Lord English is an indestructible, all-powerful demon summoned at the end of the universe, although his time travel abilities allow him to appear prior to his actual summoning. Though the demon's true form is an amalgam of various powerful identities, he was originally the cherub Caliborn, who obtained unlimited power and unconditional immortality by clearing a dead session of the game. As a result, he apparently cannot be destroyed by ordinary means, but only through the exploitation of a number of time-based glitches and loopholes. He is the leader of the Felt on Alternia, and his current appearance resembles that of an adult cherub, sans wings. Vriska Serket describes English as “the 8ig 8ad”, saying “English was the guy who stacked the whole deck against us from the start, rigging shit to go haywire, wiping out our race, 8lowing up universes, exterimin8ting ghosts, slaughtering dark gods, and shattering reality itself.” English was the "demon" summoned by the unhackable.~ath file. He is the overall Main Antagonist in Homestuck as a whole.
Physically, English seems to be a hulking, veined, dark green wingless cherub with clawed appendages, a pool cue peg leg, and a head that bears more than a passing resemblance to that of Lil Cal, except skeletal and fanged, with billiard balls for eyes. English's muscular appearance is due to Caliborn's fusion with Arquiusprite, a prototyped sprite of Equius' remains and Lil Hal, within Lil Cal. As he "hatches" from Doc Scratch , his leg stump bleeds candy red blood before his peg leg appears.
English owns a Cairo Overcoat (an obvious mirror to Mobster Kingpin's Chicago Overcoat) that represents the spacetime continuum and gets damaged when time-related things get out of hand, and a Backup Coat, that may or may not possess the same qualities. The Cairo Overcoat can turn into an Egyptian sarcophagus, which English can entomb himself in in order to travel throughout time once inside a universe. It is possible that the Cairo Overcoat is a vague representation of an actual pool table, or perhaps only the felt fabric on which a game of pool is played(similar to how English himself represents a pool cue). Since Sburb (the overlying game in Homestuck) is played on the spacetime continuum, these two analogies mesh together almost perfectly. More recently, English has been shown to have in his possession a golden scepter similar in appearance to the King's Scepter, atop which is an glowing, multi-colored orb that possibly represents the Green Sun. This scepter seemingly demonstrates a more controlled form of Weapon/Object Duality, as it has been shown to morph into a golden assault rifle. Andrew Hussie met his end by this transforming scepter.
English has never known any form of defeat. In addition to his indestructibility, multiple incarnations of him exist simultaneously in multiple universes, making it virtually impossible to permanently end his existence. Despite these overwhelming factors, Aranea believes that Jake is destined to best English in combat, which would mark the demon's first defeat and send hope to others that one day he may be destroyed forever. A statement made by Dave indicates that he believes he's meant to kill Lord English at one point, this is also by the Condesce who is attempting to encourage Dave to fulfill his role. Dave's sword, Caledfwlch, has also been stated to be capable of harming English due to one of its components being the magic cue ball, as the sword was originally found as part of Dave's quest it would seem to re-enforce the idea that Dave is the one destined to defeat English. It that there is a weapon capable of destroying Lord English, possibly 'in one shot'. This is in reference to The Treasure.
It is hinted that although English is an adult cherub physically (aside from his lack of wings), he may still be a child mentally. Andrew confirms this, saying that he used the dream self game mechanic to dominate his sister in an unnatural way, meaning he was missing critical maturation from living with her. This unnatural predomination is actually why he lacks wings, as they typically sprout during the predomination process and the associated maturation.
In [S] Collide, English is shown taking on many God-Tier trolls at once. Given that they presumably used all of their abilities on him at once off-screen, this would make him stronger than even the combined strength of many God-Tier players. Vriska implies that his attack power is stronger than anyone else she's aware of, since he can kill ghosts and no one else can . Also according to Doc Scratch, English is .
(Note: Since it's difficult to know the chronological sequence of English's actions throughout the story, the following events are written in the order they appear in the comic. For English's history as a child, see Caliborn)
The Midnight Crew Intermission introduced English as the leader of the Felt. Spades Slick attempted to pry open English's vault with Crowbar's crowbar, which transported him to a timeline where everyone except him, Snowman, and presumably English were dead.
During Rose and Dave's chat in which she reveals her plan to use her dream self to destroy the Green Sun, Rose mentions that she had help thinking up the plan from Scratch, who says he successfully completed everything that English required from him. Scratch also mentions that his death is required for English's arrival, and that throughout the countless universes in which instances of him have been created, he has never failed in bringing him back, and never will.
