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Frederick Figglehorn was one of the most popular icons on YouTube, and the first person to get to 1 million subscribers. Fred was an incredibly hyperactive, lanky, medication-taking 6-year-old boy, played by Lucas Cruikshank. Cruikshank has created dozens of "Fred" videos.
Cruikshank claimed that he initially created Fred out of boredom over his summer vacation. He later revealed he also did it to subtly vent his actual frustrations about the kids in his school and his interactions with him. He regularly posted videos, some of which have received over 68,800,000 views. Cruikshank also appeared on ABC News for an interview about his videos, performed with Kev Blaze in a music video for "Watch How I Do This", a favorite song of Fred's, which appears in several episodes of Fred, and appeared with the creators of the new motion picture, City of Ember to create one of his videos. He was also in an episode of iCarly on Nickelodeon. This publicity he created had caught even more attention to his videos, with views soaring in the millions.
Fred tended to scream often in his episodes, most likely due to the mentioned fact that he took medications (which also might explain his voice).
Fred was also notable for seeking revenge on people who bully him. However, his schemes didn't work out as planned sometimes.
His catchphrases were "Hey, it's FREEEDD!!!", "Aaaahhh!", and "Oh, my gammit!".
Fred's shirt changed to red in Season 2 because of his grandmother's screw-up in the washing machine.
From October 6, 2008 to August 20, 2009, he was ranked as YouTube's most subscribed user, the youngest to do so, by surpassing and being surpassed by nigahiga. During his reign, his channel was the first to hit 600,000 to 1.3 million subscribers.
The most notable milestone he achieved during his reign, 1,000,000, was reached on April 7, 2009. His channel became the third to reach 2,000,000 subscribers in late September 2010, half a year after nigahiga did, and a few days after Ray William Johnson had done so. The channel has gained over 800,000 subscribers since then.
Fred was also one of the few YouTube celebrities that allowed comments. Because of this, he got over 30 comments a minute. He had over a million comments, one of the first YouTube users to reach that goal, also.
It is unknown how Fred obtained the name "Fred" (most YouTubers with "rare" name such as blue, car, computer, etc. are placeholder accounts), but one of the reasons may be his account was made on October 1, 2005. A pilot episode called "Fred on Halloween" was originally uploaded on another account on Halloween 2006, and then re-uploaded as the current account's first video in April 2008.
In the TV series on Nickelodeon, Fred was the protagonist and had a crush on Judy, his next-door neighbor. However, she was not very fond of him and was instead dating Kevin, Fred's overweight (mentioned) bully at school. Fred also had an alcoholic mother, a friend named Bertha, pet "squirrels" (in reality, Pomeranians), and a father who was in jail.
Fred: The Movie
In the 2010 feature film, Fred was once again the star and played by Lucas Cruikshank, and was by-then a teenager in high school (along with Judy, Kevin, and Bertha). Fred was still in love with Judy at the time, who was also a teenager and somewhat his friend (unlike the series, in which she does not like him). He tried to go to Judy's house so they can sing together, but failed each time. Kevin lived across the street from Fred's house and thwarted each attempt Fred made to see Judy. When Fred finally succeeded in making it to Judy's, he was informed by his mother that Judy and her parents moved. Frustrated, Fred snapped and started destroying various objects in his house while his mother went out. Fred was then forced to go search for her.
While on the number 6 bus, he met Derf, a god-like teen whose personality was in contrast to Fred's hyperactive behavior. Derf was actually Fred's imaginary friend.
Fred's journey took him all over town until he found out Judy has moved mere minutes away. Fred's ego was hit when he discovered that Judy was having a party he wasn't invited to, so he fueled a scheme that he believes will make him cooler than his classmates could ever imagine.
Fred invited Bertha to the party (but refuses to invite anyone who attended Judy's party or found the video funny), and filmed the entire party, doing crazy things like dressing up, dancing around and puking cupcakes. He then forwarded the video to everyone, and despite it not giving him instant popularity, Judy showed up at Fred's house to sing with him.
Near the end, Fred found out that his mom dated the previous owner of Judy's new house, Danny Janetti, 15 years ago. Fred said he's 15 indicating that Janetti could, in fact, be his real dad. This is not confirmed but there is evidence to back this up. First, if you look closely, Danny Janetti drew a resemblance to Fred and the fact that Fred's mom dated Janetti exactly around the time of Fred's birth.
Fred's type of voice in his video can be easily made for any other voice by simply submitting an audio file in software called Audacity and changing its pitch to be higher. When Fred used this feature years ago, it wasn't very known and that helped him getting famous for using something original like this at the time.
In Season 4, Fred's voice got a little deeper, but in "Fred Goes Grocery Shopping Feat. Annoying Orange", his voice was somewhat higher than in the other Season 4 episodes.
Fred has also been the victim of a "prank" for everyone to unsubscribe to him by June 1. Unfortunately, many subscribers forgot to unsubscribe, which pushed Fred into the second highest subscribed on YouTube. Recently, the account was hacked by an unidentified user, leaving all of the videos with a different title.
The New Fred Channel
In 2014, Lucas Cruikshank, the creator of Fred, decided to open the channel to anyone who wants to post family-friendly videos, including sketches, music videos and animations.
- Fred surpassed Nigahiga in October 2008, to become the most subscribed channel. Nigahiga would then repass him in August 2009.
- The Fred character first made his appearance on the YouTube channel jklproduction. Lucas wanted Fred to have his own channel and once he got it, all of Fred videos that were on jklproduction were taken down.
- He started posting videos of Fred in April 2008 with nearly no subscribers. By the end of the year, his channel was the most subscribed on YouTube with over 700,000 subscribers.
- Fred wore a T-shirt with the letters "FЯED" on it (usually red or blue), along with black pants (however, in Season 4, he was seen wearing blue jeans). In the 2010 movie, he wears a different shirt with suspenders. Both were regarded as "Fred" merch for a time.
- At the end of Fred: The Movie, he revealed that he is now 15 years old.
- In the 2010 episodes, Fred is a little taller than other people.
- Fred was one of the first YouTube channels to have a TV program.