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* Still, much has changed.

Q: What is Inverted Fate?
Flowey: A VERY interesting mistake...

Inverted Fate is an Alternate Universe fan webcomic/multimedia project based on Undertale.

With a style that mixing sprite work in the style of the original game with the occasional drawn comic, the story follows the events of the True Pacifist route on the original game, but assuming that Flowey was successful in his plan of resetting the timeline, though not exactly as he expected. Waking up with his memories but with none of the powers he had by the end of True Pacifist, his meddling unintentionally created a new world in which the roles of the six main monsters have been changed, bringing with it some significant changes to the Underground.

Now in an unknown world, with the knowledge that his original plans won't do him any good, and with the human on their way, Flowey decides to take on a different "friendly" approach with the human to see just how much has changed, and if he can find a way to fulfill his plans with no mistake.


While taking inspiration from other role swap fan works like Storyshift, Inverted Fate takes a different approach to its role swaps by only shifting the roles of the six main monsters while keeping them true to their original character, and shifting its focus from sticking from the original events of Undertale with different characters in other's shoes, to showing the consequences that changing the roles of these wildly different main characters can have on the other characters, the world, and the story as a whole, all while the original events remain on the horizon.

As a result of this, changes are seen such as the Ruins becoming a lively garden open to all monsters under Asgore's care, Papyrus becoming the eager lab assistant of the now Mad Scientist Undyne, Sans successfully becoming one of the elites of the Royal Guard despite his utter laziness, the Underground as a whole taking on a much more wary disposition against humanity, Toriel and Alphys are the Queen and Captain of the Royal Guard respectively and Frisk taking on an active role on the events of the story now that they're not bound by the control of a player anymore.


Inverted Fate is uploaded on the blog of the same name. The story in chronological order can be read here. In addition, an official roleplaying blog is found here. An official animated comic dub is also in production and can be found here. Now has an official website.

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Due to the nature of the story, Undertale spoilers are unavoidable.

