Game Theory: FNAF, Return To The Pit (3 New FNAF Theories)
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Welcome back to MatPat has too many FNAF theories, that he needs to put multiple in an episode! Today we are going to cover 3 more short Five Nights At Freddy's theories, focusing mainly on the new books. From more information on the ever important Cassidy, to William Afton's time travel shenanigans, there is a LOT to cover! Let's dive into this time traveling ball pit, shall we?

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7:40 - Theory #2
12:53 - Theory #3

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  • MightG

    Never ever thought I would see matpat use the “end this mans whole career” 😂

  • William Dumontier
    William Dumontier

    Wait but didn’t cassidy get killed buy purple guy

  • ForensicFilesGaming

    the podcast pic is a condom :/

  • Gamer92

    My head cannon: - Henry is the father of Charlotte, Michael, and Evan. - William is the father of Elizabeth and no one else. - Evan was able to move on but not Cassidy. - The missing children incident is the first major event in the timeline. - The incident in 1985 was a different incident, probably for all the toy animatronics.

  • LavenDork

    Matpat darling, I must ask, why would our crying child Evan be overseas risking his life if he’s dead? It doesn’t make sense. Yeah we know it’s not him actually, but I think the crying child is actually Mike and the brother is Evan, let me explain: we know for a fact crying child dies and we also know that Michael, older Michael who gets scooped, is a robot like Charlie, but why? Why would he be a robot? Cause he’s dead. He died from Fredbear’s bite and out of grief someone pulled a Henry and made Michael anew. Fnaf four is us playing as Mike before he died, while he was in the hospital. Evan is stricken by grief of his brothers death, enlists in the military and sacrifices his life to make up for what he did to his little bro. Mike is dead, he’s also a robot, and Evan is our mean older brother. It may be a stretch, but it’s really not, all of our pieces are there. Even Evan talking to Jake through a doll could be why the text color was different with “i will put you back together” it was Evan saying it to Mike, heck it might’ve been Evan who made him into a robot in the first place and pulled the Henry move. And if it was Evan talking to Mike, this story with the doll would make sense for that last scene where psychic friend Fredbear promises to put him back together. You had all the pieces Matty, you just needed a little help ;) (also this isn’t me criticizing you, this is literally my Epiphany)


    In case you decide to make more theory


    Yo matpat, not sure if you knew this but I’m letting you know in case you don’t but theirs a 12TH fazbears fright coming out maybe when that comes out it could be useful for theory. ( I wanted to let you know)

  • The Game Thinkers
    The Game Thinkers

    Three new theories all in one? Rookie numbers. I once theorized 10 new theories at the same time. Come at me bro.

  • Roland Piotrowski
    Roland Piotrowski

    I remember not being interested in FNAF at school yet and thinking that sister location was about finding your sister

  • JackShot

    Question to MatPat about FNAF How Henry know that William is springtrap? How he made the big trap in FNAF 6? Did he faked his suicide? And if yes, did he died in FNAF 6 with others?

  • Drawingfan

    7:25 I’d like to debunk this theory that Scott planned on two spirits because every character has one strong light and the light reflects in the head (the spirit) but golden Freddy doesn’t have 2 strong lights which lets me think that is more coincidence then fact

  • Miles Rosenberger
    Miles Rosenberger

    I am pretty sure that the old blood was from olswald’s arm when the rabbit bit him because maybe when that happened they were at the past then switching back for the rabbit to be killed.(also sorry if i spelled his name wrong)

  • Pineapple Productions
    Pineapple Productions


  • Ayden Cash
    Ayden Cash


  • Caleb Downing
    Caleb Downing

    The dreamgeist looks like the hunched thing from the death minigame

  • nath plush world
    nath plush world

    But the second he even don't know his is the Freddy night guard use spare Freddy head right he just think he is freddy

  • nath plush world
    nath plush world

    Just think about it Freddy has a good plan in 1 because I think he command Bonnie and chica as destraction just thing about it chica and Bonnie never leave and Freddy only attack when is. Dark

