Kanaya Maryam, also known by her Trollian handle “grimAuxiliatrix”, is one of the Hivebent trolls. Her associated zodiac sign is Virgo (♍), just like Andrew Hussie. Her left horn curves into a hook, emulating the tail of her astrological symbol when viewed from the front. She capitalizes the first letter of every word, and writes in jade green.
"Kanaya" was suggested by Nebilim. "Maryam" was suggested by goggles8. Her name comes from the Sanskrit counterpart of Virgo, which is 'Kanya'; and 'Maryam' is the Arabic name for 'Mary', as in the Virgin Mary. 'Marya' is also the name of Dracula's daughter, Countess Marya Zaleska. Her Trollian handle may allude to her role in Alternian Society, since 'auxiliatrix' in Latin means 'helpful woman', and jade bloods' roles are centered around assistance and grub rearing. "Maryam" could also possibly be in reference to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, paralleled by her sesquipedalian verbosity and attraction to another of similar linguistics. In the Malayalam Language and other South Indian languages, "The Virgin Mary" is referred to as "Kanyakamariyam".
Her appearance is similar to that of the other trolls in that she possesses gray skin, black hair, uniquely shaped horns, pointed teeth, and her main outfit consists of a top with her associated astrological symbol in her blood color. Only two of her teeth are protruding, giving Kanaya a vampire-like appearance. The shape of her hair may or may not be intentionally reminiscent of a stereotypical vampire's cape. Her hair is also somewhat similar to John Egbert's.
The reader first learns of Kanaya when she contacts Rose Lalonde on her birthday and states that she is on an entirely different timeline than the kids. However, she also says that they have spoken just minutes ago from her (GA's) point of view. Kanaya asks to be Rose's friend, believing that they were "supposed to." Rose accepts, albeit in a somewhat confused manner. She admits that their plan to troll Rose and her friends wasn't thought all the way through, and appears to be getting tips from Rose.
She shares other similarities with Jade: both use considerably more advanced weapons for their Strife specibi than others and both use a wardrobifier. She also possesses a Lunchtop like Jade's, except instead of Squiddles, it has cuttlefish on it. In Kanaya's case, this was of Doc Scratch. Kanaya's blood is even jade green. She has an “affection for the aesthetic”, something rare among the utilitarian-minded troll race. As such, she partakes in fashion design and hive decoration. She also appears to share Jade's gnostic abilities, due to a pre-existing awareness of Skaia. Kanaya and Jade are also both heroes of space, and the assigned frog breeders of their respective session.
She and Rose also share a taste in literature: both have a preference for stories featuring the unusual and monstrous. Rose bears an affinity for unfathomable eldritch horrors, while Kanaya indulges in sensuous tales of “rainbow drinkers” and secret passion, possibly the troll equivalent of Earth's romantic vampire novels.
Kanaya specifically requested to be the final member of the Red Team to connect to Sgrub. As such, she is Vriska Serket's server player. She seems to have requested this position specifically to stay close to Vriska, due to their moirallegiance and potential matespritship. Eventually she became Equius's client, connecting the Red Team with the Blue Team.
After the trolls settled on an asteroid in the Veil, she used her chainsaw to amputate Tavros Nitram's legs, allowing them to be replaced by functional robot legs created by Equius.
Later she found the Auxiliatrix Key deep inside the asteroid, which unlocked the card she kept the Matriorb in. This confused her, because she had given up hope to rebuild the Troll's race, having been denied access to their new universe. She then quickly realized that she was supposed to hatch the new Mother Grub inside the core of the asteroid.
She tells Jade about her duty to breed frogs and create the Genesis Frog. Unfortunately, she is interrupted by Eridan, who proceeds to KO Sollux and kill Feferi. Eridan destroys the matriorb, enraging Kanaya, who attacks. She is shot in the stomach by Eridan with his
magic white science wand, and he absconds further into the lab. Karkat attempts to revive her with a kiss, but since her dream self was already slain by Jack, it does not work.
Later, when Terezi returns to the computer area her corpse is missing and Feferi has (matching Kanaya's) on her neck along with what appears to be jade green lipstick or blood, even though her corpse was nowhere near Kanaya's. As Nepeta explores the vents, while hiding from Gamzee, she discovers a room with two disabled transportalizer pads and a trail of jade blood between them. One of the pads seem to have been cut apart. Terezi wakes up at some point boasting a similar bite mark, considerately bandaged. How very helpful.
