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Baby will be The Unfought again.
Because Scott's showing how Creepy Awesome she may be now... and then, being a Trolling Creator that he is, she'll once again be an animatronic that won't try to kill you (or at least, not directly).
  • She's an actual enemy this time, so Jossed.

Math Man from The Freddy Files will be an animatronic.
Or at least an easter egg, thanks to his unexpected popularity.

This game will be FNaF's Grand Finale.
Whatever animatronics are left will be offed somehow, whether they factor into the gameplay or not. After so many decades, the Fazbear legacy would come to an end here and now, and it would end on a huge bang.
  • Pretty much confirmed by the game's ending.

The FNaF6 Animatronics will be called the Freak Animatronics.
The theme of FNaF6 seems to be a freakshow, so the Animatronics will each be called Freak something (i.e. Freak Freddy, Freak Baby), based on the fact they are part of a freakshow.
  • Jossed. The two names are Scrap and Molten.

The game will be Hijacked by Springtrap.
That is, if Springtrap is William Afton. If he's actually Michael, he may turn out to be
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Springtrap is part of the freakshow
The game could take place after 3, and Springtrap was bought from the auction. Baby and Springtrap form an alliance to get rid of William. Afton's son and daughter, together again, going after the man who ruined their lifes.
  • Scott confirmed Springtrap is still William, so the latter part can't be true. He might be a part of the show though, since it's unlikely Springy is ignored after what SL's cutscene revealed.
  • Confirmed. Springtrap is in the game.

This game will give Chica the Chicken A Day in the Limelight and have her as the Big Bad.
Freddy, Bonnie, Foxy have had A Day in the Limelight so this time it will be Chica's turn.
  • Seemingly confirmed, as a heavily withered Chica appears at the very end of the Survival Guidebook, and is implied to appear in the game as well. While it is unlikely she would be the Big Bad, it's a safe guess that she will be a prominent threat.
    • Nope, jossed. Chica barely appears in this game.
    • Eh... Chica didn't get completely shafted. There is a Funtime version of her that appears in the game as one of the best (and most expensive) animatronics that you can possibly buy. So she does kind of get her special treatment here, but in terms of threat level as a Big Bad, then no, that didn't happen.
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The main antagonists will be a trio of Springtrap, Circus Baby, and Golden Freddy.
Because honestly, psychotic robots and horror attractions are all well and good, but what could be scarier then an Afton family post-mortem reunion? It would make sense, given the way Baby is portrayed, the apparent survival of Springtrap and the possibility that "The Happiest Day" isn't canon. Of course, how the three would interact is a mystery given the distinctly different goals each of them have. It's also unclear what poor schmuck would get stuck with them this time or why.
  • Somewhat confirmed. Springtrap and Baby do return, and it actually is an Afton family reunion — but Golden Freddy is nowhere to be found, instead replaced by Molten Freddy.

The game will be Hijacked By Freddy.
The game may seem like it's focusing on Baby right now, but later on will the Big-Bad Ensemble be one-upped by a variant of none other than the big guy himself. It's called Five Nights at Freddy's, it's about time he gets back into the spotlight!
  • Eh, sort of. A new iteration of Freddy known as "Molten Freddy" (identity uncertain at this time, but possibly consisting of the remains of Ennard) does make a pretty major appearance, but he's not the only threat or even the main threat.

According to the Survival Guidebook...
Chica might be coming back around for FNaF 6. The WMG comes into play here; she will return in 6, but she won't be alone. In fact, all of the original five animatronics (including The Puppet) are coming back. Hearing of Springtrap's survival and realizing that they only made their murderer become something worse, the spirits seek to finish the job by putting their respective, although old, heavily worn out and withered animatronics together to put an end to Springtrap (and the player), becoming those old Killer Robots they were over 30 years ago... one more time.
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  • Jossed.

The man in the ending...
Not only is he Henry, but he didn't actually die in the fire. "I am nearby", he said — it's possible that he was right in front of the maze and simply just watched it burn up from a safe distance, giving his message through some walkie-talkie or some other handheld device.
  • This is possible but probably not the case. In the hidden secrets you find by purchasing the Egg Baby Data Archive, he essentially states he intends to die (well, he says he could "make himself... sleep. But not yet", which... come on, that is certainly not an implication that he's gonna go take a nap and wake up refreshed and free of deep-rooted survivor's guilt), but can't do it yet because he has to fix the problem his creations caused. Also, the "memory of everything that happened" wouldn't be dead if he didn't die with it. So this could be the case, but I highly doubt he'd continue to live for much longer afterwards.

Lefty is Nightmare/Shadow Freddy, as well as Marionette.
Because it's a Black Freddy Bear, similar to those other two.

Lefty, otherwise known as The Puppet, survived the fire, and unlike the rest of the Animatronics, both good and bad, has not passed on yet.
We are shown the pictures of three of the Animatronics burning beyond repair: Scrap Baby, Springtrap, and Molten Freddy. However, there is no additional picture of Lefty burning with the others. It's because unlike the other animatronics, he, or rather, she was not destroyed, either because she survived or because she protected herself through some magical means? Why? To make absolutely damn sure that Springtrap and Scrap Baby were destroyed for real, once and for all. Springtrap/William has already survived one fire in the past, and there was a chance that he could escape again. Not to mention that the arrival of Scrap Baby means that there could now be two murderous child-killing animatronics who could cause havoc if left unchecked. For obvious reasons, neither the Cassette Guy nor the Puppet could allow this to happen. It's unknown if they were collaborating the entire time, but it makes sense that Lefty would avoid the danger of the fire and, afterwards, inspect the ruins and check that Springtrap, Scrap Baby, and Molten Freddy are irreversibly destroyed, and the spirits within released (or in William's case, damned to Hell). While she might move on simply after she's certain this has been accomplished, she may choose to stay behind even longer to make sure that Freddy's stays dead and nothing horrible like this can ever happen again.

