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Hey guys, I think the little man said he wants to give Fredbear a big kiss! On THREE! One....two....
~ The Brother forcing his brother's head into Fredbear.
Can you hear me? I don't know if you can hear me... I'm sorry.
~ The Brother showing remorse for his actions.

The Brother is a major antagonist in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise.

He is the overarching antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 and possibly a minor character in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. In Five Nights at Freddy's 4, he is the main antagonist of the minigames and the unseen overarching antagonist/possible protagonist of the nights.

He is the Crying Child's emotionally abusive older brother and the one who caused The Bite of '83. He is also heavily implied to be a younger Michael Afton.


Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

The Brother is likely to have made a quick cameo in the secret ending of the Midnight Motorist minigame. When the Orange Man returns to his house, a person watching a TV show in a tells him to leave "him" alone, as he had a rough day. The man tries to enter "his" room anyways and gets increasingly aggressive, eventually trying to enter through the window, only to learn that the person has run off to "that place again".

Although not confirmed, it is likely that the Orange Man is William Afton and "he" is the younger brother from Five Nights at Freddy's 4.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

The Brother is only seen in the minigames, particularly on the second, third, fourth and fifth nights. It is revealed on Night 5 that he plays the role of the child's older brother.

He hates his little brother for unknown reasons, and has apparently abused the child for a long time, so long to the point that it's one of the main reasons for his emotional breakdowns, besides an unknown event related to springlock suits. Five days before his younger brother's birthday party, he locks him in his room, laughing sadistically from the outside. The Fredbear plushie seems unfazed by what the older brother is doing, only asking what he has done "this time". Fredbear constantly tries to help the child avoid his brother, guiding him with his words.

Four days before the party, the door is unlocked, but when the child enters the living room, the Brother jumps out from behind the TV with a Foxy mask on, making the child fall on the floor and sob. Two days before the party, when the child enters his bedroom, the Brother jumps out from under the bed, causing the child to fall to the floor and break down again. One day before the party, the Brother locks the child in the Parts/Services room, the child banging at the door sobbing.

On the day of the party, the child's birthday, the Brother and his bully friends, wearing the masks of Freddy, Bonnie, and Chica, surround the child and torment him, the one in the Chica mask commenting that the child is pathetic. The Brother suddenly gets the idea to force the child to be right next to the Fredbear animatronic, the child screaming and shouting as he is dragged over to him. The Brother decides to force his younger brother's head into the animatronic, saying that it's a "big kiss" to Fredbear. He underestimates the strength of the mechanical jaw, only excessively laughing with his bullies as his brother's head is stuck. The child's head gets stuck between the second row of teeth, and the machine overpowers his skull, crushing the entire head, causing the Brother and the bullies to stop laughing and look in horror.

After the bite, the child begins to die. The Brother comes to his little brother's bedside, and apologizes in a brief statement. He had felt remorse for what he caused, and presumably put himself on the path to redemption. The Brother is most likely the one that experiences the nightmares, as many things prove this.


The Brother is shown to be a sadistic and manipulative trickster, who never ceases to abuse emotionally and psychologically his brother. He seems to have no care about his brother's depression, as he torments him even in his own room. However, he is extremely remorseful for his actions, as he came to his little brother's bedside, apologizing for his callous behavior. His background is mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, or by reading between the lines throughout the games.



