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The story of William Afton from the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise.
NOTE: Everything detailed is in chronological order, not order of release. However, due to FNaF's very vague storytelling, a lot of this is based on speculation with the known facts about the Afton Family.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Backstory
- 1.2 First murders
- 1.3 Five Nights at Freddy's 4
- 1.4 Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
- 1.5 Five Nights at Freddy's 2
- 1.6 Five Nights at Freddy's
- 1.7 Five Nights at Freddy's 3
- 1.8 Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator
- 1.9 (Possible) Legacy
- 2 Spin-offs
- 3 In the novels
Very little is known about William's life before 1983 or even 1973. All we know is that he at one point in life met Henry Emily and became a father, having at least three children - a seemingly Foxy-liking older son, Elizabeth, and the unnamed younger brother of the older brother. It's extremely likely that the big brother is Michael, but it wasn't fully confirmed.
At one point, most likely in 1973, William and Henry opened Fredbear's Family Diner, and started a new company - Fazbear Entertainment, Incorporated. Fredbear's Family Diner had two springlock animatronics, which were both animatronics and wearable suits - Fredbear and Spring Bonnie. In 1983, another restaurant was opened, titled Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Freddy's, compared to Fredbear's, had five animatronics - Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Foxy the Pirate and The Puppet.
If William is, in fact, the Orange Guy from the Midnight Motorist minigame, then he was banned from a location called Jr's, a bar, which might show he's an alcoholic.
At first both restaurants were successful, but for an unconfirmed reason, William killed Henry's daughter, Charlotte, outside of Freddy's. Charlotte's soul later possessed The Puppet, as the animatronic crawled near her corpse.
Although not confirmed, it's implied that after murdering Charlotte, William, in his car, drives to a bar called Jr's, but a guard tells him he knows he can't visit it, and that he should leave. William, after that, comes back in his car to his house. His elder son (most likely Michael) tells William to leave the younger son alone. William tries to enter the little child's room, but it turns out he has locked himself. William leaves the house tries to enter the room through the window, but it turns out the child has broken it and escaped to an unknown place, most likely Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. William says he will regret it.
It's implied that at an unknown point of time, most likely somewhere after Charlie's death, William went to Fredbear's and killed a child there.
On June 26th, William, wearing the Spring Bonnie suit, murders five children in Freddy's - Gabriel, Jeremy, Susie, Fritz and Cassidy, and stuffs the bodies into Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy and Fredbear. The Puppet gives life to the animatronics from Freddy's, while Cassidy becomes a ghost known as Golden Freddy. It is implied that William's younger son saw the incident. Freddy Fazbear's Pizza is shut down some time later.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
William Afton only appears in one minigame, in Fredbear's Family Diner, at the end of Night 3. If the player heads toward the left side of the section of restaurant with the double doors, and then heads back via proceeding right, they will see William placing the head of a Spring Bonnie costume on the head of an employee. In the following game, Sister Location, it is revealed that William is the father of the minigame protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4, the Crying Child/Bite Victim.
Two days after that, the big brother and his friends put the younger brother into Fredbear's mouth as a prank, but it goes horribly wrong when Fredbear crushes the child's head. The child later dies in the hospital, Fredbear's Family Diner is closed down, and the event is called The Bite of '83.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
After Freddy's closed down (it's possible that this was after Fredbear's closed down), William opens another restaurant titled Circus Baby's Pizza World. The pizzeria has six animatronics - Circus Baby, Funtime Freddy and Bon-Bon, Funtime Foxy, Ballora, the Bidybabs and the Minireenas. While it seemed like they were made to entertain kids, the main four robots were actually made to kill them. William brings his daughter, Elizabeth, to the pizzeria. While William isn't looking, Elizabeth goes to Circus Baby, is lured even closer by ice cream, and when close enough, she's grabbed by Baby with a robotic claw from her stomach, pulled inside and killed. William shuts the entire restaurant down as soon as he learns about it, and claims it was due to gas leaks. The robots are trapped underground, in Circus Baby's Entertainment & Rental.
In the opening scene of Sister Location, an entrepreneur is interviewing William about Circus Baby. They inquire why certain features were added and express their concerns, but he avoids answering their questions regarding these specific features, which he had actually designed to make it easier for him to kidnap and murder children under the guise of kid-friendly entertainers.
William's company by the name of Afton Robotics, LLC is revealed to have created the Funtime animatronics, owns Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental (a rental subsidiary), and, by extension, Circus Baby's Pizza World.
