Phileas Fogg

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Phileas Fogg
Around the World in Eighty Days character
'Around the World in Eighty Days' by Neuville and Benett 04.jpg
Phileas Fogg, illustration by Alphonse de Neuville and/or Léon Benett (1873)
Created byJules Verne
In-universe information

Phileas Fogg (/ˈfɪliəs ˈfɒɡ/) is the protagonist in the 1872 Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. An inspiration for the character was the real round-the-world travels of the American writer and adventurer William Perry Fogg.[1][2]

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 the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 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 a 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.

The Character[edit]

Fogg has a philosophy in life to never worry about things which are beyond his control but to leave no stone unturned if they are. He is a balanced fellow not just in his thought processes but also his physiognomy which is a true manifestation of his psychology. He is a man of regular and precise habits which may border eccentricity. He doesn't like to be drawn into useless confrontations as he believes them to be utterly dissipative akin to friction. He is quiet and reserved in his expressions but decisive in his actions. He likes to travel light and has good knowledge of geography. He is not immune to softer emotions like love. He has no moral compunctions about using money to grease the wheels yet he has his own high moral standards specific to his era. He is brave but not foolhardy and doesn't mind slipping into masterful inactivity when required.

Other appearances[edit]

In Albert Robida's Voyages tries 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 José Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, he is said to be Eridanean, an Earth-born member of the more benevolent of two extraterrestrial factions attempting to control the Earth; Fogg is a member of Farmer's Wold Newton family. Fogg's adventures continue in Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows and Phileas Fogg and the Heart of Orsra, both by Josh Reynolds, and in "Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, The Masked Man Meets an English Gentleman" by Win Scott Eckert.

In other media[edit]



Video games[edit]

  • The 2014 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.[11]


  • The creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb named Phineas Flynn after Phileas Fogg,[12] whose first name is changed to Phineas in some adaptations.[13]
  • Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin 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.
  • Mr Fogg's is a chain of UK pubs specialising in international drinks and exotic cocktails. The bars are referred to in print as places where Phileas/Phineas Fogg lives or visits.[14]
  • Phileas Fogg snacks is a brand of British crisps founded in 1982. The aim was to create a snack aimed at adults and branded with a recognisable character. The range included different flavours "from around the world" such as miniature garlic breads and tortilla chips.


  1. ^ Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918: With a New Preface, Harvard University Press (2003) - Google Books pg. 212
  2. ^ Joyce E. Chaplin, Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks (2012) - Google Books pg. 215
  3. ^ Soister, John T. (2 September 2015). Conrad Veidt on Screen: A Comprehensive Illustrated Filmography. McFarland & Company. p. 60. ISBN 9781476611228.
  4. ^ "Around the World in 80 Days - 1956, Drama/Comedy, 2h 50m". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  5. ^ "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) - Overview". Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  6. ^ Verne, Jules (2005). Around the World in Eighty Days. John Grant (Afterword). CRW Publishing Limited. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-904919-56-8.
  7. ^ Mackie, Rob (19 November 2004). "Around the World in 80 Days". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  8. ^ The Classic TV Archive Mr. Adams and Eve (1957-58) Accessed 12 June 2021
  9. ^ IMDB Mr. Adams and Eve Episode List Season 2 Accessed 12 June 2021
  10. ^ Grams, Martin, Jr.; Les Rayburn (2001). The Have Gun – Will Travel Companion. Delta, Penn.: OTR Publishing. p. 358. ISBN 0970331002. OCLC 48537557.
  11. ^ "Press Kit - 80 Days". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  12. ^ "The Creators Of 'Phineas And Ferb' Answer Your Questions". Annie's Blog. Buzznet. 8 July 2009. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. 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.
  13. ^ Hébert, Nathaniel (1 March 2018). "Around the world… with Phineas / Phileas Fogg?". Medium. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Mr Fogg's | A collection of adventurous bars inspired by Phileas J. Fogg". Mr Fogg's - Cocktail Bars for the Adventurous. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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