Follow TV Tropes


Webcomic / Ask Frisk and Company

Go To

Warning: Unmarked Undertale Spoilers below.

AskFriskAndCompany is a fan-webcomic based on Undertale, taking place after the True Pacifist ending. It is run by the staff of The Good Trash Kingdom; the three most-seen mods go by Trash Queen, Canon Keeper and Clutter Commander.

In-universe, the blog was created by Frisk to answer any questions humans might have about monsters; however, after the divide between the void and AFAC's reality was weakened, the characters began to hear the asks directly. The comic is now on its sixth story arc.

The official dubs of the comics can be found here, although there are unofficial dubs scattered over YouTube.


AskFriskAndCompany provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Frisk's biological parents, although they never physically harmed Frisk, emotionally abused them on several occasions, including forcing them to conform to masculine gender roles and burning their favourite Pokémon card just because they didn't clean their room immediately after being told to. Frisk ran away after their parents kicked their sister Aidrian out, as that meant they had no reason to stay.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Alphys's encounter with Jason's family leads her to discover that Miu, Jason's mother, was the creator of Mew Mew Kissy Cutie.
  • Actual Pacifist: As usual, it's Frisk.
  • All for Nothing: The baking of the chocolate ghost cake in Extra Dark Chocolate was ultimately rendered pointless by Drunk Chara eating it before AFAC!Chara could come for it. Though, they did make another one (as mentioned in an offhand remark).
  • All There in the Manual: Commonly, asks about the world's lore are answered by the mods directly.
    • Between seasons 1 and 2 of the dub, a "50 Things You Didn't Know About AFAC" video was released. Some facts relate to lore while others relate to production. (For obvious reasons, none of the facts refer to anything after Season 1 except for vague hints.)
  • Almost Kiss: Chara!Sans interrupts a moment between Frisk and Monster Kid.
  • Alternate Universe: A decent amount of the blog is this. Definitely going to be used more in the future now that there is a hole in reality behind the couch.
    • This is pretty much entirely the plotline of the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc, minus the fiasco with Jason and Aidrian.
      • It also appears to be invoked with Maverick Chaosdragon. Word of God clears that he is from a similar but different dimension, and discussions with Maverick himself back at the main cast's house confirms that the difference is a lack of asker influence.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Frisk, as usual. They don't identify as either. Though a flashback heavily implies (and confirmed by a mod) that their assigned sex is male.
    • Chara as well.
  • Amnesiac Villain Joins the Heroes: After undergoing Trauma-Induced Amnesia, Chara takes on the "Callallied" identity full time and seems to genuinely befriend Frisk, Kid, and Flowey.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Braids loses an arm while fighting Aidrian, who's armed with a frying pan.
  • Anything That Moves: Frisk. They flirted with Toriel (after calling her "Mom") and based on their comments, several other monsters. They even flirt with MWSIH!Frisk. The fact that Frisk enters a romantic relationship with Monster Kid in Red Echoes doesn't stop them.
    • They do refuse to flirt with someone at a later point because Kid is there and doing so would be rude, but it's not clear whether Frisk would have flirted if Kid wasn't there or not.
  • Arc Welding: It eventually turns out that the creator of Mew Mew Kissy Cutie just so happens to be Jason's mother, facilitating an encounter with Alphys and Undyne.
  • Art Shift: When Frisk, Kid, and Flowey's encounter with Callallied goes south, the comic suddenly switches to a recreation of Undertale's battle screen.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • A comedic example, but Frisk asking Toriel and Sans if they like each other gets this type of reaction.
    Frisk: So... my mom... would you kiss her and do gross mushy stuff with her if you knew she was down?
    Frisk: Hey mom? Did you know that Sans thinks you're hot?
    • A more serious example occurs when Paolo, aka the Narrator, calls Chara out on their plan to convince Frisk of all people that the world deserves to die.
    Chara: Frisk is a good person. They'll do the right thing. I just have to convince them that I'm right.
    Paolo: And what will you do if you find out you're wrong?
    Chara: I don't know...
  • Author Avatar: The mods themselves occasionally make cameos via commentary on certain asks. Trash Queen (in the form of her cat OC) has also been sighted a few times.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Maverick Chaosdragon the Shadow Rogue. (Though Jason at least finds it stupid.)
  • Badass Boast: Sans did this as an answer to an asker's question of how powerful he was since he pulled Gaster out of non-existence.
