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Freddy Krueger
Background information
Feature films A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (cameo)
Freddy vs. Jason
Television programs Freddy's Nightmares
Video games A Nightmare on Elm Street
Park attractions
Portrayed by Robert Englund
Kane Hodder (in Jason Goes to Hell)
Portrayed by
Performance model
Designer Wes Craven
Inspiration Count Orlok
Honors and awards 14th place in Wizard Magazine's Top 100 Villains Of All Time
8th place in Sky2's Greatest Villains of All Time
40th place in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains
1st place in's Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Villains
Character information
Full name Frederick Charles Krueger
Other names Freddy Krueger, Freddy, Fred Krueger, Springwood Slasher, Bastard Son of 100 Maniacs, Son of 100 Maniacs, Dream Master, Super Freddy, Blood Red Sandman, The Leather Apron, Smiling Jack
Personality Evil, cruel, vengelful, sadistic, psychopathic, murderous, crazy, selfish, overconfident, and wisecracking.
Appearance Slender burned man with a brown fedora hat, a red and green sweater, a brown glove with four knives attached to it, and dark pants.
Occupation Demonic Serial Killer
Collector of Souls
Dream Master
Goal To kill the children of all the parents of Springwood as revenge for the parents burning him alive (ultimate all failed), to keep killing people within dreams and collecting souls to gain strength (ultimate all failed), and to kill his rival Jason Voorhees (failed).
Home Springwood, Ohio, U.S.A.
Relatives One of the Maniacs (father; unknown)
Amanda Krueger (mother; deceased)
Mr. Underwood (adoptive father; deceased)
Loretta Krueger (wife; deceased)
Maggie Burroughs (daughter)
Allies Formerly Loretta Krueger, Maggie Burroughs, and Jason Voorhees
Enemies Amanda Krueger, his unknown father, Mr. Underwood, Maggie Burroughs, Nancy Thompson, Loretta Krueger, Tina Grey, Rod Lane, Glen Lantz, Marge Thompson, Jesse Walsh, Lisa Webb Ron Grady, Coach Schneider, Kerry, Jennifer Caulfield, Phillips Anderson, Taryn White, Will Stanton, Donald Thompson, Neil Gordon, Alice Thompson, Roland Kincaid, Joey Crusel, Kristen Parker, Sheila Kopecky, Rick Johnson, Debbie Stevens, Dan Jordan, Greta Gibson, Mark Grey, Lt. Blocker, Merit Blocker, Spencer, Carlos, John Doe, Bobby Davis, Mrs. Campbell, Jason Voorhees, Lori Campbell, Will Rollins, Kia Waterson, Gibb Smith, and Mark Davis.
Likes Killing and torturing people.
Dislikes Jason Voorhees, Nancy, people killing victims he attempted to kill, fire,
Powers and abilities Mostly dependent on dreams, but also has immortality, invulnerability, possession, and claws.
Weapons Razor sharped clawed glove, Jason's machete
Fate Winks at the audience and laughs offscreen while Jason carries his decapitated head.
Quote "Welcome to my nightmare!"

Frederick Charles "Freddy" Krueger, known simply as Freddy Krueger, is a legendary serial killer and the main antagonist of the 1984 classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street and its many sequels. He was a sadistic child murderer in his life, and when vengeful parents fond out, they burned him alive in his boiler room hideout.

Wizard Magazine rated him the 14th greatest villain of all time, and ranked 8th on British channel Sky2's Greatest Villains of All Time and ranked 40th on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains.

He was portrayed by legendary actor Robert Englund.


Early Life

Freddy was a child murderer known to many as the Springwood Slasher, who killed more than four children in a boiler room. Afterwards, the Springwood parents came after him, only to burn him alive with torches in order to serve their children justice.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Freddy vs. Jason

Tired of being forgotten by the youngsters of Springwood, an angry Freddy manipulates the revived Jason Voorhees to kill a few inhabitants of Elm Street, all while disguised as his mother Pamela Voorhees. Much to his rage, Jason keeps on killing, and eventually goes to sleep, which brings him to the dream world to fight Freddy. Jason notices that Freddy was disguised as his mother all along, which causes him to slice off both of his arms after Freddy jumps to him. Freddy's arms grow back, and starts getting stronger in the dream world. After a few minutes of fighting, Freddy acknowledges Jason's aversion to water, and laughs.

Parodies and Homages

During 2007's Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage at Universal Orland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Freddy was one of the sub-icons along with Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface, while Jack the Clown takes the role as the main icon of the event. Freddy, along with the other two anforementioned horror movie villains appeared in the live show titled The Carnival of Carnage with Jack the Clown as the host.

Freddy Krueger's Victims

Before the films

  • A hamster
  • Mr. Underwood
  • 20 children in Springwood
  • Loretta Krueger

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • Tina Gray
  • Rod Lane
  • Glen Lantz
  • Marge Thompson

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

  • Countless Swim Party guests
  • Ron Grady
  • Coach Schneider
  • Kerry

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:  Dream Warriors (1987)

  • Jennifer Caulfield
  • Phillips Anderson
  • Taryn White
  • Will Stanton
  • Donald Thompson
  • Nancy Thompson

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

  • Ronald Kincaid
  • Joey Crusel
  • Kristen Parker
  • Sheila Kopecky
  • Rick Johnson
  • Debbie Stevens

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

  • Dan Jordan
  • Greta Gibson
  • Mark Gray

Freddy's Nightmares

  • Lt. Blocker
  • Merit Blocker
  • Prom date from high school

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

  • Every child in Springwood and their population
  • Spencer
  • Carlos
  • John Doe

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

  • Mark Davis
  • Mrs. Campbell

Powers and Abilities

In the dream world, Freddy's amount of powers is unexplainable. He can make strange things happen, as long as his victim is sleeping. He is also capable of possessing others, often at times wishing for them to do his dirty work, and always has his trusty finger-knived glove.

Despite losing most of his abilities in the real world, Freddy proves himself to be a skilled fighter, able to take on Jason Voorhees.


While Freddy is an immensely powerful being in the dream world, he is not without his flaws. If pulled out of the dream world, Freddy will lose most of his power, making him vulnerable to fire and other conventional ways to die. Additionally, Freddy is overconfident and underestimates his opponents when fighting them.

Freddy also cannot invade the dreams of others if they do not remember him, or if they are not afraid of him.