History Headscratchers / ScoobyDoo

27th Oct '17 5:52:24 PM Actua11y
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*** Also, how many Ghosts/Fish Monsters/Yeti go around ''shooting people?'' If their idea is to scare them away, that implies these people are Main/{{Harmless Villain}}s who don't have it in them to kill. Who knows? Perhaps those who "do" try to kill only make it seem so in order to amp up the scares. Then again, they might have to go for a kill that is "natural" to the monster they're impersonating to keep their cover.

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*** Also, how many Ghosts/Fish Monsters/Yeti go around ''shooting people?'' If their idea is to scare them away, that implies these people are Main/{{Harmless {{Harmless Villain}}s who don't have it in them to kill. Who knows? Perhaps those who "do" try to kill only make it seem so in order to amp up the scares. Then again, they might have to go for a kill that is "natural" to the monster they're impersonating to keep their cover.



** Its [[Main/LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''What's New Scooby Doo?'' and ''A Pup Named Scooby Doo''

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** Its [[Main/LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''What's New Scooby Doo?'' and ''A Pup Named Scooby Doo''



** Main/PoweredArmour
** Or an Main/UnreliableNarrator

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** Main/PoweredArmour
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** Or an Main/UnreliableNarratorUnreliableNarrator.



** Also from that episode: How can a ride "look" sabotaged? The ghost cut the string on a parasail, FFS! They're riding a giant glider that's suddenly become attached to nothing! There is no possible way that the ghost could've known exactly where the thing would land, and therefore [[spoiler: she should NOT have been cleared of reckless endangerment.]]
** That bothered me a lot too. Oh well, at least [[spoiler: the culprit's mom will punish her severely.]]

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** Also from that episode: How can a ride "look" sabotaged? The ghost cut the string on a parasail, FFS! They're riding a giant glider that's suddenly become attached to nothing! There is no possible way that the ghost could've known exactly where the thing would land, and therefore [[spoiler: she should NOT have been cleared of reckless endangerment.]]
endangerment]].
** That bothered me a lot too. Oh well, at least [[spoiler: the culprit's mom will punish her severely.]]severely]].
27th Oct '17 5:35:31 PM Actua11y
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** Yeah, but by the time they started getting Main/GenreSavvy about that, the monsters started becoming real.

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** Yeah, but by the time they started getting Main/GenreSavvy GenreSavvy about that, the monsters started becoming real.



** Because it's a kids show and that is violent. Plus they never know that they aren't real ghosts, they don't become genre savvy until the monsters start becoming real.

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** Because it's a kids show and that is violent. Plus they never know that they aren't real ghosts, they don't become genre savvy GenreSavvy until the monsters start becoming real.



** Its lampshaded in ''What's New Scooby Doo?'' and ''A Pup Named Scooby Doo''

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** Its lampshaded [[Main/LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''What's New Scooby Doo?'' and ''A Pup Named Scooby Doo''



*** The Meddling Kids line has been lampshaded by Fred on at least a few occasions (With me half remembering him remarking that he's in his early twenties? 24? It was a long time ago.) So they may or may not be de-aged. Then again, they really never gave them a precise age to begin with...

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*** The Meddling Kids line has been lampshaded [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Fred on at least a few occasions (With me half remembering him remarking that he's in his early twenties? 24? It was a long time ago.) So they may or may not be de-aged. Then again, they really never gave them a precise age to begin with...
27th Oct '17 5:16:37 PM Actua11y
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** In the classic series "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" (the original Scooby Doo series) Fred, Velma, and Daphne did not believe in ghosts and monsters. Shaggy and Scooby apparently did--not so strange because there are a lot of people today who believe in ghosts and monsters (I think more than half of Americans believe in ghosts), despite how much evidence to the contrary there is. But it seems to me to make even MORE sense to run from a criminal wearing a mask than it would to run from a ghost. (Note that in the original series there were no ghosts and monsters, it was always a hoax. I always think that the later adaptations in which the ghosts and monsters turn out to be real have really deviated from the rules of the original Scooby Dooniverse.)
*** Just what "evidence to the contary" is there to show ghosts dont exist? You might be able to prove that a particular incident thought to be a ghost, wasnt, but how do you prove that ghosts, as a concept, arent real?

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** In the classic series "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" (the original Scooby Doo series) Fred, Velma, and Daphne did not believe in ghosts and monsters. Shaggy and Scooby apparently did--not so strange because there are a lot of people today who believe in ghosts and monsters (I think more than half (Approximately 45% of Americans believe in ghosts), despite how much evidence to the contrary there is. But it seems to me to make even MORE sense to run from a criminal wearing a mask than it would to run from a ghost. (Note that in the original series there were no ghosts and monsters, it was always a hoax. I always think that the later adaptations in which the ghosts and monsters turn out to be real have really deviated from the rules of the original Scooby Dooniverse.)
*** Just what "evidence to the contary" contrary" is there to show ghosts dont don't exist? You might be able to prove that a particular incident thought to be a ghost, wasnt, wasn't, but how do you prove that ghosts, as a concept, arent aren't real?