    Sans: "Buddy, listen. *left eye glows* If you ever see me at my full power, then it means that one of us is definitely going to die. So don't ask questions you don't want the answers to."
  • Badass Family: Basically everyone who lives in the house with Frisk acts like this towards them.
  • Bad Liar: Several askers theorize that the Rogue is Asriel. He denies it, but does so very weakly.
  • Berserk Button: NEVER, EVER, EVER, misgender Frisk in front of Aidrian, Frisk's older sister. She becomes saltier than Frisk would ever be when people do that.
  • Berserker Tears: Papyrus after Chara kills Sans with a knife. Though Sans later turns out to have faked it with ketchup.
    • Flowey reacts with this towards Goopster after Toriel protected him from Goopster's laser blast. One of a few hints that he's regaining his soul.
  • Big Bad: Played With. Word of God is that there are no villains in the story, but Chara fills this role for at least being the antagonist.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Papyrus and Sans love each other very much. Chara learned this the hard way. Aidrian got off light.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Sans and Gaster's teleportation abilities make it easy to pull off.
    • Maverick Chaosdragon manages to make it in time to save Aidrian from Garamond.
    • ADC!Frisk shows up in Drunk Chara's mindscape to exorcise AFAC!Chara, accompanied by a Spanish version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" performed by the AFAC cast.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Two examples in Red Echoes:
    • After Hermann realizes that she's still able to feel emotion, Gaster gives her the offer to come live above ground with him and his family and friends. She responds with this trope.
    • Only a few panels later, Monster Kid gives Frisk the kiss that had been long-awaited ever since Frisk went looking for them.
  • Bi the Way: Word of God is that Aidrian is bisexual.
    • Sans and Burgerpants, too.
    • Heck, pretty much no one in the main cast is 100% straight.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Averted with a nurse character named Cynthia who assisted a sick Callilied at Monsterland.
  • Blatant Lies: Pretty much every single lie ever told in the story thus far is one.
  • Blood Knight: As usual, Undyne is eager to fight and carry around big weapons.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Parodied by Flowey when he chucks a chocolate Nice Cream into Jason's face, even quoting the trope name.
  • Break Them by Talking: See the What the Hell, Hero? example below.
  • Call-Back: Remember near the end of our first conversation with Chara? You know, when that one asker was all "CHARA NO!" and Chara replied with their signature Nightmare Face: "CHARA YES!!!!" Well, this little gem is Flowey's reaction to Frisk's emotionally Abusive Parents.
    Flowey (Intent made crystal clear with his own Slasher Smile): "Frisk, where do your parents live?"
    Frisk: "Flowey, No."
    Flowey: "FLOWEY YES!!!!!!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: POCKET SAND!
  • Canon Character All Along: The narrator is actually one of the fallen children. The rest of them also qualify for this, but it's downplayed as it wasn't clear the roles they filled were even characters until they were revealed.
    • Callallied is actually Chara.
    • At one point, a teaser for an unknown character was shown, cutting off everything above their legs (they subsequently received the nickname "Fab Legs"). Not long after the reveal of Callallied's true identity, the full picture was shown, revealing that Fab Legs was Skeleton!Chara from Maverick's universe.
  • Canon Immigrant: A very literal example: Chiller, a dog-like Gaster Blaster from Man Who Speaks In Hands universe, follows AFAC!Frisk back to their universe and seems to be sticking around. He eventually morphed into what's effectively a skeleton dog with a Gaster Blaster head and later gains the ability to speak.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Deconstructed with Chara. They realize that they are a terrible person, and make no excuses or attempts to hide it, but they also make the point that anyone who does what they do deserves to feel terrible about it and doesn't deserve to be happy. Including themself.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Aidrian is told by the askers that their missing younger sibling Frisk isn't dead, Aidrian accuses the askers of lying and diverts attention to the fact that the asker didn't use gender neutral pronouns.
    • There's also that time when the askers tried to clear up her misconception that Papyrus kidnapped Jason during their first conversation with her, only for her to not believe them. Though to be fair, that one anon royally screwed up the first impression for the rest of the askers who were trying to get her to calm the hell down.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Toriel gets one of these during the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc.
  • Characterization Marches On: Chara's first appearance in the story presented them as being a borderline Complete Monster. After Red Echoes, they settle into more of a Noble Anti-Villain role.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The area behind the couch that Sans ripped W.D. Gaster back into existence through ends up creating a rip in reality, allowing beings access to their house through it.
