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William Afton is the main antagonist and central figure of the Five Nights at Freddy's series.

He was directly and indirectly responsible for numerous incidents occuring thoughout the series. His role in the franchise's story is pivotal.

Physical Appearance

William Afton's appearance in the minigames is represented with the size and height of an adult man, and with his sprite color ranging from various tones of purple, depending on the minigame, however it is important to note that his skin tone might actually not be purple but is only represented in this way.

He is also sometimes depicted wearing a yellow accessory on his chest, presumably a badge. It isn't until Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that he retained a consistent appearance, undetailed as it may be, though he has expressive eyes and a mouth that conveys his emotional state.

Another instance in which William shows more detail than his other appearances is during the SAVETHEM Death Minigame, in which he has glowing, white eyes, a yellow object on his chest which resembles a badge and either, holds a purple object, which is speculated to be a weapon or tool, or extends his hand in a beckoning pose.

Upon inspection of William as Springtrap, small glimpses of what was once William's innards can be seen. Rare death-screens also show William's mummified head.


Initially, William's story was mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, or by reading between the lines throughout the games.

William is the murderer of the five children that sparked the downfall of Fazbear Entertainment, and started the chain of events that leads players through the series. Judging by his actions and appearance within the games, William is cruel, cold-blooded and methodical, clearly feeling no remorse for his actions. It isn't until he is confronted by the supposed ghosts of the five children that he shows any other emotion, fear. His motives are unknown and cryptic.

Heard in the opening cutscene of Sister Location, William formerly had a rather calm and neutral personality.

The Pizza Party minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted appears to be a recreation of one of Afton's murders. Judging by how he proceeds to dance gleefully after having successfully murdered the victim, William takes joy and pleasure in his murders. One of William's voicelines in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator suggest that he is opportunistic, and will murder children regardless of the risks.

In contrast to his subtle 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, which explains his behaviour in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.


Five Nights at Freddy's 2

William first appears in several minigames that occasionally occurs after the player gets killed by one of the animatronics, including Foxy Go! Go! Go!, Take Cake to the Children, and SAVETHEM where he started his killing spree way back in the past before the events of the second game.

His murder was revealed in both Take Cake to the Children and Foxy Go! Go! Go!, where he killed the crying assigned child outside of the restaurant and five children respectively. In the SAVETHEM minigame, William sometimes appears in one room upon entering and will suddenly rush towards Withered Freddy (whom the player plays as) to end the minigame, resulting in a game crash along with a text reading "you can't". There is no way to avoid him upon seeing him.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

William makes his first physical appearance in the third game as a reanimated corpse trapped within a heavily damaged Spring Bonnie suit (likely used in the murders), known as Springtrap.

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Before the starting events of the third game, William appears in the end-of-night minigames within the abandoned Freddy Fazbear's Pizza where his fate of becoming Springtrap is revealed. In the first four end-of-night minigames, William will dismantle the four original animatronics when they attempt to go to the Safe Room, one by one on each nights. Upon attempting to enter the room while following Shadow Freddy, the "ERR" message will be displayed. If the animatronic do not enter the room for a little while, William will dismantle them regardless.

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On Night 5, however, five spirits appear and enter the Safe Room along with William. After one of the spirits taunts him, he seemingly hides in the Springbonnie suit. He is then crushed to death in the suit due to the malfunctioning springlocks. 30 years later, he is later reborn as Springtrap.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

While William Afton does not appear as an antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy's 4, he does makes a cameo in Fredbear's Family Diner at the end of Night 3, where, if the player goes back to the Dining Room when the man in the Fredbear suit is first seen, William appears to be helping an employee into a Spring Bonnie suit.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

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

Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator

William once again appeared in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, as a heavily withered version of Springtrap.

Ultimate Custom Night

Both of William's incarnations return in the mashup Ultimate Custom Night.

Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted

Afton returns in Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted as Glitchtrap.

Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery

William Afton appears in Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery as Springtrap, however it has been confirmed this isn't the actual William Afton.

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Five Nights at Freddy's 3


Five Nights at Freddy's 4




As William appears in many minigames, he makes various noises when performing different actions. The sound effects played are as follows:


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The sound played when William charges at an animatronic to dismantle it. It also plays on the three rare Springtrap boot screens.

Crazy garble

The sound played when William is fleeing from the dead children.


The sound played when William is crushed inside Springtrap.


The sound played when William is in the Springtrap suit, presumably laughing at the children.


William moaning inside of Springtrap while he moves.



A board member (first) and William Afton (second) talking about Circus Baby in the intro to FNaF Sister Location:

Board Member:

There’s no doubting what you’ve achieved on a technical level. These are clearly state-of-the-art. There are just certain design choices that were made for these robots that we don’t fully understand. We were hoping that you could shed some light on those.

William Afton:

She can dance, she can sing, she’s equipped with a built-in helium tank for inflating balloons right at her fingertips. She can take song requests. She can even dispense ice-cream.

