stop&frisk

Tonight, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has an extremely important episode about racial profiling. I encourage everyone to tune in and learn and to give this issue the attention that it needs. Ratings show that we care about this and want to be informed. 

You can watch live on Fox.com, and I believe Hulu also helps ratings. It airs at 8pm est and it is important. For more information on why, here is a small chunk of what I wrote about B99/the episode for a final paper in one of my political science classes: 


One question that the show runners of Brooklyn Nine-Nine struggled to answer for a long time was whether or not it would be appropriate to have an episode which discussed the racial profiling that is currently the talk of the nation. As a show with two black men playing the most prominent positions of power within a police precinct, many people have been wondering about the dichotomy that this presents. Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows a romantic notion of a police precinct in which all white male characters are aware of their privilege and, if they are not, their co-workers are quick to call them out on it. Yet this is not the case in all police precincts— something that the writers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have struggled with throughout the four seasons of the show due to the fact that “our heroes are the police, [and] it’s difficult to talk about the police in an abstract way,” said executive producer Dan Goor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

The idea for the episode came about because of the unrest in the nation, and the writers pitched different ideas back-and-forth for quite a long time, but ultimately went with a situation that paralleled one which Terry Crews had been in. Crews is a former NFL player who had once been subjected to a stop-and-frisk, just as he is in this upcoming episode. In the context of the show, however, the character struggles with whether or not he should file a formal complaint that could jeopardize his career. “To a certain extent, it’s the question of: Am I blue or am I black?” Goor commented to Entertainment Weekly. The characters on the show all have to face the world of cops outside of their comfortable precinct, a conundrum that the actors and writers on the show felt that they had to tackle so that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine didn’t become a cartoon,” in the words of Terry Crews. He also points out, however, that this is just one of the reasons— and relevance in society, and making change, is another.

In the upcoming episode, Detective Jake Peralta, a white male, points out that he has done plenty of suspicious things on the street and had never been stopped by the police for it. Terry had merely been looking for his daughter’s blanket, while a flashback shows Jake sneaking in through a window wearing a Jason mask and getting away with it. (…) “As far as the show goes, it felt like there was an opportunity to make a statement. I think it’s definitely an issue that is really important [and] has been around for some time,” said writer Philip Jackson. The conscious decision to make that statement instead of shoving it under the rug is where the significance lies in this episode of television.

In 2017, black lives matter more than “all lives matter” because the lives of black American citizens are in genuine danger from the police. White citizens do not suffer from the same fears, period. This is something that frequently both stuns the country into silence and ignites it into action. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland could all still be alive today were it not for racial profiling— which the Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers know very well. Thus, the creators have given this episode to the total control of the black community of people who work on the show. It was written by a black writer; the black actors on the show had a say in the way their characters reacted to the situation; the A-plot was taken away from the main character for the first time in all four seasons and sixteen episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those telling these stories make it clear whose story they are telling, being careful to elevate the narrative of the black creative members of the team without stomping on or overpowering their voices. 

Perhaps the most telling piece of that narrative is found within a clip of the episode that has just been released on youtube. Sergeant Terry Jeffords and Captain Raymond Holt sit in the private home of the captain and discuss whether or not Terry should report the stop and frisk to his superiors. When Captain Holt points out that Terry is “a great cop. You could become a chief or higher,” Terry’s response is simple, yet effective: “How long will it take to make change that way?”

ew.com
Brooklyn Nine-Nine to take on racial profiling with stop-and-frisk episode

Brooklyn Nine-Nine tends to take a light-hearted approach when it comes to the long arm of the law: After all, it’s a comedy in which Andy Samberg effuses lines like “Don’t worry, we can outsmart some small-town sheriff. We’re NYPD detectives. We caught the Son of Sam! Ice-T plays us on TV! We keep the Tonys safe!” But an upcoming episode is aiming to mine humor in a serious topic involving the police: Racial profiling via the controversial stop-and-frisk program, in which officers temporarily detain and search citizens for concealed weapons and illegal goods.

