William Afton's most famous quote.
I always come back!
You may not recognize me at first, but I assure you, it's still me.William Afton to his son, Michael.
William Afton accepting what he has become.
Bittersweet... but fitting.
William Afton, better known as the Purple Guy among many other names, is the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise.
He was the co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment, the business partner of Henry Emily, and the father of Michael Afton, Elizabeth Afton, the Crying Child, and the Big Brother (the lattermost of whom is also implied to be a younger Michael). He helped Henry establish Fredbear's Family Diner and Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, as well as managing the establishments while Henry built the animatronic mascots of the pizzerias. Despite being a successful businessman, Afton led a double life as a serial killer who murdered many children across several Freddy Fazbear's Pizza locations in the 1980s, including Henry's own daughter, Charlotte. At one point in his life, he founded Afton Robotics, LLC and created the Funtime Animatronics, which were made to capture and kill children.
Sometime after 1993, after making the fatal mistake of destroying the classic animatronics and accidentally freeing the ghosts of his victims, Afton attempted to protect himself with the old, withered Spring Bonnie suit, the same used for his murders. However, the suit's springlock mechanisms failed and its suppressed endoskeleton fatally crushed him, transforming him into the undead human-animatronic hybrid, Springtrap.
Thirty years later, he would repair himself and become Scraptrap after narrowly surviving the fire that destroyed the building he was moved to. He was then lured to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place by Henry, where he would attempt to kill Michael with the help of his daughter and creations, only to be burnt by Henry alongside everyone else remaining in the pizzeria. Despite this, Afton survived incineration due to being mentally trapped by the vengeful spirit of one of his victims, Cassidy, in his nightmares, preventing him from truly dying.
Eventually, Cassidy left Afton in the burnt ruins of the pizzeria, allowing for him to be reconstructed by his acolyte Vanny into his current form of Burntrap as he continued his malicious machinations for the newly-opened Freddy Fazbear's Mega PizzaPlex above the pizzeria's remains. Outside of this, he also seemingly posed as the voice of his youngest son's Fredbear Plush toy in the past, a digital counterpart of him named Glitchtrap exists within Fazbear Entertainment's networks, and his Springtrap form that has various copies and counterparts made by the Fazbear Funtime Service.
As a human and as Springtrap/Scraptrap, he is voiced by PJ Heywood, who also voices Michael Afton. As Burntrap, he is voiced by Matthew Curtis, who also voices Nightmare Balloon Boy and Music Man though most of his lines have yet to be used in-game as of now.
William Afton is the main antagonist of the video game series, serving as the main antagonist of the ScottGames era and the overarching antagonist of the Steel Wool era (if he is not Glitchtrap).
He is the unseen overarching antagonist of the first Five Nights at Freddy's, the overarching antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location and Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, the deuteragonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4, the main protagonist of Ultimate Custom Night (as a human, while Springtrap and Scraptrap are minor antagonists), a major antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, and one of the two final antagonists (alongside the Blob) of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach. He might also be the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted (assuming he is Glitchtrap).
The previously mentioned Glitchtrap serves as 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 of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach (alongside Patient 46).
In the non-canon spin-offs, Afton serves as a unlockable playable character in FNAF World (as both Springtrap and his FNaF 3 sprite, called Purpleguy) and a supporting antagonist in Security Breach: Fury's Rage.
Afton is also the main antagonist of the non-canon novel trilogy continuity. In the main storyline of the Fazbear Frights anthology novel series, he appears as the overarching antagonist, and there is also an organic creature that replicates his murders. There are also versions of him that appear in independent stories.
It's also very likely that he'll have counterparts in both the upcoming film and Five Nights at Freddy's Plus, a remake of the first game which is part of the Fazbear Fanverse project. A version of him called Simon Fitzgerald will also appear in another Fanverse game, POPGOES Evergreen, alongside a robotic recreation of him.
They didn't... recognize at first but then, they thought I was you.Michael Afton to his father, confirming that the two look similiar.
Since William Afton is only ever seen while alive in some of the flashback minigames, it is hard to pin down his exact appearance. In these minigames, he is represented with the size and height of an adult man about as tall as the animatronics (sometimes taller), with his sprite color ranging from various tones of purple depending on the minigame, although he was pink in two minigames and possibly orange in one. It is worth noting that he appears purple because he's simply hiding in the shadows, not because he's actually purple.
