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Five Nights at Freddy's: The Musical is a series of web videos by Random Encounters chronicling the adventures of Markiplier and NateWantsToBattle as they work the night shift at Freddy Fazbear's.

So far five nights have been posted separately, with a "Complete Edition" having been released July 30, 2016.

The series spawned a series of Prequels based on Sister Location ("Blood and Tears" and its later remake, "Out for Blood (Blood and Tears Remix)"), Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator ("Ground Zero"), and Five Nights At Freddys VR Help Wanted ("Web Of Lies") plus multiple bonus videos and April Fool's jokes.


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  • Accidental Murder: Markiplier comes back after the first night loaded for bear in order to defend himself... and shoots the janitor, thinking it was Foxy coming to attack. Don't worry, Nate says the guy's in a stable condition in Night 4.5 of the Supercut.
  • Action Survivor: Although he comes loaded for bear on Night 2, this is closer to Mark's skill. He's very good at it.
    Mark: Got a plan?
    Nate: [sigh] Survive until 6 AM...
    Mark: [calmly] I'm pretty good at that.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Springtrap is dark green instead of olive green.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Golden Freddy, who appears as a superhero. On top of that, pretty much all of the animatronics really (except for Springtrap, for obvious reasons). Even the Purple Guy appears as an amicable, friendly colleague who works the morning shift and just wants more hours.
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  • Adaptation Name Change: Purple Guy's name was revealed in the tie-in books and Sister Location (released after the musical) to be William Afton. Here, he introduces himself as AJ, like the actor who plays him, and William Afton is a separate character.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Phone Guy is evil and he, not Purple Guy, is William Afton. Also, Trash and the Gang are working with Glitchtrap in 'Web of Lies".
  • Adaptational Wimp: The animatronics, except for Springtrap. The unstoppable Puppet loses to the office fan of all things. In Night 4 Mark easily restrains Freddy. Any time Freddy so much as actually tries to stand up to someone else, he fails, hard.
  • Alliterative List: In Night 3, when the animatronics are trying to guess what's in the box.
    Freddy: ♪Obviously / it's full of party favors!♪
    Bonnie: ♪Pickles!♪
    Chica: ♪Ponies!♪
    Freddy: ♪Pizza!♪
    Bonnie: ♪The pox!♪ ...what?
  • Anachronism Stew: Mike has a Bendy and the Ink Machine keychain on his lanyard in 1987.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The first two night are all Markiplier, with Nate coming out of nowhere to do Night 3 after Mark is arrested. Mark rejoins the story in Night 4.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The plot seemingly changes as well after Night 2, going from a night guard suffering sanity slippage and imagining the robots are evil to an actually evil animatronic being delivered, forcing the Fazbear Four to seek the night guard's help. The plots are then brought together when they recruit the former, traumatized, night guard as backup so he can prove to the cops he wasn't lying about the animatronics.
  • April Fools' Day: Night 6 - Nightmare Night. The video's thumbnail showed "nightmare" versions of the puppets alongside Purple Guy screaming in terror. The actual video has Purple Guy repeatedly dozing off, only to be woken up by dreams of Bonnie conducting an unseen (but not unheard) group of Dreadful Musicians. The thumbnail was later updated with "APRIL FOOLS" stamped across it and Purple Guy now singing instead of screaming. The nightmare puppets remain, though.
  • Attention Whore: Phone Guy. When he calls Nate from prison, he keeps rambling about how there is no escape from him, then gets agitated when Nate puts him on hold.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: According to the credits as well as a Call-Forward in "Ground Zero," Nate's surname actually is WantsToBattle.
  • Ax-Crazy: Phone Guy!MatPat. We're not given any explanation as to why he wants to murder Nate, Mark, and AJ. He just does, and he's psychotically gleeful about it too.
  • The Backwards Я: Shown in the facility overview on the computer, as a shout-out to the Random Encounters logo.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Mark escapes custody because the police left him in the car unguarded without locking him in. What's more is that a throwaway line from one of the cops implies this kind of thing happens a lot.
  • Bears Are Bad News: While Freddy averts it, MatPat bursts into the office in a bear suit while wielding a chainsaw.
  • Big Bad: The Purple Guy, aka AJ. He wanted to work more hours at the restaurant and decided to scare Mark and Nate into quitting to get theirs. He later gets upstaged by Phone Guy!Mat Pat, though.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Mark and Nate survive five nights and the animatronics find a new job in game designing, but Freddy Fazbear's Pizza has burned down, the Puppet, BB.exe (assuming he was alive and not just a remote controlled toy), and AJ are dead, and Phone Guy isn't finished with them yet.