Undead Kanaya finally shows up in Gamzee and kick him in the
groin bone bulge. Gamzee falls off the cliff honking the whole way down. Kanaya then turns her attention to Vriska, delivering a punch to her nose to establish superiority, the result of doing so is as follows; the punchee ends up by the puncher. Though nothing seems to have happened because Vriska died sometime afterwards. Afterwards, she focuses on Eridan, snapping his wand in half with a "DEBUNK" sound effect. She then gives Eridan a . By cutting his legs off, it could be in a way a further method of removing his power, as the sign Aquarius rules a person's legs.
Later on, she ran into Sollux, who was blinded and had his teeth knocked out. At some point she also helped Jade with frog-breeding and in dealing with her denizen, Echidna.
Kanaya also participates in the, but gets papped away by Karkat while attempting to auspisticize between him and Gamzee.
Kanaya is seen with all the other surviving trolls, Rose, and Dave at the trolls' meteor when they arrive at the Green Sun. She initially wishes to stay behind with Aradia and Sollux when they're discussing leaving on the meteor, but Rose gets her to stay by helping her to admit that she wants to finish her duty to revive the troll race.
During their three-year meteor journey, Kanaya begins dating Rose. Two years into the trip, she talks to Meenah in the first Openbound game, and in the third game she talks to her dancestor Porrim, who teaches her how to turn her glowing on and off as a rainbow drinker. Later in the game, she walks Meenah around the meteor (which is passing through a dream bubble), and talks to Rose and Dave. A little later, she goes on a date with a drunk Rose, and the two , right before Rose falls down a flight of stairs, pulling a rare yet highly embarrassing .
After arriving in the B2 session, she gets teleported to LOMAX along with the other meteor inhabitants (sans Gamzee). The next thing she knows, she wakes up in the Land of Frost and Frogs, apparently teleported there along with Karkat by Grimbark Jade. Soon, they meet the Condesce-controlled Jane, who tries to intimidate them into co-operating with the Condesce's plans, stabbing Karkat to demonstrate her life powers. Jane is interrupted by Aranea, while Kanaya and Karkat rush to interrupt Terezi and Gamzee's fight, witnessing Gamzee beat Terezi to near death. In the ensuing melee, she witnesses Karkat stabbed to death by Gamzee, promptly dismembers Gamzee, and is incinerated by a psiioniic blast originating from the Condesce.
In the new timeline created by John's retcons, Kanaya dates Rose much like she did in the previous timeline. However, Vriska nips Rose's drinking problem in the bud, and has a habit of horning in on Rose and Kanaya's dates.
Kanaya is later seen on the kids' victory platform with everyone else, and she talks to Rose and Roxy, and then to Karkat and Vriska. When Vriska allows everyone to choose who will take on which villain, Kanaya wants to join John, Rose, and Roxy in fighting the Condesce, but Vriska explains that she and Karkat have to do a mission of their own, namely consulting with Echidna on Jade's planet to retrieve the genesis frog. Just after leaving Echidna's lair, they talk briefly about what Echidna had said, and about Karkat's aspect. Kanaya explains that Echidna was willing to give up the genesis frog, but only if Kanaya protected Karkat and prevented him from dying. Kanaya then Karkat, knocking him out, and leaves soon afterward, telling him “Pleasant Dreams Friend, If You Can Hear Me In Your Dreams”. She then meets Roxy again and is taken by her to join the team against the Condesce.
Personality and Traits
Kanaya is a unique troll in the sense that she enjoys the rays of the Alternian sun, which is confirmed in Hiveswap Friendsim to be a trait that all Jadebloods have. She is the only troll yet to have taken a liking to the art of landscaping, using her chainsaw/lipstick to saw away at the trees to create topiary outside of her hive. Kanaya is also very creative, taking a particular interest in fashion (not a standard troll attribute) and colorful patterns. She is an avid reader of horror and romance novels, and also has a fascination for Alternia's version of vampires, the rainbow drinkers, even going as far as to taste her lusus' blood (though she quickly discovered that she ). She is seen to be supportive and helpful at times, often acting as an auspistice, or mediator, for other trolls.
Kanaya has certain similarities with Jade Harley. They both have a distinct enthusiasm towards botany and awoke on their respective Prospits before playing Sburb/Sgrub. Similarly to Jade, her time on Prospit made her aware of certain details about SGRUB, including (and ) and .
