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William Afton

Voiced by: PJ Heywood

Played by: Matthew Lillard (movie)

Otherwise known within the fandom as the Purple Guy (after his initial appearance in Five Nights at Freddy's 2), William Afton is the definitive Big Bad of the entire Five Nights at Freddy's franchise. He is an amoral Serial Killer who targets children for nebulous reasons which only become hinted at over the course of the series. While he only rarely makes a physical appearance in-game, his influence can be felt in the various death minigames that pepper the games, and he takes center-stage in the third, sixth and eighth games. The unique differences between his incarnations can be found below.

William Afton's human body died when he accidentally triggered the springlocks within the Spring Bonnie suit while wearing it to hide from the ghosts of his victims, but his spirit would go on to possess the animatronic, thus creating Springtrap. Five Nights at Freddy's 3 would see him be transported out of the safe room he lured five of his victims to after 30 years of being trapped there, but the game's ending would have the attraction go up in flames with him inside it. Still, William managed to survive that and would roam the outside world until being drawn to a new Freddy Fazbear's Pizza establishment in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, which turned out to be a death trap set by his former friend and old business partner, Henry Emily. While he might've survived the fire at Fazbear's Frights, he would die once more inside the tunnels of the restaurant that was made to lure him to his doom and end his cruelty once and for all. Despite this however, he is hinted to have returned in some form in both Help Wanted and Security Breach, but there is no concrete answer on whether he has truly returned.


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    In General 
  • Ambiguously Human: Afton somehow managed to cheat death several times despite seemingly starting out as an ordinary human. Could a regular person really evade death this often? Or is he the embodiment of some greater evil? No one knows.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • After the Custom Night update for Sister Location, a debate was sparked, as to whether he, or his son, Michael, was possessing Springtrap... although Word of God implicitly confirmed William as the one inside Springtrap in response to MatPat's "final" FNAF theory.
    • Did he really love his daughter, or was he planning on making her his successor? He is a sociopath, after all, and Pizzeria Simulator's cartoon cutscenes imply that he has problems in forming a genuine smile, so he might not actually feel anything. Baby's motive in PS doesn't exactly help his case. Not to mention that he's aware Elizabeth is possessing Baby and he lets his employees shock her.
  • And I Must Scream: A frequent victim of this.
    • The first of his deaths was slow and painful, but afterwards his soul was left trapped in Springtrap's suit, which was barred up and left to rot for three decades.
    • Implied to be what's happening in Ultimate Custom Night, with the place being either Hell or his dream, a netherworld where he is tortured for his crimes. Oh, and his physical body is immobilized thanks to Henry's fire, so even if he woke up he can't go anywhere.
  • Animal Motifs: Rabbits; his main costume is the Spring Bonnie suit, as he uses it to gain the trust of children before killing them. When he dies in Five Nights at Freddy's 3, his soul becomes bound to the Spring Bonnie springlock suit and he becomes Springtrap. In Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted, Glitchtrap is a malware incarnation of William Afton that presents itself in the form of an old-fashioned Spring Bonnie suit.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Henry and the Puppet. The former set up a trap in Pizzeria Simulator to finally kill him, and the latter is his first victim, who resurrected his other victims and it's implied she visited the Pizzeria Simulator location just to stop him.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Possibly. He sent his son to get his guts pulled out. Michael has a few questions to ask after this.
  • Ascended Extra: His role seems to become larger with each game (with exception of the fourth game and Security Breach). In the first game, he is only mentioned in newspaper clippings that you are unlikely to look at in one of the rooms. In the second game, he appears in several minigames you may end up playing after you get killed, and is alluded to in Phone Guy's phone calls. In the third game, he is the Big Bad. In the fifth game, he designed the animatronics trying to kill you — and the one animatronic who's not trying to kill you engulfed a young girl against its own will, meaning he literally designed them to kill people. In the sixth game, he is one of the two Big Bads and has influenced his daughter to follow his murderous ways. And in the VR game, he's the sole Big Bad once again, and actually wins.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • William's first death — and imprisonment inside Springtrap — was horrifying, yes, but his role in the span of things garners little sympathy.
    • The same goes for his defeat and torture in Ultimate Custom Night.
  • Ax-Crazy: From what we can tell, he seems to be very violent and sadistic. Contrary to what his actions might imply, however, his sole appearance in Sister Location depicts him as Faux Affably Evil, and he maybe deeply cared about his daughter. Maybe being the key word here.
  • Big Bad: He is the man behind the slaughter of many children, and the cause of every bad event surrounding Freddy's in some way, shape or form. Even after death, his influence lingers from beyond the grave.
  • Body Horror: He is often almost always depicted with outsides matching his insides. But of course, all of these injuries were caused by freak accidents.
  • Character Catchphrase: "I always come back", or some variation thereof, and boy is it accurate.
  • Characterization Marches On: He's gone through so many changes that he's pretty much an entirely different character nowadays.
    • Before Sister Location, he was your average security guard working at a children's restaurant, who occasionally killed some of the children in secret.note 
    • Sister Location establishes he owned his own robotics shop, and implied he designed at least some of the animatronics seen throughout the series. Since some of his animatronics had children-killing mechanisms built in, he was now a Mad Scientist as well. It's also later established he knew the man who seemingly started Fazbear's in the first place.
    • Help Wanted and Security Breach make him into a Virtual Ghost and implies he's now got some sort of special powers over both people and technology. In essence, he's pretty much a supervillain. That being said, whether this actually is the real Afton or is unclear.
    • Springtrap in his original appearance has a malicious yet relaxed expression on his mask and a fluid body language that befits William's nature as a scheming killer but is at odds with him being a zombie in horrifying pain. In Help Wanted, while Glitchtrap looks like the very definition of Stranger Danger, Springtrap instead shambles around with glowing wide-open eyes and a more pronounced Slasher Smile to make him look absolutely unhinged 100% of the time.
  • Child Hater: His victims are primarily children. While the reason behind his preference and apparent fascination in such victims isn't clear, he still qualifies by default regardless.
  • Color Motifs: Afton is a very evil person who used a very friendly costume to kill people. As such, this contrast is emphasized by Afton being tied to the color purple and the spring suits being yellow, forming a pair of direct complement, or the opposite, colors.
  • Composite Character: His Springtrap and Scraptrap forms are almost like Dr. Frankenstein and Metallo had a grandson.
  • Cool Car: The "Bring cake to children" minigame shows that he had a pretty sweet looking purple car. Purple is a pretty uncommon color for cars, and it matches his purple sprite. Worth mentioning is that he's often speculated as the father in "Midnight Motorist." If so, his car reaches a top speed of 200, which is prestigious for the time period. To put it into perspective, it's only slightly slower than the famous supercar Ferrari F40.
  • The Corrupter: It's implied he corrupted Elizabeth; doubly so to Vanny if he is Glitchtrap.
  • Deader than Dead: Afton is seemingly killed for good at the end of Pizzeria Simulator when the Cassette Man/Henry sets the fake pizzeria ablaze to destroy the remnant. Any subsequent appearances by Afton are implied to be the Mimic pretending to be him. Maybe...
  • Death is Cheap: He's been killed at least two times, first by being crushed inside a metal animatronic suit and left to rot for thirty years, only to then burn in an electrical fire. And, as Sister Location reveals, he's still alive after that. Subverted in the sixth game, where he finally meets his end and is sent to Hell.
  • Determinator: Credit must be given where it is due — the guy is an absolute monster, but he simply won't stay down. He managed to come back after dying. Twice. It takes being completely incinerated to finally destroy him for good and destroy his physical body beyond repair. Apparently not even that can keep him down — his body might be incinerated, but his soul lives on as Glitchtrap, the creepy bunny that targets you throughout Help Wanted.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His Fatal Flaw, as detailed below. In essence, while Afton does admittedly come up with some brilliant plans that do work (such as exploiting the fact that the animatronics can't enter into the safe room to ambush them from there), the moment that another variable enters the equation is the moment that spells his doom, as Afton isn't good enough at improvising another plan to pull him out of the situation the first one put him in.
  • Eternal Villain: Good old Billy has started to cross into this through sheer Implacability and Joker Immunity. The bastard has transcended life and death and keeps returning from defeat after defeat, to quote the man himself.
    William: I always come back.
  • Evil Brit: As of Sister Location and onward, his voice is known, and it clearly has a British accent.
  • Evil Former Friend: Was best friends with Cassette Man/Henry Emily and co-founded the entire Freddy’s chain with him before murdering his daughter Charlotte and kicking off his string of other child murders.
  • Evil Gloating: A big fan of this. This goes as far as the second game, where he will say "You can't" in response to the player trying to save the children if you bump into him.
  • Evil Old Folks: In a way. While his physical body has stopped aging for obvious reasons, he was old enough to own his own robotics company before he died, and is at least 30 years older than that as Springtrap, with an ambiguous time passing after that.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In Sister Location, he has a deeper voice than most other male characters in the game. Coupled with his Evil Brit accent, he sounds quite menacing. His voice sounds even deeper in the sixth game, where he is already Springtrap.
  • Expy: According to PJ Heywood, his voice was inspired by Hannibal Lecter, in that he is always unnervingly calm even when about to kill someone.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: Even after becoming Springtrap and Scraptrap, his eyes remain untouched.
  • Fatal Flaw: Throughout all of his reincarnations, the one consistent flaw he maintains is a lack of foresight. He simply does not think two steps ahead of his current goal, preferring to focus more on immediate satisfaction or panicking when things turn against him. His fear and arrogance lead to him getting crushed within the springlock suit, he forgoes just going through Fazbear's Fright's exit in favor of killing a nightguard (assuming what remains of the suit's primitive A.I. lets him leave), and he walks into the pizzeria simulator even though he knows something is fishy about it just because he can't pass up the chance to kill more people.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Wears a smile wherever he goes, and death, bare minimum as a threat, usually follows. He may appear as not-so-threatening at first glance outside of his suit, but in it, one can see his presence as the vile, deranged bag of disease for what it is. When we finally hear him speak, his voice is full of this trope too, and he rarely, if ever, talks down to others outright in the games.
  • Foil:
    • To Phone Guy. They're polar opposites in many respects. William's actions would imply he detests and despises everything Fazbear Entertainment stands for. He cunningly murders children out-of-sight in a place where they are supposed to be happy, all with a constant smug grin. He's the CEO of a robotics company, and carefully chooses his words with a menacing voice. Phone Guy's lectures, however, show he adores the animatronics and the establishment, knowing they hold a special place in children's hearts. He breaks no rules and enjoys reminding others about the rules. He's only a lowly worker and while his speech is informal, it's very cheerful. And they both die because of what they do. After death, the Phone Guy stays this way. Afton actively refuses to die.
    • He's also this to the Cassette Man, Henry. While Henry is doing what he does to release the soul of his daughter and the other troubled souls in the animatronics, William accompanies Baby/Elizabeth in trying to kill Mike and several more children. Afton is also an example of the worst of humanity (violence, jealousy, and selfishness), while Henry demonstrates the best of humanity (atonement, justice, and sacrifice).
  • For the Evulz: Implied. After all these games, we still don't know his motivations, but the novels give us a small clue... Because it's fun, his personal life sucks, and killing people is great for stress relief. This bastard still has it out for children for entertainment.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the first two games, Sister Location, and Security Breach. Maybe 4 as well.
  • Hated by All: He is despised by nearly every character in the series: the Cassette Man (or Henry) for killing his daughter and his horrific experiments; the Puppet who brought the animatronics to life as vengeance for her death; even his own son Michael Afton went after him when he tricked him into getting scooped and bodyjacked. The only one who seemed to care for him was his daughter Elizabeth, but the events of Pizzeria Simulator imply that he was grooming her into becoming a killer.
  • Hate Sink: He's far more detestable than the animatronics, being an up-to-eleven-(some say, at least)-time child murderer. He is easily the evilest character in the franchise and is responsible for the existence of most of the other antagonistic characters.
  • The Heavy: For most of the series, he's the central antagonist, and still the most profile antagonist in the franchise.
  • Hope Spot:
    • As he's being cornered by the ghosts of his past victims, he sees possible salvation: his old trusty tool of murdering, the Spring Bonnie suit! He hops inside to save himself… and only succeeds in orchestrating his own demise. Whoops.
    • After surviving the third game, he managed to stumble upon yet another pizzeria which could contain possible victims, accompanied by his equally bloodthirsty daughter. However, it was all a ruse by his "old friend" Henry/Cassette Man and Mike to end his reign and legacy of terror once and for all. Or so everyone thought, at the very least.
  • Humiliation Conga: First, his daughter died simply out of curiousity, by meeting a specific animatronic while she was completely alone — allowing it to kill her (and to add insult to injury, the animatronic was one of his own killing machines). Second, he got found out by the ghosts who he murdered and met the same fate as with his own children. Third, the restaurant he worked with turned into a scare mansion, turning his life's work into a universally-despised urban legend and a mere profit scheme. And finally, karma comes back to bite him in the form of Cassette Man/Henry, his old friend, and by extension Mike, his own son he left to die, when Henry leaves him and his daughter Elizabeth/Baby in an inescapable maze to be immolated, with Mike bringing them there in the first place. Let's just say there is no sympathy to the monster to begin with.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Though all of his forms are almost as well-known as Freddy and friends, it's easy to forget that he only first made an appearance in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, with allusions to him only existing as very well-hidden secrets in the first game.
  • Implacable Man: As noted in the Invincible Villain entry below.
  • Invincible Villain: Afton is just too integral to the series' lore to be killed off permanently and every time he's "killed", he comes back stronger than ever. Gets crushed by the springlock suit? He comes back as Springtrap. Gets burned alive in the third game? He comes back as Scraptrap. Gets burned alive again? By some some w,ord of mouth at least, Golden Freddy keeps him alive and then tortures him in his dreams or in Hell. Seems that he is now cursed to being tortured forever? Fazbear Entertainment scans Scraptrap's remains for their new VR game, letting him escape his physical body as Glitchtrap. Manage to force a hard reset when Glitchtrap tries to possess your body? It doesn't kill him; it just traps him in the game and it's implied he'll find some way out eventually, and the Halloween DLC implies that he has an accomplice ready to help him, while Security Breach reveals he not only turned Vanessa into a serial killer at least as successful as himself but used her to return his soul to the Springtrap animatronic. To quote the man himself:
    Afton: I always come back!
  • Ironic Hell:
    • His fate as Springtrap has shades of this. He's crushed to death in the Spring Bonnie suit, just as he did to his child victims. After this, his spirit is left trapped in Springtrap and left locked in a room at Freddy's for decades, leaving him trapped in his preferred method of murder and entombed in the place he'd committed his crimes at. Whether it is ironic or what he actually intended is up to speculation.
    • It's implied in Ultimate Custom Night that the game is William's personal hell, as he is tormented by the animatronics (both real and imagined) that he helped create, his various victims for all eternity, and two versions of himself, cursing the names of Henry and Michael or screaming for Mike to help him for eternity. A horrifying fate, but for him, fitting. However, it's later implied that this is actually a nightmare.
  • Jerkass: William is not a nice person, to put it lightly. Him being a Serial Killer who Would Hurt a Child is not even the start of just how big of a jerk he is. His family relationships suggest he has a Hidden Heart of Gold somewhere, but his negligence towards their well-being suggests not even his family is immune to his apathy.
  • Joker Immunity: "Dies" (emphasis on the quotation marks) three times in the series. Never stays that way.
  • Karma Houdini/Karma Houdini Warranty: Zig-zagged between the two. Faced no punishment for murdering children, and possibly framing the day shift guard in 2 (assuming the two aren't one and the same), and ultimately went completely unpunished… and then his last trek on covering his tracks ended poorly. Very poorly. His actions also caused Elizabeth, the only person he may have cared about, to die. He doesn't care about his fate, though, but Henry kills him in a fire. And then he comes back, gets Vanessa on his side, orders her to murder children, and is at his strongest since pre-Springtrap. And then in Security Breach, he's set on fire for the third time, and the Blob takes him away, although it's unknown if he died because of it or not (and even if he did, like that's gonna stop him).
  • Karmic Death:
    • In the final cutscene in FNAF 3, you play as one of the childrens' ghosts. You can find and corner William, along with the souls of the other four children. In a panic, he will jump into the Spring Bonnie suit that he wore while luring the children away. Everything seems fine and dandy for him, until… well, let's just say there's a reason it's now called Springtrap. Though, death, bloodbath as it was, turns out to be more of an inconvenience for him.
    • Dies for the second time at the hands of Henry/Cassette Man (the father of the Puppet, one of William's victims) and Mike, his own son, in Pizzeria Simulator. Cassette Man even states there's a special place in Hell for his kind of evil. Not like it lasted, or that he even died at all.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • He programmed the animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location to kill children when they're alone. Baby accidentally killing his daughter could be seen as this.
    • When cornered by his victims' ghosts, he hides inside the same Spring Bonnie costume he used to lure them to their deaths. However, his haste + the passage of time + his Evil Laugh + the moist and wet room = several broken springlocks and one dead serial killer.
    • He betrayed the trust of his friend Henry/Cassette Man and sent his own son to die in Sister Location. That more than comes to bite him in the ass when Henry orchestrates a plan that kills him for the second time. Michael, even if unaware of the plan, was also involved.
    • While it's not clear which position he had in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza besides co-founder (he was probably the day shift security guard), it's very likely that he took full advantage of the very lax policies of the management regarding injuries and disappearances, even possibly getting away with his murders and causing someone else to took the blame for them. This, however, ends up biting him back when the management decide to wall his corpse up in the safe room rather than retrieve it, effectively forcing him to languish there for decades in the guise of an undead monstrosity.
  • Lean and Mean: One of the only features that has remained constant throughout the games is that he's tall enough to outright dwarf most, if not all of the animatronics. Even after his demise, he's pretty tall.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about his earlier life; however, given how awful the childhoods of most serial killers are, it's not a stretch to assume that his earlier life was awful, and helped him develop into the sadistic maniac we see today. All we know for certain is that he was a genius engineer and businessman who owned Fazbear Entertainment alongside Henry and had a wife and three children. He also founded Afton Robotics, LLC at some point.
  • Not Quite Dead: Fazbear Frights heavily implies that he survived the Pizzeria Simulator fire and that Ultimate Custom Night is All Just a Dream.
  • Practically Joker: An enigmatic and sadistic serial killer linked to the colour purple, with a penchant for giving Slasher Smiles when killing people. If the man featured in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator is indeed Afton, he resembles Jack Napier from 1989's Batman.
  • Promoted to Playable:
    • In World as both a human (though that character's info as "Purple Guy" claims not to be Afton himnself) and Springtrap. He keeps his Badass Normal status there as the former as well. He's also an In-Universe Game-Breaker, which was why he was sent to the Halloween Update.
    • If you take the theory that Ultimate Custom Night is an Ironic Hell or torturous nightmare for Afton into account, then he becomes playable in the main game line for the first time.
  • Rasputinian Death: He is impaled and possibly crushed to death with several of his limbs ripped and torn apart, his skull is punctured on all sides, and his eyes have been popped out of the sockets from pressure. After decaying in a sealed room for anywhere from a few months to decades, he is eventually freed. Unfortunately for him, his freedom is short-lived, as the attraction ignites from faulty electrical wiring and burns down, presumably with him still inside it. And the ending of Sister Location reveals that he survived that. And then, another building (the setting of Pizzeria Simulator) burns down, this time a maze with no exit so he can't escape, to do him in. And he survived that as well. His programming chip gets used in a video game and he body snatches a woman to find his old body and bring himself back again… and he gets trapped in a burning building for a third time.
  • Resurrected Murderer: A serial child-killer who died after being crushed to death inside the Spring Bonnie suit. He comes back from the dead after his soul possesses the suit and serves as a recurring villain afterwards.
  • Sadist: He clearly enjoys killing children, judging by that sadistic smile he's seen with. His Slasher Smile stays with him in all of his forms.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: William is usually shown being a Fazbear Entertainment employee before any of his crimes happen, as he uses his ability to easily get close to children by knowing where the suits and restaurants are located to set them up. This is also why he avoids getting found out, as he pretends to be an inconspicuous employee in plain sight. These connections, however, end up doing him in during the events of Pizzeria Simulator, as Henry, the former CEO of the company, knew William would be lured into his fake restaurant, being his former ally.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: He's famously portrayed by a purple sprite, owned a purple car, and as Springtrap, the color of his Spring Bonnie suit has decayed into a sickly green.
  • Serial Killer: He's "the Purple Guy", the figure seen throughout the minigames that has killed the children at Freddy's.
  • Slasher Smile: He's only ever not smiling if he's working or being cornered by the spirits of his victims.
  • The Sociopath: Mr. Afton ticks off all the boxes: Lack of empathy; he doesn't care quite by and large who he kills, and even his friends and family are at most pawns to be used (with the possible exception of Elizabeth). Lying manipulator; his intro speech in Sister Location is really well composed, but also doesn't address the question asked of him at all. Constant need for stimulation; the only reason that seems to be given why he kills children is that he likes it and he's able to. Brilliant but also lacking foresight; while he is behind the creation of the Funtime animatronics and has in-depth knowledge on the springlock suits, he displays a severe lack of forward-thinking: he decides to climb inside the springlock suit even when the condition it's in makes it highly likely to kill him, and even as Scraptrap knows that the pizzeria isn't what it seems but can't resist the opportunity to kill more kids. Both of these examples lead to his death. He seems to be of the low functional type since he has a single-minded obsession with killing people, even after being turned into Springtrap. It gets to the point where he knows the pizzeria in the sixth game is a trap but can't resist going there anyways if it means claiming more victims.
  • The Spook: Who is he? Where did he come from? Why does he kill children? Why does he target a very specific pizzeria for his murders? Why does he come back to destroy the animatronics? Why/how does he come back as Springtrap? Sister Location adds a little more information on him: his name is William Afton, he built the Circus Baby gang (to abduct children, of course), and he had a daughter. Had being the keyword here. That said, his motives are still a mystery.
  • Suddenly Voiced: At the beginning of Sister Location, in the very same cutscene that names him, he speaks aloud, explaining some of the new features of the Funtime animatronics. He lets us hear his voice more in the following games.
  • Too Clever by Half: Demonstrates this quite frequently. While incredibly cunning and manipulative, a prodigy in mechanical engineering, and scarily competent at everything he does, overconfidence and being considerably lacking in foresight is his downfall many times throughout the series. Easily the two most apparent instances of this in the series proper would be hiding in a Springlock suit while literally surrounded by moisture that could (and does) loosen the locks, and investigating the pizzeria from the sixth game even when he knew something was up. Also, the fact that he primarily uses his prodigious skill as a mechanic as a means to murder people instead of literally anything else, although it's ambiguously suggested he has a Freudian Excuse (specifically, Abusive Parents) and/or a mental disorder to explain why he acts this way.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
  • Villain Ball:
    • Averted for most of the saga; William covers his tracks quite well. The only reason he gets caught is because he goes back to the pizzeria after it shut down, to destroy the bots for some reason. Then he's confronted by the ghosts of the children he killed. In a moment of panic, he jumps into the Spring Bonnie suit — but notices his surroundings. There is water from rain leaking through the roof, to the point, there are even large puddles on the floor… which he ran through several times while running from the pursuing ghosts around the room. This man knew full well the risk of moisture on the spring locks but went for it anyway. Snap. It's a miracle the locks held out long enough for him to laugh at his assumed victory. Even then, if he hadn't laughed at the children, he might have lived.
    • Played straight in Pizzeria Simulator. Unlike Molten Freddy, Scrap Baby, and Lefty, he knows full well that the pizzeria is a ruse, but plays along anyway, because he regards it as "interesting". It doesn't end well for him…
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • When finally cornered by the ghosts of the children, he FLIPS OUT with fear.
    • The face that Scraptrap makes in Pizzeria Simulator when being cooked alive says it all.
  • Villain Decay: For all that he's a terrifying, evil monster, if you look at his track record since becoming a cybernetic zombie/murderous AI, you'll find that William "The Purple Guy" Afton hasn't killed a single damn thing himself. He tried to kill the night guard in 3 and may have gotten dangerously close, but failed, he tried to kill Michael in PS but failed, and he, less physically able but sending attack commands to the machines, tried to get Gregory killed in SB but failed.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost everything about Afton is a major spoiler in some way.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A lot of his victims were kids.