  • Blooper Reel: There's a whole playlist of them!
  • Bullying a Dragon: In the FNAF musical supercut, AJ assumes one of MatPat's nicknames was "evil dirtbag with a chainsaw". It doesn't end well. Subverted in that Phone Guy!MatPat says that nickname is his favorite.
  • The Bus Came Back: Mark was Put on a Bus due to being unavailable after night 2, but night 4 was delayed enough that his schedule freed up for him to return.
  • Call-Forward: In "Ground Zero", on the list of things that are suggested to Mike to order for the pizzeria are a chainsaw and a flamethrower. The Balloon Boy robot and Springtrap also show up partway through.
    • After Mike dies, Phone Guy pulls out a folder of applications and is seen calling a "Mr WantstoBattle"
  • Cat Scare: In "Ground Zero," tension builds as Mike tries to scan the vent, terrified, and then he's jumpscared by... a popup ad on his computer.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Every episode is darker than the last up until the epilogue. The prequels follow the same pattern.
  • Chainsaw Good: Subverted in that the wielder is Phone Guy!MatPat, here to kill everyone else. It's even got a built-in FLAMETHROWER!
  • Chekhov's Gun: The fan in the office, a constant in the video games that never did much, comes into play in Night 3 when the Puppet is knocked into it, destroying the Puppet and leaving Springtrap with no opposition.
  • Composite Character: Composite Setting, but still worth a mention. The restaurant most of the musical takes place in combines elements from the first three games (apart from Night 4, which borrows mostly from the fourth game). In Night 1 alone, it looks like it'll just be the first game, but we get the music box and puppet from the second and the air vent system from the third before the episode's end.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Nate is much calmer than Mark and willing to work with the animatronics, while Mark was driven insane by his initial assumption of them trying to hurt him. This is because Nate's a former employee who knows they mean him no harm while Mark was a new hire with no idea what was going on.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
    • Purple Guy could have just asked Mark and Nate to let him have some of their hours, especially as Nate doesn't even want the job and Mark is wanted for murder. Instead he tried to scare them into quitting. He feels kind of stupid.
    Markiplier: You are kind of stupid.
    • After killing AJ, Phone Guy!MatPat does this to Mark to rub salt in the wound.
    Phone Guy!MatPat: None of us probably would be together tonight if you'd just listened to what I told you about the animatronics on the first night.
  • Curse Cut Short: AJ in the FNAF Musical Supercut.
    AJ: Sorry I'm late, traffic was a... (sees the office in a mess)
  • Cutting the Electronic Leash: In the Epilogue, Phone Guy!MatPat calls Nate's cell phone from jail and rants about how he'll kill him one day. Nate responds by nonchalantly putting him on hold and tossing the phone in a fountain.
  • Cutting the Knot: When Springtrap starts going nuts on Phone Guy!MatPat, Nate says they should try to override the door controls. Mark just rips the button panel off with his bare hands.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Springtrap strings Balloon Boy's decapitated head from the ceiling for the night guards to find.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nate. It's especially evident in the supercut.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Puppet.
  • Decomposite Character: In "Ground Zero," Eggs Benedict is actually Mike's predecessor, and both of them get killed. Also possibly the case with Elizabeth Afton and Circus Baby; in the games, Elizabeth is the spirit possessing Baby after being killed by her, but here, Elizabeth has survived her only appearance thus far and the two of them are played by different actors, even after Baby was recast. However, as Phone Guy has two actors as well (in-person and the voice used over the phone or while distorted by the mask), this is still unconfirmed.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Mark initially, as he was Put on a Bus because he lived far away and was busy after Night 2. Subverted when he returns after his schedule IRL clears up.
  • The Ditz: Bonnie, though the other animatronics aren't much better.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Mark escapes from the police car when the cops stop to get donuts.
  • Driver Faces Passenger: Deconstructed in the Supercut version; before what was originally Night 3.5, while Nate is trying to call Freddy's, he turns to talk to Bonnie and ends up having to quickly swerve to avoid an accident when he turns back to the road.
  • Easter Egg: In "Web of Lies," a message is hidden on the equipment in the server room: "Sorry, no Markiplier. Chica is holding him hostage with puppy dog eyes."
  • Eat the Camera: Done in the blooper reel for "Ground Zero."
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: When AJ is quickly talking in the prequel, the closed captions just say "*Fast mumbling on the phone*".
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • Phone Guy!MatPat brutally slaughters AJ with a chainsaw, complete with blood splashing onto the camera.
    • Springtrap literally gets his head chopped off a few minutes afterwards, and his headless body STILL attacks Phone Guy!MatPat!
