By now, I doubt anyone hasn’t heard of the incredibly popular indie game Undertale. One of the most notable aspects of the game is the ability to complete it without killing a single enemy. While you also have the option to do the complete opposite (AKA the Genocide Route), I don’t think I’d ever have the heart to actually go through with it. Why? Because the characters are just so friggin’ lovable! While I’m partial to Papyrus myself, the character who seems to have gained the most popularity is Papyrus’ older brother, Sans.
And it’s no wonder because Sans is a super likable guy. Sans is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who tends to fall asleep while on duty, when he should be helping Papyrus guard the Underground from humans. When he’s not napping, Sans is drinking ketchup in the local bar, where he seems to be very well-liked by the bar’s other patrons, or aggravating his dear little brother with terrible puns (of which he has a…skele-ton) and his general idleness, including an outright refusal to pick up a sock in the living room, over which they argue via sticky notes. Sans is so lazy, in fact, that he has a self-sustaining trash tornado in his room.
Because that’s a thing.
What makes Sans stand out from other similar characters being discussed this month is that he also happens to be an excellent example of “don’t judge a book by its cover”, for as funny and chill as Sans is, he’s also one of the most mysterious characters in the entire game. Now I won’t get into too much detail because the lore of Undertale actually goes pretty deep, but trust me when I say that there is way more to Sans than meets the eye.
I mean, for starters, Sans may very well be a genius with a scientific background…is one of the only characters who knows about the resets…and may only be lazy due to apathy because of said resets. If you decide to do anything less than a Genocide Run, and particularly if you leave his little brother alone, Sans is a pretty easy guy to get along with. But looks can be deceiving, and if you want to try that Genocide Route, just know that you’re going to “have a bad time”.
Sans is probably the other reason I can’t bear to try the Genocide Route. Not sure I want to be added to the long list of gamers who have been completely destroyed by a skeleton too lazy to pick up his socks.