You didn't tell him about me, did you? Fred's mother:
No, I lied and told him you're sane.
—Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
. Fred is 6. (In the movies he's 18.) He has a condition which requires him to take pills to act like a normal kid.
His mom likes to go out, and his dad is a rock star and lives in the State Pen. note
You know, just like when you were a kid!
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Fred provides examples of:
- 3-D Movie: The second movie was said to be one, but ended up being in 2D.
- Actually Not a Vampire: Mr. Devlin from the second movie, though the very end suggests otherwise.
- Alliterative Name:
- Anti-Christmas Song: Fred's 12 Day's of Christmas and Christmas is Creepy.
- Alpha Bitch: Judy.
- Animated Adaptation: The "It's Fred!" series.
- Art Shift:
- Christmas is Creepy features animation and Stop Motion.
- Tater Haters, Fred Figglehorn, FRED gets Animated part 1, FRED Gets Adopted, FRED Makes a Campfire, FRED makes a Diorama, FRED Goes on a Field Trip, FRED Gets a Monkey, FRED Uses a Spork, FRED Goes to a Funeral, Fred Brings Cherie To School, and Fred Gets a Foreign Exchange Student feature animation as well.
- Ascended Extra: Fred's creator has come closer than probably any other non-musician to creating "real" stardom from YouTube stardom.
- Berserk Button: One particularly hilarious example in the movie; when Fred is told his "girlfriend" has moved, he goes on a rampage and destroys his living room. Because of his sunny disposition, he cleans up afterward.
- Big Damn Movie: Fred The Movie, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred, and Fred 3: Camp Fred.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Fadila from Fred Gets a Foreign Exchange Student turns out to have one.
- Christmas Episode: There've been a few.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Season 1 = Blue hand-lettered shirt. Season 2 = Red shirt. Seasons 3 and 4 = Blue printed (see below) shirt.
- Creepy Child: The basic premise of Fred Babysits a Psycho.
- Dark Horse Victory: Fred and his mortal enemy Kevin compete for class president. The winner is a girl called Cleopatra who Fred claims "didn't have any ideas" and was just sort of there.
- Darker and Edgier: Averted, the show is brighter than the web video.
- In the web video, it is implied that Fred's mom is a prostitute.
- Fred's father is never there in the Web videos. He's not there in the movies or show either, but we get John Cena to make up for it.
- Daydream Surprise: A large portion of the movies are this. In some places, it's hard to tell what's a Daydream Surprise and what isn't. There are even a few Daydream Surprise characters ...or are they?
- Disappeared Dad: Fred's dad lives in the State Pen.
- In the movies, however, his "dad" takes on the flesh of John Cena.
- Don't Try This at Home: In FRED Gets Animated Pt.2.
- DVD Commentary: The first movie has one by director Clay Weiner, writer David Goodman, and actor Lucas Cruikshank.
- Depending on the Writer: On just how dark it gets. The original youtube videos depend on a lot of dark humour, the animated series is dark as well, and manages to be even crueller to the characters then the videos. The movies are pretty clean, with some things from the original hinted at and some dark comedy by Nickelodeon standards. The TV show is squeaky clean, with maybe a couple adult-ish jokes scattered throughout.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Kevin one time pretended to be Judy, saying that he and Judy had broken up, and wanted to date Fred. When Judy found out she stated that was too far, though Fred thought Judy was only acting.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: In FRED gets Animated part 1.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The movies do this a lot.
- The web videos count too, even though they were on youtube, the darker jokes are slipped in subtly due to Fred's limited knowledge of the world combined with the fast pace of the videos most people don't catch on as to what Fred is actually talking about.
- Not to mention his hackin' catch phrase.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: In Tater Haters.
- Guide Dang It: Likely just a glitch, but six videos will only play if the quality is turned down to 240p: FRED ThrowDown #1 - Peace Around the World for Generations, FRED ThrowDown #2 - Homie G pic, FRED: "Figglehorn '08" Campaign Video, FRED: Kevin's Attack Ad, FRED ThrowDown #3 - Creepiest Picture with your Pet, and FRED Sings at YouTube Live!!!
- Halloween Episode: There've been a few.
- I Am Not Weasel: Non-talking animal example. Fred always mistakes small dogs for squirrels.
- Identical Stranger: Fadila from Fred Gets a Foreign Exchange Student turns out to look like Fred with a Big Ol' Unibrow.
- Insistent Terminology: It's a Master Blaster!
- Love Potion: In the Fred: The Show episode "Love Potion".
- Loyal Animal Companion: Even if Fred has no human friends, Sparky, the Neighborhood Squirrels, and the Cat With Rabies will never leave him.
- The Movie: Three of 'em, which were intended for theaters but ended up premiering on Nickelodeon. (The first film did make it to theaters in the UK due to the distributor capitalizing on Pixie Lott's popularity over there, but it bombed spectacularly.) Nickelodeon has also picked up a TV series (Fred: The Show) and then a third movie (Fred 3: Camp Fred).
- No Ending: The Babysitter's a Vampire.
- Overly Long Gag: In the first movie, when Fred's faced with a car repairman who doesn't speak English, he thinks he is being messed with and proceeds to run away screaming, while we are shown brief shots of different areas (like near a fence, on a railroad track and even on a rollercoaster track). This continues until he runs into a live dam.
- Parental Abandonment: His mom loves bars and staying out late and is almost never there, and his "rock star" dad is on Death Row. The first movie implies that Fred's dad actually lived nearby (until the movie's events actually occur), and was never in jail (or a rock star), but FRED makes a Diorama has Fred's dad appear in jail.
- Pottery Barn Poor: Fred and his mom. Also Judy, to a degree. Fred lampshades this, saying that her trailer is bigger on the inside.
- Previously On: FRED Gets Animated Pt.2 opens with a clip from the end of FRED gets Animated part 1.
- Product Placement:
- Random Events Plot: The movies.
- Santa Claus: Appears in Fred on Christmas, Christmas Cash, and Christmas is Creepy.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Derf from the movies.
- Series Continuity Error: In I Wanna Be A Celebrity, Fred mentions his "first CD" while holding up a few copies of his second CD, Who's Ready to Party? With FRED. His first CD, mentioned in Fred Finds a Creepy Doll and Fred Talks About His Christmas Music, was It's Hackin' Christmas! With FRED. This error is especially egregious since both CDs actually exist and are available for purchase.
- Stalker with a Crush: Talia, Kevin's little sister from the second movie.
- Fred himself to Judy in the original series.
- Talk Show: The Figgle Chat series.
- Talky Bookends:
- Trailers Always Lie: Nickelodeon's commercials for the second movie, AND HOW. Practically THE WHOLE COMMERCIAL was just John Cena's appearances, the Twilight Homage/Take That, the wrestling scene, and the first water g-IT'S A MASTER BLASTER! scene, ALL OF WHICH WAS IMAGINARY.
- Training Montage: In the Fred: The Show episode "The Expired Cow".
- Tuckerization: The movies reveal that Kevin's family's last name is Libo, the same as writer David Goodman's cousins (as mentioned in the first movie's DVD Commentary).
- Unreliable Narrator: Even more so in the movies, where half of the events don't even happen.
- Unnamed Parent: Both of Fred's parents were this, but their names were eventually revealed:
- The Voice: Everyone that isn't Fred, except in a few specials, most of season 4, the movies, the talk show Figgle Chat, the Animated Adaptation "It's Fred!", and the TV series Fred: The Show.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In the movie.