Impact Skeleton Ghost Creator Hattey Also known as Super Papyton (superhero name) Relationships Papyrus (Father)Mettaton (Father)Sans (Uncle) Frisk (cousin) Napstablook (First Cousin, Once Removed) Pronouns He/They Biographical information Age 16 Date of birth April 7 Place of birth Undertale Physical description Species Skeleton/Ghost Gender Male Hair color Black Eye color Orange Height 59 Battle Information LV 1 AT 5000 DF 9800
Claire Ning Fang 10:20 pm, Oct 01, 2020 Staff Reporter
Undertale, released Sept. 15, 2015, has had an undeniably massive impact on the indie gaming industry games made by individuals or small teams not to mention video games as a whole. It has made significant ripples in mainstream (the word here is used lightly) culture: the endless Megalovania remixes and assorted memes; Sans (an immensely beloved Undertale character) appearing in Nintendos Super Smash Brothers; and MatPat (of the Game Theory YouTube channel) gifting an Undertale copy to Pope Francis. This game, with its unprecedented success (garnering its creator Toby Fox a cool $26.7 million off of Steam sales alone), has cleared a path for subsequent indie game darlings like Among Us, Hotline Miami, Untitled Goose Game, Celeste, Cuphead and Night in the Woods. Of course, Undertale is not directly responsible for their successes and credit should go to their talented developers, but its release proved that indie games could make just as much money and be just as popular as big-budget triple-A titles. So, whats with the hype?
You play as a human child, fallen from the surface world into the Underground, a space divided into various themed zones and entirely populated by monsters. Your goal is simple: to escape and return home. This seems fairly standard, until one factors in the intricate worldbuilding and the immense reactivity Undertale has to player choice. The game has three main endings: Pacifist, Genocide and Neutral which itself has so many permutations that fans have made flowcharts documenting all the possibilities. In the setting of Undertale, humans are in the antagonistic role, having trapped monsters underground after a destructive war. Monsters are defined by their compassion and are explicitly said to be weaker than humans a striking reversal of the usual depiction of monster-human dynamics in most fiction. As a human, many of your most important choices relate to whether or not you act like the humans from the monsters past: killing and rampaging your way to freedom without mercy. Or you could act as a monster with kindness and a drive to befriend and help the residents of the Underground. These themes reinforce each other; the choice/responsibility theme works so well because the game humanizes the monsters to the point where, after feeling guilty when killing a generic enemy, a significant portion of players actually reload saves to erase the games memory.
The quality that elevates Undertale above the rest of the pack is the complexity with which its themes are expressed through mechanics unique to the video game medium. No parts of Undertale feel superficial or without purpose. This is made all the more striking considering how Undertale with simplistic pixelated graphics is remarkably low-budget. Countless RPG Maker games out there have useless mechanics (who even uses the Flee button?) and shallow implementations of core gameplay necessities like saving or combat. Not in Undertale. Every fight features bullet hell patterns that reflect the personality of your opponent, and with one exception every fight can be resolved without either you or the monster dying. The act of leveling up gains surprising and sinister significance, and even simply gaining new equipment lends important insight into the past of the world.
And besides its subversions of video game norms, Undertale has a quirky sense of humor, diverse and well-written characters with nuanced interrelationships and a heartfelt soundtrack. If, after reading this, youre not interested in the game, please just listen to the soundtrack for free on YouTube. Youll thank me.
Still, is Undertale relevant in 2020? Yes. Too many games guilt-trip you for killing (VAMPYR, Far Cry 5, etc.) but are in fact absolutely unplayable without resorting to deadly violence. This contradiction is even more egregious when the game only remembers to shame the player for killing when it comes to bosses (special characters) but does not acknowledge the hundreds of regular enemies a player will eliminate over the course of a single playthrough. Seriously, if my character is willing to take out an army, why would she stop at the general? Is there a reason why players crave violence, and why developers continue to indulge them to this extent? What does it say about the industry that mainstream video games continue to focus on killing, killing, killing especially when most real-life conflicts are solved by talking, running away or even knocking someone out. Undertale asks these questions.
All in all, Undertale has come to define indie game success, and it remains highly influential when it comes to game design post-2015. Although it does not have DLCs (add-ons) or updates, Toby Fox continues to create Undertale-related content, such as the Undertale Winter Dialogue (meant to be released as part of a cancelled Undertale Alarm Clock app). Without its existence, we wouldnt just miss out on Sans Undertale memes, but a beautiful world that dared to imagine beyond conventional video game norms.
Undertale looms large in the hearts of its fans for many reasons, but arguably due mostly to the strength of its characters. These beloved monsters each inspire their own devoted fan communities, with perfect cosplayand fan art to be had in abundance.
