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Ha-ha! Can you feel it?! You guys do you feel this?! Our origin story begins. WE'RE GONNA BE SUPERHEROES!

Fred is a major character from Disney's 2014 animated feature film Big Hero 6. He is a member of the superhero team Big Hero 6.

Background Edit

Fred is the son of a wealthy couple in the city of San Fransokyo, though they are rarely around as they are often away on the family-owned private isles, so he is usually left under the care of his family butler, Heathcliff. Though he does not get the chance to spend time with them, the family's vast wealth and mansion are left in Fred's care during their absence, and the young man is free to spend his resources however he pleases. Most of the time, he uses the opportunity to indulge his obsession with comic books, Japanese monsters and movies, and other interests.

Fred also attends San Fransokyo Institute of Technology as the school's mascot, and as a way to express his passion for science (although this seems to be towards science-fiction rather than actual science). He spends his time with his closest friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago, and Tadashi Hamada, although none of them were initially aware of Fred's wealthy double-life. Fred was also the one who created the nicknames for his friends based on their dominant traits or certain instances that inspired their nickname.

Personality Edit

An enthusiastic comic book fan, Fred is incredibly eccentric, zany, loud, childish, and rather boisterous. Nevertheless, he has a very lovable and friendly persona, with his own sense of humor and is extremely laid-back, especially when compared to his friends. Due to his nature, he is quite optimistic and not prone to panic easily, so he can see the brighter side of things even in the midst of chaos. Though the other members of the team ultimately care a great deal for Fred, they have found him to be overbearing with his erratic quirks, especially Wasabi and Go Go, the former finding Fred's lack of regard to be borderline annoying, and the latter seeing him as an idiot.

Fred is shown to be a huge otaku and fanatic of all things heroic, fantastic and monstrous. He indulges in collecting a variety of memorabilia devoted to comic books and Japanese entertainment in his room. He also has a habit of calling out his attacks in battle, like that of an anime hero. Though his intelligence is not as high as his teammates and his understanding of science is mildly questionable, Fred is not an idiot and is studying English instead of science, which requires clear, logical thought. What he lacks in scientific knowledge, Fred makes up with acute and deductive reasoning due to his passion, and he can quickly analyze the circumstances of the situation from his knowledge of comics books and storytelling, giving him an unorthodox but valuable way of thinking for the team. Because of this, Fred could well be a genius in his own field.

Despite his energetic and positive personality, it is shown that Fred tends to get lonely because his parents are not always around as they are usually on vacation. Fred most likely hangs out with his friends because they are like a second family to him and keep him company. Although he is wealthy, Fred is also incredibly generous and charitable, according to tie-in material he participates in charity work during his spare time and allows his friends to stay in his mansion to rest and train their abilities.

Appearance Edit

Fred is a tall, shaggy, often hunched and lean young man with light brown hair and blue eyes with an overall unkempt appearance. His casual outfit consists of a white long-sleeved undershirt, a light red T-shirt with a Japanese kaiju monster imprint, dark green OD cargo shorts, and white grime-covered sneakers with dark green laces. He also wears a teal hat with a monster's face, and a small Kentucky Kaiju pendant around his neck.

In his superhero form, he wears a battlesuit designed after a traditional Kaiju monster, particularly his favorite kaiju Krogar. The beast's skin has the colors blue and orange with limbs of a lighter shade of blue. On its body are flame-shaped spines and a back covered in spikes. In addition to having black, spiky, claw-like nails, the suit has a tail with similar features, while its head has two sets of horns and three fierce-looking eyes (with the top one acting as Fred's access to vision). Its four-fanged "mouth" is the only opening the suit has. The soles on the suit's feet enable Fred to perform high jumps.

Powers and Abilities Edit

If I could have any superpower right now, it would be to be able to go through that phone and give you a big hug.

―Fred

Out of all the members of Big Hero 6, Fred has only average intelligence; however, Fred's "Fredzilla" super suit is designed to look like a Kaiju, or japanese monster, and gifts him abilities similar to one.

  • Encyclopedic comic-book knowledge: Fred is profound in comic book fiction, from being able to readily identify comic book tropes to quickly realizing underlying narrative of the situation at hand. In addition, Fred is an English major, giving him a talent in understanding fiction and writing.
  • Spinning skills: As the school mascot, Fred is extremely dexterous and fast with spinning signs. When spinning a metal board to fight off swarms of microbots, this skill becomes surprisingly effective. Lighting a board on fire and twirling it at high speeds also makes it a formidable weapon.

