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Where does Fez come from in That 70s and 90s Show? Fan theories explored

January 23, 2023

Like many of the cast members of That 70s Show, Wilmer Valderrama saw his acting career launched by the beloved sitcom.

However, even to this day, much remains a mystery about his character, Fez, as the show has never revealed his real name or the country he was from.

Now Netflix has relaunched the sitcom in the form of That 90s Show with Fez returning in a recurring role, prompting many of the questions That 70s Show fans have long had about the character – chief among them being “Where is Fez from?” ? ‘

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The country of origin of Fez remains a mystery

Since the creation of That 70s Show in 1998, a number of questions about the identity of Fez and its country of origin have remained unanswered by the writers and actors of the show.

This became a running gag for the sitcom throughout its run as several characters regularly attempted to pry information from Fez about his birthplace.

Over the eight seasons of That 70s Shows, Fez has provided many clues to his origin, revealing that he lives on an island where they eat bugs, live in the jungle, and there are more lizards than animals. humans.

Two key pieces of information he revealed during the series are that the island had already been settled by the British and Dutch and that he had to go through Brazil to get there.

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Wilmer Valderrama as Fez, Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman in That '90s Show Episode 103That 90s show © Netflix

Even his real name is also unknown

In addition to the country of origin of Fez which is not identified, even the real name of the character remains unknown.

Instead, Fez is a nickname derived from FES, an acronym for Foreign Exchange Student.

During That 70s Show, it was confirmed that Fez’s real name was incredibly difficult to pronounce and that her last name contains a number of K’s, the first five of which are silent.

At one point, Fez can be seen saying his name, but eagle-eyed viewers noticed that he was actually saying his castmates’ names in an effort to fool fans.

Andrea Anders as Sherri Runck, Wilmer Valderrama as Fez in That '90s Show episode 110That 90s show © Netflix | Patrick Wymore

Fan theories from the 70s and 90s show where Fez could have come from

Fans of That 70s Show have theorized about the location of the country of origin of Fez since the sitcom began airing.

While a definitive answer will likely never be revealed, fan theories have offered several highly possible locations given some of the clues Fez has offered over the years.

As the island where Fez lives is accessible via Brazil, this would suggest that it is somewhere in the Caribbean.

Saint Eustache

A less touted theory, but arguably among the most likely, is the tiny island of Sint Eustatius which is located between Anguilla and St Kitts & Nevis. The island changed hands between the British, Dutch and French several times during colonial times, but is now part of the Netherlands.

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During the American Revolution, the population of the island refused to support the British and much of the American supplies were shipped through Saint-Eustache, which would explain why the British hated the inhabitants of the island.

British Virgin Islands

Another possible theory claims that the British Virgin Islands is the home of Fez because it once belonged to the Dutch (known then as the Dutch Virgin Islands) and has an incredibly difficult name to pronounce in Dutch, “Nederlandse Maagdeneilanden”.

Aruba

Another possible location in the Caribbean is the island nation of Aruba, which again belongs to the Netherlands today, but was also ruled by the British during colonial times. One of the main reasons why fans believe Aruba is the homeland of Fez is that the main language spoken there is Papiamento, which is a mix of Spanish and Portuguese, hence its hard-to-read accent. locate.

New Guinea

And finally, the island of New Guinea in Oceania is another popular theory among some fans. The island is divided into two countries, the western half is part of Indonesia while the eastern forms the country of Papua New Guinea.

The Indonesian part of New Guinea was once owned by the Dutch until after World War II, while Papua New Guinea was once occupied by Britain and Germany and is still part of the Commonwealth to this day.

The fact that Germany has already been involved would explain why one of Fez’s languages ​​is German, but the Oceanian island is very far from Brazil, making a connecting flight via Brazil unlikely.

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Wilmer Valderrama as Fez in That '90s Show Episode 102That 90s show © Netflix

This 90s show is available to stream now on Netflix after its release on January 19, 2023.

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