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No! I don't want to go!
 
— Crying Child's final words before the Bite of 83'

This article is for the Crying Child from Five Nights at Freddy's 4, If you are looking for the one from FNaF 1, 2, or 3, look here. If you're looking for one of The Missing Children look here.

The Crying Child is the main protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 and the end of night minigames. He is the victim of the Bite of 83'.


The Crying Child is a timid child who cries all the time due to having an extreme automatonophobia. He undergoes bullying and tormenting by his Older Brother who is always seen wearing a Foxy mask to terrorize him. On the day of his birthday party at Fredbear's Family Diner, the Older Brother and his friends decide to give him a scare by lifting the Crying Child and carrying him towards the performing Fredbear animatronic. He continues to bawl and begs them not to, but they continued to ignore him, leaving him completely helpless. The Fredbear animatronic, running through its programmed routine, bites down on Crying Child's head, causing him to be hospitalized.

Appearance

Games

Crying Child was a small boy with medium brown hair, dark eyes, and pale skin, wearing a black sleeveless shirt with two gray stripes, light blue shorts, and brown shoes. He usually is depicted with tears dripping down his cheeks, hence the name.

Character Encyclopedia

In the Five Nights at Freddy's Character Encyclopedia the Crying Child is depicted as a small boy with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He is depicted wearing a dark gray T-shirt with two lighter gray stripes, dark blue shorts and light brown shoes.

He was also depicted with a band-aid on his left knee.

Personality

Not much is said or shown about the Crying Child's personality. However, through interpreting their actions, they appear very shy and anxious, sometimes crying more than just verbalizing. The CC's treatment by his peers and the Older Brother's friends paint him as a very sensitive individual as they call him a 'baby'. It is seen that he isn't a brave boy due to him refusing at first to look for help, instead continuing to cry when the Fredbear Plush tells him to seek help in the Night 3 Minigame.

Story

Five Nights at Freddy's 4 Minigames

Each minigame depicts events during the days leading up to the Crying Child's birthday, with text preceding the minigames indicating "X days until the party".

Pre-Night 1

The Crying Child is locked in his bedroom with his plushies, approaching them, he states "These are my friends." After banging on the door several times he helplessly collapses down into sobbing, as the Fredbear plush states "Tomorrow is another day."

Night 1

The Crying Child walks around his house, being followed by a seemingly teleporting Fredbear Plush. When approaching the TV in the room to the left, the Older Brother, wearing his Foxy mask, pops out and terrorizes him which caused him to collapse onto the floor and continuously sob. Like in the first minigame, Fredbear's text will say "Tomorrow is another day."

Night 2

The Crying Child has been left behind at Fredbear's Family Diner while sobbing under a table. The plush urges him to leave. Upon heading right, the child is blocked by an employee wearing the Fredbear suit. The Fredbear plush instructs him, saying "It's too late. Hurry the other way and find someone who will help! You know what will happen if he catches you!" Heading left, he sees shadows of Fredbear and Spring Bonnie, and the Fredbear plush says "You can find help if you can get past them. You have to be strong." At this point, the CC can go back to the previous scene and catch a glimpse of an interaction in the back through a set of double doors that had been closed before. A purple man places a Spring Bonnie head on another individual after which he closes the door. Heading left again and advancing further, the person wearing the Fredbear suit blocks the other end of the room, prompting the child to collapse sob while hiding under a table, at which point the plush states "Tomorrow is another day."

Night 3

The Crying Child is in the Fredbear's restaurant again, sobbing curled up under a table. The voice of the Fredbear plush urges him to leave this time. Attempting to go to the left will have Fredbear halt them and say "NO! Don't you remember what you saw? The exit is the other way! Hurry and leave!" After exiting the restaurant, the child goes home, interacting to the other children. When he reaches home, upon reaching the plushies, he repeats "These are my friends." The older brother terrorizes him again, from under his bed this time which again, caused him to collapse onto the floor and continuously sob like a baby. After being scared, the plush reminds him "Tomorrow is another day."