    • That video Frisk recorded of Sans doing his rainbow dance in the Red Echoes arc, which was uploaded to YouTube as of the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc, was used by the askers in the Extra Dark Chocolate Arc to manipulate Aidrian and Jason into discovering that Frisk is alive.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Frisk's classmate Callallied didn't get much focus on their introduction, but then they indirectly caused Frisk to discover their magic powers. Then they were revealed to be an alter ego of Chara.
  • The Chessmaster: The askers have a brief stint as this when they tell Jason and Aidrian to watch a YouTube video of Sans while fighting Chara in his own mind as the Memelord, then telling them to check who uploaded the video.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: A villainous version when Chara implores the askers to lend them enough strength to regain power. Surprisingly enough, multiple askers go along with it. Chara uses this as proof that there are examples of Humans Are Bastards everywhere, no matter how nice they act.
    • Ironically enough, they were seemingly inspired to do this by the manner in which Sans defeated them earlier, as it was the askers' encouragement that gave him the power to drive them out of his head.
      Alphys: What I find most interesting is how his soul seems to be drawing in power from around him. I think this is how he's able to fight Chara effectively despite being the weaker of the two souls. But...just where is he drawing all of this power from in the first place?
  • Collector of the Strange: The parents of Frisk and Aidrian apparently owned a collection of porcelain pigs before Aidrian smashed them all when she stood up to theml
  • Color Blind Confusion: The askers were colorblind and only saw black and white for everything with a few exceptions, including magic. Now it's subverted due to Alphys poking the portal to Goopster's world while it was going through the true pacifist end. Now everything's in color.
  • Commander Contrarian: In the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc, after Flowey learns that his soul is growing back, which is only driving him to feel guilt for his past sins and is not bringing back his sense of identity, an asker gives him a copy of Fire Emblem Fates for comfort, but Flowey complains that it still sucks because he has enough of a soul to feel emotionally affected by choosing between Birthright or Conquest.
  • Continuity Nod: One flashback depicts a news report circa monsters' emergence from Mt. Ebott, with the scrolling banner at the bottom referencing the events of the fourth Storytime comic.note 
  • Couch Gag: There's a note advertising the mods' Patreon page at the bottom of every update, of the form "If you like _____, please consider supporting our Patreon."
  • Creator Cameo: Mod Trash Queen's cat persona can be spotted on occasion.
  • Crossover: With another Undertale ask blog, Man Who Speaks In Hands, during the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc. MWSIH!Gaster (known as Goopster) comes to the AFAC universe, and AFAC!Frisk visits the MWSIH-verse.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Aidrian is right in the middle of one. Given that it was Papyrus she attacked, it's not entirely undeserved.
  • Death Glare: Four at once — Sans, Kid, Flowey, and Callallied all give ones to Janet after she deadnames Frisk.
    • Miu, Jason's mother, gives one when describing Mew Mew Kissy Cutie 2. A natural reaction from the franchise's original creator.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: One with only a small grace period too. It's Frisk's pacifism that undergoes this. Askers call Frisk out on not allowing Chara to be killed by Sans as it seemingly leads to Sans' death. The Reconstruction comes almost immediately as Monster Kid points out that Frisk is still a good person for staying true to their beliefs and the blame should belong to Chara. And then it's revealed that Sans was faking his death.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: See Color Blind Confusion above.
    • Also done when Chara wants to disappear after ADC!Frisk convinces them to stop attacking at the end of Eclipse Total; they and their mindscape are dull and grey to symbolize how they were drowning in despair. In fact, the only reason Chara didn't disappear is because Asriel couldn't leave them.
  • Demonic Possession: Chara does this to Sans in the Red Echoes story arc.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Chara's backstory, to an almost laughable degree. They apparently had a normal life until pirates raided their village, killed their parents right in front of them, and then kidnapped them — no, not modern pirates, cartoon buccaneer-style pirates, despite the story's modern setting. They were then held under their captivity under horrible conditions for a time until one night, every single crew member happened to pass out drunk, without even a single sober man to serve as lookout or steer the ship. Chara then decided to murder every single one of them in their sleep and managed to do so without waking any of them up or raising any alarms (it must have been really hard rum), conveniently just as the ship was about to drift to shore. They then wandered alone and homeless from New England to Mt. Ebbot, which in this interpretation is in western Canada, on foot, without a single person ever offering to help them. Ever. Across a distance of over 2,000 miles.
  • Didn't Think This Through: River Person a.k.a. Hermann admits this about fighting Chara!Sans, as they had no intention to kill them in the first place, so when Sans simply stops trying to dodge their orange attacks, they're at a loss.
