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Loophole by saccharineSylph is a Homestuck fanfiction based on Unwanted Free Ugly Troll. When John Egbert volunteered to foster pets, he never expected he would have to take care of a troll. He ends up with a troll named Vriska for an upcoming trial. The more time John spends with Vriska, he realizes she acts less like a pet and more of a child....

  • Affectionate Nickname: Rowena Black/Snowman would call Vriska, "Thief".
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  • Badass Adorable: Vriska. Though it's due to a very dark backstory.
  • Berserk Button: Vriska has a number of them, but she really doesn't like it when Doc Stratch implies that she killed Tavros and Aradia for fun.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Vriska dies, but her death and the outpouring of sympathy afterwards aids in getting more rights for trolls, and John eventually gets over his grief and becomes an adoptive father to a bunch of other little trolls.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Vriska comforts John after he has a small breakdown over remembering his recently passed father.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The troll chow in chapter 1, John stops feeding Vriska the chow because Vriska got sick after eating too much because he thought it was too rich for her. Turns out the troll chow is carcinogenic
    • Vriska bites John in the first chapter, John commented that her fangs were like a spider. In the court, it is revealed that Vriska killed Snowman by poisoning her through her bite.
  • Children Forced to Kill
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Vriska, although its justified by her being a victim of abuse and John treats her like a normal little girl.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Feferi's mother.
  • Covered with Scars: Vriska.
  • Crusading Lawyer: Terezi
  • Deconstruction Fic: Arguably one for the popular Petstuck AU.
  • Defusing The Tykebomb: John to Vriska.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Doc Scratch
  • Interspecies Friendship: Vriska seems to believe that John is her moirail and when John learns about moirallegiance from Feferi, agrees with her.
  • Kindly Vet: Averted with Doc Scratch, as he runs a troll fighting ring, neglects his own pets, and would force his trolls to kill each other or people he doesn't like.
  • Mercy Kill: Vriska killed a newly-crippled Tavros in his sleep to prevent him being used as bait.
  • Mega-Corp: The Betty Crocker company.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: People see Vriska as a vicious animal, when she's an abused little girl.
  • Paparazzi: John and Vriska were swarmed and harassed by them after the first day in court.
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  • Posthumous Character: Aradia, Tavros, Dad Egbert, and Snowman
  • Puppy Love: Vriska and Eridan, being young trolls (8 human years) and are each other's kismesis.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: Is one to Unwanted Free Ugly Troll
  • Shipped in Shackles: Vriska is introduced to John caged, muzzled and drugged.
  • Sticky Fingers: Vriska stole a pair of fairy wings she wanted from Target.
  • Tomboy: Vriska, as when John and she went to Target, she prefered the clothes in the Boy section, pirate figures, toy pirate ships and fairies.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A major theme. Vriska, and the other trolls we see, are clearly fully sentient — yet they're treated as pets, and Vriska is eventually euthanized by court order.