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He looks like a typical lantern-jawed man of action. He has short, buzzed blonde hair and tanned skin, suggesting he spends a lot of time out adventuring.
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On one mission in the Amazon he found what he thought was an ancient temple with a shrunken head. When he touched the head it spoke, and a Headless Horror appeared to haunt him.
He took a teaching position at Crystal Cove High School only as a break before his next adventure.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
He showed up with Cachinga to fight the Gluten Demon, telling a story that Marion had been carried away by giant flies. In the end, it turned out they were separated, with Marion living at her mother's house. A phone call from Rick led to the promise of reconciliation for the couple. (The Devouring)
"A curse? This day just keeps getting better and better."
- Fred Jr.'s idolization of Rick is similar to the original Fred's own idolization of Melbourne O'Reilly from What's New, Scooby-Doo?.
- He has a quasi-resemblance to Bruce from the Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! episode, Don't Feed The Animals.
- The character is based Doc Savage ("Doc" Spartan...), especially the film version starring Ron Ely (the character is drawn wearing the same outfit worn by Ely in the film). The Doc Savage adventures, in turn, inspired Indiana Jones.
- The credits mistakingly list him as "Nick Spartan".