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* RoyalsWhoActuallDoSomething: Chara has the title of prince, due to being married to [[spoiler: Asriel]] and they are more than willing to get their hands dirty in order to see their plans through.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallDoSomething: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Chara has the title of prince, due to being married to [[spoiler: Asriel]] and they are more than willing to get their hands dirty in order to see their plans through.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallDoSomething: Chara has the title of prince, due to being married to [[spoiler: Asriel]] and they are more than willing to get their hands dirty in order to see their plans through.


* SuddenlyVoiced: Frisk, after [[SilentProtagonist remaining silent]] up to the arrival at Home, finally speaks up during a conversation with Chara.

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* SuddenlyVoiced: SuddenlySpeaking: Frisk, after [[SilentProtagonist remaining silent]] up to the arrival at Home, finally speaks up during a conversation with Chara.


* GenderNeutralWriting: Both Frisk and Chara are referred to with gender-neutral pronouns.[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual Chara is biologically male, while Frisk is biologically female.]][[/note]]

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* GenderNeutralWriting: Both Frisk and Frisk, Chara and the other Fallen Humans are referred to with gender-neutral pronouns.[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual Chara is biologically male, while Frisk is biologically female.]][[/note]] The biological sex of the Fallen Humans is revealed in their respective character profiles.]][[/note]]
** Some monsters are referred to with they/them pronouns as well.



** The Fallen Human in ''Interlude: Kindness'' presumes that Chara is a good person who just hides their softer side underneath a cold facade. Chara agrees with them. [[spoiler: And then proceeds to kill them by purposely triggering a deadly trap.]]



* JustifiedSavePoint: In-universe example. Every human that falls into the Underground can potentially gain the ability to make save points, reload and probably reset, provided they have enough determination.



** The rather comedic bit of Asriel trying to make friends with a Fallen Human in ''Interlude: Bravery'' turns south ''real'' fast when [[spoiler: said human attacks him and kills him with one hit in front of a horrified Chara.]]



** In ''Memory: Edge'', it's implied Asriel has this, to an extent. [[spoiler: When Chara reloads their SavePoint to make him forget that they tried to commit suicide right in front of him in order to get a reaction, he doesn't exactly remember them doing it, but gets dejavu and panics when they get close to the edge of a vantage point. Afterwards he even starts to ask if they ever did...something, but cuts himself off when Chara smiles at and successfully distracts him.]]



** Chara discovering their power to reset for the first time and [[spoiler:after being briefly shocked, deciding to not go through with the original buttercup-plan and instead staying by Asriel's side and guiding him]].

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** Chara discovering their power to reset reload for the first time and [[spoiler:after being briefly shocked, deciding to not go through with the original buttercup-plan and instead staying by Asriel's side and guiding to guide him]].


* ForWantOfANail: Caretaker of the Ruin takes place in an alternate universe where Chara never dies of buttercup poisoning [[spoiler:due to Asriel chickening out on the plan at the last second and them discovering their reset-powers as a direct result of this]], instead grows up alongside Asriel, and later moves on to become the titular caretaker of the ruins.

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* ForWantOfANail: Caretaker of the Ruin takes place in an alternate universe AlternateUniverse where Chara never dies of buttercup poisoning [[spoiler:due to Asriel chickening out on the plan at the last second and them discovering their reset-powers as a direct result of this]], instead grows up alongside Asriel, and later moves on to become the titular caretaker of the ruins.


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* ItIsDehumanizing: After revealing their true nature [[spoiler: Chara]] refers to [[spoiler: Frisk]] solely as 'it', showing how low their opinion of them really is.

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The comic was [[https://caretaker-au.tumblr.com/post/185042995782/im-sure-many-of-you-are-intuitive-enough-to-have confirmed]] to be canceled on May 21. The creators plan to release a written plot summary that reveals what horrible tragedies would have befallen Frisk and Chara, as well as the thrilling conclusion to the story. Alongside the summary will be early concept art of scenes that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen could have been]].

