Characters: Scooby-Doo

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Scoobert "Scooby" Doo

Voiced by:
Don Messick (1969-1994)
Hadley Kay (1997)
Scott Innes (1999-2001, 2001-2006 video games)
Neil Fanning (2002-2004 Live Action Films)
Frank Welker (2002-present)

Norville "Shaggy" Rogers

Voiced by:
Casey Kasem (1969-1994, 1997, 2002-2009)
Billy West (1998)
Scott Innes (1999-2001, 2001-2009 video games)
Scott Menville (2005-2008)
Matthew Lillard (2002-2004 Live-Action Movies, 2010-present)
Nick Palatas (Cartoon Network Films)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Not as much as Velma, but What's New, Scooby-Doo? and the live-action films do feature a Shaggy more attractive than the skinny, lanky original Shaggy.
  • Adorkable
  • Big Eater: With Scooby. If Fred wants to find a monster, Shaggy will volunteer to investigate the kitchen, and prepare a large snack for himself and Scooby — until the monster comes to interrupt the meal.
  • Catch Phrase: "Zoinks!"
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Shaggy's probably even more likely to turn tail on a mystery than Scooby is.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In some iterations.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether Shaggy is vegetarian or not. In The Movie he's portrayed as vegetarian, as he was in What's New, Scooby-Doo? and the Scooby Doo Behind the Scenes shorts, but recentlynote  he seems to be back to his old ways.
  • The Drag-Along
  • Embarrassing First Name: Norville. Thus, he only goes by "Shaggy".
  • Flanderization: He and Scooby have both grown increasingly cowardly over time, although they do have their Badass moments.
  • Grease Monkey/Mr. Fixit: Some of Shaggy's careers are related to cars or mechanics.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Scooby. In fact, he's the only character other than Scooby himself to appear in every version of the franchise.
  • Invincible Incompetent: With Scooby. They always seem to end up finding the weekly monster despite their cowardice, laziness, and their usual lack of investigative skills.
  • Kavorka Man: It's not so much that Shaggy is a pimp, but many episodes and movies have shown that many an attractive female seems to think Shaggy is hot.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: You'd never know what his real name was in the original show – it was revealed in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and reiterated in Mystery Inc. The name was used in one episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? and his friends didn't know who "Norville" was until the character who mentioned the name said he's also known as Shaggy.
  • The Lancer: When the gang does split up, Shaggy leads one half. Shaggy (along with Scooby) often notices creepy things that Fred had missed. Shaggy likes to sneak away with Scooby to eat a large snack.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He'll do anything to help his dog. This applies also to the girls and Fred, but to a lesser extent.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Part of his Hippie Speak. In one episode of Mystery Inc, like, Velma is trying to, like, make him, like, stop.
  • Lovable Coward: In the early seasons, it's justified as even though the so-called monster is a person pulling a Scooby-Doo Hoax, they are still sometimes dangerous criminals who will kill if their trick doesn't scare off the intruder. Later seasons remove that fact.
  • Nervous Wreck: Usually.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: An unintentional example. Shaggy kept his Skintone Sclerae twenty years after his initial debut, even throughout the late '80s, where he was placed with other characters who did undergo Art Evolution, and were granted white coloring to their eyes.
  • Stoners Are Funny: Shaggy may or may not be an actual stoner, but how can people not jump to that conclusion? He's always hungry (he eats dog treats, for crying out loud), he's always freaking out over monsters, he thinks his dog (Scooby) can talk – though granted, his friends all think so too – and he even looks and speaks like a hippie stereotype. Talk about Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Tough Room: Shaggy doesn't get laughs often, and when he does, it's usually just Scooby (who himself isn't too sure what's so funny.)
  • Valley Girl: Like, a male example of Hippie Speak. Still doing it forty years later, man.
  • Ventriloquism: Shaggy will sometimes use his ability to "throw his voice" to fool the villains.
  • Wag the Director: Invoked. Whenever Casey Kasem played Shaggy in later years, the character became vegetarian because Kasem (himself a vegetarian) refused to reprise the role otherwise.

