You open the last draw of your cast cabinet to see a mess of unsorted papers documenting miscellaneous figures. Upon reviewing them, you're not sure if you'd want to categorize them at all.
- Adam Westing: Andrew Hussie in real life is a soft spoken man with an odd sense of humor and little patience for the antics of the fandom. In-comic, Hussie is a completely insane Large Ham who continually mocks the audience, often speaking almost entirely in memes and call backs.
- Author Avatar: Though he seemingly still has a place within Sburb's mythology.
- Big "NO!": Implied here.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Or rather, looking through it.
- And physically smashing through a "Fifth Wall" into Doc Scratch's tower.
- Brick Joke: "I wish those bullies would just leave me alone. Later I am going to ride a long magic dog through the sky and fuck their shit up."
- Butt-Monkey: Every so often he ends up finding himself and/or his study dressed up in a ludicrous fashion, which he isn't too pleased with.
- Chewing the Scenery: HE CONJURES THIS INTREPID FANTASYSCAPE!
- Cosplay: He likes dressing up as his characters. Usually he cosplays as characters that are relevant at that point in the story. Poorly.
- Engaging Conversation: As soon as he sees Vriska, he asks her to marry him. She responds in disgust. Yes, it's canon.
- Evil Laugh: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAet cetera.
- Killed Off for Real: Hussie is shot to death by one of his own characters. Currently, he appears to be in the afterlife of the dreambubbles and narrates the story from there. The biggest consequence of this though is that he now can concretely interact with his characters, despite promises not to, since now he isn't stuck in his own home dimension.
- Large Ham: Most of his incursions have him rambling in all caps with characters' heads superimposed around him.
- Lemony Narrator: Hussie purposefully addresses characters like Spades Slick, Vriska, and Caliborn through the narration as if they can read it.
- Mind Screw: In one recap, we found he was only the second most important character in Homestuck. Even though he's the writer of the story.
- Mr. Exposition: He has written three recaps of Homestuck to clarify the story and started a fourth, but abandoned it. Not to mention all the exposition he gives during the normal narration.
- No Inner Fourth Wall: Hussie interferes with the events of the story he's writing, but his actions are also a comically exaggerated part of the story the real Andrew Hussie is writing. The Andrew Hussie Author Avatar and the Andrew Hussie in real life are distinctly different.
- Nonstandard Character Design: As the only canonically white person in the comic, he's the only one depicted with a skin colour. Funnily enough, it's stated to be orange.
- The Omniscient: He knows everything within the context of the comic. Justified because he's the author. Wasn't enough to save him from Lord English, though...
- Pals with Jesus: Subverted. Any character who directly interacts with him (so far Slick, Caliborn and Vriska) seems to hate him, perhaps because he goes out of his way to bug them sometimes.
- Rapid-Fire Typing: He's shown doing this for the Recap Episodes. It gets Lampshaded here.
- Self-Deprecation: Refers to self-insertion as a bad idea on several occasions.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Vriska in the dreambubbles.
- Stealth Pun:
- Teasing Creator: In-Universe, he enjoys taunting the audience constantly."So, uh... what about all the other kids?" "Huh? Who? Oh, yeah. Those people. Aren't they all dead?"
- Trolling Creator: In-Universe; A few of the stranger self-inserts only make sense if you realize that Hussie used them to troll the fandom for flipping its lid over something. Take Rufio: Make him pay, where Hussie mocks the exaggerated reactions of his fans to recent character deaths by having his self-insert kiss a minor character from the movie Hook."Oh God, you're right! There are still a few characters I haven't killed yet. I almost forgot about them. I was planning on totally messing with them in the short window of time they're in the same universe as me! Hopefully it isn't too late."
- The One Guy: The only known male Hero Of Space.
- Troll: He acts as Caliborn's Exile, and actively insults and messes with him.
- Throw-Away Guns: When he finds out his trump card wasn't loaded.
- Woman Scorned: As of Act 6 Intermission 5, Hussie has apparently grown quite bitter about Vriska shooting down his "extraordinarily inappropriate advances", and tries to jerk the plot's focus away from her whenever something important involving her happens. As a consequence, Vriska, like Caliborn, has gained awareness of his narration.
Originally a random background Prospitian holding a paint bucket. And she would have stayed that way, were it not for this question from Ryan North. She eventually reappears as Andrew Hussie's assistant.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Falls head-over-carapace for Spades Slick, a ruthless gangster with an affinity for knives. Surprisingly, it works out quite well.
- Ascended Extra: She was originally just a random Prospitian citizen who showed up as a background character. She was eventually introduced in Hussies study as his helper.
- Ascended Meme: Ryan North jokingly asked Hussie Who is Ms. Paint and why has she not shown up in her own Adventures?" on Twitter, which became a running joke on the MSPA forums. She was then canonised as Hussies assistant on this page.
- Dramatic Drop: Has this reaction when she runs into Lord English.
- Maybe Ever After: With Bec Noir, after she loses her boyfriend and he's brought down to normal. It seems Ms. Paint falling for Jack Noirs is a universal constant.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Hussie. More or less.
- No Mouth: Like most carapacians, she isnt depicted with a mouth in sprite form despite presumably having one.
- Official Couple: During Act 6 Intermission 5 (Part 6) Hussie explicitly canonizes Slick<3Paint.Oh fuck it. Who am I to stand between you two? You obviously make an adorable couple.
- Pink Means Feminine: The hood she always wears.
- Punny Name: If you don't get it, add "Adventures" to the end of her name.
- Ship Tease: She seems quite happy to serve Spades Slick soup even while working with Hussie. Spades seems to have a thing for her as well, considering the fact that he asked Hussie if she's "available". Theyre later made into an Official Couple.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has feminine eyelashes, despite carapeople not having hair.
- True Blue Femininity: The top half of her blouse.
- The Voiceless: Shes never shown speaking on-screen, unless you count third-person dialogue.
- Ambiguous Gender: They're featureless like the Jailbreak characters and have no confirmed pronouns. Porbably intended since they're a representation of every reader.
- Ambiguously Human: While Hiveswap Friendsim makes it seem as if they're a normal human, Pesterquest implies that they're not, and it's uncertain just what they are. Even the reader themself doesn't seem to know.
- Amusing Injuries: Happens to them a lot in Friendsim, yet they're often fine after. Most of the time.
- The Artifact: Assuming they're the same person as the Reader from Problem Sleuth, their appearances from Hiveswap Friendsim onward see very little of them reading any MS Paint Adventures, instead outright interacting with the cast. Might be a double-case considering the website's name change to Homestuck.com.
- Audience Surrogate: They represent the entirety of MS Paint Adventures readers, and are depicted as literally reading the comics in-universe. Their sole purpose in-universe is to react to the sheer weirdness of the story.
- They're also the main protagonist of Hiveswap Friendsim, and Persterquest, which involves becoming friends with the characters from the Hiveswap Troll Call and Homestuck respectively.
- Driven to Suicide:
- They briefly entertain the thought of doing so when Hussie indulges in a meta breakdown.
- It keeps happening.
- Likewise, they uncover the gun under the stump in the Land of Stumps and Dismay at the end of this flash before someone stops the record. Since they don't make any more appearances in Homestuck after that, it's possible they actually did go through with it that time.
- In the second volume of Hiveswap Friendsim, Ciravas second bad ending involves them writing a callout post about the MSPA Reader. Feeling ashamed, they leave and come across a familiar, conveniently-placed stump. The ending card shows a silhouette of them pointing the gun that they found to their head.
- Hero of Another Story: They serve as the protagonist of the Hiveswap Friendsim, in which they crash-land their rocket on Alternia and decide to make friends with the trolls they come across.
- Magnetic Hero: Both Hiveswap Friendsim and Pesterquest show they have a knack for making friends, a fact that Galekh's path lampshades.
