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In Five Nights at Freddy’s, plenty of attention goes towards the animatronics and villains. However, the good guys also deserve mention. In this case, it’s Mike Schmidt.
Why him, though? Well…
- His real name (though it’s not fully confirmed) is Michael Afton, William Afton’s son.
- He survives his deadly encounters with the animatronics, a feat not many can claim.
- He is the viewpoint character in the game he appears in.
Mike Schmidt Appearance
Since he is the viewpoint character in a first-person game, we never get to see Mike Schmidt. The only exception for Mike is when one of the animatronics kills him. Here, we see him stuffed inside a Freddy Fazbear suit. The only body parts we see are his teeth and blue eyes.
On an interesting side note, Mike Schmidt and William Afton are the only human characters whose corpses are visible in animatronics throughout the franchise.
Bottom Line Up Front
Mike Schmidt appears in the first Five Nights at Freddy’s game as a security guard on the night shift. He faces the murderous animatronics during each shift and somehow survives his encounters.
Mike Schmidt Lore
Mike Schmidt got a week-long job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. He would work for 7 nights during the night, with hours going from midnight to 6am. His pay was $120 for the whole week, which lasted between 7th and 14th November 1993.
From Mike’s first night at the job, the animatronics started moving around independently. But, first, he listened to phone recordings from his predecessor, Phone Guy, that warned him about animatronics. He also started having hallucinations.
This was probably because of the claustrophobia he faced from being stuck in an office alone all night. Another cause could be the animatronics that wandered the halls at night and became deadly if they got close to him.
But things turned dark on the 4th night when he heard Phone Guy die after being put in an animatronic suit. Despite the obvious danger he was in, confirmed by Phone Guy’s death, Mike kept returning to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.
On the 6th night, he received a reward for his perseverance and dedication: “Employee of the Month.” He also received his check. But on the 7th night, his last, he tampered with the animatronics’ AI. This got him promptly fired, and his story ends there (until you start following Michael Afton’s story).
Five Nights at Freddy’s
As the protagonist of the first FNaF game, you play as Mike Schmidt. Your main goal is to survive each night—which gets progressively more challenging as you advance—until you finish all 7 nights.
To survive, you have to look at the cameras to pinpoint where the animatronics are. You must close the doors to turn them away when they are outside your office. To make things challenging, you must conserve your power by avoiding spamming how often you use the camera and close the doors.
If the power runs out before the night ends, the animatronics will easily reach you, and it’s game over. After you finish all 5 nights, you will unlock two more. Night 6 offers a more formidable challenge, and Night 7 lets you customize the difficulty.
This is the main protagonist of the whole FNaF series. He is William Afton’s son and Elizabeth Afton’s older brother. Michael Afton is another viewpoint character. So, we only see him in minigames (where he has blue eyes, brown hair, blue pants, and a purple top). But, in the main games (Sister Location, FNaF 4, and Pizzeria Simulator), we see through his eyes.
Eventually, the animatronic Ennard puts himself into Michael Afton. Unfortunately, Michael’s body degrades significantly, and he ejects Ennard’s parts into a sewer. But miraculously, this doesn’t kill him.
Michael Brooks is Mike Schmidt’s counterpart in the official FNaF book trilogy that creator Scott Cawthon co-wrote with Kira Breed-Wrisley. Michael was a boy of 6 or 7 with spiky brown hair, ears that were stuck out, and a light blue shirt.
William disguised himself inside the Golden Freddy suit and approached Michael and four other children. He then murdered them and stuffed their bodies into animatronic suits. Though dead, Michael’s soul did not pass on. Instead, it possessed the Golden Freddy suit. He revealed this 10 years later to one of his surviving friends. He then saved those friends from being killed by the other possessed animatronics.
Question: Is Michael Afton Also Mike Schmidt?
Answer: Yes, we generally believe that. Michael Afton likely changed his name in the first Five Nights at Freddy’s game to get the security guard job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. If he used his name, the management would know he was related to William Afton, one of the Fazbear Entertainment co-founders, and deny him the job.
Question: Who Was Mike Schmidt in Five Nights at Freddy’s?
Answer: Mike Schmidt is the first FNaF game’s leading (and viewpoint) character. He got a week-long job as a night-shift security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.
Question: What Happens to Mike Schmidt in Five Nights at Freddy’s?
Answer: On his 7th night at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, Mike Schmidt tampers with the animatronics. This quickly gets him fired.
Question: Who Is the Player in Five Nights at Freddy’s?
Answer: In the first FNaF game, you play as Mike Schmidt. Your goal is to survive for 7 nights without being killed by homicidal animatronics wandering around at night.
Question: Who Is Phone Guy?
Answer: Phone Guy is the predecessor to Mike Schmidt. He used to work at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and left behind some recordings for his successor. However, the animatronics stuffed him into a Freddy suit and killed him before he could finish recording them. His recordings offer tips to Mike Schmidt and serve as a warning because of his sudden death.
Mike Schmidt FNaF: Conclusion
Through Mike Schmidt, we got our first glimpse into the world of FNaF: its gameplay, the jump scares, the animatronics, and the profound lore that doesn’t reveal itself quickly.