  • Dirty Coward: Chara. When things get too much for them, they panic and run for the hills. Justified as Chara is still just a kid and is likely inexperienced with stress, and it gives Chara a chance to re-think their plans and adjust accordingly.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It's stated in Harlow Garamond's check description that he pays back all offenses two-fold. This means they would have killed Aidrian if Maverick didn't step in.
    • Subverted by Sans, who simply pranks Aidrian for assaulting Papyrus.
  • Driven to Suicide: A couple of the askers theorize this about W.D. Gaster's fall into the CORE. It's implied that they are right.
    • Frisk aborted the Genocide Run by killing themselves before landing the final blow on Sans.
    • Appears to be the case with Chara. After ADC!Frisk's intervention, Chara proclaimed that they just wanted to disappear. This resulted in them letting go of everything, including Asriel's soul, and proceeding to sink into the ocean of their own mindscape. The only reason they haven't kicked the bucket yet is because Asriel is desperately trying to keep the unconscious kid's head above water.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Braids, a corn doll monster, has long hair and a drawn on, rather gender neutral face. However, his description when an asker checks his stats uses masculine pronouns.
    • This is also a recurring problem for Mettaton. Apparently humans aren't as open-minded regarding feminine-looking men as monsters.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Immediately before Gaster's introduction, he appears in Sans's explanation of monster reproduction. As does Hermann, who stays out of the picture for a longer time (especially if you don't count Gaster's flashback).
  • Easily Forgiven: Played With. Since Aidrian is Frisk's sister and Sans gets some level of vengeance, the main cast and askers let her assault on Papyrus slide. But Flowers, Braids, Twinkies, and Harlow do not.
    • Played straight with Chara, despite all the harm they've caused up to and including attempted murder of several main cast members. This is especially egregious on Toriel (one of their attempted victims) and Asriel's part, as the justification basically comes down to "It's unfair to hold them responsible for all the bad things they've done but not hold Asriel responsible for everything he did while he was Flowey," despite the fact that their respective situations are in no way comparable.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Frisk's birthname: Bronson. It's not helped by the fact that the name is very masculine, and thus is a terrible fit for the agender Frisk.
  • Evil Gloating: Chara does a fair bit of this in the "Red Echoes" arc; humorously, this is what lets Sans get the jump on them in the first place.
  • Extradimensional Shortcut: What Goopster thinks the portal behind the couch is.
  • Eye Scream: How Undyne lost her eye. It was impaled by a piece of shrapnel when the CORE exploded.
  • Fantastic Racism: Compared to the canon ending to Undertale, there is a lot more racism between humans and monsters.
  • Fate Worse than Death: It's implied that the apocalypse that destroyed Maverick's world was this, with Word of God saying that a nuke would have been nicer.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Throughout Red Echoes, this is how Chara acts; in Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams, they drop it in favour of becoming a Noble Demon.
  • For Science!: Deconstructed. This is Gaster's justification for his heinous actions after Hermann's death, such as experimenting on fallen children and his neglect of his sons, but it is thoroughly torn apart when Hermann herself appears and calls him out for his actions.
  • Fragile Speedster: Flowers. They are described in a CHECK as "too fast to be dodged", but Aidrian manages to One-Hit KO them with a frying pan.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: As this is an ask blog, this trope applies. At first, Frisk is seen viewing the questions on their Tumblr, but after the void is ripped, the characters start hearing the questions directly.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the first questions on the blog is about what it's like living with Flowey. Frisk responds with "I think there's more of Asriel in him than he pretends there is." As it turns out, they're not wrong.
    • In Gaster's flashback, his wife Hermann at one point says "Tra la la," the Verbal Tic of the River Person.
    • Asriel's soul can be spotted inside of Chara's in a select few panels if you look closely. Maverick also drops a hint related to his soul as well with his flash drive.
    • There were a surprising amount of clues that Callallied is actually Chara; it's just that few, if anyone, thought of the possibility and put the clues together until after The Reveal. Callallied's submission details a backstory that matches Chara's exactly, and describes how they want to get close to Frisk to prove that humanity is bad; they are apprehensive when they realize Maverick is nearby; Chara dug up a body and knitted clothes; and more.