Kanaya is very reluctant to troll Rose, attempting to leave after typing only a few lines. As it turns out, her first trolling victim is not Rose but John, who answers Rose's computer while Rose is asleep. As a result, Kanaya gains the impression that Rose is mixed-up and unintelligent. It is later shown that Kanaya had discovered Rose's walkthrough prior to personal contact with the humans; the thorough and flourishing nature of the walkthrough causes Kanaya to idolize Rose, acting as a reasonable cause for Kanaya's wild infatuation displayed in her presence. Kanaya also has a wardrobifier like Jade, however, she uses it to change her entire outfit rather than just change the symbol on her dresses. Kanaya's Virgo sign remains plainly visible on her person regardless of the outfit. Remarkably, she is the only troll who has chosen to change their clothes for the sake of fashion.
Like Rose, Kanaya has no issues with the necessity of violent bloodshed. This is made especially evident when Kanaya excises the Matriorb from within the bowels of her dead lusus, amputates Tavros' legs, and bisects Eridan. Kanaya is the type to execute decisions for the greater good regardless of their personally unsavory nature, as reflected in the Grim Auxiliatrix of her chumhandle. Further establishing her helpfulness, more than one troll has called her a meddler, and Vriska has referred to her as “Lousy st8pid godd8mn supportive fri8nd!” She frequently considers auspisticizing between her friends. However, she has explained to Rose that the ashen quadrant is not very emotionally fulfilling, and can be quite laborious to maintain, which heavily implies that the only reason she tries to auspistice between her friends is because she cares for them greatly and puts their happiness before her own.
Kanaya's personality does not appear to have changed significantly post-mortem with the exception of an even greater will to solve problems with her chainsaw. (e.g. Eridan and Gamzee) During Aradia's trip through the Dream Bubbles, Jade makes reference to a future conversation where Kanaya reveals her undead nature to her, and then give her fashion advice, strongly suggesting that there have not been any notable personality alterations accompanying her Rainbow Drinker state.
- [“What would you say if I said a dutiful girl raised in the daylight was protected by a bulb-headed guardian, and learned to glow in the dark after death?”]
- - Doc Scratch
Kanaya originally learned about Rose when she read her walkthrough, leading her to idolize “The TentacleTherapist”. However, her first conversation with her was actually with John (who was at Rose's computer), thus leading her to have misconceptions about her. Kanaya becomes attached to Rose during her trolling time, and learns to emulate Rose's sarcastic behavior. She sometimes worries about Rose and tries to discourage her risky plans at every opportunity she can. At one point Rose displayed gratitude for this, leading Kanaya to say that she did not want to “Get Stuck In That Kind Of Pattern Again”. This implies she did not want to act as a moirail to Rose the way she did with Vriska.
Over the three-year meteor journey, in both the pre-retcon and post-retcon timelines, she and Rose start a romantic relationship. Meenah pried as to whether she and Rose were “g fronds” and got an answer, accompanied by laughter, of “Maybe”. Later they go on a date which culminates in them kissing, confirming their relationship. Terezi's line “4ND ROS3 4ND K4N4Y4 W3R3 4LL... YOU KNOW” confirms that they are in a relationship in the new timeline, which seemed to have gone better than in the old timeline. During the credits, they are confirmed to be married and very happy together.
Shortly before her death, Kanaya became friends with Jade, as they share very similar lives. She continued this friendship after reviving as a rainbow drinker, as they worked together with Karkat to create Jade's Genesis Frog.
Karkat and Kanaya are on very good terms, as Karkat is far less crabby with her than any other player. Kanaya has an unspoken respect for him, and Karkat claims that she was his really good friend. Recently, he has claimed that she was his “OTHER BEST FRIEND” when talking to John. However, Karkat expressed that he does not feel as close to Kanaya after their 3 year trip through the Furthest Ring, largely because Kanaya spends most of her time with Rose, although this was in the Game Over timeline, so it is unknown if this carried over into the retcon timeline.
Kanaya has had unrequited flushed feelings for Vriska in the past, though she denied it, acting as Vriska's moirail instead. when asked by Eridan, but was willing to that she didn't know for a fact that she and Vriska were really moirails or if she even wanted that kind of relationship at all. Kanaya would try to help Vriska, and was frustrated by Kanaya's reluctance to actually stop her from doing bad things.
