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The Stitchwraith (possessed by two children named Jake and Andrew), is the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's: Fazbear Frights anthology novel series.
It is a mysterious hooded figure being investigated for the murder of five people and indirectly responsible for some of the various animatronics encountered in the series' short stories. It is later revealed to be a rogue endoskeleton fueled by pure agony and possessed by two children, as well as possibly a more malevolent entity.
It has only appeared in the epilogues of the four books that were released so far (out of seven).
At first, little was known about the Stitchwraith's appearance, as it is only active by night and wears a black, hooded cloak to hide its identity.
However, a photo showing (what is supposedly) the Stitchwraith depicted it to be wearing a white mask with features like two eyes, one of which has been blackened out, and a grin with a missing tooth drawn onto it. The mouth is surrounded by something red, but it is unknown if this is paint or blood.
When the Stitchwraith was created, it was merely a broken, bare metal endoskeleton. The white mask is actually a part of its head, as it was taken from a doll that a child used to draw on excessively. It is likely that it has since decorated or replaced pieces of its endoskeleton body with the numerous parts it has been collecting.
Into the Pit
The Stitchwraith's mere existence has been subject of heavy debate, being usually dismissed as nothing more than an urban legend. Nevertheless, the local police has been trying to investigate it due to being the prime suspect in a string of five murders, where the victim's bodies were found to be decomposing with their eyes bleeding some kind of black substance similar to blood.
Detective Larson has enlisted the help of homeless drug addict "Grim" to locate the Stitchwraith and find out what it is doing. It was first seen scouring the dumpsters of an alley for something and found a mannequin that it then stuffed in a bag and took with it.
Apparently, in Into The Pit the Stichwraith seems to be connected with the story To Be Beautiful, where a group of popular kids at a school have to go to therapy after they saw protagonist Sarah turn into a walking pile of junk right in front of them. The same therapists also seemed to have patients who talked about a mysterious cloaked figure, which clearly describes the Stitchwraith.
Grim first found the Stitchwraith next to some train tracks. Keeping himself hidden, he observed it using a pry bar to gather the broken remains of an unusual Plushtrap Chaser, which had bloody human teeth and eyes scattered around and wedged in the train tracks. It put the collected scraps into a bag and disappeared into the night.
Unbeknownst to Grim, this particular Plushtrap Chaser was lured onto the train tracks by a trio of kids after it tried to kill them in the previous short story Out of Stock. According to a couple of employees overheard by one of the kids, this model was apparently bought, modified, and then returned to the toy store by an unknown customer. Whether this is merely coincidence or if the Stitchwraith was aware of this remains to be seen.
The Stitchwraith's origin story is finally revealed in a flashback during the third book's epilogue.
Dr. Phineas Taggart was a secluded scientist fascinated with the energies of human emotions. The research he conducted in the personal laboratory he set up inside of an abandoned factory showed that intense emotions have a direct (if sometimes subtle) influence on their surroundings, with flowers being particularly perceptive. He later discovered that negative emotions have a significantly more powerful impact when compared to positive ones, and agony was by far the strongest. For his research, he bought supposedly "haunted" objects online, such as used torture equipment and a rocking chair that rocks on its own, among others. However, he himself dislikes the term as the objects aren't possessed by spirits; rather, he believed them to be "energized by agony".
Today was the special day, because his newest delivery had finally arrived. He had ordered a broken endoskeleton for his biggest project yet, along with some new haunted objects. He conducted the energy of their agony into the endoskeleton, then decided to give it some personality by replacing parts of it with pieces from his collection. First he replaced its head with that of a drawn-on doll, then gave it the battery of a broken, ugly animatronic dog that Phineas considered to be the most menacing item in his possession, and was glad to finally take apart. When the battery sat in place, the energized animatronic began to move. As Phineas laughed madly over his success, his creation turned to look at him and reached out its hand to touch him. As soon as its metal fingers touched his skin, its battery started to glow red and Phineas was killed just slowly enough to feel the excruciating agony that suddenly overwhelmed his brain.
Ruben, the owner of a food truck outside of Phineas's laboratory, found his corpse a day later when he began to worry why he didn't show up for his regular eating schedule. His corpse was almost mummified with a black substance bleeding from his eyes, and police investigation suspected that he was killed by an electrical discharge of some kind. When a truck transported his belongings out of the building, the animatronic was among them. It awakened once more, looked around, and grabbed a black cloak from his clothing that caught its interest. The animatronic then left the truck and escaped into the night.
Thus, this night marked the birth of the urban legend: the Stitchwraith.
This epilogue is told from the Stitchwraith's perspective and reveals a new detail - The Stitchwraith is possessed by two children: Jake and Andrew. While each has a certain amount of control over the body, Jake is the only one able to actually see. Jake is timid and kind while Andrew is rude and aggressive, seeking vengeance against an unknown man who hurt him, likely while he was still alive.
Jake woke up inside of the truck that was transporting Phineas's belongings out of his lab, aware that he was inside of a metal thing he couldn't identify, but couldn't remember much else. He was however also aware that he wasn't alone inside of the metal thing and gave a small greeting. Andrew answered and demanded to know who Jake was, who recognized Andrew's voice as that of a former classmate of his who would always talk back to the teachers. As the two of them discussed their predicament, Andrew recalled being in a bunch of different stuff, but refused to elaborate. When he asked why it was any of Jake's business to know, Jake said he wanted to be friends with him and that friends tell each other things. Andrew initially scoffed at the idea, but then relented and asked Jake if he's ever been so angry on someone that he wants revenge for it. Jake answered that he remembered being angry at situations, but his memories are kinda fuzzy.
