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My Last Charade
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Chara was the first Human to fall into the underground and, since Game Over Part 1, he is the main protagonist of the series, replacing Frisk after his death. Throughout Season 1, he poses as the antagonist, though he is not inherently evil. He is simply corrupted by HATE. During Season 2, before his return, He is trapped in The Void.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Early Life
- 3 Personality
- 4 Powers and Abilities
- 5 History
- 6 Trivia
Chara is a light-skinned child, who's around 14 years of age. He has dark brown hair with prominent bangs (previously lighter brown hair and a haircut similar to Frisk's). Like other humans with the Determination trait, his irises are bright red. He wears a green-yellow striped shirt, brown shorts (Season 1)/pants (Season 2), and dark brown shoes. Overall, his appearance shares many similarities with both Frisk's and Asriel's.
Chara is one of the few characters that is seen being possessed by HATE. Under the effects of this substance, his body becomes covered with pitch-black patches, lost body parts may be regrown and replaced, and contrasting facial features, such as eyes and the mouth, are shown using a red outline (this may not be a universal rule though and it is more likely that the red coloring is derived from his soul type). In Animosity and Hope, Chara demonstrates the ability to control the spread of this substance at will, allowing it to cover his sclera in particular.
In Hope, he's also seen no longer wearing his signature striped shirt. His new outfit consists of a black turtleneck and a brown shirt.
A long time ago, a human fell into The Ruins. Injured by its fall, the Human called out for help. Asriel, the king's son, heard the Human's call. He brought the Human back to the castle. Over time, Asriel and the Human became like siblings. The king and queen treated the Human child as their own. The underground was full of hope. Then, one day, the Human became very ill. The sick Human had only one request: to see the flowers from their village again, but there was nothing the Monsters could do. The next day, the Human died. Asriel, wracked with grief, absorbed the Human's soul. He transformed into a being with unimaginable power. With the Human soul, Asriel crossed through the barrier. He carried the Human's body into the sunset, back to the village of the Humans. Reaching the center of the village, Asriel found a bed of golden flowers. He carried the Human to it when suddenly, screams rang out. The villagers saw Asriel holding the Human's body. They thought that he had killed the child. The Humans attacked him with everything they had. He was struck with blow after blow. Asriel had the power to destroy them all, but he did not fight back. Clutching the Human, Asriel smiled and walked away. Wounded, he stumbled home, entered the castle, and collapsed. His dust spread across the garden. The kingdom fell into despair. The king and queen had lost two children in one night. And so, the king decided that every Human who falls into the underground must die. With enough souls, the barrier can be shattered forever.
This led to the queen abandoning her position and retreating into The Ruins, taking the Human's body with her. There, she buried it at the spot where the Human first fell. golden flowers soon bloomed around the grave. Over the years, the flowers cushioned the fall of six Humans, all of whom had found death in the underground by the king's hand. One fateful day, another child arrived. His Determination awakens the first Human's spirit from death. The two traverse the underground, mending the Monsters' wounds and keeping each other company. Their mercy saves them from the king's duty and soon, the barrier is broken. A small flower unleashes the power of the underground and shatters it. Everyone is finally free. However, a strange power fills the newly fallen child. The power of Determination. He unwinds time itself and tries again, seeking something unknown. Countless restarts later, the child finds himself in a hall filled with golden light, clutching a dusty knife, staring down the eye sockets of a short skeleton Monster he once called a friend. The first Human's spirit is not pleased.
In Season 1, Chara is at first disapproving of Frisk's actions and, after being corrupted by HATE, his goal becomes gaining as much power as possible. Near the end of the season, he explains his main motive, which is the destruction of the entire timeline, under the reasoning that continuing will only make the glitches worse. Therefore, it is pointless to prolong it. However, he still loves Asriel, and this love is what ultimately saves him. In Season 2, he demonstrates this to the utmost, where instead of going after the villain, he chooses to save Asriel first.
Overall, Chara is shown to be very caring towards Monsterkind, but has an acquired hatred for Humanity. He also has unresolved business with Frisk; When the two briefly reunite in My Promise, he immediately punches him and then proceeds to insult him. After all, it was Frisk who originally corrupted Chara with HATE. However, Chara soon softens his stance after finding out how grave the matters have become. He still cares about Frisk, despite everything that he put him through. Ultimately, Chara shows nearly the same level of care towards Frisk that Asriel did towards Chara in Season 1's finale.
Chara also harbors immense disdain for Betty, as she represents exactly what he dislikes about Humanity. His animosity towards HATE is essentially self-explanatory.
