Playbacktale is an Undertale AU comic created by Linssins (also known as SankouArt). It takes place before Frisk fell into the Underground. In the comic, Papyrus, Flowey, and the 6 human souls accidentally fused creating "Playback Papyrus" or PBP for short.

Main Story


This is the original 20 page comic. It begins with Papyrus and Flowey hanging out in the Snowdin forest. Flowey asks Papyrus if he's ever wondered what not having a soul feels like. Flowey then admits that he does not have one, and Papyrus offers to help. They both go to Asgore in order to ask if they could borrow a human soul. While Papyrus is distracting Asgore, Flowey tries to steal all 6 souls. Papyrus stops him before it's too late, but not without consequences. They all accidentally fuse into an amalgamate being. Sans, who was sleeping in Snowdin, receives a strange call. He realizes that it's his brother's distorted voice saying that he "made a huge mistake".


This is the second part of the comic. Flowey, now with Papyrus' soul, struggles with his newfound emotions, showing obvious regret for his actions. Papyrus, however, does not feel anything. Meanwhile, Sans is trying to find Papyrus and stumbles into an echo flower clogged waterfall in Waterfall. He blasts through the flowers, and finds an unresponsive Playback Papyrus.

Within their subconscious[1], Papyrus and Flowey continue to talk. Flowey is afraid of Papyrus at first, because now that they are merged, Papyrus knows what Flowey did in the past timelines.[2] Flowey believes that Papyrus wants revenge, but accepts it, thinking he deserves it. Papyrus grabs Flowey, but instead pulls him into a hug, stating now that he, himself, is soulless, he understands why Flowey did what he did. Papyrus says that what Flowey did was inexcusable, but as long as he is sorry, Papyrus will forgive him. [3]

They wake up to Sans sitting down next to them. Sans believes that this will fix itself when the anomaly resets, and says that he wouldn't mind doing absolutely nothing while waiting, at which point Playback bonks him with the integrity hand, and asks if that's "supposed to be funny, bro?"[4]. Sans stares at Playback, then goes in for a hug which they return, leaving Sans with a little bit of Patience on his head as well as the Integrity[5]. As they separate, PBP's body sticks to Sans with Amalgamate-like goopiness, which Sans, of course, makes a pun about. Sans gives his acceptance of his brother's new state, saying that Papyrus is allowed to make mistakes, and it ends with them seeing if Alphys could help.



Playback Papyrus has 6 arms with heart-shaped holes in the palms. Each hand drips a different soul color; (going counter-clockwise from the top left: Green, Blue (Integrity), Cyan (Patience), Orange, Purple, Yellow)[6] The most notable part of PBP's appearance is his TV head. Whatever's showing on it is an indicator of who is in control (White soul for Papyrus, Omega!Flowey's screen-face for Flowey, Static for mostly-papyrus, Red smiley for mostly-flowey, six colored bars for the human souls, and black when nobody's in control).[7] The screen can open up to reveal nightmare fuel.[8] His design was primarily based on Crusher-P's character "Primadonna" from their song ECHO.


PBP seems to show mostly Papyrus' personality with a bit of Flowey's.

Known Abilities

  • Can only speak in echos.[9]
  • Can grow echo flowers from the "soul goop".
  • Can temporarily give a person a trait boost if the corresponding color goop covers their head.[5]
  • Possibly has 6 save files?


  • People like to nickname Playback Papyrus as either "Peanutbutter" or "Eldritch Microwave".
  • Crusher-P reblogged the comic's cover recommending people to read it.[10]
  • In some art by Linssins[11] and Neskybo[12], PBP and Flowertale Sans seem to be friends.
  • It has been dubbed by StarbotDubs.[13]
  • Papyrus wishes that they had 6 legs instead of 6 arms so that he can finally wear multiple hotpants.
  • Playback talks by repeating back words and sentence fragments they heard[9]
  • It was Papyrus's idea to punch sans.[14]


  1. Anonymous said: im ba da ba ba ba lovin playbacktale but the switch from a to b threw me off. how did flowey and papyrus get separated...?
  2. "You know how I hurt your loved ones...You know I hurt YOU... I manipulated you! I tortured you! I-I tried BREAKING you! I tried driving you CRAZY! Tried making you KILL ANOTHER MONSTER!" -Flowey, PBT B-Side Tape 31
  3. "YOU CAN TRUST ME..." "The Great Papyrus." - Papyrus and Flowey, Tape 34
  5. 5.0 5.1 sanslover34 asked: I'm one of the asks you answered that a person would only be affected by a soul trait if it's on their head, does that mean sans now has one of the hums[sic] traits from when papyrus punched him?
  6. magnificentcandygalaxy asked: sorry if this has been asked before, but what order are playback papyrus' hands in? the soul colours i mean.
  7. Anonymous said: How can you tell whos in control of Playback Pap's body?
  8. underpurity said: Can we see what Papyrus looks like inside the TV head?
  9. 9.0 9.1 little-lunatica asked: Hey, first I just wanted to tell you how I love the way Papyrus talks! Like a sentient, echo flower, yeah? Repeats bits of what he hears to form new sentences?
  10. "YOOOOOOO You guys should check this out, it’s really cool!" -Crusher-P
  11. "Had a great time on @neskybo's stream >w>" - Lin
  13. Playbacktale (Undertale Comic Dub)

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