Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the late Victorian world in 80 days or fewer, for a wager of £20,000 with members of London's Reform Club. He is accompanied by his French servant Jean Passepartout and followed by a detective named Fix, who suspects Fogg of having robbed the Bank of England and in the second half of the book helps Fogg in order to get him back to England. 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. She and Fogg eventually fall in love and marry at the end of the book.
In [Philip Jose Farmer]'s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, he is said to be Eridanean, a member of the (ostensibly) more benevolent of two extraterrestrial factions attempting to control the Earth. Fogg is a member of Farmer's Wold Newton family. Furthermore, in "The Lavalite World" (chapter 8), Farmer strongly implies that Paul Janus Finnegan, the hero of The World of Tiers series, is the great grandson of Fogg. Fogg is mentioned briefly in James A. Owen's novel, Here, There Be Dragons, after the characters have a run-in with Captain Nemo and The Nautilus.
In the 1972 [Around the World in 80 Days (1972 cartoon)| animated series]], Fogg was voiced by Alastair Duncan. This version of Fogg took the bet to travel the world in eighty days in order to win the hand of Lord Maze's niece, Belinda.
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.