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Freakazoid
Freakazoid

Gender

Male

Species

Lorre

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Black with White Lightning Bolts

Family

Douglas Douglas
Debbie Douglas
Duncan Douglas
Mr. Chubbikins(Pet)

Location

Washington DC

Friends & Allies

Sgt Cosgrove
Roddy MacStew
The Huntsman
Steff(Girl Friend)
Ingmar
Professor Heiney
Professor Jones
Washigton Police

Enemies

Guitierrez
The Lobe
Candle Jack
Cave Guy
Cobra Queen
Longhorn
Jeepers
Vorn
Invisibo
Deadpan
Kid Carrion

Secret Idenitity

Dexter Douglas

Freakazoid is the main character of the show. He is voiced by Paul Rugg.

Fictional BiographyEdit

Freakazoid was born on Christmas Eve when Dexter Douglas entered a computer code by accident, activating a flaw in his brand new Pinnacle computer chip. He was suddenly zapped in the computer, where he absorbed the knowledge of the Internet and gained superpowers. His initial transformations were unstable and unpredictable, but Dexter soon learned that he could change into Freakazoid by saying "Freak out," and back to Dexter by saying "Freak in."

His first enemy was Armondo Guitierrez, the CEO of Apex Computers, who had covered up the flaw in the Pinnacle Chip by attempting to murder the employee who discovered it, Roddy MacStew. Once Guitierrez learned of Freakazoid's existence, he captured Dexter and Roddy, hoping to harness the powers for himself. Freak was convinced by police Sergeant Mike Cosgrove to become a superhero to impress the ladies.

Freakazoid subsequently achieves a degree of fame, saving the free world in very publicized fashion on at least one occasion and becoming acquainted with the President of the United States (who attends Freakazoid's massive birthday celebration at the Happy Holiday Hotel, along with many other luminaries).

PersonalityEdit

Freakazoid possesses all the knowledge of the Internet, but at great cost to his sanity. He behaves in a very silly fashion, and often defeats villains in unorthodox ways, such as subjecting Longhorn to the seventh inning stretch, or getting Cobra Queen to say tongue twisters until she passes out (Freakazoid admits that he has no idea why this worked). He also frequently breaks the fourth wall and is very aware that he is on a TV show. When Freakazoid breaks character on-set, he tends to talk in a voice similar to Jerry Lewis's "serious" voice.

Although Freakazoid and Dexter share the same body and also seem to share one another's knowledge, they seem to be separate entities. For instance, Freakazoid wishes to cut Dexter out of the main title of the show, and gets annoyed when an episode spends too much time with Dexter. Still, Freakazoid sympathizes with Dexter. He likes to wrestle with Dexter's brother Duncan in revenge for Duncan's bullying of Dexter, and initially tries to get Valerie to like Dexter (before deciding to be shallow and just letting Valerie kiss him as Freakazoid).

When Dexter isn't Freakazoid, Freakazoid spends his time in an area of Dexter's brain called the Freak-a-Zone, where he reflects, has profound thoughts and watches Rat Patrol. Freakazoid sometimes speaks to his inner child, whom he has named Billy. Billy claims to have grown quite large.

Freakazoid loves hospital water, but hates hospitals, because they store blood in refrigerators. He occasionally picks up some off-the-books additional cash by doing skywriting for the Happy Clown Cafe. His favorite ancient race is the Ancient Egyptians, partly because you can't even see the spackle in their buildings.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

The abilities of freakazoid vary from episode to episode. Sometimes he is able to fly, move at light speed and have superhuman strength. At other times he only pretends to have superpowers.

WeaknessesEdit

Freakazoid's greatest weakness is that he can be imprisoned in a cage with graphite bars charged with negative ions. He also expresses a great aversion to poo gas.

When Freakazoid is depressed, he drowns his sorrows in papaya juice. He is allergic to cranapple.

Mentioning the fact that the sky bucket and (particularly) the motor boat rides at Disneyland have closed is a sure-fire way to get Freakazoid to break down in tears.

Secret Lair/VehiclesEdit

Freakazoid has a base called the Freakalair which was built by his mute butler, Ingmar. It can be accessed directly from Dexter's bedroom via an elaborate Freak-a-Fall roller coaster in Dexter's closet.

The Freakalair has a Hall of Nifty things to Know containing all the knowledge of our world, as well a mad scientist lab. Freakazoid also has his very own car named the Freakmobile. He keeps his car in the Hall of Freakmobiles, which contains countless identical Freakmobiles. His favorite is the one that runs.