    • Word of God and later on in the comic proper, Alphys discuss something called the "Metamorphosis Theory" where Humans become Monsters by possessing then later bonding to objects, similar to ghost monsters like Mettaton in Undertale canon. Guess what ultimately happens to Chara.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Although Chara is readily welcomed back into the Dreemurr family at the end of the "The Most Faboulus Place On Earth" arc, a lot of the characters are still distrustful of them, most notably Toriel and Sans. Sans outright threatens them with violence if they should even think of relapsing, while Toriel worries that she might have been too quick to forgive Chara's past crimes.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: An asker arms Aidrian with "The Frictionless Frying Pan of Unspeakable Mediocrity" in the Extra Dark Chocolate arc.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: One asker used the Exact Words Flowey used when he was pissed that Hermann didn't even realize she has her soul back against him, anticipating that Flowey would be in denial after it was discovered that a bit of Asriel's soul still remains in Flowey. Flowey stated how soulless creatures can only feel basic survival instinct and the satisfaction of beating someone at Smash Bros. Just as Flowey said it was "incredibly stupid" of Hermann to dive into a river of Piranhas to save Gaster, the asker pointed out how Goopster could've easily killed him if it weren't for Toriel shielding him from the blast, and the first idea he got was to attack the same guy who almost killed him not 5 minutes before in retaliation. Flowey was neither amused nor able to come up with a counter argument.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Asgore's lousy naming skills continue, with the city where they all live on the surface being called Monster Town.
  • Go for the Eye: Jason escapes Twinkies by throwing Pocket Sand in his eyes.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Subverted and lampshaded a few times in the comic. A few characters express surprise that they can take in stride matters such as disembodied voices from beyond the Void and even learning their entire world is a work of fiction to those voices. Alphys suspects that the "forces at play" (i.e. the blog's real world creators) are "compelling [them] to remain calm, to ask few questions about [their] situation, and to answer the questions that the voices ask [them] to the best of [their] ability."
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: After Aidrian’s death in the bad future, Gaster and Frisk attempt to revive her using Determination. With Aidrian’s soul no longer in it, the experiment succeeds only in turning the body into what is essentially a human amalgamate that would absorb all other living beings it touches, playing a big role in why the future got so bad.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Undyne and Papyrus play this with Maverick. Humorously enough, it's Undyne playing Good Cop and Papyrus playing Bad Cop. Even more humorous? It works!
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Hermann does this on occasion.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Undyne responds with some after an asker responds to them punching Adrian for harming Papyrus.
  • Grave Robbing: Chara dug up at least one grave from the underground, which apparently ties into their plan. Later, it turns out that they dug up their own skeleton to use as a puppet.
  • Happily Adopted: Frisk. Which is good because their biological parents were horrible.
  • Has Two Mommies: Undyne has two mothers, and Alphys had two fathers.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. In Red Echoes, Sans constantly insists that everyone else should kill him so Chara would die alongside him. Everybody refuses to and he manages to survive without killing Chara.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The other fallen children sympathize with Chara despite all the horrendous things they've done, with Blake even being portrayed as unreasonable for questioning the rest.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Toriel becomes a victim of this at the hands of a possessed Sans (although she does survive).
  • Interface Screw: The Riverperson shows the ability to block spoilers as a way to keep the reveal that she is Hermann, Gaster's wife, from being revealed too early.
    • Maverick Chaosdragon also has the ability to alter the narration.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: This gem from Papyrus explaining about askers to Jason:
    Papyrus: They're really helpful. They helped my brother meme a ghost out of his mind yesterday.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Sans after being woken up from his "sexy burger dream".
  • Jerkass Realization: Downplayed, because Sans was being more Innocently Insensitive for having his "sexy burger dream" while Toriel was in a fit of depression.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Flowers, Braids, and Twinkies. They openly insult Frisk's authority, but they care enough about Papyrus to take revenge for him against Aidrian.
  • Late to the Realization: Chara. Seriously, what did they think would happen when they possessed the body of a person drunk out of their gourd?
  • Lemony Narrator: At times, such as when an asker asked to look at Jason's soul.
  • Literal Genie: According to Gerson, the canon prophecy foretelling the Barrier's destruction was actually a sapient Winds of Destiny, Change spell cast by the wizards who created the barrier in the first place. Being essentially an Eldritch Abomination with Blue-and-Orange Morality, it took its criteria fairly seriously and very literally. The Chosen One referred to in the prophecy is called "an angel" and "they". Gerson suspects that the wizards meant "a good person whose gender doesn't matter", but the prophecy took it as "an innocent child who would be properly referred to by the prounoun 'they'", which is why all the potential Chosen Ones were non-binary young children.
