Five Nights at Freddy’s: The 10 Scariest Animatronics

Five nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) began with a humble game in 2014 in which players took control of Mike Schmidt, a new security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. The game featured a simple mechanic that forced the player to pay attention to security cameras to keep an eye on the animatronics that roamed the restaurant. If one of the animatronics got too close, players had to expel them from the security room before it was too late.

Thanks to its spooky atmosphere, eerie-yet-cuddly animatronic designs, and hidden backstory, the original game became an instant hit. Many YouTubers, like Markiplier, were represented FNAF on their channels, which helped the game’s popularity skyrocket. The franchise has its ups and downs, but one aspect that always stands out is the unique and twisted animatronics that terrorize the player.

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10 moon

First Appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Flaw

Moon attacks the player in Five Nights At Freddy's: Security Breach

Moon, sometimes called Moondrop, is one half of the childminder at the daycare center Five Nights at Freddy’s: Vulnerability. The childminder consists of two different personalities, Sun and Moon. When the lights are on, the sun takes over. Sun is cheerful and loves the children she looks after. The moon takes over when the lights go out. It seems to be programmed to encourage children to take a good nap.

However, Moon is not friendly. When Gregory meets Sun, Sun warns him to always leave the lights on. When the lights inevitably go out, Moon shows up and chases Gregory through the daycare. Moon insists that “naughty children must be punished.” In the security breach DLC ruinMoon is determined to maintain control of the body and refuses to let Sun out again. Moon’s twisted smile and aggression toward children make him a formidable enemy who must be avoided at all costs.

9 Headless glam rock Freddy

First Appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – Ruin DLC

Headless Glamrock Freddy in Five Nights At Freddy's: Security Breach Ruin DLC

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Freddy is the only friendly animatronic in security breach. Unlike the other animatronics trying to capture Gregory, Freddy works alongside the little boy, ensuring he is protected throughout the night. Players wondered if Freddy would be a companion ruin DLC. Unfortunately, Freddy is nowhere to be found for most of the game.

When players enter Fazer Blast, they will find warnings on the walls that say “Bad Bear”. The players soon come across Glamrock Freddy, but not as they remember him. In the main game, Freddy is friendly and cheerful, but in ruin, Freddy is missing his head. Its chestplate is split in half and has jagged edges that look like a mouth. Headless Freddy chases the player through Fazer Blast and when he catches them, he eats them by feeding them into his broken chest. Unlike the main game security breachFreddy is one of the few animatronics in ruin this actually attacks the player.

8th Toy Chica

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

Toy Chica in a ventilation shaft in Five Nights At Freddy's 2

FNAF 2 features a new range of bright and colorful animatronics. FNAF 2 is a prequel to the original game, but the animatronics look newer and more kid-friendly. They’re shiny, more cartoonish looking, and most importantly, they’re clean. They actually look like kid-friendly robots that parents would love to let their kids play with. Overall, they look far less scary than their counterparts from the original game.

However, something is wrong with Toy Chica. At night, when the restaurant closes and the animatronics wander around, Chica decides to take off her beak. She also takes out her eyes, leaving eerie, empty eye sockets in their place. She appears to be able to see without her eyes. Why Chica willingly sheds her facial features is another mystery in the growing number of mysteries FNAFs Tradition. Still, it makes her seem more questionable than the other animatronics.

7 Foxy

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s

Foxy from Five Nights At Freddy's

Foxy is one of the original four animatronics who terrorize Mike Schmidt in the first part FNAF Game. Each animatronic is creepy in its own way, but Foxy is significantly more suspicious. Foxy is isolated from the other three and forced to perform alone at Pirate’s Cove, which has been closed for some time. Foxy is also in noticeably worse shape than the rest of the animatronics. A large portion of his endoskeleton can be seen through the fox suit.

Foxy is also the most dangerous animatronic in the original game. Players need to keep an eye on Pirate’s Cove. Foxy slowly slips out from behind the curtain, looking confused as he slides off the stage. As soon as he leaves Pirate’s Cove, he will run down the hallway at top speed, killing the player instantly if he is not caught in time. When they manage to close the door, he bangs on it instead, absorbing some of their precious power.

6 Ennard

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location

Ennard from Five Nights At Freddy's: Sister Location

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Ennard appears for the first time in Sister’s location, which takes place at Circus Baby’s Pizza World. Circus Baby’s Pizza World is, as the title suggests, a sister location to Freddy Fazbear’s. However, Ennard is a unique animatronic as Circus Baby’s is an amalgamation of several animatronics. When the animatronics malfunction, they are taken to the Scooping Room, where a large machine scoops the endoskeleton out of its shell. From these scooped remains Ennard is born.

