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  • Before the ancestors in the trolls' session initiated the scratch, "our" trolls were in the role of the ancestors (and vice versa). In the Pre-scratch timeline, troll society was peaceful. Note that with the role reversals, at this time, Feferi, who in the present timeline wants to abolish the blood caste system and help the weak, would have been empress.
    • Which of course fits with the fact that every troll in Post-scratch Alternia now dresses in similar clothes to Meenah.
    • This also means Earth's clowns are indeed based on Gamzee; Pre-Scratch!Gamzee.
    • Pre-Scratch!Karkat, the Signless of Beforus, was successful not only because Karkat isn't passive-aggressive like Post-Scratch!Signless was, but also because he would have received help from Pre-Scratch!Feferi.
  • All of the Trolls' similarities to humans — from the existence of Troll Will Smith to the fact that they speak English — could be explained by the fact that the Trolls created Earth's universe, and therefore humans.
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    • Vriska suggests that Karkat would make a better human than a troll, and humans have the same freakish bright red blood. Makes sense, considering he was the trolls' leader, and the one who would have personally gotten the ultimate prize if they hadn't been interrupted. As well as the one who supposedly gave the B1 universe cancer.
    • Also, why does the "real" world operate under the bizarre rules of captchalogues and strife syllabi? Because the "real" world is the creation of a game and follows game logic.
  • Tavros's typing quirk is because cAPS lOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL, fOR COOL (and Tavros doesn't really understand either, Caps Lock or cool)
    • Also, his attempt at trolling Dave going horribly wrong: Dave reacts with ironic gay innuendo, and Tavros gets confused and upset and blocks him. Trolls don't consider gender an object to sexuality, and so presumably don't even have Gay Bravado. No wonder he was confused and upset.
  • It would only make sense for the heroes of Hope and Doom to be rivals.
    • And that the hero of Doom would both hate and pity/love the hero of Rage. He sees Rage as sensible, but hates that it's the sensible thing to do.
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  • Karkat is ridiculously ambitious but due to his blood color, he'd be considered a freak and pretty much shunned by the rest of his society, shooting down any chance of becoming a THRESHECUTIONER that he might have had otherwise. Which pretty much explains why he's so angry all the time.
  • Pretty much every troll's horns resemble their sign. Equius? Arrow-shaped horn+broken straight piece of horn = bow-and-arrow sign. And so on.
    • And if not the sign, the what it represents. Aradia's horns are more curved than the Aries symbol, but they do look exactly like ram's horns.
  • Watch Kanaya's hairstyle very carefully, particularly the bangs on the side of her head. Then, compare it to the traditional vampire cape.
    • Also, after coming back from the dead, she's bloody, and her last name is Maryam.
      • It can also be a reference to the biblical Virgin Mary, since her sign is Virgo and she's set to raise the new mother grub.
  • Nepeta seems to sleep with her lusus rather than in a recuperacoon, thus her dreams are filled with her species' history of violence. In other words, her dreams are probably filled with EXCITING TALES FROM THE HUNT, which explains why she acts so feral and yet so adorable. May also qualify as Fridge Horror.
    • Also it might explain why she has circles underneath her eyes - she might not get as good sleep from it.
    • And look at her coat. At first glance, it may seem like an ordinary coat that an artist like Nepeta would wear. Take another look at it. Nepeta's coat is a hunting coat.
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  • Speaking of Equius and dark eye circles: you can actually see his blood color under his shades, unlike the others. If you've watched enough police procedural shows, you've heard the word petechia associated with the bloodshot eyes of strangling victims. Remember how Equius seemed so creepy and perverse that the Narrator delayed introducing him? Remember how happy he looked when he's being strangled to death by Gamzee??
  • Late to the Punchline: I knew for a while that the troll equivalent of STRIFE was GRIEF (in backwards and upside down Daedric), but I only recently caught the joke. They're trolls. They're griefing each other.
  • When Karkat was explaining Troll Romance to Vriska in Homestuck he told her that Tavros could never hate her the way she hated him because there was something dysfunctional about him that kept him from developing the same degree of hate as everyone else. When Hussie introduced Kanaya, one of the other 'nice' trolls, he repeated a comment from Tavros's introduction about not sleeping much. Suddenly it became clear why Kanaya and Tavros are so nice compared to other trolls: All trolls suffer from psychotic nightmares so bad that they have to sleep in psychoactive goop in order to dull the edge. But Tavros, who can't fit in his cocoon because of his freakish horns, and Kanaya, who stays up late because she's the troll equivalent of a Goth, have minimized their exposure.
    • Given that we've recently learned that Karkat, and probably the rest of the Trolls, can't sleep, their dream-selves dying may have made them all insomniacs. And if that's the case, Tavros and Kanaya don't just have minimized exposure - they've also got more experience dealing with sleep deprivation. Doubles as Fridge Horror if you think about it too long. - Volouscheur
    • Related, the most isolated trolls, Nepeta, Kanaya, and Feferi are among the nicest. Nepeta lives in a cave with her lusus and has to hunt for food. While Feferi can't go very far from hers without getting killed. Meanwhile, Kanaya is both diurnal and lives in an area laden with undead. All of them would have had little contact with troll society and thus wouldn't end up "socialized" like the others. Feferi and Nepeta can get away with not caring about black romance because the imperial drone will never reach them.
    • Related to Tavros's incapability to form a Kismesitude, why has he not been executed for failing to provide? The same reason he hasn't been culled for paraplegia. The imperial drone has never visited him.
  • To any human viewer, Bec Noir's red hand means he's just killed someone. To Karkat, it's reminiscent of his alliance with SGRUB!Jack Noir, who cut his palm to show Karkat that he wasn't the only one in paradox space to have "candy-red" blood.
    • Early in the story the trolls mention that angels are a kind of demon with wings...
      • Which makes Eridan believe the angels he saw regard Bec Noir as their king.
  • When Tavros charged at Vriska, she stopped him with her arachnidsGrip.
    • Then she proceeds to take his lance away from him, stab and kill him, and throw him off a ledge.
      • adiosToreador.
  • Vriska admits to allowing Bec to prototype himself for rather selfish purposes, but she does make a good point. Bec Noir already exists, and due to the circular nature of time, any action which successfully stops this from happening will merely create a splintered time line, doomed to temporal erasure. If anything, she's simply being pragmatic in her jerkassery; she knows she can't undo Bec Noir, so she's trying to take advantage of the temporal loop to try and come out ahead.
    • Then again, if Bec Noir was always fated to come into being no matter what anyone did, it's possible Vriska didn't have to get involved with his creation at all and was just using it as an excuse to steal the limelight, like a Theif of (Lime)Light would.
  • The troll world is shown to be a Bizarro Universe in many aspects such as the role of angels, vampires, etc. Instead of teenage sex being highly frowned upon, it's required upon pain of death.
    • Not only that, but unlike with humans where homosexuality is still highly controversial, it's apparently so inconsequential in troll society that it doesn't even warrant its own word.
    • Their version of Christianity, instead of spreading into a dominant religion, dwindled until it was practically forgotten.
  • Vriska's huge gamble at making Bec Noir and such normally seems retarded. But bear in mind that dangerous trolls are given moirails to keep this from happening. Vriska's moirail has been shunning her. It would have been more surprising if she DIDN'T wind up doing something like this.
  • After re-watching and thinking over [S] Wake, methinks Hussie is deconstructing at least a few Mary Sue tropes. In addition to Vriska, who wants to be one, and Jade, who was initially portrayed as one, we also have, most notably:
    • Aradia - Born in the lowest rung of her caste system, but has incredible psychic powers and gains the affections of a casteist highblood. Dies and comes back as a ghost with even more power. Possesses her sprite then a robot body, later gains time-travel powers. Resurrects via Dreamself into her God Tier form, which allows her to pause The Demon.
      • Actually, Aradia's psychic powers are most common among her caste. The lower the caste, the more likely that they are going to have some sort of power like hers, Tavros' or Sollux's. (The empresses as well, though they are an obvious exception.) However, those with psychic powers are also more susceptible to other psychic attacks, such as the Vast Glub. A murmur could kill the lower castes but spare the higher ones. If anything, a troll like Vriska with a noble blood color is more unusual to have such a power.
    • Kanaya - Born with an incredibly rare blood color, which allows her to be raised by the rare mother grub. She can bear the harsh Alternian sun when no other troll is shown to be able to do so. Her interest in fashion suggests she could also fulfill a few of those tropes, and despite being killed without the benefit of a Quest Bed or any sort of immortality, she returns from the dead — and judging from what she does to Gamzee, Vriska, and Eridan directly after, she Came Back Strong.
    • Feferi - Born in the absolute highest tier of the caste system, and it's stated that if not for SGRUB, she'd have overseen massive changes to Alternian society for the betterment of all (and indeed, her pre-Scratch self ruled over a utopia). She tries to be everyone's friend when troll society says she'd be justified in lording over them all. Raised by a particularly powerful lusus which basically nixes anyone's chance of trying to off her, most notably the current Alternian empress and anyone competing for the position.
    • Sollux - Like Aradia, comes with super eyebeam psychic powers, as well as l33t h4xx0r skillz, heterochromatic eyes and a small but endearing flaw (his lii2p). He then dies Saving The Princess and has not one but two extra lives ostensibly because of his 'bifurcated personality', which also makes him prone to truly interminable periods of Wangst. Add to this Aradia, Feferi and Eridan have all apparently been interested in him in one of the concupiscent quadrants, making him more or less the big troll stud, despite being basically a moody computer geek.
      • The funny thing is that in most works, they would be Mary Sues. In Homestuck, they're just characters.
  • Compare how Dream Feferi dies to how Eridan dies.
  • In the 1/24 updates, we learned (among other things) that all the sopor slime is gone. Among other things, sopor slime helps to quiet the trolls' violent instincts. Little wonder that Eridan and Gamzee quickly went off the deep end with nothing to hold them in check.
  • Why does Gamzee say the Insane Clown Posse is BlAsPhEmY? Because Subjugglators are supposed to be harbingers of death to the lower classes (ie, everyone besides themselves and the sea dwellers), as opposed to the benign, even relatively peaceful representation of Juggalos which the ICP presents.
    • Especially when one considers Beta!ICP to be the human equivalents to both personalities of Pre-Scratch!Gamzee
  • Karkat frequently acts mean and represses his non-rage-related emotions. Why? Besides being a bit of a temperament thing, he's afraid crying will give away his "freakish" blood color, as Trolls' tears are a faded hue of their blood.
    • This would also explain why his doomed God-tier self has no visible wings (which would give away his blood color as well); Aranea has said God-tier trolls can hide thier wings in their cloak, which is the most likely what he is doing.
  • There's a recurring chess motif, and Vriska thinks of herself as The Chessmaster who's been manipulating the kids and trolls. There are 12 trolls, and four kids. How many pieces are there on one side in any given game of chess?
    • And the Felt consists of the 15 gang members plus Doc Scratch, making another set of 16. And Doc Scratch and Vriska play chess against each other!
  • It took me an awfully long time to get the Libra=Scales=Scales of blind justice. I also seem to recall a panel where she could "see" the Trollian window, though it was blurry. Either she was "seeing" it by scent, or her blindness isn't total, making her...legally blind. (Probably the first one, though.)
    • Jossed. The flashback shows her eyes were literally charred from the sun. Chances are, we were looking at the actual computer, covered in her saliva.
  • Terezi's Lusus is a dragon because it has many scales.
  • Initially, the Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff message of "Are you next" following Kanaya's death seemed fairly tasteless to a lot of people, given the circumstances. Until recent updates, that is. Remember why Bro killed Jeff in that comic? And what Kanaya is likely doing right now?
  • Why does Gamzee have access to every weapon with the Jokerkind Abstratus? Because the Joker is often considered a wild card.
  • I don't know if anyone else just thought of this, but I was wondering why the God Tier trolls (from what we've seen of them anyways) got wings, while the human's God Tier didn't. Then it dawned on me: Trolls are born as LARVA. Like CATERPILLARS. When they finally achieve God Tier, the trolls are metamorphosing into butterflies!
  • Think about this for a second. Equius has blue blood. His troll handle is centaursTesticle. What was the end result of Gamzee strangling him?
  • Some of the trolls who don't really care about blood color seem to forget the order of the hemospectrum — here Sollux can't remember what's lower than yellow and here Nepeta doesn't seem to know where green lies. You'd think it'd be easy to remember, since it goes from red to violet like a rainbow . . . but since rainbows are created by sunlight filtering through water droplets and most trolls never go out during the day, they've probably never even seen a rainbow! And then I realized that the only time the word "rainbow" has been used in relation to trolls is "rainbow drinkers", who come out during the day . . .
  • Aradia's SGRUB title is Maid of Time. Here, she states she is made of time. Ha ha.
    • Heir (Air) of Breath? SEER of Light? Even Knight of Time could be taken with a second meaning.
      • Breath of Air and Time of Night.
    • Heir of Void: Void of Heir (Air). Possible foreshadowing of Equius's manner of death.
      • Just stopping by to say that's absolutely brilliant.
  • Gamzee is originally introduced as the Bard of something. To those who only know bards as the Spoony Bard trope or from tabletop games and RPGs, it makes sense in light of his spacey-ness and general uselessness. The original Celtic bards, however, were the bearers of oral tradition and passed down laws, histories, and folklore. Gamzee is the Bard of Rage because he is meant to remind the trolls of how flat fucking terrifying the Subjugglators were.
    • If one plays fast and loose with synonyms, "Bard of Rage" could be rephrased as "Herald of Madness".
    • One synonym for "bard" is "skald". A "scald" can be defined as a type of plant illness caused by excessive sunlight. The Green Sun.
      • Guess what our universe had that Gamzee made worse. Guess what also can be caused by excessive sunlight.
  • Other than it being crucial to his characterization, why is Karkat a mutant? What is his sign? Cancer. What is one of the looser definitions of cancer? A mutation.
    • Also, he wields a sickle. A sickle cell is a mutated blood cell.
      • Makes a lot of sense that he gave Jade's Universe cancer.
      • He also causes a mutation inadvertently. By trolling Jade, she brings it up to John, which causes him to decide to change his chum handle from valid DNA (GT) to a mutation. (EB)
      • Mutations involve changing from one valid code to another ... ie, GT to GG or something. "EB" is just nonsense; there are no bases coded E or B. Brilliance would have involved him using a handle that abbreviated to some combination of I, X, and D, which are abbreviations for (rare) bases.
  • Recent updates with Vriska looking over her ancestor's journal have shown some skipping. Fridge Horror assumes its due the Scratch descending, due to Terezi scratching Disc 2 of Homestuck, where the story is right now. However, the simpler explanation might be Vriska seeing without glasses as she views the journal, leading to blurry vision in certain updates. The audience IS reading a Diary Over the Shoulder of Vriska for this Exposition Break.
  • Eridan is descibed as being a bit of a tool, correct? Usually, his tool-ness shows when desperately talking or acting for a redrom or blackrom with one of the other eleven trolls or either one of the two female kids. Literally, he is acting like a tool because he is THINKING with ONLY HIS TOOL! It gets better when you realize his weapon of choice in Alternia and SGRUB is his phallic laser rifle, or his white magic wand, which trades up style for simplicity. Best of all, Undead!Kanaya's Moment of Awesome in slaying her murderer Eridan becomes a series of Visual Puns when you see her snap in half Eridan's wand, chainsaw his torso area, and remember her first-strike Groin Attack against Sober!Gamzee.
  • Sollux, with his ever-present theme of duality, was close to two troll-girls: The lowest-blooded, and the highest-blooded.
    • They're also the only two trolls with alliterative chumhandles (AA and CC respectively)
    • All of Sollux's deaths were at the exact same time as someone else. First, it was the Helmsman. Next, it was the Handmaid. The first was his ancestor. The second was his lover's.
  • Kanaya's sign is Virgo. Her last name is Maryam. Think about that for a minute.
    • On a related note, her ancestor—who is, presumably, also named Maryam and shares the Virgo symbol—was the mother of their planet's metaphoric troll Jesus.
  • From a biological viewpoint the violent nature of troll-kind makes perfect sense as a means of natural selection to prune out the mutations arising from their constant inbreeding. However Doc Scratch said that he was responsible for the trolls violent nature. Does that mean Scratch is somehow responsible for the Mother Grub method of breeding? What a creep.
    • This may also explain the troll's vestigial genders.
      • Everything involving lusii was imported by Doc Scratch
      • ...Except all of the Troll biology and the Lusii exist in the Pre-Scratch Troll Universe, where Doc Scratch never acted. So, nope for all of this.
  • At first, Aradia killing Vriska didn't make much sense, since earlier in the comic she said she didn't want revenge. Then you see that her exile told her to do it. She's used to hearing voices in her head, and she'd always do what they said. What's one more voice to her?
    • Not really, she specifically makes it known she's n0t 0K with it.
  • When Tavros goes to confront Vriska, he completely forgoes all tactics and runs straight at her. You could say he charged like a bull.
    • Vriska, on the other hand, stood her ground and let him come to her...just like a spider.
  • Vriska once said, regarding the trolls' ancestors, "You then can choose to take up the life they left for you. And if you do, they will always 8e looking out for you, and guide you in finishing what they started." Mindfang was killed by the Summoner. Vriska murders Tavros. Neophyte Redglare was killed by Mindfang. Terezi kills Vriska. Orphaner Dualscar was killed on the Condesce's orders. Eridan kills Feferi. The Dolorosa was assassinated by Dualscar. Kanaya kills Eridan. The E%ecutor and the Disciple defied the highbloods and got away with it. Gamzee kills Nepeta and Equius. The Sufferer eventually broke under torture, cursing the highbloods with his dying breath... and Karkat singlehandedly stops Gamzee's rampage with kindness and a Cooldown Hug.
  • The sufferer specifically died from an arrow shot by Equius ancestor darkleer, and then Karkat was the one who sent Equius to his death in an attempt to stop the highbloods
  • Some might be wondering why Sollux is fluctuating between flushed and caliginous feelings for Gamzee in the showdown. Sollux's entire shtick is duality....of course he'll have two conflicting opinions of him!
    • On a side note, think about this. Did you notice that out of all of the trolls, Sollux has the most relationships? That's right, in canon, Sollux is the most paired up troll!
  • As-TROLL-ogy?
  • Karkat, despite his constant rage, has never killed, maimed or severely injured any of his friends. He listens to their problems (despite being an asshole about it) and gives them advice. He also tries (and fails) to keep his team from killing each other. He also stops a psycho clown mass-murderer with kindness. He's also never had a kismesis, and when he thinks he finally has found one in John, he ends up becoming friends with John. By troll standards, he's a saint ...or a Messianic Archetype.
  • One of Alternia's moons is purple - which is what you get if you add the primary colors red and blue. Red is the color of the Kids' universe, while blue is the color of the Trolls' universe.
    • It's also the inverted color of the green moon. They're opposites. This may very well mean something.
      • Considering that the destruction of the red and blue universes created the green sun...and that Derse's purple moon was involved...
