William Afton is the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise. He has also been known as the Purple Guy, the Murderer, Dave Miller, Springtrap, Scraptrap and, Recently in Meme Culture, ‘The Man Behind The Slaughter’.
Later on in the franchise, when the Virtual Reality game came out, he was trapped inside the game as a character known as Glitchtrap. He is also Elizabeth Afton and Michael Afton’s father.
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He is the confirmed killer of 13 children. His story is told through 8-bit-styled minigames in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, a cameo at Freddy’s 4 as well as hints through Sister Location.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
While William Afton is not seen in this game, he is referred to in newspaper clippings. He is described as an employee dressed as a company mascot that lured two children on the night of June 26th into a backroom. Sometime after, five children were linked to the incident, and while the suspect was charged, the bodies were never found.
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Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
William Afton is depicted as the “Purple Guy”, a mysterious purple figure in the Five Nights series. In the Take Cake to the Children minigame, he is depicted driving up to the outside of a pizzeria and killing a child outside of the restaurant.
Finally, he lured 5 children into the backroom using cake and a yellow suit, as seen in Foxy GO GO GO, and murdered them, stuffing them in Freddy, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and Golden Freddy suits. The Puppet would give them life in the animatronic suits to save their souls
The founding of Fazbear Entertainment
Sometime after 1970, William got together with his best friend Henry Emily and founded Fazbear entertainment, and opened Fredbear’s Family Diner. He also worked with Henry to make animatronics that function as suits, with a possible risk of death if not careful, thus having only trained employees wear them.
William’s Path to Insanity
Everything goes well until his youngest son encounters a traumatizing incident happening with Fredbear, most likely a spring lock failure. This causes his oldest son to start traumatizing his younger brother even more until a prank causes the Crying Child to get bit by Fredbear.
William, knowing his youngest son died, becomes mentally insane, and kills Henry’s daughter Charlotte Emily outside of Fredbear’s Family Diner.
The Missing Children incident and the Discovery of Remnant
After the closing of Fredbear’s Family Diner, and the banning of spring lock suits, William opens a new Pizzeria starring the characters Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy. His murderous intentions then cause him to do a very evil act. In 1985, William puts the old spring Bonnie costume on and lures a girl named Susie to the back, promising to bring back her dead dog. He then lured 5 more kids, Gabriel, Jeremy, Fritz, Cassidy, and Kelsey into the Safe Room and killed them. Then he laid the bodies for everyone in the pizzeria to see, causing the police to be called and everyone to rush out. Before the police arrive, he stuffs the bodies in the animatronic suits. He eventually gets brought into custody and the bodies that were once laying in the dining area were not seen again. William managed to lie his way out of the situation, and he was suspected to not be guilty. Not long after his murders, He discovers a metallic substance called Remnant. With his insanity, he attempts to harvest Remnant evilly.
Grand reopening of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza
In 1987, William and Henry reopened Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza to the public. Henry creates new Animatronics with Security features to try to prevent more murders from happening. William poses as a security guard and messes with the Animatronics security systems, causing them to become aggressive to the point of killing adults. However, this tampering causes the bite of 87, which causes the pizzeria to close down after it was opened for only a couple of weeks, and causes Henry to find out William’s deeds. However, Henry plans to reopen the pizzeria in the future by repairing the old animatronics.
Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza III
Henry reopens Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza reusing the old animatronics, redone and repaired. The Location was successful enough to last a while, with Michael Afton working there as a night guard under the name Mike Schmidt.
Circus Baby’s Pizza World and Elizabeth’s death
William opens a new pizzeria in Freddy’s place. However, this pizzeria was a trap. He made the animatronics all by himself, just to kill kids so he could test Remnant. He creates a machine known as the Scooper to infuse the animatronics with the remnant. He also makes an animatronic for his daughter named Circus Baby, until he decides to convert it into a killer robot just like the rest. Before the opening of the location, his daughter goes near Circus Baby, causing Circus Baby to kill her. To cover up the incident, William fakes a gas leak within the building, canceling the project. After this, William opens Circus Baby’s Entertainment and Rentals then tells his son, Michael, to save Elizabeth within it.
The Rise of Springtrap
Everything goes well for William until the possessed animatronics attack him for revenge. Leading to William destroying the animatronics, hoping the spirits won’t live without their vessels. This didn’t work and the spirit of Cassidy attacked William, causing him to go into the Spring Bonnie suit to escape. However, due to the moisture in the suit, the Springlocks came loose, crushing William inside. William becomes infused into the suit, trapped. This leads to the birth of Springtrap and causing William to become even more insane, killing anyone in his way.
Circus Baby’s entertainment and Rental
Michael heads down to Circus Baby’s to save his sister. After spending five nights repairing the animatronics, Circus Baby eventually leads him to the Scooping Room. This causes Michael to get scooped and find out all the evil deeds William has done, causing him to turn against his father. William then closes the rental service due to the animatronics going missing.
Springtrap was discovered and brought into the horror attraction Fazbear’s Fright, where he discovered Michael working there. William tries to kill Michael out of pure insanity but fails to do so for all 6 nights. Fazbear’s fright then burns down and William survives.
Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Place
William, now known as Scraptrap, along with Molten Freddy, Scrap Baby, and Lefty get salvaged by Michael in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator and try to kill him. Then, in the end, the animatronics get burnt.
After the Fire
After the fire of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Place, William’s corpse was found and brought into a hospital. During this time, one of his victims attaches itself to him, tormenting him through nightmares. When the nurses look closer into him, they attempt to put him out of his misery, partially due to suspecting something evil within him. After being kept alive by one of his victims, He requests to be taken to Fazbear Entertainment’s Distribution Center. Once there, a black goop explodes from his body, with footprints appearing within it.