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Scott Braden Cawthon (born June 4, 1978) is an independent game developer. His early career included Christian games and simple platformers, as well as the platformer/RPG/adventure game hybrid The Desolate Hope, which was the Spiritual Successor of The Desolate Room (download here), the RPG Iffermoon (download here) and the construction and management game Chipper & Sons Lumber Co.. However, most of his games were harshly criticized, as the characters' stiff movements were likened to unnerving animatronic creatures. Discouraged, Scott decided to make one more game before ending his game career. Running with the criticism, he created a game about a security guard working the night shift at a restaurant whose mascot animatronics have murderous minds of their own. This was Five Nights at Freddy's.


The game was far from the end of his career, however, as online exposure and Let's Play videos skyrocketed FNAF to fame. People enjoyed its combination of suspense and outright horror, and the characters proved to be very popular note . The vague storyline also intrigued people and spawned a number of theories. In response, three terrifying sequels were the course of one year... with a fourth sequel out in 2016, and then another sequel in 2017. A spinoff game called Five Nights at Freddy's World was released in 2016 as a lighthearted RPG starring the characters from the games.

On June 16, 2021, Scott announced his retirement from the Five Nights franchise, citing age and family, though noting that the franchise will continue in someone else's hands.


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  • Author Avatar: His avatar is the man from "There Is No Pause Button", which Scott nicknamed Animdude on sites like Reddit.
  • Author Tract: A lot of his games were done with the intent of spreading Christian values; this was even the main objective of Hope Animations, the studio he worked for. He eventually gave up to focus on his more succesful franchise, Five Nights at Freddy's.
  • Creator Breakdown: Cawthon took the criticisms for Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. very hard, the complaints about how his characters looked creepy almost driving him to retire. He managed to later take the criticism, however, and turn it into a Career Resurrection by dialing the creep-factor of his next game Up to Eleven.
    • The Joy of Creation: Story Mode invokes and justifies this trope by making Scott Cawthon himself the main victim of the game, complete with a breakdown from the one attempting to kill him in the game.
  • Descended Creator: He started making game and animations alone and was pretty much doing all the work himself, including modelling, animation, programming and voice acting.
  • Doing It for the Art: While Scott openly admits that game making is a career he does for a living, Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator and Ultimate Custom Night were done for the sole purpose of expanding the franchise. Scott feared to be seen as milking it for money so he decided to make them free.
  • Easter Egg: His signature way of delivering information, usually by making information visible when a teaser image is brightened.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He and Matpat had a bit of a thing going on, with Scott even telling him he was wrong and screwing with him on a few occasions such as confirming an old theory... on April Fool's Day. They're on friendly terms however, with Scott even congratulating Mat and his wife on their new baby. Scott even made a completely new game for Matt, Markiplier, Dawko and DJ Sterf to play for a charity livestream, saying he would donate $500,000 if they found all the money in the game. They didn’t, but Scott still donated the $500,000.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Scott has stated that Bonnie the Bunny gave him nightmares while developing the first FNAF game. This didn't stop him from making more horrifying designs in future games.
  • Self-Deprecation: Has been known to release games far ahead of schedule. He began mocking this with the release announcement of FNAF 4 and the teaser for FNAF World. Reached new levels when he revealed that he's the True Final Boss of FNaF World not due to ego, but because he figured some of the fans would enjoy killing him. Ouch.
  • Teasing Creator: He manages to top this in 2017 with Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. After Five Nights At Freddy's 6 had to be delayed numerous times, he released this as a fun sidegame for free, both to give the fans something to tide them over in the meantime, and so that he wouldn't go a whole year without releasing something. None of the game's teasers suggested that it was anything but what it was advertised as. As it turns out? This is the sixth game in the series, and the retro gameplay falls apart after a few minutes to reveal the game's true nature. The best part? He released this game for free, meaning he made zero money off the game just for the sake of fooling everyone!
  • Trolling Creator:
    • Is infamous for it. Special mention would have to go to the troll "games" he's created, and everything to do with his "lolz_hax" persona. As of 2016, his biggest prank was to announce that Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location would be delayed while he retooled it into a more family-friendly form, but that he'd release the "mature" version in installments. Installment 1 turned out to be a reskin of his survival game, "Sit 'N' Survive", putting the main character in a Freddy Fazbear mask.
    • Even in matters not relating directly to his games, he's this. When asked in an interview what his birthday is, he answered February 31st.
  • True Final Boss: Scott himself appears in Five Nights at Freddy's World as the final boss of Hard Mode.
  • Verbal Tic: As shown in his interview with Dawko: "You know..."