Lefty is Charlotte.
Cassette Guy (possibly Henry) implies that his daughter has a role in the events of the finale. If Henry is indeed Cassette Guy, then we know who his daughter is, since Lefty is the only new antagonist thus far (Melted Freddy is Ennard).

Elizabeth was not originally evil and was forcibly corrupted at some point after FNAF 5.
When Elizabeth was killed and consumed by Circus Baby, her soul took control of the animatronic over time. However, Circus Baby's animatronic had one additional and deadly feature that the other animatronics didn't have: it was designed to lure and ultimately kill children. The programming and malevolent purpose of the AI corrupted the soul of Elizabeth, turning her into a malevolent being who desired to follow in her father's footsteps of being a child murderer. But none of that was by her own choice, and if she had taken control of a non-malevolent animatronic like the original Freddy or any of the other ones instead, she wouldn't have been turned evil. Assuming that she wasn't a complete Bitch in Sheep's Clothing in FNAF 5, the corruption might not have taken into effect until after the events of FNAF 5, since it isn't until FNAF 6 that she starts exhibiting evil tendencies.

This adds a layer of Fridge Brilliance to the Cassette Man's words at the Good Ending. The Cassette Man makes it clear that he despises William/Springtrap and that he'll be going to Hell for his crimes. But he specifically says that only one soul will be going to Hell that day, and it's blatantly obvious he's talking about Springtrap. Assuming that Cassette Man speaks the truth and that only Springtrap will be damned, why would Scrap Baby/Elizabeth spared eternal torment, when she too had murderous and evil intentions? Because unlike her father, her evil was because of corruption and not because of free will. When Scrap Baby is reduced to ashes, her soul will not only be free from the animatronic's physical confinements, but also be free of the corruption that tainted her soul. Of course, she'll very likely have a humongous My God, What Have I Done? moment when she's in Heaven, but that's still infinitely preferable compared to damning a child to Hell.

Baby/Elizabeth was corrupted into being The Dragon for Springtrap/William, the true Big Bad.
This is why Baby is much more evil in this one than in Sister Location — Springtrap found her, helped put her back together and appealed to the daughter within her to be like him, probably making it sound like a much better goal than it actually was. He may have even caused her to become Brainwashed and Crazy through his supernatural power, or else why is he the only one condemned to Hell and not her?... because she doesn't deserve it.

The clown on the freakshow poster isn't just a generic clown.
He was the original design (In-Universe or out) for the character who we saw in Sister Location as the mask that Ennard uses as their face. The character was probably scrapped very early in his creation, with nothing remaining but a face mask and promotional posters.

Lefty's suit and inhabitant
While his "inhabitant" is the Puppet, his suit is a combination of the Shadows. It's pretty much a black Freddy, and while Shadow Freddy is purple, Shadow Bonnie is black. It's possible that the two combined into a corporeal form that the Puppet uses to cover his future tracks.

Molten Freddy’s 'One Big Happy Family' line

This is partially based on MatPat's theory that the Crying Child from FNAF 4 went on to possess Golden Freddy while the player character is Michael Afton/Eggs Benedict.

Assuming Molten Freddy/Ennard did absorb the spirits of the five dead children, that means that if the player is killed by Molten Freddy, the two Afton brothers have been brought back together as parts of Ennard (possibly even with Mrs. Afton/Ballora along for the ride). Mix this with Big Bad Springtrap and possible Dragon Scrap Baby (see above), then the whole Afton clan has indeed been reunited as one big happy child-murdering family.

The Fazbear's Fright guard is named Gabriel.
Considering two of the murdered children's names were Fritz and Jeremy, and that strengthened the 'Michael is all the protagonists' theory, he probably worked at Fazbear's Fright under the name Gabriel, after the third male victim whose name we know.

The reason that Elizabeth is evil and wanting to follow in William's footsteps now is because being a part of and then ejected from Ennard messed with her — along with the process of having to reconstruct a body and then the sheer loneliness.

While Baby was not exactly 'good' in Sister Location, she at least did what she did because she felt that the animatronics there had no other choice. However, merging herself with all of the others meant that for a while, they all shared memories as their individual personalities began to merge together into a single mind, and it was too much for her to handle alongside the memories of the animatronic AI known as 'Baby' and the soul of Afton's daughter, 'Elizabeth'. She began to lose her mind, which kept her from fully merging with the other Funtimes until eventually what remained of 'Funtime Freddy' ejected her from the gestalt entity that was Ennard. There might even have been something of Baby left behind in 'Ennard' (or as they'd now be on the road to becoming — Molten Freddy) which accounted for her loss of morals.

Baby's expelled innards did eventually manage to put herself back together... but her AI/human mind was damaged and warped — and her new body reflected that in its terrible claw. And then William found her and took advantage of a delicate mind teetering on the very edge of sanity...

Scott is planning to retire from game development.
Idk... given what has happened along with the closing phrase "It's been a pleasure making games for you." Gives off that implication.

