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“Go directly to Yale! Do not pass Harvard, do not collect two hundred students!”

“Are you sure you're okay, Flowey? You've b-been very heavy on the non-sequiturs for a while now.”

The flower shook its head. “Not okay. Not okay at all. Can't stop seeing connections. Making me dizzy. Everything's connected. Cable TV shows control the United Nations.”

“Oh great. We traded an angry, rude flower for a conspiracy theorist flower.” Undyne snorted. “I thought there was a rule or something about that. Like, limit one per small weird town.”

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“We're not weird, we're eccentric.”
—Frisk and Flowey, title-dropping the name of the series in unison.

Ebott's Wake is an Undertale fanfic written by TimeCloneMike, as the first in a trilogy called We're Not Weird, We're Eccentric.

Royal Scientist Wing Ding Aster, long thought to have been scattered across time and space by one of his own experiments, instead finds himself launched into the future; A time where the Barrier is broken and the Underground has been left empty for over a year and a half, and a dawning era of coexistence between humans and monsters. The good doctor has a lot to catch up on as he adjusts to the quirky nature of small-town Ebott's Wake: Don't Trust the Flower.

You can read it here on Archive of Our Own.


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  • Abusive Parents:
    • It becomes clear early on that Frisk didn't come from a healthy home prior to their fall into the Underground...
    • Chara's reasons for climbing Ebott as well as their hatred of humanity both stemmed from this.
    • One of the radio personalities casually mentions being on the receiving end of this from their mother, but it's not shown or explored in any detail.
  • All-Loving Hero: Frisk and Papyrus both strive to bring out the best in everyone. Though there are a number of people in town who aren't so inclined to reciprocate.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Frisk, as with in the original game.
  • Ambiguous Situation: One of the character tags simply says "The Player(?)".
  • An Arm and a Leg: Joe Stanton gets his arm blown off at the elbow by an improvised Slam-Bang shotgun, courtesy of Thomas O'Dell.
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  • Amplifier Artifact: The prototypes for Joe Stanton's Phase Integrator invention are explicitly referred to as amplifiers. Justified by Alphys, Dr. Aster, and Sans speculating that human magic hasn't disappeared, it's simply been forgotten and neglected.
  • Arc Words:
    • Some characters will occasionally mention that they know each other because they "took shop class together." They are later revealed to be members of Shop Class, a secret organization of friends that teamed up to protect the town.
    • "Kindness can be the greatest cruelty." Mentioned by The Riverperson several times.
    • "Beware the man from the other world." A variation of a quote from the original game, also used by The Riverperson.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: To quote Officer Steve on the criminal charges being held against Thomas O'Dell after his arrest: “Yes. You are under arrest. We have you dead to rights for breaking and entering, vandalism, theft, conspiracy, assault, three separate counts of attempted murder, and operating a wind powered vehicle within the city limits of Ebott's Wake.”
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Riverperson has a lot more screen time, especially in the prequel and sequel.
    • The four mice from the different areas of the Underground are shown working at All Fine Labs and even given names and specialties.
  • Background Magic Field: Dr. Aster explains the science of such a field when he appears before the Senate Oversight Committee on Paranormal Activity.
  • Badass Bookworm: Frisk is unusually sharp and knowledgeable for their age; while not genius-level in their intellect, they are a powerhouse at finding and applying practical knowledge and covering for the things that they don't know. As much as they downplay the significance of their contributions, Frisk played a major role in getting monsters situated on the Surface as their Ambassador in the weeks following the fall of the Barrier, and more or less keeping up with the adults involved at the age of eight.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Shop Class starts out as one, being little more than a group of friends who banded together to keep the community and its people safe when trouble rears its head. Though the "normal" aspect doesn't apply as much once they start being able to use Human Magic...
    • Many citizens of the town as a whole, taking to the streets to fight the Anti-Monster League outside of the hospital.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The town of Ebott's Wake is difficult for non-locals to navigate, with one character comparing the town to M.C. Escher's work. Rather than being the result of the supernatural or magic, it's implied to be the result of inconsistent or incompetent city planning both in the past and present.