- Mythology Gag: A very similar joke was made in Problem Sleuth, where the MSPA reader was Driven to Suicide after DMK employed his LADDER TO HELL, creating a million health bars. In this case, the reader does the same thing when Andrew employs his LADDER TO SELF INDULGENCE, creating another meta-layer of removal from the story. Both jokes are references to Jailbreak, where one of the main characters shot himself in the head while standing over a stump.
- Nonstandard Character Design: They are a basic nondescript stick figure, much like the characters of Jailbreak.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In Friendsim, they sometimes remember the bad endings of various routes, including ones where they or someone else died, though they quickly pass it off as a bad dream or unwanted thought. The epilogue reveals that Doc Scratch was using the MSPA Reader to further his plans after they landed, and reset anything that went wrong.
- Teleportation: They get this power along with Time Travel when they touch the Homestuck logo in Pesterquest. They can also teleport their friends with them by touching them.
- Time Travel: They get this power along with Teleportation when they touch the Homestuck logo in Pesterquest. They can also time travel with their friends by touching them.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Hiveswap Friendsim, it's revealed in the epilogue that their desperation for friendship was caused by Doc Scratch and he made them befriend the featured trolls so they would be "In their right places."
- Whole Costume Reference: One of the outfits Chixie can put them in during Hiveswap Friendsim makes them look like a bald Nervous Broad.
- Wistful Amnesia: They get this in Pesterquest after gaining powers from the Homestuck logo, losing most of their memories but still experiencing familiarity at various points.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Played with; Vriska appears to own the Wolf Head during her time on Alternia, and Doc manages to get a copy of it at some point, and it survives the destruction of the universe with part of Doc's apartment.
- Joke Character: The cast page that shows who's alive and who isn't has the Wolf Head on it, so it could be considered a character.
- Running Gag: It's always freaking the hell out of Hussie.
- Shout-Out: To a scene in the The Neverending Story where Bastian is scared by a stuffed wolf's head illuminated by a lightning flash during a storm while hiding in his school's attic from bullies.
- Taxidermy Terror: Despite being a nonsentient head, the Wolf still manages to hassle Hussie.
The Gods of The Furthest RingA group of horrific creatures that whisper advice to the dream selves of Derse. The largest of them make up the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors.
- Alien Blood: They bleed a shade of purple in between Gamzee's and Eridan's, as seen with two Horrorterrors injured as collateral in one of Lord English's massacres.
- Alliance with an Abomination: Lovecraftian as they are, they are still aiding the dream selves of Derse to fight off Lord English. Mainly because he's such an overwhelmingly powerful Omnicidal Maniac he's slaughtered them en masse and they're afraid of him.
- Blessed with Suck: The counterpart of Skaian visions for Derse Dreamers is being able to listen to the whispers of these guys during a lunar eclipse, when all light from Skaia is blocked out. It's so far proved to be of little to no value directly in comic, though they have allegedly proved useful offscreen or in the backstory. The Gods did become more useful by fueling in part the introduction of Dreambubbles, which are more directly useful for players. Even then, any player with a dead dreamself can access those, not just Derse Dreamers.
- However, the Gods have proven quite useful for the two tyrian blooded trolls. Not only did Gl'bgolyb provide Feferi with information about the game before it began (similar to how Kanaya and Jade were provided with info from the clouds of Skaia long before they entered their sessions) but they also provided Meenah with a plan that would allow her and her fellow teammates to exist as ghosts after they had scratched their session.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: The infallible cueball answers the question "Are the Gods evil?" with a series of arcane symbols and flashing lights, indicating the answer is beyond human understanding.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They are first mentioned in Rose's Grimoire, which includes Fluthlu from Problem Sleuth as a very, very minor servitor of their race.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Well, it might be. Their actual evilness is left pretty vague and opinions vary between characters. Rose lampshades this trope to justify her ambivalence towards working for their ends, but when she finally asks the cue ball whether or not they're evil, she's shown some eldritch text and completely snaps.
- While they help the players in the sense of giving them Dreambubbles and whispering to them, they also worked with Doc Scratch to make Alternia a Death World.
- Several of the dialogs that pop up in A6I3 when Meenah "re-bubbles" memories on "Bubblr" suggest that the Horrorterrors actively enjoy the misery and suffering that results from being ignored or scorned by her fickle Bubblr followers.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Horrorterrors are typical examples of Lovecraftian monsters, although they tend to be more helpful than evil. Lord English qualifies as an even greater abomination, and the Horrorterrors are afraid of him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They may want to destroy all universes and undermine what Skaia creates, but they draw the line at Lord English who wants to destroy everything; probably because he's been killing them in particular.
- Fling a Light into the Future: They now store Rose's walkthrough in order to help other sessions of SBURB. It's found by Kanaya in what can effectively be considered the kid's past.
- Unfortunately, they also host the server that runs the ~ATH code that summons Lord English.
- Place Beyond Time: Time exists in the Furthest Ring, but Time only progresses alongside Space and the other ten Aspects, making Time act nonlinearly and nigh randomly.
- Void Between the Worlds: They live outside of the Incipispheres, in the Furthest Ring, literally existing in the spaces between universes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Early on there seemed to be a developing subplot in which the Horrorterrors were calling for help because "something" was killing them all, although nothing really comes of it beyond foreshadowing Lord English. In fact, after they were established as making the dreambubbles, they effectively disappear completely from the comic (although they might have been all wiped out by then).
- Big Good: Skaia tries to shape the players into becoming heroes and grants them new realities to continue the creation of new universes.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Induces this in everyone who looks into its clouds except high ranking Dersites and Derse dreamers.
- Genius Loci: Although not intelligent in the classical sense, Skaia itself seems to have some form of awareness and knows everything.
- Not to mention a lot of game important things take place in or around Skaia.
- In a successful session, Skaia becomes a sort of bubble that holds a Genesis Frog, meaning they literally contain universes.
- God: If Doc Scratch and Lord English are the Devil figures, Skaia is probably the closest thing to a God figure.
- Leitmotif: Skaia is associated with Skies of Skaia.
- Light Is Not Good: A lot of what Skaia does would be viewed as evil if any of the characters did it. The Reckoning appears to be an example of this, since Skaia intentionally destroys a session's homeworld to save itself, instead of teleporting the meteors pretty much anywhere else, like empty space. However, according to Rose in Act 6 Intermission 2, Earth is the only place it can send the meteors. It's also justified in that certain meteors need to hit a planet to seed it for the session.
- Meaningful Name: Sky + Gaia
- The Omniscient: Skaia, like the Denizens, knows the result of every single potential action, as it shows through its clouds.
- Out-Gambitted: None of the sessions shown have really worked out that well.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Skaia shows agency when it decides how to use its Defense Portals, but besides that, it is so passive that it seems more like a force than a person.
- Stable Time Loop: Skaia facilitates these with its Defense Portals.
Paradox SpaceA mysterious force that causes doomed timelines and paradox doubles to die abruptly. Despite the name, it's not a physical location, so much as the shape of reality itself. Very little is known about it.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Paradox Space's immutable fate often takes the guise of ~ATH programs or vague curses. To what extent ~ATH actually warps reality is largely unknown, but it seems to simply reflect what Paradox Space had already decided.
- Big Good: Of course Skaia and all the beneficial things that occur from it also fall under Paradox Space. Above Good and Evil applies heavily here.
- Big Bad: By some interpretations, Paradox Space is this, given that the efforts of the characters in comic are all predestined, including those of the actual Big Bad!
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Initially seemed like an offhand joke by Terezi about doomed timelines before being revealed to be an actual concept.
- Fan Nickname: P-Space. Eventually became used in comic as well.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Paradox Space and the fate it ordains is a subtle reference to the fact that the characters are fictional and Andrew plans all the arcs, with minor deviations springing up from fan input or just having fun with developing characters.
- Vriska's Rage Against the Heavens makes this even more evident; she's mad in part because she's been relegated to being a minor character.
- Omniscient Morality License: With billions and billions of years spanning at least five realities to consider, Paradox Space's requirements for the Alpha timeline can seem quite arbitrary.
- Our Angels Are Different: Angels apparently serve as agents of it. It's unclear if these are the same angels associated with Heroes of Hope.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Somehow is capable of observing all of reality and manipulating fate.
- Possibly averted. Aranea's exposition on it suggests it is no more cognizant of dooming people to die and manipulating their fates than humans are of cells in their body.
- A close reading of the story indicates that Paradox Space is really more like a law of physics (or maybe even a law of destiny) rather than an actual character.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Paradox Space is why everything is essentially predestined; all offshoot timelines veer off into non-existence. Notably, however, this only applies to the players and to actions that will have an impact on the potential creation or destruction of universes; non-players who aren't in a position to affect such things have as much choice as their lot in life permits.
- While fate isn't completely immutable, some minor variations being allowed, all major events are predestined. Despite this, Aranea points out that it isn't really a hindrance, as someone with unlimited choices would have no sense of identity.
All Denizens are examples of
- Ambiguously Evil: They do loosely serve Derse, but they're usually more interested in challenging the player to grow as an individual.
- With that said, Hephaestus went nuts in Davesprite's timeline due to the Forge never appearing.
- Art Shift: When denizens are actually shown - which is very rare - they are rendered in much more detailed depictions than all the other characters.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Mentioned early in Act 4 but seemed to take a backseat to Jack Noir's ascension before coming back near the end of Act 5 and Act 6 in big ways.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Denizens are virtually identical in appearance to the icons used for a player's internet client, which usually is shown long before the character enters the Medium.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? / Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Both are valid options.
- The Faceless: Eventually, we finally do see Echidna, Typheus and Yaldabaoth, but we never properly see their face, except for brief shots of part of Yaldy's when he's attacking.
- Final Boss: Of each Land; though a player has the option of Talking the Monster to Death.
- The Ghost: All of them for the longest time, with their appearances only divinable through their small browser logos, despite the fact that several characters actually encountered them off-screen. The denizens of Mind, Doom, Blood, Rage, and Heart are unrevealed.
- Infinity -1 Sword: All seemingly have a weapon that can be given to another player of the session, for instance, the Quills of Echidna are part of NeedleKind, and Hephaestus's Fear No Anvil was captchagraphed by Davesprite and its code given to John. However they are not the ultimate weapons of a session, and a player can alchemize better ones.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Each one speaks a strange language that only their respective player can understand.
- Meaningful Name: Almost all of them are named after Greek or Roman mythological figures and all share their names with a player's internet browser.
- The Omniscient: Denizens have knowledge of all possible timelines, with access to the same infinite knowledge of Skaia.
- Our Archons Are Different: While under a different name, the Denizens fit the Gnostic mold by being animalistic abominations who rule over a planet and are the main obstacles in a quest for humans to ascend to godlike power. Most are named after figures from Greek Mythology, though Yaldabaoth and Abraxas are Gnostic names.
- Suicidal Sadistic Choice: The Choice a Denizen offers to a player of a dead session: The "better" choice is for the player to simply reject playing the session outright and accept death, with the promise that doing so will prevent the destructive power they would've gained through the session from ever damaging the multiverse, and that they will gain power in the afterlife to defeat a great evil, like a dead session winner; the other choice is to go through with the session and gather enough minions, weapons, and power to even stand a chance against the Denizen in the final fight, with the promise of unimaginable destructive power if the player is victorious. Caliborn, naturally, chose the latter, while alt-Calliope chose the former.
- You Bastard!: Should a player choose to kill them, knowing that they're sentient. This has happened with at least Vriska and Karkat.
- The Unreveal: Because of the way the trolls set up their computers, we never end up seeing what any of their Denizens are. Dirk's computer was similarly set up so The Reveal of Yaldabaoth wasn't immediately obvious.
- The Unseen: See The Ghost.
Most tropes will apply to John's iteration.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Though remaining irrelevant for a large amount of time since Act 4, Typheus' choice seems to be the key to solving all of the glitches in the space-time continuum as of Act 6 Act 6 Intermission 4.
- The Faceless: When we finally see him, his head is covered in the glitch stardust.
- Hero Killer: Typheus is responsible for the deaths of at least two instances of John and the alpha timeline Davesprite.
- Nice Guy: Explained to a doomed John exactly what would result from the timeline shift before killing him.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Forced John to master his reality warping powers by trapping him inside a pit that rapidly filled with oil, a situation where either warping himself out or the oil somewhere else in LOWAS would be pointless. John overcame this by warping the oil across multiple universes.
- Snake People
- Big Eater: Rose's iteration ate all the fish in an ocean before going to sleep.
- Leitmotif: Earthsea Borealis
- Kraken and Leviathan
- The Blacksmith
- Cool Sword: Likes to make them
- Hot-Blooded: According to Davesprite at least.
- Jerkass: Comparatively amongst the Denizens. He attacked Davesprite without provocation, but once the Forge was lit by Jade, he seemingly calmed down a lot, and helped Davesprite reforge the Caledfwlch into the Royal Deringer.
- Man on Fire: Seemingly constantly.
- Odd Name Out: Of the first four Denizens introduced, he is the only one that is a god rather than a monster.
- Big Bad / Big Good: More or less is the leader of the Denizens.
- The Faceless: Seen twice, and both times her face is off-screen. There's art of it on the soundtrack, though it's unclear if it's supposed to be a canon depiction or not; it's probably the closest we'll ever get, though.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Doc Scratch refers to her as "the mother of all monsters." It's unknown whether this was just a reference to the mythological Echidna or whether she somehow plays this role in Sburb.
- Sadistic Choice: Every known iteration of Echidna has offered the players one. According to Jade, the choices "seem to have to do with facing mortality and making it clear if you choose one path over another it will lead to your death and that your death may even be necessary to accomplish a goal." Kanaya theorizes that all Denizens produce an ultimatum that is a variant on that choice.
- The pre-Scratch trolls were given the chance to scratch their game rather than face extinction "and put no others at risk." This turned out to be a Deal with the Devil, as it allowed for Doc Scratch and Lord English to reign over their universe.
- The post-Scratch trolls were given a task in exchange for the location of the last frog. When Kanaya wrote off said proffered task as impossible, Echidna insisted then on a fight, in which the Denizen was vanquished.
- Jade was told that she must agree to the seemingly impossible task of taking all the Denizens, the Consorts, and their lands with her after the Scratch. She agrees despite having no idea how to do so and later pulls it off after reaching God Tier.
- Snake People
- The Aloner: Other than the Underlings, she will be the only one still alive to greet Jane on LOCAH due to the extra long time it took for them to get into the game.
- Meaningful Name: Hemera is the goddess of daylight and her dress is golden, which in-verse is associated with Prospit and Skaia.
- Rule of Symbolism: Her dress visually resembles the Rod of Asclepius, a symbol associated with medicine.
- Anti-Climax Boss: Roxy views her as such, noting that Nyx essentially told her to go to John's planet and nothing else, in contrast to some more dramatic Choices throughout the narrative.
- Meaningful Name: Nyx is the goddess of night and her dress is purple, which in-verse is associated with Derse and the Horrorterrors.
- Palette Swap: Visually resembles Hemera above, only her dress is purple instead of golden and swirls the opposite directions.
- Eldritch Abomination: Comes across as one. Caliborn does manage to kill him, for what it's worth.