  • It's mentioned near the beginning of the troll intermission that troll culture places an unusual emphasis on architectural design proficiency at a very young age (letting the trolls that have just recently survived their trials design their own homes), but that no one seemed to really know why that is. Well, in light of the information from Doc Scratch regarding the trolls ancestor's failed Sgrub game, this makes sense. That was an effect of Scratch's influence in his efforts to better prepare the trolls for Sgrub, much like they became incredibly violent and competitive under his influence.
  • The apparent dissonance between Vriska being embarrassed about killing Tavros and dismissive of the trolls she killed to feed her Lusus make more sense when you think about it for a bit. The trolls she killed for her Lusus were so that her Lusus wouldn't eat her, so she saw it as business. Tavros' murder, however, was personal, even more so than Aradia's, which was specifically a revenge strike. She even says as much.
  • Sollux's bizarre semi-Unexplained Recovery on the Green Sun makes a bit more sense if you remember his connection to Gemini; besides the whole theme of twins and duality there's also the fact that Castor and Pollux, when they died, divided their time between Hades (the afterlife) and Olympus (home of the gods). Given that Sollux is now with three God-Tiered individuals...
  • If you think about it, The Reveal that the trolls were in a post-scratch session was possibly foreshadowed (or perhaps there have been coincidences?). Remember in [s] Past Karkat: Wake Up we only got to see the grub versions of "our" trolls, but not the ancestors? Also remember how ectobiology works; by pinpointing someone in time and creating a paradox clone of them. If the trolls had been made with their ancestors' DNA, Karkat would know what the "extra twelve useless wrigglers" were for since the machine had pinpointed at them. Instead, the Ancestor grubs were probably made with a mixture of our trolls' DNA, thus explaining Karkat's belief that the "extra" grubs were "useless".
    • The same Flash shows a terminal with twelve screens. It's identical to the kids' terminals other than the amount of screens, and two of the screens have been destroyed. That only happens if a Hero reaches God-Tier. Future!Aradia made it.
  • Gamzee's handle is terminallyCapricious, and in a roundabout way he's ultimately responsible for Jack becoming the all-powerful Hero Killer that he is now. Karkat may have given the Kids' universe cancer, but Gamzee made it terminal.
  • Concerning [S] Wake, maybe all the characters seen in the flash awoke one way or another, besides the obvious...
    • Aradia awoke not only to God Tier, but also awoke her normal emotions again, feeling happy to be alive.
    • Vriska not only awoke from demotivating WV in his nightmare to face Bec Noir, but also awoke her conscience after killing Tavros and feeling guilty about it, even fearing facing Noir as she planned all along.
    • Feferi has always wanted to be with the Furthest Gods of the Ring; her death of her dreamself awoke her powers as the Witch of Life, so to speak, due to her communication with Jade, being able to speak from the afterlife to the living compared to other deceased characters in SBURB and SGRUB.
    • Jack Noir probably believed himself invincible killing one life after another with his First Guardian powers; witnessing Aradia gave him an Oh, Crap! on his face, and becoming time stopped by Aradia may have awoken fear in him, or something close to rethinking his killing strategy besides using green fire and showing his stabs.
    • Tavros awoke his self-confidence actually comitting to try and killing Vriska, despite failing and getting impaled. And, there maybe a second wake-up involved due to dying and being in the afterlife; maybe communing with deceased First Guardians and Lusii per his powers.
    • Nepeta MIGHT have awoken to stopped being so cheery after her encounter with Noir; possibly, her Rogue of Heart powers might have kicked in, requiring her heart to stop beating for this to work. However, unless something is seen in the comic, this one is pure theory.
      • Just today it was revealed that Rogues are a kind of antithesis to their powers in that their powers effect others rather than themselves, so this thought here might hold ground
  • Eridan, whose romantic advances have been turned down by nearly every other main character, lives in a wrecked ship.
  • You remember how angry Aradia was throughout her tenure as a robot? It makes more sense once you realize she was filled with Equius's blood!
  • The troll ancestors who initiated the scratch were too weak because they lived in peace. And when they initiated the scratch, they became the ancestors instead of the players. Now, realize that the current troll world is so terrible because the Sufferer failed to spread his message. That means there is a good likelihood that the reason the original troll world was peaceful was because Karkat (acting as an ancestor in the original troll world) SUCCEEDED in spreading his message.
    • Not to mention Feferi would have been the Empress.
      • That is, if she could defeat Condy.
      • No, Condesce is Meenah, and she refused to participate in the struggle at all, not to mention lived later than Feferi.
  • Remember how during the buildup to Vriska's death, the transition to the next pages always read "Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock." Now, at first it seems to just be a reference to the clock which decides whether the death of a god tier was heroic or just, as it ticked away in Vriska's final moments. However, if you think about this in relation to who Vriska is as a character, it turns into more of a fridge brilliance. Simply put, Vriska is or aspires to be a one armed, one eyed pirate. A certain other one armed, one armed pirate,(Read, Captain Hook), was continually haunted by a crocodile who would make "Tick Tock" noises whenever he approached due to the fact that he swallowed a clock, and was scared to death of this crocodile because that was how it was prophesized he would die. See the connection. Andrew Hussie has made Vriska into a walking (And dying) Peter Pan reference.
  • When Karkat was hit by the bucket, he let out a Vast Expletive.
  • The fact that the Life symbol kind of looks like a pair of tentacles make sense when you remember Feferi's Lusus.
  • Sburb essentially wipes out your race when played. Emissaries from the horrorterrors, like Feferi's lusus (and the vast glub), are probably a common feature of the game for sessions where the host species has left their home planet.
  • Despite being part of the aristocracy, Eridan apparently spends very little time underwater. This is because, unlike Pisces, Aquarius isn't a water sign - it's an air sign.
  • In this update, Kanaya says that she thinks the roles are intentionally given to the ones who don't suit them best, in order to challenge them. If you think about it, this applies to the kids: Rose is the one with an interest in dark magic, while Jade is the one who had visions of the future, but Rose is the Seer and Jade is the witch.
    • This paradox also explains why Eridan, despite bearing the title "Prince of Hope", is the first to lose it and join Jack Noir to have some chance of survival.
      • We later find out that "Prince" basically means "Destroyer" in the game, however. His title seems to be the most accurate now.
    • I would also point out that Jade, who is destined to become the Witch, makes it clear in her introduction that she is a firm advocate of the power of science, and thinks that things like magic are silly.
  • Why does Trollian work with the kid's AIM-esque Pesterchum? Because Trillian allows the user to combine several IM accounts, AIM included.
  • The update "[S] Wake." has several Call Backs going on with it:
    • 1. The last Flash update before this on to issue a general command was "[S] Make Her Pay." Both Aradia and Vriska did just that in it. The same thing happens here.
    • 2. The last time Tavros saw Vriska wearing fairy wings, she was trying to please him, trying to make him love her. This time, she kills him. Kind of a stark contrast, don't you think?
    • 3. The first time Tavros and Vriska are the seen together, Vriska forces Tavros off a cliff. Guess what happens here?
  • Eridan's surname is taken from a water container in Ancient Grome, and bears the title of Prince of Hope. Eridan is Pandora's Box: Evil in an unassuming package. Some interpretations even state Hope was the last evil in the box.
    • Also, it should be no surprise that the Amporas are obsessed with sexuality, since their shared last name refers to a bucket.
  • The first time you caught a glimpse of this world in your dreams, there was no turning back. This statement of Terezi's awakening gains more meaning when you realize it was the last thing she ever saw.
  • Romans had U and V be the same letter, so they pronounced their Vs with a U sound. Eridan doubles his Vs, transforming them into Ws, which sound pretty much like Us. Therefore, Eridan has a classic Roman accent, which explains why the others say his wavy accent sounds ridiculous.
    • And his username is caligulasAquarium.
  • In the same vein, Tavros becomes Tauros - ancient Greek for bull.
  • Since magic is not real, Eridan uses science power for combat. Sollux was blinded in his fight against Eridan. In other words, Eridan blinded him with science!
  • One of the first times we hear from Eridan, he asks Kanaya to auspistice between himself and Vriska. Auspisticing means preventing a feud from boiling over into an especially violent rivalry. And when Vriska and Eridan are about to face off in a duel... Kanaya does intervene.
  • Sollux's symbol is gemini, which is a (♊) symbol. Gemini is also the latin word for twins. Sollux wears a pair of shades, and if you will recall, the only other troll who also wears shades is Terezi. Coincidence?
    • also after a recent event involving Eridan, Sollux became blind, just like Terezi.
    • Wait, Equius wears shades too...
    • Sollux Captor. Switch the S and P. Pollux Castor. Twins.
      • Not just any twins, but the specific pair of twins that became the constellation Gemini in Greek mythology. It's also another tie-in to Nicholas Cage ("Castor Troy" in Face/Off).
    • Obsessed with two. Computer hacker. Binary. Duh. (I literally just realized this.)
  • With the revelation that the class Prince is the most active and destroyer of all of them is it really surprising that Eridan destroyed the last shred of hope that they had?
  • So UU hex code color of #929292 is a reference to uranium, right? Well what about Karkat's #626262 hex code color? Well element 26 is iron. As in what makes your blood red.
    • Actually, 62 is the atomic number of samarium, a volatile but durable silvery-grey metal used in various applications including permanent magnets and cancer treatment. But that works well too.
    • Iron also matches Karkat's text and sign color, references the irons that the Sufferer was put in, and is the name of his color in the "coloUrs and mayhem" album.
  • On a related note, Karkat's text colour is also the colour of cooked crabs.
  • Eridan is generally seen as being a desperate loser who was borderline sociopathic even by the trolls' standards. Up until you consider the fact that all the trolls were still children, still on the road to being mature adults. Except for Eridan, who was already mature and already doing whatever he had to in order to make sure his species lived. He hated Vriska - he was her kismesis for a while, remember - but he still allied with her to get lusii to feed Feferi's horrorterror lusus and keep it from screaming...even though all he'd need in order to pull off that genocide he kept threatening would be to neglect just one scheduled feeding. And avoiding the drones? Well, there's a reason he was hitting on anyone who seemed like they were showing interest - he was coming on strong for a kid, but for all we know he was coming on just right for an adult. Frankly, if Eridan were human, he'd be that loner who's way too mature for his age and who creeps out the rest of his peer group as a result.
  • The mentally ill tend to see themselves as more lucid and realistic than those around them, and have trouble making others understand the way they see the world. Sound familiar? Eridan's unable to relate to others because of his sociopathy and depression, but to his warped perceptions, it's everyone else who doesn't understand.
  • Aranea describes the relationship between A1 and A2's timelines as being linear, but it's obvious to the readers that the relationships between all universes are a bit more complicated than that. But of course that's how she would explain it to Terezi - she said herself that she's existed for so long that time-related words are little more than a convenience.
    • As a Hero of Void, Equius has the power to black out Seers and Space-users and terminal users locked on to his position and unaccounted others. His dream self and real self are gone, and recently, we saw Lord English obliterate his ghost self. However, as an Heir of Void, couldn't he exist inside the Furthest Ring OUTSIDE of a dream bubble?
    • As a Hero of Hope, Eridan has the power to create an Astral Projection of other players within a dream bubble. Dirk hinted to Jake that he possesses untold power as a Page, and that Jake has unresolved feelings for Dirk. As Eridan had feelings for Feferi, maybe one or both still exist in a dream bubble the Kids and Trolls have yet to encounter, and their real selves deaths could allow them to exist ALIVE within the dream bubble compared to flickering Dream!Dirk or a standard Milky White Eyes ghost.
      • Eridan is a Prince. He doesn't create something by believing in it. He destroys it by not believing in it. Feferi is clearly angry about dying, to the point where she lashed out at Jade, so because he didn't believe they could be friends, the offer is off the table. He destroyed all hope of the relationship. Hope wasn't lost when he tried to defect, but the exact instant he considered it as a mere possibility.
  • Kankri has sleep bags under his eyes, implying he has nightmares often. His post-scratch counterpart had visions of what Beforus was like. It's not unreasonable to assume that Kankri had nightmares of Alternia's bloody history like the post-scratch trolls all do. Similarly, it looks like A2!Mom Lalonde knew Roxy would eventually arrive, possibly due to some residual memory of the other Earth. (Maybe it's a Seer thing?)
  • Before the Sufferer ever had a chance to reach a single soul, the Dolorosa committed the original act of rebellion against Alternian society by saving him from certain culling. The pre-Scratch trolls with the biggest tendency to deconstruct the biggest tenets of their own troll society are Kankri and Porrim.
  • The reason the SGRUB symbol looks different from SBURB? The kids' session had four players and four squares. The trolls had twelve players, and so...
  • Kankri dismisses Porrim's concern for the status of women. Seems like a simple case of hypocrisy, but Porrim pointed out that on the surface (Lord English is still working behind the scenes) trolls are at least somewhat matriarchal. Thus, Kankri has some reason to think it's an unnecessary cause; he's still being a huge Jerkass and Hypocrite about it because Porrim has a legitimate cause, but there is some reason behind his thinking.
  • Why do the trolls constantly refer aspects of their culture as 'Troll [whatever]'? Because in their universe, the Condesce conquered hundreds of other planets, many of which would have had other races living on them. It's not unthinkable that parts of other cultures would become known to Alternian trolls, and so the trolls clarify that they mean their whatever, as opposed to the whatever created by another race.
  • According to Aranea, the cobalt-blood Psychic Powers are primarily about empathy, and the "maniupl8ion" is just a byproduct of that. She describes how strange and awkward it is to constantly feel what everyone around you is feeling about you, especially negative emotions, and how isolated it made her feel. Now, consider: Aranea comes from pre-Scratch Alternia, which operates under a much less oppressive/insane system than the totalitarian Teenage Wasteland of post-Scratch Alternia, and likely had far more face-to-face interactions among young trolls. Vriska, then, is an empath, but one who has rarely interacted with anyone at close enough range to feel their emotions, instead communicating mostly through chats and only using her powers to be a jackass to people far away from her. And then the game begins, and all of a sudden she's actually face-to-face with everyone... and feeling exactly how much they hate her guts. Is it any wonder, then, that she's less nasty in person than on Trollian?
    • Tavros seems to suppress his emotions, especially his negative ones. Vriska seems to act like an asshole most to Tavros, especially in person. Could Tavros' emotional problems have inadvertently played a role in his paralysis and death?
    • It goes MUCH deeper than that. Vriska was an empath on a planet full of bloodthirsty trolls. No, worse: she's an empath who was forced to kill other kids her own age to survive. She would have felt everything they did as they died: their fear, their rage, their grief, their hatred. It's no wonder she grew up to be such a sociopath; she's literally had to force herself to not care about how other people fear to avoid going insane.
  • Kanaya's blood is a rare deep shamrock green, and the only main troll to have it. She fills in many roles for other trolls' Ashen Quadrants, and none of the other characters act as auspistices or mediate, so Kanaya is heavily associated to it. The symbol for the Ashen Quadrant is a club, but for a troll with such particular blood...it could also be a shamrock.
  • As a Seer of Mind, Terezi could see the imaginary Dirk that Jake made. In the Alterniabound flash, she tells Tavros to not let anyone say to him that Rufio isn't real. Rufio is indeed real - Terezi could see (in a sense) him! Terezi wasn't just cheering Tavros up, she was completely sincere!
  • It literally just occurred to me that all of the trolls were about thirteen give-or-take, and the majority of them died horribly. Um...Andrew? I'm not particularly comfortable anymore.
    • We don't actually see it happening, but Vriska has apparently been playing her FLARP games for years, killing her peers to keep her lusus fed. Eridan/Feferi have been doing more or less the same, though with their peers' lusus instead since a troll wouldn't even make a nibble for Feferi's lusus.
  • This might sound a bit goofy for Fridge Horror, but given that part of Gamzee's mental breakdown is connected to his watching the video for "Miracles" by Insane Clown Posse after Dave sent it to him—imagine what would have happened if Dave had sent him the Saturday Night Live parody instead.
  • All of the kids' guardians have died. Remember that code Karkat ran waaaaay back at the beginning of Hivebent? That one that killed all the lusii? It also applies to everybody that Karkat will ever meet. So from the minute Karkat first talked to John, he was accidentally dooming John's father to death.
    • Lets take it a step farther, as of the act 6 intermission 1 we know Karkat meets Dave and Rose, so he also doomed roses and Daves guardians.
      • Another step forward, It's also implied that he will be meeting John and Jade in the Alpha session with the Alpha Kids all four of them ummm. It's not looking so good them either.
      • Confirmed: He did, and it wasn't.
  • Two horrors from S Flip:
    • Gamzee is STILL the most important character in Homestuck, past his alternate timeline self helping contribute to Bec Noir‘s existence. Assume as a high blood, he desires law and order like His Honorable Tyranny did. He framed Vriska for Eridan’s and his own murders, and then gave Terezi her Legiserator gear to pursue Vriska for consorting with Tavros. (This might explain why his head is on the ground, besides his oversized horns unable to fit on the jury table-he’s a peasant blood, unworthy of sitting with other high bloods.). Vriska earlier was doubting how she could face against Bec Noir, rethinking fighting him. However, Terezi’s game of chance may have forced her to choose impulse over reason, and continue what may be a time lord ordained conflict between Vriska and Noir. Indirectly, Gamzee kept the timeline stable.
    • In a mixture of Fridge Horror and Tearjerker, Terezi and Vriska were Fate’s bitches all along. Terezi attempts to Screw Destiny, possibly with her coin flips giving split timelines and manipulations of neutral systems like the LOHAC Stock Exchange and constants like Doc Scratch’s smugness over being used. Vriska prefers more to fill the gaps in the Only One Possible Future in an attempt to turn negatives into positives and control randomness in her favor, culminating in killing Bec Noir and “saving everyone’s ungrateful asses.” Now, as Doc Scratch always tells the truth, stating the result of the coin flip was constant across all timelines means this meeting between Seer and Thief was obvious. Their attempts to fight the game of Sburb/Sgrub (Terezi’s willingness to get suckered in order to choose a more positive outcome out of the consequences, and Vriska’s cheating to control the system in her favor) was WHAT THE GAME WANTED. This also crosses into Tear Jerker into realizing all their efforts to resist and Screw Destiny, including Character Development, may have been the game’s manipulations all along in favor of a alpha timeline where all the trolls die at Noir’s hands, and Lord English descends to eliminate the kids’ doomed timeline.
  • Vriska wasn't just wrong about being able to stop Jack, she was wrong that he would choose to fight her. Once more, she drastically misjudges someone's psychology, Smug Snake that she is.
  • In a society where buckets are seen as lewd, Eridan is a bit of a perv. What does his constellation look like? A bucket...
    • A man pouring out the contents of a bucket. Troll buckets contain material that propagates their race. If you were to pour it out, you would be interfering with the reproduction process, which is what Eridan does when he hopesplodes the Matriorb.
    • Could you say he is spilling seed?
  • If you really think about it, the trolls' romance shenanigans in general can fall into this. Remember that partway through Hivebent, it was revealed that drones regularly visit troll adults to collect black and red buckets of DNA from them, and that they will kill the troll if they have nothing to give. That said, while our trolls aren't likely to had been approached yet, what looks like teenage romance squabbles (such as Karkat desperately trying to get Dave into "quadrant vacillation" or Eridan's usual antics) could actually be, subconsciously or not, treated the same as a life or death situation once you remember this detail. After all, for a troll, not being in a relationship equals possible death. In other words? There's a good reason why the trolls seem so fixated on romance.
