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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 Freddy Files, page 87

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 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 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 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 Fredbear 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 in Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted's DLC Curse of Dreadbear.


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This article or section contains a lot of 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.

  • 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.
    • However, this seems to be debunked, as there are referred "nightmare", which means that they only exist in the player's mind when sleeping. Despite this, the nightmares could have been real, many pieces of evidence link to this:
      • 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 mind 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 monstrous foot prints that appear behind the house 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, the Bed and the Hallway from the fourth game.
        • This could possibly mean the nightmare animatronics were created by William Afton himself like 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 the bully and his three friends and how they torment the Crying Child in the real world.
  • Another theory that the nightmare animatronics were created by William was in order to scare the Crying Child so that he would not go back to Fredbear's Family Diner and encounter the same fate as Elizabeth did at Circus Baby's Pizza World. This backfires, however, and the with the Crying Child present at the diner along with the bully and his three friends (with the bully presumed to be Michael), the bully grabs him and shoves him into Fredbear's mouth, Fredbear's jaw snaps on the head, and the Crying Child is killed.
  • 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 beating.
      • Also, hence Nightmare's name, it's possible that he's named this way because the Crying Child is presumably having a nightmare while he's at the hospital.


  • Nightmare Springtrap's MyMoji sticker.

    There is an official MyMoji virtual sticker of Nightmare Springtrap, although Springtrap does not canonically have a nightmare counterpart outside of Plushtrap in the series' universe.
  • 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 game files for Security Breach, one of the unused collectibles is "Nightmare Helpy", implying that 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
Core Series Animatronics
Classic Animatronics
Freddy FazbearBonnieChicaFoxy
Toy Animatronics
Toy FreddyToy BonnieToy ChicaMangleBalloon BoyJJThe Puppet
Shadow Animatronics
Phantom Animatronics
Phantom FreddyPhantom ChicaPhantom FoxyPhantom Balloon BoyPhantom ManglePhantom Puppet
Springlock Hybrids
FredbearSpring Bonnie
Nightmare Animatronics
Nightmare FreddyNightmare BonnieNightmare ChicaNightmare FoxyNightmare FredbearNightmarePlushtrapNightmare Balloon BoyNightmare MangleNightmarionneJack-O-BonnieJack-O-ChicaDreadbearGrimm Foxy
Funtime Animatronics
Circus BabyBalloraFuntime FreddyFuntime FoxyFuntime ChicaBidybabElectrobabMinireenaBonnetLolbit
Rockstar Animatronics
Rockstar FreddyRockstar BonnieRockstar ChicaRockstar FoxyLefty
Mediocre Melodies
Happy FrogMr. HippoPigpatchNedd BearOrville Elephant
Glamrock Animatronics
Glamrock FreddyGlamrock ChicaMontgomery GatorRoxanne Wolf
Music Men
Music ManLil' Music ManDJ Music Man
Endo-01Endo-02Nightmare EndoYenndoGlamrock Endo
EnnardMolten FreddyThe Blob
Afton's Incarnations
Non-Animatronic Creatures
HelpyOld Man ConsequencesPlushBaby
Animatronic Skins
Arcade Animatronics (8-Bit Baby)Aztec AnimatronicsChocolate AnimatronicsCircus AnimatronicsForest AnimatronicsHeatwave AnimatronicsHoliday AnimatronicsScary Tales AnimatronicsScreampunk AnimatronicsWasteland AnimatronicsWicked Tides AnimatronicsWinter Animatronics (Freddy Frostbear)
Unclassified Animatronics
CupcakesGolden FreddyControl Module AnimatronicsEl ChipSecurity PuppetDee DeeBlacklight AnimatronicsHardmode AnimatronicsDaycare Attendant
AnimatronicsAnimatronic Delivery CatalogCustom Night Character RosterRobotsScrapped Animatronics