Inverted Fate provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: The Snowdin Canine Patrol are much more competent and harder to subdue this time around. Downplayed with Sans, who is now part of the Royal Guard.
    • Several characters come off as this due to their battles becoming more complex and difficult, such as Jerry and So Sorry.
    • Word of God confirms that Genocide will have six major fights instead of the usual two.
    • Finally, there's Alphys. In this universe, she's the captain of the royal guard, and while she relies on strategy more than strength, she's still much stronger than in canon Undertale.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In this universe, Undyne is the Royal Scientist and Papyrus is her assistant, thus are much smarter. Their inventions are testament to this.
    • Most of the monsters are this to some extent, due to Toriel focusing on education to try and give monsters a more balanced view of humans, but taught not just accurate human history but other subjects, causing the Underground to undergo a educational renaissance.
  • And Then What?: As Sans points out, even if the Monsters manage to break the Barrier, continued aggression towards humanity is unlikely to end well for them, considering how much damage even a child can do if they wish to cause harm. Particularly since the Monsters themselves note that humans only grow stronger as adults. This is ignoring the fact that Flowey is the only non-human capable of utilizing RESET, which further tips things in humanity's favor.
  • Another Dimension: Papyrus actually created one for Sans in order to toss his sock collection. Sans being Sans he never uses it. Not for socks, anyway.
  • Arc Words: As Chara and Asgore stated, "much has changed".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: At the end of Sans's battle. "SANS... DON'T YOU BELIEVE IN ME?" The battle box even shatters.
  • Art Evolution: The comic starts off with edited versions of the original Undertale sprites, but soon changes to brand new sprites. Frisk's dialogue sprite also improves in appearance.
  • Ascended Extra: Some minor characters from the original game have bigger roles, and even their own miniboss fights. Even the Dummied Out characters such as Doge (Called Dohj here) and Royal Guards 03 and 04 make an appearance.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The events of Inverted Fate are kicked off by Flowey successfully overcoming Frisk and resetting the timeline. However, it doesn't work out too well for him, and he ends up without his godlike powers on an unknown timeline.
  • Bag of Holding: In bonus part 6, Frisk buys a Basket Case, which allows them to hold an extra two items.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Mad Dummy gets this twice. When they first reveal themself in Hotland, they are about to fight Frisk, only for Royal Guards 03 and 04 to send them away and start the fight themselves. Then during Mettaton's second show, Mad Dummy is one of the characters Frisk has to fight in the tournament, but then they get knocked away by a snowball containing Jerry, who is fought instead.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Napstablook's house, thanks to Mettaton insisting they have a better home and Papyrus using some kind of technology to expand it. Sans' room is also slightly bigger despite the house being the same size.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In Part 27A, about Alphys's house's wallpaper:
    • Happens again in Part 36, as Papyrus cross examines Dohj's witness testimony.
  • Brick Joke: In part 13, after Frisk flirts with Sans, Papyrus says that he's going to need an accordion. Fast-forward to part 18.
    • During the date with Sans, one of the options Papyrus gives Frisk to "increase dating power" is to give Sans a gold pineapple...but it's missing. Later on, in the Artifact Room in Waterfall, the Annoying Dog drops it after absorbing said artifact.
    • Earlier than both of the above, Frisk, Papyrus, and Flowey have to deal with Jerry when his phone signal interferes with a machine. The ensuing fight ends with Jerry being knocked away by a huge snowball that the machine made. When it comes to Mettaton's second show, the snowball unexpectedly crashes in and Jerry must be fought on live TV, much to everyone's annoyance. Eventually, Mettaton sends him away in another snowball.
  • Call-Forward: After Frisk kills Asgore, Flowey asks them "Do you think you're above consequences?" This quote is a mirror of what Chara says at the end of a Genocide route.
    • Sans uses a few tricks from his battle in the Genocide route, and his getting serious is signified by him using his opening attack from said battle (with all but the first set of bones turned blue).
  • The Cameo: Susie makes an appearance in bonus part 6.
  • Cosplay: The reason she has the Royal Guard wear anime and JRPG inspired uniforms is because she wants everyone to wear cute cosplays. They are mostly pretty sensible, except for Dohj's, which looks like Alphys has Rule of Sexy on the mind when she was designing it. Dohj thinks her's is ridiculous, while Undyne thinks it pretty hot.
  • Dual Boss: The final match of Mettaton's tournament is against both Undyne and Mettaton himself. Doubles as a Shadow Archetype towards Frisk and Papyrus's team-up.
  • Dynamic Entry: NYEEEEEEE
  • Enfante Terrible: If it's true they were a child, then the blue Integrity human is this, having killed and injured many monsters in Waterfall. While they may not have been this to begin with, they certainly were after gaining a lot of LOVE.
  • Exact Words: When Mettaton first barges in on Undyne's fight, she hopes he wasn't recording the whole thing. He complies with her request not to confirm it.
    Undyne: Don't tell me you were recording the whole time.
    Mettaton: OKAY. I WON'T!
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: The names of the chapters (seen on the official Tumblr) during the Hotland/CORE arc use this trope. This also extends to the names of most of the tracks that play during this arc.
  • Fantastic Racism: Monsters have a much more negative view of humans compared to the main game. It seems that part of the reason is that the monsters know how and why Chara and Asriel died, as well as the Waterfall Incident, in which the child of Integrity went on a rampage, killing thirty-nine monsters and injuring twenty-nine more.
