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John Doe was the false main protagonist of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.[1] Not much is known about him except that he was the last surviving teenager of Springwood, Ohio to escape Freddy Krueger's killings for the last 10 years after Alice Johnson and Jacob Daniel Johnson.  

He was the third and final victim of Freddy's sixth on-screen killing spree.




"I know why you let me go."
—John Doe

In the year 1999, John made an attempt to escape Springwood, and is let go by Krueger. Having been sent flying past Springwood's boundary, he hit his head against a small rock; which knocked him out and gave him amnesia. Upon awakening, he walked to the neighboring town and was taken to Recovery House Youth Shelter by police, where he met Maggie. Tortured by visions in his dreams, Maggie came to the conclusion that leads him back to Springwood which would help him remember something.

In Springwood, they traveled around town to find clues on who Freddy Krueger was. Discovering that Freddy had a kid, John came to the conclusion that he was Freddy's son. He assumed this is when on why Freddy didn't kill him.

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Remember me? John meets Freddy in his nightmares

He became so confident about this, that he went into the dream world in order to rescue Spencer, but failed. Still trapped in the dream world after Tracy escapes, he encountered Freddy where he cockily said he knows why he let him live. In response, Freddy mocked John and revealed to the latter that he isn't his own son while slowly cutting the lines of the parachute that John was attached to. Freddy then revealed that he only let him live long enough so he could be reunited with his daughter, Maggie, who's real name is Kathryn Krueger.


Realizing that he had been nothing more then a pawn, John fell to his death screaming as he landed on a bed of spikes which impaled him. With seconds left to live in the real world, he managed to tell Maggie that Freddy's child wasn't a boy.

John's Death

"It's not a boy... It is..." John's last word before his death

He then succumbed to his injuries and died while his soul was then absorbed by Freddy. He, along with Carlos and Spencer Lewis were erased from people's memories except for Maggie, Tracy, and Doc. John was eventually released when Freddy was killed for good.


John died before his identity could be discovered. Who he was is never revealed. There has been speculation that he possibly was Jacob Johnson; Alice's son. In the original script of Freddy's Dead, Alice was killed and Jacob became the main protagonist. However, this seems unlikely as Freddy's Dead takes place ten years later; which would make Jacob 10, whilst John is 15~17. Though, it only says 10 years later, so it could have been in 1995; making Jacob about 14-17 by then. This is only a theory however.

More evidence to John possibly being Jacob Johnson is his belief that he could enter Spencer's dream (an ability Jacob may have inherited from his mother, Alice).


His name, John Doe, is a term used in England for unidentified bodies and corpses.