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Freddy Fazbear is an anthropomorphic bear that serves as the mascot for the chain of family pizzerias that bear his name. In the universe of Five Nights at Freddy's, he plays the role of MC and lead singer of his unnamed band, evidenced by the microphone he is always seen holding. He is further characterized by his black bow tie and trademark top hat

While it is unknown if the character himself is good or evil, a variety of possessed and/or malfunctioning animatronics bearing his likeness serve as chief antagonists for the series.

Incarnations

Throughout the series, players have been introduced to various depictions of the Freddy Fazbear character.

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"Classic" Freddy

In the original game, the Freddy animatronic is built out of a plush material and has visible gaps between his points, allowing the player to see bits of his endoskeleton. Some have observed a possible extra set of ‘teeth’ inside the costume’s head, which is often explained as being from one of the dead children from the “Missing Children Incident.” An imprint of a hand is also visible on the animatronic’s face.

In FNaF 1, this Freddy is notably smarter than the rest of the animatronics, in which it can plan its tactics based on moves the player has made throughout the first few nights. The original animatronic is also unique in that it appears to have a built-in music box, which plays a rendition of “The Toreador Song” from the opera, Carmen; players may dread hearing this, as it notably plays when Freddy appears outside of the security office after the player loses power.

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Golden Freddy

Golden Freddy is one of the series’ most debated enigmas. Players unfamiliar with his movement patterns may assume that his actions are unpredictable. When seen by the player, he appears as an empty Freddy Fazbear suit which is, for the most part, similar to his counterpart with the notable exception of having a golden skin color--hence the name. His appearances have ranged from being a slumped costume on the floor, to a disembodied, possibly hallucinatory, head.

It was originally assumed that Golden Freddy’s appearance was a glitch in the original “Five Nights”, due to his unique jumpscare, which closes the game instead of returning to the menu.

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Toy Freddy

In an attempt to revive the restaurant name, Freddy was redesigned along with the rest of his pals; here they all resemble ventriloquist dolls. The plush skin is swapped out for a plastic casing and his overall silhouette is more rounded; additionally, he has pronounced rosy cheeks.

The animatronic itself is built-in with top-of-the-line facial recognition software with an internal criminal database; a precaution added to prevent future tragedy from being linked with the company.

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Withered Freddy

Before the owners created Toy Freddy, the original Freddy animatronic underwent an attempted retrofitting, though was later abandoned and the animatronic was decommissioned, put kept on premises in the Parts/Services room. This incarnation appears before the player as being in a state of visible disrepair, though not as severe as the rest of the classic bots.

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Shadow Freddy

Occasionally, a hallucination of Freddy would appear in the Parts/Service room in the place Withered Bonnie normally sets. This unsettling depiction shows him as a pitch-black silhouette, broken by glowing, white teeth and eyes. This incarnation does not attack the player in any way; its only purpose is to add to the game’s atmosphere.

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Phantom Freddy

Along with a variety of props and artifacts scattered around the area, Freddy makes only a cameo in the third installment as a hallucination. If players see his shambling silhouette outside the office and fail to act appropriately, Freddy will jump scare the player as a black, supposedly charred apparition, with further damage to his right leg.

After disappearing, the player is forced to reboot the office’s power and ventilation.

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