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You may be ready for Freddy, but you are not ready for ME!

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones is the sequel to The Silver Eyes, released on June 27th, 2017.

A year after the events in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, Charlie is trying to move on from her traumatic past by starting afresh in a new school. That is, until a series of bodies are discovered in her area that are very familiar to the murders, and something very creepy and potent is stalking Charlie.

This novel contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: When cornered, Charlie faces Springtrap head on, and even inflicts a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him.
  • Adults Are Useless/Police Are Useless: Averted, Clay is incredibly helpful to Charlie and her friends throughout the story.
  • Ascended Extra: Clay was a supporting character in the first book as Carlton's father and the detective who investigated the missing children incident a decade ago. Here, he has a larger role and actively helps Charlie and her friends throughout the story.
  • Back from the Dead: William Afton, or as he likes to call himself, Springtrap.
  • Battle Couple: When encountering Twisted Foxy at her father's house, Charlie and John both fight and beat him and eventually tear his head off.
  • Berserk Button: The original Fazbear animatronics are triggered by the mere mention of William Afton's name.
  • Big Bad: William Afton once again, now going by Springtrap, having created the Twisted Ones and set them loose.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: Invoked with the Wolfie Animatronic.
  • Brown Note: The Twisted Animatronics constantly emit one, which explains their appearance; once it's turned off, they go back to being normal animatronics. It should be noted that the note in question isn't inherently malicious, but simply amplifies the person's natural disposition and perception of the object in question; i.e. good becomes great, bad becomes worse.
  • Cliffhanger: Following Charlie's death, everyone meets at a diner to mourn, only for a woman who looks like Charlie to arrive at said diner. When they notice something's off with her, John says "That's not Charlie." The End.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The Original Animatronics vs the Twisted Ones.
  • Covers Always Lie: The Twisted animatronics may have overt similarities to the Nightmare animatronics, but despite being on the cover, Nightmare makes no appearance in the actual story in any form.
  • Creepy Child: The Balloon Boy makes an appearance to attack Charlie. In fact, there are multiples of them.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: How the Twisted Ones kill. They are designed like spring suits, and trap their victims within their bodies before crushing and killing their victims from within.
  • Deadpan Snarker: John gets one during his movie date with Charlie to see "Zombies vs Zombies".
    John: I think it's about zombies.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Twisted Ones are this to the Original animatronics. The Fazbear crew were innocent children whose souls were entrapped within the animatronics, while the Twisted Ones were inventions of William Afton that he has control over to use as murder weapons.
  • Faking the Dead: Charlie believes William Afton may have faked his death, before she and Jessica find his body. He is resurrected, however.
  • Foregone Conclusion: William Afton, the Big Bad of the series, who was killed in a spring lock suit and became Springtrap in the third game, was obviously not gonna stay dead here.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Technically, the Fazbear crew were not evil in the first place, but here, they are explicitly on the side of the protagonists, and even help fight the Twisted Ones.
  • Hurting Hero:
    • Charlie, with the revelation of her long-since departed twin Sammy, throughout the novel has felt empty without him, describing it as feeling like a part of her is missing.
    • John becomes this as well on account of Charlie's death.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Charlie starts to do this with Springtrap, demanding to know why he took her brother.
  • Kill It with Water/Kill It with Fire: During the climax, the Twisted Ones are seemingly stopped by a river, which Springtrap points out won't work because they are waterproof. Then Clay reveals said river is full of gasoline, which turns out to be more effective against them.
  • Large and in Charge: The Twisted Animatronics are decidedly larger than the original Fazbear crew.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Charlie is studying animatronics and mechanics, and is shown trying to create animatronics herself within her own dorm room.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After the fight with Springtrap and the Twisted Ones, the building they are in begins to collapse.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Averted; it's made explicit that the supposed shape-shifting of the Twisted Ones is a result of a technological Brown Note.
  • Mythology Gag: In Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, we see Afton Animatronics was secretly creating animatronics for the purposes of kidnapping and killing people. Here, we see them in full effect.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Charlie begins to inflict this on Springtrap when she fights back against him.
  • No One Could Survive That!:
    • Charlie initially suspects that William Afton survived his spring-lock failure and faked his death before she actually saw his corpse. He is actually Back from the Dead.
    • John states this at the end of the novel, despite Jessica pointing out, since William Afton went through two Springlock failures, there might be hope for Charlie. John isn't keeping his hopes up.
  • Off with His Head!: Happens to Twisted Foxy and eventually Twisted Bonnie.
  • Original Generation: Downplayed: the gang sees deactivated animatronics of things like a wolf and an ape, but they aren't expounded upon.
  • Properly Paranoid: Prior to the novel, Charlie and her Aunt Jen had an argument about Charlie going to a university close to Hurricane following last year's incident. They haven't seen each other in a while, and when Jen appears near the end of the novel, it's just after Charlie's death, with John witnessing Jen holding onto Charlie's lifeless arm.
  • Put on a Bus: Carlton, Lamar, and Jason do not appear in the novel, with Carlton having to leave town since the incident the year before. Marla shows up after Charlie's death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The Fazbear Animatronics go on one to when John tells them that Afton has kidnapped Charlie.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Charlie speculates that the Twisted Ones are after her personally on behalf of William Afton. She's correct.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Throughout the story, Charlie has felt like a part of her is missing without Sammy and has even had dreams about his spirit trying to take her to a "door". At the end, as the building collapses, Charlie finds the door and feels Sammy's presence, but John ultimately convinces her to run. Unfortunately, as she does so, Twisted Freddy emerges...
  • Shipper on Deck: Jessica is this to Charlie and John.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Just as they are about to escape the collapsing building, Twisted Freddy makes a final attack on Charlie, entrapping her. Despite their best efforts to save her, Charlie is ultimately a victim of Springlock failure.
  • That Man Is Dead: William Afton doesn't go by that name anymore, nor does he go by his alias Dave Miller. Now, he is Springtrap.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Springtrap manages to escape through a trap door as the building begins to collapse.