I like when Fred is both dimwitted and serious.
Interesting choice! I can see how someone would like both.
So like in Be Cool?
I'm not a fan of either extremes. He was fairly boring in the early series because he was the leader but didn't have much character beyond that. I found him unbearable in SDMI because of his focus on traps and relatively low intelligence. I personally prefer versions like WNSD when he is still the leader and has personality, but isn't a moron.
I would say the WNSD version of Fred is my favorite too. I didn't mind him in SDMI, but I realize that extreme isn't everyone's cup of tea.
A question so hard I didn't even vote but I'm interested in the outcome regardless, and just want to leave here that I like Fred as the honest, naive boy scout adventurer who lives for mysteries and trapping. As shown in The New Scooby-Doo Movies. I don't think he was ever boring tho. I also think that Guess Who has his character right and it's a shame they underutilize him and the girls.
I'm really glad you brought that up! He really isn't developed as a character very much when he's serious, because of how often he's underutilized. I might like him better serious if his character could be fleshed out more.
Can't bear dimwitted Fred, give me serious any day, with a bit of humour on the side.
That's fair. Totally understand how someone could find dimwitted Fred obnoxious, even if I don't find him annoying.
BCSD version of Fred was interesting. Serious and leader but at the same time funny and clumsy. I agree with the people who commented before. I like Fred to be serious and funny at the same time. WNSD is also a great example. Voted for serious Fred though cause I find dimwitted Fred annoying some times (SDMI, music of the vampire etc)
BCSD is a great example of funny and serious being combined. I think that may be my second favorite iteration of Fred. I honestly don't remember what he was doing in Music of the Vampire or why he would be annoying in that one.
He wasn't annoying exactly. He was a dumper version of himself. BCSD is also my 2nd favorite only behind WNSD Era Fred (both the show and movies like pirates ahoy)
Okay, I have a vague memory of that. And yes, I definitely agree with that ranking!
This is hard. Though I feel like every iteration of Fred is a combination of serious and dimwitted, but what defers is the level of each of those two traits. It can be more on a certain side or more balanced. On one hand, I don't find Fred boring when he's more serious, like in the original series, but he's not that great either. On the other hand, dimwitted Fred can either be obnoxious, like in SDMI, or a lot of fun, like in What's New. I'd say that the best Fred is either the 1998-2001 Fred (which is a great combination of both) or 2002-2009 Fred (which is the best way to utilize a more dimwitted than serious Fred). The Be Cool Fred was also a great combo. I guess I'l go with dimwitted Fred, thanks to the 2000s WNSD era, but "combo Fred" is even better.
This made me realize WNSD probably has the best balance as far as how good the characters are represented. Even though Shaggy and Scooby are better in 1969-1978, the ones in What's New are still great. And Fred, Velma and Daphne are at some of their best, if not the best they've ever been. This makes WNSD the hardest to rank the gang from worst to best, as they're all almost equally great. But Shaggy and Scooby would probably again come out as the top 2 lol. You just can't make those two bad or mediocre in anything. As much as I don't like most of the gang's personalities in SDMI, Shaggy and Scooby are still great in that show.
I should have included combo Fred as an answer, but I was curious if people had a strong preference for one extreme or the other. It is a really hard question. And honestly, I think this made me realize that WNSD has the best balance as well. I might have to ask who people's favorite character is as a future poll question!
It would be even better to ask what version of each of characters in the shows and movies is the best.
That's a good point...maybe do both? I feel like people have a favorite overall character and then they have different versions that are also their favorite (i.e. their favorite character is Daphne, but they really like BCSD Fred, etc.)
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