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~ Papyrus' catchphrase and laugh.
~ Papyrus discussing his plans with Sans.
~ Papyrus encouraging Frisk while Flowey captured them.
~ Papyrus trying to redeem Frisk during the Genocide Route

Papyrus, called the Great Papyrus by himself, is one of the deuteragonists (alongside his brother) of the indie-game Undertale.

He is a skeleton monster and the younger brother of Sans. In his first appearance, Papyrus originally wanted to capture Frisk, but, if they spare him, he will become friends with them. Papyrus makes his home in the city of Snowdin.


Papyrus is a tall, perhaps anatomically inaccurate skeleton with a skull shaped in a more straight and geometrical structure (in contrast to his brother's more rounded skull). His mouth is in a smile shape most of the time and his eyes are pupil-less, resembling vertical slits with his expressions being formed mostly by his skeletal pseudo-brows.

He wears a custom-made costume known as his "battle body", which is made up of a white torso piece with various golden trims (and embroidered with a symbol that very heavily resembles that of the Starman from the Mother series), a rough red scarf or cloth around his neck, red gloves (trimmed with gold), blue briefs with a golden belt, and long red boots.


Papyrus is eccentric, cranky, childish, flamboyant, naïve, self-absorbed, yet kind, and initially appears to have an inflated ego. Though he is at first obsessed with capturing a human and accomplish his dream of becoming a Royal Guard, he truly cares about those around him, especially those who are willing to talk to him and just want to be friends with him. This attitude even extended to humans, as evidenced by him being overjoyed when Frisk is willing to be friends with him in spite of feeling obliged to catch them before. Papyrus also has a good relationship with his older brother Sans, though he sometimes gets annoyed with his habits such as his laziness and carelessness, an example being when Sans leaves one of his dirty socks lying around in their living room. Papyrus also finds puns to be very annoying, as shown by his interactions with Sans and Toriel, though to some extent, he also finds them funny, even though he doesn't like to admit it. Despite this, he does recognize it when his brother actually makes an effort at life. As in the Papyrus ending when he rules the Underground, Sans decides to handle all of the paperwork for his younger brother. Papyrus does take notice of this and while he is proud of the hard work his brother is putting in, it also makes him somewhat worried.

However, Papyrus is also very innocent, as he believed Sans when he said that Undyne, along with other monsters, went on vacation in a neutral ending where Frisk killed them and Papyrus became the ruler of the Underground. He admits that he wants to be everyone's friend. He is also shown to be determined at his dreams as he begged to Undyne to let him be a Royal Guard, so she decided to train him to become one, even if she thinks he can't be able to become one because of his innocent and optimistic attitude towards others (although it is unknown why he chose to visit Undyne at midnight). He also believes that everyone can be a great person if they just try, as shown when, on the Genocide Route, he believed that Frisk could be redeemed even though they had killed over 30 monsters by then. He even immediately spares them and offers to be their friend and mentor. Even if Frisk decides to kill him then, he held on to his belief that Frisk can become a better person. Papyrus is friendly to absolutely everyone, allowing Flowey to manipulate and use him as a pawn. The only person Papyrus seems to have a negative relationship with is the Annoying Dog, and even then, Papyrus doesn't do anything wrong to him and the Dog is just a prankster.

Papyrus is unique compared to most of the other characters in-game, being that he speaks exclusively in Capital Letters, as though he is always shouting. He does so in his namesake font, like his brother Sans.

Powers and Abilities[]

  • Skeleton Physiology- Papyrus is a living skeleton.
    • Soul Manipulation- As a monster, Papyrus is capable of manipulating the souls of others.
      • Gravity Manipulation- Papyrus can manipulation the gravity within his intended target's vicinity by turning their soul blue, the induce in gravity causes the target to move slow and reducing their jumping capabilities.
    • Bone Magic- Papyrus can generate bones, and he can manipulate and craft them, as during his fight with Frisk, Papyrus crafted some bones spelling "COOL DUDE", a bone on a skateboard, and also manipulate the size of them.
    • Thermal Immunity- As a skeleton, Papyrus doesn't feel the effects of heat or cold, as he lived in Snowdin which is a town covered in a perpetual layer of ice and snow.
  • Cooking Skills- Papyrus cooks spaghetti in his spare time, though many monsters seem to think that he is not very good at it because he never ate spaghetti himself to complete the chef's guidebook to cooking by tasting their creation before serving, possibly because he lacks tastebuds. Though, Sans does admit his cooking is improving, he even says if he practices a year, Papyrus will be get it right. Also, Papyrus has been getting cooking lessons from Undyne.


