Five Nights at Freddy's Would Be So Much Better If This Fan Theory Were True

Five Nights at Freddy's Would Be So Much Better If This Fan Theory Were True
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The creators could deepen the protagonist's arc and fix some plot holes with one change.


  • A Redditor recently proposed a theory that gives the protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's a more compelling arc.
  • He theorized that a small figurine of Balloon Boy that keeps sneaking up on the protagonist is actually a [SPOILER].
  • While this explanation breaks the canon, it also offers a way to resolve some inconsistencies and give the movie some much-needed depth.

While Five Nights at Freddy's did well at the box office and was praised by fans of the original game for its brilliant animatronic designs, abundance of references to the source material, and good acting, many casual viewers and critics found the film weak. The main concern for the majority of the audience seems to be a somewhat lacking plot.

The story of Josh Hutcherson's Mike, who comes to work the night shift at the abandoned Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, only to discover that the animatronics rotting there are possessed by children who were killed by the pizzeria's owner, is fairly simple, lacking in gore and horror, and has a number of inconsistencies.

However, as it turns out, there was a simple way to make the story much deeper and stronger.

Fan Theory

Redditor u/OscKarthenerd recently took to social media to explain his idea for a minor character, or rather a prop, the small figurine of Balloon Boy, who pops up a few times in the movie to scare the protagonist and other characters.

It is clear that there is something supernatural about Balloon Boy, but his origins are never explored in the film. He is simply used as a comic jump scare. The Redditor's theory, however, gives him an important role.

The idea is that the figurine is possessed by Mike's brother Garrett, who was kidnapped and killed by the same Freddy Fazbear's Pizza owner, William Afton.

This theory explains why Balloon Boy keeps sneaking up on Mike and then gets into a taxi that has been to Mike's house. Garrett wants to go home with his brother. Heartbreaking, right?

Besides, actually meeting his brother and freeing his soul would give the protagonist a sense of closure. The whole plot revolves around Mike's obsession with his brother's disappearance. But the closest we get to a climax is Afton's mocking confession.

Breaking the Canon

But the movie reveals that the animatronics are possessed because they contain the bodies of the murdered children. How could Garrett fit into that little figurine, you might ask?

Well, this is not wrong. However, there is at least one other character that breaks this canon. The cupcake animatronic is definitely possessed by someone other than the five kids we meet in Mike's dreams. But it is also too small for a child's body to fit inside.

So we could theorize that a piece of a body is enough to bind a soul to an animatronic. Such an explanation would actually fix several plot holes in the movie.

Source: Reddit.

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