Back to 2017, all Five Nights at Freddy’s fans were anticipating for FNAF 6. However, “somehow” it got cancelled by no other than its developer – Scott Cawthon. And just as Scott explained, he really needed to take a break after so much pressure and hope mounting on his shoulder (that’s actually wise choice considering how difficult it is to keep up with fans’ hope). Because of that announcement, people started to lose hope on seeing a new FNAF game, not just FNAF 6. But just when people starting to fully give up hope, the “sneaky Scott” suddenly published a new game called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator on Steam. Of course, many fans, including us, thought that this was a joke. But fortunately enough, this is totally NOT a joke! It is so interesting, so mysterious that we put so much time into it. Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator can be considered as FNAF 6. Its purpose is to tie up all the loose ends after these years. So now, it is a good time to sum up the story of FNAF!
*WARNING: HEAVY SPOILERS ALERT! We recommend experiencing FREDDY FAZBEAR’S PIZZERIA SIMULATOR beforehand!*
The reason why this game looks like a joke at first is that: no one expected it in the first place. The game looks extremely simple if you look at it on Steam. And then when you install the game, turn it up, everything looks… simple! For starters, you play as Freddy throwing pizzas (yes, literally) to children. That sounds… silly? Right? But in fact, as you continue the game, everything starts to break. Intentional glitches happen everywhere. And then boom! The game reveals itself, not as a silly pizza-throwing simulator as we initially saw, but as full-blown game in which we run a Fazbear Pizzeria by ourselves!
So in short, we as an unknown character (whom we will discuss later) take a new job from Fazbear Company. This time we are in charge of running a Fazbear Pizzeria, not a security guard anymore (thanks Scott, being a guard all the time is pretty tiring)… But again we still have to stay till late night… As the new owner of a brand new pizzeria, our job is basically makes a successful business (or at least that’s what Scott makes us believe at first). Throughout the game, we need to expand the business by purchasing more items for the place like mini-games, animatronics, stages, etc… Each item can contribute differently to 4 different stats: Atmosphere, Safety, Entertainment, and Bonus Revenue. And as we gain more revenue, we can expand more and buy even more stuffs including “the exotics”. As we run the business, we also have to be careful about items with Liability Risk and avoid Lawsuits.
Interesting, isn’t it? But once again, don’t forget! This is a FNAF game! A game by Scott Cawthon! And that means: there is nothing “normal” about this game. It includes many, many hidden things throughout the game and it’s up to us players to find out all the clues and ultimately, the different endings. All of these will help us understand the game’s story, and also the entire franchise’s story as the whole. From here on out, there will be tons of spoilers (as we warned previously) so in case you have played the game already (or if you don’t even care about playing the game in the first place), jump right in and enjoy the mystery ride with us today because we are going to go deeper into this rabbit hole!
Before we jump right into the story, it would be a good idea to find out all the characters featured in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator. Starting with the Salvageable Animatronics!
1.1. The Salvageable Animatronics
This is a part of the game we “failed” to mention in the first section. So after each night, we will get to salvage a broken animatronics found behind the back of the pizzeria (according to Paragraph 4). These broken animatronics include: Molten Freddy, Springtrap, Scrap Baby, and Lefty.
- Molten Freddy is like Ennard from Sister Location as he consists mostly wiring and his body is disfigured with protruding wires. Judging by his appearance, it seems Molten Freddy is the “combination” of different animatronics, which can be identified by the appearance cues. For example: yellowish-orange eye is Funtime Foxy, pink eye is Bon-Bon, blue eye is Funtime Freddy, and purple eye is Ballora. So basically, Molten Freddy consists of Funtime Foxy, Bon-Bon, Funtime Freddy, and Ballora. Molten Freddy appears in the 1st day.
- Springtrap is quite easy to guess: he is William Afton, the killers behind all of these nightmares throughout the franchise. After his death in FNAF 3, his soul was actually bound to the Golden Bonnie suit (now known as Springtrap). Apparently William still roams near the new Fazbear Pizzeria and he doesn’t seem to like us as he always attempts to attack us during the Salvage Springtrap appears in the 2nd day.
- Scrap Baby is also obvious: she is William’s daughter who was killed by Circus Baby in Sister Location. Like most other victims, her soul is bound to the Circus Baby animatronic (now known as Scrap Baby) and she seems to have killing tendency like her father. In the True Ending of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator (or allow us to call it FNAF 6, for short), the Cassette Man (whom will be explained later) also mentioned: “I’m sorry to interupt you Elizabeth, if you still even remember that name, but I’m afraid you’ve been misinformed.” The name Elizabeth is more likely belong to William’s daughter. Scrap Baby appears in the 3th day.
