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Fred Jones
Fred Jones
Vital Statistics
Birthname Fredrick[1] Herman[2] Jones[3]
Alias Freddie/Freddy
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair color Blond
Eye color Black
Other Statistics
Occupation Amateur sleuth (for other jobs, see below)
Affiliation Mystery Inc.;
Scooby-Doo Detective Agency (formerly)
Family Skip Jones (father);
Peggy Jones (mother);
Eddie Jones (uncle)
Production Details
First appearance SDWAY: What a Night for a Knight
Played by Frank Welker for other actors, see below)

Fred "Freddie/Freddy" Jones[3] is the leader of the Mystery Inc. gang, and (more often than not) the driver of their van: The Mystery Machine. Fred is statuesque and brave; everything that the group's other male human member, Shaggy Rogers, isn't.

Over the years, Fred has come to build overly complicated traps for villains, which Scooby-Doo and/or Shaggy would often set off by mistake, only for the villain to wind up captured by the trap anyway. He also takes charge by splitting the group up to search for clues. Fred usually takes Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley with him, while Shaggy and Scooby go off by themselves, although he would sometimes send Velma along with Shaggy and Scooby; Fred's main catchphrase is related to this divide-and-conquer clue search method: "Let's split up, gang..."

Physical appearance

He is a handsome, teenaged Caucasian male, with blond hair. His original and current wardrobe consists of a white sweater over a blue shirt and also wears blue pants. His trademark accessory is his orange ascot.


For many years, in the first period of his ascot days, he was the level-headed and stoic leader. Although in the later years, when he had become a mystery novelist, he showed signs of possible fear of being arrested after it was believed he was the Red Skull.[3]

His cowardice is further implied (during his blue-striped sweater years), when Fred, Daphne, and Velma have to split up to find Shaggy and Scooby in an Ohio Scooby Snax factory, and Daphne asked if he minded searching alone, with Fred reacts a little worriedly, "You mean by myself? In this haunted fact-" until he realised what he is saying and tried to act cool.[4] Another instance of this, was when Farmer P. came to them while they're investigating, offering them some warm milk to calm their nerves, with Fred politely declining. But after Farmer P. told them about the story of the devil farmer, Fred changed his mind and asked, "I think I'm ready for that glass of warm milky" in a scared tone.[5] Additionally, he also is shown as somewhat less intelligent, rather scatterbrained and more clueless to his surroundings. After Daphne comments on how Gary Snipper is "technically proficient," he adds that he's good at making things, too.[6]

As a child growing up in Coolsville, he was the polar opposite to the fearless leader type, being slightly hyperactive and superstitious. He was frequently picked on by Red Herring, the neighbourhood bully. He subscribed to a magazine, the National Exaggerator, that "reported" real monsters (his favorites being the Mole People and the mud monsters). Fred also almost always gets something wrong at the end of a case, as he always (or almost always) accuses Red as being the villain.


Animated history

Main article(s): Fred Jones/animated history



Comic history

Main article(s): Fred Jones/biographical account of comic appearances

Novel history

Main article(s): Fred Jones/biographical account of novel appearances

Video game history

Main article(s): Fred Jones/biographical account of video game appearances


Family and relatives

For a complete list of Fred's family members, look here. For other relatives, look here.

Romantic interests

There have been instances where Fred has noticed and gained the attention of the opposite sex over the years.


Being only an amateur sleuth doesn't pay the bills, so Fred has had to find a source of income (and a sometimes a stable profession when the gang decide to part ways for a while), and has taken on a variety of different jobs through his life. This is a list of them:

Additionally, pre-teen Freddie was hired by his Uncle Eddie to write an article for the National Exaggerator (APNSD: Chickenstein Lives), and he and Daphne formed a singing duo to compete in Talent Star. (Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright)


In the development of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Fred started as "Geoff" and was then changed to "Harvey".[citation needed] "Ronnie" was also in storyboards.[citation needed] "Fred" came from the insistence of CBS' then head of children's programming, Fred Silverman.[citation needed]

Fred was based on the titular character of the 1960's sitcom The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis (played by Dwayne Hickman).[8]

Voices of Fred

In the original cartoon series, and all but one of its spin-offs, Fred is voiced by Frank Welker; the junior high version of Fred featured in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was voiced by Carl Steven.

In other languages

Actor Language Notes
Gergely Bódy Hungarian Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo Show, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Scooby Goes Hollywood, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico, Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster, Aloha, Scooby-Doo!, Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, original, current
Tamás Markovics Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo, Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare, Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire, Big Top Scooby-Doo!, Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games, Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, current
András Borbíró A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Jacek Kopczyński Polish Current (since the 90s)


  • He has been hypnotized five times so far in all the Scooby-Doo series combined:
    • The first time he was hypnotized was in The Phantom Clown, from Gold Key's Scooby Doo... Where Are You!, when he was hypnotized with Shaggy by the ghost clown to act like horses.
    • The second time was in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, Mummy Scares Best where he was hypnotized to be a slave of the mummy with Daphne and Velma.
    • The third time was briefly in another What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, Reef Grief! when he looks into the medallion that Spencer Johnson used to hypnotize the sand castle builders, he even said the famous line, "Yes, Master" in a tranced voice (this line is very common in many cartoons that have people who are hypnotized).
    • He was also hypnotized with Daphne, and Velma in the video game, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem.
  • In the Scooby-Doo! Team-Up comic story, Go West, Meddling Kids, he was briefly hypnotized by the Some-Trance Kid, being freed by a knock from El Kabong's guitar.
  • A recurring gag in What's New, Scooby-Doo? is that he can bench press up to 220 pounds.
  • In the What's New, Scooby Doo? episodes, Ready to Scare and A Scooby-Doo Valentine, he claimed to be allergic to cats, and have hayfever, respectively. Neither claims have been proven.
  • Some fans have posited that Fred and Daphne share an attraction to each other,[9] but this has yet to be truly declared as such in the series itself (though Cartoon Network, in its various promotional bumpers, has had fun with this notion), although Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright did have the two of them finally admit this behind each other's backs, as well as actually kissing each other on the lips during their song.
  • Earlier incarnations suggest that Fred's catchphrases are something similar to "Another mystery solved", "Let's split up" or "looks like we have a(nother) mystery on our hands". Later on, in Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword he miserably admits that he still doesn't have one when the rest of the gang say their unique catchphrases after being being surprised. Recently however, he has been known to say "Hold the phone". (Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon). This was adapted from his Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated counterpart.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map his full first name was given as Fredward. Since this was from a puppet film and the fact that his first full name has already (and currently) been given as "Fredrick" in standard continuity, it's debateable whether it can be considered valid or not.




See also: LEGO.

See also



  1. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, direct-to-video short film 2.
  2. Aloha, Scooby-Doo!, direct-to-video film 8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 TNSDMysteries: Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo, season 1, episode 1.
  4. WNSD: Recipe for Disaster, season 2, episode 10.
  5. WNSD: A Scooby-Doo Halloween, season 2, episode 6.
  6. WNSD: A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown, season 3, episode 8.
  7. Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, direct-to-video 20.
  8. Evanier, Mark (June 10, 2002). Shaggy Dog Story". News From ME. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  9. Scooby-Doo! Street Smarts, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons