As much as I adore scenarios in which Chara is saved from corruption post-No Mercy, I think something big is missing. Chara isn’t the only child in need of saving; Frisk is, too.
These two children were partners throughout the No Mercy run. Chara looked to Frisk for guidance and was gradually taught that their purpose was to gain power, that kill or be killed was the only answer. They fell into the depths together. It makes no sense for Frisk to somehow come out of the No Mercy run untainted while Chara is left in a corrupt state alone.
I think this ties back into the fandom tendency to absolve Frisk of all wrongdoing across the entire game. Frisk is not a perfect angelic human being; far from it, actually. And is it not more interesting to have Frisk struggle to be good in a world that’s throwing everything at them? Being kind in tough circumstances isn’t easy, but can they do it anyway?
If we want to save Chara then we need to save Frisk, as well. Both of them are in desperate need of healing after No Mercy, not just one of them. These children need to be saved together; they are partners, after all.
Wash: I am trying to redeem myself for the things I have done but am not sure I am capable of being a good person again. Tucker: I am finally trying to better myself after years of apathy but it is hard to know when I am making the right decision. Grif: When I am thrust into a leadership position I subconsciously emulate the person who has tormented me for years. Felix: My pride was severely wounded by a man I don’t respect by exploiting character flaws I refuse to admit I have. Locus: I cannot achieve my ideal of the perfect soldier because I am actually a human being with flaws and feelings. Lopez: La única persona quien entiende lo que estoy diciendo es el hombre loco que está tratando a matarnos.
okay, i guess it has to be me: what Fidds did to Ford with the memory gun is NOT OKAY so u can no longer categorize him as the perfect cinnamon roll, he’s actually an actual human being who’s flawed, makes bad decisions and sometimes hurts people, asides from him being a victim of other things and a lovely gentle person. can we cut all the pitying part here, can we acknowledge he messed up big time there, just as Ford did towards him when it came to the Portal and addressing his general anxieties?
This gets me every time. Axl you just can’t. Please. I just can’t. HOW COULD HAVE EXISTED SUCH A FUCKING PERFECT HUMAN BEING BACK THEN? Actually I think about Axl and I get mad because I can’t convince myself that he was like this in that lapse of time. I mean, look at him. What do you see? I see a fucking perfect wiry body, long red fluent hair, perfect moves, beautiful/lovely face, perfect shoulders, perfect arms, HIS LEGS DON’T NEED AN ADJECTIVE OK, HIS VOICE, DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? Sometimes I just wonder if he really existed… I mean he existed but fuck why wasn’t I alive maybe I would have gone mad because of him ok I’m gonna stop now I’m annoying but I love him so much I can’t accept it