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“I always come back.”
William Afton is the co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment as well as the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's series. He is a serial killer who was directly and indirectly responsible for numerous incidents, deaths and tragedies throughout the series. His role in the franchise's story is pivotal.
Since William Afton is only ever seen in human form in some of the minigames, it's hard to pin down his exact appearance to the point where it’s mostly unknown. In the minigames his sprite color ranges from various tones of purple, depending on the minigame. It is worth noting that he may appear purple because he is simply hiding in the shadows. His mouth appears to almost always be put in the form of a elongated sadistic smile. William is seen as having a cleft chin outside of the minigames. It isn't until Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that he retained a semi-consistent appearance, underutilized as it may be, though he has expressive eyes and a mouth that conveys his emotional state.
The most detail William has shown is during the SAVETHEM Death Minigame, in which he appears as a tall skinny man with a long neck and has glowing, white eyes, a yellow object on his chest which resembles a security badge, and holds a purple object, which is speculated to be a weapon or tool, it extends in his hand in a beckoning pose.
It is implied that his true appearance is the same as his novel counterpart, which could mean his facial features include having lifeless grey eyes, pale saggy skin, a poorly shaven face, dark brown messy hair, and the appearance of a middle-aged man.
“FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S Graphic designed animatronic bipedal green rabbit, Springtrap, with only partial right ear, and holes throughout body exposing wiring.”
The suit is a drab olive color, with darker colors on his stomach and the insides of his ears. A great portion of his right ear is missing, with a single red wire sticking out of the stump. Springtrap's entire body is torn and tattered, with gaping holes bearing exposed wires and caging throughout, making him appear much more macabre-looking than any of the other animatronics from any previous installments in the series. His green/brown/black nose has an irregular squarish shape due to deterioration. While both of Springtrap's hands and feet are attached and generally intact, his legs are entirely stripped from the mid-shin down, fully exposing the endoskeleton wiring and metal. Several of his finger joints from each hand are missing their suit overlays. The middle and little fingers of Springtrap's right hand are notably missing their fingertips (this is no longer the case for his model in future games). A single black button can be seen on the middle of his chest. If one looks closely at the large hole in Springtrap's chest (which is located under his button), Willam Afton's broken yet somehow still alive body can be seen. Springtrap has a wide, permanent grin, as the material surrounding his teeth has deteriorated. His jaw can be seen moving on occasions, such as during his second jumpscare, on CAM 15, his first rare-boot, along with Scott Cawthon's "Thank You!" image. Springtrap's endoskeleton feet appear wedge-shaped, with each sporting five toes. As of the 8th of October, 2016, images of an early Springtrap model show his visible endoskeleton torso in the shape of an upside-down triangle. It has six "ribs", which almost act like actual animal ones.
Both of Springtrap's eyes are properly set inside of his head, and appear to be pale gray in color. The eyes themselves as multiple blood-vessels can be seen in them. They also appear to be glowing, suggesting that William Afton remains alive as a result of a paranormal event. Out of his whole body, only his head, bits of flesh and blood-vessels can be spotted. This is due to Scott not seeing a purpose in adding details in places not visible to the player during normal gameplay. His head can be seen more clearly in three rare-boot images depicting Springtrap trying to tear his own mask off. However, only after passing all end-of-night minigames would it be known to the player that this is actually William Afton, as the last minigame shows him getting springlocked and dying in the suit.
As seen in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted, Springtrap also walks and crawls with a limp. The arm joints also appear to be loose, though this may simply be due to the deteriorated condition of the original suit. Help Wanted also alters his general design, the suit itself being a lighter color. The biggest change between the Help Wanted model and the original is the body of William Afton. The eyes are now bright green with black pupils, looking more animatronic than human this time. While the corpse's head is a dark purple in color, the rest of the flesh on the body is a dark brown. Parts of the flesh are missing, such as the strands of flesh on the lower legs, or the flesh that goes from the torso to the pelvis. His endoskeleton is rustier, and seems slightly less detailed.
Springtrap's design in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery is a lot closer to the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 design, with some very slightly different textures from his original look. The biggest difference is William Afton's mouth, which moves alongside his jaw. Like most other Special Delivery animatronics, the more damage Springtrap takes, the more broken he is, gaining more dark burn and dirt marks over time.
“Similar to Springtrap, Scraptrap is a yellowish rabbit, though he's considerably more worn and damaged, with holes throughout his body and wires poking out. His top jaw shows off buckteeth, with pointed fangs on his bottom jaw. With a severed forearm, no ears, and some suspiciously human-looking parts beneath his fur, Scraptrap is certainly a sight to behold.”
