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Michael Afton (also known as Mike Schmidt and Eggs Benedict) is the main protagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's game series. He is the son of William Afton, and older brother of Elizabeth Afton. It is often believed that Mike is the Older Brother, though many fans still believe he could be The Crying Child.

Biography

Five Nights at Freddy's 1

Michael gets the job as a night guard in this location, under the name Mike Schmidt, apparently trying to get free pizza.

The animatronics, believing that Michael is William, due to the fact that William is his biological father, mistake Michael for him and try to kill him.

Michael then sits in the office surviving with nothing but cameras, lights, and doors for 5 nights until he gets fired after being caught tampering with the animatronics, most likely because he was trying to set the souls free.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

He is the technician of Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rentals and by extension, Circus Baby's Pizza World. He has been revealed to be the player in the final cutscene of Custom Night, where he seems to have a British accent.

In Sister Location, Michael is instructed by his father to go to the underground facility and find his sister. This implies that William Afton is aware of the souls of the children staying behind, and knows his daughter's soul is within Circus Baby. Michael trusts his father, and goes to save his sister. On night 1, Michael arrives at Circus Baby's, and HandUnit welcomes him, showing him how to check the animatronics' stages, and if they are not in their proper places, he must shock them to put them back on their stage. Michael successfully shocks Ballora and Funtime Foxy, but fails to shock Baby.

On night 2, Michael checks Ballora and Foxy, but when he checks Baby, the controlled shocks do not work, requiring HandUnit to shut down the system. Baby begins to speak to him, and tells him to hide beneath the desk. After surviving the Bidybabs, Michael crawls through Ballora Gallery, avoiding her by listening for her music. He then reaches the Breaker Room, where he restarts all the systems while playing audio to keep Funtime Freddy from attacking him. Michael then leaves Circus Baby's.

On night 3, Michael returns, checking Ballora and Funtime Foxy. He then runs through Funtime Auditorium while avoiding Funtime Foxy. Michael reaches Parts and Service, where he performs a repair on Freddy, and catches Bon Bon in order to get Freddy's second power module. When he returns through Funtime Auditorium, Foxy attacks him, knocking him out.

On night 4, Michael wakes up in a springlock suit. Baby begins talking to him, explaining she kidnapped him. Then, two technicians enter the building, and send Ballora to the Scooping Room, where Michael is. He then gets to witness Ballora get scooped. He then has to survive an attack of Minireenas.

On night 5, Michael checks the stages, only to see two hanged technicians. He then returns through Funtime Auditorium, and enters Parts and Service, to see a lifeless Circus Baby. She explains that she is pretending and something bad happened that day. He then enters a random number sequence into a keypad that flips out of Baby's left central faceplate. After entering the passcode, Michael gets a chip from her upper arm plate so she can communicate with him after she's been scooped.

Michael sends Baby to the Scooping Room. She then instructs him to go back into Funtime Auditorium and follow her instructions. Once Michael completes Baby's instructions, he is in the Scooping Room. Baby reveals that her helping him was actually part of a plot so she could use him as a host body for Ennard.

Transformation

After beating a Custom Night on Very Hard mode, you will be greeted to a secret cutscene, which shows the events after Ennard put himself in Michael's body, replacing his organs.

In the first mini game, Michael looks like a normal man, wearing a purple shirt and blue pants. The people around him wave cheerfully.

In the second mini game, Everything is the same just with him having a minor skin color change from tan-pink to tan. The people around him continue to wave cheerfully.

In the third mini game, Michael's skin seems to be more of a green color. The first person he walks past has a bewildered expression on his face. The rest are normal, just waving cheerfully.

In the fourth mini game, Michael's skin becomes a darker greenish-brown; his eyes are also now completely black. The last three people he walks by look confused.

In the fifth mini game, he looks much more decrepit than he did in the past mini games, with a strange glowing in one eye. Everyone around him seem very concerned.

In the sixth mini game, his skin has turned a dull purple, now having a white glow in both of his eyes. He also acts to be more senile and less cheerful than he was before. There are fewer people around him and one of them is hiding behind their house in fear.

In the last mini game, he is hunched over and his skin is a dark purple color. His appearance is now very reminiscent of his father's Purple Guy form. Everyone around him has hidden behind their houses in dread.