The rest of his characterization comes from Undertale's canon: Chara originally died in an excruciating way so that the Monsters could be freed. The flavor text shown during monster encounters reveals even more about him.
Powers and Abilities
- HATE Substance: The absorbed HATE is able to enhance Chara's attacks, and is also capable of making a tentacle. This is seen when he places Frisk into the Determination Extractor. It can also regenerate Chara's body parts as they get damaged, though they do not return to normal. Rather, they turn black.
- Glitch Teleportation: As first shown in *Determination, Chara is capable of Glitch Teleportation to avoid attacks and problematic positions he’s in.
- Rainbow Knife: Chara utilizes a knife, which he channels magic through (as well as the power of HATE). In Your Best Friend, using the leftover Determination from the Determination experiments, his knife is shown to be capable of utilizing all seven magic types:
- Red: Utilizes explosive slashes and shields. These slashes can also be summoned to be stationary, then mobile upon command.
- Orange: Summons blast slashes that can have their direction be altered on command.
- Yellow: Propels chargeable beam blasts outwards.
- Green: Summons a protective shield.
- Cyan: Propels a long string, which was used to rip Omega Flowey's arm off in Your Best Friend.
- Blue: Causes the knife's blade to become much longer.
- Purple: Summons purple slash attacks (only seen in groups of three) that show remarkable cutting ability.
- Refusal: Due to possessing a soul of Determination, Chara's soul is capable of reviving him after dying. This ability is shown in Your Best Friend.
- SAVE, LOAD, RESET: After acquiring Frisk's Determination, Chara also gains access to these abilities. However, Gaster keeps them blocked throughout the battle in Your Best Friend.
- ERASE: In Continue, Chara can manifest a button that can permanently erase the timeline. However, he needs another person to push it to unleash its power.
- Sword and Shield: This is an ability that Chara inherited from Frisk after absorbing his soul. The sword can perform ranged slash attacks and directed explosions.
- Knife: Referencing the Worn Dagger/Real Knife item from Undertale, and later the multi-colored magic knife from Season 1, the knife is Chara's most distinctive weapon. In this instance, it is made out of pure Determination magic. It can be wielded simultaneously with the sword, as seen near the end of Game Over Part 2.
- Energy Manifestation: Chara is capable of concentrating and unleashing magical power from his weapons.
- Regeneration: As a Determination user, Chara has the ability to heal his own wounds, just like Frisk and Undyne.
- Animosity: During the events of Animosity, Chara is able to let in and "tame" HATE, which is referred to as Animosity. With Animosity, Chara is able to use HATE at his control.
- Special Hell: A special attack that covers the entire floor with red light, and then releases an upwards stream of pure energy.
Flowey and Sans soon intervene, forcing Chara to seal the extractor in a ball of HATE. Once the extraction process is complete, Chara attempts to get his hands on the Determination, but Flowey restrains his arm, giving Sans a window of opportunity to grab it. However, Chara cuts off a part of his trapped limb in order to take it first. Sans and Flowey, along with Frisk, flee. Chara then creates a save point.
Chara then prepares to cut Flowey down. However, at this moment, Frisk regains his Determination and shields Flowey, calling the six exhausted souls back into action, while adding his own to the mix. This allows Flowey to be reborn as Asriel in his God of Hyperdeath form.
While stuck in the pitch black meta space with Asriel, Chara tells him the truth about Frisk and how he was merely pretending to be innocent, when in reality, he killed everyone before, solely out of his own volition. Furthermore, Chara says that Frisk was also the cause behind the glitches and that he toyed with the timeline in ways he wasn't supposed to. He goes one to say that Asriel can't exactly do much in his current form without risking Frisk’s death. Chara then summons an ERASE button, telling Asriel that erasing this timeline is the only way to stop all these tragic events. He needs Asriel to press the button, but Asriel refuses and shatters it.
Chara didn't properly appear in Season 2 until My Promise. However, there were several flashbacks and cameos in the preceding episodes.
Betty makes Asriel hallucinate about Chara to obtain a window of opportunity to steal his soul.
While confessing to Asriel the things he's done, Frisk mentions what happened to Chara and how he became corrupted with HATE, confirming what Chara told Asriel in Continue.
Betty uses the same trick in Frisk that she did on Asriel in Dust. Upon witnessing Chara's cracking form, Frisk's own Determination begins to wane.