Sometimes Afton is depicted as wearing a yellow accessory on his chest, presumably a badge. It has been speculated that the reason for this is that he may have been a security guard at some point. The minigame "SAVE THEM" and some phone calls from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 heavily imply this.
The only confirmed aspect of his appearance is that he has a cleft chin, as shown with his decayed corpse inside of Springtrap in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. This has led to some speculation, as Fazbear Entertainment is represented by a man dressed in a purple (and in some cases, orange) suit and hat in various cutscenes of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, a man who also has a cleft chin. Whether or not this man actually is William has not been confirmed, but it is possible due to them both supposedly having cleft chins, being represented by the color purple, and possibly orange.
In Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, a yellow figure appears in the "Midnight Motorist" minigame. This figure is theorized to be William, who was recolored to presumably avoid confusion due to Michael's decayed zombie sprite color being the same as his father's.
As represented by the picture on the left, concept art for a Five Nights at Freddy's-themed dark ride could reveal Afton's look, with the man on the concept art having an evil smile, being a guard, and being represented by purple.
Judging by most of his depictions (as well as his book counterpart), it's highly likely that William has dark brown hair.
Thirty years after his death, Afton's flayed corpse still wears the withering Spring Bonnie suit, unable to take it off. Now known by the name Springtrap, the suit has decayed to a sickly olive color and the many holes and tears expose parts of the rusted metal endoskeleton. His mouth has rotted into a permanent wide grin, the teeth being chipped and yellowing. His human-like eyes are a pale gray and he's missing the top half of his right ear, as well as the casing on his feet.
Rare boot-up screens for the game show glimpses of Afton's almost mummified skull inside of Springtrap's mask. His mouth has been permanently speared open by metal rods and his eyes are organic and veiny, the springlocks stabbed into his eyelids and holding them open in a gruesome fashion. What appears to be human innards can also be seen wrapped around the endoskeleton through large hole in the torso.
Prior to its withering, the Spring Bonnie suit was an optimized version of the Bonnie the Bunny animatronic, only with golden yellow fabric fur and a springlock endoskeleton. Judging by posters found in Security Breach, the animatronic also wore a purple bow tie and had violet eyes.
In Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, he was given four skins named Toxic Springtrap, Flaming Springtrap, Clown Springtrap, and simply Curse respectively. Toxic Springtrap is covered in purple veins and pustules, Flaming Springtrap is simply on fire, Clown Springtrap is wearing a red and black clown outfit that gives the impression of obesity and wields an oversized hammer, and Curse is a blue-colored Springtrap with Aztec-inspired armor and blue-feathers across his body, jaguar-like markings on his hands (which also show claws), pelvis, and legs, and wields a golden shield.
In Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, Springtrap has been damaged even further from the fire that consumed Fazbear's Fright. Now known as Scraptrap, what was left of the blood-stained endoskeleton is now just his rotten flesh and bones remaining. He seems to have attempted to repair himself with parts of another Spring Bonnie suit, but his ears have deteriorated to the point that only his left stub remains and part of his left arm is missing, a skeletal spear replacing it.
Henry's fire has damaged the Spring Bonnie suit even more than it already was. Burntrap is missing the low jaw of his mask altogether, revealing Afton's rotting skull underneath. His eyes have been replaced with dark robotic alternatives, which flash a bright purple. His lower torso is missing, due to the fire burning it off, and you can see small tendrils of flesh wrapped around his springlocked body. His arms are revealed and his hands have spiked fingers. He only has one of his feet left, the other is just endoskeleton.
I-It's only now that I understand the depth of the depravity of this... creature, this monster that I unwillingly helped to create. As if what he had already done wasn't enough, he found a new way to desecrate, to humiliate, to destroy. As if the suffering wasn't enough, the loss of innocence, the loss of everything to so many people. Small souls trapped in prisons of my making now set to new purpose and used in ways I never thought imaginable. He lured them all back. Back to a familiar place. Back with familiar tricks. He brought them all together.Henry calling out William in his secret recording.
William Afton's background is mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, or by reading between the lines throughout the games. Between his mini-game presence and piecing together information gleaned from most of the games, the community has been able to piece together some information about William all together.
He seems to be malevolent, sadistic, and cruel, ominously smiling as he kills children. He is also increasingly psychopathic and demented, as he is able to hide his true nature under a mask of politeness, judging from the intro of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, and also psychologically manipulates his son, Michael, by presumably making him believe his sister is still alive and okay, in order to force Michael to obey his order. According to his voice actor, PJ Heywood, Afton's voice is inspired by Hannibal Lecter, in a way that he's unnervingly calm even when about to kill someone, which is supported by some of his novel counterpart's quotes.
Daddy, just once let me go play with her! She's so pretty and shiny! Didn't you make her just for me?Elizabeth to her dad, William.
Despite his sadistic and dangerous tendencies, it is implied that he at least didn't want his daughter Elizabeth to die, as he warned her not to go near Baby, and he did send Michael to Circus Baby's Entertainment & Rental to free her, making his daughter the only person that he may have cared about, though Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator implies that he has a dysfunctional relationship with his daughter, and that he is responsible for influencing Elizabeth's bloodlust and sinister behavior (although that might also be because of Baby's programming corrupting Elizabeth). He also may have even wanted her to continue his murderous legacy alongside him, and carry on his experiments with him. Besides, he knew that Circus Baby was possessed by Elizabeth, yet still allowed his employees to shock her.
Adding to that, in the The Fourth Closet, although a separate timeline from the games, shows that William was an abusive father to Elizabeth, so far to pushing her to the ground and hitting her when she simply disrupted his work. Taking in the fact of how both versions of William act nearly identical to each other, it's likely that William didn't have an emotional connection to Elizabeth in the mainline story either, rendering him to be truly heartless.
Hide if you want. It did not save the others. It will not save you.Afton as Springtrap.
He is seen dismantling the animatronics at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza twice, hinting he might hate them. Afton also seems to be brave, seeing as he charges at the classic versions of Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy in the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 minigames without being scared, the same with Withered Freddy in the "SAVE THEM" minigame. The only moments when he is shown scared is when he sees the souls of the children that he murdered and in the ending of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator when being burned alive by Henry. It's implied that he is an abusive and neglectful parent, ignoring the fact that his younger son is bullied. If he is in fact the Orange Guy from Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, then the theory is confirmed. William seems to be cocky, going into the fourth Freddy Fazbear's Pizza despite knowing it's a trap, implying he fully believes that he can escape.
It seems that as Springtrap, Spring Bonnie's AI is still there, after over 40 years of not being used. Springtrap following Balloon Boy's noise implies this, given that the Spring Bonnie suit was meant to follow noise.
Although for one of you, the darkest pit of Hell has opened to swallow you whole, so don't keep the Devil waiting, old friend.Henry to William.
As mentioned before, William is good at manipulating people. He managed to convince the children to follow him into the Safe Room, convinced Michael to enter Circus Baby's Entertainment & Rental, and it presumably took Henry a while to realize his best friend murdered his daughter. Afton isn't above using people's personal issues to manipulate them, convincing Susie to follow him with the promise of her dead dog actually being alive. Also, assuming he isn't the Orange Guy from Midnight Motorist, he manipulated an unnamed boy by coming over to his house and making him break out of his home to Freddy's, knowing he did it more than once so he can escape his abusive life.
Speaking of his victims and Henry's daughter, William and Charlie are bitter enemies both in the games, the Novel Trilogy, and the Fazbear Frights. His first victim, Charlie, possessed the Puppet and gave life to William's victims that would be known as the Missing Children, and it's implied that she did the same to his 1987 victims so they can possess the Toy animatronics. She tried to undo his work by setting his victims free and killing the serial killer, possibly entering Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place to stop any murders from happening (assuming she's controlling Lefty).
In the Novel Trilogy, she was once again Afton's victim, and although she ascended to the afterlife, her robotic copy ultimately "killed" William and made him become Springtrap, with Springtrap sending the Twisted animatronics after her. In the Fazbear Frights, the Puppet is ultimately the one to kill that version of William and destroy his Amalgamation.
William Afton's motives for his actions and backstory remain unknown to this day. His motives are interpreted as being a selfish goal for immortality, driven by tragedy, or simply being a twisted and sadistic monster who wanted to see people suffer. Judging from both the mainline games and novel series, it's more than likely to be the latter.
† means that the character is deceased/destroyed (in case of animatronics). †? means that the character's fate is currently unclear or unknown.
