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4. Circus Baby
First Appearance: Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
The star of the trailer for Sister Location left a haunting impact with her repeated phrase of "don't hold it against us." Circus Baby, often abbreviated as simply Baby, bears a feminine clown exterior, which is freaky enough in itself. But things go from bad to worse when she starts talking and her face separates to show her monstrous innards.
How to Beat Her
Despite playing a big role in the game's story, Baby never actually pursues you. Enjoy your freebie! Many believe Baby has William Afton's daughter's soul trapped inside her. William Afton being the serial child murderer, often referred to as Purple Guy. Looks like even his own daughter couldn't escape his vicious crimes, adding another victim to the growing number of deaths he's responsible for.
First Appearance: FNaF Ultimate Custom Night
Also called Nightmarionnette or Nightmare Puppet, Nightmarionne is a reskin of Nightmare unveiled with the Halloween download patch, simply allowing you to switch things up a bit. That doesn't mean he's not terrifying. From his Slenderman-like body to his haunting laugh and colorless form, this puppet offers one of the game's oddest and eeriest designs yet.
How to Beat It
Following the same attack pattern as Nightmare, Nightmarionne can attack from either hallway, the bedroom, or the closet. Thankfully, no other animatronics will stalk you on the nights you face Nightmarionne, but to compensate, he's very aggressive and can assault you from many locations. Make sure to play with stereo speakers or headphones to listen for audio clues about which direction Nightmarionne moves in, letting you know which areas to check next.
What is a Nightmare?
A nightmare is considered a dream that’s tied to negative, stressful emotions. While they are more common in children, adults can experience them too. According to University of Michigan Health, you do most of your dreaming during REM sleep, and that includes nightmares.
Nighttime terrors are different from dreams. Harvard Medical School reports that this type of disturbance is more prevalent in children than adults. Rather than scary dreams, this phenomenon is described as fearful reactions that usually happen while Stage N3 of NREM sleep transitions to REM. Kids may kick or scream, but experts say they tend not to remember doing this since the terrors don’t happen during REM. They add that while nightmares are associated with a particular narrative, night terrors are not brought about by scary thoughts or images. Read More: 13 Tips To Ease a Nightmare in Toddlers
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do Nightmares Mean?
There’s plenty of interest in understanding the meaning behind dreams and nightmares. Some health professionals suggest certain nightmare scenarios are a metaphor for something going on in our lives. For example, a recurring nightmare could be indicative of a problem you still need to confront. Another example is that being chased by a monster in your dreams could imply you’re running away from something emotionally in your life.
What Are Common Themes in Bad Dreams?
According to psychology researcher Geneviève Robert, common nightmare themes are death, health concerns, and threats. She adds that men tend to have more disaster-related scenarios such as floods, earthquakes, and war. However, women’s narratives are typically centered around interpersonal conflicts.
Are Nightmares a Disorder?
While bad dreams from time to time are normal, frequent episodes may be cause for concern. According to the Mayo Clinic, nightmare disorder is considered a parasomnia. A parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that involves unusual or disturbing experiences. Nightmare disorder is diagnosed when the patient’s bad dreams cause significant sleep deprivation. In this case, you will want to contact your physician, who will likely discuss your symptoms, perform an exam, and suggest you undergo an overnight sleep study.