A Ranking of Fred's Portrayals
This ranking of Fred's portrayals notably includes whom I consider to be the worst portrayal of any main character in the franchise. My favorite is already pretty clear from the beginning, and I would be very surprised if somebody picked somebody other than him, but nonetheless here are my rankings!
6. Freddie Prinze Jr.
While I don't want to come off overly negative, Freddie Prinze Jr. is hands down the worst portrayal of any main character in the history of the franchise in my opinion. He comes off like a narcissist who thinks he is the coolest man to ever exist, and admittedly, people who are full of themselves is one of my least favorite personality traits. I feel Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! pulled off something similar so much better. In that series, Fred is a bit of a control freak. However, it's executed in a funny way in that series, whereas here he just comes off like an unlikable jerk. This goes below Marla Frumkin levels of bad in my opinion, and is truly the bottom of the barrel for portrayals.
5. Pierce Gagnon
Like I said when I talked about Ariana in Velma's rankings, I hope this ranking improves when I see Scoob! Holiday Haunt. I really have no quips against this portrayal of Fred, other than it's just kind of unmemorable compared to the other four.
4. Zac Efron
Similar to his younger counterpart, the only real issue I had with Zac's Fred portrayal is it comes off a little flat. Granted, this is miles above Freddie Prinze Jr.'s portayal of him and I did really enjoy him in SCOOB!. However, compared to the other three SCOOB! voices, Zac's was probably my least favorite. Guess he just needed to get his head a little more in the game (bonus points to anybody who got that reference haha).
3. Robbie Amell
I think this was a much better execution of Fred, even if it still wasn't amazing. Having Fred be a macho jock feels at least like a more natural characterization for Fred than making him into a complete jerk like they did in the first two live-action films. I also recently saw Robbie in another show, Upload. I really enjoyed him in that series and would highly recommend it.
2. Carl Steven
Guess it just goes to show iconic #1 is when Carl Steven makes it to #2. I love Carl's portrayal of the more zany, wacky Fred. He gets the voice down perfectly and is my second favorite of the child actors in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. However, I do always feel bad now when I see his name, since he had such a sad life after this show ended and died alone in prison in 2011.
1. Frank Welker
Those two words are all that needs to be said. He is Fred and I'm going to be really sad when he retires, which hopefully is a long way away.
If anyone else wants to share their rankings for Fred's portrayals over the years, feel free to do so in the comments!
6/17/2022 09:18:14 am
Well this one’s ranking comes through… pretty easily for me
6/17/2022 01:07:01 pm
Completely agreed on #3
6/17/2022 02:28:20 pm
The problem with Prinze definitely could have been the writing. I haven't seen anything else with him in it to compare, so I'm not sure. Yeah, Carl was definitely the standout voice actor of Pup. I'm going to be really sad when Frank retires too, because unlike the other characters, I honestly have no idea who would do the voice.
6/17/2022 09:27:57 am
Frank Wellllllkerrrrr!!!!!!! I think that is a pretty thorough explanation.
6/17/2022 02:28:33 pm
6/17/2022 09:59:04 am
I am truly sorry you feel that way about Freddie Prinze Jr's potrayal as Fred WildWind, and while i do respect your opinion, I didn't mind his performence that much for the most part.
6/17/2022 02:29:22 pm
Thanks for your really respectful reply and I definitely respect your opinion as well. I just found it to be a bit over the top personally, but I'm glad you didn't mind his performance!
6/17/2022 10:36:21 am
Dade Elza should be ranked Number 7 💙
6/17/2022 12:35:48 pm
Who is Dade Elza?
6/17/2022 02:30:08 pm
He voices Fred in the YouTube series Mystery Incorporated.
6/17/2022 07:45:10 pm
Oh yeah I forgot.... Also I think you mean he plays Freds character in that series.
6/17/2022 08:16:20 pm
Oops yeah, I meant to say he plays Fred in the Mystery Incorporated YouTube series, not voices him.
6/17/2022 12:35:55 pm
6) Robbie Amell
6/17/2022 12:37:16 pm
(Continuation:) In the hands of a worst actor this kid version of Fred could've been a lot worse, maybe a crash and burn. But Carl really gave it all and it paid off, to the point where there were many points throughout A Pup where Fred was the best character.
6/17/2022 01:20:20 pm
Oops, I meant Carl Steven!
6/17/2022 02:38:56 pm
6. I've seen a bit of The Flash and Upload, and really enjoyed him in both of those. I definitely understand your issue with him being cast as a jock. In my opinion, I kind of feel like portraying him as a jock doesn't really fit him either. It's kind of an easy trope to fall back on, but it doesn't really seem who Fred is as a character. It definitely feels like falling into stereotypes and isn't representative of him in any other piece of Scooby media. I know a lot of people didn't like him not being blonde, I guess I never had an issue with it though.
6/17/2022 03:27:23 pm
What it comes down to the most is ultimately the performance. What we're ranking here is just the actors first and foremost after all. I felt Prinze played the douchebag side of it very well and was even entertaining, while Amell playing that side of it was just really lame and kinda boring.
6/17/2022 06:27:20 pm
Fair enough, I definitely agree with him coming off like a narcissistic A-hole, but for me, I felt like Prinze made it kind of obnoxious even if he was following the script. He definitely played that role well, I guess I just would have liked it if he did it in a way that was more humorous rather than making Fred unlikeable as a character. He was definitely a bit better in Monsters Unleashed, but I definitely still had the same problem to the extent.
6/18/2022 01:50:41 am
That whole 2002 movie was very mean-spirited and out-there in general, some very strange creative choices all around. The sequel was a lot more palatable.
6/18/2022 10:21:56 am
Totally agreed, I much preferred the sequel.
6/17/2022 06:28:56 pm
Well that seems harsh.
6/17/2022 08:14:59 pm
I assume you're talking about the Prinze comments? Yeah, I suppose it is a bit, I just was not a fan of his portrayal at all for the reasons mentioned in the post and in response to Becker's comments.
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