William Afton and his undead Springtrap form have various counterparts throughout the series:
Said by William
Five Nights at Freddy's 2
Afton after attacking Withered Freddy in SAVE THEM.You can't.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
She can dance, she can sing. She's equipped with a built-in helium tank for inflating balloons right at her fingertips. She can take song requests. She can even dispense ice cream.William Afton talking about Baby in the opening of Sister Location.
Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator
He is not really dead... He is over here. Follow me...William Afton luring Susie to her death.
What a deceptive calling. I knew it was a lie, the moment I heard it, obviously, but it is intriguing nonetheless...Scraptrap being aware of Henry's plan.
Scraptrap after killing the player, most likely mentioning the Funtime animatronics or his victims.Fascinating... what they have become.
How can I resist, a promise, such as this...Scraptrap after killing the player, mentioning Henry calling him.
That was easier than I thought it would be.Scraptrap after killing the player.
Ultimate Custom Night
(Unknown: Presumably either declaring his hate for Michael and/or Henry, or calling Michael for help.)William screaming from some unknown place as his voice slowly becomes quieter.
Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery
Suffer now, like all who stood before me!Springtrap.
You. Will. Fear. ME.Springtrap.
It is not your flesh that sustains me... it is your fear!Springtrap.
I am here to claim what is left of you.Springtrap.
You will not be spared. You will not be saved.Springtrap.
Let's see how many times you can be pulled apart, and put back together again.Springtrap.
Your fear... will consume you.Springtrap.
Got you! Hahahahaha!Springtrap.
It.. is... time.Springtrap.
Your time... is up!Springtrap.
I can taste the fear in your breath.Springtrap.
I will make you suffer, suffer like so many of the others.Springtrap.
And now, you are mine.Springtrap.
I am still here.Springtrap on a teaser.
A message hidden in the source code of the same teaser.I remain.
You will do as I say! You will bring me what I want! And if you fail me, then you will... BOTH of you... BURN!Burntrap to two unrevealed characters in the gameplay trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach.
Referring to William
Kids vanish at local pizzeria - bodies not found. Two local children were reportedly lured into a back room during the late hours of operation at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza on the night of June 26th. While video surveliance identified the man responsible and led to his capture the following morning, the children themselves were never found are presumed dead. Police think that the suspect dressed as a company mascot to earn the children's trust.One of the newspapers, as well as the first mention of Afton in the series.
Five children reported missing. Suspect convicted. Five children are now linked to the incident at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where a man dressed as a cartoon mascot lured them into a back room. While the suspect has been charged, the bodies themselves were never found. Freddy Fazbear's Pizza has been fighting an uphill battle ever since to convince families to return to the pizzeria. "It's a tragedy."A newspaper about the Withered's old pizzeria from the first game.
He will come back. He always does. We have a place for him.A message talking about Springtrap in the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 trailer.
But I have an even better surprise for you, and you're not gonna believe this: We found one. A real one. Uh-oh-uh gotta go man- uh, well-well look, i-it's in there somewhere, I'm-I'm sure you'll see it.Phone Dude about Springtrap.
I-It's only now that I understand the depth of the depravity of this... creature - this monster that I unwillingly helped to create. As if what he had already done wasn't enough, he found a new way to desecrate, to humiliate, to destroy. As if the suffering wasn't enough, the loss of innocence, the loss of everything to so many people. Small souls trapped in prisons of my making now set to new purpose and used in ways I never thought imaginable. He lured them all back. Back to a familiar place. Back with familiar tricks. He brought them all together. Are they still... aware? I hope not. It keeps me awake at night. I could make myself... sleep. But not yet. Not until I undo what he has done and heal this wound - a wound first inflicted on me, but then one that I let bleed out to cause all of this. He set some kind of trap. I don't know what it was, but he lead them there again. He overpowered them again. And he robbed them of the only thing that they had. Again. I don't know how those tiny breaths of life came to inhabit those machines. But they will never find rest now. Not like this. I have to call them all back. All of them. Together in one place.Henry talking about William and promising to end his madness for good.
Spring Bonnie was often worn by William Afton, who prided himself on effortlessly performing in the suit. He used the costume to gain the trust of, and ultimately murder, multiple children.William's use of the Spring Bonnie animatronic, as described in Five Nights at Freddy's: The Ultimate Guide.