  • Literal-Minded: Undyne's backstory reveals she was this. She tore up a library when she was told to "hit the books".
  • Love at First Sight: Looks like a one-sided variation. See Rescue Romance.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Discussed in Red Echoes. Monster Kid makes it clear that they want this trope Averted. River Person uses metaphors to state that this trope is inevitable.
    • The trope is cited twice as evidence that someone who previously thought themselves The Soulless has actually regained theirs, or at least are in the process of doing so.
  • Mama Bear: Both Toriel and the River Person/Hermann.
  • Mood Whiplash: In Red Echoes, we go from Chara!Sans impaling Toriel to Monster Kid acquiring a purple echo flower and the ensuing fluff.
    "And now for something lighthearted and adorable to get the taste of utter despair from the last update out of your mouth. :D"
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Chara's MO.
    • And AFAC!Harlow's. Subverted when it's revealed they never intended to outright kill Aidrian.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: An anon used an ask to say that they wanted to see a demonically possessed Sans suffer. They express regret in a later ask when Toriel is seemingly killed because of their ask.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Burgerpants' real name is given as Willard Scott Jr.; the only reason he's still referred to as "Burgerpants" is because he doesn't think it's much better than his given moniker.
  • Narrator All Along: One of the fallen children, specifically the purple soul.
  • Never My Fault: Chara blames Toriel for using Frisk as a Replacement Goldfish. Chara blames Asgore for re-igniting the Human-Monster War. Chara blames Asriel for making their Thanatos Gambit fail. What Chara refuses to acknowledge is that it was their Thanatos Gambit that led to all of these events happening.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Frisk was originally very timid and shy because of their "Parents". Frisk was easy to coerce into letting them take full control of their body. That was, at least, until Sans came into the picture and unleashed his wrath. His resolve to keep fighting Chara, despite the hopeless odds, showed Frisk they can still keep fighting. So Frisk took a level in offscreen character development and became the child of determination they are now.
  • Not Me This Time: Originally, in the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams arc, there was a post in which Chara is accused of bringing Goopster into the AFAC!verse. Chara was very annoyed and gave an angry denial.
  • Noodle Incident: Jason still has war flashbacks to this "Christmas fiasco."
  • Not in Front of the Kid: Papyrus doesn't want to talk about monster reproduction around Frisk, or generally at all. Sans plays with this trope, answering the question while still leaving some details to the imagination because of Frisk's presence.
  • Not Quite Dead: Toriel and Sans have both taken seemingly fatal wounds from Chara and survived.
  • Oblivious to Love: Subverted. It took Frisk FIVE HOURS to realize Monster Kid was flirting with them.
  • Oedipus Complex: According to Flowey, Frisk flirted with Toriel after calling her "Mom".
  • Oh, Crap!: Frisk freezes in place upon realizing their biological mother is also at Monsterland.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: After that huge misunderstanding that made Aidrian think Papyrus kidnapped Jason in the 2nd arc, Frisk made a bad choice of words that made Aidrian think that Papyrus went all the way with Frisk on their date.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Averted. Papyrus, Undyne, and Alphys don't drop character when we next see them, even though they saw Toriel get impaled by a possessed Sans. This is actually clever because the fact that they didn't break character is an early indication that Toriel didn't die.
    • Played straight later when Chara seemingly kills Sans. Doing so made Papyrus fly into a murderous rage.
    • Also played straight when Flowey angrily starts attacking Goopster after his blast wounded Toriel. It's a major sign that he's regaining his soul.
    • Played for Laughs in Storytime #9 where Sans cleans his room.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Chara does not get along with their counterpart from the Man Who Speaks In Hands world at all. Each considers the other's then unrevealed plan to be flawed beyond possible success, and MWSIH!Chara even goes so far as to call his alternate self an idiot.
  • Parental Neglect: After the death of his wife, Gaster neglected his sons in the name of science, resulting in Sans having to grow up faster than he should have.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Aidrian and Jason.
  • Please Wake Up: After Sans is stabbed by Chara, we get this from Papyrus.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Undyne and Alphys don't recognize the name Kyle Reese.
  • Precision F-Strike: Of all the people who could let one loose, it's Frisk, to scold Monster Kid for putting themselves in danger.
  • Punny Name: The arc where Flowers challenges Adrian to a wrestling match is called "Drop Down Town", with the first letters of each word representing DDT, a type of wrestling technique.