  • Break the Cutie: Whenever Asriel is forced or pushed to take drastic actions, it painfully reminds him afterward that part of him never truly stopped being Flowey; or worse, almost convinces him that he couldn't possibly be the original Asriel who died years ago, despite solid evidence to the contrary.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The KEBT Morning Rush chapters tend to serve as this, breaking away from the action to provide a more bird's-eye-view of notable events and flesh out the presence of the local community. It also helps that one of the co-hosts is DJ Pantz, formerly Burgerpants of MTT Restaurant infamy, having quit his old job for more sane pastures.
    • The Kludge Derby chapter in particular takes a complete break from the plot, after the story arc preceding it winds down.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Officer Steven Ward is considered a Reasonable Authority Figure by almost everyone else in town, human and monster alike.
  • Catchphrase: Going by how many different town slogans get read on the air in the Morning Rush radio segments, the Ebott's Wake Tourism Board must have thought up of dozens at the very least.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The moment Jordan Cater first shows up in a scene, before his name is even mentioned, things already begin to take a turn for the serious in the Foreshadowing department. When it comes to his proper introduction, all hell has already broken loose, and then he shows up and shoots both Dwayne Riley and Frisk in quick succession.
    • Cerebus Rollercoaster: By the time the story hits its stride, it frequently jumps between slice-of-life character development, zany background hijinks and serious trouble.
  • Character Development: And quite a lot of it.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • The town of Ebott's Wake as a collective whole has had a reputation for being this long before the Monsters moved in.
    • Hal Greene has this reputation in the eyes of everyone else in town.
    • To a lesser extent, this also applies to Quentin Forsythe, the resident Conspiracy Theorist.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Justin Carrow ends up in this position as a result of being Hal Greene's best friend since before grade school.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A frequent part of the on-air banter between Brett Brinkmann and DJ Pantz in the radio chapters.
  • Doorstopper: The first story in the trilogy clocks in at 150 chapters and a total wordcount of 598,888.
    • Continuity Creep: The story was originally intended to be around 60 chapters long and have a different plot featuring a custody battle for Frisk between the Dreemurrs and Frisk's biological parents. According to the author, the storyline underwent massive changes with the introduction of Jordan Cater, expanding the scope into a long-running trilogy.
  • Disappeared Dad: Aster outright vanished from time for several years, unintentionally leaving his sons Sans and Papyrus behind in the wake of the accident. Once he returns and learns of his circumstances, he makes up for all that lost time with interest.
  • The Dragon: Thomas O'Dell serves as this to Jordan Cater in the revived Sages cult.
  • Dull Surprise: In the prequel Terra Incognita, the initial reaction of many of the people meeting monsters for the first time (and realizing that they aren't costumes or hoaxes) is some variation of this.
  • Elemental Powers: While the elements of Fire, Water, Lightning, Wind, and Earth are all present in monster magic, they are less important than the color of the magic itself. At one point, Dr. Aster explains that magical electricity and physical electricity behave differently, which is why the CORE in Hotland can't be tied into the local power grid.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower:
    • A villainous example when Jordan Cater uses the stolen Phase Integrator to temporarily supercharge himself with magic.
    • Followed by Frisk using their own magic to form Mister Hyper Goner, a cross-inspiration between the Aster Blasters and Hyperdeath Asriel's own Hyper Goner attack, to put a stop to Cater's subsequent one-man rampage throughout town.
  • Ensemble Cast: Though the story's description might paint a different picture, the story doesn't focus on Doctor Aster so much as it uses his point of view to introduce the readers to the post-Pacifist setting. After the first few chapters, the spotlight starts to widen considerably.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Jordan Cater proves incapable of seeing monsters as no different than human beings at heart, instead believing that they are mockeries of life that even lack true consciousness, who either must be plotting the downfall of humanity or are corrupting with their mere presence.
  • Eye Scream: Joe Stanton loses his glasses in a particular fashion when a science experiment blows up in his face. And then proceeds to use Magic to rip out all of the forty-seven pieces of shrapnel lodged in his eyeballs before healing the damage with the aforementioned magic.
