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Karako Pierot is a young Alterniantroll living in Outglut during the time period of Hiveswap and Hiveswap Friendsim. He was first revealed during the Hiveswap Troll Call event alongside Marsti Houtek on March 7, 2018. His sole bullet point was "Seriously, I don't know who this is". He was then featured alongside Marsti in Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume Fourteen. He was designed by Poinko. His bullet points were altered as from December 6, 2018 to "HONK.", "HONK?", and "HONK!"


His first name, Karako, is confirmed to come from the Arabic word for clown, Karakoze. The second part is derived from the French word "Pierrot", which is a style of mime, mirroring his way of conveying information without actually speaking sentences. "Pierrot" is also the source of the Japanese word "ピエロ" piero meaning clown.


Friendsim (Dubiously Canon)[]

Karako is a purpleblood that seems to have a penchant for running off, as he is found with an ID tag that reads: If lost, call BRONYA URSAMA under his name. In the events of Hiveswap Friendsim: Vol. 14, he runs into the player while wandering the Alternian byways. Shocked to see the player, Karako jumps in fright, getting his horns stuck in an overhead branch. After the player assures him that they aren't going to do anything to harm him, the player frees Karako. Karako is delighted to be back on the ground and chats with the player for a bit. When a drone appears, Karako becomes understandably terrified.

Bad Ending[]

Karako's bad ending.

If the player chooses to run for their life, they do so while taking great care to avoid the dangerous plants surrounding them. Karako eventually fails to keep up, and the player soon finds themselves all alone. Getting worried about how Karako's faring, the player makes their way back to where they started in hopes of finding the purpleblood. Unfortunately, Karako is nowhere to be seen, his fate ambiguous.

Good Endings[]

If the player chooses to protect Karako from impending doom by using their body as a shield, the drone eventually leaves after spending quite some time examining the player's antics. Karako is immensely thankful for the player's help, but commotion interrupts the player and Karako. Three seadwellers appear and immediately begin insulting and taunting the player and Karako's appearance. Despite the player advising Karako to not fall for the violetbloods' mockery and jeering, Karako has a very hard time keeping his anger in check. Karako finally snaps and lunges for the seadwellers, outright murderous.

Karako's Dark Carnival ending.

Should the player choose to help Karako fight the seadwellers, Karako manages to injure some of the violetbloods in the ensuing scuffle. However, one of the seadwellers succeeds in snatching Karako's weapon and sticks it in his torso. The player's efforts to fight off the seadwellers are to no avail, and they watch in dismay as the violetbloods continue impaling Karako with his own weapons. Karako dies of blood loss, and his body is taken to the dark carnival by two mannequin angels. Furious and heartbroken with Karako's death, the player battles the violetbloods only to get killed off in a similar manner. The angels return for the player and place them next to Karako on the carousel, the player deciding that friendship is something that never changes.

Karako's good ending.

Should the player choose to stop Karako from causing a disaster, the seadwellers resume mocking Karako after they get over their shock. Ignoring the player's pleas, Karako vibrates with rage and ultimately creates an explosion of fear and violence that sends the player airborne. Before the player loses their consciousness upon impact, they manage to see the seadwellers screaming in fright as they scramble to escape. When the player finally comes to, Karako is found patiently waiting for the player to wake up. Karako and the player shake hands, the player relieved that nothing overly unfortunate had taken place.


Karako makes an appearance in Feferi's Pesterquest route.


In Hiveswap Act 2 Joey and Xefros encounter Karako in the purpleblood car. They don't understand his Honks. After Joey is told to kill a purpleblood, they other purplebloods assume that she is going to pick Karako because he is the weakest out of them. He seems sad and resigned to his fate. He doesn't react to Baizli's death or Barzum's distress.

Personality and Traits (Dubiously Canon)[]

Karako is a friendly and cheerful purpleblood, taking a liking to the player mere moments upon meeting them. When the player risks life and limb to defend Karako from an Imperial Drone, Karako is immensely impressed with the player's quick thinking. In his good ending, Karako does not hesitate to offer a hug to the player, though he later decides a handshake would be less dangerous as his belt is stuffed with blades of every sort.

