Phileas Fogg

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Phileas Fogg
Around the World in Eighty Days character
Phileas Fogg by Alphonse de Neuville & Léon Benett (1873)
Phileas Fogg by Alphonse de Neuville & Léon Benett (1873)
Created by Jules Verne
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Gender Male
Spouse(s) Aouda (wife)
Nationality British

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1873 Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

Fictional biography[edit]

Fogg makes a wager of £20,000 (£2 million in 2017) with members of London's Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days or less. He sets out with his French servant Jean Passepartout to win the wager, unaware that he is being followed by a detective named Fix, who suspects Fogg of having robbed the Bank of England. In the second half of the book Fix helps Fogg in order to get him back to England, where he will be under British jurisdiction and Fix can arrest him.

While in India, Fogg saves a widowed princess, Aouda, from sati during her husband's funeral and she accompanies Fogg for the rest of his journey. Together, the trio have numerous exciting adventures which come to an abrupt end when he is arrested by Fix immediately upon their arrival back in England. Although Fogg is quickly exonerated of the crime, the delay caused by his false arrest appears to have cost him the wager.

Believing himself ruined, Fogg returns home to ponder his options. Seeing his despair, Aouda, who has grown to love him and who feels guilty that he might have won the wager if he had not delayed to rescue her, proposes to marry him to help him cope with his difficult future. At this selfless offer, Fogg's reserve finally breaks and he joyously accepts Aouda's proposal. As it turns out, Aouda's gesture actually does save the day because as a result, Passepartout discovers that Fogg has miscalculated their travel time. Fogg did not take into account that because they crossed the Pacific Ocean from west to east, they gained a day when they crossed the International Date Line, and they have not missed the deadline after all. The three hurry off to the Reform Club and arrive just in time for Fogg to win the wager. Fogg splits his profits with Passepartout and Fix, and marries Aouda.

Other appearances[edit]

In Albert Robida's Voyages très extraordinaires de Saturnin Farandoul (1879), Fogg appears in the narrative having gone on an attempt to travel the world again, this time in 77 days. He is portrayed as a serial savior of ladies, having over three hundred rescued women accompanying him on his travels, which have lasted well over three years by the time he is introduced.

In Philip Jose Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, he is said to be Eridanean, a member of the more benevolent of two extraterrestrial factions attempting to control the Earth. Fogg is a member of Farmer's Wold Newton family.

In James Downard's The Paralogs of Phileas Fogg, Fogg is the central character of a much-enlarged, alternative tale to Jules Verne's original.

In other media[edit]

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Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • The 2016 video game 80 Days by Inkle Ltd., based on the novel by Verne, also featured an eccentric Mr. Fogg who was accompanied by his valet Passepartout.

Homages[edit]

  • The creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb named Phineas Flynn after Phileas Fogg, whose first name is changed to Phineas in some adaptations.[3]
  • Around the World in 80 Days was a BBC television travel series first broadcast in 1989. It was presented by comedian and actor Michael Palin, who followed Fogg's journey and modes of transport as closely as possible, and achieved the feat in 79 days 7 hours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Grams, Martin, Jr.; Les Rayburn (2001). The Have Gun – Will Travel Companion. Delta, Penn.: OTR Publishing. p. 358. ASIN 0970331002. ISBN 0970331002. OCLC 48537557. 
  3. ^ "The name Phineas was inspired by the hero of the book "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas T. Fogg, a great inventor and adventurer." "The Creators Of "Phineas And Ferb" Answer Your Questions". Buzznet. 8 July 2009. 

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