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Joey Claire is the protagonist of Hiveswap, and the older sister of Jude Harley.

Concept and creation[]

The large green star on Joey's ceiling and shirt could allude to Joey's role as a space traveller, as well as to Homestuck 'sGreen sun link, which presides over the various universes which Joey travels and became the power source of Joey's half-sister Jade Harley.


Joey is a versatile unisex name that can be short for masculine names like Joseph or George, or feminine names like Josephine and Joanna. A "joey" is also a juvenile marsupial, relating both to Joey's passion for animal medicine and also perhaps into her father's southern hemisphere exploits.

Joey taking her late mother's surname rather than her Pa's follows a tradition of siblings in her family taking different surnames.


Early life[]

Joey's babysitter had her t-shirt made for her at a mall, knowing that Joey associated the symbol with her mother.[citation needed]


Joey lives at the Half-Harley Manor just outside the town of Hauntswitch on Earth, in the B1 universe. In 1994, 14 and a half years prior to the beginning of Homestuck, she is playing outside with Jude and Tesseract when a monster attacks them. This forces her to lock herself in her room to escape the creature; however with the help of Jude, she makes her way to the safety of the Manor's attic, where Jude has been keeping a mysterious cherub-themed device. Ignoring Jude's advice to not even get close to The Cherub-Themed Device, Joey proceeds to do it anyway, unlocking the front of the device with the Cherub Key (an heirloom from Joey's late mother, A. Claire.) The Cherub-Themed Device turns out to be a portal which sucks her inside, shooting her to the planet Alternia in the A2 universe. From there she meets a nervous troll by the name of Xefros Tritoh who wants to help her find her way home, until he is put into a situation where Joey has to save him instead. From there, the two go out in search for a close friend of Xefros, Cridea Jeevik, who is a huge fan of the Grubbles that also hates the Heiress in order to find help.

Personality and traits[]

Joey is an intelligent, even-tempered girl with a knack for puzzle-solving. Despite regular confrontations with strange events and circumstances, she continuously shows herself to be adaptive and creative, and that she is determined to reach all of her goals. An avid dancer, she practices both ballet and tap, and is a quick learner of new forms of dance like Alternian bee communication - all of which form part of her repertoire for solving tricky conundrums and escaping sticky situations. She is also an aspiring veterinarian, keeping a small kit of medical tools on her person at all times and always ready to help any animal in need she comes across.

Due to her difficult childhood, Joey is deeply frustrated with the adults in her life and sometimes feels insecure due to the neglect she faces. She has little tolerance towards bullying and abuse, and will not hesitate to stand up for people she sees as being mistreated.

Joey is easily flustered by the presence of attractive women, ranging from her the Half-Harley Manor's various blue figures[citation needed] to the teenage trolls she meets on Alternia, such as Elwurd and Daraya[citation needed] - heavily indicating a romantic interest in girls, which she knowingly or unknowingly suppresses when she refuses suggestions to flirt with girls[citation needed] and calls other girls "gal pals".[citation needed] A piece of New Years art posted to the Homestuck^2: Beyond Canon Patreon[image?] has Joey wearing a party hat colored with a lesbian flag in reference to this.


Jude Harley[]

She shares a tense but loving relationship with her brother Jude Harley, who frequently hassles her with puzzles, pranks, and conspiracy theories. Joey admits to herself that she isn't as close to Jude as she could be due to her insecurities making her resent Jude's clueless self-assurance. However, since they lack in adult supervision, the two rely on each other a lot, and they get along well enough that they work together fairly efficiently during emergencies. They both share of love of animals, but Jude's tastes in animals are slightly more eclectic. Joey involves herself in Jude's internet friend group, but doesn't really consider them as her own friends.

Jake Harley[]

Joey shares a very negative relationship with her neglectful father, who has been home increasingly sparingly since the death of her mother. This tense relationship is further strained by their conflicting interests, with Joey's love of animals and her father's passion for hunting for sport and taxidermy. Joey and her brother spend a great deal of time playfully vandalizing their father's belongings during his regular absences. As an expression for her disdain for her father, Joey uses her mother's last name instead of her father's.


Although a decade deceased, Joey clearly looks up to her mother and aspires to be just like her. She constantly feels her lack of presence and misses her greatly. The Star on her ceiling was painted by Joey and her mother, the same star which she wears as her symbol today.

Roxy Lalonde[]

Joey shares a mostly positive relationship with her babysitter, but acknowledges her problematic alcoholism and that she is a terrible role model. Despite this, she loves her all the same and knows that she is trying her best. She admits to having more positive memories with her than with either of her parents combined.

Other humans[]

Joey does not get along with her classmates. They bully her, and she in return calls them evil and clowns in her diary. She also notes a strange feeling that they simply aren't up to any good.

Xefros Tritoh[]

After being spirited away to Alternia, her sole helper was a burgundy-blooded troll by the name of Xefros Tritoh. Xefros initially believed Joey was actually Dammek and was subjecting him to some strange test, but eventually realizes that Joey is actually an alien. During his attempt to assist Joey, Xefros is put into a position where Joey is forced to rescue Xefros instead. After hearing about Xefros' troubles, and being inspired by Xefros' willingness to put himself in harm's way to protect a complete stranger and alien, Joey declares that the two of them are good friends and that Xefros is worthy of respect. The two seem to be developing a friendship. During Hiveswap: Act 2, they become closer as Joey helps him gain more confidence in himself, and he becomes very protective of her.


