Unlike the original Foxy, Mangle's nose has been reduced in size. The eyepatch and hook that were part of Foxy's appearance are removed entirely for Mangle as well. Like the redesign for Bonnie, Chica, and Freddy, Mangle bears a resemblance to the look of a ventriloquist's dummy.
It has rosy cheeks, which are hard to notice from the teaser image, as well as lipstick haphazardly dotted on its elongated snout, giving it a more clown-like appearance. Its teeth are also smaller, but its endoskeleton's teeth are also visible. A pink bow tie is also attached to its bent chassis, and its eyes also appear to be more realistic in design than the others. It also has a second head that seems entirely endoskeleton in design, which bears its left eye on it. If looked at closely, it can be seen that Mangle has pink nail-polish on the 'hand' and 'foot'.
Mangle is clearly in a disfigured and contorted state, it seems, almost to the point of mechanical mutilation. Mangle also does not seem to have a suit at all, it being almost entirely an endoskeleton, except for its head, both of its hands, and one of its feet, which remain attached to its endoskeleton. Its head is white, and has pink accents on its inner ear, snout, and around its eyes. Its right eye is still attached to its costumed head, unlike its left eye, which is still attached to its endoskeleton head.
Its costumed head also appears to be dislocated from the endoskeleton's head, which can be seen floating alongside it. Mangle appears to have no endoskeleton torso, and it appears to be almost entirely made out of endoskeleton limbs. Wires hang from multiple parts of the body. There are also three eyes on its multiple-endoskeleton-like body to be seen when Mangle is in the Kid's Cove.
The cause for Mangle's severely mutilated state, as noted by Phone Guy on Night 3, is due to the exposure to toddlers, who would constantly rip it apart, piece by piece, forcing the staff to reassemble it after every shift. Eventually, the staff decided that Mangle would become a 'take apart and put together attraction' for the younger kids to mess around with. The result of this has since been dubbed by the staff as "The Mangle."
|“||They tried to remake Foxy, ya know? Uh, they thought the first one was too scary, so they redesigned him to be more kid-friendly and put him in Kid's Cove. To keep the toddlers entertained, you know... But kids these days just can't keep their hands to themselves. The staff literally had to put Foxy back together after every shift. Eventually, they stopped trying and left him as some 'take apart and put back together' attraction. Now, he's just a mess of parts. I think the employees refer to him as just... "The Mangle."||”|
— Phone Guy on the Night 3 Call, Describing the Origin of Mangle
Mangle is described as being a replacement for the original Foxy animatronic, due to it being deemed "too scary". However, due to younger children taking it to pieces constantly, the staff had to constantly rebuild it. In the end, the staff got tired of putting it back together that they eventually gave up and left it as a take apart and rebuild attraction, and eventually the staff gave it the nickname of "The Mangle" and "Mangle". Once in your office, Mangle waits overhead and when it is ready, lunges at you from above.
Mangle is an incredibly active animatronic, as it can leave Kids Cove at 12 AM on Night 2. It is not important to watch it, as its radio frequency sounds can be heard when it is in the vent. Once Mangle is spotted in the Right Air Vent's blind spot, the player must put on the Freddy head to ward it off. If the monitor is brought up and then lowered before putting the Mask on, Mangle will be on the ceiling above the player.
At this point, Mangle may randomly attack, where its head swings down from the ceiling towards the player character's face. It appears Mangle cannot be made to leave once inside the Office, besides waiting until 6 AM, which makes surviving the night nearly impossible; bringing up the Monitor will trigger Mangle's attack once lowered again, but the player will need to use it to wind the Music Box, lest The Puppet come after them.
Whenever Mangle is in view, it will make a distorted, garbled sound, akin to radio static. The sound is actually possibly an amateur radio band, with a military-encoded RTTY-75W (Radio Teletype 75 baud WIDE) transmission. In the middle, there is what sounds like a demonic voice, but it is actually only mistuned SSB (Single Side Band) voice. Contrary to popular belief, RTTY is not Morse code, the voices do not have a meaning, and RTTY is not SSTV either. The sound is only for aesthetic purposes - hard to decode, but only there for environmental purposes.
Mangle's function is to be Foxy's counterpart and to balance custom nights and characters. Also, it is there for someone to be in Kid's Cove and to show how a character would look almost costumeless. Mangle is in the Custom Night mode called 'Ladies Night'. This supports the theory that Mangle is female.
Ultimate Custom Night
"Mangle makes his way through the vent system, but unlike the other animatronics in the vents, once he reaches the vent to your office he will never leave, and will enter your office the moment the vent door opens. The only way to stop her is to use the vent snare, which can only be active in one place at a time, forcing you to keep track of Mangle's location in the vent's to ensure that the correct vent snare is active. Once in your office, Mangle will hang from the ceiling creating audio disturbances before eventually dropping down to jumpscare you."