Board Member:

With all due respect, those aren’t the design choices we were curious about, Mr Afton.



  • William Afton was initially known as Purple Guy by fans due to his purple sprite in the Five Nights at Freddy's 2 Death Minigames "Take Cake to the Children" and "Foxy Go! Go! Go!" He would make further appearances in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Five Nights at Freddy's 4 using a similar sprite in other pixelated minigames. It wasn't until Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location that the name "Afton" would be used, finally tying Purple Guy to the William Afton in the novels.
  • Unlike most human characters in the series, William Afton speaks using a southeastern British Accent. Afton's voice provider, PJ Heywood, mentioned in an interview that he based Afton's personality upon Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.
  • A full view of William Afton's corpse head in his Springtrap incarnation appeared in the Ultimate Custom Night Demo troll game as one of the enemy sprites.
  • Most of his actions throughout the series imply that he is right-handed.
    • In the minigames of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and Five Nights at Freddy's 3, he uses his right hand when holding his weapon. This does not include his flipped sprite.
    • As Glitchtrap, he waves with his right hand.
    • In Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery, Springtrap reaches the player with his right hand.

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

  • Due to the significant changes made to the mobile ports, the second game's mobile version is the only mobile port in the series where William has a major role, as he only makes an appearance in the third game's mobile version in the rare Springtrap boot screens, whereas in the fourth game's mobile version he is absent.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

  • Occasionally, when the third game starts up, one of three images may appear of Springtrap revealing the William's rotting corpse inside of him, similarly to the eyeless Bonnie screen from the first game and the eyeless screens from the second game.
    • Part of William's lower jaw can also briefly be seen in Springtrap's right-side jumpscare, and while he is in sight on CAM 15.
  • With assorted parts of his flesh visible, William is the second human character to make any sort of on-screen appearance, after Mike Schmidt (as his eyes and teeth are visible in the Game Over screen in the first game).
    • With these visible parts of his body, some discerning features can be made out in William, such as a cleft chin.
    • Along with that, William is also the only character who has revealed more of an on-screen appearance (that being the Jumpscares, Extras, and rare boot screens).
  • The code for Night 4's minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (395248) is the hex code of purple in reverse (#842593).

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

  • William Afton is voiced by PJ Heywood, who also voiced Michael from the final cutscene ending, and later for William's second reanimated incarnation in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator.
  • Michael Afton as a corpse in the final minigame cutscene bears an eerie resemblance to William Afton's minigame sprites from the previous installments.
  • As opposed to his second reanimated incarnation, Afton's voice sounds noticeably more smooth than future games, in which his voice sounded more gravelly.

Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery

  • William Afton's "SAVETHEM" minigame sprite from the second game appeared briefly from the far bottom right of the launch trailer video, at timestamp 1:31.

Core Series Characters
Standard Animatronics
Bonnie (ClassicWithered)Chica (ClassicWithered)Foxy (ClassicWithered)Freddy Fazbear (ClassicWithered)
Mediocre Melodies
Happy FrogMr. HippoNedd BearOrville ElephantPigpatch
Balloon BoyDee DeeJJMangleToy BonnieToy ChicaToy FreddyThe Puppet
BalloraBidybabBonnetBaby (CircusScrap)ElectrobabFuntime ChicaFuntime Freddy / Bon-BonFuntime FoxyLolbitMinireena
LeftyRockstar BonnieRockstar ChicaRockstar FoxyRockstar Freddy
Glamrock ChicaGlamrock FreddyMontgomery GatorRoxanne Wolf
Springlock Hybrids
FredbearSpring Bonnie
Endo-01Endo-02EnnardMolten FreddyYenndo
El ChipMusic Man
Supernatural Animatronics
Phantom BBPhantom ChicaPhantom FoxyPhantom FreddyPhantom ManglePhantom Puppet
NightmareNightmare Balloon BoyNightmare BonnieNightmare ChicaNightmare FoxyNightmare FredbearNightmare FreddyNightmare MangleNightmarionnePlushtrap
Arcade AnimatronicsBlacklight AnimatronicsGolden FreddyHeatwave AnimatronicsWasteland AnimatronicsWilliam Afton (SpringtrapScraptrap)
Holiday Animatronics
DreadbearGrimm FoxyJack-O-BonnieJack-O-Chica
Other Holiday Animatronics
AnimatronicsMinor AnimatronicsScrapped AnimatronicsAnimatronic Delivery Catalog
Security Guards
Fritz SmithJeremy FitzgeraldMichael AftonMike SchmidtSecurity Guard (FNaF3)
Audio Recorders
HenryPhone DudePhone GuyTape Girl
Other People
Child Protagonist(s) (FNaF4)William AftonTechniciansVanny
AI Voices
Female Computer VoiceHandUnitTutorial Unit
Candy CadetEgg BabySecurity Puppet
GlitchtrapHelpyOld Man ConsequencesPlushBabyTrash and the Gang

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