of their school life (and many of their houses, etc) is kept in the shadows until a set of flashbacks in chapter 15, and they never actually go to school with the exception of chapters 23 and the end of 25, but this makes some bit of sense according to the timelinenote Apparantly, their school was on some kind of winter break that started in the Valentine's Day week (where the story first took place) and went a few weeks after that. The first week was when seasons 1-5 took place. Season 6 was the only one that spanned multiple weeks (not counting the 30-year time skip over the finale), and its final chapter was when the break ended. The chapter in question, 23, goes from Monday to Friday, with the first two chapters of season 7 taking place over the course of a weekend. The end of chapter 25, the other mentioned scene where they go to school, is a few months later, during the graduation day (and, for some reason, they also had school on that day).
. Why the hurricane/"Hurrcain" blows and the emoghost knows:
I do this because what's the fun in giving the readers exactly what they want? And what's the fun in giving myself exactly what I want? (Warning: joke explaining.)
Housestuck Hurrcain Crconikals will serve as my first example, because I think it may be one of the bigger ones. Picture something exactly as the faux-summary implies it to be, only just about as long as HHC ended up being. That's about 200,000 words of pretty much Generic Homestuck Cliches would get really boring, really fast. Hooking up patron ships left and right, more dumb Flanderizing stab-jokes with Jack... I just don't really see any entertainment value in that at all. Yeah, there might be some value in Generic Romance Genre if the fic was Jane and Dirk arguing over Jake, but the end result is just a generic love story with some guy who likes stabbing and a poorly-shoved in criminal plot, just spelt badly. Which is why I think of this: IMO, even (especially, since trying to go for an emotional/angst/romantic/whatever approach will not work if the primary intention if humor is such the primary element that the whole/most of the story at its base isn't meant to be taken seriously) when something is intentionally badly done, it should be original. Unpredictable.
So part of my aim is to devote HHC to pissing off the readers. Admit it, beginning (or, now, it's the start of the second paragraph, thanks to makinng purple prose about Chicago) with Kanaya making out with Edward Cullen carries a lot more implications about the story that Kanaya making out with Rose or Vriska or even any guy from HS. Rose making out with Kanaya at the start might be leading into something soon, but with Edward, that "something" is the fact that it's Edward. What, no. Kanaya should be punching this guy. Not only is he the lead male character(?) of a novel series with a vocal hate group, but if you dig deeper, it's been critisized for basically having his relationship as carrying emotionally abusive undertones. Did the fake author know about this beforehand? Did the real author know about Edward watching Bella in her sleep beforehand? And the pairing doesn't even make sense in a pun type of way: Isn't Kanaya the "vampire," so she should be with Bella? And why the hell is she making out with a guy, didn't either the alter-ego or the real author know about that answer post? Even if the latter does, why that decision? At least one of these might be the kind of questions stirred if not a bored "Oh look, generic pop culture reference" reaction. These are the same kind of things that simply cannot be done with establishing Rosemary as a pairing. It gets a headstart by doing a crossover crack pairing that changes an established-by-Word of God sexuality that nobody would like (does anyone honestly ship Kanaya with Edward? I sure as hell don't, and that's part of the fun, blowing my own comfort zone out the water), and I'll say this again, the pairing itself is the set up, and even so, there's still something done with the pairing in the form of having Alucard kill Edward and setting up a small subplot for the first ten or so chapters. Even if someone backs out by that couple, if it was because of that specific sentence (only that though), I would consider it an achievement to some extent to turn someone off a story in its ninth sentence without relying on shock material or degrading the quality to being actually incomprehencible.