Velma Dace Dinkley

Voiced by:
Nicole Jaffe (1969-1973, 2001, 2003-2004)
Pat Stevens (1976-1982)
Marla Frumkin (1979)
Christina Lange (1988-1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
BJ Ward (1984, 1997-2001)
Mindy Cohn (2002-present)
Linda Cardellini (2002-2004 Live-Action movies)
Hayley Kiyoko (Cartoon Network movies)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Varies, but she gets hit with this semi-often. While never truly ugly, Velma was traditionally overweight looking, with a short-and-stout appearance, tacky haircut and a relatively plain face. Starting with Zombie Island, this started to change somewhat, especially in What's New, Scooby-Doo? and the movies (much like Shaggy), where she's made very petite with a tiny waist and an hourglass figure, with a cute-as-a-button face to boot. And in the live action films, she's played by very attractive actresses. The most recent animated movies fuse these two somewhat, and Mystery Inc. also splits the difference – Velma sports a cuter, more stylized version of her original appearance, complete with little bows in her hair.
  • Adorkable: Not so much in the original series, but definitely later on.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She becomes one in Where's My Mummy and probably has the greatest Crowning Moment of Awesome in Scooby history.
    • Interestingly, in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Velma has an uncle named John who's an archaeologist.
  • Agent Scully: She is the more vocal skeptic of the group, but for the most part she just goes along with it.
  • Blind Without 'Em: "My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!"
  • Brainy Brunette: Maybe not the original, but certainly one of the best examples... if one considers her a brunette (her hair has always been sort of brownish chestnut).
  • Catch Phrase: "Jinkies!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Played up in her most recent incarnations, as well as the earliest shows before her smart guy traits were played up.
  • Flanderization: While she was always The Smart Girl, it wasn't really played up as the crux of her role in the formula until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. These days, her being a Hollywood Nerd is typically exaggerated, and she's often the only one allowed to do intelligent things (like the summation).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Arguably qualifies, at least in What's New, Scooby-Doo? where she's capable of building (among other things) a robot dog with a remarkable number of functions and an MP3 player the size of a sugar cube (though the latter lacked earphones).
    • In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, she built (apparently from scratch) a computer that defies all manner of reality in how it can be stored or moved, and has features that even modern rigs lack
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Mystery Inc..
  • Magic Skirt
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: Averted.
  • Meganekko: Possibly even an Ur Example of the trope.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Perpetual Smiler: Unless something annoys or scares her, she can almost always be seen sporting a content smile no matter what's going on - especially noticeable during the summations, which she almost always does with a big smile on her face. Particularly used in the more recent movies, where most things that make her frown last less than a few seconds.
    • Dramatically reversed in Mystery Incorporated, where she spends a lot of time annoyed with her teammates. Her default facial expression here is "grumpy".
  • Plucky Girl
  • Put on a Bus: In the '80s era productions, Velma left the group to work for NASA, occasionally visiting for episodes about astronauts or the White House being haunted.
  • Race Lift: Vaguely Asian in the live action TV movies.
  • The Smart Girl: Dur.
  • Sweater Girl: Just look at her! Especially in the original series (with its Limited Wardrobe), it was extremely rare she ever took that oversized sweater off.
  • Teen Genius: Dur.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Extremely noticable in Mystery Inc.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Clowns?: In What's New Scooby-Doo? as the result of an incident at a childhood birthday party.
  • Women Are Wiser
  • Youthful Freckles: In most incarnations, though not all. It's one of the few physical hints that Velma is, in fact, the youngest member of the group (not counting Scooby).
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade C.

Daphne Ann Blake

Voiced by:
Indira Stefanianna Christopherson (1969)
Heather North (1970-1997, 2003)
Kellie Martin (1988-1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Mary Kay Bergman (1998-1999)
Grey DeLisle (2000-present)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (2002-2004 Live-Action movies)
Kate Melton (Cartoon Network movies)

Fred "Freddie" Herman Jones

Voiced by:
Frank Welker (1969-1983, 1997-present)
Carl Stevens (1988-1991 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
Freddie Prinze Jr. (2002-2004 Live-Action movies)
Robbie Amell (Cartoon Network movies)

    Supporting Characters 

Scrappy-Doo

Voiced by:
Lennie Weinrib (1979-1980)
Don Messick (1980-1986)
Scott Innes (2002 Live-Action movie)

Scooby's more courageous nephew. The one who yells, "Let me at 'em!", when he sees the Monster of the Week. To prevent spoilers, some of Scrappy's tropes from the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo are not listed here.

