I'm planning a fanfiction where CC is revived and then continues his father's experiments as a young adult, including those involving remnant, as the story's main antagonist. His way of going about this is residing in the Afton Robotics facility's underground area, and using the Twisted Animatronics to abduct people and transport them to the location, as a survival test. It is theorized that Lucas (that's my headcanon name for CC) became Shadow Freddy after his death, and the dialogue in FNaF 4's ending minigame gives off the indication that the Puppet is speaking to him. Since I may be trying too hard to keep everything from contradicting FNaF canon (it's honestly inevitable given how much the story changes), I could easily say this is an AU where Lucas survived his bite injury and being lobotomized (which would mean retconning Shadow Freddy's existence at that point), but the rest of the series still plays out as normal.
An alternative I had was to explain that the Puppet's process of turning Lucas' spirit into Shadow Freddy was cut short and that William had managed to resurrect him via remnant while the Puppet was doing her thing. This is somewhat bordering on one of Ferret's theories (no offense, Ferret, I respect you), the whole "soul horcruxes" thing. Basically, Shadow Freddy is Lucas' positive qualities, his "good half" that has intentions to undo what his father started, while all of Lucas' malevolence, hatred, and resentment still remained within his body. Does this work at all, or is it simply too convoluted for even FNaF? All in all, if I'm going to have him as the main antagonist, I need to have Lucas' revival done right.
And, another thing... while everything we do know about CC in FNaF 4 can easily make him sympathetic, Lucas' actions in the story, as an adult, can outweigh any sympathy that was previously provided by his debut game. How can I establish him as a tragic villain if he's so much like William? He doesn't have Elizabeth's corruption... though his insanity mostly stems from physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, much like his older brother, Michael. Sorry for the lengthy post, by the way.
Go for the full on AU route, fuck canon trust me you'll have more creative freedom. Go for the Shadow Freddy horcrux idea and as for the characterisation of Lucas have him play less like a generic bad guy like his father but as a deeply upset and angry young man. Remember that this isn't someone who is psychopathic but rather someone who has been metaphysically torn apart and in the agony of his own metaphysical unnaturalness desperately tries to find a solution to repair his soul in an almost childish sense of desperation. That can be his motives for his crimes and make him a sympathetic villain who just wants to be whole again because remember that this man is the same as that scared, innocent and sensitive boy from FNAF 4...well half of him anyway.
Make sure to have Shadow Freddy be very active in the plot acting perhaps as a sort of leader for the group of survivors and make that group likeable as it's good story-telling to flesh out your own characters instead of relying on pre-existing characters that exist in the FNAF canon already. Make full use of the setting and don't feel limited by canon and you should be fine. I hope this helped.
Thank you for your help! I was originally going to have Lucas inherit his father’s motives from the novels (which, in this case, stems from William’s abuse), but him wanting to feel whole again may actually be able to evoke more sympathy. And, one thing worth noting about Lucas is that a lot of his character centers around his hatred towards Michael, who he blames for his misery due to the incident in 1983 being what led to his spirit being split between himself and Shadow Freddy. When you really get down to Lucas’ actions, who’s presented as this mad scientist following in his father’s footsteps, in actuality, he’s really just an extremely wounded boy who’s lashing out, not unlike what his brother did to him after Elizabeth died. So, if I’m fleshing out Lucas as a tragic villain, perhaps one thing that’s beneficial for his character development could be him eventually letting go and forgiving his brother for what he did, as he and Shadow Freddy become whole.
I came up with the name of the protagonist: Lindsey Hartmann. If you’ve played or watched Kirby: Planet Robobot, then not only will you get the reference, but you can guess which character from the FNaF canon she’s related to.
A bit shy... she’s personable and friendly to talk to, but she does struggle with depression after Susie’s death. She’s also quite resourceful in tough situations, and often tries to think her way out of Lucas’ tests.
“Susie isn’t truly dead, Lindsey. She’s still trapped with the others. And she suffers every night, wishing she hadn’t followed my father into that room. They all scream in the darkness - Gabriel, Fritz, Jeremy, Susie, Michael, Charlotte - in a place where no can acknowledge their pleas. At the end of the day, they are nothing but test subjects, reprogrammed to a new purpose against their will, waiting for that special day that will never come.”
-Lucas Afton to Lindsey Hartmann, over the intercom
Have him fuse with his better half and make him go out in a heroic sacrifice maybe saving the crew from his own creations destroying his work and stopping Afton's evil legacy from continuing in a way that would make Michael proud.
Aside from the Twisted Animatronics, I was planning on integrating a new animatronic that is... a bit more important to Lucas than the others. This animatronic is Grace, the Angel of Mercy. That could be the creation that Lucas saves them from.