She was later shocked and heartbroken Tavros and Vriska; however, her feelings presumably interfered with her mediation of the relationship. Not long after entering the Medium, she mentioned to Karkat that she was “Preposterous Infatuation” with Vriska. refusing to talk to her, evidently still bitter over her heartbreak.. She was put in the position to auspisticize
After displaying incredible skill and, Gamzee and Eridan's 3X Showdown, Vriska sees Kanaya in a new light and had a momentary infatuation with her. Evidently, Vriska was surprised and impressed by the punch that the other girl had delivered. Any possible returning feelings between the two were soon made irrelevant by Vriska's death.
Kanaya, being an auxiliatrix, has been turned to more than once in order to help relationships in the past. Kanaya is referred to as “the vvillage twwo wwheel devvice wwhen it comes to auspisticing” by Eridan when he solicited her to auspisticize between him and Vriska, due to their apparently turbulent relationship. She mentions that he often comes to her for help, and while she does agree to do so, she does poke fun at him frequently even before the game had started. Eridan, while often brushing off her criticisms of him, does voice that he trusts her word about the game and appreciates her making a wand for him and wishes to repay her for the act, which unfortunately never came to pass. Before the game, they were shown to talk about their flush crushes, though Kanaya would put up minimum denial about her own, and Eridan passing on advice that they would have to play their cards right if they wanted to get out of their respective pale quadrants.
Kanaya considered Eridan a friend and Eridan says he'd never kill her when he kills all the “land-dwwellers”, but ironically Kanaya is actually the only land-dweller Eridan kills over the course of the story. After becoming a rainbow drinker, she quickly kills Eridan in retaliation.
During the second year of the time spent on the meteor, Kanaya expresses admiration of Porrim, and states that she finds her Dancestor intimidating. Since this point, however, the two appear to have become friends. Porrim has taught Kanaya how to turn her rainbow drinker glow on and off, among other things. They have the most comfortable relationship of any troll dancestors, as Terezi feels vastly overshadowed by Latula, Karkat despises Kankri, and Meenah, while fond of Feferi, can't help but instinctively try to kill her on sight.
Kanaya's Lusus is a virgin Mother Grub that abdicated the role of progenitor and took on the role of a Lusus, an act which, according to Kanaya, would doom it to an early death. It, and presumably all Mother Grubs, resembles a large, flying moth-like creature. It has a skull-like face, sultry lips, and two horns, one of them bent like Kanaya's. Her body is divided into six sections by five distinct white lines. The second, third and fourth sections of the Mothergrub's body give way to one pair of diminutive insectoid legs each, creating a total of six legs. The Virgin Mothergrub's design is possibly based on the Grammia Virgo, or Virgin Tiger Moth. The Mother Grub died of natural causes. Kanaya rejects the idea that the Mobius Double Reacharound Virus is responsible for the deaths of the Lusus, believing it instead to be a consequence of playing Sgrub. Trolls can only be selected and raised by a virgin Mother Grub if they have jade green blood, such as Kanaya. This occurrence is so rare that it apparently eludes documented precedent, which, considering how old Alternian civilization is, seems pretty rare. It was extremely helpful for Kanaya when it was alive, defending her from the desert threats surrounding her, and continued to be there for her charge even after death. We also know that Kanaya had agreed to provide the Mother Grub with progeny after its death, and she extracted and captchalogued the Mother Grub's Matriorb for this purpose. The fact that her lusus was a "virgin mother" may also foreshadow her rise from the dead.
- Kanaya has several connections to the Twilight series, such as sharing zodiac symbols with Bella Swan and being the troll equivalent of a vampire. Rather than sparkling, though, she glows like a lightbulb.
- Ironically, she is the only troll to withstand sunlight, which is considered deadly for "Earth vampires".
- She also bears a resemblance to Alice Cullen, one of the vampires in the series.
- Kanaya's makeupkind is based on that of the Hysterical Dame from Problem Sleuth, who uses the same weapon.
- Kanaya shares both Andrew Hussie's aspect (space) and his zodiac symbol (Virgo).