- Despite William sparking the downfall of Fazbear Entertainment by murdering many children, his actual motivation for killing the kids is still a mystery, though many people assume he did for his own enjoyment or as part of an experiment to create life from the dead.
- Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator heavily implies the latter, as a blueprint reveals the Scooper's purpose; to transfer remnant, a substance that gives a soul its ability to remain after death, into the animatronics.
- Although it's heavily implied that William is after remnant so he can become immortal, ironically, the same game goes against it, showing that even after gaining the closest he'll ever have to immortality, he still wants to kill children, although this could be due to William's damaged psyche and having possibly gone mad with power as Springtrap, no longer caring about his original motivation.
- Five Nights at Freddy's 4 and Sister Location suggests that William is motivated by the death of the Crying Child, his youngest son, and that his killings are either a targeted revenge scheme against Henry and Fazbear Entertainment for creating the dangerous springlock animatronics by taking them out of business for good, harvesting remnant from children to resurrect his son, or both. However, it ultimately depends on which date the Missing Children Incident happened, with there being implications for both 1983 and 1985. That said, Charlie has been confirmed to be Afton's first victim in the franchise.
- However, there are some disputes as to if any murders committed by William occurred before the Crying Child's death, with some believing that Elizabeth's Afton death came before the Crying Child's. Sister Location states that Circus Baby's opened after Freddy's shut down, but it's unknown if HandUnit is referring to Circus Baby's Pizza World or Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental, or perhaps both. Even if Elizabeth died before the Crying Child, Afton would still lack a solid motivation for his actions as the Funtime animatronics that killed Elizabeth were made to capture and kill children.
- In the novel series, Afton is confirmed to be stealing life essence from victims and animatronics, experimenting on it to attempt to find the secret to immortality. However, this part of his motivation only came after he found out he was dying from the damage injured in the Spring Bonnie suit, making his actual/original motivations obscured and unknown.
- The Fazbear Frights version of Afton apparently has a never-ending need to inflict pain, implying that he does it out of pure sadism (or alternatively, his motivation to kill out of sadism developed over time during his career as a killer).
- It had also been implied that the Fazbear Frights Afton genuinely loved his wife and was struck with grief after her death, showing another possible motive for his actions. A later epilogue however would soon reveal that it's an entirely new character instead of Afton that lost his wife. Despite this, it's theorized that the absence of William's wife is meant to signify that she's the reason Afton went insane, or that she isn't at all important to the plot.
- Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator heavily implies the latter, as a blueprint reveals the Scooper's purpose; to transfer remnant, a substance that gives a soul its ability to remain after death, into the animatronics.
- It is speculated that the in-universe TV show The Immortal and the Restless that Michael watches between the nights of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, where Vlad denies being the father of the baby, is a parallel between the relationship between William and Michael. Vlad shares similarities with William, while the baby has similar looks to his father like Michael is noted to have with his.
- William could have been inspired by:
- Aaron Fechter, a engineering entrepreneur who created the Showbiz Pizza Place's animatronics. Scott Cawthon actually met Fechter in person.
- Nathan Dunlap who, after being fired from Chuck E. Cheese, shot four of the five employees fatally and injured the fifth in the 1993 Aurora, Colorado, shooting.
- This creepypasta, which tells the story of a mascot of Chuck E. Cheese who had severe mental problems and begun thinking that he was the real Chuck E. Cheese. However, he began killing children and using their meat for pizza.
- Freddy Krueger, due to them both being sadistic child murderers who become more powerful in death.
- The one confirmed inspiration is Hannibal Lecter, but that's only for his voice.
- Norman Osborn, due to them both being brilliant scientists, terrible fathers, and they both get stronger when inside a green suit. They also both have children who get almost as evil as them (with Harry becoming the New Goblin, and Elizabeth becoming Circus Baby)
- It is theorized that Toy Chica in her cutscenes in Ultimate Custom Night represents William due to Toy Chica choosing one of her classmates to be her boyfriend, but ends up killing them, while William seems to also choose a child and then kills.
- In the last cutscene, Chica is seen under a tree atop a hill, with her bag full of the remains of her victims. The tree seems identical to the tree in the Lorekeeper Ending of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, which is near the graves of the original kids killed by Afton.
- In Ultimate Custom Night, when talking to Old Man Consequences, the background sounds when modified seems to be William's screaming.