  • nath plush world
    nath plush world

    I think Freddy stupider very time

  • The Member Of Gaming
    The Member Of Gaming


  • The Member Of Gaming
    The Member Of Gaming

    Yo HEAR ME OUT So in the book you know the secret messages that say remember your name? Or something along the lines of that maybe she was saying that Hudson forgot his real name, micheal therefore proving mat pats theory right that all games are connected to mike and the same over with fritz too. Idk maybe I’m just missing some things and need a refresher but YALL this. Could. Be. Right Edit: so now I’m rethinking this maybe the two name changes represent the 2 different bites maybe the notebook was before the bite of 83 or the bite of 87 so it could all come back to mike y’all I am freaking out

  • Queen of the Stars
    Queen of the Stars

    Will: *kills children and dies* Serial killer: *kills children and dies* some die-hard will fan: *kills children* im beginning to see a pattern here, im not so sure I like-

  • Mossys Hobbies
    Mossys Hobbies

    Do you know the line I will put you back together what if in the pizza plex we are playing as robotic Chris Afton ?✨?

  • Molnskuggan

    Video 8 of posting about otamatone lore

  • ♤Čhãřĺîë♤

    'Mr Atkin' my 6th grade teacher: **ALSO MS ATKINS JUST SPELLED DIFFERENT**

  • Sarah Kearns
    Sarah Kearns

    Ahh I just love me some *DaBbInG cHiCa*

  • Jeremiah Ruffin
    Jeremiah Ruffin

    So candy has a relation to Freddy's because marionette was there at candys so I think William made candy first then after what happened he change the name

  • Jeremiah Ruffin
    Jeremiah Ruffin

    Mat I think that has a connection with candys some how if u finish the night u will see a relation of a last name of Schmidt just like in that so before Freddy I think it would be candys

  • It do be like that sometimes.
    It do be like that sometimes.

    13:59, similar to that one, don’t judge my dumb-nerd brain here, Batman AU where he time travels and is the one who killed his parents. He goes insane and becomes Joker; later on facing that au’s Batman.

  • It do be like that sometimes.
    It do be like that sometimes.

    10:11 If people can be replicated, then what if William was replicating himself? That’s why he always comes back, and maybe Michael is a copy gone rogue. Undoing all of his “father’s” wrongs. Just sayin’.

  • caleebi

    idk if this is controversial or not beacause ive not kept up on fnaf but wouldent fnaf sisiter location be first in the timeline because alot of the games after have the name on his paycheck as mike or michael? of course fnaf 4 mightve been before but sl would be after because hes an adult. also in some of the games he gets fired for odor which would be explained by him being decayed in the Sister location cutscene. well thats just a little theory of mine. dont hate me :)

  • Zach J
    Zach J

    You mentioned that the two names need to be proofread, what if that was for a reason because Hudson was hallucinating the name as some thing other than Mr. Afton. ( because it was Mr. Afton but he saw it as some other names)

  • Simul8tor

    So while watching back on some fnaf, I thought of something. You guys remember allllllllll the way back in fnaf 3, you play those mini games to get the good ending? The last mini game features what everyone called “shadow Bonnie.” What if that was actually foreshadowing glitchtrap? When moving the character, it glitches out, can travel between all the mini games, and is a bunny. This also would make sense because of the foreshadowing of golden freddy having 2 lights on in his eyes in the bad ending, referencing the two souls. If Scott already had golden Freddy having 2 souls in his mind when making fnaf 3, what if he also had glitchtrap in his mind? But it’s JUST A THEORY…

  • MR*_* GAME
    MR*_* GAME

    Nope in the fnaf3 securitys gard name is hudson🙃 We can find it in the books😉 And we dont playing as mike😑

  • 3xlcapo 4L
    3xlcapo 4L

    madpat i have made a big discovery in the song fnaf1 song they say that they have seen a face like yours so this is saying that your are indeed the older bother.

  • Froooglo

    mike hawk

  • Meilyn Ramos
    Meilyn Ramos

    MatPat saying doll like "dowel" 😂

  • Gamer unlimited 60
    Gamer unlimited 60

    I have a question how can Cassidy be golden Freddy and Chris can speak through Golden Freddy Nvm any thing can happen when it’s fnaf

  • tails boy
    tails boy

    My real name is Michael

  • Manuel Lucero
    Manuel Lucero


  • Person People
    Person People

    Has anyone made a theory about the cupcake? It moved in vr, so what if it has a soul?

