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The reason all of this is happening in the first place.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The entire premise of Inverted Fate is based on him beating Frisk in Undertale's True Pacifist finale but not being able to use his new powers properly.
- Big Bad: Like in the previous adventure, his goal is to get the human souls, although this time, he has much bigger plans...
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Flowey's nice-guy act from Undertale's intro is a long-term thing here, and he uses this facade to get Frisk and Papyrus to do what he wants.
- Didn't See That Coming: Caught very off guard when Frisk reveals their name.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The comic doesn't try to hide Flowey's true identity, which was an endgame plot twist in Undertale.
- Leitmotif: Your Best Friend, Finale, You Idiot.
- Malicious Misnaming: More defiant, but still, he refuses to call Frisk by their name after they reveal it - since he can't call them 'Chara' anymore, he opts to call them 'kid'.
- Replacement Goldfish: Utterly convinced that Frisk is Chara. Frisk revealing their name baffles him.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Being the one who caused the RESET that created the Inverted Fate timeline, Flowey retains his memories of the original Undertale timeline, and acts accordingly.
- Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Flowey still wants those souls, just like in canon, but unlike canon is currently acting friendly to Frisk and helping them in order to get what he wants.
The main protagonist. Frisk is the eighth human to fall into the Underground, and as such is a target of much ire from the monsters they find themselves surrounded by.
- Adaptation Expansion: Frisk is given a proper character in this comic, compared to the mostly blank slate they were in the original game.
- Ambiguous Gender: Frisk is referred to with they/them pronouns, and no biological sex has been hinted at.
- Berserk Button: Seriously umimpressed with anyone who disregards or harms their friends in any fashion.
- The Gadfly: Essentially what their flirting behavior boils down to.
- Given Name Reveal: They reveal their name partway through Waterfall, much earlier than in canon.
- In the Hood: Frisk's disguise for the Waterfall arc includes Sans' old hoodie.
- Leitmotif: Reuinited, Stronger Monsters.
- Precision F-Strike: While Frisk does try to control their language, Undynes insensitive treatment of Papyrus pushes them over the edge...
- Frisk: . . . ...You know what? Youre disgusting. Here he is, pouring his HEART out to you, and you CUT HIM OFF?! Bullshit! Keep this up, and youll destroy EVERY friendship youve got. Papyrus deserves better than y-Chara: Thats ENOUGH.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: They remember everything that happened before their resets, though memories of the pre-Inverted Fate timeline are limited to vague deja vu.
- Stepford Smiler: They act cheerful, optimistic, and are very snarky and flirtatious, but as of part 21 it's clear that this is a front to hide their deep depression and self-loathing.
- Suddenly Voiced: Frisk's personality that was implied in the original pacifist run is fleshed out in Inverted Fate. They have arguably the most lines of dialogue in the comic so far.
The narrator. Chara is near constantly narrating the story, giving insight that Frisk (and the reader) otherwise might not have.
- Abusive Parents: While not touched upon in the main comic, this ask implies that this was the case.But I will say this: if every action has its consequences... Then I can think of two people who ought to be burning in hells pit.
- Adaptation Expansion: With the comic being explicit with Chara's status as narrator, they are allowed to have their character explored further.
- Ambiguous Gender: Chara is referred to with they/them pronouns, and no biological sex has been hinted at.
- Deadpan Snarker: See the narration. Chara is a goldmine of wit and sarcasm.
- Foil: To Undyne. Both of them are intelligent and care deeply for the people close to them, but are also angry, impulsive, misanthropic and generally ignorant of the way their actions hurt their loved ones. They also act as role models to Papyrus and Asriel, the former to Undyne and the latter to Chara. However, as a result of both being collateral to their role model's plans, they become disillusioned with them, though they never stop caring about them.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe, actually. Due to Undyne releasing the True Lab tapes, monsterkind has a much more negative view of Chara, and humanity in general.
- In-Series Nickname: As Chara has not actually revealed their name, Frisk occasionally refers to them as Captain Cryptic when addressing them, much to their chargin.
- Leitmotif: Once Upon A Time, Undertale (beta) (Inverted Fate does not treat MEGALOVANIA as a Chara motif)
- Lemony Narrator: Inverted Fate runs on the idea that Chara is the narrator, and they are extremely snarky and witty with their descriptions.
Because even though Papyrus isn't here... I am.
- Interactive Narrator: Chara seems a bit more inclined to have at least small conversations with Frisk than in canon - this tendency grows as the story continues on. Napstablook can also hear them, similarly to canon, with Mettaton sharing this power.