Not only are each of the characters well fleshed out even the skeletons but they also vary in the extreme. Their personalities run the spectrum of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, although some types may dominate the aesthetic more than others. Those who have yet to play through this beloved tale be warned from here on there will be spoilers!
INTPs areexcellent analytical puzzle solvers but can fail to consider the emotional fallout of a solution, somewhat like Alphys and herwork related tomonstersand Determination.INTPs can be extremely shy and withdrawn but can be very excited when they are interested in something. Alphysis something of a shut-in but she will happily babble at lengthabout Mew Mew Kissy Cutie.
Gaster was the mysterious former Royal Scientist who created the Core and may have been investigating Determination's effect on monsters before Alphys took over. Based on his legacy, Gaster is a brilliant scientist who rose to the top of his field. He casts a singular presence over the game, which is why he is an INTJ.
Artistic and individualistic to the max, the ISFP types are embodied in the character of Napstablook.This loveable ghosty is amusic producer and lover and completely unconventional at one point, the player can choose to lie on the floor with Blooky, and dissociate to trance music together.
Novelty is a big draw for ESFPs, and, of all the monsters the player has to face multiple times, Mettaton offers the most variety in his battles. The player fights Mettaton through walls of fire, a romantic Broadway show number, and a taping of a cooking show, to name a few of the most memorable battles.
ENFJs are charmers with a tendency to take responsibility for everyone else's emotional state; Sans is everywhere in the game, watching over Papyrus and the other monsters, and he oozes a particular kind of pun-filled charm.
ENFJs are veryopen-minded although this can lead to them being too idealistic. Depending on how the player chooses to act in battle, this quality can be a boon or a mistake when Sans is dealing with Frisk.
INFJs adhere strongly to their beliefs and are passionately idealistic even in the darkest of circumstances. Toriel refuses to aid her husband and king's cruel plan, even in the depths of her despair over Asriel.
The River Person has only one role in the game, shepherding the player back and forth between the various sections of the game (and singing). Their devotion to iteration and consistency makes them an ideal ISTJ.
ISTJs are known for their devotion to duty, but they can be hard to get to know. It takes the player many trips down the river to learn much about the River Person, but they are always there waiting patiently when needed.
Undyne the Undying is an ISFJ one of the best types to have your back. She's willing to defend her loved ones to the death. In fact, she's willing to defend all the monsters to her death. This tendency towards overdoing altruism at the expense of herself is a classic ISFJ move.
ESFJs have a desire to do right by everyone that can often put them in a difficult position when faced with tough decisions. Asgore's choice to do his duty to use human SOULS to help the monsters leads him down a dark path.
Asriel doesn't appear in person through much of Undertale, although there are plenty of hidden details about him to pick up on throughout the game. From the few scenes he has, he is clearly an INFP. A sweet, simple child, Asriel is devoted to his family and full of love.
But these qualities also make him emotionally vulnerable and open to be manipulated. Asriel's altruistic desire to please his beloved adopted human sibling leads to his own destruction.
ENTJs are natural leaders, driven and passionate. Chara doesn't feature much in the game, but they are the driving force behind the narrative. What the player does learn about Chara indicates that they were excellent at bending others, such as Asriel, to their will.
ENTJs can get a reputation as somewhat ruthless in pursuit of their goals, and Chara is no exception. Although their motives may have been to save all the monsters from human subjugation, Chara's resulting hatred of humanity leads everyone down a dark path.
Flowey is a diabolical philosopher; few video game villains will make a player question themselves and their motivations like Flowey. For this reason, he is a clear ENTP, a type that loves a good argument, particularly because they rarely lose.
As a damaged soul, Flowey trends towards the worst qualities of an ENTP: he is intolerant, cruel, and unconcerned with the existence as a practical matter. Should the player indulge in similar awful behaviors, Flowey will prove to be a merciless mirror.
Muffet is a strong, boss-like character whowon't shy away from using brute force when bending the player to her will. She'sa leader and uniter of the spider community in the underground.
Similarly, ESTJs are excellent organizers and capable leaders but can be quite unscrupulous in their methods of achieving success. Muffet switches alliances immediately once she finds out Frisk can be useful alive.
Papyrus is rowdy, energetic, and original, making him an ESTP. Although they can sometimes be insensitive and blunt, ESTPs place great importance on connections with others. Papyruswill obtusely twist any insult into a compliment, but with purely endearing results for Frisk and the player.
ESTPs will take the most direct route to any goal, and this can sometimes lead to risky behavior, just as Papyrus pushed to have himself made a member of the Royal Guard, despite his extreme lack of human-spotting abilities.
The Annoying Dog is somehow elusive and also everywhere at once or at least his residue is. Heis not overly concerned with the player's adventures, but his presence is notable, whether he is functioning as a bomb, or stealing bones from battles. But it is AD's status as creator Toby Fox's avatar that cements his role as an ISTP.