  • •Bxbbly Angels•
    •Bxbbly Angels•

    Honestly, I hope it doesn’t end in a time loop. Those seriously freak me out. I used to be SUPER into BATIM, but then when I played and finished Chapter 5 and found out about the loop, it gave me the creeps. I love FNaF and don’t want to ever leave it because of something so stupid.

  • Beta Maxis
    Beta Maxis

    I'm still not convinced the ball pit isn't just imbued with the memories of Cassidy's spirit that people can experience if they enter it, kind of like Dumbledore's memory storage basin in Harry Potter.

  • Matt M
    Matt M

    When ever I see these I make the joke of my name being Gabriel

  • niah roberts
    niah roberts

    I'm bout to end this man's whole career

  • Mia Bishop
    Mia Bishop

    Game theory kinda sus 😶

  • sara389


  • Pacer Giraffe
    Pacer Giraffe

    I’m praying that Matt puts a playlist together of every fnaf theory in order

  • Hex

    Mat:*Overthinks and creates crazy theories for the lore* Scott: WRITE THAT DOWN, WRITE THAT DOWN

  • Darry Ng
    Darry Ng

    I watched through all of the FNAF Theories and realized that Scott trolled/confused the entire fan base with "TWOs" throughout the series. Starting with the TWO purple guys that we initially confused about back when the series first started, turns out there's two purple guys, William and Michael. And then the TWO Bites, where we heard about the bite of '87 and then see the crying child bitten in FNAF 4, where at 1st we were confused about whether the scene was the bite of '87 or not ( Cue the Markiplier " Was that the bite of '87 ?!?! " Clip ). Turns out there are two bites in the series, the bite of '83 and the bite of '87 We initially thought that Golden Freddy was being possessed by one spirit, Cassidy, and turns out that there are TWO spirits within, Cassidy and the crying child. We though the one and only baddie in the game was William Afton right, oh no, turns out that Baby is second villain moving forward. TWO villains. Heck even the title of the game was trolling us, FIVE nights at Freddy's, looking at the title be like " Owh, a game with just 5 levels" , with TWO additional 6th and 7th nights. I wonder if there'll be not just one, but TWO Reluctant Followers in the upcoming Security Breach, either that or two villains in the game, one being Vanny which we know about, and the other.... for us to find out soon (?) Am I thinking too much about this :D ?

  • jonathan wighton
    jonathan wighton

    Make a Ark survival evolved video you would like the lore behind it all

  • Jocelyn Constantino
    Jocelyn Constantino

    If in the book Baby was created to kill Henry does this mean Baby could've convinced other animatronics to kill Henry and if Michael is actually Henry's son not William's and if he looks like Henry could they kill Michael because he looks like Henry which is why the animatronics wanna kill Michael?

  • Fire bolt
    Fire bolt

    Is that a community reference

  • Shlitter


  • kubilusaurus2

    If he’s a bootleg paradox then he knows that suit is going to clamp down on him but he still goes in it and he knows that he’s going to get burned to a crisp but he still gets lured into the labyrinth which is the same event that gets him shoved into ultimate custom night he would have all of this knowledge of the future including the things that would end badly for him and he still does the things that insure those events

  • Joe Neary
    Joe Neary

    Its probably nothing but fredbears mic and Freddie mic and I presume other charecters microphones have a pin on the bottom, the same pin that baby has to let her switch. Probably nothing tho

  • FencePanel127

    That intro is golden

  • VJ Kanaparthy
    VJ Kanaparthy


  • Nataytayy

    At 9:24 when it said the he had memories of someone else’s but not his i have one question...doesn’t that remind you of the fourth closet when elizabeth has memories of someone else but not hers-?

  • Pablo Raul Pereyra
    Pablo Raul Pereyra

    It remember me a film of the freak show where a radio give good but pyscho advidce to a person

  • ✨Slow Child✨
    ✨Slow Child✨

    I’m pretty sure in the game where Foxy bro killed his brother C.C aka Crying child mentioned the name Terrence before he died

    • Louis

      He didn't. If he did, we wouldn't be debating Foxybro's idenity still.

  • jase conn
    jase conn

    Vanyy created the 10th fanaf

  • Ross With No Sauce
    Ross With No Sauce

    “Stop me if this starts to sound familiar, a night security guard-“ stop. “But im not done” I said stop. Its too familiar already.

