Last Friday I found out that there had been not one, but THREE sequels to 2014’s Five Nights at Freddy’s and through these sequels a tantalizing and terrible lore had developed for the franchise (and a movie’s in the works!), I have spent a lot of time on YouTube, Steam and the Five Nights a Freddy’s Wiki.
I spent an entire night writing what follows, which may well seem far too in-depth and far-too well researched for a set of budget horror games but it was absolutely necessary for me to understand and catch up on what I’d missed (and anyway, stop being so judgmental). What I’d missed was a lot, when I left Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF1) it was a single game with a bunch of vague allusions to the past to help build context and further creep you out as you sat frantically clicking to keep killer animatronics out and thus not get a jump scare and thus not have to change your pants and wipe down your computer chair (and failing) what I came back to was an engrossing history spread over three more games (though roughly the same gameplay experience, I now play with no pants on at all, it’s easier to explain a smell and lack of Mr Sheen than fifteen pairs of shit-filled pants), a history hinted at, alluded to, implied and drip-fed to us through mini-games, audio files, environments and enemies and pieced together by VERY dedicated fans. But with so much of it being so vague and implied rather than dumped, Hideo Kojima style, in cut scenes and expositional dialogue (of which there is pretty much none) I had to wade through a lot of fan theories – many sensible and helpful, a few outlandish and bizarre – hence why I made the timeline below, as I sorted out what was actually implied from the games and in what order it came from fans readings of those things. Of course I’ve now developed my OWN fan theories because it’s that sort of game and I’m that sort of fan but below is mostly free of those and not organised to reflect them.
Five Nights At Freddy’s is a franchise based around a chain of family restaurants – Pizzerias to be precise – that use animatronic anthropomorphic animals heavily reminiscent of Nolan Bushnell’s Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and it’s old rival (and current owner) ShowBiz Pizza Place. The first and second games take place at two separate Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza locations, the third a theme park attraction based on those restaurants and the fourth in a nightmare of a child who was injured at a restaurant. Each game is a point-and-click indie survival horror game and although the exact methods differ between the four games they all share the same simple gameplay and goal – use what you have to keep yourself from being killed by the animatronics, though from Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (FNAF2) small bonus mini-games in the style of the Atari 2600 home video game console were added to give more of the backstory of the franchise (and further scare players). All four games were created and developed by Scott Cawthon and are available for PC (via things like Steam) and iOS.
Freddy Fazbear – Titular mascot and lead singer of the animatronic band in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, he carries a microphone and wears a top-hat and bowtie and plays the Toredor March from Carmen as a jingle. [ShowBiz Place Pizza had a brown bear mascot called Billy Bob, who was a guitarist]
Fredbear – another bear and original titular mascot of the chain when it Fredbear’s Family Pizza, he looks similar to Freddy but is lighter with a purple hat and bowtie, it seems Fredbear and Freddy were used by the restaurant together [get this, Showbiz Pizza originally had a lighter coloured bear in its original band – Wolf Pack 5 – called Surf Bear, who stayed on after they switched to the more popular Rock-afire Explosion band and characters, which added Billy Bob, a brown bear that did the exact thing in the band as Surf Bear did (in this case, played guitar) who became the main mascot of the chain, not completely identical but very similar to Fredbear and Freddy Fazbear - I’m sure this is all just coincidence as many places introduced a character of the same type as their main mascot but still…]
Bonnie – a blue rabbit who plays guitar, some fans seem to mistake the poor guy for a girl (it’s probably his name) but Crowther says it’s a boy [neither Chuck e Cheese nor Showbiz prominently featured a rabbit character]
Chica – the female backing singer, a chicken who wears a bib and carries a cupcake with eyes [Chuck E. Cheese’s has had a major chicken girl – Helen Henny - since ’78, who has since become the major female mascot of the chain]
Foxy – a pirate fox who was once operational in his own location, Pirate Cove, by the time of FNAF1 he’s no longer used and out of order [Showbiz Pizza had a wolf named Rolfe DeWolfe who also operated off of a side-stage from the main band (as a ventriloquist) and was indeed decommissioned before all the other characters].