Eventually, his body has a spasm, and he regurgitates the robotic parts belonging to Ennard into the sewer. He lies on the ground, presumably dead. The player then hears Baby's voice repeating "you won't die", and Michael gets back up while all of the Ennard's eyes show up in the sewer. Finally freeing Elizabeth, Michael's only remaining goal is to "find" William, although it's unknown what that means.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

He's the main protagonist of the nights. His role in the mini games is unknown but he is surely one of the brothers.

Golden Freddy "Very Hard" Cutscene

After beating "Very Hard" Golden Freddy mode in Sister Location, Michael Afton, most likely right after the events of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, speaks to Springtrap.

Father. It's me, Michael. I did it. I found it. It was right where you said it would be. They were all there. They didn't recognize me at first but then they thought I was you. And I found her. I put her back together, just like you asked me to. She's free now. But something is wrong with me. I should be dead. But I'm not. I've been living in shadows. There is only one thing left for me to do now. I'm going to come find you... I'm going to come find you.
 
— Michael Afton

After this, Springtrap walks in for a second before the screen goes black. Looking in the background, you see the words "Fazbear's Fright."

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

Some time after Fazbear's Fright burnt down, Michael took the job of manager of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, in order to possibly achieve his final goal of finding and ending his father. As well as working on the Pizzeria itself, Michael was also tasked with salvaging vintage animatronics which had appeared in the back alley, supposedly for parts. The first of these was Molten Freddy. Over the next few days, these included Springtrap, Scrap Baby, and Lefty. While in his office, Michael fended off the animatronics, by luring them with sounds.

On the final night, Mike's boss revealed that the Pizzeria was a trap for all the remaining animatronics, with Mike luring them around the labyrinth in the vents in circles. Henry praised Michael as his "brave volunteer", telling him that, while there had been a way out, he knew Michael did not want it. Henry then burnt the Pizzeria to free the souls and kill everybody, including Michael.

Survival Logbook

In the Survival Logbook, Michael is shown to be sarcastic, making various comments about Fazbear Entertainment's lack of safety or care for its employees. The book also shows that Michael is paranoid while on the job, suggesting that he sleeps with one eye open. When asked why he wanted the job on page six he states for the free pizza, implying that his reasons for working are fairly simple. In the book when asked in the form of a question what he would like for his end of week bonus, he circles the money basket instead of the exotic butters that he got from Sister Location, meaning like anyone else, he would've rather had a basket of cash than any other meaningless prize, showing Michael has his prioritizes straight and is a responsible person. There are multiple scribbles in the book drawn by Michael implying he enjoys drawing and is extremely talented at it. It's implied in the book that Michael is an extremely hard worker who is desperate for cash in order to make ends meet, which is why It also stated that Michael desires to take a tropical vacation.

Personality

His background is mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, reading messages in red pen in the Survival Logbook, or by reading between the lines throughout the games. Between his mini game presence and piecing together information gleaned from the Survival Logbook, he is a talented artist as seen from the many drawings on the pages of the logbook drawn in red pen, and he has a bad habit of chewing bubblegum as seen on one of the questions, just like Pete from Step Closer. He is quite sarcastic as seen from numerous shrewd comments written about the company, and is also fit for exercising around the block and wanting to join a self-defense class as seen on a filled-in question.

Michael Afton's main goal is to find William, although it's unknown if he wants to kill him or not.

Appearance

In Sister Location the reflection of a simple, black silhouette in a dirty mirror is all that can be seen. In the Custom Night mini games, it's seen that he has a fairly light skin tone, darkish brown hair that seems to be combed over, and blue eyes. He also wears a purple long sleeved-shirt, blue pants, and brown shoes.

Like his father William, he appears to have an elongated smile, although it appears more friendly and warm, rather than his father's sadistic and unnerving smile.

After being reanimated and becoming a living corpse, he appears to be physically dark purple, due to his skin rotting. He also seems to have lost his nose and almost all of his bottom and front teeth. His eyeballs seem to be missing from his now dark and empty sockets. The only sign of life from them is the two small white illuminating pupils, similar to the ones the animatronics sometimes possess.