  • Randomly Me
    Randomly Me


  • Naitly of Asghard
    Naitly of Asghard

    The fnaf questions Matpat tries to solve: "What is happening at the end of help wanted?" "what can we expect going forward?" "the f*ck is the time traveling ball pit doing there?" The fnaf questions I think about: Are the animatronics furries? Or I guess William Afton is since he made them... Wait could he and Henry build an IRON MAN SUIT?!

  • ✨Slow Child✨
    ✨Slow Child✨

    Just a thought. I feel like the reason the ball put takes people back in time is because Cassidy AKA Golden Freddy wants people to see how they all died and is giving a sign that they are trapped because of a purple man 😂

  • Rory Moore
    Rory Moore

    If Michael is the main character of fnaf 3 and if sister location takes place first as it likely does. How does he survive the fire. He’s a corpse which is only venerable to fire

  • ~LizWasHere~

    Ik this won't make sense with the video but I think I know why William only kills 5 children every time. His kids (Elizabeth and c.c) were 5 years old

  • Mario and Luigi adventures
    Mario and Luigi adventures

    Me when my teacher says I’m going to fail the class 0:20

  • PrincePRG

    I’ve literally never played a FNAF game but you bet I’ve watched every single theory

  • Latis mapping
    Latis mapping

    Chekhov's gun? No no no, fazbear’s ball-pit

  • I’m-Okay

    All right so, I know that he doesn’t get to every single comment but I just really wanted to point this out. In the game pizzeria simulator there is a huge ball pit (not the one with the weird clown thing on it and the ladders) the liability risk for that. It is at nine. I feel like Scott was trying to tell us that there was something off about the ball pit without actually telling us, I think he was trying to hint at it. I was watching a play through of the game and when I saw that I texted my friend about it and he was as surprised as I was. I just wanted to point that out because it was really cool that he hinted towards that.

  • CartoonDuck

    when the book showed the gumdrop angel I literally screamed I have that book! and its true.

  • David Leppex
    David Leppex

    BRUH finally game theory put an meme in his meme in his video

  • Nightmare 162
    Nightmare 162

    Do you think it’s possible that they used mangle for Roxanne

  • BAE Uy
    BAE Uy


  • Embarrassing comments
    Embarrassing comments

    What’s for dinner? Matpat: theories My favorite :D

  • TheMelonPerson

    The only thing that’s scarier then the FNaF lore is the irs

  • miamak


  • Vilda Wallsten
    Vilda Wallsten

    love the community reference :)

  • Sergio Rivera
    Sergio Rivera

    2:55 Bruh my name is Sergio

  • Emcmcbee

    This is a month from release but I just realized. Remember the fnaf 3 jumpscare for spring trap. If that is William and you play mike could that be an answer to why the death animation isn’t like the robots lunging towards you, it’s almost like William knows you and doesn’t wanna attack without a second thought like the other animatronics do. It’s probably nothing big but I thought it was kinda neat to think about.

  • Spring Locked 87
    Spring Locked 87

    I had a weird and crazy theory on "Into the pit" that might make sense yet not, but I don't know how to fully explain it. What if the Springbonnie that Oswald saw is part of a different timeline or a thing of agony? Theory on a different timeline: So if he is, no one can see him except for Oswald because he doesn't belong to the 1985 time and Oswald isn't from it either. It sounds stupid, but I think it's possible that it's either William Afton coming back from the future or a follower of his that disgusted themselves as Springbonnie, so that's why he's able to show Oswald what had happened without others being there and was able to follow him back through the ball pit. Plotholes: 1. Why can people see Oswald in the past? 2. Why is the suit still there at the end with nothing there? 3. Why can no one else see Springbonnie when he took Oswald home? Agony theory: A part of William Afton's agony made the Springbonnie suit active just like the other things in the stories powered by agony. I'm not sure, but it could make sense why it would have teeth in the suit and possibly why no one else can see him except Oswald. It's also possible that the agony powering the suit can cause illusions or how the suit was empty at the end of the story yet still be there. It's also a possibility that he has similar illusion technology like with "To be beautiful" and in "The twisted ones" and "The fourth closet". If it was illusion technology, it would explain why only Oswald can see Springbonnie since he had seen him before yet no one else has, so the illusion doesn't work on him in the present. It could also explain why the illusion wouldn't have worked on him in the past, it's because he isn't supposed to be there and would notice things that could be out of place to others or the fact that Springbonnie could have chosen to show himself to Oswald with the illusion chip. Another comparison is like in "To be beautiful", the students could see how Sarah changed with what Elenor did yet her friend and mom didn't see any changes and yet she still ended up becoming a big pile of trash without the illusion Elenor provided. Plotholes: 1. Unsure of the power of agony and if there is anything to do with illusions or if it's an illusion type of chip active powered with the agony of William Afton 2. Timeline doesn't match for a Springbonnie agony suit to exist with William Afton still alive at the time Who knows, it could even be an agony, illusion powered time traveling Springbonnie suit from after William Afton died

