Thursday, April 14, 2016
Undertale Theory Compilation thing! MAHOOSIVE SPOILERS!!!
Yep. It's time for my FOURTH (that's right, FOURTH) blog post on Undertale. So we did the review, we did a top five characters list, we even covered that moment when Sans was on 700 Club. So what are we going to be doing today? (Why am I even asking you can clearly see the title) Well we shall cover some Undertale theories and I shall rate on how believable they are. Because let's be honest, the game does have some unanswered questions. Why am I still doing Undertale posts? Because I reeeaaallly like Undertale.
Oh, and in case you could not tell I shall fall into the cliche of every Undertale fan ever and put a spoiler alert because the Undertale fandom has gained a reputation of being spoiler-phobic. Even though only a handful of info here is canonical, we will be talking about characters that you should not know about until much later on (in my Undertale top five I included characters from the first three quarters of the game, this post will deal with characters from that last quarter, so yeah). Furthermore, this post is going to be a little bit on the long side, since I have to do a lot of explaining on these theories. And don't you dare call them "Game Theories"!
Also I did NOT come up with any of the theories shown, I literally found these theories while goofing off on my computer. In fact you can probably find people who do a WAY better job at explaining fan theories than me. I am simply putting three relatively popular theories together and putting my two cents in.
Anyways, the first theory is in regards to everybody's favorite SAVE file ruining murderous psychopath that for whatever reason loves chocolate.
Yep it's Chara! By the way, how do you pronounce their name? Is it "care-uh", "kar-uh", "chair-uh" or "char-uh"? You know what? I'll just go with "care-uh" because 1: Chara = Character > Character > Chara-cter > Chara. And 2: Sharing is CHARA-ing! (yes. I had to do it)
Okay so what do we know about Chara? Well everybody either thinks Chara is terrifying (Chara is scarier than the animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy's lol) or they just downright hate him/her/it/them (Chara's gender is currently... un-DETERMINED!! =D ). We also know that Chara hates humanity, despite being a human being itself. Furthermore, we know that Chara conspired with Asriel in a plan to, at the least, set the kingdom of monsters free. Said plan required Chara to kill itself so that Asriel could absorb Chara's SOUL and cross the barrier separating humans and monsters. And finally, Chara is brought back from the dead by YOUR actions. By killing every monster in the Underground, you the Player brought a hyper-violent murderer back to life. But it doesn't stop there. If you want to play the game again, you have to give Chara something they want. And what do they want? A SOUL of their own. So you have to sell your SOUL to this thing if you want to play Undertale again. Which leads to the punishment the game deals if you do a Genocide run. By giving Chara your SOUL, you also give them the perfect body. Think about it this way. Your character has MAXED out stats, top-level gear, and enough DETERMINATION to do this.
And as shown in the SOULLESS Pacifist ending (the ending you get if you go Pacifist after going Genocide) we see that Chara has been using you the whole time, pretending to be nice to escape to the surface along with everyone else, where they murder everyone you love and eventually, all of humanity.
Look at what you've done, you monster!
But the theory here is that Chara is actually the narrator of the whole game. Before I explain why this theory is believable I will just say out of ALL the theories surrounding Undertale, this one is my personal favorite.
Okay, so first let's do a little refresh. In Toriel and Asgore's houses (Home and New Home respectively, Asgore stinks at naming things lol) if you examine the mirror you will get some flavor text reading "It's You!" if on a Pacifist/Neutral run and "It's Me, Chara..." on a Genocide run (or whatever you named the fallen child at the beginning of the game). Why would it be so oddly specific?
Furthermore, all the flavor text in the fight against So Cold kind of sounds like what Chara is thinking rather than what Frisk is doing ("You say 'You look horrible! Why are you even alive!?' Wait, you didn't say that?").
And the final big piece of evidence I found is in the game's combat system. Now before you disrespect the people that came up with this theory and be like "Spencer! It's just a gameplay mechanic! Hurr de Durr!" You got to remember this is Undertale we are talking about. This game KNOWS it's a game. Several of it's characters are fully aware they are just animated pixels on a screen. It even uses fourth wall breaking AS A PLOT DEVICE. Name one other video game that does that.
