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Father... It's me, Michael.
Michael Afton, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Michael Afton (also nicknamed as "Eggs Benedict" by the HandUnit) is the main protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location and Freddy Fazbears Pizzeria Simulator. He is the son of the Fazbear Entertainment, Inc. co-founder and killer William Afton.

Physical Appearance

As is common with other protagonists in the Five Nights at Freddy's series, little to nothing of the protagonist is shown. In the game's real ending, the reflection of a simple, black silhouette in a dirty mirror is all that can be seen. In the Custom Night minigames, it's seen that he has a fairly light skin tone, dark brown hair, and blue eyes. He also wears a purple shirt and blue pants.

Personality

Initially, very little was known about Michael, aside from the fact he was the technician hired to take care of the location and its animatronics. He returned to his job every night of the week despite the danger, which HandUnit mentions implying he is very brave. He also seems to enjoy watching soap operas or at least "The Immortal and Restless" as he spent all of his nights watching the program and even makes popcorn for the event.

In his monologue in the Custom Night cutscene, Michael revealed that he was hired on his father's request to blindly find and free his sister Elizabeth, showing a strong family loyalty. He also seemed happy when saying Elizabeth was "free now", further showing his affection for her. He speaks in a rather calm, yet brooding tone of voice. Michael may also suffer from depression, as he shows sadness at the fact that he is now a monster unable of being seen in public, forcing him to hide in the shadows.

In the Survival Logbook, Michael is shown to be sarcastic, making various comments about the Fazbear Entertainment's lack of safety or care for its employees the book also shows that Michael is paranoid suggesting he sleep with one eye open while on the job and when asked why he wanted the job on page six he states for the free pizza this could mean he quite enjoys pizza.

Appearances

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Main Gameplay

On Night 1, Michael got a job as a technician at Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental, and HandUnit greets him. Then showing him how to check on the animatronics, and if they are not in their proper places, he must electrocute them to put them back on to their stages. Michael successfully electrocutes Ballora and Funtime Foxy, but couldn't do the same to Circus Baby, since she wasn't on her stage.

On Night 2, Michael checks on Ballora and Funtime Foxy, but when he checks on Baby, the control-shock doesn't work, causing HandUnit to shut down the system. After this, Baby starts talking to Michael and tells him to hide under the desk. After surviving the Bidybabs, Michael crawls through the Ballora Gallery, avoiding it entirely. He then manages to get to the Breaker Room, where he reboots all systems while playing audio to keep Funtime Freddy at bay.

On Night 3, Michael returns, checking on Ballora and Funtime Foxy. He then runs through the Funtime Auditorium while avoiding Funtime Foxy. Michael arrives at Parts and Service, where he performs a repair on Funtime Freddy and traps Bon Bon to get Freddy's second power module. When he returns through the Funtime Auditorium, Funtime Foxy attacks him, knocking him unconscious.

On Night 4, Michael wakes up in a springlock suit. Then Baby starts talking to him and explains that she kidnapped him. Then two technicians enter the building and send Ballora to the Scooping Room, where Michael is located. Then Michael witnessed how the Scooper is used on Ballora, to later have to survive an attack by the Minireenas.

On Night 5, Michael checks the stages, only to see the same two technicians hanged the night before. Then go back through the Funtime Auditorium, and into Parts and Service, to see a lifeless Circus Baby. She explains that she is faking it and that something bad happened that day. He then enters a sequence of random numbers on a keyboard that opens out of Baby's left center faceplate. After entering the access code, Michael receives a chip from her upper armpit so that she can communicate with him after they have picked it up. Following this Michael sends Baby to the Scooping Room. She then instructs him to return to the Funtime Auditorium and follow her instructions. Once Michael completes Baby's instructions. She reveals that his help was actually part of a plan to use him as a host body to escape the center. Then the scooper is used on Michael, killing him.

Custom Night Cutscenes

After beating a Custom Night preset on Very Hard mode, a cutscene plays the event after Ennard wearing Michael's skin from the Real Ending. There are a total of 8 cutscenes.

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

In the second cutscene, everything is the same, but he has minor skin color change from tan-pink to tan. The people around him continue to wave cheerfully.

In the third cutscene, his skin seems to be more of a green color and his eyes are now dark gray instead of blue. The first person he walks past has a bewildered expression on his face.

In the fourth cutscene, his skin becomes a darker greenish-brown; his eyes are also now completely black. The last three people he walks by look on in confusion.

In the fifth cutscene, he looks much more decrepit than he did in the past cutscenes, with his skin looking more greenish-brown in color, half of his hair missing, and a strange glow in one eye. Everyone around him appears very concerned.

In the sixth cutscene, his skin has turned a dull light-indigo, now having a cream-colored glow in both of his eyes, crooked teeth, and is completely bald. His pants have also changed from a vivid blue to a dull teal color. There are fewer people around him, and one of them is hiding behind their house in fear.

