A list of central characters and animatronics appearing in POPGOES
Unmarked spoilers below!
- Ascended Extra: For being the protagonist of one game in the series, this fan-sequel very much gives him a lot of characterization.
- An Axe to Grind: He killed Bonnie with an axe while having a PTSD episode.
- Brain Food: As the victim of the Bite of '87, Fritz is missing most of his frontal lobe.
- Dialogue Tree: After each night's phone call, he gives you three questions you can ask. It's explained In-Universe as him being too busy to give you a live call every night, so he records the dialog options whenever he has the time.
- Freak Out!: Had a pretty severe one when his daughter wore a Toy Bonnie mask, saying "Hey, it's me!". It caused a PTSD flashback to Toy Bonnie biting him back in 1987, causing him to take an axe and kill the "deadly animatronic" that was after him.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He invented the animatronics, which are so complex and human-like that they're the only employees in the building. Including you.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- It's evident how terrible he feels after murdering his daughter, since he is trying to rebuild her as the Blackrabbit.
- He also has this reaction after building Simon, which causes him to lock it up. This ends up costing him his life in the end.
- Offing the Offspring: Killed his daughter Bonnie when she wore a Toy Bonnie mask.
- Related in the Adaptation: To the Purple Guy, of all people.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He has severe PTSD after the Bite of '87.
- Significant Anagram: His full name is Fritz Glade, which is an anagram of Fitzgerald, which is his real last name.
- Suddenly Voiced: Goes from being only heard breathing in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 to having his own voice-acted lines.
- Thicker Than Water: He's willing to forgive Simon, AKA the Purple Guy, for his crimes because they are brothers. Enough to travel to America to purchase his remains at the Fazbear Fright auction so he could be given a proper burial, and try to "resurrect" him with an AI replica.
- Trauma Button: The animatronics, Toy Bonnie in particular after the Bite of '87. He created Popgoes' Pizza to try and cope with what happened at Freddy's.
The mascot of the pizzeria, Popgoes is an animatronic weasel. During the night, he works to build the mysterious Blackrabbit using the building's 3D printers.
- Expy: Of Freddy Fazbear. Both are brown-colored animatronics, and the mascot of their respective franchises.
- Just Following Orders: Unlike the animatronics in the FNaF games, Popgoes isn't possessed. He's only following Fritz's orders.
- Nice Hat: It's actually Freddy's hat. Fritz bought it from the auction for use in Popgoes' Pizza.
- Punny Name: His name is based off the song Pop Goes the Weasel.
- We Can Rebuild Him: He's building Blackrabbit as a vessel for Bonnie's restless spirit.
A pair of twin squirrels, and backup singers in the Popgoes' Pizza band. During the night, they crawl through the vents to take your phone.
Blake is the mechanic of Popgoes' Pizza. He takes care of the technology around the building, and keeps kids from messing with things they shouldn't touch. During the night, he'll head to the server room to try and shut down the camera system.
An animatronic in the drive-through. He holds a sign pointing people towards the entrance. During the night, he'll appear on the cameras if your panic starts getting out of hand.
- Consummate Liar: When he appears as a hallucination, his sign will have different words on it. All of them are lies.We think. We care.You are too late.His name is Fritz.Everything is okay.You don't need that phone.You should panic.We will kill you.I am here.
- Creepy Crows: Granted, since he invokes the creepy part of the trope to make Strings Freak Out! when his Hallucinations appear on camera.
- Hallucinations: According to the Extras menu, Stone isn't actually connected to anything anymore, so if you see him anywhere except in the drive-through, you're hallucinating from fear.
- Punny Name: His name is in reference to the saying "stone the crows", a saying of annoyance.
- Which doubles as a Meaningful Name, as his appearances block the camera you're trying to look through and raises your panic meter, which makes survival a lot harder.
Spoiler Characters (WARNING: SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED)
- Ambiguous Gender: Strings' gender is... unclear. Popgoes Arcade states that he's male ("His shift begins tonight"), which is then supported by the Extras menu in the first game. However, an update to the game later then changed the Extras menu text to call Strings female, before the game was updated again to change Strings back to male.
- The game's director later cleared things up: The director always thought of Strings as male, but the game's programmer considered Strings to be female, and the constant changes were the result of them not being able to come to an agreement on it.
- Freak Out!: Because the Curiosity module is still an early beta, Strings cannot process information if it comes too fast. This manifests as the panic meter during gameplay. If it fills up, Strings will have a panic attack and break down, ending the game.
- Suddenly Voiced: In the ending of Popgoes 2, Strings would have gained the ability to speak after his Curiosity module was removed. According to the game's director, he had only one planned line when the game was cancelled, spoken right before he shut down WeaselWare, killing both himself and Simon:Strings: You won't come back.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the True Ending, Strings is tricked by Simon (the robot) into helping him kill Fritz and escape.
Fritz's daughter and Simon's niece.
- An Axe to Grind: Fritz killed her with one.
- Disposing of a Body: POPGOES Arcade implies that she was buried beneath a fountain in Fritz's backyard.