Apart from that, Karako has a bit of a temper and does not respond well to provocation. This is best illustrated when the seadwellers relentlessly mock him and the player; Karako vibrates with undiluted rage and his eyes turn red. After one jab too many, Karako launches himself right at the violetbloods with his blades in hand. While Karako is shown to be a capable fighter, things don't go well for him as his opponents are made of sterner stuff. The player guesses that Karako doesn't take well to bullying as he probably had to deal with it while on his travels.

Interestingly, Karako only communicates through a series of honks, but the player can understand him just fine regardless. It is likely that he can't speak Alternian yet as he's much younger than he actually appears to be. Karako is also shown to be barefoot, and sports numerous jewelry on his being.

Relationships (Dubiously Canon)[]


Not much is known about Karako's relationship with Bronya, but Bronya made sure to place a dog tag on Karako's being in case he runs off, which he apparently does often.



  • According to the Extended Zodiac, his sign is Caprira, sign of the Unwavering, making him a potential Prospit Dreamer and Hero of Mind.
  • Instead of being tagged under his name like all other Troll Call trolls, he was filed as "no answers here."
  • Karako is the first troll shown to obscure his horns; in his case, using some sort of paint.
  • Karako was the only Troll Call troll to not have his name revealed on his card, instead having his first name revealed through David Turnbull's friendsim announcement post and his last name revealed in the Friendsim volume.
  • In David Turnbull's friendsim announcement post, Karako wasn't pictured: instead, his spot was empty and the text read "Where is he???" with the Alternian text reading "Mother Fucker".
    • This makes Karako the only troll to not appear in his own announcement post, barring Marvus's appearance as a drawing.
  • He is the fourth named troll in Hiveswap Friendsim to die in a route, the others being Diemen Xicali, Tirona Kasund, Boldir Lamati, and Zebruh Codakk.
  • When a user asked what to call him on Poinko's blog, he replied with "Honktass Buttnutt". Until his actual name was revealed, this became a popular name for him among the fandom.
  • Marsti and Karako were the only unrelated trolls introduced in the same Troll Call card that were featured together in their Friendsim debuts.
  • In Hiveswap Friendship Simulator: Volume Sixteen, he was mistakenly referred to as Karkat Pierot. This was later changed.

