It is not clear if the Reluctant Follower is either the main protagonist of the VR game or a different character entirely.
While not appearing physically, the Reluctant Follower's voice is only heard. In order to hear it, the player must:
- Obtain Glitchtrap's plush toy after collecting 16 Tapes in the basic hub's levels.
- Obtain the grinning white rabbit mask from the cellar while completing the Afraid of the Dark mode's "Corn Maze" level from the Curse of Dreadbear hub.
Back in the main area of the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience, the rabbit mask will be found in the Prize Counter. The player must wear the mask and hold the Glitchtrap plush to hear the voice. While holding the plush, the Reluctant Follower's voice will be heard speaking the following:
Template:Cquote name "Reluctant Follower" was found on voices.com. Since it appears to be the only new, unattributed name to anything, the voice from the mask seems very likely to be Follower. On November 5th, 2019, the teaser on scottgames.com was updated to include a small, rabbit-like silhouette in the skylight of the mall that has a rather feminine figure with ears similar to the Corn Maze mask. Opening the image in Notepad, the string "S h a d o w o f V a n n y" appears. In the source code of scottgames.com, since the teasers for the new game started appearing there, a conversation can be found:
Assuming all this is related, fans have drawn a few popular, though yet unproven, conclusions, including:
Reluctant Follower's name is Vanessa, with Vanny being a nickname for them.It is possible that Vanny is a portmanteau of "Vanessa" and "Bunny."Reluctant Follower is the player's character in Help Wanted and the heard dialogue is the player speaking to someone.Reluctant Follower is Tape Girl.This is easily disproven due to Reluctant Follower and Tape Girl having different voice actresses.Reluctant Follower is part of a cult that has William Afton as its central figure.This idea is hard to support as the only known member of the supposed cult would be Reluctant Follower with Jeremy being another potential member, though evidence of that is weak.Reluctant Follower is a protege of William Afton who will continue his killings after he's gone.
Reluctant Follower sent the materials to Silver Parasol Games to allow Glitchtrap to appear in the game and allow him to escape into someone else's body, effectively reviving William Afton.This hinges on Glitchtrap truly being William Afton or some recreation of him.