Disguised in Drag: Velma points out that Fruitmeyer's is currently hiring female servers, which gives the gang an opportunity to put people on the inside and investigate the place. Cut immediately to Shaggy and Scooby poorly disguised as women in Fruitmeyer's uniforms. When Shaggy questions why he and Scooby are dressed as girls when the gang already has two girls in it, Daphne gives a very good reason - she and Velma refused.
Friend Versus Lover: Caught between Scooby and Velma, mainly because he used the idea that Scooby wouldn't approve to avoid letting the others know they were dating. Shaggy tried to take Velma to the prom without telling Scooby first, leaving Scooby behind. Eventually, he caught them alone, accusing Shaggy of "cheating on him". It went downhill from there. In episode 10, he chooses Scooby. Velma, of course, is pissed.
Shaggy tries to get back with Velma, and she seems to reciprocate before eventually telling him she no longer feels that way about him.
Impossibly Cool Clothes: Severely averted in episode 5 by the tight pants Velma bought for Shaggy and insists he wears. He could barely walk in them, let alone look good in them. He goes back to his oversized pants at the end.
Let's Get Dangerous: In "Heart of Evil" when Scooby Doo is kidnapped, Shaggy threatens Ricky Owens for information, and demands to be the one in charge of leading the rescue mission, and show competence in hand to hand combat during said mission, which he claims are the result of his stay in military school where he Took a Level in Badass.
Friend Versus Lover: With Shaggy vs. Scooby, and Velma suffered the ignominy of losing her romantic interest to his dog.
Late in season 1, Shaggy comes back around to showing romantic interest in Velma. She seems to reciprocate at first, then tells him she no longer feels that way and hopes they can still be friends. The following episode, she says she "sent him back to his dog," implying that she may very well still feel romantic feelings for Shaggy, but is afraid she'll give into them, only to be dumped for Scooby a second time.
I Wish It Were Real: In episode 20, she became friends with a mermaid. Or rather it was a professional swimmer disguised as a mermaid. She then quips that she wished that the supernatural stuff was real.
Magic Skirt: Usually, but averted in episode 4 - Velma has to hold her skirt down, denying a Panty Shot, after she gets catapulted into the air by the Man Crab.
Meganekko: It helps that this version is quite different than past ones. In past incarnations, Velma was a kinda pudgy, Hollywood Ugly stereotypical nerd. This Velma, however, is quite svelte, while keeping the bust & butt, much cuter, and apparently has a libido to match Shaggy's appetite.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You know that whole thing about keeping Angel's identity a secret? Well, remember your line of 'I guess we're not a team anymore' in episode 11? Well, you definitely called it, kiddo!
OOC Is Serious Business: When VELMA, who is usually the one saying there's a rational explanation the the stuff going on around town, admits that SHE'S starting to think the curse of Crystal Cove is real, you KNOW things are bad!
It comes to a near boil in episode 48 when Velma bursts into tears after she feels that logic and fact have deserted her.
Poor Communication Kills: Well, holding onto the identity of a former Mystery Inc. member wasn't the brightest idea you had. Many of your friends are pretty much pissed off at you now!
Secret Keeper: Kept Angel/Cassidy's real identity secret, and got everyone hating her for it.
Small Name, Big Ego: Seen in episode 17; when she, Scooby and Shaggy are in a trap, it states that only the smartest of the group could get out. Velma assumes it's her... until we see that the one who created the trap isn't seeing 'Cassidy' as the smartest; it's 'Pericles'! (Scooby). Velma tries to hide the fact that she made an error once they're free.
Tsundere: Very much. One scene has a quick glimpse of her as a borderline Yandere.
What the Hell, Hero?: Chewed out by Daphne after Fred is going to leave to find his parents and breaks up Mystery Inc. because of her hiding the fact that she knew who Angel was all along.
The others chastise her in episode 33 for automatically suspecting the phantom that spoiled a movie party at a graveyard the night before was the graveyard groundskeeper, saying it was "villain profiling" and against team standards.
Woman Scorned: When Shaggy tries backing out of going to the prom, Velma gets so mad that she kicks down, not one, but two tombstones.