So the thing about the combat is there is the CHECK command. Which, basically, shows the stats of the enemy/boss in question as well as a brief description. Considering 99% of those characters you "fight" shortly after meeting them how is a child supposed to figure out that information by themselves? Unless of course, an omnipresent Chara is telling them information on the monsters.
So this theory is actually very believable. But do I personally believe this theory to be true? Eh, I give it 4/5 bowls of spaghetti.
So the next theory is about some of you probably expected if you played Undertale yourself, but it's the man who speaks in hands himself...
W. D. Gaster. For those of you who do not know who Gaster is, he is a scientist who served the Dreemurr family prior to the events of the game. One day he fell into one of his own creations (implied to be either the machine in Sans' workshop, or the Core of the Underground) and his life was cut short. However, prior to the first ever Undertale update you could meet Gaster and his followers if you change the fun values from "fun" to "Fun". Also his theme music is terrifying (and now that I'm looking at his sprite, he bears a striking resemblance to the Marionette from Five Nights at Freddy's 2, who also has terrifying music). After the update you could meet him but the chances of meeting him are completely random and reset every play through. And even then you could easily overlook him.
But the theory here is his connection to Sans. I see most people accept Gaster as being Sans' dad as their head-canon even though it's never stated in-universe. But we are not going to talk about that, we are going to talk about their overall connections. Sans is named after the font he speaks in, Comic Sans (although he switches to Sans Serif/8bitoperator when making threats). W. D. Gaster is also named after a font. Two fonts actually. Wingdings (which he speaks in) and Aster (oddly enough this happens to be the font the z's from Sans' snoring appear in).
An example of Wingdings, in case you were
Another connection is Sans's weapon of choice.
This is Sans' trademark weapon, the Gaster Blaster. And since only Sans (and presumably Gaster himself) can use it, I guess you could say he's the Gaster Blaster Master! Now why would Sans have a weapon named after W. D. Gaster? Were they made to fight Gaster? Did Gaster give them to Sans? Did Sans and Gaster co-create these things? So many possibilities.
Also, in Sans workshop, you can find several items such as a badge, blueprints written in a strange, ineligible writing, and a picture frame of Sans with "people you don't recognize" along with a note on said picture reading "Don't Forget". It's possible one of the people in the picture is Gaster, but you don't actually see the picture, the narrator just describes what the picture looks like. Also, considering Gaster speaks in Wingdings and Wingdings happens to be a strange, ineligible font, it's possible the blueprints were written by him. As for the badge? I honestly have no idea what the badge is for.
So at the end of the day, are Sans and Gaster related? Possibly. I think assuming Gaster is Sans' dad is a bit of a stretch but we can safely assume they were, at the least, friends. How believable is this theory that Sans and Gaster are related? I shall give it a 5/5 bowls of spaghetti, since the evidence is quite strong in this one. Granted, Sans and Gaster are the two most mysterious characters in the game. so we'll leave at a 5/5 until proven otherwise.
Okay so the next theory is very out there and requires a lot of imagination, but it's a Sans theory, so those are always fun to talk about.
So the theory is that Sans is actually a human being in a skeleton costume. In fact *Game Theorists took this further with a "Sans is actually Ness from Earthbound" theory, but that theory is so laughably far fetched I can't even give it a 0/5 bowls of spaghetti.
So what's the evidence behind Sans = Human? First and foremost he is the only character whose mouth never moves ever when he talks, as if he is wearing a mask. I'm going to shoot this down right now. There is such a thing as ventriloquism. Like, people can talk without even opening their mouth at all. People saying that because Sans' mouth never moves is like saying that since Toriel is the only character in the entire game with a blinking animation, she is the only character that has eye-lids.
Secondly, he is the most powerful monster in the game. Since humans happen to be stronger than monsters, and Sans has shown he is quite capable of going toe-to-toe with arguably the most powerful human in the Undertale universe, some people question whether he is a monster at all. But those people overlook the fact that Sans is a prominent magic user, being able to teleport and throw your SOUL around with what appears to be telekinesis. And one of the books in the Snowdin library states that only monsters can use magic (although, humans did have magic at one time, but after the Human/Monster war at the beginning of the game they just kind of forgot how to use it).