  • Red Herring: When it's revealed that Flowey has gained a small bit of a soul in Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams, it's implied that it's a similar case to Hermann or MWSIH!Lucida, who had recently gone through/begun the process of regrowing a soul in just that way. Actually, Flowey regained that shard after Sans unwittingly shook it loose from Chara, who possessed Asriel's soul without knowing.
  • Rescue Romance: After being rescued from Garamond, Aidrian immediately falls head over heels for Maverick.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Sans reveals that anybody can remember the resets if they try. It's just that since almost nobody knows that resets even exist, they rarely have a chance to.
  • Running Gag: Chara's hatred of white chocolate. Doubles as Chekhov's Gun when the askers use it twice to manipulate them.
  • Sanity Slippage: Chara was never a normal kid to begin with, but they've gone from a relatively healthy if odd child living with the Dreemurr family to an Omnicidal Maniac who frequently hallucinates.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Seems to be the intention of Maverick starting in the Extra Dark Chocolate arc.
  • Shipper on Deck: When Frisk gets an ask wondering if Sans and Toriel are romantically involved, they don't hesitate to ask both parties very bluntly.
    Frisk (to Toriel): Hey mom? Did you know Sans thinks you're hot?
    • River Person ships Frisk and Monster Kid.
      • Gaster reveals that while watching over Sans and Papyrus from the void, he became a shipper for Soriel and Papyton.
  • Shout-Out: Undyne comes back from Mettaton's Japan tour with a fully functional Cloud Strife Buster Sword.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: A non-violent example:When AFAC!Chara meets Drunk!Chara and talks about how they're both killers, Drunk!Chara tells them off and declares that they know their mistakes and have changed.
  • Sinister Scythe: The River Person/Hermann has one. It's MADE OF FIRE!
  • The Soulless: Aside from Flowey, this also applies to Hermann/River Person, the wife of Gaster who was revived by a similar Determination injection. Turns out to be a subversion, she's since regained her soul but didn't realize it until Flowey points out how much she clearly cares for Gaster, something she would be unable to do if truly soulless.
    • Flowey is starting to subvert this too with the reveal that his own soul is growing back.
      • Though it wasn't actually regrowing; a small bit of it was unknowingly stolen back from Chara.
    • A version that has played this trope straight is the alternate Lucida, and that's only because she was recently resurrected and had very little screentime. Though, it's pretty obvious that she'll end up following this pattern of subversion via re-growing of the soul.
  • Spanner in the Works: Gaster's ability to teleport people is what gets the rest of the group there in time to save Frisk and Monster Kid from Chara!Sans.
    • The askers also do this sometimes, such as by encouraging Sans to fight back against Chara, informing Maverick of Aidrian and Jason's location (allowing him to intervene against Garamond). Maverick also indicates that the most significant difference between his world and AFAC (aside from the apocalypse) is the presence of askers.
  • Splash of Color: For a while, blushes and magic were the only things shown in color.
  • Stepford Smiler: Toriel becomes this after the events of Red Echoes.
  • Stylistic Suck: The "Storytime With AFAC" short comics are created in MS Paint (as opposed to Clip Studio Paint Pro, used for the comic proper).
  • Taking the Bullet: In Red Echoes, River Person jumps in front of Chara!Sans' attack to keep Frisk and Monster Kid safe.
    • In Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams Toriel does this for Flowey against Goopster's death ray.
  • Taking You with Me: Subverted. Sans' intention in Red Echoes was to keep Chara from leaving his body so that any attack would kill them both. But nobody can bring themselves to hurt Sans and they manage to save him without either him or Chara dying.
    Sans (to Chara): you're going to burn in hell, kid. EVEN IF I HAVE TO DRAG YOU THERE MYSELF.
  • Tastes Like Purple: Apparently, the nice cream that Goopster tosses through the void tastes like TV static.
    • According to Jason, nice cream tastes like Beyonce's voice.
  • The Talk: Zig-Zagged when multiple askers want to know how monster babies are made. Papyrus is adamantly against answering these, but Sans manages to give a decent explanation while avoiding most of the details for Frisk's sake.
  • Tempting Fate: In Red Echoes, a flashback shows Gaster claiming he sees no way that enjoying tea with Asgore could negatively impact him. The tea was heavily orange scented, and Gaster ends up falling into piranha infested waters.
  • Time Skip: The transition from "¡Eclipse Total!" to "The Most Fabulous Place on Earth" is marked by a skip from March to April without the fallen children noticing.
  • Title Drop: Maverick does this in the "Extra Dark Chocolate" arc when asked what Chara's favorite kind of chocolate is.