It is revealed in the Custom Night's final cutscene that William sent his son, Michael, to his rundown factory to find his daughter. This ends up getting his son killed by his daughter Elizabeth and the other children, whose remnant now possesses the animatronics. After Ennard vacates Michael's body, he repossesses his own corpse, which has decomposed into a purple colour. At the end of the cutscene, Michael vows to find his father. Meanwhile, William mysteriously disappears, as he was likely arrested or went into hiding.
Five Nights at Freddy's 2
The Minigames from the Past
Afton makes his debut in three of the four minigames that can randomly appear after getting a game over, although this isn't his first chronological appearance. Two of them show the backstory of Freddy's.
- In the third "level" of the Foxy Go! Go! Go! minigame, William can be seen standing next to the Pirate's Cove curtain, smiling to himself or at Foxy. When Foxy approaches the children that were happy and excited in the previous two levels, they are instead grey and lifeless. The minigame ends with Withered Foxy's jumpscare.
- In the Take Cake to the Children minigame, the player is Freddy trying to give cake to six impatient children in a small room, while a lone child is crying outside of the building. After a short time has passed a purple car drives up to the crying child and William exits the vehicle. The child begins to cry more and more while he stands next to them until they suddenly turn grey and lifeless. The minigame ends with a jumpscare by the Puppet after William gets back into the car and drives off. This minigame was showing the previously mentioned murder of Charlotte Emily, the girl who possesses the Puppet.
The Nights and S-A-V-E-T-H-E-M
In 1987, the second Freddy's is opened, and William comes out of the hiding.
William's final minigame appearance is in the S-A-V-E-T-H-E-M minigame on rare occasions. In this minigame the Puppet leads Freddy to the prize corner in the FNaF 2 pizzeria, while a robotic voice spells out the letters of the minigame's name. Occasional pools of blood and five dead bodies can be found scattered around the map. Very rarely while entering a new room William will appear and attack Withered Freddy. If he touches him, blue static instead of the usual red will fill the screen with the response "You can't." appearing in the corner, instantly ending the minigame. The minigame implies that William was the guard before Jeremy Fitzgerald, and confirms that he killed another set of children.
Outside of the minigames, Phone Guy will talk about an investigation going on at the newly opened pizzeria from Night 3 onwards, becoming increasingly concerned and uncomfortable with every message. He mentions someone possibly has tampered with the facial recognition software of the new Toy animatronics due to them getting increasingly aggressive towards staff members and adults, but interact with children just fine. It's implied to be William, but it's also possible that the animatronics are possessed by the dead children from the S-A-V-E-T-H-E-M minigame.
He later tells the player that the building is now on lockdown with nobody being allowed inside or outside the building, "previous employees" in particular and that the player, Jeremy Fitzgerald, might be moved over to dayshift next week since the position just became "available", when he previously stated that the dayshift guard reported nothing unusual.
In his Night 6 message, Phone Guy mentions that a spare yellow suit in the back of the restaurant has been used since it wasn't in its original position and that now none of the animatronics are working properly anymore.
This heavily implies that William was either the first guard who later went on the dayshift, or at least was present and active during the events of the game, but that has yet to be confirmed. The restaurant closes down two weeks later because of The Bite of '87, an incident in which an animatronic (most likely Mangle) attacked someone (most likely Jeremy), biting off the frontal lobe.
Five Nights at Freddy's
Although he doesn't appear directly in the first game, there are hidden newspaper reports which mention him. After five children went missing, a suspect was arrested by the authorities, but was let go since there wasn't enough evidence for him to be convicted. It is unknown whether the suspect was Afton himself or someone innocent.
Five Nights at Freddy's 3
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is split into two seperate timeframes: the present, where regular gameplay and secret minigames take place in 2023, and the post-night-minigames set in the past, somewhere after 1993, implied to be the year 1994.
The Minigames and First Death
After each and every shift, the player takes control of one of the four members of the Fazbear Gang inside of a run-down Freddy Fazbear's Pizza with an identical floorplan as the one from the first game, confirming they are the same. In every minigame, Shadow Freddy appears to the active animatronic and tells them to follow him, leading them to the hallway where the toilets used to be. There the safe room stands wide open and Shadow Freddy enters it every time. But when the animatronic tries to follow, they just get an error message and cannot move inside. As soon as they turn around to walk away, William will jump out of the room and attack the animatronic. One after the other, he dismantles each of them, first Freddy, then Bonnie, Chica and finally Foxy.