Night 4

The Crying Child is locked in a spare parts room of Fredbear's Family Diner. There are various unsettling animatronic parts and heads on the shelves and tables around him, including a slumped, headless yellow suit with something sticking out of the neck hole, which can be interpreted as wires or someone's hair. As the child sobs, he yells "Please let me out." "PLEASE!" The child then helplessly falls over into a fetal position, "...please let me out..."

Night 5

On his birthday at the Diner, the Older Brother and his friends, who are all wearing Freddy Fazbear character masks, are seen terrorizing and bullying him as he is knelt on the floor, sobbing even more. This leads to The Older Brother getting the idea to bring his brother closer to the animatronics which he most greatly feared. Eventually this escalates to the older kids lifting the Crying Child up closer and closer to the stage. Due to The Crying Childs intense sobbing at this point, this provoked the bullies to shove him inside Fredbear’s mouth to give him a "kiss"; thinking that this will scare him the most. The Crying Child being so terrified at this point, proceeds to straight up Cry Uncontrollably with his eyes being the widest they had ever been with sprites of Tear flakes flashing while he was squirming with no more dialogue. he then gets "bitten" not long after as Fredbear's mechanical jaw clamps down. The Crying Child goes limp while the older kids look on. He is likely critically injured, and thus is assumedly brought to the hospital.

Night 6

After the bite, the Crying Child is seen in a dark place, still sobbing with only his plushies in view. Grey text appears which indicates the Older Brother is speaking, his brother talks to him to say he is sorry. Once he stops talking, another voice starts talking to him, uttering the iconic lines "We are still your friends, do you believe that?" and "I will put you back together" while his plushies disappear, one by one, until finally the Fredbear plush disappears and a faint flat-line is heard from hospital equipment.

Dialogue

These are my friends.
 
— Crying Child about the plushies in his room
Please let me out. PLEASE! ...please let me out....
 
— Crying Child begging to be let out of the Parts and Services closet, but due to no response, he helplessly stops after realizing that no one will listen to him.
No! Please!
 
— Crying Child pleading to his older brother to not carry him to the Animatronics on the day of the party
No! I don't want to go!
 
— Crying Child beseeching his older brother as he's being carried to Fredbear, but stops by the time he was very close to the Animatronics, seemingly bawling beyond that point.

Survival Logbook

In the Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Logbook it's been theorized that there is edited text, codes, and secret cyphers left by the Crying Child and another spirit known as Cassidy.

Five Nights at Freddy's Character Encyclopedia

In the Five Nights at Freddy's Character Encyclopedia the Crying Child is described thusly:

The Crying Child is the main character of Five Nights at Freddy's 4. He's terrorized by the Nightmare Animatronics in his bedroom, but his real story is told in end-of-night minigames. In them, we see the child locked in his room by his bullying big brother. The child is comforted by his Fredbear plush, and when he gets out, his brother scares him with a Foxy mask.