Scratch also mentions that English is a very evil man and that his name is merely a title, and not the demon's actual name. According to the narrator, to know his true name is to "understand terror no human ever has." However, there is one scene starting in which the audience does get to see English, and he appears to be Andrew Hussie himself. However, Andrew then that he is not actually English; he is only wearing his coat (which is much too big for him).
Then, a small portion of him (his eyes) was revealed in English has two eyes, large clawed and green hands, and speaks in a bold green text almost similar to the exiles. The pool balls that appear together on each frame are paired like Quarters' coins; 1 and 11, 2 and 12, 3 and 13, 4 and 14, 5 and 15, 6 and 9, 7 and 10 and finally, two eight balls.at the top banner. At the time we could tell that
When the Handmaid tries to escape from Scratch's manor, Lord English intercepts her and takes her into his service. Later, the Handmaid enlists the Condesce to continue English's service in another universe; namely the post-scratch human session.
In Intermission 2, the ~ATH program was shown to execute after Snowman had died, destroying the trolls' universe. Scratch's body is used to create or channel English, for as we all know, Scratch is an excellent "host". At this point, English was revealed in full. Upon his "release," he summoned his Cairo Overcoat, which then transformed into an Egyptian sarcophagus, which closed over him and traveled back in time. He then made two loud honking sounds, an event referred to as the Vast Honk.
Interestingly, during English's summoning the parts of Scratch's genetic code that were written in the troll's Flarp rulebooks occur. The grandfather clock “t1CK”s and “t0ck”s. After which the “8r8k” “H34DS” occurs as Scratch's head breaks. Then English proceeds to “honk HONK”.
English has somehow entered Andrew Hussie's home (possibly through the Fourth Wall that Hussie used to enter Scratch's home) and seemingly destroyed the Hussiebot. He is seen in possession of a Golden Cuestaff. The head of the cuestaff flashes multiple colors (blue, cerulean, yellow, orange, red, and gray) and is sometimes replaced with an image of the Green Sun. After giving poor Ms. Paint a CANEing with it, he proceeds to corner Hussie, turn the cuestaff into an AK-pattern rifle with a Green Sun sight, and messily gun our beloved author down.,
Immediately after killing Hussie, English enters his sarcophagus and flies through the Furthest Ring. He lands inside a dream bubble containing the doomed timeline versions of the pre-scratch kids and post-scratch trolls. Using the White Wand, he conjures a beam of energy that bursts from his mouth, killing the doomed-timeline characters and destroying the bubble in an explosion visually reminiscent of shattering glass. It is possible that this has caused harm to the Horrorterrors as one of them was shown to have a cut limb, however this could also have been caused by Jack Noir as he was nearby the wounded Horrorterror. This was witnessed by Dave possibly as a callback where he first listened to the Horrorterrors saying to Rose that they are being killed.
Back in Hussie's home, Spades Slick is shown to be seeing a "big overpowered gold machine gun" and notices that he has "very different styles when it comes to running an organized crime outfit."
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incredibly shitty breathtakingly gorgeous claymation, that English is and always has been a composite of Caliborn, Arquiusprite, and one half of Gamzee. As of yet, the full implications of this are yet to be seen, but they were partially addressed in It is also revealed that Caliborn adopted the name "English" after his first defeat at the hands of Jake, who overpowered him with his Hope aura.
English's ultimate fate is left ambiguous in [S] ACT 7, but he is at the very least deprived of first guardian powers due to the destruction of the Green Sun. In the Epilogue, English is knocked into the Black Hole by the combined efforts of the Beta kids trapped in the JuJu and Davepetaspite^2.
Ultimately English is thrown into the Candy Epliogue universe that is contained/protected within the Black Hole, whereupon he is dispatched offscreen by Alt!Calliope possessing the corpse of an alternate Jade, finally killing him.
- English is named after the pool term 'english', meaning spin on the cue ball (which refers to his relationship with Doc Scratch, who represents the cue ball). Calliope indirectly references this when they stated that they like the planet Uranus because of its unusual rotation compared to other planets, but can't remember the technical term for said rotation.
- His name may also have drawn inspiration from the phrase "The devil is an Englishman", similar to how "Old Scratch" is a folk name for the devil.