- Lefty is the brand new animatronic featured in this game. The first time we see Lefty is in the 4th day as a Salvageable Animatronic. The second time we see him is in the Rare Finds Auction in which we can buy him at $5 cost. If the player gets to the Insanity Ending of FNAF 6, player will discover that Lefty’s full name is ure E. ncapsulate F. use T. ransport & E. xtract. This means Lefty’s purpose is to capture, but capture who? The answer is: The Puppet. When we look closely to his body, we can actually see black & white stripes arm inside the body, indicating The Puppet. By why is Lefty created to capture The Puppet in the first place? That’s the question we will get to answer.
1.2. Cassette Man – Henry
Throughout the game, player is guided by a man who “talked” to us via the cassette, or also known as Cassette Man. We don’t know much about this guy until player get to the True Ending in which all the animatronics including Molten Freddy, Springtrap, Scrap Baby, and Lefty were trapped and burned in one place. In particular, there is a clear line: “Although for one of you, the darkest pit of hell has opened to swallow you whole, so don’t keep the devil waiting old friend.” Pay attention to the last part: “old friend.” This specific line led us to believe that this guy, the Cassette Man, is actually Henry – William’s best friend and also inventor of the animatronics. In addition, in Insanity Ending of FNAF 6, players can see a specific code: HRY223, which again highly implies Henry is the Cassette Man.
For those who don’t know who is Henry, he first made appearance in the FNAF novel The Silver Eyes. He was introduced as the co-owner of Fredbear’s Family Diner and also the one invented the infamous animatronics. Despite being the animatronic inventor, Henry is actually a good man with an innocent heart. He was tricked by William in creating Funtime Animatronics which aims to capture and kill children. And in this game, it seems Henry wants to atone for his innocent sin and destroy all the remaining animatronics haunted by the damned spirits. Henry also plays a vital role in this story and therefore, we will discuss about him later on.
1.3. The Puppet
This guy (or formerly known as The Marionette) actually plays an important role in explaining what happened in the first place. The Puppet (or Security Puppet) can be bought at the cost of $12500. The Puppet also features a mini-game in which The Puppet needs to find a specific child who wears a green bracelet. However, that child only appears in the third time we play the game… And it is quite a creepy and sad story. In this third time, we see The Puppet was trapped because of an another box placed on top of his box. And unfortunately in this very night, the child with green bracelet was trapped outside the building. The Puppet was finally able to get out; it searched for the child, only to find out that the child was already dead. With the rain upon The Puppet, its body begins to weaken. Eventually, it had to crawl towards the dead child but just when it reached the corpse, The Puppet collapsed on the dead body. This highly implies that soon after this incident, the child’s soul possessed The Puppet, explaining why The Puppet exists in the first place. But still, who was this child?
Luckily, the answer is already in the game. According to Henry final lines in the True Ending of FNAF 6, he said: “My daughter, if you can hear me, I knew you would return as well. It’s in your nature to protect the innocent. I’m sorry that on that day, the day you were shut out and left to die.” This means that dead child from the mini-game; the soul possessing The Puppet was actually Henry’s daughter. This is proven by the fact that Henry clearly saying to his daughter, mentioning “your nature to protect” which refers to the Security Puppet. Also, during this quote, the game also shows the scenes similar to The Puppet’s mini-game.
*And about the child’s name, if we consider FNAF novels into consideration then her name is Charlotte (or Charlie).
1.4. The Main Protagonist – Michael Afton?
Once again our main protagonist is an “unknown” character with unknown purpose. However, in this game it seems our protagonist’s identity is not that far away from us. Let’s get to the True Ending once again and listen to Cassette Man/Henry’s quote: “And to you, my brave volunteer, who somehow found this job listing not intended for you, although there was a way out planned for you, I have a feeling that’s not what you want. I have a feeling that you are right where you want to be.” This quote: “I have a feeling that you are right where you want to be”, strongly emphasizes that Henry knew the protagonist. He even knew that the protagonist does not want to live.
If that’s the case, who would this guy be? Well actually, he is highly Michael Afton! Remember what happened in Sister Location, Michael Afton said to his father William: “There is only one thing left for me to do now. I’m going to come find you. I’m going to come find you.” So could this protagonist be Michael who already fully knew the purpose of this new Fazbear Pizzeria? Possibly! Furthermore, Scrap Baby also has many lines which indicating that she knew the protagonist like “You’re not who I expected to see.” Out of all possible characters that may be acquainting to Scrap Baby (and alive!), Michael Afton is the most viable since he is her brother. Combining with all the clues we mentioned above, it’s quite safe to say Michael is main protagonist of the game. Of course, we will explain this more in the later section.
