- This article is about the standard continuity Fred Jones. For other incarnations, see Fred Jones (disambiguation).
|Birth name||Fredrick Herman Jones|
|Affiliation||Mystery Inc.; Scooby-Doo Detective Agency (formerly)|
|Family||Skip Jones (father); Peggy Jones (mother); Eddie Jones (uncle)|
|First appearance||SDWAY: What A Night For A Knight|
|Voice actor||Frank Welker|
Fredrick Herman Jones, nicknamed Fred and Freddie (which is what he went by as a preteen), is the self appointed leader of the Mystery Inc. gang, and (usually) the driver of the van; the Mystery Machine. Fred is a blonde, ascot-wearing, statuesque and brave youth; everything that the group's other male human member, Shaggy Rogers, isn't. In later spin-offs, Fred is also shown as having a great interest in various types of sports.
During the series' run, Fred would often be shown constructing various Rube Goldberg 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. During the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Fred would sometimes refer to his cohort Daphne Blake as "Danger-Prone Daphne" due to her penchant for getting into trouble.
Fred leads the group in solving mysteries and often orders the gang to split up to search for clues. Fred usually takes Daphne 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..."
In the 1990s direct-to-video movies and in the 2000s series What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Fred's outfit was given an update, with the removal of his ascot the most noticeable change. The removal of the ascot was poked fun at during one of the first promotional advertisements for What's New, Scooby Doo?, when the ascot is found on the ground, puzzling everyone but Fred, who seems to be uncomfortable around the discovery.
In the What's New, Scooby Doo? series he is somewhat more cowardly than his past self in Scooby Doo, Where Are You! series. This is acknowledged in the episode Recipe for Disaster, when Fred, Daphne, and Velma have to split up to find Shaggy and Scooby, and Daphne asks if he minds seaching alone and Fred reacts a little cowardly "You mean by myself? In this haunted fact-" until he realises what he is saying and tries to act cool. Another instance of his new cowardice is in the episode Farmed & Dangerous when Farmer P. comes to them while they're investigating and offering them some warm milk to calm their nerves and Fred replies "no thanks" but after he tells them about the story of the devil farmer to which Fred gets scared and said "I would like that glass of warm milk now" in a scared tone.
He always seems to have a plan though it might not always work. Additionally on What's New, Scooby-Doo? he also is shown as somewhat less intelligent, rather scatterbrained and more clueless to his surroundings.
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Family and relatives
Relatives of Fred's shown or mentioned during the series include:
- Skip and Peggy Jones, Fred's parents.
- Eddie Jones: Fred's uncle and the publisher of the tabloid newspaper the National Exaggerator.
- The Count von Jones: Fred's uncle who lives in a castle near a factory that makes specialized coffins and runs a museum.
- An uncle in the U.S. Air Force and works for a space agency.
- An uncle who is first cymbalist in the U.S. Marine Corps band.
- An Uncle named Hocus who was a stage magician.
- In the original cartoon series and all of its spin-offs (save for A Pup Named Scooby-Doo), Fred is voiced by Frank Welker; the junior high version of Fred featured in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo was voiced by Carl Steven.
- He has been hypnotized four times so far in all the Scooby-Doo series combined:
- The first time he was hypnotized was in the Gold Key Scooby-Doo comic issue #9 "The Phantom Clown", 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 is 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 Scooby-Doo video game "Mystery Mayhem".
- A recurring gag in What's New, Scooby-Doo? is that he can bench press up to 220 pounds.
- He is allergic to cats, according to the What's New, Scooby Doo? episode, Ready to Scare.
- Some fans have posited that Fred and Daphne share an attraction to each other, 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).
- Fred's name came from the insistance of one of the creators--Fred Silverman.
- Earlier incarnations suggest that Fred's catchphrases are something similar to "Another mystery solved", "Let's split up" or "We have a 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 animated continuity, it's debateable whether it can be considered valid or not.