Working with the Ex: After she and Shaggy break up, she's noticeably antagonistic for a while, but it goes away, and by season two, they are friends again, and Word of God is that she's gotten over him.When the gang find Shaggy and Daphne making out because of a trance, she doesn't bat an eyelash, while Fred and Scooby freak out.
Wrench Wench: She's seen fixing the Orcs' motorcycles in "The Wild Brood".
Badass: In addition to all the traps and crazy plans he makes, Fred has the most physical prowess of the gang and has occasionally used that to his advantage, like when he punched out Crybaby clown and in the Man in the Mirror where he fought his biological dad.
Badass Driver: Some of the moves Fred pulls of in the Mystery Machine are pretty impractical, but you don't question them because they're that Badass.
Calling the Old Man Out: Does to this to Mayor Jones in the last episode, pointing out that he ruined the lives of the original Mystery Inc., framed Professor Pericles for a crime he didn't actually commit, stole Fred from his birth parents, lied to him for his ENTIRE LIFE, and pretty much manipulated everything all for a treasure that might not even exist.
And he does it again to his real parents, Brad and Judy Chiles, for trying to steal the gang's pieces of the Planetspheric Disc and declares to them that he will not return to their home.
Made ever-so-evident in episode 17 after Fred pulls Daphne from Danny Darrow's swimming pool trap. She needs artificial respiration and is expecting mouth-to-mouth. He presses on her stomach instead.
In episode 24 however, the two kiss and are going to be engaged.
Scratch the 'are' and make it 'were' now since Fred is off to find his real parents.
And now let's say goodbye to this pairing as of the season 2 premiere.
Or not, as Daphne shows strong signs of wanting a reconciliation. She would have gone back to him in "Night Terrors" if not for a Mistaken Identity.
Character Exaggeration: Fred used to always build the traps. This Fred is trap obsessed! He has gone on record saying "For trap's sake", meaning his obsession is either religious, sexual, or, god willing, both.
Crazy Jealous Guy: Ironically, after he realizes how much Daphne means to him, turns into this when Daphne doesn't want him anymore.
Crazy-Prepared: He has made insane customizations to the Mystery Machine, and has even booby-trapped all of his friends' houses in case a monster strikes.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fred may be naive when it comes to relationships and other people skills, but he exhibits great cunning when it comes to traps and considerable intelligence while pulling off a complicated Xanatos Gambit in "Wrath of the Krampus".
The Generic Guy: Deliberately avoided. Even Fred, the former Trope Namer himself, is given a much more developed personality than ever before.
Genre Savvy: Has his moments, such as when its revealed he has all his friends houses booby-trapped to protect from monsters or how he gives the disc to Shaggy and Scooby in episode 21 because no one would suspect them of carrying anything important...but then THAT was discovered by Angel...
Super OCD: Fred makes a multi-page schedule for Daphne so he'll know where she is every minute of the day.
Tastes Like Feet: Fred sniffs a bookbag in episode 12, and declares that it smells like "a baboon smoking a cigar while bathing in a bath of moldy tuna and curdled ranch dressing".
Tin Man: Fred thinks that real men don't have feelings, and is very confused by the fact he does, in fact, have feelings... for traps... and Daphne.
Episode 23 shows that Fred is probably controlling of Daphne because his mom disappeared and he's afraid Daphne could as well. Daphne assures him it's not happening.
Episode 24: After Fred's dad declines to thank him for solving the mystery, a disconsolate Fred finds consolation in the only person he believes understands him—Daphne. So much so that he proposes marriage to her after they graduate. She accepts and the two have their first real kiss.
But now...the engagement's off thanks to the Mayor revealing that he isn't Fred's dad.
Episode 17 had him pitted against another, villainous Trap Master, in which he treated him as if he were the ultimate rival. Which leads to a a great moment when they start discussing different types of traps.
Averted in episode 2, when she demonstrates that the alligator products are fake by invoking her allergies to synthetic animal skins. We're given a good long look at huge red pustules all along her arm.
And averted in episode 4, when we're shown a flashback to her sister's wedding and her allergic reaction to shellfish It wasn't pretty.
Played Straight when Fred's ejection seat throws her out of the Mystery Machine. She only has some bruises on her face instead of scraped skin or broken bones.
Averted again when she gets pimples after binging on chocolate.
