Five Nights at Freddy's 3 was perhaps one of the most poorly received of the series. It did however, provide one of the most chilling characters in the franchise. Springtrap has a sense of reality about him that none of the other characters were ever able to capture for me.
He's an ever present threat, always lurking and wandering the halls. Aside from hallucinations, he's the only thing keeping you company in the horror house you find yourself guarding at night. He moves slowly, until provoked, and then he comes at you hard. When he reaches you, you find yourself being stared down by him before he makes his attack.
There's something wicked, and sickening about him, which is exactly the type of emotion good horror antagonist should invoke. You don't want him around. If you saw this figure in an alley you would run.
The character lacks the sharp teeth the nightmare versions have, and doesn't clack his teeth or widen his eyes when he attacks, he simply gets to you, and your imagination does the rest. Perhaps it's his implied morose backstory that adds an extra feel of homicide to the character, but nothing has ever filled me with more unease than seeing Springtrap simply watch.
YouTuber Markiplier's video shows exactly why Springtrap's mind games make him the most psychologically terrifying character in the series.
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