FNAF 101

Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) intricately weaves a chilling narrative that transcends various forms of media, including games, books, and a movie — not to mention the merch! 

From its inception in the indie game world in 2014, the FNAF franchise introduced players to the eerie happenings within Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where haunted animatronics come to life after hours. This initial game set the stage for a sprawling and mysterious storyline that expanded into a series of sequels, each unveiling new layers of horror and complexity.

Beyond the games, FNAF’s narrative delves into the literary world through a series of books that explore the lore and backstory of characters, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the unsettling history of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The integration of a movie further amplifies the immersive experience, bringing the suspenseful tale to a broader audience on the big screen.

Here’s our 101 with the basics on the franchise: Games, books, and the movie (perfect for a friend getting to know the franchise). And we tell you about an upcoming Florida convention with a Five Nights at Freddie’s celebration that includes voice actors from the games as well as FNAF cosplay and panels.

fnaf games

The Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) games, introduced by indie developer Scott Cawthon, made their initial appearance in August 2014 and swiftly became a phenomenon in the horror gaming landscape. The franchise’s popularity soared due to its innovative gameplay mechanics and the spine-chilling atmosphere it created. 

Set within the confines of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, players assume the role of a night security guard tasked with surviving animatronic assaults. The games’ success lies not only in their jump-scare tactics (we give you the best ones in the video below), but also in the intricate lore that unfolds across the series, captivating players and inspiring an extensive fan community. 

fnaf books

The impact of the FNAF franchise extends beyond the digital screen, making a significant imprint in the literary world. FNAF books intricately explore the lore and backstory of characters, delving into the unsettling history of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The narrative weaves together the haunting tales of animatronics, providing readers with a profound understanding of the eerie past that envelops the franchise. As a multifaceted entity encompassing games, movies, and books, the FNAF franchise stands as a cornerstone in horror entertainment, captivating audiences and leaving an indelible mark on the genre.

fnaf movie

The movie features big stars like Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games, and our favorite Tragedy Girls), and Mathew Lillard (his portrayal of Shaggy from Scooby Doo deserved an Oscar).In addition, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop built the film’s animatronic cast and Blumhouse Productions produced the film.


Upcoming Florida horror convention Sunshine City Scare 2024 is gearing up for an electrifying Five Nights at Freddy’s celebration on May 11-12 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. 

Sunshine City Scare’s FNAF celebration includes voice actors who portray 6 characters from the video games. And all of the characters have Pop figures, making the event a rare opportunity to buy and get all 6 autographed. In addition, there is free FNAF gaming (FNAF Help Wanted VR, FNAF Core Collection 1, 2, 3). Not to mention the amazing FNAF cosplay that will be on display. 

FNAF Voice Actors at Sunshine City Scare 2024

Sunshine City Scare 2024 promises a unique experience as it welcomes two distinguished voice actors, Chris McCullough and Joe Gaudet, who collectively bring to life six iconic characters from the FNAF games. Chris McCullough takes on the roles of Foxy the Pirate, Fredbear, and Pig Patch, while Joe Gaudet lends his talents to Funtime Foxy, Rockstar Foxy, and Mr. Hippo. Fans can anticipate an immersive encounter with these animatronic personalities, gaining insight into the creative process behind the voices that have become synonymous with FNAF’s eerie charm.

FNAF Pop figures at Sunshine City Scare 2024

FNAF fans are in for a treat with all of these six iconic characters having been immortalized in Pop figures. Vendors will be selling FNAF Pops, and the voice actors will be autographing Pops. For collectors and aficionados alike, having these Pops autographed by the talented voice actors adds a unique and personal touch to owning a piece of FNAF history.

FNAF Cosplay at Sunshine City Scare 2024

Sunshine City Scare 2024 will also be a haven for cosplay enthusiasts, offering a platform to showcase their creativity by embodying the iconic characters from the franchise. Last year’s event saw jaw-dropping cosplay, and the same is anticipated for this year’s show.

FNAF Gaming at Sunshine City Scare 2024

Sunshine City Scare is set to provide an immersive gaming experience for FNAF enthusiasts, offering free access to various FNAF titles. Attendees can dive into the thrilling world of FNAF Help Wanted VR, where the animatronic horrors come to life in a virtual reality setting, intensifying the suspense and jump-scare elements. Additionally, participants can enjoy the FNAF Core Collection, including the first three installments of the series. This collection allows fans to revisit the iconic gameplay and narratives that have made FNAF a cornerstone in the horror gaming genre. With free access to these FNAF gaming experiences, Sunshine City Scare ensures that attendees can fully immerse themselves in the spine-chilling excitement of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza throughout the event. FNAF video games are sponsored by Unlimited Video Games in Pinellas Park.

Sunshine City Scare Tickets

Tickets are affordable ($25 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, $40 for weekend pass (prices increase $5 at door).

Sunshine City Scare Vendor Booths

Retailer vendor booths start at $275, and artist booths start at $175. Apply for a vendor booth.

Read all our fnaf 101 blogs

In addition to this FNAF 101 blog, Florida Comic Cons gives you a snapshot of six FNAF characters! Read them all, and be the star of the next FNAF convo! (it’s also a great way to prep for Sunshine City Scare). 

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