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I am your wickedness, made of flesh.
~ Nightmare

Nightmare is a recurring antagonist in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, serving as the final antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 and a minor antagonist in Ultimate Custom Night.

Nightmare as a whole is a mysterious character, but he called himself the "wickedness made flesh" of the protagonist of Ultimate Custom Night and is the nightmarish version of Shadow Freddy. He replaces Nightmare Fredbear as the main antagonist on the final night, aptly named "Nightmare".

He also appears on the cover of Scott Cawthon's book: Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones, despite not actually being in the novel itself.

He was voiced by Eric D. Ward.


Nightmare is clearly based on Nightmare Fredbear, being some sort of demonic version of the already demonic-looking Fredbear. Unlike Fredbear, his skin is translucent, exposing all of his animatronic parts. Upon closer examination, a black mass seems to reside in Nightmare's head. However, it's just his endoskeleton's head.

He is black with a yellow hat and bow tie, the yellow hat having a black trim on it.


Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Just like Fredbear on Night 6, on Night 7 and Night 8, he takes the same role, appearing at 4 AM, and replacing all animatronics, taking up their duties. He must be handled the same way, but Nightmare is more aggressive than Fredbear. Also, he always directly appears at the doorway. Upon being attacked by him, he will appear in a screen similar to Golden Freddy instead of a complete animation. His existence is unexplained, and his purpose is unknown. He is acknowledged in the gallery as a separate entity from Nightmare Fredbear, meaning that he must have some sort of significance.

Ultimate Custom Night

Nightmare appears in the Ultimate Custom Night update alongside most of his fellow nightmare animatronics. He is invisible to the player and approaches the right door, with only his eyes indicating his presence. The player must close the right door to send Nightmare back into the darkness.

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones

Nightmare appears on the cover of Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones, the sequel to Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes novel. However, there are only hints to Nightmare's presence in the book.


You will not be spared. You will not be saved.
~ One of Nightmare's quotes after killing the player in Ultimate Custom Night.
I am here to claim what is left of you.
~ One of Nightmare's quotes after killing the player in Ultimate Custom Night.
I will vomit you back to relive your horror.
~ One of Nightmare's quotes after killing the player in Ultimate Custom Night.
The shadows fear me.
~ One of Nightmare's quotes after killing the player in Ultimate Custom Night.



  • Nightmare and Shadow Freddy have been heavily implied to be counterparts throughout the story.
    • Nightmare is outright called "Shadow Freddy" in the game files.
    • In "Hide and Seek", the third story in the sixth book in the Fazbear Frights series, Shadow Bonnie is the antagonist and appears in the protagonist's dream as a monster with sharp teeth and claws.
      • This implies that Nightmare isn't a nightmarish representation of Shadow Freddy like the other Nightmare animatronics are to their real counterparts, but simply Shadow Freddy when he enters dreams.
      • However, Shadow Bonnie was described as having sharp teeth when in the real world, so this may not be the case.
    • He calls himself the "wickedness made of flesh" of the protagonist of Ultimate Custom Night. Said protagonist is William Afton, and Shadow Freddy himself is already linked to Afton.
  • It's possible that Nightmare is a personification of Death, meaning that the Fredbear-type appearance is only a simplified form and that his true form is incomprehensible.
  • Nightmare is the only animatronic who does not have a jumpscare in the Extras Menu.
  • Nightmare and Nightmarionne are the only animatronics in the fourth game who do not have an animated jumpscare similar to Golden Freddy from the first game.
  • Upon close inspection, Nightmare has transparent parts in his body, this could imply that he is a ghost.
    • An opinion gives that his black appearance makes him a spirit.
    • However, in Ultimate Custom Night, Nightmare is not transparent.
  • There is a theory that he is actually the Bite Victim, the playable protagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 minigames as he tries to kill his older brother, Michael Afton, because he killed him.
  • Despite popular belief, Nightmare doesn't have a brain. It's only the head of his endoskeleton, although it's possible that it represents his brain.
  • Nightmare can appear every night if the player uses the All Nightmare challenge on any night.
  • He was initially speculated to be the true identity of the "Other Evil" of the Fazbear Frights anthology novel series, but that turned out to be Eleanor.


