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Karkat Vantas ([personal profile] dungenessmaster) wrote2010-11-06 11:54 pm
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[OOC] A character survey because I'm bored as fuck.



Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy? Average height. Physically fit, but still sort of in an awkward stage.

2. How old is he? 13

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch? Total slouch. It's sort of a surprise when he draws himself up to full height.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities? His only physical problem (besides the nub horns) is his freakish mutant blood.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid? Insectile, quick. Not particularly graceful, but competent in fights.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror? He's a troll. I guess he's cute? He hates himself, which probably includes what he sees in the mirror.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred? Grey skin. Most likely scarred from constant battles against his lusus and other trolls/predators.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style. Black, bristly, sticks straight up in the back in defiance of God and logic. Bangs fall over his forehead in uneven clumps.

9. What color are his eyes? Yellow sclera, grey iris, small black pupils.

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features? Candy corn-colored nub horns, a significant overbite that causes his top row of sharklike teeth to poke out over his bottom lip.

11. What are his chief tension centers? HE IS A FUCKING TENSION CENTER.

12. What is the character's wardrobe like? Karkat thinks fashion is straight up stupid. He wears the same thing all the time -- longsleeved black shirt with a grey Cancer symbol, grey pants, black shoes.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them? He's fine with them. He usually carries spares in case he bleeds on one and needs to hide it.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? Fashion. Is. Stupid.

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxer-briefs! With crabs on them. Or spades. Why are you making me think about this?

Speech
1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse? Gravelly, perpetually irritable like you just woke him up.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate? Loud, fast, spiteful.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics? Lots of foul language and elaborate insults, if that fits here. Online, he types in all caps, grey text.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency? He speaks Alternian and English.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations? No.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words? He can speechify with the best of them, usually.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change? He's a funny case. He's eloquent and sometimes has poetic turns of phrase, but it's usually ruined by swearing or the fact that what he's yelling about is really gross and probably medically impossible.

Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart? He actually IS smart. Educated smart, and usually good at reading people when he's not blinded by hatred or admiration.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate? Well, he ACTS on his feet. Usually it works out for the best, but it might help matters if he thought about his actions occasionally. His impulsive stupidity has gotten people killed.

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical? He seems to be more logical and practical. When he's not being carried away by anger, he usually has concrete reasoning for the stuff he does.

4. What kind of education has the character had? Well, he's only 13, and Alternian schoolfeeding wasn't exactly described in detail, but I guess he has the sort of public school education you could expect for someone his age.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about? Troll romance. He is the resident veteran of that shit. He's always fascinated by romance flicks and romcoms, and he tends to take an interest in the relationship problems of others. The interpersonal rituals of other cultures seem to be equally interesting to him.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert? He's kind of a strange case. He's not very forthcoming with personal details about himself and he rarely goes looking for pointless friendly chats, but he'll ask you about yourself and troll you if he has business with you.

7. Describe the character's temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven? He pretty much exists in one of three states: Angry, about to be angry, and asleep.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic? Ornery, insulting, quick to demand information.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react? He's not afraid to step forward and get shit done.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight? Fight, no doubt.

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks? I wouldn't say he has a bad sense of humor, but most of his comedy comes from him being pissed off at circumstances or being his own worst enemy.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them? He's a troll. By default they ALL have some kinda brain problems. Oh, you said diagnosable? No, not really. And it'd be unfair to apply human standards to his race.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person? Gaining the crab as a lusus. Figuring out his blood color makes him a freak. Getting Sollux killed. Leading the trolls through Sgrub while Alternia crumbled behind them. Finding out that Terezi totally likes him likes him.

14. What does he fear? Probably having everything he's in the most agony to hide laid out for everyone to see.

15. What are his hopes or aspirations? Leadership, being a fucking awesome threshecustioner, finding his kismesis.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him? I guess that he's a sad, insecure kid deep down. A sad insecure kid with anger management problems and freak blood.

Relationships
1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents. If you want to get technical, he's kind of his own daddy. He was the one who hit the buttons and collected the genetic samples and created himself and all the other trolls.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like? Technically they're all sort of children of the mother grub. Or of Karkat. I don't know which is scarier.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand? Even when they're not busy being test tube larvae, Alternian trolls don't really have blood relatives apart from maybe their lusus. And Karkat's relationship with his lusus was a strange combination of grudging respect and domestic violence.

