An (Almost) Complete Timeline of the Five Night’s At Freddy’s Lore. Part One.

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Thank you for coming back, and today I really just wanted to try something new. If you’re a fan of Five Nights At Freddy’s (fnaf from now on), you would know that a new game just got released, and in celebration of me finishing the game, I just wanted to do a full timeline of the lore and maybe some theories on the way. Please consider that despite my heavy research my dates and details might be ordered wrong and you should feel welcome to correct me in the comments! Content warning as well, there are some pretty dark details here.


It all started with a man named William Afton, who seemed like a regular guy on the surface, but below that, he kinda has a thing for killing children. He has a wife and three children. A little girl with green eyes named Elizabeth and two sons named Evan and Michael. He is one-half of a brilliant duo. His partner is named Henry Emily and has a daughter named Charlotte. They came up with an idea. An idea that would change their lives forever.

Beginning of timeline:

1973: Henry and William created a diner with mascot suits created from spring-lock mechanisms. One bear(Fredbear) and one rabbit (spring bonnie.) Business for them was absolutely booming.

Year unestablished: Due to the Fredbear diner’s success, a sister location opened up for the franchise (no, not that one). This time they added some new characters to the roster, including Chica the chicken and Foxy the pirate fox. This is the establishment in the first game. It’s in this establishment where William Afton commits his first murder. Five children were having a birthday party at his pizzeria. To get straight to the point, he brought the kids to the back room of the pizzeria after messing with their minds and murdered them. Then he stuffed them into the animatronic suits. Dark, yeah, I know. This caused the establishment to close down, yet William never got caught. This gave him an idea to make different types of suits. Animatronic suits that would be perfect to fit children’s bodies.

Year unestablished: He then created Circus Baby, who you might know from the actual Sister Location game, with that idea in mind. She had blue eyes, orange hair and was styled after a clown. There was something different about her, though. She was built with a “scooper” inside her stomach which opens to grab and pull the children into her chest cavity. With Baby and other animatronics to come and a conversation with Henry about it, he was able to open a small restaurant on the side called “Afton’s Robotics.”

1983: William’s family would sometimes visit these locations as well. Specifically, William’s daughter Elizabeth was very fond of Circus Baby. William always told Elizabeth not to go near Baby because he knew that she would recognize Elizabeth as a child and was programmed to kill them when alone with them. Regardless of the warning, one day, while William was busy, Elizabeth found herself alone with Baby. A luring tactic Baby was programmed with was the ability to make ice cream, and that’s what she did. Elizabeth got closer to reach for the ice cream, and Baby took the moment and “scooped” Elizabeth into her chest cavity, ultimately killing her. This caused William to shut this restaurant down as well. Circus Baby’s eyes were now green, the color of Elizabeth’s eyes, not blue like her original design. In the game of Sister Location, we get a reciting of these events directly from Baby.

Thank you all for reading this week and keep your eye out for the rest of this series. We will pick back up where we left off in 1983. I believe this is gonna be a long series.

Author: Locklyn Wilchynski

Locklyn Wilchynski (She/Her) is a poet, writer, and musician. She is also a senior literary arts student at Mississippi School of the Arts. Her writing has been published in Co-Lin Refractions Literary & Art Magazine and The Phoenix Literary Journal. She won two gold keys, a silver key, and two honorable mentions in the 2021 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. She has also won an honorable mention in the 2021 Ephemera Prize. She is a lover of all things crafted in darkness and finding the beauty within that. She believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of communication to open up new conversations and ideas.

4 thoughts on “An (Almost) Complete Timeline of the Five Night’s At Freddy’s Lore. Part One.”


    Don’t mind me, I’ll be reading through this whole collection and copying it down so when anyone asks me what the FNAF lore is I’ll know every moment. And all the credit will go to you!! 😀

  2. The fact that you mentioned things even I didn’t know means you have done your research (also because I sat next to you while you did it, but still).

  3. this is so cool! i know absolutely nothing about fnaf, but i’ve been dying to learn and am just not sure where to start! also, i recently got into the walten files, which has a similar premise and is awesome : )

  4. I am a new fan to the fnaf series, so I really appreciate your breakdown. I also played security breach over the break so I’m excited to see your explanation on it.

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