  • At first, it looks like Terezi's crying here, because it's recently after her eyes were burned, and she was blinded. Except she's actually BLEEDING out her eyes.
  • What exactly is Gamzee peddling in this flash? The blood of the trolls who died before they left their session. Advertised as magic motherfucking elixirs.
    • And what each potion is said to do is somehow related to that troll's personality, such as the green potion (Nepeta's blood) making you fall in love.
    • Also, when you choose the 'bronze elixir', Gamzee says that "one sip of this potion will cause you to lose the use of your legs. HOWEVER, you will become an EXCELLENT kisser." We can remember when he blatantly hit on Tavros, then later when Gamzee is talking to past Dave you see Tavros' decapitated head in the background and his blood on Gamzee's lips. Not to mention he says that he likes Dave would like to cut off his head and "ADD A LITTLE STRAWBERRY JAM TO THIS PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH I'M MAKING BETWEEN MY MOTHER FUCKING LIPS." Just something that this Troper freaked out a bit upon realizing.
      • Worth noting that Gamzee/Tavros is/was a relatively common ship in the fandom with the nickname "peanut butter and jelly", which the last of these points, at least, is a reference to.
  • Gamzee quite literally stuffed Vriska and Tavros in the fridge until they became relevant again.
  • Sollux loses the duel between himself and Eridan. He mentions that he underestimated Eridan, which is what one would expect he would say whether he won or not. But consider that he's the resident "computer guy". If he overpowers Eridan by too much, the computers behind Eridan get destroyed. Sollux is powerful enough to send the asteroid they're standing on at faster than light speed - of course he would have to hold back to some extent.
  • Gamzee was (almost) always blurry when he engaged Hero Mode. Why? Because Gamzee wasn't "all the way there", mentally. Notice how his appearance got sharper and sharper as time went on? You Can Panic Now.
  • The SBaHJ cloud on this panel is labeled "cloun", and the panel referencing that strip has Gamzee in that cloud.
  • As of the writing of this entry, Nepeta's encounter with Gamzee ended with him closing in on her threateningly, and jumping to another scene. Although there was green blood on Gamzee's club, it is still unknown whether she's dead or alive. So would that make her a ... Schrödinger's CatGirl?
    • The cat is out of the bag. Nepeta's body is seen separated from its head.
  • Karkat did manage to bring Kanaya back to life with his Corpsesmooch. Just... not quite as expected.
    • Where is the Fridge Brilliance?
      • It wasn't a kiss from another or a man that revived her, it was her own kisses rainbow drinking/vampire bites that did. This is apt for one born of a Virgin mother grub.
      • Not only that, but Kanaya was revived as a rainbow drinker, requiring *blood* to survive. What is Karkat's SGRUB title?
      • She wasn't born of the virgin grub, she was raised by it.
  • Why are Vriska's psychic powers so powerful, despite being a highblood? Because she's only ever seen using them on lowbloods, who are reputed to have low psychic tolerance.
    • On a related note, Vriska is the only highblood we know of with a psychic ability, and her powers are used almost exclusively to subjugate and control lowbloods.
      • On another related note, Vriska is not a highblood, but a blueblood (Cerulean, specifically, the lowest noble caste). The highbloods were of the purple caste like Gamzee, the highest ranking land-dwellers. They mostly seemed to be the Subjugglators and also possessed strong psychic powers referred to as the chucklevoodoos, which was used to control the more numerous lower castes by giving the race constant terrible nightmares. And lowbloods are more vulnerable to psychic powers.
  • Karkat's sign of Cancer is associated with motherhood, and he often plays Team Mom. He's also the one who gives birth to everyone through ectobiology.
  • Vriska's treatment of Tavros makes more sense when you consider that, based on his ancestor (the Summoner), she expected him to be both her Matesprit and her killer.
  • Neophyte Redglare took Marquise Spinneret Mindfang's eye and arm using Pyralspite, her dragon. Terezi took Vriska's eye and arm using Doc Scratch, Lord English's Dragon.
  • Clubs Deuce is a goofy-seeming fellow perfectly happy to blow people up. Gamzee, a goofy fellow turned slasher villain, wields the Deuce Clubs.
  • Q: Equius is so freakishly strong, wasn't he strong enough to break the bowstring with his neck muscles? A: Yes.
  • In the latest update, Karkat calmes Gamzee down by shooshing him and patting his face and the two are established as moirails. Now, way long ago, we got to see Nepeta's shipping wall, where there was a picture of Gamzee and Karkat as moirails, with Gamzee touching Karkat's face. Nepeta noted that it's still plausible, but that the roles will have to be dramatically reversed.
  • Gamzee was never "the most important character in Homestuck". Look who he's holding in his lap in that scene. It was Li'l Cal all along.
  • Early in Gamzee's playthrough, Gamzee makes the accusation that Tavros "sToLe [Gamzee's] NoSe" (Tavros' normal emoticon is "}:)", Gamzee's is ":o)", Tavros had just written his as "}:o)" to screw with Gamzee). Compare Gamzee's face to his emoticon: It has no nose.
    • Similarly, Vriska's winking face has one eye closed and seven open. It may seem like just a coin-flip of how to handle an eight-eyed face winking (between one eye and four eyes), but since seven of Vriska's eyes are covered by the same eyelid she could only close one eye, seven eyes, no eyes, or all of her eyes, and there's no reasonable way to wink with the other seven emoticon eyes.
  • Jane: Proceed reveals the very much alive Gamzee, who's sporting a God-tier outfit. Since he has scratches on his face and isn't dead, this clearly is the Alpha Timeline Gamzee. Since Gamzee's godtier, it explains his strength.
  • Porrim is the Maid of Space, that is, "someone who fixes space". She sees the problems of the notion that each gender has their own predetermined place (or 'space', if you will) and wants to fix that.
  • Kurloz's muteness makes plenty of sense considering he is essentially an exagerated Gamzee, after Gamzee went crazy his quirk became based on his voice fluctuating between speaking quietly and loudly so after Kurloz's "nightmare" he became mute and uses his telepathy to shout directly into a person's head.
  • Damara mainly speaks Japanese, and when you translate what she says into English, it's pretty lewd. Then, it hit me - Damara is a parody of people in hentai animes/Asian porno flicks.
  • It turns out The Condesce had access to various psychic powers such as controlling animals. Now one must think how much of the trolling/jerk-like actions of God Cat were really because of her using those abilities.
    • In a way, God Cat is also forced to serve Lord English as well. He's that bad that other First Guardians are powerless!
      • But wait, isn't Jade part First Guardian/Dog?
      • I think the abilities only extend to full animals or won't work on someone who is part human/troll (especially a god tier player).
      • It has also been suggested that the Condesce has all the powers of the Troll Ancestors. If this is the case, she has the Sufferer's ability to remember the pre-scratch Alternia, from before it was made a murderland. She just doesn't care.
      • If Meenah is anything to go by... it's not that she doesn't care. It's that she finds the idea of the Empress being the "first servant of her nation", as in obligated to help and aid every troll who needs it, boring and unbearable.
      • Oh, the Condesce's powers were very much usable on Jade...
  • The fact that not once has a dreambubble Gamzee been seen could mean many things. But the most worrisome is the possibility that Gamzee has never died. Ever. We've never seen a dreambubble Gamzee because there isn't one, because out of all the alternate timelines not a single iteration of Gamzee Makara has died.
    • Either that or all his dead selves are busy with something. At the same time. Not sure which possibility is worse.
    • He has been seen here in the Dream Bubble where both sets of trolls finally meet. The peculiar thing is, while there many alternate, dead, dream, and god tier selves of the trolls, there's only one Gamzee, in god tier clothes. Seems suspicious...
      • There was also only one Vriska and Meenah present, so it's likely his alternate selves are just off doing something.
      • And even then, that Gamzee has yellow eyes, meaning he's alive, meaning we still haven't seen any proof of any Gamzee dying at any point in time.
      • Roxy mentions that death is an excellent trick to sober oneself up. Now that Gamzee (who is revealed to be fake-god tier) has more bullet holes than he can count...
      • Gamzee is only confirmed to be wearing a fake-god tier costume, and likely this can be attributed to the same reason he fails to die from what ought to be rather fatal: clown antics.
  • Gamzee exhibits an apparent resistance to death, despite not being god tier (so far as we can tell). Meaning he's a crazy, murderous clown (who worships a perpetually scowly individual with a stunted childhood development) that wears purple and has a nigh unbreakable immunity to being killed for no adequately explained reason. Remind you of anyone? And what so happens to be Gamzee's Strife Specubus?
  • Kurloz is betraying the gang as Gamzee did, but in a much less blatantly violent manner. This might be just a difference between Alternian and Beforusian troll behaviour, but in addition, Kurloz was never addicted to sopor slime. Gamzee's rampage may indeed have been worsened by withdrawal.
  • Post-scratch troll society is extremely different from the pre-scratch version, but post and pre scratch Earth are almost exactly the samenote . Most people attribute this to Doc Scratch, but there's another reason - in Alternia/Beforus, the Ancestors arrive thousands of sweeps before the Players. In the Earth sessions, the difference is 500 years at most.
    • Besides, the pre-scratch kids already are excellent players. The only reason their session was doomed was Vriska's interference (aka predestination). Other than that, they've all managed to reach God Tier within 24 hours - of all the trolls it seems that only Vriska did, then Aradia and Gamzee, but only after the end of the game proper; Dave and Jade bred the perfect frog within the same amount of time, while trolls ultimately did not do it properly at all; they initiated the Scratch and then all survived. There was simply no reason to change anything else. Unlike the trolls, they already were good enough.
  • On this page, it says that the Handmaid and the Condesce are the last two trolls alive. But what happened to God tier Aradia?
    • The Condesce happened.
    • "The last two trolls alive" almost certainly means the last two trolls in that universe. It's been established that Sgrub is a separate universe from Alternia, and that timelines of separate universes are non-parallel. Comparing chronology between universes is meaningless. Doc Scratch, of all people, would understand this.
      • This also indicates that the fight would take place in the Alternian universe, not Alpha!Human. Helmsman is dead.
  • Colors Imagine now, he is crazy and talking about blood. Enjoying the colors. All of them.
  • Karkat's handle on Pester Chum is Carcino Geneticist, or Cancer Geneticist. He accidentally messed up the game universe, saying "the disease I gave you". Karkat is a Carcino Geneticist that gave the universe Cancer.
  • There's an urban myth saying that the Crockercorp is utilizing subliminal messages with their spoons... one of which Jane owns. This could possibly explain why Jane is a bigger fan of Betty Crocker than her Nana form. However, what are the extents of the subliminal messaging? Is it brainwashing Jane? Could this lead to another Gamzee on our hands?
    • We certainly know BettyBother utilizes subliminal messages.
      • Wait a second... is one of those subliminal messages saying "STAY ASLEEP"? ...Could it be referring to Jane's dreamself?
      • On a slightly different note, it's possible Betty Crocker isn't completely evil. One subliminal message is CEASE REPRODUCTION. Assuming Betty is actually Her Imperial Condescension, she knows what Sburb does to a universe. Everyone important to the session isn't going to be born, they're created through ectobiology. She's just trying to limit the casualties.
      • Then it turns out the only reason Crocker is doing this is because she finds human reproduction distasteful. It's just straight up Fantastic Racism.
      • Yeah, you could say the products might have been brainwashing her.
  • Ever since Gamzee was introduced, his speech pattern has been an occasionally annoying mix of upper and lowercase letters. This speech pattern? The effects of the sopor slime pie literally meshing his split personalities together and giving him a semblance of sanity.
    • A miracle is not a good thing if you're the one getting beaten by it.
    • Gamzee's off his meds. Tasteless yes, but strangely accurate.
    • When Karkat first expresses his distaste for Gamzee's typing style, he responds by typing in all lowercase, but eventually says that it doesn't feel natural and that it's better to do "wHaT fEeLs RiGhT aT wHeRe YoUr HeArT's Up In". More possible foreshadowing?
    • Gamzee is a Capricorn. As in "capricious". His text alternates because he keeps changing his mind.
  • Speaking of sopor slime, its name may be derived from the word "sober", given their similar pronounciation and opposite meanings.
Or the word soporific, which means "tending to induce drowsiness or sleep."
  • Ready for some Fridge Logic AND Horror at the same time? the 1/26/11 update implies that Ax-Crazy Gamzee is using the Trollian viewports to know where the others will be in the future to intercept and kill them. Fridge Logic dictates that any time Gamzee uses this to kill someone, he's changing the future and creating a doomed timeline; therefore, we already know that any attempt of his to take advantage of this will end in failure. The Fridge Horror? It also means that there are hundreds of alternate timelines out there where Gamzee has killed someone/everyone and there was nothing his victims could do to escape him. Have fun with that thought.
    • No, it would not be possible for him to just create doomed timelines like that. If he was going to attack any of the Trolls, the Trollian viewports would show it happening, because it would not be possible for him to go against it. Remember, any attempt to change or analyze the future has already happened, just like in pretty much every other instance of weird time shit in the story.
      • Don't you remember when Terezi tried to get Dave to send himself to God Tier? The Dave sleeping on the Quest Bed, purely by the fact that he had chosen to travel to the future rather than wait, was from an alternate (doomed) timeline. So let's say Gamzee uses his Trollian viewport and sees Terezi walking down some stairs 5 minutes in the future right before having a conversation with Karkat, so he makes sure he's at that staircase 5 minutes in the future and kills her. He's just created a doomed timeline, because now her conversation with Karkat never happens and the future has been changed. In the "alpha" timeline, because he could see Terezi talking with Karkat, something, anything, will happen to prevent Gamzee from successfully intercepting and killing her beforehand. The only time Gamzee will kill someone is because it's been "preordained", not because he uses the viewports to spy on them.
      • Although now this is very unlikely to happen, if he were to see Terezi have the conversation with Karkat, and wait until she's finished her conversation, and then kill her. If he hasn't seen what happens next, or if he saw himself killing her, then the timeline is not necessarily doomed.
      • No, that is simply not possible by the way time travel works in Homestuck. Gamzee, or anyone else looking at Trollian, do not have the ability to change the future. Dave and Aradia do, but even they can only "change" the future in ways that were supposed to happen anyway. The timeline is set in ways that are unshakable by the players. Compare looking at the Trollian viewports to reading the memos: no matter what the Trolls think about the memos, they are inevitably going to write exactly what they and others have seen written, because it has all already happened. They do not have the ability or the option to change what they have already and are going to write. Looking at future memos and resolving to not write them is not going to create doomed timelines, because events have been conspired to ensure the timeline goes exactly the way it is supposed to with no unnecessary interruptions. Also compare it to the frog cloning minigame of Sburb - despite the weird time travel shit involved, it is impossible for Kanaya or Jade to create paradoxes.
      • Remember when Terezi created a doomed timeline by convincing John to jump ahead and fight his Denizen? Or the Doomed timeline in which Terzi does not kill Vriska? It's possible for any of them to create doomed timelines the predestination only means that the Alpha timeline always happens there are any number of alternate timelines... and in some of those Gamzee might have killed more people. Even Rose talks about the notion of not following through with her first conversation with Kanaya (which wasn't her anyway but this was hypothetical) and creating a Doomed timeline.
      • Too bad Gamzee still has never died even in a doomed timeline.
      • Not certain if my personal interpretation is correct, but I believe that any Doomed Timeline results in a Time player returning to fix it. Anyone can be the one who messes things up, but it will universally result in a Time player fixing it. Thus, Gamzee could not splinter the timeline indefinitely as there was no time player to stop him from altering the Alpha.
      • Doomed timelines can happen without Time players, but they have no impact on the Alpha timeline.
      • What was that don't do it / don't not do it quote from Futurama again?
        Farnsworth: ...You mustn't interfere with the past! Don't do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to do it, in which case, for the love of God, don't not do it!
  • When Sollux was blinded and lost his psychic powers and his bifurcation motif, the blood from his mouth split the Gemini symbol on his shirt into half. The symbolism is apparent.
  • In Seek the Highb100d, you can get behind the monitor as Equius, it's behind the same room you started in... And then you find Gamzee soon after, meaning that Gamzee may have been listening, neigh , watching you the whole time.
  • Why did the trolls suddenly went silent in the bad alt timeline when John died due to fighting the Denizen early? It's because their session ceased to exist the moment whatever convoluted Weird Time Shit sent Lil'Cal from arriving in Alterina and Kanaya's hands, and thus allowed Doc Scratch to be born, who in turn set everything up in the first place was prevented due to Dave prototyping Lil'Cal. They didn't go silent so much as cease to exist.
    • Or not. In Paradox Space, the alpha timeline is eternally present at all points, and any deviation will simply doom everyone in it. The Trolls were still there in the alpha timeline, they just couldn't communicate with the doomed one. Two timelines can exist at once.
      • Which actually may disprove the theory since Terezi converses with both Daves. Doomed Dave contacts her right before Noir kills him.
      • Still in the Alpha timeline, it's just not Alpha Dave. As long as they remain in the Alpha timeline they can be contacted no matter who they are.
    • Which leads to a moment of Fridge Brilliance as well. Ever since it was revealed how dreamselves worked, this troper always wondered why Dream John and Dream Jade didn't take over as "real" John and Jade. The answer is it wasn't John's death that doomed the timeline, it was Cal being prototyped.
      • Though Dream John wouldn't have been able to take over anyway, since that particular use of a dreamself requires use of the Quest Bed (which no one was in any position to take advantage of) or a kiss from one of the other players (which would have required getting to John's seventh gate themselves to get to a body in the same room as an angry Denizen).
      • John's Denizen was calm about killing John. Dream Jade still couldn't take over though. If you never physically enter the Medium, there is no dream self.
  • During Hivebent, when Gamzee and Equius are talking to each other, Gamzee says "iF i CoUlD mAkE yOu SmIlE iT'd Be ThE bEsT fUcKiN mIrAcLe I eVeR dId PaRt Of." After Gamzee snaps, he finally DOES make Equius smile... by asphyxiating him. Shiver.
  • From around Gamzee's first appearance: "Sometimes you just like to pick stuff up and watch the colors. It's so beautiful. Life is beautiful." Foreshadowing?
  • Remember that Gamzee's religion predicts two evil clowns. Lord English goes Honk. Does this mean Lord English is one of the two? If so, who's the second one... oh dear...
    • Lord English was born of Doc Scratch. Like Gamzee, he's bifurcated - Lord English is both of the mirthful messiahs.
      • This is even more so as we learn more of Lord English's past.
  • When Gamzee gets ready to attack Nepeta, he's shown switching to his juggling clubs, which are described as "the worst pair of clubs in the universe" in the first Alterniabound flash. Despite the fact that he has a top-tier weapon visible in his syllabus. Why? He's decided on Cherry Tapping her to death.
  • The Tumor is associated with black and white, and also red and blue. What else is associated with red, blue, black and white? Sollux.
