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Away from it all by zarla Away from it all by zarla

But who could leave such a lovely place? And such a lovely face.

Sans, Papyrus, Temmie, Ragel (c) Undertale: this is self-indulgent but let me have this okay
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CassiiDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
 i actually had to search up whats a hyphae...
Harpesian Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THE-BLOCK-MASTER Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Sans is just a little ball of sass. I love it.
Okami-Norino Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Scottthespy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
It occurs to me that Paps should absolutely be friends with the Temmies...they're as outgoing and liable to slough off negativity as he is, so why wouldn't he count them?
Thozmp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
I think my favorite part is Papyrus relating the Skelebros to Temmie by way of shared unknown history, and Sans is like "..Huh. Point to you."
LisDraconis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  New Deviant
I already found Handplates a while back after my first bad Undertale fever. And now I read it the second time till this page again. I like your story and it's one of my faves so far! Keep up your work. :D
Izvin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Go, have that indulgence, we indulge with you. It has that weird charm and Pap's optimistic reframing is gold in this. 
XerxesSuico Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
The Temmies are so cute
SabreRoseO Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I love reading the copyrights at the end of each of these panels. XD
LionshadeSC Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo i love the lighting near the end of the comic when they were leaving Tem village - the light of the underground plants behind them -MM- so good 10/10
IrisSonata Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaay finally caught up and just even MORE EXCITED!!! AHHHHH GOD I LOVE THIS SERIES SO DAMN MUCH I CAN"T EVEN DESCRIBE!!! GAAAAAAAHHH * racks brain and rolls around on floor getting to overly hyped and impatient*
Lovova Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fucking beautiful looking dude, seriously. Wow
23TheEcho Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Me want dadster back :(
Mystery-ded Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
He ain't a dadster. He's a monster.
Whitefang73005 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
DarkDragondoesFNAF24 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
me too
Syweb2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Darlaimerner Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
"it means you have no roots"

Sans: "why you little SLUT"
Whitefang73005 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
*cough* WHA XD
Akystaracer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
*the egg is hard boiled*

me: #%$@ i need food soo bad
also temmie, that things dead SO GIVE ME MY FOOD
FairytaleSilvermoon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Burgefan71 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  New Deviant
Nice comicLove 
Kiaraofpacera Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gerson  \o/
it's so cool to see the skeletons exploring the underground for the first time!
Pixelerio Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
why they didn't encounter bob? uwu
TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Temmie is da best!
Temmie Emoticon Icon Gif 2 - Undertale 
Kayla-the-fangirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YayA!! Tem lOvs ze muNs!!11 Aaaahhhhhh, temmIe Hass takEn over moi phoNE!!1 NuuuUu!1!112
NalaSpinx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
That mushroom is a Nazi!
SweetiePieLydia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so wholesome, I love it. Have it all. 
FoxyTheWolf100 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Ya ya ya!
Tem hav no muns,
Tem tak ur muns! Ya ya ya!
Heart4Wolves Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2018  Student General Artist
pLenTi a ruum aT teh viLlaGe tem foR yA~
dransnakee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Springtrap9Atlas Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
And once again, I have binge-read a webcomic and felt like an idiot when I get to the last one made within two hours.
Teleway Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
Same. Every time.
RukyRuky Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
"It means you have no roots."
In other words...

They're mushrooms.
JewishJellyDonut Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
i love this
rinneganitachi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I'VE FINALLY GOT UP. Oh well, this comic has been AMAZING so far, so I'll just need to wait and see what happens.
Iceraven99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
I know this is long. But worth it. 

In a way, Papyrus' passive superiority complex is Sans' fault, but somehow, it almost makes sense. Gaster often seemed to view skeletons as special and different than other races, and he was very rude towards those unrelated to the royal family, such as the mouse monster who worried about handrails. It seemed in that instance, Gaster was more worried about his pride as a scientist being questioned than the fact his designs could be made more safe for others. He put his pride over the safety of others, and seems to consider himself higher in status than most monsters, and sucks up to Asgore from time to time. He'll never say what's on his mind if it might offend Asgore, and is reluctant to reveal his true, honest thoughts on a matter Asgore requests his opinion on. He's worried how it might make Asgore think of him, but perhaps it is also Gaster's reputation that drives the troubled skeleton. His pride, reputation, sacrificing of his social life (and even his own body) for scientific experimentation, and rich upbringing all contribute to a selfish nature and a superiority complex. Asgore is like a father to him, someone Gaster looks up to and doesn't want to displease or disappoint, but there is also the fear of losing favor with him, is there not? Despite all relationships and history, Asgore is still a king whose word is law. It would make sense Gaster would treat him with such respect, as it is expected from everyone, so Asgore would be the worst person Gaster could possibly wrong. Asgore, as a king, could punish Gaster in any way he saw fit, and as someone close to Gaster, the emotional punishment Gaster would endure would be unbearable for Gaster. 

However, Gaster has been gifted with a luxurious wealth of opportunities and achievements, and had the means to pursue his interests. It cost little for someone like Gaster, who was close with the royal family, to fund his activities. It makes sense why Gaster would be so willing to consider others pawns, insignificant, or lower than himself, for no one could stop him if he decided to use his closeness with the royal family as a form of blackmail or a threat to those who oppose him. So Gaster is never told no, and nobody questions him, which makes it easy for him to do whatever he wants and get away with it. Now, Asgore and Toriel weren't strict, cruel rulers, and they're understanding when it comes to conflict or disagreements, but as royalty with the final say on matters, it would be the perfect way for Gaster to get away with everything, as simply implying his relation to the royal family would make it hard for others to deny or question Gaster in any way, shape, or form. Therefore, it's easy to understand how Gaster has little care for what those below royal/honorable/valued status have to say against him. He only respects those who know Gaster on a personal level or have a title demanding his respect. In a way, Gaster's a spoiled brat who thinks he can do whatever he wants. He may claim to invent things that help people, and perhaps his inventions are useful and helpful, but his methods may not have been so pure or innocent. His skeleton book is all about skeletons. The core is an amazing power source for the whole underground, but at the cost of the workers who have to keep it operational and deal with unsafe working conditions (no handrails for example). His theory to escape the barrier in a way Asgore won't have to kill children is admirable to someone he considers a friend, but his methods are immoral, based on torture, enslavement, and child abuse, not to mention very hypothetical and against what said friend(s) would condone. 