- Taken further when Chara possesses Frisk one night as the latter sleeps.
- Taken up to 11 in the CORE arc. When Undyne forcefully seperates Papyrus from Frisk, trapping them on their own inside the CORE and causing them to break down in tears, Chara, having grown fond of their partner, decides to assist Frisk on a more personal level, keeping them company as they make their way through the CORE and gradually bonding with them.
- It's All My Fault: Chara fully blames themself for the fate of their adopted family, knowing well that their plan not only cost Asriel his life, but tore their family apart in at least two timelines. They consider their own fate as Frisks unseen partner to be their punishment, as evidenced by this ask.
- Tsundere: Invoked by Frisk, who blatantly calls them this, much to their disdain.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Like Frisk, they can remember the resets. They can also remember the original timeline before Asriel screwed everything up.
A VERY COOL SKELETON! Papyrus is Undyne's lab assistant/protégée, and he accompanies Frisk through the Underground.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just as in canon, Papyrus often says weird, off-the cuff-things that don't always make sense and are good for a laugh. But he is genuinely smart, as evidenced by his many inventions, and has nothing but good intentions at heart.
- Deuteragonist: Has more presence in Frisk's adventure than anyone else (even Flowey!), to the point of becoming an actual party member.
- Hidden Depths: He elaborates in the Waterfall Arc that he keeps talking about his greatness in the hope that he himself believes it, and that he's not a naïve child in a grown-up body.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He constantly wears a white lab coat, and goggles on his head. He still wears his battle body underneath, though!
- Leitmotif: Nyeh heh heh!, Bonetrousle, PAPYRUSS COOL SONG!
- Mad Scientist: He's Undyne's lab assistant. Merge that influence with his normal bombastic personality, and, well... you get the guy who built a working teleporter system, and also a laziness-sapping gun. The latter has yet to be properly tested.
- Player Party: Early into Snowdin, he becomes a permanent companion of Frisk, helping them out in battles.
The caretaker of the Ruins.
- For Want of a Nail: The initial point of divergence from the original timeline seems to be him departing for the Ruins after killing one human.
- Green Thumb: Thanks to him, this version of the Ruins has a lot more flowers.
- In the Hood: Asgore wears a long purple robe, complete with a hood pulled up and buttoned around his horns. The only thing it really conceals is his hair, though.
- Leitmotif: Bergentrückung, ASGORE, Determination.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Exiled himself to the Ruins after killing the first human, no longer unable to commit to his plan.
- Parental Substitute: Acts as this for both Papyrus and Frisk, neither of whom have had a paternal figure in their life before. Papyrus knows him as Santa Claus, due to the nature of their first meeting.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Pretty much all but said this after killing the first human - unable to live with himself with having killed a human. Toriel was...very much displeased.
The vice-captain of the Royal Guard.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: About as lazy and jovial as he was in the original timeline, but also just as powerful and intelligent—possibly even more so here, as he became lieutenant of the Royal Guard.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: As a member of the elite of the Royal Guard, Sans's actual uniform is a golden armor; though he prefers to ignore it in favor of the much less threatening battle body Papyrus made for him.
- Hidden Depths: He was the second Royal Scientist before he left and joined the Royal Guard. No one knows why he changed profession.
- Leitmotif: sans., MEGALOVANIA, Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans, Its Raining Somewhere Else.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He may be an elite member of the group tasked with capturing Frisk for their soul, but he's still sympathetic towards them, and even lets them stay the night at his and Papyrus' place before their fight.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Inverted. Sans wears a plain blue striped winter scarf that barely flaps in the wind. He's still a tough boss fight, though.
- The Slacker: Sans is every bit as lazy as he is in canon Undertale. His sock is still on the floor!
- That One Boss: In-Universe. Frisk loses to him several times, only spared resets because preventing them from dying is the whole reason Sans is fighting them.
The captain of the Royal Guard.
- Adaptational Badass: Where Alphys was more of a support role in canon Undertale, she actually has her own boss fight in Inverted Fate.
- Intrigued by Humanity: As well as being an avid fan of anime, Alphys is deeply fascinated by humanity, from their media to their history. She bottles this up, as she feels the Captain of the Royal Guard must represent the many over the few.
- Leitmotif: Alphys (not to be confused with the IF track of the same name.) In the comic, Captains Conflict is a recurring theme, representing her internal conflict.
- Reluctant Warrior: Feels dutybound to go after Frisk, but she's not exactly eager to do so.
