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Shadow Freddy (also known as Shadow Fredbear) is a supporting antagonist throughout the series.

He is an easter egg in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the secondary antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, and a minor antagonist in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.

Role

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

In Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the player may rarely encounter what seems to be a shadow or a dark model of Golden Freddy, who is in fact Shadow Freddy. It appears in Parts/Service, sitting in the location Bonnie normally sits. He will shut the game off if the player observes him for too long (without a jumpscare), much similar to Golden Freddy's role in the first game or Nightmare's effect in the fourth.

It appears to be in a slumped position, similar to that of Golden Freddy's. It also uses Golden Freddy's model. Brightening up this image reveals that this creature is purple in color as with several other key items/characters in the franchise, bearing comparisons to the purple figure from the secret mini-games, the Marionette's "tears," Nightmare Fredbear's hat and bowtie among other things.

Shadow Freddy in the office, enhanced to show it's true colours

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Within the in-between night mini-games, Shadow Freddy is seen, and utters the phrase "follow me," to lure the animatronics to a secluded spot, so that William Afton may ambush and dismantle them. While the Freddy suit is recognized as purple due to its association with the purple figure, its purple coloration and the darker color of its hat and bowtie lends credit to the theory this particular animatronic is indeed Shadow Freddy. He can also be seen in the office as a harmless easter egg.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

In the beginning minigame, Shadow Freddy first appears in the third level imitating the movements of the player and blocking them. The player must move to get around him. In the fourth level, he begins duplicating, causing the game to glitch, until a wall of shadow variants block the child off completely. As soon it happens, the entire minigame cuts to black, later revealing Scrap Baby's salvage scene.

FNaF world

I will eat your soul.
 
— Shadow Freddy's loading screen quote
Shadow Freddy appears in FNaF world as a protagonist, he has a chance to appear in the Deep-Metal Mine and if he is defeated then he will join your party and become a playable character.

Shadow Freddy has the following attacks:

C54E79ED-7DA3-4460-93F0-B8747AFC5673.gif Has a chance to insta-kill 1 opponent.
67A6898D-ABEA-4BC0-BC3C-57751F8D2C86.gif Has a chance to insta-kill multiple opponents but has a lower chance than Unscrew.
BB510EE6-02CA-48A6-B3A6-41CD3837B2B5.gif Will insta-kill all opponents under 30% of their normal health.

Trivia

  • According to the Freddy Files, inside of the Codes, Glitches, and Secrets section of FNaF 3, the name of the Shadow Freddy that appears in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is called Crumpled Freddy Suit.
  • Shadow Freddy was the first actual purple animatronic.
The Office: Crumpled Freddy Suit sometimes appear in the corner of your office.

Theories

  • Fans have made theories that Shadow Freddy is actually Golden Freddy.
  • Shadow Freddy is also theorized to be the apparition of one of the employees whom wore the original Golden Freddy suit, which malfunctioned and fatally wounded the employee. Thus the suit itself was put in storage.
    • It is also possible that if this theory were true, then it could mean that the employee in the Fredbear suit we see in the FNaF 4 minigame. The same applies with Shadow Bonnie as some believe the person William was helping get inside a Springlock suit was him before he became a spirit.
  • Shadow Freddy bears comparisons to Nightmare in overall appearance and behavior, suggesting they may be connected.
  • Contrary to popular belief, he doesn't crash the game like Shadow Bonnie in the second game, or Golden Freddy in the first game.
  • Shadow Freddy is believed by some to be the crying child from FNaF 4.
  • The Freddy Files indicate Shadow Freddy lured the animatronics to the Safe Room to help them kill their killer.
  • For a long time, many people, including MatPat, believed that Shadow Freddy was controlled by Purple Guy.
  • Shadow Freddy in FFPS seems to be an exact recolor of the Freddy from the Minigame. Since the minigame represents the FFPS Pizzeria, it's likely that the Freddy character is Rockstar Freddy. This has led some to believe that the Shadow Freddy seen in the FFPS Minigame is Lefty.
  • If not for him, William Afton would never become Springtrap, and the souls would be stuck at Freddy's forever. Despite his minor role, he is an important character, indirectly kickstarting the events of Five Nights at Freddy's 3.
  • He is similar to Nightmare in several ways leading to some theories of them being the same entity.
    • A folder in the game files suggests that Shadow Freddy may, in fact, be Nightmare in Five Nights at Freddy's 4. Although, this could have been done so that he wouldn't be confused with the other Nightmare Animatronics.
      • This, in turn, can confirm that Nightmare is a shadowy version or form of Nightmare Fredbear, just as how Shadow Freddy is the shadowy equivalent or form of Golden Freddy/Fredbear, thanks to their similar models and even posture.
    • This can be supported as in Fazbear Frights #6: Blackbird, where in the third story Shadow Bonnie appears in the protagonist's dream as a monster with sharp teeth and claws. However, when outside of Toby's dreams, he has been described with having sharp teeth, so this can be seen as being some what debatable.
  • His current role in the story is unknown.
    • Some believe he's just the incarnation of the Crying Child's Nightmare and so, the final obstacle for the kid to finally die. However, that is assuming the Crying Child is the protagonist of the nights.
    • An opinion gives that his black appearance makes him a spirit.
  • Some people believe that Shadow Freddy is the incarnation of William's evil.


