Played by Lucas Cruikshank.
- Alliterative Name
- Anti-Hero: Calling him "heroic" is a massive stretch, given that all his actions are driven by pettiness and/or bizarre emotional impulses. He gets more heroic in the third movie, though.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Judy.
- Ambiguous Disorder
- Book Dumb
- Butt-Monkey: He consistently suffers all sorts of misfortunes, nothing ever goes right for him, he gets hurt a lot, is treated rather horribly by his mother, frequently picked on by Kevin and Judy, and often embarrassed in front of Judy. This is just scratching the surface, by the way.
- Babysitter from Hell: To Kevin in "Fred the Teenage Sitter".
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Break the Cutie
- Brick Joke: When the Ultra Momma calls Fred Frederick he asks "who?", because as revealed in the second movie his name is actually short for Ferdinand.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has medication for this, but it doesn't seem to... you know, work. When Fred lost his medicine, it became worse.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Turns out Devlin really was a vampire. Or at least he doesn't cast a reflection.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Hey It's Fred!
- Oh My Gammit!
- Peace Out Homedog!
- Celeb Crush: In the youtube videos he sometimes mentioned having a crush on Jennette McCurdy.
- Creepy Child
- Cool Loser: Is portrayed this way in the films.
- Cute and Psycho
- The Chew Toy: The viewers are clearly supposed to be amused by the immense amount of hell and misfortunes he's subjected to.
- Character Aged with the Actor: In "Fred is Back".
- Crazy Jealous Guy
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
- Denied Food as Punishment
- Disguised in Drag: In the movie it's one of the get ups he tries to get past Kevin with.
- The Ditz: While he is six years old (or at least he was in the original YouTube series), he still has a tendency to do incredibly, abnormally stupid things such as eating the contents inside a vacuum cleaner.
- Did Not Get the Girl: At the end of the first movie Fred and Judy apparently do end up together, but in the second movie it's said they broke up almost immediately. In "Fred is Back" they actually end up living together as adults, but Judy refuses to allow Fred to call her his girlfriend.
- Incidentally the original ending written for the film invoked this trope, with Fred realizing his friendship with Bertha was more important than his obsession with Judy, but the network didn't like that ending.
- Dreadful Musician: Fred thinks he's a great singer, but he really isn't.
- Emotional Regression: On Nickelodeon.
- Evil Counterpart: Evil Fred
- Flanderization: Inverted with The Movies, and for good reason: an entire two-hour movie where Fred talked in an incredibly annoying high-pitched, fast-paced voice would get old REAL fast. (He's still pitch-shifted, but not as much.)
- Future Loser: In "Fred is Back" we see that the only job he could get is working nights at a funeral home.
- Friend to All Living Things: Fred actually gets along nicely with Sparky the stray dog, the neighborhood squirrels and the cat with rabies.
- Freudian Excuse
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Goddang it, my meds aren't in my underwear drawer!"
- Helium Speech
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: All the extreme mistreatment he endures at the hands of his mother and everyone else in the series is Played for Laughs.
- Hotel Hellion: In "Fred Stays in a Fancy Hotel Room."
- Identical Stranger: To Derf in the movie.
- I Am Not Weasel: Non-talking animal example. Fred always mistakes small dogs for squirrels.
- Imaginary Friend: His John Cena dad and Derf.
- I Just Want to Be Badass
- Instant Web Hit: The video of him throwing up on Judy. Later the video of he and Bertha's fake party.
- Idiot Hero: While he isn't necessarily a "hero", he is the protagonist, and is very stupid at that.
- Insistent Terminology: It's not a water gun, it's a "Master Blaster".
- Jive Turkey
- Karma Houdini
- Kiddie Kid: In the movies, Fred acts almost exactly the same as in the web series, and gets aged up about 10 years.
- Kids Are Cruel: Although often a victim, can be quite cruel to people.
- Large Ham: He tends to act pretty dramatic and screams fairly frequently.
- Love Hungry
- Love Potion: Fred attempts to make one in an episode titled, what else, "Love Potion".
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Lethally Stupid
- Limited Wardrobe
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- "Why do people even watch other people on youtube!?"
- "I wouldn't be good at doing monologues anyways."
- "She wants me to just talk into a camera like there's someone there?!"
- Motor Mouth
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine boy to Bertha's masculine girl.
- Never My Fault
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Fred often gets in trouble at school for drawing violent pictures.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- No Social Skills
- Not So Different: With Kevin.
- Playing a Tree: Fred gets cast as a tree in the school production of Grease. And he loves it.
- Pyromaniac: "I'm gonna start Judy's house on fire and watch all the kids inside burn."
- Power Is Sexy: Briefly fell in love with a female bully at his school. Judy's a bully too, in every incarnation but the movie. Also his later love interest, Holly was a tough biker chick.
- Stalker with a Crush
- Sex Is Evil: "I saw you two about to kiss. That is wrong and it's sinful!"
- Small Name, Big Ego: He tends to act rather arrogant and full of himself, despite not having much to boast about.
- Son of a Whore
- Tantrum Throwing: Often.
- Time Skip: Implied in the first movie (and, by extension, the second)—it's stated that Fred's 15 (and his voice isn't as high), whereas the YouTube videos state that he's 6.
- Tied Up on the Phone
- Teens Are Short: Averted. In fact, by the time "The Show" rolled around Lucas Cruikshank was taller then all of the adult actors.
- Undercrank: How Fred gets his high voice and fast movement.
- Your Size May Vary: Fred is normal-sized in Fred Goes Grocery Shopping Feat. Annoying Orange, but is shrunk down to Liam the Leprechaun's size in Annoying Orange: vs. FRED!!!
- Unreliable Narrator
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Unusual Euphemism: "WHERE'S MY HACKING MEDS?!"
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot
Her name has been given as both Hilda and Cherie. Played by Siobhan Fallon in the movies, Lucas Cruikshank on youtube and Taryn Southern in "It's Fred".
The girl next door whom Fred has a crush on. Played by Pixie Lott
in the movie, Lucas Cruikshank on youtube, Loraine Newman in "It's Fred" and Jennifer Veal in "Fred is Back"
- Put on a Bus: The Nick franchise stopped using the character when they could no longer use Pixie Lott in the role, rather than just replacing her like they did Bertha. We never get a full explanation as to where she's gone though, just that she broke up with Fred.
- Spooky Séance: Holds one in an attempt to communicate with her dead grandmother.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Holly in "Fred: the Show".
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the the first film at least. On the online series, she was rather rude and hated Fred. In the first film however, she actually seems to care for him and even seems to like him. She did seem concern for him when he ended up embarrassing himself at her party and actually tried to stop Kevin from teasing him.
- Written-In Absence: In the second movie.
- Your Makeup Is Running: In "Fred is Back."
Fred's bully. Played by Jake Weary (Lucas Cruikshank in the youtube videos)
Fred's only friend. Played by Jennette McCurdy
in the first movie, Daniella Monet
in the sequels and TV show, and Lucas Cruikshank on youtube.
A psychopath who once kidnapped Fred, and later rented a room in their house from Fred's mom, played by Lucas Cruikshank.
Fred has never met his dad. Originally he was said to be in prison, in the movie it's hinted his dad may be Danny Janetti, the man who used to live at Judy's house.
Fred's Imaginary Dad
Played by John Cena
, only shows up in the movies.