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He's not really dead. He is over here, follow me...
 
— William Afton tricking Susie into following him after her dog was hit by a car

William Afton, also known as the Purple Guy and The Employee, was the co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment, as well as the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise. He was a serial killer who targeted infants and young children, and who was directly responsible for all of the incidents and tragedies throughout the series. His role in the franchise's story is pivotal. His story is told via arcade styled minigames, in which he looms in the shadows, appearing as a purple figure.

He was a wealthy businessman and inventor who secretly built animatronics to hunt and kill young children, which went unknown by his partner, Henry Emily. His daughter, Elizabeth Afton, would be killed by one of the animatronics he built. Prior to this incident, his youngest son had unfortunately suffered the same fate. For his own selfish reasons, he becomes a serial killer, dubbed The Purple Guy.

He would dress up in a Spring Bonnie Springlock Suit to trick several young children into following him during birthday parties. Once he had them far enough from their parents, he would mutilate and murder them, before stuffing their corpses into animatronic suits. He was apparently charged sometime before 1993, and tried for the murders of these children, but was released due to lack of evidence. He can be seen during several hidden minigames, such as Savethem.

He eventually meets his end when the souls of the murdered children become so bloodthirsty for revenge that they chase him into a sealed off room. Once inside, Afton tried to scare away the children by wearing the same Springlock Suit that he used to murder the children in. Afton was unaware that the suit was long past it's use, and it was extremely damaged and risky to wear. Once inside the suit, Afton laughs at the souls of the children, believing that they will be fooled by the costume's friendly face. However, a droplet of water from the leaky roof lands on the mechanical gears of the suit, and due to the suit's age, they break loose, spinning rapidly and gradually collapsing inwards with Afton still inside. His body was crushed instantly but painfully by the force. While Afton was slowly bleeding out, the souls of his young victims fade away, leaving him to die alone in the empty room. After William is almost dead, his suffocates to death in his own blood. His corpse is then essentially 'locked' inside the suit, forever.

With their killer suffering a horrific and brutal fate, the children are presumably able to peacefully pass away, free from their torment and content with the vengeance they got. 30 years after his demise, William's soul is brought back to life, still inside the suit, now taking up the name Springtrap. He serves as the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, and the main antagonist of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.

In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Springtrap is not seen much in the first nights, but he is shown more and more in the later nights. The player must lure him away from the office by playing sounds of children laughing in different rooms. He will slumber into the rooms in hopes of murdering a child, but then continue into the office once he sees he's been tricked. His identity is kept hidden from the player, although many players noticed a rotten jaw inside of the mask, until the final minigame of the story. It is revealed that Springtrap is actually William Afton, having been killed after his body was crushed and shredded by mechanical gears. The Horror Attraction is burnt down, but Afton somehow survives, although his suit and mask undergo extreme damage. He goes through unknown changes and becomes Scraptrap.

In the finale of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, the player Michael Afton, lures Afton, Circus Baby, Funtime Freddy and The Puppet into a fake establishment. Then, Henry Emily sets the place on fire with Michael willingly inside. All of the animatronics burn, and Michael is killed in the process. Circus Baby was completely destroyed, as was the Puppet. Both of their souls supposedly move onto the afterlife. Afton and Molten Freddy survive, with Afton being reincarnated as Glitchtrap and having Vanny use the Glamrock Animatronics to go into the sinkhole to find and fix his old Scraptrap body and hide it inside a Recharge Station.

In the apparent True Ending of Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, Gregory ventures into the remains of the burnt establishment. It is revealed that Vanny had transferred Afton's mind into a partially fixed Springlock/Glamrock Hybrid suit, along with his rotting corpse, and still desperate to murder children. Gregory must activate several hidden switches that lead to incinerators that Henry had set up previously. This leads to the place catching on fire yet again, Gregory and Freddy escape, but rubble blocks off the path for Afton, and he is caught by The Blob as he tries to escape. The Blob grabs him by the neck and drags him back into the crumbling building, and it collapses onto them both. He is presumed dead.

Physical Appearance

Human

Since William Afton is the only ever seen in human form in some of the minigames, it's hard to pin down his exact appearance to the point where it’s mostly unknown. In the mini games his sprite color ranges from various tones of purple, depending on the mini game. It is worth noting that he appears purple because he is simply hiding in the shadows, not because his skin is bloated. His mouth appears to almost always be put in the form of a elongated sadistic smile. William is seen as having a cleft chin outside of the mini games. It isn't until Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that he retained a semi-consistent appearance, underutilized as it may be, though he has expressive eyes and a mouth that conveys his emotional state.

The most detail William has shown is during the Save them Death minigame, in which he is revealed to be a tall skinny man with a long neck and has glowing, white eyes, a yellow object on his chest which resembles a security badge, and holds a purple object, which is speculated to be a weapon or tool (some people thought it was a phone). it extends in his hand in a beckoning pose. He also has what appears to be bad posture, as his neck is always leaned forwards.

It is heavily implied that his true appearance is the same as his counterpart in the novels, which could mean that he used to be fat and healthy, but ultimately became sallow and thin with a poorly shaven face, messy brown hair, saggy skin, and the appearance of a middle-aged man, as well as having lifeless grey eyes.

Springtrap

A few years after the closure of the third Freddy's, William went on a rampage inside of a closed pizzeria, destroying all of the animatronics and, unbeknownst to him, freeing the souls of the children. Eventually, the souls of the children ganged up and chased him into an abandoned room. Inside of the room was a spare Springlock Suit, a Spring Bonnie suit to be exact. Because the suit was the same one he used to murder the children in, it is believed he wore it so he could try scare them away, by reminding him of what he put them through. This fails, and the souls barricade the door, blocking Afton from escaping. Due to his frantic movement, the springlocks become uneasy, and a droplet of water lands on them. They break loose, and Afton is killed via crushing.

