Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror game for kids and adults who enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared. The game allows people to kill their boredom while getting scared enough to send a chill down one’s spine. FNAF primarily revolves around Mike Schmidt, the main character, plus many animatronics.
To win the game, players need to survive all 5-night shifts at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza between 12 am and 6 am. Gamers can use various tactics to survive the nights, such as sound diversions and shutting vents. If you love the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise like me, you’ll learn about all the individual characters. Today, we’ll dive deep into the lore of the animatronics and security guards you’ll play.
Bottom Line Up Front
No matter how simple and easy FNAF appears to be on the surface, it can be challenging when you attempt your first playthrough. It puts the survival skills of even pro gamers to test. Therefore, a good understanding of the different characters and game rules within the FNAF universe can help give you better odds to beat the game.
When you’re ready to tackle the game after reading about the different animatronics, we’ll provide you with some great tips to help you survive the nights. If you want to learn more about each character’s lore, continue reading.
Characters of Five Nights at Freddy’s
This character is a brown-colored bear with dirt spread throughout its fur and body. He does not have kneecaps and becomes active during night 2. Freddy Fazbear can leave the room once Chica and Bonnie leave their room.
Apart from his endoskeleton eye, Freddy has thick black eyebrows, three-toed feet, and three black freckles on both sides of his muzzle. Also, he has paw-like prints underneath his fingers and on his palms. His round ears are articulated, and therefore they can move backward and forwards, just like the other animatronics.
His teeth look human-like in his lower jaw, while those on his upper jaw are not visible. The irises in his eyes are of a baby blue color. However, they do possess the ability to turn black when he jump scares you or he is seen on camera. Along with Foxys’, Freddys’ pupils can glow white in the dark.
Freddy has another version of himself, known as Withered Freddy. This version is the older incarnation and the first engineered model of Freddy. Along with the other older animatronics, Freddy has fallen into severe disrepair and is replaced by the newer version.
Compared to the other original animatronics, Withered Freddy seems like suffered the least amount of damage, with only a few tears through his body.
The overall appearance of Withered Freddy is unchanged, but you can notice small differences. One of them is the buttons added to his chest, while the other is more visible stitching on the underside of his arms. One can not help but notice his arms damage, similar to the one Foxy has suffered.
The kneecaps are not available on Withered Freddy. His knees are damaged, with visible wires poking out of his left knee. The body segment is smaller, and his hat is removable, noted while sitting on the floor next to him.
Freddy changes his personality depending on the period he finds himself in. During the day, he is a fun-loving character who appears happy and easygoing. However, during the night, this story changes. Freddy constantly taunts, laughing at the night guard and playing a song before managing to trigger a jump scare. Freddy possesses sneakiness, proven by his movement toward the night guard in the shadows.
The character follows a sequence by moving into the main hall and hiding outside the ladies’ washroom, where he can only be seen under a flashlight. Next, he proceeds to party room 3, where his face comes in front of the camera, further making his way to the hallway and your office. Consider flipping your mask and waiting for Freddy to leave your office if you spot him.
Chica, the chicken
This withered, yellow-colored chicken is a major antagonist in the FNAF franchise. The main role of Chica is a backup singer in Freddy’s band, which can be seen on the left stage side. It has its arms missing and is firstly spotted in the parts and services room with the other withered animatronics. The head of Chica, which is spherically shaped, can be spotted on the left side of the camera view.
The story about Chica is that she is haunted by children who were murdered by a man named William Afton. Chica seeks revenge for her murderer, attacking anyone in the pizzeria after-hours in a blind rage. She will forcefully try to stuff any human she sees into a Freddy Fazzbear suit, resulting in the character’s death.
Her blocky teeth are just like all the other animatronics, out-of-place and sticking up from her lower beak. The endoskeleton teeth can also be seen in her mouth’s back, although this feature is only achievable through certain angles.
Apart from the characteristics of Chica mentioned above, she possesses two nails that come out of her orange feet. Her magenta eyes, black eyebrows, and orange beak are the main descriptive parts of her character. Chica wears a T-Shirt that says “LET’S EAT!!!” in yellow letters outlined in purple color. Another feature of Chica is the character she wears in her left hand, Mr. Cupcake.
Mr. Cupcake is an object-like character from a tray Chica carries with her. It has pink frosting, two large yellow eyes, and a yellow-striped birthday candle. This character has a rare possibility of performing a jumpscare, with them mainly occurring in Help Wanted and the cupcake’s nightmare counterpart in FNAF 4.
Chica is known for moving actively on night three while barely moving on night 2. The path followed by her initiates from the parts and services room, followed by party room 4, party room 2, then the right-side air vent. Finally, it takes an entry inside your office. If you wish to force Chica out of your area, the same rules apply. Just pull up your masks as a trick, and Chica will leave the room in no time.