** As far I remember, in every episode of classic series there was at last one scene when Scooby and Shaggy encountered REAL ghost, but they had never noticed it. Once they even found magic book, didn't believe in it and casted spell that turned them into demons and they were laughing how spell was silly. Then they had casted spell that turned them normal before they saw themselves.

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** As far I remember, in every episode of classic series there was at last one scene when Scooby and Shaggy encountered a REAL ghost, but they had never noticed it. Once they even found a magic book, didn't believe in it and casted a spell that turned them into demons and they were laughing about how the spell was silly. Then they had casted the spell that turned them normal before they saw themselves.



** Because it's a kids show and that is violent. Plus they never know that they aren't real ghosts, they don't become genre savy until the monsters start becoming real.

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** Because it's a kids show and that is violent. Plus they never know that they aren't real ghosts, they don't become genre savy savvy until the monsters start becoming real.



** Because half the time(which we aren't shown) the monsters are real,and the gang are part of an AncientConspiracy to cover up the supernatural
** The rule seems to be that they're always (or almost always) real in the movies, and people in costumes in the show. I say let Scrappy beat them up and get it over with. Him and Velma were always the only two GenreSavvy ones in the series, anyways. (Spend 30 years watching a guy and his dog repeatedly running from the same guy in an obviously fake monster costume, you start rooting for Scrappy's approach quite a bit.)

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** Because half the time(which we aren't shown) the monsters are real,and real, and the gang are part of an AncientConspiracy to cover up the supernatural
** The rule seems to be that they're always (or almost always) real in the movies, and people in costumes in the show. I say let Scrappy beat them up and get it over with. Him He and Velma were always the only two GenreSavvy ones in the series, anyways. (Spend 30 years watching a guy and his dog repeatedly running from the same guy in an obviously fake monster costume, you start rooting for Scrappy's approach quite a bit.)



** Well, look at it this way; the First Show was in the 1970's, news back then didn't travel fast enough, and things like "Teens Unmask Monster" Would be local news things, not world-wide phenomena. Sure, after like the 8th one the Mystery Inc kids would get national attention, but let's just say they never do. It's also never explained how far they travel in the First Series, but by the looks of it they go all across the United States and maybe even to parts of Canada and Mexico, far enough that the news can't spread quickly. The same can be said for all the Scooby Doo Series until ''What's New Scooby Doo?'', at which point the Internet starts becoming popular. But by then, Mystery Inc. has started traveling across the world, and many people in the countries they do travel to probably didn't have regular internet Connections at that Time (This was the Early 2000's, after all). They also seem to arrive literally the day during or after the crime is to take place; the perpetrators could know about them, but they probably assume that Mystery Inc is far away in India or somewhere where they can get away with it before Mystery Inc can arrive. In ''Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc'', all the crimes are localized in a city that: 1) Already loves the spotlight of ghosts and the paranormal, 2) Has a lot more people who are kind of just wanting for their to be ghosts, and 3) is destined to be destroyed anyways, so they might as well take advantage of the situation. Plus a lot of the Criminals in the latest series are smart, robot building people, who probably think they can outsmart Mystery Inc. And that is your Explanation. -DingoWalley

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** Well, look at it this way; the First Show was in the 1970's, news back then didn't travel fast enough, and things like "Teens Unmask Monster" Would be local news things, not world-wide phenomena. Sure, after like the 8th one the Mystery Inc kids would get national attention, but let's just say they never do. It's also never explained how far they travel in the First Series, but by the looks of it they go all across the United States and maybe even to parts of Canada and Mexico, far enough that the news can't spread quickly. The same can be said for all the Scooby Doo Series until ''What's New Scooby Doo?'', at which point the Internet starts becoming popular. But by then, Mystery Inc. has started traveling across the world, and many people in the countries they do travel to probably didn't have regular internet Connections at that Time (This was the Early 2000's, after all). They also seem to arrive literally the day during or after the crime is to take place; the perpetrators could know about them, but they probably assume that Mystery Inc is far away in India or somewhere where they can get away with it before Mystery Inc can arrive. In ''Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc'', all the crimes are localized in a city that: 1) Already loves the spotlight of ghosts and the paranormal, 2) Has a lot more people who are kind of just wanting for their to be ghosts, and 3) is destined to be destroyed anyways, anyway, so they might as well take advantage of the situation. Plus a lot of the Criminals in the latest series are smart, robot building people, who probably think they can outsmart Mystery Inc. And that is your Explanation. -DingoWalley



** They're descended from Rex the Wonder Dog, who is, in turn descended from the dog in ''Wuthering Heights'', who was present at the Wold Newton Meteor strike, thereby imbuing the lineage with extraordinary qualities. See [[http://www.pjfarmer.com/secret/hyde/mysteryinc.htm here]] for further details. (See what happens when you ask silly questions? You get silly answers.)

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** They're descended from Rex the Wonder Dog, who is, in turn turn, descended from the dog in ''Wuthering Heights'', who was present at the Wold Newton Meteor strike, thereby imbuing the lineage with extraordinary qualities. See [[http://www.pjfarmer.com/secret/hyde/mysteryinc.htm here]] for further details. (See what happens when you ask silly questions? You get silly answers.)



