Purple man

This article contains speculation. Please keep that in mind when reading what is here.


This is not an official name, but will be used until an official name is released.

Were you looking for Phone Guy, or possibly one of the many Protagonists?
You can't.
— Purple Guy, Save Them

Template:Purple Guy Infobox Purple Guy (also known as Purple Man, The Killer, The Murderer, or now, with the release of FFPS, William Afton.) is a recurring antagonist in Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and Five Nights at Freddy's 4.

He presumably was responsible for The Missing Children Incident mentioned in Five Nights at Freddy's, but he could have possibly carried out more murders, as implied from the Death Minigames in the second game. He only appears in some of the Death Minigames of the second game and the end-of-night MiniGames of the third and fourth game, but his role in the story is pivotal.


Purple Guy is represented with the size and height of an adult man, and with his skin tone ranging from various tones of purple or pink, depending on the minigame. He is also sometimes depicted wearing a yellow accessory to his chest, presumably a badge. It isn't until Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that he retains a consistent appearance, undetailed as it may be though he has expressive eyes and a mouth that easily conveys his emotional state.

The only instance in which Purple Guy shows any more detail than this is during the "You can't" version of the SAVETHEM Death Minigame, in which he has glowing, white eyes, a yellow object to his chest and holds an unidentified purple object, speculated to be a phone.

Object Speculation

There is quite a bit of fan speculation about the mysterious object Purple Guy holds in his "You can't" sprite. Followers of the "Phone Guy is Purple Guy" theory claim the object is a phone, but others argue this is unlikely as cordless phones did not exist during the game's setting. Others believe it to be a weapon, as it is used to attack (and seemingly destroy) Freddy Fazbear, such as a screwdriver or a hammer.

Some fans believe it was some sort of tool used while hacking into the animatronic's facial recognition systems, or the crank used for the spring animatronics, but are unspecific as to exactly what the tool is and how it aids in hacking. Some assume it is just his hand in a beckoning stance, as it is the same color as his body.


Because Purple Guy does not speak nor have a role outside of minigames, his story is mostly told via silent actions within retro-graphics, or by reading between the lines throughout the games. Between his minigame presence and piecing together information gleaned from the phone calls as well as the posters in Five Nights at Freddy's, the community has been able to discover lots of hidden information about Purple Guy.

Purple Guy is the presumed murderer of the five children that sparked the downfall of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and started the chain of events that leads players through the series. Judging by his actions and appearance within the minigames, Purple Guy is cruel and uncaring, taking pleasure in his crimes with an unceasing smile. It isn't until he is confronted by the ghosts of the five kids that he shows any other emotion - fear. His motives are unknown and cryptic though his actions ultimately lead to his downfall.


Most of the minigames in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 show Purple Guy committing the murders of numerous children. In one case, Purple Guy is seen killing a child in front of what is speculated to be Fredbear's Family Diner.

In Five Nights At Freddy's 3, in each of the post-night minigames, he attacks all of the original animatronics (excluding Golden Freddy) and dismantles them. Once Night 5 is completed, the minigame depicts the five ghosts of the dead children cornering him in a room. Panicking and fearing for his life, Purple Guy tries to trick the ghosts by hiding inside Springtrap's suit. However, as he laughs at the ghosts, thinking that his plan has worked, the suit malfunctions and brutally kills him as the springs and gears slice and crush him to death while the ghosts fade away.

His corpse stayed inside Springtrap, even 30 years later, when the new Fazbear's Fright was being built.

A figure resembling Purple Guy reappears in Five Nights at Freddy's 4 as an Easter Egg in Night 3's 8-Bit sequence if the player enters the Dining Area then goes back to the starting room. He is seen putting a Spring Bonnie head on an employee wearing the suit. Moments later, the doors close.


As Purple Guy appears in many minigames, he makes various noises when performing different actions. The sound effects played are as follows:


Warning: Loud!
The sound played when Purple Guy charges at an animatronic to dismantle it. It also plays on the three Springtrap boot screens. File:Crazy garble.ogg

The sound played when Purple Guy is running away from the dead children. File:Scare.ogg

The sound played when Purple Guy is crushed inside Springtrap. File:Crush.ogg

The sound played when Purple Guy is in the Springtrap suit, laughing at the children. File:Laugh.ogg

Purple Guy moaning inside of Springtrap while he moves.



  • Some fans have assumed that Purple Guy and Phone Guy are the same persons since they both seem to like Foxy (as evident by the fact that Purple Guy appears next to Pirate Cove in the Foxy Minigame), Purple Guy appears to be afraid of ghosts, to which The Puppet shares similar attributes, and both (seemingly) use a phone. Purple Guy also has a badge, indicating that he's a security guard, which Phone Guy once was as well.
    • This theory could be disproved by the release of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, where it was shown that Purple Guy was killed by being in Springtrap, whereas Phone Guy knew how dangerous the Springtrap suit was and likely wouldn't have worn it.
      • However, it is also possible that the raindrops leaking through the building (which are visible in the minigames) had caused the springlocks to malfunction (as Phone Guy had said that moisture would loosen them), thus resulting in his death.
    • This theory could also be disproved by the fact that Phone Guy was supposedly killed prior to the events of Five Nights at Freddy's. During this time, the animatronics were still intact and stalking Mike Schmidt. It is shown in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 that Purple Guy was killed after he had already destroyed the animatronics.
  • Occasionally, when the third game starts up, one of three images may appear of Springtrap revealing the Purple Guy's rotting corpse inside of him, similarly to the eyeless Bonnie screen from the first game and the eyeless screens from the second game.
    • Upon analyzing the three images that can rarely appear when starting a night, it can be seen that Springtrap had no animatronic eyes, but instead has human eyes, though they could be Springtrap's eyes and were simply jammed into Purple Guy's skull when the spring locks failed. This can be supported by the fact that Springtrap's eyes glow, a trait quite clearly not found in human eyes.
    • Part of Purple Guy's lower jaw can also briefly be seen in Springtrap's right-side jumpscare, and while he is in sight on CAM 15.
  • With assorted parts of his flesh visible, Purple Guy is the second human character to make any sort of on-screen appearance, after Mike Schmidt (as his eyes and teeth are visible in the Game Over screen in the first game).
    • With these visible parts of his body, some discerning features can be made out in Purple Guy, such as a cleft chin.
  • At the end of night Minigames, a "Purple Freddy" (assumed by many to be Shadow Freddy from the second game) will lead the player to the room where they meet their imminent fate at the hands of Purple Guy. Furthermore, if the player restrains from following this Purple Freddy for too long, Purple Guy will come and dismember them anyway. This seems to suggest that this Purple Freddy may somehow be connected to the Purple Guy, but until more information can be gathered, no legitimate theories can be confirmed.
  • The code for Night 4's minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (395248) is the hex code of purple in reverse (#842593).
  • It is unknown why the Purple Guy is the color purple since every other human seen in the minigames looks much like real humans.
    • It's possible this was done to make Purple Guy stand out more as opposed to the other characters seen.
    • He could also be illustrated such way to hide any major details and leave him featureless.

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Five Nights at Freddy's 3


Five Nights at Freddy's 4



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