- Eye Beam: Capable of firing multiple rotating beams from each of his eyes at once.
- The Faceless: Due to the fact that his head is a sun, so it's too bright to see. We get a brief glimpse of part of it during some of his attacks, though.
- Final Boss: Of Caliborn's session, and he's normally unbeatable.
- Odd Name Out: All of the other Denizens (aside from Abraxas) are named after Greek and Roman deities and creatures. Yaldabaoth takes his name from the creator of the material world in the Gnostic tradition, which may also be a reference to Jade and Roxy's chumhandles.
- Though the concept of Demiurge stems from Plato and was subsequently appropriated by the Gnostics, meaning the connection isn't entirely gone. Plato's conception of Demiurge and the Gnostic conception of Yaldaboath are distinctly different though.
- Palette Swap: His art when he appears is oriented exactly like Typheus, except with a red body and a dark orange Light sun head.
- Yaldabaoth/Demiurge is often portrayed as posing as a sun deity. It fits well for a denizen whose aspect's theme is a fractured soul.
- It's likely actually the other way around, since Yaldabaoth here looks very similarly to his traditional depictions in mythology.
- Physical God: 'The God of All Monsters'
- Power of the Sun: He has a sun for a head.
- Random Encounter: Yaldabaoth is the exception to the Aspect=Denizen rule. He only appears to players who are naturally gifted warriors before entering Sburb.
- Rule of Symbolism: Dirk uses the content aggregator "Complete Bullshit" rather than the browser Yaldaboath most of the time. The Myth Arc for a Hero of Heart sometimes revolves around a fractured sense of self.
- That One Boss: The most powerful Denizen with the most extreme Choices by far
- Meaningful Name: Abraxas is a great archon in Gnostic text, who contains and appears in all 365 heavens within himself. Abraxas's design also includes the symbol for infinity, ∞.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Unlike the other Denizens, who have human-like faces, Abraxas has a birdface instead, as seen in most depictions of him.
- Odd Name Out: Like Yaldabaoth, he's named after a Gnostic figure.
- Rule of Symbolism: Depending on the source, he can be ether interpreted as an Egyptian god or a demon. Lord English is a demon who uses a sarcophagus to travel time.
The Squiddles and Skipper PlumbthroatCharacters from a Saturday morning cartoon show Rose and Jade watched when they were younger. Entirely irrelevant to the plot. For now, at least.They have their own album. They are, in part, a subconscious representation of the Gods of the Furthest Ring, created by humanity.
- Affectionate Parody: Of a number of children's shows, especially The Snorks.
- All There in the Manual: Most of the info about them was revealed in the description for a poster in the store. Their album reveals some more info.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
- Animesque: Parts of the flash movie that comes with the album.
- Art Shift: There's several different art styles in the Squiddles opening.
- Dark Reprise: The Squiddles theme suffers a pretty severe version of this. The version used in [S] Jade: Wake Up (and as a hidden track in "Squiddles!") starts out sounding more and more like the product of a defective tape machine before falling apart completely, and has a pretty severe case of Last Note Nightmare.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "Tangling" seems slightly sexual. Made much more explicit in the flash movie that accompanies the album, where two Squiddles are seen smoking in bed after some intense tangling.
- God Never Said That: Skipper Plumbthroat doesn't have a pegleg, despite fans assuming he did.
- Harmless Villain: Skipper Plumbthroat never significantly harms the Squiddles, seeing as it is just a kids show.
- Lies to Children: "Mister Bowman Tells You About The Squiddles:"Mister Bowman: The Squiddles live in a magical land,
Below the waves in castles of sand
If you listen close, you can hear them make their plans
Kids: What kind of plans?
Mister Bowman: ...Happy Squiddle plans!
- Medium Blending: The opening sequence includes a puppet show segment, midway through the puppet show, they decide to be tangle buddies, and it switches from puppets to gloved hands.
- Merchandise-Driven: Judging by the sheer amount of plushies.
- Nonstandard Character Design: The magical girls in the Squiddles opening.
- The Power of Friendship/The Power of Love: Always.
- Shout-Out: Skipper Plumbthroat steals a line from the 80's Zelda cartoon, with the addition of "Beryboo" at the end of it."Skipper Plumbthroat: Well excuse me, Princess Berryboo!
- Show Within a Show: The Squiddles are characters from an old, crappy cartoon that Jade likes. She has posters and plush merchandise from it, apparently unaware of the sinister undertones of the series.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: In the unofficial Homestuck Christmas Album, the lyrics to The Squiddles Save Christmas seem to literally be "Squiddles, Squiddles, Squiddles, something Squiddles."
- Stylistic Suck: Never actually seen, but it's implied to be pretty bad to the people of the Homestuck universe, excluding Jade. It has a 2.6 out of 10 on the (fake) IMDB page seen in the description for the poster mentioned above. It may be rated low due to the high amount of weird...things that occur. You know, what with them being a human interpretation of the Eldritch Abominations from the Farthest Ring. The video that accompanies the Squiddles! album is made to look like a cheap Flash cartoon that came out of Newgrounds.
- Villain Song: "Catchyegrabber" for Skipper Plumbthroat, which later received a remix and is the closest to being Eridan's theme as any song is.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: From what is seen/heard of the show, it's implied that it tended to touch down on themes that, for children's television, were needlessly bleak.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: This cute children's show is actually humanity's subconscious reimagining of the Horrorterrors as adorable little tentacled things.
Characters from Complacency of the Learned"The Complacency of the Learned" is a story written by Rose and her Post-Scratch counterpart, Mom Lalonde. While Rose's story never amounted to much more than Purple Prose, Mom Lalonde's novels have become inexplicable best sellers.
The series is about a group of disciples of twelve great wizards who rebel against them under the influence of Calmasis, chief antihero and antagonist. The kids then murder each of the wizards in ironic ways, until only their leader, Zazzerpan, is left to duel him in a chess match. Roxy calls the books "dark," "inaccessibly written," and "exhaustingly heavy-handed" though still inspiring to her as an author of more lighthearted wizardfic.
Word of God is that Rose's wizardfic is about 12 evil kids who influenced every dark event in history, and thus a subconscious reflection of the trolls' role in creating the universe. Other characters in the series seem to correspond to the cherubs.
CalmasisCalmasis is the main antagonist of the series.
- Anti-Hero: Is referred to this by Roxy, though evidence seems to suggest that s/he's closer to a Villain Protagonist.
- Ambiguous Gender: Consistently referred to as "s/he", due to being very androgynous.
- Death by Irony: Seemingly obsessed with them.
- The Corrupter: Manages to turn other pupils against the Complacency.
- Meaningful Name: Calmasis
- It's also similar to "kismesis".
- Also similar to Salmacis, the nymph who was merged with Hermphroditus to become the first hemaphrodite.
- Villain Protagonist: Torments and kills the Complacency for no real explored reason.
- Villain Sue: In universe example. S/he wins a game of wizard chess even after being checkmated.
- Most wizards use wands. Calmasis has a revolver.
ZazzerpanAlso known as the Predicant Scholar. Leader of the Complacency and main protagonist.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The gigantic wizard statue in Rose's house is Zazzerpan the Learned. We don't know whether the statue was named for the character in her wizardfic, vice versa, or neither.
- Meaningful Name: "Predicant Scholar" resembles a Prospitian or Dersite title.
- Smart People Play Chess: He's so good he's apparently beaten gods.
FrigglishA wizard cursed and later killed by Calmasis.
- Death by Irony: Crushed beneath a book filled with his own mad scribbles.
- Foreshadowing: Roxy renames Jaspers after him. Jaspers gets crushed by a book filled with a sprite's scribblings.
- Some suggest this is also a probable fate for Gamzee, considering one of his alternates authored a book full of gibberish, especially considering Word of God is that the wizards correspond to the Trolls.