Allies Edit

Freakazoid's first ally is his mentor, Roddy MacStew, who discovered the Pinnacle flaw and tracked Dexter down. Roddy poses as Dexter's driving instructor as cover for their friendship. He coaches Freakazoid in the use of his powers and helps on missions. He is the only person who may understand the powers of the Freakazoid even better than Dexter/Freakazoid.

Freakazoid's best friend and primary ally is police Sergeant Mike Cosgrove. Freakazoid met Cosgrove at the end of his first adventure, and the two quickly found that they shared the same tastes in both the unique and the banal. Cosgrove is one of the few people Freakazoid trusts with his secret identity.

Freakazoid's girlfriend is Steff. Ironically, Dexter has a crush on Steff and she frequently blows him off, not realizing that she is dating his alter ego. Steff eventually learns that Freakazoid is Dexter when Cosgrove blurts it out. Freak becomes involved with Steff sometime after "Dance of Doom," wherein he seems to like Valerie more.

Freakazoid initially has a mute butler named Ingmar. When Ingmar quits to become a rodeo clown, he recommends Professor Jones as his replacement. Jonesy often comes along on missions, generally with great resentment. Freakazoid enjoys scaring Jonesy and making him scream. Jonesy also learns Freakazoid's secret identity when Cosgrove blurts it out.

Freakazoid is on a neverending search for the perfect sidekick, but all of his sidekicks prove short-lived. Previous sidekicks include Handman (Freakazoid's right hand with a face drawn on it; he tragically fell in love and left Freakazoid's service), Expendable Lad (who received a career-ending clavicle injury from the Milk Man), Foamy the Freakadog (Freakazoid's favorite sidekick; unfortunately, the rabid Foamy regularly tried to murder Freakazoid even more forcefully than the villains did), and Fan Boy (technically, Freak never accepted Fan Boy as his sidekick, but rather spent the episode trying to get rid of him). Emmitt Nervend is also seen as a former sidekick in the Hall of Sidekicks.

Behind the Scenes Edit

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Freakazoid was designed by Bruce Timm. Mike Allred, creator of the comic Madman, has claimed that Timm told him Madman was an influence on the design of Freakazoid.[1] When Timm left the project, Tom Ruegger was brought in to develop the character and came up with the madcap personality. Paul Rugg started as a story editor and writer on the show, but also became the voice when all of the auditioning voice actors were trying to be too manic and do a Robin Williams-type shtick. The producers were unable to give the auditioners any feedback, since they had no idea what voice they wanted; they simply knew that they did not want the version of the character they were hearing in auditions. Finally, in hearing Rugg give readings to the auditioners, Ruegger realized that he should do the voice. Rugg auditioned for the role by reading the episode "Dance of Doom" and improvising extensively between the scripted lines. The tape from that audition became the final audio for the episode.[2]

Appearances Edit

Season 1 Edit

Season 2 Edit

Animaniacs Edit

Animaniacs Comic Edit

Pinky and the Brain Edit

Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Edit

  • Mr. Doctor (cameo on side of van going to Comic Con)

Quotes Edit

  • "A bowl! I got a bowl! Good for me!" (The Wrath of Guitierrez)
  • "I love you. Not just 'cause you're Cave Guy, but 'cause you're part of that whole cosmic mankind / whale / tree thing." (Dance of Doom)
  • "And these kids, I mean, have you ever in your life been filled with more joy being around kids, whether they're, you know, religious-experiential or not? I love them, all of them. We'll hug after the show." (Candle Jack)
  • "Look at your cute little chunky face. You have little sweet meats in you, don't you? Little sweet meats inside you. If I hug you, they gonna come out. Little sweet sweet sweets. Make a sweet face. Give me smoochy smooch." (Foamy the Freakadog)
  • "Say, 'Grandma Moses makes munchy meat most Monday mornings!'" (The Chip, Part I)
  • "Now sing, 'I'm a Tugboat, Call Me Mel'!" (Hot Rods from Heck!)
  • "I like me!" (Hot Rods from Heck!)
  • "They're cute, they're lovable, and jam shoots out their heads! I want 'em all!" (In Arms Way)
  • "I feel better than a nice tub of good things!" (House of Freakazoid)
  • "Does my face look happy? I've thought of a way out!" (Virtual Freak)
  • "Ten chubby angels with big fat wings / Too heavy to fly, they crash in the thing / Hey." (A Matter of Love)
  • "I'm ready as a large goose!" (Statuesque)
  • "Say 'Uncle Jimbo's Flying Poodles' and I'll go easy on you." (Tomb of Invisibo)

GalleryEdit

References Edit

  1. http://www.liquisearch.com/freakazoid/controversy_with_mike_allreds_madman
  2. The Original Freak Documentary.

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