In an episode airing May 2 on Fox, Terry (Terry Crews) — a sergeant in the Nine-Nine — is subjected to a stop-and-frisk (which, coincidentally, is also known as a “Terry stop“) by an officer when he’s on the street looking for his daughter’s blankie. “He tries to work it out with the cop by going out to dinner with him, but that doesn’t work out, and he has to decide whether or not to file a formal complaint,” series co-creator Dan Goor tells EW. “To a certain extent, it’s the question of: Am I blue or am I black?”

It’s a subject matter that the show’s writers have been wanting to tackle for a long time, but “because our heroes are the police, it’s difficult to talk about the police in an abstract way,” says Goor. “We’ve talked about a million different stories and I think this one really works. It felt very natural and real, but at the same time, we’ve managed to make it as funny as any other Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode.”

The idea for the story stemmed from a conversation with Crews, who revealed a similar incident in which he had been racially profiled. The writers began working on an episode but were having trouble around the halfway mark. It was a conversation about the episode with a different cast member — Andre Braugher, a.k.a. Captain Holt — that led to a breakthrough moment. “Andre told me what he thought Captain Holt would do at that moment,” says Goor. “And it was like the clouds parted and I could see for the first time. It was so unexpected, but true to the character and honest, and made for an entire act’s worth of scenes.”

In the episode, after Terry hashes it out with other members of the Nine-Nine, “ultimately it comes down to a great set of scenes between Holt and [Terry],” says Goor. “It’s Andre at the height of Andre and Terry really keeps up with him. And it’s the first time we’ve done an A story for anyone other than Jake.”

Speaking of Jake (Samberg), he and Amy (Melissa Fumero) will spend most of the episode taking care of Terry’s twins with Sharon (Merrin Dungey) out of town. “They want to know why their dad was arrested, so Jake and Amy have to talk about these issues with these kids,” says Goor. “It’s one of the funniest stories we’ve done.”

New study finds that moving out of segregated neighborhoods lowers black people’s blood pressure

What if I told you that getting away from things like over-policing & police brutality, constant stop-and-frisks, concentrated poverty, bank redlining & blockbusting, food deserts, limited public transportation, environmental racism, higher unemployment rates, and all the stress those things bring, what if I told you getting away from all of that is going to lower anybody’s blood pressure? Getting away from the structural racism that specifically targets black neighborhoods is good for your health. Who knew? I mean, besides black people

Conversely, if you removed all of those things from black neighborhoods—and yes, that’s entirely possible to do—then black people’s blood pressure would also drop. I’m not knocking desegregation, because that has repeatedly been demonstrated to be the greatest equalizer of all (that NIMBY America still doesn’t fully embrace) but, yeah, black people can leave the hood to escape racism, or society and racist institutions could stop targeting black neighborhoods. That could work both ways

Funny how something as simple as equal opportunity and equal treatment can lower blood pressure, huh?

genesisthewolfie  asked:

Does Gaster hate Frisk as much or more than Jessica? I mean Frisk killed his sons again and again, and the only thing stopping him from killing Frisk is the glitched timeline that will get erased if Frisk dies, but when he came out of the void in season 1 he just assured Frisk he wouldn't hurt them, he didn't even give Frisk a dirty look. Speaking of this would Gaster kill Frisk if the timeline didn't rely on them to go on and if anyone could defeat Bete?

It’s true that Frisk did all those horrendous things, and it’s true that Frisk pretended to be this super nice and kind child since he got to the surface. However, NOT everything was a lie, despite him knowing that things would go south eventually, he still tried to make everyone as happy as possible, he put himself in the scenario that if he does win against betty, Frisk wants as many people and mosnters to be alive to enjoy it, even if that costs him being alone and hated for the rest of it.