- Kanaya is commonly associated with the number six: Virgo is the sixth astrological symbol, she is the sixth player on the red team and in the server chain overall (and likely the screen accessed by the command "=> SWITCH 6" in the troll session's Computer Terminal), she has the sixth lowest blood color on the Hemospectrum, her lusus has six legs and six body segments, she has been shown to wear six different outfits outside her default “work clothes”, and the phrase “you are one of the few”, consisting of six words, was mentioned a total of six times in her introduction. Space, her Aspect, is a spiral composed of six distinct arms.
- She also shares properties in common with the sixth element, carbon. Under high pressure, it can become a diamond, just like Kanaya rising to become a Rainbow Drinker. Activated carbon is sometimes used to cleanse the stomach and the intestines, which is the zodiac body part of Virgo.
- Kanaya's “DRINKER FASTNESS” is probably a reference to the fact that Problem Sleuth becomes ridiculously fast when using his candy corn vampire pumpkin. Also, Twilight vampires display superhuman speed.
- Kanaya's pre-scratch ancestor, Porrim, shares Kanaya's habit of being the “vvillage twwo wwheel devvice” in certain forms of romance. However, unlike Porrim, Kanaya's 'promiscuity' is limited to the ashen quadrant.
- Investigation of Kanaya's character leads to various mythological and religious motifs, mostly relating to wind, justice (justice in the form of sociopolitical order, not to be confused with Terezi's blind "Fortuna/Tyche"), and the sun: Amun was the Ancient Egyptian god of wind, justice, and sun, after fusing with Ra to form Ra-Amun. The name "Mary" is derived from the Hebrew "Miryam", which is in turn derived from "Myr-Amun", Ancient Egyptian for "beloved of Amun". The title "sylph" can be traced to mythological creatures of the same name, who were considered air elementals prevented from ascending to the afterlife due to their trifling bitterness.
- Kanaya inherited the Sylph class from Aranea Serket and her Space aspect from her dancestor Porrim. This is reflected in the post scratch universe, where the Dolorosa was Mindfang's lover and slave for a long while. In the pre-scratch universe, Meenah found out that Aranea was in a relationship with Porrim for the length of a standard earth year, and are still quite good friends. Vriska Serket and Kanaya's relationship however turned into a clash between pale feelings Kanaya knew Vriska needed, and the red feelings that Kanaya felt. Vriska later developed red feelings for Kanaya, but died before anything could come of them.
- Kanaya once typed this face “:? Even Though No One Knows How To Make A Mouth Do A Question Shape Like That”. However, both Terezi and Latula have done so on multiple occasions.
- Kanaya is the only troll who likes the sunlight, and also has had flushed feelings for two Light players, and the third Light player shares her class. This may also be related to the fact that her lusus resembles a moth.
- Kanaya is the only troll who is
- Kanaya “Auxiliatrix” in part 3 of Openbound. The plural is “Auxiliatrices”. the name of the group associated with her blood caste to be
- Kanaya's use of a chainsaw may be derived from the predecessor of the modern chainsaw, a chain-driven tool designed to aid in childbirth, referencing her blood caste's role in attending to the mother grub.
- Kanaya is depicted, with Gamzee, on the "XI: Strength" card in the Homestuck tarot card deck. She can also be seen with the rest of the red team on the "King of Swords" card, and with most of the pre-act six cast on the "Five of Wands" card.
- Her appearance on the Strength card is a reference to her generally patient, compassionate character, qualities associated with the card.
- The two main colors of Kanaya's original outfit, red and green, are often associated with Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary, reflecting Kanaya's name and symbol as well as her ancestor's status as a Mary figure.
- The nomer of her sign is 'Sign of the Fruitful', which can mean: 'producing good or helpful results; productive' and '(of a person) producing many offspring', which both tie in with her motherly and helpful nature, as well as her Jadeblood role as an auxiliatrix. It can also reflect her aspect's association with creation in general.
- Kanaya's association with moths goes beyond her Lusus. She is attracted to Rose, a Light player, "like a moth to a flame". Many of her outfits visibly use silk, which is produced by moths of the Saturniidae family.
- In 2013, Urban Dictionary user "everylalondehasitsthorns" submitted a joke definition to the site defining "Kanayaphobia" as the "Fear of chainsaws", referencing Kanaya's signature weapon. In 2021, presumably due to a lack of research into the origins of this submission, the terms "Kanayaphobia" and "Kanayophia" appeared prominently in tweets and videos from Oculus VR advertising the VR release of Resident Evil 4, the corporation seemingly unaware that the terms were a joke relating to Homestuck.