30 years after his demise, William is reanimated as Springtrap, an amalgamation of human and robot mixed into one. Now undead and full of rage, he relentlessly hunts down anybody he can find to torture and kill.

The suit is a drab olive color, with darker colors on his stomach and the insides of his ears. A great portion of his right ear is missing, with a single red wire sticking out of the stump. Springtrap's entire body is torn and tattered, with gaping holes bearing exposed wires and caging throughout, making him appear much more macabre-looking than any of the other animatronics from any previous installments in the series. His green/brown/black nose has an irregular squarish shape due to deterioration.

While both of Springtrap's hands and feet are attached and generally intact, with his human feet presumably inside, his legs are entirely stripped from the mid-shin down, fully exposing the endoskeleton wiring and metal. Several of his finger joints from each hand are missing their suit overlays. The middle and little fingers of Springtrap's right hand are notably missing their fingertips (this is no longer the case for his model in future games). A single black button can be seen on the middle of his chest. If one looks closely at the large hole in Springtrap's chest (which is located under his button), Willam Afton's broken yet somehow still alive body can be seen. Springtrap has a wide, permanent grin, as the material surrounding his teeth has deteriorated. His jaw can be seen moving on occasions, such as during his second jump scare, on cam 15, his first rare-boot, along with Scott Cawthon's "Thank You!" image. Springtrap's endoskeleton feet appear wedge-shaped, with each sporting five toes. As of the 8th of October, 2016, images of an early Springtrap model show his visible endoskeleton torso in the shape of an upside-down triangle. It has six "ribs", which almost act like actual animal ones.

Both of Springtrap's eyes are properly set inside of his head, and appear to be pale gray in color. The eyes themselves as multiple blood-vessels can be seen in them. They also appear to be glowing, suggesting that William Afton remains alive as a result of a paranormal event. Out of his whole body, only his head, bits of flesh and blood-vessels can be spotted. This is due to Scott not seeing a purpose in adding details in places not visible to the player during normal gameplay. His head can be seen more clearly in three rare-boot images depicting Springtrap trying to tear his own mask off. However, only after passing all would it be known to the player that this is actually William Afton, as the last mini game shows him getting impaled and dying in the suit.

As seen in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted, Springtrap also walks and crawls with a limp. The arm joints also appear to be loose, though this may simply be due to the deteriorated condition of the original suit. Help Wanted also alters his general design, the suit itself being a lighter color. The biggest change between the Help Wanted model and the original is the body of William Afton. The eyes are now bright green with black pupils, looking more animatronic than human this time. While the corpse's head is a dark purple in color, the rest of the flesh on the body is a dark brown. Parts of the flesh are missing, such as the strands of flesh on the lower legs, or the flesh that goes from the torso to the pelvis. His endoskeleton is rustier, and seems slightly less detailed.

Springtrap's design in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery is a lot closer to the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 design, with some very slightly different textures from his original look. The biggest difference is William Afton's mouth, which moves alongside his jaw. Like most other Special Delivery animatronics, the more damage Springtrap takes, the more broken he is, gaining more dark burn and dirt marks over time.

Scraptrap

William Afton returned once again in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator with a new design, dubbed Scraptrap by fans; this name is made official in Security Breach as the title of an arcade machine he stars in. While he does retain some key physical details from Springtrap's design, there are some major differences. Unlike the previous design where his interior was mostly machinery, it is now almost entirely organic, and shows his human skeleton as well as flesh, with five bony fingers as his right hand. The reason as to why William Afton is much more detailed this time is probably because his full body can be seen in one of the rare-boot screens. There are more torn patches in his suit with multiple metal-wires, and he has lost his left forearm, half his left ear, and the rest of his right ear. His feet now have fabric over them, with three large, round toes on each foot. His eyes no longer glow and now look completely metallic.

The mask also has significant differences, with much larger eye sockets, a black nose, a square muzzle, a singular pair of buck teeth at the top row and small sharp needle-like teeth at the bottom. Afton's mummified head is clean of blood, now with ears, thicker lips, rigged teeth and a dimple. The texture of the skin appears to be bone, showing that his corpse has decayed to the point where his skeleton is exposed.

Glitchtrap

Glitchtrap takes on the form of a man wearing a Spring Bonnie costume - who is a grinning, bipedal, golden-yellow rabbit. He is wearing a purple star-speckled vest, a purple bow tie, and two black buttons near the top of his chest. He also has stitches stretching across his waving hand. He initially appears translucent, progressing into a less-spectral form over time.

He also possesses vivid purple eyes with small pupils, which are the first thing visible when he starts to appear to the player's right. In Blacklight Mode, his eyes will turn blue with white, circular pupils. He also has large whiskers on each side of his face, three eyelashes on both of his eyes, and large arching eyebrows.

Burntrap

Afton appears as the optional final boss in Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, named as "Burntrap" according to the game datas. Burntrap appears to be a yellowish-green Spring Bonnie suit that has been severely withered, tattered and burned, with the entire lower jaw ripped out, revealing a red skull with some burnt flesh remaining and metallic glowing purple eyes. The suit's arms legs are missing fur, with exception of his chest, hip, left foot, and upper left leg, presumably burned away revealing more of Afton's charred remains. He appears to have sharp drill-like claws, similar to the Nightmare Animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy's 4.

Personality

Although seeming very cryptic at first, William's character traits and nature can be seen via silent actions within retro-graphics and by reading between the lines throughout the games.