Destroying the animatronics turns out to have been a critical mistake for William, as doing so released the spirits within from their prisons. The ghosts of his victims are not bound by the animatronics' programming and could enter the safe room. One of the spirits, controlled by the player, starts chasing after William, with him running around the room and away from the ghost in terror. He quickly realizes that four of his other victims are blocking the exit and rushes towards the empty Spring Bonnie suit slumped against the wall, the same suit he lured his victims to their deaths with. Thinking the suit gives him safety, William starts to laugh at his victims. A fatal error, as the moisture of the rain outside dripping into the derelict building combined with his laughing cause the suit's spring-locks to malfunction. As a result, the numerous mechanical parts lining the inside of the suit crush and puncture William's body. His victims fade away and leave Afton to slowly bleed to death. In an ironic turn, just like how his victims possessed other animatronics, Afton's spirit remains within and possesses the Spring Bonnie suit, becoming Springtrap. Fazbear Entertainment or Henry board up the Safe Room, with Springtrap inside.
The Nights and becoming Springtrap
In 2023, 30 years later after Freddy's closed down, a small group tries to cash in on the legends and rumors surrounding the Fazbear name by opening a horror attraction called "Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attracton". They travel to the old pizzerias and scavenge them for genuine props to use in their house of horros and even manage to get one of the architects on-board. The architect re-opened the safe room for them and to their delight they find Springtrap within, a genuine Fazbear Entertainment animatronic, the perfect addition to Fazbear's Fright. Once placed inside, Springtrap awakens and looks around.
Each day, Springtrap becomes more aggressive and likely frustrated as the player has to lock him out of the airvents and lure him around the building with voice recordings of Balloon Boy, who speaks with the voice of a child, to keep him from reaching the office. It is unknown whether Springtrap follow the sounds of these recordings because of his own bloodlust or, as the training tapes from Phone Guy that the Fazbear's Fright crew also found suggest, because control is temporarily taken away from him due to the animatronic inside the suit being programmed to approach nearby noises in hopes of finding customers to entertain. It's also worth to note that Springtrap seems surprised when jumpscaring the protagonist.
On the fifth day after Springtrap's arrival, the barely functional wiring of the building catches fire and burns it to the ground before it could be opened to the public, likely preventing disaster in the process. Most of what remained of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza is gone, with any trinkets left being sold at a public auction, but Springtrap himself survived the fire and escaped. It is unknown if the night guard made it out alive, though it is likely since their shift ended before the building caught fire. It is also possible that the night guard themselves, often presumed to be either Michael or Henry, lit the place on fire in an attempt to kill Springtrap.
Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator
He also appears in all of the secret minigames, although he makes a confirmed physical appearance in only one.
- He appears as Spring Bonnie in the Fruity Maze minigame in which he "helps" Susie find her dead dog.
- In the Security Puppet minigame, next to Charlotte's corpse and there are tracks indicating a car was driving. The tracks obviously belong to William's car, as he killed Charlotte.
- He is heavily implied, but not confirmed, to be the protagonist of the third minigame, Midnight Motorist as the so called "Orange Guy", who drives home only to discover animatronic-like tracks and that his youngest son jumped out of his bedroom's window and went to an unknown place, presumably Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. This minigame was mentioned before as the possible thing William did after killing Charlie.
The Nights and Second Death
William Afton returns in the sixth installment as the main antagonist. However, he becomes Scraptrap, repairing himself after the fire. Some time after Fazbear's Fright has burned down, Henry, shown to be still alive, opens a new restaurant, and calls Scraptrap to the location. Scraptrap knows this is a trap, but still goes there because he was curious.
He makes his first appearance as Springtrap, after Tuesday's night is complete, during his salvaging phase. Like the other hostile animatronics, the player can choose whether to throw him back into the alley outside the pizzeria or to salvage him. If the player chooses to throw him back into the alley, he will be absent for the rest of the game. If the player chooses to salvage him, they will have to observe him while listening to five audio prompts. Springtrap, like the other animatronics, will move when the player's view is obstructed by the maintenance checklist. If the player fails, Springtrap will jumpscare the player and taunt them. If the player succeeds, William will disdainfully remark that he is aware that the player's boss deceived and lured him to their establishment, but still went there. Other animatronics in the location include Scrap Baby, Baby after being kicked out of Ennard, Molten Freddy, Ennard with Funtime Freddy in control, and Lefty, a mysterious black bear.
Regardless of the outcome, the player will have to defend themselves from Springtrap onwards. After Saturday's night shift is complete, Elizabeth, possessing Baby, speaks to the player about how she and her father manipulated the player into inadvertently granting them children to kill and souls to collect, before declaring that she will make her father proud. Her speech is then interrupted by the player's supervisor, known in-game as the Cassette Man (who is actually William's former business partner, Henry Emily). He sets the building on fire, and then informs the animatronics that they have all been lured to the player's establishment, as a trap set for them, in order to force the spirits possessing them to pass on to the afterlife. Henry specifically addresses William, telling him that he will be sent to Hell for his murders. Henry also reveals that Lefty has the Puppet imprisoned inside of him. William dies inside the building, like everyone else.
Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted
However, a virus named Glitchtrap, who is heavily implied to be a copy of William or the man himself, was created after someone scanned Springtrap's circuit board to make the titular VR game. Glitchtrap appears in the main menu, originally as a pair of purple glowing eyes. As the player, collects more tapes in levels throughout the game, he gets closer and closer to the player, mostly waving at them.
At the end of the Pizza Party Night Terrors level, Glitchtrap beckons the player behind a curtain. If the player follows him, the player spawns as Freddy Fazbear onstage. After this, the credits roll, with Glitchtrap dancing in the background.
If the player collects all 16 tapes throughout the game, Glitchtrap will attempt to possess the player's body and escape into the real world at a random point. One ending to this has the player locked in front of a metal door, with Glitchtrap appearing through the door's lock and shushing the player before walking off. This may imply his success in escaping the game in the player's body.
Curse of Dreadbear
If the player gets a bunny mask, they can hold the plushie that Glitchtrap was transformed into while holding the mask. This will begin a conversation between the player, Vanny, and Glitchtrap. We tell William that we made the mask (later revealed to be an entire suit), that we will be ready for his plan and that it will be fun. This implies that Glitchtrap is a mere voice inside Vanny's head, and that Glitchtrap is the true William.
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 minigame, various types of glitchy green rabbits try to attack the titular princess as she explores a castle.
At the very end of the minigame, 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
A replica of William, in the form of Springtrap returns in this AR game. After the VR game was released, the company makes the Fazbear Funtime Service, a service made to send various animatronics to customers, entertaining them. However, due to a virus (Which is either Glitchtrap or the Puppet, who came back in a similiar way to William), the robots instead attack people. The e-mails the player gets highly hint that one of the characters mentioned in them is Vanny. Springtrap gets three skins, those being Toxic Springtrap (who has tumor-like warts and is purple) Flaming Springtrap (who is a coal-colored Springtrap who is literally on fire), and Clown Springtrap (who is white-colored with clown makeup, a red, black, and purple suit making him appear fat, large clown shoes, and a cartoonish hammer). One of the e-mails revealed that Springtrap was not part of the Fazbear Funtime Service.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach
Glitchtrap is heavily implied to return in the upcoming game.
In the non-canonical spinoff game, Afton is a playable character in both his minigame-sprite and Springtrap forms.
Ultimate Custom Night
In this spin-off to the main series, it is speculated that Afton is the main protagonist, being made to fight off several of the animatronics as part of his personal hell for every deplorable action he committed throughout his life. Some evidence pointing to this conclusion comes from lines the animatronics give towards the player one, in particular, being from Withered Chica, who is revealed to have been the first victim of the Missing Children Incident. In The Puppet's taunting lines, it states that it used to fear him, but is now in a position where it can exert judgment on the player for eternity, and how seeing him powerless was was like music to it. And how Nightmarionne goes on to proclaim that it was a nightmarish reflection (his murder of Henry's daughter) of the consequences of his actions. Many also believe that the ambient noises heard in the secret Old Man Consequences minigame is, in fact, Afton declaring his eternal hatred for his son and his former business partner whilst burning in Hell much like how Henry foretold in Pizzeria Simulator. However, nothing is confirmed, and it's equally likely that we play as Michael or that the game is simply non-canon.
In the novels
The Novel Trilogy
- Main article: William Afton (FNAF Books)
William Afton appears as the main antagonist of the novels, and, like in the games, becomes Springtrap, but he leaves the suit and rejects the identity.
Into the Pit
- Main article: Spring Bonnie (Fazbear Frights)
Altough William himself doesn't appear, the titular first story of the book features an anomalous, living version of Spring Bonnie that behaves similarly to him.
In the third story, Coming Home, Susie's mom and her friend Jeanie mention a serial killer who abducted and murdered Susie and other kids. Altough not directly stated, it's implied they were talking about Afton or a parallel to him.
In the Flesh
- Main article: Springtrap (Fazbear Frights)
A digital version of Springtrap appears as the main antagonist of In the Flesh, the second story of this book.
The Man in Room 1280
- Main article: The Man in Room 1280
The titular character of the third story, The Man in Room 1280, is heavily implied to be Afton or a parallel to him.