* Why didn't Mystery Inc. just let Scrappy fight the ghost and let him get his ass handed to him? It'd get him to shut up, that's fer sure.

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* Why didn't Mystery Inc. just let Scrappy fight the ghost and let him get his ass handed to him? It'd get him to shut up, that's fer for sure.



** The second explanation makes more sense than the first one. Certainly I would party harder if Scrappy's corpse were in the vicinity. Alternately, since he's Scooby's nephew (or something) Scooby probably didn't want to deal with his mother//father.

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** The second explanation makes more sense than the first one. Certainly Certainly, I would party harder if Scrappy's corpse were in the vicinity. Alternately, since he's Scooby's nephew (or something) Scooby probably didn't want to deal with his mother//father.



*** Incorrect, that part was from a bumper on Cartoon Network. The first time in the show it's directly mentioned of Daphne's wealth is from The New Scooby and Scrappy Show. However you could have assumed this from the first series. The first Daphne relative they meet is a famous movie director.

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*** Incorrect, that part was from a bumper on Cartoon Network. The first time in the show it's directly mentioned of Daphne's wealth is from The New Scooby and Scrappy Show. However However, you could have assumed this from the first series. The first Daphne relative they meet is a famous movie director.



** There were a couple episodes where they got jobs. I can totally remember one episode where they got a job on a building site, and Scooby got to help Shaggy screw in these red hot bolts into these girders at like twenty stories up. Apparently safety wasn't all that important.

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** There were a couple episodes where they got jobs. I can totally remember one episode where they got a job on a building site, and Scooby got to help Shaggy screw in these red hot bolts into these girders at like twenty stories up. Apparently Apparently, safety wasn't all that important.



*** More incorrect info here, in the show proper they don't get other careers into the 80s, when Fred, Daphne and Velma leave, a lot of the shorts involve Scooby/Shaggy/Scrappy doing odd jobs until the third season where they work for Shaggy's Uncle Fearless. The next season it is revealed Daphne had left to start a reporter career, and now Shaggy and the dogs joined her. In the series after that when Fred and Velma guest appeared it had been revealed Fred had become a mystery writer and Velma an intern with NASA. The next time they would all appear as adults is Zombie Island, with Shaggy and Scooby as airport security (probably yet another odd job), Daphne graduating from newpaper reporter to tv reporter, Fred graduating from writing books to producing Daphne's show, and Velma now owning a book store.
** In the original series it was only implied Daphne was from a rich family. The first relative we meet of her's is a famous director. However over the years of constantly adding new relatives and plot devices it seems pretty clear all five gang members (even Scooby) probably are all pretty much set for life in terms of money

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*** More incorrect info here, in the show proper they don't get other careers into the 80s, when Fred, Daphne and Velma leave, a lot of the shorts involve Scooby/Shaggy/Scrappy doing odd jobs until the third season where they work for Shaggy's Uncle Fearless. The next season it is revealed Daphne had left to start a reporter career, and now Shaggy and the dogs joined her. In the series after that when Fred and Velma guest appeared it had been revealed Fred had become a mystery writer and Velma an intern with NASA. The next time they would all appear as adults is Zombie Island, with Shaggy and Scooby as airport security (probably yet another odd job), Daphne graduating from newpaper newspaper reporter to tv reporter, Fred graduating from writing books to producing Daphne's show, and Velma now owning a book store.
** In the original series it was only implied Daphne was from a rich family. The first relative we meet of her's is a famous director. However However, over the years of constantly adding new relatives and plot devices devices, it seems pretty clear all five gang members (even Scooby) are all probably are all pretty much set for life in terms of money



** Because the villains are idiots and because that would be "too violent" for a kids show.
** Because theres a big mental lead between land developement scamming and cold-blooded murder?
*** Land Development scamming = Business man. Business man to cold-blooded murderer is less jumping to conclusions and more taking a step an the conclusion being there.
*** Uh... No it's not? That's still a HUGE leap between trying to get rich quick and trying to murder someone. You could make the same argument for Shaggy by saying "Eats a lot = Hungry guy, Hungry guy to cold-cold blooded cannibal is less jumping to conclusions and more taking a step ect."



*** The real reason was Scooby ws created in 1969 in the wake of a MoralGuardian victory over violence in cartoons (see ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' with its exploding cars for a good example). Scooby was intetionally created to be an exciting, yet non violent, cartoon.

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*** The real reason was Scooby ws was created in 1969 in the wake of a MoralGuardian victory over violence in cartoons (see ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' with its exploding cars for a good example). Scooby was intetionally intentionally created to be an exciting, yet non violent, nonviolent, cartoon.



*** Because they are clones,sent by the conspiracy,to deal with supernatural threats.Note:Original Mystery Machine had CIA grade surveillence equipment in the back.

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*** Because they are clones,sent clones, sent by the conspiracy,to conspiracy, to deal with supernatural threats.Note:Original Mystery Machine had CIA grade surveillence surveillance equipment in the back.