William Afton is the textbook definition of evil. He is the sadistic serial killer who sparked the downfall of his own company, Fazbear Entertainment, murdered almost a dozen children in cold blood, and started the tragic chain of events that leads players throughout the series. It is heavily implied that William's true motive is to gain the secret of immortality and live eternally alongside fulfilling his cruel and sadistic pleasures. Judging by his actions and appearance within the games, William is wicked, cold-blooded and methodical, clearly showing no remorse for his actions. He was even malicious enough to murder his closest friend and business partner Henry's only daughter Charlotte, an event which caused Henry immense emotional turmoil to the point where he nearly committed suicide, showing that William is more than willing to harm his friends, whether it be mentally, emotionally, or physically.

As shown in every minigame he appears in, he always smiles during his killings, and in the Pizza Party minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted, which appears to be a recreation of one of Afton's murders, William in the form of Glitchtrap can be seen dancing gleefully after murdering the victim, taunting them while they are trapped inside of a robotic suit and suffering a slow and painful death. Both of these examples show that William is extremely ruthless and sadistic and appears to take delight, satisfaction, and pride in the murder of innocent people while watching his victims suffer in agony, especially when said victims are mere children. One of William's voice lines in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator suggest that he is opportunistic and will proceed with his intentions, regardless of the risks.

Heard in the opening cutscene of Sister Location, William shows a rather calm and neutral personality. This is likely a façade to hide his true intentions and evil mindset while showing that he is a manipulator and seemingly theatrical, being able to easily put on a character to fool people. The fact that he created the Funtime Animatronics, which are very technologically advanced, shows that he has a genius level intellect, a talent for robotics, and is very proud of his creations. He is also fascinated by how they have evolved after the events of Sister Location.

His voice lines in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery indicate that he is arrogant, boastful, and overconfident in his way of thinking, and even suggests that he wants his victims to fear and respect him, as well as suffer slowly before he kills them. This is in stark contrast to his subtle, poetic, and calculated voice. His mannerisms are incredibly flamboyant and unhinged. It seems that William's hubris grew larger as he became more experienced as a killer, likely due to the fact that he was never caught or convicted for his crimes and always got away with them. This explains his behavior in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. Given his nature, William is most likely not insane, he just seemingly does not care for the difference between right and wrong, and simply chooses to be evil for no other reason than to achieve his twisted and unethical desires.

It is heavily suggested that William's greatest fear above all is death. This is shown in one of the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 mini games, where he cowers in fear while facing the vengeful ghosts of his victims, explaining why he refused to pass on after his death and became Springtrap to begin with. This fear is so immense that he has developed an unbreakable iron will to live, no matter the costs. Ultimately, this is what pushes him to survive even in the most deadly situations time and time again. He showcases his willpower by confidently stating "I always come back". This ironically shows that despite William's immense cruelty and arrogance, he is a coward when facing his own demise and retribution for his actions. William knows Hell awaits him, and he intends to stay away from it for as long as possible.

Despite his cruel nature, it is implied that he loved his daughter Elizabeth, since he warned her not to go near Circus Baby, as he programmed the animatronic to be homicidal. It is also implied that Baby was made in honor of Elizabeth. William even orders his son Michael to free Elizabeth from Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental. However, William knew Elizabeth's possession of Baby, yet paid and allowed technicians to shock her for an indefinite amount of time. Taking this into account, it's likely his connection towards Elizabeth wasn't as genuine as it seemed.

Besides that, his relationship with his son Michael is made clearer. From what we learn in Sister Location, William sent him on a dangerous mission to rescue Elizabeth from the underground facility, which ended up in Michael's gruesome death and reanimation as a rotting corpse. After learning of his survival in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, he attempts to murder the boy himself. This indicates that he hates Michael, and doesn't care about him in any way whatsoever.

His relationship with his other son seems relatively unknown, but from what is shown in the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 minigames, he is uncaring and neglectful towards him, as he never interfered with any of the bullying, even when it began to result in actual pain. Taking in all of this information, it's likely that he didn't have an emotional connection to his family, rendering him to be truly heartless.

However, in the S.T.A.F.F Bot silo in Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, there is a table filled with various S.T.A.F.F. Bots that many believe represent characters that are a part of the Afton family. This could mean that after all these years, William actually misses his family, and might have ordered Vanny to organize those bots at the table to honor or remember them in a very strange and disturbing way.

History

Five Nights at Freddy's

While William Afton is not seen in this game, he is referred to in newspaper clippings. He is described as an employee dressed as a company mascot that lured two children on the night of June 26th into a backroom. Sometime after, five children were linked to the incident, and while the suspect was charged, the bodies were never found. It is theorized that because the bodies were never found, he was eventually released from custody due to lack of evidence. This is proven in Help Wanted from one of the death screen quotes.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

William Afton is depicted as the “Purple Guy”, a mysterious purple figure in the Five Nights series. In the Take Cake to the Children mini game, he is depicted driving up to the outside of a pizzeria, and killing a child outside of the restaurant.

Finally, he lured five children into the backroom using cake and a Yellow Suit, as seen in Foxy GO GO GO, and murdered them. They go on to possess the Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and Golden Freddy suits. The Puppet would give them life in the animatronic suits to save their souls. It's unconfirmed whether William or the Puppet stuffed the children into suits.

In the second game, he is implied to have been the night guard before Jeremy Fitzgerald. After surviving a week on the night shift, William Afton complained about conditions, so he was moved to the Dayshift. He went to murder 5 more kids, as seen in SAVE THEM, who are implied to possess the Toy Animatronics.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

William Afton returns in the third game's end of night mini games, dismantling the classic animatronics one by one when they cannot enter the safe room he is hiding in. However this unleashes the spirits of his victims who chase the terrified William Afton around the Safe Room, and he put on the Spring Bonnie suit, thinking that this will protect him, believing the ghosts would not notice him. However, water from the leaky roof caused the metal gears inside the suit to slip out of place and rapidly spin inwards, crushing and stabbing Afton to death.