Bonnie the Bunny
Bonnie is one of the four main antagonists in the FNAF series. He is an animatronic rabbit and children’s entertainer at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, alongside Freddy and Chica. He is portrayed as the guitarist in Freddy’s band, positioned also left on the stage.
The story about Chica follows Bonnie, too, with him being murdered by a man known as William Afton. He also seeks revenge on him by performing the same murder ritual, attacking any adults caught after hours in the pizzeria.
He owns a color similar to indigo, with blue toppings, magenta eyes, and a squarish muzzle. While Bonnie appears purple in artworks and Special Delivery, the dark aspect of his fur is more noticeable than purple, the color in which he appears in FNAF World. This could lead the player to believe that at some point, Bonnie was blue but got a paint job under unknown circumstances, thus the appearance of blue botches.
Bonnie carries a dark red guitar onstage, and unlike the other characters, he has round teeth and lacks eyebrows. Like the other antagonists, Bonnies’ teeth on his upper jaw cannot be seen.
Bonnie has a personality filled with pride, boasting character, and a laid-back hippie characteristic. However, during the night, he becomes a sadistic and vengeful killer, ready to murder any adults in the pizzeria at night to gain vengeance against his murderer.
By far, he is perceived as the most active animatronic, the first one that leaves the stage and uses dirty tactics to achieve his goals. His tactics include going to the closet and then straight to the office, unexpectedly preceding his usual route to catch people off-guard. The twitching and groaning in West Hall indicate his impatience and the fidgety nature he possesses.
Just like Freddy, Bonnie has a Withered version of himself. This is his older pre-rebuilt form with a damaged appearance due to an attempted retrofit of the older animatronics. Withered Bonnie possesses two buttons on his chest, gutted face, and endoskeleton mechanisms with dangling wires.
The lower jaw remains on his face, featuring an enlarged number of teeth compared to the original version of Bonnie. His eyeballs are gone, enabling the exposure of red irises, and his left arm is missing entirely. Like the stereotypical rabbit, the left ear of Withered Bonnie is always folded. Some changes in his stomach can be noticed, with this part of his body appearing bigger and more rounded than his upper body.
Foxy the Pirate is considered an antagonist in the FNAF series. He owns his separate stage in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and like the other animatronics, he will try to forcefully stuff any human spotted after hours into a Freddy Fazbear suit. The story replicates the hauntings of children murdered by William Afton, with Foxy seeking revenge against him and the other animatronics.
He possesses crimson fur with yellow eyes, red eyebrows, and three strings of hair from the top of his head. His right hand is switched with a hook, while his left hand is worn down to the endoskeleton. The eye patch on his right eye is visible straightaway, although Foxy wears it mostly above his eye rather than covering it.
The brown linen pants he wears are shredded at the legs revealing severe damage on his legs. A metal endoskeleton is easily noticed due to his legs and hands’ bare nudity. Foxy’s teeth appear smaller but sharpest out of all the animatronics. Along with the pirate motive, Foxy possesses golden teeth with some of his original ones missing, indicating that he might need repair.
Withered Foxy is a version that has fallen into severe disrepair, being replaced with the newer, more improved version. A noticeable difference is a change in his muzzle and the teeth of his endoskeleton, which are now visible. One significant change is that Foxy appears to be a better version of himself compared to other animatronics that changed. His suit has become more tattered, and the fur on his left ear has come off completely.
This animatronic has another version, known as Captain Foxy. This version is equipped with a blue coat accompanied with gold accents, a strap around his torso, and a pirate hat to match this outfit. Captain Foxy originally wore this outfit before his discontinuation, and this fact has been revealed in Afraid of the Dark: Captain Foxy’s Pirate Adventure.
Even the talking of Foxy brings the spirit of pirates into the game, often speaking in pirate slang. He is perceived as claustrophobic, wise, and not easily deceived. In Curse of Dreadbear, Foxy threatens the player to send him into “Davy Jones’ locker” if they do poorly in staying inside the ride. Compared to the original Foxy, the Withered version is more aggressive and malicious, with this fact being affirmed by the Phone Guy, mentioning the twitchy nature of Foxy.
Onto the guards, we go! Mike Schmidt is the main protagonist, with his role being a security guard employed by Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The game is played in the first-person perspective through his eyes.
Mike does not receive a high salary, but regardless of this fact, he chooses to bravely spend every night in the following week in this place. At the end of Night 5, Mike receives a check for $120 compensation. When Night 6 ends, the sum is $120.50, and a note from his boss stating that he “earned some overtime”.
After completing the Custom Night, Mike receives a termination note, which is likely due to the in-game interaction right before said night, customizing the animatronics.