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''[[http://caretaker-au.tumblr.com/ The Caretaker of the Ruins]]'' is an {{VideoGame/Undertale}} AU comic created by Peppermintbee (a.k.a. Minty), Eruto and Ellipsis. It centers around a grown-up Chara assisting fallen humans through the Ruins, in similar vein to the canon caretaker Toriel. It even starts off similar, with Chara meeting Frisk after the latter "falls down". However, the similarities are quick to end... and not in a good way.

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''[[http://caretaker-au.tumblr.com/ The Caretaker of the Ruins]]'' is an {{VideoGame/Undertale}} AU comic created by Peppermintbee (a.k.a. Minty), Eruto Eruto, and Ellipsis. It centers around a grown-up Chara assisting fallen humans through the Ruins, in similar vein to the canon caretaker Toriel. It even starts off similar, with Chara meeting Frisk after the latter "falls down". However, the similarities are quick to end... and not in a good way.



* AloneWithThePsycho: In the Ruins, there are no monsters. There's only Frisk and Chara, [[spoiler:with the latter seeking to kill the former over and over again for their SOUL.]] It's subverted with [[spoiler:Asriel]], who doesn't seem as willing to kill.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: In the Ruins, there are no monsters. There's only Frisk and Chara, [[spoiler:with the latter seeking to kill the former over and over again for their SOUL.]] SOUL]]. It's subverted with [[spoiler:Asriel]], who doesn't seem as willing to kill.



* BlatantLies: After restraining Frisk, Chara's attempts [[spoiler: to convince Asriel into letting them kill Frisk]] include insisting the act isn't easy for them to do. Frisk is (rightfully) shocked to hear it.

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* BlatantLies: After restraining Frisk, Chara's attempts [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to convince Asriel into letting to let them kill Frisk]] include insisting the act isn't easy for them to do. Frisk is (rightfully) shocked to hear it.



* ExactWords: The Caretaker of the Ruins is exactly that, taking care of solely the Ruins. [[spoiler: Any ''human'' that falls through is prey for said caretaker.]]

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* ExactWords: The Caretaker of the Ruins is exactly that, taking care of solely the Ruins. [[spoiler: Any [[spoiler:Any ''human'' that falls through is prey for said caretaker.]]



* ForWantOfANail: Caretaker of the Ruin takes place in an alternate universe where Chara never dies of buttercup poisoning [[spoiler: due to Asriel chickening out on the plan at the last second and them discovering their reset-powers as a direct result of this]], instead grows up alongside Asriel and later moves on to become the titular caretaker of the ruins.

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* ForWantOfANail: Caretaker of the Ruin takes place in an alternate universe where Chara never dies of buttercup poisoning [[spoiler: due [[spoiler:due to Asriel chickening out on the plan at the last second and them discovering their reset-powers as a direct result of this]], instead grows up alongside Asriel Asriel, and later moves on to become the titular caretaker of the ruins.



* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:Chara]] attempts to trap Frisk in this in order to wear them down and seal their SOUL. However, they [[DidntThinkThisThrough didn't secure ALL the escape routes]]...

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* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:Chara]] attempts to trap Frisk in this in order to wear them down and seal steal their SOUL. However, they [[DidntThinkThisThrough didn't secure ALL the escape routes]]...



** [[spoiler:Asriel]] appears to be violent, aggressive and very hostile upon first encountering Frisk. Not too later, it's all revealed to be a big bluff, as he's actually not as willing to kill Frisk as [[spoiler:Chara]] is.

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** [[spoiler:Asriel]] appears to be violent, aggressive aggressive, and very hostile upon first encountering Frisk. Not too later, it's all revealed to be a big bluff, as he's actually not as willing to kill Frisk as [[spoiler:Chara]] is.



** During Frisk's brief stay at Home, [[spoiler:where Chara suddenly turns on them after a moment of amiability.]]

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** During Frisk's brief stay at Home, [[spoiler:where Chara suddenly turns on them after a moment of amiability.]]amiability]].



** Chara discovering their power to reset for the first time and [[spoiler: after being briefly shocked, deciding to not go through witht he original buttercup-plan and instead staying by Asriels side and guiding him.]]

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** Chara discovering their power to reset for the first time and [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after being briefly shocked, deciding to not go through witht he with the original buttercup-plan and instead staying by Asriels Asriel's side and guiding him.]]him]].