The sound that plays when William Afton dismantles animatronics.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

William Afton appears in a cameo in the fourth game, where he seemingly helps an employee in the Spring Bonnie costume in the back room.

Sister Location

William Afton speaking in Sister Location's intro.

While William does not appear anywhere in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, his presence is very strong. His voice can be heard during the opening intro, where he describes Circus Baby's design and purpose. At the end of the game, his son, Michael (the main protagonist of the game), speaks to him. He informs him that he found something William was looking for, and that "they" (likely the animatronics of Sister Location) had mistaken Michael for being William.

His Springtrap form also returns, but only appears briefly at the end cutscene that takes place in the burnt Fazbear's Fright (after the events of the third game) when the player beats all of the Custom Night presets, meaning that he survived the burning of the attraction. After Michael Afton finishes speaking, Springtrap will appear from the right side of the screen before the cutscene abruptly ends.

Upon observing his appearance, Springtrap appears much the same as his original design from the third game, although he seems to be missing a few animatronic parts (such as the pelvis and hip which exposes his endoskeleton pelvis and complete lack of veins and arteries), and an extra few rips and tears, making his appearance fall into further disrepair a little bit. From his half-torn right ear, the red wire appears to be cut off. His back from the lowest part of his torso is chopped off. Blood "vessel-tubes" at the front of his neck are missing as well. His pupils, however, are not glowing white, unlike from the third game, though this could just be the angle and lighting. He is most likely damaged from the fire. The rest of Springtrap's features, however, are difficult to locate clearly due to being covered partly by darkness. This burned version of Springtrap was called Dark Springtrap.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

See main article: Scraptrap

While not directly appearing, footprints that are very similar to Springtrap's can be found behind the house in Midnight Motorist's secret mini game, presumably luring away the child of the abusive father in the game.

Seen when completing the Fruity Maze mini game, standing next to Susie from the right is William Afton wearing a Spring Bonnie suit that he uses to lure children with. The girl is lured away and gets murdered by him.

Ultimate Custom Night

William was prevented from moving on to Hell and was being tormented in his mind by the vengeful spirit of Golden Freddy, the fifth victim William killed in the Missing Children Incident, a child named Cassidy.

Help Wanted - Security Breach

See main article: Glitchtrap

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 "Night Terrors - Pizza Party" 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.

While Glitchtrap himself is a virus, Springtrap himself also appears, but as a game enemy that is not possessed by William. He appears in the FNaF 3 levels (acting the same as in the original game), the Hard Mode version of the "Vent Repair - Ennard" level (where the player has to fix the vent as soon as possible before Springtrap kills them) and Pizza Party (peeking inside the FNaF 3-styled room, where the player has to leave it as soon as possible or Springtrap kills them).

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 mini game 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." This confirms that Glitchtrap is indeed William Afton in the flesh.

In Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, Glitchtrap was mentioned in the E-Mails. In the e-mails, Steven Wilson, one of the employees in Fazbear Funtime Service, stated that he got kicked off the system and is now locked out after finished scanning the last set of circuit that his co-worker Daniel Rocha gave. Dan later realized it was not a glitch but instead a virus, and informed all crews to stop the virus. In one of the unused email, after receiving an e-mail from Vanessa's fake credential, "pizzaplex", it is revealed that Vanessa used them to override security protocols and allow a data packet containing Glitchtrap into the Fazbear's systems through after it was flagged as a virus.

In Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, while residing in the remains of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, which was directly underneath the Mega Pizzaplex in a sinkhole, Vanny downloaded Glitchtrap into his old body in which he previously burned to death in and with Vannesa's help was able to repair and modify his original body, and after the transfer was completed, William regained his physical form and became Burntrap. He soon saw two intruders, Gregory and his companion Glamrock Freddy. William, somehow retaining his power from the digital realm to corrupt humans and objects, attempted to take control of Glamrock Freddy and sent the damaged Glamrock Chica, Roxanne Wolf and Montgomery Gator to kill Gregory. However, Gregory was able to reactivate the burning room trap in the old pizzeria that Henry used to kill William beforehand. William attempted to leave the building, but before he could escape, Molten Freddy, who had become a much larger and more feral animatronic amalgamation of himself, grabbed him by the neck and dragged him away into the ceiling, heading to the surface and leaving his fate unknown as of now.

FNaF World

The image of William Afton features as a playable character in the Update 2 of FNaF World, who is unlocked after beating FNaF 57. His dialogue states he is not the actual Purple Guy, rather "just a game sprite".

Biography/Speculation

William Afton was the founder of Afton Robotics, LLC and co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment.. William had three children with an unknown wife; his daughter Elizabeth Afton, his son Michael Afton, and his second son, Crying Child.