In the last cutscene, he is hunched over, missing his nose, and his skin is a dark purple color. His eyes have changed from a dull cream color to completely white. His shoes, along with all of his other apparel, are missing apart from his pants, which have not changed since the previous cutscene. His appearance is now very reminiscent of William Afton in the previous games. Everyone around him has hidden behind their houses in dread. Eventually, his body has a spasm, and he regurgitates Ennard's remains into the sewer. He lies on the ground, presumably dead. The player then hears Circus Baby's voice repeating "you won't die", and he then rises in an unnatural manner while the regurgitated animatronic eyes show up in the sewer.

After beating Golden Freddy mode on Very Hard, another cutscene will play involving Michael. During the whole cutscene, Michael says:

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

Soon after, Springtrap appears and the screen goes black.

Trivia

  • As with his father William, and as evident by the Golden Freddy mode cutscene, Michael speaks using a South-Eastern English accent.
  • His nickname is a reference to a type of food named "Eggs Benedict".
  • His short name, "Mike", is noticed on the white sticker printed above the screen from the HandUnit.
  • Michael is either the first protagonist in the series to die canonically during main gameplay, or the second to die overall if theories about the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 protagonist are to be believed.
  • He is the only protagonist in the series that is a technician.
    • He is also the second protagonist in the series to not be working as a night guard for any of the establishments, after the fourth game's protagonist.
  • He is the third protagonist to be jumpscared and live, as the player gets jumpscared by Funtime Foxy at the end of Night 3 but the next night starts after that. The first being the protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3 by the phantom animatronics and the second being the protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 with Nightmare Foxy/Nightmare Mangle.
  • Michael is the fifth character in the series to physically reveal part of his human appearance, with his silhouette being seen through the mirror along with purple eyes. The other ones are Mike Schmidt from the first game (in the Game Over screen), William from the third and sixth game, and the two hanged technicians on this game.
  • Assuming the child from Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is not the main protagonist, this is the first time in which a character's appearance is detailed in any way, done so via a silhouette.
  • The name "Eggs Benedict" is impossible to type on HandUnit's keypad since the letter B is missing.
  • He seems to be a fan of the show "The Immortal and the Restless", even going as far as to bring out a bowl of popcorn for the occasion.
  • His appearance in the mirror in the "real" ending appears to be a blacked-out image of Rick Astley from his 1987 music video "Never Gonna Give You Up", which has gained notability due to its use in the infamous Rick Roll.
  • During the fake ending, Michael is the third protagonist in the series to be fired, following Mike Schmidt from the first game, and Fritz Smith from the second game.
    • However, he doesn't receive a slip stating that he is fired, unlike Mike Schmidt and Fritz Smith.
  • Michael speaks with a robotic voice in the final cutscene. This caused some confusion over whether this was intentional. Scott Cawthon later confirmed that this was for dramatic effect.[1]
  • It is heavily implied throughout the Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Logbook, that the book at one point belonged to Michael Afton.
    • There is also a theory debate in the FNaF community that Michael Afton could've been the crying child or the older brother (the FNaF 4 bully).
      • The survival logbook can be interpreted as implying that Michael could've been the Crying Child.
        • However as seen in Step Closer, the protagonist, Pete has some similarities/connections with Michael and how he could've been the older brother.
          • This can be debunked, however, as Foxy gives Pete nightmares, similarly to how the older brother scares the Crying Child.
            • Nothing was confirmed, however, and the debate is still open to this day.
    • Assuming that he is the Crying Child, then this explains why Michael knows about Nightmare Fredbear.
    • It is also said that he has a bad habit of chewing bubblegum.
    • It also reveals that his favorite TV character is Clara from the The Immortal and the Restless.
    • Michael actually prefers a basket of cash instead of Exotic Butters.
  • Michael is one of the only human characters in the series seen outside of minigame cutscenes with the other being Mike Schmidt.
  • A theory prominent in the Five Nights at Freddy's community is that Michael may be the protagonist in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. This is evidenced by Henry's quote implying that the protagonist would've wanted to die amongst the animatronics as Michael is undead, and Michael's line about finding a place where all of the animatronics are located including his father.
  • It's implied by the creator Scott Cawthon that Michael will be the protagonist of the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's (Film).[2]
  • Michael Afton along with Charlotte Emily has been considered the most developed and interesting protagonists in the franchise as they have a direct connection to the lore and history.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Main Gameplay

Minigame Cutscenes

Misc

Videos

Dialogue

Michael Afton talking at the end of the Custom Night from Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location.

Father. It's me, Michael. I did it. I found it. It was right where you said it would be. They were all there. They didn't recognize me at first, but then... they thought I was you. (Heavy sigh) And I found her. I... put her back together, just like you asked me to. She's free now. But something is wrong with me. I should be dead. But I'm not. I've been living in shadows. There is only one thing left for me to do now. I'm going to come find you. [ominous voice] I'm going to come find you...
{{{2}}},

References

  1. The "robotic" sound in the voice was actually an unintended side effect of me slowing down the end of the line reading (for dramatic effect). It wasn't intended to sound robotic. Unfortunately, this minor detail caused a lot of confusion. - - Reddit
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/fivenightsatfreddys/comments/jxvesb/bad_news_about_the_fnaf_movie/
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