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them? Ehhh, not really. Most of Karkat's relationships are healthy troll relationships, which is to say based on mild antagonism. Most humans don't really "get" it.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet? Karkat's funny about this. He has sort of a rotating set of close friends, and whichever one he's feeling closest to at the time is the one he calls best friend. Currently known best friends are Gamzee and Sollux. They've all known each other forever. :V

6. Does he have other close friends? He wouldn't normally say so, but all eleven other trolls are his friends and at this point, practically family. Yes, even the idiots. He does seem to be a bit more respectful of Kanaya, though. She's one of the few who can carry on a conversation with him without sending him flying off the handle.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people? By troll standards he's on the antisocial side and unusually grumpy, but basically normal. By human standards he's an utter jackass. How he has as many humans willing to put up with his shit as he does baffles and enrages the mun.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends? Well, considering that the troll concept of family is so different from ours...

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once? He is 13. He's currently in a flushed relationship, and on the conciliatory side of things he has a moirail. He wants a caliginous partner too, but so far he hasn't found that perfect balance of mutual hatred and compatibility. Feels bad, man.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse? Look up one, dumpass. Also, as far as I know, trolls don't marry.

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest? There is seriously no telling. Karkat's always sort of kept an eye out for potential partners.

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner? He has high standards and all this knowledge of the strange chemical reactions that trigger various romantic intentions, which causes him to overthink this shit by miles. I guess what he really needs is someone who can cut through the bullshit and just love him. Or hate him. Whatever.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any? All of the trolls, ancestors and himself included, are technically his ectobiological offspring. He hates them and hates the idea of children in general.

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies? The troll word for friend, translated directly, can mean friend or enemy. He doesn't have any main rivals currently.

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale? Troll reproduction isn't dependent on heterosexuality. Karkat himself is genderblind, true neutral I guess. He's interested in mutual compatibility, not some weird concept of whatever humans think he should be chasing.

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him? Six solar sweeps, dude.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits? ...

Beliefs
1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type? Karkat is a Cancer. He's crabby. I didn't look at the generic schmucky "personality" breakdown of your pitiful human horoscope section, either.

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life? Karkat seems to be more likely to trust in scientific reasoning and forces he can see or understand rather than any god or magic, though he accepts that mental powers and such are real.

3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it? Karkat has some basic, surprisingly human moral code in place. He calls Vriska out on how ridiculous she is when it comes to Tavros, he makes and tries to honor a blood alliance with Jack Noir, and he won't back down easily if he's convinced he's right. Between having a matesprit with a powerful sense of justice and his own stubborn pride, Karkat is highly unlikely to compromise.

4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent? He doesn't give a shit what you believe, but he does it offensively. He mocks Gamzee's clown religion all the time, but it makes no difference to him what the idiot prays to.

5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them? He's endlessly frustrated by humans; they kept him from claiming his reward and ruling over the universe he helped create, god dammit. Also their concept of romance is the weakest of sauces. He only seems to get really irrationally angry at the four kids responsible for the scratch, so I guess his irrational prejudice is logical.

Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt? He's never complained about money in canon, so I'm going to skip that. We don't even know how trolls handled currency, since none of them seemed to work. The only time it ever came up was when Terezi needed to flip a coin! And in Death City he's living well within his means and pretty comfortable.

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him? By troll standards? Outcast. Karkat, however, is unfazed by your shitty social expectations. Look at him, thumbing his nose at highbloods and ordering them around anyway. Yeah. That's right. Suck it.

3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others? SC!Karkat has a pretty decent one-bedroom apartment. He lives alone -- REALLY alone, actually. He's the only resident in the entire building. His partner Selendis tends to chill on the roof, though, so there's that.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on? Stuff he tends to destroy on a regular basis and needs to replace. Toothbrushes, computers, shirts, etc.

5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else? He's a Zone Leader on the Watch and takes his job very seriously.

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time? Video games, romcoms, arguing with people on the network.

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods? Karkat won't eat crab in any form and generally avoids seafood. He kind of likes fish eggs and that sort of thing, though. In general, he's omnivorous and makes okay decisions when it comes to food. Cotton candy is crack to him, though. He usually has a bag hidden somewhere.

Associations
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:

1. Color? Grey
2. Smell? the... sea?
3. Time of day? twilight
4. Season? winter
5. Book? ~ATH manual?
6. Music? his annoying theme song, that one Ludo track that goes "kill me romantically"
7. Place? /shrug
8. Substance? what
9. Plant? no
10. Animal? guess

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