Squimpus McGrimpus is an Analog Horror YouTube channel dedicated to Five Nights at Freddy's content. Despite having joined the community mid-2016, the channel gained a sudden influx in popularity and subscribers after a Youtuber by the name of VaporTheGamer reacted to one of their videos. Now, at the end of 2019, the channel has sharply jumped to over 60 thousand subscribers.
The playlist containing the full FNAF VHS series can be found here.
Battington also began remaking the series in 2021 with Squimpus's approval (although it has been explicitly cancelled by Squimpus later on). Tropes exclusive to the remakes can be found here.
Tropes used in the main FNAF VHS series:
- Adaptational Name Change: Canonically 4 of the 5 Missing Kids are named Gabriel (Freddy) Fritz (Foxy) Susie (Chica) and Jeremy (Bonnie). "Security Footage" instead named the ghost who haunted Bonnie under the name of Lucas. "Animated Cartoon" also gave names to the remaining Missing Children; Benjamin, Angie, and Nicole.
- Alternate Universe Fic: The creator themself said that the VHS videos take place in an alternate continuity.
- Arc Words: Various references to "not existing," particularly in the context of Fredbear and Michael's brother.
- Berserk Button: Don't show the toy animatronics a picture of William Afton unless you want your face torn off. The Techician in Facial Recognition Testing nearly learned that the hard way.
- Censor Box: In the first video, a black box appears to cover up Freddy's exposed torso, but it's not big enough to completely cover up the blood leaking from his collar and pelvis.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Animated Cartoon" characterizes Freddy as this.Bonnie: What's so bad about food fights? I like them.
Freddy: I dunno! Clean it up and find out. [hands Bonnie a mop]
- Earn Your Happy Ending: "Finale" ends things off with William dead, the children set free, and Joseph having forgiven Michael.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unrepentant murderer though he may be, William Afton really did love his son Joseph.
- Hell Is That Noise: In the "Security Training" video, Springtrap's howls of agony are certainly enough to cause hairs to raise on the back of one's neck.
- Karmic Death: Springtrap's death in "Finale" comes at the hand of Michael, the son he unrepentantly abused and wanted dead. As a bonus, it came after being sealed in an empty room for years thanks to the kids he murdered.
- Madness Mantra:
- CRIMINAL CRIMINAL CRIMINAL CRIMINAL...
- He does not exist. He does not exist. He does not exist. He does not exist.
- Mood Whiplash: Every video that looks like a cheesy and harmless training video inevitably takes a turn for the worse.
- Motive Rant: The entirety of "Memories" is William Afton calmly explaining why he went and killed the 5 missing children.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the series' canon, the actual name of the Crying Child/Bite Victim was not revealed. In "Memories" however, he goes under the name of Joseph Afton.
- Nightmare Face: Every shot of a human face in the series qualifies for this.
- "Sound Response Check" shows us Angie, the girl possessing Chica. Her face would probably be fine if it wasn't so...scrambled.
- "Facial Recognition Testing" shows a photo of William Afton, grinning creepily...and then it's warped into a monstrosity resembling his sprites from the games, complete with purple coloration.
- Joseph's face, which shows up in multiple videos, is partially framed in shadow, but what we do see makes it clear that the features aren't exactly positioned correctly.
- In "Finale", William's death is marked with a version of his photo, recolored red and edited to look like his head is charred and melting.
- Noodle Incident: At the end of "Nonexistent Video", Spring Bonnie (whom we get to see at his prime, finally acting in-character along with his partner for once) tells a story about how he once got stuck in a washing machine, and Fredbear had to cut a hole in it to get him out.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Some videos utilizes this trope to a T with the usage of blank title cards or black screens and using little-to-no music outside of the VHS droning.
- Parental Favoritism: "Memories" imply that Michael bullied Joseph/the Crying Child, leading to the events of the Bite, because William, in his own words, "loved [Joseph] so much more".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The technician testing Toy Bonnie's facial recognition in the Facial Recognition Testing video decides to book it after the blue rabbit attacks him, pausing to call Fazbear Entertainment a death trap.Technician: God dammit, you know what!? How about you take your facial recognition and SHOVE IT!? Because I'm not working in this DEATH TRAP anymore, STARTING RIGHT NOW!
- Shout-Out: Does the jingle at the end of "Bonnie Joint Movement Testing" sound familiar? That's because it's a music box rendition of The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World.
- Sudden Soundtrack Stop: Happens in most videos, just in time for the Nightmare Fuel to kick into overdrive.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Company PSA, the narrator instructs employees to say this when asked about Fredbear and Spring Bonnie:Narrator: Fredbear does not exist. Spring Bonnie does not exist. Nothing happened to anyone. He does not exist. He does not exist. He does not exist. He does not exist.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Well, more along the lines of "The tape knew who would view it". At the end of "Memories" William says that he looks at the tape every day to see if it's been viewed, before warning Michael in particular to put it back and start running, as he knew Michael would be the only one who would ever view such a tape.
- Unperson: Fazbear Entertainment attempted to perform this on Fredbear and Spring Bonnie after the bite of '83. They specifically request employees to say they do not exist if asked about them.
- Upsetting the Balance: Parodied in "Animated Cartoon," when the Fazbear Four notice that there are two empty seats at the table as they're about to sit down for pizza night. The normally sarcastic Freddy finds himself unable to come up with any snarky quips, which Foxy finds unnerving.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to mention Joseph without his relation to William's motives and actions.
Tropes used in non-canon videos
- Adaptational Villainy: Circus Baby. In canon, she was at best uncomprehending, and at worst distraught, of the incident where she killed Elizabeth Afton. In "sad_girl.mp4," this version of Baby instead demonstrates extreme contempt for Elizabeth, mocking the poor girl's loneliness and neglect by William, and the audio of her killing Elizabeth is accompanied by an image of her with a ghastly grimace.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: In "birthdayboy.mp4", Funtime Freddy's eyes, and only his eyes, can be seen peering out of the darkness. Baby also has these in "sad_girl.mp4".
- Nightmare Face:
- Balloon Boy's smile, warped and coloured purple, looking eerily similar to William Afton's infamous portrait.
- The hideous grimace that Baby shows off before killing Elizabeth, not helped by how she's looking down on the camera, reminding the viewer how tall she is.
- Slasher Smile: Funtime Freddy has a child stuffed inside him in "birthdayboy.mp4". That child has a smile that will haunt your nightmares.