    • Rather commonly, episodes of the dub take their titles from lines in the episode — examples include "MASTER OF ROMANCE" (S1E4), "SEXY BURGER DREAMS" (S2E1), and "TACTICAL SANS INCOMING" (S3E2). It Makes Sense in Context sometimes crops up with these titles.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In Red Echoes, Chara (after being spared) pays Sans' mercy back with a stab to the chest.
    • Jason doesn't treat Maverick with one little bit of respect. This is even though Maverick has dimensionally travelled all this way to save Jason's and Aidrian's lives.
  • The Un-Reveal:
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Metaphorical example: Chara believes they can convince Frisk that the world is irredeemable to get them on their side, but Frisk believes they can turn it around and do the opposite. Flowey notes that both of them are "pretty stubborn" and concludes, "So who knows?"
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the Extra Dark Chocolate Arc, it's Papyrus. He lets other monsters know about Aidrian's assault on him, which sets a Cycle of Revenge in motion. It turns out this would have gotten Aidrian killed if Maverick didn't intervene. To make matters worse, it would have been the catalyst that STARTED THE APOCALYSPE.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: In-Universe, Mettaton has had to deal with Humans doing this towards him on several occasions.
    • When the askers are trying to tell Aidrian, Frisk's older sister, that her younger sibling is alive, she doesn't believe them and instead focuses on this trope, since they called the agender Frisk a he and a she, respectively.
  • Villainous BSoD: Happens to Flowey, shortly after realizing he's regaining his soul.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Chara really doesn't take it well when Toriel No Sells their attacks.
    • Harlow doesn't react very well when Maverick interferes with his fight. FUCKING JAW! WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!!
  • Voice of the Legion: Chara!Sans.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: This trope is thrown around a lot in Red Echoes using Gaster's previous experiments and the life of Chara!Sans. It's ultimately Defied as not only can nobody bring themselves to hurt Sans, but they find another way to free Sans from Chara without killing either.
    • Aidrian. She cares deeply about her loved ones, but her actions to protect them do more harm than good.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: During the Dance Dance Education arc, Gerson reveals that a prophecy is essentially this. Writing down the prophecy and casting the spell creates an entity that will subtly alter things to get itself fulfilled.
  • Wham Line: From the Red Echoes arc, when the River Person refuses to kill Chara!Sans:
    River Person/Hermann: i will not kill my own SON you sicko!
  • Wham Shot:
    • Pretty much anytime something emerges from the void behind the couch: see Gaster, Goopster, Maverick, and Drunk Chara.
    • The River Person after her reveal as Hermann having her hood pulled back to reveal nothing.
    • Frisk leaping to protect Callallied and summoning a magic barrier.
    • Paolo emerging from the blackness beside Chara.
    • Chara possesses their alternate universe counterpart from Ask Drunk Chara.
    • When Chara "attacks" Flowey while possessing Drunk Chara, sharp-eyed readers will notice that Flowey's face becomes rather goat-like. The very next update reveals that Chara unwittingly held Asriel's soul the whole time, and them hugging Flowey begun the process of returning it completely.
    • When we see Undyne's latest attempt to get Asgore to reinstate the Royal Guard, we're treated to a panel showing SEVERAL burning monster effigies, as the first real evidence shown as to just how much hate monsters and particularly Monster Town are drawing. Emphasized by the ending text; usually it says "If you like (insert thing relevant to comic update here) please consider supporting our Patreon." But on the comic in question, it says "There's nothing to like about any of this."
  • What Is Evil?: Chara calls the concept of good and evil meaningless labels that prove their point of how askers see the cast as characters and not people. However, Chara's need to continuously justify themselves and un-justify others could indicate something else.
    • Hilariously enough, Word of God says that the story has no villains, so Chara is more right than they know.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hermann gives a scathing one to Gaster about his immoral experimentation and his neglect of Sans and Papyrus. The end result is Gaster sobbing on the floor at her feet.
    • However, the askers turn this back on her soon after, claiming that the above speech wasn't necessary and correctly assuming that Gaster had actually jumped into the CORE to commit suicide.
  • Wingding Eyes: Mettaton's pupils turn into hearts in the Sweet Dreams and Nice Creams Arc after the askers told him that Papyrus loves him.
    • Much to the surprise of everyone, Frisk's pupils turn into stars upon theorizing that Maverick is the son of Sans and Toriel.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Flowers pulls this on Aidrian by pretending to be a human being attacked by a monster. It works.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: