FNAF Fredbear – lore, personality, and appearances

Our guide to FNAF’s Fredbear has everything you need to know about the haunted animatronic and how to differentiate him from other Freds.

Custom image of FNAF Fredbear on a Five Night's at Freddy's background

Confused about FNAF’s Fredbear? Don’t worry. Our guide to this variation of Freddy has all you need to know to engage with entertaining fan theories and figure out the lore behind the series. Just be aware, there are plenty of spoilers here, so maybe come back later if you’re still fresh to the frightening horror series.

For more from the Five Nights series, check out our FNAF characters guide, as well as our independent biographies on FNAF’s Foxy, FNAF’s Chica, FNAF’s Roxy, FNAF’s Mike Schmidt, and FNAF’s Gregory. Or, if you can’t wait for Freddy’s big screen debut, catch up on the latest with our FNAF movie guide.

Who is FNAF’s Fredbear?

Fredbear is one of the more elusive animatronics from the series, mainly because he doesn’t actually appear as one of the jumpscare providers for the main games. Instead, Fredbear’s role in the series is to help establish lore, providing the original design for future versions of FNAF’s Freddy, but more importantly, dealing out the Bite of 83. If you don’t know, the Bite of 83 is the instigating event of the FNAF series, or at least the horror it holds, so that makes Fredbear pretty important to the overarching narrative.

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In terms of physical appearance, Fredbear is incredibly similar to Freddy, with only a few changes. The first difference is that Fredbear’s hat and bowtie are purple rather than Freddy’s classic black. Most of the other differences are almost too small to spot, but it’s worth pointing out that Fredbear has a slightly bigger head and a somewhat smaller hat, with rounder ears and whiskers in a different position.

What is FNAF’s Fredbear’s personality?

Due to little opportunity to interact with Fredbear, we don’t know much about his personality. From the few interactions we see in the FNAF 4 minigames, it seems that Fredbear is very much like Freddy and at his best when entertaining children. As Fredbear never appears as an antagonist in the main story, we don’t know much about the other side of him. Still, it’s worth pointing out that Fredbear’s Bite of 83 wasn’t through his choice, so there’s no evidence to suggest that this animatronic is as evil as some of the others.

FNAF’s Fredbear game appearances

Despite never appearing as a primary antagonist in the main series, FNAF’s Fredbear makes plenty of cameos throughout the FNAF games through short appearances and minigames. Check out the list below for every game with Fredbear involved.

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (mentioned)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 (mentioned)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 (minigames cameo)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location (plush cameo)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted (laugh cameo)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (poster cameo)
  • Ultimate Custom Night (secret optional character)

There you have it, our guide to FNAF’s Fredbear. For more shocking titles, check out our guides to Poppy Playtime characters, Poppy Playtime chapter 1, and Poppy Playtime chapter 2.