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|“||Yes, I hear you. I know... No. There’s no miscommunication... I understand... Yes, I have it. I made it myself. I think you would like it... No, no one suspects anything... Don’t worry, I’ll be ready, and I won’t let you down. It will be fun.||”|
— Vanny speaking when wearing the mask and holding the Glitchtrap plush
Vanessa, otherwise known as Vanny or the Reluctant Follower, is a human who follows the orders of Glitchtrap. She is the presumed main protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted. She is not seen directly, but is only heard through her mask in the game. She acts as the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach.
Vanessa is a young caucasian woman with freckles on her face and blonde hair. Her eyes are colored green, but on some occasions will turn yellow. She wears her hair in a ponytail and has purple nail-polish on her fingernails. She wears a white button-up shirt with black shoulder-pads and a black security emblem on the left side. She also wears a black cap that reads "Security", black pants and brown tennis shoes. Finally, she has a gold security badge on her belt.
Vanny wears a large white rabbit suit with large glowing red eyes, long whiskers and a large blue bowtie. Parts of her suit use different fabrics than the base white fabric, with the left side of her face, half her left ear, most of her right leg, her right hip, the left side of her chest and her right hand & forearm are all grey. Her left ankle & foot and her right ear are a pale yellow, and her left hip, most of her left thigh and her left hand are a red & black plaid fabric. All of the differently colored parts are stitched to the main suit with a white thread.
Vanny is the presumed main protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted. At the end of the original game, Glitchtrap attempts to possess her in order to escape from The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience and into the real world. He partially succeeds, gaining influence over her as a voice in her head. Her voice is only heard through her white mask that is found in the Corn Maze's secret area. By wearing her mask while looking at Glitchtrap's plush form, she tells him that she is preparing everything, that he has told her with no problems, and no one suspected anything about their plans. She also tells him that she made her mask for him while hoping that he likes it, and tells him that everything will be ready for the "fun." Despite her words, she sounds fearful of him and hesitant to follow his orders, hence her name "Reluctant Follower."
In the unused E-Mails, Vanessa was an employee of Fazbear Funtime Service working as a security guard for the company. After she was contacted by one of the game developers from Silver Parasol Games, after they accidentally created a virus from one of animatronics' PCB. She pretended to be a Senior IT Representative from Fazbear Entertainment to trick them into giving her full access to their company to get rid of the virus. After believing that Vanessa got rid of the virus, Silver Parasol started working on the The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience again, only for for Vanessa to give unauthorized commands to their system, gaining full control over their system. She locked every employee out of their account. It's implied that she got everybody at Silver Parasol's warehouse killed by the animatronics.
After receiving an e-mail from Vanessa's fake credential, "_pizzaplex", it is revealed that Vanessa was researching the company's records of the Fazbear Entertainment Floor 3 employee, and that she transferred from Fazbear Funtime to work as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Mega Pizzaplex.
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In Security Breach, Vanessa acts as the night guard for the location, and a sort've boss for the animatronics. Throughout the game, she attempts to capture Gregory, at one point stating that this is "not the night to be wasting her time." While Vanessa is absent for most of the game, the player will notice that Vanny will begin to appear more frequently after Vanessa stops making appearances. When exploring Fazer Blast, it can be found that Vanny has a hideout above the arena.
As revealed by the Retro CDs, as well as unused voice lines, Vanny and Vanessa are the same individuals, as the CDs are therapy sessions Vanessa attended about her strange behaviors. In the sessions Vanessa rarely talks, but when she does she mentions things that link to the previous games, such as her co-workers in the Fazbear Funtime Service and how someone is telling her to do things. It is later revealed that Vanessa had been manipulating the systems in the Pizzaplex, implanting a virus into not only the animatronics, but the Pizzaplex's computer systems as well. It is also revealed that Vanessa had conjured up a fake story about her home life, claiming her father was manipulative and that her mother had committed suicide after losing a custody battle in court. However, as her therapist tells her, she lied about this life and Vanessa actually had a really good life growing up. It is unknown as to why she lied, though it is likely that it was due to Glitchtrap's manipulation.
Throughout the CDs, Vanessa goes through five different therapists, with the fourth one mentioning that not only had the previous three gone missing, but one of them was found dead, and mangled by machinery. It is heavily implied that Vanessa might've been killing her therapists. The 16th, and final CD, ends off with Vanessa hinting to her fifth therapist that they would not be having another meeting, suggesting that she likely killed the fifth one like the previous four, though this is purely speculation.
In Security Breach, Vanessa acts as a minor threat that the player only encounters in one area. After escaping the Lost and Found area, Vanessa can be found patrolling Rockstar Row. Outside of this minor encounter, Vanessa only appears in in-game cutscenes, where she can be found speaking with Freddy.
As for Vanny, she will occassionally appear and hunt the player down. She acts similarly to the Glamrocks, but adds a distortion effect to the player's screen, making it harder to see when she's close. Vanny appears very rarely and only in certain sections of the game. Vanny also acts as a sort've timer for the player to escape the Lost and Found office, as if they don't escape in time, Vanny will enter the room and kill them.
However, within the debug menu a "Vanny Meter" can be found where it's shown that Vanny was originally intended to show up if the player spent too much time in one area. As revealed by Ray McCaffrey, it was left in the debug menu due to being a part of a larger mechanic that was scrapped earlier on, but the team has plans to revist the mechanic in the future.
- Opening the teaser of Glamrock Freddy with Vanny in the background with notepad reveals the text "Shadow of Vanny." This means that Vanny might be her name.
- She is the first guard in the entirety of the franchise to be female.
- She is the first night guard to have their appearance shown.
- All previous guards never had their faces shown outside of 8-Bit Minigames.
- As her voices.com description implies, she is likely reluctant to do Glitchtrap's bidding.
- Vanny is the fourth human character in the franchise to have merchandise based on her, the other three being the FNaF's 8-bit Mcfarlane toys of William Afton, Michael Afton/Foxy Bully, and the Crying Child from FNaF 4.
- In her voice actor's demo page on Voices.com, an unused voice line can be found.
|“||I understand. I'll do just as you ask. And yes, I've already selected one.||”|
— The voice line from her demo page.
- In the source code of Scott's website, there is a conversation that seems to be between Glitchtrap and Vanny:
- Stay the course.
- I will.
- Focus on my voice.
- I will.
- Don't let anyone lead you astray.
- I won't.
- Have you selected one?
- I have.
- Vanny's identity was actually confirmed via a figurine showing both her separate appearances in one.
- Before this, it was believed that the guard & Vanny were two separate characters.
- Vanny is the first main antagonist to attack the player that is not an animatronic.
- A prop found in the Glamrock Beauty Salon was believed to be a remnant of Vanessa possibly being a playable character.
- Of course, this is not the case, as the hand was modeled as a background prop rather than for a playable Vanessa.
- Despite the Retro CDs and the Princess Quest Ending confirming that Vanny and Vanessa are the same, one of the endings oddly shows Vanessa on a roof after Vanny had previously fallen to her death.
- Some believe that this implies that Vanny's soul is still trapped due to not being saved, and that the Vanessa we see isn't the real Vanessa. Though this is purely speculation.