  • Due to him no longer laughing upon seeing what happened, it is very likely that he feels remorse for what happened and was horrified by the traumatic event, which presumably causes him to suffer PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
    • It is also heavily implied that the Brother is actually the game's "real player", explaining that his trauma/PTSD actually gives him nightmares, as this is where he encounters the Nightmare Animatronics during each night.
    • Theoretically, the Foxy mask that the Brother wears on his face is likely a manifestation of his own "dark persona", this could mean that Nightmare Foxy is his shadowy reflection.
  • Some people believed he was the child's father before Night 5, where he is revealed to be the brother.
  • He is often thought to be Jeremy Fitzgerald, Fritz Smith, Mike Schmidt, and/or the other various nightguards that would remain as unknown anonymous John Does.
  • Upon closer examination, the first three lines spoken in the Night 6 minigame, where the child passes on, are highlighted in grey text, revealing it is the brother at the child's bedside apologizing. The rest of what is said in the minigame, presumably belonging to the spirit within the Fredbear plushie, may or may not be the brother, with lines such as "I will put you back together", seeming rather strange for him to say.
  • Some suggest William Afton, being a witness to The Bite of '83, was angered by what had occurred, and murdered all four of the bullies, turning them into Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy, Foxy specifically being the brother. This would be a more dramatic turn of events if the rumor of Afton being the child's father is true, as he would essentially be murdering his elder son. It would also cast William's motive into a new light, portraying him as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • However, there's also the theory that Missing Children Incident happened before The Bite of '83, which, if true, would make it impossible for the brother to be Foxy.
    • Not only that, but the victims of the Missing Children Incident are confirmed to be very young, one of them being seven, which makes the theory impossible, as the Big Brother and his friends were teenagers by that period, and the victims of the Missing Children Incident would be between the ages of six and eleven.
    • Regardless, if the theory still had legs to stand on, it wouldn't make sense, as William is shown to be an uncaring, neglectful, and possibly abusive father.
  • Some people believe that the brother is Phone Guy, due to Phone Guy being nervous, working at the pizzeria for a very long time, knowing about the springlock suits and his favorite animatronic being Foxy (the brother wears a Foxy mask). However, the fact Phone Guy was an adult and worked at the pizzeria most likely since 1983 (because that was the time in which the springlock animatronics were still wearable and Phone Guy made the tapes for them) and that the brother was a kid during The Bite makes it impossible for them to be the same person. Also, the Brother is William's son, making him British, while Phone Guy is American.
  • There is evidence pointing to the events of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 being a false lead for The Bite of '87 in the form of a TV screen broadcasting the date 1983.
    • However, this was cleared up by Scott on Reddit, as he said that Five Nights at Freddy's 4 takes place in 1983.
  • The Freddy Files seem to indicate that the Brother is indeed Michael Afton, the son of William Afton.
    • During the end of the Midnight Motorist mini-game in Freddy Fazbear: Pizzeria Simulator, a character wearing a gray shirt watching TV can be seen, who tells the "Orange Guy" to leave the other kid alone, since he had been through a rough day. It is speculated that this character is the older brother, due to their resemblance and the color of their text voices being gray, and the other child he tells to the Orange Guy, who is also speculated to be William, is actually the Crying Victim. This scene also seems to confirm that Michael is the older brother since Michael watches a lot of TV between the nights of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location.
      • However, some believe that the person on the couch isn't Michael at all, but is rather Mrs. Afton. It is also believed that the person they are referring to isn't the Crying Child, but is Michael Afton instead.
  • According to a theory about the anime cutscenes in Ultimate Custom Night, depicting a rivalry between the samurais the Bear and the Fox, the Fox represents the older brother, while the Bear represents the Crying Child. The Bear tries to assault the Fox for revenge, but the Fox is always a step ahead of him and humiliates the Bear when the latter fails, similar to the brother.
    • In one of these cutscenes, the Bear notes that the Fox enjoys watching TV, the "Dog" tells the Fox that is white clothes have been colored pink (after the Fox forced the Bear to do his laundry), and in the last cutscenes the Fox expresses a desire to go on a vacation. This also seems to confirm that the brother is Michael since Afton often watches TV, and Michael has had previous ownership in the Five Nights at Freddy's: Logbook, he also expresses via his drawings of a desire to go on a vacation, and the Fox's clothes being colored pink might explain why Michael is seen wearing purple shirt (the brother's gray shirt after being colored pink would most likely result in purple coloration).
  • The masks that the brother and his friends wear, are possibly the same masks that the player can wear in a level of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted: Curse of Dreadbear.
  • It is highly speculated that he is the victim of the nightmares.
    • One of Phone Guy's phone calls from the original Five Nights at Freddy's can be heard in the background. The younger brother couldn't have heard this beforehand, as this call took place years after his passing.
    • There is an IV stand, a basket of flowers, and prescribed medication that randomly appears beside the bed. The younger brother wouldn't have seen this, as he was unconscious the entire time he was at the hospital, and even then, pills aren't made to help severely fractured craniums.
    • The younger brother's skull was crushed, making him physically unable to dream. This would not make sense if he was the one experiencing the nightmares.
  • The Brother is the first main antagonist in the video games who is a living human, the second being Vanny.