The Puppet is a wrathful spirit just as much as good-intentioned.
It's the only fathomable explanation as to why she attacks you as Lefty. She’s still angry and just as willing to take it out on those somewhat connected to the tragedies. Plus Cassette Man's statement of "Let me save you now" gives off the vibe she's being mercy killed.

William Afton has two Freudian Excuses.
The first, as implied in the Orange Man minigame, is that he has an abusive dad, and that the animatronic footprints were actually from some stranger in a rabbit suit that gave him nothing but pure Cold-Blooded Torture for a while, before Orange Man put a stop to it...but nothing he could do could stop William from giving into the trauma and losing his sanity.

"Fruity Maze" shows Springtrap's M.O.

Specifically, he finds a way to make a child sad, then uses Spring Bonnie to comfort the sad child and lure them away. The first time he killed a kid, he found a sad little girl while driving, killed her, and dumped her body in an alley. So what does he do next time, when he's had time to plan it? Run over a little girl's dog in his car, drive away, put on the Spring Bonnie suit, and come back to find the little girl, lure her away with promises of comfort, and kill her in secret.

  • Adding on to this, the girl depicted is the one whose soul inhabits Chica.

The Cassette Man was the security guard in Five Nightsat Freddys 3
Explains why the place was burnt down. Some of his dialogue implies that he will free the souls himself, which is what was done in the "Happiest Day".

Alternatively, Cassette Man was the unnamed Fazbear employee that told Phone Dude about the safe room where Springtrap was found
He had heard that someone was collecting pieces from Fazbear Entertainment and using them for a horror attraction. Seeing this as a chance to destroy an Old Shame once and for all, he helped Phone Dude and co get all the remnants in one place so he could destroy it once and for all. Whether he knew about the animatronics' supernatural nature at this point is unknown.

He ultimately fails, but while trying to burn down Fazbear Fright, he encounters the night guard, Michael Afton (based on the 'Mike is every FNAF protagonist' theory). Michael tells him about the animatronics' paranormal nature as well as the existence of Baby, Ennard, and the Puppet. The two, working together, hatch a plan to lure the remaining animatronics into one place, destroying Ennard and Baby, finally killing the murderous Springtrap/William Afton, putting the souls of the dead children and the Puppet to rest, and finally ending the Freddy Fazbear saga.

Elizabeth turned evil because she learned the truth about her death from Ennard — specifically, Ballora — and it drove her mad.
This hinges somewhat on MatPat's theory that Ballora is possessed by the spirit of Mrs. Afton. Elizabeth may have been quietly inhabiting Baby's body until her escape, but once she was melded with the other animatronics, she may have learned from her mother the truth about her father and why he created the animatronics. How could an adoring daughter reconcile her love for her father with the knowledge that his animatronics were designed to murder children and hide their corpses from discovery? Maybe she couldn't — maybe that knowledge broke her, twisting her mind until she came to believe that her father's actions were noble and worth duplicating, and she overwhelmed the mentality of Baby with her own. It may have been this growing mania that led Ennard into "ejecting" her.

This game is before FNAF 3.
In 3, you're constantly “attacked” by hallucinations of burnt animatronics, while the real threat, Springtrap/William Afton, is the only killer animatronic. What happens at the end of this game? Every Animatronic is burnt down; not just the living ones, but the standard ones that are meant to entertain children. However, we know by the end of 3 that Springtrap can survive being burned alive. Even though we 'see' Afton burning at the true ending of 6, it's possible it didn't actually do the job, and he escaped, just as he'll escape in 3.

On top of this, there is evidence that this is possible. 3 doesn't have a lot of evidence that points at the existence of Sister Location, except for Mangle. As we know in SL, she's a complete animatronic, but in 2 and 3, she's just her endoskeleton and her head. This would imply that 2, 1, and 3 are also set after SL. Another piece of evidence is Henry, who we know kills himself shortly after his children's death. Meaning either Casette Guy isn't Henry, this game doesn't share the same canon with the Novels, or this is set before Henry kills himself. And if it's option 3, Henry might have killed himself because he failed to kill William. (And yes, it is implied that Baby was the Animatronic that killed him in World, I don't know how to contend this point right now.)

  • Several points to say to this WMG:

1: Mangle and Funtime Foxy are 2 completely different Animatronics. The former probably being based on the latter when they wanted to make Foxy more "kid friendly".

2: Springtrap is much more broken and damaged to the point he is missing his left arm. Compare his appearance to how he looked in 3, which was (albeit still rotting and hole-riddled) much more intact than he is in FFPS.

3: It's only implied that Cassette guy is Henry and until Scott says otherwise, there is not a definitive identity besides a few strong implications.

4: Yes, the novels don't share the same canon as the games, which means they could very well be alive in this continuity.

5: In a more Meta sense, 2 and 1 never had evidence towards SL either, and the only reason Funtime Foxy and Mangle share a colour scheme is because FT Foxy was based on Mangle.

Not to be rude, but your theory has more holes than Springtrap's remains.

All the endings are canon.
Cassette Man went through a series of employees, many of who had the brain cells to 'nope' out of anything that involved taking the animatronics in from the alley. Some were corrupt, some incompetent... then Cassette Man hit upon Michael Afton...

