thinkin about papyrus
okay so i don’t have the screens for this rn but if you lose to papyrus he locks you in the shed right? and he leaves you a little note
if you lose to him twice, the note says something along the lines of “please ask before escaping next time! i was worried sick!”
and he signs it with “slightly bonetrousled, papyrus”
so from this, we can assume that the definition of “bonetrousle” is feeling anxious, worried, or nervous
…so why is his battle theme called that, then?
papyrus is a character who has a lot more to him than meets the eye, and one of the big things is that he puts on an act a lot of the time. remember the Q&A, where it was revealed that he’s never eaten spaghetti, he just makes it because others love it? or how when you call him and undyne in grillby’s, his opinion of grease changes the instant undyne reveals hers? plus, we already know he’s conflicted about trying to capture you in the first place.
he called his battle theme “anxiety” and disguised that with something that sounds silly and cool, and everyone takes it at face value. hm. i wonder where parallels can be drawn there.
also of note is that when you challenge him on the genocide route? his battle is completely, totally silent. an incredibly slowed-down version of bonetrousle plays before the battle, sure, but the moment you enter the battle screen? nothing.
so even in pacifist, he’s sort of nervous- “oh geez i really need to capture the human but they’re so nice but i’ll be popular but they haven’t hurt anyone”
but in genocide? no false confidence, no pretending. he’s 100% positive that he’s going to convince you to change your ways. he’s not bonetrousled at all.