|"I was the first! I have seen everything!"|
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Golden Freddy is a mysterious, ghost-like entity who takes on the form of a yellow animatronic bear. He plays a prominent role in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, although his origins are cryptic and unknown.
“FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S "Graphic designed animatronic bipedal gold-colored bear, Freddy Fazbear, wearing black top-hat, bow-tie, and holding a microphone."”
Golden Freddy appears to be a cross between Freddy and Fredbear with missing eyes. His hat and bow tie appears to be tinted dark blue, as opposed to Freddy's black ones and Fredbear's purple ones, though this may be the result of lighting. Upon closer inspection, a microphone can be seen lying on his right palm, as well as two pinprick white dot-like pupils within his otherwise empty eye sockets.
His paws are facing palms up. It is also possible that there is an endoskeleton in the suit. If one looks at the arms, a few wires and parts of the endoskeleton are visible, which share the same coloration as his accessories, though this may just be cords holding together the separate pieces of his suit. His jaw hangs open and his head is tilted to the right. He is also presented in a sitting, slouched position as if he were deceased.
In the second game, Golden Freddy now takes a form mimicking Withered Freddy's appearance as a unique model of his own. He appears to be in a decrepit state, much like the other withered animatronics, with a missing left ear, and a good deal of damage with loose wires and exposed parts. Also, similar to the other withered animatronics, he now has upper teeth, wires are coming out of his empty sockets and shoulders, and small bits of the suit are faded and ripped. His arms and legs seem darker than the rest of his body. His head is noticeably thinner than Withered Freddy's. He seems to be more visibly clutching his microphone rather than having it lay on his palm. Unlike his form in the first game, he seems much shorter, his pupils are not visible (as he does not seem to have eyes at all), and he appears to have no bow tie, though his lower jaw may be blocking it from view. If one looks closely, he has a black button on his chest, similar to Withered Freddy. His head also seems to be tilting to the left rather than to the right. He seems to have some blood on his suit.
In Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, his appearance is the same as in the first game, but he is now completely golden, including his teeth, and he is more shiny. He is also seen moving its limbs for the first time in its workshop animation, albeit less fluidly, in contrast to other animatronics, and there does not seem to be an endoskeleton within him, making the cause of its ability to move its limbs unknown.
Theories and Speculation
Golden Freddy's backstory has been the subject of countless speculation, and is considered to be one of the biggest mysteries of the series. Upon his initial discovery, it was generally accepted that Golden Freddy's spirit belonged to one of the five missing children which is Cassidy that was tied to the original Missing Children's Incident (or MCI for short). However, as the series has progressed, this theory (although believed by a vast majority) is no longer the general consensus.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 introduced an unnamed protagonist (identified as the "Bite Victim"), who is believed and heavily hinted to being the son of William Afton. This character's fate is left unanswered, much like Golden Freddy's backstory, although there are several clues in the series that may suggest his ghost eventually becomes Golden Freddy. This theory, however, is controversial amongst theorists as it seemingly conflicts with the notion that Golden Freddy's spirit is a victim of the MCI.
Theorists have made numerous observations and conclusions surrounding Golden Freddy, including:
- Golden Freddy is simply a victim of the MCI, not at all connected to the Bite Victim.
- The character in question is believed by some to be named Cassidy, seemingly discovered in the Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Logbook through a hidden code. A character by the name of Cassidy also appears in Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet as a victim of the MCI, although she is not connected to Golden Freddy at all.
- The iterations of Golden Freddy in the original novel trilogy and the Fazbear Frights, Andrew and Michael Brooks are both children who were murdered by William Afton - and are not in any way related to him. While both series of books take place in a separate universe, the characters have always been somewhat consistent.
- Based on the final cutscene where Golden Freddy's original form is twitching, it is evidenced that the Vengeful Spirit from Ultimate Custom Night is in fact him. Many theories have concluded to be proven true due to the cutscene showing him that his spirit has not been set free as the suit seems to still be possessed. Also, considering that Golden Freddy is an angry spirit, it would make sense that he would be the Vengeful Spirit as all he wants is revenge on William Afton for all of his sins.
- The Bite Victim is the fifth victim of the MCI. It is important to note that there is no specification as to whether or not all five children died following the incident, so either the Bite Victim hypothetically survived or he did die but was somehow resurrected. While this theory could be considered to be a stretch, it is the only possible way the Bite Victim could be Golden Freddy.
- In the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 minigames, the Fredbear plush repeatedly mentions the Bite Victim having witnessed something horrific enough to have caused him to be distressed for the entirety of the game. It would explain the child's specific fear of the yellow Springlock Suits, and not the characters themselves.
- The Curse of Dreadbear DLC for Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted is heavily centered around Five Nights at Freddy's 4, yet easter eggs are connecting to Golden Freddy.
- The clock pathway for FNaF World features strong references to the Bite Victim, while also having minigames identical to the hidden ones in Five Nights at Freddy's 3. The hidden minigames in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 lead to Golden Freddy getting his "Happiest Day", once again suggesting a connection between Golden Freddy and the Bite Victim.
- Furthermore, the "Happiest Day" minigame features a location almost identical to the one seen in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 (where the Bite of '83 occured). The only difference is that Golden Freddy's spirit replaces the showstage where Fredbear and Spring Bonnie reside.
- These connections should especially be considered, as Scott Cawthon usually clears up unanswered questions from a game in whatever installment comes next.
- It is possible that Yenndo is a version of Golden Freddy, as his behavior in the Custom Night of Sister Location is identical to Golden Freddy's, as well as being associated with the color yellow.
- If Fredbear is supposed to be a springlock costume, it is unknown why Golden Freddy has only four fingers. This might be because they both are separate characters, or Fredbear might just have been upgraded into Golden Freddy after the Bite of 83. This still doesn't explain why then Golden Freddy is empty if he is solely an animatronic, although this can be because his endoskeleton might have been removed. This can be supported as Golden Freddy is shown to be standing in one of the cutscenes in Five Nights at Freddy's 2.
- It's heavily believed that the reason why Golden Freddy is in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery as an antagonist is because sometime after half of William's spirit left from the nightmare he gave him. Golden Freddy realizes that he now has to stop William and to put him at a final end, showing how Old Man Consequences was right to just leave William at rest otherwise more problems will arise. Since Golden Freddy now has to stop William now known as Glitchtrap. Golden Freddy will try to eliminate the virus that Vanny put into the codes of Special Delivery which is making all the delivery animatronics hostile to the customers and killing them instead of visiting them and giving them a fun time. Golden Freddy will also try to find a way to possibly stop Vanny from killing people in Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach possibly by redeeming her or controlling the glamrock animatronics to stop her and Glitchtrap's goals.
- The glitched ambience that plays during his encounter in Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Help Wanted, when deciphered using software appears to be an utterance of the phrase “It’s Me.”, in reference to the original game. This may also imply that Golden Freddy is capable of speech, but mostly prefers to stay silent.
|Five Nights at Freddy's||Minor character||First debut; enemy-type antagonist|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 2||Major character||Enemy-type antagonist; in withered form and classic form appears in Night 3 cutscene of end-of-night series|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 3||Minor character||Minigame character|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 4||Cameo||Reference|
|Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location||Cameo||Reference|
|Ultimate Custom Night||Major character||In both classic* and withered* form|
|Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery||Major character||Enemy-type antagonist|
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