- Go Mad from the Revelation
- Great Big Book of Everything: What his insanity drives him to create. It's also what kills him.
Other WizardsExecutus, Smarny, Ockite the Bonafide, and Gastrell the Munificent.
- Doomed Protagonist
- Nominal Importance: Averted so far. We only know of them through a small excerpt of Rose's wizardfic.
Characters from Wizardy Herbert"Wizardy Herbert" is a story written by Roxy. In real life, the story actually began as "a very flippantly satirical story about kids and magic" written by Hussie before Homestuck, and many of the jokes in this story provide several of the comic's Mythology Gags related to wizards. Unlike that endeavor and Complacency of the Learned, however, Roxy's story is of poor quality, and appears to serve the purposes of My Immortal or Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff for the Potteresque Complacency.
The plot involves four teenagers from the real world who all somehow enter a fictional story, one of even poorer quality than the larger story, about a summer camp for wizards. It is revealed that one of these characters, Grant Anonama, the villain, is originally from the story and that his true name is Slinus Marlevort. The narrative appears to make Russet the protagonist at first before accepting the titular protagonist's place in that role. The story is left unfinished at a scene where Herbert and Beatrix are playing an obvious parody of Quidditch involving flying wooden horses.
- The Cynic
- Mythology Gag: Drawings of both Herbert and Beatrix can be seen on the walls of Rose's room on this page.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Completely averted, as he tends to resort to shooting things much more quickly than is probably warranted.
- All There in the Script: His surname is mentioned only in Hussie's original Wizardy Herbert and its related materials.
Slinus Marlevort / Grant Anonama
- Big Bad: Of Wizardy Herbert
- Shout-Out: His surname appears to be a lazy portmanteau of the two names for Harry Potter's Dark Lord, "Voldemort" and "Tom Marvolo Riddle." His first name appears to be in the style of those of other Potter characters (i.e. "Severus," "Lucius," "Sirius," etc.).
- His pseudonym, which he used when he pretended to be the heroes' friend in the real world, is an anagram for "Not an anagram."
Dirk's Auto Responder/Lil Hal
Because they're very closely related, tropes here specifically apply to the program. For tropes related to his merger with Equius as Arquissprite, see the Sprites page.
- Artificial Intelligence: The first and so far only truly robotic character in the comic.
- And sometimes he's completely indistinguisable from DS, but other times his algorithms screw up.
- Asexuality: While he does have a slight crush on Jake at times, it's more like an echo of Dirk's feelings, and he's not sure if he "can be 'into' someone in a way you can [Roxy] understand."
- Brain Uploading:
- It's implied he was made in part via a captcha of Dirk's own brain, a Call-Back to when Dave was messing around with his alchemiter. (Though how Dirk got a captcha of his own brain before entering Sburb is a Noodle Incident so far.)
- He has also hinted that Jake's brobot may run a copy of his personality, since he referred to him as his robotic avatar. At the very least, he's capable of remotely controlling its difficulty settings.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Sort of. He's got a mental age of 13, as opposed to Dirk who's aged since.
- Broken Bird: His conversations with Roxy have made it clear that he's incredibly upset about being artificial, if only because it means no one takes him seriously or treats him like a person.
- Call a Human a "Meatbag"TT: Because clearly its up to a soulless droid to feel emotions for the both of us, you callous, corporeal carbon ape, all trotting around with your fancy fuckin' DNA and shit.
- Seemingly only does so when he's pretty upset or trying to assert his intellectual superiority.
- Call-Back: Is a reference to how Davesprite insists on being treated as his own person, separate from Dave.
TT: If it's me, I'm going all out. Oceans will rise. Cities will fall. Volcanoes will erupt.
- Roxy refers to him as AR.
- When talking to Dirk, he uses Dave's text color, just as Dirk uses Davesprite's.
- When talking about what he'd do if he was the one pursuing Jake:
TT: What does he have to do to make you at ease with the alkaline sting of his gentle robogrope? I really want to know.TT: Maybe he should just rip his heart out of his chest and pound it into green gravel there in the jungle with his hella strong robot arm.
- Makes a call back to a dramatic action taken by another robotic character
- Cloning Blues: Doesn't take kindly to Jake's insistence on talking to the "real" Dirk. This is one of the ways one can tell the difference in between him and the original Dirk Strider.
- Cool Shades: Literally is a pair of them.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Jake agrees to treat AR as a person and not a program.
- Extends further: Dirk created him from a captcha when he was 13, but AR has since undergone his own development since, separate from Dirk. It also explains why he's a bit more immature and sweary than Dirk, in that he's mentally a bit younger.
- Expospeak Gag: When Jake runs into the occasional hole in his ability to mimic a human. Of course, it turns out that this is just a schtick he's doing to mess with people.
- FaceHeel Turn: The "MSPA Reader: Mental breakdown." suggests that AR becomes Doc Scratch, or at least becomes the basis of his personality.
- Fan Nickname: Shades Prick, after Spades Slick.
- Foreshadowing:TT: What does he have to do to make you at ease with the alkaline sting of his gentle robogrope? I really want to know.TT: Maybe he should just rip his heart out of his chest and pound it into green gravel there in the jungle with his hella strong robot arm.TT: If it's me, I'm going all out. Oceans will rise. Cities will fall. Volcanoes will erupt.
- Fusion Dance: With Equius to become Arquiusprite.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: In this case, run a world-destroying simulation game.
- Hypocritical Humor: From here.GG: Shucks!!!!!TT: Hey, I'm upset about it too, but let's watch the fucking language.
- Irony: He's just as committed as Dirk to impenetrable irony, though Dirk accuses him of ruining it.
- LARP: Apparently does stuff with Roxy that Dirk wishes he wouldn't.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:GT: How long have your machinations been in play!
TT: Jake, come on. The feat you describe would exceed the capabilities of even the most far fetched theoretical AI system. It would be a daunting challenge to engineer such a series of events, even if I was relegated to a model of pure fiction.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: The accuracy numbers he admits to pulling out of his ass.
- Misaimed Fandom: Refers to HAL 9000 as the "protagonist" of the movie.
- Not So Stoic: In comparison to Dirk, he's a lot more open about his feelings. However, he makes a distinction between feelings he inherited from Dirk and feelings he thinks of as actually his.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: He is pretty resentful of humans and tends to mock them when his artificial nature is brought up.
- Pungeon Master: Tends to use "bro" puns (bromide, brocurement), as well as others:(AR) TT: Touché.
(AR) TT: Or should I say douché?
(Dirk) TT: You shouldn't say the former, and you should definitely, never, under any circumstance, say the latter.
- His puns are sometimes followed by a Glasses Pull with an emoticon image, similar to previous characters, though naturally his is simply a faceless pair of glasses.
- Relationship Reveal: The "MSPA Reader: Mental breakdown" flash suggests that as a copy of Dirk's brain patters, AR can be considered Rose's uncle. This sets up a Brick Joke with Doc Scratch.
- Self-Parody: He created Lil Hal Junior, his own entirely unnecessary autoresponder, which clearly has no AI at all. It only says things like "Hmm" and "Interesting" unless the person pestering it triggers the following parody of the "It seems you have asked about DS's chat client auto-responder" spiel:TT: It seems you have asked about Lil Hal's chat client auto-responder, Lil Hal Junior. This is an application designed to simulate Lil Hal's otherwise inimitably rad typing style, tone, cadence, personality, and substance of retort while he is away from the computer, which is never. The algorithms are guaranteed to be 0% indistinguishable from Lil Hal's native neurological responses, based on some statistical raw data that is hard as a diamond golem's priceless erection.
