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Villain Overview

Hello. Can you hear me?
~ One of Glitchtrap's only distinguishable lines, taken straight from one of Tape Girl's tapes, repeated over and over.
I always come back. Let me out.
~ Glitchtrap at the end of Princess Quest minigame. (Note that in-game it's reversed and distorted.)
When I first found you, you were nothing... You were small, pathetic... but now, you are more... Are you ready?
~ Glitchtrap talking to Vanny in the Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach gameplay trailer.

Glitchtrap, also known as Malhare, is a major antagonist in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, serving as the main antagonist of the Steel Wool era.

He is the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, one of the two unseen overarching antagonists (alongside Vanny) of Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, and one of the two overarching antagonists (alongside Patient 46) of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach. He is also a supporting antagonist in the Fazbear Frights anthology novel series, serving as the unseen main antagonist of the story "Prankster".

He is a supernatural malware within the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience that takes the form of a humanoid in a rabbit costume and watches the player as they progress. He intends to perform a digital consciousness transfer with the player to escape into the real world. He is the master of Vanny and the digitized version of serial killer William Afton, although whether or not they're the same being is currently unknown.

He is voiced by Matthew Curtis, who also voices William as Burntrap.


Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted

Glitchtrap first appears near a doorway in the main hub after collecting one of the cassette tapes hidden throughout the game. By finding more tapes, Glitchtrap will get closer to the player and become progressively more solid. The tapes imply that Glitchtrap first entered The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience after old animatronic circuit boards, one of them being Scraptrap, even though his FNaF 3 counterpart was not part of it as revealed in the E-Mails of Special Delivery, was scanned to create advanced AI systems. He began to greatly unnerve beta testers by watching them play, causing one of them to document what they knew about Glitchtrap in hopes another development team could find a way to eliminate it, while nicknaming it "the Anomaly".

She managed to hide her documented recordings within a protected part of the game's code; in a place where only beta testers would look. However, Glitchtrap then latched his programming onto the audio files as a way to prevent himself from being deleted. The female tester decided to fragment her recordings and scatter them in the form of tapes to protect the rest of the game from Glitchtrap. In her final recording, the beta tester tells the player of a very risky way to possibly purge Glitchtrap from the game. She reveals that Glitchtrap is capable of possessing the player, and they would need to activate a switch somewhere in front of the stage while their body is being merged with the rabbit.

In the final level "Pizza Party", the player must navigate through a maze using clues presumably left by Glitchtrap. They are lead backstage where Glitchtrap can be seen gesturing at the player to follow him behind a curtain. Doing so will leave the player on the main hub's stage as Freddy Fazbear while the credits roll and Glitchtrap dances in the background.

After collecting all the tapes, Glitchtrap will attempt to possess the player next time they start up their game. If they take too long following the last tape's instructions, Glitchtrap will successfully merge with them and the player will receive a game over.

If the player follows the instructions correctly, they will get the canon ending where the player, Vanessa, is locked behind a steel door while Glitchtrap tells them to hush through a slot before disappearing. The player is then sent back to the main hub to find a glitching green Glitchtrap plush next to them.

Curse of Dreadbear

In the October 29th Update, the player can cause an Easter Egg that makes Glitchtrap appear in the background next to the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 house, dancing.

After collecting all four keys in the Corn Maze level, a fifth purple glitching and rusty key will appear somewhere in the map. This key opens an underground shack in the center of the maze with a white bunny mask inside. This mask is then unlocked in the prize corner. Wearing the white bunny mask while looking at the Glitchtrap plush will cause a female voice to tell him that she was able to finish the preparations he gave her with no problems; no one suspects anything about their plans and that she made a suit for him, hoping that he likes it.

She finishes by assuring him that everything will be ready for the "fun".

Mobile port

Glitchtrap is almost entirely removed from the game due to the absence of tapes to collect, only appearing twice: in the Pizza Party level and as the main antagonist of the secret minigame Princess Quest. Throughout the mini game, various types of glitchy green rabbits try to attack the titular princess as she explores a castle.

At the very end of the mini game, locked behind a large door that needs to be unlocked with a purple key, the Princess encounters a gigantic, purple and glitched rabbit. It says something to her in an unreadable speech bubble and with a strange noise, then envelops her with shadowy tendrils as the screen becomes increasingly glitched, followed by the game crashing.

Fans quickly found the original audio file and discovered that the rabbit says, "I always come back. Let me out."

Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery

Glitchtrap, due to driving Vanny inside, made her gain full control over the Fazbear Funtime Service by tricking the rest of the employees, allowing the animatronics in the service to become hostile, and adding Springtrap to the Service.

Steven Wilson first found Glitchtrap in the systems and tried to warn everyone about it, but they didn't listen, and Steven was killed by one of the animatronics. Luis Cabrera, a good friend to Vanessa, also found Glitchtrap in the system and luckily, stopped him for a while. In a myserious message in the files, Luis is presumably calling for help when the message started glitching, and Glitchtrap glitched out the message so that Luis wouldn't get help. This could also be Glitchtrap's revenge against Luis for driving him out of the system.


Glitchtrap appears as a humanoid wearing a golden yellow anthropomorphic rabbit costume, with a perpetually smiling face, two black buttons on his chest, a big purple bow-tie, and a purple vest decorated with star patterns. While in his incomplete form, he looks just the same as his normal form, but is transparent, surrounded by a green aura, and has glowing purple eyes.