  • Karkat's ancestor aka the sufferer, is most likely troll jesus. Take into account that we, with our red blood, are more or less modeled in Karkat's image. In other words, he's an inversion of the Father/Son part of the Holy Trinity. Furthermore, after arguing with his past and future selves, he refers to them as "past and future ghosts," or to fit with the theme, the Holy Spirit(s). Oh, and by the way; "the disciple Jesus loved" was none other than John the Apostle.
    • The Sufferer isn't the only Christ-related allegory character.
      • Sollux's ancestor, the Ψiioniic is Simon Peter. A close friend to the Messianic Archetype, who ended up dying in a torturous way.
      • Nepeta's ancestor, the Disciple, is Mark the Evangelist, whose personal symbol was a lion. Alternatively, she's "The beloved disciple, or Mary Magdalene, who some scholars claimed was Jesus' Lover/wife.
      • Kanaya's ancestor, The Dolorosa, is obviously Virgin Mary.
      • Equius' ancestor, The E%ecutor, is a combination of Pontius Pilate, the roman official who was pressured into carrying out Jesus' execution, and the semi-apocryphal figure Longinus, the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus' side with a spear. (Only he shot the sufferer with an Arrow instead.) In fact, given his later Heel–Face Turn and name change, you could argue that he has some shades of Saul/St. Paul too.
    • If you want to get more Biblical, think back to how John, the first guy we meet in the series, got into the Medium: he bit an apple that the first girl we met in the series helped him obtain.
    • The same guy and girl who apparently must eventually hook up, at least if you believe a horrible shipping chart made by an alien Jesus, that is, Karkat.
    • On a side note: even odds that his name turns out to be "Jegus."
    • How has nobody mentioned the biblical David and Jonathan? Jonathan was even technically the "heir," and while calling David a "knight" is a stretch, he was a warrior!
    • Considering the parallels that aren't there adds a whole new layer to this. Jesus was both God and Man, proved that by rising from the dead, and that resurrection was one of the main reasons so many converted to Christianity. Now consider that had the Sufferer been an ancendent instead of a dancestor, he would have had a very good chance of making God Tier. His death was neither especially Heroic nor remotely Just, so had he been God Tier, he would have returned from the dead. And if he had returned, his religion might very well have flourished as Christianity did.
  • The planet of each player seems reveal what elemental atribute each player has (or maybe it's the other way around)
    • Some are obvious
      • Wind and Zephyr for Breath
      • Light for Light
      • Quartz and Clockwork for Time
      • Frogs and... Frogs for Space (it works in story)
      • Pulse and Blood
      • Silence and Void
      • Thought and Mind
      • Fire and Doom
    • But some don't really seem to make that much sense.
      • How are Maps or Treasure meaningful to Light? Light can be luck or it can be insight, like a map. Too bad Vriska doesn't use it that way since luck doesn't matter.
      • Makes more sense when you consider the other half of her title. Thieves and treasure, hm?
      • Also, the Light symbol looks a lot like a compass rose.
      • Nepeta's planet is Land of Little Cubes and Tea- what does that have to do with Heart? Look at the Hero of Heart emblem: it's a tea cup.
      • Remember that the planet names are often abbreviated like Dave's Land of Heat and Clockwork is referred to as LOHAC. With this in mind, Nepeta's planet makes much more sense.
      • Also worth noting is that the ancestor of the suit of hearts was the cups in tarot cards.
      • And this in part is explained by her moirail being Equius as well: the constellation of Sagittarius is famous for containing the Teapot asterism.
      • How does Wrath and Angels connect to Hope? Angels are usually portrayed as messengers of God, and they often brought hope to people through their messages.
      • Dew and Glass: Dew is water, which sustains life and lets it grow.
  • Equius's Trollian name is relevant to his interests. Played for Laughs anyway with troll culture's "Fine Art".
  • Equius' lusus is referred to as male... and then... Equius likes drinking his lusus' milk... Oh.. Oh God...
    • A male with a lactating udder. Maybe Lusus romance is a bit more complicated than you think?
      • A recent update had Kanaya referring to Jade (and humans in general) as "milkbeasts but without the hermaphroditic structures." I'd say that pretty much confirms that Alternian milkbeasts are all hermaphrodites.
  • Equius forbidding Nepeta from engaging in EXTREME ROLEPLAYING. Later it's revealed his house has a nice view on Vriska, which means he had a DAMN GOOD REASON for forbidding her. (BTW, if someone could find the fan art showcasing it, it would be cool - couldn't find it on Skaia.Net).
  • Kanaya is one of the only, if not the only troll that enjoys sunlight. Her main relations are Vriska and Rose, both of whom are heroes of light.
  • The Summoner was a Rufio/Peter Pan reference. And what was the legacy he left behind? A world made up entirely of kids. A literal Neverland.
  • A fan thoery that came from Mindfang's diary was that the "slave girl" Mindfang summons was Kanaya's ancestor. According to this page The Dolorosa (Kanaya's ancestor) was sold into slavery.
  • The Disciple, Nepeta's ancestor, was obsessed with recording the teachings of the Sufferer, Karkat's ancestor. Karkat loves Rom-Coms and talking about romance. Suddenly, Nepeta's shipping wall makes a lot of sense.
  • The Sufferer, Karkat's ancestor, and the Disciple, Nepeta's, had what was described as basically a perfect, fairy-tale romance. No wonder Nepeta had such a crush on Karkat - their ancestors had the kind of love story that would have been irresistible to her. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch for us to think she saw herself and Karkat as the next Disciple and Sufferer.
    • Related: The Sufferer and Disciple's romance connects to Nepeta and Karkat's Sgurb titles, The Rogue of Heart and the Knight of Blood respectively.
  • Remember that update on Andrew's Formspring where he tried CS5 before returning to CS3? Know how he mentions having "a ton of pertinent files open all the time so I don't have to spend as much time rooting around for stuff?" These spoiler-ish updates may be a Meta example of one way the story unfolds-mining past images for use later in present updates, with these updates a Call-Back of a past Tear Jerker concerning Karkat and Terezi.]]
    • Regarding the above mentioned eventual callback, the other Seer and Knight are equally likely to recreate this scene. Look how easily those pictures can be edited, Terezi's shades could easily replaced by Dave's pair.
    • Finally, Andrew may have commented on his real life delay for a few days here, affecting the suddenly succintly slow pace of the story.
  • I wondered why Sollux's blood color was yellow while two defining colors of his are red and blue. Then it hit me; Yellow, red, and blue are all primary colors.
    • No. They aren't. Neither additive nor subractive colors use red, yellow, and blue. Additive uses red, green, and blue. Subtractive uses magenta, yellow, cyan, and black.
      • 3D glasses can sometimes use magenta and cyan. That just leaves yellow and black.
    • Also, in astrology the colour yellow is associated with the sign Gemini.
    • It gets better: the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini are named Castor and Pollux. Castor appears bluish, Pollux is reddish.
  • Though it hasn't been revealed if Neophyte Redglare was blind or not, why would someone of a Nocturnal race need to wear sunglasses if she wasn't blind? Her lusus' eyes are as bright as the sun, That's why!
    • Justice is blind.
      • Holy crap. The Goddess of Justice is always depicted with a blindfold...it all makes sense!
  • Read Kanaya's introduction page while listening to Monty Python's Lumberjack Song.
  • Kanaya's title is actually an Incredibly Lame Pun when you think about it. Sylphs are mythological creatures that manipulate air. In other words, Kanaya is a Fairy.
  • This might be fairly obvious but it makes sense that Kanaya became the rainbow drinker; she was under the sign Virgo and in various vampire mythology only virgins can become vampires.
  • For an in-universe example, Tavros's realizing where Tinkerbull is. That's... That's just cruel.
  • "Run, Aradia's ancestor! Run!!!!" Wait a minute... isn't she stuck in a Stable Time Loop which makes it a Foregone Conclusion that she'll become the Handmaid? Yes she is. 0_0
  • This line from Doc Scratch's description of the Handmaiden: "She stirred up class warfare and intensified bigotry in whatever era she haunted." Aradia, the Handmaiden's descendent, had some sort of romantic relationship with the bigoted Equius.
  • Karkat's true blood colour is candy red, but he hides it by having a grey shirt symbol and text. Crabs are usually greyish or bright red.
  • This may just be a coincidence, but I was looking at a group picture of the trolls and kids, and I realized something: There are 6 female trolls. 1/2 of them have long hair(Vriska, Feferi, and Aradia), while the other half(Terezi, Nepeta, and Kanaya) don't. 6 and 1/2. when you remove the signs and spaces, you get 612.
    • I also found out that the kids have their own version of above. There are 4 kids. 1 of them(Jade) has long hair. The other 3(John, Rose, and Dave) don't. 4, 1, and 3. Put it all together, and you get 413.
    • Another interpretation of 413 and 612 is 4 kids turning 13 years old and 12 trolls turning 6 sweeps old.
  • The scratch is supposed to be like a deal with the devil where the session will be reset with things changed to make the players more ready to play the game. The post scratch troll universe had Doc Scratch making troll society into a violent society to prepare the trolls for Sburb. In the post scratch human universe The Condesce makes life harder for Jane through constant assassination attempt as well as Dirk and Roxy due to her conquering of earth making them more suited to take on the game.
    • The assassination attempts likely came from Alpha!Mom and Alpha!Bro. A human has the same lifespan as the caste Karkat would have been, so the Condesce would just have to wait a few decades before Jane would die naturally.
    • The alpha humans were Nobles. Not Heroes. The beta humans are still the Heroes of the alpha session because it's a Void Session.
  • This had to be pointed out to me on Hussie's Formspring archives (here): In the Homestuck-verse, the 12 trolls aren't based on the Western Zodiac; the Western Zodiac is based on them. Because they created the the kids' universe, somewhere in humanity's collective subconscious were these trolls. And because of this, when they looked at the sky and saw a bunch of arbitrary star clusters, they went "Oh, look a crab!" "Wow, there's a fish!" Even if the trolls aren't really gods, they still have religious and cultural importance.
    • To break it down, Aries' energy is similar to how Aradia was in life, Gemini is riddled with bifurcation because of Sollux not to mention the myth about Castor and Pollux, the twins, states one of them died and the other grieved so much their father put them on the heaven to be together, Cancer is considered kind and motherly because of Karkat and the Sufferer, Virgo is pretty obvious, Libra and Justice are intertwined so much with Terezi that we paint/draw Justice with not only scales but also a blindfold and a sword, Scorpio has an ambiguous reputation thanks to Vriska, Sagittarius and archery+horses is obvious but it also ties in to the magnanimity of Darkleer and also some say Sagittarians are smarter than they look similar to how indigo bloods, being Void players, are exempt from Omniscience and Mind Control, Pisces is said to be one of the nicest and friendliest of the signs...
    • With the recent update, it seems Aranea has been controlling Gamzee for unknown amount of time. Gamzee has been helping Cherubs and Leprechauns, and Aranea knows a lot about both species' romance and breeding habits. Where do you think she got the information from?
    • Fridge Horror: Considering that Aranea "healed" Jake, who's to say that Gamzee running out of sopor slime wasn't what caused him to go Ax-Crazy, and that Aranea "fixed" him too?
      • Gamzee flips his shit before he could have met Aranea. At the same time, however, quite a few of the weird things he's done since then (breaking off his moirallegiance with Karkat, entering a kismesissitude with Terezi despite never hinting at having blackrom feelings for her) make a bit more sense if you think Aranea had a hand in it.
      • Indeed; Gamzee would have no reason to care enough about Terezi's eyes enough to bully her into fixing them, and he's not particularly witty under normal circumstances so why he suddenly KNOWS WH 4 T TO S 4 Y TO P 1 SS M3 OFF is a bit odd. Terezi also didn't give a shit about his opinion beforehand. Aranea, however, was raised to believe that she should help those that need it whether or not they actually want it, and knows people well enough to know what would make Terezi upset enough to heal her eyes. Failing that, she could have pushed Gamzee into using his fear manipulation powers to make Terezi react as if he'd said something really cutting when he hadn't, which would also partly explain why Terezi was such a mess - he'd been using his voodoos.
    • Further horror; a moirallegiance is a romantic relationship based on intense psychological intimacy, and a moirail is supposed to calm their partner and fix their problems. Aranea switches off Gamzee's rage entirely against his will, and heals Jake when he specifically and repeatedly told her not to. By troll standards, is this rape?
      • This also means every Serket other than Pre-Scratch!Vriska has committed rape at least once, and that every quadrant has been done.
  • Aradia's role in SGRUB is Maid. In her society she should be a person who carries "sex toys". She's doing it right.
  • Vriska's already killed both Tavros and John, both of whom were Love Interests of hers. That makes her a Black Widow!
  • Some Fridge Horror: Why is Sober!Gamzee such a Love Martyr for Lord English even though the latter pumps his guts with lead and regularly abuses him? Word of God said that the real Mirthful Messiahs were actually Doc Scratch and Lord English; Gamzee's clinging to the last shred of his faith there is!
  • Take the word "Batterwitch". Now replace the b and the w. You get... (wait for it) Watter Bitch, otherwise known as Water Bitch.
  • "There Once was a Man from Trolltucket" would be exactly as offensive to its native audience, but for entirely different reasons.
  • Karkat is almost a troll counterpart to John: Both are POV characters, both show Hidden Depths, both were involved in similar in-game events, and Karkat even resembles John a bit. John has a hammer, Karkat has a sickle.
    • Their battle themes are named "Showdown" (Karkat) and "Showtime" (John).
      • Interestingly enough, Dave's battle theme is "Beatdown." So Karkat's battle theme is named after a combination of John and Dave's.
      • John and Dave have blue and red text, respectively. The theme is based on a mix of the two universes.
    • He also types in all caps as opposed to John's typing in all lowercase.
    • Because of their respective weapons, the John/Karkat ship is known as "Communism", which Dave later lampshades in the comic.
  • Recall back when Terezi sent John to get mauled by his Denizen and we all thought she was a big evil bitch? Now, take into account the revelation that Terezi can see the outcomes of doomed timelines, as demonstrated by Vriska. Terezi deliberately facilitated the doomed timeline in order to aid the alpha. She was actually helping the whole time.
    • She does claim to not have thought of that, though.
  • John is, for the most part, The Hero of the story. Someone who opposes the hero is usually an antagonist. Karkat is, functionally, a counterpart of sorts to John. In the zodiac, what is the sign "opposing" Cancer? Capricorn.
    • Can also work on a different level, considering recent events involving the Capricorn Troll and Karkat...
  • The song used in this animation, apart from being awesome, actually has in-story significance: as a recent update reveals, the pre-Scratch versions of the troll Ancestors have managed to avoid fading away along with their doomed timeline, lingering on to become key figures in the Alpha Session Even In Death.
  • The Signless and the Summoner are analogies to Suffragists and Suffragettes respectively.
  • Fridge Brilliance regarding the Sufferer: his last words were the Vast Expletive. One of the last things Jesus said on the cross? "My God, why have you forsaken me?"
    • Kankri would likely have also forgiven them anyway as a passive-agressive jab. The very next thing Jesus says, and his last words before dying, were "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."
  • "MY BLOOD IS NOT FIT TO FLOW THROUGH A SEWER, AND MY SIGN IS A PICTOGRAPHIC SYMBOL THAT LOOSELY TRANSLATES AS 'PLEASE HIKE THESE PANTS UP TO THIS GUY'S ARMPITS, CHAIN HIM TO A FLOGGING JUT, AND MAKE A FUCKING EXAMPLE OUT OF THIS SORRY SACK OF SHIT.'"
  • So all the trolls have horns that correspond to their Zodiac sign, right? So okay, some are pretty straightforward, like Aradia, Tavros and Gamzee, whose horns are based on their respective animals. Others, like Vriska, Kanaya, Eridan, and Feferi, have horns modeled after their symbol. Terezi, however, has these short, perfectly conical horns. What in Hussie's name does that have to do with her sign? Well, after seeing this picture of Daredevil, it hit me - their horns are exactly alike, and both are Blind Weaponmasters who believe in justice! Hussie, you magnificent son of a bitch!
  • In a sick way, Eridan's murder of Feferi makes sense symbolically. He sees her as having taken hope from him when they broke up, so he wanted to take life- Feferi's aspect- from her.
  • Vriska and Tavros are Not So Different! They both have deep self-esteem issues, they just deal with it in different ways. Vriska hides her insecurity by acting overbearing and lashing out at people; Tavros finds it difficult to assert himself in social situations, and when he tries, goes overboard. Neither of them know what self-confidence really is, and each can be considered reversals of the other (Jerk with a Heart of Gold-Bitch in Sheep's Clothing).
    • Of course they would seem similar to most people. Vriska is a Sociopath, and Tavros has Asperger's Syndrome. Practically the only way to know these are different things is to know someone with one disorder and to actually have the other one yourself.
  • A likely unintentional example; Dualscar's sign is two jagged lines.
    • No, that probably was intentional.
  • Cancer trolls are essentially doomsday cardinals, as the Sufferer's teachings imply, and cardinals are associated with the colour red.
  • Nepeta's Numerological Motif is 33, the atomic number of arsenic and a double Cat Smile. 3 x 3 also equals 9 — the number of lives a cat has. She's also died three times — first when Gamzee killed her, second when her dreamself died, and third when Fefetasprite blew up.
  • Sollux, the troll with a duality motif, dates Feferi, a troll whose astrological sign is two fish.
    • Feferi has been all of the following at one point: One fish, Two Fish, [[Alien Blood Red Fish, Blue Fish]].
  • Feferi's Pisces sign and her double ended trident have the same (fundamental) shape!
  • Alternia has two moons; one fuchsia pink, the other lime green. That's some very clever foreshadowing.
  • Kanaya's Numerological Motif is 6. Her name is six letters long.
    • This doesn't really count, though, as all of the Trolls have six-letter names, both first and last. Even Vriska Serket, who's Numerological Motif is 8.
  • The fact that Alternia seems to have Schizo Tech actually makes a lot of sense when you factor in the existence of natural psionics. After all, you don't necessarily need to invent machine guns or nuclear reactors if part of your population has Eye Beams and you can fly to the stars with just one poor bastard hooked up to the wires. This then resulted in a race that managed to develop interstellar travel before it moved past melee weaponry.
  • Kanaya capitalizes the first letter of every word she types. Outside of Homestuck, who else does this? Jaden Smith!
  • Aradia is the Maid of Time. She was put into a robot body. Does this make her an iron maiden?
  • Feferi's little marine zoo must attract a lot of predators. Large predators that Eridan can hunt for her lusus.
  • Her Imperial Condescension's aggressive girliness is deliberately done to annoy Lord English, as we all know how Caliborn feels about all things feminine. Possibly as the only form of rebellion she's capable of, possibly so that he'll pay as little attention to her as possible (thus allowing her to plot against him in relative peace), or probably both.
  • Dragons are depicted in myth as very Long-Lived, if not outright immortal. It seems that Terezi inherited some of their resilience.
  • Kanaya's typing quirk involves Capitalizing Every Word She Types. How does one do that? By hitting the shift key with their pinky after every word. The pinky is stereotypically held up when drinking tea or in other 'dignified' past times, Why does Kanaya have such fine motor control? Because it befits a lady like her.