- In the SAVE THEM minigame, Mangle can be seen in the Kids' Cove crawling back and forth near the bottom wall.
- Mangle, Funtime Foxy, Funtime Freddy and Toy Bonnie are the only Animatronics to have a different colour than their original counterparts.
- Scott Cawthon eventually answered Mangle's gender with "yes", i.e. neither confirming nor denying either theory.
- As well as featuring Phantom Mangle in Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Mangle also features in the minigame "Mangle's Quest".
- Mangle's inspiration is possibly From the film, "The Thing", Where as the Norwegian Husky transforms into a "Weird and angry" Thing.
- Mangle is the most likely candidate for the Bite of 87, as it has the teeth, the jumpscare and would be present on the day.
- The Mangle Radio Actually Says 'Oh We got a Little Boy, Missing his Frontal Lobe'
- Although Mangle has a hook similar to Foxy's in the teaser for Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Mangle doesn’t have a hook at all in the game itself. This may be because of the nature of Mangle's "take apart and put back together" status, as the hook may havebeen lost or removed. Although, since Mangle got both two hands, it is believe that the idea of adding a hook for Mangle was scrapped.
- Mangle, along with its counterparts Phantom Mangle and Nightmare Mangle, is one of Foxy's counterparts not to have a hook. Two others being Phantom Foxy and Funtime Foxy
When Phantom Mangle is near, a sound similar to the sound Mangle makes in the second game can be heard, but the sound is louder than normal and resembles a loud and damaged radio or the TV Popcorn effect. This sound disables the players audio systems and ventilation systems.
Phantom Mangle's appearance is very similar to that from the second game as it is just a contested mangled mess of parts. Phantom Mangle also seems to be in a burnt state, and Phantom Mangle seems to have wires all across its body here and there. Also, if you get a very close view of Phantom Mangle you can see it still carries the nail polish on its hands and feet. Lastly, its wires also seem to dangle upwards instead of downwards this may just be an error by Scott or just that it does not have to follow the laws of physics as it is not real. Also it has white pin pricked irises.
Phantom Mangle first appears on camera 04, and will then come to your office if you don't change the montior. Phantom mangle appears more frequently throughout the week.
Effects of Phantom Mangle
Upon seeing Phantom Mangle on Cam 04 and not switching to a new camera before putting your monitor down it will start a garbled noise again just like from the second game but louder. The noise will not only attract animatronics to your office and make them more aggressive but will also give you an audio error you will have to deal with.
Once again just like from the second game many speculate the garbled noise to be a secret message hidden within the sound. Many speculate this message to be "It's Me!". Some propose that it means Mangle giving the animatronics the position of the night guard and why they are so attracted to this noise, but many contest this idea.
Ultimate Custom Night
Will appear at random in your viewing monitor. Close the monitor or switch viewing modes to make him disappear. If left onscreen for too long, he will invade your office temporarily, causing audio distractions and increasing your noise meter, which can attract even more problems.
- Phantom Mangle bares a strong resemblance to Mangle from the second game.
- Phantom Mangle's wires seem to float upward instead of down ward.
- Phantom Mangle will cause an audio and rarely ventilation error.
- Phantom Mangle is the only Phantom animatronics to be a disembodied head as Phantom Puppet has no evidence shown to show he is a disembodied head.
- Phantom Mangle has the same technique from the second game but a different noise from the second game.
Nightmare Mangle is a non canon Nightmare Animatronic. It appears in the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 Halloween DLC. Nightmare Mangle replaces Nightmare Foxy in the Halloween Edition, and thus almost shares the same behaviour.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
Nightmare Mangle behaves almost exactly like its counterpart, Nightmare Foxy. It is first introduced on Night 2. It will try to enter the Bedroom from either hall, despite it not appearing within the hall. If it succeeds in doing so, it will then enter the Closet. Like Nightmare Foxy, at this point, if the player fails to check the Closet frequently enough, then Nightmare Mangle will come out and attack the player. While Nightmare Mangle is in the closet, static noise will play, making surviving far more difficult, because it drowns out most audio cues.
Ultimate Custom Night
Nightmare Mangle shares the same mechanic with Circus Baby and Nightmare Bonnie. Character Description: They will all approach from the right hall, but each of them will only attack once per night, and they change their order of attack each night so that you won't know who to expect first. To avoid their jumpscares, purchase their plush toy from the Prize Corner. The Prize Corner has only three plush toys available to buy: Bonnie, Mangle, and Baby, and your funds will be very limited, so it's important to buy the characters in the order that they appear in the hall. You must use Faz-Coins to purchase the plush toys, and there are two ways to accumulate them throughout the night. One way is to block the attacks of other animatronics. Each successful block earns one Faz-Coin. The other way to earn coins is to find them on the cams and scan your mouse cursor over them to collect them. Increasing the difficulty of these characters will increase the price of their plush toys. They cannot be stopped by the office door.