Mike cannot be seen or perceived in the game due to its nature. The game is played from his eyes, so there is no possible way for him to be viewed. Some parts of his body are visible, such as his blue eyes and teeth, only on the Game Over screen after being stuffed into a Freddy Fazbear suit.
Nobody can exactly guess why Mike comes back every night after the horrors he suffered previously. Some say that he has never experienced death by the animatronics, underestimating the true danger.
Jeremy takes the role of guarding Fazbear’s Pizza place against Mike Schmidt in the second version of this game. His working time was from 12 am to 6 am on the days from 8th of November 1987 to 13th of November the same year. Upon being hired, Jeremy received information from Phone Guy, explaining the challenges of his new job and other details of his new workplace.
He completes the first night but still chooses to continue this dangerous job despite the low pay and clear danger. Throughout this game, Jeremy learns that somebody has tampered with the animatronics, leading to the restaurant’s closing. Also, he learns that there is a possibility for him to be moved to the day shift while the company finds someone to cover the night shift.
Like Mike, Jeremy receives a check of $100.50 after the end of Night 5. During Night 6, he receives a call from Phone Guy, telling Jeremy that he will work the day shift the next day and needs to monitor the animatronics during a birthday party closely. The overtime Jeremy worked was compensated with $20.10 and a newsletter informing him about the restaurant’s closing.
Both guards have similar appearances, with high similarities in their personalities. The few body parts that could be seen at Mike are not available in Jeremy. Instead, he is directly stuffed into a Freddy suit, and the screen is seen from his eyes.
The yellow-colored chicken is Toy Chica with an orange-colored beak and feet. Toy Chica has blue-colored eyes that turn black whenever she leaves the stage. She also wears pink-colored hot pants and has ‘let’s party’ written on her bib.
Also, you can spot the beak of toy Chica disappearing in the game for unknown reasons as it enters the right-side air vent. Moreover, to prevent toy chica from proceeding toward you, pull up your masks, and wait. Afterward, you will see Toy Chica making her way ahead to another room.
The brown-colored bear resembles the appearance of Freddy Fazbear, with him possessing lighter brown coloring on his stomach, snout, and inner ears. The arms and legs of Toy Freddy are multi-jointed like the other toy animatronics, with him possessing a matte coating rather than a glossy finish. The latter feature separates him from other animatronics when it comes to appearance.
Unlike other animatronics, Toy Freddy possesses a friendly character, hospitable toward the player, and he is not orientated toward committing harm unless something in his direction goes wrong. If this happens, he heathens up and becomes furious at the player.
Toy Bonnies’ first appearance occurs in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2. After the pizzeria was open only for a few short weeks, the fate of Toy Bonnie was sealed with him getting scrapped due to possible malfunctions. Bonnie seemed like he underwent the most drastic changes compared to other toys. He has green eyes, magenta eyelids with long eyelashes, and blushed cheeks. The color of his fur is bright, shiny blue, and inside of his ears, you can see a powder blue color.
His nature is perceived as sadistic and selfish. Bonnie also believes that he is a superstar, more famous than the protagonist. One of his lines reveals that Bonnie is inept when it comes to counting, so he tends to count out of order. Despite this flaw, Bonnie is relentless when he taunts and emotionally harms people, achieving this goal by taking advantage of their insecurities.
Previously known as Foxy animatronic, Mangle is an amalgamation of various animatronics. He features in his own game “Build-A-Mangle” in Curse of Dreadbear, where you can create your version of Mangle from various animatronic parts.
This toy version was heavily altered from its original Foxy presence, making it more kid-friendly. This toy’s original name was Funtime Foxy, with a predominantly white body color, pink belly, pelvis, toenails, and a silver hook replacing the right hand. This version wore a bow tie, but unlike toy versions of Freddy and Bonnie, the box here is tied, not a piece of plastic shaped like a bow tie.
This antagonist has the same details as Golden Freddy from FNAF 2, with a burnt appearance suggesting that fire might have happened in the establishment. An additional wire is sticking out of his left eye socket, shown in Ultimate Custom Night. The lower right leg sticks out from his body and has a ripped look, while his mouth is usually seen hanging open.
Chica’s first appearance in FNAF 3 is the hallucination of a burnt and damaged version of this character. This model is a replica of Chica from the first game, with her lacking eyes and replacing them with white, pin-pricked pupils. Also, her mouth is always open, even during jump scares.
Her hands seem different from the original Chica, with the difference revolving around their fingers. Phantom Chica seems to have more mittens than her counterpart, which has proper fingers. Her torso is also burnt, possibly foreshadowing the attraction torching.