I'm reviving the 'Mr. Afton wanted her to get killed by Baby' theory.
With the recent revelations, my thinking is that after seeing how the souls of the children he killed started possessing animatronics, William was trying to get a possessed animatronic on his side. Someone with unquestionable loyalty to him. So he built Baby 'just for Elizabeth' and used reverse psychology to get Elizabeth to approach Baby alone.
  • Originally, this theory was sound with the possibility that his daughter was an unwanted bastard child. But the revelations do make this WMG stronger than before. Perhaps Afton wanted to make Michael into one too by sending him to the Sister Location, but we know how that went.
    • If that's true, he's got a lot of faith in Michael's loyalty then. I think he specifically targeted Elizabeth because from the look and sound of things, she was pretty young, and young=impressionable. It'd be easy to sway Elizabeth over because she's young and wants to please her father, and would believe him if he said, say, 'oh, an accident happened, but look, daddy built you a better body!' Michael's an adult with his own judgement, and probably wouldn't take it at face value that an 'accident' happened. What's more, he understands the concept of right, wrong, and revenge. I think even if Michael had succeeded in possessing an animatronic, we'd just end up with the animatronic vs. animatronic fighting game I still wish would happen. Final battle: Ennard vs. Springtrap.
      • There's also the Scooper blueprint, which shows a reservoir for "remnant", a substance for keeping a soul intact, and active after death. William could have baited Elizabeth to get killed by Baby, and then, the minute he could, he transferred remnant into Baby, to facilitate Elizabeth's possession.

Cassette guy was the protagonist for games 1-3.
If you go through the trouble of getting the secret ending and completing the game, you get to see a grassy hill with a few tombstones on it. Presumably the ones at the front are those of the five murdered children and the one at the back belonged to the puppet/Cassette guy's daughter. Among these are some very familiar names and some unfamiliar. Jeremy, Fritz, Susie, and Gabriel with one additional name covered by grass. That name was Mike or Michael, and the Cassette guy has been using the names of the murdered children as aliases to get hired in various Fazbear locations, digging around looking for the information he needed to find the murderers, the souls of the five kids, and his daughter. Then put all of it together to release them.

Candy Cadet is sentient and/or smarter than it seems.
It doesn't actually tell kids those horror stories. That would be a sure-fire way to get any restaurant using it sued. Instead, it somehow knows what's going on, and tells you the horror stories to try and warn you.

William named his son after one of his victims.
Considering that Henry and Charlie have video game counterparts, what's to say that the name of the Golden Freddy child isn't Michael Brooks. Scott isn't above coincidences, and it's possible that it could just be a case of Name's The Same, but William is a serial killer, and lots of serial killers like to keep trophies from their victims. In a sort of creepy and twisted sentiment, William could have named Michael Afton after Michael Brooks as a symbol of one of his achievements.

New Timeline

Author's note: This timeline is an updated version of one I have written and posted on the Sister Location WMG page; updated accordingly with new information (character names, story revelations etc). It omits or plays around with certain fan theories, with explanations as to why down below. This also tries to connect the timeline of the games and the books via Broad Strokes, as I feel there is just enough to take the books into consideration.

In the mid-to-late seventies, an inventor named Henry created animatronic toys to entertain his two children, Charlotte (better known as Charlie) and Samantha (better known as Sammy). Eventually, Henry would go into business with one William Afton, who also owned Afton Animatronics. The animatronics they designed were state of the art for their time, and they would go on to run two restaurants based off of characters Henry created; Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria, and Fredbears Family Diner.
While Henry had a lot of heart in his work, Afton was more business-minded. Afton would also make animatronics for other restaurants — notably Circus Baby's Pizza Place — to make some extra money, but unbeknownst to anyone else, he designed the animatronics with a second purpose; the abduction and murder of children. Why? Who knows, but perhaps it has something to do with a cold, empty bitterness within his heart that he otherwise tried to distract himself from. Afton had a family of his own, and tried to feel the same joy he saw in Henry with his two children. William Afton had a young daughter, Elizabeth, whom he was fairly close to. On the other hand, William had a strained relationship with his eldest son, Michael, on account of Michael getting his girlfriend pregnant before he graduated high school. As for Elizabeth, well, one day she got a little too close to Baby despite her father's insistence not to and was in turn "eaten" by Baby. It was through this that William discovered that his animatronics imprison the souls of the children. So what does William do to Baby/Elizabeth about this revelation? Has her placed in the factory to be sealed up alone in the dark. He couldn't say he didn't warn her, she made her bed and now has to sleep in it.

Years later, William had since moved to a more expensive house, and despite his strained relationship with Michael, allowed Michael to stay in their old house to raise his family. He even gave Michael a job as a day shift guard at Fredbear's Family Diner, which was a walking distance from their house. Michael's family included two sons, his first one who we will call Phillip, and six years later, a second son who we will call Claude. However, out of respect for his sister, Michael left her old bedroom alone and untouched, asking his sons to stay out of the room. Every year on special occasions, the Afton family would have parties at Fredbear's. On Phillip's birthday, it was a fairly busy party, so much so that no one noticed Henry's children Sam and Charlie, with Sam being abducted. Or William Afton strangling Sam to death outside the restaurant on the spur of the moment, only he didn't notice his grandson Claude was a witness. It was from this the Puppet was born.

In 1983, the events of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 occur; Claude has been traumatized by what he witnessed and scared of the restaurant ever since. He was so scared he never talked about what he witnessed. As such, no one knew what was bothering him; as far as his parents knew, Claude was just scared of the animatronics and would just have to eventually get over them; as far as the other kids (especially Phillip) knew, Claude was little more than a crybaby, which made him a target of bullying. Because of the bullying, Claude was all the more scared and reluctant to come forward. On the days before his seventh birthday, Phillip's teasing of Claude got worse, and Claude had no one except for a mysterious Fredbear doll that seemed to talk with him while he was alone. On the day of Claude's seventh birthday, the Afton family once again celebrated at Fredbear's. Since Michael was technically on the job, he asked Phillip to keep an eye on Claude while he was busy. Phillip and his friends ganged up on Claude to tease him, eventually taking him to the Fredbear amimatronic for a "kiss". This led to the bite, which put the party to a stop, and poor Claude into a coma.