Andrew remembered "attaching" himself to the soul of somebody who hurt him and wanting him to suffer as he had, but doesn't remember what exactly it was that the man did, admitting that his memories are fuzzy like Jake's are. There were others aswell who wanted to both save and kill the man, but Andrew refused to let him move on until he was ready to. He was still with the man when they arrived at a "big place with lots of cool stuff", where he suddenly decided to switch to something else, passing into various objects and finally into Fetch. Fetch broke down in a thunderstorm and that's how he ended up in the body they now shared.
While they were talking Jake noticed the truck coming to a halt and a man in overalls opening the back of the truck, starting to unload it. When he reached for them, Jake knew he had to do something. He didn't want to scare the man, but he didn't want him and Andrew to be thrown away either. He turned to look at the man, who stared back in alarm. Jake wanted to comfort him by touching his face, but the moment he did so the man screamed and rapidly withered to death. Shocked, Jake made their body jump out of the truck and stared at the corpse, demanding to know from Andrew why he suddenly died. Andrew suggested that it was probably him, saying that he wanted to scare people by zapping them. When Jake angrily asked him if he wanted to kill people, Andrew denied. He merely wants to scare them.
This led to Jake suspecting that there might be something else inside of their body that does. Andrew thought the idea was stupid, but Jake wasn't so sure, citing the fact that Andrew was able to "hitchhike" in someone else's body means something can also hitchhike with them. And if that something had followed Andrew and influenced him, it might have also been in everything else Andrew was in. Andrew then recalled "infecting" everything he threw his anger at. While Andrew deflected that he only wanted to hurt the bad guy and didn't know why he should care what happened to those objects, Jake decided that he had to find the objects Andrew infected with his anger.
The Stitchwraith, who is carrying a bag with him, is once again spotted by Grim, who follows him into an abandoned factory where the animatronic has collected numerous toys. The Stitchwraith takes what appears to be the Ella doll from 1:35 AM out of the back, to then turn back, terryfing Grim and making him escape.
The scene the fades to Jake's point of view. He has collected all the objects brought to life by Andrew for a long time, and this time he took some flowers with him. He starts experiencing an happy pasy memory where he's eating hot dogs with his smiling dad at a baseball game. The more he focus on this memory, the more he feels separated by the Stitchwraith's body, and he's near to pass on, but he understands he can't leave Andrew, with all his anger and revenge desire alone, and, grudgingly, he stops thinking about the memory and comes back to water the flowers.
- There has been some speculation as to who or what the Stitchwraith's real identity is. The most popular theory was that it is Ennard, as the description of a white mask with one blackened eye is very similar to the mask Ennard often wears. The withered corpses of its victims could be crude attempts to hollow out more bodies to use as a disguise, while the salvaging of junk from dumpsters could be it trying to find parts to repair itself with.
- That theory was debunked when 1:35 AM confirmed that the Stitchwraith is simply an endoskeleton, fueled by negative emotions. And then, Step Closer revealed he's possessed by two young boys.
- The Stitchwraith is one of three main antagonists in the franchise to not be connected to William Afton in some way, with the others being Scott Cawthon and L.O.L.Z.H.A.X. This lack of connection is put into question by the epilogue of Step 'Closer.
- The short stories To Be Beautiful, Fetch, Out of Stock, 1:35 AM, and The Man In Room 1280 are all connected with the epilogues, as each of these are either referenced by or mention characters featured in the latter.
- It's also implied that Into the Pit, Count the Ways, Room for One More and Step Closer are also connected to the Stitchwraith due to a reference of a place called the Snack Space.
- Phineas was mentioned earlier in the story 1:35 AM, where a woman haunted by an Ella doll was looking online for information about the doll and came across an ad he posted. His ad said that he was looking for the "special Ella doll," and was willing to pay a fortune for its energy.
- After the Step Closer epilogue was revealed, the Stitchwraith might be a metaphor for Golden Freddy, and that Golden Freddy is actually two or three spirits instead of just one as was presumed before.
- Furthermore, the way Andrew recalls wanting a man to suffer as the man had caused him to and refusing to let go is remarkably similar to Ultimate Custom Night, where someone (presumed to be William Afton) was trapped in a personal hell by the Vengeful Spirit that's most likely Golden Freddy. This could suggest that Andrew and the Vengeful Spirit might be one and the same or at least connected.
- Andrew is described in The Man In Room 1280 as a child with curly black hair and an alligator mask. The only other time that curly black hair was mentioned in the Fazbear Frights series was at the end of The New Kid, where the protagonist, Devon, finds a body inside of Golden Freddy belonging to a person with curly black hair.
- It's widely speculated that the Stitchwraith is actually Endo-02 from Five Nights at Freddy's 2.
- While the malevolent entity that has latched onto and followed Andrew has not been revealed yet, with even its very existence being unconfirmed, there is one likely candidate for its identity that has serious implications for the rest of the series: William Afton himself. It connects with Andrew's recollection of the events leading up to becoming the Stitchwraith and Afton is certainly the most malicious individual in the franchise.
- Should this turn out to be correct, it might even confirm him as being Glitchtrap, rather than it just being a copy of him. It would explain how he managed to escape his personal hell in Ultimate Custom Night and the short story Coming Home in Fazbear Frights #4 makes an off-hand reference to a "developer". This might might be the same developer who worked on the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted or the one Fazbear Entertainment hired to discredit the tragedies associated with them.