Little Nightmares Ending Explained
Little Nightmares Ending Explained
(Last Updated On: May 7, 2017)

Tasier Studios’ Little Nightmares has become quite the talk of the gaming community town due to its striking visuals and compelling, albeit ambiguous story. Well, some people have put together theories and thoughts as to what happened leading up to the events of the game, as well as putting together the pieces that tie up the loose ends. This article will attempt to explain the ending for Little Nightmares, which stars a nine-year-old girl in a little yellow raincoat.

The game starts with Six in a room on a ship called The Maw. Six begins her journey toward escape by moving through the lower decks. Meanwhile, small gnomes scurry about attempting to hide from the various grotesque, monster-esque fiends roaming the ship.

Six first escapes from the prison located in the bowels of the ship where black sludge-like creatures reside. The sludge attempts, on occasion, to strangle her, but she manages to get free from their confines. She later encounters a long-armed janitor who gives pursuit, after she manages to escape from a series of watchful eye security systems, which incinerates those who stay under its gaze for too long. Six also finds out that there are kids being kept in cages. Some kids also stay in rooms, have toys to play with, and are fed – one such child even manages to feed Six while she suffers from hunger sickness.

Based on the drawings in the children rooms, it appears as if some of the children were taken from their homes and families, and forced to stay aboard the ship under the threat of being vaporized by the watchful eye.

Little Nightmares - The Janitor

The long-armed janitor eventually captures Six and locks her in a cage. She manages to escape and face off against the janitor during a daring chase that ends up in a room where a large metal door won’t fully close due to a brittle crate being in the way. While the janitor attempts to use his arms to capture Six again, Six brazenly pulls apart the remains of the crate, causing all the pressure of the door to slam shut, severing both arms of the janitor.

Retribution was served.

Six eventually finds loads of wrapped meat being moved through a kitchen area, where she encounters the butcher chefs, two obese creatures who wear wrinkly skin-masks to cover up their hideous features underneath. The two attempt to capture her and stuff her into the food and cook it for the passengers aboard the Maw.

The butchers are outwitted and outmaneuvered by the little girl in the yellow raincoat, who eventually makes her way up to the upper decks of the ship, where she spots a line of passengers boarding.

Little Nightmares - Cages

She witnesses that there’s a buffet of gluttony taking place with the hideously deformed passengers – all of whom are being ushered on board by a mysterious maiden.

With no remorse for her deeds, and a head set on escaping the Maw, Six takes a daring dash through the dining hall, which is playing host to the resident gluttons. The food that they are devouring is certainly not enough, and they set their sights on the little girl in the yellow raincoat, scraping, clawing and crawling after her with desperate resolve to consume her along with all the other food set before them.

Six, however, is agile enough to avoid a literal avalanche of grotesque bodies determined to eat her – she slips through the dining hall’s cracks and manages to make her way toward the quarters of the mysterious Lady.

However, Six succumbs to her hunger sickness again, and after upgrading from bread to a rat, she then is offered a piece of sausage from one of the gnomes aboard the ship, who have been watching her as she has been escaping from the watchful eye, the janitor and the butcher twins. However… Six forgoes the gnome’s offer for the sausage, and instead eats the gnome.

Little Nightmares - The Lady

The mysterious Lady prides herself on beauty, but has no mirrors.

The Lady also has the ability to drain life with the power of the shadows.

Six uses this to her advantage, scavenging for a small mirror and staying in the light. Six eventually uses the mirror to make the Lady see her own reflection, and it causes her to become weakened and powerless.

In her state of defeat, the Lady lay motionless; Six is hungry.

As one final act to cure her sickness, Six devours the Lady, and with her, her powers.

As a final act of defiance against the prison that was the Maw, Six walks the dining hall leading toward outside… with every stride she uses the power of the shadows to usurp the life from the gluttonous passengers.

As the towering chunks of fleshy meat-suits drop dead at the feet of Six, she embraces her powers as she heads up the steps into the sunlight beyond the door of the watchful eye.

Six’s ascension catches the curiosity of the remaining gnomes, who carefully, cautiously watch from afar.

In an ending scene after the credits finish, Six can be seen on a small island at a lighthouse where the symbol of the watchful eye can be seen on the structure.

