Karkat Vantas

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Name: Karkat Vantas
Title/Rank: Knight of Blood
Status: alive
Fandom: Homestuck
Other: Trollian Handle: carcinoGeneticist
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Karkat Vantas is one of the main characters in the webcomic Homestuck by Andrew Hussie. He is the first of the trolls to be introduced to the reader, and is Jade Harley's patron. He uses Trollian - an Instant Messaging application - to communicate with his friends prior to entering the game. His chosen username is carcinoGeneticist. His associated zodiac sign is Cancer.


Karkat comes from "Karkata," the Sanskrit astrological equivalent of Cancer, though his name may be drawn from "Karkinos," a giant crab who fought Hercules of myth, also the origin of the Cancer astrological sign. Vantas, on the other hand, is a prostate cancer treatment drug.

His Trollian handle is a play on the medical term "carcinogenesis" which is the development of cancer in the body (or carcinogens, cancer-causing substances), and "carcinology," the study of crustaceans. The first part of his handle might also be related to "Karkinos", like his first name.

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Fandom Reception

Karkat is one of the most popular characters in fandom.

Popular Ships

Karkat is one of the most shipped characters. His most popular ships are John/Karkat, Dave/Karkat, Karkat/Terezi, and Karkat/Gamzee.


There are 9292 works on AO3 and approximately 4200 works on fanfiction.net with Karkat listed as one of the characters. Some of the more popular include:

  • Unwanted Free Ugly Troll (series)
  • Battlefield Terra
  • The Serendipity Gospels
  • Real Men Wear Tights