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Rouxls Kaard's line "Lost...? Frightened...? Confused...? GOOD!! HA HA HA!!!" appears to be a reference to the 1995 edutainment title I.M. Meen, in which the eponymous antagonist says a similar line.
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In the livestreamed playthrough of Chapter 1 conducted for Undertale's sixth anniversary, it was revealed that Lancer's childlike characterization was originally far more subdued. Toby Fox later chose to exaggerate these elements after playtesters instead assumed that Lancer was a Danny DeVito-esque adult.
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Attachment The emblem on Ralsei's robes went through two different renditions in early development. Initial concept art by Toby Fox depicts him with a fireball icon on his robe, matching a statement in an interview where he stated that "[he] was going to give a certain character a fire spell, but decided against it for the first chapter." Later pre-release concept art by Temmie Chang, meanwhile, depicts Ralsei's robes as bearing an upside-down spade symbol. Come the release of Chapter 1, and the design would eventually be changed to a heart; however, most of Ralsei's overworld sprites in Chapter 2 change this to the inverted spade design.
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Attachment In an interview that Toby Fox conducted with the Chapter 2 development team, Taxiderby, one of the game's programmers, stated that the Spamton cherub that appears when pressing F1 during the Spamton and Spoiler:Spamton NEO fights was a spur-of-the-moment suggestion. According to them, Spamton's line "[Press F1 For] HELP" was already written, but it was originally a meaningless non-sequitur. After Fox suggested the idea of giving F1 an actual function in the fight, Taxiderby came up with the Final Fantasy-inspired Easter egg, putting it in singlehandedly after Fox gave his approval for the idea. In the same interview, they stated that they were surprised by its popularity, having made it purely as a throwaway gag.
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Attachment Although Chapter 1 was given a surprise release in 2018, with Toby Fox giving no prior public indications of its existence, Deltarune had been teased in secret since at least 2015. Three months after Undertale released, the fan site DeltaRune.com announced that it would be rebranding to Dreemurr.com at Fox's request; Fox didn't tell the owners of Dreemurr.com why he didn't want them to use the domain. However, after the fan site fulfilled his request, Fox used deltarune.com to host an image called him.png, a passage of Wingdings text only readable by turning up the brightness using image editing software.

While the text initially parroted the phrase "THIS NEXT (space) EXPERIMENT (space) SEEMS (space) VERY (space) VERY (space) INTERESTING" from the unused room_gaster event in Undertale, by July 1, 2016, the text was edited to read "THREE HEROES APPEARED (space) AT WORLD'S EDGE", later being edited again by August 17 to say "THREE HEROES APPEARED (space) TO BANISH THE ANGELS HEAVEN". Both revisions quote portions of the legend that Ralsei recounts in Chapter 1, indicating that these parts of the game's backstory were already conceived by this point.

Following the release of Chapter 1, deltarune.com would be refurbished as the official website for Deltarune itself. Consequently, earlier versions of the site only survive through snapshots on the Wayback Machine, a URL archiving platform hosted by the Internet Archive.
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Attachment In 2012, Toby Fox posted several Yume Nikki fan songs to his Tumblr account. One of these, "waltz of seccom masada" (named after a fan nickname for the piano-playing NPC in the spaceship area), bears strong similarities to the Deltarune track "Man" (heard in the hidden rooms where Kris can obtain an egg from an invisible NPC behind a tree), indicating that Fox repurposed and rearranged the song for his own project years later.
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In Volume 5 of his Famitsu column "Toby's Secret Base", creator and director Toby Fox revealed that Ralsei's name came from a period in elementary school where he and his brothers constantly experimented with RPG Maker, having long had a shared interest in game development. Fox's oldest brother spent years working on a game called New Genesis, which featured a protagonist named Ralse; Fox simply appended an "i" to the name when incorporating it into Deltarune years later.