Naturally, the family was distressed. Michael felt absolutely helpless as a father for what happened and put all his money in trying to keep his son alive, and get him awake. This put quite the controversy on the Fredbear establishment. Phillip was remorseful about what happened to Claude, but his parents were angry with him, not only for what he did to Claude, but also Phillip's confession to bullying and teasing Claude. The last conversation Michael and Phillip had was Michael giving him a scathing scolding, all but disowning him and letting Phillip know that if Claude died, it was all on him. As it so happens, William had been having problems of his own with Elizabeth's spirit in the factory. Not willing to risk his own skin (pardon the foreshadowing pun), William approached Michael to reveal that his sister's soul is trapped, and if Michael could free her soul, perhaps he can find a way to put his son back together. Desperate, Michael agrees to the job, making a promise to his son to put him back together (which Claude thought was a dream). This leads to the events of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location. Eventually, Michael finds himself in the scooping room, where Ennard scoops his insides and wears him. Over the next few days, Ennard tries to pass himself off as normal, as Michael's flesh rots around it. Eventually, Michael vomits Ennard out, and finds himself somehow alive. Due to his now corpse-like appearance, Michael was forced to leave his family and disappear, now pretty much dead to the public. He never got to find out what happened to his family; not his sons, not their mother, or even if Claude awoke or survived. Michael was forced to lurk in the shadows...

In 1985, with the loss of his family and his animatronic company going up in smoke as a result of unsafe working conditions, William Afton had nothing to distract himself from that empty bitterness in his heart. Eventually, it got the better of him and he finally snapped, deciding to finally completely indulge in the sadism he was holding himself back from. William started his killing spree at Fredbear's, where he wore the Spring Bonnie suit. This second controversy is what shut down the restaurant, and William moved on to Freddy's Pizzaria, where he personally murdered more children. This got Freddy's to shut down and William was made the prime suspect of the missing children incident, but was let go due to lack of evidence. People even began to suspect Henry being the one to have been the killer on account of Sam's death. Unable to handle these rumours, on top of his own grief, Henry created a new animatronic to take his life. His daughter Charlie was a witness to this and was sent to live with her aunt.

In 1987, the events of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 occur. William Afton has since disappeared from the public eye, but Freddy's was reopened under new management with new "Toy" animatronics designed to replace the old ones, who they kept in stock for extra parts. They toys were built with access to the police database to keep an eye on potential predators to avoid a second incident. Another notable animatronic was a "Toy Foxy", who was torn apart by children for not being the Foxy they knew and loved, so eventually the employees got tired of rebuilding it, so they decided to use at as a "build it yourself" game and nicknamed it the Mangle. Jeremy Fitzgerald was hired for a week and had to spend it dealing with the animatronics, and despite their software allowing them to recognize people, they went a little haywire at night. During this week, the old animatronics were being repaired. On top of that, it would appear more children were disappearing, with a police investigation looking into it. Jeremy was eventually moved to the day shift, while Fritz Smith handled Custom Night. The next day, Fritz was fired for tampering with the animatronics, and during a birthday celebration, yet another bite from an animatronic occured. As a result, the toy animatronics were discontinued and the old animatronics were no longer allowed to roam during the day.

In 1990, the events of the original Five Nights at Freddy's occur. The restaurant is standing on its last legs with the main attractions, the animatronics, no longer allowed to wander, and Foxy being out of order, and the Fazbear franchise's previous controversies casting a shadow. A college student, Mike Schmidt, was hired to work the night shift of the restaurant, thinking it'll be a simple job with decent pay (y'know, for the time). After a week-long nightmare at work, Mike was eventually fired with pay for tampering with the animatronics. The tampering, plus Mike revealing what happened there at night to his peers and reporting the death of a co-worker to the police, got the establishment shut down for good. And Mike's stories about what happened became fodder for urban legends surrounding the Fazbear franchise.

In 1995, with the Fazbear franchise dead, it was only natural that it got buried. And that burial was in the form of a half-finished mall that sealed up and hid the restaurant. That mall had a single guard on the premises by the name of David Miller. The events of Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes take place, beginning with the anniversary of the missing children incident, and a memorial at the local school. Charlie returns to her hometown and reunites with her childhood friends, John, Jessica, Carlton, Lamar, and Marla. They decide to revisit what's left of Freddy's for nostalgia, and take Marla's younger brother Jason along with them. During their week-long stay in town, Charlie tries to reconnect mysteries of her past, including the death of her father and brother. On their second visit to Charlie's. they meet Dave, and Jason witnesses a yellow Bonnie costume abduct Carlton. As luck would have it, Carlton's father is the chief of police. While he thinks it's one of Carlton's pranks, he looks into the matter and even looks at old case files of the missing children incident, discovering that David Miller and William Afton are one and the same. Charlie and her friends go back to rescue Carlton, and are attacked by the animatronics, who are pacified when they realize the animatronics are possessed by the spirits of their friends, including Charlie's sibling Sammy. As they are about to leave, they are attacked by Afton in the Spring Bonnie suit. In both self-defense and retaliation, Charlie activates the spring locks in the suit, killing Afton within it. The animatronics drag Afton, suit and all, into the darkness. With her past resolved and the mysteries put to rest, Charlie leaves the restaurant with her friends.