Golden Freddy – a bonus enemy in FNAF1, Freddy with golden ‘fur’, looks similar to Fredbear
The Puppet – a strange, possibly paranormal, humanoid puppet who operates the Prize Corner
Balloon Boy – a little boy animatronic who gave out balloons to children
The Mangle - an attempt at redesigning Foxy that got pulled apart by kids
Springtrap – a golden Bonnie animatronic that also doubled as a suit for employees, it contains a dead body
Nightmare – a strange black version of Fredbear
Timeline of Events
Larger Text in Bold – events implied by the games (mostly)
Smaller italic text – my notes, explanations, fan theories and evidence
- The Freddy’s franchise begins as Fredbear’s Family Diner [mentioned by Phone Guy in FNAF2]
- The murderer, nicknamed ‘Purple Guy’ by fans, kills a child outside a small Freddy’s establishment [this is from the mini-game ‘Give Cake to Children’ from FNAF2 – the location is very small and only a bear mascot is shown – leading to the assumption that this is Fredbear’s Family Diner in its earliest stages and this is Fredbear – though his hat and bow tie are black]
- In 1983 there is a cartoon called Fredbear and Friends [shown in the FNAF4 mini-games]
- Two ‘spring’ suits are introduced, a golden Bonnie (who becomes Springtrap) and a golden version of the bear mascot at the time (either Freddy or Fredbear, we’ll call him Golden Fred from now on though just to keep it ambiguous) [FNAF3’s hidden mini-games include a scene with a golden bonnie and golden bear, implying – fans seem to feel, and I agree – that was the other spring suit mentioned by Phone Guy]
- The events of Five Nights At Freddy’s 4’s mini-games happen [a lot of people just take this for granted that these show the ‘Bite of ’87’ but a lot of what we’re shown just doesn’t quite line up with what we’ve seen in other games. The animatronic that bites the child in this game is Fredbear and is on the stage singing – all we know about the bite of ’87 is that it happened in ’87 and resulted in the robots not being able to free-roam in restaurants anymore (implying it was roaming when it bit them). We know that FNAF4’s flash backs take place after 1983 (because of the cartoon), during the time the spring suits are in operation, when Purple Guy was working at the restaurant and during a time when Fredbear and the original animatronics were in operation and Fredbear was the main mascot (he’s painted on the walls). That kind of rules out ’87 but it certainly rules out the revamped location from FNAF2 (only Toy versions were active and there isn’t a Toy Fredbear), though the building from FNAF4’s mini-games looks very different anyway (much smaller).Now everything in FNAF4 points to Fredbear AND Freddy Fazbear being around at the same time (the child has nightmares about both, has plushies of both before being bitten by Fredbear, Freddy appears on the montage of characters in the Fredbear and Friends cartoon show) so there’s nothing to say that Fredbear’s appearance rules out 1987, there is however a teaser for FNAF4 that says ‘property of Fredbear’s Family Diner’, this makes me personally believe that all of these mini-games happen at a Fredbear’s (which has been closed ‘for years’ in FNAF2) and this isn’t the Bite of ’87. Regardless it has to happen before the investigation and the retirement of the spring suits, putting it before the audio tapes from FNAF2 – though not necessarily not in ‘87].
