Well after seeing those….interesting Custom Night cutscenes, I decided to give my own take on how Ennard feels winding up right in the sewers. Needless to say, he’s not so happy about it. Anyways I hope you all enjoy
William and Michael Afton: Who Springtrap is and Purple Guy’s “Innocence”
Since Scott can’t seem to put out any new information without confusing the majority of the fandom me and @exotic–butters decided to throw our theory/analysis into the mix to hopefully try and ease some of the confusion.
So, some very important details were given to us in the Custom Night cutscenes, but I think the best place for us to start would be with the dialogue in the final cutscene.
“Father… It’s me, Michael. I did it. I found it. It was right where you said it would be. They were all there. They didn’t recognize me at first, but then, they thought I was you… And I found her. I put her back together, just like you asked me to. She’s free now. But something is wrong with me, I should be dead. But I’m not. I’ve been living in shadows. 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.”
Since we know that the Custom Night cutscenes all take place through “Eggs Benedict’s” point of view, the final cutscene confirms that the player character in Sister Location is William Afton’s son Michael. And Michael here is proving to be very important to FNaF lore because of how he was represented in the second to last Custom Night cutscene.
With the color purple. And there’s a reason for that. Michael states it himself in the final cutscene.
“They didn’t recognize me at first, but then, they thought I was you…”
We were meant to mistake him for William this entire time, because he just looks so much like his father. So much so that the animatronics that William built and even the spirit of his own daughter, though hurt and confused, couldn’t tell the two apart. This new information forces us to go back literal years in all of our theorizing, all the way back to FNaF 2, to try and pinpoint who is who. However that is easier said than done.
We already know that the sprite shown above is, of course, Michael. We also know that this sprite
that was used in the FNaF 2 Foxy Go! Go! Go! and Take Cake to the Children minigames is William since it’s the only sprite that we actively see kill a child. This is where our quest stops being easy since it’s near impossible to tell if these three sprites
are William or Michael. The FNaF 2 sprite on the left could very well be Michael since it was used in the same game as William’s sprite and not once since has Scott ever used two different sprites to represent the same character in the same game. However, as exotic–butters has pointed out to me, it’s entirely possible for the two sprites used in FNaF 2 to be William in and out of work clothes, not to mention there’s still the question of why Michael would be working at the FNaF 2 location to begin with. The FNaF 3 sprite in the middle gives us absolutely no indication what-so-ever on whether or not it’s William or Michael since both of them have reason to go back to Freddy’s and try to finish what they/their father started. And the FNaF 4 sprite on the right is probably the most confusing of the three. I’ve seen people theorize that, because he has the white eyes, that he’s Michael which would mean that William has four children, not three, and that his oldest son was old enough to be working at Freddy’s in ‘83. Which is entirely plausible, however since he looks way too much like his father we can’t definitively say that the white eyes can only belong to Michael. So it’s just as plausible that the FNaF 4 sprite is William since, as co-owner, he would of course be working there and that would then make Michael the bully brother from FNaF 4.
So now the question is; if we can’t tell which sprites are William and which are Michael how are we supposed to be able to tell which Afton is in Springtrap? And that’s just the thing, you can’t. They both have the same motivation to be back at Freddy’s and dismantling the animatronics, to put an end to a cycle of hatred and death started over a decade ago. And, if the FNaF 2 and 3 sprites are in fact Michael, his dead-but-also-not-dead thing would be a perfect explanation for Shadow Freddy, an animatronic that only appears in FNaF 2 and 3. It’s an apparition that, when it appears in FNaF 2, passively sits in the parts and service room leaving the gameplay completely unaffected yet for some reason it was important enough to be included in the game. And when Shadow Freddy appears in the third game it’s shown leading the other animatronics to a back room that it, if it were a regular animatronic, shouldn’t know existed only to have the Purple Guy, in this scenario, Michael, jump out and dismantle them. Shadow Freddy is also conveniently color coded as purple with white eyes which matches almost every single purple guy sprite including the one that’s confirmed as Michael. Not to mention Michael’s line of “I’ve been living in shadows” from the final Custom Night cutscene.
But that’s enough about that, I still have one more thing to discuss, and that’s the fact that Purple Guy just may be innocent. Or at least one of them might be. We still can’t tell what Michael’s motivation would be for being at the FNaF 2 location, if that sprite is him. There’s no way of knowing if he’s there working with his father or if he’s there trying to stop him or set the children’s souls free. Nor do we know why he would be in the FNaF 3 minigames if that sprite is his as well, he could be there trying to undo what his father did by releasing the souls or he could be dismantling them on his father’s orders. Either way, we haven’t seen Michael hurt anyone, and that’s enough evidence to prove that he may be innocent in all this. Which is increasingly saddening considering all the evidence that Michael may have died in his father’s place, with William off somewhere else living it up with the fact that he got away with all of it.
TL;DR: There are now two Purple Guys, it’s almost impossible to tell which one is in Springtrap and to top it all off one of them just may be innocent meaning that the title of Purple Guy is no longer synonymous with The Killer.