Fredbear's Family Diner: The Bite of '83

Sometime before 1983, William met a man named Henry Emily. The two men would open Fredbear's Family Diner, with William handling finance. In 1983, William killed Henry's daughter, Charlotte Emily, for unknown reasons. Not long after this incident occurred, William's youngest son gets pranked on his birthday at Fredbear's by his older brother as a result of Afton's negligent behavior. The older brother and his crew help shove his younger brother in Fredbear's operating jaw, which crushes an area of the child's head - possibly his frontal lobe or even his entire skull - killing him. Due to this incident, the diner closes down.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza 1: The Missing Children Incident

Before or after Fredbear's had shut down, the two men opened their second location together, Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, and formed a company called Fazbear Entertainment, incorporated. On the Night of June 26th, 1985, William wears the Spring Bonnie suit to lure five children (Gabriel, Jeremy, Susie, Fritz, and Cassidy) into the Safe Room to murder them. They get stuffed into the animatronics. The Puppet, now possessed by Charlie, allows them to possess the machines. As a consequence, the five children act aggressively towards adults and staff members, and outright kills nighttime security guards, hoping that they will eventually catch their killer. After a while, Customers start noticing blood and mucus coming from the robots, which results in the restaurant closing down and the company to be sold to unknown buyers.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza 2: New Victims and the Bite of '87

Fazbear Entertainment, now under new management, opens a new and improved Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in November of 1987. William gets a job at the location as a security guard and uses the Spring Bonnie suit to kill five more innocent children. The Puppet and Withered Freddy help the five new children in some way, with many believing that they're helping them possess the Toy Animatronics. Like before, the incident causes them to behave differently towards adults and staff members, eventually leading to the infamous Bite of '87, and as a consequence, the restaurant closed a few short weeks after its grand reopening.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza 3: Phone Guy's Death

Fazbear Entertainment open a third lower budget Freddy's location in 1988. In 1993, Michael Afton, William's son, under the alias of Mike Schmidt, gets a job there for free pizza. For a week, he faces off the bloodthirsty spirits haunting the animatronics. On his fourth night, his helping hand, dubbed as Phone Guy, gets murdered by Golden Freddy. This gets heard on the prerecorded phone call. Mike completes his first week on the job, but eventually ends up getting fired due to bad odor and tampering with the animatronics. The pizzeria is soon closed down and abandoned by Fazbear Entertainment as a result of bankruptcy.

The Sister Location

After the closure of the third pizzeria, William makes his own restaurant called Circus Baby's Pizza World with a new set of animatronics called the Funtime Animatronics. One in particular, Circus Baby, was seemingly made as a gift for daughter, Elizabeth. Contrary to what is stated, however, William designed these robots not with the intent of entertainment, but to capture and kill children to obtain Remnant, in which he discovered after killing the original five children back in the mid 1980s. Afton wanted to discover the secrets of Remnant to become immortal. Elizabeth was warned not to go anywhere near them. Before opening day, Afton hosted a private party at his establishment as a test. However, Elizabeth ended up getting too close to Circus Baby due to Afton's negligence, which resulted in her death and cancellation of the grand opening of the pizzeria, which was masked as a gas leak.

Afton then opened Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental, which is a service that lets customers rent out the Funtime Animatronics for private parties. He soon sold the rights of his independent company to Fazbear Entertainment. At an unknown time period, William sent his son Michael on a suicide mission into the facility to locate and "free" Elizabeth, who's spirit had possessed Baby.

William's Springlock Tomb

After sending Michael down to Circus Baby's, William Afton goes to the abandoned Freddy's restaurant to dismantle the original animatronics for an unknown reason. However, he awoke the ghosts of the five children he murdered, now able to leave their metal suits. They attacked William, filled with rage for what he did to them years ago. Fleeing from the spirits, William escaped into the safe room where Spring Bonnie had been placed for storage. He donned the suit to hide from the ghosts, apparently fooling them. In his arrogance, William stood and laughed at the ghosts while inside Spring Bonnie. However, a droplet of water from the leaking roof landed into the faulty mechanical gears, causing them to rapidly spin inwards whilst sending metal shrapnel into his chest, killing him and sealing his corpse inside the suit. Phone Guy's tapes also foreshadow this; he explains that the person wearing the costumes must not get moisture on the springlocks or make sudden movements to decrease the chance of injury. Afton broke these rules; he made sudden movements by jumping into the suit, and failed to notice the rainwater seeping into the building and onto the springlocks. On top of that, he was laughing at the spirits, thinking his plan had succeeded. This resulted in the locks becoming loose by moisture, causing his deserved slow and painful death.

The Rise of Springtrap

30 years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed its doors, Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction was being made in 2023 as a homage to The Missing Children Incident and other incidents that made Freddy Fazbear's Pizza infamous. A random crew went to the abandoned third Freddy's location, and ends up stumbling upon the withered Spring Bonnie animatronic in one of the safe rooms. They reuse it for the attraction. There, William came back as Springtrap, due to his iron will to live. He remained there for less than a week while stalking and terrorizing the attraction's night guard by causing hallucinations, until the building burnt down due to arson or faulty wiring.

The Finale Flame

Springtrap was revealed to have survived the burning, as seen from the final cutscene in Sister Location. His temporary fate after the fire was revealed in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. He left the remains of Fazbear's Fright, and goes under a change with origins unknown, becoming Scraptrap. He eventually ends up in the Back Alley outside Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, where he was salvaged and later destroyed in the burning of the pizzeria, as part of his old friend Henry's revenge and ultimate plan, while the rest of the souls were laid to rest.

He Always Comes Back

Several years later, the returning Fazbear Entertainment hires a indie game company named Silver Parasol Games to make a VR game called The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience. Scanning circuit boards, the employees unknowingly take one from Scraptrap, allowing William Afton to manifest as a digital virus known as Glitchtrap. He escapes by transferring himself into the mind of a beta tester named Vanessa, and has taken over her body and mind to continue his evil deeds.

He's shown underneath the Mega Pizzaplex, having restored the Springtrap suit to a functional state with Vanny's help. With the suit fully recharged, he starts trying to take control of Glamrock Freddy through the screens. Gregory interrupts his plans and burns him and Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place down one more time, and at the end, an amalgamation of wires and parts swoops down and drags him off to an unseen location.