- Purple Guy lures at least five children to a back room in a Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza restaurant by using one of the golden ‘spring’ suits, their bodies are never found [there is nothing in-game to confirm that Purple Guy killed these five children but the mini-games heavily imply this was the case and that he IS a murderer. While the murders probably took place around 1987, it is my belief that this happened at a different location to the one in FNAF2, prior to the revamp, due to the Go! Go! Go! Mini-game using a different location and a regular Foxy, rather than the Toy Foxy aka Mangle and seemingly being set during the five-children go missing time]
- My money’s on the suit Purple Guy used is implied to have been Spring Fred (be it Fredbear or Freddy), it just seems unlikely that if it was Springtrap (alias Spring Bonnie or Gold Bonnie) the police would have left it behind for Purple Guy to find and get into (and die), especially as they couldn’t find the bodies of the children, they’d’ve needed it for evidence/a conviction (which they got), however it is always possible he used both.
- After an ‘incident’ at a Freddy’s restaurant involving the spring suits, they are decommissioned and put into the Safe Room, a room in every Freddy’s in case of emergencies and for storing potentially dangerous items. [the spring suits are in use in FNAF4’s flash backs, but seem to be decommissioned in FNAF2 (presumably because they weren’t created by Scott yet) and Phone Guy describes a yellow suit as ‘spare’ (though they could just have multiples) thus before or during the murders, or before the revamp, seems the most likely placing for this event, I put it here just because it’s roughly the middle of the time-frame just mentioned and if they were still in use during the murders it would make it easier for Purple Guy to get away with what he was doing PLUS I like the fan theory that the victims of this ‘incident’ became Shadow Freddy and Shadow Bonnie and they show up in FNAF2’s gameplay].
- Unable to revive the dead children/their spirits with prizes, the Puppet allows them to possess the old animatronics of Foxy, Freddy, Bonnie and Chica, plus it seems, Golden Freddy [this is all information taken from the implications of the mini-game Give Gifts, Give Life from FNAF2, I see no issue with these interpretations – we see the Puppet give gifts to dead children sprites, and then place the heads of the animatronics on them to ‘give life’, we then see a fifth child appear, then Golden Freddy – I feel the implication is that The Puppet isn’t responsible for this one as he doesn’t physically ‘give life’ to it but that’s just me. We have no way of knowing when this happened exactly, I place it here, before the revamp, out of personal choice but it should at least happen before the investigation: we know from the audio tapes from that time that the old animatronics were already said to be wandering at night thus if you choose to believe the old animatronics move because of the spirits of the dead children, and there’s enough implications in the game to do so, then the Gift Gifts, Give Life mini-game, and thus The Puppet allowing them to possess these animatronics, must have happened before that. It could totally have happened after the revamp, I choose to put it before just because the location is smaller really, I suppose it also depends on whether you believe the puppet was a new ‘Toy’ Animatronic or not, I can’t decide but generally lean towards him not being so due to the murders seemingly happening in a different location and this seemingly happening around the same time as them]
- At least one of the FFP restaurants moves to a new location as part of a massive overhaul including replacing Bonnie, Freddy, Chica and Foxy with new ‘Toy’ models with face recognition software. [Phone Guy states that the old animatronics are from ‘the old location’ implying this is a new location, not a refurbed one, in Night 4 of FNAF2; going by their designs and the Give Gifts, Give Life mini-game it is my belief that Balloon Boy was introduced during this refurbishment but the Puppet may predate it]
- Toy Foxy is put in the Kids Cove room, but the younger children there pulled him apart, he was then changed to a pull-apart and put back together activity, that left the robot a jumble of parts, and was nicknamed The Mangle by staff [Mangle is in the same style as the other ‘Toy’ models, thus I assume he was a Toy version also, it seems that Mangle wasn’t a pirate and the implication is there that Kids Cove is Pirate Cove just at another time when it had another name/theme, as Phone Guy refers to Foxy being a pirate in FNAF2 Night 2 and then to management redesigning Foxy in the following night’s audio, I would say it seems they changed the room to not be Pirate themed (probably during the refurb) and then changed it back once the Toy models were discontinued]
