The Minecraft Undertale Roleplay series, despite being titled as a Roleplay is a Machinima series made by NewScapePro and posted on his YouTube channel. The series is split into three seasons, alongside a separate Undertale AU side series which actually does focus on Roleplaying. The main series is compiled into a playlist here, while the AU side series has it's own playlist here.
The first season follows the story of the original game. For the most part, the adaptation is very faithful to the original material, but there is some deviation. The main deviation is that Frisk has a companion named Cory joining them on their journey through the Underground. The story is shown through Cory's eyes as the two journey to escape through the Underground. This season began on Feb 21, 2016 and ended on Nov 27, 2016.
The second season is titled Minecraft Underfell Roleplay. This season takes place in the Underfell AU, and follows its own original story. This season features Cory as the protagonist and focuses on his journey to escape the Underground, which won't be easy since down there it's "kill or be killed." This season began on Apr 7, 2017 and ended on Jun 30, 2017.
The third season is Minecraft Timetale Roleplay. This season focuses on Cory and Underfell!Flowey from the AU side series. Among their many shenanigans, Cory and Flowey ended up releasing the Axetale virus from it's universe which then proceeded to infect most of the multiverse. Now, guided by the Sans of Time and a prophecy featuring the two of them, Flowey and Cory must make up for their mistakes and save the multiverse. This season began on Sep 10, 2017 and ended on Nov 12, 2017.
Minecraft Undertale Roleplay contains examples of:
- Adaptational Backstory Change: In the original game, it is never explained why Frisk climbed Mt. Ebott and fell Underground. In this series, the first episode shows how it happened. Cory bought Frisk up the mountain because he heard the view was amazing and they both fell in while navigating around the hole.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Migosp is pretty different from it's canon counterpart. In canon, Migosp is identified as being under Toxic Friend Influence by going with the wrong crowd, but becomes easy-going and harmless as long as others aren't around and can be spared easily by just leaving it alone. But in this adaptation, Migosp is encountered alone, has rapid mood shifts between his hostile state and his passive state, and can be spared only when Frisk and Cory dances along with him.
- Ambiguous Situation: At the very end of the series, it's unclear whether Cory died or if something else happened to him. We last see him Taking the Bullet for Frisk and talking to her about how she helped him find redemption, but afterwards he disappears and neither Frisk nor the other Monsters mention him again.
- Author Avatar: Cory is this for NewScapePro, in a very literal sense. The avatar portraying Cory really is the one that NewScapePro plays as in Minecraft. Also, NewScapePro's real name is Cory. The only thing that keeps this from being a Self-Insert is the fact that Cory is very clearly his own character.
- Big "WHAT?!": Both Papyrus's and Cory's reaction to Frisk flirting with Papyrus.
- Butt-Monkey: Cory. He ends up being the only one to end up under attack in Fights. Eventually, he begins to lampshade this. It's also Deconstructed because he gets fed up with being attacked and kills Snowdrake, Moldbygg, and Vulkin.
- Call-Back: As stated under What You Are in the Dark, the moment before confronting Asgore when Cory finds a Knife and hides it from Frisk hearkens back to the early episodes when Cory did the same thing. Only this time, he chooses not to use the Knife.
- Canon Foreigner: Cory.
- Character Development: Both Cory and Frisk end their journey as changed individuals. At the beginning, Cory was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with some violent tendencies but by the end he's become The Atoner for his murders of Snowdrake, Moldbygg, and Vulkin. He ends up following Frisk's example and becoming a pacifist. Frisk on the other hand, starts the story off as being not very adventurous and being afraid of danger only following Cory because she doesn't want to get left behind. By the end, Frisk proves to be brave enough to move through the Underground without worrying.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Part of Frisk and Cory's Ship Tease includes Frisk teasing Cory about being jealous of the attention she gives to others, such as Papyrus when she decides to go on the date with him. At the end of Frisk and Papyrus' date, Cory admits that he was jealous.
- Date Peepers: When Frisk goes on the date with Papyrus, Cory ends up tailing them and watching the shenanigans.
- Easily Forgiven: Unlike the canon game, there is no clear reset mechanic so Cory couldn't bring Snowdrake, Moldbygg and Vulkin back to life. As a result, he becomes this to the entire Underground who doesn't seem to hold the murders against him.
- Foil: Frisk and Cory are very contrasting characters. Frisk is kind-hearted, polite, overly-cautious, and pacifistic. Cory is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, has a rebellious streak, lies multiple times, and is inclined towards violence. Despite being opposites, these two still work together pretty well.
- Forgiveness Requires Death: Discussed. Cory talks to Frisk about sacrificing his own soul to break the Barrier as atonement for murdering Snowdrake, Moldbygg, and Vulkin.
- Gender Flip: Downplayed. Frisk was never given an assigned gender in the canon game, but this series portrays Frisk as a girl.
- Got Volunteered: When Sans asks Frisk and Cory if they'll help make Papyrus's day by letting him see them they both respond with uncertainty only for Sans to take their response as a "yes."