Elwurd flirts with Joey every time they talk and offers her various things to help for the right price. Joey doesn't understand her advances, though she does get flustered, but they seem to overall get along despite Elwurd scamming her.

Marvus Xoloto[]

Marvus helps Joey out multiple times, and is overall very kind and friendly to her. However, upon reaching the purple highblood car, he forces her to play a game in order to pass, where she must kill three trolls from different blood castes. He is still kinder than the other purplebloods and more willing to believe the evidence she brings of her murders than the others, but it is safe to assume that Joey's views of him are now very negative.

Other trolls[]

Although she has never met Dammek, Joey does not think highly of him, seeing him as little more than a gun-obsessed bully, slob, and not the friend or moirail that Xefros deserves.[citation needed] Though she was initially terrified of his lusus, she quickly befriends the deercat after discovering how to calm it with milk and medical attention, and even goes as far as to give it a new name.

Joey is very determined to prove that Daraya Jonjet is innocent and seems to admire how cool she is.[citation needed]

Mallek Adalov is friendly towards Joey and willing to help her out despite identifying her as a mutant, assuring her that he's "cool with mutants."[citation needed]


  • Joey owns a Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
    • In the early builds of Hiveswap, she refers to it as a Sness, rather than a S-N-E-S.
    • While in Dammek's hive, she notices a controller in the shape of a 'W' and with an analog stick, a reference to the Nintendo 64 controller. She comments that she doesn't like the design, and that she will just stick to her Sness controller.
  • In the early builds of Hiveswap, she is eagerly awaiting the release of the next Highlander film, and she also appears to be a fan of the Tiny Toons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series. So far this has not carried over into the final game presumably for copyright reasons.
  • Joey's password is "mrstaylorthomas80", the name of her male crush, likely a reference to sitcom star and voice actor of Young Simba in The Lion King, Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
    • It is hinted that Joey may unconsciously harbor a crush on Clarissa Darling from Clarissa Explains it All. This, along with some of her other reactions to female stars, role models, lamps and people she's interacted with hint that she is bisexual.
  • Based on the pre-release material, Joey's text color is slightly mintish green. In the game proper, her text color is a shade of light sky blue.
  • If Joey stalls too long on traveling to the attic after running from the monster ambush, she is seized by the monsters in a cutscene. Joey is then crowd-surfed into the two-mouthed monster's mouth, resulting in the cutscene ending with "GAME OVER".
    • The same outcome occurs if the player tries to switch to Jude during this sequence.
  • Joey's strife weapon is a flashlight, while Jude's weapon is a flare gun; both are themed around light.
  • Joey has mastered tap dancing and ballet and has earned respect of her teachers.
    • Joey has tap lessons on Saturday and ballet lessons on Monday.



  1. homestuckteam. "According to our internal documents Joey was born January 11, 1980, so she is a little bit over one year younger than Elwurd (14 and 16). Bronya is about a year and a half older than Elwurd (so 17). Lanque is a little over half a year older than Bronya (so 18). Marsti is 18." CuriousCat. November 24th, 2020.
Hiveswap and Hauntswitch
Playable Kids Joeysymbol Joey ClaireJudesymbol Jude Harley
Playable Trolls Ariborn Xefros TritohTemplate:Nowarap
Supporting Humans Roxy LalondeJake HarleyA. ClaireMysterious Cult
Supporting Trolls Picen Trizza TethisAqualo Cridea JeevikAquamino FiametLibrist Idarat Catlaz
Troll Call Trolls Licer Tyzias EntykkScorist Mallek AdalovVirnius Daraya JonjetCapriun Barzum SoleilCaprimini Baizli SoleilSagicorn Nihkee MoolahCaprinius Chahut MaenadArrius Diemen XicaliTaurist Skylla KorigaGemittarius Folykl DaraneGemnius Kuprum MaxlolSagira Amisia ErdehnLeus Polypa GoezeeLibittarius Tegiri KalburLiblo Tirona KasundViriborn Lynera SkalbiScornius ElwurdSagicer Galekh XigisiTaurza Vikare RatiteLelo Boldir LamatiGemrius Cirava HermodLiga Tagora GorjekScormini Ardata CarmiaCaprist Marvus XolotoAro Fozzer VelyesLicen Stelsa SezyatVirmino Wanshi AdyataVirus Bronya UrsamaTaurra Chixie RoixmrSagimino Zebruh CodakkGemra Azdaja KnelaxLepia Konyyl OkimawCaprira Karako PierotArittarius Marsti HoutekVirsci Lanque BombyxScorgo Remele Namaaq
Other TesseractThe Lone GunbirdsGreen shadow monstersImperial DroneZoosmellCornibusterDoc Scratch
Concepts TrollExtended ZodiacCherub PortalAbilitechChittrScythianAchievements
Locations (Earth) HauntswitchHalf-Harley Manor
Locations (Alternia) OutglutDammek's hiveXefros' hiveCave hiveBeekeeper's hiveTrain
Acts Hiveswap: Act 1Hiveswap: Act 2Hiveswap: Act 3
Additional Media HomestuckHiveswap Friendship SimulatorPesterquest