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I always come back!
~ William Afton's most famous quote.
You can't.
~ William upon defeating Withered Freddy in the "SAVE THEM" minigame.
Fascinating... what they have become.
~ Scraptrap in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, presumably talking about Molten Freddy.

William Afton, also known as the Purple Guy or Springtrap, is the main antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise.

He is the father of Michael Afton, Elizabeth Afton, and the Crying Child, the co-founder of Fazbear Entertainment alongside his co-worker Henry Emily, and the man who killed numerous children that would go on to possess the animatronics. He is also heavily implied to be Glitchtrap's true identity.

He is voiced by PJ Heywood in the ScottGames era and by Matthew Curtis in the Steel Wool era.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He murdered at least eleven children at numerous Freddy Fazbear's Pizza locations throughout the 1980s without remorse, one of whom was his best friend and business partner's daughter, Charlotte Emily, and stuffed their corpses inside the animatronic suits, causing their ghosts to possess them. It's also implied that he claimed a twelfth victim in Fredbear's Family Diner, if one would believe Five Nights at Freddy's 3's "STAGE01" minigame and Five Nights at Freddy's 4's fourth minigame.
  • He was perfectly willing to use personal lives for his own gain, lying to a girl named Susie that her dead dog is actually alive just to lure her into getting killed, and assuming that he isn't the Orange Guy from Midnight Motorist, he made a boy escape his abusive house just to kill him.
    • It's possible he was even the killer of Susie's dog, although it could have been by accident.
  • His actions have led to countless night guards being hunted and/or killed by the animatronics due to them mistaking the night guards for William, including his own son, Michael.
  • There are several indications that Afton was an abusive father to his children even before his child-killing crusade:
    • He neglected his youngest son and the fact that he was being emotionally abused by his oldest son, which makes him indirectly responsible for his death/the Bite of '83.
      • Assuming he is the Fredbear Plush, then he gaslighted his youngest son, telling him that his older brother hates him, and that the animatronics he is afraid of will do something bad to him if he gets caught by them.
    • Assuming "Bill A", Vanessa's father, is meant to be William in some way (likely as a parallel or representation) then he used manipulative tactics in order to demonize his wife and make himself look better in the divorce court, granting him custody of his children and causing his wife to commit suicide.
    • Assuming he is the Orange Guy from Midnight Motorist, then he's both a physically and verbally abusive father, banging on his son's door, shouting at him for not listening him, and ultimately threatening him when he discovers that he has run off.
    • Assuming the Nightmare animatronics are in fact real, then he designed them to kill/scare some unknown people (heavily implied to be Michael) as part of an experiment.
      • On the topic of the Nightmare animatronics, while the main Nightmares are agreed to have haunted Michael, Circus Baby's Entertainment & Rental's Breaker Room shows that the Plushtrap Hall from Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is in a completely different house than both the Afton and Nightmare houses, meaning that as far as we know, Afton extended his experiments to the point where he sicced Plushtrap on people that weren't even members of his family.
  • He sent his son, Michael Afton, to the underground Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental to release his sister, knowing there is a chance he will die, possibly even planning his death.
  • In Ultimate Custom Night, Nightmare calls himself William's "wickedness made of flesh" upon jumpscaring him. If this is true and is to be interpreted literally, then Afton is such a horrible person his malice takes its own form (this would also include Shadow Freddy, since he and Nightmare are essentially the same entity), although UCN's status makes this line's canonicity up for debate.
  • He constructed the Funtime Animatronics designed specifically to kill children, one of the victims being his own daughter Elizabeth (although her death was accidental).
    • It's also heavily implied that he put the children's remnant/souls themselves into the Funtime animatronics, therefore never making them fully pass on to the afterlife until this set of robots is also destroyed.
  • He used electric shocks to torture Circus Baby, Ballora, Funtime Freddy, and Funtime Foxy into obedience in an underground location.
    • Additionally, William was fully aware that Baby was possessed by Elizabeth, yet he didn't stop his employees from shocking her and even ordered so.
  • He destroyed the original four animatronics with the presumed help of Shadow Freddy.
  • After putting on the Spring Bonnie suit, he laughed at the souls for no reason other than to mock them.
  • After becoming Springtrap, he tried to kill the security guard of Fazbear's Fright (who is implied to be Michael) for no reason other than pure bloodlust.
    • It's implied that he was responsible for deterring the Fazbear's Fright guard with hallucinations of the animatronics.
  • It's possible he corrupted his daughter into becoming a serial killer just like him or at least didn't want her to die solely so she could become a serial killer like him. However, it's more likely it was Baby's programming that corrupted Elizabeth.
  • He attempted to continue his killing spree in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place. It's worth to note that Afton was fully aware of the place being a trap, but went there anyways as he couldn't pass up the opportunity of killing a few more kids.
  • He tried to kill his own son, Michael, in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place.
  • Right after his reawakening as Burntrap, he attempts to brainwash Glamrock Freddy in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to force him to kill Gregory.
  • All of his crimes as Glitchtrap, assuming Glitchtrap is the real deal and not a copy.
  • Overall, he's responsible for most of the events (if not almost all) that happened in the franchise, and shows no redeeming qualities or has any real reason for his actions apart from possibly immortality seeking, sadism, or for the sake of being evil.