ᶦ ᵗʳᵉᵃᵗ ᶠʳᶦˢᵏ ᵃˢ ᵃ ʰᵉ ᵈᵒᶰ’ᵗ ᵍᵉᵗ ᵗʳᶦᵍᵉʳᵉᵈ ᵒʳ ᶜᵒᵐᵐᵉᶰᵗ ᵒᶰ ᶦᵗ ᵖᶫˢ ᵗʰˣ

adizzyninja  asked:

Why doesn't sans use any of his crazy attacks (gaster blaster, bone platforms, etc) when you fight him and papyrus in the final battle of the true pacifist route?

(undertale spoilers)

In terms of game design, Sans does not use his unique attacks in the battle to hide what he is capable of in the genocide route. In terms of story, it is possible that Sans is not attacking at all during the battle. The attacks used in the Lost Souls battle for the skeleton brothers are all attacks seen in Papyrus’ battle. 

While it is completely possible that Sans can use the same attacks as Papyrus, his dialogue during the battle is about giving up.

SANS:
just give up. i did.
why even try?
you’ll never see ‘em again.

It’s possible that he has absolutely no motivation to fight Frisk in the Lost Soul battle. This would line up with his lack of motivation to stop Frisk in the neutral route.

» read more: sans’ lack of motivation – his refusal to stop the human

The Encounter - A Fatal Error fanfic

So I had an idea for a story! I apologize in advance.)

***

*You pet the dog. Petting capacity is at 50%.

Greater Dog’s tail wagged at incredible speed as Frisk rubbed his belly. It seemed like they couldn’t stop just yet, unless they wanted to hear his incessant whining. Not that that was a problem, of course. Frisk was more than happy to indulge the small dog.

Eventually, Greater Dog yipoed and placed his paw on their hands. It seemed like he wanted them to stop. Frisk complied, then the dog stood back up and hopped into his empty armor headfirst. His tail stuck out from the top as he left the area. Frisk giggled at how goofy it looked. They wiped off the snow from their shorts and started heading back to Snowdin.

As they walked, Frisk admired the sight of all the snowflakes falling from the sky. The trees swayed somehow in a nonexistant breeze, and the occasional passerby would greet them. Even monsters that didn’t recognize Frisk were so nice. Everything about this was just so…peaceful. They hoped it would only get better from here on out…

Snap.

Frisk jumped, startled by the sudden sound. They looked down and saw no twigs underneath their feet, so why…?

Frisk curved their lips. …It’s probably just Sans. But…why doesn’t he just come out?

“Hello?” Frisk called out. “Is anyone there?”

“…Sans?”

Frisk squinted their (already tiny) eyes. They could make out some sort of figure, huddled up behind the trees further up ahead.

…But the twig was behind them. How could he have done that?

Frisk didn’t understand much about the Underground yet. Maybe, if they just walked up to him….he could explain?

Frisk took a deep breath, then began to approach who they believed to be the short, pun-loving skeleton. As they got closer, however…he obscured himself just a little more.

But why? Was he afraid of them?

…No, he couldn’t be… Frisk thought. He was the first person I met after I left the Ruins…

…Unless…

Frisk picked up speed. The figure reacted frantically to their approach, making a few shuffling noises in the snow. It wasn’t until Frisk entered the forest that they got a much better view.

…What they saw in front of them, they hadn’t expected at all.

It was Sans, or…it wasn’t? Frisk couldn’t tell. His jacket had been bleached of all color, and several specks of…something surrounded his body. They resembled glitches, and some of the pieces were even detached from his own body. It ended up looking like fragments of his body were missing, or simply floating around him.

But what bothered Frisk the most were his eyes and chest. His eye sockets had no lights in them, and were instead mismatched in shape and color. One was blue (and they swore they could see words inside of it), while the other was bright red and…half-melted. It was uncomfortable to look at those seemingly empty eyes…

…And on Sans’ chest, there was a wide, ghastly cut, extending diagonally across his belly to nearly the top of his shirt. The strange words in his eyes were unmistakably there as well, and his slippers were stained with what looked like blood.