1996, a year later, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones occur. Charlie goes to college just outside her hometown with Jessica and aspires to go into the same line of work as her father. A rash of murders occur, resembling the deaths by springlock failures. Charlie and her friends learn of another set of animatronics designed by William Afton; the very ones he created to abduct and murder children dubbed "The Twisted Ones". Teaming up with Clay Burke in his investigation, more of William Afton's crimes are uncovered and Charlie herself is abducted by the Twisted Ones who take her to William Afton himself, whose soul survived in the same springlock suit he was killed in, and has been using his control over the Twisted Ones to seek revenge on Charlie. Charlie, in the meantime, has been having nightmares about her sibling Sammy and sought answers for what happened. When Charlie's friends come to her rescue, along with the Fazbear gang (leading to an Animatronic vs Animatronic fight with the Twisted Ones), Charlie fights Springtrap and begins to interrogate him about what happened to Sammy, much to Springtrap's confusion. Springtrap is forced to flee, but Charlie is lured and seemingly killed by Twisted!Freddy. Her friends mourn for her, when a woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Charlie enters, to which John says "That's not Charlie."

What happens next? Who knows, considering the books' cliffhanger and the yet-to-be-released next book. However, eventually the Fazbear gang animatronics are destroyed and Springtrap entombed in what's left of Freddy's.

Years later, the events Five Nights at Freddy's 3 take place. Someone decides to make a profit from the urban legends of the Fazbear franchise. The plan was to open a horror-themed attraction called Fazbear's Fright, and even uncovered an actual suit from what's left of the restaurant; unwittingly, with William Afton within said suit. A night guard is hired for the attraction, and in addition to spending a week matching wits with William Afton, now known as Springtrap, this guard also sees things; ghosts of the past. The night guard could leave the establishment anytime he pleases, and yet there is a reason the guard stays behind; it is because he is Michael Afton, and he sought to bring justice to his father. Through a series of puzzles and games, each one of the children's souls is set free, and the establishment is destroyed in a fire. Perhaps by arson, or faulty wiring; either way, the plans to profit off of the horror and tragedy of the Fazbear franchise has literally gone up in smoke.

However, despite the destruction of Fazbear's Fright, Springtrap survives and continues to lurk about and pulls the children's souls back with him due to their unfinished business. Shortly afterwards, the events of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator occur; Michael comes into contact with someone who seeks to help him. It's Henry, who, despite his seeming suicide, seeks to bring an end to the tragic and murderous legacy once and for all. Call it a Mission from God for these two figures, with Henry acting as instructor and Michael acting as both a night guard and a tycoon (the latter possibly through a proxy) for a new "Pizzeria", going as far as to gain corporate sponsors. They use this in a bid to track down and salvage the remaining animatronics; in order to find the Puppet, a suit dubbed "Lefty" was designed to trap it; what remains of Ennard was seemingly destroyed and reassembled into what is known as Molten Freddy, which the children's souls end up possessing since the original animatronics were destroyed; Springtrap and Baby were also salvaged, resulting in a reunion between William Afton and Elizabeth. Unable to afford any more enemies and especially one of his own children, William plays around with Elizabeth's emotions and mental state, appealing to the fact she's his daughter as well as revealing Baby's purpose. From this, Elizabeth was corrupted into being Daddy's Little Villain who desires to be her father's heir and a killer in his footsteps. When the time comes and all the animatronics are gathered in the same place, the truth comes out; this isn't a new pizzeria, nor will it be open to the public. This has all been an elaborate scheme by Henry and Michael to gather the animatronics and souls within them and keep them busy in a maze and free them. The building is set on fire, destroying all within, and bringing an end to the horror once and for all. The children's souls are free, and Michael and Henry are able to move on, with their work being finished. As for William Afton, let's just say he won't stop burning anytime soon.

And now for explanations and theories to back up this timeline.