William Afton returned once again in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator with a new design, dubbed Scraptrap by fans. While he does retain some key physical details from Springtrap's design, there are some major differences. Unlike the previous design where his interior was mostly machinery, it is now almost entirely organic, and shows his human skeleton as well as flesh, with five bony fingers as his right hand. The reason as to why William Afton is much more detailed this time is probably because his full body can be seen in one of the rare-boot screens. There are more torn patches in his suit with multiple metal-wires, and he has lost his left forearm, half his left ear, and the rest of his right ear. His feet now have fabric over them, with three large, round toes on each foot. His eyes no longer glow and now look completely metallic.
The mask also has significant differences, with much larger eye sockets, a black nose, a square muzzle, a singular pair of buck teeth at the top row and small sharp needle-like teeth at the bottom. Afton's mummified head is clean of blood, now with ears, thicker lips, rigged teeth and a dimple. The texture of the skin appears to be bone, showing that his corpse has decayed to the point where his skeleton is exposed.
Initially, William's story was mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, or by reading between the lines throughout the games.
William Afton is the textbook definition of evil. He is the serial child killer who sparked the downfall of Fazbear Entertainment, and started the tragic chain of events that leads players throughout the series. It's heavily implied William's true motive is to gain the secret of immortality and live eternally alongside fulfilling his cruel and sadistic pleasures. Judging by his actions and appearance within the games, William is wicked, cold-blooded and methodical, clearly showing no remorse for his actions. He was even malicious enough to murder his closest friend Henry's daughter Charlotte, an event which caused Henry immense emotional turmoil to the point where he nearly committed suicide. This shows that William is more than willing to hurt his own friends physically, emotionally and mentally.
As shown in every minigame he appears in, he always smiles in a unhinged manner during his killings, and in the Pizza Party minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted, which appears to be a recreation of one of Afton's murders, William in the form of Glitchtrap can be seen dancing gleefully after murdering the victim, taunting them while they are trapped inside of a robotic suit and suffering a slow and painful death. Both of these examples show that William is extremely ruthless and sadistic and appears to take delight, satisfaction, and pride in the murder of innocent people, especially children. One of William's voice lines in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator suggest that he is opportunistic and will proceed with his intentions, regardless of the risks.
Heard in the opening cutscene of Sister Location, William shows a rather calm and neutral personality. This is likely to hide his true intentions and evil mindset while showing that he is a manipulator and seemingly theatrical, being able to easily put on a character to fool people. The fact that he created the Funtime Animatronics, which are very advanced and technological, shows that he has a genius level intellect, a talent for robotics, and is very proud of his creations. He is also fascinated by how they have evolved after the events of Sister Location.
His voice lines in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery indicate that he is arrogant, boastful, and overconfident in his way of thinking, and even suggests that he wants his victims to fear and respect him as well as suffer slowly before he kills them. This is in stark contrast to his subtle, poetic, and calculated voice. His mannerisms are incredibly flamboyant and unhinged. It seems that William's hubris grew larger as he became more experienced as a killer, likely due to the fact that he was never caught or convicted for his crimes and always got away with them. This explains his behavior in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. Given his nature, William is most likely not completely insane, he just seemingly does not care for the difference between right and wrong, and simply chooses to be evil for no other reason than to achieve his twisted and unethical goals.
It is heavily suggested that William is driven by an iron will to live no matter the cost and has an immense fear of death, which pushed him to survive even in the most deadly situations time and time again. He showcases this by confidently stating "I always come back". this shows that despite William's immense cruelty and arrogance, he is at his core a coward when facing his own demise and retribution for his actions.
Despite his cruel nature, it is implied that he loved his daughter Elizabeth, since he warned her not to go near Circus Baby, as he programmed the animatronic to be homicidal. Elizabeth herself implies that Baby was made as a symbol of affection to her. William even orders his son Michael to free Elizabeth from Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental. However, William knew Elizabeth's possession of Baby, yet paid and allowed technicians to shock her for an indefinite amount of time. Taking this into account, it's likely his connection towards Elizabeth wasn't as genuine as it seemed.
Besides that, his relationship with his son Michael is made more clear. From what we learn from Sister Location, William sent him on a dangerous mission to rescue Elizabeth from the underground facility, which ended up in Michael's gruesome death and reanimation as a rotting corpse. This indicates that he hates Michael, and doesn't care about him in any way whatsoever. Taking in all of this information, it's likely that he didn't have an emotional connection to his family, rendering him to be truly heartless.
William Afton was the founder of Afton Robotics, LLC and co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment, Inc.. William had two known children with an unknown wife; his daughter Elizabeth Afton, and his son Michael Afton. It's heavily implied he has a third unnamed child.
In 1983, the duo opened their second location together, Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. For unknown reasons, William murdered Henry's daughter, Charlotte Emily, outside of said establishment. Before or after this incident occurred, Afton's presumed third child was killed after being shoved into Fredbear's operating mouth, thus causing Fredbear's Family Diner to close.