So with all the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator’s characters explained, it’s time to sum up the story of FNAF so far. But in order to understand the whole story, first of all let’s take a full look at the Afton family, the main cause of this whole story.
*Disclaimer: We would like give our thanks to MatPat and many other theorists who have made awesome videos of FNAF theories. Here we only try to sum-up their ideas and put up a most viable timeline for the entire story.
3.1. The Afton Family
The story of FNAF franchise ties closely to the Afton Family. It’s all began with the father – William Afton who was the ruthless killer behind all maddening incidents in FNAF. As we might already know, William Afton died inside an old animatronic suit called Spring Bonnie when he tried to escape from the spirits of his victims. Just when he thought that we could get away with his crimes, the springlocks got loose and killed him. However, he did not really die. Instead, his soul possessed the Spring Bonnie/Springtrap suit and continued his damned life.
Next we know that William has 3 children: Michael, Charlotte, and a youngest son whose name is unknown called as Crying Child.
- Charlotte Afton was William’s only daughter. In Sister Location, it was revealed that she was killed by the Circus Baby animatronic (which was purposely designed to capture and kill children). And just like other William’s victims, her soul was trapped inside Circus Baby and eventually she was twisted into something more sinister.
- In Sister Location, we know that Michael Afton was the main protagonist and he followed his father’s direction to “put his sister together”. After what happened, Michael continued to look for his father.
- William’s unknown son – Crying Child is supposed to be dead. In FNAF 4, we saw that he was the victim in the “Bite of 83” incident. In this tragic event, we saw the boy crying and horrified when other kids pulling a prank on him. They put his head in Golden Freddy’s mouth and suddenly the mouth shut, inevitably damaging his brain. His physical body was dead but his soul’s whereabouts was still unknown.
Besides these 4 characters, there is a final member who was William’s wife and mother to those 3 children. It was still unknown who was the mother. However, of all the characters we’ve seen so far, Ballora seemed to the best match. If we look at Ballora’s original appearance, we can see that she possessed a more mature look than most other animatronics. For additional clues for this theory, please check out this video explained by MatPat.
Now that we have a general picture of Afton family, it’s time to rewind back to the beginning when all these nightmares began.
3.2. The Creation of Fazbear Entertainment
Fazbear Entertainment was a huge company in FNAF which owns many Freddy-themed restaurant and diner. It was also famous for its special animatronics which were built to entertain children and serve other purposes in the diner. Based on the novels and FNAF 6, it is known that Henry was the inventor behind the animatronics. His inventions were purely for entertainment purpose, not for killing of course. However, things started to become darker and darker when his best friend William asked him to build the Funtime Freddy animatronics crew. In the Insanity Ending of FNAF 6, we can see lots of blueprints explaining animatronics’ function, including luring and capturing soul energy. This sort of mechanism was created by Henry and William used them to create his own murdering machines.
At first, the Fazbear Entertainment’s business was a huge success… until the first massacre in Fredbear’s Family Diner in 1970s happened…
3.3. 1970s – Fredbear’s Family Diner: When The Nightmares Begin
The nightmare started here when the popular Fredbear’s Family Diner was opened. This diner attracted lots of families and children. Unfortunately, such a popular place for kids was also an ideal area for a killer like William. According to FNAF 2 and more recently, The Puppet mini-game in FNAF 6, we can confirm that William was the culprit behind the murder of 5 children. Among those 5 children was Charlie – Henry’s daughter. From The Puppet mini-game, we saw that The Puppet was designed by Henry in order to protect his daughter. However, it failed its mission and ultimately, his daughter’s soul was bound to the very animatronic designed to protect her.
As she resurrected, her purpose was to protect. However, it was not about protecting the living but rather, protecting the dead. As she possessed The Puppet, she also preserved the souls of the dead children killed by William (a.k.a Purple Man). Of course, the dead children shared deep hatred towards William for… obvious reason.
After this incident, it seems William was also away from home, leaving his children behind.
3.4. 1970s – 1983 – The Sister Location
When FNAF Sister Location was released, many people were kind of confused about its timeline. Where did all this happen? Who was the main protagonist? What were those new animatronics?
