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There are times he gets lucky in what he does just happens to be heroic enough to save the day (once when Jeannie was trapped in a bottle and surrounded by a force field that only sound could penetrate, Scooby howled at a pitch high enough to shatter the bottle's glass).
Idiot Ball: Scooby carries this throughout some movies and incarnations.
Invincible Incompetent: With Shaggy. They always seem to end up finding the weekly monster despite their cowardice, laziness, and their usual lack of investigative skills.
Large Ham: Often in the original series when he needs to be the bait and tries to get out of it.
Let's Get Dangerous: When anyone he really cares about is in trouble. There was even one moment when Velma was captured and Scooby turned down a Scooby Snack, saying he didn't need it to be persuaded to help rescue her.
Papa Wolf: In an episode of What's New Scooby Doo? he faced a huge menacing cat creature that was attacking a litter of puppies. Having spent the whole night already rescuing the pups from a pair of kidnappers, Scooby was in no mood to put up with the monster's threats, and flat out tackled it. Don't threaten innocent puppies in front of Scooby Doo.
Roger Rabbit Effect: Even though the humans are also cartoons, Scooby-Doo far exceeds them in his ability to do Toon Physics. Shaggy shares this ability to a lesser degree.
Speech-Impaired Animal: All of Scooby's words invariably start with an 'R', except for when he says his name, and sometimes even then.
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.
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 (as in, now that Casey Kasem is gone) he seems to be back to his old ways.
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.
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.
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.
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 not truly ugly, Velma is 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.
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
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.
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)
Badass Driver: He's the one who actually owns the Mystery Machine, and it's one of the main reasons why he is needed on the team (along with leadership skills), because when you see the insane obstacle courses the gang encounter in all of these mysteries, you know that Fred has to be an awesome driver to make sure the mystery is solved. He never disappoints in this field.
Bowties Are Cool: Fred's stubborn attachment to his apricot ascot has evolved into a variant of this.
Lampshaded and averted in Zombie Island when, while dressing for a fancy dinner, he stares at his ascot for a moment, contemplating it, then says "Nah" and walks off.
Crazy-Prepared: In What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Fred has made enough "special modifications" to the Mystery Machine to put Han Solo to shame, including fitting it with a roof airbag which conveniently enables Shaggy to save Velma when she falls off a highrise movie set in "Lights, Camera, Mayhem".
Vocal Evolution: Over the decades, Frank Welker has given Fred more and more of a Minnesotan accent as a result of the character's personality becoming increasingly goofier.
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.
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.
Who You Gonna Call?: Though you run the risk of making him mad if you do so at an inopportune time.
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.
Soapbox Sadie: In their initial appearance. They get better in subsequent ones.
Monsters and Ghosts
Ambition Is Evil: In the Scoobyverse, changing one's life means taking some frightening extremes.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Charlie the Funland Robot and Shari, a computerized "house of the future." Charlie was sabotaged by the caretaker's sister, while Shari grew jealous of her creator.
Animated Armor: The Black Knight Ghost(s) of "What A Night for a Knight" and "Scared a Lot in Camelot".
Bed Sheet Ghost: Three! The Phantom of Vazquez Castle, the ax-wielding phantom from "Haunted House Hang-Up", and the Ghost of Scooby Manor in "Scooby's Roots" which, bizarrely, turned out to be a real ghost in a costume.
Co-Dragons: The Hooded Zombies to Zentuo in "Mystery Mask Mix-Up".
Cool Ship: Space Kook's UFO is a floating tennis birdy.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: A few can fall under this if their effects skills are particularly good, but the biggest offender is probably the Creeper. He robs a bank overnight...when he's the bank president and should therefore be very rich.
The Cameo: Several of them appear in Mystery Incorporated as displays in the Crystal Cove spook museum. The Creeper also shows up in a flashback,whichnever happened thanks to Scooby killing the Nibiru Entity.
Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The pterodactyl of "Hang in There, Scooby-Doo", the Snow Beast (of sorts) from "A Scary Night With a Snow Beast Fright", and the dinosaur of "The Dinosaur Deception".
From Nobody to Nightmare: Quite a few turn out to be people with rather humble occupations (Caretakers, Farmers, Fishermen, etc.).
Giant Flyer: The Giant Vulture, the Willawaw, and the Wakumi.
Graceful Loser: Unlike the other villains from the original series, Bluestone The Great doesn't show much resentment toward the Gang for foiling his plans. Rather, he proudly demonstrates how he was able to pull off such convincing illusions, not even uttering the famous "Meddling Kids" line.