Five Nights at Freddy's Novel Series

The Silver Eyes

In The Silver Eyes, William Afton was originally the co-owner of Fredbear’s Family Diner and Freddy Fazbear's Pizza alongside Charlie's father, Henry Emily. William handled the financial side while Henry handled most of the mechanical side of things. Being the mechanical geniuses that they were, the both of them created the two spring lock suits, one in which William would use in his killing sprees.

Sometime during 1983, in Fredbear’s Family Diner, Afton donned the Spring Bonnie suit and kidnapped Sammy, Charlie's twin brother, when they were both toddlers. While Afton was suspected of committing this murder, he wasn't charged; as a result, the diner ends up closing down. Freddy Fazbear's Pizza was established a few miles south of Hurricane, Utah, and once again, Afton disguises himself as Spring Bonnie, lures five children to the backroom, murders them, and hides their bodies.

One of his notable victims was Michael Brooks, who later went on to possess the Golden Freddy costume. Around the same time of Michael's murder, he killed the other 4 kids at Michael's party, Susie, Cassidy, Fritz, and another boy described as having a grey and black striped shirt, who went on the be the Missing Children. This time, Henry is also suspected of committing the murders, but, considering that the bodies were never found, he was let go. Out of grief, Henry commits suicide (letting his robot made for that specific purpose kill him). The pizzeria is closed down, and a mall was built over it.

At an unknown time period, William wore a springlock suit, but had accidentally released the springlocks. He gets stabbed by the mechanical parts by manages to escape the suit before he is mutilated. This leaves scars all over his body.

Ten years later, a memorial was held by the parents of the late Michael Brooks, and Charlie and her childhood friends return to Utah to attend it.

They meet with a security guard named Dave Miller, who later turns out to be Afton operating under a fake persona. while they were revisiting the pizzeria for the third time; they begrudgingly take him along, but Charlie notices a series of scars on the back of his neck.

William Afton goes into the backroom retrieves the Spring Bonnie suit, thus revealing that he was the killer all along. William kidnaps Carlton Burke, one of Charlie's friends, putting him in a spring lock suit.

When the group of friends notice that Carlton was missing, they report it to the police department, but action wasn't immediately taken, due to Carlton's habit of being a troublemaker. Officer Dunn goes to the pizzeria to investigate, but Officer Dunn is immediately stabbed to death by William Afton.

Carlton Burke wakes up to find himself in an old, malfunctioning springlock suit; William Afton warns him about making any sudden movements, and he takes the top half of his Spring Bonnie suit off, revealing more scars.

Charlie and her friends return to the pizzeria to search for Carlton Burke. William Afton confirms that the animatronics were being possessed by the ghosts of the children William Afton murdered, and that they were going to kill Charlie and her friends out of confusion. When told that they would also kill him, he expressed no concern, stating that as long as he had the Spring Bonnie suit on, he would be safe from the children's anger.

As the group was about to leave the pizzeria, William Afton grabs Charlie by the back of her neck, threatening to choke her to death. Remembering how the spring lock suits operated, Charlie reaches into the neck of the suit and sets off the spring locks, William panics and lunges at Charlie, but the springlocks appear to go off straight into his neck and head. He screams in shock and agony, before Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy grab him and drag him away into the darkness. He dies, and becomes Springtrap.

The Twisted Ones

In The Twisted Ones, When they return to the ruins of Freddy Fazbear's, Charlie and Jessica find Afton's rotting corpse inside of the Spring Bonnie costume, stuffed inside of a small closet by the animatronics after dragging him off a year ago. Disgusted and convinced he was dead, they leave.

Later, the wolf animatronic and Twisted Freddy surrounded Charlie, John, Jessica, and Clay Burke. Charlie asked the animatronics "What do you want from me?", and William, undead and still inside the rabbit costume, replies that he was the one who brought them there.

Refusing to be called Dave, or William Afton, he chose to be called Springtrap, due to becoming "one with his creation." He shows off his power with his Twisted animatronics, declaring that he alone can control them. Moving closer to Charlie, he started gently stroking her cheek, saying he won't hurt her friends, but he needs something from her. Charlie is revolted and Mr. Burke shoots at Springtrap with his gun, missing but nevertheless making him recoil. Springtrap forgets his promise and immediately attacks her with the disturbing agility of a man on full health.

Charlie tries to lead Twisted Bonnie and Twisted Wolf into an artificial river, but they find out that they are waterproof and Springtrap laughed at her. Clay lit Twisted Bonnie and the Wolf on fire, and Springtrap ran through the artificial caves with Charlie and Freddy chasing after him while being disoriented by all of the illusions of Balloon Boys within the cave. When Charlie found Springtrap, she attacked him, beating his head against a rock. She realized that a mushroom was stuck in the ground by a sharp spike nearby. She tore it out of the ground and concealed the sharp edge.

She looks back up to see Springtrap lunge at her. She dodges and shoves the spike into his chest. He stops and tries to fight her off as she dug it further into his chest while asking why he took Sammy instead of her, to which Springtrap replies that he took her and not Sammy. As the tunnel is collapsing, Springtrap escaped through a small hidden trapdoor with the spike still in his chest.

It is revealed that the device that allows the Twisted animatronics to alter how they are perceived, a small, coin-sized illusion disc, was created by Afton Robotics.

The Fourth Closet

At some point after his escape, William removed the outer shell of the Spring Bonnie suit and renounced the Springtrap identity. While he was able to remove most of the costume, he couldn't remove the animatronic parts lodged into his body. The damage the springlock failure at the end of The Silver Eyes did to his body combined with the procedure to get the suit off of him resulted in him being in a constant state of pain, needing to rely on a wheelchair and a crutch to move around and his daughter Elizabeth to do his dirty work.

