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The four main nightmare animatronics as seen on the Hot Topic T-shirt - Nightmare Freddy, Nightmare Bonnie, Nightmare Chica, and Nightmare Foxy.

You're playing as a child, trying to ward off nightmare versions of the animatronics who are attacking you in your bedroom.
The Ultimate Guide, page 45

The nightmare animatronics are heavily withered, exaggeratedly monstrous versions of the existing animatronics that reside in the protagonist's house.

They first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as primary antagonists. Some of them returned in Ultimate Custom Night, Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, and Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery.

Physical Appearance

Nightmare Fredbear, Nightmare Bonnie, and Nightmare Foxy from the title menu of Five Nights at Freddy's 4.

Alongside with the twisted animatronics from the novel trilogy's universe, the nightmare animatronics appear as the most menacing out of all animatronic classes.

Most of the nightmare animatronics are featured with a deteriorated appearance with a big series of rips and holes all over, sporting a total of ten fingers with spike-like claws/nails, an excessive amount of long dangerously sharp teeth (found in both the structure of the animatronics and the endoskeletons), and small metallic eyes. Their endoskeleton heads look suspiciously similar to that of a human skull, with a line of indentations down their forehead.


Although not much is known, it's apparent that they were not made to be used for Fazbear Entertainment's restaurants, due to their grotesque appearances. Their behavioral function is that of a feral beast, and they can possibly use their gnarly claws and teeth to kill their pursued victims. Unlike other animatronic sets, the Nightmare animatronics seem to possess shared personality traits as they are all shown to be sadistic, sardonic, murderous, demonic, and bloodthirsty.



Nightmare Freddy

Main article: Nightmare Freddy

A nightmare animatronic with a Freddy Fazbear design; three miniature animatronics, called "Freddles", are attached to his body.
The Ultimate Guide, page 277

A nightmare counterpart of Freddy Fazbear and accompanied with miniature versions of himself known as Freddles. He first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4, where he spawns from the Bed.

Nightmare Bonnie

Main article: Nightmare Bonnie

A nightmare animatronic with a Bonnie design.
The Ultimate Guide, page 276

A nightmare counterpart of Bonnie. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he spawns from the Left Hall as early as Night 1.

Nightmare Chica

Main article: Nightmare Chica

A nightmare animatronic with a Chica design. Notably, Chica's cupcake can enter the bedroom and attack players there.
The Ultimate Guide, page 276

A nightmare counterpart of Chica and accompanied with Nightmare Cupcake. She first appeared in the fourth game, where she spawns from the Right Hall.

Nightmare Foxy

Main article: Nightmare Foxy

A nightmare counterpart of Foxy. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he spawns from the Closet, starting on Night 2.

Nightmare Fredbear

Main article: Nightmare Fredbear

A nightmare counterpart of Fredbear. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he becomes active on Night 5.


Main article: Nightmare

A stronger, "shadow" variant of Nightmare Fredbear. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he becomes active on Nightmare mode.


Main article: Plushtrap

A nightmare animatronic based on the Spring Bonnie plushie. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he appeared in the Fun with Plushtrap minigame.

Nightmare Balloon Boy

Main article: Nightmare Balloon Boy

A nightmare counterpart of Balloon Boy. He first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween update as Plushtrap's replacement for the Fun with Plushtrap minigame.

Nightmare Mangle

Main article: Nightmare Mangle

A nightmare counterpart of Mangle. They first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween Edition update as Nightmare Foxy's replacement.


Main article: Nightmarionne

A nightmare counterpart of the Puppet. It first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween Edition update as Nightmare's replacement.



Main article: Jack-O-Bonnie

Halloween variant based on Nightmare Bonnie and designed after a jack o' lantern. He first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as Nightmare Bonnie's replacement for the Halloween Edition update.


Main article: Jack-O-Chica

Halloween variant based on Nightmare Chica and designed after a jack o' lantern. She first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as Nightmare Chica's replacement for the Halloween Edition update. Her companion is Jack-O-Lantern, replacing Nightmare Cupcake.


Main article: Dreadbear

Halloween variant of Nightmare Freddy and based on Frankenstein's monster. He appeared as the main antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted's DLC Curse of Dreadbear.

Grimm Foxy

Main article: Grimm Foxy

Halloween variant based on Nightmare Foxy and designed after a jack o' lantern. He appeared as the secondary antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted's DLC Curse of Dreadbear.


