Living... with his foster family in Philadelphia. His parents, Victor and Rosa Vasquez, grew up in the foster care system themselves and they now run a loving group home. Freddy’s foster siblings including ambitious Mary Bromfield, quiet Pedro Peña, gamer Eugene Choi, and perky Darla Dudley. The latest sibling to join the family is Billy Batson, a rebellious loner who becomes Freddy’s roommate.
Profession... high school student. Freddy’s a teenager whose biggest concern is avoiding his school’s vicious bullies. Freddy uses a crutch for his walking disability, and that makes him a particular target for harassment.
Interests... anything superhero related. Freddy’s obsessed with the real-life heroes who live in his world, including Batman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Superman is his absolute favorite, however, and he’s the proud owner of an authentic bullet that once bounced off the Man of Steel.
Challenge... helping Billy navigate his newfound superhero powers. An ancient wizard named Shazam grants Billy the magical ability to turn into a grown-up superhero anytime he shouts the word, “Shazam!” Billy doesn’t know the first thing about caped crusaders, so he turns to Freddy for guidance. Freddy helps Billy test the full extent of his abilities, all while trying to drill home selfless heroic values that Billy doesn’t easily take to heart. Things get even more complicated when Billy’s grown-up avatar becomes the target of the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. As Freddy explains to Darla, “If a supervillain finds out that he’s a hero, that endangers us. Heroes’ loved ones are, like, the perfect bad guy target.”
Personality... nerdy and big-hearted. Freddy’s overeager about pretty much everything. He has a talkative, excitable demeanor, and he’s especially keen to turn his new foster brother into his best friend. Freddy uses humor and enthusiasm to hide his insecurities, and often pretends that things don’t bother him when they actually do. Though he’s usually the first one with a joke, Freddy is guided by a strong moral compass that’s influenced by his superhero role models. He knows that those who’ve been granted great power have a responsibility to use it well.
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