  • The Dolorosa was killed by Orphaner Dualscar. The Sufferer may have already been dead, but Dualscar orphaned him.
  • When the kids and the trolls arrive in the Alpha universe, the trolls take up the six mythological roles that the kids haven't used. We have: a Mage of Doom, a Bard of Rage, a Thief, a Sylph, a hero of Mind, and a hero of Blood.
  • We all know that trolls have four forms of love (matespiritship, kissmessitude, moirailliegance, and auspticism. But according to at least one theory, humans also have four forms of love: romantic love, friendship, affection, and charity. Suddenly you realize why the trolls are so (from our perspective, at least) screwed up. Their society has no concepts of friendship, of affection (that one's a bit more natural, since they don't have families the way we do), or of charity, so huge chunks of the interpersonal bonds humans work with are missing.
  • Something that blew my mind when I realized it: the Sufferer is a pretty obvious analogue for Jesus, and Karkat is technically his ancestor since the trolls' session is post-Scratch. Then you consider that Karkat's first words to a human were "ATTENTION WORTHLESS HUMAN: THIS IS YOUR GOD SPEAKING." He wasn't just being his usual arrogant self; in a way it was literally accurate, since Karkat is, in human terms, the father of Troll Jegus.
  • John and Karkat are both considered hammy and sick, both for opposite reasons.
    • Karkat wields a sickle. His human-equivalent in ranking would be the Untouchable, or if we're using Europe, the Serf. Both can't get jobs outside of farming. John wields a hammer. His latest actions put the alpha timeline back together by removing any impurities in the events.
  • Why do humans have good-aligned clowns if Earth was made by a race with only evil clowns? Because our clowns are based on Pre-Scratch!Gamzee, who would never have had a motive to kill anyone, and would have had therapy for the outbursts his blood-class is prone to.
    • He also would have known a therapist personally. Vriska never would have known Spidermom, never would have been desensitized to killing, and because of her Sociopathic tendencies, which Beforus would have turned into a gift, would understand why Pre-Scratch!Gamzee would have his urges, and would know what to say to make him see that he had a choice not to indulge.
  • Why does Vriska think she could hook up with Tavros even though they are basically opposites? Because Vriska is the Troll equivalent of a Sociopath, and Tavros is the Troll equivalent of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. A common misconception is that these two disorders are just two different names for the same thing, and this misconception is most common among Sociopaths, and least common among those with Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Fans caught on to the symbolism during Eridan's betrayal and Feferi's death, but a Prince can also destroy with Hope. Because of his false hope that Bec Noir would spare him if they joined forces, almost everything was destroyed.
    • The death of the Hero of Space resulted in the impossibility of an inhabited universe and her revival made it possible for her to get the Matriorb back, allowing the new universe to contain life.
    • And the the only survivor was Sollux, the Hero of Doom. Eridan could destroy as long as he liked, but he could not destroy the doom that his session would face.
  • "Betty Crocker" has the same number of letters in a typical Troll's name, with one letter shifted to her last name.
    • There is a species of fish called the "betta".
    • Betty Crocker cooks food. Fish can be cooked in a crock pot.
  • Karkat's distress at being toyed with by Clover is by no means unreasonable, but it gets extra poignant when you remember Karkat's experience with his Denizen.
  • I know this may be the wrong area to talk about this, but it needs to be addressed. Many fans know that the trolls follow a 6-6 naming rule. Who else has a similar name pattern? Andrew.
  • "There Once was a Man from Trolltucket" would be exactly as offensive to its native audience, but for entirely different reasons.
  • As-TROLL-ogy?
  • Late to the Punchline: The troll equivalent of STRIFE was GRIEF (in backwards and upside down Daedric). The joke is that they're trolls. They're griefing each other.
  • When Karkat was explaining Troll Romance to Vriska in Homestuck he told her that Tavros could never hate her the way she hated him because there was something dysfunctional about him that kept him from developing the same degree of hate as everyone else. When Hussie introduced Kanaya, one of the other 'nice' trolls, he repeated a comment from Tavros's introduction about not sleeping much. Suddenly it became clear why Kanaya and Tavros are so nice compared to other trolls: All trolls suffer from psychotic nightmares so bad that they have to sleep in psychoactive goop in order to dull the edge. But Tavros, who can't fit in his cocoon because of his freakish horns, and Kanaya, who stays up late because she's the troll equivalent of a Goth, have minimized their exposure.
    • Also another thing why trolls cannot stand their sun and are as such nocturnal. Not only is it because their sun is deadly - traditional trolls literally could not stand daylight and would turn into stone upon coming in contact with it.
    • Given that we've recently learned that Karkat, and probably the rest of the Trolls, can't sleep, their dream-selves dying may have made them all insomniacs. And if that's the case, Tavros and Kanaya don't just have minimized exposure - they've also got more experience dealing with sleep deprivation. Doubles as Fridge Horror if you think about it too long. - Volouscheur
    • Related, the most isolated trolls, Nepeta, Kanaya, and Feferi are among the nicest. Nepeta lives in a cave with her lusus and has to hunt for food, while Feferi can't go very far from hers without getting killed. Meanwhile, Kanaya is both diurnal and lives in an area laden with undead. All of them would have had little contact with troll society and thus wouldn't end up "socialized" like the others. Feferi and Nepeta can get away with not caring about black romance because the imperial drone will never reach them.
    • Related to Tavros's incapability to form a Kismesitude, why has he not been executed for failing to provide? The same reason he hasn't been culled for paraplegia. The imperial drone has never visited him.
  • In [S] Wake, Hussie is deconstructing at least a few Mary Sue tropes. In addition to Vriska, who wants to be one, and Jade, who was initially portrayed as one, we also have, most notably:
    • Aradia - Born in the lowest rung of her caste system, but has incredible psychic powers and gains the affections of a casteist highblood. Dies and comes back as a ghost with even more power. Possesses her sprite then a robot body, later gains time-travel powers. Resurrects via Dreamself into her God Tier form, which allows her to pause The Demon.
      • Actually, Aradia's psychic powers are most common among her caste. The lower the caste, the more likely that they are going to have some sort of power like hers, Tavros' or Sollux's. (The empresses as well, though they are an obvious exception.) However, those with psychic powers are also more susceptible to other psychic attacks, such as the Vast Glub. A murmur could kill the lower castes but spare the higher ones. If anything, a troll like Vriska with a noble blood color is more unusual to have such a power.
    • Kanaya - Born with an incredibly rare blood color, which allows her to be raised by the rare mother grub. She can bear the harsh Alternian sun when no other troll is shown to be able to do so. Her interest in fashion suggests she could also fulfill a few of those tropes, and despite being killed without the benefit of a Quest Bed or any sort of immortality, she returns from the dead — and judging from what she does to Gamzee, Vriska, and Eridan directly after, she Came Back Strong.
    • Feferi - Born in the absolute highest tier of the caste system, and it's stated that if not for SGRUB, she'd have overseen massive changes to Alternian society for the betterment of all (and indeed, her pre-Scratch self ruled over a utopia). She tries to be everyone's friend when troll society says she'd be justified in lording over them all. Raised by a particularly powerful lusus which basically nixes anyone's chance of trying to off her, most notably the current Alternian empress and anyone competing for the position.
    • Sollux - Like Aradia, comes with super eyebeam psychic powers, as well as l33t h4xx0r skillz, heterochromatic eyes and a small but endearing flaw (his lii2p). He then dies Saving The Princess and has not one but two extra lives ostensibly because of his 'bifurcated personality', which also makes him prone to truly interminable periods of Wangst. Add to this Aradia, Feferi and Eridan have all apparently been interested in him in one of the concupiscent quadrants, making him more or less the big troll stud, despite being basically a moody computer geek.
      • The funny thing is that in most works, they would be Mary Sues. In Homestuck, they're just characters.
  • Compare how Dream Feferi dies to how Eridan dies.
  • In the 1/24 updates, we learned (among other things) that all the sopor slime is gone. Among other things, sopor slime helps to quiet the trolls' violent instincts. Little wonder that Eridan and Gamzee quickly went off the deep end with nothing to hold them in check.
  • Why do God Tier trolls (from what we've seen of them anyways) get wings, while the human's God Tier don't? Because trolls are born as larva. Like caterpillars. When they finally achieve God Tier, the trolls are metamorphosing into butterflies!
  • Some of the trolls who don't really care about blood color seem to forget the order of the hemospectrum — here Sollux can't remember what's lower than yellow and here Nepeta doesn't seem to know where green lies. You'd think it'd be easy to remember, since it goes from red to violet like a rainbow . . . but since rainbows are created by sunlight filtering through water droplets and most trolls never go out during the day, they've probably never even seen a rainbow! The only time the word "rainbow" has been used in relation to trolls is "rainbow drinkers", who come out during the day...
  • If you think about it, The Reveal that the trolls were in a post-scratch session was possibly foreshadowed (or perhaps there have been coincidences?). Remember in [s] Past Karkat: Wake Up we only got to see the grub versions of "our" trolls, but not the ancestors? Also remember how ectobiology works; by pinpointing someone in time and creating a paradox clone of them. If the trolls had been made with their ancestors' DNA, Karkat would know what the "extra twelve useless wrigglers" were for since the machine had pinpointed at them. Instead, the Ancestor grubs were probably made with a mixture of our trolls' DNA, thus explaining Karkat's belief that the "extra" grubs were "useless".
    • The same Flash shows a terminal with twelve screens. It's identical to the kids' terminals other than the amount of screens, and two of the screens have been destroyed. That only happens if a Hero reaches God-Tier. Future!Aradia made it.
  • Concerning [S] Wake, maybe all the characters seen in the flash awoke one way or another, besides the obvious...
    • Aradia awoke not only to God Tier, but also awoke her normal emotions again, feeling happy to be alive.
    • Vriska not only awoke from demotivating WV in his nightmare to face Bec Noir, but also awoke her conscience after killing Tavros and feeling guilty about it, even fearing facing Noir as she planned all along.
    • Feferi has always wanted to be with the Furthest Gods of the Ring; her death of her dreamself awoke her powers as the Witch of Life, so to speak, due to her communication with Jade, being able to speak from the afterlife to the living compared to other deceased characters in SBURB and SGRUB.
    • Jack Noir probably believed himself invincible killing one life after another with his First Guardian powers; witnessing Aradia gave him an Oh, Crap! on his face, and becoming time stopped by Aradia may have awoken fear in him, or something close to rethinking his killing strategy besides using green fire and showing his stabs.
    • Tavros awoke his self-confidence actually comitting to try and killing Vriska, despite failing and getting impaled. And, there maybe a second wake-up involved due to dying and being in the afterlife; maybe communing with deceased First Guardians and Lusii per his powers.
  • Eridan, whose romantic advances have been turned down by nearly every other main character, lives in a wrecked ship.
  • The troll ancestors who initiated the scratch were too weak because they lived in peace. And when they initiated the scratch, they became the ancestors instead of the players. Now, realize that the current troll world is so terrible because the Sufferer failed to spread his message. That means there is a good likelihood that the reason the original troll world was peaceful was because Karkat (acting as an ancestor in the original troll world) succeeded in spreading his message.
    • Not to mention Feferi would have been the Empress.
      • That is, if she could defeat Condy.
      • No, Condesce is Meenah, and she refused to participate in the struggle at all, not to mention lived later than Feferi.
    • Karkat succeeded as the Sufferer on Beforus because he was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and able to motivate people. On Alternia, the sufferer was Kankri.
  • The update "[S] Wake." has several Call Backs going on with it:
    • 1. The last Flash update before this on to issue a general command was "[S] Make Her Pay." Both Aradia and Vriska did just that in it. The same thing happens here.
    • 2. The last time Tavros saw Vriska wearing fairy wings, she was trying to please him, trying to make him love her. This time, she kills him. Kind of a stark contrast, don't you think?
    • 3. The first time Tavros and Vriska are the seen together, Vriska forces Tavros off a cliff. Guess what happens here?

  • Aranea describes the relationship between A1 and A2's timelines as being linear, but it's obvious to the readers that the relationships between all universes are a bit more complicated than that. But of course that's how she would explain it to Terezi - she said herself that she's existed for so long that time-related words are little more than a convenience.
    • As a Hero of Void, Equius has the power to black out Seers and Space-users and terminal users locked on to his position and unaccounted others. His dream self and real self are gone, and recently, we saw Lord English obliterate his ghost self. However, as an Heir of Void, couldn't he exist inside the Furthest Ring outside of a dream bubble?
    • As a Hero of Hope, Eridan has the power to create an Astral Projection of other players within a dream bubble. Dirk hinted to Jake that he possesses untold power as a Page, and that Jake has unresolved feelings for Dirk. As Eridan had feelings for Feferi, maybe one or both still exist in a dream bubble the Kids and Trolls have yet to encounter, and their real selves deaths could allow them to exist alive within the dream bubble compared to flickering Dream!Dirk or a standard Milky White Eyes ghost.
      • Eridan is a Prince. He doesn't create something by believing in it. He destroys it by not believing in it. Feferi is clearly angry about dying, to the point where she lashed out at Jade, so because he didn't believe they could be friends, the offer is off the table. He destroyed all hope of the relationship. Hope wasn't lost when he tried to defect, but the exact instant he considered it as a mere possibility.
  • The reason the SGRUB symbol looks different from SBURB? The kids' session had four players and four squares. The trolls had twelve players, and so…
  • All of the trolls were about thirteen give-or-take, and the majority of them died horribly... Let that sink in.
    • We don't actually see it happening, but Vriska has apparently been playing her FLARP games for years, killing her peers to keep her lusus fed. Eridan/Feferi have been doing more or less the same, though with their peers' lusus instead since a troll wouldn't even make a nibble for Feferi's lusus.
  • Why do the trolls constantly refer aspects of their culture as 'Troll [whatever]'? Because in their universe, the Condesce conquered hundreds of other planets, many of which would have had other races living on them. It's not unthinkable that parts of other cultures would become known to Alternian trolls, and so the trolls clarify that they mean their whatever, as opposed to the whatever created by another race.
  • If you really think about it, the trolls' romance shenanigans in general can fall into this. Remember that partway through Hivebent, it was revealed that drones regularly visit troll adults to collect black and red buckets of DNA from them, and that they will kill the troll if they have nothing to give. That said, while our trolls aren't likely to had been approached yet, what looks like teenage romance squabbles (such as Karkat desperately trying to get Dave into "quadrant vacillation" or Eridan's usual antics) could actually be, subconsciously or not, treated the same as a life or death situation once you remember this detail. After all, for a troll, not being in a relationship equals possible death. In other words? There's a good reason why the trolls seem so fixated on romance.
  • Why were the trolls suddenly silent in the bad alt timeline when John died due to fighting the Denizen early? It's because their session ceased to exist the moment whatever convoluted Weird Time Shit sent Lil'Cal from arriving in Alterina and Kanaya's hands, and thus allowed Doc Scratch to be born, who in turn set everything up in the first place was prevented due to Dave prototyping Lil'Cal. They didn't go silent so much as cease to exist.
    • Or not. In Paradox Space, the alpha timeline is eternally present at all points, and any deviation will simply doom everyone in it. The Trolls were still there in the alpha timeline, they just couldn't communicate with the doomed one. Two timelines can exist at once.
      • Which actually may disprove the theory since Terezi converses with both Daves. Doomed Dave contacts her right before Noir kills him.
      • Still in the Alpha timeline, it's just not Alpha Dave. As long as they remain in the Alpha timeline they can be contacted no matter who they are.
    • Which leads to a moment of Fridge Brilliance as well. Ever since it was revealed how dreamselves worked, why didn't Dream John and Dream Jade didn't take over as "real" John and Jade? The answer is it wasn't John's death that doomed the timeline, it was Cal being prototyped.
      • Though Dream John wouldn't have been able to take over anyway, since that particular use of a dreamself requires use of the Quest Bed (which no one was in any position to take advantage of) or a kiss from one of the other players (which would have required getting to John's seventh gate themselves to get to a body in the same room as an angry Denizen).
      • John's Denizen was calm about killing John. Dream Jade still couldn't take over though. If you never physically enter the Medium, there is no dream self.
  • From Hussie's Formspring archives (here): In the Homestuck-verse, the 12 trolls aren't based on the Western Zodiac; the Western Zodiac is based on them. Because they created the the kids' universe, somewhere in humanity's collective subconscious were these trolls. And because of this, when they looked at the sky and saw a bunch of arbitrary star clusters, they went "Oh, look a crab!" "Wow, there's a fish!" Even if the trolls aren't really gods, they still have religious and cultural importance.
    • To break it down:
      • Aries' energy is similar to how Aradia was in life. The people born under Aries are also said to be fiercely competetive, like how Damara did not allow anyone else competing for her spot next to Rufioh.
      • Taurus is just as a Determinator as Tavros.
      • Gemini is riddled with bifurcation because of Sollux not to mention the myth about Castor and Pollux, the twins, states one of them died and the other grieved so much their father put them on the heaven to be together. Plus, Gemini's are said to be good in communicating, like Sollux set up all of the troll's connections and viewports.
      • Cancer is considered kind and motherly because of Karkat, who cloned everyone and thus was a 'mother' to the entire team and the Sufferer.
      • Leo is ferocious and described like attention-hogging just like some other trolls say of Nepeta - and Meulin is certainly an obnoxious girl.
      • Virgo is pretty obvious.
      • Libra and Justice are intertwined so much with Terezi that we paint/draw Justice with not only scales but also a blindfold and a sword, plus people born under this sign are said to do anything for justice and have great taste.
      • Scorpio has an ambiguous reputation thanks to Vriska, and the people born under this sign are often misunderstood.
      • Sagittarius and archery+horses is obvious, but it also ties in to the magnanimity of Darkleer and also: some say Sagittarians are smarter than they look - similar to how indigo bloods, being Void players, are exempt from Omniscience and Mind Control.
      • Capricorn are less obvious, but they are described as stubborn and determined - as in You can't keep down the clown.
      • Aquarius is also a pretty zealous sign, and people under this sign are - while intellectual, also cold to the emotions of others, just like Eridan knew a lot of history, yet had his relationships in shambles.
      • Pisces is said to be one of the nicest and friendliest of the signs...and are also often connected to the mystic side of life, like Feferi and Meenah had the most supernatural lusus of all, and an ancestor with the greatest number of physic powers.
  • Sburb essentially wipes out your race when played. Emissaries from the horrorterrors, like Feferi's lusus (and the vast glub), are probably a common feature of the game for sessions where the host species has left their home planet.
  • Before the ancestors in the trolls' session initiated the scratch, "our" trolls were in the role of the ancestors (and vice versa). In the Pre-scratch timeline, troll society was peaceful. Note that with the role reversals, at this time, Feferi, who in the present timeline wants to abolish the blood caste system and help the weak, would have been empress.
    • Which of course fits with the fact that every troll in Post-scratch Alternia now dresses in similar clothes to Meenah.
    • This also means Earth's clowns are indeed based on Gamzee; Pre-Scratch!Gamzee.
    • Pre-Scratch!Karkat, the Signless of Beforus, was successful not only because Karkat isn't passive-aggressive like Post-Scratch!Signless was, but also because he would have received help from Pre-Scratch!Feferi.

