If you play Five Nights at Freddy’s, it’s okay to develop a fear of animatronics (especially the nightmare ones).
But I think that animatronics also have something they are afraid of.
It’s called the Scooper.
But what is it?
- Its full name is the Scalable Creation of Ulterior Presence (SCUP)
- It is a machine
- It takes animatronics apart by removing their endoskeletons
I’d be invincible if I could use the Scooper every time I played a FNAF game.
Bottom Line Up Front
The Scooper is neither good nor evil—it’s a machine, after all—and its appearance in the games might be small. But even though we only see it in Sister Location, the Scooper plays a significant role in the franchise lore.
The Scooper’s Appearance
Well, it’s a machine that basically looks like what it does. It’s a massive machine scoop attached to a wall, and that’s about it. The room it’s in—fittingly called the Scooping Room—has two big windows on either side of the Scooper and a floor with a rectangular pattern. The room’s left side has a camera, and the lights constantly flicker.
The Scooper Lore
William Afton, the sick maniac that he is, created the Scooper to help with maintenance in an underground base called Circus Baby’s Entertainment and Rentals. This was a location that parents rented out for events like birthday parties. The only way to access it was through an elevator (good thing it never broke down).
William’s former partner, Henry Emily, had taken control of their animatronics with the sole exception of Circus Baby. So, William had to make his own ones, which he called Funtime Animatronics. Since he built them from scratch, William gave them mechanics that allowed them to efficiently murder kids. Because he was still obsessed with killing kids, even after one of them had killed his own daughter, Elizabeth.
And, of course, William also made the Scooper to “scoop out” the endoskeletons of animatronics.
The only animatronics he could target were the Funtime Animatronics he had made, which was a waste because of the effort he used in making them (but a relief to the children who wouldn’t be killed by these monsters). The animatronics included:
- Circus Baby
- Funtime Freddy
- Funtime Foxy
- Funtime Lolbit
If that wasn’t enough, the Scooper also had a third, more sinister, purpose. Remember the kids that William Afton and his animatronics murdered? The ones who ended up possessing animatronics of their own? Well, Afton also designed the Scooper to remove these children’s spirits (Except for Circus Baby, whose spirit belonged to his daughter, Elizabeth Afton).
The Scooper did its job well, scooping out most of the targeted animatronics’ endoskeletons.
But here’s the twist.
It also murdered William Afton’s son, Michael Afton, by scooping out his insides. It then put Ennard, an amalgamation of different animatronics, into his corpse. Ennard then controlled Michael’s body and used it to escape the facility, but that’s another story. A crucial and gruesome one in terms of the franchise lore, but this is where the Scooper’s story ends.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
You play as Michael Afton and are introduced to the Scooper on Night 4 in the Scooping Room. Circus Baby mentions it and says it sounds like something you can use for ice cream (that’s a naughty, deceitful Circus Baby).
In Night 5, Ennard directs you using Circus Baby’s voice. Ennard then reveals that they brought you to the Scooping Room so they could disguise themselves in your body to escape the facility. They then remove your insides, killing you, and the night ends.
Gruesome stuff, eh?
Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator
You don’t actually see the Scooper in this game. But if you reach the game’s Insanity ending, you can find its blueprints.
Through the blueprints, you learn that Scooper’s full name is Scalable Creation of Ulterior Presence (SCUP). You also see its parts.
This is a tough one because the Scooper is a one-of-a-kind machine that didn’t get corrupted or duplicated. But because of what happened lore-wise, I’ll have to say that the Scooper’s two counterparts are…
You honestly can’t mention Ennard without the Scooper; they are that intertwined. And no matter which plans William Afton might have had for the Scooper, the fact is it ended up creating Ennard, scooping out the insides of William’s son, Michael, and sticking Ennard into Michael’s body.
Ennard then waltzed out of the facility in Michael’s body (which we see in a 2D cutscene).
But having a merger of mechanical parts inside a human skin isn’t the best idea, so Michael’s body started to rot pretty soon. Eventually, Michael vomited out his insides and collapsed onto the sidewalk (We see this in a 2D cutscene, but it’s gloriously gory).
Ennard fled into the nearest sewer without a host, and its hive mind separated from Circus Baby.
You can argue that Michael Afton wouldn’t have had his fateful encounter with the Scooper without Circus Baby. And it was her master plan to even have Ennard created in the first place.
Circus Baby was the one who killed Elizabeth Afton, but the girl’s spirit came to possess her. This changed her. Elizabeth’s kind nature was inhabiting the same soul as a murderous animatronic, after all. But unfortunately, she eventually became evil and manipulative. She used her soft, innocent voice to lure others to do her bidding.
Michael was her primary victim, and even though he was her brother, she used him as nothing more than a tool.
Circus Baby wanted to free the Funtime Animatronics from Circus Baby’s Entertainment and Rentals after William Afton’s first death. This had left the place in ruins. But they couldn’t just walk out because humans would naturally freak out at seeing walking, talking animatronics in the streets.
So, she planned to make all the animatronics into one being. She did this through the Scooper, which forcefully scooped up the animatronics’ endoskeletons and merged them into one being with a hive mind, Ennard. Next, she knew Ennard would need a human host to escape the facility.
That’s when she encountered Michael.
He came to the base as a night technician, but his real goal was to find his missing father (he still didn’t know William was dead). Seeing an opportunity, Circus Baby used the remaining animatronics to attack him. Then she rescued Michael by guiding him to safety. She also dropped hints that she was actually Elizabeth. This was all to earn Michael’s trust.
When she was confident Michael trusted her, Circus Baby lured him to the Scooping Room. Here, Michael saw the remains of the animatronics that had been scooped. Then Ennard revealed itself and spoke to Michael in the voice of the freshly scooped Circus Baby. The Scooper then came to life and did to Michael what it had done to the animatronics.
Question: What is the Scooper in Five Nights at Freddy’s?
Answer: This is a machine that William Afton made to remove the insides of animatronics.
Question: Which Animatronics Were Scooped?
Question: Who Did the Scooper Kill?
Answer: The Scooper disemboweled Michael Afton, killing him. It then put Ennard’s parts inside him.
Scooper FNAF Guide: Conclusion
The Scooper is among the most exciting creations from Scott Cawthon’s macabre imagination. Of course, it is just a machine, but when it comes to the franchise lore, it has a substantial role to play. The Scooper might not interest you if you play FNAF for just the jump scares. But if you’re invested in its lore, I will say that experiencing the Scooper is mandatory.
Because of that, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is one of my must-play entries in the franchise. The game packs a ton of lore that involves Michael Afton, Circus Baby, the Scooper, and more. It will undoubtedly deepen your appreciation of the franchise.