* WhamShot: Frisk's death at the first puzzle. Unlike the canon version, the "caretaker" doesn't help them and a step in the wrong place turns them into shish kebab.

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* WhamShot: Frisk's death at the first puzzle. Unlike the canon version, the "caretaker" doesn't help them and a step in the wrong place turns them into shish kebab.shish-kebab.



** [[spoiler: A younger Chara unknowingly making a SavePoint for the first time while preparing to strangle a comatose Ribbon Kid.]]
** [[spoiler: Chara refusing to die and resetting the time line for the first time when they find themselves on the verge of death.]]

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** [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A younger Chara unknowingly making a SavePoint for the first time while preparing to strangle a comatose Ribbon Kid.]]
** [[spoiler: Chara [[spoiler:Chara refusing to die and resetting the time line for the first time when they find themselves on the verge of death.]]


* ForWantOfANail: Caretaker of the Ruin takes place in an alternate universe where Chara never dies of buttercup poisoning [[spoiler: due to Asriel chickening out on the plan at the last second and them discovering their reset-powers as a direct result of this]], instead grows up alongside Asriel and later moves on to become the titular caretaker of the ruins.



** Chara discovering their power to reset for the first time and [[spoiler: after being briefly shocked, deciding to not go through witht he original buttercup-plan and instead staying by Asriels side and guiding him.]]



** After Frisk bypasses the gate prior to leaving the Ruins, they are confronted by [[spoiler:Asriel]] with his flames out and ready to burn them where they stand.

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** After Frisk bypasses the gate prior to leaving the Ruins, they are confronted by [[spoiler:Asriel]] with his flames out and ready to burn them where they stand.stand.
** [[spoiler: A younger Chara unknowingly making a SavePoint for the first time while preparing to strangle a comatose Ribbon Kid.]]
** [[spoiler: Chara refusing to die and resetting the time line for the first time when they find themselves on the verge of death.]]


* HarsherInHindsight: At first, the moment where a [[spoiler:seemingly]] unaware Chara pulls their hand away when Frisk attempts to hold it holds humor. [[spoiler:After Chara drops the act and actively pursues the effort in killing Frisk, it's possible Chara was very aware of what Frisk was trying to do.]]

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'''WARNING: Unmarked Undertale spoilers below.'''