After Elizabeth captured and tied up Jessica while she was trying to spy on them at the newly opened Circus Baby's Pizza, William decided to reveal himself, first as an illusion of Springtrap, before collapsing and showing his real face as the severely injured William Afton. Believing that Jessica has no power of what happens and that he is in the supreme position, William explains partly what he's been up to, creating the Funtime animatronics. Well aware of the supernatural attributes of the animatronics and the fact that his broken body won't last for very long, he had Elizabeth kidnap children so he could recreate the Fazbear murders in a controlled environment and figure out how possession works and unlock the secrets of immortality.

To speed up the process, William captures the original animatronics and fuses their endoskeletons together, rendering them unable to move and ready to be used for experimentation, involving melting down the endoskeletons to see if they would bring life to the Funtime. One of these experiments involved heating up and injecting a glowing liquid from the endoskeletons into his new Funtime animatronics, which animated them and gave him full control over them. Another involved Elizabeth surgically removing organs from his body and smashing them into the endoskeletons, hoping for some kind of change.

While Jessica, Carlton, and Marla were able to rescue most of the kidnapped children, one boy was captured by Funtime Foxy and brought to William. Running out of time and low on options, William injected a glowing liquid from the endoskeleton into Carlton, who stayed behind to save the boy and put an end to Afton. Unaware that the injection didn't kill Carlton and instead enabled him to talk to the souls of Afton's victims, which are revealed to be still inside the amalgamated endoskeletons, a disappointed William turned to the cornered kid. He gleefully tells the boy that even if this next experiment is another failure, at least "it will be fun; like old times".

Carlton succeeds in convincing the spirits of the children that the yellow Bonnie they thought was their friend is actually their murderer. They promptly took control of the Funtime animatronics and attacked Afton, but when he managed to fend them off and prepared to kill the boy, they used the fused endoskeleton to grab William. Unable to escape, the endoskeletons dragged him into a nearby furnace along with them, he screams as he is dragged into the burning inferno, killing him for good.

Fazbear Frights

Before the Epilogues

William Afton was one of the founders of Fazbear Entertainment, and unlike his other iterations, was well known for his murders. He committed several murders while wearing the Spring Bonnie suit, including that of Andrew and Susie as well. He was eventually caught in a horrific fire, but Andrew attached his soul to him, to anchor him to life so he could suffer.

The Man in Room 1280

In Fazbear Frights: Bunny Call, It's revealed that in alternative universe, William after surviving the fire of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, with his organs exposed, his face missing, and burn marks all over his body. Nurse Ackerman explains that he was taken off life support years ago but is somehow still alive. The nurse tells Arthur they believe the man is evil, but Arthur doesn’t agree and attempts to communicate with the man. Eventually, the man signs that he wants to go to the Fazbear Entertainment Distribution Center, and Arthur spends the rest of the story trying to get permission to take him there.

Mia, a new nurse at Heracles, overheard the other nurses. The nurses knew that there was no good inside of the man, and plan on killing him, each one of the nurses attempted to kill William, but failed to do so. Nurse Ackerman tried to pump morphine into the man, but Andrew interrupted her, and all of the vials exploded. Nurse Thomas tried to suffocate him with a pillow, but William barfed up blood and a green liquid, causing it to tear through the pillow. Nurse Colton finally tried to inject him with air to try and kill him with an air embolism, taking an extra step of surrounding herself with candles to keep Andrew out. Only for Andrew to flipped the syringe, plunging it into her throat, barely surviving thanks to her quick reflexes. During this time Blythe was able to pester the hospital enough to be granted temporary custody of the man to take him to the distribution center.

On the way to the center, William begins leaking black blood and a tar like substances. When he reached the center, he began to convolute and eventually exploded. Arthur sees footsteps emerging from the man and leading to the toys. Andrew then uses his rage with help from Elo to infect the toys, costumes, and animatronics. This includes Fetch, Ella, Foxy, Plushtrap Chaser, Ralpho, and Spring Bonnie.

After the events of The Man in Room 1280

Sometime before the events of Fetch, William remains anchored to Andrew without his knowledge for a long time, up until the point where Andrew possessed an animatronic dog named Fetch. This dog eventually ended up in the possession of Phineas Taggart, a scientist that studied human emotion and its power. One day, the broken down Fetch animatronic, Simon and an animatronic endoskeleton were used in Phineas' experiments, the three objects put together to form a being that had agony soaked in from several other miscellaneous objects from his collection. This being comes to life and kills the doctor.

Andrew awakens inside of the endoskeleton, meeting another dead child named Jake McNally, who is in control of the body they're in. Andrew reveals that he had used his anger to infect a number of items, back when he was at the Fazbear Entertainment Distribution Center. Jake decides to search around for the items and destroy them so they won't cause any harm. With a sentient endoskeleton wandering around, it was bound to be seen by people, and it was labelled as an urban legend; The Stitchwraith. William remains in hiding during their hunt, planning to reveal himself when the time is right. During this time in hiding, he was also able to channel Andrew's anger, so that any person the Stitchwraith touched felt the emotions pulsing through them to the point where they bled black and died, thus forcefully turning Andrew and the endoskeleton they were in into a killing machine.

Blackbird

In the epilogue of Blackbird, after Jake tried to pull Andrew into his memory to keep him safe from the annihilation of the Stitchwraith, William revealed himself, first as a colorful, shapeless blob, and then as the burnt skeletal man from before, but this time with two rabbit ears and a claw. Jake sacrificed himself by shutting out positive emotions and pulling him back down, freeing Andrew who vanished in a glimmer of light seen by Larson. William's spirit then fused with the huge mound of junk comprising of the Plushtrap Chaser, Ella, Fetch and Foxy. This fifteen foot tall amalgamation, called The Agony, lunged at Everette Larson.