    • Phone Guy!MatPat being mauled by Springtrap and then being burned alive. Subverted; he survived.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Supercut shows that Mark and Nate remain in contact after surviving all five nights.
  • Foreshadowing: "You're gonna burn for this."
  • For the Evulz: The apparent motivation of Phone Guy!MatPat in the ending, though a popular theory is that all those FNAF theories broke his mind.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A teaser for Night 3 has members of the crew sitting around, eating pizza, and suddenly losing power, which is the cue for them to start screaming through Freddy's "special song".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The box Springtrap arrives in has a mailing label on it saying it was sent by Scott Cawthon. This is referenced in the Supercut's I Have Many Names line.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The villain seemingly doesn't have any shown motivation beyond maybe the fact that he's Ax-Crazy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Springtrap is revealed to be this in Night 5
    AJ: He was just supposed to be scary, but he gets a little carried away.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: MatPat as the Phone Guy.
  • Harmless Villain: AJ trying to scare Mark and Nate into quitting may seem a bit unorthodox, but he's a saint compared to the overboard Springtrap or the much greater evil Phone Guy!MatPat. He even stops trying to scare them rather quickly once Mark and Nate tell him they don't want the night shift.
  • The Heavy: Springtrap, who is also The Dragon to the Purple Guy. He does the majority of the damage to the cast, starting with Night 3.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Ground Zero," Mike's idealism slowly gives way to a desperation to keep the restaurant afloat that leads to, among other things, salvaging the suspicious-looking Springtrap rather than purchase a non-haunted animatronic and cutting corners with safety precautions in the building. Both of these things get him killed.
  • Hope Spot: Given that it's a prequel, "Ground Zero" is almost entirely this. Mike is afraid of what's coming in the vent, gets scared by a popup ad, and seems completely safe... but gets killed at the end.
  • I Have Many Names: From the Big Bad: "I go by many names. Phone Guy, MatPat, Scott Cawthon..."
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The animatronics don't want to stuff anyone in a Freddy Fazbear suit, just to say hi. But their "quirkiness", Mark's paranoia, and the infamous Bite of '87 make it hard for them without someone freaking out or trying to kill them. Fortunately, Nate sees them for the harmless creatures they are.
  • Ironic Echo: "Please don't kill me!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: The animatronics in the first musical are fun-sized, fuzzy, more than a little silly, eighty-percent harmless, and there's still something absurd about a tiny Springtrap trying to shove Nate into the office fan. Baby is fully-grown, tortured, decidedly not silly, and almost kills AJ in a scene that's not played for laughs.
    • Before this, the Springtrap and Phone Guy!Mat Pat, attacking in person, both herald darker turns to the story, and, on their own, are more threatening than funny.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their portrayal of the Fazbear Band in comparison to the source material.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Markiplier at the start of Night 2.
  • Losing Your Head: Springtrap can continue to attack even without a head.
  • Meaningful Background Event: At the beginning of Night 1, Phone Guy tries to warn Mark about the animatronics, but after saying that they "can be a bit... active," Mark drowns him out as he says not to be afraid since they just like to say hi. As we learn near the end of the Supercut version, Mark really should have listened.
  • Mundane Utility: The epilogue shows Mark using Phone Guy!Mat Pat's flamethrower-chainsaw to grill hot dogs.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Bite of '87 is often referenced. Nate was apparently the guard when it happened and in this universe Freddy was the perpetrator. "Web Of Lies" mentions the Bite as a possible hoax perpetrated by Phone Guy to distract authorities from the child murders he'd committed.
    • Springtrap being lured by Balloon Boy's voice is reworked as him chasing a Balloon Boy on wheels around the restaurant.
    • To other Random Encounters videos, the supercut has Mark speculate that the Janitor survived due to having some sort of black magic. Thing is, he does. All janitors in Random Encounters are played by the same guy and always sweeping, because he is the ''Minesweeper'' who 'trained in the dark arts'.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy aren't trying to hurt anyone, but their antics leave Markiplier so spooked that they drive him insane. Very much averted with Springtrap and later enemies Baby and Glitchtrap.
    • The Puppet whose main job is just to contain Springtrap. When Mark forgets to keep it asleep, it comes into the office... and dances.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Zig-Zagged. Nate outright says that "Freddy's isn't exactly... up to code", but their plan to beat Springtrap relies on the one thing Freddy's got right in that regard: keeping multiple fire extinguishers in the building. Then it's up to whether Springtrap preemptively stole the extinguishers or Freddy's simply never bothered to make sure there were always fire extinguishers where there should be; the latter would be this trope, but it's implied the former is the case. Especially considering AJ knocks Nate out with one of them. And there's still something to be said for the fact that the one extinguisher they do find doesn't work properly — it literally blows up in Nate's face — indicating that no-one bothered to maintain them. There's also this:
    Nate: You can't legally work that many hours!