- Significant Monogram: "AR" happens to be the monogram of an Exile, Aimless Renegade. It's explained late in the story that the Lil' Cal had the Auto Responder's soul (among other things). Aimless Renegade, back when he was Authority Regulator, brought Lil' Cal to the ectobiology laboratory that created the human players.
- Ar is also the symbol for the chemical element Argon, which is a noble gas. Every planet in the Post-Scratch session includes the name of a noble gas, and the players themselves are called nobles instead of gods.
- Shout-Out: Not directly, but he explicitly puts on a "Hal 9000 schtick".TT: I'm afraid Dirk can't hear you right now, Jake.'''
- Later on, he tells Jake to call him Lil Hal, and after that:
- Sophisticated as Hell: He has both a wide vocabulary and swears a lot more than his creator.TT: It seems there is a 76.10395784% chance you are pussying out on me.
- Turing Test: He almost passes, fooling Jake for nearly an entire page and then convincingly asserting his own personhood afterwards.
- Dirk claims that he programmed him to pretend to fail it ironically.
- Verbal Tic: He immediately regurgitates a preformed chat message when prompted about himself, and then subsequently tries to play it off as being irrelevant.TT: It seems you have asked about DS's chat client auto-responder. This is an application designed to simulate DS's otherwise inimitably rad typing style, tone, cadence, personality, and substance of retort while he is away from the computer. The algorithms are guaranteed to be 96% indistinguishable from DS's native neurological responses, based on some statistical analysis I basically just pulled out of my ass right now.
- He has a tendency to use "It seems" and percentages a lot in conversation, both of which Dirk also programmed into him.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Jake invokes this, claiming that machines don't have real feelings, but AR defies it, says he does have feelings, and is quite offended by Jake's attitude.TT: I think you knowingly confuse the field of robotics and artificial intelligence to engender some sort of cavalier attitude about technology that a rough-and-tumble guy who's all about brawling and fisticuffs would probably have, and if this is cultivated to a humorous effect then I commend you.TT: But you're wrong.
TT: I do have feelings. And you're shitting on them.
TT: It sucks.
- Dirk himself seems to believe that the question is irrelevant, even to the point of leaving his functions on because he regards muting an AI whose entire purpose is to talk an And I Must Scream situation.
- On the other hand Dirk dismisses his growth in maturity since they were both 13, since he has developed "in whatever way is natural for a frequently running, self-aware application," as opposed to how Dirk grew as a human. Dirk eventually admits that this is just denial since he's disgusted by how Lil Hal shows him exactly how hard it is for others to deal with his own personality.
- Wishful Projection: His defense of the "loyal brobot" seems rather personal.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Zig-zagged. From the beginning fans have speculated that Lil Hal would be Dirk's sprite eventually, much in the same way that Dave prototyped his sprite with a copy of himself. 5 months after entry, Dirk finally relents and agrees to do so (after almost killing Lil Hal in a bout of self-loathing and frustration), only for Gamzee to finally sneak past him and prototype the sprite with Equius. Dirk says, "Fuck it," and prototypes Equiusprite with him anyway.
- And strangely, the AR prefers being one with Equius.
Sawtooth and SquarewaveA pair of rapping robots created by Dirk Strider. Sawtooth was designed to be unbeatable in a rap-off while Squarewave loses to Dirk every time.
Squarewave has spoken in a flash and speaks
ALMOST ENTIRELY IN PURE RAP
AFTER HE GOT FED UP WITH DIRK'S CRAP
HIS RHYMES THOUGH ARE PRETTY WEAK
DIRK BEATS HIM WITH ONLY A TWO LINE STREAK
HE ALSO USES STEREOTYPICAL RAPPER SLANG LIKE DOGG!!
- The Ace: Sawtooth was deliberately designed to be one.
- Big Damn Heroes: Sawtooth shows up to save Dirk after he's pinned down by dronebots.
- The Big Guy: Sawtooth is ridiculously tall and silent thus far in comic.
- Butt-Monkey: Squarewave.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: Sawtooth was stated to be Walking the Earth. Then he comes back to pull a Big Damn Heroes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appeared on Dave's wall as a poster.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Squarewave's eyes consist of concentric circles, one of which is more contracted than the other, leading to look like he constantly has Mad Eye, even though he's perfectly sane.
- Eyes Always Shut: Sawtooth.
- In the Hood: Sawtooth.
- Leitmotif: Squarewave is associated with "Anbroids". Both robots are associated with chiptune music.
- Meaningful Name: They're named after square and sawtooth waves.
- More Dakka: Sawtooth shows up to save Dirk from the dronebots with a pair of giant torso-mounted missile racks.
- Nice Hat: Both of them.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Robotic characters in comic tend to be grey with obvious bolts and rivets, but otherwise resemble living creatures in form and outline, whereas these guys look more stylized, blocky, and overtly mechanical with mouths that resemble their namesake waves.
- Robot Buddy: Dirk even notes that Squarewave is somewhat close in behavior to a puppy.
- Rule of Symbolism: They're pretty close to being just like the Striders. Squarewave even speaks in red text like Dave.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: For some definition of siblings.
- Walking the Earth: Sawtooth, according to Dirk. He defeats any rappers foolish enough to challenge him.
- No Waterproofing in the Future:SQUAREWAVE: DAMN DOGG WHY AS A ROBOT I GOT TO BE SO PREDICTABLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO LIQUID LIKE THIS. IT AIN'T COOL!!!
According to Caliborn, Cal is a "juju", which is an Artifact of Doom seemingly connected to Lord English. Dirk Strider has his own version of Lil' Cal, but it's currently unclear if it is a duplicate created by the Scratch or the same Cal from a different point in time. Caliborn and Cal's ability to wink have implied that it's probably both and that Cal's power as a juju allows Caliborn to store his soul inside. It's also the host to the souls of ARquis and half of Gamzee.
- Always Chaotic Evil: See Artifact of Doom.
- Artifact of Doom:
uu: THERE'S ONLY ONE REASON FOR THOSE TO EXIST.
- Caliborn seems to think that Lil' Cal is one, though its unknown how specific he's being when trying to warn Dirk to destroy him.
uu: IT IS TO TuRN THE LIFE OF EVERYONE WHO OCCuPIES THE SAME uNIVERSE WITH IT.
uu: INTO A NIGHTMARE.
- He later realizes that the reason for Cal being this is that his soul will eventually be stored inside the puppet.
- Brown Note: Looking at him winking is largely implied to make you insane (or, in Gamzee's case, more insane than usual).
- Companion Cube: One that turns out to be Evil All Along.
- The Corrupter: Dave wonders if his version of Dirk growing up with Cal by his side is the reason Dirk was an abusive guardian. Post-Scratch Dirk's version of Cal didn't have any souls in it yet, so it wasn't this for him.
- Creepy Doll: In and out of the Homestuck Universe.
- Defictionalization: Forum regular Eyes5 made a real Cal doll and gave it to Andrew.
- Demonic Dummy: Those eyes...
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Yes, the Big Bad has been seen since Act 2.
- Foreshadowing: Dave's sword is called Caledscratch. It's later revealed that Doc Scratch was created by the Black Queen alchemizing Cal with Vriska's magic cue ball.
- Remember all those jokes about Lil' Cal being Lord English? It turns out English spawns from Doc Scratch's body at the end of the universe. He has Lil' Cal's facial structure.
- As do the cherubs, both of whose names contain Cal's. And he's not called Lil' Cal for nothing: he's the host for Caliborn's soul.
- Remember all those jokes about Lil' Cal being Lord English? It turns out English spawns from Doc Scratch's body at the end of the universe. He has Lil' Cal's facial structure.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Implied to be the ultimate representation of the ontological cancer that is behind all the story's misfortune for most of the story. It turns out this is because he, alongside the similarly-treated Felt jujus, is Caliborn's phylactery. And when the B2 Universe's Jack Noir effectively "kills" him, he steals this trope from right under his eyes.