Ever since his death in Continue, Chara has spent his time in The Void, waiting. About a month later, he gets an unexpected visit from Frisk. Chara's first action upon seeing him is to punch him in the face as revenge for everything stupid he has done to him, the timeline, and everyone in it. Frisk confesses that he is in no place to ask for favors, but unfortunately, the situation on the surface has become dire. Chara suggests that Frisk resets, to which Frisk explains that he cannot and that the button is now gone. Chara first humiliates Frisk by jokingly making him confess that he sucks. He then finally agrees to help.
Chara protests, crying and screaming, but once the process is complete, he looks up, confused. Finally, Frisk transports Chara back to the overworld.
One by one, images of the current timeline in front of him begin to fade as Chara attempts to do the impossible: Reenter his own timeline. Having nearly disappeared, he finally musters enough Determination to pass through the image. The time is a few days prior, outside Gaster's house. Finding a sleeping Asriel from Love Part 2 inside, Chara opens the window, sneaks in, and places Asriel's locket on a nearby cabinet, essentially duplicating it. This begins a new timeline in which Asriel equips the duplicate locket, while Chara can once again go back for the original one located at the Dreemurrs' house.
In this new timeline, just like in the previous one, Chara wakes up in a bedroom at Gaster's, slightly confused due to the recent memory overwrite executed by Frisk. When Toriel enters the room, she immediately hugs Chara and comments that it feels like it has been forever since she saw him, with Chara feeling the same. Asgore and Gaster then appear, and Chara tells Asgore that he thinks he knows how to save Asriel. He first needs to return home and grab the locket.
At the arena, Chara fights Betty while Asriel is confronted by his parents. The Dreemurrs then enact their plan to switch opponents. Chara goes off to try to save Asriel, while Toriel and Asgore keep Betty from interfering.
Asriel and Chara fight in the streets until Chara pulls out a locket. This confuses Asriel because Chara was supposed to have destroyed it during their fight in the underground (Asriel doesn't know that there was a failed timeline where Chara didn't have a locket to show). While trying to figure out what's going on, good memories begin flooding back to him and the HATE begins to cover Asriel in an attempt to keep him from breaking free. Chara and Asriel continue fighting, but this time, Asriel is internally fighting the HATE to try to protect Chara. While Asriel prevents Chara's death multiple times, he refuses to let go of the HATE, knowing very well that it will just go somewhere else. He begs Chara to kill him while he holds it down. Instead, Chara takes the burden of holding the HATE himself, and with Asriel's encouragement, Chara is able to tame the HATE into what is known as Animosity. Asriel then goes with Chara to confront HATE, after Gaster kills Bete.
In the final scene of the episode, Chara uses his own body to shield Papyrus from being cut down by HATE. Chara then heals himself using his absorbed HATE and challenges the creature to battle.
Chara is first mentioned by Toriel while talking to Asgore, who states that, following their children's deaths, Toriel insisted on remaining next to Chara's corpse in The Ruins, regardless of the consequences.
Asriel quickly acts, subsequently summoning a fireball and blasting HATE down the street. He then agrees with Chara to evacuate the skeletons, adding that he’ll return to his brother immediately after. As the two brothers agree with the plan, Asriel utilizes a star platform to lift the skeletons away. Chara stands against the opposing creature alone, as it materializes a Fear-charged claw. It then thrusts it toward the Determination human. Chara retaliates by summoning a large shield between the two, which is quickly penetrated by the relentless claw. As the hand’s fingertips begin to grow brighter, Chara suspects a follow-up attack. He then erupts the shield, detaching the claw from HATE just in time for it to explode in the air. HATE, advancing towards Chara, splits its lower-body to form legs, standing once again against its foe. Chara expresses his worry, recognizing that HATE’s power is already overwhelmingly destructive, and notes that he lacks any knowledge of its full power. Before he can form a plan, HATE plunges a tentacle into the ground, activating Special Hell. The child barely reacts fast enough, summoning a shield to endure the blast.
Following this, Chara is exhausted and lays in the canyon as the sky returns to a natural night look. However, moments later, the creature, dawning an even more stable form, rips itself from Chara’s crater and summons a large broadsword formed from pure Determination. A red soul becomes visible within the being, as cracks begin to rip across its chest. Chara, afraid, summons his weapon and activates his Animosity once more. As HATE thrusts its blade forward, Chara slams against it, quickly maneuvering to slice it across the side of its head. As he prepares a second attack, HATE’s arm grabs Chara’s sword and crushes it. Before the Human is able to react, HATE’s leg strikes out, momentarily flipping Chara upside-down. As HATE strikes Chara with his large sword, the human summons a shield to absorb the blow. Regardless, the force sends Chara flying across the canyon, where he is caught by an arriving Asriel. The two brothers quickly give each other a look of relief, before refocusing on the enemy. As HATE awaits an attack, Chara and Asriel summon their blades, quickly launching themselves towards the creature. However, HATE is easily able to deflect the brothers’ attacks, eventually sending Chara launching into the air. The creature then leaps above him, charging an attack that shatters Chara’s damaged shield, sending him crashing into the ground.