** They're not necessarily druggies. Remember, they live in a cartoon, where talking dogs are actually normal. Shaggy has long hair because he was created in the 70's, that was the style then. And many teenage boys eat a lot anyways, regardless of whether or not they smoke pot. With that being said, there's two officially licensed Scooby Snacks products out there. One is dog treats, the other is cookies for humans.

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** They're not necessarily druggies. Remember, they live in a cartoon, where talking dogs are actually normal. Shaggy has long hair because he was created in the 70's, that was the style then. And many teenage boys eat a lot anyways, anyway, regardless of whether or not they smoke pot. With that being said, there's there are two officially licensed Scooby Snacks products out there. One is dog treats, the other is cookies for humans.



* Right. In one episode Velma explains that she worked out who the culprit was because the 'ghost' had been supposedly sabotaging amusement park rides, but the rides turned out to actually be safe - they were just altered to ''look'' sabotaged. And apparently this means that this one person has to be guilty. My problem with this is that Velma is essentially implying that if any of the other suspects wanted to look like they were sabotaging something, they'd ''actually sabotage it''. So she thinks that every suspect who turned out to be innocent is a sociopath, basically. And ''no-one takes offense at this''.

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* Right. In one episode Velma explains that she worked out who the culprit was because the 'ghost' had been supposedly sabotaging amusement park rides, but the rides turned out to actually be safe - they were just altered to ''look'' sabotaged. And apparently apparently, this means that this one person has to be guilty. My problem with this is that Velma is essentially implying that if any of the other suspects wanted to look like they were sabotaging something, they'd ''actually sabotage it''. So she thinks that every suspect who turned out to be innocent is a sociopath, basically. And ''no-one takes offense at this''.



** I thought the reason she thought that was because she was the only person in the park who COULD sabotage the rides to still be safe since she was the person who designed all of the safety precautions for the ride. It's not that the other suspects wanted to kill people, but that they didn't know how not to. But the explanation did bother me too. There was no way [[spoiler: Freddy, Daphne, and Velma were not in any danger falling down toward the spinning blades of death on the sky diving simulator]].

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** I thought the reason she thought that was because she was the only person in the park who COULD sabotage the rides to still be safe since she was the person who designed all of the safety precautions for the ride. It's not that the other suspects wanted to kill people, but that they didn't know how not to. But the explanation did bother me too. There was no way [[spoiler: Freddy, Daphne, and Velma were not in any danger falling down toward the spinning blades of death on the sky diving skydiving simulator]].



* Many times, the inventions/costume used to scare away people from the treasure is worth far, far more then the treasure itself. I'm thinking of that semi-new episode with the animatronic dragon that did loads of stuff, including running. It could massacre a boatload of enemies on the battlefield.

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* Many times, the inventions/costume used to scare away people from the treasure is worth far, far more then than the treasure itself. I'm thinking of that semi-new episode with the animatronic dragon that did loads of stuff, including running. It could massacre a boatload of enemies on the battlefield.



** I remember another episode where the bad guy had a whole army of little robot tiki guys. Even assuming that he didnt want sell them to the military, there are other people to sell to. Or at least other places to find work with that kind of intelligence and engineering skill.

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** I remember another episode where the bad guy had a whole army of little robot tiki guys. Even assuming that he didnt didn't want to sell them to the military, there are other people to sell to. Or at least other places to find work with that kind of intelligence and engineering skill.



* How come that Fred, Daphne and Velma are outright impolite or even rude with Shaggy and Scooby, and the formers never complain? Every time they try to avoid a most probable danger or discuss the planning of a trap, are usually snapped back with a "No, and now do it!". Are willing slaves?

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* How come that Fred, Daphne Daphne, and Velma are outright impolite or even rude with Shaggy and Scooby, and the formers never complain? Every time they try to avoid a most probable danger or discuss the planning of a trap, are usually snapped back with a "No, and now do it!". Are willing slaves?



** The studio always had a sometimes they care and sometimes they don't attitude on any such thing. But if we as a fandom want to think out an answer, the only way to have all the shows work for all reasons such as this, would be faulty timeline. Aka all the time travel and supernatural shenanigans have screwed up the timeline and many things can change from episode to episode. This explanation would let you handwave most of the problems. However it does leave Mystery Incorporated out in the cold, as that show needs a ContinuityReboot to actually work, which wouldn't work in a faulty time line. But it's best to consider that show solo anyway. Luckily in the Scooby section of the library most of the issues really might as well just be the ages, it's not a hard stretch for most of the things that could have happened between series.

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** The studio always had a sometimes they care and sometimes they don't attitude on any such thing. But if we as a fandom want to think out an answer, the only way to have all the shows work for all reasons such as this, this would be a faulty timeline. Aka all the time travel and supernatural shenanigans have screwed up the timeline and many things can change from episode to episode. This explanation would let you handwave most of the problems. However However, it does leave Mystery Incorporated out in the cold, as that show needs a ContinuityReboot to actually work, which wouldn't work in a faulty time line. But it's best to consider that show solo anyway. Luckily in the Scooby section of the library library, most of the issues really might as well just be the ages, it's not a hard stretch for most of the things that could have happened between series.