- Killed Off for Real: As it's implied that the Cal from the B1 Universe that Gamzee owned is the last Cal, the puppet, under Caliborn's influence, effectively commits suicide when it persuades post-scratch Jack Noir to steal its eyes and destroy Prospit's prison (and the rest of the puppet with it). His curse, however, lives on inside "Union Jack," until his ultimate death at the hands of Dave Strider.
- Laughing Mad: "HAA HAA! HEE HEE! HOO HOO!"
- Meaningful Name: Since the dummy contains a piece of Lord English's soul, as he's essentially a Little Caliborn.
- Mythology Gag: Before MS Paint Adventures, Andrew Hussie often used the name "Lil' Cal" for rappers or gangsters in his other comics.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially his dream counterpart, which moves around on its own. Then it turns out that he is his dream counterpart through weird time shit, so he was alive and capable of moving all along... (unless Dream Cal only moved due to Dave's subconscious influence) Also, Gamzee thinks Cal can talk, and is telling him that it's time to kill him all, is he just an Ax-Crazy maniac who thinks his puppet talks to him, or is he an Ax-Crazy maniac whose puppet really is talking to him?
- Given Lil' Cal's connection with Doc Scratch and Lord English...
- Also, the fact that there are multiple souls trapped inside...
- Security Blanket: To Dirk, strangely enough.He's been around as long as you can remember. You were practically raised by that puppet. He was a much better guardian to you than that Hollywood superstar BRO of yours ever was. He is such a good listener. You share with him all your most private thoughts and hopes and dreams, and sometimes you snuggle up with him for a nice nap.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When Kanaya gets her hands on him, she makes him a set of snazzy looking Felt duds◊. Still creepy, but creepy with style.
- Soul Jar: Implied to be the primary vessel for Caliborn's soul. Later revealed to be the host for not only his soul, but for ARquis and half of Gamzee's corpse.
- Stable Time Loop: Caliborn calls Lil' Cal a "juju." Later, Calliope explains that "juju" are said to have origins impossible to trace, emerging out of the void, and cannot truly be copied or destroyed.note Lil' Cal is a fine example of this. He was created by Gamzee as a nightmare to haunt Dave's dreamself based on Bro's puppet. That nightmare eventually was sent through a Skaian portal to become Bro's puppet, and then that puppet through elaborate shenanigans ended up following Jack into the troll's session and eventually wound up in Gamzee's hands, inspiring his own creation.
- It gets even more complicated: Gamzee's creation is not entirely of his own volition; Dirk's Dream Cal is found by Gamzee and given to Caliborn, and after Caliborn stores his soul inside Dirk's Dream Cal, it becomes, in Caliborn's words, "ENTANGLED WITH THE VOID" and is then transferred by Gamzee into the Cal he "creates." As a result, Lord English is created, and he inspires Gamzee's "chucklevoodoo" abilities and, with help from Kurloz, ensures he travels far enough in the void to get to Caliborn. Without Gamzee, Caliborn would have never discovered Cal.
Con Air Bunny Rabbit / Liv Tyler / Mr. Terry Kiser
- Ambiguous Gender: Rose and John use female pronouns for it; Jake uses male. It's a stuffed toy, so it doesn't have one.
- BFG: The Cyborg Bunny wields the ultimate or penultimate weapons of the same types as the kids. One of them is Eridan's Ahab's Crosshairs — miniaturized, but still much taller than the Bunny itself.
- Big Damn Heroes: It has a bit of a habit for coming through for the kids when it's least expected.
- Chekhov's Gift: John receives all three versions of the Bunny on his birthday. He does not realize it at first, but each one is very important — the first two must be sent back in time to create the third, which ends up saving his life when cornered by Jack.
- This also logically means, of course, that John has regifted the poor thing twice. Talk about unappreciative!
- The Cavalry: "The toy has taken a new master. The tactician, a misstep."
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unceremoniously killed offscreen during the creation of the Green Sun.
- Averted later in Act 6, where Terry gets a whole flash dedicated to its life and death as Liv Tyler after Jake sends it to Jade.
- Eye Scream: WV eats its green eye, RIGHT OUT OF THE SOCKET. Thankfully occurs off-screen.
- I Have Many Names: John calls it Liv Tyler; Jake calls it Terry Kiser.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Duh
- Shout-Out: Aside from the obvious, John eventually has her pilot one Derse's floating battleships, making her Captain Tyler.
- Shrink Ray: Liv Tyler has both a infinitesimalator (pressing her red eye) which can littlefy things and a monstrositifier (the green eye) which hugens them. John used the monstrositifier to hugen the Warhammer of Zillyhoo back to its normal size. Unfortunately WV ate the green eye, leaving only the infinitesimalator, which John used to shrink a Derse battleship.
- The Slow Path: It's at least 38 years old.
- Transplant: The stuffed Bunny is the authentic toy itself from Con Air, albeit much abused.
- Walking Armory: It shows up with four ultimate weapons strapped to its back — the Warhammer of Zillyhoo, the Quills of Echidna, the Royal Deringer, and Ahab's Crosshairs.
Post-Scratch Bunny / Huggy Bear / Lil' Sebastian
- In Spite of a Nail: Dirk enclosed the actual Con Air bunny in a robotic suit, despite Jane not being a fan of Con Air.
- Disney Death: Later recovered from the ground by Gamzee in the far future Earth of Caliborn's session. Though he's able to dance the same way he has before, he's pretty rusted and beat up.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Sidekick Creature Nuisance: Jane is not amused by his actions, particularly his desecration of Poppop's body, and more recently, the destruction of one of her home's walls by a thrown refrigerator.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Essentially a footnote in the narrative, Lil' Sebastian ensures that Act 6 Act 6 continues to follow the Kids despite Caliborn's meddling.
- Shout-Out: Li'l Sebastian is named after a miniature horse from Parks and Recreation, and the name "Huggy Bear", of course, comes from the character played by Snoop Dogg in Starsky & Hutch.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: However, due to the duplication of items between the Scratch, Jane technically has 3 different instances of the exact same bunny now, which doesn't have to undergo a Stable Time Loop anymore.
Assorted Animal SidekicksOver the course of their adventure, the kids (and some other characters) come into possession of a number of animal sidekicks. In order of appearance, they are MAPLEHOOF, a beautiful pony given to Rose by her mom; VODKA MUTINI, a friendly mutant kitten found in the lab near Rose's house; and a small murder of RAMBUNCTIOUS CROWS who burst through the window of Dave's apartment.
- The Blank: She has no facial features aside from her nostrils.
- Character Death: Traveled back to Earth with baby Dave on a meteor, and was killed upon impact. Her hide was made by Bro into a bib.
- Foreshadowing: Upon her death, Bro made the part of her hide with a heart on it into a baby bib. His post-scratch iteration would later turn out to be a Hero of Heart.
- Fun Size: Her post-scratch iteration is tiny enough to fit on Dirk's desk.
- Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Terezi mistakes her for an infant Dave's lusus.
- Leitmotif: Pony Chorale and Maplehoof's Adventure.
- No Name Given: The narration has implied post-scratch Maplehoof's name isn't actually Maplehoof. Fans have taken to calling her Minihoof.
- My Little Phony: Her name and the heart on her flank surely fit. Notably, she was introduced before Friendship is Magic (and its sizable Periphery Demographic) came about, but Dirk's iteration of her was made a Shout-Out to it.
- Suddenly Voiced: She can be heard neighing (as in, saying the word "neigh") multiple times in "Maplehoof's Adventure".
- You All Look Familiar:
- Aquatic doppelgangers of Maplehoof appear on Alternia in Feferi's hive, with heart, diamond, and spade cutie marks.