Coming back around to Papyrus; though his superiority complex is far less egotistical, condescending, and passive aggressive than Gaster's, Papyrus has inherited an unfortunate tendency to think himself better than everyone else. Granted, it is in a friendly, confident realm, but it could easily grow into self-glorification. This seems to have drastically worsened in the Undertale gameplay. Papyrus believes he is the best, and that everyone revolves around him. Of course, his good nature and peaceful attitude keep this in check to a certain degree, but he does occasionally come across as prideful, and has let this get to his head a little too much. Even Sans has noticed. Normal people. Other people. This is the dark-side of Papyrus, the one transgression he inherited from Gaster. Unhealthy Pride. 

Now, Temmies may come across as lesser or somehow unintelligent, but as I stated in my comment to the previous comic, they are rather smart, resourceful, and conservative. And if they don't have money for college, how do they have an education anyway? No wonder they're lacking in the speech department! So calling them normal people in comparison to skeletons isn't true nor very nice, a choice of words Sans quickly picks up on. It is partly Sans' fault, however, as his methods to cheer up Papyrus only made Papyrus think he was too good for others, that others are intimidated by his greatness, and that only the bravest have scars. Though it did make Papyrus happy, it's not the best advice, and sometimes it's better to face the facts and expand your own perspective rather than justify yourself in every predicament. At least he has Sans to keep him out of trouble. While Papyrus can protect Sans from physical hurt, Sans protects Papyrus from emotional hurt. Sans has an amazing intuition for the nature and intentions of others, able to read people as if it were instinct, while Papyrus is oblivious and can't fathom the darkness in others, only able to see the light in others, but this makes him more gullible and naïve. Sans looks out for his best interests and knows who to trust, while Papyrus has a loving heart, is self-confident, and has the power to physically protect people. It's a fascinating balance. 
Izvin Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Wow... Just... Wow...
This was really insightful. I mean, we all know of Pap's good-natured chase for glory and Gaster being smug and unwilling to humiliate/surrender himself, but you took that and made the implications bloom. Hats off.  
TheNor Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your analysis
keparks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
While very interesting, I didn't think of "pride" when he said "normal monsters". I think it was just a slip of his own insecurity due to how different he and his brother are to other monsters: i.e. they don't have parents, don't have a history, don't ave a home(yet), have odd powers that would get curious looks from Asgore, and concerned looks about things they should know but don't... And I think that's why Sans had a concerned face. He doesn't want Papyrus to feel inferior. In my opinion, people often confuse his pride as his vice, but it's only hiding his intense insecurity about himself. Which is why he's always seeking friendship and approval from others, but quickly hides it with his "arrogance".

But still, interesting interpretation.
Izvin Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I am on the same page. My first thought was alienation, not superiority. Not "we/me are/am better", but "we/me are strange abnormalities". And I know it can overlap or start to overlap or one can try to cover the other. 
MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed here, that appearance of pride is a mask for insecurity.
ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I read it all and found what you wrote very interesting.
It's kinda fun to think of Papyrus' arrogance as his dark side, but yes, since he's so friendly and peaceful, he's more, say, arrogant for others' sake, believes that he, as a strong, mighty and great monster, must help those who are not great or strong, help the weak and try to make them strong.
At first encounter he seems like your typical arrogant, selfish jock, but as you get to know him better, you realize he's not cruel like the jocks in most media, but a lovable goof, caring, compassionate and very helpful, although can be rude at times because of his arrogance.
I can see how Pacifist!Frisk will think of him as fun and sweet, while Chara!Frisk finds him an annoying nuisance.
Also, when you mentioned Papyrus and Gaster's "Unhealthy Pride", it made me want to list the Seven Sins and their respective Undertale characters:

Envy = Monster Kid
Gluttony = Frisk
Greed = Temmie
Lust = Alphys
Pride = Papyrus
Sloth = Sans
Wrath = Asriel
Izvin Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Good idea.
I dare say, Asriel as Flowey is more bored, than wrathful and as Asriel he in fact restrained from wrathful retaliation. In fact I would sooner consider him gluttonous or greedy than wrathful. Chara on the other hand and Undyne seem more wrathful to me. 
And not that it can't be, it could, but why exactly did you asign Gluttony to Frisk?
ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Oh yeah, I had forgotten about Undyne:ohmygod:
And Gluttony for Frisk, because of all the things they eat throughout the game.
(candy, cinnabun, snowball, vegetable monster etc.)
Alright, new list!:

Pride: Papyrus
Sloth: Sans
Lust: Alphys
Envy: Monster Kid
Gluttony: Frisk
Wrath: Undyne
Greed: Temmie
Izvin Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Ok, but it is not really like they eat it, because they can't stop eating, but because they need every kJ to survive. But I guess we don't have better candidate.
ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Exactly. Glad you understand:)
22cerjoh Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mushroom dance, mushroom dance, whatever could it mean?

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