Seeing the cut made Frisk a bit queasy. What could’ve happened to this poor skeleton?

“…Sans?” Frisk whispered, their voice quivering. The skeleton, who hadn’t seemed entirely focused on them before, lifted his head at the mention of the name.

“… yyyou… you aare…”

Frisk winced at the sound of his voice. It sounded so distorted, so broken that they could hardly understand it. And yet…they still could.

…This was all very strange.

“…Frisk,” they replied. “I’m Frisk. We met earlier…didn’t we?”

“…. Dddin’t we?” he mimicked. Frisk was a bit unnerved by that, but they didn’t want to just leave him like this.

“…You aren’t the same skeleton I met. Are you?”

‘Sans’ tilted his head, contemplating the question. Eventually, he shook his head.

“…I see.” Frisk scratched their head, then stared at him hesitantly.

“Then who are you?”

Frisk watched as he reached up for his scarf and clung to it tightly.

“. .. Nnoo one. Jusst passing throughh.”

It was the most coherent sentence they had heard from him so far. Frisk prepared themselves mentally to ask something else.

“…What happened to you?”

The skeleton’s head lowered a little. His grip tightened on the scarf.

“sssomething i lost important to me i lost him”

“W-what?”

“nnot here gone why he’s nnot here”

“I-I don’t under-”

“bbbrotherr find him i can’t i can’t WHHERE IS HHE-”

“Please!”

He stopped. He turned his head towards Frisk, who looked a little bit afraid.

“Please, slow down. I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

The skeleton shut his eyes and rubbed his arm. He suddenly felt something warm touching him. He opened one eye and saw it was Frisk, looking up at him with concern.

“Do you…wanna talk about it?”

He abruptly sat down in the snow, shaking his head vigorously. Frisk felt their heart clench at how miserable and lost the skeleton looked.

“…Okay. Can I sit with you, then?”

He shrugged. Frisk took it as a yes, or that he at least didn’t seem to mind. They sat down next to the skeleton and said nothing for a while.

Frisk and the strange skeleton just watched the snow fall.

After a while, Frisk turned their head towards the skeleton.

“…I should probably get going. I can’t stay here forever.”

They smiled, and patted his shoulder. Frisk didn’t know if he liked hugs.

“It was nice to meet you.” Frisk stood up and began to walk towards the end of the forest.

“…… .pppap…yrus……

Frisk paused midstep, then turned around.

”…What was that?“

He twiddled his fingers anxiously and grinned.

”.. . papyyrus. Myy brotherr.… “

Frisk’s mouth opened a little in surprise. ”…Papyrus? So wait…you ARE Sans?“

”…mmyyy papyrruss isss missing lost he’s not gone.. .“

Frisk shook her head. ”…I still don’t understand you. Where is he?“

He clenched his hands into fists. His grin slowly turned into a grimace. ”. …goonneee… . .“

They rubbed their head and looked down, realizing what Sans meant by that single word.

”…Oh. I’m really sorry…“

Frisk was about to say something else when they were cut off abruptly. They couldn’t speak or breath properly all of a sudden. They noticed that several red strings had appeared out of nowhere, and most were wrapped tightly around their body. Trembling, they looked over at the skeleton.

He was grinning again, but it seemed far more sinister than before. Frisk could see tears in his eyes.

“B E C A U S E O F Y O U .”

Xedra’s Notes:

Originally posted by cratermania

THIS IS FANTASTIC, OH MY GOODNESS WHY ARE YOU APOLOGIZING?? I AM FLOORED, THIS IS SO GREAT! HHHHHH-

I really like your writing style, and your characterization of Fatal! And I really REALLY like how you wrote his dialogue! It was so spot on :’D

xcleverfoxx  asked:

Hey so during the papyrus fight, he never kills you. So it seems he knows your health. When fighting Toriel, she fights you with no intention to kill you, but ends up doing so and regrets it with the frame that shows her shocked face. Do you think theres anything behind this, or am I overthinking? Its been rattling around my head for a wild. Sorry to bother you, have a nice day!