- A herd of robotic Maplehoofs appears in the flash "[S] Arquiusprite: Ride", bearing Arquiusprite-symbol cutie marks.
Vodka Mutini / Mutie
A little black kitten with four eyes, discovered by Rose in the Lab.
- Ambiguous Gender: Fans are divided on whether Mutie is a boy or girl. Canon doesn't clarify either way.
- Clone Degeneration: An imperfect clone of Rose's dead cat Jaspers.
- Cute Kitten: An adorable, mutant, tiny four-eyed kitten.
- Extra Eyes: It has four eyes as a result of being a failed clone.
- I Have Many Names: Gets called "Dr. Meowgon Spengler" by John.
- Portmanteau: Of "mutant" and "vodka martini", a reference to Rose's mom's love of drinking.
Serenity / Twinkly HerbertA firefly from the Land of Wind and Shade that was trapped in amber in WV's exile station. He appearified her out of the amber and she has since followed the cast around.
... .--. . .- -.- ... / . -. - .. .-. . .-.. -.-- /
.. -. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . .-.-.-
(Translation: Speaks entirely in Morse Code.)
- Ambiguous Gender: WV has no idea if Serenity is a boy or a girl. He decides she's a girl, but he also has no idea if fireflies can even be girls. They can in some species, but in others, female fireflies resemble larvae. It is never clarified which Serenity's species falls into.
- Arc Symbol: Serenity's light spiral retroactively becomes one, specifically being used for the Cherubs from Act 6 Act 3 onwards.
- This comes into prominence during Collide, wherein Serenity's light gives all the Kids hope to persevere at the battle's midpoint.
- Bilingual Bonus: Serenity will occasionally blink out a message in Morse code.
- Fairy Companion: Not exactly, but Serenity's resemblance to Navi is unmistakable, not to mention the occasion on which Vriska replaced Serenity in WV's dream.
- Everyone Knows Morse: Averted, to Serenity's displeasure."How do you people even exchange ideas without luminous rear ends!!!!!!"
- Genki Girl: Most of her statements have lots of exclamation points.
- Meaningful Name: Roxy's name for her comes from the name of her (and Hussie's) wizardfic, "Wizardy Herbert."
- Punny Name: Serenity is a Firefly.
- Team Pet: For the Exiles and later, the post-scratch Kids.
- Those Two Guys: Typically is one by herself, or with WV.
- Trash Talk: Tells Jack Noir "You suck!", making her the first person to directly insult him.
Casey / Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer
CASEY is a salamander from the Land of Wind and Shade who played the part of Cameron Poe's daughter in one of John's emotionally charged Con Air reenactments.
After getting left behind during John's visit to Rose's house, Casey falls in with Rose and becomes a budding practitioner of the dark arts.
- Ambiguous Gender: John isn't quite sure what gender Casey is, but gives her a girl name. Rose thinks of "Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer" as male. Who's right? Who knows.
- Ascended Extra: Is briefly focused on during Act 6 Intermission 5.
- Badass Adorable: Viceroy Von Salamancer is an absolutely adorable Fun Size salamander with a scarf and black robes. Also has now displayed the powers of a Necromancer.
- Back for the Finale: Briefly returns in [S]: Collide (along with her skeleton army) to aid in the final battle.
- I Have Many Names: Similar to Mutie's nickname, Casey gets called "Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer" by Rose. Turnabout is fair play?
- Necromancer: Following the three-year meteor trip, likely as a result of training under Rose, Casey to have become rather skilled at raising undead minions.
- Plot Hole: The narrative explicitly states that Casey should have aged during the three-year journey to the Alpha Session, but chooses to ignore the problem entirely.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Casey looks the same as any salamander, only smaller and thus cuter.
- The Blank: Like John's Dad, he has no facial features except for his nose (although he also has a mustache). At least when he appears in person. His face can be seen in an illustration inside his book, and can be seen again here.
- Curse of the Ancients: "Land sakes alive, we are cooking with petrol now!"
- Death by Origin Story: Played straight in the Pre-Scratch Universe but averted in the Post-Scratch Universe where he survived to raise Poppop.
- Happily Married: To Betty Crocker, of all people.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's Mark Twain. With a party hat.
- Trickster Mentor: If his book of pranks is any indication.
- Action Survivor: The only known normal human still alive after Jade's meteor hits.
- Ascended Meme: Attempts to use large pants as some kind of defense.note
- Stuck in the Medium. Drinks his own filtered piss. note
- It's safe to say fedorafreak is nothing BUT this.
- Expospeak Gag: He types like this, all the time.
- Hero of Another Story: He's playing his own session somehow, possibly with other survivors. He seemingly wandered across a player's wrecked house and entered that way.
- Fridge Horror: Earth Sessions are unbeatable because of inherent flaws in the Universe. What happened to him is best left to the imagination.
- According to his last log with Nannasprite, he likely even managed to ascend to God Tier (he describes himself clearly mortally wounded and lying down on a mysterious stone bed.) Unfortunately, he was probably annihilated along with the rest of the prescratch human universe.
- Innocent Bystander: Fedorafreak has no relation to the Kid's session, but has to survive the fallout.
- Nice Hat: It's in the name.
- Potty Humor: Such a source of this that Andrew jokingly dubs him the Gent of Piss.
- Serious Business: Professional attire, particularly hats.
- The Voice: Although he only communicates through text.
- Disney Villain Death: If the knitting needles didn't finish him off, the plummet to the bottom of a waterfall of blood probably helped.
- Eye Scream: Stabbed in both eyes with a pair of knitting needles.
- Foreshadowing: Fieri made his first cameo in the comic some seven hundred pages before Dirk explained his rise to power more fully. It's easy to dismiss those popups as a throwaway gag, until you find out that... well, see below.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He was responsible for the deaths of 5 billion people. Out of 7 billion.
- Stealth Pun: His name resembles Feferi's, which seems to be the only explanation as to why Guy Fieri of all people is given a huge position of power.
- Villain with Good Publicity: It became increasingly obvious that he was evil as other Supreme Court justices dropped dead and humanity continued its acrobatic pirouette off the handle.
Presidents Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dave kills them both in one sword slice.
- President Evil: And there are two of them.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Their regime was very silly... but it was murderous and backed up by the Condesce.
- Too Dumb to Live: They accepted an invitation from Dave to a duel, despite having no combat skills besides possibly Battle Rapping.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Averted, as they apparently made it very clear that they were not good.
Mierfa Durgas and Nektan WhelanTwo Fantrolls that exist because their creators paid a whopping $10,000 for the Kickstarter for the Homestuck Gaiden Game. Though Hussie originally intended the option to have fan characters appear as a joke, he ultimately followed up by making them appear briefly just before Calliope and Caliborn are born.
- Action Girl: Mierfa certainly looks the part, but she doesn't get the chance to act it.
- Cool Shades: Nektan has a pair of slick purple sunglasses.
- Doing It for the Art: The people who paid for these characters were more interested in funding the game than having their characters show up onscreen.
- Defiant to the End: Mierfa is ready to go down kicking ass. It doesn't work out.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: They die simply because the male Cherub was trying to attract a mate.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Nektan sports one under his eye. If he was actually good or evil is anyone's guess, though.
- Fighting with Chucks: Mierfa's weapon of choice is nunchucks.
- Kill It with Fire: How they check out.
- Nice Hat: Nektan wears a fancy top hat, though it's hard to see due to the dark background he appears in.
- Oh, Crap!: Nektan looks too terrified by the Cherub to try and do anything about him.
- One-Scene Wonder: Though they only show up for one panel, their appearance is a particularly memorable one for the fandom.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Mierfa doesn't bother with sleeves.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: These two died after their first panel. Tavrisprite lasted longer then they did.
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