  • Family of Choice: A subtle but recurring theme throughout the trilogy. Frisk's connection with the monsters they met in the Underground is much stronger and closer than any connection they have with their biological family or humans they knew on the surface. To a lesser extent this also applies to the town of Ebott's Wake as a whole, with various citizens taking pride in their local traditions and history no matter how ridiculous they may appear to tourists and outsiders.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Anti-Monster League's bread and butter. Though as far as influence goes, they're viewed by the rest of the town's residents as a vocal nuisance at best. That is, until the AML attempts to outright siege the town.
    • The resurrected Sages cult that replaces the Anti-Monster League after its effective downfall is forced to operate from the shadows, but is a much more potent threat in terms of their goals and methods.
    • A milder example shows up during a public meeting, where two people trivialize the monster's technological ingenuity and limited resources in the Underground as making everything out of trash.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Jordan Cater's initial plan to use the Anti-Monster League to siege the town and wipe out all monsters gets completely blindsided by the fact that the majority of the humans in town wind up siding with the monsters in the conflict; something that should be obvious to anyone seeing monsters and humans openly coexisting in the same community.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Doctor Wing Ding Aster only gets launched three years into the future at the start of the story, but there have been so many changes between those two points that he has to work double-time to catch up with the rest of the monsters in learning about the Surface.
  • For Want of a Nail: Many of the series' key events of both the past and present naturally stemmed from Chara climbing Mount Ebott and falling into the Underground, but both that and the events that follow after can be traced back to Jordan Cater's inability to properly care for his child.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • CORE stands for Chronodynamic Optronic Retrograde Emitter.
    • Dr. Aster explains that every vital statistic is actually an acronym.
    • An attribute called LV CAP is introduced early on, which stands for Level of Violence CAPacity, an upper limit for how high a person's LV can actually get. Averted when it comes to Level of Violence, which is never actually refered to as LOVE.
    • SAVE, LOAD, and QUIT are all turned into acronyms to describe their in-universe effects on the timeline. Sans explicitly mentions that they are all deliberate Backronyms. SAVE stands for Sentient Achronal Variation of Events, LOAD stands for Localized Opposing Act of Determination, and QUIT stands for Qualitative, Unambiguous, Intentional Termination.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: A downplayed example with Frisk. They mention building various improvised tools and appliances before falling into the Underground, and speculate on the possibility of building a cooling system for Undyne's armor and an automatic gravy-mixing machine for Toriel's kitchen. They are also shown buying appliances from the local thrift shop and dismantling them for parts.
  • Genius Bruiser: Mike Van Garrett, vice-president of the Ebott's Wake Librarby Board and possesses a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is also a muscled giant who has broken a man's femur with a single punch, was almost a match for Undyne in an arm-wrestling match, and is practically unfazed when he gets shot by a man armed with a .22 caliber pistol.
    • Gentle Giant: Mike also prefers to downplay his strength and cultivate his appearance more in favor of the Genius side rather than the Bruiser side. Not that this stops him from being able to look appropriately threatening when the situation calls for it.
  • Harmful Healing: Toriel attempts to heal Frisk after they are shot by Jordan Cater. While the healing magic works, Frisk has to be rushed to the hospital to remove the bullet fragments left inside their body and to treat the infection from the gunshot wound itself.
  • Healing Potion: Monster food is explicitly mentioned as healing a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, including cancer and nerve damage, though it does have limits. Frisk still has to get shots for their allergies, and healing magic can't grow back Joe Stanton's arm after it gets shot off.
  • Impaled Palm: During the Battle For The CORE Arc, Frisk and Chara do this to Jordan Cater with the Worn Dagger.
  • Large Ham:
    • Undyne and Papyrus, naturally, and Hal Greene is a particularly notable example of this among the human cast.
    • Incoming Ham: Hal's first direct appearance is heralded with the line "YOU SUCK, METZINGER!"
  • Living Shadow: One of these is shown to be indirectly responsible for Flowey leaving the Underground and joining everyone else on the surface; he gives it his Post-Pacifist speech thinking that it is Chara in some form and proceeds to Freak Out when he realizes that it isn't.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: There are seven "bands" of magic, each identified by a color which matches the seven human Soul colors. Each color has specific properties that dictate how it interacts with the physical world, but multiple bands of magic can be mixed or combined for different results, mostly limited to the magical strength, mental creativity and rooted beliefs of the experienced caster.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Usurper.