- It has been heavily speculated that Glitchtrap is the soul of William Afton due to his mannerisms and malevolent intentions.
- The Princess Quest minigame from the mobile port of Help Wanted seems to confirm this theory, as at the end of the minigame, an amalgamated rabbit creature representing Glitchtrap says in a decodable text: "I always come back" (William's most famous quote) before engulfing the player in it's tentacles.
- It is theorized that the the Puppet was responsible for Afton possessing Springtrap, similar to how it did for Afton's other victims, in order for William to know what it feels like to be an animatronic. However, UCN and the Fazbear Frights series implies that Golden Freddy is the one that made Afton become Springtrap by forcefully keeping him alive.
- There is no given explanation on why Springtrap had his appearance changed in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, since he would most not been able to have changed the animatronic suit. It's commonly assumed that he tried to repair himself with the other animatronic parts also present at Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction.
- Many fans believe that in Ultimate Custom Night we can hear Scraptrap's last words as he burns to death. Although it is likely he is begging Michael for help, some fans believe he is screaming that he hates Michael and Henry.
- If the latter was true, then he screams this:
I HATE MIKE! AAAARRRGGGHHH! I HATE HENRY!
- Some fans theorize that Springtrap survived the fire in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. It is mostly because in the ending screen, the fire is behind Springtrap. Meanwhile, with Scrap Baby and Molten Freddy, the fire is in front of them. This may imply that Springtrap escaped. However, while his survival is confirmed, it's unlikely he managed to escape given that Silver Parasol and Fazbear Entertainment had to get his circuit board and accidentally create Glitchtrap. This theory was eventually confirmed in the true ending of Security Breach, where Springtrap (now named Burntrap) appears as the game's final boss.
- The story "What We Found" from the Fazbear Frights implies that William is somewhat responsible for the security guard having hallucinations that are the Phantom animatronics.
- In the final Custom Night cutscene of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Michael's voice becomes robotic near the end of his dialogue. The franchise's creator, Scott Cawthon, eventually confirmed that Michael's robotic voice was an error, and was unintentional. This error caused debate over whether William or Michael was killed inside Springtrap, until Scott's response to one of MatPat's Five Nights at Freddy's theory videos, as well as the credits of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, confirmed William as the spirit possessing Springtrap.
- In the 1.031 update of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Scott added the sound of William's groaning.
- Afton's true identity was widely speculated to be the Phone Guy until Scott debunked it by finally having him speak in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, having a completely different voice.
- He has a British accent, with his son and daughter having one as well.
- Freddy in Space 2 is the only game so far that has absolutely nothing to do with William.
- The fans have often theorized that there are two killers, due to the fact that William had two different sprites with slightly different coloration in Five Nights at Freddy's 2. This was later disproven.
- In March 2020, various memes of William Afton spawned around referencing the Living Tombstone Five Nights at Freddy's 2 song "It's Been So Long" where the then-unnamed murderer was referred to as "The Man Behind the Slaughter". Memes of this will be portrayed referencing the character in one way or another, often by including the line or a parody of the line in the caption, with the character on-screen being purple while the song plays in the background.
- As of version 1.031, Springtrap now makes footsteps and moaning noises when he moves.
- Some people have assumed that the moaning noise is Afton inside of Springtrap trying to talk. However, according to the game files, it's actually just slowed down alpaca noises.
- Springtrap is named after the trap device of the same name that is used for catching animals during hunting and how he is a Springlock suit. This is how he "trapped" Afton inside.
- Occasionally, when Five Nights at Freddy's 3 starts up, one of three images of Springtrap revealing William Afton's mummified corpse inside of him may appear, similarly to the eyeless screens from the first and second games.
- Springtrap is the first, and so far only, confirmed case of an adult possessing an animatronic instead of a child.
- Before having his name confirmed, the most common name for Springtrap coined by fans was Golden Bonnie, as fans believed that Springtrap was somehow connected to the similar-looking animatronic Golden Freddy, while also retaining a resemblance to Bonnie.
- Two more common fan-given names were Hybrid and Salvage, for fans believed that Springtrap was made from the parts of dismantled animatronics.
- Coincidentally, Springtrap is a hybrid, just not the way fans theorized.
- Another coincidental detail is that Springtrap was salvaged in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.