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Trivia

  • The Crying Child is the shortest human character in the entire fourth game.
  • The identity of the Crying Child has not yet been, and may likely never will be, confirmed and definitive details still remain vague. There is still a raging debate over their identity to this day.
    • Two current major theories as to the identity of the Crying Child/'83 Bite Victim is either him being Michael Afton (Mikevictim) or the younger brother of Michael Afton (Mikebro). The Five Nights at Freddy's Character Encyclopedia states that the Crying Child is the protagonist of FNaF 4's night segments. Though seemingly already implied by FNaF 4's gameplay, confirmation of this fact has become a contentious detail between Mikebro and Mikevictim theorists.
      • Mikebro arguments:
        • The Crying Child/Bite of '83 Victim is thought to be represented in the The Five Nights at Freddy's Survival Logbook through edited text and cyphers - repeated patterns become replaced with different words. Some theorists have interpreted the codes and cyphers in the Logbook to be messages to the Night Guard from an outside influence such as Golden Freddy. This reading supports Mikebro theory interpretations, as the messages are taken to be messages from the little brother to his older sibling Michael Afton (Mike Schmidt).
        • In CC’s page of the logbook, in the section ‘Crunch Time’, it states “A final sequence implies that he died from his injuries." It should be noted that the Crying Child (Ghost from the minigames) was found on CC’s encyclopedia page.
          • Multiple interpretations of the Logbook has been presented, though some believe it doesn't have a definitive conclusion.
        • Since Fredbear was the animatronic that bit him, the Crying Child was theorized to possess Golden Freddy (either alone or alongside Cassidy) and/or theorized to be connected with Shadow Freddy. This generally supports Mikebro theory interpretations as it indicates the CC died from the Bite of '83 and so haunts the animatronic that killed him.
        • The end of FNAF4's final minigame following Night 6, in which the Crying Child is cryptically comforted by the Fredbear plushie before everything fades and a heart monitor flatline is heard, has been considered by some to indicate that CC died from the Bite of '83. This would indicate that the CC is dead and could not be present as a living entity in other entries in the series, which falls in line with Mikebro interpretations.
        • Theorists disagree that the Freddy Files entry on Mike Schmidt refers to CC, claiming it may refer to the Older Brother.
          • Others also cite less than full confidence in The Freddy Files as a source for canon information as it includes a lot of fan theories and contains mistakes. At the same time, the entry has vague language that doesn't refer to the Crying Child specifically. The entry in its entirety is transcribed here: Mike Schmidt: When you receive your paycheck at the close of Night 5, you’ll learn that your name is (was) Mike Schmidt. Many have speculated that Mike isn’t just some security guard off the street. In FNAF(1), playing through to Night 7 gets Mike fired for “tampering with the animatronics” A2 (referring to custom night), which could imply that Mike has knowledge of the animatronics. Fans have also pointed out that he shares a first name with Mike from FNAF4 (who seems to be “Michael Afton”), and “Mike,” the owner of the Survival Logbook.
      • Mikevictim arguments:
        • Other theorists interpret the messages in the LogBook to mean that CC is one and the same with the FNaF 1 Night Guard, Mike Schmidt and, ergo, is Michael Afton. This reading supports the Mikevictim theory.
          • The Logbook has multiple interpretations however, and some theorists believe that it indicates differing conclusions.
        • Others disagree with the interpretation that CC died from the Bite, pointing to multiple details that can be interpreted to mean that CC survived, leaving open the possibility that they are Michael Afton.
        • In The Ultimate Guide (Freddy Files 3), the name Mike is connected to FNAF4 through an entry on "Mike Schmidt", which some fans have taken to mean the Crying Child is named Mike and have further postulated that this confirms the Crying Child is named Michael Afton.
          • Others also cite less than full confidence in The Freddy Files as a source for canon information as it includes a lot of fan theories and contains mistakes. At the same time, the entry has vague language that doesn't refer to the Crying Child specifically. The entry in its entirety is transcribed here: Mike Schmidt: When you receive your paycheck at the close of Night 5, you’ll learn that your name is (was) Mike Schmidt. Many have speculated that Mike isn’t just some security guard off the street. In FNAF(1), playing through to Night 7 gets Mike fired for “tampering with the animatronics” A2 (referring to custom night), which could imply that Mike has knowledge of the animatronics. Fans have also pointed out that he shares a first name with Mike from FNAF4 (who seems to be “Michael Afton”), and “Mike,” the owner of the Survival Logbook.
