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“You're playing as a child, trying to ward off nightmare versions of the animatronics who are attacking you in your bedroom.”
The nightmare animatronics are heavily withered, exaggeratedly monstrous versions of the existing animatronics that reside in the child protagonist's house.
They first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as primary antagonists. Some of them returned in Ultimate Custom Night and Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted. Plushtrap is currently the only nightmare animatronic confirmed to return in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery in the future.
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 monsters are featured with a deteriorated appearance with 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. Their behavioral function is that of a sadistic, feral beast, possibly can use their gnarly claws and teeth to kill their pursued victims.
|Nightmare Freddy||Freddy Fazbear||Accompanied with miniature versions of himself known as Freddles. He first appeared in the fourth game, where he spawns from the Bed.|
|Nightmare Bonnie||Bonnie||He first appeared in the fourth game, where he spawns from the Left Hall.|
|Nightmare Chica||Chica||She first appeared in the fourth game, where she spawns from the Right Hall along with Nightmare Cupcake.|
|Nightmare Foxy||Foxy||He first appeared in the fourth game, where he spawns from the Closet.|
|Nightmare Mangle||Mangle||It first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween Edition update as Nightmare Foxy's replacement.|
|Nightmare Balloon Boy||Balloon Boy||He first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween update as Plushtrap's replacement for the Fun with Plushtrap minigame.|
|Nightmarionne||The Puppet||It first appeared in the fourth game's Halloween Edition update as Nightmare's replacement.|
|Nightmare Fredbear||Fredbear||He first appeared in the fourth game, where he becomes active on Night 5.|
|Nightmare||Nightmare Fredbear||He first appeared in the fourth game, where he becomes active on Nightmare mode.|
|Nightmare Endo||Nightmare Fredbear||He first appeared technically in the fourth game and returns in the VR game as a cameo.|
|Plushtrap||Spring Bonnie||He first appeared in the fourth game, where he appeared in the "Fun with Plushtrap" minigame.|
- See also: Holiday Animatronics
|Jack-O-Bonnie||Nightmare Bonnie||Halloween variant based on a jack o' lantern. He first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as Nightmare Bonnie's replacement for the Halloween Edition update.|
|Jack-O-Chica||Nightmare Chica||Halloween variant based on a jack o' lantern. She first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as Nightmare Chica's replacement for the Halloween Edition update. The replacement of her Cupcake is Jack-O-Lantern.|
|Dreadbear||Nightmare Freddy||Halloween variant based on Frankenstein's monster. He appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted's DLC Curse of Dreadbear.|
|Grimm Foxy||Nightmare Foxy||Halloween variant based on a jack o' lantern. He appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted's DLC Curse of Dreadbear.|
- The nightmare animatronics' designs are very similar to the Viruses (especially Ger Garun) from one of Scott Cawthon's previous games, The Desolate Hope.
- There is an official MyMoji virtual sticker of Nightmare Springtrap, as Springtrap does not canonically have a nightmare counterpart in the series' universe.
- In the lore, it is unknown if the nightmare animatronics were indeed real.
- Although this seems unlikely, as there are referred "nightmare".
- 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. Supporting this further is that both sets of animatronics possess the same monstrously feral behavior.
- Despite Scott saying that the Halloween edition nightmares are non-canon (except Nightmare BB), they have appeared in more than one game.
- Although Scott may have meant that the Halloween edition nightmares (except Nightmare BB) never existed in the lore, but were only there for Halloween purposes.
- Similar to the phantoms, the Puppet, Mangle, and BB are the only toy animatronics to receive nightmare counterparts.