*** Rebranded vanilla waifers. Seriously. I saw them on the store shelves.. :)
*** Well its been referred to many times that Scooby was indeed named AFTER the snacks he loves so much...

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*** Rebranded vanilla waifers.wafers. Seriously. I saw them on the store shelves.. :)
*** Well its it's been referred to many times that Scooby was indeed named AFTER the snacks he loves so much...



* Where is Ruby Doo, anyway? We see her in a flashback when she gives birth to Scrappy, and then never again. It's a shame, because I find the idea of Scrappy being a total mama's boy in private...actually kind of, dare I say, sweet.

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* Where is Ruby Doo, anyway? We see her in a flashback when she gives birth to Scrappy, and then never again. It's a shame, shame because I find the idea of Scrappy being a total mama's boy in private...actually kind of, dare I say, sweet.



** Maybe Scrappy being in the box was him secretly running away to hang with his Uncle? If you were Ruby Doo would you want your kid hanging out with your brother that seems to get chased by some crazy monster every where he goes?

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** Maybe Scrappy being in the box was him secretly running away to hang with his Uncle? If you were Ruby Doo would you want your kid hanging out with your brother that seems to get chased by some crazy monster every where everywhere he goes?



** This is discussed in the video game ''Mystery Mayhem'' (2004). Shaggy and Scooby (once again) refuse to participate in capturing a villain. When Fred asks why they would still be frightened if they ''knew'' that whatever monster it would be was just a bad guy in a mask, Shaggy retorts that it's just that: Someone who willingly dresses up in a costume to scare people [[MalevolentMaskedMen is not a person you want to be around]]. Besides, there have been some villains that were people dressed as monsters that have actually attempted to murder or critically maim the gang in order to keep their schemes safe (The Snow Ghost, Mr. Hyde, the Ghost of the Red Baron,among others). This gives Shaggy and Scooby a reason for their LovableCoward moments, because there's an element of real danger despite the ghosts being fake.

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** This is discussed in the video game ''Mystery Mayhem'' (2004). Shaggy and Scooby (once again) refuse to participate in capturing a villain. When Fred asks why they would still be frightened if they ''knew'' that whatever monster it would be was just a bad guy in a mask, Shaggy retorts that it's just that: Someone who willingly dresses up in a costume to scare people [[MalevolentMaskedMen is not a person you want to be around]]. Besides, there have been some villains that were people dressed as monsters that have actually attempted to murder or critically maim the gang in order to keep their schemes safe (The Snow Ghost, Mr. Hyde, the Ghost of the Red Baron,among Baron, among others). This gives Shaggy and Scooby a reason for their LovableCoward moments, moments because there's an element of real danger despite the ghosts being fake.



* Scooby is eight - seven years old, right? He shows no signs of old age or even being older then the dog equivalent of twenty five. He's a Great Dane, which have short life expectancies, plus he's unhealthy which adds to that.

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* Scooby is eight - seven years old, right? He shows no signs of old age or even being older then than the dog equivalent of twenty five. He's a Great Dane, which have short life expectancies, plus he's unhealthy which adds to that.



*** Scooby was purpusefully designed as a Great Dane with the exact opposite of all the traditionally desirable physical traits of the breed -- Scooby's so far away from the ideal Great Dane as it's possible to get with his large chin, his bow legs and his color (Great Danes don't actually come in that color). However, he doesn't seem to have any of the health problems normally associated with Great Danes either; Great Danes are a fragile breed but Scooby has an iron health and constitution. So Scooby and his family might simply be mutations of the breed, which may not have the traits to win prizes at dog shows but to make up for it have ''excellent'' health.

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*** Scooby was purpusefully purposefully designed as a Great Dane with the exact opposite of all the traditionally desirable physical traits of the breed -- Scooby's so far away from the ideal Great Dane as it's possible to get with his large chin, his bow legs and his color (Great Danes don't actually come in that color). However, he doesn't seem to have any of the health problems normally associated with Great Danes either; Great Danes are a fragile breed but Scooby has an iron health and constitution. So Scooby and his family might simply be mutations of the breed, which may not have the traits to win prizes at dog shows but to make up for it have ''excellent'' health.



** Interestingly enough most of the HB meddling kids are all supposed to have been high school teens, yet to be fair i would have pegged them all for early 20s college age. But then i wasn't alive in the 60s and 70s, is this more a generational gap between both the old bad guys in world and the younger set in real life?

* Much of the time the monster turns out to be a trespasser who's protecting the mansion's hidden treasure, but every so often, it's the owner of the house, or a direct relative that the owner is close to. But even when the suspect ''owns the property'' and makes no attempt to harm the Gang (outside of a little scare), they ''still'' get arrested by the sheriff. Uh... why? And for that matter, why is the gang never arrested for trespassing, too?
** That's not entirely true. There was the Headless Ghost episode in which the owner is trying to find something hidden on his property. After he's unmasked, the gang offer to help him, and find another person with an ax who is also trying to find said treasure. He's arrested for trespassing, but doesn't press charges on the gang cause they're helping him. It's been a while, but I'm fairly certain this is still true for other episodes in the original series where someone explicitly asked them to come or thanked them for their efforts.