Big Eater: In episode 19, she's seen eating as much as Scooby and Shaggy due to her dinner date with Fred being cancelled after waiting 2 hours for a booth.
Bound and Gagged: "In Fear of the Phantom" and "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom".
Break the Cutie: Episode 26. She is absolutely devastated when Fred cancels their engagement.
Daphne: Is she trying to tell me that Alice May is the enemy and that Fred is pinned down on the beach and that I can't get up until he's safe! Or is Fred the beach and I'm the one pinned down? Or are we both the beach? It doesn't matter because I understand! ... I think.
Composite Character: Being most like the first show's version, but more clever and resourceful, like her later incarnations.
Exact Eavesdropping: Because she's tied up above him, Daphne overhears Fred expressing frustration about his feelings toward her and how he wishes he didn't care so much about her. After she falls from her captivity, she misses his realization that he does love her.
Genre Blind: One moment in episode 7 where, when a book drops off the shelf mysteriously, she puts it back instead of reading it. Then it keeps flying out, once with enough force to bounce off the previous shelf, and the mysterious Trickster Mentor (probably Mister. E) lampshades it by saying "Oh, for crying out loud..."
The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She has this with her sister Daisy (the doctor), who acts condescending and casually insults her (to the point where Daphne jumps for joy when she believes Daisy's been attacked by a monster and possibly hurt). Daisy likes to hold her success in career and relationships over Daphne's head. Her relationship with her other sisters is ambiguous, save for Delilah (militant) whom she seems closer to despite all of her military talk and implied sadism.
Daphne's Mom: Why settle for ground beef when you can have a nice prime rib?
Daphne: But I don't even like meat! I like vegetables... like Fred.
Ms. Fanservice: Spends most of episode 4 in a bikini, and there's a scene where Velma rubs suntan lotion on her back. Her Hex Girl outfit in Episode 7 is also very revealing as is her nightie in Episode 15, when the gang and Sheriff Stone are in her bedroom.
Noodle Incident: She has many to tell concerning her family. The latest is that her sister Dawn tried to train chickens to spell her name as part of an engagement announcement.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In Episode Six, where she becomes 'Crush' in the Hex Girls. She even goes as far to write a song about how she just can't wait for Fred. She's back to normal in the next episode, though.
The Unfavorite: She seems to be this to her parents, who expect her to live up to her successful quadruplet (or is it quintuplet?) older sisters. When she balks at going to the same college where they all graduated before age 13, her mother tells her to her face she wishes Daphne had been a boy. Post-Cosmic Retcon, this is reversed, as seen when her parents wish her sisters were more like her.
Woman Scorned: Subverted. She and Fred were about to be married after graduating, but now Fred's called off the wedding so he can search for his parents alone. She's not happy about this.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Wow! Daphne's gonna get married to Fred after graduating! Oh wait, no she's not thanks to Mayor Jones revealing the truth and Fred leaving off to parts unknown.
Zettai Ryouiki: In her Hex Girl outfit. Seemed to be a solid Grade A, too.
Voiced by: Udo Kier
Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel too bad about him being imprisoned for 20 years after learning what he did to his friends...
Big Bad: As part of a Big Bad Ensemble with Mayor Jones for season one, and as part of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Mr. E for season two, and overall the show's Biggest Bad... until the Nibiru Entity shows up.
Big Eater: Implied with the flashback in episode 25.
The Chessmaster: Distracted the gang in "Where Walks Aphrodite" to get tools he needed to find a treasure buried underneath Crystal Cove.
Compelling Voice: Possibly to the point of Reality Warper. How else would Officer Johnson's hand and taser become "mysteriously" duct-taped together... without anybody else noticing?!
It foreshadowed his otherworldly connection.
Cute and Psycho: Before getting his hideous facial scar, Pericles was pretty adorable, and is implied to have been Evil All Along, going back to his origins in Germany.
Deal with the Devil: His ultimate goal, and he succeeds too. Unfortunately, the devil in question, the Nibiru entity who has controlled Pericles from the start, left out the tiny detail that in doing so, Pericles DIES.
Enemy Mine: Following the gang's finding of the 4th piece of the puzzle in "Hodag Of Horror", Professor Pericles forges a truce with the original Mystery Inc gang, including Fred's real parents.
Face-Heel Turn: Betrayed his gang for the treasure and made a deal with Mayor Jones.