Despite the horrors Six encountered aboard the Maw, her unfettered acts of violence and insatiable hunger eventually led her to become a little nightmare.


TL;DR: A little person in a yellow raincoat named Six is captured and locked away at the bottom of a giant boat. Six escapes and manages to thwart the plans of the staff who attempt to capture, kill, or eat her. Along the way Six suffers from a hunger sickness, and it grows worse and worse the further toward the top of the boat she gets. She satiates the sickness with food at first, but the sickness grows and she eventually begins to devour other animals, creatures and eventually human-sized beings. After encountering a powerful specter known as the Lady, Six manages to defeat her, eat her, and absorb her power. She uses this power to kill gluttonous, monster-like passengers aboard the Maw before escaping.

Some people believe that Six was originally a cleaner aboard the ship, but her hunger sickness ended up getting her thrown into the prison-like stern. There are also theories that the children being taken and kept aboard the ship are also used as food for the gluttonous creatures. As an act of revenge, Six not only escapes but carries out various forms of retribution against her captors, eventually resulting in her defeating the head mistress of the ship, known as the Lady, and stealing her powers.


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  • Tyvon Washington

    Spoiler warning:

    Ending explained should have answered the following:Who is six, why is she so tiny, why is she constantly hungry, is she a vampire, why are the passengers eating children, are the passengers you face actually people or are they literaly monsters but it didn’t not hating on you dude but your passage didn’t explain anything you just did a written walk through of the entire game. Ending explained means you are going to explain why the events happens, no it’s not necessarily a background check but your title is misleading in a big way the game leaves you with more questions than answers and so does your little written walk through.

    • Who is six

      A little girl.

      why is she so tiny,

      Maybe you should be asking why is everything else so big?

      why is she constantly hungry,

      Because she needs to feed.

      is she a vampire

      No, because the lady at the end doesn’t have blood.

      why are the passengers eating children,

      They’re sinful gluttons.

      are the passengers you face actually people or are they literaly monsters

      Representations of people with monstrous appetites. They’re eating the innocence of kids, hence their twisted distortions.

      but your passage didn’t explain anything

      It did explain some things, just not the things you wanted explained in the way you wanted.

      no it’s not necessarily a background check but your title is misleading
      in a big way the game leaves you with more questions than answers and so
      does your little written walk through.

      This isn’t a walkthrough, though. This is:
      http://www.oneangrygamer.net/2017/04/little-nightmares-gameplay-walkthrough/29632/

      • Tyvon Washington

        no one here knows what explained means

        • Fox

          Hello,
          I agree that all what is mentioned above is no more than a summary of the obvious events that happened throughout the game. So,I’ll try to explain to you some things put together after reading other people’s theories and observing.

          The lady and the passengers including the janitor and butchers are all what is known in Japanese as “Yokai”. Yokai basically means demon or bad spirit and there are hundreds to even a thousand type of Yokai. There are Yokai who feed on the young to become immortal or in The Lady’s case, stay both immortal and beautiful which is similar to Yokai Kitsune (women who shape shift and seduce people all in order to kill them and absorb their life force or youth). The Lady is obsessed with beauty but not enough to be able to face herself in the mirrors which explains her geisha mask as well.

          Six a nine year old girl is The Lady’s daughter. The Lady locked Six at the bottom of the ship because she feared that she would grow more beautiful than her. At some parts of the map you can see portraits of Six hung on the walls or even her yellow raincoat hung somewhere near The Lady’s area.

          The eyes in the map are all for The Lady to watch, and since The Lady can use power to kill by just looking, I think the eye is a tool to help her kill from different locations. Six wouldn’t want to be found out escaping her mother as she uses these eyes.

          The passengers all serve one purpose for The Lady, to steal their life force from them eventually, after feeding them. I hope that you concluded that Six is not a human child so far from reading. It explains her behavior as time passes by (eating parts). Speaking about eating, the reason why we saw Six eat a gnome was not only because of her behavior but people state that it was because she didn’t want to eat the meat made from children. If you look closely during the eating parts, you can see a shadow figure of Six looking down at Six herself, some people think this figure shows Six’s guilt or evil eating sickness, I think it’s another proof that she is a yokai herself, just like her mother. Also people have another theory that Six was locked down there because of her eating sickness but I personally find the beauty reason more logical.