* The Doo family were somewhat talking dogs. So why was the existance [[ArbitrarySkepticism of monsters so far-fetched?.]]

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** Interestingly enough most of the HB meddling kids are all supposed to have been high school teens, yet to be fair i fair, I would have pegged them all for early 20s college age. But then i I wasn't alive in the 60s and 70s, is this more a generational gap between both the old bad guys in world and the younger set in real life?

* Much of the time the monster turns out to be a trespasser who's protecting the mansion's hidden treasure, but every so often, it's the owner of the house, house or a direct relative that the owner is close to. But even when the suspect ''owns the property'' and makes no attempt to harm the Gang (outside of a little scare), they ''still'' get arrested by the sheriff. Uh... why? And for that matter, why is the gang never arrested for trespassing, too?
** That's not entirely true. There was the Headless Ghost episode in which the owner is trying to find something hidden on his property. After he's unmasked, the gang offer to help him, him and find another person with an ax who is also trying to find said treasure. He's arrested for trespassing, but doesn't press charges on the gang cause they're helping him. It's been a while, but I'm fairly certain this is still true for other episodes in the original series where someone explicitly asked them to come or thanked them for their efforts.

* The Doo family were somewhat talking dogs. So why was the existance existence [[ArbitrarySkepticism of monsters so far-fetched?.]]



* Why do no authorities in the country start getting suspicious about Mystery Inc.? They show up at just the right time to solve what is, on the face of it, an utterly ridiculous crime. And other than the (clearly deranged) villain's confession, the only evidence presented to the police is what the gang have found out. "That's right officer, this man has dressed up as a witch and his accomplice as a zombie and they go around a swamp using a pontoon to try and find an old sunken armoured car that they robbed years ago. Also they have an incredibly elaborate system of wires and smoke bombs that allows them to convince anyone nearby that they are, in fact, a real witch and a zombie." and the police go "Yup, that sounds legit" and haul the villains away and the gang just drive off. What the ''hell'', cops?

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* Why do no authorities in the country start getting suspicious about Mystery Inc.? They show up at just the right time to solve what is, on the face of it, an utterly ridiculous crime. And other than the (clearly deranged) villain's confession, the only evidence presented to the police is what the gang have found out. "That's right officer, this man has dressed up as a witch and his accomplice as a zombie and they go around a swamp using a pontoon to try and find an old sunken armoured armored car that they robbed years ago. Also Also, they have an incredibly elaborate system of wires and smoke bombs that allows them to convince anyone nearby that they are, in fact, a real witch and a zombie." and the police go "Yup, that sounds legit" and haul the villains away and the gang just drive off. What the ''hell'', cops?



*** All that being said, the cops would never allow the Mystery Inc. gang to just drive off like that. They'd ALL have to come down to the station and give their sworn statements as to what happened, otherwise the bad guy could easily have his "Meddling kids!" confession suppressed because he wasn't read his rights when he said it. And without that confession he could easily walk. Come to think of it, [[FridgeBrilliance could this be why bad guys keep trying these zany schemes?]] Every time the bad guy is unmasked the Scooby Gang immediately flee the jurisdiction and the villain gets off scot free.
** While there's not much "dress up as fake ghost" crime in the real life, we should also make note their real life equivalents, the private investigator often does run afoul with official police. Needless to say about paranormal investigators who like pi's sometimes do legally trespass and get into trouble over it. Minding of course either actually have some evidence to some more serious crime to offer. Most real life police wouldn't be as happy and accepting to a real life Scooby-gang, and is also a reason while many a detective fiction have some kind of official police foil for their detective to play off.

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*** All that being said, the cops would never allow the Mystery Inc. gang to just drive off like that. They'd ALL have to come down to the station and give their sworn statements as to what happened, otherwise the bad guy could easily have his "Meddling kids!" confession suppressed because he wasn't read his rights when he said it. And without that confession confession, he could easily walk. Come to think of it, [[FridgeBrilliance could this be why bad guys keep trying these zany schemes?]] Every time the bad guy is unmasked the Scooby Gang immediately flee the jurisdiction and the villain gets off scot free.
** While there's not much "dress up as fake ghost" crime in the real life, we should also make note their real life equivalents, the private investigator often does run afoul with official police. Needless to say about paranormal investigators who like pi's sometimes do legally trespass and get into trouble over it. Minding of course either actually have some evidence to some more serious crime to offer. Most real life police wouldn't be as happy and accepting to of a real life Scooby-gang, and is also a reason while many a detective fiction have some kind of official police foil for their detective to play off.



*** Fred didn't have a real personality yet. However if he had his goofball persona, Flim Flam probably wouldn't have been created, and Freddy and Scrappy could have been the second comic team.

* In the episode "Bedlam in the Big Top", there are two things that have always made me scratch my head: 1st, when the hypnotist put himself in a trance, how was he lucid enough to give himself a hypnotic command and 2nd, assuming it's possible for him to be both hypnotized and lucid enough to issue a command at the same time, why would he continue going through with the command? Shouldn't a villain smart enough to pull off a plan like this also be smart of not to issue a hypnotic command that he knows will affect him?

