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you can't
~ William Afton
Follow me.
~ William Afton, luring the animatronics to the safe room.

William Afton (or the Purple Guy/Man or The Murderer) is the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's series. William Afton was a man who dressed up as one of the mascots at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza (theorized to be Golden Freddy or Springtrap) and used his kid-friendly disguise to lure five children into the back of the pizzeria. He then murdered them and left their bodies behind, only for them to be stuffed into the mascots' costumes (Freddy, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and Golden freddy ) by the Puppet. Someone was arrested the following day and charged, but his current status and influence on the game's events are unknown, while the real killer was still free. The prequel states that the killer was a purple man (not a costume or suit) who is possibly one of the security guards.

Role in the franchise

A man who no one has ever seen or heard of presumably known as William Afton emerged in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza with plans of death and chaos for the company simply for the sake of it. A man with no name or motives, a villain driven by a lust to create social disorder and desired nothing but anarchy to feed his sadistic appetites and morbid, dark sense of humor. 

One day, in Fredbear's Family Diner, as Freddy Fazbear was serving cake to the children, a child was crying outside for an unknown reason. As he cried, Afton drove over in a purple car and murdered the child. Freddy could not protect the child, for if he was to venture outside the pizzeria he would be deactivated . With that, the man drove away leaving the child's corpse outside. The child, driven by revenge, possessed an animatronic a certain time after that, known as the Puppet

Years later Fredbear's Family Diner is sold out and Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria opens only for the man to return. This time the man killed five children outside Pirate Cove causing it to be shut dow

Years later, Afton returned to the pizzeria and found a yellow suit and lured six children to a quiet part of the building and murdered them.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Afton appears in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 as the main antagonist of the game, inhabiting Springtrap as his new identity in the present day. He appears in the mini-games that act as cutscenes between each night. Instead of murdering children like in the previous game, instead, ambushes the suits they were stuffed in, and dismantles them. In the "Bad Ending", you play as the crying child who seems to be the ghost of the Puppet or one of the original five animatronics. After floating around the pizzeria, the player will eventually find a room filled with the other dead children and the Murderer himself, who seems to be panicking. When the player approach the Murderer, he will run away from them. Eventually, Afton is cornered by the ghosts of the five murdered children. Attempting to flee, Afton hides inside of Springtrap in order to protect himself. He stands up and laughs at his victims, thinking he has won, but due to the rain dripping from the ceiling the suit closes in on him like an iron maiden (presumably caused by the suit's spring trap, hence the name of the character), gutting Afton to death and ending his physical reign of terror, but also possibly allowing him to possess the animatronic as a zombie, due to the teaser images of Springtrap showing the Purple Guy's corpse inside.

In the ending of the game, "Fazbear's Fright" burns down, presumably destroying both the animatronics and the remains of Afton's body, killing him once and for all (although the brightened image of the newspaper image at the end shows that Springtrap could possibly still be alive).

In the mini-game "Happiest Day", it shows the spirits of the the children leaving the animatronics, meaning Afton's death finally set them free into the afterlife. Although, one head in the image was missing, possibly hinting at a later sequel.

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Afton can be seen in the mini-game of Night 4, presumably helping one of the employees put on the Spring-Bonnie suit then suddenly the door closes after helping him put it on.

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes

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Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Afton is heard speaking for a brief moment during the start of the game, talking to another individual about Circus Baby. He lists everything she can do, though the other man seem uninterested in any of them. It is also hinted through out the game that the player assumes the role of Afton who decided to work at his old factory to learn more what happened to his now deceased daughter. This is backed up during the events of the secret ending where Circus Baby/Ennard will continue to bring her up as well as mimic her voice to lure him out.

In the custom night minigames, it's shown that Ennard possessed his body, which started to decay until Afton spit Ennard into the sewers. However, he then died but later came back to life as the purple man, meaning that Afton was already a supernatural being before becoming Springtrap. It also shown that he is Eggs Benindict, the protagonist of the game.


William Afton is the confirmed murderer of the children that sparked the downfall of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and started the chain of events that leads players through the series.

