what is five nights at freddy's?

five nights at freddy's (fnaf) is a horror franchise based around a kids' pizza joint a la chuckie cheese, fronted by animatronic characters which are also housing the souls of murdered children.
the creator, scott cawthon, has had a tendency to be pretty vague on plot points. because of this, much of the fandom is theorycrafting, and exchanging ideas and analysis. there's also a lot of cool characters.
i first found fnaf when i was in 5th grade, around when fnaf 2 came out. i watched a playthrough of the 2 games from ihascupquake, it caught my interest, and never let go.

theories & headcanons

i've been kind of in-and-out of the fandom for a long time, so i'll admit i'm not super up-to-date on lore. especially considering most of the explaining at this point in time is done through the books which i probably will not read for a very long time if ever. also i've never actually played most of the gamesexcept special delivery, my friend code is j7irkc2jvd, just watched videos and read wikis because i'm a coward.

i would put fanart here if i had any

i just needed this link for the menu to look right, idk what to do with it yet sorry
special thanks to the guy on reddit who helped me with the menu overlay, you freakin wizard!!