just for the record bc people keep sending them, i’ve gotten terezi and also jake so i’m working on it!!!
roxy’s typing style is really, really difficult to get right. like ofc one thing that people forget is that she only really does the typo thing when she’s drunk, so if you’re writing her with lots of typos, she is drunk. otherwise she sounds a lot more like dave. like dave, she tends to chase down and exhaust every stray thought she has. she’s a little more sexually suggestive than dave. she uses chatspeak but inconsistently? so often i end up going back and adding in chatspeak strategically to make the whole thing sound more roxy-like. i prefer writing sober roxy if only because the typos are actually pretty difficult to figure out. like a lot of the time in canon they’re actually pretty clever so when i do write drunk roxy i have to put a lot of thought into it.
roxy’s complicated because she’s basically ruled by two conflicting desires: to put her friends first, and to get what she wants. roxy would really like to be selfless and accommodating in everything, but she’s very emotional and she can’t really reign it in so she ends up trying to manipulate people to get what she wants. i think of her as dirk lite? except that dirk’s manipulation is very deliberate and i think roxy explains away her manipulation to herself as being in everyone’s best interests. so like the key example is her blowing up jane’s computer to try and get her to not play sburb, and then when she confessed about it, guilt-tripping jane into thinking that she was being a bad friend by not just listening to roxy in the first place. roxy doesn’t want to play sburb so she comes up with a way not to play, and then when she changes her mind, she twists the story so that she’s not at fault. that’s very classic roxy.
she’s in love with dirk and knows he doesn’t feel the same, but she WANTS him to, so she keeps pressing him even though logically she knows it won’t do anything. she likes jake but she wants to be a good friend so she tells herself she’s putting jane first by pressuring jane to confess to jake, when really that’s something jane’s not comfortable with. she wants to be a good friend but she can’t help putting her own desires first. and the alcohol clearly exacerbates that.
that’s why her friendship with calliope is my favorite, because she doesn’t want anything from calliope. so she’s actually an amazing friend to calliope, really validating and supportive and sweet. that’s like the best version of roxy.
dirk definitely has an okcupid profile as a fake girl who loves my little pony and men’s rights and several of the profile fields are just long dissertations on objectivist philosophy and its application to the magical girl mythos
the account name is twilight_anarchocapitalism and the profile pic is jane posing cutely with his pillow-sized rainbow dash plush
he mostly just surgically satirizes the misogynist dudebros he’s flirting with on the topics of anime and philosophy and equestria while baiting them into progressively more extreme and absurd parodies of their own opinions until it reaches a culmination of fucking shithouse ridiculous
when they ask for pics he sends them carefully cropped shots of sweet, peach-foam smuppet ass in a bra
a true prince of heart
writing dave is really fun for me because dave is extremely unfiltered. so i basically just chase down every weird thought tangent i have. if i’m in the middle of writing a sentence from dave’s POV and it reminds me of a pop culture reference or something, i can just have dave think about that for like the next five lines.
actually when i was in creative writing courses in college someone once told me that my similes were “distracting,” so i deeply enjoy writing dave POV because i can write the most convoluted and ridiculous similes ever.
one of dave’s major character traits is that he’s really passive. he’ll always take the path of least resistance, unless he really hits a breaking point. (see: dave just ignoring the weird troll stuff he was uncomfortable with in his relationship with terezi until he hit a breaking point, which was quadrants, and then he just stepped out of the way instead of trying to assert himself over it.) he’s avoidant and uncomfortable with conflict. so if you put him in a conflict he’ll try to find the fastest way out of it without emotionally engaging at all.
that said, i think dave is a lot more well-adjusted than most people think, especially once he’s out from bro’s influence. he’s most definitely more well-adjusted than dirk, for example. dave generally understands people and knows how to relate to them pretty well. and he likes people and is a super extrovert. he’d probably rather hang out with gamzee than be alone for 24 hours.