Main series

    William Afton 

William Afton / "Purple Guy"

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"I always come back!"

Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Five Nights at Freddy's 4, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Locationnote , Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

"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."
Henry Emily / The Cassette Man
William Afton is the old business partner of Henry Emily, helping him in opening up both Fredbear's Family Diner and Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, while also owning his own company, Afton Robotics. For reasons currently unknown, Afton was a Serial Killer targeting children, and if not for him, the events of the franchise couldn't have possibly happened. Through ups and downs, one thing remains certain: He will come back.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • While how much he cared about his daughter is unknown, he clearly despises Michael, as he seemingly sent him on a suicide mission as either a test of loyalty or as a long drawn out execution.
    • It's also possible that he was on the receiving end of this, growing up with a physically abusive and alcoholic father. If you buy the theory that the Orange Man from Pizzeria Simulator is his father, of course.
  • Accidental Murder: While his other child murders are very intentional, his daughter's death at the hands of Circus Baby was a complete accident. Maybe.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • In the fourth game, we see him putting someone in a suit. Whether this was him framing someone or helping someone while doing his day job is unknown. Knowing just who Afton is, it's probably the former... someone was arrested, after all, and it wasn't him.
    • He's heavily implied to be the father of the Child from 4.
  • Badass Normal: Seemingly normal, at any rate. As much of a monster he was, he still single-handedly snuck around and dismantled all of the original animatronics while they were actively hunting for him. Unfortunately for him, this ended up biting him in the ass by releasing the children's spirits, thus allowing them to kill him and move on. This gets even better in World, where he's a playable character — and a pretty good one at that.
  • Blank White Eyes: Many of the minigames have him with distinct white irises. It's downplayed (and overlaps with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath) when he's seen inside Springtrap, as he still has black pupils.
  • Brain Uploading: If he is Glitchtrap in Help Wanted, then the circuit boards uploaded into the VR game somehow contained pieces of William's soul, allowing him to manifest as a version of Spring Bonnie.
  • Bring It: In the second game's "SAVETHEM" minigame. The shape is deliberately vague, but either Purple Guy is holding some sort of weapon as he pounces on Freddy, or holding his palm out in a beckoning gesture (see the image in this folder above). Either one fits a predator who leads children astray. After the third game's reveal of the springlock suits, it's also possible that he's holding the hand-crank used to switch the suit into "costume mode". This is made more likely by the knowledge that the springlock suits were part of Purple Guy's M.O.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: CEO of a robotics company by day, and a serial child killer by night.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: After being confronted by the ghosts of his victims, he desperately puts his Spring Bonnie suit on in an attempt to scare off and/or armor himself against the ghosts. However, the suit's spring locks activate and he's slowly crushed and impaled by the faulty spring locks. According to the novels, it took 5 minutes to kill him. Afton says so in The Silver Eyes.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Downplayed, since the animatronics he creates are at least superficially part of an (loosely) honest business, but the fact still stands that the end goal that he puts his practically revolutionary skill in mechanics towards is killing children, usually ruining the credibility of the business said skillset goes towards in the process.
  • Cutscene Boss: After terrorizing players for five nights as Springtrap and in numerous minigames as the 8-bit Purple Guy, the final minigame sees him driven back into his costume room by the ghosts of children he killed and stuffed into animal suits. With nowhere to run, he jumps into the Springtrap suit... which immediately breaks the spring locks due to the moisture from the rainwater in the dilapidated room, making him die gruesomely as the ghosts look on.
  • Dead All Along: By the events of the third game, William's corpse has been rotting inside Springtrap for a long time. His spirit still haunts it, though, and it seems like he only kicked the bucket after the first game was over.
  • Death by Irony: In a number of ways:
    • William killed children and destroyed animatronics while disguising himself with one of the animatronics' suits — he was also killed by one of those suits.
    • William disguised himself with the Spring Bonnie suit and used it to kill six children without setting off the springlocks that kept the endoskeleton in the suit from skewering him. Then in a fit of panic, while being cornered by the ghosts of the first five children he murdered, he hides in said springlock suit. The same suit that goes off with just the slightest bit of breath and moisture. In a dilapidated room filled with rain and rainwater.
    • Throughout the minigames of the third night, he uses a room hidden from the animatronics to keep himself safe. He ends up dying in that room, and spends the next couple decades in it.
    • The ghosts of the children tried to kill adults by stuffing them into dangerous suits. He killed himself by hiding in one of those suits in an attempt to escape the ghosts.
    • Sister Location amps this up a bit; it is implied that his daughter also suffers a nasty one, as she is killed by her father's child-murdering animatronics that he had so desperately tried to keep her away from.
      • The very same game also implies Afton knew about the ghosts haunting the animatronics, which indicates his shock that they manifested even after their dismantlement shows he knew far less about the supernatural than he thought.
  • Demoted to Extra: Appears briefly in the fourth game, simply doing his day job as a security guard. Justified, as he has no role in torturing the child and whoever we play as in the nights... but he is heavily implied to be their father.
  • Dying Alone: William's eventual fate as revealed in the pixelated ending movie of 3. The revenant children scare him into donning the defective Spring Bonnie suit, the locks fail when he mocks the ghosts from inside a wet room and a possibly wet suit, and he is mangled from the inside out — still twitching even as the children fade away. No one is there to witness his final, agonizing moments. Subverted in Pizzeria Simulator, where he dies accompanied by his daughter, his son, his old business partner, one of the children he murdered, and Molten Freddy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Sister Location, it is revealed that William had a daughter who was killed by Baby. He warned her not to get close to Baby, possibly because he knew she was an unassuming murder weapon. He sent Michael down to the location to save Elizabeth after her death and there are some implications he made Baby as an expression for his affection for his daughter. As mentioned in the Ambiguous Situation trope a folder above, it's still rather questionable how genuine it is.
  • Evil Genius: As of Sister Location's intro, he's smart enough to build high-tech intelligent robots that can dispense ice cream, inflate balloons, and grab children inside them and kill them. Heck, this is just building upon FNAF 2, which heavily implies that he tampered with the animatronics' facial recognition.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Relative to the other characters — especially his cameo in 4, where we see him next to another adult — his sprites indicate someone tall.note 
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: In the 8-bit minigames his appearance is only seen in purple, hence his nickname Purple Guy. A dark colour, but only enough to distinguish him from the mostly dark background. The only thing to glow are his white eyes.
  • Evil Laugh: The only instance in which William shows any emotion other than menace occurs in his appearance in 3, when he cowers in terror from the ghosts of his victims. Once he dives inside the Springtrap suit, he has the temerity to laugh at them… which, alongside the moisture within the room filled with rain, only aggravates the weakened support locks, causing the suit to crush him.
  • Evil Mentor: The actions of his human self unintentionally makes him this for the Mimic, who copies his behavior as a Serial Killer and continues his legacy.
  • Fatal Flaw: Obsession. Despite everything he's capable of (such as inventing a variety of revolutionary animatronics, being a legitimately successful businessman, and even finding ways to cheat death in almost every appearance), the only thing Afton ever does with these talents is try and kill children.
  • Freudian Excuse:
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He was one for a long time, as he was largely The Ghost, and even when he did appear, he didn't speak or show any significant characterization. Sister Location and Pizzeria Simulator finally avert this by having him speak and delving into who he is.
  • Genius Bruiser: Smart enough to build animatronics that count how many children are in the room and capture them if alone, and strong enough to overpower and disable the animatronics, though he had the element of surprise.
  • The Ghost: Throughout the franchise, his appearance has always been left a mystery.
    • He's first mentioned in a randomly-appearing newspaper headline from the first game, which doesn't give any details about him besides his gender and the fact that he murdered children.
    • The second game identifies him as a vaguely-defined purple 8-bit sprite, which doesn't tell body features or clothing, unlike the animatronics.
    • The third game does show him as a rotting corpse inside Springtrap, which is barely visible in the costume and doesn't indicate what he would've looked like in the living flesh.
    • We might see his real appearance (albeit stylized as a 50s-esque cartoon) in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator's cutscenes, where he wears a purple business suit, is constantly smiling, has a cleft chin just like Springtrap's, and even wears what looks like a night guard's uniform in one picture.
  • Hidden Depths: For a brutal and sadistic Serial Killer, he appears to be one heck of a technician, if Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location is of any indication.note  He's also not completely heartless, since it's revealed he had a daughter that he loved enough to try and keep safe from his murderous creations. He failed.note 
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ultimately killed himself attempting to hide in the Spring Bonnie springlock suit, stuffing himself into one of the suits like he had done to the children he was hiding from. He apparently built Baby and possibly the other Sister Location animatronics with a feature that would make them horrifically murder children provided that no one else is looking. To our knowledge, the only kid ever killed by this was his own daughter, whom he specifically warned to stay away from Baby.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Among all the animatronics and the supernatural occurrences, this monster, a human, is the cause of everything.
  • Karmic Transformation: More like a Karmic Reincarnation, actually. He ended up condemned to the same fate his victims were left in: becoming the very animatronic that he was crushed and/or stabbed to death in.
  • Killer Cop: He was with the company since Fredbear and Spring Bonnie were in operation, and was definitely, and apparently, the day shift security guard at Freddy's during Jeremy's week. From what Phone Guy tells Jeremy his first night, he was the nightguard before him, but got saved by being moved to the day shift after complaining to management about the Animatronics' killer nature.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: The most likely candidate for the Child's father in the fourth game. At the very least, the fifth game indicates he was watching him.
  • Mad Scientist: He held full responsibility for the creation of the respective animatronics and how he got hired to the Pizzeria to receive his funding for it. Not to mention the camera system in the Private Room, which shows footage of the fourth game's bedroom and Plushtrap area, implying that he watches children in these rooms, observing from the Private Room, which is most likely his office. Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator definitively establishes him as one, as the Scooper's blueprint reveals a reservoir for a substance known as "remnant", which is implied to be what allows a soul to remain after death.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is directly behind the entire situation with the animatronics, as they are haunted by his victims, and he ultimately died and wound up haunting the Springtrap suit, lasting longer than any of the others. He also might be the Child's father from 4, is confirmed to be the father of "Eggs Benedict" from Sister Location and is the creator of the animatronics from the same game.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • William is somewhat presented in this light in Sister Location, in that he favored having his creations murder for him, and that it's implied that he used Michael as a scapegoat to go to the underground facility the game takes place in.
    • As shown in the Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator Fruity Maze minigame, this is part of his MO as a serial killer— gaining the trust of children so they would follow him, allowing him to kill them without alerting anyone. It's implied that he's been observing the little girl who frequents at the pizzeria's arcade, exploiting the child's emotional vulnerability over the tragic death of her dog by telling her that her dog's not dead and he can show her where her dog is if she follows him...
    • When looking at the circumstances for Elizabeth's villainy in Sister Location and Pizzeria Simulator, one interpretation is that William wanted Elizabeth to continue his legacy by orchestrating more tragedies in the Fazbear Entertainment chain. This opens up the possibility that he may have used reverse psychology to tempt Elizabeth to go to Baby, in order to immortalize her by trapping her soul in the animatronic.
    • Even when he is not physically present Afton is able to manipulate others, as seen in the short story Dittophobia, where his pre-recorded message is able to convince Rory to return to his existence in a false reality.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: One interpretation of him, if he's somehow still alive or in full haunting control of Springtrap, considering the number of years that passed since his demise.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: By destroying the animatronics, he ended up releasing the spirits of the children he killed, which eventually led to his own death.
  • No Name Given: In the first four games, all we know about him is that he's male and was at one point employed at the restaurant. He was later given the name "William Afton" in The Silver Eyes, however, which carried over into the main games with Sister Location; Pizzeria Simulator even calls him such in the credits instead of Springtrap.
  • Not Me This Time: He has no (direct) connection to the events of the fourth game. He only makes a minor cameo. Similarly, he has nothing to do with the Funtime animatronics' psychotic tendencies; though he did design them, and designed them to kill children at that (and lost his daughter because of it), it's left ambiguous as to whether he had any clue that they were sapient.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Explodes in a fountain of pixellated blood once the suit caves in on him. Of course, given the actual amount of damage the suit did to him, the size of the pool of blood under him is quite realistic for someone killed while surging on adrenaline.
  • Parental Neglect: Is heavily implied to be the neglectful father to the Crying Child, leaving him to his bullying brother. His cameo makes this worse, where he seems to ignore his distressed son while at work.
  • Purple Is Powerful: His minigame sprites are completely purple save for his eyes, mouth, and occasionally a badge. In the minigames, he's untouchable to the animatronics and is capable of effortlessly dismantling them.
  • Rage Within the Machine: While an employee and co-founder of the Fazbear restaurant chain, he maintains a pathological hatred towards the establishment. This ends up getting him killed when he returns to the last restaurant, which had been closed for some time, specifically to dismantle the animatronics.
  • Returning to the Scene: He returns to the FNAF 1 location to destroy the animatronics and therefore rid himself of any remaining evidence. This actually led to his death.
  • Robot Master: Sister Location's intro reveals that the animatronics of Circus Baby's Pizza World were built by Mr. Afton. Dialogue from Baby and information gleamed from unlockable blueprints heavily implies that they were built to assist him in his killings, with (among other things) Funtime Freddy's blueprints including, "Voice Mimic/Luring".
  • Self-Disposing Villain: He was never caught by the police (or, if he was, he managed to escape), and if he hadn't come back to destroy the animatronics, then he would most likely have gotten off scot-free for his crimes.
  • Slasher Smile. In all minigames, except the minigame after fifth night in Five Nights at Freddy's 3.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Played with. Whilst the stuff that happens during gameplay and the story are as a result of his actions, apart from killing the children, he has nothing to do with the Bite of '87 and didn't have any clue about the haunted animatronics... until the third game, possibly. Although, considering what's shown in SL, it's possible that the children's possessing the animatronics was intended after all.
  • Villain Protagonist: Easter eggs and books suggest that Ultimate Custom Night is his torturous nightmare after Pizzeria Simulator.
  • Villains Out Shopping: His appearance in the fourth game show him putting someone in a suit... but seeing how there's another person wearing a Fredbear suit nearby, it's completely possible that William is simply helping out a fellow employee.
  • Wicked Toymaker: Designed deadly animatronics meant to help him in his murders, and to lure kids into his restaurant.