With the suit, Fred gains the following abilities.

  • Super-Jumping: The endo- and exo-skeleton enables Fred to jump incredibly high.
  • Claws: The suit's claws can be used for attacks.
  • Fire Breath: The suit has a flamethrower installed just below Fred's chest, and is released from the mouth of the suit. The flames are quite heated, being hot enough to melt steel.
    • Smokescreen: Fred can generate smoke from his flamethrower.
  • Night Vision: The suit's lens help Fred see in darker areas.
  • Flame Resistance: The suit is woven from Kevlar material, making it fireproof to protect Fred from flames generated by his flamethrower or from other sources.

HistoryEdit

One night, at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Fred is in the midst of practicing his mascot routines in the school's student lab, when he meets the younger brother of his friend Tadashi, Hiro Hamada. Upon inquiring the fanboy's major, Fred explains he's not a student, but a major science enthusiast, nonetheless. Fred then begins to reminisce the occasions he asked Honey to concoct a formula capable of turning him into a fire-breathing lizard, and the occasion he asked Wasabi to create a shrink ray, only to have his requests rebuffed, leading him to come up with yet another idea; an invisible sandwich, much to the annoyance of his friends. As time would pass, Fred and the others would come to befriend Hiro, spending time with the young genius on occasion, alongside Tadashi. Specifically to help create his latest invention; the Microbots, which he hopes will grant him enrollment within the university by showcasing it to the school's head professor, Professor Callaghan. On the night of the convention, Fred tags along to give support, having incredible faith in Hiro and the Microbots. Fortunately, the inventions are a success, but they catch the eye of tech-geru, Alistair Krei, who expresses interest in purchasing the creations, only to gain rejection, much to his dismay.

After Krei's departure, and Hiro's enrollment letter is bestowed, Fred and the others head to the Lucky Cat Café for free celebratory dinner, courtesy of Hiro and Tadashi's aunt, Cass, much to Fred's excitement. Unfortunately, that same night, Tadashi was killed in a horrible fire whilst trying to save Professor Callaghan from a burning building. Fred and the others give their support to the Hamada family during the dark hours, whilst also offering to take Hiro under their wings, wanting him to join their side at the university. Unfortunately, their calls are ignored, and Hiro remains in despair, alone. One night, Fred and the others are contacted by Tadashi's healthcare robot, Baymax, who believed having his friends over would help Hiro in overcoming his depression. When the friends make their way to the Hamada household, they find Hiro and Baymax wandering about the streets. They then learn that Hiro's Microbots were stolen by a villainous man wearing a mask, named Yokai, and the former and Baymax were in the process of tracking him down. Just then, Yokai attacks, and a car chase ensues. While the team is oblivious to the villain's drive to kill them, Fred (who takes joy in being part of an intense action scene) channels his love of comics and quickly figures they've seen too much, leaving them targets for Yokai's wrath.

Nevertheless, the group manages to escape, finding themselves accidentally thrown off the road and into a bay. Sensing Hiro's need for warm shelter, Baymax requests a place of refuge, and Fred takes his friends to a mansion in the middle of the city, which he claims to be his home. Believing it to be a joke, Go Go stresses her frustration, until Fred's butler, Heathcliff, arrives and welcomes the team in. The group then engage themselves in a brief tour of the beautiful home, led by Fred, until they're guided to the former's private quarters; a lounge room filled with collectible figures of comic characters, statues, arcade games, and mildly unsettling "self-portraits" of Fred, himself. Once settled, Hiro ponders on the identity of Yokai, though the team is at a loss for answers. Fred, however, believes the culprit to be Alistair Krei, referencing his desires to buy Hiro's Microbots at the science fair. Fred's ideas are rejected by the other members, however, who believe Krei is too high profile for such sinister plots. Just then, Baymax reveals to hold information that allows him to track Yokai and find his location, leaving Hiro to express the idea of turning himself and his friends into a team of heroes in order to catch him.

Unlike the rest of the team, Fred immediately agrees to the idea, excitably expressing his love for the concept and allows the friends to use his home as a training ground. Because of his love of Japanese monsters, Fred is given a battle suit with the appearance of a Kaiju and the ability to breath fire. After some training with the help of Heathcliff, the team heads to an abandoned island, where Yokai is thought to be hidden. The objective is to remove Yokai's kabuki mask. This will not only reveal his identity, but cease his control over the Microbots. As the team sneaks inside, Fred sings his own theme music (much to the annoyance of Wasabi) until they manage to find a large device in the mix of restoration. Through a series of recorded footage, the device is revealed to be a teleportation portal built by Alistair Krei, which was destroyed after a terrible accident resulting in the supposed death of a girl named Abigail. Before they can see more, Yokai attacks, and Fred immediately jumps into battle, only to be defeated instantly. Eventually, Yokai is uncovered by Hiro, and revealed to be Callaghan.