  • All of the Trolls' similarities to humans — from the existence of Troll Will Smith to the fact that they speak English — could be explained by the fact that the Trolls created Earth's universe, and therefore humans.
    • Vriska suggests that Karkat would make a better human than a troll, and humans have the same freakish bright red blood. Makes sense, considering he was the trolls' leader, and the one who would have personally gotten the ultimate prize if they hadn't been interrupted. As well as the one who supposedly gave the B1 universe cancer.
    • Also, why does the "real" world operate under the bizarre rules of captchalogues and strife syllabi? Because the "real" world is the creation of a game and follows game logic.
  • We all know that trolls have four forms of love (matespiritship, kissmessitude, moirailliegance, and auspticism. But according to at least one theory, humans also have four forms of love: romantic love, friendship, affection, and charity. Suddenly you realize why the trolls are so (from our perspective, at least) screwed up. Their society has no concepts of friendship, of affection (that one's a bit more natural, since they don't have families the way we do), or of charity, so huge chunks of the interpersonal bonds humans work with are missing.
  • The troll world is shown to be a Bizarro Universe in many aspects such as the role of angels, vampires, etc. Instead of teenage sex being highly frowned upon, it's required upon pain of death.
    • Not only that, but unlike with humans where homosexuality is still highly controversial, it's apparently so inconsequential in troll society that it doesn't even warrant its own word.
    • Their version of Christianity, instead of spreading into a dominant religion, dwindled until it was practically forgotten.
  • From a biological viewpoint the violent nature of troll-kind makes perfect sense as a means of natural selection to prune out the mutations arising from their constant inbreeding. However Doc Scratch said that he was responsible for the trolls violent nature. Does that mean Scratch is somehow responsible for the Mother Grub method of breeding? What a creep.
    • This may also explain the troll's vestigial genders.
      • Everything involving lusii was imported by Doc Scratch
      • ...Except all of the Troll biology and the Lusii exist in the Pre-Scratch Troll Universe, where Doc Scratch never acted. So, nope for all of this.
  • One of Alternia's moons is purple - which is what you get if you add the primary colors red and blue. Red is the color of the Kids' universe, while blue is the color of the Trolls' universe.
    • It's also the inverted color of the green moon. They're opposites. This may very well mean something.
      • Considering that the destruction of the red and blue universes created the green sun...and that Derse's purple moon was involved...
      • Red, blue, green, and purple are the kids' colors, right?
  • It's mentioned near the beginning of the troll intermission that troll culture places an unusual emphasis on architectural design proficiency at a very young age (letting the trolls that have just recently survived their trials design their own homes), but that no one seemed to really know why that is. Well, in light of the information from Doc Scratch regarding the trolls ancestor's failed Sgrub game, this makes sense. That was an effect of Scratch's influence in his efforts to better prepare the trolls for Sgrub, much like they became incredibly violent and competitive under his influence.
  • Alternia has two moons; one fuchsia pink, the other lime green. That's some very clever foreshadowing.
  • The fact that Alternia seems to have Schizo Tech actually makes a lot of sense when you factor in the existence of natural psionics. After all, you don't necessarily need to invent machine guns or nuclear reactors if part of your population has Eye Beams and you can fly to the stars with just one poor bastard hooked up to the wires. This then resulted in a race that managed to develop interstellar travel before it moved past melee weaponry.
  • Vriska once said, regarding the trolls' ancestors, "You then can choose to take up the life they left for you. And if you do, they will always 8e looking out for you, and guide you in finishing what they started." Mindfang was killed by the Summoner. Vriska murders Tavros. Neophyte Redglare was killed by Mindfang. Terezi kills Vriska. Orphaner Dualscar was killed on the Condesce's orders. Eridan kills Feferi. The Dolorosa was assassinated by Dualscar. Kanaya kills Eridan. The E%ecutor and the Disciple defied the highbloods and got away with it. Gamzee kills Nepeta and Equius. The Sufferer eventually broke under torture, cursing the highbloods with his dying breath... and Karkat singlehandedly stops Gamzee's rampage with kindness and a Cooldown Hug.
    • The sufferer specifically died from an arrow shot by Equius ancestor darkleer, and then Karkat was the one who sent Equius to his death in an attempt to stop the highbloods
    • Also related: when Vriska kills the Black King, she rolls an 8^8. We now know that that roll gets you Ancestral Awakening. Mindfang vs a giant ugly blackish monster, huh?
  • You remember how angry Aradia was throughout her tenure as a robot? It makes more sense once you realize she was filled with Equius's blood!
  • This line from Doc Scratch's description of the Handmaiden: "She stirred up class warfare and intensified bigotry in whatever era she haunted." Aradia, the Handmaiden's descendent, had some sort of romantic relationship with the bigoted Equius.
  • Aradia's role in SGRUB is Maid. In her society she should be a person who carries "sex toys". She's doing it right.
  • Since being prototyped with Bec, Big Bad Jack Noir has gained decidedly lupine features. What colour is Aradia's god-hood?
    • Also, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?
  • At first, Aradia killing Vriska didn't make much sense, since earlier in the comic she said she didn't want revenge. Then you see that her exile told her to do it. She's used to hearing voices in her head, and she'd always do what they said. What's one more voice to her?
    • Not really, she specifically makes it known she's n0t 0K with it.
  • Aradia is the Maid of Time. She was put into a robot body. Does this make her an iron maiden?
  • Tavros's typing quirk is because cAPS lOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL, fOR COOL (and Tavros doesn't really understand either, Caps Lock or cool)
    • Also, his attempt at trolling Dave going horribly wrong: Dave reacts with ironic gay innuendo, and Tavros gets confused and upset and blocks him. Trolls don't consider gender an object to sexuality, and so presumably don't even have Gay Bravado. No wonder he was confused and upset.
  • In the same vein that Eridan’s double V’s become W’s (double U’s, with V’s being pronounced by Roman’s as U’s),Tavros becomes Tauros - ancient Greek for bull.
  • For an in-universe example, Tavros's realizing where Tinkerbull is. That's... That's just cruel.
  • When Tavros goes to confront Vriska, he completely forgoes all tactics and runs straight at her. You could say he charged like a bull.
    • Vriska, on the other hand, stood her ground and let him come to her...just like a spider.
  • Sollux, with his ever-present theme of duality, was close to two troll-girls: The lowest-blooded, and the highest-blooded.

    • They're also the only two trolls with alliterative chumhandles (AA and CC respectively)
    • All of Sollux's deaths were at the exact same time as someone else. First, it was the Helmsman. Next, it was the Handmaid. The first was his ancestor. The second was his lover's.
  • Some might be wondering why Sollux is fluctuating between flushed and caliginous feelings for Gamzee in the showdown. Sollux's entire shtick is duality....of course he'll have two conflicting opinions of him!
    • On a side note, think about this. Did you notice that out of all of the trolls, Sollux has the most relationships? That's right, in canon, Sollux is the most paired up troll!
  • Sollux's bizarre semi-Unexplained Recovery on the Green Sun makes a bit more sense if you remember his connection to Gemini; besides the whole theme of twins and duality there's also the fact that Castor and Pollux, when they died, divided their time between Hades (the afterlife) and Olympus (home of the gods). Given that Sollux is now with three God-Tiered individuals...
  • Sollux's symbol is gemini, which is a (♊) symbol. Gemini is also the latin word for twins. Sollux wears a pair of shades, and if you will recall, the only other troll who also wears shades is Terezi. Coincidence?
    • also after a recent event involving Eridan, Sollux became blind, just like Terezi.
    • Wait, Equius wears shades too...
    • Sollux Captor. Switch the S and P. Pollux Castor. Twins.
      • Not just any twins, but the specific pair of twins that became the constellation Gemini in Greek mythology. It's also another tie-in to Nicholas Cage ("Castor Troy" in Face/Off).
    • Obsessed with two. Computer hacker. Binary. Duh.
  • Sollux loses the duel between himself and Eridan. He mentions that he underestimated Eridan, which is what one would expect he would say whether he won or not. But consider that he's the resident "computer guy". If he overpowers Eridan by too much, the computers behind Eridan get destroyed. Sollux is powerful enough to send the asteroid they're standing on at faster than light speed - of course he would have to hold back to some extent.
  • When Sollux was blinded and lost his psychic powers and his bifurcation motif, the blood from his mouth split the Gemini symbol on his shirt into half. The symbolism is apparent.
  • The Tumor is associated with black and white, and also red and blue. What else is associated with red, blue, black and white? Sollux.
  • Why is Sollux's blood color yellow when his two defining colors are red and blue? Because yellow, red, and blue are all primary colors.
    • No. They aren't. Neither additive nor subractive colors use red, yellow, and blue. Additive uses red, green, and blue. Subtractive uses magenta, yellow, cyan, and black.
      • 3D glasses can sometimes use magenta and cyan. That just leaves yellow and black.
      • Red-Yellow-Blue are primary colours... in painting.
    • Also, in astrology the colour yellow is associated with the sign Gemini.
    • It gets better: the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini are named Castor and Pollux. Castor appears bluish, Pollux is reddish.
  • Sollux, the troll with a duality motif, dates Feferi, a troll whose astrological sign is two fish.
    • Feferi has been all of the following at one point: One fish, Two Fish, [[Alien Blood Red Fish, Blue Fish]].
  • Feferi's Pisces sign and her double ended trident have the same (fundamental) shape!
  • Karkat is ridiculously ambitious but due to his blood color, he'd be considered a freak and pretty much shunned by the rest of his society, shooting down any chance of becoming a THRESHECUTIONER that he might have had otherwise. Which pretty much explains why he's so angry all the time.
  • Karkat frequently acts mean and represses his non-rage-related emotions. Why? Besides being a bit of a temperament thing, he's afraid crying will give away his "freakish" blood color, as Trolls' tears are a faded hue of their blood.
    • This would also explain why his doomed God-tier self has no visible wings (which would give away his blood color as well); Aranea has said God-tier trolls can hide their wings in their cloak, which is the most likely what he is doing.
  • Other than it being crucial to his characterization, why is Karkat a mutant? What is his sign? Cancer. What is one of the looser definitions of cancer? A mutation.
    • Also, he wields a sickle. A sickle cell is a mutated blood cell.
      • Makes a lot of sense that he gave Jade's Universe cancer.
      • He also causes a mutation inadvertently. By trolling Jade, she brings it up to John, which causes him to decide to change his chum handle from valid DNA (GT) to a mutation. (EB)
      • Mutations involve changing from one valid code to another ... ie, GT to GG or something. "EB" is just nonsense; there are no bases coded E or B. Brilliance would have involved him using a handle that abbreviated to some combination of I, X, and D, which are abbreviations for (rare) bases.
  • Karkat, despite his constant rage, has never killed, maimed or severely injured any of his friends. He listens to their problems (despite being an asshole about it) and gives them advice. He also tries (and fails) to keep his team from killing each other. He also stops a psycho clown mass-murderer with kindness. He's also never had a kismesis, and when he thinks he finally has found one in John, he ends up becoming friends with John. By troll standards, he's a saint ...or a Messianic Archetype.
  • When Karkat was hit by the bucket, he let out a Vast Expletive.
  • So UU hex code color of #929292 is a reference to uranium, right? Well what about Karkat's #626262 hex code color? Well element 26 is iron. As in what makes your blood red.
    • Actually, 62 is the atomic number of samarium, a volatile but durable silvery-grey metal used in various applications including permanent magnets and cancer treatment. But that works well too.
    • Iron also matches Karkat's text and sign color, references the irons that the Sufferer was put in, and is the name of his color in the "coloUrs and mayhem" album.
    • On a related note, Karkat's text colour is also the colour of cooked crabs.
  • Karkat did manage to bring Kanaya back to life with his Corpsesmooch. Just... not quite as expected.
    • Where is the Fridge Brilliance?
      • It wasn't a kiss from another or a man that revived her, it was her own kisses rainbow drinking/vampire bites that did. This is apt for one born of a Virgin mother grub.
      • Not only that, but Kanaya was revived as a rainbow drinker, requiring *blood* to survive. What is Karkat's SGRUB title?
      • She wasn't born of the virgin grub, she was raised by it.
  • Karkat's sign of Cancer is associated with motherhood, and he often plays Team Mom. He's also the one who gives birth to everyone through ectobiology.
  • Karkat's handle on Pester Chum is Carcino Geneticist, or Cancer Geneticist. He accidentally messed up the game universe, saying "the disease I gave you". Karkat is a Carcino Geneticist that gave the universe Cancer.
  • Karkat's true blood colour is candy red, but he hides it by having a grey shirt symbol and text. Crabs are usually greyish or bright red.
  • Karkat's distress at being toyed with by Clover is by no means unreasonable, but it gets extra poignant when you remember Karkat's experience with his Denizen.
  • All of the kids' guardians have died. Remember that code Karkat ran waaaaay back at the beginning of Hivebent? That one that killed all the lusii? It also applies to everybody that Karkat will ever meet. So from the minute Karkat first talked to John, he was accidentally dooming John's father to death.
    • Lets take it a step farther, as of the act 6 intermission 1 we know Karkat meets Dave and Rose, so he also doomed roses and Daves guardians.
      • Another step forward, It's also implied that he will be meeting John and Jade in the Alpha session with the Alpha Kids all four of them ummm. It's not looking so good them either.
      • Confirmed: He did, and it wasn't.
  • Karkat is almost a troll counterpart to John: Both are POV characters, both show Hidden Depths, both were involved in similar in-game events, and Karkat even resembles John a bit. John has a hammer, Karkat has a sickle.
    • Their battle themes are named "Showdown" (Karkat) and "Showtime" (John).
      • Interestingly enough, Dave's battle theme is "Beatdown." So Karkat's battle theme is named after a combination of John and Dave's.
      • John and Dave have blue and red text, respectively. The theme is based on a mix of the two universes.
    • He also types in all caps as opposed to John's typing in all lowercase.
    • Because of their respective weapons, the John/Karkat ship is known as "Communism", which Dave later lampshades in the comic.

  • The Sufferer is a pretty obvious analogue for Jesus, and Karkat is technically his ancestor since the trolls' session is post-Scratch. Then you consider that Karkat's first words to a human were "ATTENTION WORTHLESS HUMAN: THIS IS YOUR GOD SPEAKING." He wasn't just being his usual arrogant self; in a way it was literally accurate, since Karkat is, in human terms, the father of Troll Jegus.
  • Karkat's defeat of Clover should have been impossible, due to Clover's incredible luck...except that back in Act 5 Act 1, Karkat triggered a curse that would ensure everyone he ever met would have terrible luck. The curse overrode Clover's luck, allowing him to be defeated.
  • How was Karkat able to defeat Clover, despite Clover being able to manipulate probability to make himself literally impossible to hit? Remember back in Hivebent, where Sollux programmed that mobius double reacharound virus to make Karkat and anyone around him unlucky?
  • To any human viewer, Bec Noir's red hand means he's just killed someone. To Karkat, it's reminiscent of his alliance with SGRUB!Jack Noir, who cut his palm to show Karkat that he wasn't the only one in paradox space to have "candy-red" blood.
    • Early in the story the trolls mention that angels are a kind of demon with wings...
      • Which makes Eridan believe the angels he saw regard Bec Noir as their king.
  • Karkat's mutant blood colour, despite causing him so much trouble, may have saved his life. Look at where Karkat sits when the trolls are arranged by Zodiac sign: between Sollux and Nepeta. Between Sollux's yellow and Nepeta's green blood would be where a lime-blooded troll would go; the same limebloods who were said to have been hunted to extinction. After the Sufferer's rebellion, his followers ensured that any future mutants would have a sign to wear and a lusus to raise them, but the same protections likely didn't exist for limebloods. If Karkat had been born without his mutation...
  • In alchemy, silver is associated with the moon. In astrology, each zodiac sign is presided over by a celestial body. In classical interpretations, Cancer is presided over by the moon. To put it more concisely, silver = moon, and moon = Cancer, so, therefore, silver = Cancer. What color does Karkat type in?
  • As of the writing of this entry, Nepeta's encounter with Gamzee ended with him closing in on her threateningly, and jumping to another scene. Although there was green blood on Gamzee's club, it is still unknown whether she's dead or alive. So would that make her a ... Schrödinger's CatGirl?
    • The cat is out of the bag. Nepeta's body is seen separated from its head.
  • Nepeta's Numerological Motif is 33, the atomic number of arsenic and a double Cat Smile. 3 x 3 also equals 9 — the number of lives a cat has. She's also died three times — first when Gamzee killed her, second when her dreamself died, and third when Fefetasprite blew up.
  • Nepeta seems to sleep with her lusus rather than in a recuperacoon, thus her dreams are filled with her species' history of violence. In other words, her dreams are probably filled with EXCITING TALES FROM THE HUNT, which explains why she acts so feral and yet so adorable. May also qualify as Fridge Horror.
    • Also it might explain why she has circles underneath her eyes - she might not get as good sleep from it.
    • And look at her coat. At first glance, it may seem like an ordinary coat that an artist like Nepeta would wear. Take another look at it. Nepeta's coat is a hunting coat.
  • The Disciple, Nepeta's ancestor, was obsessed with recording the teachings of the Sufferer, Karkat's ancestor. Karkat loves Rom-Coms and talking about romance. Suddenly, Nepeta's shipping wall makes a lot of sense.
  • The Sufferer, Karkat's ancestor, and the Disciple, Nepeta's, had what was described as basically a perfect, fairy-tale romance. No wonder Nepeta had such a crush on Karkat - their ancestors had the kind of love story that would have been irresistible to her. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch for us to think she saw herself and Karkat as the next Disciple and Sufferer.
    • Related: The Sufferer and Disciple's romance connects to Nepeta and Karkat's Sgurb titles, The Rogue of Heart and the Knight of Blood respectively.
  • Nepeta's assignation being the Rogue of Heart.
    • Cat burglars.
    • The catmints in the genus Nepeta have heart-shaped leaves.
    • The Heart Chakra (Anahatha) is green.
  • Watch Kanaya's hairstyle very carefully, particularly the bangs on the side of her head. Then, compare it to the traditional vampire cape.
    • Also, after coming back from the dead, she's bloody, and her last name is Maryam.
      • It can also be a reference to the biblical Virgin Mary, since her sign is Virgo and she's set to raise the new mother grub.
  • Initially, the Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff message of "Are you next" following Kanaya's death seemed fairly tasteless to a lot of people, given the circumstances. Until recent updates, that is. Remember why Bro killed Jeff in that comic? And what Kanaya is likely doing right now?
  • Kanaya's sign is Virgo. Her last name is Maryam. Think about that for a minute.
    • On a related note, her ancestor—who is, presumably, also named Maryam and shares the Virgo symbol—was the mother of their planet's metaphoric troll Jesus.
  • Kanaya's blood is a rare deep shamrock green, and the only main troll to have it. She fills in many roles for other trolls' Ashen Quadrants, and none of the other characters act as auspistices or mediate, so Kanaya is heavily associated to it. The symbol for the Ashen Quadrant is a club, but for a troll with such particular blood...it could also be a shamrock.
