Phileas Fogg

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]

Phileas Fogg
Around the World in Eighty Days character
Phileas Fogg by Alphonse de Neuville and Léon Benett (1873)
Created byJules Verne

Fictional biography

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. Soon, Fogg drew back his arm and punches Fix, while Passepartout cries, "Well hit!"

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.

Other appearances

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



Video games

  • 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.


  • The creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb named Phineas Flynn after Phileas Fogg,[5] whose first name is changed to Phineas in some adaptations.[6]
  • 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.[7]


  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. "The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) - Overview". Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  4. Grams, Martin, Jr.; Les Rayburn (2001). The Have Gun – Will Travel Companion. Delta, Penn.: OTR Publishing. p. 358. ISBN 0970331002. OCLC 48537557.
  5. "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.
  6. Hébert, Nathaniel (1 March 2018). "Around the world… with Phineas / Phileas Fogg?". Medium. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  7. "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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