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Fred Jones
Fred Jones
Vital Statistics
Birthname Fredrick[1] Herman[2] Jones[3]
Nickname(s) Fred; Freddie
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)

Fredrick[1] Herman[2] Jones[3] nicknamed Fred and Freddie (which is what he went by as a preteen),[4] is the self appointed leader of the Mystery Inc. gang, and (more often than not) the driver of their 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.

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 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 Caucasian male in his late teens. He has short 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.

Personality

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.

History

Animated history

Main article: Fred Jones/animated history

Comic history

Main article: Fred Jones/biographical account of comic appearances

Novel history

Main article: Fred Jones/biographical account of novel appearances

Video game history

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

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.

Occupation

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

Behind-the-scenes

Fred's name came from the insistance of one of the creators -- Fred Silverman.

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
Jacek Kopczyński Polish Current (since the 90s)

Notes/trivia

  • He has been hypnotized four 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 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 video game, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem.
  • 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,[5] 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 animated continuity, it's debateable whether it can be considered valid or not.

Gallery

See also

  • TBA

Footnotes


References

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