In the same column, Fox stated that the prolonged development of New Genesis discouraged him from making games for a long time. When he finally returned to the field in his teenage years, he sought to temper his expectations from the outset by making smaller-scale titles and preemptively planning out his approach to development to avoid biting off more than he could chew.
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After Queen realizes that she didn't capture Ralsei out of all of the Lightners due to not having enough cages, the sound effect that plays with the Iris Out zooming in on her face is the same sound effect used on the Iris Out on Mario when completing a level in Super Mario World.
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Attachment When looking into one of the grocery baskets filled with fruit in Sans' grocery store, it states that it contains "(Grapes, melons, oranges, and the scent of fresh pineapples...)". This references the DK Rap from Donkey Kong 64, specifically the outro line "walnuts, peanuts, pineapples smells, grapes, melons, oranges, and coconut shells".
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Attachment One of Mauswheel's battle dialogue is "(Rolling around at the speed of mouse...)". This is a reference to "Rolling around at the speed of sound", the opening line of the song "Escape from the City" in Sonic Adventure 2.
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Attachment When speaking to Father Alvin about Asriel near the end of Chapter 2, he will mention about how Asriel used to beg for forgiveness for "dropping the lizard in the pit to jump high" in a video game. This is a nod to an exploit often used in Mario games, starting with Super Mario World, in which the player can jump off of Yoshi into a bottomless pit in order to land safely on a platform that they missed.
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Attachment When speaking to Toriel at the end of Chapter 1, she'll mention how Asriel loved playing as the "green, egg laying lizard" from the game "Super Smashing Fighters," a reference to Yoshi in Super Smash Bros.

Toriel will also mention a related incident in which Asgore painted green spots on eggs as part of a birthday party for Asriel themed around the lizard (referencing Yoshi's eggs). The following morning, Asgore cooked the eggs for breakfast, which upset Asriel enough that it caused him to hate the book about "eating green eggs". This is a nod to the Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs & Ham".
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Attachment After completing the light puzzles, Berdly will accuse Susie of cheating, akin to when she "wavedash[es]". This is a nod to the exploit that originated in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It's fitting that Berdly says this, as his Dark World design resembles a mix of Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi from the Star Fox series, who are two of the most popular characters used in the competitive scene for Super Smash Bros. Melee.
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Attachment Catti and Catty's dad in Deltarune is a reference to Mr. Dink, a character from the Nickelodeon/Disney cartoon Doug. He mentions a character named "Douglas" (the name Dink would refer to Doug by in the series) and is seen next to a broken grill, referencing a scene from the original Nickelodeon run of the series where Doug imagines Mr. Dink turning into a monster in rage after finding out Doug broke his grill.
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Catti and Catty's dad in Deltarune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZw4H1K0YUg

Doug - Mr. Dink's grill scene:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVkEd2FWxdk
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Attachment One piece of concept art for Chapter 2 by Gigi DG, depicting the entrance to Queen's Mansion, features a note indicating that the design of the building is taken from "that toy story ride." This most likely refers to the Tokyo DisneySea version of Toy Story Mania, which similarly features a giant, grinning effigy of Woody's head as its entrance.
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Attachment An early version of "THE HOLY" was posted on Toby Fox's personal website on July 12, 2015, over three years before it first appeared in Chapter 1 of Deltarune. This iteration of the track was titled "treasure_discovered.mp3", indicating that it was written with a more mundane purpose in mind compared to the released chapters, where it plays while standing before a Dark Fountain.
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Attachment If the player talks to Noelle during the epilogue in Chapter 1, tells her about Susie eating chalk, and then imports the resultant data to Chapter 2, she'll gift her an entire lunchbox full of chalk during the prologue to the latter, complete with a unique cutscene.

When brought into the Dark World, the chalk turns into the LightCandy healing item; using it on Noelle results in her commenting on the fact that she'd previously given it to Susie.
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Attachment Within the data for Chapter 2 are alternate graphics for the chapter's final cutscene, in which Spoiler:Kris creates a Dark Fountain within their living room. Most of these graphics go unused; one set is repurposed for the film that plays in the theater in Queen's mansion, showing Spoiler:the Knight creating a Dark Fountain, but it's cut off at the top.
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Attachment In the background of Seam's shop, one can spot a doll designed after Yoki, a character from Deltarune designer Temmie Chang's games Escaped Chasm and Dweller's Empty Path. In Chapter 2, the Yoki doll is redesigned to match changes in Chang's own depiction of the character. The original design was initially still present in Chapter 1, but was later altered in the Version 1.08 update to match Chapter 2.
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The DogDollar that Kris obtains from the Annoying Dog's alleyway in Cyber City contains unused dialogue for if the player attempts to use it, reading "(Where'd this come from?)". In normal gameplay, the DogDollar can't be selected like a typical item, making this text impossible to see without hacking.
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