(undertale spoilers)

It’s not a bother at all, we love questions!

So, let us see. With Papyrus, there is one very specific difference between him and a lot of other monsters:

Papyrus’ intention throughout Snowdin is to capture a human. While his behavior is very affable and he certainly looks enthusiastic, but harmless, there’s a lot more to him. Not only does Undyne admit he’s pretty tough, but while hanging out with him, he also alludes to the fact that he could have blasted Frisk.

However, that’s not what he wants. Although he ultimately does try to use his special attack, it’s after numerous warnings and delays. 

PAPYRUS:
YEAH! DON’T MAKE ME USE MY SPECIAL ATTACK!
I CAN ALMOST TASTE MY FUTURE POPULARITY!!!
PAPYRUS: HEAD OF THE ROYAL GUARD!
PAPYRUS: UNPARALLELED SPAGHETTORE!
UNDYNE WILL BE REALLY PROUD OF ME!!
THE KING WILL TRIM A HEDGE IN THE SHAPE OF MY SMILE!!!
MY BROTHER WILL … WELL, HE WON’T CHANGE VERY MUCH.
I’LL HAVE LOTS OF ADMIRERS!! BUT…
HOW WILL I KNOW IF PEOPLE SINCERELY LIKE ME???
WILL ANYONE LIKE ME AS SINCERELY AS YOU?
SOMEONE LIKE YOU IS REALLY RARE…
I DON’T THINK THEY’LL LET YOU GO…
AND DATING MIGHT BE KIND OF HARD…
AFTER YOU’RE CAPTURED AND SENT AWAY.
URGH… WHO CARES! GIVE UP!!
GIVE UP OR FACE MY… SPECIAL ATTACK!!!
YEAH!!! VERY SOON I WILL USE MY SPECIAL ATTACK!
NOT TOO LONG AND I WILL USE THAT SPECIAL ATTACK!!!
THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE… BEFORE MY SPECIAL ATTACK!!

His goal is above all else is to prove himself and join the Royal Guard, making his special attack a last ditch effort to defeat and capture the human. To that end, he can’t let Frisk die. More so than other monsters, Papyrus displays a very keen understanding of just how much punishment the human can take. Not to mention he’s significantly more concerned with making friends, and Frisk proves to be friend for him.

Now, Toriel is a very different case. By the time she opposes Frisk, six fallen have already left her care and perished. As far as Toriel is concerned, they could easily become the seventh. Stopping Frisk from leaving the Ruins is not just to protect them, but to prevent Asgore’s ascension to godhood.

Dying to Toriel isn’t exactly the easiest feat. When Frisk is down to 2 HP, only a single attack is repeated and initiated in a way that cannot be exploited. You can’t intentionally die against Papyrus, but you can against Toriel and a lot of this may have to do with their attitude towards the encounter.

Papyrus is absolutely set on capturing the human and everything he does during the fight serve that purpose, along with a little bit of showing off near the end. However, Toriel is different. She doesn’t actually want to fight Frisk and even during the encounter, she does her best to disassociate from what’s happening, wanting them to just accept her reasons and return to their room. Her fight is slightly more about intimidation, that trying to actively harm Frisk.

This reflects in the fight as well. If Frisk dies to her, the resulting look on her face for that one frame before the SOUL shatters, is one of clear shock. It was never her intention, but in all her turmoil, she didn’t make completely sure.

Unfortunately, that one slip is just enough for tragedy to strike.

Last night’s episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine addressed stop-and-frisk, racism and (loosely) police brutality. When I was the episode description, I admit that my first thought was “Oh God, there’s no way they can address this in a sitcom without being super tropey or not being funny.”

I was wrong. Partly.

The main plot featured Sergeant Jeffords (played by Terry Crews) getting hit with a stop-and-frisk off duty in his neighborhood. He struggles with the idea of risking his career to report the officer who stopped him, but ultimately decides he can’t let it go unreported.