  • Papyrus refers to the costume he wears most of the time as his "Battle Body". It was made by himself and Sans for a costume party, and according to Sans, he hasn't worn anything else since. Sans also mentions that at least Papyrus washes it, meaning that he wears it in the shower.
  • In contrast to his brother, Papyrus speaks exclusively in capital letters, being the only character in the game to do so (Mettaton stops speaking in just capital letters when he transforms into Mettaton EX). Interestingly enough, the font used for his dialogue is also called Papyrus.
  • Papyrus has never seen a human before seeing Frisk, as stated by Sans and evidenced by Papyrus mistaking a rock for a human while not recognizing that Frisk is a human upon seeing them.
  • Undyne implies that Papyrus regularly jumps out of the window in her kitchen (he did so once before she could begin his training lessons), as according to her, he usually "nails the landing".
  • According to Sans, Papyrus finds difficulty in "interesting" places, as the day before they met Frisk, Papyrus got stumped trying to "solve" the horoscope.
  • During Sans's conversations with Toriel through the locked door, despite not knowing each other's names, Sans had told Toriel about Papyrus. On the True Pacifist Route, Papyrus was delighted when "Asgore's Clone" (Toriel) knew who he was.
  • Papyrus mentions in a phone call outside Gerson's shop that he (Papyrus) has an imaginary store that sells flames.
  • Papyrus dreams of driving on a highway on the Surface with the wind in his hair and the sun on his skin (despite being a skeleton and, as such, probably not having hair or skin). This dream comes true in the True Pacifist Route credits, though he is quickly overtaken by Sans on a tricycle.
  • During the battle, Papyrus says the king will trim a bush in the shape of his head, this happens in the True Pacifist Ending.
  • When the protagonist examines Papyrus' computer in his room, he states that he is "twelve followers away from double digits", implying that he only has -2 followers on social media.
  • Even though he never got the fame and popularity he desired in game, Papyrus, as well as his brother, Sans, has become one of the most well known and liked video game characters. So in a way, Papyrus was successful in achieving said goal.
  • Toby Fox once stated that Papyrus' original name was "Times New Roman" and he would have presumably spoke in the font as well.
  • If the player attempts to enter their name in the beginning as Papyrus, they will be unable to enter it fully due to the word count limit. This will trigger the response "I'LL ALLOW IT!", seemingly from Papyrus himself.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Papyrus's favorite food isn't spaghetti, but is instead chocolate dinosaur oatmeal as mentioned in one of his telephone calls. Rather, he cooks spaghetti simply because he believes everybody else enjoys it.
    • Papyrus also doesn't hate puns as commonly believed, with Papyrus himself being seen using them multiple times. Instead, it's likely he just dislikes Sans's overusage of them at inappropriate moments, as well as how lazy they tend to be.
  • Despite his energetic and peppy personality, Papyrus is the only character to not move at all during battle in the entirety of Undertale, with the only times his sprite moves being his death animations and facial expression changes. Interestingly, his animations are very energetic and expressive out of battle, especially during his date scenes.
    • As there is a theory that opponents in Undertale move about the more effort they put into battling (e.g Undyne having very fluid and mobile animations as she intends to kill you, while Toriel barely moves in her fight as she's trying to simply keep you in the Ruins), this could mean that Papyrus is literally putting zero effort into his fight with you, meaning that his fight is the absolute minimum of his potential. However, this could also mean he's just focusing his energy on making his attacks look cool and flashy.

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