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My leg!
— Fred, various episodes

Fred[2] is a greenish-brown fish (sometimes blue, gray or light purple) who was the first of the generic background character models to appear in the series. He first appears in the episode "Reef Blower" and is best known for screaming "My leg!" in painful situations. He is featured prominently in the episode "My Leg!"


In most episodes, he appears as a greenish-brown- colored fish with light tan fins and black eyes. He wears brown pants and a black belt with a gold-colored belt buckle.

His character model appears lavender in "The Sponge Who Could Fly" and blue in numerous other episodes (e.g. "Something Smells").


His first appearance is the episode "Reef Blower." However, he is barely seen in the episode, as he is in a boat as SpongeBob zooms past him. He's most often seen dining at the Krusty Krab. He was one of the first two background characters, and Harry was the other.

Fred's name is revealed in the episode "Patty Hype," where he is advertising the Shell Shack's talking and singing dog.

He is famous for the running gag in which he screams his catchphrase, "My leg!", when something such as an explosion takes place. He first says it in the episode "Boating School."

He is seen screaming this phrase out loud in "Arrgh!" when Mr. Krabs throws him out of the Krusty Krab by his legs.

Fred is seen in "Something Smells" as a blue fish. He is also famous for his quote, "DEUUEAUGH!," which has become a popular internet meme.

One of his more notable appearances was in "Jellyfish Hunter." He sang the song "Hey All You People" after trying a Jelly Patty.

In "A Pal for Gary," Fred is seen buying a nudibranch with his son, Monroe Timmy.

Fred appears in "Face Freeze!" as the main character of Mr. Krabs' story of the eponymous condition.

In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Fred's "My leg!" is heard after Mr. Krabs throws aside the top bun of the stone Krabby Patty.

He is the protagonist in the episode "My Leg!" where he tries not to hurt his leg in risk of getting it placed by a robotic leg.



  • SpongeBob has been the cause of Fred yelling "My leg!" more than any other character.
  • In "The Sponge Who Could Fly," he seems to wear the same clothes as SpongeBob, but only without the red necktie.
  • Strangely, in some episodes Fred can be heard saying "My leg!" even though it doesn’t seem like his leg would get hurt in some situations, like in "Walking Small" when sand gets in everyone’s eyes.
    • Additionally, in "Arrgh!," when Mr. Krabs throws Fred out of the restaurant, he yells it before he even hits the ground.

Fred's bio in Sponge Star Patrick Pants


  1. ^ "A Pal for Gary." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. January 2, 2010. Television.
  2. ^ "Patty Hype." SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon. DATE. Television.
Characters (VE)


SpongeBobPatrickSandySquidwardMr. KrabsPlanktonGary


Mrs. PuffPearlKarenMermaid ManBarnacle BoyLarry the LobsterSquilliam FancysonJohnny ElaineFlying DutchmanPatchy the PiratePotty the ParrotKing NeptunePainty the Pirate

Major Background

Bubble BassFredHaroldNat PetersonOld Man JenkinsSandalsTomNorma Rechid



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