- Andrew confirmed that he is also "retroactively" named after Ultima's Lord British, an invincible character who could only be killed through manipulation of various game mechanics in the early installments of the series (although later installments regularly allowed players to slay him through intentional Easter eggs). If this reference is expanded upon, it is absolutely possible that he could lose his invincibility in the post-scratch kids' session. When Lord British died for the first time in Ultima Online, it was because a developer forgot to turn on his "invincibility flag" when carrying his character between sessions.
- English may represent the titan Cronus from greek mythology, a universal ruler and destroyer, that overthrew Ouranos.
- In an alternate telling of this tale, he overthrew the wicked serpentine Titan Ophion. Ophion is important also because the cherubs were born from a spiraling egg, similar to the Orphic egg which consists of an egg with a snake wrapped around it. Additionally, their zodiac sign is Ophiuchus, similar to the name Ophion. Ophiuchus has also been depicted popularly as trampling upon Scorpio, (Vriska's and Aranea's Zodiac sign,) with his feet, causing her to threaten to sting him, which is represented by Vriska's plan to defeat him.
- English may further extend the billiards parallel as the cue stick, using Scratch, the first guardian of Alternia, in order to affect other individuals on his field of play, and to ensure his summoning. Indeed, his scepter and pegleg resemble one. This is further alluded to when Caliborn serves as a metaphorical pool cue, sinking his billiards-themed planets into the black hole pocket of Skaia.
- Hussie has confirmed the Cairo Overcoat's dual nature as being a play on mobster slang—just as a Chicago Overcoat referred to a coffin in Problem Sleuth, so would a Cairo Overcoat refer to a sarcophagus, as Cairo is a notable city near the pyramids and subsequently sarcophagi. Using a sarcophagus for time travel may also be a reference to Pharoid's time chamber.
- Hussie has also confirmed that English has the powers of a first guardian.
- It has been confirmed that English inspired the mirthful messiahs of Gamzee's religion, along with Scratch. He also appears to the Alternian concept of Death, along with the Handmaid. This page on Hussie's Tumblr contains some insightful information on English.
- English harbors a connection to Jake English. Jake's shirt has the likeness of English on it, he wears computers that resemble various aspects of English's appearance, and a piece of Homestuck fan art in the form of a fake movie poster featuring English made it into Jake's room. These are all due to his grandmother's company, designing its products to be reminiscent of English, specifically to remind the Condesce of her greatest fear. Grandma also took English as her last name to serve the same purpose, which was eventually inherited by Jake. Jake Caliborn, inspiring the latter to rename himself English, thus completing the loop.
- Furthering this connection, Jake's English himself has no right leg. says he would "give [his] RIGHT LEG" to go real-life adventuring;
- English's head resembles a puppet we know. This may be because Doc Scratch, his host, is ectobiologically created from said puppet and a magic cue ball and also because Cal acts as a vessel for English's soul. As Cal seems to have paradoxical origins it is unclear how the likeness came about.
- In the Intermission, English's name appears as Lord English, without the flashing pool ball sequence replacing the "o" in Lord. It doesn't appear until Doc Scratch's introduction in Act 5 Act 1.
- With the Squiddles representing the Horrorterrors, English may represent Skipper Plumbthroat, as he was essentially responsible for the deaths of some Horrorterrors in Hussie also made note of this connection in one of his earlier Tumblr posts.
- This was further alluded to by Vriska when she describes him as an “ins8tia8le fisherman”.
- English is a Lord of Time, which is reminiscent of Doctor Who, in which the main character one of a spacetime-travelling alien race called Time Lords (and who is later responsible for the destruction of his species).
- In addition, the flashing edges of his Cairo Overcoat bear a resemblance to the infamous large scarf worn by the Fourth Doctor, who, interestingly enough, is the fourth of thirteen potential iterations of the character.
- Oftentimes, one frame of the Lord English .gif images will show his overcoat displaying the colors of a Hero of Time.
- The numbers of English's eyes correspond to the paired numbers of Quarters' coins. 8 is always paired with 8, 7 is always paired with 10, 6 is always paired with 9, and 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are paired with 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 respectively.
- Lord English is depicted on the "XIII:Death" card in the Homestuck tarot card deck.
- The only two black letters in English's were “L” and “E”, e.g. the initials of his title.
- "Lord English" has eleven letters, which ties in with the Cherubs' relation to the number eleven.
- English might be a reference to the manggus, a monster with multiple heads in Mongolian üliger storytelling, if the possible references to Mongolian culture in Homestuck are intentional. While he doesn't have multiple heads, there are multiple beings that share either English's abilities or share at least some of his components. This could be a metaphor for the manggus's multiple heads.