Well, at this point we can safely say that Sister Location happened after the first massacre in 1970s and before the Bite of 83 incident. Based on MatPat’s analysis, the Circus Baby’s Pizza World (where FNAF Sister Location occurred) was actually built at the beginning days of Fazbear Entertainment. Around this time, the company’s first animatronics looked more humanoid. It was not until 1983 when the company started to shift from humanoid animatronics to animal-like animatronics.
In this game, it was revealed that William intended to conduct experiment and build the murderous animatronics with purpose to capture and kill children, one of which was Circus Baby. William even warned his daughter Charlotte not to approach near the animatronic; however, things did not happen in his way. The mini-game clearly showed the scenes where Charlie came near the Circus Baby. Then suddenly a mechanical arm appeared from the animatronic’s stomach and grabbed Charlie into its body, killing her in the process.
So what about Michael? It seemed after his father’s absence; Michael took up his father work and look after the facility and his siblings. The problem was: Michael’s body was infested by Ennard and eventually, his body turned purple and looked similar to his father. We saw him throwing Ennard out of his body while he himself became a purple-skinned zombie. So what did he do in Sister Location? Canonically, he put his sister together and continued his quest to find William. And at the same time, Circus Baby and Ennard revived and escaped from the facility.
3.5. 1983 – A Brother’s Nightmares
Back to the time FNAF 4 was released, the game was pretty unique from its prequels. In FNAF 4, the game did not take the setting of a Fazbear building but rather, a lone house shrouded by mysteries. The enemies in FNAF 4 was also not solid beings like FNAF 1 or 2, they were called nightmares. But why’s that?
At the moment we can assume that FNAF 4 told the story of the youngest child in Afton family – Crying Child, a boy haunted by the creation of his father. As we mentioned above, William had a youngest son whose name was unknown. And in Sister Location, we knew that his sister was killed by the Circus Baby. So here’s the thing: What if he himself witnessed the death of his sister? This could explain why he – the main protagonist in FNAF 4 constantly had nightmares about the animatronics. He witnessed their true nature from his sister’s death. He was constantly in a trauma since the nightmares never left him.
Back to FNAF 6, this theory even makes much more sense in the mini-game Midnight Motorist. In this mini-game, we could drive the car into a different path (and by the way the car looked awfully similar to the one owned by the Purple Guy). As we got to the end of the path, we saw a lone house which looked extremely similar to the house in FNAF 4. Here we saw a guy in yellow color (highly indicating Springtrap a.k.a Purple Man a.k.a William Afton) got out of the car and walked inside the house. In the house we saw a man sitting on the chair watching TV which highly implies Michael Afton from Sister Location. Next the yellow man tried to open a particular room but to no avail. He yelled loudly, indicating that he was not happy with this. Could this be the room of his youngest son who had witnessed the terror created by his father? When we think about this, it actually makes more sense. Moving on, when the William walked outside the house, he saw broken glasses, along with footprints leading into the wood. Presumably these were his youngest son’s, it was likely that his son was too terrified by him and his creations. He could not stay in the house any longer and had to run away from him.
Unfortunately no matter how hard he tried to run away, his fate sealed when he was brought to a Fazbear restaurant for his birthday (Bite of 83 incident). Once again, the boy saw his nightmares but with his own eyes. Sadly, the clueless brothers did not understand and they brought him to the Golden Freddy’s mouth just to tease him. And that’s when the mouth suddenly bitten into his head, ultimately bringing his fate to death. We saw in the mini-game that his father William talked to him through the Freddy plushy that he would put him together. But that was also too late, the son inevitably died. That said; where was his soul exactly? At first we thought that the son died forever. However, what if his soul was already appeared right at the first FNAF game?
We know that Bite of 83 happened due to the Golden Freddy. And interestingly enough, in FNAF 3 we also heard the quote: “IT’S ME” from the Golden Freddy. Could it be that his soul was stuck with the Golden Freddy? Of course, by saying Golden Freddy was William’s youngest son might sound a bit of a stretch. But we will get into this even further later on.
3.6. FNAF 1 – 2 – 3 – The Pursuit of Father and Son
After the killing back in 1870s, where did William (a.k.a the Purple Man) go? According to FNAF 1 to 3, we can confirm that William still lingered around after his massacre. In FNAF 2, we knew that Fazbear Entertainment opened a new pizzeria right where the first diner situated. Unfortunately for them, polices were still investigating the case of the 5 dead children. William of course could not let this uncovered. He knew that the old suits were still walking around and therefore, he had to get into the restaurant and disassemble all those suits. Seeing their murderer walking around covering the clues, spirits of dead children could not let him just walk away. They chase William, forcing him to flee. William decided to wear the old Spring Bonnie suit (a.k.a Springtrap) and successfully “escape” from the children. But what did he know, the suit was too old and the springlocks were already loose. Those locks got stuck and killed William inside it. Although his body was dead, his soul was still bound to the Spring Bonnie/Springtrap and roamed the living world until now.