  • Kanaya is one of the only, if not the only troll that enjoys sunlight. Her main relations are Vriska and Rose, both of whom are heroes of light.
    • Her lusus is a moth, which are also drawn to light.
  • Read Kanaya's introduction page while listening to Monty Python's Lumberjack Song.
  • Kanaya's title is actually an Incredibly Lame Pun when you think about it. Sylphs are mythological creatures that manipulate air. In other words, Kanaya is a Fairy.
  • This might be fairly obvious but it makes sense that Kanaya became the rainbow drinker; she was under the sign Virgo and in various vampire mythology only virgins can become vampires.
  • Kanaya's Numerological Motif is 6. Her name is six letters long.
    • This doesn't really count, though, as all of the Trolls have six-letter names, both first and last. Even Vriska Serket, who's Numerological Motif is 8.
    • Well, her aspect symbol has six arms. Her lusus has six body segments/legs. The sentence 'You are one of the few' has six words and is repeated six times in her introduction. She has six different sets of clothes aside of her 'work clothes'. She was the last and sixth player to add to Team Red. And last but not least, her zodiac sign is the sixth.
  • Kanaya capitalizes the first letter of every word she types. Outside of Homestuck, who else does this? Jaden Smith!
  • Kanaya's typing quirk involves Capitalizing Every Word She Types. How does one do that? By hitting the shift key with their pinky after every word. The pinky is stereotypically held up when drinking tea or in other 'dignified' past times, Why does Kanaya have such fine motor control? Because it befits a lady like her.
  • One of the first times we hear from Eridan, he asks Kanaya to auspistice between himself and Vriska. Auspisticing means preventing a feud from boiling over into an especially violent rivalry. And when Vriska and Eridan are about to face off in a duel... Kanaya does intervene.
  • Why is Kanaya so girly? Because in the Western Zodiac, Virgo is the only girl!
  • Kanaya's lusus is a moth, because she's motherly.
  • Terezi's Lusus is a dragon because it has many scales.
  • The first time you caught a glimpse of this world in your dreams, there was no turning back. This statement of Terezi's awakening gains more meaning when you realize it was the last thing she ever saw.
  • As a Seer of Mind, Terezi could see the imaginary Dirk that Jake made. In the Alterniabound flash, she tells Tavros to not let anyone say to him that Rufio isn't real. Rufio is indeed real - Terezi could see (in a sense) him! Terezi wasn't just cheering Tavros up, she was completely sincere!
  • At first, it looks like Terezi's crying here, because it's recently after her eyes were burned, and she was blinded. Except she's actually BLEEDING out her eyes.
  • Neophyte Redglare took Marquise Spinneret Mindfang's eye and arm using Pyralspite, her dragon. Terezi took Vriska's eye and arm using Doc Scratch, Lord English's Dragon.
  • Recall back when Terezi sent John to get mauled by his Denizen and we all thought she was a big evil bitch? Now, take into account the revelation that Terezi can see the outcomes of doomed timelines, as demonstrated by Vriska. Terezi deliberately facilitated the doomed timeline in order to aid the alpha. She was actually helping the whole time.
    • She does claim to not have thought of that, though.
  • So all the trolls have horns that correspond to their Zodiac sign, right? So okay, some are pretty straightforward, like Aradia, Tavros and Gamzee, whose horns are based on their respective animals. Others, like Vriska, Kanaya, Eridan, and Feferi, have horns modeled after their symbol. Terezi, however, has these short, perfectly conical horns. What in Hussie's name does that have to do with her sign? Look at thisthis picture of Daredevil. their horns are exactly alike, and both are Blind Weaponmasters who believe in justice! Hussie, you magnificent son of a bitch!
  • Dragons are depicted in myth as very Long-Lived, if not outright immortal. It seems that Terezi inherited some of their resilience.

  • Why are Vriska's psychic powers so powerful, despite being a highblood? Because she's only ever seen using them on lowbloods, who are reputed to have low psychic tolerance.
    • On a related note, Vriska is the only highblood we know of with a psychic ability, and her powers are used almost exclusively to subjugate and control lowbloods.
      • On another related note, Vriska is not a highblood, but a blueblood (Cerulean, specifically, the lowest noble caste). The highbloods were of the purple caste like Gamzee, the highest ranking land-dwellers. They mostly seemed to be the Subjugglators and also possessed strong psychic powers referred to as the chucklevoodoos, which was used to control the more numerous lower castes by giving the race constant terrible nightmares. And lowbloods are more vulnerable to psychic powers.
  • Vriska's treatment of Tavros makes more sense when you consider that, based on his ancestor (the Summoner), she expected him to be both her Matesprit and her killer.
  • Vriska admits to allowing Bec to prototype himself for rather selfish purposes, but she does make a good point. Bec Noir already exists, and due to the circular nature of time, any action which successfully stops this from happening will merely create a splintered timeline, doomed to temporal erasure. If anything, she's simply being pragmatic in her jerkassery; she knows she can't undo Bec Noir, so she's trying to take advantage of the temporal loop to try and come out ahead.
    • Then again, if Bec Noir was always fated to come into being no matter what anyone did, it's possible Vriska didn't have to get involved with his creation at all and was just using it as an excuse to steal the limelight, like a Thief of (Lime)Light would.
  • Vriska's huge gamble at making Bec Noir and such normally seems stupid. But bear in mind that dangerous trolls are given moirails to keep this from happening. Vriska's moirail has been shunning her. It would have been more surprising if she DIDN'T wind up doing something like this.
  • Remember how during the buildup to Vriska's death, the transition to the next pages always read "Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock." Now, at first it seems to just be a reference to the clock which decides whether the death of a god tier was heroic or just, as it ticked away in Vriska's final moments. However, if you think about this in relation to who Vriska is as a character, it turns into more of a fridge brilliance. Simply put, Vriska is or aspires to be a one armed, one eyed pirate. A certain other one armed, one armed pirate,(Read, Captain Hook), was continually haunted by a crocodile who would make "Tick Tock" noises whenever he approached due to the fact that he swallowed a clock, and was scared to death of this crocodile because that was how it was prophesied he would die. See the connection. Andrew Hussie has made Vriska into a walking (And dying) Peter Pan reference.
  • Vriska wasn't just wrong about being able to stop Jack, she was wrong that he would choose to fight her. Once more, she drastically misjudges someone's psychology, Smug Snake that she is.
  • Vriska's already killed both Tavros and John, both of whom were Love Interests of hers. That makes her a Black Widow!
  • Why does Vriska think she could hook up with Tavros even though they are basically opposites? Because Vriska is the Troll equivalent of a Sociopath, and Tavros is the Troll equivalent of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. A common misconception is that these two disorders are just two different names for the same thing, and this misconception is most common among Sociopaths, and least common among those with Asperger's Syndrome.
  • When Tavros charged at Vriska, she stopped him with her arachnidsGrip.
    • Then she proceeds to take his lance away from him, stab and kill him, and throw him off a ledge.
      • adiosToreador.
  • The apparent dissonance between Vriska being embarrassed about killing Tavros and dismissive of the trolls she killed to feed her Lusus make more sense when you think about it for a bit. The trolls she killed for her Lusus were so that her Lusus wouldn't eat her, so she saw it as business. Tavros' murder, however, was personal, even more so than Aradia's, which was specifically a revenge strike. She even says as much.
  • According to Aranea, the cobalt-blood Psychic Powers are primarily about empathy, and the "maniupl8ion" is just a byproduct of that. She describes how strange and awkward it is to constantly feel what everyone around you is feeling about you, especially negative emotions, and how isolated it made her feel. Now, consider: Aranea comes from pre-Scratch Alternia, which operates under a much less oppressive/insane system than the totalitarian Teenage Wasteland of post-Scratch Alternia, and likely had far more face-to-face interactions among young trolls. Vriska, then, is an empath, but one who has rarely interacted with anyone at close enough range to feel their emotions, instead communicating mostly through chats and only using her powers to be a jackass to people far away from her. And then the game begins, and all of a sudden she's actually face-to-face with everyone... and feeling exactly how much they hate her guts. Is it any wonder, then, that she's less nasty in person than on Trollian?
    • Tavros seems to suppress his emotions, especially his negative ones. Vriska seems to act like an asshole most to Tavros, especially in person. Could Tavros' emotional problems have inadvertently played a role in his paralysis and death?
    • It goes MUCH deeper than that. Vriska was an empath on a planet full of bloodthirsty trolls. No, worse: she's an empath who was forced to kill other kids her own age to survive. She would have felt everything they did as they died: their fear, their rage, their grief, their hatred. It's no wonder she grew up to be such a sociopath; she's literally had to force herself to not care about how other people fear to avoid going insane.
  • The fat Vriska jokes. Antares, the brightest star in Scorpio, is massive.
  • Some of the several Vriska themes are based of Chrystalanthemums with increasing silly names. The chrysanthemum is the Scorpio flower.
    • ...and also the national one of Japan, which is known as the land of the rising sun, tying in to her Light aspect.
  • Pretty much every troll's horns resemble their sign. Equius? Arrow-shaped horn+broken straight piece of horn = bow-and-arrow sign. And so on.
    • And if not the sign, the what it represents. Aradia's horns are more curved than the Aries symbol, but they do look exactly like ram's horns.
  • You can actually see Equius’ blood color under his shades, unlike the others. If you've watched enough police procedural shows, you've heard the word petechia associated with the bloodshot eyes of strangling victims. Remember how Equius seemed so creepy and perverse that the Narrator delayed introducing him? Remember how happy he looked when he's being strangled to death by Gamzee??
  • Think about this for a second. Equius has blue blood. His troll handle is centaursTesticle. What was the end result of Gamzee strangling him?
  • Q: Equius is so freakishly strong, wasn't he strong enough to break the bowstring with his neck muscles? A: Yes.
  • Equius's Trollian name is relevant to his interests. Played for Laughs anyway with troll culture's "Fine Art".
  • Equius' lusus is referred to as male... and then... Equius likes drinking his lusus' milk... Oh.. Oh God...
    • A male with a lactating udder. Maybe Lusus romance is a bit more complicated than you think?
      • A recent update had Kanaya referring to Jade (and humans in general) as "milkbeasts but without the hermaphroditic structures." I'd say that pretty much confirms that Alternian milkbeasts are all hermaphrodites.
  • Equius forbidding Nepeta from engaging in EXTREME ROLEPLAYING. Later it's revealed his house has a nice view on Vriska, which means he had a DAMN GOOD REASON for forbidding her. (BTW, if someone could find the fan art showcasing it, it would be cool - couldn't find it on Skaia.Net).
  • The reason why Gamzee lived at the beach. Not only because his lusus was a half water half land animal (much like his namesake, the Makara, and the traditonal seagoat associated with Capricorn), but also his status being not a seadweller, but not entirely on land. The two highest on the hemospectrum, Eridan and Feferi, both live (at least, partially) underwater. He's half land, half water.
  • Why does Gamzee say the Insane Clown Posse is BlAsPhEmY? Because Subjugglators are supposed to be harbingers of death to the lower classes (ie, everyone besides themselves and the sea dwellers), as opposed to the benign, even relatively peaceful representation of Juggalos which the ICP presents.
    • Especially when one considers Beta!ICP to be the human equivalents to both personalities of Pre-Scratch!Gamzee
  • Why does Gamzee have access to every weapon with the Jokerkind Abstratus? Because the Joker is often considered a wild card.
  • Gamzee is originally introduced as the Bard of something. To those who only know bards as the Spoony Bard trope or from tabletop games and RPGs, it makes sense in light of his spacey-ness and general uselessness. The original Celtic bards, however, were the bearers of oral tradition and passed down laws, histories, and folklore. Gamzee is the Bard of Rage because he is meant to remind the trolls of how flat fucking terrifying the Subjugglators were.
    • If one plays fast and loose with synonyms, "Bard of Rage" could be rephrased as "Herald of Madness".
    • One synonym for "bard" is "skald". A "scald" can be defined as a type of plant illness caused by excessive sunlight. The Green Sun.
      • Guess what our universe had that Gamzee made worse. Guess what also can be caused by excessive sunlight.
  • Gamzee's handle is terminallyCapricious, and in a roundabout way he's ultimately responsible for Jack becoming the all-powerful Hero Killer that he is now. Karkat may have given the Kids' universe cancer, but Gamzee made it terminal.
  • This might sound a bit goofy for Fridge Horror, but given that part of Gamzee's mental breakdown is connected to his watching the video for "Miracles" by Insane Clown Posse after Dave sent it to him—imagine what would have happened if Dave had sent him the Saturday Night Live parody instead.
  • What exactly is Gamzee peddling in this flash? The blood of the trolls who died before they left their session. Advertised as magic motherfucking elixirs.
    • And what each potion is said to do is somehow related to that troll's personality, such as the green potion (Nepeta's blood) making you fall in love.
    • Also, when you choose the 'bronze elixir', Gamzee says that "one sip of this potion will cause you to lose the use of your legs. HOWEVER, you will become an EXCELLENT kisser." We can remember when he blatantly hit on Tavros, then later when Gamzee is talking to past Dave you see Tavros' decapitated head in the background and his blood on Gamzee's lips. Not to mention he says that he likes Dave would like to cut off his head and "ADD A LITTLE STRAWBERRY JAM TO THIS PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH I'M MAKING BETWEEN MY MOTHER FUCKING LIPS."
      • Worth noting that Gamzee/Tavros is/was a relatively common ship in the fandom with the nickname "peanut butter and jelly", which the last of these points, at least, is a reference to.
  • Gamzee quite literally stuffed Vriska and Tavros in the fridge until they became relevant again.
  • Gamzee was (almost) always blurry when he engaged Hero Mode. Why? Because Gamzee wasn't "all the way there", mentally. Notice how his appearance got sharper and sharper as time went on? You Can Panic Now.
  • The SBaHJ cloud on this panel is labeled "cloun", and the panel referencing that strip has Gamzee in that cloud.
  • Clubs Deuce is a goofy-seeming fellow perfectly happy to blow people up. Gamzee, a goofy fellow turned slasher villain, wields the Deuce Clubs
  • Jane: Proceed reveals the very much alive Gamzee, who's sporting a God-tier outfit. Since he has scratches on his face and isn't dead, this clearly is the Alpha Timeline Gamzee. Since Gamzee's godtier, it explains his strength.
  • The fact that not once has a dreambubble Gamzee been seen could mean many things. But the most worrisome is the possibility that Gamzee has never died. Ever. We've never seen a dreambubble Gamzee because there isn't one, because out of all the alternate timelines not a single iteration of Gamzee Makara has died.
    • Either that or all his dead selves are busy with something. At the same time. Not sure which possibility is worse.
    • He has been seen here in the Dream Bubble where both sets of trolls finally meet. The peculiar thing is, while there many alternate, dead, dream, and god tier selves of the trolls, there's only one Gamzee, in god tier clothes. Seems suspicious...
      • There was also only one Vriska and Meenah present, so it's likely his alternate selves are just off doing something.
      • And even then, that Gamzee has yellow eyes, meaning he's alive, meaning we still haven't seen any proof of any Gamzee dying at any point in time.
      • Roxy mentions that death is an excellent trick to sober oneself up. Now that Gamzee (who is revealed to be fake-god tier) has more bullet holes than he can count...
      • Gamzee is only confirmed to be wearing a fake-god tier costume, and likely this can be attributed to the same reason he fails to die from what ought to be rather fatal: clown antics.
  • Gamzee exhibits an apparent resistance to death, despite not being god tier (so far as we can tell). Meaning he's a crazy, murderous clown (who worships a perpetually scowly individual with a stunted childhood development) that wears purple and has a nigh unbreakable immunity to being killed for no adequately explained reason. Remind you of anyone? And what so happens to be Gamzee's Strife Specubus?
  • Ever since Gamzee was introduced, his speech pattern has been an occasionally annoying mix of upper and lowercase letters. This speech pattern? The effects of the sopor slime pie literally meshing his split personalities together and giving him a semblance of sanity.
    • A miracle is not a good thing if you're the one getting beaten by it.
    • Gamzee's off his meds. Tasteless yes, but strangely accurate.
    • When Karkat first expresses his distaste for Gamzee's typing style, he responds by typing in all lowercase, but eventually says that it doesn't feel natural and that it's better to do "wHaT fEeLs RiGhT aT wHeRe YoUr HeArT's Up In". More possible foreshadowing?
    • Gamzee is a Capricorn. As in "capricious". His text alternates because he keeps changing his mind.
  • Ready for some Fridge Logic AND Horror at the same time? the 1/26/11 update implies that Ax-Crazy Gamzee is using the Trollian viewports to know where the others will be in the future to intercept and kill them. Fridge Logic dictates that any time Gamzee uses this to kill someone, he's changing the future and creating a doomed timeline; therefore, we already know that any attempt of his to take advantage of this will end in failure. The Fridge Horror? It also means that there are hundreds of alternate timelines out there where Gamzee has killed someone/everyone and there was nothing his victims could do to escape him. Have fun with that thought.
    • No, it would not be possible for him to just create doomed timelines like that. If he was going to attack any of the Trolls, the Trollian viewports would show it happening, because it would not be possible for him to go against it. Remember, any attempt to change or analyze the future has already happened, just like in pretty much every other instance of weird time shit in the story.
      • Don't you remember when Terezi tried to get Dave to send himself to God Tier? The Dave sleeping on the Quest Bed, purely by the fact that he had chosen to travel to the future rather than wait, was from an alternate (doomed) timeline. So let's say Gamzee uses his Trollian viewport and sees Terezi walking down some stairs 5 minutes in the future right before having a conversation with Karkat, so he makes sure he's at that staircase 5 minutes in the future and kills her. He's just created a doomed timeline, because now her conversation with Karkat never happens and the future has been changed. In the "alpha" timeline, because he could see Terezi talking with Karkat, something, anything, will happen to prevent Gamzee from successfully intercepting and killing her beforehand. The only time Gamzee will kill someone is because it's been "preordained", not because he uses the viewports to spy on them.
      • Although now this is very unlikely to happen, if he were to see Terezi have the conversation with Karkat, and wait until she's finished her conversation, and then kill her. If he hasn't seen what happens next, or if he saw himself killing her, then the timeline is not necessarily doomed.
      • No, that is simply not possible by the way time travel works in Homestuck. Gamzee, or anyone else looking at Trollian, do not have the ability to change the future. Dave and Aradia do, but even they can only "change" the future in ways that were supposed to happen anyway. The timeline is set in ways that are unshakable by the players. Compare looking at the Trollian viewports to reading the memos: no matter what the Trolls think about the memos, they are inevitably going to write exactly what they and others have seen written, because it has all already happened. They do not have the ability or the option to change what they have already and are going to write. Looking at future memos and resolving to not write them is not going to create doomed timelines, because events have been conspired to ensure the timeline goes exactly the way it is supposed to with no unnecessary interruptions. Also compare it to the frog cloning minigame of Sburb - despite the weird time travel shit involved, it is impossible for Kanaya or Jade to create paradoxes.