  • Toxic Bunny
    Toxic Bunny

    Sooo Charlie dad is dead because he killed him self with a robot/animatronic and William Afton is dead then who is making the animatronic for the next game unless as you said ‘A story that allows Afton to be a creation of it own self’ so that like that what you said I think it is good so wow good job 👍🏻

    • Toxic Bunny
      Toxic Bunny

      @Wind blade ohhhh ok then

    • Wind blade
      Wind blade

      Henry never killed himself with a animatronic in the games, he just burns himself along with almost everything in Fnaf 6

  • super horror bro fan #1
    super horror bro fan #1

    Mat:get Your mind out of the gutter people. this Mats catchphrase now.

  • Alexander Habrat
    Alexander Habrat

    But in the epilogue the stitchwraith had burned out the infection the afton amalgamation had put in larson

  • That Nerd Winter
    That Nerd Winter

    I definitely think the series will not end on victory, either the detective becoming purple guy or maybe just getting killed by purple guy, or whatever.

  • Damien Hendrick
    Damien Hendrick

    now cant wait for the FNAF movie

  • Shanna Smith
    Shanna Smith

    My boyfriend wanted to know the lore of FNAF and I looked at him (after watching all your theory vids) and it knowing where to begin… I said… my love… it’s a gloriously woven universe.

  • WeAllLoveDrawing!

    I think the Stitchrave is puppet, because it’s skinny, mask is white, may have blood on the face but who said it’s a part of the design? And has a smile! Well a creepy one, like the puppet right? Edit: Wait a minute, you know how after the night guard dies, there’s something weird on the screen, like when a robot gets damaged that might show up for there eyes, have you ever thought that every night guard is a animatronic..?

    • Wind blade
      Wind blade

      The puppet itself already appears in FF epilogues

  • MelonOtter

    lucky boy more like pocoloco

  • Kasaen

    Day 2 of asking for a 21 Pilots Film Theory episode

  • Illianna Veenstra
    Illianna Veenstra

    So I was watching some old FNAF videos and in your video Game Theory: FNAF, The FINAL Theory! (Five Nights at Freddy’s) - pt 2 you walk about how Nightmare is death. Now clearly we know that's wrong now but you mentioned how only Nightmare and Golden Freddy have jump scares that are a static screen then crash your game. You also talked about how Golden Freddy and Nightmare have inverse colours. What is this is a symbol of the 2 spirits in Golden Freddy's suit. Nightmare is the spirit that can't see while golden Freddy is the one that can (like you talk about in one of your book videos).

  • Jack T Ripper
    Jack T Ripper

    “You can tell that Scott’s feeling a little guilty these days...” Well that aged well

  • GetReadyToBeAGenius

    wait if the third theory is true does that william also a second name called "Larson" becuz the detective becomes Afton ?

    • GetReadyToBeAGenius

      @ascended savage ikr i meant IF it was true lol

    • ascended savage
      ascended savage


  • Grandson

    Click bacon boy fnaf 3 go back minigame

  • Ranjima B
    Ranjima B

    I hate the fact that Scott’s retiring :(

  • Rodrigo Rodrigues
    Rodrigo Rodrigues

    i came to a conclusion fnaf 2 shadow bonie and glitch trap are the same, because the face, body and teeth are the same, shadow bonie is a haunting of the past to show who had killed the childrens.

  • Astro Astrology
    Astro Astrology

    Water Is The Most OP Element In This Franchise.

  • Wobbly Tiger
    Wobbly Tiger

    Afton was the name of my dog

  • biblically accurate angel
    biblically accurate angel


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