    AJ: You can't legally let stinky animatronics bite children either!
    Freddy: Hey! That was an accident!
  • No Song for the Wicked: Even though MatPat has a background in musical theatre. This is brought up and addressed in a comment video. He does get a nice Leitmotif, though. To a lesser extent, AJ doesn't get a song either, but he's really more of a Harmless Villain than anything. Averted in the rest of the series after the main story; "Blood and Tears" is a full Villain Song and "Web of Lies" is a back-and-forth between the hero and villain of that installment.
  • Officer O'Hara: One of the cops has an Irish accent.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mark when he's informed at the end of Night 1 that he's been scheduled every night that week.
    • Nate in Night 4 when Balloon Boy's antenna gets knocked off, causing him to shut down, leaving him a sitting duck for Springtrap.
    • The song in Night 5 is full of this as the gang realizes the extinguishers are all missing from their proper places until Chica finds one in the kitchen. Then she gets one of her own when she realizes Springtrap is right behind her.
    • Even Phone Guy!MatPat gets one once Springtrap is released and promptly attempts to maul the psycho in the bear suit, even after Springtrap has had his head knocked off!
  • Once an Episode: Foxy popping out of something, like an air vent, a closet, or dropping from the ceiling.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The animatronics are portrayed by puppets, but Springtrap's battle against Nate shows that he's still very strong.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The last card tossed into the hat, which gets a shot focusing on it before Night 5, is the 3 of Hearts. Translated to its tarot equivalent, the 3 of Cups, that generally signifies finding community, trusting in friends, and relying on outside help; the previous scene has Nate and the animatronics searching for help and finding Mark, who at first wants nothing to do with them but starts reluctantly getting used to being around to help them here.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Mike's death in "Ground Zero" prompts the events of "Web Of Lies," as his sister Elizabeth became employed at Freddy Fazbear's solely to find out what happened to him.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Night 1 in a nutshell. As Markiplier checks the cameras, the animatronics end up accidentally startling Mark, which makes him scream. They then panic and go to check on him... and he utterly overreacts, suddenly sure they'll kill him. Their attempts to reassure him only spook him more. What's worse is this apparently happens a lot, as Chica mentions they lose many guards this way in Night 2, and the animatronics haven't learned.
    • Again in Night 4 when Bonnie randomly draws an easily misinterpreted image (showing the danger of Springtrap... by showing Springtrap standing over a bloody corpse) to try and convince Mark to help but only scaring him.
      Bonnie: Does this help explain? *holds up picture*
      Markiplier: *screams, grabs Freddy and a knife and holds the knife to Freddy's throat* STAY BACK!
      Bonnie: Huh, I guess it didn't.
  • Posthumous Character: Eggs Benedict, mentioned a few times in "Ground Zero" and "Web Of Lies", is long dead and was possibly scooped.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • From Phone Guy!MatPat, we get "Why, this is a crime scene! And you're the victims." *Evil Laugh*
    • Mark gets one shortly after, which doubles as a Shut Up, Hannibal!.
    Phone Guy!MatPat: (referring to the animatronics) They just wanted to say hi!
    Mark: Not all of them! (releases Springtrap)
  • Prequel: The Sister Location, Pizzeria Simulator, and Help Wanted musicals serve this purpose.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Before AJ's untimely death, he realized he should have just asked Mark and Nate to give him their hours instead of scaring them into quitting.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Nate's late rent notice has typos on it.
  • Running Gag: Commenting on the broken camera in the kitchen and how it should have been fixed by now.
    • "Baby I Love You," a 60s-style song, playing for comedic effect.
  • Sad Battle Music: A lot of the production soundtrack is as depressing as it is tense.
  • Sanity Slippage: Markiplier, big time, outright shooting someone by the end of Night 2 and getting arrested. The animatronics breaking into his house looking for his help in Night 4 does not help matters and he nearly cuts Freddy's head off before Nate stops him.
  • Saved by Canon:
    • While Purple Guy, the guard in "Blood and Tears," is in legitimate danger, we know he's fine because it's his Origins Episode; after all, it can't possibly take place after the original.
    • Similarly, Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy are abducted at the end of "Web Of Lies", but since this is another prequel, we know they will be fine.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Phone Guy!MatPat when Springtrap mauls him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Springtrap, though the can isn't as secure as one would hope, given that it's just a cardboard box sealed with duct tape.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: In two ways. "Blood and Tears," the series' first Villain Song, doesn't feature the cutesy puppet animatronics at all. While they do appear in "Web of Lies," that does away with the "Baby I Love You" running gag that had appeared in every other video.