Hiveswap Friendship Simulator
The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Befriendable Trolls
Volume One Scormini.svg Ardata CarmiaArrius.svg Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira.svg Amisia ErdehnGemrius.svg Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist.svg Skylla KorigaVirus.svg Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga.svg Tagora GorjekTaurza.svg Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus.svg Polypa GoezeeSagimino.svg Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius.svg ElwurdGemnius.svg Kuprum and Gemittarius.svg Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo.svg Remele NamaaqLepia.svg Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkTaurra.svg Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxCaprinius.svg Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio.svg Zebede TongvaLibittarius.svg Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist.svg Mallek AdalovViriborn.svg Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer.svg Galekh XigisiLiblo.svg Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo.svg Boldir LamatiLicen.svg Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius.svg Marsti HoutekCaprira.svg Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn.svg Charun KrojibVirmino.svg Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro.svg Fozzer VelyesCaprist.svg Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius.svg Daraya JonjetSagicorn.svg Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci.svg Lanque BombyxCapriun.svg Barzum and Caprimini.svg Baizli
Supporting Characters Doc ScratchLusiiMother Grub
Locations AlterniaOutglutArdata's hiveBrooding cavernsOld WatchtowerClown ChurchDoc Scratch's Tower
Related Concepts HiveswapPesterquestTrollTroll CallFriendsim Music
Volumes Volume OneVolume TwoVolume ThreeVolume Four
Volume FiveVolume SixVolume SevenVolume Eight
Volume NineVolume TenVolume ElevenVolume Twelve
Volume ThirteenVolume FourteenVolume Fifteen
Volume SixteenVolume SeventeenVolume Eighteen
Hiveswap and Hauntswitch
Playable Kids Joeysymbol.png Joey ClaireJudesymbol.png Jude Harley
Playable Trolls Ariborn.svg Xefros TritohTaurcer.svg Dammek
Supporting Humans BabysitterPa HarleyA. ClaireMysterious Cult
Supporting Trolls Picen.svg Trizza TethisCridea Jeevik
Troll Call Trolls Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkScorist.svg Mallek AdalovVirnius.svg Daraya JonjetCapriun.svg Barzum SoleilCaprimini.svg Baizli SoleilSagicorn.svg Nihkee MoolahCaprinius.svg Chahut MaenadArrius.svg Diemen XicaliTaurist.svg Skylla KorigaGemittarius.svg Folykl DaraneGemnius.svg Kuprum MaxlolSagira.svg Amisia ErdehnLeus.svg Polypa GoezeeLibittarius.svg Tegiri KalburLiblo.svg Tirona KasundViriborn.svg Lynera SkalbiScornius.svg ElwurdSagicer.svg Galekh XigisiTaurza.svg Vikare RatiteLelo.svg Boldir LamatiGemrius.svg Cirava HermodLiga.svg Tagora GorjekScormini.svg Ardata CarmiaCaprist.svg Marvus XolotoAro.svg Fozzer VelyesLicen.svg Stelsa SezyatVirmino.svg Wanshi AdyataVirus.svg Bronya UrsamaTaurra.svg Chixie RoixmrSagimino.svg Zebruh CodakkGemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxLepia.svg Konyyl OkimawCaprira.svg Karako PierotArittarius.svg Marsti HoutekVirsci.svg Lanque BombyxScorgo.svg Remele Namaaq
Other TesseractThe Lone GunbirdsGreen shadow monstersImperial DroneZoosmellCornibusterDoc Scratch
Concepts TrollExtended ZodiacCherub PortalAbilitechChittrScythianAchievements
Locations (Earth) HauntswitchHalf-Harley Manor
Locations (Alternia) OutglutDammek's hiveXefros' hive
Acts Hiveswap: Act 1Hiveswap: Act 2
Additional Media Hiveswap Friendship Simulator (Vol. 1Vol. 2Vol. 3Vol. 4Vol. 5Vol. 6Vol. 7Vol. 8Vol. 9Vol. 10Vol. 11Vol. 12Vol. 13Vol. 14Vol. 15Vol. 16Vol. 17Vol. 18Epilogue)


The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Pesterable Homestuck characters
Volume 1 JohnLogo.svg John Egbert
Volume 2 RoseLogo.svg Rose Lalonde
Volume 3 DaveLogo.png Dave Strider
Volume 4 JadeLogo.png Jade Harley
Volume 5 Cancer.svg Karkat VantasVirgo.svg Kanaya Maryam
Volume 6 Capricorn.svg Gamzee MakaraScorpio.svg Vriska Serket
Volume 7 Sagittarius.svg Equius ZahhakLibra.svg Terezi Pyrope
Volume 8 Taurus.svg Tavros NitramAries.svg Aradia Megido
Volume 9 Leo.svg Nepeta LeijonGemini.svg Sollux Captor
Volume 10 Aquarius.svg Eridan AmporaPisces.svg Feferi Peixes
Volume 11 JaneLogo.png Jane Crocker
Volume 12 JakeLogo.png Jake English
Volume 13 RoxyLogo.png Roxy Lalonde
Volume 14 DirkLogo.png Dirk Strider
Supporting Characters DadRose's MomCryptid McWhiskersDave's BroBecquerelLusiiKarako PierotBoldir LamatiDoc ScratchThe CondesceBrobotRoxy's MomThe Director
Earth Locations John's houseRose's houseDave's houseJade's house (Pacific Island) • Jane's houseJake's house (Pacific Island) • Half-Harley Manor
Alternia Locations Karkat's hiveKanaya's hiveGamzee's hiveVriska's hiveOutglutDoc Scratch's TowerEquius's hiveTerezi's hiveTavros's hiveAradia's hiveNepeta's hiveSollux's hiveEridan's hiveFeferi's hive
Related Concepts HomestuckHiveswap Friendship SimulatorTrollPesterchumThe TreasureChumroll