      • Remember when Terezi created a doomed timeline by convincing John to jump ahead and fight his Denizen? Or the Doomed timeline in which Terzi does not kill Vriska? It's possible for any of them to create doomed timelines the predestination only means that the Alpha timeline always happens there are any number of alternate timelines... and in some of those Gamzee might have killed more people. Even Rose talks about the notion of not following through with her first conversation with Kanaya (which wasn't her anyway but this was hypothetical) and creating a Doomed timeline.
      • Too bad Gamzee still has never died even in a doomed timeline.
      • Any Doomed Timeline likely results in a Time player returning to fix it. Anyone can be the one who messes things up, but it will universally result in a Time player fixing it. Thus, Gamzee could not splinter the timeline indefinitely as there was no time player to stop him from altering the Alpha.
      • Doomed timelines can happen without Time players, but they have no impact on the Alpha timeline.
      • What was that don't do it / don't not do it quote from Futurama again?
        Farnsworth: ...You mustn't interfere with the past! Don't do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to do it, in which case, for the love of God, don't not do it!
  • In Seek the Highb100d, you can get behind the monitor as Equius, it's behind the same room you started in... And then you find Gamzee soon after, meaning that Gamzee may have been listening, neigh , watching you ''the whole time'
  • During Hivebent, when Gamzee and Equius are talking to each other, Gamzee says "iF i CoUlD mAkE yOu SmIlE iT'd Be ThE bEsT fUcKiN mIrAcLe I eVeR dId PaRt Of." After Gamzee snaps, he finally DOES make Equius smile... by asphyxiating him. Shiver.
  • From around Gamzee's first appearance: "Sometimes you just like to pick stuff up and watch the colors. It's so beautiful. Life is beautiful." Foreshadowing?
  • Remember that Gamzee's religion predicts two evil clowns. Lord English goes Honk. Does this mean Lord English is one of the two? If so, who's the second one... oh dear...
    • Lord English was born of Doc Scratch. Like Gamzee, he's bifurcated - Lord English is both of the mirthful messiahs.
      • This is even more so as we learn more of Lord English's past.
  • When Gamzee gets ready to attack Nepeta, he's shown switching to his juggling clubs, which are described as "the worst pair of clubs in the universe" in the first Alterniabound flash. Despite the fact that he has a top-tier weapon visible in his syllabus. Why? He's decided on Cherry Tapping her to death.
  • Why do humans have good-aligned clowns if Earth was made by a race with only evil clowns? Because our clowns are based on Pre-Scratch!Gamzee, who would never have had a motive to kill anyone, and would have had therapy for the outbursts his blood-class is prone to.
    • He also would have known a therapist personally. Vriska never would have known Spidermom, never would have been desensitized to killing, and because of her Sociopathic tendencies, which Beforus would have turned into a gift, would understand why Pre-Scratch!Gamzee would have his urges, and would know what to say to make him see that he had a choice not to indulge.
  • Where did Gamzee get his time machines? He got them from Damara, who is easily as Ax-Crazy as him and also wishes to support Lord English. Like Kurloz, she's also been helping Gamzee.
    • Alternatively, he may have gotten them from his kismesis, Terezi.
  • If you look closely at the page where Gamzee's revealed to be the most important character in Homestuck, he initially comes off as creepy. However, with recent events, it's revealed that Gamzee's good again. If you look again, you'll realize that it's Gamzee's normal expression, except covered in blood.
    • If Gamzee didn't raise Calliope/Caliborn even CAL wouldn't have existed, so he may essentially be the most important.

  • Colors Imagine now, he is crazy and talking about blood. Enjoying the colors. All of them.
  • Gamzee was never "the most important character in Homestuck". Look who he's holding in his lap in that scene. It was Li'l Cal all along.
  • Early in Gamzee's playthrough, Gamzee makes the accusation that Tavros "sToLe [Gamzee's] NoSe" (Tavros' normal emoticon is "}:)", Gamzee's is ":o)", Tavros had just written his as "}:o)" to screw with Gamzee). Compare Gamzee's face to his emoticon: It has no nose.
    • Similarly, Vriska's winking face has one eye closed and seven open. It may seem like just a coin-flip of how to handle an eight-eyed face winking (between one eye and four eyes), but since seven of Vriska's eyes are covered by the same eyelid she could only close one eye, seven eyes, no eyes, or all of her eyes, and there's no reasonable way to wink with the other seven emoticon eyes.
  • Eridan is descibed as being a bit of a tool, correct? Usually, his tool-ness shows when desperately talking or acting for a redrom or blackrom with one of the other eleven trolls or either one of the two female kids. Literally, he is acting like a tool because he is THINKING with ONLY HIS TOOL! It gets better when you realize his weapon of choice in Alternia and SGRUB is his phallic laser rifle, or his white magic wand, which trades up style for simplicity. Best of all, Undead!Kanaya's Moment of Awesome in slaying her murderer Eridan becomes a series of Visual Puns when you see her snap in half Eridan's wand, chainsaw his torso area, and remember her first-strike Groin Attack against Sober!Gamzee.
  • Despite being part of the aristocracy, Eridan apparently spends very little time underwater. This is because, unlike Pisces, Aquarius isn't a water sign - it's an air sign.
  • Eridan's surname is taken from a water container in Ancient Grome, and bears the title of Prince of Hope. Eridan is Pandora's Box: Evil in an unassuming package. Some interpretations even state Hope was the last evil in the box.
    • Also, it should be no surprise that the Amporas are obsessed with sexuality, since their shared last name refers to a bucket.
      • That's not even mentioning the myth Greeks and Romans used to explain his sign, Aquarius: It's Ganymede, a pretty prince Zeus fell in lust with and kidnapped to be his... cough... "cupbearer".
  • Romans had U and V be the same letter, so they pronounced their Vs with a U sound. Eridan doubles his Vs, transforming them into Ws, which sound pretty much like Us. Therefore, Eridan has a classic Roman accent, which explains why the others say his wavy accent sounds ridiculous.
    • And his username is caligulasAquarium.
  • Since magic is not real, Eridan uses science power for combat. Sollux was blinded in his fight against Eridan. In other words, Eridan blinded him with science!
  • With the revelation that the class Prince is the most active and destroyer of all of them is it really surprising that Eridan destroyed the last shred of hope that they had?
  • Eridan is generally seen as being a desperate loser who was borderline sociopathic even by the trolls' standards. Up until you consider the fact that all the trolls were still children, still on the road to being mature adults. Except for Eridan, who was already mature and already doing whatever he had to in order to make sure his species lived. He hated Vriska - he was her kismesis for a while, remember - but he still allied with her to get lusii to feed Feferi's horrorterror lusus and keep it from screaming...even though all he'd need in order to pull off that genocide he kept threatening would be to neglect just one scheduled feeding. And avoiding the drones? Well, there's a reason he was hitting on anyone who seemed like they were showing interest - he was coming on strong for a kid, but for all we know he was coming on just right for an adult. Frankly, if Eridan were human, he'd be that loner who's way too mature for his age and who creeps out the rest of his peer group as a result.
  • The mentally ill tend to see themselves as more lucid and realistic than those around them, and have trouble making others understand the way they see the world. Sound familiar? Eridan's unable to relate to others because of his sociopathy and depression, but to his warped perceptions, it's everyone else who doesn't understand.
  • In a society where buckets are seen as lewd, Eridan is a bit of a perv. What does his constellation look like? A bucket...
  • In a sick way, Eridan's murder of Feferi makes sense symbolically. He sees her as having taken hope from him when they broke up, so he wanted to take life- Feferi's aspect- from her.
  • Fans caught on to the symbolism during Eridan's betrayal and Feferi's death, but a Prince can also destroy with Hope. Because of his false hope that Bec Noir would spare him if they joined forces, almost everything was destroyed.
    • The death of the Hero of Space resulted in the impossibility of an inhabited universe and her revival made it possible for her to get the Matriorb back, allowing the new universe to contain life.
    • And the the only survivor was Sollux, the Hero of Doom. Eridan could destroy as long as he liked, but he could not destroy the doom that his session would face.
  • The fact that the Life symbol kind of looks like a pair of tentacles make sense when you remember Feferi's Lusus.
  • Feferi's little marine zoo must attract a lot of predators. Large predators that Eridan can hunt for her lusus.
  • Damara mainly speaks Japanese, and when you translate what she says into English, it's pretty lewd... because Damara is a parody of people in hentai animes/Asian porno flicks.
  • Why is Damara from a Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of Japan? Remember Aradia's original characterization of being a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, which usually is based on the Japanese cultural belief in the onryo. (Word of God even made reference to Aradia being based on "every Japanese horror movie ever")
  • "Run, Aradia's ancestor! Run!!!!" Wait a minute... isn't she stuck in a Stable Time Loop which makes it a Foregone Conclusion that she'll become the Handmaid? Yes she is. 0_0
  • The Summoner was a Rufio/Peter Pan reference. And what was the legacy he left behind? A world made up entirely of kids. A literal Neverland.
  • Kankri has sleep bags under his eyes, implying he has nightmares often. His post-scratch counterpart had visions of what Beforus was like. It's not unreasonable to assume that Kankri had nightmares of Alternia's bloody history like the post-scratch trolls all do. Similarly, it looks like A2!Mom Lalonde knew Roxy would eventually arrive, possibly due to some residual memory of the other Earth. (Maybe it's a Seer thing?)
  • Kankri dismisses Porrim's concern for the status of women. Seems like a simple case of hypocrisy, but Porrim pointed out that on the surface (Lord English is still working behind the scenes) trolls are at least somewhat matriarchal. Thus, Kankri has some reason to think it's an unnecessary cause; he's still being a huge Jerkass and Hypocrite about it because Porrim has a legitimate cause, but there is some reason behind his thinking.
  • Fridge Brilliance regarding the Sufferer: his last words were the Vast Expletive. One of the last things Jesus said on the cross? "My God, why have you forsaken me?"
    • Kankri would likely have also forgiven them anyway as a passive-agressive jab. The very next thing Jesus says, and his last words before dying, were "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."
  • "MY BLOOD IS NOT FIT TO FLOW THROUGH A SEWER, AND MY SIGN IS A PICTOGRAPHIC SYMBOL THAT LOOSELY TRANSLATES AS 'PLEASE HIKE THESE PANTS UP TO THIS GUY'S ARMPITS, CHAIN HIM TO A FLOGGING JUT, AND MAKE A FUCKING EXAMPLE OUT OF THIS SORRY SACK OF SHIT.'"
  • Cancer trolls are essentially doomsday cardinals, as the Sufferer's teachings imply, and cardinals are associated with the colour red.
  • Karkat's ancestor aka the sufferer, is most likely troll jesus. Take into account that we, with our red blood, are more or less modeled in Karkat's image. In other words, he's an inversion of the Father/Son part of the Holy Trinity. Furthermore, after arguing with his past and future selves, he refers to them as "past and future ghosts," or to fit with the theme, the Holy Spirit(s). Oh, and by the way; "the disciple Jesus loved" was none other than John the Apostle.
    • The Sufferer isn't the only Christ-related allegory character.
      • Sollux's ancestor, the Ψiioniic is Simon Peter. A close friend to the Messianic Archetype, who ended up dying in a torturous way.
      • Nepeta's ancestor, the Disciple, is Mark the Evangelist, whose personal symbol was a lion. Alternatively, she's "The beloved disciple, or Mary Magdalene, who some scholars claimed was Jesus' Lover/wife.
      • Kanaya's ancestor, The Dolorosa, is obviously Virgin Mary.
      • Equius' ancestor, The E%ecutor, is a combination of Pontius Pilate, the roman official who was pressured into carrying out Jesus' execution, and the semi-apocryphal figure Longinus, the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus' side with a spear. (Only he shot the sufferer with an Arrow instead.) In fact, given his later Heel–Face Turn and name change, you could argue that he has some shades of Saul/St. Paul too.
    • If you want to get more Biblical, think back to how John, the first guy we meet in the series, got into the Medium: he bit an apple that the first girl we met in the series helped him obtain.
    • The same guy and girl who apparently must eventually hook up, at least if you believe a horrible shipping chart made by an alien Jesus, that is, Karkat.
    • On a side note: even odds that his name turns out to be "Jegus."
    • How has nobody mentioned the biblical David and Jonathan? Jonathan was even technically the "heir," and while calling David a "knight" is a stretch, he was a warrior!
    • Considering the parallels that aren't there adds a whole new layer to this. Jesus was both God and Man, proved that by rising from the dead, and that resurrection was one of the main reasons so many converted to Christianity. Now consider that had the Sufferer been an ancendent instead of a dancestor, he would have had a very good chance of making God Tier. His death was neither especially Heroic nor remotely Just, so had he been God Tier, he would have returned from the dead. And if he had returned, his religion might very well have flourished as Christianity did.
  • Before the Sufferer ever had a chance to reach a single soul, the Dolorosa committed the original act of rebellion against Alternian society by saving him from certain culling. The pre-Scratch trolls with the biggest tendency to deconstruct the biggest tenets of their own troll society are Kankri and Porrim.
  • Her being a mage makes sense when one switches the u in her name for an r.
  • There is a part in the constellation Leo being called the sickle, which represents the head and explains why the Leijons always have the Vantas family 'on their minds'.
  • Porrim is the Maid of Space, that is, "someone who fixes space". She sees the problems of the notion that each gender has their own predetermined place (or 'space', if you will) and wants to fix that.
  • Though it hasn't been revealed if Neophyte Redglare was blind or not, why would someone of a Nocturnal race need to wear sunglasses if she wasn't blind? Her lusus' eyes are as bright as the sun, That's why!
    • Justice is blind.
      • Holy crap. The Goddess of Justice is always depicted with a blindfold...it all makes sense!
  • With the recent update, it seems Aranea has been controlling Gamzee for unknown amount of time. Gamzee has been helping Cherubs and Leprechauns, and Aranea knows a lot about both species' romance and breeding habits. Where do you think she got the information from?
    • Fridge Horror: Considering that Aranea "healed" Jake, who's to say that Gamzee running out of sopor slime wasn't what caused him to go Ax-Crazy, and that Aranea "fixed" him too?
      • Gamzee flips his shit before he could have met Aranea. At the same time, however, quite a few of the weird things he's done since then (breaking off his moirallegiance with Karkat, entering a kismesissitude with Terezi despite never hinting at having blackrom feelings for her) make a bit more sense if you think Aranea had a hand in it.
      • Indeed; Gamzee would have no reason to care enough about Terezi's eyes enough to bully her into fixing them, and he's not particularly witty under normal circumstances so why he suddenly KNOWS WH 4 T TO S 4 Y TO P 1 SS M3 OFF is a bit odd. Terezi also didn't give a shit about his opinion beforehand. Aranea, however, was raised to believe that she should help those that need it whether or not they actually want it, and knows people well enough to know what would make Terezi upset enough to heal her eyes. Failing that, she could have pushed Gamzee into using his fear manipulation powers to make Terezi react as if he'd said something really cutting when he hadn't, which would also partly explain why Terezi was such a mess - he'd been using his voodoos.
    • Further horror; a moirallegiance is a romantic relationship based on intense psychological intimacy, and a moirail is supposed to calm their partner and fix their problems. Aranea switches off Gamzee's rage entirely against his will, and heals Jake when he specifically and repeatedly told her not to. By troll standards, is this rape?
      • This also means every Serket other than Pre-Scratch!Vriska has committed rape at least once, and that every quadrant has been done.
  • Kurloz's muteness makes plenty of sense considering he is essentially an exagerated Gamzee, after Gamzee went crazy his quirk became based on his voice fluctuating between speaking quietly and loudly so after Kurloz's "nightmare" he became mute and uses his telepathy to shout directly into a person's head.
  • Kurloz is betraying the gang as Gamzee did, but in a much less blatantly violent manner. This might be just a difference between Alternian and Beforusian troll behaviour, but in addition, Kurloz was never addicted to sopor slime. Gamzee's rampage may indeed have been worsened by withdrawal.
  • A likely unintentional example; Dualscar's sign is two jagged lines.
    • No, that probably was intentional.
  • The Dolorosa was killed by Orphaner Dualscar. The Sufferer may have already been dead, but Dualscar orphaned him.
  • Her Imperial Condescension's aggressive girliness is deliberately done to annoy Lord English, as we all know how Caliborn feels about all things feminine. Possibly as the only form of rebellion she's capable of, possibly so that he'll pay as little attention to her as possible (thus allowing her to plot against him in relative peace), or probably both.
  • It turns out The Condesce had access to various psychic powers such as controlling animals. Now one must think how much of the trolling/jerk-like actions of God Cat were really because of her using those abilities.
    • In a way, God Cat is also forced to serve Lord English as well. He's that bad that other First Guardians are powerless!
      • But wait, isn't Jade part First Guardian/Dog?
      • Abilities likely only extend to full animals or won't work on someone who is part human/troll (especially a god tier player).
      • It has also been suggested that the Condesce has all the powers of the Troll Ancestors. If this is the case, she has the Sufferer's ability to remember the pre-scratch Alternia, from before it was made a murderland. She just doesn't care.
      • If Meenah is anything to go by... it's not that she doesn't care. It's that she finds the idea of the Empress being the "first servant of her nation", as in obligated to help and aid every troll who needs it, boring and unbearable.
      • Oh, the Condesce's powers were very much usable on Jade...
  • Take the word "Batterwitch". Now replace the b and the w. You get... (wait for it) Watter Bitch, otherwise known as Water Bitch.
  • "Betty Crocker" has the same number of letters in a typical Troll's name, with one letter shifted to her last name.
    • There is a species of fish called the "betta".
    • Betty Crocker cooks food. Fish can be cooked in a crockpot.
  • In the latest update, Karkat calms Gamzee down by shooshing him and patting his face and the two are established as moirails. Now, way long ago, we got to see Nepeta's shipping wall, where there was a picture of Gamzee and Karkat as moirails, with Gamzee touching Karkat's face. Nepeta noted that it's still plausible, but that the roles will have to be dramatically reversed.
  • On this page, it says that the Handmaid and the Condesce are the last two trolls alive. But what happened to God tier Aradia?
    • The Condesce happened.
    • "The last two trolls alive" almost certainly means the last two trolls in that universe. It's been established that Sgrub is a separate universe from Alternia, and that timelines of separate universes are non-parallel. Comparing chronology between universes is meaningless. Doc Scratch, of all people, would understand this.
      • This also indicates that the fight would take place in the Alternian universe, not Alpha!Human. Helmsman is dead.
  • Sopor slime’s name may be derived from the word "sober", given their similar pronunciation and opposite meanings.
    • Or the word soporific, which means "tending to induce drowsiness or sleep."
  • Vriska and Tavros are Not So Different! They both have deep self-esteem issues, they just deal with it in different ways. Vriska hides her insecurity by acting overbearing and lashing out at people; Tavros finds it difficult to assert himself in social situations, and when he tries, goes overboard. Neither of them knows what self-confidence really is, and each can be considered reversals of the other (Jerk with a Heart of Gold-Bitch in Sheep's Clothing).
    • Of course they would seem similar to most people. Vriska is a Sociopath, and Tavros has Asperger's Syndrome. Practically the only way to know these are different things is to know someone with one disorder and to actually have the other one yourself.
  • The Signless and the Summoner are analogies to Suffragists and Suffragettes respectively.
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