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William Afton, also known by his false name, Dave Miller, is the overarching antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise and is heavily implied to be the protagonist of the spin-off Ultimate Custom Night.

He was a man who dressed up as one of the mascots at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza (Spring Bonnie) and used his kid-friendly disguise to lure five children into the Safe Room, where there were no security cameras. It was confirmed that William was a former security guard of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza.

After an accident where he set off the spring-locks in the Spring Bonnie costume, he becomes Springtrap and is the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and secondary antagonist of Freddy's Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator. Afton is also the primary antagonist in the FNAF novel series.

Appearance

Human

For a large portion of his life and up until late-1985, William Afton was fat and flushed with health. He has glassy, dead blue eyes, brown hair and fair skin with a ruddy complexion. He wore a suit and tie, sometimes sporting a nametag that read 'William Afton'.

In 1987, William Afton was tall and gaunt. His skin was sallow and saggy and he had deep bags under his sunken eyes. He also had poorly shaven face and his eyes looked a little unfocused. He wore a grubby security uniform that was torn in a few places along with a badge. He had scars all over his body, some include two scars that mirrored each other were on the nape of his neck that disappeared into his hair and two croissant-shaped scars on the side of his neck, matching each other.

Animatronic

Springtrap

Springtrap is a rotten, withered, rabbit animatronic. The suit's fur, which was once a bright yellow, is now a drab olive colour, due to the blood and age. The suit is covered in tears, exposing Afton's mangled corpse within. Springtrap has a large, permanent grin and is missing half of his right ear.

Inside of the suit contains William Afton's impaled, mummified corpse, having had dozens of sharp springlocks puncture his flesh and organs, it trapped him inside of the suit. His skull was drilled into and his mouth was speared open. His organic eyeballs were crushed and replaced by plastic animatronic eyeballs. In-game, the corpse simply appears as an endoskeleton with strings of flesh wrapped around the metal frame. This is because Scott Cawthon felt that he didn't need to fully model the corpse, as it wouldn't even be seen during gameplay. He provided a more detailed description of how Afton's corpse appears in The Twisted Ones novel and made a proper corpse in Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator in the form of Scraptrap.

The suit was once the secondary attraction of Fredbear's Family Diner. It went by the name of Spring Bonnie. It was a rabbit springlock animatronic with bright yellow fur, green eyes, a purple bowtie and a single black button near it's neck-area.

Scraptrap

After the fire of Fazbear’s Fright, Springtrap's left arm disappeared, likely as a result of damage, and has been carved into a sharp weapon.

Burntrap

After the fire that occurred in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place, Burntrap's suit became even more damaged. His legs have completely deteriorated, exposing his endoskeleton. His right endoskeleton foot is missing the casing, while the right one still has the casing.

The lower jaw of the mask is missing, exposing Afton's skull, which he can still move. The mask has glowing purple eyes. Burntrap's hands have only two bone fingers, while the other fingers are made of metal and have sharp claws at the end.

Other appearances

Glitchtrap

William, as Glitchtrap, takes the appearance of a golden rabbit suit, one that has obvious seams. The suit features a purple vest, a purple bowtie and two buttons on the torso. He has a large grin, long wiry whiskers and half-closed purples eyes.

Personality

Mr. Afton

William Afton is a sadistic and depraved serial killer. He shows no remorse when it comes to murdering his victims, all of whom were young children. He cared for nobody but himself and was an abusive and controlling parent, having beaten Evan Afton and yelling at him for locking his door. William is rather a master of manipulation, convincing them to. He does things that would only benefit himself and nobody else. He is also an alcoholic and was banned from Jr's, implying that he would get incredibly violent and angry when drunk. Afton is an evil individual with no regrets for what he has done.

William Afton is a calm, manipulative smooth-talker, being able to convince anyone of almost anything. When he was around people, he was similar to Santa Claus in the sense that he was jolly, good-natured and affable. This is likely just a façade however put on by William to trick people into believing he is to be trusted.

Afton appeared to mentally unwell, as he had an unhealthy obsession about Henry and the animatronics during the time he was alive in his human form. He owned multiple journals which he filled with passages about Henry that varied from mild jealousy to near worship. It's likely that Afton was jealous of Henry's engineering skills as well as his happy family, giving him a reason as to why he killed Charlie.

