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Troll Romance Analysis

Hi there, welcome to my analysis on Troll Romance! This is a remake of my previous Romance analysis. I felt it was getting old and that I can write it much better than before. Long post incoming.

Contents

  • Troll society and sexuality
  • Troll emotions
  • Troll relationships
  • Troll romance and its social role
  • The Romance Quadrants
  • Matespritship: The flused quadrant
  • Kismesissitude: the caliginous quadrant
  • Moirallegiance: the pale quadrant
  • Auspistism: the ashen quadrant
  • Examples from Homestuck
  • Examples out of the comic

Please note that this analysis has quotes and examples from the comic and thus spoilers. Read only if you are ready for them.

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Troll Romance Analysis

Trolls are a violent race, i’m not saying that they are incapable of feeling joy and love, but as Karkat said: “A WELL BALANCED PERSON IS GOING TO HAVE A GOOD DISTRIBUTION BETWEEN HATE AND THE VARIOUS PITY HUMORS. HAVING A GOOD BALANCE KEEPS ALL THE EMOTIONS SHARPER”. They consider those feelings as variations of pity, and are organized in a system based on Quadrants.

Before we jump into details, you have to understand the differences between them and us. Their reproduction is sexual like ours (as hinted in Openbound), but they use their sexual fluids in a different way: they give those to the Mother Grub who creates the nest generation of trolls.
As none of the trolls engaging a sexual encounter has a “relevant” role in a troll’s birth, they do not have gender differences (although Porrim, an active feminists says this is not true, but we are not getting into that).Karkat didn’t even know what homosexuality was when John said it to him, he said “HUMANS HAVE A WORD FOR THAT?”, they don’t have sexual preferences like a system-breake, these preferences are more like fetishes.
A troll can accept boys and girls, no matter their gender, what is important to them is finding someone that can give them a good experience of the quadrant they would have.

Now we can explain how they develop romance:

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fiveforchibis  asked:

I just have this vision of Karkat trying the be all RomCom and follow earth tradition by alchemizing Dave some flowers, but then stuff goes wrong and he ends up with a room full of them. And then of course Dave and the Mayor walk in and Karkat's all huffy and embarrassed trying to explain himself, but the Mayor is just excited to see all the lovely flowers. So Dave kinda just shrugs and says "shit man, let's make flower crowns". And so the three of them do. And that was my weird headcanon.

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  • DAVE: if there were two guys on the moon and one spoons the other on the couch
  • DAVE: would that be gay or what
  • KARKAT: THAT WOULD BE PRETTY GAY.
  • KARKAT: WHERE DID THE MOON COUCH COME FROM, THOUGH?
  • KARKAT: WE HAVE TO ESTABLISH THIS FOR CONTINUITY IN CASE WE EVER USE THIS JOKE AGAIN.
  • DAVE: its actually the rigid corpse of buzz aldrin with a tarp on it
  • KARKAT: THAT EXPLAINS A LOT.
  • KARKAT: AND SOMEHOW NOTHING AT ALL, BUT I FEEL LIKE THE QUESTIONS ARE BETTER LEFT UNANSWERED.