I previously made an update post last week on what I've been doing recently. One thing I've forgotten to mention is my weird and morbid obsession for the Five Nights at Freddy (FNAF)'s franchise. <3
For those who don't know much about it, well, FNAF is a point-and-click horror game which recently garnered a lot of attention and a strong fanbase, not only for its creepy gameplay but also for its mysterious plot.
First of all, no, I am not a gamer. Yes, you heard that right--I have never played a FNAF game. No, nada, HINDI. That's why I'm getting most of my theories from images floating around the web, let's play videos and video/forum fan-made theories. Disclaimer aside, with the release of the FNAF 3 game and the recent announcement of FNAF 4 as the final game in the series, I started wondering if I can piece together my own plausible theories.
Yes, this is what I've been doing recently (aside from fangirling arashi that is. <3)
Plot summary of the FNAF 1 from Wikipedia:
The main character, whose name is later revealed to be Mike Schmidt, has started a job working as a night watch security guard at the restaurant Freddy Fazbear's Pizza (a pastiche of restaurants like Chuck E. Cheese's). A voicemail message left by Mike's predecessor explains that the animatronic animal characters used at the restaurant, Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica, and the disused Foxy, are able to roam freely around it at night, because if they were left off for too long, their servo motors would lock up. He also adds that the animatronics were no longer allowed to roam freely during the day following an incident referred to as the "Bite of '87", which apparently involved the loss of someone's frontal lobe. The employee warns Mike that if one of the robots encounters a human, they will automatically assume that it is an endoskeleton that is not in costume yet, and "forcefully stuff them" into a spare mechanical Freddy Fazbear costume, killing the person in the process.
So, without further ado, here are some theories:
1) Phone Guys tells you to "check the suits." Management fires you for doing just that.
Uh, hey, listen, I may not be around to send you a message tomorrow. *banging sound* It's-It's been a bad night here for me. Um, I-I'm kinda glad that I recorded my messages for you *clears throat* uh, when I did.
Uh, hey, do me a favor. *bang bang* Maybe sometime, uh, you could check inside those suits in the back room? *bang bang* I'm gonna to try to hold out until someone checks. Maybe it won’t be so bad. *bang bang* Uh, I-I-I-I always wondered what was in all those empty heads back there. *chime plays*.
You know...*moan* oh, no - *noises followed by an animatronic screech and static*" -Phone Guy, Night 4 FNAF
And that was the last of Phone Guy's messages. Beginning Night 5 and Night 6 as well as the Custom Night, you are thrown into your shift without any help or words of encouragement from the Phone Guy. Phone Guy is dead.
For this game, you're playing Mike Schmidt. On the seventh day of his first week he was FIRED due to the following reasons: tampering with animatronics; general unprofessionalism; and odor (lols).
It may well be because of this that he discovers he can actually change the difficulty level of the animatronics. Cause, seriously, given the chance, who wouldn't, right? D:
He changes it on his seventh night. Managment gets wind of it and fires him.
It was also stated in his pink slip that Mike was 'generally unprofessional'. Could it be that in trying to get to the bottom of Phone Guy's dissapearance and not finding any EVIDENCE or even TRACES of Phone Guy, Mike confronts management? Cover ups for situations like these by the Fazbear Entertainment company is highly possible, as hinted by Phone Guy himself on Night 1:
"Fazbear Entertainment is not responsible for damage to property or person. Upon discovering that damage or death has occurred, a missing person report will be filed within 90 days, or as soon property and premises have been thoroughly cleaned and bleached, and the carpets have been replaced."
Note: I would just like to state here that I support the idea of Phone Guy's recordings being made long before Mike came in. It was implied that not all of the night guards made it to Night 4 (who we guess have either resigned or met the same fate as Phone Guy), thus the apparent lack of clues on what happened to him.
Mike's reasons for sudden unemployment isn't something new, however.
In FNAF 2, the prequel to FNAF, night guard Fritz Smith was also fired due to him getting caught tampering with the animatronics. Following the timeline and going with the mystery shrouding Fritz' character (being the only one who worked for just ONE NIGHT in the Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria), this MAY hint on his connection to the murders or even to the possibility of him being the Purple Guy.
2) Past Night Guards (in order of the most 'possible' timeline)
a) Night Guard #1
b) Jeremy Fitzgerald (FNAF 2; Nights 1-6) #2
c) Fritz Smith (FNAF 2; Night 7) #3
d) Phone Guy (Temporary)
e) Mike Schmidt (FNAF 1; Night 1-7)
f) Fazbear's Fright Night Guard (FNAF 3)
The existence of Night Guard # 1 is further backed with Fritz Smith's pink slip:
(note the employee # there-- theorists state that Jeremy was said to be the second, as per Phone Guy)
3) The Bite of '87: Where was Jeremy?