    Springtrap 

Springtrap

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Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Locationnote , Ultimate Custom Night, Five Nights At Freddys VR Help Wanted, Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery

"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
Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed its doors for good, a place called "Fazbear's Fright" was built, a horror attraction meant for patrons to relive the horrors of the cursed pizzeria. However, the attraction now has one new animatronic… this guy. Springtrap is a failed attempt to create a multi-purpose suit with animatronic parts that could lock away with springs, so it could be worn as a costume by employees. Unfortunately, the spring locks didn't hold well, and so the suit was left to rot...
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wore a purple bowtie and buttons as Spring Bonnie, but lost them due to wear and tear over the years. A single button is still visible on his chest, however.
  • And I Must Scream: The rare screens show the suit is causing pain to Afton and he's trying to take the mask off because it hurts that much. You can even hear him moaning and grunting when he's roaming the halls! When he shows up wearing a different Spring Bonnie suit in FFPS, one that he apparently feels more comfortable around given how calmer he is, you can't blame him.
  • Artificial Zombie: Springtrap is the pseudo-reanimated corpse of William Afton wearing the suit, with his spirit trapped in the suit. This is a major contrast to the other animatronics, which, despite the hints that they're stuffed with corpses, have their usual endoskeletons with no hint of human material inside.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The "costume mode" lenses over his eyes give his sclera a dim, blackened appearance, contrasted by the sickly green-yellow glow of his irises.
  • Body Horror:
    • He looks like a rotting zombie, so this goes without saying. Turns out this is because he is a zombie, as Afton's corpse is inside him.
    • Being burnt to ruins in Pizzeria Simulator only made this worse, as is revealed when we get a clear view of Springtrap during the true end of Security Breach: The Spring Bonnie suit is now missing much of its exterior, and it's hard to distinguish where the endoskeleton ends and the remains of William Afton begin.
  • Came Back Wrong: William's body following his death is now zombified and rotting in a torn-up Spring Bonnie suit. Not that it hinders him.
  • The Cameo: Appears for a split second at the end of the last cutscene in Sister Location, showing that he survived the burning of Fazbear's Fright.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Phone Guy's recorded messages talk extensively about the safety precautions required to safely operate springlock suits, and what will happen when these precautions are not followed. Come Night 5's end-of-night minigame...
  • Clingy Costume: It's a bit hard to take off this suit when your innards have basically been Iron Maiden'ed to the inside of it. Oh, and just so you know, Afton is in complete agony when wearing this suit and the rare screens show he wants to take it off.
  • Composite Character: Is on the game's icon like Freddy,note  makes poses similar to both Withered Bonnie and Toy Bonnie (both of whom he resembles, being a decayed Bonnie animatronic), is referred to with a menacing nickname like Mangle, is in a state of disrepair like Foxy (complete with exposed shins), is distracted by noise like the Puppet, and is (or more accurately, was) colored gold like Golden Freddy. Finally, like all the others, he serves as the can for a dead person.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: If the ventilation fails and your vision starts to fade, you'll hallucinate several Springtraps on the cameras. Hope you remembered where the real one was!
  • Dramatic Unmask:
    • Upon starting the game, it's possible to find a picture of Springtrap ripping his head open to reveal William Afton's mummified skull.
    • Inverted in the end minigame. William, having been cornered by the spirits of the children, stuffs himself into the one and only suit he can find to hide in: the Spring Bonnie suit.
  • Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Springtrap is an animatronic that can be dismantled and held back with spring locks so it can be worn as a costume. The animatronic can be "rebuilt" and still work fine.
  • Evil Is Visceral: The innards of this model are rusted-out and decrepit, making it hard to discern the sinewy flesh from the suit's workings.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets an exhilarated cackle loose in Special Delivery if he successfully catches you.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy and Deep: Although the raspy part is from the damage to his vocal cords.
  • Facial Horror:
    • The randomized loading screens reveals some of the damage done to William's head when this bear trap of a costume clamped shut on him. Hooks were driven into his cheeks, giant grapefruit-size eyes exploded from his sockets (or were smashed into them), and a neck attachment shot up his larynx and through the roof of his mouth, spearing it open.
    • Security Breach reveals that the Springtrap suit lost both its eyes and jaw in the incinerator at the end of Pizzeria Simulator. The top half of the head is being held on by the aforementioned hooks, the lower part of Afton's mummified head is exposed, and his eyesockets are clearly empty, barring twin purple sparks glowing in the depths of the empty socket.
  • Failsafe Failure: When the failsafes on the rabbit costume... well, failed robot endoskeleton parts pierced and crushed his body, as shown by the reservoir of blood around him. And yet, according to the minigame, this did not kill as quickly as one would hope.
  • Flawed Prototype: Spring Bonnie was one of two suits designed as an animatronic-suit hybrid. One can use a hand-crank on the animatronic to recoil and compress the animatronic parts into the sides of the suit, with a spring lock holding the animatronic parts in place. This allows an entertainer/performer to climb into the suit and wear it. The parts must be tightly compressed and the spring locks secured, or else the animatronic parts will break loose, leading to death/grotesque maiming of the person wearing it.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Unlike all of the other animatronics, averted, since the suit was meant to be worn by a human.
  • Ghostly Gape: Though obscured by the teeth of the suit, opening up Springtrap's head reveals that Afton's mouth is permanently speared open by the animatronic parts.
  • Glasgow Grin: His chaps are torn up, making his big teeth even more apparent.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Notably, he is the first animatronic in the series to have these without first taking out his regular eyes, which can't be good news for that poor security guard. Come Security Breach, and the glow in his eyes is now purple.
  • Green and Mean: Is a rotten yellow-green due to decades of neglect, and is very, very mean.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: A zombie-looking animatronic rabbit possessed by the franchise's overarching antagonist. Need we say more?
  • Haunted Technology: He's a Fazbear Entertainment animatronic, what did you expect? Though, unlike the first two generations, he's actually haunted by the soul of an adult.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Springtrap is arguably the most iconic suit design in the series after Freddy, and only appeared three games in.
  • Icy Grey Eyes: As opposed to the original Bonnie's Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • It Can Think: Springtrap's movements while active are disturbingly fluid and human-like, in contrast to the jerky shambling of the previous animatronics. He also takes every path he can to get into your office, while the older generations only used preset routes. Sister Location's final cutscene implies it, and Pizzeria Simulator confirms it. And how can it do this? Because it has the soul of a child-murdering psychopath bound to it.
  • Kill It with Fire: Zig-zagged, HARD. At the end of 3, Fazbear's Fright burns to the ground, but Springtrap managed to escape at least moderately unscathed. Then in Pizzeria Simulator, someonenote  lured him, Lefty, Baby, and Molten Freddy into an inescapable maze and set it on fire, and, well... can't get lucky twice, as they say. Except he did... Only for him to get burned down again in one of the endings of Security Breach. But then again, he was never seen dying in that ending, and who knows what the gigantic "Blob" that "killed" him really has in mind.
  • Last of His Kind: Because he's stored inside a room that nobody bothered to open, Springtrap is the only real Fazbear animatronic left intact when Fazbear's Fright opened 30 years after the chain closed, the others having been disassembled as props. He is also the last of the classic "animatronic-suit" hybrids designed to retract their endoskeleton and let an actual person wear them. There was a reason for that. Eventually subverted, however, given the identity of Lefty.
  • Meaningful Name: The reason he is called Springtrap? According to the final minigame, getting stuffed into the suit was a trap sprung on William Afton with springs trapping him inside.
  • Monster Clown: His clown skin from Special Delivery.
  • Mummy: An… odd example. From what the images of William's corpse show, it was somehow mummified after being locked into the suit.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Spring Bonnie is a walking "fuck you" to safety — his suit was designed to be both a functional animatronic and a suit worn by humans. However, the method of shifting the animatronic parts out of the way was… not very safe (simply breathing could loosen a lock and kill/injure the user), and it was hastily retired after multiple spring failures. William found this out the hard way.
  • Not Quite Dead: Sister Location's Golden Freddy cutscene shows that Springtrap is still moving, and the soul inside him is still alive games later. And then Springtrap comes back again in the true ending of Security Breach, if only briefly before he's dragged back into the incinerator by Molten Freddy.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Unlike the animatronics in the previous two games, it's never been explicitly stated what Springtrap will do to you if he catches you.
  • Obviously Evil: Up to the reveal in Night 5, it's rather clear that, whoever this animatronic is possessed by, they're only killing you for the thrill of catching another victim than for a more misguided reason like The Missing Children in the first game. Then the mini-game at the end reveals it's, of course, William Afton.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: As per usual for the animatronics, Springtrap moves and attacks when not being watched, taking advantage of when the cameras briefly become defective. It is, however, more understandable to have him in your face when you were repeatedly blacking out from a faulty ventilation system. Also, the control monitors aren't large enough to cover the whole screen, so you'll catch glimpses of Springtrap moving towards the door and then the inside of the office before he forces either monitor down to growl at you.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Springtrap" is just a nickname that is never used in the marketing of Fazbear Entertainment. His real name is "Spring Bonnie". And his real name is William Afton.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Springtrap is a wearable animatronic that contains the corpse of William Afton/Purple Guy. Even after Afton's death, Springtrap carries out his murderous intentions.
  • Predecessor Villain: Spring Bonnie was once the co-star of Fazbear Entertainment alongside Fredbear back when all they had of a chain was Fredbear's Family Diner. They were quickly overtaken in popularity by Freddy and Bonnie.
  • Rage Helm: The foam around the helmet has withered to resemble an evil grimace, when the human inside's actual expression is one of abject agony.
  • Red Right Hand: One of his most notable features is the missing half of his right ear.
  • The Reveal:
    • The fifth night's recording from Phone Guy heavily implies that it was Spring Bonnie, and not Golden Freddy as was previously thought, whom Afton wore as a suit to lure away and murder the Missing Children, thus adding another layer of irony to the final minigame. Speaking of said final minigame, Afton's corpse is revealed to be inside the Springtrap suit.
    • Sister Location gives us an even bigger shocker. The final Custom Night minigame reveals that Springtrap is still alive.
    • And he turns up alive in the true ending of Security Breach, revived in a Pizzaplex recharging station that had been placed in the ruins of the same incinerator he'd been burned to ruins in at the end of Pizzeria Simulator.
  • Robotic Psychopath: He's William Afton after getting trapped inside the Springbonnie suit and left to die, causing him to possess the suit and use it to keep up his general routine of killing any living thing he comes across.
  • Schmuck Bait: When multiple and simultaneous spring lock failures occurred at one of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza's sister establishments, the springlock suits were decommissioned. When William Afton tried to hide inside Spring Bonnie one last time...
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Fazbear's Fright crew found him inside a room in the first game's location (one that was not included on the maps programmed into the animatronics, nor visible to the security guard), and brought him over to Fazbear's Fright as one of the attractions. Though the Spring Bonnie animatronic is unable to contain the murderer inside.
  • SkeleBot 9000: Much of this animatronic's foam covering is gone, and his metal feet are completely bare. His fixed rictus and missing eyelids evoke a skull.
  • Stealth Expert:
    • Unlike the other animatronics, which usually appeared front and center on the camera feeds, Springtrap usually stays in the corners of rooms, making it difficult to notice him on the camera feeds.
    • In Ultimate Custom Night, he tries to enter from the vents but can't be heard in them at all, and only showing a small area of his face when he reaches the mouth of the vent before attacking.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Springtrap has pale golden eyes due to decaying for three decades, and he's an undead walking corpse of the franchise's Big Bad stuck inside of a rotting springlock rabbit suit.
  • Undead Abomination: He is essentially a zombified cyborg. But only does he retain his homicidal tendencies, but he now is strong enough to kill his victims without the use of any type of weapon.
  • Undercrank: Had this in the trailers something fierce. The ending implied that these twitches were actually William Afton's death throes as the Spring Bonnie suit sliced and diced him.
  • Was Once a Man: A very evil man, at that.
  • You Are Already Dead: The moment you see him sprint past your peripheral vision while you're bringing up the monitor or maintenance panel, pray that the clock is close enough to tick to 6 AM. Or don't pray at all, since he has the tendency to attack you the moment you lower the monitor or the ventilation goes down. Same goes if you see him disappear from Vent CAM 14 or 15 (which lead straight to the Office) after you seal them, since that means he's already in your Office, hidden from your view.note 
    You may not recognize me at first, but I assure you, it's still me.
  • Zombie Gait: Revealed courtesy of Help Wanted. His movement, as opposed to the slow deliberate walk of the other animatronics, is more of a heavy-limbed shamble fitting his corpse-like appearance.