  • Only the original William Afton from the mainline games qualifies as Pure Evil, while Springtrap and Purple Guy from FNAF World and the FFS Springtrap animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery don't, the former two due to their adaptational heroism and the latter due to being nothing more than replicas of William whose actions amount to standard villainy.
    • That said, it's still possible that the FFS Springtraps technically count as Pure Evil since they are controlled, specifically manufactured, and possibly even inhabited by Glitchtrap.
  • Excluding his NPE Fazbear Frights counterpart, William and his counterparts are noticeably the only characters in the franchise that are Pure Evil. Ironically, he can control Glamrock Freddy, who is the only official Five Nights at Freddy's Pure Good.
  • It's currently unknown if his film counterpart will be Pure Evil.
  • There are two things that could potentially disqualify William from being Pure Evil. Both of them are coincidentally centered around his two youngest children:
    • Sister Location implies he cared about his daughter, Elizabeth, since he wanted her not to go near Baby, who was made to kill kids, and sent Michael to save Elizabeth after she died. However, it is possible that he didn't do this out of genuine love for her, but so she can grow up to be a serial killer like him, or to avoid having to go through any legal troubles. Besides, he was aware of her possession of Baby, yet didn't stop his employees from shocking her and even ordered so.
      • One of Baby's lines in Ultimate Custom Night, "I guess you forget about me", also implies that William may've forgotten about Elizabeth and only saw her as Baby after her death. However, this line is is debatable as UCN is nothing more than William's nightmare in the FNAF timeline.
    • There are things pointing to him being the identity of the Fredbear Plush in Five Nights at Freddy's 4, implying that he did care about the Crying Child, his youngest son, and didn't want him to get scared by coming near Fredbear. However, there are things pointing to the Plush being at least partially haunted, making it questionable just how much of it is really William himself. Besides, the Fredbear Plush is controlling and manipulative, forcing the child to follow his orders and not actually comforting him while he is crying.
      • Additionally, with the theory of Gregory being a robot duplicate of the Crying Child in mind, the fact that Burntrap tries to kill Gregory at the end of Security Breach further implies that William didn't care about his son's life to begin with.
      • Many speculate that the Crying Child's death in the Bite of '83 served as a motivating factor for a grieving and vengeful Afton to embark upon his infamous killing spree. However, not only do his implied goals contradict this idea, but there is also evidence to suggest that his killing spree started long before the Bite.

See Also


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William Afton
Games (Glitchtrap) | Novel Trilogy
The Hollow Eyes | Save Them | Fredbear's | Killer in Purple 2 | Mike's New Ghostly Family | Villain Animatic

Dr. Henry Miller | Nightmarionne | Vincent Afton | Ringmaster | Entity 01