* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Cracked makes an [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19496_6-classic-kids-shows-secretly-set-in-nightmarish-universes.html interesting argument]] highlighting some FridgeHorror about the ''Scooby Doo'' universe. Namely between the sheer number of abandoned areas and the fact that many of the criminals Mystery Inc., encounter are highly-skilled yet desperate for money, it carries the implication that the economy in the country has completely collapsed
--> '''Preston Xander''': In the 25 episodes of the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You? cartoon, our gang comes across four deserted mansions, two abandoned castles and an empty ski resort, amusement park, ghost town, mine, Hawaiian village, airfield and mill. And of the 27 villains the gang encounters, 23 are motivated by monetary gain via theft, smuggling or land speculation. The Mystery Machine crew isn't running into domestic disputes or drug-related crimes. They are dealing exclusively with people who need money so badly that they voluntarily squat in the basements of abandoned houses for the off-chance of landing a paycheck. And if the villains don't need money, they need work. The remaining four motives? Winning a dog show, getting an acting gig, revenge for getting fired and a hatred of robots. Those who don't need money or work are acting out of a hatred for robots, the quintessential job stealer.\\\
And Scooby-Doo villains are not run-of-the-mill criminals: They all have the uncanny ability to manufacture realistic monster costumes, project full-scale holograms and carve out high-tech hideouts in abandoned mineshafts. Many of them already had impressive vocational skills prior to their criminal lives -- three of the villains were [=PhDs=], two were lawyers, one had the ability to produce near-identical forged paintings, one could repair boats, one was a magician, one was a stuntman and one could hypnotize people.\\\
See that? That's the educational system, art world, maritime engineering and entertainment industries -- all in the toilet. Each of these villains showed creativity, intelligence, diligence and ambition. In our world, they would easily be employed, maybe even famous. But, in the universe of Scooby-Doo, it simply wasn't enough. The Scooby gang ran into a new, desperate genius every single week for decades. Either brilliance is simply run-of-the-mill in their universe, or else the entire economy has collapsed, and what we're witnessing is the death throes of society itself.
** During 2015, it became very popular to interpret the gang from the original 1969 series as being draft-dodgers who were attempting to get to Canada. More on it [[https://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/31n8wi/the_mystery_inc_kids_from_scoobydoo_are/ here.]]
** For some reason a lot of fans seem to think that Shaggy is a ManchurianAgent and that Scooby (as well as the entire Doo family) are the result of illegal government experimentations to make hyper intelligent animal soldiers.
** After the ending of ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Mystery Incorporated]]'', we're lead to believe that [[spoiler:the events of the show are actually a StealthPrequel to ''Where Are You!'', as ''Mystery Incorporated'' ends with the gang going on a road trip to college and being urged to continue their adventures.]]
* AwesomeArt: LimitedAnimation aside, there's no denying the artists of the series didn't go all out with the visuals (especially considering it's Hanna-Barbera!). Especially when it came to their [[http://scoobyfiles.toonzone.net/mysteriesinc/galleries/index.html backgrounds and character designs]].
* BeamMeUpScotty: None of the villains actually say, "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for YouMeddlingKids!" word for word, but a few do paraphrase it.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Similar to the fluctuation of models and layouts in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' depending on the various directors, animation in ''Where Are You!'' never consistently stuck to one specific model per episode, and the variety of Hanna-Barbera's animators drawing styles often showed from scene to scene.
* EarWorm: The theme song. Sing it with us, folks.
** The Creeper is, far and away, the most popular and iconic MonsterOfTheWeek ever to be featured on this show. Notably, he's one of the few characters on the original show outside of the main Mystery Inc. gang to become a well-remembered character in his own right, and was even popular enough that [[DaddysLittleVillain his daughter]] became a featured villain in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' (which aired four decades after the Creeper's only episode).
** And then there's the Space Kook, for his CrazyAwesome design and laugh.
* FirstInstallmentWins: This show seems to get remembered more fondly than those from the 1970s and '80s.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Scooby-Doo facing real monsters is usually an argument for where Scooby stopped working for some fans, but examples of this crept in even to the original series.
** In "Foul Play in Funland", the villain is a real robot gone haywire. The franchise would later feature more.
** At the end "A Night of Fright Is No Delight", a bone on a platter mysteriously floats out to Scooby with no explanation. Again, plenty more real ghosts would later enter the series.
** And while not as concrete, in "That's Snow Ghost", we see via flashback a character dealing with a real yeti. It looks very much like the Snow Ghost, but of course this flashback took place years before the Snow Ghost the gang was currently investigating ever designed a costume.
** The episode where they're trying to stop the MonsterClown. Said clown hypnotizes Shaggy into being a lion tamer. Shaggy is found in there yelling, [[Disney/TheLionKing "Back up there, Simba!"]][[note]]It should maybe be recalled that Simba is one of the two most generic lion names long before ''The Lion King'' was ever made. You think there's a lot of humans named "Joe?". Trying going to a lion zoo exhibit and call "Leo" and "Simba".[[/note]]
** In "Mystery Mask Mix-Up", the chase scene ends when the Mystery Machine [[VideoGame/MarioKart runs over a banana peel and spins out]].
** At the end of "Never Ape an Ape Man", Shaggy says that he and Scooby oughta be in the movies. Even ignoring the animated movies like ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'' or the live-action movies, the gang's next series was ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies''.
* HoYay: From "Jeepers, It's the Creeper": At the school's barn dance, Shaggy is dancing with Velma when Scooby enters and asks Shaggy to let him cut in. To Velma's shock and disappointment, Scooby goes off dancing with Shaggy.
-->'''Velma:''' Well, I've been a wallflower before, but this is ridiculous!
** "Scooby Snacks", Scooby's manner of speech, "You Meddling Kids", and (after the villain is unmasked) "It was Mr. Jameson, the fairground owner!"
** The popular Millennial slang term "creeper" (used to describe someone perceived as threatening or unsavory) may well have originated as a reference to this show's popular MonsterOfTheWeek, the Creeper.
** Has [[Memes/ScoobyDoo its own page.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Some of the things pulled by the villains of various episodes--the Ghost Clown trying to feed Shaggy to a lion; the Snow Ghost trying to saw Velma in half and then sending dynamite after her and Scooby; the ghost of Captain Cutler locking Fred, Daphne, and Velma in an underwater room, etc. Not to mention the kidnappings that were more prevalent. This gives Shaggy and Scooby a reason for their LovableCoward moments, [[ProperlyParanoid because there's an element of real danger despite the ghosts being fake.]]
* NightmareRetardant: The Phantom of Haunted Isle looks like a cheap BedsheetGhost, especially when compared to the other, more threatening-looking villains in the series. [[EvilLaugh His laugh]], on the other hand...
* TearJerker: In "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too", Shaggy is pretty upset when he thinks Scooby's been [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]], as is Scooby when he finds out...."[[NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou Look, Scoob, you've been turned to stone!]]" ''(Both proceed to cry)''