  • The time setting in Sister Location: This explanation should be simple. Since it's all but spelled out that 4 is set in 1983, I'd says there's some circumstantial evidence placing Sister Location on the same year. Namely, eighties references and the design of Afton's house, cameras showing the child's bedroom show said room is completely intact (as well as the code saying 1983), and Michael apparently going for a Rick Astley look. The cherry on top is the little jingle that plays when the shift ends in Sister Location sounding suspiciously similar to the Van Halen song "Jump"... take a wild guess what year that song was released. Also going with the books, as this timeline does, Afton Animatronics is mentioned, but the books are set in the mid 90's, and in those books, William Afton disappeared from the public eye in the mid 80's, suggesting that Afton Animatronics went under as well, possibly beforehand.
  • Why Michael Afton is not the brother and why he's the father of the two boys in 4: This one should be easy; Michael and what we see of the brother do not look the same. The brother has black hair while Michael clearly had brown hair, a lighter skin complexion, and a slimmer frame. Michael more closely resembles the crying child than he does the child's older brother, so it would make more sense that the child is the one who becomes Michael Afton, but if we are to incur that Sister Location takes place shortly after 4, as the evidence listed above suggests, that would be an impossibility; it would also be equally impossible for Michael to be the older brother for the same reasons.
  • Why Michael is the father of the two boys: Michael is clearly an adult and living in his own house, and the two boys are all but stated to be Afton's and yet, who appears to be their father has to work a small-time job at a restaurant William co-owns, almost like he is struggling financially and has a family of his own to take care of. It is also a pretty good explanation as to why William unfavors Michael, if the older brother was the product of a Teen Pregnancy from a relationship Michael had in high school (from what we see of Michael, he looks fairly young — say, mid-to-late twenties). This also explains why Michael would have to work at Fredbear's as well and why his children constantly have to go; because the restaurant is owned by their family, so William might as well be the family's ultimate source of financial income, especially since he's running both an animatronic factory and two restaurants. Also puts a spin on the "Afton trying to save his dying son" theory.
  • Why Sammy is the Puppet... or being a girl for that matter: In both the books and the games, William's first apparent victim is Henry's child. In the books, it was Sammy, and in the games it was his daughter, who we seem to think is Charlie, who would be an obvious guess. However, when you read between the lines, things get interesting. See, in the books, Charlie just remembered Sammy after years of forgetting what happened. This is also a early childhood memory, and seems to be the most Charlie can remember of Sammy. Sammy is clearly a variation of the name Sam, which can be male or female depending on what the full name is, such as Samantha or Samuel. And it's not like Charlie doesn't go with a male sounding variation of what her full name is (Charlotte). Another thing to not is during Charlie's Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on Springtrap, she demands to know why he took Sammy. Now take note here, Springtrap reacts with confusion and says "I took you", and then you remember that Charlie and Sammy are twins. This implies two things; that William couldn't tell the twins apart, and his mental faculties took a bit of a slippage over the years. Cherry on top is, ever since Five Nights at Freddy's 2, when we see the child who would be the puppet. It was mostly assumed the child was a boy until this game revealed it to be Henry's daughter. The way I see it, we are building up to a similar twist in the books. There's also the fact that the Puppet, despite being a central figure in the lore of the games, isn't accounted for in the books just yet.
  • How Henry is still "alive": This should be easy. He isn't, or at-least not in the way we expect him to be. While is pretty unanimous that Henry is the Cassette Guy, the factor that Henry is dead in the books means there is a case of Spared by the Adaptation, right? Not exactly. In a story that features at least one revenant, ghosts, and possession, is it really any stretch of the imagination that Henry could have pulled a Back from the Dead himself? Especially with him being about as important to the lore as William Afton? While it's possible he could have been Faking the Dead, that explanation doesn't make much sense. Namely, how Henry knew about the souls of the children, and specifically who is who, like the Puppet, Springtrap, and Baby, things that only Charlie and her friends, as well as Michael, were able to find out while the other characters were seemingly blissfully unaware. The simple explanation is that Henry became a ghost-like or undead entity, just like Michael has, which would explain why Henry is working in the shadows. Likewise, it plays on the Mission from God idea, considering Henry seemingly knows what's in store for the souls in the afterlife, especially his dear old friend.
  • Why Michael Afton is not the other night guards: This theory never made sense to me sense MatPat coined it. As stated above, it would make sense if Sister Location was set in the early to mid-eighties, which would effectively make Michael a revenant from that point on. While I agree with the possibility of Michael hunting down and dismantling his father's legacy, as I noted on the Fridge page, I doubt he did so restaurant by restaurant looking like that. While it was also noted on the fridge page, that it's possible Michael has been doing so before Sister Location, that doesn't make much sense since it would seem Sister Location was the catalyst of Michael's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against William, which would put him in his undead state. This gets especially convoluted when you take into account Jeremy Fitzgerald and Fritz Smith; even if Michael wasn't a walking corpse at this point, we are supposed to believe the SAME guy applied for the SAME job at the SAME location on the SAME week under two DIFFERENT identities and no suspicion was raised? Especially when one of them was moved to day shift? It at least makes a little more sense if Michael was the Fazbear's Fright guard, since he could use his appearance as part of the scenery, since this is a horror attraction (bonus points if he's snarky about it). It makes more sense in PS, considering that the whole thing was a ruse.

Lefty was in FNaF 1.
It wasn't Henry who made Lefty - it was William. He decided to create it to trap the Puppet inside and ensure that he would be paralyzed and Go Mad from the Isolation. The carnival background music that plays every so often in 1? That's Lefty's dream wand playing music as it gives the Puppet an electric shock. It's only after the events of 1 and possibly after 3 as well that Lefty is finally able to move again (possibly from the Shadows and Nightmare fusing with it or something).

Downloadable Content will be made for this game, much like Sister Location.
And whatever it is, it will unveil the remaining mysteries behind the series - who the FNAF 3 guard is, the identities of the Shadows, what Nightmare is, who the crying child in 4 becomes... and finally the culprit of the Bite of '87.
  • And hopefully prove MatPat wrong, because the bitching would be glorious.

William Afton's motive wasn't sadism. It was developing A.I.
It never made much sense in Sister Location for him to make incredibly advanced animatronics with human-like A.I just to kidnap and kill kids for fun. It seems like way too much effort, and if he was truly in it For the Evulz, wouldn't he only want to kill up-front like your average Serial Killer? The remnant heavily suggests it was intentional on his part for the animatronics to become haunted. Was it an attempt to bring his family back? Unlikely. The Funtime models were already made to abduct and kill before Elizabeth died. In fact, it was why she died. The Crying Child could be his kid, but we know the Marionette was his first kill. And we see it in a more primitive pizzeria than in Five Nights at Freddy's 4, so it probably came before it. So unless it's an earlier location still running or an Accidental Murder, what gives?