          The passengers are all feeding on children, it explains how the chefs try to cook Six to serve for the passengers, and those passengers trying to eat Six as she tries to pass through them since shes only a child herself. I think them eating children is what eventually turned them to what they look like now but I’m not sure if the passengers are actually Yokai, surely not the type of Yokai as the host of the ship, The Lady.

          When Six ends up eating The Lady after using the only locked away remaining mirror to slowly break the The Lady’s mask and force her to see herself, she inherits her mother’s powers being able to absorb these passenger’s life force in her mother’s place serving them all their punishment or fate. Six is The Lady’s and the passengers Little Nightmare.

          In the end, six escapes towards the light leading her to what seems to be an island. Then we hear a ship, I think that’s where Six is heading next. Does she only want to leave the island and be free or.. would she continue absorbing life force on the next ship? Who knows ..

          That’s about it, I might have forgotten a few points but I tried to explain the most important ones. I have a huge interest in Japanese folklore known as Yokai so I tried to connect it with the game as I have read on many Yokai types. As someone mentioned before this game seems to be a mix of Tim Burton’s work, Coraline and Spirited Away. I’m honestly obsessed with this game and it’s real story, surely you noticed too. It left all of us curious wanting to know more, but I hope some of my points made sense to you.

          The comic of Little Nightmares is coming out in 31 May, 2017. So, you might want to wait and read on that to know the REAL story behind this game.
          https://www.comixology.com/Little-Nightmares-1/digital-comic/491246

        • Fox

          [EDIT: why was this reply of mine deleted before?]

          Hello,
          I agree that all what is mentioned above is no more than a summary of the obvious events that happened throughout the game. So,I’ll try to explain to you some things put together after reading other people’s theories and observing.

          The setting takes place in the maw. The maw is a huge (thing?) under water with only the top tower with the exist door showing above water. A ship comes every year bringing passengers into the maw. They’re all welcomed there and promised an endless feast by the host, The Lady that looks like a geisha.

          The lady and the passengers including the janitor and butchers are all what is known in Japanese as “Yokai”. Yokai basically means demon or bad spirit and there are hundreds to even a thousand type of Yokai. There are Yokai who feed on the young to become immortal or in The Lady’s case, stay both immortal and beautiful which is similar to Yokai Kitsune (foxes who shape shift into beautiful women and seduce people all in order to kill them and absorb their life force or youth). The Lady is obsessed with beauty but not enough to be able to face herself in the mirrors which explains her geisha mask as well.

          Six a nine year old girl is The Lady’s daughter. The Lady locked Six at the bottom of the ship because she feared that she would grow more beautiful than her. At some parts of the map you can see portraits of Six hung on the walls or even her yellow raincoat hung somewhere near The Lady’s area.

          The eyes in the map are all for The Lady to watch, and since The Lady can use power to kill by just looking, I think the eye is a tool to help her kill from different locations. Six wouldn’t want to be found out escaping her mother as she uses these eyes.

          The passengers all serve one purpose for The Lady, to steal their life force from them eventually, after feeding them. I hope that you concluded that Six is not a human child so far from reading. It explains her behavior as time passes by (eating parts). Speaking about eating, the reason why we saw Six eat a gnome was not only because of her behavior but people state that it was because she didn’t want to eat the meat made from children. If you look closely during the eating parts, you can see a shadow figure of Six looking down at Six herself, some people think this figure shows Six’s guilt or evil eating sickness, I think it’s another proof that she is a yokai herself, just like her mother. Also people have another theory that Six was locked down there because of her eating sickness but I personally find the beauty reason more logical.

          The passengers are all feeding on children, it explains how the chefs try to cook Six to serve for the passengers, and those passengers trying to eat Six as she tries to pass through them since shes only a child herself. I think them eating children is what eventually turned them to what they look like now but I’m not sure if the passengers are actually Yokai, surely not the type of Yokai as the host of the ship, The Lady.

          When Six ends up eating The Lady after using the only locked away remaining mirror to slowly break the The Lady’s mask and force her to see herself, she inherits her mother’s powers being able to absorb these passenger’s life force in her mother’s place serving them all their punishment or fate. Six is The Lady’s and the passengers Little Nightmare.