    Scraptrap 

Afton / Scraptrap

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Appearances: Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, Ultimate Custom Night

"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 Emily / The Cassette Man
After the fire at Fazbear's Fright completely demolished the location, Springtrap managed to escape and was set loose, but was also damaged and forced to partially reconstruct his suit. When he receives a call from a strange someone about a new pizzeria, Afton instantly recognizes it as a trap. However, his cockiness, sadism and temporary grabbing of the Villain Ball lead him to go there anyway.
  • Adaptation Name Change: He's titled "Afton" instead of "Scraptrap" in Ultimate Custom Night, likely to help distinguish him from Springtrap.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Does this to the rest of the animatronics. Which makes sense, since he helped make them like this.
    "Fascinating, what they have become..."
  • All There in the Script: The end credits don't even try to hide that he is William Afton. And who may blame them?
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his left arm after the Fazbear Fright fire and appears to have sharpened a remaining bone into a weapon.
  • Becoming the Mask: In 3, the rare boot-up screens depict Afton trying to escape the Springtrap suit by attempting to pull off his mask. Here however, it seems that he fully embraces his presence as an animatronic character by (at least depending on your interpretation of how he changed his appearance.) putting on a new suit after the old one was presumably destroyed by the fire.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Pizzeria Simulator, alongside his daughter. Scrap Baby seemingly does everything to make him proud, but she was the one that was teased the most and has the last words before the Cassette Man intervienes.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Downplayed. Security Breach largely ignores this design, and instead bases "Burntrap" almost entirely on the original look for Springtrap, to the point where the mascot head has reverted back to the FNAF 3 design and the missing arm has returned. While the reason for this is unknown, the fact that Scraptrap's design was almost universally disliked among fans probably had something to do with it. In-universe, the arm could at least be explained as being a replacement seeing as he has parts from a more-advanced Glamrock endoskeleton.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The end credits refer to him as William Afton, and not Springtrap. This particular appearance of him is also officially copyrighted under the same name. This is most likely to help quash the theory that it was William's son Michael in the Springtrap suit, and not William himself, as well as to differentiate him from 3-era Springtrap in Ultimate Custom Night. Subverted in Ultimate Custom Night itself, where he is given the moniker "Scraptrap" alongside William Afton.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: He knows that the pizzeria is a lie, but still can't resist going to it regardless. The Cassette Man was banking on this to lure him into his death trap.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: He knows there's something more to the Cassette Man's instructions to salvage him for parts, but decides to play along. It doesn't seem to occur to him that he's being lured into a deathtrap.
  • Death or Glory Attack: In Ultimate Custom Night. Stop him, and he'll leave you alone for the rest of the night. Fail, and...
  • Dem Bones: The majority of his rotting flesh and muscle is gone, leaving parts of his skeleton exposed, especially his skull. His left arm is also reduced to a single sharp bone, presumably having fallen off in the time between 3 and Pizzeria Simulator.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: It's implied that he's aware that the pizzeria is a trap, but goes through with it anyways, as the prospects of murdering more children was too good for him to pass up.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Well, not literally, but Cassette Man strongly implies that Hell is where Scraptrap is going once the building and everything within it burns to ashes. And considering he murdered a handful of, if not many children, it can only be expected.
    Cassette Man: For most of you, I believe there is peace, and perhaps more, waiting for you after the smoke clears. 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.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Assuming that the protagonist is Michael Afton, Scraptrap somehow missed the fact that he was being salvaged and lured into a trap by his own son. Granted, it's implied that William thought his son was dead and really didn't give a hoot about him regardless, and we also knew to acknowledge the fact that Michael has been zombified, but still...
    • However, one bit of dialogue implies he's aware of the ruse. Despite also expecting an exit.
  • Fatal Flaw: Bloodlust. While he's definitely the one animatronic who knows that the pizzeria is not what it seems, he plays along with the mirage anyways simply because he didn't want to miss the opportunity of causing another round of murders. This leads to his glorious defeat, where he gets a vicious Pre-Mortem One-Liner from Cassette Man as the flames consume him in full.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like any good animatronic, he's perfectly capable of jumping you for a slaughtering, but he's also the only one to suspect that there's more to the new pizzeria than anyone's letting on. Too bad for him, that didn't help him survive the inferno any better.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Averted in a dark hilarious way. In the true ending, Scrap Baby has a monologue about how she will make her father proud by "doing what [she] was created to do", but Afton doesn't reply, meaning he either didn't hear or he simply didn't wish to interrupt her and ruin the moment.
  • Irony: Despite bragging about how he always comes back, in Ultimate Custom Night, if you manage to fend him off once, he will never attempt to attack you again for the rest of the night.
  • It's Probably Nothing: He dismisses his suspicions regarding the pizzeria because he wants to kill more children For the Evulz. He ends up being incinerated as a result of it actually being a trap from Henry.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the Mimic really is ripping off his legacy following Pizzeria Simulator, this version of Afton is Deader than Dead thanks to the fire.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: William Afton died a long ago, is now haunting the suit he died in as Spring/Scraptrap, and has survived a large fire. We hope you beat 3 (and to an extent Sister Location) before playing this game, otherwise you're going to be a little bit lost.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Baby - or, at least, the one inside the machine - is determined to kill more humans and manipulate their souls to follow in the footsteps of her father. Too bad Cassette Man was playing both of them like fiddles.
  • Monster Progenitor: Whether directly or indirectly, all of the other animatronics are active because of his own actions, though he didn't become an animatronic himself until long after they were created.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: The thing that ends up killing him for good is the fact that the protagonist and the Cassette Man played on his lust for murder to sucker him into walking to his own death. Afton even knows there's something off about the new pizzeria, but is simply so Ax-Crazy that he falls for the ruse anyway.
  • Sssssnake Talk: He drags out his s's.
  • Stealth Expert: As with his previous appearance, though there are no cameras for him to hide from this time. This is part of his mechanic in the Ultimate Custom Night; he is undetectable until the vent rattles and the lights flash, at which point you have a fraction of a second to stop him. Otherwise, he'll get you.
  • Suddenly Voiced: He can speak now, and is voiced by William Afton's voice actor from Sister Location, PJ Heywood.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His head doesn't look even remotely similar to his previous one. It's implied that he attempted to repair himself either after suffering damage from the Fazbear's Fright firenote  or due to degrading over time. He's more than happy to let us know that it's still him, though.

