Five Nights at Freddy’s is a franchise well-known for its animalistic animatronics, but we have seen much more than a few animals throughout its timeline. At first, I found characters like Freddy and Chica terrifying, but once I reminded myself that they were based on rather friendly and cuddly real-world things, the fear factor fizzled out.
However, as FNaF ages, it’s introduced new horrors and nightmare material to ensure you sleep with one eye open.
Alongside its cast of animals, Five Nights at Freddy’s has introduced several humanoid animatronics. Which, I’ll admit, will leave me in a cold sweat whenever I encounter them. Sure, humans aren’t unseen in the franchise, especially with characters like Vanessa being introduced.
But there is something particularly haunting about a robotic child wandering through the office. Plus, who doesn’t start to freak out when a childish giggle echoes down a hall you thought was empty? Of course, fanatics of this game will know of Balloon Boy, arguably the most famous humanoid animatronic of the franchise.
Even characters like Baby and the Ballerina have humanoid elements to them. But one character, in particular, has spent most of her time lurking in the shadows, completely unnoticed. This is why she’s rapidly become one of the scariest additions to the cast of FNaF.
JJ’s Appearances in Game
Many animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy’s have been overlooked due to the immense popularity of other characters. Even classic crew members, like Bonnie, were forgotten when Security Breach came out. But sometimes, this is all you need to become one of the more terrifying additions. JJ is a perfect example of this.
JJ plays an incredibly minor role in mainline FNaF games but is a significant easter egg in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2. Unfortunately, her character is hardly explored due to only having a small cameo in the background of a handful of scenes or occasionally appearing under the desk in the office.
As a result, her chances of emerging are slim, and it’s considered a rarity to see her in action, which is why many players are unaware of the animatronics existence. Additionally, many players have assumed her to be Balloon Boy with a different color palette due to her appearance.
However, JJ makes a second and more significant appearance in FNaF World, where she is an unlockable and playable character. Additionally, this is the first time players can see her entire form rather than just her eyes and the top of her head.
FNaF World is an indie RPG spin-off of the franchise, which lets the player take control of forty-eight characters from the franchise to explore a pixelated world and fight withered animatronics. Within this spin-off, JJ is one of the first animatronics players can unlock. She has three moves, Poppers, Balloon, and Unscrew, which are used to take down the threatening opposition.
Her third appearance occurs in Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria Simulator, where she appears as an enemy in the Gravity Vortex Minigame. In this minigame, the player takes control of a spaceship and is tasked with taking down Balloon Boy, JJ, and another counterpart called Brow Boy.
Unfortunately, JJ has no significance in the storyline or further appearances outside of this minigame. Once again, marking her as an almost forgettable background character.
JJ makes her fourth and final appearance in Five Nights at Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night, where her character is given the attention she deserves. She is available to select as a primary antagonist, which is the only time JJ will be a proposed threat to the player.
Even then, her actions don’t cause any harm or damage to the player, and she won’t jumpscare you. This is great for me because if she did have a jumpscare, I probably wouldn’t touch the franchise again. Following this appearance, JJ hasn’t been referenced in any FNaF titles, which is a shame as I think she deserves as much attention as balloon boy.
I find her terrifying, and I think she could be a treasured addition to the franchise, but with Balloon Boy taking the central role as a humanoid animatronic, I think JJ would just be titled a Balloon Boy counterpart.
JJ’s Physical Appearance
As I’ve mentioned a few times, JJ’s appearance is almost identical to Balloon Boy and Brow Boy, but with a different color scheme and a few minor additions. JJ has a rounded, child-like face much like BB, but with blue cheeks and wide, magenta eyes.
I’d say that the most significant element of JJ’s design is her eyes, as in her debut in FNaF 2, it’s the main element the player sees of the character. In addition, JJ has a purple nose and matching eyelids to match her magenta pupils.
In terms of size, she’s a very small animatronic. Especially compared to characters like Freddy or Bonnie, who have a tall size compared to the player. But in a way, I find her tiny size more terrifying than something that could loom over me.