According to the professor, he used Hiro's Microbots to escape his death, meaning Tadashi's sacrifice was for nothing. Blaming the professor for the death of his brother, Hiro corrupts Baymax and orders the robot to kill the villain, prompting Fred, Go Go, and Wasabi to intervene, knowing murder is never the answer. Callaghan manages to escape just as Honey's able to restore Baymax, and a frustrated Hiro leaves the island, leaving his friends stranded. Fortunately, Fred is able to contact Heathcliff, who rescues the group on the family helicopter. Once they return home, Hiro, Fred, and the others are able to reconcile. Afterwards, they reveal to have found another piece of footage from the island, where it's revealed Abigail was Callaghan's daughter. Fred immediately points out the fact that Callaghan's madness is driven through revenge upon Krei, and the friends rush out to save the tech-geru at his headquarters. After a brief battle, Callaghan captures each member of the team, grabbing Fred by all limbs of his suit; hoping to brutally rip the boy apart. Realizing it's only a suit, Fred manages to escape, and uses his skills of his time as a mascot to destroy Callaghan's Microbots, leaving the latter powerless.

Before the portal meant to destroy Krei's building destroys itself, Baymax senses life within the machine, and rushes inside along with Hiro to retrieve the civilian. While Baymax loses his life, Hiro returns with the survivor, Abigail, who is taken into medical care, whislt Callagahan is arrested. After Callaghan's downfall and the safety of San Fransokyo is restored, Fred and the others return to their normal lives, happily welcoming Hiro into San Fransokyo Tech as an official student. Over time, Hiro is successfully able to recreate Baymax, and with the robot's revival, the Big Hero 6 superhero team is reformed, with Fred rejoining his friends to protect the city from any and all dangers; mostly in honor of the aspiring Tadashi.

In the post-credits, Fred stares at the portrait of his parents to cope with his familial loneliness. Wondering how his father would feel if he knew of the events that recently occurred, Fred lets out his feelings in front of the portrait, until he accidentally uncovers a secret passageway leading into a technological lair, filled with weapons, gadgetry, and a superhero outfit. Astonished, Fred takes a quick look around, until his father suddenly arrives and reveals his secret life as a superhero, to his son. Fred embraces his father out of excitement and joy, before the latter explains they have a lot to talk about.

Gallery Edit

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Fred.

TriviaEdit

  • The kanji on Fred's shirt is the Japanese word "kaiju" (怪獣), which means "strange beast" or "giant beast" in Japanese. The word is also the term for the Japanese movie monster genre and characters, such as Godzilla.
    • This reference was intentional in the original comic series, as his superhero alter ego, Fredzilla, could summon a Godzilla-shaped aura. However, Fred is not referred to by this in the film, although some tie-in material still refers to him by this.
  • In earlier drafts of the film, his original abilities were going to be carried over through the concept of turning the aura ability into Fred being able to use hard-light monster holograms for combat until the monster suit idea was settled on.
  • He is 6'0" in height.[2]
  • He only changes his underwear once every few months and turns them inside out.
  • Because of his eccentric behavior and lack of hygiene, all of Big Hero 6 were surprised by the fact he was wealthy. Go Go even admitted she thought he lived under a bridge.
  • As a nod to Fred's love for comics, Fred's father bears a likeness to and is voiced by Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics. In addition, Fred's last initial is L[2], implying that his surname may in fact be Lee.[3]
  • Fred was originally going to be a lab rat for Tadashi, according to the 2013 Rotoscopers video. The video also depicted Fred as making monster movies about himself in a rubber suit stomping down on cardboard boxes when no one was looking.
  • According to his recommendation letter, Fred was recommended by R. Richards to T. Dugan, the alternate identities of Marvel's Mr. Fantastic and Dum Dum Dogan respectively.
  • Fred seems to have the closest relationship to Honey Lemon, as both are the most cheerful and optimistic among the team. She is also the only one not annoyed with Fred or considers him an "idiot" and tolerates his antics in stride. The two are also enthusiastic about science and have given each other nicknames (Fred gave her the nickname Honey Lemon while she calls him Freddie).
  • Fred has costumes of several obscure Marvel characters including Sleepwalker, Orka, Black Talon and Manphibia.

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