  • Noodle Incident: The series has enough of them to weave into a basic roadmap of the town's history.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Frisk and Flowey, particularly to anyone who doesn't know their past history together.
    • Between Hal Greene and Asriel Dreemurr; the former being a thirty-something car mechanic and at times a Crazy Awesome madman, and the latter being a mellow child of no older than eleven.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist:
    • Downplayed in Dr. Aster's case; he's primarily a physicist, but also knows a lot about engineering, and mentioned that he ended up reading whatever human medical knowledge could be salvaged from the garbage dump. While this knowledge was neither complete nor comprehensive, it still made him the closest thing the Underground had to an expert on human biology and physiology.
    • Averted with Joe Stanton, who is explicitly stated to have a degree in electrical engineering.
  • Overt Operative: A pair of government agents are recurring characters in Terra Incognita and Legacy of the Magi. Most people in town see through their cover instantly, and aren't bothered by it that much; in the prequel, it doesn't surprise anyone that the government would want to send people to see the whole "monsters from the underground" thing for themselves. It's not clear why the same agents would be sent back to the same community after their cover was blown the first time, though.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • The Six Humans that died in the Underground get several mentions in Ebott's Wake and whose past deaths serve as a plot point in Terra Incognita.
    • Byron Thorton, the town's previous postmaster and the seventh member of Shop Class who united them all in a common cause who died after he was caught by the Sages for sneaking evidence of their crimes to the federal government.
    • Jordan Cater mentions that his wife died of some unspecified illness after Chara disappeared, but before Asriel appeared on the surface.
  • Seen It All: One possible interpretation for everyone in town taking the appearance of monsters in stride is that they are just that jaded to strange things happening.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Many of the teachers at Dreemurr Elementary School are named after members of the Game Grumps. Music teacher Danny and Math teacher Brian are the most explicit examples, in that they used to have a cover / tribute band based on Ninja Sex Party.
    • A number of staff at All Fine Labs are named after members of the LoadingReadyRun comedy group.
    • The author has mentioned that the KEBT Community Radio segments were inspired by LoadingReadyRun's Qwerpline podcast.
  • Slice of Life:
    • A defining feature of the series, capturing multiple facets of a quirky small-town American community, with the monsters in the mix coming along for the ride.
    • Upcoming events that get mentioned on the radio segments are likely to be featured in later scenes, with various members of the cast either participating or observing.
    • A lot of the focus on the Dreemurr family involves preparing and eating meals, school assignments, parent/child quality time, and sibling rivalry.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Averted; Child Protective Services are mentioned multiple times, and explicitly shown checking up on Frisk in Terra Incognita and Legacy of the Magi in response to a number of concerned phone calls. It's explicitly stated that the agency is overworked and understaffed after having all of the children of the Sages suddenly placed in their care.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": An in-universe version with Wing Ding Aster; multiple characters refer to him by the name "Gaster" and have to be corrected. Sans explains that this was caused by a typo on some Royal Scientist paperwork.
  • Squishy Wizard: Sans and Dr. Aster speculate that this is the case when Jordan Cater is shot while attacking Frisk's school, and can't heal himself because the magic in his body was responding to the intent to harm from his attacker.
  • Standard Status Effects: Monster illnesses resemble these, and the differences between monster and human biology makes it difficult but not impossible for humans to contract them.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Early on, it becomes apparent to Frisk's adoptive monster family that Frisk has been hiding a lot of trauma and anxiety for fear of being rejected and sent back to the circumstances that left them so scarred to start with.
    • Asriel, too, once he is resurrected for real. There's a striking contrast between how he behaves in various flashbacks and how he behaves in the present, and with a soul giving him back his full range of empathy, his past actions as Flowey now haunt him continuously.
    • Implied in Legacy of the Magi to be the reason for Chara's overly formal and precise manner of speaking. They are more casual and less formal in some flashbacks and when speaking to Asriel and Frisk in the present.
  • Temporal Paradox: The Core facility in Hotland was built specifically to create a paradox that could unmake or destroy the Barrier, allowing monsters to escape the Underground without requiring any human souls at all. The first full-scale test doesn't go as planned and is not only responsible for Dr. Aster's trip to the future but the Save Points scattered throughout the Underground and the surface.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted multiple times. Toriel's school has a counselor on staff, and after Frisk is shot, the subject of psychological first aid comes up to help them deal with the trauma of the attack.