She’s fast and sneaky, and being so small allows her to hide in places you wouldn’t necessarily look. I’ll cover her behavior a little later, but remember that scary things come in small packages.
Her outfit is identical to Balloon Boy’s, with a striped shirt, propellor hat, and trousers. But instead of having red stripes, JJ’s are purple. Additionally, her buttons are orange rather than silver, and her propellor is dark blue instead orange.
Aside from this, the design of both characters is essentially identical. With only minor changes to the color palette, I can see why players get confused between the two, especially with a single voice line being shared.
Since she’s only appeared in an insignificant role in a few Five Nights at Freddy’s titles, it’s hard to explore her personality. The way she moves and mocks the player gives a small insight into her character, but there’s not much to go off outside of that.
She has child-like tendencies, especially when giggling and hiding around the office, and feels like an incredibly ominous character. Of course, a lot of her intimidation is taken away when we realize she can’t do any real damage to us, but that doesn’t make her any less of a nightmare when trying to track her whereabouts.
Her behavior is similar to characters like Shadow Freddy and Shadow Bonnie in terms of appearing and disappearing at random intervals. But outside of that, all her personality traits are the same as Balloon Boy without the jumpscare element.
Once again, I’m glad she doesn’t bound over to the player baring her mechanical teeth. Still, her role and personality feed into the idea of her being irrelevant to the storyline. If she continues appearing in FNaF titles, I hope her character is explored in more detail. It feels wrong to have such an obscure character be so overlooked.
JJ’s Role and Behaviour
Within her appearance in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, JJ will rarely lurk under the desk in the office, staring directly at the player. While under the desk, she’ll not attempt to scare or attack the player but instead will just stare vacantly.
Which is pretty terrifying, right? Because she is an easter egg character within this title, her appearance is infrequent. So, most players will never see her in the first place. In FNaF World, her role is a little more memorable. She’s one of the first animatronics players to unlock in the ‘flipside’ and is one of the first challenges you can face.
She’s accessible in any game area but is most commonly found in the Dusting Fields and Fazbear Fields. Due to being a starting character, she’s relatively simple to defeat and add to your team. If you do add her to your party, JJ’s attacks in FNaF World are unpredictable and essentially based on luck, so she’s a great character to begin with.
But once you progress and things become a little more challenging within the game, you’re best off switching her out for someone else.
JJ also plays a supportive role in FNaF World’s update 2, where she works alongside a crew of animatronics in the Foxy Fighters minigame. She’s one of the three NPC characters, alongside Toy Chica and Nightmare Chica, who help Foxy take down Souldozer.
However, the NPC’s role in this minigame is more moral support than genuine assistance. From experience, I can say that you’re essentially on your own for this game, and the NPCs will act as an occasional cheering squad. This updated version of FNaF World is the only time JJ has voice lines and dialogue, but her tone is incredibly similar to Balloon Boy.
Moving on to JJ’s role in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, JJ goes from being a helpful addition to being an enemy again. The Gravity Vortex Minigame presents JJ as a large enemy who floats across the screen, shooting bullets at Helpy in his spaceship.
She has no voice lines or dialogue and is simply there as a large obstacle. Due to her size, she’s easy to take down, and even when shot, she turns into three more minor Balloon Boys. Finally, if JJ is selected as a primary antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy’s: Ultimate Custom Night, she will sneak in through the side vent.
If she manages to get into the office, she will disable all door controls until she leaves. She has a similar approach to attack as Balloon Boy in FNaF 2, but she still isn’t that big of a threat. If you don’t lift the monitor until JJ has left, which is signified by a loud thud, she isn’t a threat to the player.
She’s more of a benefit to the player than an enemy since you can go a whole night ignoring her and still receive several Faz points. Furthermore, you don’t need to counter her ‘attacks,’ though a bonus of one Faz Point is given every time you do.