Ennard features a humanoid form made entirely of wires and other mechanical parts. Every part of Ennard’s body can be traced back to one of the four main animatronics that appear at Circus Baby’s. If this didn’t make Ennard uncomfortable enough, the game’s ending certainly will. At the end of the game, the protagonist is taken to the Scooping Room, where his intestines are hollowed out. Ennard wears human skin as a suit.

5 Withered Bonnie

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

The withered Bonnie in front of an FNAF background

Withered Bonnie is one of the most disturbing animatronic characters in FNAF 2 and that says a lot, because there are a lot of them. This version of Bonnie looks very similar to the original Bonnie design from the first game. However, the withered Bonnie is missing both his face and his left arm.

“Withered Bonnie” was decommissioned and replaced by “Toy Bonnie,” but was later restored and brought back to the stage as the original FNAFs Bonnie. The general appearance of Withered Bonnie is terrifying and has one of the scariest jump scares around FNAF 2. It’s hard to believe that Withered Bonnie is dressed up to be the Bonnie from the original game.

4 The shadow animatronics

First Appearance: Multiple Games

A Shadow Animatronic sitting on the floor in Five Nights At Freddy's

The Shadow Animatronics are spiritual incarnations of various animatronics that appear throughout the universe FNAF games. The Shadow Animatronics consist of RWQFSFASXC, Shadow Freddy, Shadow Balloon Boy, Shadow Puppet, Shadow Cupcake and XOR. Each of these animatronics features a sinister, often dark face of the animatronic they are based on.

Most Shadow Animatronics deliver epic jump scares or blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pop-ups. Some are Easter Eggs like Shadow Freddy that appear in the Parts and Service Room FNAF 2. These animatronics hint at the true horror at its root FNAFs lore, but their disturbing and menacing appearance makes them some of the most unsettling in the franchise.

3 The Nightmare Animatronics

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s 4

The nightmare version of Freddy from Five Nights At Freddy's 4

10 great Easter eggs in the movie “Five Nights at Freddy’s”.The first three FNAF Games take place in some type of business facility. The first two take place in various Freddy Fazbear restaurants and the third takes place in a haunted house style attraction based on the Fazbear incidents. The fourth game adds variety by putting players in control of a child being terrorized in his own home. This boy is the victim of a cruel prank that results in Fredbear smashing his head.

The boy’s story is told through mini-games between each evening, but the main gameplay involves the boy desperately trying to keep nightmare versions of all the animatronics out of his room. These nightmare animatronics are gnarled, grotesque and sadistic versions of the originals. They have multiple mouths full of sharp, jagged teeth, huge claws, and haunting eyes.

2 The doll

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s 2

The doll from Five Nights At Freddy's 2

The doll is haunted by William Afton’s first victim, Charlotte Emily. Unlike many other animatronics that have been scrapped or remade, the puppet that appears in FNAF 2 is the original version of the animatronics. It is also an integral antagonist of FNAF 2. Players must keep a music box wound up to prevent the doll from jumping out of the box. If the doll breaks free, the player can do nothing to stop it.

While Phone Guy gives the player instructions on how to handle the doll, he makes comments about how uncomfortable the doll is for him. Phone Guy claims that the doll is “always thinking” and is extremely observant. The doll is notable for its sadistic personality and the way it taunts the player in later games Ultimate individual night. However, it protects the other animatronics, i.e. the other murdered children.

1 Spring trap

First appearance: Five Nights at Freddy’s 3

10 Ways the Movie Five Nights at Freddy’s Builds on the Game’s BackstorySpringtrap (also known as Spring Bonnie) is first seen in FNAF 3, and he is the only animatronic in the game. Every other animatronic the player sees is a hallucination and none of them can kill the player. Only Springtrap is capable of killing this FNAF 3 Protagonist. Springtrap is possessed by the spirit of William Afton, the main antagonist of the entire series.

Afton used the Spring Bonnie suit to approach his victims, but he too died in the suit when the spring lock mechanism triggered, crushing him to death. Even in death, Afton controls the other animatronics and terrorizes anyone who gets too close to the truth. A sadistic child murderer who won’t even let his mind rest, William Afton (and therefore Springtrap) is the most frightening character in the entire franchise.

Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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