Scooby-Doo Caracters: Fred Jones
Fred's BiographyThe leader of the group, and (usually) the driver of the gang's van, the Mystery Machine, Fred is a blonde, neckerchief (often confused for an ascot)-wearing, statuesque and brave youth; everything that the group's other male human member, Shaggy, is not. In later spinoffs, Fred is also shown as having a great interest in various types of sports.
Fred would often be shown constructing various Rube Goldberg traps for villains, which Scooby-Doo and/or Shaggy would often set off by mistake, only for the villain to wind up captured by the trap anyway. During the first season of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, Fred would sometimes refer to his cohort Daphne Blake as "Danger-Prone Daphne" due to her penchant for getting into trouble.
Fred leads the group in solving mysteries and often orders the gang to split up to search for clues. Fred usually takes the female members of the gang, Daphne and Velma, with him while Shaggy and Scooby go off by themselves although he would sometimes send Velma along with Shaggy and Scooby; Fred's main catchphrase is related to this divide-and-conquer clue search method: "let's split up, gang...". His catchphrase is made fun of in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo when he often prematurely tells the group to split up before they even know their purpose in doing so.
Some fans have posited that Fred and Daphne share an attraction to each other, but this has yet to be truly declared as such in the series itself (though Cartoon Network, in its various promotional bumpers, has had fun with this notion).
In the 1990s direct-to-video movies and in the 2000s series What's New, Scooby Doo?, Fred's outfit was given an update, with the removal of his neckerchief the most noticeable change. He also is shown as slightly less intelligent, and more clueless to his surroundings, similar to how he was depicted in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The removal of the ascot was poked fun at during one of the first promotional advertisements for What's New, Scooby Doo?, when the ascot is found on the ground, puzzling everyone but Fred, who seems to be uncomfortable around the discovery.
Fred's childhood was depicted in the cartoon "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.'" Fred had a very odd childhood, noteworthy as being slightly hyperactive, danger-prone (of which now he calls Daphne), and superstitious. He was frequently picked on by Red Herring, the neighborhood bully. He subscribed to a magazine, the National Exaggerator, that "reported" real monsters (his favorites being the mole people and the mud monsters). This is later hinted at in What's New, Scooby Doo? shown from his eccentric actions. Fred also almost always gets something wrong at the end of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, as he always (or almost always) accuses Red Herring as being the villain; this is almost a similarity in the movie Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed when he hesitated and tried to accuse the camera man as being another villain. It is shown that Fred has worn his ascot since childhood.
Frank Welker (1969-present)
Relatives of Fred's shown or mentioned during the series):
Skip and Peggy Jones: Fred's parents.