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Mainline Games
Original/Withered Animatronics
The Missing Children (Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Foxy the Pirate, and Golden Freddy) | The Puppet
Toy Animatronics
Toy Freddy | Toy Bonnie | Toy Chica | Mangle | Balloon Boy
Shadow Animatronics
Shadow Freddy | RWQFSFASXC
Phantom Animatronics
Phantom Freddy | Phantom Chica | Phantom Foxy | Phantom Mangle | Phantom Balloon Boy | Phantom Puppet
Nightmare Animatronics
Nightmare Freddy/Freddles | Nightmare Bonnie | Nightmare Chica | Nightmare Foxy | Nightmare Fredbear | Nightmare | Plushtrap | Nightmare Mangle | Nightmare Balloon Boy | Nightmarionne
Funtime Animatronics
Circus Baby | Ballora | Funtime Freddy and Bon-Bon | Funtime Foxy | Bidybabs | Minireenas | Ennard | Bonnet | Yenndo | Lolbit | Electrobab
Scrap Animatronics
Scraptrap | Scrap Baby | Molten Freddy
Mediocre Melodies
Happy Frog | Mr. Hippo | Pigpatch | Nedd Bear | Orville Elephant
Rockstar Animatronics
Rockstar Freddy | Rockstar Bonnie | Rockstar Chica | Rockstar Foxy | Lefty
Glamrock Animatronics
Montgomery Gator | Glamrock Chica | Roxanne Wolf | Daycare Attendant | Li'l Music Man | DJ Music Man | Glamrock Endoskeletons
Event-Based Animatronics
Jack-O-Bonnie | Jack-O-Chica | Dreadbear | Grimm Foxy | Freddy Frostbear
Springtrap/Burntrap | Bare Endo | 8-Bit Baby | Dee Dee | Music Man | The Blob
Afton Family
William Afton | Elizabeth Afton | The Brother
Charlotte Emily | The Brother's Friends | Vanessa | Orange Guy | Bill A. | "Patient 46"
Fazbear Entertainment | Afton Robotics, LLC | Fazbear Funtime Service
Toy Chica | The Fox | The One You Should Not Have Killed | Glitchtrap | PlushBabies

Spin-Off Games
FNAF World
Scott Cawthon | Chipper | Security | Gold Endo | Chica's Magic Rainbow | Dee Dee
Freddy in Space 2
Security Breach: Fury's Rage
Poison Foxy | Thug Chica | Punk Mangle | Fire Girl | Trap | Marionette | Ice Freddy | Vanny | Dream Geist

Novel Trilogy
Original Animatronics
Freddy Fazbear | Bonnie the Bunny | Chica the Chicken | Foxy the Pirate
Twisted Animatronics
Twisted Freddy | Twisted Bonnie | Twisted Foxy | Twisted Wolf
Funtime Animatronics
Circus Baby | Mangle | New Freddy | Baby Crawlers
Afton Family
William Afton | Elizabeth Afton

Fazbear Frights
Eleanor | Afton's Amalgamation | Funtime Freddy | Fetch | Plushtrap Chaser | Ballora | Foxy the Pirate | Chica the Chicken | Springtrap | The Puppet
Lonely Freddies | Minireenas | Funtime Foxy | Golden Freddy | Julius's Exoskeleton | Lucky Boy | Felix the Shark
Andrew | William Afton
Gerald | Julius | Myron | Dominic | Hudson | Lewis | Unnamed Drug Dealers
Glitchtrap | The Blackbird | Faz-Goo
Spring Bonnie | Ralpho | Shadow Bonnie | Sea Bonnies | Kids at Play

Fazbear Fanverse
One Night at Flumpty's

Disambiguation pages
Freddy Fazbear | Purple Guy | Circus Baby