And finally, the biggest piece of evidence supporting this theory.
He bleeds if you kill him at the end of a Genocide run. No other monster in the underground bleeds when they die. However, and I am sorry for using Toriel as a comparison twice, but if you kill Toriel she has what appears to be a cut on her body.
It's not red in color but she does have visible wounds upon death. So that is a thing.
But how am I going to derail this theory for the third time? Well, Sans has an obsession with ketchup (he drinks it out of the bottle as if it was a beverage). So it's entirely possible that he kept a ketchup bottle in his jacket when you slash him. Also, if Sans was human, he would leave a corpse upon death, but his body fades to a pile of dust, just like every other monster. And I know he has an off-screen death (he literally gets back up and limps off the screen). but the second he goes off screen you can hear the "Monster turned to dust" sound effect.
Anyway, I give this a 2/5 bowls of spaghetti on being believable. There is some evidence supporting this but a lot of in-game evidence seems to suggest otherwise.
And now a special message to Vincent since he got into the Undertale fandom recently (welcome to the fandom m8!), but this is a message based off a silly argument we had the other day involving Sans and Toriel. Feel free to read it but keep in mind you will have no idea what is going on since this is a continuation of the argument.
I do not care what you think Vincent. There is nothing in Undertale that suggests Toriel and Sans are a couple. SORIEL IS NOT CANON!!! There. I said it. Jeez I hate it when people assume Sans X Toriel is canon just because it's a popular ship. It ain't canon. So stop saying it's canon. Also, I STILL think Toriel is a dog. It's too late for me Vincent. I shall forever remain convinced that Toriel is a dog. Besides her canonical species is Boss Monster, so yeah. Alternatively, we could agree that she could be based off of both a goat AND a dog (doesn't really matter since I can make a million puns with both animals). Also, Chara IS scarier than all four Fn@F games combined (let the flame wars begin >:) ).
Wait a minute... If everyone calls Toriel "Goat Mom", and she is a Boss Monster... You know what that makes her? It makes her...
A MOM-ster!!! (Bad-um-ting)
So ignoring that brief tangent on whether Sans and Toriel are lovebirds, that just about covers it. Obviously there are DOZENS of Undertale theories, but I just picked three of my favorites. Also I wanted an excuse to troll Vincent across time and space. Hence that little message/tangent. Also, knowing that Undertale has left a lot of people with more questions than answers fills you with...
*Game Theorists - A YouTube channel where they share mind-blowing theories about video games. Sometimes the theories make perfect sense but sometimes they get really "out there". The More You Know *twinkle*
P.S. If Toriel is a goat then that means she NANNIES you through the first area! (A female goat is called a nanny by the way)
P.P.S. This is what I imagine Vince would say right now. Vincent: "You GOAT to be kidding me right now!".
P.P.P.S. Y'know, since Asriel is Toriel's child I guess that makes him a KID!!! (a baby goat is called a kid)
P.P.P.P..S. I see a lot of fanart of Toriel in a GOAT-tee.
P.P.P.P.P.S. Y'know, if Toriel ever puts that blue flower pattern mu-mu back on she would look GOAT-gous!
P.P.P.P.P.P.S It would be GOAT to meet Toriel and the rest of the Undertale gang in real life.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S These puns are really BAAAAAAAH-d.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S I'm really BLEAT-ing around the bush when it comes to my hilarious jokes.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S I guess these puns aren't for everyone, but hey! Whatever floats your GOAT!
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Quick! Get into the mother-SHEEP before somebody stops my puns.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S If you threaten Toriel's children I hope you GOAT some last words!
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S I guess you could say you just GOAT owned!
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S These puns really have GOAT too far.
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S Do you think Sans will MREHHH-HEEHHH-EH-y Toriel? :^)
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S Don't worry about me! I GOAT this!
P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S I guess you GOAT plenty of time on your hands to read my bad puns!
Okay I'll stop.
Could have said it better myself!
Posted by Spencer's Day at 12:04 PM