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Ages of the five Fraggles

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Gorgon Heap, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    There was a thread on this over a year ago, but since I can't find it...

    It's pretty obvious that Wembley is the youngest of the five Fraggles, since the others are often explaining things to him, and even among the five he's sometimes referred to as "poor little Wembley" whenever bad tidings befall him.

    Mokey is probably the eldest, since she takes on the wizened, motherly role among them.

    A lot of people speculate that Gobo is the 2nd oldest, but personally I think Boober is, what with his responsibilities in the Rock (cooking and laundry), his medical expertise, and his vocabulary. Or he could've just been one of those really bright kids (without being precocious, like I was when I was young).

    Red is probably the 2nd youngest, though not nearly as young as Wembley. She acts like an adolescent, all ballsy and overconfident, and really immature, as evidenced by her endless competing with Gobo, her carefree way with insults, and her all-too-vocal objections to postcards from Uncle Traveling Matt (whereas a more mature, considerate person would not say anything if she couldn't say anything nice).

    What do you think?

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
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  2. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    I always found it interesting how difficult it is (for me at least) to attribute age with any Muppet that doesn't downright state it (i.e Big Bird and Robin). So assuming the roles you've placed them in (which I agree with), what actual age would you place Mokey and Wembley at?
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  3. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Wow, that's pretty much the same order I'd put them in. This is neat, let's see here...

    Mokey is the oldest - Well, this seems superficial, but she's also the tallest. And she does seem to have a motherly quality about her. She's always patting everyone on the shoulder, too. Very touchy-feely.

    Based on what you've said, that would make sense if Boober were the 2nd oldest, but I do believe it's Gobo.
    Gobo - is always exploring, he knows alot about wordly things, and he's always teaching others. He's the wise one of the bunch. Like how he got Red to ask for his help when she really needed it, but was too proud to ask. He's kind of the big brother, learning himself but still helping others down the same road.

    Next would come Boober, though he was hard to place.
    Boober - is eccentric, doesn't really fit in, takes on responsibilities, is paranoid and odd. He seems like a middle child, as he's got pressures on all sides of him. I'd say that Gobo and Boober would be close in age, but Boober would be a little younger, as he doesn't have the same natural wisdom as Gobo does.

    Red - would naturally be the second youngest. She's fun, full of spunk, loud, and has alot to learn. This makes her different from Wembley because she needs to be brought down to earth alot, where sometimes I wonder where Wembley lives. She's in between where Wembley is (being young and carefree), and Gobo (being more wise). She's getting there.

    Wembley - is the baby of the lot. He's kind of got an innocent quality about him ("Wembley and the Gorgs"), and he's really free-spirited. He's alot different from the others, but of course they still love him. I mean, he's similar to Red, as he's adventurous, and goes around scatting all the time, but he's got more of an innocent quality about him, which I would interpret as being the youngest.

    Ohh Vic, I just saw this. Just for fun, let's give this a try. Well for brainstorming, Mokey's probably mid-twenties, kind of like a hippie university student. ^_^ Mokey DOES come across to me as quite the hippie. She's kind of in her own class. I'd say Gobo's about 17, cause he knows his place but he's still learning, and he's pretty comfortable with who he is. That would make Boober about 16, which would explain why he's so angsty. Red would be, lets say, 14-15, because she needs to be at an age where it's appropriate for her and Gobo to be in a relationship. I'm sure they have a bit of a thing going on, as she's always competing and trying to keep up with him, but never quite makes it. If he's a few years older than her, that makes alot of sense. That would make Wembley, oh gee I don't know... 13, maybe? This is harder, as he's best friends with Gobo, but their ages can't be too far apart. I picture Wembley to be so young, as he's really carefree. But Wembley and Gobo have a sort of brotherly relationship, which would explain why they're so close, even if they have a big age differece like they way I've placed them.

    So, in chart form:
    Mokey - mid twenties
    Gobo - 17
    Boober - 16
    Red - 15
    Wembley - 13
  4. luvtosr

    luvtosr New Member

    I always thought it would go (eldest to youngest) Mokey, Gobo, Red, Boober Wembley.

    I read somewhere that Boober is so well educated because his morbid fear of, um, everything led him to read up on pretty much everything but he still seems young to me. He spits his dummy a lot like a young kid, like in I Don't Care when he starts smashing up doozer towers, admittedly he was sort of driven to it but then there's the whole issue of him needing a lucky charm, be it bottle cap or blanket. The whole comfort blanket (or other item) idea makes him seem quite young. And there are times that he acts very selfishly in a childish way, like in The Perfect Blue Rollie when he doesn't want to share and has a secret hidey hole.