          In the end, six escapes towards the light leading her to what seems to be an island. Then we hear a ship, I think that’s where Six is heading next. Does she only want to leave the island and be free or.. would she continue absorbing life force on the next ship? Who knows ..

          That’s about it, I might have forgotten a few points but I tried to explain the most important ones. I have a huge interest in Japanese folklore known as Yokai so I tried to connect it with the game as I have read on many Yokai types. As someone mentioned before this game seems to be a mix of Tim Burton’s work, Coraline and Spirited Away. I’m honestly obsessed with this game and it’s real story, surely you noticed too. It left all of us curious wanting to know more, but I hope some of my points made sense to you.

          The comic of Little Nightmares is coming out in 31 May, 2017. So, you might want to wait and read on that to know the REAL story behind this game.
          https://www.comixology.com/Little-Nightmares-1/digital-comic/491246

          • Sorry about that, just checked the spam folder and apparently Disqus thought to delete your original comment for some reason.

          • Fox

            Thank you for your reply. I have noticed the Disqus spam notification a little too late so, I deleted the original comment anyways since I kept coming back to edit adding more information to my other post.

          • Bea

            Going by your explanation a real simplified way of putting it is a Japanese inspired mash of fairy tales mainly focusing on Snow White with a hint of Hansel and Gretel plus tidbits from stores like Persephone, ‘if you eat the food from that world you’re trapped or become one of them).

  • William Alexander Hart

    I agree that this was pointless… not only does it clearly insinuate there is some greater meaning beyond what factually happens (and literally word for word basically) but it also says early on “Well, some people have put together theories and thoughts as to what happened leading up to the events of the game, as well as putting together the pieces that tie up the loose ends. This article will attempt to explain the ending for Little Nightmares, which stars a nine-year-old girl in a little yellow raincoat.”

    This is just another bait to click waste article. The idea that someone will witness the exact same thing described here but somehow not get it, even though this article offers zero extra clarity or even ideas, is ludicrous.

  • William Alexander Hart

    I agree that this was pointless… not only does it clearly insinuate there is some greater meaning beyond what factually happens (and literally word for word basically) but it also says early on “Well, some people have put together theories and thoughts as to what happened leading up to the events of the game, as well as putting together the pieces that tie up the loose ends. This article will attempt to explain the ending for Little Nightmares, which stars a nine-year-old girl in a little yellow raincoat.”

    This is just another bait to click waste article. The idea that someone will witness the exact same thing described here but somehow not get it, even though this article offers zero extra clarity or even ideas, is ludicrous.

  • Mark de Jong

    You sir, are an idiot. This isn’t an explanation, it’s called a retelling ot events and doesn’t even remotely explained what happened.

    • SomethingSomethingDarkside

      Summarized the events of the game to explain what the ending meant. You know? the whole title of the piece? the last little bit at the end?

      You call someone an idiot yet that simple fact flew above your own head.

      • Mark de Jong

        Bla. A retelling. The article doesn’t tell anything new. The player can see and experience this all by him/herself. It has NO background.

        • The player can see and experience this all by him/herself. It has NO background.

          Every “Ending Explained” article on the site is only composed of information that the player can experience by his or herself. However, not everyone experiences the same thing during their playthrough, so the point of these articles are just to compactly and neatly explain the experience and what it means for the ending for those who may have missed things.

          The ending explained for Final Fantasy XV, for example, has nothing new that you couldn’t glean from playing the game, but not everyone gleaned all the details (or even the same details) so the article simply retells the story and details how it explains the ending for the game.

        • SomethingSomethingDarkside

          I’m sorry but where did the article say it would include the game’s background? where did it make the claim to shed new light? As far as I can see, it said in quote “LITTLE NIGHTMARES ENDING EXPLAINED” and would you look right there at the end. It does exactly that.

          Just because YOU didn’t get the info that YOU wanted changes nothing of the end result. Article claimed to do something then did it. It ain’t rocket science.

      • Tyvon Washington

        The title says ending EXPLAINED not ending SUMMARIZED of course it’s gonna fly over peoples heads with a misleading title like that.
        It’s literally a written walk through of what you yourself, the player witness through the game the only difference
        is you know what to call the characters you come across

  • Jack Chameleo

    Thanks for spoiling the game and nothing else, Billy.