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Why is Ultimate Custom Night Not Canon?

Ultimate Custom Night is one of the most popular and acclaimed games in the Five Nights at Freddy‘s franchise, with its endless customization allowing you to create and conquer your own unique challenges. However, as much as we love unleashing all 50+ animatronics in a chaotic nightmare scenario, UCN is widely considered to be non-canon by the community.

As a leading FNaF analyst and gaming enthusiast, I‘ve dug deep into the evidence and arguments around UCN‘s canonicity. For longtime fans hungry for insights on the lore, let me walk you through the key reasons why this legendary custom night is not part of the core FNaF story.

What Does "Non-Canon" Actually Mean?

For those newer fans out there, calling something "non-canon" refers to it not being an official part of the accepted continuity within a fictional universe or storyline.

Canon vs Non-Canon

Canon Officially part of the fictional timeline and lore
Non-Canon Unofficially separate from the timeline and lore

So while non-canon games or stories can take place in the same fictional setting with the same characters, they are considered "optional" and do not necessarily impact the main lore chronology or narratives.

The Key Evidence Supporting UCN as Non-Canon

Let‘s dig into the biggest reasons supporters point to when arguing that Ultimate Custom Night should remain separate from the core FNaF story:

Presence of Explicitly Non-Canon Characters

A key piece of evidence is that UCN features several animatronic characters that series creator Scott Cawthon has directly confirmed are non-canon, such as:

  • Nightmare Balloon Boy: He was part of the Halloween Edition of FNaF 4, which Scott said was meant to be a standalone non-canon update.
  • Jack-O-Chica: Another character from FNaF 4‘s Halloween Edition, so also confirmed non-canon.
  • Nightmarionne: A nightmarish version of the Puppet that has never been considered a canon character.

Including these openly non-canon characters as playable animatronics in UCN heavily implies that the game itself does not fit as part of the core FNaF storyline.

Lack of Narrative Focus or Story Integration

Unlike most numbered games in the series, UCN does not feature an overt story being told or mysteries being uncovered. The game is primarily centered around the customizable classic survival mode gameplay rather than advancing the lore.

  • No apparent story cutscenes or secret lore reveals
  • Emphasis is on custom game mode options and repeat play
  • Does not obviously tie into the central canon plotlines
  • This lack of significant story integration or narrative purpose suggests UCN serves as more of a standalone bonus game mode rather than having a definite place on the canonical timeline.

    Scott Cawthon‘s Commentary On Canonicity

    FNaF creator Scott Cawthon has touched on UCN‘s canonicity multiple times over the years, strongly hinting that he does not consider it part of the core continuity:

  • Called it a "fun romp" without story significance during a Reddit AMA
  • Referenced only the numbered entries when discussing developing an "official FNaF timeline"
  • Note that he has never explicitly confirmed UCN as non-canon but highly implies it
  • While not definitive proof, Cawthon‘s tendency to ignore UCN when talking about canonical lore builds a strong case for its non-canon classification.

    Tonal and Stylistic Differences from Core Series

    Many eagle-eyed fans have pointed out that UCN has a very different tone, atmosphere, and style compared to the mainline FNaF games.

  • Chaotic and over-the-top character behavior compared to core games
  • Strongly stylized office environment unlike previous games
  • Emphasis on power-ups and meta unlockables
  • Feels more like a parody of core FNaF games rather than part of the actual story
  • These clashing stylistic choices lend credence to the belief that Scott intended UCN to be more of an exaggerated, meme-filled homage to the series rather than a serious canon installment.

    Is UCN Completely Irrelevant to the Lore?

    While UCN as a complete package can be considered non-canon, many fans believe there are still elements of the game relevant to the wider lore. For example:

    Connections Via Voice Lines and Implications

    Some character voice lines in UCN make direct references to core story beats and lore reveals, implying Scott gave canon origins to parts of the roster:

    • Withered Chica referring to her status as the first victim
    • Puppet voice lines related to Henry‘s daughter Charlotte
    • Repeated mentions of "The One You Shouldn‘t Have Killed"

    Potential "Purgatory" Setting

    Many theorize UCN represents William Afton‘s personal hell or purgatory after death, given lines like "this is a nightmare you won‘t wake from." Could provide insight into Afton‘s fate.

    Strange References to Analyze

    Overt references to things like "The Vengeful Spirit" give fans scraps of lore to pull on and debate, even if UCN itself isn‘t canon.

    In these ways, UCN hints at various possibilities and sparks theorizing even if irrelevant as one unified experience.

    The Ultimate Consensus: Enjoy the Madness!

    Given the abundant evidence, I believe the FNaF fandom has rightfully embraced Ultimate Custom Night as an awesome non-canon bonus experience:

    • UCN‘s chaotic nature makes more sense as a stand-alone tribute to the franchise rather than a core plot installment.
    • We can enjoy the exaggerated characterizations and mechanics without worrying about a story.
    • Scott clearly designed this game for maximum replay fun, not for advancing the lore.

    So for fans hungry for a nearly endless FNaF challenge, Ultimate Custom Night absolutely delivers. We can revel in the franchise in-jokes and horror mayhem while recognizing it ultimately stands separate from the core Five Nights at Freddy‘s story and timeline.

    This means we don‘t have to stress about resolving every gameplay detail with existing lore. UCN is the king of crazy non-canon FNaF spinoffs and we love it for that madness! So grab your most calculating inner Freddy strategist and try conquering all 50 animatronics – no convoluted theorizing required!