- Gerson: And the reason she's a distance fighter? Well...It's harder to doubt if you don't have to look your enemies in the eye.
- Shipper on Deck: Being every bit as nerdy as she was in the original timeline, Alphys has a shipping chart with a web of hundreds of monster names connected based on compatibility, with herself and Undyne at the top, and Jerry at the bottom surrounded by angry faces and squiggly lines.
The Underground's robotic superstar.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Twice over. His first appearance in the comic is a news report in the middle of the Snowdin arc, and he shows up in person in Waterfall.
- Adaptational Heroism: Because he knows that Frisk treated Napstablook well, Mettaton decides to help them from behind the scenes instead of attacking them for any reason. Further cemented when Mettaton makes a deal with Frisk: if they help bring Alphys to her senses and stop tearing herself apart Mettaton would bend the rules in their favour in Hotlands, secretly assisting them against Undyne.
- Arm Cannon: His left arm turns into one of these, complete with energy blasts.
- Badass Cape: Has a ripped red cape that transforms into a pair of wings when he flies.
- Cool Sword: In his SPIRAL form, he wields a curved, flame-shaped sword that glows red, capable of slicing through the battle box.
- Fighting Your Friend: Undyne forces him (through unknown means) to turn against Frisk and treat them as an enemy on live TV, much to his anguish and Frisks outrage.This turns out to be a deliberate Xanatos Gambit on his part. See that entry for more details.
- Hypocritical Humour:UNDYNE, YOURE HUMILITY IS TRULY SOMETHING TO BEHOLD.
- Incoming Ham: Nearly all of his big entrances have been heralded by cheesy one-liners and epic music. Once there was even confetti!
- Large Ham: While a bit more humble than in canon, Mettaton is no less bombastic and flamboyant, much to Undynes annoyance.
- Leitmotif: Its Showtime!, Metal Crusher, Oh! One True Love.
- Mad Bomber: Launches bombs at Frisk during the chase scene after the Tournament. Said bombs come in square and circular variations, and all of them have Triangular Shades.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Chara describes Mettatons basic form as invulnerable to attacks, just like in canon. Word of God states that all of Mettatons forms have high defence, as Undyne is no slouch at designing anti-human weapons.
- One-Wheeled Wonder: Like in canon, Mettaton balances his body on a single wheel. Unlike in canon, the wheel has spikes.
- The Rock Star: Even more so than in canon; while a bit less self-absorbed, Mettatons noisey flamboyance and shonun-inspired design give him a more rock star-esque feel, cemented by his battle music.
- Rule of Cool: The likely reason for many of Mettatons shonun-inspired design choices, from his spiked shoulder pads to his Triangular Shades, not to mention all his over-the-top anime-esque attacks. Just ask his creator, Undyne.
- Shock and Awe: Mettaton can shoot bolts of electricity down the bullet box as a basic anti-human attack.
- Stepford Smiler: Implied: While Mettaton puts on his usual charismatic persona in public, pandering to his fans and their hatred of humanity for the sake of keeping his dream alive, he hates sacrificing his creative integrity and has grown rather bitter. Napstablook is worried that Mettaton may not be as happy as he seems.Napstablook: and besides, he should be happy too, not... trapped.
- Tin-Can Robot: A big tin-can robot with Triangular Shades, spiked shoulder pads, an arm canon and a cape. Of course, his body was built by Undyne.
- This Is a Drill: One of his attacks involves shooting drills across the bullet box, leaving trails in a grid-like pattern.
- Triangle Shades: Sports a pair which reference Kamina's famous shades.
- Xanatos Gambit: His SPIRAL fight is actually this, according to Word of God. If the fight gets enough views, he can finally let all monsters see Frisk's kindness, and express his true views on humanity to everyone. On the other hand, he expects Undyne to snap and act rashly (say, the Determinator), which would out /her/ as being too extreme on her actions. Either way, this would end in his favor.
The Royal Scientist. Undyne is fierce and determined, and willing to do whatever it takes to do what she believes is right.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In canon, while she was still fiercely determined to take Frisks soul, Undyne seemed genuinely hopeful that she would free monsterkind. Here, the pressures of her self-imposed position as monsterkinds heroine and saviour have gotten to her head, to the point of being a full-blown Stepford Smiler. Justified, as Undyne is far more burdened and desperate than she ever was in the original timeline. Her failiures with the DT experiments certainly arent helping.
