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Five Nights at Freddy's: Putting the Pieces Together

Updated on December 27, 2015

Five Nights at Freddy's took the PC gaming world by storm. Starting as a simple game good for some scares, laughs, and all around fun with friends or alone, it has ballooned into a cultural phenomenon. There are a total of four games, a spin-off, dozens of fan games, a book, and a movie planned in the future. Scott's gaming career took off thanks to four animatronics, one security guard, and a desk fan. People have spent a good part of the year dissecting the lore and discussing the whole meaning of the franchise. Some have gotten sick of the game, others like myself cannot get enough.

Foxy's jumpscare from the first game will always be my favorite
Foxy's jumpscare from the first game will always be my favorite | Source

The Stories

FNAF 1: You are a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza who works in the office from midnight to six. The animatronics come to life and try to get into your office to stuff you in a spare suit. It turns out children disappeared from the location and were suspected of being murdered and stuffed in the suits. Fans suspected that the game was inspired by the 1993 shooting at Chuck E. Cheese in Colorado, but creator Scott Cawthon denied this. The restaurant ends up closing down.

FNAF 2: Same principal, different location with more and newer animatronics. Someone has stolen a yellow suit from the back and the restaurant is once again closing down.

FNAF 3: It has been 30 years since the murders and an attraction is opening at a nearby amusement park based on the stories. Once again, the player takes on the roll of a security guard who is both part of the attraction but will also keep an eye on visitors. The owner of the attraction finds one of the original animatronics, which is coming to get you. Meanwhile, you hallucinate the other animatronics due to a "gas leak". The attraction burns down.

FNAF 4: You are a little boy getting ready for a birthday party at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Since you are terrified of the animatronics, your brother scares you with them. Each night, you stay awake and make sure nightmare versions of the animatronics do not get into your bedroom. At the end, your brother and his friends put you inside the animatronic Freddy's mouth which bites down on your head. You end up dying in the hospital.


So, what does it all mean? Until recently, lore enthusiasts believed all of the events were real, the hauntings, the murders, everything. A big fan of MatPat, the Game Theorist, Scott gave his wanting public three clues to solving the mystery of FNAF lore during one of his last streams:

1. What is seen in the dark is easily misunderstood in the mind of a child

2. Why would Chica be missing her beak?

3. Four games. One story.

With this new information, the idea of it all being a dream became more popular.

Are the FNAF games dreams, real occurrences, or a mix of the two?

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What is the puppet?
What is the puppet? | Source

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