This part wasn’t funny. The characters covered this with a lot of sensitivity and brought a new facet of awareness to a very real issue. But the subplot, where Jake and Amy watch Terry’s kids, was HILARIOUS. It was just the right amount of comic relief and fluffy romance to remind me the that I was watching a sitcom. Here, they did put a funny spin on racism when Terry’s twins ask them if it’s bad to be black and Jake and Amy don’t know how to answer. After an awkward stammer wherein Amy says it hard to be a woman and Jake says you don’t have to be a woman if that isn’t you, they stumble into a very solid answer. Even through the comedy, this episode hit the nail on the head. 

I guess what I’m getting at is a huge “thank you” to the cast and crew of Brooklyn Nine Nine for proving me wrong and finding a captivating way to talk about racism.

anonymous asked:

omg i finally caught you with your asks open!!! could you write a cute fic that's like 10 things maggie loves about alex? like a list fic :)

She loves her complete and utter devotion to her family. 

The way she sacrifices everything for Kara (even though she needs to learn to care for herself quite a bit more), the way a single look from Eliza can send her into a tailspin of insecurity and self-loathing (even though she really needs to stand up for herself more often), the way she blasted her way into the most heavily guarded facility either of them had ever seen, all to rescue a father who more likely than not didn’t want to be rescued.

That’s one.

She loves how deeply awkward she is around pretty girls.

The way she splutters when she thinks Maggie looks particularly beautiful, the way she blushes and the way she stammers and the way she doesn’t quite know what to do with her hands when she’s excited, when she’s turned on, when she’s happy, when she’s sorry.

That’s two.

She loves the way she thinks.

The way she can see her brain work when she’s calculating a particular biochemical equation, the way she comes up with solutions no one else would even dream of imagining, the way she innovates and the way she learns and the way she processes and the way she wants to know… everything.

That’s three.

She loves the way she tries to pretend she doesn’t love yoga.

The way she teases Maggie for how slow it is, how calm it is, how hippy lesbian it is, but how she’ll wake up early on Saturday mornings to find Alex practicing the more difficult poses, eyes fluttered closed, eyes serene, body learning, body challenging itself, herself, because Alex Danvers doesn’t back down from anything, even yoga.

That’s four.

She loves the way she handles herself in a crisis.

The way her first instinct is to protect, always, always, always, to protect the people she loves, to protect the people she cares about, to protect people she possibly doesn’t know, people she’s possibly been taught to hate, but is making herself learn to love, alternately calm and raging, alternately brilliant and brutal, but always, god, always so damn loyal.

That’s five.

She loves the way her body moves.

The way she goes to stroke her hair, always, always, the way she freezes when she’s overwhelmed with feeling, the way she deepens their kisses when she’s keening for more, the way she writhes when she needs Maggie closer, the way she lifts Maggie up like she weighs nothing, the way her hands, god, her hands, can kill, have killed, but have never, not once, not even by accident, hurt Maggie.

That’s six.

She loves the way she loves her brothers.

The way she won’t admit it, but Winn is her brother and she constantly keeps a supply of snacks for him, the way rare, vintage toys show up on his desk with no note every anniversary of his father’s arrest, every day after his father tries to call him from prison, the way she cries into James’s chest when Kara gets hurt, the way she sprints madly, desperately, to save him when he’s in danger, the way she screams and laughs and clings to him when he spins her around when they all go ice skating.

That’s seven.

She loves the way she protects her father.

The way she casually weaves the stories of protecting him from the U.S. military, from Cadmus, the way she was so willing to die for him, to be tortured for him, to live for him, the way she shows up at the precinct raging and ready to kill when he was stopped and frisked on the way to the DEO one morning, the way she only calmed at Maggie’s touch, at Maggie’s reassurance that she’d already taken care of it, that the white boys who did it were already being threatened with disciplinary hearings and mandatory sensitivity trainings, the way she brings him Thanksgiving leftovers when he works through the holiday and the way she smiles and wipes away subtle tears when she sees him happy with M’gann.