- There is an investigation into the disappearances of children at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, the media gets hold of it and eventually the restaurant is temporarily shut down, a pre-booked birthday party is held the day after it is, someone from staff is caught for this and convicted of the five children’s murders [there is an investigation going on during the audio tapes from FNAF2 with the heavy implication this is the investigation into the child disappearances with the police focussing on staff both present and former – the following dialogue from Phone Guy in FNAF2 (Night 5) leads me to believe the implication is that the person who was arrested for the crimes was a day shift employee “y'know, especially concerning any...previous employees. Um, when we get it all sorted out, we may move you to the day shift, a position just became...available.” and one of the Atari 2600 cutscenes in FNAF4 implies Purple Guy working at the restaurant]
- The Bite of ’87 happens, someone has their frontal lobe bitten out but lives, at least temporarily, animatronics are stopped from free-roaming in the daytime [placement due to the implication the robots are still being allowed to walk around in the day time during the events of the audio tapes from FNAF2 (Mangle was seemingly able to interact with children, in order for him to be pulled apart) and the FNAF2 ending newspaper saying the refurbished FFB was closed down to animatronic malfunctions, not the murders, and the restaurant being closed after the events of those audio tapes – of course there’s nothing to say they bite didn’t happen at another site]
- My money is on the culprit of the Bite of ’87 being Toy Freddy – if we go on the theory that the Bite of ’87 happened at the revamped restaurant and is the malfunction that closed the place – then all of the original animatronics, Gold Freddy, Gold Bonnie and Mangle are out (currently inoperative) as is The Puppet (he doesn’t roam) , that leaves Toy Chica, Toy Bonnie, Balloon Boy and Toy Freddie, my choice of Freddy is just based on the design of that animatronics’s head being the most likely to be able to bite someone’s forehead off. Or it’s Fredbear and it happened at a different location.
- This revamped Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza restaurant is closed down after only a few weeks, the Toy models are decommissioned due to malfunctioning [there is nothing to suggest that the Toy models had anything majorly supernatural about them, all of the allusions seem to be to them malfunctioning and ‘attacking’ you due to a combination of problems with their programming – the following dialogue from Phone Guy on Night 6 of FNAF2 I think also alludes to their issues being directly related to the Purple Guy’s activities “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.” either as a reaction to him or due to sabotage]
- The events of Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 happen around the date of 11th of November 1987 [the events of FNAF2 are dated via the cheque you receive at the end, the events are generally considered to have taken place after the investigation and other events described in the audio tapes from Phone Guy – he says welcome to your ‘summer’ job and November is clearly not in summer (anywhere in the world, actually), and there is a birthday party set up all nights, while the tapes say there’s going to be a birthday party the day after you finish your shift, there is also no real evidence of the mentioned lock-down still being in effect either]
- Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza re-opens in a different location, using only the old animatronics who are now forbade from roaming in the daytime, following the Bite of ’87 [the Freddy’s of FNAF2 has a different layout to the one in FNAF1; Balloon Boy and The Puppet are seemingly decommissioned during the switch in locations, this could imply they are Toy animatronics, I think Balloon Boy definitely is, but it could also be part of the downsizing – there is no Prize Corner here for the Puppet to work at, for instance. Also there is a (pretty good) fan theory that the restaurant actually moved BACK to the location it was at pre-revamp, It’s a little unlikely given that the child disappearances have already happened and probably happened there but this company is cheap as fuck, they may have still owned that old location even (and the investigation happened while they were in the new location, so maybe they hoped it would be associated with that one? Who knows) this theory is mostly based on the layout of the Go! Go! Go! mini-game being the same as the layout of FNAF1’s restaurant, some also use that to think that there was another set of murders after the investigation, I don’t go for that personally and there’s not enough in-game implications that I could find to change my mind on it]
- The Safe Rooms are boarded up in all locations and a false wall is put over them, seemingly because of something that might interest insurance people [told to us in the audio recording of Night 6 (‘Nightmare’) in FNAF3, given the mini-games in FNAF3 I’m inclined to believe that the FNAF1’s restaurant has a Safety Room, but as it’s not accessible or even mentioned in FNAF1 (because it wasn’t created then) I’m placing this event here. Something was definitely up with those Safety Rooms, we have no real indications of what it was though]