William Afton is proven to be quite intelligent, he was financially shrewd and knew his way around business, was able to design complex machines and found a way to cheat death. He is also confident, determined and scientific as he studied remnant in order to become immortal. It is indicated that he has a fear of death, the most likely reason as to why he would want to become immortal was so he would avoid going to Hell.

Springtrap

Once Afton became Springtrap and was released into Fazbear's Fright, he was silent yet incredibly deadly. He had wanted nothing more but to inflict pain on others and would stop at nothing to do so.

Scraptrap

William, as Scraptrap, has a lust for blood that is so strong, he would put himself in dangerous scenarios just so he can relieve his sadistic needs. He is rather calm and thoughtful, having been intrigued by the evolution of the missing children in the form of Molten Freddy.

Glitchtrap

William, as Glitchtrap, is manipulative and controlling. Convincing Vanny that she was nothing prior to her transformation to a successor of William. He also sent a beta tester named Jeremy into insanity.

Story

Fredbear's Family Diner and The Bite of '83

William Afton was a businessman who resided in Hurricane, Utah. He discovered Henry Emily one day when he caught wind of the animatronics that Emily was creating. Interested, he decided to invest into Henry’s mechanical skills and the two opened Fredbear’s Family Diner in 1983. William took care of the financial side while Henry built the animatronics, having invented the 'springlock suits', a suit that doubles as an animatronic and a wearable costume for performers to wear.

Wanting to experiment with emotions, William Afton inserts cameras around his house and monitors Evan, even putting a walkie-talkie into a Fredbear plush Evan owned. William then tasked his oldest son, Michael Afton, to bully and torment Evan in order to gain emotions from him, specifically agony, he obeys.

One rainy night, William would drive up to Fredbear’s Family Diner and find Henry’s daughter, Charlie, locked outside of the building crying. William murdered Charlie outside of the diner and drove away from the scene, leaving her corpse near a dumpster. The Puppet, a character from the restaurant, came outside and hugged Charlie’s corpse, Charlie then possessed the puppet from then on.

Soon after, William’s youngest son, Evan, gets killed in an incident that is now known as The Bite of '83, involving one of the springlock suits. Michael and his friends put Evan into the Fredbear animatronic’s mouth, which bit down and crushed Evan’s head. Evan was rushed to the hospital, and during his final moments, William promised his son that he will put him back together. He did so through the Fredbear animatronic, who Evan would turn into the paranormal entity, Golden Freddy.

After The Bite of '83 occurred, Fredbear's Family Diner is closed.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and The Missing Children Incident

Two years after the closing of Fredbear’s, William and Henry open Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.

On June 26th, 1985, William Afton wore the Spring Bonnie suit and murdered five children named Gabriel, Jeremy, Susie, Fritz, and Cassidy into the saferoom of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. He was caught on camera however and was arrested. He was let go due to a lack of evidence. The Puppet would return and stuff the children's corpses into the animatronics, those animatronics being Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Foxy the Pirate Fox and Fredbear (Golden Freddy). This would gave life to the children's souls and allowed them to possess the animatronics.

The bodies of The Missing Children were never found and after some complaints about the smell of the animatronics, the restaurant is closed due to health violations and William sells the company to unknown buyers.

Circus Baby's Pizza World and Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental

Afton creates Afton Robotics, LLC and hires engineers to build the robots that he designed. These new robots being the Funtime Animatronics, designed to abduct and kill children. Once they are created, Afton opened a restaurant called Circus Baby's Pizza World.

On opening day, Afton's daughter, Elizabeth, becomes interested in Circus Baby. She wants to play with the robot but Afton warns her not to. She disobeys him and ends up getting scooped up and crushed by Circus Baby. This prompted Afton to swiftly shut down the restaurant using a coverup involving a gas leak.

After the closing of Circus Baby's Pizza World, William opens up a rental service called Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental. The service allowing parents to rent the Funtime Animatronics for backyard birthday parties and such.

Freddy Fazbear's Pizza II and The Bite of '87

In November of 1987, a new Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza establishment opens. They feature the brand new Toy Animatronics that have facial recognition built into them so could detect predators from a criminal database (as to prevent any more children going missing). The old animatronics from the previous pizzeria have been scrapped and thrown into the back. Here, Afton takes a job as a night guard under the fake name, 'Dave Miller’. He spends a night in the restaurant but notices the animatronics moving. He complains to the managers and they give him the dayshift. He uses this opportunity and equips the old Spring Bonnie suit to murder five more children. Freddy Fazbear (possessed by Gabriel) assisted by The Puppet (possessed by Charlie), attempted to stop Afton and save the children, but it is too late as Afton had already murdered them.