  • Fission Mailed: There appears to be no way for Frisk to spare Asgore without killing him first. They had to reset to save him. Though Word of God says that they could have spared him without killing him first, it would have just taken more effort.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There are a few hints that Papyrus is the one who created Flowey in this timeline. There's his reaction to seeing Flowey for the "First" time, A plant pot in his bedroom, and his dialogue in Bonus 4, as well as Mettaton and Sans' conversation in Bonus 5.
    • When Frisk first meets Mettaton in Waterfall, it's in the garbage dump, where everyone there is walking around in the water, but he can somehow stand on it. At one point, His lights go out and his voice becomes quieter, but he can still move around just fine. These serve to reveal that Unlike in canon Undertale, Mettaton is not corporeal with his body, and his ghost form appears in the credits for Part 36.
  • For Want of a Nail: It's implied that the new timeline was identical to the original until the point where Asgore killed the first human. In the new timeline, Asgore exiles himself to the Ruins and leaves Toriel in charge of the kingdom, kicking off the domino effect that allows Inverted Fate to happen as it does.
  • High Collar of Doom: Undyne's labcoat has a rather excessive red spiky high collar that only serves to add to her Mad Scientist look. While she's not evil, it makes for an appropriate choice of accessory for someone so actively antagonizing against Frisk.
  • In the Hood: As the overlooker of the Ruins, Asgore wears a purple robe with a hood, complete with holes for his horns. It's more of a fashion choice than anything practical, as it doesn't really conceal anything, but he does note that it might make him look unintentionally intimidating when he first meets Frisk.
    • Frisk later wears one of Sans' hooded jackets throughout Waterfall to disguise the fact that they're a human.
    • The Mage, who was the Green soul of Kindness also wore a hooded robe.
  • Incoming Ham: When Mettaton appears In the Waterfall dump after Bratty and Catty are conflicted at whether they should continue to fight Frisk or not, he announces, "SAY NO MORE, DARLINGS! YOUR HERO HAS ARRIVED!" To add to the ham, coloured confetti also appears.
    • Later on, there's also "DID SOMEBODY SUMMON THE GREAT PAPYRUS?!?!?!?!"
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Undyne and Papyrus don white labcoats to go with their new roles in science. Papyrus still wears his "battle body" under it.
  • The Last Of These Is Not Likethe Others: Gathered at a table at the center of Mettaton's restaurant are the Gaster Followers from the original game...alongside a Temmie (seemingly Bob, who was himself an example of this trope among Temmies).
  • Lemony Narrator: The comic takes the interpretation that Chara is the narrator of Undertale and runs with it. With Chara still hitching a ride on Frisk's spirit in this new timeline, all of the original quirkiness and colorful commentary of the narrator is still there. Kicking it up a notch, Frisk is aware of their presence, and at times responds to their commentary, or even tries (unsuccessfully) to talk to them.
    • Interactive Narrator: After Sans tosses Frisk into the Socket dimension, Chara talks directly to Frisk to give advice. This happens again just before Hotland, and again in the CORE.
      • Just as in the original game, Napstablook can hear Chara and respond to them somehow. Mettaton can as well.
      • Chara even shows an ability to possess Frisk in the pre-Hotland interlude. They exercise this again (with Frisk's knowledge) to get through puzzles.
    • Papyrus gets his own narration during battles once he joins up with Frisk. It's about as hilarious as it sounds.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe. Monsters seem to have a far more negative view of Chara than in canon. This is because unlike Alphys in the original timeline, Undyne shared the videos of Chara and Asriel's plan with the other monsters.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • With Undyne taking on the scientific area while remaining the same Hot-Blooded and anime fan monster fighting for justice and her people, it's only to be expected that she would go with the mad branch of science; donning a labcoat with a High Collar of Doom, and a lot of her work involves crazy weapons and traps especially built for humans. She's also been using Determination on herself...
    • As Undyne's assistant, Papyrus has rubbed off some of the madness, which is only amplified by his eagerness. He has a lot of inventions to his name, some more useful and more functional than others.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: During Sans' fight he takes his legally required break, complete with appropriate music and eating a hotdog. Which he later drops at Frisk.
  • Noodle Incident: One of Mettaton’s past concerts, as Napstablook mentions in Part 23.
    Frisk: So, you ever done a rave?
    Napstablook: well, there was that gig at tem village, but... never again...
  • Nostalgic Musicbox: This song, which plays when Papyrus tells Frisk about why he and Undyne are still friends despite their different views on humans. This is accompanied with sepia images of flashbacks.
    • This song, a theme for Chara, which plays when they decide to help Frisk through the Core.
  • Only Sane Man: Poor Captain Dohj. During the trial of Frisk, the poor captain comes with brilliant testemony backed with evidence, and it is all negated due to her not mentioning Papyrus' cool devices, Frisk dodging her attacks and her being single to mention just a few of the Insane Troll Logic moments. Not to mention how others casually mention incredible inventions like telekinesis helmets and dimensional transporters, when each would be considered the invention of the century. Her mental breakdown at the end of her testemony is completely justified.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Papyrus presents himself to Frisk as "A PERFECTLY NORMAL HUMAN BEING!" by just wearing a set of goofy glasses; Frisk is confused at first, but then decides to play along with him to make him happy. Later on, when battling against Doggo, Dogamy, and Dogaressa, Papyrus pulls out this brilliant human disguise once more to confuse them. It somehow works.
  • Player Party: Unlike in canon Undertale, Papyrus can assist Frisk in battle, and is following them around.
  • Posthumous Character: As in Undertale, Asriel and all of the humans that fell before Frisk. The Blue and Green souls seem to hold the most importance, as the Blue soul killed a load of monsters, and the Green soul spent a lot of time in the Underground and is implied to have met the humans that fell after them.