So what about Michael then? We know from Sister Location that he was still pursuing his father. Could that mean he was the protagonist of the first 3 games? It’s absolutely possible! Heading back to FNAF 1, when we finish the last night, the protagonist was given a paycheck under the name Mike Schmidt, along with a Notice of Termination saying he was fired. Now, somebody will say that Mike Schmidt is totally different name than Michael Afton. But here’s the thing, if look at the Hand Unit in Sister Location, there was a note sticking on it saying “Mike”. In addition, read the Notice of Termination, it said: “Tampering with the animatronics. General unprofessionalism. Odor.” “Odor” is the keyword here. As a zombie, we can’t expect Michael to be a clean man. All of these cues leading to the fact that Michael Afton and Mike Schmidt are actually the same guy! Furthermore, if Michael was actually Mike, it explained why we could hear the quote: “I’m here” from the Golden Freddy in FNAF 3. It was because it was his youngest brother; his soul was still trapped inside Golden Freddy!
After FNAF 1, Mike/Michael still pursued his father. In the custom night of FNAF 2, the main protagonist Jeremy Fitzgerald was replaced by a guy named Fritz Smith. And what did we know? This guy was also fired due to the same reason: “Tampering with the animatronics. Odor.” It strongly emphasizes that Michael returned under a different name (he was fired previously so he needed a new identity perhaps?).
In FNAF 3, the Fazbear Entertainment once again tried to revive the business by opening Fazbear’s Fright, a horror-themed attraction. This was where the chase between father and son “temporary” came to an end. William (in Springtrap suit) finally encountered his son Michael (as an unknown employee) as he was the only threat in the game, while other animatronics were just illusions. This was also when Michael put the spirits into rest. As we saw in The Happiest Day ending, all 6 children’s spirits were relieved. This was even proven in the Good Ending of FNAF 3 where all the animatronics heads: Chica, Foxy, Bonnie, Freddy did not have their lights turned on, meaning the killed children, including William’s youngest son, found peace.
3.7. Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator: Where The Nightmares End
To this point, we can say this game is to close up the story of FNAF. Its True Ending clearly indicates the end for all happened throughout franchise. In the first part, we have established the fact that Michael was the protagonist of the game. So what’s his purpose this time?
Personally we believe that Michael wanted to put this nightmare down once and for all. In order to do that, he needed to gather all of his accursed family members to one place. But this time, he did not do this alone as the true mastermind of this pizzeria plan was Henry. We did not sure whether Michael was already aware of Henry’s plan or not. But we can sure that Henry already knew everything. His plan was to ask Michael to gather all the cursed animatronics in one place, trap them in a fire pit disguised as a new Fazbear pizzeria. All of these animatronics had the remaining souls, including: Springtrap as William Afton, Scrap Baby as Charlotte Afton, and The Puppet as Henry’s daughter. But where was William’s wife? We believe that those two souls were already stuck inside Molten Freddy (or Ennard). Molten Freddy, just like Ennard, was the combination of multiple animatronics, namely Funtime Foxy, Bon-Bon, Funtime Freddy, and Ballora. And if Ballora was truly William’s wife then it totally suits the game’s main idea of “closing loose ends”. It also matches with a quote from Molten Freddy: “One bi-i-i-ig, happy family!” referring to a full family with children, their father and mother.
And when all these damned soul came into one place, including Michael, they were all trapped in closed fire pit. Their animatronics were burned down with no escape, returning their souls to Hell (like Henry emphasizes)… or Heaven? Afterwards, players were rewarded with a Certification of Completion from Fazbear Entertainment. They also apologized to us players about their fault for not being “honest”. This even further proves that everything happened in this game was intended to put an end to this entire story in the first place.
To certain extent, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator put quite a decent end to the entire story of FNAF. It has been 4 years since the first FNAF game; it has been a 4-year journey of horror and mystery which many of us were so into. Of course, there are still some mysteries we haven’t discovered yet, still, it seems to be the time to put an end to the accursed Afton family. Will we see another FNAF sequel? Maybe (though we don’t think it is likely to happen)? But for now, let’s put the spirits of the old into rest and begin a new journey.
And for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!
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