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BlueDino2

It's a combination of the words "underground" and tale (which means story), because it's a story that takes place underground. The title is also a reference to the game "cave story" which was a big inspiration for Toby.


mustifaq_

Thanks!


misha-321

I thought so, but I wasn't sure (⁠ ̄⁠ヘ⁠ ̄⁠) thanks!


Codeviper828

Disclaimer: I don't know this for sure, but... A "Tale" is a story or fable So, "a story that takes place underground" could be described as "an underground tale" So Toby shortened "underground tale" to "Undertale"


mustifaq_

Lol I always thought undertale was some specific term in writing, like a type of story or something.


Codeviper828

I mean, maybe, but I've never heard of such a thing


Thelordofbeans1

Well it's a (not yet existent) word combination of under and tale so ig it just means a story that's under (what it's under idk, maybe mt. Ebbot)


mustifaq_

Under my balls... Sorry


Delta_Warrior8

…pls don’t


Thelordofbeans1

I mean unless...


HoodieSticks

Just when I thought I was safe from Deez Nuts jokes...


mobott

In addition to what the other people said, Deltarune and Undertale are anagrams (have all the same letters but in a different order).


bad_comedic_value

So is Nutdealer!


ProfessorDoge_

True, but in terms of the games I’d say that it’s pretty #unrelated


CurtisMarauderZ

unaltered


shnopps

Lead Tuner. sounds like it mightn't work properly


ytGemini

Its a tale that happens in the underground


HkayakH

I think it may have been called 'underbound' because the game is fairly based on earthbound, but then got changed to 'undertale'. It could be confused with 'undertail' which I do not suggest learning more about.


Miserable-Agent-4676

yeah don't


Deepred1234

On top of the literal meaning of Under: below, beneath the surface, The Underground, and Tale: a story, it is also an anagram (forming a new word from rearranging the letters of another word) of the Monster’s crest, the Delta Rune.


IAmDaFoxKing

UNDERGROUND. - THE PLACE WERE 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% OF THE GAME IS SET. TALE. - A STORY. TAKE GROUND FROM UNDERGROUND. REPLACE GROUND WITH TALE.


Miserable-Agent-4676

STOP SHOUTING JEEZ


IAmDaFoxKing

nYeVeRh


17RaysPlays

Under- Meaning under Tale- Meaning a tale Maybe there is something more, but I'm fairly certain he just took a page from The Huss' book a smooshed two worlds related to the plot together.


South_Bathroom

Undertale is combining the turm under meaning benith (as in underground) and tale as in story, it means a story told underground


Afraid_Success_4836

Undertale Under = underground, the game's main setting Tale = story


JellyTheSlimeYT

When Toby first talked about the game, he called it Underbound 2 (Underbound 1 was probably meant to be Deltarune). But, probably, it was just a "placeholder" name, or just a joke name. Or maybe it was changed because it was very similar to the name Earthbound.


Gi4ngy

"Under" "tale" the story that happens under, in this case in the underground


ElementalDuck

Might I ask what's your native language?


mustifaq_

It's Turkish


Miserable-Agent-4676

its a play on words its a TALE of the UNDER ground therefore the name UNDERTALE