- Health and safety demands the closure of the FNAF1 Freddy’s due to complaints about the animatronics – their smell, and strange fluids oozing from their heads that resemble mucus and blood and make them look like walking cadavers [no one doubts that these fluids are an implication of something far worse going on with these animatronics – and that includes me – however the fluids of animatronics do resemble bodily fluids, for instance the Pirates of the Caribbean leak fluid that looks like blood, in fact several fans expressed that these leaks have improved the ride, making it look like the pirates are bleeding! What I don’t wholly subscribe to is the ‘fact’ that the children’s bodies were stuffed into them, I think there’s enough evidence to say the kids ghosts are haunting them, but not to say they are physically in them, the fluids and smell could easily be the result of something paranormal (or just lack of maintenance) of course there’s nothing to say they’re not stuffed in there either]
- The Phone Guy is killed by the four animatronics [it seems generally accepted that the Phone Guy’s audio recordings from FNAF1 are exactly that, recordings from a previous time, and the jingles playing on the recording of his death imply he was killed in The Office, which is where you are in the game, meaning it can’t have happened at the same time as you’re there – because you’re there and there is no man getting horrifically murdered. His body – or a suit that it’s been stuffed into - cannot be found on cam either, implying that it’s been removed. As for ‘who killed the Phone Guy’ I never thought there was any debate in that, we hear evidence of all four animatronics being there at once, I have always assumed they all killed him together though I hear that Chica is top of the list of suspects otherwise]
- The events of Five Nights At Freddy’s (1) happens, mostly likely in 1993 [FNAF fans, being incredibly dedicated, found out that by combining the minimum wage you receive in FNAF1 with the dates (both from the cheque you receive at the end) the events of FNAF1 most likely take place in 1993]
- Purple Guy returns to a run down, abandoned and rat infested Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, dispatches the original four animatronics one by one outside the Safe Room, accidentally freeing the spirits within, in the arcade he is chased into the Springtrap suit by the ghosts of his victims and is killed, his body is not found until the time of Fazbear’s Fright [this is all taken from the implications of the mini-games from FNAF3 (not the hidden ones, the regular ones) it’s placing in the timeline and my reasoning for it being the same location as FNAF1 is as follows – the restaurant is clearly derelict, in far worse repair than FNAF1’s location; it has to take place in a location where the spirits are, the spirits are clearly not haunting a single location as they move from at least one to another (the FNAF2 location to the FNAF1 location), the only implications we have to what they are haunting is the old animatronics; the Foxy animatronic is an original (he’s clearly a pirate, he has a hook) and thus not a Toy animatronic, nor Mangle (who has his own sprite); thus I conclude this is the FNAF1 location sometime after the closure (so after FNAF1’s gameplay), it can’t be the FNAF2 location as there would only be Toy animatronics there – as the ‘haunted’ original animatronics were taken to FNAF1’s location in order for the story to make sense (it could of course be a third location where the animatronics were taken to after FNAF1). I think we’re seeing what happened to the original animatronics from FNAF1 to explain why they aren’t in FNAF3 (they’re not) at the same time as we’re seeing the end of Purple Guy and thus the origin of Springtrap, does this mean I think the games imply that Purple Guy set someone up and didn’t go down for the murders in the ‘80s? it’s possible but honestly I think it’s just as likely he got caught, got out and then came back, FNAF3 takes place ‘decades’ after the incidents at Freddy’s – so in the Naughties at least – it’s likely he could have served 20 years or more, won an appeal, got out early for good behaviour, anything]
- Fazbear’s Fright is built, it is a walk-through horror attraction based on the stories about the old food chain, they have none of the animatronics though [again this is just my theory about what the regular FNAF3 Atari 2600 mini-games show but I think the reason they don’t have any of the old animatronics is because Purple Guy destroyed them all. The official description on Steam says FNAF 3 happens thirty years after ‘Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed its doors’, meaning this would be set in 2023 or 2017 depending on which restaurant that’s referring to, in game it just says everything happened ‘decades’ ago]
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 3’s events begin, the attraction will open the following week but it still has no original animatronic on display [told to you by Phone Dude on Night 1’s phone call in FNAF3]
- On night 2 of FNAF 3’s gameplay Springtrap (the spring suit Bonnie) is brought to the Fazbear’s Frights, it has been found in a Safe Room and still has (most of) the body of Purple Guy in it [you can see a head in the suit in some images, it’s generally accepted it’s Purple Guy, mention is made on Night 1’s phone call about looking into the Safe Room implying that’s where they found the suit, still with body in it – that raises the question: how did the suit get from the old arcade (as shown in the mini-games) to the Safe Room, which was presumably behind the boarded up door shown in those mini-games? I have no idea, but as a theory – could the ghosts of the children have moved it there so like theirs, Purple Guy’s body would never be found?]