Mr. Afton's motive is one of a Mad Scientist, though likely with some natural sadism mixed in. He wants to do what robotics have dreamed of and create truly human A.I. Cassette Man and the Fredbear/Fazbear franchise gave him the opportunity. It also gave him a reason to do what he did in droves — he needs to keep up with supply and demand. Perhaps William thought he could use this A.I. for more important projects, like Terminator-esque soldiers for the military or sentient vehicles. By killing someone and extracting the soul, he has a model on which to base an A.I. And what better model than human intelligence? This is why he kills. He could use anyone for this, but chooses children because they're easier to get a hold of. His partner supplies the kids, though obviously he doesn't know what William is doing.

While his kids dying is tragic, it's not the reason he started this. However, it did accelerate things and led him to commit even more murders — he has an extra incentive. And it made him even more numb to human suffering. Then the company closed down, and he was left without someone to cover his ass or continue the project. So he came back and disposed of the evidence. If the remnant is destroyed, William thought, it will eliminate the consciousness. What he failed to realize was that there was something truly supernatural going on, not just Fantastic Science — hence the ghosts. He got into Springtrap, springlock mutilation, and spending thirty years alone, completely destroying his Mask of Sanity. The remnant there kept his soul bound. However, unlike the children, William has no unfinished business and is only being kept in the physical realm because of the remnant. Once it's gone, there's only one place his soul can and will go to.

If Ultimate Custom Night is supposed to be William's Hell, then Endless Tycoon Mode is Phone Guy's Heaven.
Keep in mind: Phone Guy's stuck around with the restaurants due to his love of the animatronics. Being put in a position where not only those characters thrive and entertain children, but do so without the corrupt background and notoriety Fazbear Entertainment gained over the years, would probably be a good way to put him at ease. Plus, he's making sure that the restaurant does its job and doesn't put any of its patrons at harm.

For extra deliciousness, those phonecalls he gives in UCN really are from him during Tycoon Mode, but they're for a "night shift guy" he has yet to see — In this case, it's William dealing with all the horrors of a Fazbear nighttime shift that never ends.

The Mediocore Melodies were animatronic ideas that didn't make the cut.
They were mascots Cassette Man had in mind that he wanted to add, both to expand the Freddy franchise and later to displace Mr Afton's influence. The Fazbear corporation decided not to because either William Afton didn't want robots loyal to his business partner getting in the way of his murder spree, and/or they were afraid to get a They Changed It, Now It Sucks! response. He managed to get them as part of a spin-off franchise when Fazbear's went belly's up and to clean up whatever the now Artificial Zombie William Afton was up to. That didn't last, eventually ending in them being the Rare Finds in the Pizzeria Simulator.

This is assuming the Crying Child in Fnaf 4 is the Purple Guy's son, and Sister Location is before Fnaf 2. When he died in 1983, Afton was angry and killed Henry's daughter in an attempt to "make them even". He started treating Michael poorly because he caused the accident as the older brother, and probably killed his friends because of their involvement in it. The Funtime Animatronics would kidnap kids so as to try and resurrect his son, but that backfired when his daughter died. Deciding that if he can't have kids nobody can, he started personally killing kids until his death, zombification and destruction.

There are FOUR Afton siblings/children.
It's been speculated that the Crying Child/Bite Victim is the brother of Michael and Elizabeth. Well, he is, but there's a third brother: the Older Brother. Why are there four kids rather than two or three? Well, look at the picture of the four children in the canon ending. Two of the children look like they could be our protagonists: Michael is said to look like "Purple Guy." He's the tallest/oldest boy, in the purple suit and light-colored hair, and looks the most like William Afton (assuming the smiling man in the training clips is indeed William). The Bite Victim is the younger boy in the tie, and his hair is gelled just enough to keep that stray lock of hair out of his face. Elizabeth is the youngest, being the little girl hugging Freddy's leg, who loves the animatronics and because of her interest, is William's favorite (being the only daughter likely helps). Who's the devious little shit in front of Michael, and next to the much happier Bite Victim? He's the Older Brother. Come on, they're the only four children actually shown in this game, why would Scott show a picture of these four children if they're not important at all? The Older Brother had gray text in FNAF 4 after all, and then in this game, we see him speaking in gray text again as Gray Person watching TV, telling Yellow Man/William to leave Michael alone, because he's had a rough day. Or, perhaps, Michael is Gray Person, and he's telling William to leave his new, traumatized Un Favorite alone.

If you interpret 4 as being the nightmares of the Older Brother rather than the Bite Victim, several more theories make sense. While the Bite of 83 takes place four years before the Bite of 87, FNAF 4 itself takes place possibly quite soon before FNAF 2. This gives the Older Brother a good My God, What Have I Done? moment, as well as motivation to become a night guard to see for himself the veracity of the rumors surrounding his father and his new franchise. Older Brother assumes the fake name Jeremy Fitzgerald, and is later promoted to day shift- and, karmically becomes the victim of the Bite of 87. It's simply not possible, or very very odd, for Michael to be both Jeremy and Fritz.

Perhaps he's reconciled with post-Sister Location Michael, who is waiting in the wings ready to take over for his younger brother who is absolutely furious with William. When "Jeremy" gets promoted, Michael takes over as "Fritz" and tampers with the animatronics, as he already worked as a technician as "Eggs Benedict." We don't see the Older Brother after 2 because he's been lobotomized already; it's down to Michael to avenge his younger siblings and get revenge on his father. Cue the events of FNAF 1, where he's bold enough to take the name Mike Schmidt; FNAF 3 which takes place 30 years later, FNAF 6/Pizzeria Simulator where Michael burns William and Elizabeth to kill them off once and for all.


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