I could go on about a lot of things, but I'm only "analyzing" the intro. Following this, things just go downhill. A summary is given in-story, but it's obvious from at least the end of the first chapter that it's completely innaccurate, yet it still gives some kind of false hope that the story is something resembling normalcy. And after that is a series of things simply to tantalize the readers. Like teasing patron ships by the lack of their presense, and when they finally do get together in season five, nobody really cares anymore. "Yay," Dave and Terezi are finally together, but that was after wadding through a bunch of crack pairings and extremely bizarre plots about fighting monsters. And thos nonsense crack pairings are still together. Intentionally showing a lack of quadrant understanding (which is something even I don't like). Incredibly needless and disturbing sexualization of several characters (again, something even I don't like). Taking John/Jade, making it foregone and inevidable, and then prolonge their actual hookup in the longest and most angonizing way possible. The aformentioned fact that this is around 200,000 pages? Just how many of those are "will they, or won't they, except not because for the love of god the answer is yes." Frankly, what I intend to make readers feel with the John/Jade elements is how I feel when a fic has a relationship that's obviously going to happen, yet much of its development is cliche tsundere "I don't like this lovely person DID I JUST CALL THEM LOVELY OH NO BLUSH AND RUN AWAY." I don't know how often they set up the people involved with the pairing with different people (hence John's runs with Dave, Dirk, Damara, Jane for a long time, then finally Jade), but it doesn't look like it's that often. But that's enough ranting, let's get back to the choices. I like to cap it off with two of the most puzzling: The character explosion, and the Weird Romance Crap. Yeah. Both kind of digs at similar complaints for Act 6/Act 5. Ticking off the canon haters by re-introducing stuff only turning it up with even more characters and relationship angst.
Bottom line, would you rather read 200,000 words of "Homestuck badly done," or 200,000 words of "Homestuck-themed badly done adventure where they go new places and fight new villains?" There actually is no wrong answer, as there are lots of ways to do "Homestuck badly done" and it is indeed a very broad concept, but it's just not something I prefer getting into unless the plot has some serious deviation.
Total Zeksmit is another bullet I intend to fire through the Wall of Elaboration. It's not written with the intention to be an amusing train crash, so ticking off viewers for the sake of ticking them off is no longer an answer I look for. Instead, it's a challenge. I should probably divide this by general topic: Eliminations, morality choices, and character centricity. Which will overlap. A lot. Especially the first and last.
First, the eliminations. I want all my stories to get to a point ASAP, because when planning the basic plot I'd like to think of what would happen if I didn't write them, but instead stumbled across the story yet felt the same way otherwise in any other way, and thus plot out what to put where near the beginning that would keep me hooked into it. So, the bare basics and beginning ("beginning" can range from first few lines — Kanaya/Edward with an AN promise of John/Jade might make me give it a small look when it comes to HHC, but in TZP's case it's the whole first chapter, for how there's an elimination right then and there) are admitedly just designed for myself. It's when writing the chapters that I come up with how to try to reach others. As a result of this and implied in the parenthesis, having the very first chapter end with an elimination is one of those things. Making Heather out to be a major villain, on the other hand, wasn't. That was designed to be a bait-and-switch, that this will be in familiar territory (Gwen vs Heather, something canon's first season did) — only for the challenge's end to seemingly nix that plot thread by having Heather lose invincibility, and promptly get voted off first. With an elimination stated to stick, this then raises up some possibilities for the next villain. Courtney? Eva? Someone new? Nah, not really. It's Eva, and she makes this clear by nicking off two victims. Katie, mostly to increase the count and for Sadie's development, and as a way to flip around the trend of giving her all the attention while Sadie stays in the sidelines (at least, the flip is how this starts. It gets more complicated than that); and Bridgette, a much "bigger" elimination as she... was supposed to come off as though she's a major character here, but it doesn't feel like that looking back. As for Gwen and Leshawna, they'll be covered in the "centricity" section, and the post-merge characters will also be listed there as it kind of blends together from that point onward.
Why are the heroes and villains who they are? Again, breaking comfort. I set up
I'll also bring in the inspirations to SBIG as piling on to the examples. Part of why I find Light and Dark: The Adventures of Dark Yagami to be so side-splittingly funny is because it just breaks everything about the established series, adds stuff that only kids generally think would make for toughtful plot developments (the new "Notes" being the most obvious example), and yet it rolls with it anyway and looks for what sheer madness can come from it. It also never relies on flat-out offending the audience (at least from what I read of it, I still have a lot to catch up on) and little more, something even my series delved into.
Even My Immortal, one of the oldest known examples of something known for its poor writing (although unlike the... confirmed to be trolling? Light and Dark, it's not completely certain if ) had some bizarre plot elements
ASoM is pretty much a Gurren Lagann-based action story about resource management. One recurring theme is that Teleport Matter, which would ordinarly be a Story-Breaker Power (Faster-Than-Light Travel, ability to make just about any form of matter/energy, and it self-replicates when in its rawest form), is actually a major source of the conflict with how trying to distribute it on the vastly expanding population would reduce it greatly. So,