- Hates Being Alone: Frisk. Even when she objects to his ideas, Frisk always stays with Cory because she doesn't want to be left alone.
- Hurricane of Excuses: When Cory first tries to look through Toriel's basement he gets stopped by Toriel, just like the player in the original game if they do not ask Toriel about the exit before searching the basement. However, in the canon game Toriel finds a set of individual excuses for each time she finds the player in the basement. In this adaptation, Cory is so stubborn that she ends up going through the entire list before she gets him to go back upstairs.
- I Did What I Had to Do: This becomes Cory's excuse for why he kills Snowdrake, Moldbygg, and Vulkin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cory. Despite being Vitriolic Best Buds with Frisk, he tends to push how mean he can get away with being to her. There's also his inclinations towards violent solutions despite Frisk's disapproval. However, plenty of key moments show that he does care about Frisk. By the end of the season, he drops the Jerk part altogether and gives his life to protect Frisk.
- Miles Gloriosus: Cory is this in the first few episodes. He talks big about hypothetical situations but is very apprehensive when put to the test. And even after getting out of those bad situations he'll try to downplay the problem as if he had it under control.
- Morality Chain: Frisk is this to Cory. When he suggests fighting through a situation, she's always there to rein him in. She can't stop him from killing Snowdrake, Moldbygg, and Vulkin, but she still ends up helping Cory better himself. Before he disappears, Cory acknowledges that it was because of Frisk that he became The Atoner and found redemption.
- My God, What Have I Done?: There is a clear sense of shock from Cory after he kills Snowdrake and Vulkin, he seems just as shocked as Frisk by the fact that he killed them. But then The Corruption catches up to him and he starts justifying it.
- Pink Means Feminine: When Cory and Frisk are shown to their room in Toriel's house Cory objects to the room because it is pink. He even says, "This is a girl's room!" By contrast, Frisk openly likes the room.
- P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: As stated in the description, Cory is a Canon Foreigner whose point of view is followed through the story, while Frisk is a canon character who does the most important actions in the story.
- Rage Breaking Point: Cory starts to get very rebellious when following Toriel through the Ruins. For the most part Toriel ignores this until he refuses to take her hand through the spike puzzle, then she loses her patience and shouts at him to listen.
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: When Cory and Frisk get settled into Toriel's home they encounter a new dilemma between them when it becomes clear that Toriel wants them to stay. Cory takes the Red Pill approach and insists on continuing the journey to get back to the Surface, while Frisk takes the Blue Pill approach and insists on staying with Toriel.
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: When a character isn't voiced they talk through speech bubbles, which Cory has a tendency to read out loud.
- Series Continuity Error:
- The Undyne hangout episode comes with a problem that conflicts with canon. In the canon game, Undyne is completely aware if the player kills anyone and would refuse to hang out with them because of this. But in this series, Cory ends up killing Snowdrake, Moldbygg and Vulkin but Undyne still ends up befriending Cory and Frisk.
- The Alphys date ends up having a writing problem. In the canon game, Alphys can only be dated after Mettaton's final confrontation. But Cory and Frisk end up on the date before the final confrontation with Mettaton. This is doubly problematic because Alphys' dialogue is unchanged from canon, so she references The Reveal from the final confrontation against Mettaton which Frisk and Cory don't know about yet.
- Ship Tease: Cory and Frisk have this with each other. Key moments include: Cory's jealousy when Frisk goes on a date with Papyrus and Cory asking Frisk if staying to view the castle at Waterfall counted as a date.
- Stations of the Canon: For the most part, the whole season mirrors the plot of the game. The dialogue is even taken from the game exactly how it was said. However, a few liberties were taken with the plot.
- There Is Only One Bed: Frisk and Cory end up in this situation at Toriel's house. It ends up with Cory taking the floor because the bed is pink and "not because [he's] trying to be nice."
- True Companions: They may not always agree, but Frisk and Cory have each other's backs throughout their travels in the Underground.
- Tsundere: Cory does truly care about Frisk but he's also kind of a jerk to her. This reaches Ship Tease territory when Cory initially denies being jealous that Frisk was going to date Papyrus, but ends up following them, crashing their date, and admitting he was jealous.
- Twisting the Words: In the Napstablook encounter when Napstablook says he's "Not really in the mood right now" Cory twists the meaning to say that Napstablook doesn't want to negotiate with the two.
- Violence Is Not an Option: Frisk strictly abides by this principle while Cory has a harder time with it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Cory and Frisk. They both identify each other as best friends, but they have a tendency to rib each other. Sometimes, Cory ends up stretching the limit on the vitriol. By the end of the series, they've dropped this dynamic entirely.
- What You Are in the Dark:
- Early in the season, Cory talks big about himself and how tough he is. But the moment when he collects the Toy Knife and keeps it secret from Frisk shows that he really does have a violent inclination.
- As a Call-Back to the above situation, before the confrontation with Asgore, Cory finds an actual Knife and lies to Frisk about it, the only difference is that while he takes a moment to consider using it he ultimately chooses not to.