For the original incarnation of the Jones patriarch, see Skip Jones.
For the birth father of Fred Jones, Jr., see Brad Chiles.
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Fred Jones, Sr.
Fred Jones, Sr.
Vital Statistics
Birthname Fredrick Jones
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair color Black, with gray streaks
Eye color Black
Other Statistics
Occupation Mayor (formerly incarcerated, deceased; pre-Nibiru);
Principal/coach (post-Nibiru)[1]
Affiliation Professor Pericles (formerly)
Family Fred Jones, Jr. (illegally adopted son)
Production Details
First appearance SDMI: Beware the Beast from Below
Played by Gary Cole

Fred Jones, Sr. was the corrupt mayor of Crystal Cove and the 'surrogate' father of Fred Jr. On the surface he seemed to only care more about making money from the town's mysteries rather than solving them, which conflicted with his son, contributing to an already awkward relationship.

In reality, this was a cover for a much darker and obsessed personality, one who had gone to great lengths to complete the Planispheric Disk. He forced the original Mystery Incorporated to leave Crystal Cove and bargained away the guardianship of the son of Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves.

Physical appearance

Fred Sr. is a tall, middle-aged, Caucasian male, with dark hair, and a square jaw. As mayor, he wore a black suit and red tie. He also wears black framed glasses with teal tint.


Mayor Jones was a selfish and greedy opportunist. He would do almost anything to make Crystal Cove into a tourist hotspot. He took any of the paranormal and bizarre events that happened in Crystal Cove as an opportunity to promote the town's popularity regardless of the consequences and thus, he would willingly turn a blind eye in favor of reaping the benefits that they bring until it was too late.[2] In turn, his relationship with his son had become turbulent at best, with Fred Jr. slowly (but surely) realizing how selfish his (adopted) father really was. His attempts at proving himself a mystery solver in Mayor Jones had failed.[2][3]

In the new alternative timeline the gang made, Fred Jones, Sr. is portrayed as a kind and good man. He is now the coach and principal, and never has been mayor. He tells Fred Jr. that he had always been special to him.[1]


Early life

He came to Crystal Cove in search of the Planispheric Disk.[4]

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

Season one

He told his son that there was more to life than traps, and later was momentarily shocked after Daphne showed the mysterious locket.[5]

He refused to pick up Fred and the others from Gatorsburg because he had gotten comfortable in his recliner.[6]

He confronted George Avocados and asked Fred Jr. to copy campaign flyers. A campaign scandal involving George Avocados's father forced him to drop out. In his final moments as acting mayor of Crystal Cove, Jones appointed Scooby as head of affairs of Crystal Cove's pizza departments.[7]

He refused to close down the beach to protect people from the Man-Crab.[8]

He insisted Fred Jr. get tutoring in civics, and he wanted to exploit the 'spookified' kids for publicity.[9]

He let the Hex Girls hold a new venue.[10]

He asked that the Gnome be investigated for publicity purposes.[11]

He was present when a Humungonaut tore down his Tiki Tub restaurant.[12]

He dropped Fred Jr. off at Darrow University and told him to visit his old fraternity.[13]

He headed off the kids' investigation of a Cicada Creature victim, and later anticipated getting pictures when they were attacked.[14]

He was present at the rebuilt Tiki Tub when the Wild Brood came in.[15]

He was caught up 'in the love' of Aphrodite and danced with Sheriff Bronson Stone.[16]

He spied on the kids as they left the ruins of Darrow Mansion.[17]

He showed Mr. Wang around town and went with him to a dinner party hosted by the Blakes.[18]

He asked the gang's help in solving the Manticore problem at the amusement park, and he was caught searching Fred's room by Velma for their piece of the Planispheric Disk.[2]

He was badly frightened in his own home by the haunting of the Shadowy Figure who was later revealed to be Professor Pericles and lost his piece of the Planispheric Disk to him.[19]

He fired Sheriff Stone when he thought a vigilante ghost would do a better job for free.[3]

In his Freak of Crystal Cove persona, he was on top of the old Spanish church watching the kids go away after Angel Dynamite/Cassidy Williams revealed the old Mystery, Inc.'s true fate. (Pawn of Shadows)


Mayor Jones unmasked.

When Sheriff Bronson Stone and the parents arrived upon the Freak of Crystal Cove's defeat, Fred unmasked the Freak to be Mayor Fred Jones Sr. upon figuring out himself. Fred Jones Sr. threatened the original Mystery, Incorporated and hunted down the current gang for their own piece of the disk. He also revealed that Fred wasn't his real son and that he was actually the son of Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves, much to Fred's anger. As Fred walks away, Bronson quotes to Mayor Fred Jones Sr. "say it isn't so."[20]

Season two

The Gang told him about the plan about the Planispheric Disks and he agreed to help them by taking the real pieces in custody. (Wrath of the Krampus)

The Gang later met the good part of him, trapped in the waiting room due to the curse. While the curse had corrupted Mayor Dad and made him cold and unloving toward Fred, the good side admitted that Fred was the best thing about his life, and had always thought of him as an actual son who he's proud of. Fred Jr. thus finally was able to forgive his adoptive father. (Nightmare in Red)

Mayor Jones was eaten alive by the Evil Entity when it came to the surface of the town, witnessed by Fred.[1]


Fred Jones, Sr. was revealed to be the principal at Crystal Cove High School, as well as the head soccer coach. He saw the students of the school as his children and as such, he tended to act as fatherly figure to them--he seemed to see Fred as his favorite student, telling him straight up that he saw Fred as the closest he has to a son.[1]


In other languages

Actor Language Notes
Pascal Germain French
Michael Pan German
Davide Marzi Italian
Helge Winther-Larsen Norwegian

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Come Undone, season 2, episode 26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Menace of the Manticore, season 1, episode 21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dead Justice, season 1, episode 24.
  4. All Fear the Freak, season 1, episode 26.
  5. Beware the Beast from Below, season 1, episode 1.
  6. The Creeping Creatures, season 1, episode 2.
  7. The Secret of the Ghost Rig, season 1, episode 3.
  8. Revenge of the Man Crab, season 1, episode 4.
  9. The Song of Mystery, season 1, episode 5.
  10. In Fear of the Phantom, season 7.
  11. The Grasp of the Gnome, season 1, episode 8.
  12. Battle of the Humungonauts, season 1, episode 9.
  13. The Shrieking Madness, season 1, episode 12.
  14. When the Cicada Calls, season 1, episode 13.
  15. The Wild Brood, season 1, episode 15.
  16. Where Walks Aphrodite, season 1, episode 16.
  17. Escape from Mystery Manor, season 1, episode 17.
  18. The Dragon's Secret, season 1, episode 18.
  19. A Haunting in Crystal Cove, season 1, episode 23.
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