    I saw a documentary where Kathy Mullen said that Mokey is the eldest, that's why she's tallest and acts like a den mother sometimes. I also don't think that there's much between Gobo and Red and that it adds to the sense of competition between them.

    (Wow, when I started typing this there were no other replies!)
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  5. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Active Member

    It's topics like these that I wish Karen Prell still visited here. :excited:
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  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Hehe, yeah eh? Cross your fingers, you never know. :excited:

    Very cool reasoning there. Those are the same kind of reasons why I placed him in the middle, as he doesn't really want to be grown up or anything, and he feels pressure from all sides.
    That bit about Mokey, it's so true. She does act very motherly.
    That's cool, I placed Gobo and Red two years apart for the same reasons you placed them in a row! It would led itseft to competition, and Red would want to keep up with a boy who's a bit older than her, it would give her a challenge!
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  7. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

    When the show was on
    Mokey 29
    Gobo 23
    Red 21
    Wembley 19
    Boober 27

    Mokey 48
    Gobo 43
    Red 40
    Wembley 39
    Boober 47

    Thats sad that if the age like humans ( Once a Year)
    they would be mid aged with kids in HS maybe and soon to retire in 10-15 yrs
  8. luvtosr

    luvtosr New Member

    It would be hard to tell though seeing as they can pick and choose when their birthday is and how often it occurs. So an energetic, party-loving fraggle like Red could, in theory, have had many, many more birthdays than Boober but actually have been alive a shorter period of time.
  9. baby sinclair

    baby sinclair New Member

    Hmmmmm, i dont know how old they are in fraggle years but speaking in how humans determine age by maturity i'd say the fraggles were in their teens seeing how each of them has a lot to learn about the world in general.

    Mokey,19(mature,caring,more independent,wise)
    gobo,17(brave,leader,wise most of the time,trustworthy)
    boober,14(still has childish ways of controlling frustration)
    red,12(like most girls in their tweens shes very bossy,annoying,etc)
    Wembley,10(very curious,wants to just be accepted by every one)

    As far as gobo and reds relationship i think red like most young kids at that age just has a innocent crush on a guy whos somewhat older and challenges him to show that she's just as mature.I dont think gobo likes her as more than a friend. :smirk:
  10. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Really? I always had the impression that he at least indulged her, if not liking her back. Like in "Catch a tail by the Tiger", he gives her his only medal to remember him by. :flirt:
  11. Foodie

    Foodie Active Member

    The Way I've Always Seen It

    As far as actual age goes... that's hard to say. At most, Mokey would be 19 or 20 during the series. But who knows how fraggles age?

    Anyhoo, to me, Mokey is 2 years older than Gobo, Red and Boober ( who I feel are the same age ) and Wembley is 2 years younger than Gobo, Red and Boober.

    Nick :smirk:
  12. blackurth

    blackurth New Member


    well,what about gobos change in looks,I figured since boober,red and mokey haven't changed that they would be older than gobo,since we see gobo in the first couple seasons acting more like the age wembley would be more childish and looking younger also he had a higher voice and having the longer hair,then after a while he grew up mentally and phisically (shorter hair, deeper voice, more weight) while the others stayed the same which shows me that gobo was going through his puberty.....

    mokey-oldest(in her late 20' early 30's)
    boober-(in his 20's) the reason I say that is that he seems to have the "depression and paranoia"of most men in their 20's (like kurt kobain)
    red-(teens) the reason I say that is because of how she picks on gobo which leads me to believe she is like an older peer also she can be more crampy which leads me to believe she started her period (so after her puberty)..
    gobo-(10 when the series started went through puberty and 13 when the seires ended)
    wembley-(8 when the series started about 10 or 11 when it ended not quit through puberty yet)
  13. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Never thought I would live to see Boober compared to Kurt Kobain.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
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  14. zeldazipple

    zeldazipple New Member

    Fraggle ages

    I'll give a go at what I think the age of the fave five is.

    Gobo 14 when the series started 18 when it finished. Gobo to me always acted like he might have been henpecked a lot. Kind of gave me that impression that he was auctally glad to see his uncle go to be frank. He didn't seem to miss him all that much. Can't say I blame him if that was the case.

    Red 7 when the series started and 11 when it finished. I always figured that Red was old for her age, if that makes sence to you probably not seeing that she has sutch a carfree sprit. Kind of hard to expline how I figured that out really. :confused:

    Mokey 12 when the series started and 16 when it ended. Same as above for Mokey too. Normally deep thinkers tend to act a little older beecause they posess more wisdom then the average ' Joe ' So to speak.

