So the theory is: during the war, Toriel is the wife of the king of the monsters. Bad things happen, and the monsters get kicked downstairs. The king hatches a plan to get out, involving the souls of human kids. Toriel opposes this, so volunteers to be the one to oversee the ruins and entice children in by pretending to be nice. The kicker is that she actually IS nice and has simply been failing to carry through on her own desires. And if perhaps the king and queen lost a child or two in the war, it would explain both why the king has gone for such a malevolent plan after presumed ages of peace (perhaps with influence by a certain vegetative person), and why Toriel is... Toriel.
- Absolutely correct! Toriel lives in the Ruins to tend to the humans who might drop in as a contrast to her husband's methods.
- Alternatively, he will also be Playing with Fire, but his Personality Powers symbolism will be the opposite of Toriel's, revolving around fire's chaotic and destructive nature rather than its nurturing warmth.
- Jossed. Asgore IS also Playing with Fire, but has a similarly nurturing personality, with the exception of his revenge against humans (which is relatively level-headed, and partially reluctant).
- This could lead to her reacting three ways, from being happy with taming said monsters (no kill run) to horrified on what the player character does (kill all monsters).
- Jossed. Except when completing the True Pacifist run, Toriel never makes an appearance once you leave the ruins. She's only mentioned in relation to her friendship with Sans and status as the former queen.
- Confirmed! While Toriel doesn't destroy the door, she locks it from the inside.
- Kinda confirmed. Papyrus is very dominant in Snowdin, while Undyne patrols Waterfall. Mettaton...well, he's popular enough to possibly be considered one, though this role would be better for Alphys and formerly, Gaster.
- Confirmed. The truth was actually way, way darker than that, but the guess is essentially correct.
- Jossed. Depending on whether you are on the path to the True Pacifist ending or the No Mercy ending, Flowey either gives you the key to getting the Golden Ending by telling you to visit Dr. Alphys if you spared him in the Neutral run or is killed by you in the No Mercy run and in the Neutral run, if you so choose. Either way, he does not make any conscious effort to stop your success.
- Semi-confirmed. Determination is the power to reload and retry a critical moment, us players do have a part in it since it's us who are reloading the game and it's our determination to finish the game that is the actual source of determination, but it does not have any relation to checking walkthroughs and forums, just trying again and again and trying new approaches each time we reloaded.
The "stolen soul" Flowey refers to is not just the character you play, but you. <name> is an acquaintance of Flowey's. You named the character that way, played the character that way, because you're not in control anymore. After all, you wouldn't normally kill everyone you meet, would you?
- Confirmed. At the end of the bad path, it is revealed that the character of <name> is the Fallen Child, Asriel's adopted human sibling. They harnessed the power of your human soul and determination to come back from the dead and kill everyone. In a particularly chilling moment, if you refuse to delete your save (which would destroy the world) they say "SINCE WHEN WERE YOU THE ONE IN CONTROL?" and deletes it anyway.
The phrasing used for the naming screen is very precise. They didn't just fall from Mt. Ebott, they fell in another sense. And there's no real indication that it's only the player's control that gives them the ability to SAVE...
Toriel was worried throughout the whole game that the child would end up being harmed or corrupted by the monsters that dwell beyond the door. Perhaps Flowey played a hand in Asgore's fall from grace as well. And without his loving mother's guidance, Asgore became every bit as cruel as the other monsters in the depths. This would explain why she has such smothering tendencies.
- Nope. He's her husband. Their son died long ago.
- Doesn't appear to be the case. A full pacifist run is just more difficult. Most fights in a Genocide run are a Curb-Stomp Battle, but the two major bosses you do face are far more difficult than anyone you fight in a non-Genocide run. That said, EXP and LOVE are, in fact, bad karma. Furthermore, the best armor in the game can only be acquired in the Neutral or Pacifist mode. So overall a mixed bag.
- Following this, it'd stand to reason that having hope pulled away would reduce one's max HP correspondingly. Sans probably had low health to begin with, but when faced with a genocidal maniac, who has already killed everyone he knows and cares about, including his brother, a supposedly-unstoppable juggernaut of a fish-lady, a robot celebrity, his joke-buddy in the ruins, and the populations of the Ruins, Snowdin, Waterfall and Hotland, along with having to deal with the fact that said maniac has the power and the will to make sure they're dead forever, he's likely just shy of a Despair Event Horizon. Kind of puts a new spin on "can't afford not to care any more", doesn't it?
- No Mercy is 'canon' in a sense that it was 'encoded' to the game, so technically it is a possible timeline. Sans probably just observed all timelines, it didn't mean that No Mercy timeline 'must' happen. Given the meta nature of the game, the only 'canon' timeline is whatever you played.
- However, No Mercy is a different ending to the others in that it is irreversible. Once the world is destroyed by Chara, that is it. The only way to get it back is to sell your soul to them, and that taints all future playthroughs. It is not just a single timeline that is affected by a No Mercy run, but ''all'".
- The reason for Sans killing humans is mostly the same as the other monsters — wanting to set them free. He's just not doing it for himself.
- It's also possible that he knows the anomaly is trying to get past Asgore. Flowey's been resetting the timeline long before Frisk got there and outright states that Sans caused him multiple resets. It's possible he thinks the Anomaly is trying to get past the barrier to destroy everything. Thus killing the final human would prevent the barrier from breaking and the Anomaly from getting out of the Underground.
- Pretty sure this is false. As seen in this video, Sans does have a death noise after he goes off screen and the player's LOVE goes up from defeating him. Also, he seems to talk to Papyrus, who is dead at this point. Not sure how he bleeds, though, especially considering that he's supposed to be a skeleton...
- It's stated that Sans likes to drink ketchup, so that "blood" could very well be the ketchup oozing out of his body after you killed him.
- Well... You definitely hear his body dissolve, and get the level up... But... There's something missing. You don't hear his Soul break. Maybe that's why he shuffles off-screen.
- That's because he's not a boss monster. Only their souls hang around after their bodies die.
- Then again, the spare sound and the defeat sound are exactly the same, and the kill counter does not go up. It's important to remember that LV is actually Level Of Violence, which is a perception choice. This means the player can increase their violence levels without having executed anyone, and in actuality as the kill count doesn't go up, the exp also didn't increase. The effect of the LV going up was likely a result of violently smashing Sans's ketchup bottle in his jacket, that he breaks out when he goes to grillbyz with you.
- EXP does increase when you kill him. Before you fight him, it's at 50,000. After killing him, check your stats again: it's 99,999.
- Sans might've survived, while still being a monster (although I am a sucker for a good 'Sans is a Human' theory). In the Snowed Inn, the innkeeper tells you that sleeping 'raises your HP above the maximum'. What does Sans do all day? SLEEP! If he slept enough every day since you arrived in the underground (after all, you only slept for 2 minutes, and your HP went up by 10 (at least in the Pacifist run)), then he very well could've accumulated enough extra HP to survive that attack.
- Interestingly, your kill count doesn't increase after the Sans fight.
- Ahh, but your EXP does.
- Yes, but as a troper up there already referenced, EXP is E Xecution Points, and LV or LoVe is Level Of Viol Ence. Nothing about "execution points" and "level of violence", and they work because the more you hurt, the easier it is to keep hurting, and the easier it is to shrug off emotional pain. It's seemingly 100% psychological- which means that you don't have to kill him, merely perceive that you killed him. In addition, the Spare sound is identical to the Kill sound, because what happens when you spare? You stop fighting them. And it's nonsensical to fight something that's dead... or that you simply believe is dead... so you essentially end up sparing dead bodies. Long story short, Sans had a one-shot body armor in the form of a ketchup bottle, and instead of continuing the good fight, he played dead, then ran off.
- Unlikely. One of the monsters at Grillby's talks about how monster food changes into energy as soon as you eat it, and specifically wonders what human food is like if we have to use the "toilet" afterwards. Any ketchup that Sans had drunk would have changed into energy also, so whatever that red stuff was, it couldn't have been any kind of food.
- Then again Sans is reportedly familiar with strange foods the other monsters admit they are unfamiliar with and he is the one providing the ketchup, not grillby, because Sans is the one running the hot dog stand, and the one offering the ketchup when Grillby arrives. He also notably is always packing a bottle. The bottle itself could have shattered leading to it being splattered everywhere.
- The only colored thing during battle is determination. Ketchup, like blood, would be white or black. (Determination seem to be Golden outside battle)
- This leads to another fun question: What the hell is Sans?
- The "monster food" explanation ignores the possibility of Sans simply just having an entire bottle of ketchup in a pocket in his coat.
- This is possible, but it is very likely that he's seen enough anime — I mean, "Human History" — to gather how humans work. During the Playable Epilogue, optional dialogue with the main cast reveals that Alphys and Sans know each other quite well. Alphys probably knows just as much — if not more — about life on the surface, especially since she acknowledges that her tapes are not actual human history near the end of her "date." The "see them again" part could be a reference to several things: the photos in his basement (theorized to be from a pacifist ending of Flowey's, as he also has your photo from choosing not to stay with Toriel after a true reset), Dr. Gaster (inferred to be related to him), and even a human family (the basement photos just say that he's with "people you don't recognize," they could just as easily be humans as monsters.) Remember, he has a machine inferred to be a broken time machine. "Trying to go back" could be a reference to past time travel attempts.
- Also, it is never stated how old Sans is. It is technically possible that he was alive during the war. However, this is very unlikely. It is slightly implied that Sans is friends with Alphys, and people with depression often like fiction. It is obvious that Sans has depression.
- I had Sans check your math. He confirmed that everyone is Sans and a furry, but further added that he is still definitely a fictional character. Therefore, nobody actually exists. (Mind blowed)
- I believe you mean blown. Also, everyone is also Papyrus.
- There is a theory which say that gaster is papyrus AND Sans .Yeah,I didn't believe it at the beginning either and mocked the youtubeur internally.But Papyrus look really like right brain(subconscient,energic,emotions,visual) and Sans like the left brain(conscient,lazy,smart,like wordplay).And there is plenty of other argument.No link to video allowed I guess.
- It could be that Papyrus remembers in his subconscious, seeing as he was wondering whether or not he had seen the human before.
- The coffin of the First Child is probably empty due to the fact that Asriel took the child's body to the surface. Also, we see the First Child later in the No Mercy run, having been resurrected due to their own determination and the player's actions.
- Flowey implies that Toriel took the Fallen Child's body to the ruins to bury it.
- It is also possible that he simply is not aware of his powers.
- Papyrus actually defies physics a few times throughout the game. He's just much less dramatic about it than Sans is. Right after his battle, he flutter jumps over the player. During the Undyne date, he jumps out of a window on a side of her house that should be facing a wall and into a black void.
- Undyne mentions in her hangout with the player in certain routes that Papyrus is actually "...pretty freaking tough", but that he's too "innocent and nice" to actually survive a combat situation, seemingly supporting this theory.
- Undyne may say that Papyrus is "...pretty freaking tough", just because even without using any special attacks, Papyrus is still tougher than a lion's share of enemies. He is one of the bosses, after all.
- Papyrus also may be slightly less powerful, as he is younger. He also may not be aware of how powerful he is.
- Possibly confirmed, after the January patch, a notation was added to Papyrus' date if you're doing it after abandoning a No Mercy run heavily implying that he would have unleashed an attack on you, and his wording, "Blasted you to bits", suggests he would have broken out a Gaster Blaster like Sans does. Though you don't actually see it because now that the worst has passed, Sans had apparently set up the Annoying Dog to steal it again.
- The thing is, if a human is determined enough, they could SAVE and returned to the last SAVE point. Just how the monsters managed to obtain SIX human SOULs anyway? Either ALL six of them were not determined enough, or there was something that caused their determination to break and give up fighting. For example, if they kept dying during a fight no matter how many times they repeat. Sans's boss battle could easily qualify.
- That makes his dialogue more chilling."You'd be dead where you stand."
- Not all humans can SAVE, it's just a power given to the most determined being in the Underground. Flowey had it, and it's not even inferred that the other humans had it.
- Flowey has been created after the death of the sixth human.And Asgore do not seem surprised when you say him he killed you before("He nod grievly","He nod pityfully")
- Sans's warning to you in the restaurant implies that he has no issues at all with killing humans. The only reason he didn't kill you was because Toriel asked him not to. With this in mind, note that Sans guards the first sentry point after the ruins and has a camera setup in the bushes, so he would be the first to see any humans leave the ruins. Next note that Papyrus has never met a human before, even though he guards the second sentry point immediately after Sans. No human has made it past Sans.
- It is also possible that the humans fell before Papyrus and Sans became sentries. sans could have been bluffing to some extent, as it is shown that he is very aware of the resets and very aware that you could decide to kill everyone for fun.
- It should be noted that it's kind of implied to have been a very long time since the last human fell. Most of the underground has no idea Frisk is humans. The monsters who know right away are either old enough to have been on the surface (Toriel, Asgore, and Gerson), supposed to be looking out for them (The guards, Sans, and Undyne), or have read a bunch of manga starring human characters (Alphys and Mettaton). Everyone else thinks you're just another monster kid.
- Papyrus and Sans have appeared not long ago,they shouldn't have seen other humans.
- He's one of the few people who actually have your number.
- He is the sort of person who would sing a goofy song when getting the wrong number.
- In addition, this call can potentially occur before you befriend Papyrus, and as noted during Waterfall, Papyrus rarely memorises phone numbers — instead resorting to brute-force calling until he gets the right number. It would make sense that he has a special song for the occasion he tries (and fails) to call the intended target. - The Noid
- There is speculation that that person was trying to reach Gaster, who is also a skeleton and theorized to be related to Papyrus and Sans in some way.
- I was actually thinking the Wrong Number Song had something to do with Gaster due to its incidence being affected by the 'Fun' value, like the Gaster followers. It being Papyrus would make some sense. - The Noid
- Confirmed... perhaps. According to the wiki, if you befriend Papyrus before triggering the Wrong Number Song, the caller id will show up as Papyrus.
- Jossed. According to that very page, "There is a known glitch with the Wrong Number Song where the avatar of whoever was spoke to last will show up as the ID of the call. Most players have reportedly received either Papyrus or Sans." Plus, even Papyrus's writing is in his font, while the call's text isn't even in caps.
- It was weird that he was the only enemy that can dodge your attack. He actually used teleport or some kind of his 'shortcut' technique.
- By this point Chara has such complete control and power that Sans doesn't have a chance. But their motivation isn't just complete destruction. It's also to have fun. And so you must play along until you can beat him on his terms. Once he uses his special attack and no longer has the will to fight, his game has become boring and he is destroyed.
- Ehh, one should not underestimate Sans. This troper thinks that Chara is very intent on killing, but it takes time for them to master dodging the attacks of the likes of Sans.
- Assuming the previous WMG about Papyrus' own time capabilities was correct, they act as the last pieces of Gaster thaat can interact with the world. When Toby's tweet about how "neither of them could fix the machine," he meant their attempts to reunite. When this failed, Sans became completely apathetic because while he could affect the world, it had no lasting effect thanks to the player. Papyrus, on the other hand, became extemely enthusiastic because all mistakes could be corrected and people could change, which could eventually lead to a reunion. His nonchalance at sans space-time pranks are further support for this. Also, the Snowdin shopkeeper mentioned that the brothers showed upout of the blue, Just as Gaster suddenly disappeared.
This makes W. D. Gaster's name being Wingdings (Wing Dings? Wingding? Wing Ding?) make a lot more sense, as well as having Sans's beam attack being called the Gasterblaster- if his last name is also Gaster, it's named after Sans himself or possibly is an ability the entire family tree has. This also makes its appearance and its similarity to the Determination Extractor make a tad more sense- it's modeled after a type of skull, and the DT Extractor is modeled after it, not the other way around.
- Confirmed....ish??? He mentions that his username on the underland social network is coolskeleton95; if 95 is his birthyear, as would be logical, he could be anywhere between 15 and 24 depending on when exactly 201x is.
- Not really. 201x is the year Chara arrives, not Frisk. The game proper happens an indefinite (though presumably long) time after the fact.
- Chara arrives in the year 201X, while the year Frisk arrives is refered to as 201x, implying that it's a different year, but within the same decade at the most. So if '95 is his birthyear, then his age can be assumed to be around 15/16* - 24.
- Not really. 201x is the year Chara arrives, not Frisk. The game proper happens an indefinite (though presumably long) time after the fact.
When the humans' determination was combined and redivided among them, it was divided quite unevenly. One of them took the psychological aspect of determination — the power of persistence and intentionality — and, upon waking, named himself Papyrus. The other took the timeline-modifying aspect - the power to SAVE and LOAD, or something like it — and named himself Sans. The brothers, despite their amnesia, did at least remember that they were brothers, and that they loved each other very much.
That's why Papyrus is fired up all the time, and has lofty hopes and dreams and the drive to reach them, yet is not very strong — and why Sans is one of the strongest opponents in the game, yet is lazy, impotent, and easily discouraged from really caring about anything. It's also why their eyes glow: that glow is their determination, normally visible in humans as a glint in their eyes, but plainly visible in these particular humans as a burning flame, because skeletons don't have eyeballs.
- Jossed? Papyrus' body turned into dust after death. A human's body should have stayed after death.
- JOSSED! Humans do not have bone attacks!
- Alternatively, he was a royal judge or something (Underground didn't seem to have a high crime rates). He judges you even in Pacifist/Neutral runs.
- cool spy music starts playing*
- At the start of his fight, he questions why nobody ever uses their strongest attack first, right after unleashing a massive, sadistic attack. Yet, as proven later on in the fight, that wasn't his strongest attack; if you spare him, he proceeds to trap you in an unavoidable, unsurvivable attack. If he genuinely wanted to stop you from killing him and moving on, why would he bother giving you the chance in the first place? Why not dunk on you the first chance he gets? Maybe part of him just wants it all to end; he's implied to have PTSD and severe depression, and could very well be using you — Chara — as a means to commit to it.
- The simplest explanation is: he can't. He can only dunk you after you spare him (and possibly hug him), either because it's a point blank shot or because you get your guard down.
- A good point about him being suicidal: If he really wanted to stop you at all costs, he could just use an attack like Flowey's in the beginning — surrounding from all sides without escape. That would make Genocide unwinnable, though...
- But is Sans actually capable of such a thing? Flowey has enough determination to reset.
- I can imagine Alphys trying to puzzle together how humans learned this part of their history, given its nature.
- Funny coincidence: The Movie revolves around Okabe ceasing to exist as a side-effect of his time travel ventures, with the world going on without the memory of him. Sound like anyone we know?
- Or maybe he is just trying to get you to stop. By then, it was pretty obvious that Sans is not exactly happy about having everything being reset.
- Likely. Now, anyone who's seen Sans fight knows those lasers hurt. It's incredibly likely that Sans sets the annoying dog up to steal the blasters both to prank Papyrus and to keep him from possibly killing you because he underestimates the strength they fire with. If you abandon a No Mercy run at him, he implies he can use them and was debating using them before trying to appeal to you with kindness, only losing track of them again after it becomes clear you've abandoned that run and don't present any additional threat, meaning Sans may have set up the dog to steal them again since the worst situation has been avoided.
- It is also possible that Sans and Papyrus are related to W.D. gaster, and Sans was trying to get him back, since he kind of was shattered across space and time.
- He also might know about what is happening because it is stongly implied that Sans used to be a scientist. If you have seen the lab, or even if you know about it, you could easily conclude that he specialized in quantum physics. Quit trying to go back long ago? Please see previous WMG.
- Monsters need human souls to break barrier.
- Yet, killing Frisk doesn't help because a. The soul is destroyed as seen in game over screen and b. Frisk is determined to just come back anyway.
- False. The writings in Waterfall explicitly state that human souls persist intact after death. The death animation seen in the game over screen is implied to be part of reloading a SAVE, since the game will immediately reload after the game over text.
- The only solution to this is actually to capture Frisk alive, bring the child to the True Lab, and extract the determination before taking their soul.
- Papyrus is the closest monster to take Frisk's soul even if he didn't know it. I'd assume Undyne and most monsters have no idea. It's likely that Asgore also knew this, but he was very unwilling to do so. Note that he seemed to know that Frisk had determination.