This phantom makes a brief appearance in CAM 08 and then in the Office, depending on whether you change the Monitor’s view before lowering it. This model is the same as its counterpart, which made its appearance in FNAF 2, with its body being charred and its eyes having small white pupils.
Similar to Phantom Chica, the torso of Puppet is burnt and charred, again foreshadowing the torching of the attraction. Puppet also possesses three buttons, very dark in color, with the top button almost being half broken and the last one cracked. You cannot ward off Phantom Puppet once he enters the room. He has to leave on his own, which can take approximately 17 seconds.
Phantom Foxy resembles the Withered version of this character from FNAF 2, lacking eyes and replacing this feature with a white pupil on his left eye socket. His right forearm and hook are also missing, and these parts are visible in the box full of parts placed in the Office.
Like the phantoms above, his mouth is gaping open, and some parts of his torso can be seen missing. The Endoskeleton spine and wires are replacing the missing parts, while his eyepatch does not flip up like it used to before.
Phantom Balloon Boy
This humanoid phantom character first appears in FNAF 3, portrayed as a hallucination of a burnt and damaged Balloon Boy. The model is essentially the same as Balloon Boy from the second game, with this character lacking his eyes and having two white buttons. His eyes are replaced with small, white pupils that resemble Springtrap and the other phantom animatronics. His torso is charred and burnt, while his rosy cheeks appear to be colored in deep green.
Like Phantom Balloon Boy, this phantom animatronic makes its first appearance in FNAF 3, resembling a burnt and damaged version of its original counterpart. This model makes significant similarities to the original Mangle, with the main difference revolving around its eyes and cheeks.
The eyes of Phantom Mangle are replaced with white pupils, while the rosy cheeks are colored in blackish green. In addition, its lips resemble an aqua green color, while the normally pink accents on its feet seem green on this model.
The first appearance of these characters occurred in FNAF: Sister Location and some of them continued their appearance in future games, such as FNAF: Special Delivery. They are upgraded models compared to the original ones, equipped with modern endoskeletons and rosy cheeks. You can choose from different colors, such as pink, white, and purple, the most dominant ones.
One particular innovation here is the addition of optimized Artificial Intelligence, all for entertainment. However, there has been a revelation regarding the purpose of Funtime characters, which is capturing and subsequently murdering children, also being confirmed through dialogues they have between themselves. Here are all of the Funtime characters in FNAF:
- Circus Baby
- Funtime Freddy
- Funtime Foxy
- Funtime Chica
- Funtime Lolbit
These characters are heavily withered and exaggerated versions of animatronics that already exist. They have deteriorated their appearance with rips and holes all over their body. Their fingers possess claws and nails with spikes, while the teeth are long and sharp. The endoskeleton heads are like a human skull, with small metallic eyes.
The appearance of these animatronic versions suggests that they were not made to be used for Fazbear’s Entertainment restaurants. Their behavior resembles aggressiveness, cold-blooded killing machines that can rip up victims easily thanks to the claws and teeth they possess.
Most nightmare animatronics share similar personality traits, such as sadism, murderous thoughts, demonism, and thirst for blood. Here are all the Nightmare Characters you can find in the game.
- Nightmare Freddy
- Nightmare Bonnie
- Nightmare Chica
- Nightmare Foxy
- Nightmare Fredbear
- Nightmare Balloon Boy
- Nightmare Mangle
Question: What is FNAF?
Answer: Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror-based video game that aired in 2014. The game revolves around a guard that has to survive five-night shifts at an imaginary place, Fazbear’s Pizza. His shift starts at 12 AM and ends at 6 AM, and his goal is to keep himself safe from different animatronics out there to kill him. The game is played from a first-person perspective or the guard’s point of view.
Question: How many FNAF games are there?
Answer: This franchise consists of eight main FNAF games and six spin-off games. These games were released from 2014 until 2021, with the spin-off games being released in between these periods. Most of the games have the same plot, but some have different gameplays and changes in the protagonists or antagonists. As expected, the newer games have better graphics and improved features than their predecessors.
Question: How can I download FNAF?
Answer: The game is available on Steam for download, but some versions were made free to download. Such versions are FNAF World and Custom Night. Apart from PC consoles, you can play FNAF on PlayStation and Xbox One, both available in their respective stores.
FNAF has soared in popularity ever since it was launched, with its versions only complementing each other. Every new game had something that the previous one didn’t, some innovations or new stories that kept the player entertained during the gameplay.
FNAF is perfect entertainment for adrenaline junkies, people who love to get scared by animatronics, or simply for players who are addicted to the horror genre of video games.
If you love the attributes this series provides and love to dive into the horror world of Fazbear’s Pizza Restaurant, we hope you will find this game amusing for your style. This guide is a perfect intro for you to know FNAF, its characters, and the phantoms that guards can find in the game.
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