Puppets are recurring objects and motifs in Homestuck.
In Dave and Bro's houseEdit
Dave Strider's house is full of puppets and images of puppets belonging to his Bro. Many of the puppets are dressed in clothing reminiscent of stereotypical "gangsters" (or ). Though Dave initially insists that despite John's opinion, he later admits that John , which are beginning to unnerve him.
The most common puppets in Dave's house are the smuppets, an apparently Muppet-like hairstyles.related to his Bro's PlushRump website. Smuppets are characterised by their phallic proboscises and pronounced rear ends, but otherwise come in a number of colors and with various
- Main article: Lil Cal
The most prized puppet in Dave's Bro's collection isLil Cal, which he .
In Dirk's houseEdit
Though decorated with less puppets than the room of his pre-Scratch counterpart, Lil Cal and a pile of smuppets can still be found in Dirk Strider's room, as well as some Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff characters manufactured in the same style. Dirk claims to and possess the extreme dexterity to operate them without being seen, but also the technological knowledge to make them move on their own. He is also .
Other puppets and dollsEdit
Jade Harley's room is decorated with a series of plush toys in a similar style to Smuppets called , combining aspects of animals with dapper gentlemen and each coming with formal attire, vaccination kit and slop trough accessories. Her collection also includes several plush squiddles.
- Main article: Doc Scratch
Due to being ectobiologically derived from Lil Cal, Doc Scratch shows several puppetlike qualities, including a white cotton filling. He appears to become in Andrew Hussie's presence, “like a reverse Calvin and Hobbes kind of thing”.
- Main article: The Felt
Akin to Scratch, Caliborn describes the members of the Felt as due to their felt-like skin.
As a metaphorEdit
Puppets and puppetry are frequently used as metaphors for manipulation in Homestuck.
Mindfang refers to her manipulation of Dualscar's slave as , while Dirk uses the term as part of an regarding his control over the Sburb session. Jake English also once refers to Dirk's brain ghost as a .