  • The Alleged Car: Invoked by the annual Kludge Derby, where contestants have to build their racing contraptions out of whatever parts they can construct into something demonstrably street-worthy. Just as often as not, these vehicles can break down, break apart or crash during the race, meaning that victory rests as much on a contestant's skills in constructing them as it does in their ability to race them.
  • The Magic Goes Away: One of the research projects at All Fine Labs involves trying to understand why humans can no longer use magic. Near the very end of the first part of the trilogy, Dr. Aster comes to the conclusion that the Barrier itself used up all available magic energy just to sustain its own existence, leaving virtually nothing left for humans to use. With the Barrier gone, humans are regaining access to magic, which Frisk intends to leverage to make sure humanity never tries to create another Barrier.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • While he still acts rude and abrasive much of the time, Flowey has apparently spent his days on the surface cultivating a reputation as a particularly mean prankster; a far cry from how he treated others during his days in the Underground.
    • Undyne shows a softer, calmer, and more introspective side when the situation calls for it, to the point where Frisk comes to her for advice when they don't feel comfortable talking to anyone else.
    • Toriel's My Beloved Smother tendencies show up much less frequently, and when they do, are less severe.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The town of Ebott's Wake qualified as such while under the thumb of the Sages, measuring between 2 and 3 on the Sliding Scale.
  • 20 Minutes into the Past: Initially averted by the first story, which first published in June 2016 and was set in May 2016, until it fell into Webcomic Time as the story remained in that month while its last chapters were published towards the end of 2017.
    • Played straight by the prequel Terra Incognita, which is set in the Fall of 2014 and was written between late 2017 and 2018.
    • Likewise played straight by the sequel Legacy of the Magi, an ongoing story started in late 2018 and picking up a week after the events of Ebott's Wake, in June 2016.
  • Wham Episode: The very end of chapter 49, going into chapter 50 and beyond. The Anti-Monster League launches an armed assault on the State of the Kingdom Address, resulting in Frisk being shot and sent to the hospital and soon spiraling out into a riot across the town. Chapter 50 also introduces the main antagonist, who resurrects the Sages as a tangible threat and shakes up the whole town. This is the point where it becomes clear that the story just grew larger than its previous Slice of Life elements.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Dr. Aster is fully aware that his dedication to his work as the Royal Scientist meant that he wasn't around Sans and Papyrus as much as they needed him to be, and put a lot of responsibility on Sans at an early age. Subverted in that both Sans and Papyrus understand that Dr. Aster's disappearance was an accident, and the three of them have taken the time and effort to reconnect rather than Dr. Aster being locked out of his sons' lives.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Frisk invokes this on their own name, while also mentioning Royal Guards 01 and 02.
  • World Building: Much of what is seen so far is relegated to several communities and a small city in a specific region (and most of it spent in the titular town of Ebott's Wake), but the town and its surroundings have a history and characterization rich enough to feel like they could be real places in their own right.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Dwayne Riley, for all his anger, racism and bluster, ultimately chooses to toss down his gun during the AML riot, when Frisk shields a wounded Undyne and calls him out on his actions. As Papyrus later points out, Frisk's smaller size meant that Riley still had a clear line of fire on Undyne, but chose to put down his gun and surrender rather than endanger a child's life.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jordan Cater introduces himself as the story's Big Bad almost immediately after Riley surrenders, by shooting him in the back and then deliberately shooting Frisk. Afterwards, every encounter between Frisk and Cater involves the latter attempting to outright murder the former.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thomas O'Dell deliberately invokes the traditional RPG approach of fighting monsters in order to save the world, not realizing that monsters are not Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Thomas O'Dell is frighteningly good at planning on the fly, negating major setbacks and hitting critical points, to the point that a last-minute plan to raid the CORE, something that in different circumstances would've accomplished little more than petty vandalism, very nearly turned into The Bad Guy Wins on a cosmic level simply from the sheer impeccable timing of it.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Combining Orange and Cyan magic without taking certain precautions results in this. Joe Stanton discovers this by accident when trying to build a machine that lets humans use magic.
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