Trivia

  • When you finish each of the Custom Night challenges in Sister Location on the hardest difficulty, you will be rewarded with a series of retro-style cutscenes that show Michael and his decaying body, ending with a final scene where Michael gives a long speech addressing his father.
  • William Afton was thought to be the protagonist of Sister Location, Eggs Benedict, before it was revealed that it was Michael. Michael rotting and turning purple, and the appearance of Springtrap after Michael's speech, led some fans to be confused regarding if Mike was Purple Guy, if there were two Purple Guys, if William Afton even existed in the games, or if Mike was springtrap.
  • Michael Afton's goal in Sister Location seems to be helping his father, William Afton, to put Mike's sister back together.
  • Springtrap appearing in the wreckage of Fazbear's Fright during Michael's speech after Mike's line "I'm going to come find you," fans speculate, could be an indication that FNaF 3 is when Mike finally finds his father, as Springtrap, and some theorists believe Michael was even the one who burned it down.
  • The Survival Logbook features a page asking about recent dreams. Mike, the night guard writing/drawing in the Logbook, draws Nightmare Fredbear, heavily suggesting he is the one having the nightmares in FNaF 4's main gameplay.
    • A spirit writing in faded text in the Logbook asks "Do you have dreams?" on the same page as Michael's drawing.
  • Michael tells his father "they thought I was you," presumably in reference to the Funtime animatronics mistaking him for William.
    • Arguably, this explains why Mike is repeatedly attacked by animatronics throughout the series. If he looks exactly like his father, a serial child-killer, the angry spirits of children would want to get revenge, and/or their facial recognition systems would register him as a criminal.
      • However, it should be noted that the children still went after Jeremy Fitzgerald and Fritz Smith, who wouldn't have this same reasoning behind it.
    • This could also have been foreshadowing, as this scene sparked the debate of Michael being Springtrap within the Community itself.
  • The shadowy image used for him at the end of Sister Location resembles Rick Astley from the 1987 hit classic "Never Gonna Give You Up."
  • It's debated whether Michael Afton is the Crying Child or the Older Brother (aka Foxy Bro) from FNaF 4.
    • Fazbear Frights: Step Closer gave new evidence to both sides of the debate. The protagonist, Pete, has similarities to both FNaF 4 brothers, as he pulls pranks on his younger brother and likes Foxy, but also dies in the hospital after a tragic accident and is repeatedly scared of Foxy. Pete also shares similarities with Michael Afton, as Pete has nightmares, and chews gum, which Michael describes as a bad habit of his in the Survival Logbook, and they both die though remain alive within their dead bodies. These new details have caused more confusion over Michael's true role in the FNaF 4 family.
    • One infamous theory is that crying child was rebuilt as a robot by William, and is Michael. This is believed because of the strange phenomenon of Michael not dying after being scooped.
    • The third edition of The Freddy Files series, The Ultimate Guide, documents him Michael as the older brother referring to him as "The Older Son" and has him mentioned separately from the Crying Child multiple times. However, many fans write off information from The Ultimate Guide as unreliable due to it being a direct copy-paste from the infamously-incorrect Freddy Files: Updated Edition
    • In Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator there are rare boot screens that show the animatronics in the back alley. One of the screens has a poster of a man with three other figures that are believed to represent the Afton family. The man seems to represent William Afton, one figure is a clown, which seems to represent Elizabeth, the other is a bear, which is thought to, and could potentially, represent the Crying Child, and the third is a ventriloquist dummy who looks like an exact replica of the puppeteer, which seemingly represents Michael. The older brother is noticeably absent in the poster which has led to the assumption that the older brother is depicted as being Michael.
    • This is also seen in Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, as in the S.T.A.F.F. Bot silo, you can see a table with S.T.A.F.F. Bots representing a family of five, which seems to represent the Afton family & there, Michael is seemly depicted as the older brother. Though a handful of fans don't seem to believe these particular S.T.A.F.F. Bots represent the Afton family at all. Although, the headless S.T.A.F.F. Bot is shown as a security guard another time in the game.
  • Michael is one of two characters to tamper with animatronics, the other being Fritz Smith (If Michael is Fritz Smith).
  • It is theorized that Michael is the FNaF 3 Guard.
  • According to the Logbook, Mike has a habit of chewing gum.
  • Although many believe his shirt disappears while he's decaying, looking back at the other sprites shows that it's color actually decayed with him, and simply has the same color as his skin at the end.
  • People theorize his soul is inside Glamrock Freddy.

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