Full Name: Fred
Known Aliases: Dr. Fredrick Physarum
Species: Sentient slime mold
Gender: Neuter, but assumes a mostly male personae
Volume: Varies, usually approximately 0.13 ft3 (3.79 L)
Weight: 3 lb (1.36 kg)
Cytoplasm: Generally green, but occasionally varies with strong emotions
Distinguishing Characteristics: Abrasive personality, superiority complex, crassly sarcastic, cilia covering most of his surface area
Marital Status: Single
Fred started out as a running joke in a story where Fooker takes Nick to his apartment and finds a bizarre world where the cesspool of his living space has gained life. But Fred returned, was given a name, and has since become one of the fan faves. This wisecracking, oozing, PBS-loving sack of protoplasm has become a staple main character, and constantly reminds us that Fooker's life is always interesting.
Fred gained sentience floating in the squalor of Fooker's apartment. Since then, he has grown exponentially in intelligence, and continues to do so. Surprisingly, he doesn't let that go to his... er, nucelus; while several fans have expressed interest in watching Fred try to conquer the world, I personally don't think he'd find an interest in that. "Sure, I have the ability," he'd say, "but who wants to rule a world as messed up as this one?" Instead, he somehow seems content squirming in the filth that spawned him, soaking in every drop of information he can squeeze from TV and the Internet.
Fred has quite a few interesting credits to his name in the short span of his sentient life. He briefly posed as Dr. Fredrick Physarum, a literature professor at a major online university, until he lost that position when the school discovered he had falsified his credentials. (How else did you expect him to pay his half of the rent?) He also gave birth to another slime mold named Persephone, after the Greek goddess of the Underworld. Not bad for a green sack of goo....
Following the events of Surreptitious Machinations (during which he spent most of his time locked in a forensics laboratory), Fred and Persephone moved in with Nick when Fooker left GPF Software to pursue his secret agent duties full time. After Fred lost his job with the university, he was saved when Dwayne hired him as GPF's new tech support operator. Sadly, this brought Fred head to head with Trent, whose pranks snowballed into a nasty libel lawsuit. With the help of Nicole, Fred eventually persevered, althought it cost him his anonymity. This blossomed—well, more like exploded—into a whirlwind frenzy of celebrity filled with all the glamor and paparazzi associated with it. Fred rode the waves his new-found public fame for a time, making a living from public appearances and from his highly trafficked blog. When his celebrity status began to decline, he turned to desperate measures to remain in the public eye, including a highly controversial appearance on the television series Dancing with the Stars.
Although he largely sat out on the events of To Thine Own Self..., that epic did cast doubts about his possible origins. Could Fred possibly be an alien? Many Faulties seem to speculate so. And who is this mysterious "Socrates" that so desperately wants to contact him? What caused Fred and Fooker to have a falling out? Apparently, only time will tell.
- Nick and Fooker first discover a non-verbal Fred
- Fred reveals himself to Fooker
- Dr. Fredrick Physarum
- The Birth of Persephone
- Fred joins Fooker as he confronts the Brotherhood of the Twisted Pair
- Fred encourages Fooker when he's down
- Fred stows away in Fooker's backpack during the Team Building Hike
- Fred and Persephone are discovered by Trudy
- Fooker and the Molds take Nick and Ki into their confidence
- Moving into new surroundings
- Adventures in Slime Mold Sitting
- Fred's big career move
- Fred makes a new enemy
- Terrell vs. Physarum
- Fred quits GPF to become a media darling
- Dancing turns bizarre...
- Persephone, Fred's... er, spawn
- An unnamed online university: Former literature professor
- GPF Software: Former employee, Telephone Tech Support
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