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*** Fred didn't have a real personality yet. However However, if he had his goofball persona, Flim Flam probably wouldn't have been created, and Freddy and Scrappy could have been the second comic team.

* In the episode "Bedlam in the Big Top", there are two things that have always made me scratch my head: 1st, when the hypnotist put himself in a trance, how was he lucid enough to give himself a hypnotic command and 2nd, assuming it's possible for him to be both hypnotized and lucid enough to issue a command at the same time, why would he continue going through with the command? Shouldn't a villain smart enough to pull off a plan like this also be smart of enough not to issue a hypnotic command that he knows will affect him?



* Why is it only the Scooby Gang is able to do anything about the ghosts and monsters? Frequently there's large groups of people that end up being scared away by the villian's scary act all the time, and instead of investigating the monsters themselves they all just run away until there's only a 2 or 3 people left at the most by the start of the episode, this even extends to entire towns filled with hundreds of people sometimes. It isn't until the Scooby Gang shows up and catches the guy that anything gets resolved.

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* Why is it only the Scooby Gang is able to do anything about the ghosts and monsters? Frequently there's there are large groups of people that end up being scared away by the villian's scary act all the time, and instead of investigating the monsters themselves they all just run away until there's there are only a 2 at most two or 3 three people left at the most by the start of the episode, this even extends to entire towns filled with hundreds of people sometimes. It isn't until the Scooby Gang shows up and catches the guy that anything gets resolved.



** Technically neither of those things originated in that series. So not really. However remember this is Hanna Barbera. Continuity wasn't always that important. But beware the times they pull a MythologyGag it may just hit you like a load of bricks.

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** Technically neither of those things originated in that series. So not really. However However, remember this is Hanna Barbera. Continuity wasn't always that important. But beware the times they pull a MythologyGag it may just hit you like a load of bricks.



* This troper has to ask, about the film. He could take the nonsensical plot and the bad jokes. But what this troper has to ask is annoys him more than that. When the Gang breaks up, it's understandable why Velma, Daphne and Fred hate each other. Fred takes credit for Velma's plans, Daphne hates being reminded of her constant DamselInDistress and Fred....he's Fred let's leave it at that. However did they have to take it out on Shaggy and Scooby? So far not one of the three have any thing bad to say about them, even their clumsiness and cowardliness are overlooked. But they pretty much have been the only nice guys on the movie and have tried time and again to keep them together. And when TheStoner and a dog are [[OnlySaneMan The only sane men,]] that could be a problem.

* How come the "monsters" in the newer movies are more dangerous and over the top than the ones in the 1960s. They come off as comic book super villains than greedy old men in costumes.

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* This troper has to ask, about the film. He could take the nonsensical plot and the bad jokes. But what this troper has to ask is annoys him more than that. When the Gang breaks up, it's understandable why Velma, Daphne Daphne, and Fred hate each other. Fred takes credit for Velma's plans, Daphne hates being reminded of her constant DamselInDistress and Fred....he's Fred let's leave it at that. However However, did they have to take it out on Shaggy and Scooby? So far not one of the three have any thing anything bad to say about them, even their clumsiness and cowardliness are overlooked. But they pretty much have been the only nice guys on the movie and have tried time and again to keep them together. And when TheStoner and a dog are [[OnlySaneMan The only sane men,]] that could be a problem.

* How come the "monsters" in the newer movies are more dangerous and over the top than the ones in the 1960s. They come off as comic book super villains supervillains than greedy old men in costumes.



** In the 1960s, it isn't illegal. In the present day, depends on the state. However it is one of those things than even though it is technically unlawful, most cops have got better things to do than enforce. They'd probably fly under the radar in most places.

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** In the 1960s, it isn't illegal. In the present day, depends on the state. However However, it is one of those things than that even though it is technically unlawful, most cops have got better things to do than enforce. They'd probably fly under the radar in most places.



** That's actually a misconception from some of the earliest episodes. As far as seasons with the five original gang members, Fred and Daphne aren't alone together that often. By sheer numbers Velma goes with them more often than she goes with Scooby and Shaggy.

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** That's actually a misconception from some of the earliest episodes. As far as seasons with the five original gang members, Fred and Daphne aren't alone together that often. By sheer numbers numbers, Velma goes with them more often than she goes with Scooby and Shaggy.



* How come they never mention the idea of the monster being fake until the end of the episode, when they've caught the monster and it's time to pull the mask off? When Velma pulls the mask off, she usually says "Now let's see who's really behind this," or something like that. So she's acting on the assumption that it's obviously just a person in a suit. But before that moment, they never say a word about the monster being fake, and basically just act like they're dealing with the real thing. They never ever say things like "Hm, the monster is sure to be a person in a suit. I wonder who! Let's catch it and find out." Why is mentioning the fact that monsters are fake such a taboo?