In the Princess Quest minigame, Glitchtrap appears as a massive amalgamation of shadowy rabbits with glowing purple eyes and mouths and a larger, smiling main head with what appears to be purple tears running down his eyes. This may or may not be his true form.


Said by Glitchtrap

Stay the course.
~ Glitchtrap to Vanny.
Focus on my voice.
~ Glitchtrap to Vanny.
Don't let anyone lead you astray.
~ Glitchtrap to Vanny.
Have you selected one?
~ Glitchtrap to Vanny.
Follow the Leader.
~ Glitchtrap talking about himself (possibly).

Referring to Glitchtrap

I saw it for the first time today. There was a character, I couldn't make out who it was, standing at the end of the hall. I thought it was just bugged out, so I made a note of it and kept playing. But then it was looking in the window. And not like Chica or Bonnie would. It was like it was actually looking in the window, seeing what I was doing.
~ Tape Girl about Glitchtrap for the first time.
Today was my last day of beta testing and the Anomaly that I've been seeing is nowhere to be found. But after inspecting some of the files, it seems that it's attached itself to these logs. My logs. That can't be an accident.
~ Tape Girl about Glitchtrap attaching himself to her tapes.
I can't delete them. By creating a protected area to store these logs apart from the game, I effectively gave this thing a safe place to hide itself. It's in here now. I may not be able to delete it. But I might be able to do something else now that it's attached itself.
~ Tape Girl after she tried to delete the tapes and Glitchtrap.
I ran a fragmentation program on the area of memory that was storing these logs for you. I effectively broke the files into pieces, and broke the Anomaly along with it. That means that you won't have my warnings to guide you. But hopefully, it also means that this Anomaly, this Virus, or whatever it is, will remain broken and unable to do more damage.
~ Tape Girl after breaking Glitchtrap.
There is a way to kill it. It wants to escape. To escape through someone. Someone plugged into this game. That's you now. You have to let it begin the process of leaving through you, then use the disconnect switch that I've embedded by the main stage. Let it approach you. Let it begin to merge with you. Play the music and flip the switch. That will cause a hard restart of the game and flush the memory, effectively killing it, I hope. I don't know when it will come for you.
~ Tape Girl about the way to kill Glitchtrap. She later turned out to be wrong.


  • It is clear that Glitchtrap is somewhat related to William Afton/Springtrap, being the digital manifestation of him or his soul due to his mannerisms and how he tries to lure the player.
    • This is even further supported when Glitchtrap stuffs the player into a Freddy Fazbear suit.
      • That being said, it is unclear whether Glitchtrap is a resurrected William Afton, or a copy created by scanning the chips.
    • While it is still far too early to say for sure, the Five Nights at Freddy's: Fazbear Frights anthology novel series appears to point to him truly being William. These books feature an animatronic called the Stitchwraith which is possessed by two children called Jake and Andrew. Andrew's recollection of how he ended up inside of the Stitchwraith begins remarkably similar to how the Vengeful Spirit tortured the player character in Ultimate Custom Night. He remembers abandoning that and passing through various objects afterwards, but Jake believes something malevolent may have followed Andrew as he did so. This could explain how Afton managed to escape his punishment and eventually end up in the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience.
    • The Princess Quest minigame heavily implies that Glitchtrap is William's soul, as he announces that he always comes back.
  • Before his name was revealed in the game files, Glitchtrap was also referred to as Malhare and VRabbit by fans.
    • After the game's release, it was discovered that a boolean property in the game's files marking whether or not Glitchtrap had been defeated used the word "Glitchtrap". This seems to be conflicting with an unused file which instead refers to a shaking Springtrap model as "Glitchtrap".
  • One of the noises Glitchtrap makes is actually a slowed-down portion of the female beta tester's first tape saying "Can you hear me? Hello.". He makes these noises because he has attached himself to the tapes.
  • Similar to Lefty before Ultimate Custom Night, Glitchtrap's only voice line was a shush before the mobile port.
  • One of Glitchtrap's nicknames; Malhare, is a combination of malware (malicious software) and hare (a mammal resembling a rabbit).
  • Due to the nature of the Rabbit Mask easter egg in Curse of Dreadbear DLC, it was heavily speculated that he would return as the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, being developed by Steel Wool Studios like Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, which was released on December 16, 2021. However, he turned out to instead be the overarching antagonist.
  • Strangely, Glitchtrap possess purple eyes, similar to Michael at the end of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location. However, according to the model of Adventure Spring Bonnie from FNaF World, Spring Bonnie originally had green eyes. This may be to connect him to William Afton.
  • Steel Wool Studios, the creators of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, once called him Glitchtrap, confirming his name. When a fan jokingly replied that "he only knows Malhare", Steel Wool said "that works too", possibly hinting that Malhare may be another of his many names.
  • It is speculated that Glitchtrap was the suit William Afton used to lure and kill the five children that would go on to possess the animatronics, and not the Spring Bonnie springlock suit that he would later die in.
    • It's also possible Glitchtrap was one of the temporary suits mentioned in FNaF 3.
  • One of the emails in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery implies Glitchtrap knows about blood-eagle torture. This may be more proof for him being the real William, as it's unlikely a pretty young AI would know about blood-eagle torture, whereas William, a former serial killer, would've had a lot of time to learn about it.
  • The mobile port has no tapes and no Glitchtrap as a result. Fans started theorizing that the mobile port is the actual version of The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience released by Fazbear Entertainment, as we're said to be a beta tester on the PC/console version.

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