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Fred: 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

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Fred is 6. (In the film series, he's 15.) He's a cloudcuckoolander keet with Helium Speech, an alcoholic, drug addict mother who likes to go out, and a father on death row in the state pen. note  You know, just like when you were a kid!

At its core, Fred is just a teenager acting hyperactive and pitching up his voice. That alone created one of the biggest YouTube phenomena of its time, spawning merchandise, music, a TV series and a trilogy of films. Fred is also one of the oldest phenomena on YouTube, starting around Halloween 2006 (a year after the site's inception). His videos have gained lots of attention, regularly getting tens of millions of views, with his most viral video clocking out at over 70 million views, which is all the more impressive when you consider that this was all back when YouTube's userbase was so small that you could count the number of channels with more than a million subscribers with your fingers. Oh, and speaking of subscribers, Fred was also the first channel on YouTube to hit 1 million subscribers, so there's that.note 

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The channel went through some strange phases after Cruikshank sorta retired Fred as his animated equivalent in It's Fred! took over, culminating in the irreversible changes made after the series of universally hated New Fred videos made when the channel was supposedly owned by Yuksung Corporation, a fictional South Korean company. After the channel was "reclaimed" by Cruikshank in a stunt that revealed Fred to be held hostage by Yuksung, the channel started putting out new series of skits that weren't even slightly pertinent to Fred and only gained a fraction of the original Fred videos' views. The channel has since stopped uploading.

Tropes from Cruikshank's new series Doug has its own page.


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Alternative Title(s): Fred The Movie

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