- Anti-Villain: Undyne may be an antagonist, but she is by no means evil. Just... extreme.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Played straight when Mettaton pushes her too hard by insensitively responding to Napstablooks question as to whether or not she really is happy.
- Blade on a Stick: Despite her access to high tech weaponry, she still regularly uses spears. She even has new types to use against Frisk.
- Climax Boss: Word of God has stated that The Determinator will be the closest thing IF has to a Neutral Route Final Boss (as theres no Photoshop Flowey equivalent.). Reinforced by the fact that it will be a fully animated video.
- Determinator: Undyne is willing to do anything to break the barrier... including taking Frisk out to steal their soul.NOTHING is going to change my mind! NOTHING! I have to do this! I WILL do this, no matter the consequences! Ive already come this far. It cant get worse than it already has! IT CANT! So Ill fix it! Ill fix EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING IS FINE!!!!!!
- Dragon-in-Chief: With Toriel being as withdrawn as she is, Undyne has effectively become the Underground's leader. It is worth noting that she doesn't like fully asserting herself in this role, as she wishes that Toriel would stop being so reclusive.
- Eye Beams: Her robot eye shoots laser beams, which she uses to attack Frisk in their fight.* Of COURSE her eye shoots lasers. Of course.
- Final Battle: Invoked. Thanks to some quick thinking by Frisk and Papyrus, Undyne is holding off on killing Frisk until they reach the end of the CORE, so she can inspire everyone by claiming the humans soul in an epic final battle, just like in anime. Word of God states that Undyne will pilot a Humongous Mecha for the occasion and that the fight (Part 47) will be a fully animated video.
- Foil: To Chara. Both are intelligent and care deeply for the people close to them, but are also angry, impulsive, misanthropic and blind to the ways their actions hurt the people they love. They also act as big sibling figures to their best friend. However, as a result of both being collateral to their role model's plans, they become disillusioned with them, though they never stop caring about them.
- Also serves as one towards Frisk. While both care about Papyrus and the others, Undyne refuses to take anyone else's feelings into account — thus, their relationships wind up as collateral damage. By contrast, Frisk actively tries to live up to Papyrus' expectations and become better than they thought they were for the sake of their friendship.
- The Heavy: Besides Flowey, Undyne is perhaps the greatest threat to Frisk, and unlike Flowey so far Undyne is openly antagonistic towards them. Frisk is warned about her multiple times before they actually meet her, and much of the obstacles in their path were of Undyne's devising. Furthermore, Undyne takes a crack at them as early as Snowdin through one of Sans's puzzles.
- High Collar of Doom: Her lab coat features a very high collar, which emphasizes her antagonistic role.
- Humongous Mecha: The Determinator: a giant robot designed in her likeness, fueled by Determination. Undyne uses it to try to take Frisks soul at the end of the CORE.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Seems to see her plan to kill Frisk (despite Papyruss protectiveness and emotional attachment to them) as such, as in her eyes, the life of one human is nothing compared to the freedom of thousands.
- Knight of Cerebus: When she's on-screen, the tone tends to get considerably darker. It tends to be balanced out when she's not the only character besides Frisk and Papyrus present, however.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: She now wears a white lab coat over her regular attire. One with a red, spiked collar.
- Leitmotif: NGAHHH!!, Spear of Justice, Ruins, Undyne, Battle Against A True Hero.
- Mad Scientist: As the Royal Scientist, Undyne has created insanely powerful technological works, some of which are outright dangerous, that are meant to be used against humans.
- Sanity Slippage: It is implied that her desperation to keep her promise and free her people has taken its toll on her sanity. Best exemplified in Interlude 2.
- Stepford Smiler: Lampshaded by Napstablook with an Armor-Piercing Question.i know undynes trying hard, too, but... are you really happy?
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All Undyne wants is to break the barrier and free monsterkind. Unfortunately for our protagonists, she's ready to do some questionable things to achieve this.
The queen of the underground.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Toriel is now depressed, reclusive and is described on the character page as just wanting it all to end. Sans says that he'd kill to see her smile again.
- Broken Bird: Very much seems like one, as every illustration of her shows her as disheveled and depressed, clearly hurt by what she has to do, but knows that there is no other choice.
- Despair Event Horizon: Lampshaded by one of the Waterfall murals.The queen may have given up hope, but we wont!
- Leitmotif: Heartache, Fallen Down.
- Orcus on His Throne: Is even less active than Asgore in canon, having secluded herself so far that only Sans, Papyrus and Alphys keep in contact with her.