HATE charges downwards with its broadsword to finish him, but Asriel manages to rapidly dash across the canyon to pull Chara out of the way just in time. HATE, with its sword remaining in the ground, concentrates energy across the floor of the canyon, forcing Asriel launch himself and Chara into the air. HATE quickly charges toward the two, forcing Asriel to defend. Letting go of his brother, Asriel summons his saber and charges toward HATE, only to be completely countered and slashed across the body. HATE pulls back its sword and proceeds to rip it into Asriel’s chest. As Chara and Asriel stare in horror, and the latter slowly begins to dust, he remembers how he attempted to save Chara from Bete before, and how he didn’t want to fail again. He realizes that he still had yet to accomplish anything since. Suddenly, Asriel’s soul shatters as Chara’s Determination fades, causing his Animosity to begin consuming him.
However, as Asriel is about to dust, his soul refuses death. Activating his true potential, Asriel shatters HATE’s sword. He then transforms into a variant of his God of Hyperdeath form. Before the opposing creature is able to react, Asriel grabs its face and charges an attack, blasting it towards the other end of the canyon. HATE rams into the ground, but immediately leaps back up, slamming its hands into Asriel’s. As the two wrestle for power, Asriel is able to push HATE’s right arm away, which is then dismembered by a Determination slash from Chara. Before HATE is able to retaliate, Asriel dashes behind it, utilizing his saber to slam it into the canyon ground. The two brothers then reunite on the ground, awaiting HATE’s next move. As the creature once again stands, it dashes towards its opponents with its sword. However, Chara and Asriel, utilizing a knife and saber, respectively, slam against HATE’s blade, effectively halting it. Chara blasts HATE back by charging an explosion within his knife, and Asriel immediately reacts in coordination, propelling a saber towards HATE, who narrowly avoids it. However, Chara acts quickly as well, and dashes behind HATE to catch Asriel’s weapon. Asriel then summons a star within HATE’s arm, restraining it. As Chara leaps upwards, intending to slash HATE’s head, it twists itself away and causes his blade to sever its trapped arm. Freed, the creature quickly twists around. It reforms its left arm, materializes its sword again, and slams Chara away. Asriel rushes toward HATE with a charged Chaos Buster, ducks under a slash intended for his head, and blasts the creature away. As HATE once again stands and reforms its body, Asriel summons an enormous star attack above the creature. It quickly reacts, charging towards the magical formation with its sword, only for Chara to slam through the decoy attack, his knife aimed toward HATE. The creature reacts instinctively, only allowing Chara to penetrate its hand, and ultimately be blasted back to the ground. However, this time, as HATE reaches the canyon floor, it is immediately sucked toward a summoned Hyper Goner. With all of Asriel’s magic manifested within one structure, HATE is unable to escape the force. It latches itself onto the jaws of the attack, desperately clinging for life. However, Chara utilizes all of his remaining magic as well to summon a massive quantity of Determination slashes. Directing the attacks forward, the powerful concentration slams HATE into the Hyper Goner, resulting in an enormous explosion across the entire canyon.
Much later, at a house near the outskirts of the city, Asgore is visiting the home for dinner and seats himself at a table with Toriel, who humbly allows him to visit any time. Meanwhile, Chara concludes a call with Ronan, who is supposedly attempting to recruit Chara for the district’s new Wizard Council. Toriel compliments her adoptive son, stating that he has grown significantly, and questions if he intends to consider the man’s offer. While Chara initially portrays unease, Asriel reassures him, promising that they’ll make the world a better place.
During the credits, Chara and Asriel are both seen happily sitting near the district's Wizard Council during the ceremony.
- Chara's actual eye color is brown, as seen in Continue after he shakes off the HATE. The fact that Chara didn't possess a soul at that moment made it possible to see the underlying pigment. Normally, the color of the eye is altered by the person's soul color, even if it's gray).
- After Chara gives his soul to Asriel, the game sends him to The Void. Logically, he should have returned to Frisk's soul, where he previously manifested as a ghost. However, due to Frisk throwing his HATE onto him, and Chara being soulless yet still alive, the game chose this destination instead.