|Jafar says: Read my lips and come to grips with the reality!|
|“||Hello, snotface. Yuck, what happened to you? You're all older, you're even uglier! Look, I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to be sick all over you, immediately. Lie down.||„|
|~ Drop Dead Fred upon being reunited with Elizabeth|
Drop Dead Fred is the titular main antagonist of the dark comedy movie of the same name. He is the wild and uncontrollable imaginary best friend of Elizabeth Cronin who re-enters her life as an adult to help her deal with all of the issues affecting her life and self esteem, going about so in the most destructive manner possible.
He is portrayed by the late Rik Mayall, who also portrayed Richard Richard in Bottom, Robber Hag in The Snow Queen, Cufflingk in Valiant, Prince Froglip in The Princess and the Goblin, Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman, Robber Hag in The Snow Queen, and Rick in The Young Ones.
Drop Dead Fred is the malicious "imaginary friend" of a troubled young woman who constantly causes chaos, which she is blamed for as he is invisible to all other humans. Drop Dead Fred is basically a wacky and seemingly supernatural being that has a very anarchic outlook on life that is downright destructive, and at times, even sinister. Drop Dead Fred seems to exist to spread insanity and, although still a comical character, is definitely a darker protagonist than is usual for comedy films (though the movie does contain black humor, which may well explain the darker aspects of his character).
From the more symbolic point of view, Drop Dead Fred can be considered as a representation of suppressed psychosis (elements normally seen in psychological horror rather than comedy), being the destructive "inner child" that exists to show the audience what the troubled young woman sees in her own mind. He also seems to exist to aid people with troubled minds but does so in a manner that is more antagonistic than appealing.
At the end of the movie, however, the audience is left to wonder if Drop Dead Fred is real or not when he finally leaves the troubled woman behind, only to seemingly attach himself to a new child.