wheelchair hike

Serenity Falls, Buderim Rainforest Park, Queensland

Addressing the "problematic" complaints against Undertale... Again...

Once again people have taken it upon themselves to attack an inclusive and diverse game, blatantly acting for attention and the feeling that what they are doing is actually helping anyone or in the best interests of minorities. It’s quite pitiful really, go out and pick up trash and invasive plants like I do, you’ll help actually make a difference that way. But then again, these people don’t really care about doing hard work to help make things better, they nitpick to make themselves feel like they are helping shape society when in reality they just act annoying and pathetic. These are the people the rest of the Internet call “Social Justice Warriors”. I will grant their wish for attention, but they aren’t going to like the attention they get…

First off, the claim Undertale is not really diverse and inclusive as people claim because there is no explicitly non-binary or asexual or aromantic or pandemiorbitoparasexualromantic characters and thus is “problematic” (here is a way to tell if something is actually an issue, if they use this word to describe it, it’s most likely not).

Frisk is a small child, and contrary to what Tumblr would make you believe, it is not normal to introduce yourself with your gender, religion, sexuality, orientation, pronouns, physical sexual status, horoscope, or dietary choices. This is especially not normal for a small child. Imagine an 8 year old attempting to explain what non-binary is to a Temmie. It would take weeks. The only thing Frisk is explicitly mentioned as being is a human child.

As for Asexual, Papyrus could be that, seeing as how he only wants to be platonic with you and doesn’t show any sexual attraction, and you know, he is a skeleton so that kind of makes sexual behavior a lot harder. Toby couldn’t make 40 more unique monster characters with equal game play time to represent every relationship pattern, and if he could it would turn Undertale into a dating simulator (well, more of one at least) and would have to be not kid friendly to be explicit about asexual vs sexual relationships and all that stuff. Not really appropriate with a minor as the main character.

Now the final thing I see a lot, is the claim that Undertale can’t be diverse and all inclusive just because they made the humans ambiguous and that doing that is a cop out. This is just unreasonable. Only two humans are ever truly shown, one of which has ambiguous features. The rest of the character are monsters basically. The whole point about the other 6 human children is all we know about them is their soul color, personality, abilities, weapon, and armor. People can draw them as children with those items and soul colors, and choose the traits they imagine. There is no way 6 small resolution humans could accurately represent everyone without offending. Like, what do you want, the entire cast of the “it’s a small world” ride to climb MT Ebott? Frisk has an impossible skin color, yellow, to be ambiguous, Frisk could be any skin pigment you want if that really matters to you.

Now, I don’t know if it’s the same person with a bunch of blogs, but I always see posts about how no one draws any of the humans or monsters as having physical disabilities. Monsters don’t get illnesses, and Undyne has a missing eye, monster kid has no arms, and Mettaton is stuck in a metal cube for most of the game. If you want, any of the six humans could be deaf other than the blue soul given the whole dancing to the beat thing. any of them other than the orange soul and yellow soul can be missing an arm (Orange soul had more than one glove, yellow soul had a revolver, you would have a hard time loading it one handed). How would you expect this to be made explicit in the game? All the important wearable items and weapons owned by the past humans are able to be equipped by Frisk. How would Toby tactfully have Frisk steal a dead kids wheelchair and use it to bash monsters? Have you even considered how that would affect the story? A blind kid or a kid in a wheelchair hiking a mountain alone and falling into a hole?

Just imagine it, poor blind kid stuck forever trying to do the perception puzzle with signs and colored levers. Kid in a wheelchair rolling up to Toriel after being attacked by monsters, and she says her whole “do not worry my child, I will heal you!” Line, only to look down at this kid in a wheelchair looking up excitedly at her.
“Oh…erhhh….um… Oh dear… My child, I am so sorry, I meant I would restore your souls HP… We uh… don’t have a spell for fixing human spinal cords…”
Also, it would be pretty hard for them to leave when the only way out of the ruins is not up to code and is a staircase with no elevator or ramp.
“I know I do not want to let you leave the ruins, my child, but this feels really unfair and ableist, so I’m going to carry you down the stairs, turn around, and count to 100 to give you a head start, okay?”

Dark humor (that will get me in trouble) aside,
Toby did his best to make it so everyone could put themselves in the place of Frisk or relate to one of the other humans. It would be impossible to account for every medical situation. Do you know how many illnesses and medical problems there are? Can’t you just be happy how inclusive he tried to make it and stop nitpicking it trying to find something “problematic” so you can tell people to avoid a game or fandom and feel like you’ve actually helped save anyone? At least my nitpicking entertains people and teaches them science and logic, you simply want an easy target to get attention for. Watch out, you might just drown in it.