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"Circus" is a frequently ripped track from the game Five Nights at Freddy's.

Overview

"Circus"[1] is the unofficial name given to a 22-second-long sound file that may play at random during a playthrough of the horror game Five Nights at Freddy's. It is a generic-sounding circus-like fanfare, although its cheap quality, clicking sound effects, and slightly broken rhythm are supposed to unease the player.

Although no official credit is given to this track, it was featured on the album Organ Music: Sound Effects in 2012.[2]

Rips

See: Category:Circus

The first rip of this song, "Circus Theme - Five Nights At Freddy's", now known as "Circus (Demo)", was uploaded to the GiIvaSunner channel on March 21, 2016, with a second rip following shortly after on March 23. After the GiIvaSunner Termination wiped those rips, this song changed name to "Circus", starting with the Beta Mix and Alpha Mix uploaded for 4/20 2016.

Most Five Nights at Freddy's series rips, especially "Circus" rips, are switcheroos, usually beginning with the actual track before transitioning to a mashup with absolutely no relation to the game (although some don't even bother and directly start with the mashup). The track "Circus" in particular however was favored by contributors in the early days and became the official track title used for rips that don't contain video game music.[3] Over time, realistic mix names names stopped being used for "Circus" rips in lieu of the mix being some sort of clue to the content of the rip.

For the Channel Ending, a video titled "Circus - Five Nights at Freddy's" was finally uploaded to the SiIvaGunner channel, although it's not featured in the FNAF playlist, instead being the announcement for the album Five Nights at Freddy's Original Soundtrack, which holds most of the Season 1 "Circus" rips. As a final twist to the joke, this announcement video is the actual unedited track.

Starting in Season 2, "Circus" rips became more scarce as fake game playlists became more common instead. However, near the end of Season 3 and especially in Season 4, "Circus" rips started being uploaded more often, with a new running joke where they often feature very bizarre mix names that are usually completely unrelated to the rip, usually being puns on "mix". Curiously, "Circus" rips were uploaded most frequently in Season 4 Episode 2 (rather than Season 1 like one would expect), but this momentum slowed down with the start of Season 5.

There are currently 261 "Circus" rips on the channel, making it by far the most-ripped song on the channel; "Slider" is a distant second with only a few dozen versions.

Trivia

  • Due to the unique situation for what can be submitted under it, "Circus" is noted to be a track that does not demand higher standards for its large amount of rips alongside "Slider" and "Wood Man Stage".[3] However, it is also noted that "Circus" rips have higher standards anyway due to not being based around video game music.[3]
  • Most "Circus" rips credit artists or characters related to at least one of the jokes involved. In Season 1, it was also common to credit "N/A" or leave out the composer line entirely, but this practice has mostly been dropped as of Season 4.

References

Super Mario: "It's a me, Mario!"1-UpAbove Ground BGM • Athletic Theme (Bros. 3World) • Bob-omb BattlefieldBowser's ThemeDire, Dire DocksFile SelectGiant LandGrass LandGround Theme (Game StartSecret Course) • Hammer Bros. ThemeInvincible (Metallic Mario) • Koopa's RoadMerry-Go-Round • Overworld (Bros. 2World) • Piranha Plant's LullabySliderSlotsSnow MountainStaff RollSteam GardensUnderground (Bros. 3) • Underwater (SMB1)
Spin-offs: Baby ParkBeware the Forest's MushroomsPlay a Mini-Game!The Grand Finale
Donkey Kong: DK RapStickerbush Symphony
Wario: Body RockWaluigi Pinball
EarthBound / MOTHER: Enjoy Your StayHumoresque of a Little Dog (Buy Somethin' Will Ya!) • MOTHER 3 Love ThemePollyannaSnowmanUnfounded Revenge
Undertale: BonetrousleDeath by GlamourFallen DownHis ThemeMEGALOVANIAMenusans.Snowdin Town
Deltarune: Smart Race
Kirby: Butter BuildingFactory InspectionFloat IslandsForest AreaGourmet RaceGreen GreensHere Come The Squeaks!Kirby DanceMarx's ThemeMeta Knight DefeatedMt. DededePuzzle RoomSave Hut
Sonic the Hedgehog: Chemical Plant ZoneDrowningGreen Hill ZoneIceCap Zone (Act 1)Live & LearnRooftop Run (Day)Unknown from M.E.
Pokémon: An Unwavering HeartLacunosa TownLavender TownRoute 201Route 228
Cave Story: BalconyCave Story (Theme Song)Jenka 1Plant
Final Fantasy: Chocobo ThemeDancing MadOne-Winged Angel
Kingdom Hearts: Dearly BelovedSimple and Clean
The Legend of Zelda: Fairy's FountainGerudo ValleyKakariko VillageLost Woods
Love Live!: Aishiteru Banzai!Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!Snow halation
THE iDOLM@STER: GO MY WAY!!Kyun! Vampire Girl
Touhou: Bad Apple!!Beloved Tomboyish GirlU.N. Owen Was Her?
Banjo Kazooie: Click Clock WoodMain Title
Jet Set Radio: Everybody Jump AroundHumming the Bassline
Mega Man: Dr. Wily Stage 1 & 2Flash Man StageWood Man Stage
Phoenix Wright: Maya Fey ~ Turnabout Sisters 2001Pursuit ~ Cornered
Crypt of the NecroDancer: Crypteque (1-2)Konga Conga Kappa (King Conga)
Pac-Man: Coffee Break MusicStart Music
Other: Baka MitaiBLOODY STREAMBloody TearsCircusCity of ColorCorneriaCorridors of TimeEmote: Dance MovesGadget RoomHybrid song 2:20 (Funky stars)K.K. BossaMeet the Flintstones (Title Theme & Ending) • OverdriveRedialTake You For A RideThink!Type AWatch Me Dance!We Are Number OneWii Shop Channel
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Albums Five Nights at Freddy's Original Soundtrack
Frequently ripped tracks Circus
Playlists
Main series Five Nights at Freddy's234Sister LocationPizzeria SimulatorUltimate Custom NightVR: Help WantedSecurity Breach
Spin-offs FNaF World (57: Freddy in Space) • Security Breach: Fury's Rage
Related The Desolate Hope
SiIvaGunner five nights of course clear
Fan games Five Nights at Pingas 4One Night at Flumpty's
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