- Fazbear’s Fright burns down, police have not ruled out foul play [from the newspaper clipping at the end, the possibility of the place catching fire without foul play is mentioned in the first night’s Phone Dude call, some fans speculate it was the player character who burned it down, it’s likely but I couldn’t find anything to confirm it, or even really imply it]
There’s a couple of things I haven’t touched upon in the timeline that I’ll just waffle about here:
“How can the Puppet do what the Puppet is implied to do?”
The Puppet is mentioned as being a very smart animatronic (“it’s always thinking” says Phone Guy, it’s also clever enough to see through your terrible disguise of putting on a Freddy head) but on the supernatural side: in FNAF3 the Phantom Puppet has a reflection while the others do not, implying that it may be real (or more real than the imaginary phantom versions of the previous games’ animatronics) and it’s face resembles the crying child sprite used in the Atari 2600 style mini-games. Fan theory is that it’s possessed by the child killed outside the restaurant in Bring Cake to Children, I like that – the Puppet is the jump scare character for that mini-game and appears after the child is murdered, and the Happiest Day mini-game from FNAF3 it is seemingly implied that he IS a spirit as his mask falls to the ground with the others (this is considered by fans to be the spirits of the children being freed, the children certainly appear dead anyway).
“What is Golden Freddy?” and “Is Golden Freddy ‘real’”
Ug, this seems to be the biggest debate in the fandom. Golden Freddy is a bonus enemy in FNAF1, it sometimes just appears on camera, then game overs your ass with a jump scare, it doesn’t move around the restaurant and appears to be ghostly or a hallucination; I feel that in that game this was the case, it wasn’t physically there. I also think it didn’t really have any story significance in the first game. But because “What is Golden Freddy’ became such a repeatedly asked question it seems Scott began addressing it in FNAF2 onwards – Phone Guy makes reference to a yellow suit as the one used by Purple Guy in FNAF2 this is almost certainly a reference to the mysterious Gold Freddy from ol’ Scotty. In the Give Cake, Give Life mini-game in that very same title, only four children are shown on screen until the very end, just before the jumpscare that ends all of these mini-games the fifth child appears, then the jump scare – which is Gold Freddy, furthermore in the Happiest Day mini-game of FNAF3 The Puppet meets up with the ghost kids who are all wearing masks of the animatronics, the fifth child is maskless until he puts on a yellow mask (then they disappear and their masks fall to the ground, including the Puppet), this has all been interpreted as implying that the fifth child is Golden Freddy in FNAF1, I have no problem with that theory at all and can see no reason or evidence to disprove it. In FNAF3 we are introduced to the spring-lock suits, we are told that there are two and we deduce that one is Springtrap (Bonnie) and it is a yellow-gold colour, it’s pretty much common sense to assume the other suit would be Fredbear/Freddy as he’s the titular mascot of the franchise but we are shown a hidden mini-game with two gold-coloured suits greeting children – one is Fred/Freddy and one is Bonnie – a good enough implication for me to say that the two spring-trap suits were Freddy and Bonnie (or Fredbear and Bonnie). As such my conclusion from all the evidence is that, with the quadrilogy over, in-cannon Golden Freddy was a spring suit that appears as a phantom in the FNAF1 location and may well be the fifth Purple Guy victim’s spirit.