Judging by his actions and appearance within the mini-games, Afton is cruel, ruthless and cold-blooded, taking sadistic pleasure in his crimes with a smile. It isn't until he is confronted by the ghosts of the five kids that he shows any other emotion - panic and concern for his own life, proving that, despite his sadistic nature, he truly is a coward who will run away has soon as he is threatened. His motives are unknown, whether it is to cause chaos, take revenge of the owners of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza for personal issues, or he is simply killing for sport. While his goal and motives are a mystery even after becoming Springtrap, they are deliberate.

In Sister Location, He speaks in a business like demeanor and he did love his daughter enough to avoid his own creations. It seems that in the ending where Ennard scooped and using his corpse then in the mini games Ennard leaving him into the sewers turned him into a vengeance undead.




  • William Afton seems to like Foxy as he smiles at him as he exits Pirate's Cove in one of the Death Minigames.
  • If the minigames are based on true events within the game (the crying child and the children in the Pirate Cove minigame), Afton has murdered 10 to 11 children.
  • His motivation for killing the children is still a mystery, although many people assume he did simply for his own enjoyment. The reason he kept returning to the same location is unknown, however.
  • Before his actual fate was revealed, people assume that the Phone Guy was the Purple Guy, due to him holding what appears to be a phone and wearing a badge in the minigames much like Phone Guy does.
  • The Five Nights at Freddy's 2 phone calls heavily imply that the Day shift security guard was the killer due to the day shift guard not having reported the murders being a suspect for the police causing the place to go on lockdown and being an employee at the restaurant as well as him being the only one who could be there during the SAVE THEM minigame.
  • He is somewhat similar to Freddy Krueger.
    • Both are child killers who enjoy what they're doing (the Murderer is almost always seen with a smile on his face).
    • In death, they became even more powerful than they were in life.
  • Afton is noticeably the only Five Night's at Freddy's villain to be truly evil and malevolent. 
  • Afton ironically dies the same way he killed the children: being stuffed inside an animatronic suit, though he might have killed them before stuffing them inside.
  • His death was an accident due to one of the instructions from the Phone Guy was not to move too quickly, to not let the moisture touch the springlock which would cause the springlock to snap. Afton stood up quickly, was laughing/breathing while in the suit, and wore it while it was raining as the roof was leaking presumably causing moisture that resulted in the springlocks to snap and crush him in the suit.
  • Yellowjacket, also known as Darren Cross, also has a similar death. He also has insane death screams and was crushed by his suit
  • It was also confirmed that he is the creator of the animatronics.

Five Nights at Freddy's Villains

Five Nights at Freddy's

Freddy Fazbear | Bonnie the Bunny | Chica the Chicken | Foxy the Pirate | Golden Freddy

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

Toy Animatronics
Toy Freddy | Toy Bonnie | Toy Chica | Mangle | Balloon Boy | The Puppet

Shadow Animatronics
Shadow Freddy | Shadow Bonnie

The Killer

Five Nights at Freddy's 3


Phantom Animatronics
Phantom Freddy | Phantom Chica | Phantom Foxy | Phantom Balloon Boy | Phantom Puppet | Phantom Mangle

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

Nightmare Animatronics
Nightmare Freddy/Freddles | Nightmare Bonnie | Nightmare Chica | Nightmare Foxy | Nightmare Fredbear | Plushtrap | Nightmare

Big Brother | Big Brother's Friends

Halloween Edition Update
Jack-O-Bonnie | Jack-O-Chica | Nightmare Mangle | Nightmare Balloon Boy | Nightmarionne

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
Ballora | Bidybab | Circus Baby | Ennard | Funtime Foxy | Funtime Freddy | Minireena |

Custom Night Update
Bonnet | Electrobab | Lolbit | Yenndo

FNAF World
Scott Cawthon | Chica's Magic Rainbow | Chipper

Balloon Boy (Five Nights at F***boy's) | Phone Guy (FNAF The Musical) | Springtrap (FNAF The Musical) | AJ (FNAF The Musical) | Circus Baby (FNAF The Musical)


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