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This section archives a lot of theories and speculation, which usually occurs from pre-release media, or just things that are still unknown, so please keep that in mind while reading. The page will continue to be updated with the most accurate information as more solid evidence is supplied.

The following information contains spoilers. To view them, click the [show] tag.

  • While the nightmare animatronics are still controversial among fans if they were real or not in the lore, there are some popular theories that they could have been real.
  • In The Twisted Ones, it was revealed that the twisted animatronics appear in their twisted form due to illusion discs, which changes the person's perception of what they see. This is somewhat of a connection to the nightmares which could hint that the nightmare animatronics are illusions that resulted from the illusion discs. Supporting this further is that both sets of animatronics possess the same monstrously feral behavior and appearance. This is further supported by the Midnight Motorist minigame where grave dirt can be seen behind what is assumed to be William's house; this could indicate that the nightmare animatronics buried themselves during the day like the twisted animatronics did. The footprints could also belong to the nightmare animatronics, further supporting this.
    • In Sister Location, by typing 1-9-8-3 in the keypad before the night begins, all three screens change from static to angles of the Bedroom, Bed and Hallway from the fourth game.
      • This could possibly mean the nightmare animatronics were created by William Afton himself, like how his novel counterpart created the twisted animatronics.
      • Also, the same Fredbear plush can be seen, from the fourth game as well, alongside a remote control or walkie talkie.
        • This easter egg is absent from the Custom Night, as the keypad is used for fending off Lolbit.
  • Despite Scott saying that the Halloween Edition nightmare animatronics are non-canon (except for Nightmare BB), they have appeared in more than one game; although Scott may have meant that the non-canon Halloween Edition nightmare animatronics never existed in the lore, but they were only there mainly for Halloween purposes.
  • It is also believed that the nightmare animatronics, specifically Nightmare Freddy, Nightmare Bonnie, Nightmare Chica, and Nightmare Foxy are a metaphor to Michael Afton and his friends tormenting the Crying Child in the real world.
  • It's possible that Nightmare symbolizes the Crying Child's death.
    • Further evidence to support this is that Nightmare's jumpscare audio is actually an ambulance's siren or the heart monitor still beeping.
      • Also, hence Nightmare's name, it's possible that he's named this because the Crying Child is presumably having a nightmare while at the hospital.
  • In recent times, the Survival Logbook implies that the Crying Child's older brother and former bully Michael was the one experiencing the nightmares, as he made artwork of Nightmare Fredbear and labelled him a "recent dream".
    • This is further supported by one of Phone Guy's calls from the original game that can be heard playing in the background throughout Five Nights at Freddy's 4. The Crying Child couldn't have heard this beforehand, as this call took place a decade after his passing.
    • More evidence of this theory derives from an IV stand, a basket of flowers and a bottle of prescribed medicine that appears beside the bed during the game. The Crying Child wouldn't have known about this as he was unconscious the entire time he was at the hospital. Even then, there is no medication in the world that can help heal a severely fractured cranium.
    • The last piece of evidence alludes to the fact that the Crying Child's skull was crushed in what became the Bite of '83, which in turn would've made him physically unable to dream. This would not make sense if he was the one experiencing the nightmares.


  • Nightmare Springtrap's MyMoji sticker.

    When the nightmares were added as virtual MyMoji stickers to Quidd, there was a Nightmare Springtrap included with the others, although Springtrap does not canonically have a nightmare counterpart outside of Plushtrap in the series' universe. It was taken down after being notified that the character and design was based off of fanart.
  • Similar to the phantoms, the Puppet, Mangle and BB are the only toy animatronics to receive nightmare counterparts.
  • Aside from Nightmarionne, Nightmare Mangle and Nightmare Balloon Boy, most of the nightmare animatronics seem to bear a resemblance to their withered counterparts from Five Nights at Freddy's 2, aside from the teeth and eyes. The only exceptions are Nightmare Fredbear, Nightmare and Plushtrap.
  • From the files for Security Breach, one of the unused collectibles is "Nightmare Helpy", implying Helpy was intended to have a nightmare counterpart.


  1. Unfortunately Toy Freddy will not be in the update, still a cool picture. - Scott Cawthon, Steam - October 26, 2015 @ 9:32 PM
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