The Picture of Freddy taking his own head off in FNAF1
Didn’t even notice this until a YouTube video pointed it out as an ‘unsolved mystery’, I couldn’t give a toss personally, it’s way too small for me to care about, tell me what happened to make the Safety Rooms need to be sealed off, that’s a real unsolved mystery. BUT I can give you a nice little theory if you like – I think it’s a reference to the popularity of Out of Character photos amidst Disneyland employees (in the character department), pictures of them simulating sex, mix-n-matching outfits, smoking through the suits etc - yes that is a real thing, Disneyland staff are depraved.
“Who is the Purple Guy’s true identity?”
I honestly don’t see the need for The Purple Guy to be another character in the game; fans speculate its Phone Guy the most (though his death doesn’t really match up). I think there’s enough implications in the game to say that he’s an ex-employee of the restaurant chain and was working at the location of FNAF2 (there’s that newly opened position in day staff during the investigation after all) but beyond that, nothing I could find makes me think he has a secret identity as another character we’ve met so far, he’s just the killer from the story in the clippings in FNAF1 and his own separate character IMO.
“What is up with the FNAF2 Endoskeleton?”
No conclusive evidence. There is an Endoskeleton that pops out of the prize box in FNAF2 once the Puppet moves away (if the music box that keeps him there isn’t rewound) it comes out, and sometimes crawls through the vents. It seems to be Freddy’s endoskeleton (it has his ears) but other than that I haven’t found anything that hints towards why it’s there or what its connection to the overall plot is. Fan theories include it being Golden Freddy’s endoskeleton though if he’s a spring animatronic I doubt his endoskeleton can be taken out and anyway you can see parts of endoskeleton on Golden Freddy; or that the endoskeleton was intended for a possible Toy Golden Freddy (a theory of mine building on that: given that Golden Freddy could actually be Spring Fredbear, maybe this endoskeleton was for a Toy Fredbear (though I dunno why it’s in a prize box) - Fredbear and Freddy were active concurrently it seems (as shown in FNAF4), so maybe Fredbear wasn’t fully retired until the revamp? Though I’m leaning towards Fredbear being dumped after the events of FNAF4, which closed Fredbear’s Family Diner with Freddy being given his slot for the new Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza restaurants – again that’s just my mad little theories).
Shadow Freddy and Bonnie
I did mention these but I’ll wrap up with them, these are bonus enemies in FNAF2, that game’s equivalents of Golden Freddy, now Golden Freddy I feel had no story significance in FNAF1, that was added later, but apparently just about everything of note in FNAF2 does have some significance so…well fun fact – the Phantoms have a different number of fingers (five) and the same number of fingers as the Spring suits, specifically Springtrap, given that Shadow Bonnie looks very similar to Springtrap head-wise I wonder if these weren’t some sort of clever foreshadowing and ol’ Scott either had the idea for FNAF3 during FNAF2’s development or the spring suits idea was meant for FNAF2. Anyway there’s a cool fan theory that in-universe these are the ghosts of the victims of the spring suits from the ‘incident’, I initially thought I could disprove this theory by pointing out that Phone Guy says the accident happened at a ‘sister site’ but he says that in a tape in FNAF3, which is set in a theme park attraction and thus the ‘sister site’ could be any Freddy’s restaurant.
Go play Five Nights at Freddy’s; especially 1 and 3, I like those the best.
all images stolen from the Freddy's Wiki