Scrappy is famous as the Trope Namer for The Scrappy. But that's an audience reaction, and belongs in our YMMV section.
  • Brooklyn Rage: In his earliest appearances he had a definite Brooklyn accent, which was toned down after a while.
  • Catch Phrase: "Da-da-da-da-da-da, Puppy Power!" and "Let me at 'em, Let me at 'em!"
  • Cousin Oliver: Scrappy was not in the original cast, but joined later. He is much smaller (and so we presume, much younger) than Scooby, Shaggy, or the rest of the original cast.
  • Expy: Of Henery Hawk, Foghorn Leghorn's pint-sized predator from Looney Tunes, according to Mark Evanier. Lennie Weinrib's original portrayal even sounds a bit like Henery (which makes sense considering H-B had tried [and failed] to recruit Mel Blanc himself to do the voice).
  • Fearless Fool: Whenever a monster shows up, Scrappy always tries to fight it, with little to no effect. Several of these instances include real monsters, where if Scooby had not snatched him out of the way and ran, Scrappy would've been mince meat.
    • Averted a few times when his Scrappy traps seem completly capable to catching "something" (although Shag and Scooby get caught more often then the monsters) and in The Nutcracker Scoob, Scrappy has zero problem defeating a cat that's bigger than him and throwing it right out the building.
    • He also dispatches of a larger human Farquard in Boo Brothers.
  • In Harm's Way: "Did you say haunted? Oh boy!"
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Word Of God says this is exactly why he was created. At the time, it worked to save the franchise. Since then, it's been famously disputed.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Either Played Straight or Inverted, depending on your view of the character. His continuation within the series past 1979 opened a brand new threshold for the monsters to become Real After All, but also forced the show to take a Denser and Wackier approach to everything.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: "Let me at 'em, I'll splat 'em!" Scooby prefers to run away, but Scrappy likes to charge in and yell at the monster.
  • Let Me at Him!: His Catch Phrase.
  • Mouthy Puppy: He is far more talkative than Scooby.
  • Nephewism: Scooby suddenly has a nephew. Scrappy often talks about "Uncle Scoob".
    • Lampshaded in the title sequence. Scooby's just as confused as the viewers.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is able to lift Scooby and Shaggy with one hand.
  • Small Annoying Creature: The most that Scrappy can do is annoy the monster, because Scrappy is no real threat.
    • Some of his Scrappy-Traps do catch Shaggy and Scooby, so perhaps the monster would have been caught too had Shaggy and Scooby not gotten in the way.
  • Talking Animal: Lennie Weinrib in the first year, Don Messick afterward.
  • Shoo Outthe New Guy: Oh so much since the franchise's late-90's revival. One particular example – In Mystery Inc., Daphne stares at a life-sized statue of him, about to wax nostalgic before Fred stops her, saying, "We promised to never speak of him again. Ever."

Scooby-Dum

Voiced by Daws Butler

Scooby-Doo's cousin, who appeared during the series's early-80's retool. A grey Great Dane who definitely lives up to his name. Has not been seen or mentioned since the final iteration of the original series ended in the mid-80's.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dum dum dum DUM!" (from Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.)
  • Deep South: His speech was a (poor) approximation of that accent.
  • The Ditz / Dogs Are Dumb: Duh.
  • Fearless Fool: Played with. He's not fearless, as he can get scared, but most of the time he appears to be extremely brave, only because he's too dumb to realize he's in danger in the first place.
  • Meaningful Name: Just as dim-witted as his name implies.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Subverted. Scooby-Dum is featured in the opening sequence of the Scooby Doo Show, but only appears in four out of the forty total episodes.
  • Simpleton Voice
  • Talking Animal: Though he never has much interesting to say.
  • Toon Physics: Arguably even better at employing them than Scooby Doo. In "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller," the gang are trapped in a tomb, so they stand on top of each other to reach the ceiling; they still can't reach. Scooby Dum, who is on the bottom, just pulled himself out from the bottom and climbed to the top, and since he can get away with that apparently because he doesn't know how gravity works, they escaped.

Flim-Flam McScam

Voiced by: Susan Blu

Flim-Flam joined the cast in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo. The only character who could POSSIBLY be more disliked then Scrappy.

Yabba-Doo

Scrappy's other uncle and Scooby's brother. Seen only in the Old West segments of the 1982–83 season.

Vincent Van Ghoul

The Hex Girls

Voiced by:
Thorn: Jennifer Hale
Dusk: Jane Wiedlin
Luna: Kimberly Brooks

An all-girl rock band with a Goth motif, extremely popular in the Scooby-verse. They first appeared in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, and have popped up from time to time since, including in Mystery Inc., where they inadvertently have a major impact on the main gang's character arcs.

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Alternative Title(s):

Scooby Doo Where Are You