After murdering the extra children, Afton quietly left town. The restaurant is put on lockdown for an investigation and after opening back up, is ultimately closed down when Jeremy Fitzgerald, the night guard, got bit in the frontal lobe by one of the animatronics.

The Sister Location

In 1997, William goes to the now-closed and abandoned Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, lures the original four animatronics to the backroom and destroys them. Taking their endoskeletons, he brings them to Circus Baby's Entertainment and Rental. Upon arriving, he melts the endoskeletons and pours the liquid into Funtime Freddy. After experimenting with the remnant of the souls of the missing children, Afton sells Circus Baby's to Fazbear Entertainment.

William then sends his now-adult son Michael down to the facility to save his sister Elizabeth, who has been trapped inside of Circus Baby. Michael obeys and ends up getting his insides taken out as the Funtime animatronics (Elizabeth and the souls of the Missing Children) uses Michael’s body as a skin suit to escape the facility.

Springlock death

William returns to the ruins of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza to find some more remnant to harvest when he sees the ghosts of The Missing Children to chase him around, in an act of desperation, William equips the old and withered Spring Bonnie suit. His heavy breathing triggers the spring locks, causing them to stab deeply into his body. After this, sharp steel and hard plastic are instantly driven into his body. His organs and vocal cords get severed. As Afton is dying, Cassidy attaches his soul onto him, preventing him from moving on and making him suffer.

The next day, Fazbear Entertainment find William in the saferoom, they decide to seal the room up with a false wall, trapping him inside of the room.

William Afton would rot in the room for decades. Sometime along the way, he rejected his identity as William Afton and accepted his current state, now going by the name "Springtrap".

Springtrap

In the year 2023, Springtrap is discovered by people searching for items to put into Fazbear’s Fright, a horror attraction capitalizing on the unsolved mysteries of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, he is put into the attraction as the main selling point of the place. Wanting to quench his thirst for blood, he attempts to kill the night guard who works there (who just so happens to be Michael Afton). Michael deters him with audio ques, which attracts the suits noise detection. Springtrap remains in the attraction for six nights until the place burns down in a fire, which he survives.

After the Fazbear's Frights fire, Springtrap leaves and searches for more people to kill, that was when he found Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place. Knowing that is was a trap, he went in anyway, he couldn't turn down the offer of murdering more innocent children. Springtrap found himself in a maze of vents, with misleading audio cues. It turns out that it was Henry Emily who made the false-pizzeria. Henry also succeeded in getting Circus Baby (Elizabeth), the Funtime animatronics (the original five missing children), the Puppet (Charlie) and Michael Afton. With this, Henry sets the building on fire, burning everyone, however, firefighters arrive and put out the fire.

Afton is then tortured by Cassidy, he gives him eternal nightmares in which Afton plays the role of the security guard having to fight off against fifty forces, many of whom were affiliated with him at some point in his life.

Glitchtrap

When Fazbear Entertainment was making a virtual reality game based on Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, Springtrap's circuit boards were scanned into the game, thus saving William Afton from his torment. William possessed the game and become trapped inside of it, being a digital virus. He takes the appearance of a non-animatronic Spring Bonnie suit in this game. Here he tries to take over the mind of Jeremy, a play tester for the game, but rather just sends him into insanity and Jeremy later slices his own face off.

Soon after, a woman named Vanessa comes and play tests the game and gets brainwashed by William. He gets her to make a rabbit costume and she does so. He tells her to kill children for him at the new Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex, in which she obeys his command. Vanessa creates an alter ego known as "Vanny" using her rabbit costume.

Burntrap

Afton places himself onto a circuit board and Vanny puts him back into the body of Springtrap which remained in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza Place. He attempts to hack into a child named Gregory's animatronic companion known as Glamrock Freddy, who is also the main star of Freddy Fazbear's Mega Pizzaplex, but is burned by Gregory using the same flame machine that Henry used many years ago. This results in the mall catching on fire, with Glamrock Freddy and Gregory escaping. Afton tries to catch them but is found by an amalgamation of old animatronics, likely possessed by the spirits of the children he murdered. The Amalgamation grabs Afton and takes him into the fire.

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