- It would explain quite a few things about him. His shortcuts? He's just stopping time and going the normal way. And during later stages of the fight with him on a No Mercy run, his attacks start and stop randomly. Perhaps he's setting up attacks during frozen time?
- This WMG gave me a weird idea of Sans doing Za Warudo.
- Also consider how the music that is played when he judges you (The Choice) is literally the background music of the previous section slowed down a lot.
- this also explains the scene in Grillbys.
- There are only two reasons why the player is doing genocide: To seek a challenge and prove their strength or because they are curious.
- If the player were doing it for the first reason: they wouldn't back down until they managed to kill Sans. They won't accept mercy. He knew and expected this, that's why he's prepared to dodge even while giving mercy.
- If the player were curious: even if there was an alternate ending where Sans was giving them genuine mercy... they would still reload back to the point to see what would happen if they killed Sans. In any case, it would be pointless.
- Sans being Sans, part of trolling the player and part of making them frustrated enough to give up genocide. Beside it makes a good pun. 'Sans mercy'.
- DUDE THERE ARE SO MANY WMGS THAT SAY THIS AND THEY ARE JOSSED JOSSED JOSSED. Sans knows about things because he is a freaking scientist and he does have a mysterious past. His and Papyrus's determination levels are also very unusual. But considering that it is practically canon that their father is W.D. Gaster, is this surprising?
- Is it confirmed that Gaster's their father, though? They're almost certainly related in some way, but I don't think how they're related has been specified. At any rate, having a connection to Gaster would definitely explain why Sans (and possibly Papyrus?) knows about timelines, but OP has a good point in wondering how Sans is able to make such specific guesses on Frisk not being in control. If he's not a player character himself, then perhaps Sans somehow managed to learn enough about Chara to be able to figure out what happened to Frisk?
The player can perform multiple Genocide runs, and fight Sans multiple times as well, essentially pulling a Madoka Magica. As we all know, Sans is pretty pissed off about you killing Papyrus in the Genocide run, no? In addition, if you pay attention to the fight against Sans, he seems pretty genre-savvy about what's going on...
Specifically, he's the skeletal remains of Ness. In the Halloween Hack, the timeline of Earthbound is forked between two possible futures: the one where Giygas was defeated by the chosen four in the past, and the one where the chosen four left to defeat Giygas, but never returned. At the point where those two timelines diverge, the robots are destroyed, and the first difference between those timelines is what happens to the souls of the chosen four. In the good future (ie, the ending of Earthbound) the souls return to their bodies. In the bad future, those souls disappear. The Halloween Hack implies that it's because the souls just migrated to the new timeline, but the people saying that are three of the four chosen: Ness is very noticeably missing from Dr. Andonuts' Magicant.
For whatever reason, possibly the experiments of Gaster, or just dumb luck, Ness was able to remove himself from the wreckage of the robots. And that's not as farfetched as it sounds: Undertale is very clear about what determination can do, and Ness is a powerful psychic whose first PSI power was telekinesis. Andonuts is very clear that turning the kids into robots is a horrible, gruesome surgery that would have had to strip their bodies of all living tissue, because the Phase Distorter can't bring living things through time. So what was in those robots?
Bones. When all was said and done, Ness remained bound to his physical form while his friends went on to the afterlife, even if all he was really doing was possessing his own remains and moving his limbs through telekinesis. It would explain the following:
- Why there's no Ness in the Halloween Hack (he's in Undertale!)
- The photo album, broken machine, weird blueprints, and badge in his secret lab. ("Fuzzy Pickles!", the Phase Distorter, Mr. Saturn's design notes, and the Franklin badge)
- Sans' inherent laziness (just existing requires him to be constantly piloting his own skeleton, of course he doesn't want to do more work than necessary.)
- His desire to "go back" to someplace other than the surface, which he already knows about.
- His ability to throw the protagonist's SOUL around by waving his hand (telekinesis)
- How insanely difficult his boss fight is (he's the protagonist of another game, of course he's a badass)
- His understanding of time travel and diverging timelines (he's a time traveler)
- How he teleports (Ness knows that spell)
- His appearance (he's almost exactly posed and proportioned like Ness's clay model
- His long-suffering wish for the protagonist to give up their evil ways (that's how he felt about Pokey)
- Why he's so dedicated to Papyrus and being his big brother, even though they are most likely not at all related. (Ness has a younger sibling.)
- Why he's so depressed whenever he mentions that he'll never see "them" again (the other three kids) and can never go home, and doesn't actually seem to own a phone: he's afflicted with the homesickness status effect, which can only be cured by calling his mother, which he can't do. This may be why he has such a soft spot for Toriel, even.
- Why he rides a bicycle in the true pacifist ending, even though Papyrus has a car he could ride in and is himself incredibly lazy. (He had one as a kid, and the only other bicycle is the wrecked one in the garbage.)
- Sans' name is only one letter off from being a Significant Anagram of Ness. That may have been done to keep the font theme going with Papyrus, or alternately, the font theme was meant to provide a plausible alternate reason for Sans' name.
- Jossed. note
To be "sans (something)" means to be without that thing. Perfect for somebody who struggles not to forget the things he's given up on trying to recover.
- He does talk in comic sans, so it could be both.
- His HP would still be unusually low. See hope theory for explanation.
- This is somewhat of a moot point since none of the monsters befriend the player — they befriend Frisk. It's Frisk who's smiling with them in the picture in the True Ending, not you. Flowey even asks you after the True Pacifist run to leave Frisk and the others alone to live their lives in peace. Of course, it's hard to determine how much Sans is aware of the difference, if at all, but it's possible that his hostility is aimed towards the player (a.k.a. the anomaly) and in the end, he's becoming genuinely friendly towards Frisk. When he says he's rooting for "you" in the Pacifist boss battle, he's actually rooting for Frisk, and when he offers mercy in the Genocide boss battle, again he tries to appeal to Frisk, or whatever is left of them after everything they were forced to do by the player. In the latter case, he even says that he was secretly hoping they could be friends. (Of course, this might as well be a ruse.)
In a Pacifist run, since the player gained no EXP or LOVE, the Mercy Invincibility remained as before and there would be no poison/Karma damage. Of course, the fight would be still difficult, considering the Platform Hell and Gaster Blasters.
- Sans does not want to fight.
At a phone call in Hotland, Papyrus says he wants to have bishie eyes like Mettaton. Before Mettaton reveals his new form, which is lampshaded by Undyne. At a phone call at one of the bridge seed puzzles, he also mentions a phone than can turn into a jet pack - which also happens later. His line about the True Pacifist ending being the worst ending can be seen on a new light of you look at his sprite when he says it - he's smiling like he's making a joke.
Papyrus is also the only character to outright mention how to control the game - the Froggit has bracketed dialogue, implying that the dialogue about its friend skipping through its dialogue is not actually what's being said and is simply Frisk or Chara providing details on how to play the game instead, and the sign about reading signs is in brackets - something no other sign is, which also implies the sign says something different.
Hell, Papyrus references future events, and he even seems incredibly relaxed over dying, like he knows it's all temporary and will reset soon — something even Sans doesn't have. Sans only mentions the timelines in response to Frisk's response (resetting his judgement, his speeches after dying to him on Genocide, the date with him), but Papyrus just mentions it out of nowhere with no prompting.
- Papyrus is just a kid. He says some very stupid things. Papyrus also happens to be a very interesting person. That may be why Flowey did not get bored with him as easily.
- He's not wearing a striped shirt.
- Well, Sans did say Papyrus just recently started wearing the starman suit, so maybe he previously wore striped shirts.
If you beat him, that's it. Game over. Chara wins, they erase the world entirely, and corrupts any future playthroughs, preventing everyone, including Sans, from keeping their happy ending. This in turn causes Sans to pull no punches in the boss fight. Is there any good reason he says "Don't say I didn't warn you"?
Basically, at some point, Gaster developed a weapon in anticipation of all-out war against the humans once the barrier was broken. This weapon would basically cause the murderous intent of whoever is exposed to it to function akin to an autoimmune disorder, destroying the subject's soul from the inside. However, it could not be wielded effectively by combat personnel for obvious reasons. Sans was the only one who survived the tests because of his laziness and apathy.
Both of them play with the fourth wall in their own ways and have a disposition towards trolling you and Papyrus. Also, the Dog periodically makes a sleeping spot out of Sans's trash tornado.
Sans got the human to say "I'm the legendary fartmaster" for no reason.
From what we can gather, Falling Down is pretty much the equivalent of a monster ending up in a coma. You know, unconscious for an extended length of time and probably going to die. And we know several monsters from Snowdin ended Falling Down in the semi-recent past since they ended up as Almagamates at Alphys' lab (Snowdrake's mother, several of the dogs, etc.). Add in the fact that Sans' stats are really low (1 HP, 1 Atk, 1 Def) and it isn't hard to imagine that Papyrus has worried about the idea of his brother Falling Down at some point or another.
If Sans is awake and moving around, Papyrus knows he's all right. But if Sans is asleep, then the possibility exists. No amount of optimism can completely banish the idea. No matter how unlikely, there is still the chance that Sans won't wake up again. Just like all those other monsters that were sent to the Royal Scientist and never came back (at least not until the end of the Pacifist Route when Alphys admits what happened to them).
At first glance it would seem like Sans just let anything happen because if anything went really wrong, he knew Frisk would reload. But remember how the Ruins have a much higher encounter rate than everywhere else? It might be left over from the Demo, but it also might be because of Sans. He can't keep every monster away from Frisk, but the majority of the ones he lets through are harmless. Snowdrake is a kid, Icecap just wants to show off his hat, Jerry doesn't attack, ect. Even the dogs are harmless, because they'll all let you go if you pet them. Sans is keeping anyone really dangerous away from them.
Monsters are vulnerable to killing intent, and Sans is all-but-canonically apathetic to the point of depression, right?
...I can't think of any way to phrase this theory that wouldn't risk implying that Sans's depression is a good thing, so let me just start off by saying that's not what I mean at all, he's just using circumstances to his advantage in a really weird way.
Sans isn't dodging, he's just apathetic enough to shrug off your malice, which the game represents as dodging. That's why no one else does it. He's the only one broken enough to ignore killing intent.
But how do you kill him in the end?
That's where the fact that he's the only monster who seems to bleed comes in.
The "wound" isn't actually blood. It's common fanon that if Papyrus dies, Sans keeps his scarf. Sans is wearing the scarf under his shirt. At the end of the battle, you cut the shirt open, revealing the scarf.
And Sans remembers what he's fighting for.
Depression can't shut out everything. His defenses drop, your killing intent registers, and he dies.
TLDR: Sans, trickster that he is, weaponized his own mental health issues.
- While this theory is interesting, you'd have to explain why he's spitting up his brothers scarf.
- This is pretty much certain. Not only a secret message from him is written in Wingdings, but Sans owns blueprints with strange symbols and the Ferryman warns you to not trust "the man who speaks in hands".
- A guide on Steam about Gaster actually raises a good point. If WD stands for WingDings, what about "Gaster"? It's not a font. Unless you taker WD Gaster as "Wing DinG Aster". "Aster" is a font, as well as a flower genus.
- One of the WMGs for Papyrus and Sans attempts to explain this with "Papyrus and Sans's last names are also Gaster."
- Alternately, WD Gaster's full name is something like Wilbur Demitel Graham Aster, which he always shortened as G. Aster on documents. Over time, his full name was forgotten, other than by the most dedicated of followers, and was corrupted into W. D. Gaster.
Similarly, Sans and Papyrus speak with their own accents.
The 'fun' variable wasn't accidentally broken. It was deliberately left there, "broken" in an obvious way, to attract yet another type of player — the data-miner. Instead of just addressing players who play by the rules of the code, Undertale will also address players who try to get absolutely everything, whether or not it's supposed to be accessed at all. In fact, the grey characters associated with Gaster are already pleading with these players to stop.]]
In the end, Gaster's trail of bread crumbs will lead to a scathing indictment of those players who wouldn't give up looking for him. The game may even consider this act worse than killing everyone — you might not be killing them, but you're still warping their world in unnatural ways, after all...
- Gaster also has an in-universe reason for not wanting to come back. One of the secret messages asks the player to imagine the world being no different without them. Gaster has learned something he cannot unlearn - that he didn't really make a difference to anyone during his life and that the world is no different without him.
- Supporting this is that Toby leaves messages specifically for string dumps and spritesheets The first thing you see in both are in the vein of "don't look here, and seriously don't post these anywhere".
- In one of the demo versions of the game, there exist phone conversations with a character named "Grandpa Semi" - likely a reference to so-called semi-serif fonts, alluding to his relationship with Sans. One of those phone conversations involves said character calling the player to order a pizza - something that, in the full version, Alphys will do should you reset after performing her friendship sidequest.
- The backer who co-created So Sorry mentions "the character that would become Alphys" in a tumblr post, suggesting that the Royal Scientist started out as a considerably different person.
Effectively, the Royal Scientist was retooled from being Grandpa Semi into being Alphys... which means that Grandpa Semi had to be cut from the game, and here we are.
While these evidences point to him being a Skeleton, what makes me think he is actually related to Sans and Papyrus is Sans himself. Through some Guide Dang It! antics, you can get Sans' room key, which in turn can lead you to find a secret room with a broken machine under a tarp, blueprints written in a way Frisk cannot understand (possibly Wingdings) a picture of Sans and people Frisk doesn't recognize, and a picture of Frisk, Sans and the other main characters. That's a picture that only exists in one of the endings, under specific circumstances, and you can find it even before you finish the game the first time. This plus Sans' Boss Banter during a No Mercy run suggests he not only has a deep connection to Gaster, the same event that lead Gaster's Fate Worse than Death also allowed Sans to do Offscreen Teleportation, and be a Fourth-Wall Observer.
- That voice is adult Asriel. Assuming Gaster has a voice, he seems to sound like...um...a robot?
- But at that point in the game, adult Asriel doesn't exist yet. If anything, the use of Asriel's Voice Grunting in said phone call only further solidifies that the phone call is from Gaster: his corrupting presence is causing yet another paradox.
- Flowey is shown to be able to use Asriel's voice grunting at the end of a No Mercy run without having become Asriel, it's entirely possible for him to have made the call using it.
- That would be the third. The first was Chara and the second was the girl with the toy knife and the faded ribbon, who never left the ruins.
- The child with the faded ribbon had to have left the ruins because Asgore has their SOUL, and he's never been to the Ruins since Asriel's death.
- Digging through some of the code (namely, the collection of text strings used by the game), the name Gaster appears just after Asriel in what seems to be the list of bosses. All of the enemies in the game have a specific index (the game generates the index for the correct fight when you enter a battle). Asriel's is 255- the highest some programming variables can store. It's obvious that this game was made by people who were very, very good at programming (see also the way it messes with save files). Assuming the fight is there at all, it may have to be reconstructed or have to be triggered in an extremely obtuse way, due to not resembling any other boss fight in the game data-wise.
- Sans doesn't look like the kind of guy to fill the role of Judge because he wasn't made for it to start with. He was the NPC to explain Papyrus' nature and provide some comic relief throughout the game, same as Mettaton's fans or Monster Kid looking up to Undyne. But, the universe, seeing he fulfilled no primary purpose in any version of itself other than that, reassigned him because he was a skeleton that appeared frequently that was not already Papyrus, and after that point he didn't have much to do. With the knowledge of things he never had to think about before, he fell into an existential depression that he tries to keep hidden when he's being funny.
- Alphys is so incompetent and nervous as the lead researcher because this wasn't the job she was hired for. She was an assistant to Gaster, content to stay his understudy, not liking the attention such a job would give her. But once again, as she was the scientist who was in the royal lab, she became the royal scientist. As all eyes were on her at all times, she developed a performance anxiety that snowballed into self-loathing and suicidal thoughts as a result of being remade to think she's qualified to do all of it.
- And worst of all, all of the NPCs that existed to give Gaster more backstory and significance through gossip? They had no purpose BUT knowing who he was. And thus, they were thrown away along with Gaster himself, as everything else was already adequately explained when brought up. When put back into the game, they still fulfil their old role, speaking of Gaster. But they do so knowing that their very existence is trivial, and now share Gaster's desire to be left alone.
In conclusion, Gaster isn't upset because he saw he had no impact on the world. He's upset because his impact was taken from him at the expense of others.
It's implied, if not outright stated that Gaster was a brilliant scientist. So, it's not too odd to think that maybe he, like Toriel, was opposed to the idea of killing humans to break the barrier. He urged Asgore to leave his plan to kill humans and harvest their souls to break the barrier as a last resort Plan B, at least until he's done his research into space-time manipulation. The research created the Core, as a gateway to the fabric of spacetime, and may or may not have granted Sans the insight, which he later developed into his signature "shortcut" teleportation. Indeed, it is fully possible that Gaster intentionally dove into the Core to speed up his research, and was torn apart and scattered across spacetime as a result of either poor preparation, safety precautions, or just plain bad luck. Either way, with Gaster's death, the Plan A of deleting the barrier from "spacetime", or the game's files, was lost and scrapped. Thus, the only option left was the dreaded Plan B, which, as we know, was to kill humans who fell into the Underground, harvest their souls, and then destroy the barrier using them.
It is possible that some of Gaster's more able fragments are still running around Spacetime, trying to find either answers, the barrier's files, or just an exit back to the Underground.
- Adding onto this, it may be through Gaster that Sans, who he seems to know, first learned about meta concepts. Gaster was researching a way to hack the game itself and program the barrier out of all timelines. He had apparently made quite a bit of progress before all evidence of his existence disappeared (perhaps he accidentally hacked himself out instead?), seeing that all you need to do to see Gaster and his "followers" is to change a few variables in the savefile and the .ini.
- This can also explain some other matters. If we assume that Alphys and Sans were Gaster's lab assistants at the time, they may have been placed in charge of keeping Gaster safe while in the Core...and fell asleep at the wheel. Whether due to general exhaustion with Sans' low health and endurance, or sleepiness brought forth by the poor choice of watching anime at 3AM, reasoning it'll be an easy day at work tomorrow, both assistants are sleepy. Yet Gaster decides to have one of them be on hand to pull him out if the Core gets volatile - either to shake them up a little to clarify why being rested is important, or because it's crunch time, the king is demanding results, and they've got nothing yet. Bad move, doctor. Alphys/Sans falls asleep, unaware to Gaster, who desperately tries to alert his colleagues to pull him back up, and is only noticed once Sans/Alphys wakes the other one up and they both hastily pull up Gaster...or what's left of him, anyway. These events later cause Sans to leave the labs and the scientific life out of grief or fear that he'll be next to dive into the Core, and Alphys, already pressured by grief from creating the Amalgamates, gets even more piled on her shoulders, quite possibly leading her to consider suicide. note
- Gaster's battle graphics, aside from the good doctor himself, will be exclusively blocky and plain development placeholder graphics, without the usual flair and sound effects.
- Gaster could be fought on any route, but differs depending on which route you take. On a Neutral or Pacifist route, losing to him is impossible, as he boots you out of the battle once you reach a low enough health. But in a No Mercy run, he becomes absolutely unfair as a boss. Split-second reaction times to move the SOUL to a barely large enough safe zone from a mass of crisscrossing Gaster Blasters, attack patterns getting switched within the same attack, with each pattern overlapping the next one, and not even the otherwise present Wingdings-font warning about the next pattern is there. Not to mention randomly swapping the SOUL color mid-attack without any telegraphing for the event.
- Gaster's battle would be very similar to Sans's, but possibly with less cheating.
- Well, who else is fragmented across space and time, erased from history, and is manipulating the universe to accomplish a goal?
One of Gaster's followers states that it took Asgore a very long time to hire a new royal scientist because Gaster was such a tough act to follow. This is, naturally, impossible if Asgore didn't remember enough of Gaster to at least know he was a great scientist. Assuming that the Man who Speaks in Hands is Gaster, the River Person would also have to remember at least something about him.