- Springtrap is one of the only animatronics (besides the Nightmares) with five fingers due to being a wearable suit.
- In the promotional photo for Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Circus Baby appears to be smiling at someone off-screen. The figure reflected in her nose looks suspiciously like Springtrap, which led fans to believe he would return in the game. While he was not the main antagonist or even a major character (in his Springtrap form, at least), he did appear in the ending cutscene for the Custom Night's "Golden Freddy" Mode on Very Hard, revealing himself to still be alive after Fazbear's Fright burned down and foreshadowing his return as the main antagonist in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.
- William Afton's skull within Scraptrap bears an uncanny liking to his book counterpart's face, implying he may have looked the same when he was alive.
- In Ultimate Custom Night, if Springtrap causes a game over, his moaning from Five Nights at Freddy's 3 will play, while if Scraptrap causes a game over, his "I always come back!" line from Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator will play.
- Strangely, some of the voice lines that Springtrap says in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery are reminiscent of the voice lines said by some animatronics in Ultimate Custom Night.
- Many fans did not like Scraptrap's design when they first saw him. Because of this, many people referred to him as a peanut.
- In response, many fans in the community created a meme revolving around the hate towards Scraptrap known as "#JusticeforScraptrap".
- The name Scraptrap has never appeared in the games and was simply a name used by fans to distinguish between the earlier iteration of Springtrap and this one. However, similar to names like Phone Guy and Golden Freddy, the name has since come into use in other official sources such as Five Nights at Freddy's: The Freddy Files and by Scott Cawthon himself.
- Springtrap and Funtime Freddy are the only possessed animatronics in the franchise that aren't tragic, seeing as Springtrap is a child murderer who shows no remorse for his actions, and Funtime Freddy seemed to have always enjoyed doing what he was created to do.
- In Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Springtrap has a slightly different model, missing some parts. This version of Springtrap is called "Dark Springtrap" in the game files and the merch.
- Fans started joking that Dark Springtrap is Springtrap when he's "extremely angry".
- After Clown Springtrap was revealed, fans quickly started jokingly comparing him to Arthur Fleck.
- Springtrap was considered the hardest animatronic to beat in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery until Golden Freddy was added.
- If he appears outside of minigames, it's always as a variation of Spring Bonnie.
- William Afton in Pizzeria Simulator strongly resembles Spring Bonnie from the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 minigames.
- Interestingly, while salvaging Scraptrap during Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, we can hear a heartbeat. Given that it can be heard only when salvaging him, and the fact that Michael is missing all of his organs, it can be presumed that Afton's heart is still somehow beating.
- It's unknown why his Ancient Equinox skin is named Curse instead of Curse Springtrap.
- Michael Afton was sometimes speculated to be the main protagonist of Ultimate Custom Night before it was confirmed to be William.
- Mangle's sprite in the SAVETHEM minigame is named "he was here". The only option for the "he" is William, as he's the only human in the minigame and there is a dead child in the room.
- Before his true name was revealed, he used to be called Vincent or Peter by fans.
- The appearance of Burntrap and the Blob in Security Breach was heavily criticized by fans as the former appears for one boss fight where he doesn't do or say anything besides trying to take control of Glamrock Freddy, with no explanation for how he survived, or any potential connections between him and Vanny. The latter was criticized even further as it doesn't appear in the gameplay even once, and appears only in one cutscene to presumably kill Afton (as well as the fact no explanation for why or how he came into existence). Their complete irrelevance to the plot, no explanation for how they are here and small screen time led fans to speculate that the ending for Security Breach might have been different, and it was changed last second. It's however possible this ending will be expanded upon in the upcoming DLC for the game.
- His latest appearance in Security Breach, which depicted him as completely withered, barely sapient, and easily defeated in what many think is an anticlimactic moment for the series' big bad, has made people joke that it's because William is getting old, as he would've definitely been 70 or older during the game, even though he stopped aging decades ago when he died. This interpretation spawned a popular meme, commonly named "Peepaw Willy", in which Burntrap is depicted as a frail old man, often in a wheelchair or with a walker, with Vanny acting as a retirement home caretaker for him.
- Assuming he isn't Glichtrap, it's unclear if William was dead, unconscious or severely weakened after Cassidy left his mind and was scanned into the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience as the Princess before he was reactivated in the finale of Security Breach.