Gallery

Nightmare (also known as Nightmare Shadow Freddy or Nightmare Shadow Fredbear) is a black animatronic in Five Nights at Freddy's 4. He is a nightmarish incarnation of Shadow Freddy. He has ears and what appears to be a golden hat with a purple stripe, this is likely a reference to Fredbear. He also has a yellow bowtie. He only moves on Night 7 and arrives at 4:00. He moves from left hall, right hall, the closet and the bed. He is the final antagonist of FNaF 4.

Appearance

He is clearly based on Nightmare Fredbear, being some sort of black, translucent, demonic version of the already demonic looking Fredbear. Unlike Fredbear, his skin is translucent, exposing all of his animatronic parts including the endoskeleton. Upon closer examination, a black mass resides in Nightmare's head, which is Nightmare's endoskeleton skull, as the endoskeleton skull looked similar to Nightmare Mangle's endoskeleton head.

Behavior

Nightmare will only be seen in Nightmare Mode and 20/20/20/20 mode from 4 AM on. While Nightmare is active, no other animatronics will be active. He will show up at either hall and failing to close the door will either give a game over or him sneaking into your room. Once Nightmare is in your room, his head will be seen on the bed or in the closet. And when Nightmare catches you his jumpscare will be a still Picture of Nightmare while a garbled "scream" at the player.

FNaF world

This is why you wake up.
 
— Nightmare’s loading screen quote

Nightmare appears as a protagonist of the kid-friendly game FNaF world. Similar to his FNAF 4 appearance, his model is a recolor of Nightmare Fredbear, however his animations are different. He can be found in the Pinwheel Funhouse. Like other characters, once defeated he will join your party, being available to select in the Party menu.

Nightmare has the following attacks,

411FC222-EE50-40D1-AAD1-B4C5C4261098.gif Does higher damage than Toxic Bite and inflicts poison on a random opponent.
BAC9CDE9-899D-430A-BD17-D26B8252C1FB.gif Decreases all opponents defense and also inflicts some damage aswell.
D27C73E9-3C86-4B34-9EF9-F93498786473.gif Deals higher damage than Bite 2 or Bite.

Cheats

The only cheats that have Nightmare involved are the "All Nightmare" and "House Map" cheats. The All Nightmare mode is, quite obvious. On the house map, Nightmare will show up as an Orange Square, as the Orange Square is used to represent Nightmare Fredbear, and that Nightmare has a very similar mechanic to Nightmare Fredbear.

Ultimate Custom Night

Character description: Nightmare is invisible to the cameras but his eyes can be seen outside the door, if you fail to close the door on him before you put up your camera you will be jumpscared, resulting in a game over screen.

UCN quotes

"I am your wickedness, made flesh."

"I am here to claim what is left of you."

"The shadow fears me."

"You will not be spared, you will not be saved."

"I will vomit you back, to relive your horror."

Gallery

Five Nights at Freddy’s 4

FNaF world

Ultimate Custom Night

The Twisted Ones

Trivia

  • He is similar to Shadow Freddy and Nightmare Fredbear in several ways.
  • His current role in the story is unknown.
  • Nightmare is the only one animatronic who doesn't have a jumpscare in the Extras Menu.
  • Nightmare is the only animatronic in the fourth game (other than Nightmarionne) who doesn't have an animated jumpscare, similar to Golden Freddy from the first game and Withered Golden Freddy in UCN.
  • Upon close inspection, Nightmare has transparent parts in is body, this could imply that he is a ghost.
    • An opinion gives that his black appearance makes him a spirit.
  • Nightmare might be the embodiment of death or murder, if this is true than the Fredbear-like form he has might just be just an illusion as his true form is incomprehensible.
  • His dark parts, where Nightmare Fredbear's brown parts would be, are much more shinier in UCN than in FNaF 4.
  • It has been claimed that his jumpscare sound resembles an ambulance siren sped up and distorted, however this does not seem to be the case.

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