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* How come they never mention the idea of the monster being fake until the end of the episode, episode when they've caught the monster and it's time to pull the mask off? When Velma pulls the mask off, she usually says "Now let's see who's really behind this," or something like that. So she's acting on the assumption that it's obviously just a person in a suit. But before that moment, they never say a word about the monster being fake, and basically just act like they're dealing with the real thing. They never ever say things like "Hm, the monster is sure to be a person in a suit. I wonder who! Let's catch it and find out." Why is mentioning the fact that monsters are fake such a taboo?



** Because even after multiple unmasks that isn't exactly a reason to think this one can't be the outlier? By later series they get a little more skeptical on certain cases but the series has shown real entities are also out there at times so to not really rule it out entirely.

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** Because even after multiple unmasks that isn't exactly a reason to think this one can't be the outlier? By later series series, they get a little more skeptical on certain cases but the series has shown real entities are also out there at times so to not really rule it out entirely.



** While due to the fast and loose continuity it's not consistent, but multiple episodes and movies since the 1980s have done this. Where the Scooby gang in itself is clearly a known about entity to whoever they are arriving to help. And as of Frankencreepy there's enough people who hate them for their own social network, to say nothing of people who like them.

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** While due to the fast and loose continuity it's not consistent, but multiple episodes and movies since the 1980s have done this. Where the Scooby gang in itself is clearly a known about entity to whoever they are arriving to help. And as of Frankencreepy there's Frankencreepy, there are enough people who hate them for their own social network, to say nothing of people who like them.



* How are the main characters friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Seems like the only thing that bring them together is solving mysteries. Outside ghost-hunting, their personalities are different. I'll buy Fred and Daphne being friends and lovers, but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby as their close friends?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
** Because people can be friends even if some one else doesn't think it fits their expectations of who they should be hanging out with?

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* How are the main characters friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Seems like the only thing that bring brings them together is solving mysteries. Outside ghost-hunting, their personalities are different. I'll buy Fred and Daphne being friends and lovers, but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby as their close friends?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
** Because people can be friends even if some one someone else doesn't think it fits their expectations of who they should be hanging out with?
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** Even if he's annoying, that doesn't mean they want him dead. Even if he just gets beaten up, they likely wouldn't wish bodily harm on him either.
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** While there's not much "dress up as fake ghost" crime in the real life, we should also make note their real life equivalents, the private investigator often does run afoul with official police. Needless to say about paranormal investigators who like pi's sometimes do legally trespass and get into trouble over it. Minding of course either actually have some evidence to some more serious crime to offer. Most real life police wouldn't be as happy and accepting to a real life Scooby-gang, and is also a reason while many a detective fiction have some kind of official police foil for their detective to play off.




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** Well they are mystery solvers, doesn't mean they only want to solve one type of crime.




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** Depends how skeptical the people in the area are. Some are attracted to it, others aren't. In universe it seems the people who are attracted to it are the YouMeddlingKids or people personally affected by it. Everyone else gets out of dodge when the monster shows up.




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** Because even after multiple unmasks that isn't exactly a reason to think this one can't be the outlier? By later series they get a little more skeptical on certain cases but the series has shown real entities are also out there at times so to not really rule it out entirely.




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** While due to the fast and loose continuity it's not consistent, but multiple episodes and movies since the 1980s have done this. Where the Scooby gang in itself is clearly a known about entity to whoever they are arriving to help. And as of Frankencreepy there's enough people who hate them for their own social network, to say nothing of people who like them.




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** Originally the out of universe likely reason was with Scrappy the gang had six members and they were switching to seven minute shorts. Six characters plus the bad guy and whatever other characters are a lot to move around in seven minutes. So the others took the hike. When they brought the mystery back, Daphne was picked, as she's probably the third-liked character.


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** Because people can be friends even if some one else doesn't think it fits their expectations of who they should be hanging out with?
15th Sep '17 1:58:08 PM SuperMagneto
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* How are the main characters friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Seems like the only thing that bring them together is solving mysteries. Outside ghost-hunting, their personalities are different. Okay, I can buy Fred and Daphne being friends and lovers, but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby as their close friends?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?

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* How are the main characters friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Seems like the only thing that bring them together is solving mysteries. Outside ghost-hunting, their personalities are different. Okay, I can I'll buy Fred and Daphne being friends and lovers, but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby as their close friends?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
15th Sep '17 1:56:18 PM SuperMagneto
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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?

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* How are these guys still the main characters friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out Seems like the only thing that bring them together a lot. Their is solving mysteries. Outside ghost-hunting, their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see buy Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), and lovers, but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Scooby as their close friends?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
15th Sep '17 11:37:53 AM SuperMagneto
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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the chilled cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?

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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the chilled cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
15th Sep '17 11:36:34 AM SuperMagneto
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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?

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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the chilled cool guy, the rich popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
15th Sep '17 11:31:57 AM SuperMagneto
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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the cute popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?

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* How are these guys still friends? No one finds it odd for a preppy guy, a preppy girl, a food-obsessed hippie, and a bookworm to be friends for many years? Outside solving mysteries, they hang out together a lot. Their personalities are way too different. Okay, I can see Fred and Daphne being friends (or lovers), but Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby?! Seriously, could you really see the cool guy, the cute popular girl, and 2 nerds being besties?
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