    Wembley 10 when the series started and 14 when it ended. I just thought he was young for his age. I really don't think he's all that bright, either that is he's VERY neieve. :halo:
  15. luvtosr

    luvtosr New Member

    I don't know, his seems more like a true OCD about hygiene/death rather than the Generation-X, apathetic depression that seems to infest the MTV driven folk of today. (Though I think kurt Cobain probably was clinically depressed).
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  16. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    The ages of the fraggle in my mined is like this.
    Mokey is the oldest and also the mother of the group.
    Gobo is a little bit younger then Mokey.
    Red is the same age as Gobo!
    Boober is younger then Red and Gobo.
    Wembley is the youngest and same age as Boober beause they look small to me and eatch other.
  17. bazingababe24

    bazingababe24 Member

    I always thought that if they were human, they'd be young adults (18-24 age bracket), considering they are old enough to live on their own and hold jobs, but not too far apart in age. This is the order I put them in:

    Mokey: 23-24
    Gobo: 21-22
    Boober: 20-21
    Red: 19-20
    Wembley: 17-18

    I like to think that Wembley turned the Fraggle equivalent of 18 in or around the episode "The Thirty-Minute Work Week", as choosing a job came off to me as sort of a coming-of-age thing in Fraggle culture.
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  18. beakerboy12

    beakerboy12 Well-Known Member

    To me, it seemed that the Fraggle Five were teens or younger. Wembley to me is the youngest, very innocent (the most innocent of the bunch) and is very child-like, I'd say he's about 10 years old. Next I think Red and I think of her as the typical pre-teen/teenager who complains but is also very free and child-like, I might think she's about 12 or 13. Next I'd say it would be Gobo, while he is a great leader and very mature for his age, I think he's 14 or 15. Boober, I think, is the next oldest considering he cooks, he cleans, he does hard work. I say Boober is about 17 or 18, a very mature Fraggle. And finally, Mokey, who is very mother-like, picks the Fraggles up when they're down, puts a smile on when they're glum. I'd say she's about 18, 19, or 20.

    As for the other minor Fraggles, Cantus seems very wise, he seems like he's been on many adventures through his lifetime. I'd say Cantus is in his late 20s-earley 30s. And Convincing John, the gifted Wembler seems, in my opinion, in his mid 20's. The World's Oldest Fraggle.... old, I'll just say that. So, yeah, that's what I think their ages are!
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  19. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    As of the TV series, I think of Mokey as 17, Gobo and Red as 16, Boober as 15, and Wembley as 12. That's the equivalent of human ages, that is. 1 human year = 7 dog years, so who knows how long Fraggle "years" are? They may live faster or slower than we do.

    By the time of my fics, they've all reached adulthood, but the roles they learned when younger remain in force. Mokey still is the "den mother," Gobo the older brother who everyone looks up to (and who still feels a need to prove himself sometimes), Red the boisterous, competitive tomboy, Wembley the perpetual little brother, and Boober the... housewife?

    As for other Fraggles, I see Cantus as being a very healthy fifty-five-year-old. He's lived long enough to get over the usual Fraggle freneticness (or whatever the word is) but not so old that it slows him down. I suspect Convincing John is older than he appears, because his hair is black but his baloobius has gone grey. I suspect he uses Grecian Formula for Fraggles.
  20. bingboingcutie

    bingboingcutie Active Member

    I've kinda thought that the Fraggles were all in their teens or childhood. Of course, I'm not out of school yet either, and kids watch it <they probably need to identify with them all>.

    Mokey is the oldest, of course. Thanks, Muppet Wiki. Probably about...18 or 17?

    Boober could be the next oldest...but I've always thought of him as somewhere in his 40s. He just cooks and worries a lot. And it probably stunts his growth.

    Gobo is a teenager. He talks like that to his uncle, and I think I heard Jerry Nelson say he was a teenager once.

    Red is probably a teenager too, but slightly younger than Gobo. I don't know how to explain it; I just think she is. But there couldn't be too much of an age difference, though--after all, as Wembley would likely say, "They looOOove each other!!! KISSY KISS!!"

    Wembley must be the baby. I got that from Muppet Wiki too. It seems to me that there's a big age gap between Red and him. I could even see him as eight or nine. On the tag of the plush from Nanco, it shows his signature with one "E" forward and one backward..and it's in all shaky capitals, too. Somehow, though, he and Gobo stay so close.

    It's not very explanatory, sorry! :) It's just how things work out in my head.

    One last thing--Junior, I've heard is 473.

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