Squimpus McGrimpus is a YouTube channel dedicated to found footage 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 her videos. Now, at the end of 2019, the channel has sharply jumped to over 60 thousand subscribers.
Tropes that have been used on this channel
- Alternate Universe Fic: The creator herself 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 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]
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: In "birthdayboy.mp4", Funtime Freddy's eyes, and only his eyes, can be seen peering out of the darkness.
- 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.
- 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:
- "Security Footage" 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.
- The Crying Child/Bite Victim goes under the name of Joseph in "Memories".
- 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!
- Slasher Smile: Funtime Freddy has a child stuffed inside him in "birthdayboy.mp4". That child has a smile that will haunt your nightmares.
- 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.