- Happily Adopted: Was adopted by Fritz, and lived a peaceful life with him, until he accidentally killed her.
- Iconic Item: She is often represented by the Toy Bonnie mask that she wore to scare Fritz, which resulted in her axe-induced demise.
- Offing the Offspring: Was killed after scaring her dad with a Toy Bonnie mask, causing him to mistake her for the actual Toy Bonnie and attack her.
- Too Dumb to Live: Go on ahead and scare your dad, who has severe PTSD, with the head of the very thing that crippled him for life and damn near murdered him, Bonnie. See how well that goes over.
- Walking Spoiler: Probably the biggest in the entire game.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Popgoes will try to rebuild her as the Blackrabbit throughout each night.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Bonnie's death allowed Simon to manipulate Strings' desire to free her soul, in order to release him from his chains within Fritz's office and kill Fritz. Popgoes 2 would have revealed this was intentional; she caused Fritz to kill her so that she could become a powerful spirit, and then she released Simon so that Fritz would be murdered and become a spirit as well.
An all-black animatronic. Popgoes tries to assemble it during the night, using the building's 3D printers. It's the only animatronic capable of outright killing the player.
- Big Bad: The only true threat to the player's safety.
- Haunted Technology: Is possessed by Bonnie Glade.
- Raymanian Limbs: After being assembled, Blackrabbit's limbs aren't connected to each other, and simply float next to the main body.
- Tragic Monster: It's possessed by the restless soul of Bonnie, who just wants to be free.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Unlike Stone, everything his sign says is the truth.I think. I care.You can fix this.His name is not Fritz.Things are... wrong.Keep that phone safe.Stay calm for me.Only she can kill you.I am not there.
- Catchphrase: "Find the Truth".
- Helpful Hallucination: On top of telling only the truth, looking at Gem Stone will lower your panic meter.
- Literal Metaphor: While it's also a metaphor for his honesty, Gem Stone is literally a metaphor for transparency.
- Punny Name: Stone the Crow, except made of gems.
- Karmic Transformation: Kane stated in his developer commentary that Gem Stone becomes Grave Stone in the Bad/Grave Ending.
- Punny Name: Stone the Crow, but this time he's actually made of stone. He's also acting as a literal gravestone.
- Unknown Character: Very little is known about Grave Stone. There was going to be a sequel to POPGOES called POPGOES: The Silent Night that would've starred him, but as that game was canceled, it's unlikely we'll ever get more concrete answers on what Grave Stone is.
- Adaptational Heroism: To a point. The serial killer aspect of the Purple Guy is all there still, but in this continuity it is revealed that the reason why he murdered the children was so he could donate their blood for a recovering Fritz after the bite.
- Death by Adaptation: In the canon games, Springtrap survived the fire at Fazbear's Fright, but in Popgoes, his body was melted to the point that all that remained was a charred head.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being horribly immoral and willing to do whatever it takes for immortal life, he deeply cares about his brother.
- Mad Scientist: Believes that an adult could live longer if they were injected with the blood of a child, which is the reasoning for his murders in the first place.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Fritz used extremely advanced A.I. to replicate the original Simon's personality, but the robot gained its own free will and sentience.
- And I Must Scream: After creating him, Fritz was terrified of what he had built, and kept Simon chained to the wall in his office for an unknown amount of time.
- Cain and Abel: Averted. Word of God has confirmed that the actual Simon Fitzgerald is not possessing him.
- Death Seeker: A weird version in that while he sees death as the ultimate freedom, he also knows that as a robot he has no soul to go to the afterlife with. Any "death" to him is a sleep in which he'll wake up from.
- Failure Is the Only Option: As the Memory Cards note, Simon's goal of ultimate freedom is fundamentally flawed, as no matter how many people he interrogates and kills it will never draw him any closer to his goal.
- I Just Want to Be Free: This is his ultimate motivation: he wants to be the most free thing in the universe. He'll go to any lengths to make sure that happens.
- One-Winged Angel: In Popgoes 2, he would have been horribly damaged when his Epitome animatronics were less stable than he anticipated, forcing him to rebuild himself into a monstrous creature known as Deadline.
- Robot Me: Invoked, but averted. Fritz designed him to be a robotic duplicate of his brother, but the games and Memory Cards make it very clear that the Simon robot is its own entity.
- SkeleBot 9000: Even more than the endoskeletons from the FNaF games.
- Slasher Smile: Has a permanent one, because he has no lips to change his facial expression.
- Turned Against Their Masters: At the end of the sixth night, he finally escapes his imprisonment and kills Fritz.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Created as a replica of Fritz's deceased brother, but became something entirely different.
- Walking Spoiler: He and Bonnie are the two biggest. It's almost impossible to say anything about him without majorly spoiling the game's plot.
- Angry Eyebrows: With the exception of Whiterabbit, every other Lux Animatronic has an angry expression.
- Gratuitous Latin: "Lux" is Latin for "light".
- Palette Swap: They're the same models as the main animatronics, except every part of each animatronic is turned completely white. Except for the joints, which take on their respective power colors.