Marty McFly

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Marty McFly is a fictional character, the lead character in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Michael J. Fox in the three films and voiced by David Kaufman in the animated series.

Marty was born in 1968 in Hill Valley, California, United States. He was the youngest of three children to George and Lorraine McFly. He has a brother Dave, sister Linda and girlfriend Jennifer Parker. His best friend is mad scientist Dr Emmett Brown, whom Marty calls "Doc". There is a slight impression that Marty is slightly embarrased of his family and does not spend much time at home, preferring to hang out with Doc, Jennifer Parker or the guys in his musical band, The Pinheads.

Marty is an easy going adolescent most of the time. He is not the best student academically but his grades are fairly good, although he does have a tendancy to be late for school. He plays lead guitar with The Pinheads and likes listening to Huey Lewis and the News and Eddie Van Halen. He is an accomplished skateboarder.


Pre-Back to the Future

Little is known about Marty's life pre-the first Back to the Future film, except the fact that he set the living room rug on fire when he was 8 and eventually met Doc and Jennifer. How exactly Marty and Doc met has never been explained, although a draft script for the first film states that Doc turned up at Marty's garage one day and offered him $50 a week, plus free beer and use of his record collection, to clean his garage. This explanation is not accepted by most fans however as it contradicts with the characters of Marty and Doc we see in the finished film.

Back to the Future

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Marty, aged 17, in 1985

By the time of the first film, it is 1985 and Marty is 17 years old. On the night of October 26 1985, Marty meets Doc at the Twin Pines Mall parking lot. Doc demonstrates his new invention - a time machine built into a DeLorean Sports Car. Marty is accidentally sent back to 1955 where he accidentally interferes with the first meeting between his future parents. Using the name "Calvin Klein" (a name his future mother saw on his underwear and assumed was Marty's name) Marty meets up with the 1955 version of Doc, and tries to get his parents together so he will still exist in the future - no easy task, as his mother has a crush on him and his father is too scared to ask her out!

On the night of November 12 1955, Marty takes his mother to the Enchantment Under The Sea dance, after having organised a plan with George to win Lorraine's heart by "saving" her from Marty. Unfortunately, Marty has made an enemy of high school bully Biff Tannen and Biff shows up, interfering with the plan. When George comes to "rescue" Lorraine, he finds that instead of having to pretend to save her from Marty, he now has to really save her from Biff! George punches Biff, standing up to the bully for the first time in his life, and George and Lorraine fall in love.

His existance resurrected, Marty then plays Johnny B. Goode on stage to the crowd at the dance, before heading back to 1985 via a lightning bolt on the Hill Valley Courthouse's clock tower. Arriving back in 1985, Marty discovers that his family's lives have turned out very differently due to George standing up to Biff. They are more confident, richer, and Marty now has his own Toyota truck.

Back to the Future Part II

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Marty, aged 47, in 2015

In the second film, Marty and Doc head to 2015 to save Marty's future son, Marty Jr, from going to prison. Marty pretends to be Marty Jr in order to stand up to Griff Tannen, grandson of Biff. In this film we are introduced to Marty's "chicken" problem - whenever someone calls him a chicken, he gets offended and feels he has to prove he is not a chicken.

We discover a bit about Marty's life after 1985. In 1985, the day after he arrived back from 1955, Marty was involved in a car accident after auto racing a classmate, Needles the punk, on a "chicken" dare. Marty broke his hand and was sued by the driver of the Rolls-Royce he crashed into. He had to give up a career in music and spent many years feeling sorry for himself. He married Jennifer Parker in the 1990s in the Chapel O' Love, and his parents were the only witnesses. The couple had 2 kids - Marlene; and Marty Jr (born 1998). By 2015, Marty and Jennifer are living in Hilldale, an estate that has seen better days. They are having marriage difficulties, and Marty is stuck in a dead end job at Fujitsu Enterprises, where his supervisor is his former classmate Needles (he later gets fired after being pressured by Needles to participate in an illegal scam). The 1985 version of Marty, visiting 2015, does not find out any of this however.

Doc and Marty head back to 1985, only to find that Biff Tannen, in 2015, had stolen the time machine and gone back to 1955 with a sports almanac, which he'd given to his younger self. As a result, Biff knew all the sports results and after placing bets became a millionaire. Marty discovers that his father is dead and that Biff is now his stepfather, and that he had been attending a boarding school in Switzerland. Marty had apparently attended other boarding schools in the past. Marty and Doc head back to 1955 to put history back on track, whilst avoiding their younger selves from the first film. Mission accomplished, Doc is then accidentally sent back to 1885.....

Back to the Future Part III

Marty tracks down the 1955 Doc Brown and they find the DeLorean buried in a mine. After the DeLorean is fixed, Marty heads back to 1885 to find Doc and bring him home. Marty, now using the name "Clint Eastwood" finds Doc, but the time machine once again needs repairing. When Doc starts romancing Clara Clayton, Marty gets jealous of his friend's companion and tries distracting Doc from Clara so he can fix the time machine and they can go home.

Once again he encounters a Tannen, this time it is Biff's great grandfather Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen. Buford calls Marty a chicken and Marty ends up facing Buford in a dual. His great great grandfather Seamus tells Marty the story of his brother, also named Martin, who was stabbed whilst trying to prove he wasn't yellow. Marty manages to overcome his chicken fear and tells Buford that he doesn't care what anyone thinks about him.

Marty manages to get back to the future and finds out that everything is back to normal. He picks up Jennifer and they go out in his truck. At an intersection, they meet Needles who challenges them to a race, Jennifer realizes that this is the car accident that ruins Marty's life and encourages him to say "no". Marty stands up to Needles and refuses to race, and the car accident is avoided. Marty and Jennifer's future changes to a better, unknown future.

Back to the Future: The Animated Series

Although the animated series is not considered canon by many Back to the Future fans, it does reveal that Marty and Jennifer end up in Hill Valley College after graduating from the high school. In the series, Marty is not as smart as he is in the films, and spends a lot of time in the Brown house where Doc, Clara and their sons now live. He accompanies the family on many of their time travel adventures.


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