- Trauma Conga Line: While not everything is known yet, it's very apparent that Tori definitely got through one as evidenced by this ask.but tori's been through hell, and now it's taken its toll.
A musically-inclined ghost, and Mettaton's cousin.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed. They appear in significantly more scenes than the original game, but their role in the story is still rather passive and minor.
- Big Damn Heroes: Played more straight that in canon, as they straight-up defend Frisk and Papyrus from Muffet, popping in and requesting that she leave them alone.
- Character Witness: They act as this for Frisk in Mettaton's newscast, standing up for their new friend in spite of their species.
- Interactive Narrator: Being a ghost, they can hear Chara.
- Leitmotif: Ghost Fight.
- Shrinking Violet: Bolder and somewhat more confident than they were in the original timeline, but still...
- Adaptational Badass: Has his own miniboss encounter, along with actual attacks. He returns as an unexpected guest in Mettatons tournament.
- The Friend Nobody Likes
- Jabba Table Manners: He smacks his lips slowly as he eats out of his packet of chez puffs, dropping crumbs all over the bullet box.
- Shaped Like Itself:* Smells like Jerry.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Charas reaction upon encountering them.* This is going to be painful.
Bassiere Von Dohj III
A hot-tempered, no-nonsense high-ranking Royal Guard in charge of Fort Aquarius.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Comes off as this to her subordinates due to her authoritative and barky demeanour.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She might not have been pleasant at the trial, but Papyrus did assist the human in breaking into Fort Aquarius and has been unceasingly accompanying them throughout his their journey, all while resisting arrest from every figure of authority they have encountered, including Captain Alphys. As such, Papyrus is undoubtedly committing treason.
- Not So Different: As much as she disdains the Snowdin Canine Unit for the way their stereotypical doggy tendencies interfere with their Royal Guards duties, Dohj herself tries to suppress her own secret cravings for affection, notably in her battle when, after enough goading from Frisk and Papyrus, she eventually succumbs. Sans not-so-secretly takes an embarrassing photo of Dohj yelling PLAY! PET! TAKE ME ON WALKSIES!!!! and uploads it onto the Undernet, complete with sparkles and captions.
- Only Sane Man: Becomes this during the second cross examination of her testimony in the trial, as Papyrus is forced to use Insane Troll Logic and Blatant Lies involving the Rule of Cool to undermine her testimony.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Implied. She seems very interested in a series of romantic novels called Heat Haze. When Frisk starts reading Volume 3 out loud during her battle, Dohj gets very flustered.
- Chara: * You begin reciting Heat Haze Volume 3 out loud. Have you no shame?Dohj: YIPE! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? T-thats not appropriate for children! Give it back! ...And no spoilers after page 63, please?Papyrus: THIS BOOK IS... VERY CONFUSING. IM INTRIUGED, BUT ALSO ALARMED?
A temperamental yet insecure ghost who happens to be Undynes training unit.
- Butt-Monkey: Is subjected to many humiliations and interruptions on their crusade for revenge, usually whenever theyre confronting Frisk. These include being shooed off by RG 03 & RG 04, bowled over by Jerrys snowball, haggled by Muffet while Frisk and Pap sneak away, getting a hot lava shower in the CORE and being blown away by the Annoying Dogs anime laser.
- Determinator: They were relentless in their pursuit of vengeance, not letting ANYTHING stop them. Even Undyne didnt expect them to go so far as to make a total of eight attempts on Frisks life in the CORE alone.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The reason theyre persistently chasing Frisk around and trying to kill them? Because they and their friend both made a cheeky comment about Mad Dummy pogoing around like a fool.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: See Disproportionate Retribution above.
- Large Ham: Their noise level rivals even that of Undyne.
- Suddenly SHOUTING: Just in the original timeline, their speech pattern tends to start at a normal volume, before getting louder, and finally ALL IN CAPS.
The same cynical employee working at MTT Brand Burger Emporium.
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Theres a new one every week.Working with MTT is torture! Every day, its a new MANDATORY hair color. I had to pierce my ears, pick up these TACKY clothes, and get this! The theme changes every week, so just when I get comfortable, surprise! Costume change! All this while he keeps blasting songs about how much I suck at my job. Every. Single. Freaking. Day.
- Burger Fool: Needs no explaination.
- Jerkass Realization: Realizes from talking to Frisk that Mettatons poor treatment of him isnt a one-sided issue.Frisk: Okay, but you stole from him. You keep badmouthing your own boss. Maaaaaybe this isnt a one-sided issue, bub.Burgerpants: ... Oh.