In either 1983 or 1985 on the night of June 26th, William killed five children named Gabriel, Jeremy, Susie, Fritz, and Cassidy at Freddy's using a Spring Bonnie costume to gain their trust. However, he was caught on camera, but was apparently let go, most likely due to the bodies never being found and thus there was no concrete evidence he was guilty. However, the five children would later be reborn with the help of the The Puppet who was possessed by Charlie. Because of this, they then go on to haunt Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and the elusive Golden Freddy respectively. The spirits then gained a thirst for revenge against their murderer or any adults like him out of confusion, thus causing their homicidal actions against anyone who enters the pizzeria after dark. Customers start noticing blood and mucus coming from the animatronics, which leads to Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closing down and the company to be sold to unknown buyers.
After the pizzeria's closure, William hosts a private party for his own restaurant before opening day called Circus Baby's Pizza World with a new set of animatronics called the Funtime Animatronics. One in particular, Circus Baby, was seemingly made for his daughter, Elizabeth. This is false, however, as William designed these robots not with the intent of entertainment, but to capture and kill children to obtain Remnant, a supernatural substance which he discovered from the haunted robots at Freddy's. Afton wanted to discover the secrets of Remnant to become immortal. Elizabeth was warned not to go anywhere near the animatronics. However, she ignored his orders, resulting in her death. This led to the cancellation of the pizzeria's grand opening and the incident to be masked as a gas leak.
Afton then opened Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental, which is a service that lets customers rent out the Funtime Animatronics for private parties. He soon sold the rights of his independent company to Fazbear Entertainment. At an unknown time period, William sent his son Michael into the facility to locate and "free" Elizabeth, who's spirit had possessed Baby.
In 1987, William, apparently as a security guard under a new alias, proceeded to kill five more children at the New Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Location, who are heavily implied to haunt the Toy Animatronics. Afterwards, William once again vanished.
During or after 1993, William went to the abandoned lower-budget Freddy's restaurant to dismantle the original animatronics so they could not pose a threat to him anymore. However, he awoke the ghosts of the five children he murdered and unintentionally freed them from their metal suits that trapped their souls. This resulted in them trying to attack William. Fleeing from the spirits, William escaped into the safe room where Spring Bonnie had been placed for storage, he donned the suit to hide in.
In his arrogance, William stood and laughed at the ghosts while inside Spring Bonnie. The springlock mechanisms within Spring Bonnie went loose, resulting in the endoskeleton parts and gears to spring back into place, severely mutilating his body and causing his slow and agonizing death. Phone Guy's tapes also foreshadow this; he explains that the person wearing the costumes must not get moisture on the springlocks or make sudden movements to decrease the chance of injury. Afton broke these rules; he made sudden movements by hastily climbing into the suit and disregarded the rainwater seeping into the building and onto the springlocks.
Many years later, Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction was being made as a homage to The Missing Children Incident and other incidents that made Fazbear Entertainment infamous. Employees found the withered Spring Bonnie animatronic in one of the safe rooms and reused it for the attraction. There, William's corpse was reanimated and he came back as Springtrap. He remained there for less than a week, stalking and hunting the night guard during the night, until the building burnt down.
Springtrap was revealed to have survived the burning, as seen from the final cutscene in Sister Location.
His fate after the fire was revealed in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. He left the remains of Fazbear's Fright and eventually ended up in the Back Alley outside Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, where he was salvaged, and later destroyed, in the burning of the pizzeria as part of his old friend Henry's revenge and ultimate plan, while the rest of the souls were laid to rest. Only William remained.
He was prevented from moving on to Hell and was being tormented in his mind by the vengeful spirit of Golden Freddy, the fifth victim William killed in the Missing Children Incident, a child named Cassidy.
After several years, he escapes from his endless torture and once again comes back, this time as a digital virus known as Glitchtrap, after the developers of The Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience scanned the ancient circuit boards of William's charred suit's remains, which his soul was latched on to. Trapped inside the game and wanting to get out, he invades the mind of a beta tester named Vanny, who he has brainwashed into committing his evil deeds at the Freddy Fazbear's Mega Pizzaplex.
|Five Nights at Freddy's||Cameo||Referred on the Backstory Newspaper.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 2||Minor character||First physical appearance; minigame character (Minigames)*; overarching antagonist.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 3||Major character||Minigame character (Minigames).|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 4||Cameo||Minigame character (Minigames).|
|Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location||Cameo||Voice heard in opening cutscene; overarching antagonist.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery||Cameo||Briefly appears in the trailer.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's 3||Major character||First appearance; main antagonist.|
|Ultimate Custom Night||Major character||Selectable antagonist.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted||Major character||Posthumous antagonist.|
|Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery||Major character||Posthumous antagonist.|
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