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Classic/Withered Animatronics
The Missing Children (Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Foxy the Pirate, and Golden Freddy) | The Puppet
Toy Animatronics
Toy Freddy | Toy Bonnie | Toy Chica | Mangle | Balloon Boy
Shadow Animatronics
Shadow Freddy | RWQFSFASXC
Phantom Animatronics
Phantom Freddy | Phantom Chica | Phantom Foxy | Phantom Mangle | Phantom Balloon Boy | Phantom Puppet
Nightmare Animatronics
Nightmare Freddy/Freddles | Nightmare Bonnie | Nightmare Chica | Nightmare Foxy | Nightmare Fredbear | Nightmare | Plushtrap | Nightmare Mangle | Nightmare Balloon Boy | Nightmarionne
Funtime Animatronics
Circus Baby | Ballora | Funtime Freddy and Bon-Bon | Funtime Foxy | Bidybabs | Minireenas | Ennard | Bonnet | Yenndo | Lolbit | Electrobab
Scrap Animatronics
Scraptrap | Scrap Baby | Molten Freddy
Mediocre Melodies
Happy Frog | Mr. Hippo | Pigpatch | Nedd Bear | Orville Elephant
Rockstar Animatronics
Rockstar Freddy | Rockstar Bonnie | Rockstar Chica | Rockstar Foxy | Lefty
Glamrock Animatronics
Montgomery Gator | Glamrock Chica | Roxanne Wolf | Daycare Attendant | Li'l Music Man | DJ Music Man | Glamrock Endoskeletons
Event-Based Animatronics
Jack-O-Bonnie | Jack-O-Chica | Dreadbear | Grimm Foxy | Freddy Frostbear
Springtrap/Burntrap | Bare Endo | 8-Bit Baby | Dee Dee | Music Man | The Blob
Afton Family
William Afton | Elizabeth Afton | The Brother
Charlotte Emily | The Brother's Friends | Vanessa | Orange Guy | Patient 46
Fazbear Entertainment | Afton Robotics, LLC | Fazbear Funtime Service
Toy Chica | The Fox | Mangle | The One You Should Not Have Killed | Glitchtrap | PlushBabies

Spin-Off Games
FNAF World
Scott Cawthon | Chipper | Security | Gold Endo | Chica's Magic Rainbow | Dee Dee
Freddy in Space 2
Security Breach: Fury's Rage
Poison Foxy | Thug Chica | Punk Mangle | Fire Girl | Trap | Marionette | Ice Freddy | Vanny | Dream Geist

Novel Trilogy
Classic Animatronics
Freddy Fazbear | Bonnie the Bunny | Chica the Chicken | Foxy the Pirate
Twisted Animatronics
Twisted Freddy | Twisted Bonnie | Twisted Foxy | Twisted Wolf
Funtime Animatronics
Circus Baby | Mangle | New Freddy | Baby Crawlers
Afton Family
William Afton | Elizabeth Afton

Fazbear Frights
Eleanor | Afton's Amalgamation | Funtime Freddy | Fetch | Plushtrap Chaser | Ballora | Foxy the Pirate | Chica the Chicken | Springtrap | The Puppet
Lonely Freddies | Minireenas | Funtime Foxy | Golden Freddy | Julius's Exoskeleton | Lucky Boy | Felix the Shark
Andrew | William Afton
Gerald | Julius | Myron | Dominic | Hudson | Lewis | Unnamed Drug Dealers
Glitchtrap | The Blackbird | Faz-Goo
Spring Bonnie | Ralpho | Shadow Bonnie | Sea Bonnies | Kids at Play

Fazbear Fanverse
One Night at Flumpty's

Disambiguation pages
Freddy Fazbear | Purple Guy | Circus Baby