The Cliffs

The Agony is defeated by both Detective Larson and the Marionette. It was able to do some significant damage, absorbing as much mass from the infected items as possible, newly acquiring Eleanor. The gigantic garbage kaiju chased Larson across the factory, even throwing him into a wall and stabbing him, putting his infection inside of him. But Larson, with Charlie's help, retaliated by ramming Afton with a forklift out of the factory and into the lake. The Agony stopped the oncoming force and destroyed the forklift, but it was just a diversion. The remains of the Marionette sprang towards the Agony, becoming one with the creature, only to tear it apart from the inside out. While Eleanor was able to eject herself beforehand and escape, the rest of the infected items fall apart and splash into the water. Afton, Charlie and what remains of the Agony drown in the lake.

The infection that Afton had spread was seemingly vanquished when the infected items drowned, and the piece of infection that was inserted into Larson was burned away by the severely damaged Stitchwraith (now solely possessed by Jake). However, Afton wasn't alone this time. William's soul was barely clinging onto life and he had support. Jake believes that something else was powering the Agony, and it was far worse.

Trivia

  • When he first appeared in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, it was theorized he was the Phone Guy.This is now considered False for a Number of reasons, the theory dying out when William was fleshed out more then Finally when William got an official voice in sister location that was nothing like Phone Guys voice.
  • It is strongly suggested in the games and books that William Afton is highly intelligent, as well as taking pride due to his intelligence.
  • William Afton’s true physical appearance has never been revealed. However, he might resemble the description he is given by in The Silver Eyes.
    • In the book, He is described as a thin man whose clothes seem too big on him (like his sprite in the FNaF 2 "SAVE THEM" mini game); he was once fat (like his sprite in one of the FNaF 4 mini games), but later lost weight as the years passed. He has scars on both sides of his neck and on his back from a near-death experience with a spring-lock failure, although it isn't yet confirmed if those scars are present in the games too.
    • In the Fruity Maze mini game, William can be seen luring Susie while wearing the Spring Bonnie suit. His face is partly visible through the eyeholes of the mask, where Afton is seen with fair/pale skin and blue eyes.
  • For the longest time, Michael Afton was thought to be the same entity as William Afton, but it was figured out in the Sister Location custom night's final cutscene (V. Hard Golden Freddy mode) that he was not.
  • William Afton seems to have a British accent, with his daughter and son having one too.
    • The reason for this being that the voice actor, PJ Heywood, believed that Americans associated British accents with evilness.
    • Despite this, the voice at the beginning of the Security Breach gameplay trailer that is thought to be him has much less of a British accent due to a voice actor being different. The reasoning is unknown.
  • William Afton seems to have 3 children: Michael Afton, Elizabeth Afton, and another son with an unknown name.
    • This is assuming that Michael and the other son are not the same person, which has yet to be proven.
  • William Afton first appears in the Five Nights at Freddy's 2 Mini games, the Foxy Go! Go! Go! Mini game , the Take Cake to the Children Mini game. In the SAVE THEM mini game, he looks very different, being a darker purple and thinner (most likely because that mini game happened some time later, when he wasn't fat anymore).
    • His appearance in FNaF 3 seems to be a mixture of his first two sprites.
    • His FNaF 4 cameo seems closer to the SAVE THEM sprite (when he was still fat).
  • It has been speculated that William Afton is the player in Ultimate Custom Night, with the game being set in hell.
    • This is supported by the Old Man Consequences Easter egg. Old Man Consequences says to "leave the demons to his demons," and the droning ambience, when sped up is a man screaming.
    • However, there is evidence supporting the game being a dream, due to one of the Fazbear Frights stories being about a burned Afton in a hospital who is kept alive by the spirit of Andrew, who is tormenting him in his dreams.
      • Andrew in this instance replaces Cassidy, and due to the lack of retcons, it's rather likely that this is the case.
  • His catchphrase "I always come back" originated in the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 trailer, where it says "He will come back." ”He always does.”
  • According to some unused “Faz-facts” found in the files of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Special Delivery, William was the one who created all of the animatronics. This contradicts what Henry says in the ending of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, where he refers to the original animatronics as his creations. However, this could just be Fazbear Entertainment glorifying William.
  • In the novel universe, William is seemingly suffering from an illness caused by the springlock incident many years before the events of The Silver Eyes. Having had the animatronic parts puncture his organs, it led to malnutrition, explaining his sickly appearance.
  • Before his true name was revealed, he used to be called Vincent by fans. Ironically enough, the name Vincent is now universally hated by the fan-base in recent times.
  • William is the second manager-type character to get a voice, the first being phone guy.
  • Many fans originally called William, The Pied Piper, as he led away many children, causing them to never be seen again.
  • Some people have alleged his name is actually Hurbert Afton. Why is unknown.
  • For a long time, it was believed he was a nightguard, thanks to seemingly wearing a badge in the 'You Can't' cutscene from the second game, and being an easy way he would have a job at the establishment, either Phone Guy as noted above, Mike or Jeremy. However, his cameo in the fourth game hinted at him holding more of a management role, and it was later confirmed that he was actually a businessman who helped start Fazbear Entertainment. As a possible nod to this, in the novels, he takes up a guise as a security guard 'Dave Miller".
  • His human appearance in the game universe is still unknown, however, some speculate that his game appearance is the same as his novel appearance, with the prime evidence being the sprites matching up with his descriptions in the novels (as he was described as being hefty in the past and having lost that weight and becoming skinny).
  • According to the meme, his theme song is "It's been so long" by The Living Tombstone.

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