  • Shout-Out: When Phone Guy!MatPat calls Nate at the end, he says, "might be obvious now, but I didn't die in that fire." One of the popular FNAF fan songs is "(I Hope You) Die In A Fire."
  • Skewed Priorities: While Freddy's guesses of what's in the box in Night 3 are things Fazbear's would actually need and order, Chica just thinks of something she would want herself, and Bonnie's suggestions are just weird.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Phone Guy, who dies in the games, lives in the FNAF supercut, albeit in police custody since he's the villain here. Elizabeth Afton also survives the events of 'Web of Lies', and hasn't even met Circus Baby, who was the animatronic who killed her in the games.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • The animatronics are all hand puppets and the Puppet is an actual marionette. Balloon Boy is a remote-controlled bot on wheels.
    • Phone Guy!MatPat chainsaws through a wall... only for the chainsaw to not cut the wall very much, leading to the equally badass move of ripping the remains apart bare-handed.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Night Five opens like this:
    Mark: Somewhere something's hiding in the dark…
    Nate: Somewhere Springtrap's out there roaming free…
    Freddy: Somewhere here, a monster's on the move…
    Mark: Something tells me we're all gonna be… DEAD!
  • Summon Bigger Fish: More like Release Bigger Fish, since they already had him there. After Phone Guy!MatPat kills AJ, Mark releases Springtrap to deal with him while he, Nate, and the other animatronics escape.
  • Take That!: To YouTube's ad revenue, in Night 3.
    Nate: "It's been seven years since I worked at this place.
    A part of my life I much regret.
    Saw kids burst in tears, a bear start eating a face.
    I tried to move on, and just forget....
    ...buuut YouTube ad rev isn't all that great. So..."
  • Tap on the Head: Nate gets knocked out with a fire extinguisher to the head near the end of Night 5. He wakes up less than 20 seconds later none the worse for wear.
  • Tempting Fate: "Wow, weird. Everything turned out okay." Cue Phone Guy!MatPat.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Mark is arrested and escapes back to his house at the end of Night 2, but is searched out by the new night guard and the animatronics (for being the only one skilled enough to stop Springtrap) during Night 4, becoming The Leader in Night 5.
  • Tranquil Fury: Mark towards Phone Guy!MatPat, which is surprising given his freak outs in the face of the animatronics were much more emotive.
  • Undying Loyalty: Springtrap seems to have some shades of this towards AJ, seeing as he tries to lash out at Mark after the latter calls AJ stupid. And when Phone Guy!MatPat kills AJ, Springtrap goes ballistic.
  • The Unintelligible: Foxy mainly communicates with growls and "yar" noises. According to Word of God, this is because of Foxy's jaw being damaged in the game.
    • Springtrap communicates only in rabid growls and snarls.
  • We Will Meet Again: Phone Guy!MatPat vows revenge once he gets out of prison.
  • Wham Line: After the action is wrapped up and things seem headed towards a happy ending, Phone Guy calls the office once again and things take a turn for the nightmarish...
    Phone Guy: Uh? Hello! Hello! Hello! Oh, hey! Congratulations! It looks like you guys managed to survive… Five Nights at Freddy's! That’s pretty awesome! Uh, unfortunately (thump) that really wasn’t how I, uh, expected all of this to end (thump). (Doors close) See, I… I-I really thought you guys would all turn on each other by now… but you didn’t (thump). So I guess I have to drop by the office (Chainsaw starts and everyone panics). (Breaks into the office wearing a mascot suit wielding a chainsaw and flamethrower) AND FINISH (takes off mascot suit head) THE JOB!
    Markiplier: Can somebody tell me what’s going on?
  • Wolverine Publicity: Bonnie has appeared in far more spinoffs and cameos than anyone else in the cast, followed by Purple Guy, for practical reasons; both were played by a regular member of the Random Encounters team rather than a guest star. However, "Ground Zero" brings back the voice actors used for Phone Guy and the animatronics, and "Web of Lies" brings them all back again along with MatPat (though, as an Easter egg in the video states, no Mark or Nate).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Once Markiplier sees for himself that the animatronics are alive (after dismissing the idea as absurd), he immediately makes the assumption that the Freddy's he's working at is identical to the one in the games, murderous animatronics and all.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The pre-supercut version of Night 5 ends on this note. It looks like everyone has come to an agreement. And then Phone Guy!MatPat makes the scene.

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