So if you’re looking for an easy way to play Ultimate Custom Night, JJ is your character. But if you’re looking for a challenge and some spooks, then maybe consider another, slightly more significant animatronic. However, in Ultimate Custom Night, JJ also appears in several pre-made survival modes. So if her playstyle is a little too relaxed for you, try one of the following modes:
- Pay Attention 1
- Pay Attention 2
- Ladies Night 1
- Ladies Night 2
- Ladies Night 3
- Chaos 3
I’ve mentioned JJ’s counterparts a few times already, but Balloon Boy and Brow Boy are the only two animatronics who share similar traits. Balloon Boy is the most famous humanoid animatronic in the entire FNaF franchise, appearing in seven games. He was the player’s first instance with a humanoid animatronic and essentially one of the most terrifying ones.
He looks identical to JJ, but his clothes follow a different color scheme, as I mentioned in JJ’s appearance. He’s much more active in scaring the player than JJ and poses a genuine threat to the player rather than just residing in the shadows of the office.
Balloon Boy frequently ‘visits’ the player, and if you’re particularly unlucky, he doesn’t mind becoming a jumpscare.
One of the most significant features of Balloon Boy’s design is his ominous laughter, which is replicated in JJ’s minimal voice lines. In addition, they share the same animatronic giggle, which suggests that both characters have a prankster side to their shy personalities.
However, compared to Balloon Boy and JJ, BrowBoy is arguably the most insignificant of the humanoid animatronics. He appears exclusively in FNaF World as an enemy in the Gravity Vortex Minigame.
Much like Balloon Boy and JJ he shoots tiny bullets toward Helpy, but outside of this has no significance to the storyline or the franchise as a whole. If getting JJ a little more attention took striking BrowBoy off the cast of Five Nights at Freddy’s – I’d be the first to sign the petition.
Due to his insignificant appearance in FNaF World, there is no information regarding BrowBoy’s personality, character, or behaviors. So there is no explanation for his relationship with both BB and JJ.
Additionally, there is no reason why he was added to the franchise in the first place, especially with two human animatronics already. He looks identical to the other animatronics but has a solid black unibrow across his ‘forehead’ hence the name.
His clothes resemble JJ’s, with purple and blue stripes. But he has the same orange propellor on his hat as Balloon Boy, which is the only thing that links the three animatronics together.
Question: If BB Stands for Balloon Boy, what Does JJ Stand for?
Answer: Surprisingly, JJ doesn’t stand for anything besides her full name, JayJay. In the copyright for FNaF World, her name is written in full, and she was meant to maintain this name.
But, after the success and simplicity of Balloon Boy being shortened to BB, the developer of FNaF realized it made more sense to clip JayJay to JJ.
Question: Who is BrowBoy?
Answer: BrowBoy is one of three enemies who target Helpy in the Gravity Vortex minigame in Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria Simulator.
He poses a minimal threat, firing tiny bullets you’re tasked with avoiding. Outside of this minigame, he is relatively insignificant to the Five Nights at Freddy’s timeline, and I can’t imagine he’ll get promoted in the future.
Question: Is Balloon Boy in Security Breach?
Answer: Although Balloon Boy’s animatronic doesn’t appear in Security Breach, he does have a dedicated minigame stashed in the Daycare Attendants Room.
The Balloon World minigame is an interactive, Flappy Bird-style game where the player is tasked with avoiding obstacles that could pop the balloons.
Occasionally, small purple and blue fizzles of energy appear on the screen. If the player interacts with these patches, the game begins to glitch.
Eventually, a distorted rendition of the gameplay is activated. This is considered the ‘secret gameplay’ of Balloon World.
JJ FNAF Guide: Summary
I know that Five Nights at Freddy’s is a well-known series of horror games, but you must admit that these child-like animatronics are far scarier than others we have seen. If you take the cupcake, for example, sure, it’s got a few layers of hidden fangs, but at least it doesn’t peek out from under your desk.
I’d love to see a spin-off game based around humanoid animatronics. Of course, it would take me a while to really psyche myself up and be brave enough to play it, but it would definitely carry the fear factor. If you’re unphased by these little creepers, then I salute you. Knowing these guys are lurking, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in an office.