Appearances in other media

    Dave Miller 

William Afton / Dave Miller / Springtrap

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Click here to see him in The Fourth Closet 

Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Fourth Closet

"Everyone is afraid to die. And you should be more afraid than anyone else, because if there's a Hell, there's a hole at the bottom of it reserved for you."
Jessica
The novel version of the Purple Guy. One of two founders of Fazbear Entertainment alongside Henry Emily, Afton eventually used their business as an opportunity to murder children, which resulted in them possessing the animatronics.
  • Abusive Parents: Unlike his game counterpart (as far as we know, at least), he is abusive towards his daughter Elizabeth, physically abusing her when she tries to show him a drawing she made.
    • On a much smaller scale, the game Afton only killed kids while in the novels, Afton kills both kids and adults (such as the security guard).
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. Afton here definitely isn't as strong or powerful as his game incarnation, who, in his own words, "always comes back." However, he is still no slouch, returning in the Springtrap costume, separating himself later, and continuing his experiments into immortality. He's also certainly not as weak as the Fazbear Frights incarnation of Afton.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Afton doesn't care about what he has to do to achieve what he wants, that being to cheat death.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Charlie, as his actions drove her father Henry to grief-stricken suicide and started his killings by murdering her brother Sammy, and is actually her murderer instead.
  • Asshole Victim: Nobody mourns his passing at the end of the trilogy. Even before this, he spends the entirety of the last book in near-constant pain, and Jessica tells him she feels no pity for him.
  • Big Bad: A role he naturally reprises from the games. All the pain and tragedy in the trilogy is because of him.
  • Body Horror: He managed to surgically remove the animatronic shell in The Fourth Closet, but the endoskeleton is still fused to his body and the springlock failure left him crippled and mangled.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When Jessica tells him that there's a hole in Hell waiting for him, Afton simply smiles and agrees with her, boasting that he's turned the Devil away before and that he intends to keep it that way.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Co-founder of two pizzerias and is also a serial killer, primarily of children. He even builds the second one specifically as a cover for his abductions.
  • Covered in Scars: His torso is described as "covered in scratches", due to surviving a springlock failure in the past. It gets significantly worse after he survives a second one.
  • Drunk with Power: How he describes being Springtrap; he was on a power trip while trapped inside the costume, but after being extracted he is left in constant pain, disfigured, and has re-identified as William Afton.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: William’s daughter Elizabeth still loves him and cares for him in The Fourth Closet. He doesn't return the sentiment, caring more about her usefulness to him than her feelings.
  • Evil Cripple: In The Fourth Closet, William is heavily injured after getting out of the Spring Bonnie suit and is in a wheelchair. He mentions that every movement and every breath causes him immense pain, and not moving is somehow even worse.
  • Evil Evolves: After the second spring lock accident, robotic parts implanted in William’s brain allow him to remotely control his animatronics.
  • Evil Genius: William is not only a prodigy in robotics and engineering, but also has a fascination with the scientific process. The Fourth Closet also shows him to be an Insufferable Genius, as William brags about his intellect on multiple occasions.
    "I am a brilliant man, make no mistake."
  • Eye Scream: One of his eyes is missing in The Fourth Closet, with only a piece of metal sticking out of the empty socket.
  • Faking the Dead: In The Twisted Ones, William is revealed to have survived the springlock accident from the end of the first book.
  • Fat Bastard: He was a hefty lad hiding sadism back during the murders. Not so much when he resurfaces ten years later.
  • Formerly Fat: During the murders he's noted to have been plump. When he resurfaces ten years later he's lost significant weight.
  • Faux Affably Evil: William speaks very politely and is well mannered, as well as answers questions honestly, but it's clear he only does this to manipulate people. His child victims wouldn't have trusted him so easily if he didn't know how to act friendly. Even in death, they still think Bonnie is their friend and it takes Carlton quite a bit of convincing to make them realize that he's their murderer.
  • Freudian Excuse: While we still don't go too much into his personal life, it doesn't appear to be too pleasant, as he felt mistreated most of his life. It's implied that he feels empty and bitter, and out of envy he wants others who wronged him to feel the same way.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: That being said, nobody ever gives William any sympathy for how his life turned out. He for his part doesn't ask for any either and never brings it up.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Similarly to the games, he is eventually killed when the Springtrap suit crushes him to death, his preferred method of murder. Unlike the games, however, it wasn't a result of shoving himself into it. Charlotte was the one that undoes the suit with him inside.
  • Immortality Seeker: His ultimate goal. While he certainly derives sadistic glee in kidnapping and killing children, and that seems to have motivated his original killing spree, in the present he is attempting to recreate Henry's success with Charlie in an attempt to cheat death.
  • Informed Attribute: We learn that Afton managed the business side of the pizzerias, but we never see him doing any business work nor does he display any skills related to it. The games don't make mention of this and just portray his technical skills.
  • Killed Off for Real: He gets dragged into a furnace by the end of The Fourth Closet.
  • Lean and Mean: When he resurfaces ten years later. See the picture of him.
  • Mad Scientist: More explicitly than in the games. He spends his time in The Fourth Closet running experiments on the fused endoskeletons of the Fazbear gang, makes his daughter kidnap more children for further experiments and is trying to obtain immortality by figuring out how possession works.
  • Mortality Phobia: The one thing that William truly fears is death. Even in The Fourth Closet, where he spends every moment in immense pain, he prefers his current predicament over dying. His goal in the last book is trying to figure out how his victims possessed the animatronics so he can become immortal.
    "I have faced my own mortality... I knew I was dying and through every broken fragment of my body I was profoundly, immeasurably afraid."
  • Not Quite Dead: Charlie and Jessica find his rotting corpse fairly early on in The Twisted Ones, his victims having stuffed him into a small closet. Now convinced that he's truly dead, they leave his body behind when they exit the partially torn-down pizzeria. They should have checked a little bit more thoroughly.
  • One-Winged Angel: He considers becoming Springtrap to be this, though he later admits that his survival just left him overconfident at the time. It's actually more a case of Clipped-Wing Angel, since even though it did make him a lot more dangerous in that moment, the damage he sustained became significantly more problematic down the line.
  • Returning Big Bad: William is absent for the majority of The Twisted Ones, being believed dead and only showing up in the last few pages.
  • Taking You with Me: Knowing that his time is rapidly running out, Afton tries to kill the remaining kidnapped child for one last experiment, smiling to himself that it will at least be "like old times" even if it doesn't work. Thankfully, his previous victims pull this trope on him before he can go through with it.
  • That Man Is Dead: He rejects his Dave Miller persona and his real name after becoming Springtrap. And then rejects his Springtrap persona after leaving the suit.
  • Villains Love Entertainment: William enjoys theater, singing and dancing, only truly coming to life when he's in his Spring Bonnie costume. The only reason why he lets Jessica live when she meets him in The Fourth Closet is because he finds their conversation amusing, wanting to show off his work.

    Adventure Springtrap 

Adventure Springtrap

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Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's World

Springtrap in the RPG spin-off
  • Fun Size: Just look at him!
  • Lighter and Softer: Lampshaded in the loading screen. Springtrap is much nicer-looking than Springtrap in the mainline games. Mostly because the Purple Man's body is no longer inside him.
  • My Future Self and Me: Alongside the game are also both of Springtrap's past selves; The Spring Bonnie suit that killed Afton, and Afton himself.
  • Spikes of Doom: Springtrap's signature skill is Springlocks, which crush an enemy inside the infamously unstable Spring Bonnie hybrid suit.

    Purpleguy 

Purpleguy

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Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's World

"Don't confuse me with the actual Purple Guy. I'm just a game sprite."
Purpleguy
Afton in the RPG spin-off. Not actually the infamous murderer himself, but rather a sprite of him.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: He's unlocked by collecting all the cupcakes in the FNaF 57: Freddy in Space minigame.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's not actually the Purple Guy himself, but just a game sprite that represents him. He's also much friendlier than the real deal, willingly lending his aid to the player when his code is retrieved from FNaF 57: Freddy in Space minigame and even sharing a secret with them regarding another way to access the Halloween Update Backstage.
  • One-Hit Kill: His Slasher has a 10% chance to inflict 99999 points of damage. Fitting, since he's (a digital graphic of) a serial killer.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He's a mostly purple sprite, one of the eight characters you "weren't intended to have" and has access to Slasher, the single highest-damaging attack in the game if it lands.
  • Stylistic Suck: Lampshaded in his dialogue screen. Even the Crying Child got a 3D model, while he remains a sprite.

    The Man in Room 1280 

William Afton

Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's: Fazbear Frightsnote 

"It felt like [Jake] was being mauled and pummeled by a force filled with a never-ending need to inflict pain."
Narrator
A heavily burned man who has been lying in a hospital bed for years, seemingly unable to die despite his body being far past the point of death.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He was described as weak during Epilogue 7. Justified, seeing the state he was in.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: William was pretending to be stronger than he really was. In reality, his soul was barely clinging onto reality while something far worse, later revealed to be Eleanor, has been helping him.
  • Body Horror: The description of his condition is not pretty. He is little more than a charred corpse only held together by supernatural malice. It's mentioned that you can see his lungs expand and contract, and his black heart beating in his chest. It does not get better when he becomes the Amalgamation, as all of the parts it's made out of are not where they should be.
  • Canon Character All Along: After tons of implications, Epilogue 6 confirms that he's William. However, whether or not he's the game version of William or a different version is up in the air.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: The years have not been kind to William. This continuity's equivalent of the Pizzeria Simulator fire has left him little more than a burned corpse, kept alive only by Andrew's direct intervention; furthermore, the years of psychically battling Andrew have led to his spirit being severely weakened. Epilogue 7 reveals that the only reason he was able to assemble the Amalgamation was because Eleanor was helping him to do so.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: There are eleven books, which equals eleven epilogues. Afton is killed in the seventh one.
  • Evil All Along: It's heavily implied that the nurses were actually exactly right about the man: he is indeed pure evil... but the spirit possessing him- while certainly vengeful- isn't actually the source of that evil. Rather, the evil in question comes from the man himself, who has spent years waiting in agony for the chance to escape Andrew's torment. Confirmed in Epilogue 6.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The one who murdered Andrew, the source of all intentions. Except there's a Greatest Scope Villain even worse than Afton: Eleanor.
  • I Am the Noun: When asked what he even is anymore, considering he's barely William now, his only spoken line is "I am agony."
  • Killed Off for Real: The Puppet seemingly kills him when she destroys the amalgamation in Epilogue 7, causing it and Afton's spirit within it to fall into a lake.
  • Mechanical Abomination: It's hard to find a more fitting term to describe a fifteen-foot-tall amalgamation of various Fazbear Entertainment products, each part being used in the wrong place, powered by the soul of a long-dead Serial Killer and evil incarnate.
  • Mind Hive: The Amalgamation consists of William Afton and Eleanor.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: After dying, he came back, possessed the Stitchwraith, presumably killed Andrew and/or Jake, created his Amalgamation and then possessed it. Except he died again.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Amalgamation is the single strongest and biggest form William had in the entire franchise.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Lasts one main story and two epilogues before the Puppet kills him, this time for good.

