Various chat clients and social networks allow users to represent themselves with handles in place of their real names. In Homestuck these handles are often used to obscure these real names, particularly in cases where a character may not have been given one yet.
In Homestuck[edit | edit source]
Chat clients[edit | edit source]
Pesterchum and Trollian both make use of chat handles, where they are called camel case and abbreviate into two capital letters (with the exception of Caliborn, whose handle is abbreviated in lowercase instead to match his quirk), but is unknown if this is a strict requirement.and , as does BettyBother. All known users of these clients use two-word handles, which the clients represent in
The human and troll heroes all have handles whose abbreviations consist of the letters G, C, A, and T, symbols commonly used to represent parts of a DNA molecule; the humans' handles use only G and T, whereas the trolls use all four letters. The one exception to this rule is John Egbert, who did at one time have a handle abbreviated to GT but later changed it.
|T||Dave Strider / Davesprite
|Dirk Strider / Lil Hal|
Interestingly, as “TT” and “GG” are like-letters, like XX, whereas the letters in “GT” and “TG” differ as in XY. Aradia (“AA”) and Feferi (“CC”) also follow this pattern, but the rest of the troll girls have unique two-letter abbreviations instead. While Jane (“GG”) and Jake (“GT”) both follow this pattern also, the rest of the alpha humans do not; however each of their handle abbreviations matches with that of one of their children., the abbreviations of the beta human handles correlate with the chromosome pairs traditionally associated with the characters' gender identities when they were introduced to the comic;
Instead of the letters G, C, A or T, the cherubs Calliope and Caliborn have their handles abbreviated instead with the letter U, which is used in place of the letter T when describing molecules of RNA.
Doc Scratch does not appear to have a handle, instead appearing as when in contact with Aradia, when in contact with Kanaya (or Karkat), and when talking to Gamzee.
Other platforms[edit | edit source]
Handles on Serious Business and Delirious Biznasty show far more variety than those used on the kids' chat clients, and are only abbreviated in particularly long cases such as that of the Condesce, who uses Serious Business as her full title “)(er Imperious Condescension” shortened to “)(IC”.
Dave uses the same handle Crockercorp account going by “BettyCrocker”.as he does on Pesterchum, with the official
In Hiveswap[edit | edit source]
In a development image from when Chittr was to be called "Prongle", users' handles seem to be referred to as trolltags.
In The Homestuck Epilogues (Dubiously Canon)[edit | edit source]
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