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For his similarly named adoptive niece/genetic half-sister, see Jade Harley.

Jude Harley is a playable character in the video game Hiveswap, and the younger brother of Joey Claire. He owns a squad of carrier pigeons called The Lone Gunbirds.

Concept and creation[]

In early iterations of the game's dialogue, Jude's spoke in all lowercase with more correct grammar, likely changed to distinguish it Joey's.[citation needed] Jude's symbol was also more of a yellow-green color during development,[citation needed] more closely matching his text; in the released game, Jude and Joey's text colors are swapped, much like those of their Homestuck relatives John Egbert and Jade Harley.


Like his sister Joey, Jude has a unisex name, of Hebrew origin meaning "praise".[citation needed] It is popularly associated with the Beatles song 'Hey, Jude', referenced in the achievement awarded for playing as Jude, "NA NA NA NA, HEY YOU".


Jude lives at Harley Manor on the outskirts of the town of Hauntswitch on Earth, in the B1 universe. In 1994, 14 and a half years prior to the beginning of Homestuck, he is outside playing with Joey and Tesseract when a monster attacks. This causes Jude to lock himself in his treehouse to escape. While there, he helps Joey make her way to the safety of the manor's attic, where he has been keeping a mysterious cherub-themed device.

Personality and traits[]

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Jude is largely defined by his neurotic tendencies and love of conspiracy theories, among them aliens. He constantly investigates strange tabloids and keeps a close ear on the activities of a Mysterious Cult from a nearby mansion. Jude is a dependable strategist with a keen interest in security and avoidance tactics,[citation needed] which can lead him to be overly cautious[citation needed] and extremely reactive to sudden unexpected noise.[citation needed] He can be extremely literal and have a hard time understanding Joey's sarcasm,[citation needed] but remains a goofy and clumsy child and is not above pestering and pranking his sister.[citation needed]

Jude is a huge fan of The X-Files, preferring Mulder, but is willing to compromise for Scully for his sister. He appears to like birds, especially pigeons, as he has three of his own. He also has a large white python.


Joey Claire[]

Jude's strongest relationship is with his elder sister. Jude often makes an effort to annoy Joey and Joey is in turn often annoyed at Jude's interests. Joey is somewhat frustrated at Jude's clueless self-assurance when she's not always able to stay confident in herself. Despite this, Jude shows himself to be a caring brother who constantly worries for his sister's safety. The two are able to get along and work together well enough in the event of a crisis. Joey often interacts with Jude's online friends.

Jake Harley[]

Not much has been said about Jude's relationships with his absent father but it is implied that Jude's view on his Pa is less overtly negative as Joey's, as he chooses to keep his surname as Harley despite Joey taking their mother's. Jude shares his father's interest in the strange and mysterious, although Jude's interests take a more conspiracy-theory slant.

A. Claire[]

Jude's relationship with his deceased mother is not elaborated on much, but he clearly misses her. The lack of photos with both Jude and his mother might indicate that she passed away during, or shortly after Jude's birth.

Roxy Lalonde[]

Not much has been said about Jude's relationship with his and Joey's babysitter, but it is implied he at least considers her to be rational and dependable adult, and capable in combat.

The Lone Gunbirds[]

Jude has three trained pigeons, named Frohike, Langly, and Byers. Prior to the events of the game, he favors Frohike, likes Langly, and is disappointed by Byers. After Frohike's unfortunate demise at the hands of the monster vanguard, and Langly's cowardice and betrayal, he finds that Byers is incredibly lucky and actually okay at his job as carrier pigeon.

Other Characters[]

Jude has been mentioned to have a circle of friends he interacts with on the internet. Apparently Joey also interacts with them on occasion. He plans to call for their help to deal with the monster invasion in his home.



  • The Lone Gunbirds are a reference to the "The Lone Gunmen", a spin-off series of The X-Files.
  • When you try to enter his room as Joey, she states that it is most likely locked and she doesn't want to deal with his pet python.
    • According to how there's a Tube Highway all across the house from Jude's room, it is easy to assume that this "pet" Joey mentioned is either a rat or a ferret. The pet was revealed to be a large white python by James Roach.[citation needed]
  • The dangerous cult that Jude is going after appears to be real and can be seen overlooking Half-Harley Manor though a hidden window of his treehouse.
  • Jude appears to know something about the strange Cherub Portal in the attic, as he correctly identifies it as a portal when discussing it with Joey and has its blueprints in his tree-house.
    • He believes it has ties to the mysterious cult he's been collecting information on, but otherwise does not know its functionality.
  • In the game proper, the text on his walkie talkie is light olive, despite neither his symbol nor a relative's symbol being that close in color.
  • Jude listens to Enya's music, one of his cassette tapes of her music is in the casette player in the living room of the manor. You can trigger the dialog by using the tap-dance shoes on the cassette player.
    • If you use the portal key on the cassette player, the music will start playing through the headphones, even though Joey stated that the cassette player was out of batteries.
  • Many fans have noticed that he shares a similar resemblance to Jake English and Roxy Lalonde's childMspa icon (that Jake ends up eatingMspa icon) in the shipping parody artwork within the Homestuck webcomic.

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