  • Press Start to Game Over: At the beginning the Ace Attorney parody Undyne almost immediately states that Frisk is guilty. Mettaton follows that up by asking Papyrus if he has any closing statements before Papyrus points out that the case hasn’t started yet.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Sans appears to be this due to his laziness and how he lets Frisk stay at his house before the fight against him.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory:
    • Flowey remains with all of his memories of the previous timeline, being the one that caused the reset in the first place, making him aware of all the strangeness going on and that trying to follow his original plan will just end in failure.
    • Some of Chara's reactions and narration suggests that they're perfectly aware of the previous timeline, and know that something fishy is going on. However, whatever they know, they ain't talking.
    • Interestingly, Papyrus seems to notice when a LOAD occurs, though he doesn't seem to remember previous iterations of the timeline.
    • Undyne is also aware of resets. It has something to do with her injecting herself with Determination.
  • Running Gag: Chara likes commenting on several of Papyrus and Undyne's inventions with some variation of "Science has gone too far."
  • Sad Battle Music
    • Regret, Asgore’s battle theme is both tense and melancholy, reflecting the fact that he is secretly trying to goad Frisk into taking his soul so they can return to the surface without killing Toriel.
    • Wavering Spirit, Alphys’s fight theme, while not as somber as the other examples, does have a somewhat melancholy feel, reflecting Alphys’s going against her own beliefs and trying to kill the human, as the Captain of the Royal Guard is expected to do.
    • Confrontation! The Killer Robot’s Final Stand!, the theme that plays during the first part of Mettaton’s CORE battle, plays as Undyne forces Mettaton to turn against Frisk and try to kill them on live TV, just as his audience expects. The sad choirs and the tense notes make it clear the pain Mettaton feels in attacking his friend, both physically and verbally.
    • Fallen Crown, Toriel’s boss theme, reflects perfectly the poor queen’s inner turmoil. Word of God stated that the song represents Toriel’s very complex emotional state.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Inverted with Sans, who wears an absolutely non-threatening nor awe-inspiring striped blue winter scarf. He's shown wearing it while using his "battle body" and even with his actual Royal Guard uniform.
  • Shipper on Deck: Papyrus for Alphys and Undyne, even more so than in canon.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Part 39 has Papyrus be separated from Frisk, leaving the decidedly more somber Chara as Frisk's main form of support. Downplayed and justified because Papyrus has been in some of the more important and emotional scenes, but Undyne doesn't want him around Frisk, especially since she plans to kill them.
  • Suddenly Speaking: While Frisk was a Silent Protagonist in Undertale, here they have full-fledged dialogue and interactions with the other characters, developing the personality that was implied in the original game and giving them more traits, not being under the control of an external player anymore.
    • While the entire comic can/will be watchable as a series of animated dubs on YouTube, the prologue and part 36 are only available in dub form.
  • Take That!: The Papyrus robot incessantly talking about spaghetti and Chara calling it "a shallow misrepresentation of something more complex" lampoons fan works that boil Papyrus himself (and other characters) in such a way.
  • The Unfought: Shyren is not fought, but instead found playing the piano with Napstablook. Inverted with a lot of other characters who are not fought in the original game, such as Bratty and Catty.
  • Wham Episode: Part 21 has both Frisk and Papyrus have a heart-to-heart discussions of their flaws and the facades they put up. And Frisk reveals their name (much earlier than in canon), taking Flowey off guard.
    • The Trial also counts, because the Underground becomes publicly made aware of Flowey's existence.
    • Part 39, when Frisk is separated from Papyrus for the second time since Fort Aquarius, and Chara's talksprite starts appearing in their narration boxes.
    • Part 45, where Mad Mew Mew's Soul mode causes Frisk and Chara to be temporarily separated, revealing to Frisk that "Captain Cryptic" is a human, and also revealing to Flowey that Chara is still around and is the unknown person Frisk has been talking to. It's also implied that Undyne, who has been watching Frisk in the Core, now knows who they are talking to, and recognises them as Chara.
  • Wham Line: In Part 39, after Undyne separates Papyrus from Frisk and makes the latter almost have a panic attack....
    Narrator: Because even though Papyrus isn't here... (the text box shows Chara's determined face) I am.
  • Wham Shot: The aforementioned appearance of Chara's face in part 39.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During the Waterfall Incident, the Integrity human killed and injured many monsters, some of which were children.
    • Most of the monsters have no problem with using violence to capture Frisk or even kill them because the Waterfall Incident was caused by a child. Undyne in particular stands out, as she won't let Frisk's age stop her from trying to destroy the Barrier.
    • The first human to fall after Chara and Asriel died was killed by Asgore. His guilt over doing this, and the feeling that he had done so before due to the human resetting after each death, is what caused him to hide in the Ruins, unable to go through with killing six more humans.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In the Trial, Dohj is under the impression that she's in an actual court of law and not a show, and thus acts accordingly, and proceeds to utterly destroy Papyrus's defense, since everything she says is technically true. But she is so focused on Papyrus, it ends up looking like he would be found guilty of treason, so Undyne steps in, telling Dohj that she has forgot to include all of Papyrus's Rule of Cool antics. Papyrus then uses a mix of Insane Troll Logic and Blatant Lies to destroy Dohj's testimony.

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