Gaster fell in, was mourned, and had his story laid to rest. The reason he's never mentioned is because they don't think the human needs to know about the dead Royal Scientist. Keep in mind that the monsters explicitly think of Frisk as a child because of their striped shirt, and people usually don't go around telling children about people who died gruesome deaths before they were even conceived.
- Well, the Dogs sheet's holes are getting bigger. Perhaps this is a sign of Gaster's return?
Only then would he engage you in battle. Despite being capable of crossing the barrier and harvesting another soul easily, he has taken an interest in your soul in particular due to you surging with determination, and is quite aware of your power to SAVE.
Gaster's motives and personality could range anywhere from a scheming Starscream to simply having monsterkind's best interests at heart, just like Asgore. Gaster is just far more ruthless and motivated than Asgore ever was, to the point where he would allow Asgore to die to see the plan through. (Of course, this distinction would be able to tell you whether or not he would deal the deathblow to Asgore if you spare him or simply move Asgore aside as he takes center stage.)
Ultimately, he started losing interest in this role as he became more and more aware of of the temporal anomaly... AKA Flowey, and became more focused on that than on breaking the barrier.
Enter Sans, an actual time traveler, who knows very well that time travel is possible, he just doesn't know how it works. So Gaster experiments with the concept until he realizes that Undertale is a confined universe. The darkness he's talking about in Entry 17? It's basically Behind the Black on a universal scale. The goal was to leave Undertale's universe entirely and go to a different one, something that Sans-Ness would be deeply interested in doing so he can get back home. Gaster tried to bridge the gap, but a crossover requires two narrative universes having a mutual connection, but Undertale's connections to the MOTHER universe are only on its own side. Gaster effectively tried to cross a bridge that he didn't know couldn't exist and now he's lost in the game's files. But there's hope...
The more updates that Undertale gets, more and more Gaster-related content will appear, as long as the fandom keeps speculating on who and what he is. Eventually, he'll be called back to the game proper in a patch or update, and bring all his new knowledge with him. And maybe finally we can all stop crying messily all over our keyboards and save everybody then.
- Building on this, it's possible he can actually remember resets like everyone else, but wipes his own memory because he chooses not to remember.
Chara is the Player Character on a meta, deconstructive level, more akin to an MMORPG hero than a singleplayer RPG character - a sociopath who only cares about achieving their stated objective and increasing their stats, and will freely kill or spare NPCs based solely on their role in the game.
Gaster, on the third hand, is the player as a hacker/out-of-universe "entity", watching from another dimension and attempting to break all the game world's rules for... unknown reasons. It's possible he may ultimately be a heroic character, trying to fix the plot and save the NPC's in any number of ways, for any number of reasons - hacking in a new Asriel soul, hacking away the Barrier, hacking a bypass to the Barrier... but it's equally likely that his "shortcuts" in that regard will create a Game-Breaking Bug, thus making him a Tragic Hero that needs to be stopped.
Or even that he's doing it for no comprehensible in-universe reason, and is like Flowey but even worse, warping the world of the game itself just out to see what will happen and what he can find if he messes with the game's coding...
The lattermost option may even make the most sense, as Toby is already noted for "punishing"/identifying hackers (the Dirty Hacker ending), so it wouldn't be out of character for him to create a character that's a reflection of the player as Hacker, and place him into the game saves of people who have hacked, and then force them to fight him and confront what they've been doing, what they've become.
The Determination Extractor had to have existed before Alphys became the Royal Scientist, because by the time she took the job, the only source of Determination in the Underground (Chara) was already dead and gone. Gaster is the only person we know of who could have built it. However, since Alphys created Flowey, that means that the concept of a time reset couldn't have come up until after Gaster was gone. In other words, "Determination" would only have been known to Gaster as a force that can oppose the normal laws of physics.
This is important because Sans and Alphys know each other. Their dialogue in the True Pacifist ending and Sans' awareness of the Amalgamates (as seen in the phone call made outside Alphys' lab) indicates that the two of them are the "we" Sans refers to during his boss fight, observing the changes in the timelines. Alphys even states that alternate universes are a confirmed fact.
So Gaster, having somehow gained a supply of Determination, used it to overcome the Arrow of Time. He tried to go back and undo the war between humans and monsters that lead to the monsters being sealed into the underground in the first place, but rather than becoming his own ancestor or running into Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act, Gaster ended up creating a time paradox that could only be resolved by removing him from reality altogether, and then editing the remaining reality so that his accomplishments would remain (particularly the CORE, which he invented, and possibly Sans and Papyrus, if you believe he is their father or otherwise created them), but would be put into effect by someone else. To Gaster, and to all other observers, this would imply that everything Gaster did was actually a matter of destiny, that these things would come about no matter who was available to actually do the work, and the individual workers were meaningless.
Together with his highly intelligent lab assistant Papyrus he stared doing the math and figuring out exactly what sort of power and math would be needed which lead to the construction of the core, with it's electrical generators and massive banks of computers. Then they just needed the help of Papyrus' brother Sans, who while somewhat lazy was brilliant as well, to design the pod that would eventually carry a monster through and out into the rest of the world. When it was finally ready Gaster volunteered to test it on the grounds that if it hadn't worked he couldn't contribute more to the underground anyway. Sans helped him get set up in the core and stayed to observe the test while Papyrus kept track of the effects from the laboratory in the waterfall region where hydro electric power was plentiful and any failure of the core wouldn't compromise data gathering.
The device itself worked, but Gaster didn't account for something in the barrier; it was not simply designed to keep monsters in but to make sure that every monster on earth was in the underground so no resistance up above would exist. So when he was outside, the barrier tried to rectify it by placing him back underground, but at the same time as he was outside, he was also underground because for a few brief moments the two places were one in the same. The barrier, being ancient magic from before the time of any form of quantum physics, basically blue screened trying to figure out how to handle a situation it hadn't been built to comprehend, and moved Gaster "nowhere", as in physically out of existence, while technically not killing him. Not on the surface, fulfilling the needs of the magic, but also nowhere in the underground. Everywhere and also nowhere at the same time.
Sans having been observing the test in person, was not affected by the universe wide memory wipe; the core being the location of the event was also untouched. Everyone else had their Gaster related memories wiped baring omnipotent beings, those whose existence depended on Gaster's in some form were erased from the timeline (that's the gaster_followers), Papyrus had most of his memory wiped because of how much was devoted to things he'd learned from or directly relating to Gaster, which left only a love of the unknown/unexplained in the form of "puzzles" but none of the scientific knowledge to go with it. Alphys, the second choice for royal scientist, was retconned into the position and ended up credited with everything Gaster had done. The Core became the underground's electrical plant, the computers became the monster internet, and the pod ended up in Sans workshop, where for a time he tried to figure out how to undo the accident, but having been exposed to the entire multiverse as a side effect of witnessing Gaster's demise he was constantly bombarded with knowledge of every version of himself failing and gave up, falling into a deep lethargic depression. The only thing keeping him going was a need to take care of his mostly lobotomized brother and knowledge from other versions of himself on what would happen if he died.
So in short, Gaster got splattered across the multiverse, Alphys got retconed into fame and notoriety to fill the gaps where the barrier hadn't been able to erase, Papyrus got magically lobotomized, and Sans became a universal constant sharing knowledge of every possible version of reality.
- To the point that even Sans will speak in proper capitalization and doesn't go back until Gaster is destroyed once and for all.
But we "speak in hands" when we play Undertale - the keyboard and mouse are how we interact with the world and guide Frisk, and both require the use of our hands, so we "speak" through Frisk with our hands.
The third Gaster follower also mentions "it's rude to talk about someone who is listening" before disappearing. Aside from Frisk, we are the ones who are listening to the follower. As a result, we become Gaster in Neutral and Pacifist.
But in Genocide, we are Frisk. One could say we are both Chara and Frisk, but Chara "separates" from us at the end when they revive, leaving us as Frisk, and victim to the consequences of our actions.
On the other hand, Gaster remains to guide Frisk in Neutral, and lets go his influence when Frisk confronts Asriel in "Pacifist Run", where Frisk is in control and free to speak his real name.
Instead he was trying to keep his people alive. Basically we know that every abbreviation in undertale normally seen in an RPG has a different true meaning. XP is execution points, LV is level of violence, so what does HP stand for? Hope, or Hope points. The will to live itself in the form of a number. Without hope Monsters physically can't survive and with half the royal family, the brightest symbols of hope in the underground, suddenly kicking the bucket it's not unreasonable to think there was a chance of people just dropping dead... or 'falling down' as it were. Asgore was scrambling to give them something to hold onto that would let them live just a little longer.
- Simply rebooting the game will cause him to reappear to you, no reset needed.
- Or a more optimistic theory, the fact you can't kill him confirms that Toby intends to bring him back at some point.
- Jossed. The player character is another child, though the anagram name suggests some connection to Frisk.
- Well, the First Child WAS his adopted sibling that he grew up with during his early childhood. More than just ordinary friendship yes, but probably also quite contrary to what you are implying.
Consider how, provided you don't keep yourself from killing Undyne, she and her undying form will die in a manner unique to her alone: melting, after keeping herself alive through sheer willpower. Consider that only the player and Flowey have had Determination, and yet neither one of them is a monster. It would be surprising that she would be alright after she is mortally wounded... if it weren't for the True Lab. In the True Lab we see numerous Amalgamations that, while not inherently more dangerous than the normal monsters, they ARE all melted and melded together. That's the key word, too: Melted. While all the Determination experiments were on death's doorstep, their proximity to other determination-treated monsters probably made them unstable and caused them to melt. This is not the case with Undyne: while she might have escaped from the True Lab, she didn't have prolonged exposure to other Determination-treated monsters, and as a result, didn't react. That is, until she is brought to death's doorstep by the player, in which their determination goes into one last clash before she breaks down, melts, and dies. In No Mercy, she takes a huge amount of damage in one swing, and while she's starting to dissolve, she stops herself and becomes The Undying, again, in an attempt to take you out with her. However, this time she has no fatigue to her, and that means she still has the energy to mop the floor with you while biding time to get everyone to safety.
- Alternatively, Undyne managed to create her own Determination. She definitely had the right character for it, and the points where she melts are definitely in the right place for her to start doing it.
- That raises a significant question of why Alphys would allow Undyne to walk around casually if everyone should know that she's dead. If she was never dead then this raises the question of why Alphys performed Determination experiments on a live subject, and considering it didn't fail, why she didn't keep trying that.
- It's possible that she was a different kind of Determination experiment. Perhaps before injecting Determination into Corpses, she injected a different substance into Monsters to see if they could produce their own determination. Undyne already had the personality for it, after all. And if you kill her in the Neutral route, she says something about "this is why I couldn't tell Alphys...", just before she gets melty.
- Perhaps Alphys wasn't the one who conducted the experiment? In accordance with the "Gaster wrote the first 8 entries in the True Lab" WMG in the Gaster folder, Gaster may have been the one who implanted Determination in Undyne before he erased himself. He left behind enough documentation for Alphys to conduct her own Determination experiments, but not enough for her to get anything more than the Amalgamates out of it or to learn that Undyne was his test subject. Perhaps he injected her with Determination to save her after she lost her left eye?
- The light blue soul owned the toy knife and the ribbon, suggesting a young child. It had patience, since light blue attacks are avoided by staying still and the light blue flag talks about being patient. Its items are found early on so it must have never left the Ruins (either choosing to stay there, or because staying still wouldn't work against those enemies).
- The orange soul owned the tough glove and manly bandanna. It was headstrong and always moved forward. Orange attacks are dodged by moving and the orange flag talks about rushing "fists-first trough obstacles", which ties in nicely with its equipment. This human died in or around Snowdin, which makes sense since every one of the dogs has an attack that you cannot avoid unless you stop moving at the right time.
- The darker blue soul belonged to a ballerina, as clearly evidenced by the ballet shoes and the tutu. The blue flag talks about gracefully hopping and twirling your way to victory. When your heart turns this shade of blue it becomes affected by gravity, forcing you to jump over obstacles.
- Also, she seems to have been a very violent young girl, judging from the dust that accumulated on her tutu. Was the dust from age or was it monster "blood"?
- Lending further to that, the descriptions for both items "jokingly" suggest they are quite deadly/protective, which no other items in the game do.
- Also also, you see the dark blue gravity effect more than once, but only on a No Mercy route when you'd be as or more violent than the soul was implied to be.
- Adding to the blue soul's violence, it might well have been Sans (or his ancestor) who dunked on her, just like you in No Mercy...
- This soul died in Waterfall, where several enemies have attacks that are nearly impossible to dodge if you are at the bottom of the screen.
- The purple soul owned the torn notebook and foggy glasses. These items have low stats but allow extra invincibility, suggesting another noncombatant. The purple flag talks about taking notes to achieve victory despite being trapped, and when your heart turns purple you are trapped on three lines and need to dodge attacks.
- Adding on to this, if they didn't get killed by Gerson like guessed below, Waterfall would still probably be where they died. They clearly weren't violent, and of the enemies in the area, one can only be spared by flexing (Hollywood Nerd, maybe?), one requires running into the bullets, and one is Temmie.
- Alternately, you find their items immediately before the two dark rooms. Perhaps this studious, methodical soul couldn't take notes very well when they could not see.
- The green soul was likely a cook; it owned the frying pan and an apron. The green flag talks about care and concern, and green attacks heal you (and often help end combat) throughout the game. But a green heart also lets you defend yourself from attacks with a shield. Between these useful abilities and the equipment's high stats, the green soul made it to Hotland before perishing.
- The green heart compared with the frying pan... this definitely brings to mind a more defensive person, blocking attacks with a frying pan repurposed as a shield...
- Since the orange attacks in this area require taking action, it's likely they died trying to defend when they should have acted.
- The yellow soul was a gunslinger of some kind, and owned the empty gun (presumably loaded at one point) and the cowboy hat. Its trait was accuracy, since the yellow flag talks about accuracy and the gun is ineffective if you don't hit the center of the target. When your heart turns yellow you can shoot bullets from it.
- This combat-ready soul may have made it all the way to the end of Hotland before dying. (Note that while much of Catty and Bratty's merchandise comes from Waterfall, Catty says she found the gun in "a dumpster" rather than the junkyard).
- On the other hand, similar to the dark blue soul, the yellow soul wouldn't be very good at defending against attacks coming from below (seeing as they would have been firing bullets upwards). It wouldn't be surprising if they died in Waterfall as well for that reason.
However, what does this imply for the SOUL-changing effects, like Papyrus' blue attack or the cell phone's yellow button? Perhaps the monsters who killed the earlier humans inadvertently absorbed part of their souls?
- Gerson claims, when pressed, that he is "not a hero" and "never was", despite obvious evidence that he was the previous generation's equivalent to Undyne. Why? Perhaps he did something he deeply regrets.
- Judging by the item's stats and general nature this was probably one of the least combat-ready of the six, and may not have even attacked a single monster—the notebook has the lowest ATK of any weapon except the stick. Gerson also says, if you ask him about Fate in the No Mercy route, that he never approved of the king's plan to attack the humans and felt betrayed when the king decided to pursue it. Both of these sound like good reasons for him to regret any part he might have had in killing that human.
- Judging by that human's trait (Perseverance), the human may have heard the plan for breaking the barrier and volunteered in the hope that it would dissuade Asgore from killing the humans, possibly having taken notes that Asgore was against his past-self's opinion on doing so anyway, and just needed to be shocked into giving up like he was shocked into declaring war. Chances are, this human asked Gerson to do it to avoid putting the burden of taking a life on a Monster that didn't yet have it. Gerson, being physically weak from old age and mentally paralyzed from reliving his past, wouldn't have hit hard enough to kill the human, meaning the human died slowly and painfully, all the while telling Gerson that both of them can do this. The human would have finally died after exiting the shop so that Gerson would not have to see them die. Gerson isn't sparing Frisk out of cowardice. He's traumatized from being an accessory to suicide.
Plus, thematically, Mettaton EX (or Mettaton NEO) is the last enemy a player would realistically equip the Cowboy Hat and Empty Gun against, since the Worn Knife and Locket are right after him. How fitting an end for those items.
- Why didn't they just keep the box to use against you on genocide, then, since it worked the last time a trigger-happy murderchild went on a spree?
- It's possible that the kid was killing anything in his way, but not actively pursuing enemies. In Genocide you effectively have to go hunt down every last monster left alive, but if you're only doing it in self-defense you can still rack up a high kill count without turning geno. In that case Mettaton NEO wouldn't have had to been brought out seeing as it was made with stopping a genocidal maniac in mind. So Yellow would've most likely have fought the Met in his indestructible form, because he wouldn't've known where the button to unleash Met EX was.
Further speculation on what those powers may have been is optional.
- The SAVE button seems to glow with the colors of the other souls, which might lead one to think that the SAVE ability can only be done when all seven traits are present. Six of them are in Asriel, and the seventh is yourself. However, we know from Omega Flowey, that the souls want to help you, so when you remember and realize that they can help you, you reach into Asriel's soul because the six human souls open a door or a window for you to reach your other friends, hence the SAVE button glowing with the six soul colors.
- That's... not how radiation works. At all. The monsters are explicitly magic, so it's easier to say A Wizard Did It.
- Monsters are nearly immune to magic, while humans are susceptible to it. It's hinted throughout the game that most of the monsters aren't meaning to hurt Frisk and are doing so accidentally. The hint in the librarby implies that monsters use these harmful attacks very casually with each other such as with bullet-themed birthday cards. Flowey's trick about "friendliness pellets" may actually hold some truth if it weren't for the fact that Frisk is a human.
- And hes also the father of Heats Flamesman.
- Papyrus - Pride. He takes much more pride is his work than he deserves and he has fantasies about earning even greater fame and fortune.
- Sans - Sloth. He is apathetic about most things and he refuses to act until he has no other choice.
- Undyne - Wrath. She has a very aggressive personality and is easily angered by small things (i.e. breaking the table with a spear when the player tried to stand up).
- Alphys - Envy. She envies the player and set up a plan to insert herself into their adventure, plus she left Mettaton's body unfinished because she was envious of his popularity.
- Mettaton - Lust. Spends the entire battle pulling various erotic poses and takes almost orgasmic joy in the adoration of his fans.
- Muffet - Greed. She is willing to kill someone and take their soul for money, and even during her battle she extorts money out of the player to make her attacks easier.
- Flowey - Gluttony. "Ate" the human souls and used their power to kill the player over and over again, just for fun.
- Asgore - Original sin. A fundamentally good person who was driven to despair by the death of his children and vowed to kill every human who came down to the underground, starting the events of the game.
- Glyde - Pride. Grows destructive with your applause.
- The Player - Sloth. Frequently commented on as being indifferent to the consequences of their actions, looking to try everything just to see what it's like.
- Chara - Wrath. Drives the very angry/cruel No Mercy run, as well as the destruction of existence.
- Flowey - Envy. Wants to feel something, anything, like he did before.
- Mettaton - Lust. Same as above.
- Muffet - Greed. Same as above.
- Annoying Dog - Gluttony. Eats everything and anything!
- Gaster/Asgore - Original Sin.
It's no secret the monsters are pretty good guys. It then makes more sense that the seven people you save at the end of the Perfect Pacifist run are symbolic of virtues.
- Papyrus - Kindness. Shows good will and trust to you even on the No Mercy run.
- Sans - Patience. Endlessly waits to judge you and fight to protect the timelines.
- Undyne - Diligence. Takes a beating on all paths and never gives up.
- Alphys - Humility. Even with all her amazing accomplishments, thinks of others.
- Toriel - Charity. Saves you and cares for you at the beginning of the game.
- Asriel - Chastity. Purified and free from the sin of Flowey.
- Asgore - Temperance. King of underground and weighs his interests with those of his people.
Look at the DTE Machine and Omega Flowey.◊ Now look at Gyftrot. See something similar? Maybe the original machine was built around the skull of one of Gyftrot's relatives? OR the machine was intended as a mobile weapon in the war against humans, which never came to fruition because Gaster convinced Asgore to wait until his research was done, which had Asgore mellow out and back off on his declaration of war.
In Mettaton's old house, the third diary states that there were THREE cousins working at the Blook family farm, but the third ghost went off to become a training dummy. Soon after, Mettaton ran off to become a star, leaving Blooky by himself.
Notably, there's only two ghosts living in Waterfall now: Napstablook, and the Mad Dummy, who's inhabiting... A training dummy.
Now, when the third ghost left, Mettaton described Napstablook's reaction as being "resigned" while (later accurately) accusing Mettaton of going off to become corporeal. Perhaps, when Mettaton eventually did leave, Napstablook went out to see just why did his other cousins ran off to gain physical forms. The Mad Dummy claims that ghosts try to find a body for themselves to make themselves feel whole, which most likely fueled Napstablook's endeavor seeing as how his cousins' betrayals would certainly have broken his heart and left him feeling empty. Eventually, Napstablook came across a training dummy, like what his first cousin went off to become. He tried to make it his new home.
And then Frisk comes along. They either break the Dummy or scare him out of the dummy. If they break it, it's obvious why he would have to leave. However, if any other option is picked, he leaves anyway. The Mad Dummy describes his cousin as "shy." Napstablook is a very shy ghost, often bursting into tears if nobody actively cheers him on (further breaking his "poor ethereal heart"), or he ends up panicking mid conversation and excusing himself ("It doesn't seem much for conversation"). Napstablook is one to avoid confrontation of any kind, which may be why he runs away if you fool around with the Dummy, for fear of anything escalating into something he can't handle. He then decides becoming corporeal is not going to solve his problems and returns to the farm. But the Mad Dummy thinks that you purposely chased him out. He may have forgotten how Blooky would react to certain situations, since it's implied that the third ghost left long ago.
Napstablook tends to either forgive or forget any wrongdoing you (keyword being "you") do to him. If you "attack" him at the Ruins, he'll say nothing of it at Waterfall, and invites you to his house like nothing happened. He'll even be there at a Genocide run, if you haven't exhausted Waterfall's kill count yet. He either forgets the things you did, forgets you completely (the True Pacifist epilogue suggests this may be the case), or thinks that it's somehow his fault you beat him up (also likely, due to that "resigned" comment), but once you visit him he's glad to have met you, and you give him something to be happy about. He decides to stay a ghost, even after his cousins left, since knowing that someone cares about him even a little bit makes him feel "whole." But that initial insecurity may have led him to try to patch the void, driving him to the Ruins in the first place.
(Feel free to explore any holes in this theory. Protip: don't post WMGs at 2 in the morning.)
- When Napstablook accidentally breaks up the fight between you and Mad Dummy, they don't seem to recognize Mad Dummy, referring to them as 'your friend'. Although it's possible they could be related via Mettaton, or Napstablook feels very alienated from his relations in general after Mettaton left.
He mentions only living as long as he did due to his knowledge — implying all of his peers have died, and he is the only monster aside from Asgore and Toriel who is canonically confirmed to have been around in wartimes. Maybe he has determination like Undyne?
As we know, Migosp's personality changes depending on if there's another monster around. If there is a monster, Migosp acts as a hive-mind type of creature and is hostile, even calling the player a "filthy single minder". However, once the other monsters are gone, it gains a cheerful personality and even stops fighting, responding in a friendly (and flirty?) "Hiya~" if spoken to. In this state of mind, Migosp is still channeling the personality of another being: Frisk, in their naturally friendly, gentle personality that is shown during a Pacifist run. Migosp's low HP text also reads "Migosp refuses to give up", possibly as a reference to Frisk's determination, and two of its battle quotes read "Bein' me is the best!" and "La la~ Just be yourself~" as a reference to Frisk being revealed as their own person instead of being the nameable Fallen Child.
Likewise, Migospel originally fronts with a friendly, funny, clownlike facade that disappears and reveals that they are actually a rather sad individual; saying things like "Don't let them see me this way", "Laughter hides the pain", "They cannot worry for me", and "Everyone has gone", which can be read as an alternative to "But nobody came". Migospel only appears in Hard Mode where the input name is Frisk, so this could be seen as another facet to Frisk's personality...or perhaps to the original Fallen Child themselves, who has a cheerful look but a dark personality. Migospel also does things like juggle balls made of ants or make balloon animals out of angry bees, similar to how the Fallen Child attempted to make a pie out of pretty, poisonous buttercups instead of cups of butter.
- I don't think Alphys knew just what she had done. In her entries, she just calls the flower... well, "the flower." If she knew that it was sapient, she definitely would have been more considerate, and likely wouldn't have hidden it from the entries since they were supposed to tell the whole truth of her experiments to her friends. Also, Asriel wakes up in the garden (outright stated on a Genocide Run), his "Save Point." He doesn't remember the lab, and therefore is implied not to know how he ended up that way. None of the characters remember the True Final Boss, so Alphys would still be unaware of his reincarnation after a Pacifist ending.
- Undyne's dislike for Mettaton could be more of a personality/motivation clash. Undyne is all about passion, duty, loyalty, and is the head of the royal guard and has a lot of loyalty for Asgore. Metatton, on the other hand, is passionate and loyal.... to fame and/or his fans. He does anything just to make more people like him, while Undyne focuses on her duty and loyalty to the king first and then her friends after. She might see Mettaton as more of a sell-out just to get ratings, money, and fame. The fact that Mettaton replaced Asriel's statue in the MTT Hotel (which I assume was not originally called the MTT Resort) with a statue of himself probably does not help Undyne's opinions of him whatsoever.
Because the red SOUL (guided by you) is determination, and determination represents a certain aspect of a gamer (specifically the type of gamer who never gives up until they're satisfied, for better or worse), it stands to reason that the other six humans could also be meant to be taken as another aspect or archtype of gamers as a whole.
- The Light Blue SOUL is the patient gamer, ready for a waiting-based puzzle they can solve. Alternatively, you could see it as the type of player who plays the game to the end of the prologue (if even), doesn't like it and quits without riding out the rest of the way to see if it gets better (the first child didn't even make it out of the ruins).
- The Orange SOUL is the type of gamer who just kind of shrugs off the game's message and plays it as normal, they'll FIGHT but may or may not decide to spare the monsters who back off when their HP gets low, meaning that they would kill most major bosses.
- The Dark Blue SOUL has enough hints that it was likely they'd be the type of gamer to go through the evil path, as it's implied in multiple places (though Fanon blows it out of proportion) that they were on a Genocide or at least a high-kill Neutral run.
- The Purple SOUL, with their notebook allowing them to write down everything, may be the type of gamer who is the Easter Egg hunter, playing the game to death and cataloging everything different that happens for posterity (think us here on TV Tropes, willing to play the game over and over trying different things to immortalize it on the site).
- The Green SOUL is the caring gamer who fully immerses themselves in the world and will always go for the best, happiest route. Green being healing, stopping combat (or both), and creating a shield would lend itself well to someone who doesn't fight back but instead tries to make friends and cares about those they meet.
- The Yellow SOUL is the type of gamer who tried to be pacifist but eventually got frustrated or gave up at a challenge without an obvious solution (think the type of gamer who would kill Toriel because they can't figure out she can be spared repeatedly); if they just gunned down monsters willy-nilly, they'd die pretty early on when they ran out of bullets, so they probably saved them for challenges they couldn't surmount without violence.
The Annoying Dog shows up to steal Papyrus's special attack, as well as the mysterious powerful artifact. In the January 2016 update, the special attack is elaborated on (Papyrus hints at it being a Gaster Blaster...which has been stolen, yet again) and the artifact was made easier to get (the keys you need to press appear over the statue, instead of making you play the keys by ear). Maybe things that involve the Annoying Dog are going to be continuously updated until they finally become a legit part of the story...at which point you can fight Toby in the secret room.
Carrying on from the above idea of Gaster slowly inserting himself into the game through updates, the artifact is going to do something important when it's fully implemented, and Gaster wants you to have it, which is why the puzzle solution appears now. On a meta sense, it makes an annoying puzzle less frustrating, but in-game it's Gaster making the item easier to acquire. A way to save absolutely everyone, perhaps...?
Flowey concludes that lacking a soul in his current form is the reason why he cannot feel attachments to anyone, with this being what eventually led him down the path of villainy alongside sheer boredom and curiosity brought on by constant resets. However, in-game lore admits to the nature of souls being not fully known, so it could merely be folklore that monster souls are what give them the abilities to feel love, compassion, and hope. It's possible that lacking a soul isn't really why Flowey is so emotionally closed off.
Flowey's real problem is PTSD. Many of his thoughts and behaviors align with symptoms of the disorder, and all of these problems happened only after he had suffered a multitude of traumas, including but not remotely limited to watching his only friend die slowly of buttercup poisoning, being beaten to death himself, and waking up as a flower later on in his father's garden, only to have his screams for help go unanswered. In the immediate wake of all these events, he realizes that despite Asgore eventually coming to his aid and doing his best to comfort him, he can't feel anything for him, and after some time, he runs away expecting Toriel to be able to "fix" him. While this doesn't work either, it's not because of supernatural reasons, but rather just the fact that he is just getting over recent trauma and shutting down emotionally isn't an uncommon reaction while the brain tries to process the trauma.
Even long after everything, when Frisk falls into the underground, he still shows many signs of coping badly with the trauma and suffering PTSD. The main one is how he still cannot feel positive feelings towards others, and generally has a lot of emotional problems going on. He's impulsive and prone to sudden bouts of anger, and in his own words, "became despondent". His entire "kill or be killed" view of the world developed as a way to cope with what has happened to him; PTSD sufferers commonly adopt negative views of the world, such as finding it to be unsafe. He also admits as Asriel that he always blamed himself for all of these events happening due to refusing to fight back when he was being attacked, with self-blame being another PTSD symptom. He attempted suicide in the past, only living on through determination causing him to reset back to when he first awoke as a flower, and later tries to goad Frisk into killing him; those suffering PTSD can begin to have suicidal thoughts or generally self-destructive behavior.
Children also tend to incorporate their trauma into their play, as an attempt to make sense of things when they're too young to be able to fully rationalize everything. Flowey eventually admits the whole time that he's been playing with Frisk — admittedly mistaking them for Chara — and his idea of "play" incorporates things such as mocking them with the same fate he suffered when he first awoke in the garden, and more subtly, using an Echo Flower to taunt them by telling them that Toriel will forget about them once they find another child — something he likely feels she had done with him after his death.
It's entirely possible that Flowey could begin to feel positive emotions again and live somewhat of a more normal life, his trauma will just take time and care to come to terms with. He's just a scared and impulsive little kid who didn't stick around with either of his parents long enough for his brain to process everything and allow a healing process to happen, and concluded that lacking a soul must be why he can't feel the way he wants to feel because he needed answers as to why nothing felt the same anymore. He also seems more like he's told himself that he can't feel and started to believe it more than it is actually true. During the genocide route, he shows happiness that Chara has returned and expresses a desire to simply live on the surface with them, even though dialogue obtained after the neutral ending has him insisting that he could never care about them. At the end of the same route, when he realizes that Chara intends to kill him, he becomes terrified and runs to Asgore, crying and warning him of the impending danger. While this could purely be him trying to save his own skin, he could've very likely done so more effectively by leaving Asgore behind and fleeing. Instead, his instinct told him to run to his dad, sobbing, and though it's true he may have just been trying to gain his protection, it's also entirely possible that something in him also cared about Asgore's fate, even though it was too late to be of much — if any — help.
Getting back to the topic of souls touched on in the beginning, when Flowey gets ahold of the human souls, his behavior doesn't change and he still totally lacks compassion. This could be written off by saying that they were human souls, and the game says that those don't seem to need compassion whereas monster souls are made of compassion. That, then, doesn't fully explain why during the beginning of Asriel's fight, after he has absorbed the human and monster souls, doesn't act too dissimilar from Flowey — attacking, taunting, making threats. It takes saving the souls of your friends, and reaching out to save Asriel himself, before he eventually loses the will to continue fighting and admits that he's hurting. He says that in his soulless flower form, he couldn't care about anyone, and that once he goes back to being a flower again, he once again will lose his capacity to care for others. But then, if you go back after the ending and load up your save file again, Flowey appears. His reason for appearing? To plead with you to not reset everyone's happiness, something he probably wouldn't do if he didn't care about their well-being.
Also, while it's true that essence can mean what makes a person which would fit just as fine, remember that Flowey is not unique; when Asriel died his dust was spread all across Asgore's garden and not only that, a lot of seeds from the Golden Flowers outside. When Alphys is experimenting on the flower that would become Flowey she states, "The first golden flower, that grew before all the others." That's right, there's an entire bed of Floweys waiting to happen. All it would take is for a little bit of injection with determination and suddenly it becomes questionable who is the true Asriel, meaning that the Asriel we know and love/hate isn't the same Asriel.
Lest you ask how it's possible to die in one of them when Alphys always bails you out (Mettaton EX only tries to kill you to prevent Asgore from getting the last soul, which wouldn't have been a problem yet for "Mike" so that might not have killed him), maybe Mettaton went the whole hog the first time through to make it more impressive (and less suspicious) when Alphys saved them. When Alphys slipped up and "Mike" died anyway, Mettaton was forced to be much more careful with you.
Photoshop Flowey is a hybrid of three races: Floran(this is obvious), Glitch(the machinery), and Human(the human organs).
- Let's face it. The Annoying Dog just pretending to be a monster, or that he's "supposed" to be there, is perfectly in character for Toby.
- This does raise the question of why Alphys has arms but they don't, though. Perhaps Monster Kid lost theirs somehow, but you'd think that Alphys, gifted inventor that she is, would make some new limbs for her sibling in that case. They are both yellow lizard-like creatures, though, so it's quite possible they're related somehow.
- His father is close to Alphys, meaning he could have picked up some Japanese culture, while trying not to be a weeaboo.
- He has four forms, including Flowey. Remember, in Japanese, Four Is Death.
- His laugh is "Ura-ha-ha!"
- In Japanese, "ura" means "reverse," and Asriel's final form is the reverse of his normal form, the form that he had when Chara was alive.
- His True Pacifist fight is also pretty Animesque for this game, with the Bishōnen Line and general flashiness.
- Toriel: Cancer
- Sans: Capricorn
- Papyrus: Leo
- Undyne: Scorpio
- Alphys: Virgo
- Asgore: Pisces
- Asriel: Aquarius
- Undyne melts no matter how she is killed in the Neutral Run, but somehow has enough mass to avoid this fate in the Genocide Run. Why? In the that run, the player has canonically killed every monster possible and according to Papyrus is covered with dust; and, of course: The wind is howling.
- Counterpoint: Undyne the Undying still melts when you finally defeat her, though no sooner.
- Flowey is able to alter his form into Asriel only after absorbing almost every monster and human soul in the underground while in the first fight with Flowey he turns into a twisting, coiling mass of machinery, thorny vines, and deformed human organs; the reason for this is unexplained in game, but while it is commonly beleived that it's because having only six human souls worth of power turns someone into an abomination like Photoshop Flowey it's more likely that adding all of those monster souls allowed him to form a body closer to his original, while with only human souls he is unable to form a body out of anything but ordinary physical substances. The attacks of both of his forms even reflect this; dropping nukes and striking with vines in Photoshop form and raining down stars and rainbows as Asriel Dreemurr.
The main reason why is that Integrity (the trait the Blue SOUL embodies) means "the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness"; as in, someone with a moral code.
- Sans: Patience. Sans is patient throughout the game, only choosing to intervene if you kill absolutely everyone, and even then he waits until you reach the games final area to step in. The text associated with the patience soul in the ball game says: You waited, still, for this opportunity, ... then dethroned "Ball" with a sharp attack., similar to how Sans waits until you reach the end of the game before unleashing its hardest battle onto you. Sans is also willing to stand in front of you, doing nothing until the end of time, if it means keeping you from destroying the world. The patience soul is associated with the color cyan, one of the colors Sans eye flashes when he uses his Gravity Screw ability. To avoid taking damage from cyan attacks, one must be patient and not move; of the skeleton brothers, Sans is the more lethargic and inactive, making him more likely to survive cyan attacks.
- Papyrus: Bravery. Papyrus is brave enough to confront, spare and forgive you on a genocide run, despite being well aware that you have killed many, many people, and will probably kill him as well. The text associated with the bravery soul in the ball game says: You are the kind of person who rushes fists-first through all obstacles. and Papyrus has been known to act bold and brash. The weapon associated with the bravery soul is the Tough Glove, and Papyrus is the only lost soul to wear gloves. In addition, the bravery soul is associated with the color orange, and to avoid taking damage from orange attacks, one must be brave and keep moving; of the skeleton brothers, Papyrus is the more energetic and active, making him more likely to survive orange attacks. Also, in the OST version of Your Best Nightmare, the patience and bravery segments are grouped together, like Sans and Papyrus in the lost soul fight.
- Undyne: Integrity. Despite not always being the nicest character, Undyne has a strong sense of honor and moral fibre, shown when she takes a blow meant for Monster Kid, seeks you out to free her people and/or end your killing spree once and for all, refuses to attack while youre on the phone or in her house (With the exception of an official rematch once youre on good terms), gives you the ability to block her spears to make the fight fair (Which she will repeatedly explain how to use if you arent getting it), and walks away from an opportunity to kill you after you save her life. She is widely regarded as a hero, personally knows all the youth inhabiting Snowdin Woods and wants to defeat you for the good of all monsterkind, so much so that shes able to come back from the dead by gathering her own determination, something normally impossible for monsters. Integrity can also be defined as A state of being unified, whole or undivided. Before and during her battles, Undyne makes reference to being able to feel everyone's hearts pounding together!/beating as one. (Which eventually seems to become literal, forming the basis for her powered-up form), overcomes a sensation of her body feeling like it's splitting apart., and generally seems focused on the concepts of unity and everyone (Including humans, if she thinks youll destroy them all too), frequently speaking in terms of we and us. The items associated with the integrity soul, the Ballet Slippers and Old Tutu, are described as dangerous and dusty, implying that the integrity soul was a violent sort, much like Undyne. She will also specifically acknowledge the existence and location of the Ballet Slippers and recommend you take them. The integrity soul is also associated with music, and Undyne happens to be one of the two lost souls, along with Sans, to canonically play an instrument- Piano. Furthermore, unlike Sans, there are multiple references across the game to her playing it, and playing it well. She has a baby grand piano in her house, can be heard playing part of Alphys theme on it from outside her house before your date, and is apparently the one responsible for the piano puzzle in Waterfall.
- Alphys: Perseverance. Perseverance is defined as Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Despite her self-doubt, Alphys does not give up on her experiments for a long time, even when things look bleak...for better or for worse. At the end of the game, she applies this method to something less potentially disastrous- her own self-improvement. On a genocide run, Alphys shows perseverance when she attempts to evacuate as many monsters as she possibly can into the True Lab, despite their grim prospects. The text associated with the perseverance soul in the ball game says: Even when you felt trapped, you took notes and achieved the end of "Ball." Alphys feels trapped in her situation with the Amalgamates. She believes she cannot send them home because of what they have become, but she cannot keep them in the lab without their families becoming angry with her. She feels so trapped, she is driven to suicidal thoughts. How do we know she feels trapped? From her notes. In the end, Alphys decides to show perseverance and sends the Amalgamates home. The weapon associated with the perseverance soul, the Torn Notebook, while not very effective when used for offense, having the second-lowest attack power of any in the game (Only beating out your 0ATK starter weapon, the Stick, by 2.), extends the length of your Mercy Invincibility, as does its armor counterpart, the Cloudy Glasses. Similarly, Alphys is the only lost soul without their own fight outside of Asriels, opting instead to give you some much-needed assistance from the sidelines. Theres also implications that the perseverance soul may have been a researcher, like Alphys. Additionally, in the OST version of Your Best Nightmare, the integrity and perseverance segments are grouped together. While the same is not true of Undyne and Alphys in the lost soul fight, the two are very clearly closely linked.
- Toriel: Kindness. One of the more obvious ones. Toriel shows a maternal kindness and caring for not only you, but every human who falls into the underground. When she first appears, having never met you before and with no idea who you are and whether or not you are dangerous, she immediately heals your wounds, guides you through the Ruins while teaching you how to survive underground, gifts you a cellphone, welcomes you into her home and bakes you a pie. Toriel will also go out of her way to avoid dealing you damage if you take too much during her fight. She objects to Asgores plan not only because it will result in the murder of humans, but also because the way he plans to enact it will prolong the time until the monsters escape. The text associated with the kindness soul in the ball game says: Your concern and care for "Ball" led to a delicious victory. This corresponds not only to Toriels general concern and care for others (and humans in particular.) but also a penchant for cooking that she seems to share with the kindness soul, as can be gleaned from the items associated with it, the Burnt Pan and the Stained Apron. As implied by the name Burnt Pan, the kindness soul uses fire attacks during its segment of the Omega Flowey fight, similar to Toriels own. The kindness soul is associated with the color green, the color of healing magic in Undertale. Toriel is the only one of the lost souls who has been proven to possess healing magic, albeit not used during battle. When your soul is green, you are given the means to block oncoming projectiles, which brings us to the other side of Toriel: Her overprotective, smothering side. Toriel hesitates to let you try puzzles on your own and will attack you if you try to leave the Ruins because she is certain you will die outside without her. I suppose you cant blame her, though, as that did happen to both her children and subsequently six other people she tried to take care of.
- Asgore: Justice. Asgore very clearly has a just moral compass and regrets his decision to kill all humans, but sees himself as forced to go through with it so that he does not disappoint the other monsters, who believe the killing of humans for use in escape to be just after the humans imprisoned them underground. At the time Asgore created this plan, he also saw it as justice after humans killed his children, but his opinion has now changed. Once you defeat Asgore, he will demonstrate his sense of justice again, telling you to take his soul and pass through the barrier. After all he has done to you, he believes this to be fair. Other examples of Asgores sense of fairness include the fact that if any of his attacks hit you when you do not have enough HP to survive it, it only reduces your HP to one (The next attack that hits, however, will be fatal) and his status as The Atoner after the true pacifist ending. The text associated with the justice soul in the ball game says: Your sure-fire accuracy put an end to the mayhem of "Ball." Asgore is (supposedly) the final boss, with intent to kill you and put an end to your mayhem once and for all. In the Omega Flowey Fight, the justice soul heals with something akin to a four-leaf clover or flower, suggesting a shared theme of plants, as Asgore enjoys gardening, drinks tea, creates topiaries and even has a flower on his trident. Asgore has a garden full of golden flowers, and golden flower tea is said to be his favorite. This is primarily a reference to Flowey, but they are also the color associated with the justice soul. The description of the armor associated with the justice soul, the Cowboy Hat, says This battle-worn hat makes you want to grow a beard. This may be a bit of a stretch, but there are only three bearded characters in Undertale. One is a minor NPC in the MTT Resort. The other two are Gerson, confidant of Asgore as well as The Hammer of Justice, and Asgore himself. Asgores beard and hair are also yellow, the color of the justice soul. The beginning of the song Spear of Justice can be heard at the end of Asgores aptly-named battle theme, ASGORE. In the OST version of Your Best Nightmare, the kindness and justice segments are grouped together, like Toriel and Asgore in the lost soul fight.
- Building upon this, or maybe outright tweaking it, Asriel absorbed Chara's soul when Chara died. The lore of the game states that any monster can do that. However, absorbed could mean taking in anothers' SOUL into oneself, a merger rather than a full out absorb and dominate, as per the True Pacifist and Neutral route. Now given this super powerful state, Chara is the only one who has the power to save in this situation, assuming that Chara had the power in the first place. Chara, even in death, could come back in a reload. Asriel is however killed during this state of sharing Chara's determination and ability to save spared them from death, at least the destruction of their soul. however, due this quirk, it is possible that Chara absorbed Asriel's soul into theirs, as Asriel is the son of two Boss monsters, and as a possible Boss monster himself, his soul could be absorbed by a human. The reason that the setting of Undertale is several years ahead of that tragedy? Flowey was created, and unknowingly took the power of loading and saving away from what would become Frisk for that amount of time, before losing enough determination to allow Frisk, with the souls of Chara and Asriel, to come back into the Underground. If this was so, then if Flowey had successfully killed Frisk for their soul, he would have found himself in the same predicament he was in at the time of the tragedy, sharing his body with Chara.
- The opening says that the child falling into Mt. Ebott takes place in 201x. There's an "old" calendar in Toriel's drawer labelled 201x. That's the Fallen Child in the opening, not Frisk.
- The Fallen Child killed themselves via Yellow Flowers to give their Soul to Asriel, so they could pierce the barrier and kill humans. Asriel wanted to free the Monsters, the Fallen wanted to kill humans, but Asriel couldn't go through with it, and the fusion fled the humans, dying. Asriel's dust started to fill up the yellow flower fields. The Fallen's body was originally kept in a special coffin that kept their Soul intact, but their body stayed dead. Eventually, Toriel took the Fallen's Body to the Ruins and buried it. Some stray seeds of the Yellow Flowers were buried also.
- The Fallen's body did not decay; something Monsters didn't realize was significant, because Monsters turn to dust immediately upon death; they assumed the fact that human bodies didn't mean they stay intact forever. The reason the body did not decay was because having been fused with Asriel, and having the yellow flowers infused with Asriel's dust by his body; there was a very small connection of two Boss Monsters' Souls. (Not enough to visibly age Toriel and Asgore, but it was there.) In time, it was enough for "Frisk" to grow their own soul, a hybrid with benefits of both human and monster; and they materialize above the Fallen's grave, still wearing the bandage from the Fallen's coffin. (Same body).
- Meanwhile the remains of the Fallen's soul has mostly infected "Flowey" aka Asriel, but the "shadow" still existed in Flowey's body. Just like how Flowey can inhabit any Yellow Flower, if....invited, the Fallen could take over Frisk.
- At the end of the Asriel fight, he remarks that "[NAME] left" and the person he's talking to is Frisk. While it seems like demonic possession is in play, it doesn't explain why the Fallen would control Frisk and then let Frisk just be nice. Instead, it seems that Frisk and the player/Chara/the Fallen are the same person. Frisk represents the kindness and good that can exist in humans, while Chara is the innate evil within all humans. The name you choose represents your evil side and the wrong you do in games and real life, because cruelty and hurtfulness are easy to manifest. When you're regarded as Frisk, it's Asriel acknowledging that you're being a kind, new person, not the callous person he was friends with. That's why the Pacifist Run is all about being kind and controlling your desires to just kill, like most games urge you to do: you have to shun your own inner thoughts and whims to become a kind person.
- The author suggests you to name the Fallen Child/Chara after yourself. While at first it seems to be intended towards a Humans Are Bastards / Take That, Audience! revelation, it may also be a contrast between the different gaming urges: to wreak havoc and to use the game as a plaything, or to get immersed and heed the message of the game. Playing like Frisk is expected to achieve True Pacifism. Frisk is not only nicer, as a contrast against the usual violence in games, but they also represents playing the game as intended (such as when you play Final Fantasy 7 as Cloud and makes the "right" choices), and as a reward, the player becomes part of the game world as Frisk. Meanwhile, the Fallen Child, named as yourself, on top of being a Deconstruction of the usual game protagonists who kill for power without consequences, is meant to represent both detachment, disregarding the violence that you cause in-game as "just a game" you are outside of, and the destructive obsession to subvert the game just to see what happens, as well as grind. Just killing constantly is not enough to make you Chara, you must grind to find every single monster and then kill every last one of them, in a game that tries to make you not kill.
- In the Genocide ending, the Fallen says they only began controlling Frisk as a result of your actions. Only then do they gain an objective: "power." In a Pacifist or even Neutral run, their presence is far more passive. They have no reason to interfere. Naming the Fallen after yourself is meant to detach you from the game once the characters get their happy ending, as the player character is referred to as Frisk from then on, and allow you to move on instead of wanting to take that away and keep playing.
- It's not that they are so horrible; they just see the whole thing as a game. Even if you pick pacifist route in Undertale, how many other enemies and monsters you had killed in another game?
- In Harvest Moon, none. In Professor Layton, none. In Phoenix Wright, none. However this is a game whose the tagline is about not killing, even though it's possible. Chara may just be the refusal to get immersed and care. When playing as Chara, you are not acting like you would as a person that is inside the game world (hopefully), but as a detached outsider, as opposed to Frisk who belongs in it.
- That's because you can't kill in those game, the same as you can't kill in 'card games', racing or sport games, cooking games and so on. People usually played various kind of games. 'Killing monsters/enemies' is common even in casual games. Unless you ONLY played the non-killing games, my point still stands.
- If killing was possible in Harvest Moon, then people would do it. The closest thing is Rune Factory. If someone made an Ace Attorney game where you can play as the murderer and hide your crime, I think people would play it. If someone made a twisted game where you need to make a complicated puzzle in order to kill someone, like in Detective Conan...well you get the idea.
- Well, there's the Deception games, though you're generally defending yourself.
- See the above. The key word is H O P E F U L L Y.
- While Chara's name isn't necessarily your name, it is common for people to have an avatar name and use it for several games (or several accounts). It is your character.
- It is also explained why they suggested to erase the world in the end, and move on to the next (game). Eventually you're going to delete the game files from your PC, admit it.
- Other humans might be able to SAVE and return to the last point if they are determined enough. However, only YOU can actually reset the world (game) from the beginning.
- It wasn't Flowey that had the ability to reset, it was Chara all along. Flowey, just like Frisk, once tried to be good and save everyone. But then Chara influenced him, and he tried to kill everyone.
- After several repeats, Chara got bored because no matter what they do, they can't use Flowey to break the barrier.
- Chara eventually let the time move until another child fell, and switched their possession to the child. This explained why Flowey stopped having the ability to reset after Frisk arrived.
- As an alternative to the WMG above: At first, Flowey actually had a SOUL. But after being possessed by Chara, he went through reset several times until Chara successfully convinced him to do something similar to the No Mercy route. At the end, he had no choice but to sell his soul.
- Chara then took control of Flowey, reset the time back before everyone died, and waited until the next human fell in to possess them. Repeating the same procedure, Chara would convince them to commit mass murder, blackmail them to sell their SOULs, and then reset time, all so that once someone manages to break the barrier, they'd be in control of them and could wreak havoc from there. They are ultimately successful in the Soulless Pacifist ending, where they can finally destroy both the human and monster worlds.
- Interesting theory, but not likely. Flowey says he wasn't able to feel the emotions exclusive to beings with souls since he first woke up in the garden, no matter how hard he tried. It's always a possibility that he could have lost his memories of a previous successful Genocide run when the world was deleted, but he mentions having "killed everyone" before, so it's likely that he just never had a SOUL to offer since the experiments.
- It could be that Chara erased Flowey's memories, left him so he woke up in the garden 'alone', never knowing his ability nor remembering Chara was supposed to be with him. Then he figured out his ability 'for the first time', and then started to try 'every route'. Including killing everyone on his own this time.
- There is no hint whatsoever that Chara is physically capable of this even after the player's Genocide run, never mind before the player gets involved in the first place (mind, it is the player who "awakens [them] from death").
It would explain the striped shirt, the nonchalance towards the weird monsters they encounter, and why they were traipsing through a mountain top in the first place. Also, if the theory that Ninten is related to Ness is true, then they probably kept it going and named Frisk Wii, making them opt for the gender neutral name.
- If Chara/The Fallen Child is the narrator, this may explain how the narration switches from second person in the Neutral/Pacifist runs (i.e. describing Frisk's actions to the player) to increasing amounts of first person in the No Mercy run (i.e. describing their OWN actions to the player).
- There's actually a bit of evidence that the Fallen Child might be the narrator, if you're looking for it. The between-turns narration shuts up after you attack Toriel or Asgore once during their battles, becoming just ellipses — they would not be very comfortable with those battles. They seem to know the names of all of the final boss's attacks, which they might have discussed in the past. It makes the "It's you/It's me" line make a lot more sense. And it explains a lot of the weird bits where you know something only the Fallen Child should remember, like the jokes you can tell Woshua (clearly about the Fallen Child and Asriel) and the game over text.
- "A human soul and a monster soul" is just a minimum level of power, which Flowey's multiple human souls clearly surpasses. He's quite capable of dropping Frisk off on the other side of the barrier, and when he refuses to fight you he still takes you to wherever his fight normally ends (a room identical to the one on the other side of the barrier). It's a little questionable why he would do that, though, since he wants you to do True Pacifist.
- This would help explain how they are somehow able to take on Omega Flowey and Asriel, both of whom possess the power humans apparently fear so much.
Conclusion: Chara wants nothing more and nothing less than for you to achieve the corrupted True Pacifist ending, and then leave it there, so they can do what they want without your influence. Destroying the world was nothing but leverage to get your SOUL, which they needed for this plan to even be possible.
- That said, their plan, even before the game, was to attack humanity. They can only do that if you destroy the barrier in the True Pacifist ending.
- Maybe the child got possessed by the demon at some point and is just its latest vessel?
- It's also possible that the demon at the end is what happened after the potentially unstable Chara was exposed to Frisk's overwhelming DETERMINATION, and has simply chosen to apply that power towards a goal they once held.
But at the same time, while the No Mercy ending has Chara completely take over Frisk, the Pacifist route leads to Frisk escaping Chara's influence entirely and being referred to as Frisk. If Chara couldn't have been saved by kindness, whatever Frisk went through on the surface that led them to climb that mountain had no hope of destroying their kind, peaceful personality. If Chara is the dark side of determination, never for a second letting up on their ultimate goal of omnicide, then Frisk, the real Frisk of the Pacifist ending, is the light side of that same determination, never letting anything push them away from their goal of making friends with everyone and making peace between humans and monsters.
- There's something to that, as Chara can deal extreme damage to monsters because they're so determined, but needs to greedily comsume things to heal their wounds. Frisk in contrast in the pacifist route, can manfiest healing items through sheer will, increase his defense, and even shrug off fatal damage.
- Consider: LV is associated with The Fallen Child's assigned name on the status screen and in battle, not Frisk's. Frisk might be gaining LV too, but theirs isn't what's on display.
- If the Narrator bit is right, Chara is beign on the other routes, even having some standards, like the candy bowl thing.
After a No Mercy playthrough, Frisk sells their soul to Chara and goes on what they think is a Pacifist run. What's really happening is Chara continuing to "finish the job", as they put it, as an adult. They meet with other humans about as determined, give or take a bit of LOVE as they are, and just as bloodthirsty. But thanks to Pyrovision, Frisk is none the wiser.
- "It is not by my hand that I am once again given flesh, I was summoned here by humans, who wish to pay me tribute!"
- They also steal human SOULs and make them their slaves. But perhaps the same could be said of all
- What is a mon(ster)? A miserable little pile of secrets! (Such as the True Lab.)
- They also steal human SOULs and make them their slaves. But perhaps the same could be said of all
- This is believable. It's common in fiction that if someone died in a horrific manner (i.e. with regret, or killed, or tortured/sacrificed), they become some kind of evil ghost entity even if they are just a victim or a decent person in life.
- Now imagine a child who already hated humanity even before they died, and willingly poisoned themselves to death for the sake of their goals.
I'm tempted to say the same about Chara, but if that's the case, it's clearly not for the same reasons, since Frisk and Chara have very different backstories and personalities.
- Alternately: Frisk and Chara have Schroedinger's Gender. They are whatever you want them to be (or whatever you identify as, if you named Chara after yourself), and it's simply easier and less clunky to use "they" instead of "he/she". For all we know, some monster species don't even possess biological sex in the first place, or have different ways of discerning gender than we do, and thus don't automatically assume gender based purely on appearance.
- Another Possibility: Only Chara has Schroedinger's Gender because they're meant to represent the player and is the Player's Character. But because Frisk is meant to be their own character, not the player's, Frisk's gender is simply unknown. After all, if the player's not allowed to assign Frisk their name, it makes sense if only Frisk can decide their own gender (or only Toby Fox can, anyway). The fact that the cloaked figure ferrying the boat says gender isn't important might support this idea.
- This brings up a good point. Even viewing the game in abstract, where Chara and Frisk are totally spearate from the player, Frisk should be vastly more powerful than Chara. Considering that Frisk can stick their soul back together after it's been shattered, it'd make sense for them to be able to simply tear it away from Chara at will. Even if Chara attacks them, they can simply take them out the way Frisk took down Sans under your control.
So maybe Chara's soul was a bad soul when it was telling Asriel what to do with the body. But I think maybe not. I think maybe, in such a sin-laden state, a soul becomes devoid of its own intentionality, and just repeats whatever's said to it, like an echo flower. At that point, Chara's soul was just repeating the bad intentions of their essence. It needed some time to recover before meeting its next host.
With Frisk, Chara's poor soul, that had endured so much sin, had a chance to start over, with an essence that wasn't rotten to the core. That's why you hug Asriel at the end, despite apparently never having met him, and why everyone looks at you and is reminded of Chara. It also explains the similar fashion choices and heart color. It's also why Frisk had a dream about meeting Asriel for the first time, even though they've never met.
As for Chara in the No Mercy route, that's their essence that you meet. You gave the essence what it wanted: a new vessel for its soul that's just the same as the old one, except even more determined.
- This would explain why naming the Fallen Child Frisk starts Hard Mode. It makes the reincarnation explicit, with all the baggage from the fallen child's life.
- If you believe that Chara is the narrator, this would also explain why the flavor text when fleeing from a battle is in first person.
The player is the one who gives Chara a name, and usually it is their own name. They are the one who truly control Frisk the entire time. Only in the true pacifist run is the player willing to step back and allows Frisk to speak for themselves, saying their real name for the first time.
On the No Mercy run, however, the player utterly crushes Frisk's mind and spirit. The choice at the end is just another sick game, since the player is making the choice, not Frisk. However, they do the same thing no matter what Frisk wants. The Post No Mercy runs show that because of this, Frisk as their own person is truly gone and only the player pretending to be Frisk remains.
- Not very likely given that after a Genocide playthrough, if you don't agree to erase the world, Chara kills YOU.
Because determination, general stoicism, and maybe something to do with the human SOULs corresponding with the Shadowgram's Hero Energy Sources.
Let's face it. Even assuming that Frisk is not merely a vessel for the player's will, they're still a very... unusual child. With that permanent neutral expression and strange lack of fear and restraint, it's possible that Frisk was repeatedly passed over for adoption. Perhaps this feeling of endless rejection caused Frisk to believe that nobody loved them, and that everyone just wanted them to disappear... and so that's why they climbed Mt. Ebott. Not in spite of the rumors, but because of them. This is further supported by the fact that neither Frisk nor Chara ever refer to their biological parents or family, in any capacity. And it makes Frisk's decision to stay with Toriel much more sensible, since almost any child would be too attached to their real parents to live with someone they've barely met a few days ago. Or even a few hours ago, depending on how you interpret the time frame of the story.
Also, if Frisk is a boy, being an orphan would explain why his hair is rather unkempt and long, since he doesn't get much attention, nor can he afford quality haircuts. If Frisk is a girl, it would explain why she looks rather boyish, since she doesn't have access to quality makeup that girls that age are often interested in, and has to make do with boys' clothes. Remember, Frisk is at an age where children are just starting to understand the differences between genders, at least on a superficial level.
- Chara fell at 201x (as shown in the opening). It is unknown at what year the game takes place, but the surface world doesn't look that futuristic. It is possible it only happened within a decade later (enough time for six children to fell down the hole).
- Frisk heard the story about Chara and either wanted to find out what happened, or decided to follow Chara's footsteps (If the WMG about Frisk being abused or abandoned is true).
- It also explained how Frisk had determination. Maybe it is hereditary?
- To build WMG above: Chara was either abused or neglected by their parents. Chara was really named after 'Character' (note the lack of care in naming their child). Chara then went up to the mountain. Chara's parents came to regret this, and went to seek their child only to find Asriel bringing the body back. They shoot him. Later on, they decided to not repeat their mistake. They had another child, Frisk, which means 'Fresh'. Unlike Chara, they loved Frisk and thus Frisk grows up to be a pacifist that loves everything.
- Let me explain: Chara fell down after Asriel's birth, which was after the time when video recording with handheld cameras seemed to be possible. Now, this makes a rather decent window of time, considering it was considered a long time ago. Chara and Asriel's clothing does not indicate that they came from ancient times in any way, but they wouldn't look too out of place in somewhat more modern times.
- Taking in other WMGs into account, it may be possible for Frisk to be related to Chara, as perhaps a niece/nephew or grandniece/grandnephew.
- Uh, in real world, VHS is popular around 80s-90s. Unless you imply the Underground invent their own technology (Alphys' anime source seemed to imply they reverse engineered human technology that was already thrown away). As seen as in True Pacifist, it was Chara who fell in 201x (note the single striped shirt as opposed to the one that Frisk used). So jossed?
- Not necessarily. We don't know that monster calendars and human calendars work the same. Chara fell down in monster year 201x. What is that in human years? Why not the 1980s?
- It would explain why they're always squinting (especially when Chara doesn't do the same), and why the Cloudy Glasses confer a stat bonus. Wearing someone else's prescription glasses usually blurs your vision instead of enhancing it, so Frisk and the glasses' original owner must have the same or similar conditions.
- Adding to this, many battles have the unusual flavor text of "smells like [x]" and Frisk can also hear the sound of a music box from several 'rooms' away. Nearsighted people's sense of hearing and smell are usually very strong, to make up for their failing eyesight.
- Adding to this further, this also helps to explain away the Three Quarters View which limits them from looking into the distance.
- Why would Toby make a game all about encouragement, kindness, and never giving up, one that allows you to never kill a single monster, and then also encourage players to use their real name as the character's name, if the character was just meant to be a genocidal asshole? It seems hypocritical. What if Chara never actually hated the outside world? They fell down purely by accident, and everything they did was an attempt to help Asgore and Toriel (even if it was misguided).
- Creepy smile? Some people have those naturally, and Chara's smile is only creepy in context; if you had simply met them in the overworld like any other NPC, would you even notice a problem?
- Laughs when Asgore is poisoned? Nervous, regretful laughter. They genuinely didn't know. Or maybe Toriel once said "don't eat those flowers, they'll make you sick" and Chara took it as "you'll get a bad tummyache or the runs" (or something else within "semi-harmless prank" territory) instead of what ranunculus poisoning actually does, which Toriel certainly wouldn't want to explain in detail to a child.
- The only poisoning that was deliberate was their own, because they cared so deeply about Asriel getting past the border that it was a sacrifice.
- And if one goes by the narrator being Chara, the really creepy stuff only shows up after you go out of your way to kill everyone. Chara at the root may have been flawed but never so twisted. In the Pacifist route, Chara observes/abides as your kind nature brings forth their better aspects as Frisk builds up his character (perhaps enhanced by the player's actions). Neutral has the two evened out, and No Mercy has the player's wanton bloodlust corrupt Chara and their darkness creating the menace we see here.
- Additionally, if you name Chara after yourself, it's a message about how Humans Are Flawed, but not bastards - just like monsters and even animals.
Thankfully, the Player takes control of Frisk at that moment. Regardless of what morality the player is, they have a good motive to keep Frisk alive — can't use someone as a good killing puppet if their body isn't responsive! — and thus force Frisk to move in Flowey's direction, which leads to Toriel's house, and thereafter to Frisk getting whatever treatment they need.
- Chara had no Freudian Excuse, rather, they hated and abhorred humanity, as they felt superior to them and hated being in their presence. This, along with the need for stimulation consistent with psychopathic behavior, they fled their village, fell into the Underground, and proceeded to fake being a loving, kind child to Asriel and his family, all to use them in their plan to destroy humanity.
- We're assuming that they both have separate bodies* , each at "full power", i.e. at the very end of their respective routes.
Now, Frisk is a complete pacifist with very little capacity to violence and pretty much no intention to act on any violent impulse; meanwhile, Chara possesses enough power to literally destroy the world — a level of power Frisk cannot even hope to reach. However, Frisk's Determination allows them to come back from death infinite times... but so can Chara.
Except that Determination is limited to the most determined "recipent" within a "system" (Flowey loses the ability to SAVE once the Player steps in, as the Player's Determination is even greater than Flowey's). Frisk has been shown to be so determined, they're able to ignore death and keep pushing forward through it, as opposed to Flowey and Chara, who can merely go back to their own save points; they're also capable of resetting even the memories of those who possess Ripple-Proof Memory. Frisk is clearly the one with the greatest Determination.
So, this is the end result: Frisk cannot be killed by Chara, since the former's Determination allows them to simply shrug off death; and Chara cannot be killed by Frisk, as the latter doesn't have the will to do so. Nobody can kill or be killed by anyone... which means that, essentially, Frisk wins.
There is actually in-game evidence in favour of this interpretation, if you interpret game mechanics/events a certain way: the LV you see on the battle screen is Chara's, not Frisk's... and it resets to 1 even after the Fallen Child's "Corrupting Reset". Now, sure, a Chara with level 20, full control over Frisk, and the Real Knife might be capable of going full infinite-9s on the World, but a Chara with no EXP and LV to their name? Well, they might be capable of killing a few weak/off-guard monsters, and starting the process of levelling up again... if the human cops didn't stop them. Or if someone else doesn't first... doesn't the Corrupted Pacifist Ending play out like the normal one, implying that Frisk is a separate entity, until The Reveal? Sure, Chara might own Frisk's SOUL, but what about his body and brain? "Despite everything, it's still you" indeed...
This would also mean that the Genocide Route ending is the best victory Chara can hope for.
- Not outright refuting this, but there is a bit of a complication in this theory. LV (Level of Violence for the uninitiated) isn't really an artificial ranking system, but more based on one's own feelings, or lack thereof. Sans sums up LV at the end of his judgement as, "The more easily you can bring yourself to hurt others," which is a feeling one can gain through a desensitization to killing or have as Chara did and still does. While Frisk might not have gained any LV or EXP themselves this go around, Chara certainly has a "capacity to hurt," thereby making their Level of Violence high enough already. Just a thought.
Freedom — they are the only soul that can move freely about the fight box thing. No other soul can do that.Choice — only when your soul is red do you have the ability to dodge attacks to the best of your ability, or flee the battle. You have no choice but to stay and fight in any other mode.
During combat, Frisk's opponents are invariably black and white. That's because from Frisk's point of view, they have no colour. They only have colour in the overworld because otherwise the game would be kind of bland to look at. Frisk can only tell where they are and what they look like based on Chara the Narrator's descriptions and the smell and sounds of the opponent. On top of already causing its own share of problems combat-wise, it makes Sans' fight even more of a pain than it would otherwise be, as Frisk cannot detect Sans fast enough to be able to strike where he is going to be. When Frisk does eventually pull the finishing move, it's Chara doing it.
So why are things like souls and lasers still coloured? Because it's not physically there. They are, in fact, invisible to the naked eye, but Frisk can see them because it's related to souls.
Well, alright, fine, it probably doesn't, but it would sort of help explain Chara's similarity to Dio, in terms of the plot.
- Related to that, Frisk actually is Fran Bow. However, she ran away to Mt. Ebbot for some reason and ended up falling down to the Underground. Wanting to leave her old life behind her, she adopted a name similar to her old one, "Frisk".
They woke up when Flowey called them, still in this mindset. In a Pacifist Run, they see Frisk befriending everyone and how strength can come from kindness, and start to rethink their ways. At the end of the day, they wonder if Frisk will end up like them if Chara resets and makes them repeat the same day over and over again, and resets. On Genocide, Chara sees their worldview confirmed and believes it, becoming the person we see at the end of Genocide. Even seeing how kindness can change people and free an entire species does nothing to change their mind anymore on Soulless Pacifist, now they see Frisk's lack of LOVE, their lack of HP and the fragility trusting brings, only being amused by the irony of Frisk, who destroyed the world and all monsters, now befriending them, and at the end of Soulless Pacifist, Chara gains love. Just not the type Frisk wanted.
Besides, why would Chara want you to murder their own family? Why would Chara kill their own brother? We only believe this is the case because we want to believe it. We blame them for this because we believe that because we are in control of everything, and we can just reset whenever we want. "It's just a game" you think, but you're actually messing with another universe. Chara even went so far as to sever your connection to that world (framing it as destroying the universe) and forces you to give them control over your character as punishment. The moral is: You can't escape from your horrible actions, no matter how much you "reset".
After Asriel's death and Chara's death. The good side of Chara is reborn as a person known as Frisk, which explains the similarities between Frisk and Chara's appearances.
It seems quite, well, interesting, that Chara specifically calls you out on killing every monster you could reach in the Underground, yet players still blame Chara themself for it. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to imagine that Toby Fox made Chara menacing on purpose, not only to generate players that blame Chara for the Genocide route, but also for an ironic burn on those aforementioned players.
And then once Frisk's LV reaches 99, that somehow allows Chara to hijack control from the player in order to kill Flowey and destroy the world.
See? Evil Chara and Evil Player do not need to be mutually exclusive.
Anywho, Chara hated humanity, right? Their SOUL lived on in the flowers on their grave (why this happens is probably related to why the same flowers managed to absorb Asriel's soul and become Flowey, I guess goldflowers have some kind of power to hold on to the soul of anyone who is laid to rest near them?), and was transferred to Frisk when they fell on the flowers. Since Chara is now stuck as a voice in Frisk's head, they figure they may as well test them. They create opportunities for Frisk to take a darker path. They don't push them to take these. Now, if Frisk does take Chara's bait and go Genocide, this warps Chara into an Omnicidal Maniac - just like Genocide Frisk. They destroy the world to punish humanity. On a Neutral run, Chara is stuck in Frisk's head forever, still hating humanity, but not completely twisted. On Pacifist, however, Chara forgives humanity. And what does a lost soul do when it makes its peace with the world? It moves on. Chara's soul is put to rest, and Frisk can go on with their life.
- Annoying Dog can do a lot things that goes unexplainable even to monsters, and is implied to be very powerful. First Guardians are space warping guardians of a planet that get their powers off of the Green Sun, and are completely white. Going further, two out of three guardians have been animals with their names a referance to science (Gcat and Becquerel, which Annoying Dog fits among if you name it "Radiation", wink).
- Humans (atleast Frisk) have inventories. This immediately reminds me of Sylladexes, which are basically inventory systems every character has in Homestuck. While this would be a stupid comparison if it was to any other game, since Undertale has Saving , LV and Stats as actual canon things, there's no reason to believe that the inventory system is not a canon thing.
- Alternia had Lusi, which were monsters that took care of troll kids. While these creatures are much more like monsters than, well, monsters of Undertale, looking at their wildly varying shapes, sizes and powers, as well as the fact that they co-exist alongside another sapient species on their planet (Trolls/Lusi, Humans/Monsters), it is possible to draw connections inbetween these creatures and monsters of Undertale.
- Soul types (this might be stretching it) might have a connection with Aspects of Homestuck. As far as I've seen, Determination seems to be connected to Hope and Time, but since that is the only Soul type we see in action (Not counting bosses changing your soul due to the fact that's probably different than purely having a soul of that color), I can't say any more on that surely. Some speculation though is Perseverence being connected to Doom, Patience being connected to Mind, and Kindness being connected to Life.
- Or maybe I'm overthinking this and Toby was just highly influenced by Homestuck due to making music for it, being friends with its creator and presumably reading it a lot. Still, some nice fan content material.
- These points are probably just evidence that Homestuck has influenced Undertale. The planet ruled by the kids is Earth, crippled with Liberty Statue, where lives Carapacian and where is located Can Town. This is too close to Undertale. Toby Dog is powerful because he is the avatar of Toby,not because he is a lusus, he doesnt teleport in screen or emit green flahs. Inventory is extremely current in the videogame, and this one is not complicated to use, nor does it allow to carry extra-large things. Monsters are very common in all videogames and absolutely don't need to be Lusus. Anyway humans arent necessarily trolls, and Lusus arent their parents. They are 7 soul types, not twelve - anything can have a little ressemblance of aspects.
- Or Source Of Unlimited LOVE, in the No Mercy path.
- Alternatively just like LOVE ain't love and E Xecution Points ain't experience points, it is very likely that a SOUL isn't a soul, but something different alltogether. I recommend reading this, which goes into detail what a SOUL actually is. What is the SOUL? - A theory and headcanon about the nature of SOULs, as well how they correlate with Chara and Asriel Also here different abbreviations for SOUL.
- Source Of Unconditional Love or if you are a nerd Spiritual cOnnection to Unconditional Love.
- Since you typically get GOLD by sparing monsters, maybe it stands for Graceful Optimism and Likable Demeanor.
- The Red SOUL, whose trait is DETERMINATION, is able to control time, SAVES and LOADS, and even refusing in the battle against Asriel, the SOUL has grown so powerful and determined that it can essentially rewind time from the brink of death or even at death instantly, without the need for savepoints.
- The Purple SOUL, Perseverance, is able to control space. The battle against Muffet locks your soul into three lines on the grid, but movement between these three lines is also much faster than how a red SOUL moves freely. In addition to this, the only other time a Purple attack is used is in the battle against Sans in the form of KR poisoning. We also know that Sans has some sort of teleportation ability, which was implied throughout the Pacifist and Neutral routes, but he outright does in the No Mercy/Genocide route. Teleportation would make sense to a person who can manipulate space. This also explains why he has knowledge of the anomaly (besides his possible study into quantum physics), but no memory of past events after the player LOADS.
- The Green SOUL, Kindness, can possibly control energy, more specifically, the concept of energy in non-modern metaphysics. The ability to heal and create a shield are two common basic applications for energy. Despite this healing, the SOUL can not resurrect dead beings.
- The Yellow SOUL, Justice, can manipulate magic, becoming yellow inverts the heart which makes it similar to a Boss Monster's SOUL, and monsters can use magic. This is also evidenced by the fact that among all the modes the soul can take, only this color can "attack." I got this idea from a comment on the wiki.
- The Cyan SOUL, Patience, can control waves, not just waves in liquid, but waves in general, in physics. This is why not moving from cyan attacks can cause you to take no damage, as you are letting the wave pass through you.
- The Orange SOUL, Bravery, in contrast, controls particles, which is why moving through them does not damage you.
- The Root (Red); is associated with Self-preservation and being grounded
- The Sacral (Orange); is associated with Intimacy and Emotion
- The Solar Plexus (Yellow); is associated with Energy and Vitality
- The Heart (Green); is associated with Hope and Compassion
- The Throat (Light Blue); is associated with Communication and Creativity
- The Third Eye (Dark Blue); is associated with Insight and Intuition
- The Crown (Purple); is associated with Enlightenment
- Red: Is not based on determination, as there exists compelling evidence in the game (compiled by nochocolate on Tumblr) that determination is actually yellow. In actuality, red is "being yourself", as evidenced by the Ball Game in the snowy part of the game. However, this is rather whimsical, so the author of this particular theory got the idea that "being yourself" (or "ipseity"), when translated to some kind of magical power, could be the ability to deprive other types of magic of their strength, to 'reduce' them to nothing but themselves. This would for example explain why Asgore's spear (which is red, despite battle sprites usually being all-white) can destroy your MERCY option - as it's capable of overpowering even determination itself. In other words, the cosmological aspect that red represents is the overarching authority over other types of magic (or nullification if you prefer). What then ties this unique power to the red chakra is the fact that it's the Chakra of self-preservation and fear. Wouldn't you fear yourself if you had the unparalleled ability to instantly destroy any and all magic that might stand in your way, even a determination-based one?
- Orange: This type of magic hurts you in the game only if you stay still. However, this is a bit difficult to explain using motion due to relativity of perspective, so an idea was born that this could instead represent some sort of fiery 'fluidum' that stacks up if things stay still and inflicts damage, and disperses otherwise. In other words, it could be a physical manifestation of thermodynamic... something. What then connects this to the orange Chakra is the alternative meaning of bravery: passion. Since the orange Chakra represents passion, and orange attacks are tied to the virtue of bravery in the game, the connection checks out.
- Yellow: Is speculated to be connected to determination. Alphys built a device in the game that uses the SOUL itself to shoot bullets. Since all human SOULs have the power of determination in common and other possible sources of power are only speculative, this is the best candidate for explaining what exactly powered her device. Yellow also represents justice. While a massive leap in logic, it can be said that true justice, in the worse case example where a suspect is unwilling to confess to a secret, can only be achieved by mind reading. Furthermore, Undertale hinted a few times at the concept of an "essence" (mainly the books in the librarby of Snowdin did). Since Flowey was born from a determination-activated essence (which came from his dust after he died on the bed of Golden Flowers in Asgore's garden) and since we also know that he lacked feelings but all of his memories were intact (ergo he still thought of himself as Asriel), it can be said that yellow magic, which, as mentioned above, could already be connected to determination and mind, also governs essences. Lastly, since determination is often said to be an aspect of physical matter (as without physical matter, a living being cannot accept determination, as discovered by Alphys), it would also mean that yellow magic is connected to the physical world. This finally establishes the cosmological connection: electromagnetism (which is both physical and mind related - think electrochemical signals). And as for the chakric connection, we are talking about the solar plexus: energy, vitality, mind, ego, all that jazz. It all checks out. Truly, the wildest mass guess in the west. (Def not a pun about the yellow kid.)
- Green: Since it is very difficult to connect this one to any plausible overarching cosmological concept under the assumption that it is healing-related, it can instead be thought of as simply time-reversed magic. In other words, green governs time/time reversal. And as for the shields that Undyne gives you and the green SOUL mode preventing you from fleeing, well, something has to prevent space and time from imploding when you move a localized chunk of it back in time. In other words, an isolation field is required. This theory has its holes, but that's precisely why it's a WMG. And as for the chakric connection, it's practically self-explanatory: healing - kindness - heart Chakra.
- Cyan: Pretty much everyone who ever thought about this has figured that cyan is space/spacetime/portal-related, so I will cut this one short. Cyan detects movement; movement = some relativistic mumbo jumbo = spacetime (but excluding backwards time travel; that's green magic's domain). Next, while the cyan Chakra is associated with the throat, which represents communication, some sources also ascribe it knowledge and philosophy (particularly doctor Malavika Suresh), which would agree with it being all about "patience", as patience is a virtue of logic and academia.
- Blue: Most people think that this one is gravity-related, as blue magic does change your gravity in game. But blue also represents integrity, which makes little sense together. However, if we assume that blue actually manipulates any magical construct and/or that all magical constructs which bear a concrete shape are woven from it (e.g. SOULs, magical attacks, magical body parts), then "integrity" can also mean structural stability. Ergo, blue attacks aren't gravity-related, they are simply the result of moving the said magical constructs using telekinesis. Hence why the cosmological theme for blue magic is "magical constructs". And integrity itself connects to the third eye Chakra simply by that fact that this Chakra essentially represents wisdom. Integrity could be thought of as one of many virtues related to wisdom.
- Purple: Purple magic locks you into predefined paths (Muffet) and also inflicts long-lasting poison (Sans's KR). The latter could be attributed to some sort of spell permanence / attack repetition (which would agree with the associated virtue, perseverance), while the former could be tied to this by noting that purple magic doesn't hurt you. If it truly is a simple spell modifier that multiplies attacks, then 0 times anything is still 0. In other words, no white magic to tie to and purple magic won't do any harm. So the cosmological concept that purple magic represents is augmentation of magical power, which is a nice parallel to red magic, which represents the exact opposite. And all this relates to the crown Chakra by the fact that it represents spirituality/religiousness. And in a way, religion does give one an inexplicable source of internal power, just like purple magic itself.
- Thankfully, it's only in the No Mercy ending that Chara/Odio wins; the final bosses of each route can be taken as Odio evolving into its Pure Odio form, as it did once before back in Live-A-Live, but each being different due to the circumstances. In Neutral, Omega Flowey represents Odio using the flower form itself to manifest, and is possibly the most raw of the three in terms of appearance and sheer malicious behavior during the fight. In the True Pacifist ending, Flowey manages to reclaim his original form as Asriel, but Chara and Odio are having none of that and again possess him, this time allowing the Demon King even greater power than before when combining the power of all the souls in Asriel's body with all the hatred the Demon King has managed to feed on from Chara's soul and Flowey's hate. This is the manifestation of Odio that most closely resembles the original Pure Odio as well as the battle that ends in the most similar way, and when Frisk finally manages to save all the souls Asriel has trapped, as well as Asriel himself, Chara's soul is destroyed at last and Odio no longer has anything to anchor to, banishing the beast from this world until it has fed on a sufficient amount of hatred to again rise. However, the No Mercy Ending is, as said before, the Demon King Odio's victory; roughly equivalent to the Armageddon ending of Live-A-Live with a bit of the ending when one completes Odio's final chapter thrown in. Chara has successfully manipulated Frisk into becoming the new host, and thus Odio takes hold of the body of the Fallen Child reborn, and with all its power, the Demon King destroys the entire universe of your game, with plans to move on to another Undertale universe to feed off the hatred there and eventually destroy it, too.
- Alternatively, with the completion of No Mercy, you created under your guidance the enity known as Perfectio, the king of ruin.
- Not necessarily my idea, but I figured I should put it here anyway. Sans already has a theme—'Song That Might Play When You Fight Sans'. And it's not like the other Dummied Out songs like Gaster's Theme, Happy Town, Meat Factory, or Trouble Dingle, which are just repetitive, simple loops of music. In every medium that MEGALOVANIA has appeared in, the scene always had a common theme in it: a character (two out of three times the 'protagonist') killing someone in cold blood and not caring, despite the fact that they could've turned around and chose a different path.
- In most video games you're saving your world from the brink of destruction, however in a No Mercy route it's the other way around and instead it's Sans that's fighting to save what's left of his world. He even fights in many ways someone playing a video game would: big, flashy attacks, dodging attacks (which, even in this game, only the player could do), and even stalling in his turn to buy time. You're the final boss of Sans' game, and MEGALOVANIA is your battle theme.
- Basically, you're not fighting Sans. Sans is fighting YOU.
- In the same way, Hopes and Dreams is Frisk's theme rather than Asriel's.
- It might actually be SAVE the world, considering the context.
- To further support this point, all of the other songs specifically related to Sans — "sans.", "It's Raining Somewhere Else", and "Song That Might Play [...]" share a common riff, but "MEGALOVANIA" is an unrelated track.
- It's possible that, if Gaster were around to be the "judge" as suggested in previous entries, he might have sent Sans in his stead given their connection and had him test the hero's determination and dedication to showing mercy with an easier form of Sans' No Mercy boss fight. In this case, the dummied out song would have played. Because Sans doesn't fight you unless he absolutely feels like he has to — i.e. a No Mercy run, where MEGALOVANIA plays instead — and he didn't have the push to test you, it never does.
- The barrier is actually there to protect the monsters. A human can't enter the barrier without a monster's soul, and there's no other monster in the outside world. The only way human can enter is by falling a hole, which would probably discourage many.
- It was stated in game that anyone could enter through the barrier, it's leaving that requires a human and monster soul. As a result, this wouldn't be an effective method of protection.
- The game implied that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- The first Fallen Child might be horrible, yes, but they are still a child. What actually caused them to hate humanity so much?
- In the True Pacifist route, Frisk is asked why would they climbed the mountain in the first place, if it was rumored people would never returned from the mountain. It isn't far off to guess that Frisk might have fallen down the hole on purpose.
- Bonus point in the end if Frisk stayed with Toriel instead of family or their caretaker. Alternatively, Frisk said they had places to go. Why mention places, plural, instead of home?
- While most monsters are peaceful and mean well, that doesn't mean they can't (accidentally) harm humans. Anyone who played pacifist route knew this. How many incidents would happen now that the monsters had moved above the surface? Eventually it would end in another war.
- Either there would be some good people accidentally harmed by monsters...or, alternatively, there would be some other people who would purposefully seek this 'random encounter' for free EXP. The No Mercy route only took one kid to do it. Now monsters would encounter the ENTIRE human race.
- If there were another war against humans, monsters can't really expect to win. Not without truly becoming 'monsters' like what Flowey did...
- Only humans can SAVE (and reset). It is unknown if ALL humans can do it, but it doesn't seem to be a rare ability. What's stopping some children from killing some monsters and do it again? And again. And again. And the monsters wouldn't even be aware of it.
- Well, judging by how the protagonist "usurps" SAVING from Flowey, there are probably substantial limitations to it - only the Most Determined Person in a given place can do it, say.
- Even if there were no wars between humans and monsters, it's possible there are still wars between humans.
- Tl, dr; The True Pacifist ending might not be the happiest ending. It is also lampshaded by Asriel that the world above isn't as kind as the underground.
- This is all Jossed, for what it's worth - Toby's said that the True Ending is meant to be taken at face value, and while we might expect some Fantastic Racism, anything beyond that would be dipping into AU territory.
- Choice without consequence is boring, so it's guessing time. Staying with Goatmom is obviously the most heartwarming and most detailed of the endings, as well as the first option. Not to mention pretty much everyone's favorite pick. But is it really the best choice? There are actually a few potential hints that this may not be the case. First of all, the turtle shopkeeper. If you talk to him during the final walk, he informs you that even if you are adopted into the Dremurr family that they will surely outlive you. While it is sad that Toriel will remain lonely if you leave, eventually you are dooming her to once again bury her adopted child. Second the silver key easter egg. The room which it unlocks doesn't contain too much until the final walk of the True Pacifist route. During this segment, the room will contain a photo of Frisk and all of their Underground friends. This is implied to be the same photo you see at the end if you choose not to stay with Toriel. Well, Sans obviously has deep knowledge of all the timelines, but why would he leave that photo there at the very end? He could very well be trying once again to guide you in the right direction. Third, Frisk DOES have a home. It is mentioned as one of the choices to leave the ruins very early in the game. So, the question is why did they leave? The game gives no answer. It could have been terrible circumstances, abuse, etc. Or perhaps even entirely selfish reasons. Either way it was likely not a happy reason. Whatever the case, this may very well be what Frisk was referring to when if they say "I have places to go." There still may be business they need to settle or come to terms with, and by staying with Goatmom they instead decide that it is better to just run away from them.
- It's implied that the anyone could have ability to SAVE if they are determined enough. Unless there were an equivalent of Time Police or something that watched the timeline(s), there would be plenty of timeloops in the human worlds.
- Some good people might use the ability to reset to save the world. Some others...what stops a crazy serial killer or a rapist from committing his crime several times, and repeating again?
- See the above point though, the fact that Flowey loses the power when the Child gains it implies that only one person can have the power to SAVE and LOAD at any time, I don't think they'd have to worry about your average Joe getting a hold of that kind of power. And all this is even disregarding the fact that the ability to SAVE and LOAD may not even exist in the overworld and might have been a result of whatever happened to Gaster.
- The barrier is allowing the underworld to have a linear timeline, no matter how many times a reset happened in the outside world.
- This explained why you can only reset the time back to when Frisk falls. Given how determined Frisk was, it is difficult to believe they didn't have a SAVE point back before they fall, it is just simply NOT accessible to them. If they could, they would simply just RESET the time back before they fall.
- In No Mercy, Sans's dialogue referred to you as an anomaly in time. Why it must be you when there could be any other humans above that repeated the timeline? It's just you're the only one that can be observed changing the timeline in underground, as the human world had their own timelines.
- This would also explain why Asriel doesn't seem to be too worried about turning back into Flowey as long as he's stuck in the Underground, even if he can save and reload again, assuming he can only do it as far back as when Frisk lost the power upon leaving the Underground, he can't reset again, only YOU can.
- Asriel Dreemurr was revealed to be the child of Asgore and Toriel. The two have since separated. One of the anagrams of Asriel's full name is "Serial Murderer", which references him taking all the monsters' souls for his fight against the player. But another anagram for the name is "Rulers Remarried". This could also be meaningful. Does this mean Asgore and Toriel eventually reconcile? Or does it mean they find other relationships? Of course, this could also be overthinking things. We may never know.
- Sorry, but Asriel Dreemurr is one R short of being an anagram of "rulers remarried". Nice thought, though! That does, however, mean it's an anagram of "rulers e-married", which can mean only one thing. Some time after moving to the surface, both Toriel and Asgore turn to internet dating. And of course they unwittingly pair up with one another. And then they agree to meet up and find out who they were getting along so excellently with online. And since anagrams are the most powerful force in the universe, they obviously reconcile and get back together. Obviously.
- I thought it was indicated that the monsters assume that anyone wearing a striped shirt is a child. At least that's how that one NPC kid says it.
- Papyrus also doesn't mention anything about romance unless you flirt with him, meaning that the non-flirt date could possibly be a play date. It certainly fits his childish demeanor. The flirt version has him reject you upon realising that he isn't feeling any romantic emotions, supporting the idea that he doesn't really understand what a date is.
- Heck, none of the dates veer into sexual territory (Word of God claims Papyrus doesn't really even know what sex is), and the only romantic one is with Dr. Alphys...and only because you're roleplaying with her to try to get her to gather the courage to date Undyne.
- They know they are characters in the game and make comments if you attempt to name the fallen child using their name.
- TheUnderground is kinda like a game version of Toon Town. The characters are just playing their roles and memorizing their lines. No time travel involved at all. The player are just sent to the last save point upon 'death', or sent back to beginning upon 'reset'.
- The 'Hard Mode' is canon. No characters involved are actually 'dead', they just went off-screen and adding 'special effect' of disappearing. Note they also tried to make the 'game' child friendly, the monsters simply turned into the dust upon death.
- Determination might also have a connection to Digisoul, explaining how you can one-shot monsters who seem powerful. They're made of some otherworldly pseudo-matter that reacts to human emotions.
- Well, of course they're not. Monster food doesn't require digestion, thus there's no waste product. Monster bathrooms are quite literally bathrooms, as in places where monsters bathe and wash up, because that's all they need them for.
What would you expect, when the protagonist and the Fallen Child had the same name, and possibly were the same being? It's not telling you "your life is going to be living hell" for nothing. Plus, as stated above, you the player will likely never be the kind of person Frisk would be.
In fact, one ripe concept for ruthless Deconstruction here could be the very idea of Frisk—the video game hero that you want to be, but never will be. Because it's an impossibility, that you ever will be Frisk, in both meta and real-world senses. Obviously this would plunge the game into the cynical side of the sliding scale, but isn't that the whole point?
- Alternatively, the True Pacifist ending of Hard Mode would be a true Golden Ending where you save everyone. Even Asriel. What better reward for having the DETERMINATION to do the right thing, even when faced with impossible odds? Besides, why would the game compromise its own message for something as stupid as a Deconstruction?
You cannot escape from your sins.
- There would always be someone DETERMINED enough to figure things out, even if it was in the registry.
- After extensive therapy, she starts to piece her traumatic memories together, and her dreams, while still symbolic, elaborate, terrifying, and bizarre, start making a lot more sense. Undertale is those dreams, the Underground is the new dream world, Frisk is Madotsuki, Chara is a symbol of all her repressed negativity, Asriel is her lost innocence, and Flowey symbolizes all the places she thinks to look for that innocence but doesn't find it.
- All the other major characters are symbols of influential people or experiences in her life, and they all want to kill her at first because abuse and blah blah blah, but they become her best friends to symbolize her coming to terms with stuff and subconsciously forgiving them for the sake of her own mental health.
- Gaster is Uboa, of course. Whatever memory he symbolizes, it must have been pretty messed up, because her mind decided it would be best to just vaporize it and spread it thinly across the entirety of her being, just so it would never have to surface again, even if it meant the rest of her mind would become a little more corrupt.
- The amalgamates have something to do with the traffic accident.
- Despite Madotsuki being female, Frisk is genderless because Madotsuki doesn't really give two shits about gender. She has no problem using male restrooms, if you'll recall.
- There's a reason the poor guy always feels like trash.
- That's not to say he deserves it. Getting into the connection this implies between Napstablook and Chara, I think Napstablook is Chara's disembodied soul, which was never allowed into the body because of the body's, um, "neurochemical imbalance." Left to fend for itself, the soul grew away from humanity, grew a layer of protective magic, and thereby became a monster in its own right. Napstablook may not be aware of everything the player is doing, but he gets the vague feeling that he's somehow metaphysically responsible for something horrible (and by extent fucking miserable and full of self loathing) but powerless to stop it. Just like our conscience. As is customary of a lost soul, Napstablook let this grief and negativity consume him completely, until it became the whole of his self image, to the point where he's forgotten what he's even so sad about other than how much he sucks.
- Toriel's symbol looks like a muddled up version of the Hylian Crest.
- King Asgore and Ganon are both relatively similar in that they are both hoofed animals that act as kings of monsters, they both use fire powers and wield a giant trident as a weapon, and they are both Well-Intentioned Extremists (When considering Wind Waker).
- Papyrus and Sans are skeletons that act as guards... just like Stalfos in Zelda.
- Muffet is a spider that loves money, reminds me like how the Skulltula Men were cursed for their greed.
- Dr. Alphys is a lizard/dinosaur person, there's Dinolfos and Lizalfos.
- Undyne is not only a fish person like a Zora is, but even her appearance resembles a River Zora.
- Technology is highly advanced in comparison to ours. This could've easily started out from the technology seen in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
- There are segmented blobs in both games, Moldsmal and Like-Like.
- You play as a person who can mess with time travel, much like Link can in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- The hero of both games has an evil counterpart that looks similar in appearance, but is the complete opposite in personality. In this case, Undertale has Frisk and Chara, while Zelda has Link and Dark Link.
- The main villain, Flowey, is a psychotic, all-powerful being that you meet early in the game and torments you, also has a childish laugh, is represented by a large face, and needs the power of friendship. This also fits the description of Majora.
- The main villain in both also happen to be innocent characters that got horribly screwed over (Asriel and Skull Kid).
- Red SOUL: Determination, for obvious reasons
- Aqua: Massive size (hence "'Ball' is 'Small'". A large character has less mobility than a smaller one, hence Patience is needed.)
- Orange: Extremely high offensive power (hence Bravery and "tough")
- Blue: immunity to the influence the others may have upon you (hence Integrity and why Flowey wasn't effected by their personalities fighting back, unlike Asriel
- Purple: Extremely high defensive power (hence Perseverance). It also grants the ability to trap enemies. Frisk was completely incapable of doing anything but fight when Flowey attacked him/her, could not escape Muffet's spiderweb, and Sans tried to trap him/her by not taking his turn.
- Green: Unlimited ability to heal (hence Kindness. Photoshop Flowey did not make use of this ability for obvious reasons.
- Yellow: Ability to use impossible attacks (such as flamethrowers and nukes with your face on them). It also grants the ability to use Always Accurate Attacks, including Flowey's infamous bullet ring.
- All of them together: Infinity Asriel has infinite ATK, DEF and HP, his combat background is a wave of cosmic rainbows, and his abilities all have awesome, stellar-sounding names.
- Red : Ability to SAVE
- Aqua : High DEF
- Orange : Either high STR or SPD
- Blue : High ATK
- Purple : Either high WIS or INT or LUK
- Green : High HP
- Yellow : High ACC
- If you decided you had places to go, Frisk/Chara simply crossed out the photograph. If you decided to stay, Chara simply possessed Frisk. It doesn't necessarily mean that Chara (will) kill everyone.
- And you know that Chara hates photographs from True Pacifist.
- It isn't that bad... well, except for Frisk being soulless. But hey, Flowey also didn't have a soul and he's still alive.
- Worth noting that the Animal Crossing WMG page has an inverted take on this theory: that your player villager is a fallen human kept blissfully unaware by the NPCs who are simultaneously keeping you hidden from Asgore and his subjects.
- There are Dummied Out files that indicate that, at one point, you would have gotten magic. Though it's not certain why it was removed (possibly because it would have encouraged one type of run over another), it's possible that the artifact from the piano puzzle in Waterfall would have given you this magic (or even just a spell). The reason the room wasn't just removed was because it already appeared in a trailer, and the reason for the Annoying Dog arriving was because the artifact no longer had any purpose, so Toby didn't want you breaking the game by getting it (as in crashing, not getting something you weren't supposed to have). After all, the dog is Toby's avatar (supposedly).
- In Earthbound, the protagonists use the prayers of everyone in their world to defeat Giygas' final form, but this eventually stops working and only starts working again when you, the player, contribute to it. In this game, Frisk is naturally predisposed to go for the True Pacifist ending, which means that any deviation from that (even if it's just to go Neutral) had to come from you, the player. In one scenario, the player saves the world from the outside, and in the other, the player destroys it (or at least, leaves it in a less-ideal state than if they had just let Frisk act naturally).
- Think about it. Throughout the entire game, if you've reloaded a save and replayed some events, monsters can gain a sense of deja vu upon doing certain reactions all over again, such as Papyrus finding you familiar, or Toriel being able to guess whether you prefer cinnamon or butterscotch. Sans knows about humans beings able to manipulate time, and during the No Mercy route knows that the reason he feels that he's fought you before is because he has fought you before, and is even able to count how many times he's killed you or if you've killed him, because of his own DETERMINATION and research. Now, of course, they don't have enough DETERMINATION to manipulate time, or for their souls to persist (very long) after death, but they do have enough to gain that sense of deju vu, and have the drive to keep going. Monsters with more DETERMINATION than other monsters melt partially upon death.
- When Sans dies, he begins to talk to Papyrus as if he were present. This could just be him losing consciousness, but it could also be him fading to the other side.
- A more obvious point is that the Underground is populated by ghosts and skeletons.
- So that there can be NO way around the consequences of a No Mercy run
- Isn't that kinda pointless? If you wanted to make the game to NOTICE if the files had been tampered...that means tampering the game itself is possible in the first place.
- The game already can be messed with that way, and hackers can always find a way. Allowing the game to notice is similar to the Genocide run's normal consquences- nothing is stopping you from doing the crime, but the game will do its best to make sure you also do the time.
- Wouldn't that just lead to an arms race, where the game would add another file somewhere else to track whether the file was removed, but the player could just remove that file as well, thus necessitating yet another file, and so on?
- Isn't that kinda pointless? If you wanted to make the game to NOTICE if the files had been tampered...that means tampering the game itself is possible in the first place.
- To break the fourth wall further so the player would be directly involved in the plot. Basically, something like OneShot
- More specifically, the Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name sidequest. Dr. Gaster comes across as an Expy of Mr. Eaten, what with him being removed from the game world almost without a trace, only known to those specifically looking for him. Second, the No Mercy route shares the theme of how far a player is willing to go to achieve 100% Completion, even if it means committing horrible atrocities and receiving an irreversible bad ending as their "reward."
- Gaster will be either the Big Bad himself, or half of a Big Bad Duumvirate, the other half being the Fallen Child.
- If the latter is the case, one will double-cross the other.
- Jossed, it seems Gaster is actually on your side for some reason.
- Whoever the Big Bad is, he, she, or they will exploit the fourth wall for his, her, or their plans.
- We see what happens when a monster dies. Their body turns to dust, and they cease to exist. But Napstablook and Mettaton haven't turned to dust— they were just somehow always ghosts. All four never mention a past life as a human or other monster. Blooky's depression isn't a result of anything in a past life— their personality is just meant to be a contrast to their cousin. Mettaton is vain and extroverted, Blooky is self-deprecating and introverted. Similar to Sans and Papyrus, they're foils for each other.
- Alternately, Blooky's introversion is meant to go hand-in-hand with their passion for creating electronica. Many musicians in that genre, like Daft Punk, deadmau5, Phuture Doom, etc. are all anonymous, refusing to unmask or give out their real identity. Maybe they have an online persona that is mysterious and cool that releases their tracks under a pseudonym. Mettaton thinks highly of their cousin's work, and keeps encouraging them to start playing shows.
- By now the cycle of light and dark has gone on for so long that neither has the strength to cause catastrophic damage to the world anymore, and most human souls have light and dark in roughly equal measure. The monsters are distant descendants of the Bed of Chaos, having also mellowed out after hundreds of cycles, except for Asgore's family (who may be descended from Gwyn) and the skeletons and ghosts (remnants of Gravelord Nito). This also creates a sort of equivalence between determination and humanity/dark; both can only safely be used by humans, both cause non-humans to melt when they're exposed to it (for example, compare Knight Artorias to Undyne the Undying), and both play a role in the ability to return after death.