That’s eight.

She loves the way she so fiercely protects her time with her sister.

The way her eyes go wide with fear when she reminds Maggie that tonight’s Sister’s Night alone with Kara, terrified that Maggie will be angry, will leave her, but telling her anyway, the way she sinks into Maggie’s embrace with sweet relief when Maggie tells her to have an amazing night, the way she laughs when Kara crinkles her brow in concentration on Game Night and the way she snuggles both her sister and her girlfriend on Movie Night, the way she whispers secrets to her little sister with a massive, nerd grin.

That’s nine.

She loves the way she loves her.

The way she brings Maggie lunch on the days she knows she’s likely to forget to eat, the way she looks at her while she’s brushing her teeth, like she’s never seen the sun before and Maggie is the most beautiful sunrise, the way she makes love to her diligent and passionate and perfect, god, so perfect, the way she asks how her day was and listens so damn intently, the way she defends her without making Maggie feel like she’s not capable of defending herself, the way she makes her heart sing and fly and heal, heal, heal. 

The way she gives her heart superpowers.

That’s ten.

That’s ten, and that’s only the beginning of the ways Maggie loves her.

frisk’s personality and actions

(undertale spoilers)

if one believes that the player is the one who influences most of the decisions in undertale, it might leave one feeling that frisk has no agency or depth as a character. as it turns out, frisk does an awful lot of things that the player has absolutely no control over. these actions change depending on whether chara is in control or not, suggesting that the neutral/pacifist actions that the player cannot control are actually frisk’s.

here is a list of most of frisk’s own choices. italicised points are actions emulated by chara.

  • frisk attempts to think of something to say to toriel during the battle (as opposed to chara’s “not worth talking to”).
  • if toriel has been killed previously, frisk will look at her before the battle “like [they] have seen a ghost”.
  • if a route has been done or aborted after meeting sans previously, frisk will turn around to shake hands with sans before he tells them to turn around.

▶ frisk moves behind the conveniently-shaped lamp to hide from papyrus.

this action is significant because it’s the first major action that contrasts with chara. chara refuses to play along in the genocide route, but frisk is happy to go along with sans. after papyrus leaves, frisk steps out from the lamp on their own.

▶ frisk hears the snowman out and only takes one piece of it.

chara keeps taking pieces of the snowman until it’s just “a useless pile of snow”. in contrast, frisk lets the snowman finish its speech. if frisk agrees to take a piece, they only take one small piece that doesn’t disfigure the snowman when removed.

  • there is no option to call the monster whose picture is on the fishing line. frisks decides not to on their own.
  • doggo has no real reaction to frisk (he shivers in chara’s presence).
  • frisk does not interrupt papyrus as he explains puzzles.
  • before the date or hangout with papyrus, frisk follows him around snowdin before he enters his house.

▶ after checking the sink in papyrus’ house, revealing the annoying dog, frisk tries to catch him when papyrus asks them to.

PAPYRUS:
CATCH THAT MEDDLING CANINE!

although frisk fails to catch the dog, they put their best effort into trying to do so. the player cannot do anything here.

  • when climbing on monster kid, they put care into being gentle with them.
  • after surviving the fall and landing in the waterfall dumps, frisk stands up on their own.
  • in the pacifist route, where frisk’s name is learned, choosing to hit the training dummy (mad dummy) will result in frisk lightly tapping it. frisk will “feel bad”.

▶ it’s implied that frisk responds in some way to monster kid affirming that they are, in fact, human.

MONSTER KID:
Yo… You’re human, right? Haha.
Man! I knew it!
…well, I know it now, I mean…

this is significant because, in the genocide route, chara makes a habit of not responding to anyone.

