Fred is a nomadic vampire who was originally created by Victoria for her newborn army until he became a nomad and later joined the Coloradan Coven. He makes his first and only appearance in the Eclipse novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. He is gifted with the supernatural talent of physical repulsion, and is one of the survivors from the army.
Fred was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in April 1980. He grew up with his father; his parents divorced when he was 10 years old. His mother remarried and had three children whom he rarely saw. Fred's relationship with his father was very weak as they only communicated through logic rather than emotion. He was occasionally bullied in elementary school for being thin and wearing thick glasses.
In high school, he grew very tall, but he was awkward and gangly. By this time, he had embraced being a science nerd and preferred to be left alone rather than being in crowds. He tried to avoid attention, and hated to be singled out except in the classroom. Eventually, Fred received a scholarship to Stanford University. Physically, he had gotten past his awkward stage and was quite attractive, but he remained oblivious to this fact. After his sophomore year, he volunteered for a special research project offered by his favorite marine biology professor. Fred spent the majority of the summer on remote beaches along the Oregon and Washington coast, camping for the most part. It was a solitary trip, and he went several days at a time without seeing another person.
Fred was turned into a vampire in August, 2005 when Riley found him on one of the beaches along the Oregon and Washington coast, and thought that his disappearance would seem explicable, so he asked Fred if he was interested in some excitement. Though Fred declined the offer, Riley forcefully took him away and Victoria changed him into a vampire against his will. Despite being a newborn vampire, he thinks more clearly than most of the members in his army. His absence from company manifested a powerful gift to repel people, which allowed him to keep the violent vampires from touching him. Due to his gift, other vampires often ignore him to avoid his revulsion. When Bree Tanner first joined the army, she always sat by Fred's side during the day to avoid trouble: his talent kept both of them alive.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
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Fred first appears when Bree and Diego reunite with the army after an entire day of tracking them. Raoul and his followers are about to break into a fight with the pair when Fred suddenly uses his power to evacuate everyone from the room. After Diego disappeared and Riley told the army about the yellow-eyed vampires' planned assault on them, which made the newborns focus and cooperate better, Bree and Fred start spending more quality time together. Rather than hiding behind his shadow, they play cards without talking. He finds Riley's promises empty and runs off to Vancouver hours before they confronted the Cullens, determined to explore the world of vampires on his own. Before he does, however, he promises to wait for Bree and her boyfriend Diego for one day before going off on his own. Right before Bree dies in the hands of the Volturi, she telepathically asks Edward Cullen to be nice to him if they were ever to cross paths. He is one of three vampires who survived the army's battle with the Cullens and shape-shifters.
Following the dissolution of Victoria's army, Fred was waiting for Bree and Diego in Vancouver, but he soon realized that they never came. Since he promised to wait for them, Fred left Vancouver and began to live as solitary nomad. He eventually moves towards the woods since he preferred to be somewhere quieter and peaceful, in which he begins to change his diet from human blood to animal blood. When he spotted a bear chasing an animal, Fred kills the bear and transforms his lifestyle to a vegetarian. He finally understood what Riley mentioned about the Cullens and their golden eyes; they were vegetarians as well.
Following the events of Breaking Dawn, Fred was hunting near the border of Colorado until he stumbled across a group of vegetarian vampires from the Coloradan Coven. Fred was very interested how they stood together when Iris offered him a place in the coven. Fred accepted her offer and went back with them. Fred enjoyed been with a family and began to grow close with Ashley.
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In Rising Dawn, Fred and his fellow coven mates arrive to Forks to join the rebellion which was formed by the British Coven to destroy the Volturi. This was the first time when Fred meets Edward face-to-face. When Edward told him of what happened to Bree, Fred understood and told him that it was not his fault, but he hopes to face the Volturi for killing his friend. While training with a couple of vampires, Gabriel was fond with his gift and offered him a place in his coven. Fred declined his offer since he already lives with a coven.
Fred is described as a tall college student around 6'2" with thick, curly blond hair, broad-shouldered and muscular. Looking older than a majority of the other vampires, Bree once commented about him looking like a "a big blonde elephant in the middle of the room". Bree was also surprised at how handsome he was, handsomer than most of the other newborns.
Bree considered him a "science nerd" and described him as looking at things in a scientific way and being very smart. For the most part, he is quiet and does not enjoy attention, which suggests why as a vampire he has a supernatural gift to repel people, as he prefers to be invisible from them. For this reason, he can be considered being similar to Bella since they both enjoy spending free time alone, oblivious to their physical features, with a hard time finding the right people to fit in with, and have defensive powers in their vampiric incarnations.Despite still being a newborn at the end of the novella, he is shown to be able to think clearer than most of the other newborns. He is also quite observant and finds Riley's words distrustful. Though Fred prefers to be left alone, he made an exception for Bree. Bree also mentioned that she leaves him the books she has read so he can read them as well if he wanted to. He was as frightened by the sun as the rest of his army, but Bree told him what she had discovered and removed that fear for him.
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"... I felt something else, something totally unexpected - a wave of revulsion so overpowering that I couldn't hold my crouch. I crumpled to the floor, gasing in horror." - Bree on Fred's gift.
Fred has the ability to make anyone feel repulsed. He can induce an unbearably intense repulsion in those around him, which is useful when his life is at stake or when he wants to be left alone. Over time, he learned to use his power in a wider range, making him disgusting to other people, who then promptly forget about him for an extended amount of time. He developed it to the point where simply thinking about him will cause repulsion, though he seemingly can select a few people to not feel repelled while using it. When he uses it with high potency, he could drive away a room full of people. This gift also earns him the nickname "Freaky Fred". He used this gift to escape before the battle against the Cullens began, and so became a nomad and joined the British coven.
Stephenie Meyer once compared his power to that of Jasper Hale's emotional control, just only affecting disgust.
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Fred was the son of two divorced parents and had three siblings on his side.
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"I'm going to explore on my own, see the world. Or I was going on my own, but then I thought maybe you might want to come, too. You'd be pretty safe with me. No one will be able to follow us" - Fred to Bree
Bree Tanner is Fred's only friend from his life. Before they became friends, she was always at his side to hide from the army's aggressive members, who usually kill each other for entertainment. When the bulky vampire, Raoul, is about to pick a fight with Diego and Bree, Fred uses his power to drive him and his followers away. After Diego separated from Bree, she begins to hang out with Fred instead of just being around him, and he begins to think of her as his first friend, ever. His fondness of Bree allows him to keep the revulsion impotent to her. This fondness likely comes from the time they spent together when Bree never bothered him while using him as a vampire shield. Before he leaves to explore the world on his own, he asks Bree to go with him, but she decides to first find Diego (unaware that he is already dead). He decides to wait for her and Diego for one day in Vancouver, saying that he will take off if they don't make it by then. When she leaves with the army, Fred expresses worry that he may never see her again.
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