''[[http://caretaker-au.tumblr.com/ The Caretaker of the Ruins]]'' is an {{VideoGame/Undertale}} AU comic created by Peppermintbee (a.k.a. Minty), Eruto and Ellipsis. It centers around a grown-up Chara assisting fallen humans through the Ruins, in similar vein to the canon caretaker Toriel. It even starts off similar, with Chara meeting Frisk after the latter "falls down". However, the similarities are quick to end... and not in a good way.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: In the Ruins, there are no monsters. There's only Frisk and Chara, [[spoiler:with the latter seeking to kill the former over and over again for their SOUL.]] It's subverted with [[spoiler:Asriel]], who doesn't seem as willing to kill.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Chara]] is shaping up to be this.
* BlatantLies: After restraining Frisk, Chara's attempts [[spoiler: to convince Asriel into letting them kill Frisk]] include insisting the act isn't easy for them to do. Frisk is (rightfully) shocked to hear it.
* BloodlessCarnage: Averted. Every death Frisk suffers is seen in gruesome detail. The particularly nasty ones (e.g. failures to solve the Ruin puzzles correctly) are thankfully covered in silhouettes, but it doesn't lessen the impact.
* CurbStompBattle: In direct confrontations, [[spoiler:Chara]] easily overpowers Frisk. They are only briefly downed after making a poor mistake during their pursuit of Frisk, with the latter taking the opportunity to smash their trademark stick into [[spoiler:Chara]]'s knee.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Frisk ceasing their LOADS after death is the key thing needed for [[spoiler:Chara]] to gain the final SOUL. [[spoiler:Chara]] is aware of this, making an effort to [[SarcasmMode gently persuade]] Frisk as much as possible to stop.
* ExactWords: The Caretaker of the Ruins is exactly that, taking care of solely the Ruins. [[spoiler: Any ''human'' that falls through is prey for said caretaker.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Chara acts as a simple observer for Frisk, not making any effort to help them through the Ruins' lethal puzzles. [[spoiler:This apparent disregard for child endangerment isn't an accident; it's a means to take Frisk's SOUL.]]
* GenderNeutralWriting: Both Frisk and Chara are referred to with gender-neutral pronouns.[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual Chara is biologically male, while Frisk is biologically female.]][[/note]]
* GroundhogDayLoop: [[spoiler:Chara]] attempts to trap Frisk in this in order to wear them down and seal their SOUL. However, they [[DidntThinkThisThrough didn't secure ALL the escape routes]]...
* HarsherInHindsight: At first, the moment where a [[spoiler:seemingly]] unaware Chara pulls their hand away when Frisk attempts to hold it holds humor. [[spoiler:After Chara drops the act and actively pursues the effort in killing Frisk, it's possible Chara was very aware of what Frisk was trying to do.]]
* HiddenDepths: Chara appears to Frisk as a kindly caretaker and "guide" through the Ruins (they don't actively assist Frisk moreso than observe). A little while after reaching Chara's house, [[spoiler:Chara reveals their [[FauxAffablyEvil true]] [[WouldHurtAChild colors]]]].
** [[spoiler:Asriel]] appears to be violent, aggressive and very hostile upon first encountering Frisk. Not too later, it's all revealed to be a big bluff, as he's actually not as willing to kill Frisk as [[spoiler:Chara]] is.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Chara]] insists to [[spoiler:Asriel]] that Frisk is dangerous and needs to be put down. The latter, however, was easily overpowered and restrained at this point. It is possible that [[spoiler:Chara]] is referring to Frisk's ability to SAVE and LOAD rather than physical strength.
* ManipulativeBastard: Both Frisk and [[spoiler:Asriel]] have fallen victim to [[spoiler:Chara's]] machinations, but only Frisk has become aware of it thus far.
* MoodWhiplash: Chara shifts from kind-hearted (albeit somewhat detached) [[spoiler:to a remorseless killer]] during their and Frisk's meet in the house.
* NotCompletelyUseless: A non-video game example. The stick Frisk uses is fragile and shatters if it hits too hard against something, but it's enough to temporarily incapacitate [[spoiler:Chara]] and allow Frisk to make it into Snowdin.
* OhCrap: Frisk has this reaction when [[spoiler:Chara]] reveals their true nature. In turn, [[spoiler:Chara]] has this several times chasing Frisk down.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chara is the red to [[spoiler:Asriel]]'s blue.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Frisk is the only one able to remember what happened after a LOAD. [[spoiler:At first. After [[FauxAffablyEvil dropping their mask]], Chara reveals that they remember what happened, as well. Their behavior beforehand was all an act.]]
* RunningGag: In the non-canon "Coffee Art" series, Frisk's history with spikes have led to this.
* SavePoint: Whenever Frisk's eyes glow yellow, it means one has been activated.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After [[spoiler:Chara]] reveals their true nature, Frisk does this several times in order to survive.
* SpikesOfDoom: The first two puzzles of the Ruins have spikes ready to impale Frisk, should they fail at solving them. Both of them end up killing Frisk, but only one time for each.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Frisk, after [[SilentProtagonist remaining silent]] up to the arrival at Home, finally speaks up during a conversation with Chara.
* WhamEpisode:
** During Frisk's brief stay at Home, [[spoiler:where Chara suddenly turns on them after a moment of amiability.]]
** A grown-up and extremely menacing [[spoiler:Asriel]] confronts Frisk during their run from [[spoiler:Chara]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Human. It was nice to meet you. Goodbye."]][[note]][[spoiler:These are words of solemn resignation said by Asgore in the canon universe prior to your fight with him. Here, it is a chilling PreMortemOneLiner said by Chara before they kill Frisk.]][[/note]]
* WhamShot: Frisk's death at the first puzzle. Unlike the canon version, the "caretaker" doesn't help them and a step in the wrong place turns them into shish kebab.
** [[spoiler:Chara reveals a hidden knife in preparation to kill Frisk.]]
** After Frisk bypasses the gate prior to leaving the Ruins, they are confronted by [[spoiler:Asriel]] with his flames out and ready to burn them where they stand.

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