  • during the hangout with undyne, after frisk looks inside the bone drawer and sees the annoying dog, they’ll immediately turn around to face the screen.
  • frisk drinks undyne’s golden flower tea, but they’re hesitant to do so at first after being told it’s hot.
  • apparently, frisk drinks all the tea, prompting undyne to attempt to get them some more.
  • frisk turns to look at undyne when she leaps over to pick them up.
  • before battling RG01 and RG02, frisk plays along and follows them around.
  • when frisk is trapped in muffet’s web, the player can turn frisk in any direction until muffet appears, at which point frisk will turn to face her of their own accord.
  • after mettaton’s coloured tile puzzle, frisk turns towards him.
  • in the mtt resort room, frisk will be on their stomach under the covers.

▶ during the mtt hotel scene, when sans mentions that frisk hasn’t died a single time, frisk gives him some sort of “look”.

SANS:
hey, what’s that look supposed to mean?
am i wrong…?

based on sans’ reaction, the “look” is probably one of irritation. perhaps frisk scoffs at this a little.

  • just as frisk is about to enter the long elevator that connects to new home, alphys asks frisk to stop. frisk stops and turns to face her.
  • after alphys’ speech, frisk automatically turns back towards the elevator.

▶ when frisk runs from monsters, they do it with a smile.

during sans’ pacifist judgment, he mentions that frisk smiles when they flee from monsters, something we couldn’t have known up to this point. it speaks volumes about frisk’s friendly disposition. 

▶ reloading the game to just before sans’ judgment will cause frisk to wear a certain “look” during his speech.

perhaps frisk looked bored.

▶ reloading before the judgment once again will cause frisk to do something in order to get sans’ attention.

frisk wants to tell sans the secret codeword. it makes sense that frisk has done something to make him realise they have something to say.

▶ immediately after, frisk mentions something about a codeword to sans.

they must say this out loud, prompting sans to ask frisk to “speak a little louder”.

▶ frisk, in canon, on their own, without any prompt from the player, says, “i’m a stupid doodoo butt”.

SANS:
wow. i can’t believe you would say that.
not only is that completely infantile…
but it’s also my secret codeword.

frisk says the secret codeword out loud. sans seems to be enjoying his prank.

▶ with their own two lips, frisk says, in canon, on their own, with no prompt from the player, “i’m the legendary fartmaster”.

SANS:
wow.
that’s… uh… really childish.

frisk continues playing along.

▶ frisk might mention this being a secret secret codeword on their own, which sans corrects.

SANS:
whoever told you that is a dirty liar.
i don’t have a secret secret codeword.
however.
i do have a secret secret triple-secret codeword.
which you just said.
so, i guess you’re qualified.

something prompted sans to mention a “secret secret codeword”, and it was probably frisk.

  • in the pacifist-neutral route, in the battle against asgore, the “talk” ACT will prompt frisk to beg asgore to stop fighting. if a monster has been killed before the asgore battle, the “talk” ACT will instead prompt a response of, “but there was nothing to say”.
  • if frisk has died to asgore in a pacifist-neutral route, the first “talk” ACT will be replaced with frisk telling asgore that he killed them before. 
  • in the neutral end, after flowey says he’ll tear frisk “to bloody pieces” and then pauses, frisk bravely steps forward.

▶ frisk walks extremely slowly to the bath monster in the true lab.

frisk can walk back out of the room at normal speed while the monster is still there, suggesting that frisk has some sort of fear of it and would rather not be in this room. 

  • after each of the vhs tapes, frisk turns around to face the screen.

▶ in the pacifist route, after flowey captures all of frisk’s friends in his vines, it is implied that frisk asks flowey why he’s doing this.

flowey interrupts his speech as if he’s been asked a question, and then repeats said assumed question.

▶ during the fight with asriel, frisk attempts to move and reach their save file on their own.

although it’s normally the player who has the option to save and load the game, if a save file is present in undertale, frisk will try to reach it themself.


these are all things that frisk does on their own without any prompt from the player whatsoever. unlike the impatient chara, frisk is polite and won’t move while others are speaking. all together, these actions paint a picture of a kind individual who cares about making others happy.

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