        • Some refer to the Crying Child as Michael, since it has been theorized with credible evidence that Michael Afton is the Crying Child, rather than Evan, which is more speculative. YouTuber TwelveMan_OP created two fan-made VHS-styled movies, where he named the Crying Child Norman. Other VHS-styled shorts have used the name Evan. As this material is non-canon, they are considered fan-made interpretations of the Crying Child.
  • During the run-up to, and initial theorizing after, FNaF 4's release, there were many theories that the Crying Child may have been the victim in the infamous Bite of '87 incident mentioned in FNaF 1.
    • This theory was mostly deemed as debunked by certain details such as the date of '83 for the "Fredbear and Friends" advertisement seen on the television in the Night 3 Minigame and the fact that the Fredbear animatronic wasn't walking around the establishment, as the Bite of '87 involved an animatronic who was walking around during the day, while Fredbear is in place on stage during the Bite of '83.
  • Some theorize the Crying Child saw some part of The Missing Children incident, due to details and dialogue in the minigames. In Night 2's minigame, the CC is told "You know what will happen if he catches you!"
    • Taken in context, the line may be just referring to CC's own paranoia about the Fredbear suits he sees as chasing him and blocking him from leaving.
    • The reason for CC's fear of Fredbear is not stated ultimately, but the possibility of having seen something that scared him, whether it was innocuous and misinterpreted or an actual violent or criminal act is supported by other lines such as during Night 3's minigame when Fredbear says "No! Don't you remember what you saw?"
      • During Night 2, the CC can be witness to a shadowy purple figure who bears a strong resemblance to Purple Guy as seen in other games placing the head of a Spring Bonnie suit on a person, presumably another employee and closing the door abruptly in CC's face. It's possible this action was mistaken as the animatronic "eating" the employee by an impressionable child who only caught a glimpse of the act. This could easily be a reason for CC to be afraid of getting near them.
  • Some people theorize that the Crying Child's real name is Norman, as the file name for the bedroom in Help Wanted is "NormanBedroom."
    • However, this is not a clear conclusion. It may refer to a stock model for Unreal Engine that can be found online.[1]
      • This is in fact named after the character Norman Bates from the TV series Bates Motel.
      • The bedroom model is based on Norman's bedroom in this series.
    • The actual file labelled as NormanBedroom is simply a stock table model, placed out of bounds in the Night Terrors minigame.
  • During the End of Night Minigames, the Crying Child is depicted as considering his plushies of the Freddy Fazbear band, Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and a headless Foxy, yet possibly not Fredbear as his friends for three days straight. "These are my friends." During the final night, a voice that is assumed to be the Fredbear plush says "We are still your friends, do you still believe that?" and "I will put you back together" These are a repeatedly referenced phrases throughout FNaF's lore and these words have long puzzled theorists. A popular idea is that they refer to Fredbear promising to take the CC's spirit and enclose it in Golden Freddy. Other instances of references for these lines include:
    • In FNaF World's Clock ending, a pair of yellow eyes not unlike Fredbear's appears with the text "We are still your friends. Do you believe that?" and "The pieces are in place for you. All you have to do is find them."
    • In Ultimate Custom Night, Nightmare Fredbear's voice lines say "We know who our friends are and you are not one of them," as well as "Let me put you back together, then take you apart all over again" and "Let's see how many times you can be pulled apart"
  • It has been noted by some theorists that at the moment of the Bite of '83, after the crushing action occurs, everyone in the scene freezes, with the exception of Spring Bonnie behind Fredbear and the flashing showtime lights.
    • A common misconception is that the Bite of '83 crushed the Crying Child's whole skull and severed his frontal lobe. This is likely a carryover from when the community believed FNaF 4 depicted the Bite of '87, as Phone Guy implies was the injury in said incident.
      • Based on the placement of Fredbear's teeth in relation to CC's head, it is theorized that only the Crying Child's jaw and/or neck or spine was bit, though specific medical data has not been provided.
  • In Five Night's at Freddy's: Security Breach, the Crying Child and the Afton Family are theorized to be represented by a diorama of five S.T.A.F.F. Bots set up around a table located in a hidden area. One of the S.T.A.F.F. Bots is missing its head, which is thought to represent the Bite of '83 injury. Also present at this table is one of the Ice Cream Parlor S.T.A.F.F. Bots with red pigtails that are modeled after Circus Baby, thought to represent Elizabeth Afton. This is considered by some to be a major corroborating piece of evidence pointing to the Crying Child as being an Afton, though the reference is vague enough for some theorists to still have doubts and to interpret the scene differently.
    • In Sister Location, William has cameras viewing the FNaF 4 bedroom. This can either confirm or deny CC's connection as the son of William Afton based on how it's interpreted.
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