- Asgore's Royal Guards use heavy black armour with horned helmets, as do Gwyn's Black Knights. The Black Knight armour resists fire, and the Royal Guards are encountered in Hotland.
- This would explain Dr. Gaster's experiments; if determination is really humanity/dark, then that's where the negative photon readings came from.
- As a corollary, Sans is a member of the Blades of the Darkmoon or whatever order they evolved into. His knowledge of the timelines doesn't come from Gaster's time machine (that's broken beyond repair), but because he has a Blue Eye Orb (maybe the orb is his actual blue eye?), which lets the user invade the alternate worlds of sinners to exact vengeance. Sounds a lot like what Sans does on a No Mercy run, no?
- This would also explain why Sans is so nonchalant after losing his fight: dying as an invader doesn't kill you in your own timeline. Sure, he couldn't stop you, so the multiverse is still probably screwed, but he might have at least gotten a chance to go back to his own timeline before The End.
Because why the hell not? It is known in Ōkami that most people see Ammy as a white wolf... and since she is a god, there's no reason why she can't go in and out of the barrier at will. She took that artifact in the secret room and messed with the other characters because... well, she's a troll. She does all kinds of crap to Issun and some of the others, so I can see the Annoying Dog being Ammy.
(Could someone help me with linking things here... I don't think I know what I'm doing very well...)
What if this is still running off of Determination? A theory was that you couldn't fix the Genocide run taint because Chara now had more Determination than Frisk/The Player, so it wasn't in your power to fix it by yourself. Unless, of course, you're so determined to fix your mistake that you literally directly edit the reality of the world via the game's data files. Determination is defined as the power to shape reality using sheer force of will, so if you, The Player, go into your save file and remove the corruption, you're effectively out-Determination-ing Chara and thereby regain your control over the saves. This goes doubly so for the Steam version, as you have to do it every time you want to update as the Steam Cloud will replace the deleted files.
Betcha dollars to donuts it's Toby Fox himself making silly faces.
- That's impossible, Toby's a dog.
The idea seems to be a great crossover fuel.
In particular was a bear trio stack consisting of a grizzly bear, a panda, and a polar bear. And now they are finding their place in the human world and the wilderness outside the mountain.
Perhaps for the monsters, being trapped in Mt. Ebott would have been Cursed With Awesome. And it would have been safer if they stayed a little longer there until the crisis is averted.
- The barrier worked similar to muggle repellent magic from Harry Potter. Only, it drives away ALL humans from climbing the mountain.
- Somehow, children are less affected by this magic. Which explained why the souls belong to children.
- The same magic also affected the mountain appearance. If someone tried to take satellite image of the mountain, it would only result in normal picture.
- Genocide run revealed the source of determination is the PLAYER.
- Other souls have players too, they have ability to SAVE and RESET like Undertale Player. However, they either rage-quitting in between the game, or simply lost motivation playing, so they never finished the game. The souls are never revived and taken instead.
- Alternatively, it was a prequel where the player had no choice but to let the character they control die because of the plot.
- He uses a magic gun and his hat kinda looks like a cowboy hat. He also has a pretty strong sense of justice, and can use magic in accordance with that SOUL power wmg above.
- It would help to explain how so many were collected over a (supposedly) short amount of time. As for how their items are all sparsely scattered, it's possible that some died early on and the others were forced to run away withot them, even if the thought is sad.
- Chara is actually a boss that can be fought and beaten. But since there is no battle screen, not through conventional means. No, Chara, Sans, Flowey, everyone completely underestimates how much Determination you have and what you can do with it. While some can just save and load with it, you have the power to control the entire essence in which that world runs on. The way to defeat Chara is by deleting system_information_962 and system_information_963 from your App Data folder.
- Additional guess: What Sans and co. were detecting was Photoshop Flowey. They didn't realize it, but they were detecting the multiple timelines created over in the Neutral Route by Photoshop Flowey's constant Save Scumming with the six SOULs. He was essentially "jumping left and right" in SAVE files to cheat on his fight with you.]]
- Makes sense. It's highly unlikely that every civilization on Earth would be warring with Monsters at the same time. It also explains why Frisk was totally unfazed by everything they came across underground; they'd already seen things like that plenty.
- Yeah, I live in England and I know that there isn't a river Tem. There's the Thames which is PRONOUNCED "tems" and the river Teme, which is pronounced "Team", but no river Tem. Sorry.
- Jossed, we got an opening chapter for a legit sequel.
- The new text in the Annoying Dog's room says it will take more than one patch, since "new holes keep popping up".
- Most of the new text from Sans and Papyrus has some character reacting in surprise, like even they didn't expect the change.
- Being able to access Gaster and his content without hacking officially turns him and his followers into glitch entities. If you don't get how that connects, check that page.
- Admit it, with all the hacking and data mining the game takes advantage of, isn't it odd how there are almost no references/responses to glitches?
- The part about Gaster having a bigger role is confirmed.
- Flowey is currently using 6 human souls to power himself and ascend to godhood. This means he has seven "minds" within his body all at once and can feel all of them (he comments that he can "feel them wriggling"). However, due to their incapacitated nature, they are unable to do anything to stop him unless he himself is significantly weakened, only able to aid the protagonist during the short windows of time Flowey attempts to use their individual powers to torture the protagonist, which is the time at which he is weakest. The screaming human faces on the monitor are actually an amalgam of those of the humans trapped in Flowey's body (hence the disturbing Uncanny Valley appearance), screaming silently as they fight Flowey to gain control for a brief moment.
- Dear god! Not even a Genocide player would be so cruel as to let that happen!
Which is why Determination, a human characteristic, confers the power to manipulate the timeline. The underground is physically underground, but the barrier works by taking the stretch of time between the monsters being sealed and the monsters going free, and separating it from the rest of space-time. The "way in" from the mountain is actually a time portal.
You could make a similar argument for the Burnt Pan, but it's less of a stretch to imagine a child being allowed to play with cookware than with an actual gun.
- That makes zero sense. First, a child can beat monsters with a stick, cold iron never came up. Second, how does pacifism come up at all? The way you explain it, monsters can basically slaughter humans with impunity, thus making the pacifist ending the WORST ending.
- Graphics either redrawn at a higher resolution or in some level of 3D, either full or as a Sprite/Polygon Mix (either way, Photoshop Flowey would be in full 3D to emphasize the "wrongness" in his design).
- Rearranged soundtrack.
- Battle backgrounds beyond the occasional boxy shapes (except for, again, Photoshop Flowey, because you and him are the only things in the world at that point).
- Muffet becoming a major character, for multiple reasons (for consistency with other SOUL users, for representation in the Asriel fight, to serve as the boss of Hotland so it doesn't have a disproportionately high kill count in a No Mercy run, sheer popularity).
- Regarding Flowey and Chara crashing the game:
- Flowey: Instead of the game window closing after he absorbs the human SOULs, the screen cuts to black, several glitchy noises play, and the game appears to restart until the intro screws up and you're taken to the "My World" file. Losing to Photoshop Flowey at any point simply takes you back to the file select.
- Chara: Again, since there's no game window, the screen of "9999" simply shakes from side to side a la a dying monster, and the black screen with wind appears immediately. The wait time before Chara makes their offer is drastically reduced (for battery life/patience reasons), and they will automatically reappear to make their offer given the same amount of time. (On the 3DS, Chara's attack if you refuse to destroy the world could take advantage of the system's 3D effect...)
- In both cases the crash would work as in the default game on PC.
- Of course, meta commentary on the game being a remake, particularly regarding the added content.
- If you keep resetting but only doing Pacifist Runs, Chara's motive for resetting so much is that they still haven't given up on saving Asriel. Despite being a reference to the player, Chara has repeatedly shown that they have a personality beyond just being the player so they would need some kind of motive to reset unless your influence over them is just that strong.
- Word of God confirms that the Pacifist Ending is exactly as it seems.
- Afraid not. The humans didn't go the war to capture monster souls, a mural in Waterfall quite clearly states that the humans launched a pre-emptive attack because they feared the monsters' ability to take a human soul.
The timeline goes something like this: Long ago, monsters and humans lived together in peace. The monsters were native to a floating island, and the humans came from the surface. Monsters and humans could travel between these places as they wished. That is, until a monster called Ballos was imprisoned and tortured until he lost control of his magic and destroyed a city. This started the war between humans and monsters. However, the account told in Undertale isn't fully accurate; Humans didn't have any magic, but they did have Sufficiently Advanced Technology allowing them to create an army of Ridiculously Human Robots, and quickly forced the monsters underground. A force field was set around the caves, locking the monsters away.
Ten years later, a group of researchers came to the island, to get betrayed by The Doctor. He convinced them to disable the Barrier, and stole the Demon Crown, a medium for Ballos' uncontrollable power. Using the Red Flowers, he tried to create an army from the peaceful Mimigas. But, thanks to a pair of amnesiac robots left behind from the war, his plans were stopped. And even more, they managed to destroy Ballos, freeing the monsters from his influence. Then, for some reason, someone reactivates the Barrier on their way off the islandnote .
With Ballos gone, the Red Flowers lost their powers and their color (Becoming known as golden flowers), but retained a few supernatural qualities, allowing them to capture the essence of a dying Mimiga, or, as they became known later, Boss Monster, and gained sentience when the scientist Dr. Alphys tried using them as Soul Jarsnote .
Many years later, some humans settled on the island, having either forgotten the war or dismissed it as legend. A human child fell into the underground, since the now-ancient Barrier was starting to deteriorate. After a long, heartwarming, timey-wimey adventurenote , they and a restored Asriel destroy the Barrier with the power of all the souls in the underground, allowing monsters and humans to live together once again.
We know Humans do have access to magic since that's how they sealed the Monsters underground, yet that's the only instance we hear of Humans using magic(unless the ability to SAVE uses magic, which is a WMG in and of itself). Since absorbing a Human SOUL gives Monsters a huge power boost, this implies that SOULs have some connection to magic power. Supporting this is the fact that the two strongest monsters we fight—Toriel and Asgore—are stated to be a type of monster with an abnormally strong SOUL that can briefly persist after death.
Keeping the two beings in balance at first (until the Monsters' vulnerability to killing intent upset that balance) were different skill/strength ratios; Humans had stronger magic, but a smaller pool of spells that they could use. Monsters have weaker magic, but a more diverse range of spells. However, both species, if they so desired, could overcome those limitations through training—Undyne became strong enough to take on Asgore head-on via years of training, so perhaps Humans could increase their repertoire of spells via extensive training and study.
Of course, the Monsters have a shortcut—they can skip right to the end power boost by absorbing a Human SOUL. Perhaps Humans can also gain greater magical finesse much faster by absorbing a Monster SOUL(most likely the spells that the Monster used beforehand, since different Monsters seem to be able to use different attacks). Of course, neither side knew this since Monster SOULs are too weak to persist long enough to be absorbed, which is why they came to the conclusion that a SOUL-Boosted Monster had no counter. In reality, all other things being equal, a Human with a Monster SOUL would be able to stand toe-to-toe against a Monster with a Human SOUL in both strength and skill.
Obviously this could be written off as just flavor text for the mirror, so example number two, the Ball Game: finishing the game in under 10 seconds nets you the red flag (which leaves 'Determination' out of the other SOUL traits), and finishing the Ball Game again in the same fashion nets you the red flag once more with a new message: "Try as you might, you continue to be yourself."
And finally, in Sans' Neutral judgement speech he starts off by saying "truthfully, it doesn't really matter what you said. all that's important is that you were honest with yourself."
- But everyone is themselves...
- When Papyrus pretends to like whatever Undyne likes even though he previously said he dislikes those things he's not himself. Alphys keeping the secret of what she's done from everyone and pretends to be a hyper-competent supporting character to you she's not herself. When Toriel injures you to near death to keep you in the Ruins she's not herself. When Asgore declared war against humans on a snap decision he wasn't himself. A lot of characters in Undertale aren't true to themselves and you even help most of them out.
- Further evidence: 'Determination' is a trait all human souls are shown to have, so either A) all souls have all traits in some quantity, or B) 'Determination' isn't the red soul's trait.
- Integrity is already a trait, though.
- Some people have taken to calling it 'sincerity' or 'individuality'.
- "Being yourself" could be understood as a scrap category for humans who do not fit any of the other 6 categories. It should also be noted that you only receive the red flag if you accomplish your goal very quickly, which can however only be done through rigorous practice (or incredible luck), during which you may or may not receive all the other 6 flags - which would agree with the initial description of the red flag, which initially lists the 6 traits as keys to your red flag success, while simultaneously labeling the game itself in red color (and the narrator also labels the hole in red, through that was probably just for sarcastic emphasis). What this ultimately means is up to speculation. Maybe the ball game represents a pointless task, ergo that red is somehow an 'empty' or 'unlabeled' trait, or maybe it's something else entirely.
He indeed killed the light blue and orange humans, the ones who fell first. That's why the light blue laser and the orange laser are so extended: he shared what he learned from them. But the only one who has "Green" attacks is Undyne. So she killed the Green child, and got his Patience. Muffet killed the purple human, and Alphys got the Yellow one. That's why they can do their special attacks. For the Blue child, the ballet girl, she was deemed the most dangerous and the shoes were dusty. As in, "dust from monsters' corpses." She was defeated by Gaster, who gave her powers to their sons, Papyrus and Sans.
- But Undyne has never seen a human before; she only knows about them from watching anime.
- Additionally, the light blue soul's loot is found in the Ruins.
- "Jossed, although these tweets have been deleted since."
He destroyed the Mercy button. No one else in the entire game manages this. He seems so easy because he can't bring himself to harm someone who is the spitting image of his child who committed suicide. As a parent, imagine what he must be going through. Destroying the Mercy button must have been a way to harden his heart, not giving himself a way out. Secondly, his trident turns red. The color of determination, yet it never shows that color again. Maybe he couldn't harness that power because he didn't want to fight, deep down. Everyone seems confident you will be no match for Asgore, even Undyne the Undying. The battle with him supports this. Talking to him and telling him you don't want to fight lowers his attack and defense. It is canon that it is a struggle for him to fight you. Considering Chara took over in the Genocide battle, and Flowey warned him, maybe he told him who Chara was, and he was trying one last feeble effort to convince his child to come back to the light.
- This seems to be pretty close to canon, considering how high his stats are when you CHECK him. Then consider that he trained Undyne, who is another one of the strongest monsters in the underground. Asgore had to have gotten his reputation somehow, and the monsters' faith in him seems to be pretty well justified by that. He's just deliberately holding back for the various reason stated above, plus actually being a pretty nice guy. Asgore seems like an Apologetic Attacker before the fight, so it's quite likely that, on top of everything else, he actually hates fighting, in spite of how strong he is.
There's actually quite a few parallels between the two, when you look at them side-by-side.
- Trace is a Reluctant Warrior who prefers to avoid killing whenever possible (attempting to reason with bosses, just running past Xedur-Hul,, and trying to spare Athetos, for example.) At the same time, the most common depiction of Frisk is a Badass Pacifist All-Loving Hero who refuses to fight unless there's absolutely no other option.
- Both Trace and Frisk are able to come back at a Save Point whenever they die. Trace achieves this through cloning, Frisk through Determination.
- Both of them have some kind of counterpart known for committing genocide. Chara, who Flowey mistakes Frisk for, only makes their presence known at the end of a Genocide run. Athetos, the original Trace, has already committed genocide on Sudra by the time Trace is cloned.
- Going from the above, both can be corrupted into being just like their counterparts. Through the players actions, Frisk can kill every monster in the Underground, and the hidden endings of Axiom Verge imply that Trace is destined to become Athetos.
- Trace, like Athetos, is a "Patternmind", some kind of Reality Warper. While it's never really explained beyond that, it can parallel Determination allowing Frisk to SAVE and RESET.
Conclusion: Trace is a version of Frisk who never fell into the Underground and discovered the power of Determination, and went on to become a scientist as an adult.
Frisk begins the game with very little autonomy. You have virtually complete control of them. However, the further you go along the True Pacifist route, the more autonomy they gain. By the time you're deep enough into the True Pacifist route to reach the True Lab, they've gained enough autonomy to defy you, as you can see if you tell them to be mean to Snowdrake's mother. If Frisk has enough control to stop you from committing cruel but non-violent actions, then they probably have enough control to stop you from committing violent actions. After all, Frisk really doesn't want to hurt anyone. Otherwise, the Amalgamates shouldn't be that hard to kill since their forms are unstable. Asriel Dreemurr, of course, is a different story; he really IS strong enough to take no damage from Frisk's attacks.
And the reason why is because the Anomaly and the threat of the happy ending being reset are removed by an elaborate deception from a Fallen Child who is a benevolent being masquerading as a malevolent one. The problem with the (normal) Golden Ending is that there will always be the threat that the Player/Anomaly will be curious to know what happens if they reset the timeline and kill everyone, proceeding to do exactly that. And at the end of the Genocide Run, Chara steps in and puts a stop to it by claiming Frisk's soul for their own. This has two purposes: firstly, every time the Anomaly tries to get a Happy Ending and ignore the consequences of their actions, the Fallen Child will always be there to remind them of their crimes. But more importantly, the Anomaly will think that the Golden Ending is ruined forever and abandon the game/universe since there's no point in trying anymore. Chara isn't ACTUALLY doing anything to harm Frisk or the monsters, but they have to make the Anomaly think that the cast is doomed no matter what. Assuming Chara's ploy succeeds and the Anomaly leaves, they are then free to carry out the Pacifist ending themselves and let the cast free onto the Surface without the threat of the Anomaly or Resets hanging over their heads.
- There is also an alternative reason why this might be the best outcome. Assuming the theory that Chara is the player - supported by Flowey's final talk with the player, which ends by Flowey calling them using Chara's name, Chara might leave Frisk and the rest of the world behind and move on to afterlife. But in this ending, they stay. It's not much, and it's certain that they will attempt to hurt someone, but it DOES give them hope to be SAVED later on, as opposed to dying forever. Not even Asriel decided that moving on will be the best option for him, even through his constant suffering.
The Ball game hints towards the idea that Determination is actually a composite trait of the other six:
This means that every human soul contains at least a small amount of every trait, since Alphys was able to extract determination from them. Undyne's soul also contains a small amount of every trait, since she has determination. Additionally, which traits shine during your playthrough depends on which route you go for.
But isn't it odd that there are exactly that many monster SOULs left? And the descriptive text on the sign seems more like a colorful metaphor than a mathematical fact... But when you think about it, the only differences between a no-kill Neutral ending, and the Golden Ending, are all the result of Flowey's manipulations. He thinks the sign in Waterfall is stating a mathematical fact (remember, he's really just a kid, so his critical thinking skills are underdeveloped), so he won't do these things if you kill a single monster. He won't tell Alphys "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID", he won't tell Papyrus to call everyone into the throne room, he won't encourage Toriel to hurry up so she can stop you from killing Asgore (and may even impede her from doing so — he can block doors with his vines, after all).
- People already know about the Shrine so it loses its suprise/secret value.
- Slightly-confirmed: the shrine itself is still there, but it's wrecked and no longer serves it's original purpose.
In life, they were a pair of Serial Killers who were caught and sentenced to death, but became subjects for a new version of the experiment. Chara and Asriel created a dream world and made up a whole backstory for it. The monsters and souls are based off thier many victims. They had fun, and Asriel was the first to start feeling guilt. However, they both got tired of it, and prepared to mount an escape by destroying the barrier (that Dreamsend Inc. made to trap them in the Dream till they accomplished thier mission). The plan failed, however, and Asriel was given the new form of Flowey to keep him planted in the Dream. His soul represents his slowly developing guilt that was destroyed. He had no emotiion, and proceeded to trash the Dream world. Eventually, Chara was given a new form as Frisk, and was released in the dream world to truly learn guilt. In the Neutral ending, neither of them succeed and become eternally asleep in the dream world. In the Genocide ending, they escape and go on a killing spree inside the facility. In the Pacifist ending, they finally succeed in reforming and are given back thier old selves, and presumably allowed to wake up.