Here's a short excerpt of Phone Guy's message to Mike Schmidt in FNAF 1:
"So, just be aware, the characters do tend to wander a bit. Uh, they're left in some kind of free roaming mode at night. Uh...Something about their servos locking up if they get turned off for too long. Uh, they used to be allowed to walk around during the day too. But then there was The Bite of '87. Yeah. I-It's amazing that the human body can live without the frontal lobe, you know?"
Looking back on the final paycheck that Jeremy Fitzgerald (FNAF 2) gets before being transferred to day shift, we see that the year at that time was 1987.
"Uh we have one more event scheduled for tomorrow, a birthday. You’ll be on day shift, wear your uniform, stay close to the animatronics, make sure they don’t hurt anyone okay, uh for now just make it through the night, uh when the place eventually opens again I’ll probably take the night shift myself. Okay, good night and good luck."
4) 'Nightmare' (Night 6) in FNAF 3 is just a hallucination.
Reading through the FNAF wikia and comparing the three games made me think that it was really weird to have Night 6 pegged as 'Nightmare' instead of the usual Night 6 in FNAF3.
It's also interesting to note that FNAF 3 is the only game in the series which ended on the 6th night unlike the 2 previous games which had 6 nights plus an additional night ALWAYS tagged as 'custom night'. That's a total of 7 nights each for the first two games.
Looking up the definition of nightmare in webster, it says:
"a dream that frightens a sleeping person : a very bad dream."
I would like to believe that FNAF 3's Night 6 (Nightmare) was either an illusion or even a FLASHBACK to the first ever Freddy Fazbear's location. It's assumed by some theorists online that the location of 'Freddy's Fright--the horror attraction' may be tailored after a previous Freddy Fazbear pizzeria. There's also the theory that the hallucinations the new night guard sees--(from wiki) Freddy, Chica, Foxy, the Puppet, Balloon Boy and Mangle--are from his memories. Further making me feel that he might be the Night Guard # 1 (or Fritz Smith).
I would also like to note that there was no actual news about the Fazbear's Fright Night Guard once you finish the game. No clues on what he may look like or even hints on his identity. Upon completing Nightmare, the player is awarded with a news clipping instead which says that the Fazbear's Fright burned to the ground before the target opening date of the attraction.
5) 5, 6 or 7 Nights at Freddy's?
In the haze of so many clues, have we really stopped and questioned the one thing that's right in front of us--why FIVE nights? Why FIVE Nights at Freddy's?
If they really wanted to use 'five' nights and want to include a 'custom night' why have a Night 7? Why not just have Night 5 THEN the Custom Night?
It may just be me but I just want to include this here. I don't have a solid theory on this yet but here's the phone call in Nightmare (Night 6 in FNAF 3):
"Uh, hello? Hello? Uh, this is just to inform all employees that due to budget restrictions, the previously mentioned safe rooms are being sealed at most locations, including this one. Work crews will be here most of the day today, constructing a false wall over the old door base. Nothing is being taken out beforehand, so if you've left anything inside, then it's your own fault. Management also requests that this room not be mentioned to family, friends or insurance representatives. Thanks again, and remember to smile; you are the face of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza."
I would also like to note that the only other night to have a phone call (beyond Night 5) is FNAF 2. Adding here the transcript of the phone call:
"Hello? Hello...uh...what on earth are you doing there, uh didn’t you get the memo, uh, the place is closed down, uh, at least for a while. Someone used one of the suits. We had a spare in the back, a yellow one, someone used it...now none of them are acting right. Listen j-just finish your shift it’s safer than trying to leave in the middle of the night. Uh we have one more event scheduled for tomorrow, a birthday. You’ll be on day shift, wear your uniform, stay close to the animatronics, make sure they don’t hurt anyone okay, uh for now just make it through the night, uh when the place eventually opens again I’ll probably take the night shift myself. Okay, good night and good luck."
Whelp. That's all for now. There's five months before the release of FNAF 4. Looking forward to more teasers to oil more theories around the web. 8Db Hell yasss.
(Sorry for the length. Been so annoyed with life and work in general, it made me want to write this kick-ass long post. lol A nice break from writing press releases and stuff that doesn't really interest me. :/)