However, as for Lucas’ death, I wanted Lindsey to either take advantage of his fear of Fredbear, or convince him to let go of his animosity towards his brother. Specifically, Lucas ends up in the same black room he was trapped in after his coma as a child, but instead of his plushies, his better half is here, and he switches forms; from the shadowy bear, and into the boy that Lucas once was. Lucas and his younger self converse with each other before the latter convinces him to forgive Michael. After that, the darkness engulfs Lucas, both as an adult and a child, and Shadow Freddy is whole now.
Lucas’ corpse is left behind while Shadow Freddy returns to the survivors, though it turns out the aforementioned Grace was activated and sent by Lucas before he and Shadow Freddy fused together. Shadow Freddy manages to render Grace vulnerable by entering its body and wresting control of the animatronic, before killing her.
As for who Grace is possessed by: well, I’m afraid to say who because this idea might be cringey, but this story’s purpose was to give all of the Aftons a chance in the villainous role, excluding Michael. William is the main antagonist of the franchise, Elizabeth was the main antagonist of SL and FFPS, and Lucas is the main antagonist of this story. I think you can guess which Afton is left, but is this a bad idea?
Grace is possessed by Mrs. Beverly Afton, William’s wife, and mother of Michael, Elizabeth, and Lucas.
The only flaw I could see with Beverly possessing Grace is... how? The AU gives me more freedom, but I don’t really know how to make it possible for Mrs. Afton to possess Grace.
My options are either William created Grace for Beverly after she died and Lucas took Grace with him when he became an adult, Lucas created Grace and dug up his mother’s remains before stuffing her inside Grace, or Lucas created Grace in his mother’s likeness, and programmed Grace to emulate Beverly’s personality, but is otherwise not actually possessed by Beverly herself.
Oh, and as for why Beverly is malevolent as Grace; same case as her daughter. Just like how Baby’s A.I. corrupted Elizabeth, Grace’s A.I. has corrupted Beverly.
Grace’s purpose in Lucas’ tests is to serve as an executioner when he no longer has any use for his test subjects, as well as extract their spirits and contain them for Lucas to manipulate later on with his remnant experiments. In Beverly Afton’s warped mind as the Angel of Mercy, she genuinely and wholeheartedly believes that her younger son’s experiments are a gift, hence why she kills people who step out of line; from her perspective, these scared victims that are frightened for their lives are seen as “bratty children” who must be “punished” for being “ungrateful” for refusing her family’s “gift”, though she seems to be apathetic towards the fact that this immortality process is more of a curse rather than a blessing. Grace has the same face and hair that Beverly had as a human except made out of marble, though she wears a white dress with angelic wings on her back, which actually flap when she moves. Grace also moves in a similar fashion to the Puppet; by hovering above the ground. Her room in the underground testing facility is a church-like setting adorned with crucifixes, which all turn upside down when she’s activated. Grace herself also stands in a podium at the end of the room. And, even though it’s not important, I imagine Beverly was a nurse before she died, which makes her title even more fitting now that she’s trying to kill her son’s lab rats.
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Hi There! i'm a college student writing a 10-page paper about the lore/theorist community of FNAF and am looking for actual members of the community to interview basically. Do you mind if I ask a few questions about your involvment on this wiki and general theory crafting?
Hell ya. (Feel free to answer whichever questions you like or don’t like)
When/why did you join the FNAF community?
Do you actively make theories or mostly edit them as they’re posted?
What are your thoughts on the GameTheorists theories about FNAF?
What drives you to contribute to the community and/or write lore about this series (like is it purely entertainment or appealing in a broader sense)?
Do you think the lore community of FNAF is its charm as a franchise?
I will refer to you as starscream1998 unless you'd prefer a different name in my essay.
(i might ask a few more questions over the next couple days but if it bothers ya i'll stop)
1) I joined because I fell in love with FNAF's enigmatic story and wished to discuss it with like-minded individuals, I joined October 17th 2015.
2) I was definitely active within the theorist community during the early years but I was never a rapid theory maker preferring quality over quantity. After I felt the storytelling had waned in quality I lost interest and retired into the novel lore until Sister Location beckoned me to the forefront of game lore again.
3) MatPat is obviously a very talented theorist to have won the appraisal of Scott numerous times and I have no real issues with him.
4) Purely entertainment and also as an aspiring writer I wish to study Scott's way of storytelling from a pure narrative sense. Unlike MatPat and a majority of theorists who obsess over 8-bit pixels I study FNAF as a narrative. I'm not interested in listening to a boring and convoluted history lesson about a timeline, I want to hear about themes, character motivations and more compelling aspects of this franchise.
5) It's more than a charm, it will ensure that the series lives on even after the series officially ends.
I dig it, I like how you write your characters very grounded in normal life instead of making them ridiculously quirky or special like nearly EVERY FNAF FANFIC EVER does. Daniel's got a weird middle name though but besides that yeah that intro rocks.