    Steve Raglan 

William Afton / "Steve Raglan"

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Appearances: Five Nights at Freddy's (2023)

A supposed career counselor named Steve Raglan, this older man appears to be related to the pizzeria of local legend. He seems friendly enough, but everyone has a few skeletons hiding in their closets...

Three guesses what his secret is?


  • Abusive Parents:
    • Just like how he treats Michael and Elizabeth in the games, Afton is perfectly willing to assault or even murder Vanessa to further his goals. Even on a non-lethal level, William has clearly been an awful dad to her, enough for her to straight up refuse to confront him with Mike at first out of sheer fear of him; indeed, we see he is verbally and psychologically abusive when he blames Vanessa for having created a mess he has to "clean up".
    • On top of being a literal abusive father to Vanessa, he has similar undertones to the animatronics themselves. He sees them as his creations, as he was the one who killed them and trapped their souls in the animatronic suits, and he does "bond" with them as the Yellow Bunny, a false friend who tricks them into aiding him with his murders. While already manipulative, he becomes full-on verbally abusive to the animatronics when they finally turn on him, demeaning them as hideous, small, and worthless and demanding they remember who their creator is.
  • Actor Allusion: While in the Yellow Rabbit suit, he performs Ghostface's iconic knife wipe. Matthew Lillard, of course, played one of the original Ghostfaces, Stu Macher.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Even before the springlocking incident, William in the Silver Eyes continuity looked creepily thin and ghoulish outside of the Spring Bonnie suit, especially in the comic adaptation. Here, he looks like a completely normal middle-aged man, to the point that he's able to pass himself off as an unassuming career counselor.
    • Zig-Zagged with the Yellow Rabbit suit, which has fared okay in the someteen-odd years since the Missing Children Incident. It's not tattered from head to toe, nor has it been greened with age and having a corpse stuck inside it, but its face looks even more aggressive and evil than in the games. It's also still missing an ear. It's also worth noting that this is supposed to be before the suit has decayed and withered away like in the games.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • William Afton was never implied to be particularly physically adept, in life at least, in the games. He was a Serial Killer, sure, but his only victims were children, and taking out the animatronics in the flashbacks of 3 required him to lure them out one by one to a location where they couldn't fight back. Here he's strong enough to toss Mike, a fully grown man, around like a ragdoll without issue, and Neck Lift Vanessa with one hand.
    • In the original series, Afton is shown to be severely freaked out once the ghosts of the dead children corner him and trick him into accidentally spring-locking himself, as well as implied to be deeply afraid of his own demise. In the film, he's Defiant to the End even as the springlocks are killing him, and is not only confident that he can return in undeath like the fallen children but also seemingly not concerned about the possibility of being wrong.
    • His signature Spring Bonnie suit also qualifies. In the games, the springlocks were so sensitive that even slight touching or breathing on them would set them off. Here, the suit can handle shoving a grown man across a room, knock the same man out with one kick, and gets shot with a gun without malfunctioning. It's also implied the wearer doesn't need extreme caution when using it as William can run in it just fine without fear of setting it off. This is probably the result of William holding onto the suit and maintaining it rather than leaving it to rot in the safe room. The only reason the springlocks failed is because Chica's Cupcake tore straight into the mechanism itself.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Unlike the original game version or even the literary counterpart, Afton here is fully aware of the children possessing the animatronic suits and is confident he would return when he gets mortally wounded.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Since he's intended to look like an adaptation of the Phone Guy at first, "Steve" is not quite as affable, likable, or dorky as good ol' PG was in the games, as he is initially quite condescending and even insulting towards Mike and is not nearly as thorough as Phone Guy was when instructing the newbie on his new job.
    • Even after he turns out to be William, he still manages to be a step worse than the worthless excuse for a human being he already was in the games. While the original William was by no means a good father, he did try to keep Elizabeth away from Circus Baby (who ended up killing Elizabeth after she managed to get alone with the animatronic). Here, he's a flat-out abusive father to his (seeming) only child, Vanessa, and there's very little to suggest he was ever anything else.
  • Adaptational Nationality: British in the games, but apparently American here.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Or rather, Adaptational Alias Change. While the novel trilogy gave him the cover identity Dave Miller, this version of Afton instead uses the alias Steve Raglan.
    • He isn't called Springtrap or Spring Bonnie while in his spring lock suit, but is only ever referred to by the protagonists and the subtitles as the "Yellow Rabbit".
  • ...And That Little Boy Was Me: As "Steve" recounts a sanitized backstory of Freddy's to Mike, he vaguely refers to the owner as an old man holding onto the past that can't bear to let the place go. Mike doesn't realize they're one in the same until after the Yellow Rabbit removes its mask.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • He is this to Mike, big time. Everything that's wrong in Mike's life is directly tied to William, starting from Garret's kidnapping (and murder) at the hands of William, which left Mike traumatized (to a debilitating degree too, as he becomes mindlessly violent the moment someone even slightly looks like a kidnapper) and obsessed with figuring out who it was that took his brother, to the point where he'd jeopardize his relationship with his living sister. In the present day, Mike almost loses his life and, later, his little sister's at the hands of murderous animatronics obeying William's commands, as well as almost losing his new friend (and possible love interest) Vanessa to Afton himself. William, on his part, sees Michael Schmidt as a personal enemy too, but while Mike sees this as avenging his brother and saving his sister, William just sees this as a fun game and an opportunity to get some "symmetry" by killing the remaining Schmidts.
    • He is an arch enemy to Abby too, being the cruel manipulator who killed her animatronic friends, trapped them in their condition, and then turned them against her. Fittingly, it is Abby who finally ends William's reign of terror by breaking Afton's illusion and reminding the Animatronics that he was the one to murder them all.
    • He would be this to the missing children, the poor souls he killed and trapped in animatronic suits, but the bastard managed to trick them into thinking he's their friend. The one exception to this seems to be Golden Freddy, who, through admittedly shady means, does assist the Schmidt siblings in uncovering William's machinations and stopping him. In the end, it is Golden Freddy that decides to keep Afton alive... this is not a good thing for Willie.
  • Ax-Crazy: As if being a notorious Serial Killer wasn't enough, Afton reveals himself to be especially violent and sadistic during his Curb-Stomp Battle towards Mike while wearing the Yellow Rabbit suit.
  • Bait-and-Switch: He initially comes off like the film's equivalent to the Phone Guy from the first game, even borrowing his catch phrase. However, he's actually the Big Bad.
  • Big Bad: Just like in the original game series and the books, William Afton is the main antagonist of the film and the one responsible for the tragic events surrounding Freddy's.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mr. Raglan seems like a nice enough old man after some initial sass, but hiding just under the surface is a child-murdering Serial Killer.
  • Break Them by Talking: During his Villainous Breakdown, he tries to talk down to animatronics as they confront him. It doesn't work.
    Afton: Look at you... Look at the nasty things that you have become! Look at how small you are! How worthless you are! You are wretched, rotten little beasts! I MADE YOU!
  • Brick Joke: Early on, as Steve Raglan, he tells Mike that he has one job to do as a security guard: preventing break-ins and protecting the restaurant. Mike points out that's two jobs, which makes him sputter. Later on, we get this exchange between him and Vanessa:
    Afton: You had one job! Keep an eye on [Mike], and kill him if he finds out too much!
    Vanessa: That's two jobs!
  • Brutal Honesty: He at least prefaces that he'll be brutally honest when he tells Mike that the latter has little to no hope of finding a job given his track record and the one gig "Steve" can offer him has bad pay and worse hours. Zig-Zagged as his subsequence career advice is in fact a trap.
  • The Bully: He goes out of his way to prey on children, whom he considers weak, and takes sadistic pleasure in tormenting Mike in the climax. He also starts ridiculing the animatronics when they turn against them, calling them degrading terms like "small" and "worthless".
  • Canon Character All Along: Steve Raglan appears to be an entirely new character created for a movie, fulfilling some of the role of Phone Guy from the games. Later on it is revealed that he is William Afton, the Big Bad from the games. Downplayed in that Matthew Lillard was already announced to be playing William before the film's release, so anyone paying attention to the film's production already knew who he was.
  • Color Motif: Purple and yellow. He first appears in-person wearing a yellow button-down and a purple tie, which reflects the yellow fur and purple bow tie of the Yellow Rabbit suit that he uses to murder children.
  • Defiant to the End: Once the springlocks go off, he tries his hardest to withstand the pain and goes on a furious, verbally-abusive tirade against the animatronics after they realize the truth and turn on him, puts the Yellow Rabbit head back on and delivers his iconic line before the animatronics drag him off.
    Afton: [seething with hatred as he bleeds out] I always come back...!
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • In regular canon, Afton's death occurs when he accidentally triggers the springlocks when putting on the suit. In the movie, the springlocks are triggered by Mr. Cupcake biting into them, thus making it where he is killed by the animatronics rather than by accident.
    • In the games, Afton is shown to have died sometime after the events of Five Night's at Freddy's 1, set in November 1993. This Afton makes it to the 21st century, as the film is set in April 2000note .
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite being a treacherous bastard of a man, William demands and expects full loyalty from Vanessa, the daughter he's traumatized with his abuse, and the animatronics, the children he has killed and trapped in miserable undeath.
  • Evil All Along: He's first seen as Steve Raglan, a perfectly normal career counselor who offers Mike his new job and gives him some advice and backstory related to it. However, underneath that, he is none other than William Afton, a sadistic child Serial Killer who kidnapped and murdered Mike's younger brother all those years ago and is planning to make Mike and Abby his next victims.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Courtesy of Matthew Lillard himself, he stands at 6'4 tall, much taller than the other characters and only rivaling the animatronics in terms of height.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Once he shows up in the Yellow Rabbit suit, he wastes no time in devouring scenery. Due to being played by Matthew Lillard, he's basically an aging Stu Macher.
    Afton: You couldn't just leave it alone, could you!? Lucky me! This is perfect. First, I killed your brother. Now, I kill you. Symmetry, my friend! WAKE UP, CHILDREN! I have something for you to play with! This is gonna be so much fun. The little ones tell me you have a sister. She will LOVE IT HERE! You, however, are FINISHED! Farewell, Michael Schmidt!
  • Evil Laugh: He laughs twice — first when he violently shoves Mike and when he knocks Mike out cold.
  • Evil Old Folks: He appears to be in his mid-50s or early-60s (Matthew Lillard was 52/53 at the time of filming). This doesn't stop him from being a remorseless killer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he shows up wearing the Yellow Rabbit suit in the climax, it seems to have a voice synthesizer in it that helps to hide William's identity. The result is that he sounds positively demonic until he removes the head and reveals himself.
  • Evil Virtues: Determination and Valour. Even when faced with certain death (i.e. being crushed by the springlocks of his own Yellow Rabbit suit), he refuses to let his story end there and actually hisses defiantly that he "always comes back" before placing the head of the costume back on and reeling back as he allows the eyes to dramatically power up, choosing to struggle for his life as long as it takes for him to return inside that suit even as the animatronics drag his twitching, messily-fused and still living body away to his ultimate fate. Say what you will about the man (and there is a lot to say), but he absolutely will not quit. He does not beg or despair, nor does he accept the end.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The man is still alive by the end of the film, even with the springlocks crushing his insides, and is currently imprisoned deep within the Pizzeria, courtesy of Golden Freddy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lurking beneath the friendly, helpful, and business-like exterior of "Steve Raglan" is William Afton, a manipulative Serial Killer on the hunt for new victims.
  • For the Evulz: It's never explained in the movie why William killed six children as his motivation is never brought up, making him seem as if he simply killed for the sake of killing.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is a rather unsavory fellow. Although he doesn't wear them when wearing the Yellow Rabbit suit, implying he doesn't actually need them. It's also possible that he's just wearing contact lenses to save space in the Yellow Rabbit helmet.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Gone are his glasses when he's in his Yellow Rabbit suit.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: William's Yellow Rabbit suit, just like the games. Decaying outer shell? Check. Creepy Slasher Smile? Check. Murders his own daughter in cold blood when he turns on him? Check.
  • Hammy Villain, Serious Hero: Mike is a generally reserved young man who has little time for fun and games as a single sibling-promoted-to-parent to Abby and as a justice-seeker for Garret; Vanessa, while not above some childish fun, is a no-nonsense policewoman with an emotional baggage of her own; in the climax, both of them and Abby are determined to end the madness at Freddy's once and for all. By contrast, the moment "Steve" is revealed to be the murderer William Afton, he shows his true, maniacal colors and starts chewing the scenery like animatronics chew on frontal lobes.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The film initially seems to mostly be about Mike trying to protect Abby and solve his brother's kidnapping, with the original killer being a mere backstory element as Golden Freddy is set up as the primary villain. Then William Afton, the infamous Big Bad of the games, shows up in the Yellow Rabbit suit, and things go From Bad to Worse.
  • Hypocrite: When the animatronics break out of his control, he starts angrily belittling them, calling them "wretched, rotten little beasts" and reminding them of the "nasty things" they've become. Not a second after, he reminds them that he "created" them (aka, made them into "nasty things") and treats it like a reason they should be grateful to him.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: After stabbing Vanessa, he appears to have shown some regret over what happened. Unfortunately, he gets over it almost right away.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Just like in the games and novels, Afton starts bleeding out in the springlock suit that he used to carry out his murders... which was triggered by the ghosts of his past victims. And if the ending is any indication, he's still alive, dying slowly from blood loss, and alone with his victims.
    • Given how many children he's killed, it's very fitting that his own death came about due to Abby's actions.
  • Kick the Dog: Being a remorseless, barbarous Serial Killer, William has several moments of these:
    • Even in his façade as the well-meaning Steve, William manages to sneak in a rude comment at Mike's mental health issues — which he's entirely responsible for, mind you.
      "Steve": What is your deal, Mike? What are you, some kind of... "head case"?
    • He sadistically taunts Mike about how he murdered his brother before knocking him out cold.
      Afton: This is perfect. First, I killed your brother. Now, I kill you. Symmetry, my friend!
    • He strangles and then stabs Vanessa, his own daughter, without a shred of remorse.
    • He shames the animatronics by calling them small and worthless, leading to his downfall.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film is a horror movie with animatronics who are undead children but also have a lighthearted side, leading to multiple comedic and even heartwarming scenes, much unlike the usual horror flick. Not only does William completely lack all lightheartedness, but he actively suckers it away from the animatronics themselves, turning them into killing machines and upping the stakes in the climax, as Mike, Abby, and even Vanessa are finally in danger.
  • Lack of Empathy: He shows no remorse for murdering children, let alone strangling and then stabbing his daughter.
  • Laughably Evil: In his façade as Steve Raglan, he is quite quippy and humorous and he doesn't fully shed his sense of humor After revealing his true colors as the maniacally hammy William Afton, though, by that point his quips only convey that he's a deranged sadist who treats murder and suffering like a game.
  • Light Is Not Good: As the Yellow Rabbit, his suit is light...well, yellow. He's also a sociopathic child-murderer.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One by one, he gained the children's trust as "the Yellow Bunny"... only to lure them to their deaths, after which his manipulation didn't stop. He tricks the spirits into thinking they're on his side so they can continue his dirty work, wherein he contributes himself by "generously" offering desperate people a job at Freddy's. Unfortunately for him, Abby ensures that William's control over the children doesn't last.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Subverted. After stabbing a defecting Vanessa, William appears shocked at what happened... only to get over it in a matter of seconds.
  • No-Sell:
    • Mike tries to use his taser on the Yellow Rabbit, but while electrocution was good enough to take down the mechanical animatronics, William, a man in an insulating suit, brushes it off before curb-stomping Mike.
    • Downplayed when Vanessa proves she was not bluffing and shoots him; he recoils from the shot but is otherwise unharmed (just angered).
  • Offing the Offspring: Tries this on Vanessa after she turns on him — by way of strangling her against an arcade cabinet and then stabbing her with a butcher knife — and nearly gets away with it. She pulls through in the end.
  • One of the Kids: William is a very twisted take on this trope. He is very good at befriending children, probably due to being quite in touch with his inner child himself. Unfortunately, this is an ability he's used to kill multiple kids back in the day and brainwash them into thinking he was their friend when they came back as spirits. With them on his leash, William would spend decades murdering innocents, treating it all like fun games he'd play with his undead "friends" in a pizzeria he is implied to be very emotionally attached to.
  • The One That Got Away: His words to Mike at the film's climax suggest part of the reason he recommended the security job to Mike is that he saw their reunion after so many years as a chance to 'complete the set' and rectify having only managed to kill one of the Schmidt brothers so long ago.
  • Powered Armor: Despite the ratty-looking exterior, Afton built the Yellow Rabbit suit tough enough to withstand police sidearms, contains a voice changer to obfuscate his identity, and seems to afford him enough added strength to knock one grown adult out cold in one punch and lift another off the ground by the neck.
  • Practically Joker: Like his actor's last major serial killer role, Afton retains traits of the Clown Prince of Crime, being both Laughably Evil and murderously insane at the same time.
  • Prove I Am Not Bluffing: Afton invokes this when Vanessa confronts him at gunpoint. While degrading her for her disloyalty, he expresses certainty that she doesn't have the will to shoot him, only for his suit to tank a 9mm to the chest. For all the good it does her, anyway.
    Afton: We both know you're not going to use a gu— (bang)
  • Psycho Knife Nut: Afton, in his Yellow Rabbit alias, pulls out a very long butcher knife when he has Mike beaten on the ground. He doesn't get to use it on him, but does to stab Vanessa when she tries to shoot him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Beneath the mask of a reasonable-but-stern career counselor is a sadistic murderer who preys on children for his own amusement, gets disturbingly excited at the prospect of "fun" (i.e., killing innocents), and is prone to violent outbursts when things aren't working out for him. His scathing rant towards the animatronics when they break free of his influence is highly reminiscent of a schoolyard bully ridiculing their victims.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Vanessa shoots him, Afton is completely done with her failures, trying to kill her on the spot.
    Afton: You had one job. One. Keep [Mike] in the dark and kill him if he got too close.
    Vanessa: That's two jobs. (Afton grabs her by the neck with the intent to strangle her to death)
  • Recruiters Always Lie: "Steve" pointedly omits the reason for Freddy's high turnover rate when pitching the job to Mike, as well him in fact being the owner he gossips about. If Mike's predecessor and his orders for Vanessa are anything to go by, Afton has abused his position as a career counsellor to lure naïve nosy men and down-on-their-luck jobseekers to their deaths.
  • Rewatch Bonus: His entire shift in demeanor once he learns Michael's last name takes on a whole new meaning once you know he's the one responsible for ruining his life.
  • Sadist: The primary motive behind his murders is that he enjoys making children suffer, and wants to continue to do so with Abby. Notably, after having Mike and Vanessa dead to rights, he sends the animatronics after her with intent to kill, displaying a sickening amount of glee all the while.
  • Serial Killer: But of course. Afton murdered five children and Mike's little brother in the 1980s, continuing to influence the animatronics into killing people into the year 2000.
  • Significant Anagram: "Steve Raglan" can be seen as an anagram, that, when the letters are rearranged, nearly spells "everlasting" which is fitting due to the character's habit of always coming back from the brink of death.
  • Smug Snake: The extended summary describes his "Steve Raglan" persona as follows: Indeed, while a very clever man who gained the trust of many unfortunate children, escaped the authorities after his murders, and got himself a new identity and respectable job, "Steve" is not as charismatic and likeable as he probably thinks he is. After chewing Mike out for his awful track record, his attempts at winning over the boy are awkward at best. The only reason he eventually managed to have Mike where he wanted him was that Mike was very desperate for a source of income. It's doubled by the time he turns up in the finale as the Yellow Rabbit, where he gloats and gloats until Abby breaks William's control over the animatronics, at which point this "invincible" Evil Genius can do nothing but bark insults and orders at the missing children, trying in vain to get them back on his side.
  • Slasher Smile: Afton's Yellow Rabbit suit, just like the games, has a murderous smile on its face at all times. The cheerful tone he maintains in the suit along with the Voice of the Legion makes it look even more terrifying.
  • The Sociopath: Much like in the games, Afton is a sadistic and manipulative Serial Killer who views everyone around him as either potential victims or tools to lure in even more victims, even his own daughter.
  • They Look Just Like Everybody Else: Outside of the Yellow Rabbit suit, William looks like a perfectly normal guy you'd run into at the coffee shop. If you weren't aware of the true monster lurking behind his Steve Raglan persona and the horrific atrocities he's committed, you'd be forgiven for assuming he really was the simple career counselor he presents himself as.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Though the film does initially seem to tease it, it's eventually made clear that Mike isn't his son in this version.
  • Villain Has a Point: In his "Steve Raglan" disguise, he wasn't wrong to point out how Mike has been having difficulty maintaining a steady job with his poor impulse control, among other things.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • When Vanessa turns against him, he gets furious and starts strangling her before resorting to stabbing her in the abdomen.
      Afton: LET GO!
    • When he gets cornered by the animatronics, he loses his marbles and lashes out at them with demeaning terms, leading to his ultimate downfall.
      Afton: Look at you... Look at the NASTY things that you have become! Look at how small you are, how WORTHLESS you are! You are wretched, rotten little beasts! I MADE YOU!
  • Villainous Valour: Even if he's still human scum, one thing that he has over his game counterpart is how he confronts his own demise. In the games he's reduced to a panicked wreck as he's cornered by the ghosts of his victims and flees into the Spring Bonnie suit, which ends up killing him. Here, he goes out defiantly, cursing out the animatronics as they approach him and declaring that he "Always comes back" as he's slowly killed by the springlocks in the Yellow Rabbit suit.
  • Voice of the Legion: When donning his suit as the Yellow Rabbit, he noticeably has a voice synthesiser, resulting in him having two voices that fluctuate and overlap: the playful, kid-friendly voice you'd expect from a bunny mascot and a low-pitched voice you'd expect from a demon.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to discuss Steve Raglan without revealing that he's actually William Afton.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He stabs Vanessa, who is a grown woman, but also his own daughter. At first, he seems to realize his action, but soon gets over it.
  • Would Hurt a Child: William is responsible for the deaths of numerous children, Garret Schmidt included. Unfortunately for Abby, he doesn't plan on quitting this hobby of his.
  • You Have Failed Me: Pulls this on his daughter, Vanessa, by strangling and then stabbing her when she turns against him.

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