Deltarune Story and Ending Explained (Spoilers)
Before we get started, be warned that this article contains major spoilers for the story and ending of Deltarune. If you’re here, you probably already know what to expect, but here’s your warning just in case.
Near the end of Deltarune, Kris and Susie finally make their way back to the surface after defeating the king in the Dark World. At this point in time, Kris can explore the surface world and talk to everyone before going home to Toriel.
Upon returning home, Toriel tells Kris that she’s prepared butterscotch pie, but it’s still cooling, so it’ll be a while before you can eat it. You can then head straight to bed to trigger the ending.
In the middle of the night, Kris is seen writhing around in bed before they get out slowly. Kris then conjures up a knife out of thin air, rips out their soul right from their body, and then tosses it into the birdcage in the corner of the room. Before the game ends, Kris looks to the camera with an evil grin and a red glint in their eye, which should immediately remind Undertale fans of Chara from the Genocide playthrough.
So, what does this mean? Well, we’ve already gone through this briefly in our end game theories article, but it’s highly likely that Kris might very well have been possessed by Chara. Before that, though, as we were playing through Deltarune, Kris might have been possessed by the player, or Frisk.
As Undertale fans know by now, the player character in the original game was named Frisk. If you started a Genocide playthrough, you would then be introduced to Chara, the fallen human who got corrupted and led Asriel to his downfall. When Chara gets resurrected, they tell the player that they’re bound together forever, and if you start a Pacifist playthrough after that, Frisk will end up sacrificing their soul to Chara in order to erase the previous Genocide run.
In Deltarune, it seems likely that we’re in some sort of alternate and parallel universe that Chara may be looking to destroy with Frisk’s soul in her control. After all, Kris’ heart is red as well, which is the same color as Frisk’s soul.
There’s also the fact that when you first save your game in Deltarune, you’re overwriting Kris’ save file and replacing it with a file with your own name. If the player is indeed Frisk, this means that we’re effectively taking over the character, and taking control away from Chara. And at the end of Deltarune, Chara wrests control away from us once again as they rip out the soul.
Another interesting thing to take note of is that the birdcage in the corner of the room is dented even when we first examine it at the beginning of Deltarune, which suggests that Frisk’s soul has broken out of the cage multiple times. This would mean that both Chara and Frisk have been fighting each other for control over the avatar for a while now.
Lastly, the name Kris is also a partial anagram of Frisk, which can’t be a coincidence, considering the fact that there are so many other anagrams in the game, such as Deltarune and Undertale, and Ralsei and Asriel. However, the name Kris is missing the letter ‘F’ which would suggest that Kris is essentially Frisk, but a part of them is missing. Their soul.
This sets things up nicely for the future chapters of Deltarune, where we will undoubtedly explore more of the conflict between the player and Chara. Still, this is only a theory for now, and it’s entirely possible that Toby Fox will upend our expectations and shock us with some other revelation.
And that’s all you need to know about the ending of Deltarune for now. Got any other theories about the ending? Let us know in the comments down below, and be sure to search for Twinfinite for more on Deltarune and Undertale.