Faux Affably Evil: He seems polite and intricate, though he's usually prone to backhanded compliments, and will drop the polite demeanor if things particularly aren't going his way.
Feathered Fiend: Type D. Remember the cute little parrot in the picture? Yeah, he's about tripled in size over the years.
Friendly Enemy: In the first season he doesn't actually hate the new Mystery Inc. and actually helps them several times, of course this is because it also helps him. In fact, the few times he actually comes into conflict with them, he's not actually targeting them, he's targeting Fred's dad. This changes dramatically in the second season.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: In the present he has narrow, shifty eyes, but in the past, he had rounder and wider eyes.
In the finale, after the Nibiru entity's destruction and the creation of a new reality, he has the wide and round eyes from his younger self.
Gratuitous German: According to Pericles himself in "Wrath of the Krampus", his is originally from Germany, wistfully referring to it as "the old country." Many times, he has peppered his speech with various German words and phrases. As of Season 2, he has taken to referring to the gang as "the kinder", which is German for "children." He orders his Kriegstaffelbots around entirely in German as well, and tends to slip into it more and more the angrier he gets.
The pinacle of this is when he shouts "Adler- und Gänseblümchen!" at a computer... is it getting crap past the radar by Foreign Cuss Word? No. But still quite flowery (and birdy) language.
Manipulative Bastard: He spent Episode 16 duping Scooby into helping him find the map for a cursed treasure.
Meaningful Name: The Greek general/politician he's named after was supposed to have a slightly deformed head. Professor Pericles has a greatly inflated head, and an evil scar.
Metaphorgotten: After Ricky complains that Pericles is costing him money and has apparently killed 29 of his scientists with his experiments, Pericles gives him a much more dark example than usual.
Pericles: Ricky, one cannot make a genius omelet without breaking a few worthless eggs right Brad and Judy? (After they answer) And make no mistake Ricky, I will break any egg that gets in my way. Ed Machine, Cassidy Williams, or perhaps even you.
Obfuscating Stupidity: He knew full well about the treasure but played dumb to manipulate the original Mystery Inc into finding the pieces for him. He then intended to betray them but Mayor Jones betrayed him first, leaving him with a scar.
Older than They Look: His lifespan is apparently similar to real life parrots. He's been alive since at least the 30s.
Team Pet: For the old Mystery Incorporated. Specifically he belonged to Ricky Owens/Mr. E.
Token Evil Teammate: For the old Mystery Inc. Made especially clear in the finale. He betrayed them and worked with Mayor Jones to blackmail their families so that he could get a treasure.
Took a Level in Kindness: After the Nibiru entity's destruction and the creation of a new reality, Pericles is still Ricky's pet and the advertising mascot for his company. He also has no scar and speaks in a cheerful, goofy voice.
Villainous Breakdown: Becomes much more unhinged after "Wrath of Krampus" and more prone to psychotic outbursts.
Would Hurt a Child: In the episode before the finale, he reaches new depths of depravity after having one of his Kriestaffelbots murder Hot Dog Water in cold blood.
Deader than Dead: The Gang destroy the crystal sarcophagus, causing the dimensional link he'd created through it to collapse into a black hole, sucking in and obliterating him. As a result, he and his taint on Crystal Cove are erased from history.
Death by Irony: Spends untold centuries manipulating and corrupting mystery solving teams, especially the Team Pet. In the end, he meets his end at the hands of one of them, with the Team Pet putting the final nail in the coffin (quite literally).
Eldritch Abomination: Inverted. The thing in the coffin is part of a race of beings called Annunaki, interdimensional beings who have no physical forms on Earth so they inhabited the bodies of animals. Most of the Annunaki have willingly aided humanity in its growth and are generally benevolent, but the thing in the coffin is said to be one of a few negative Annunaki, only this one is considered the most evil of them all. The form it takes when possessing Pericles's body, however, plays this straighter (it has a giant head like Pericles, scar and all, only with horns and a fanged beak, and a large number of squidlike tentacles).
Satan: While not literally, he definitely has all the qualities of Old Scratch, being a member of a benevolent race of incorporeal entities who help humanity that became purely evil and was imprisoned. He spends the series corrupting and tainting all those who come in contact with his influence. The fact his prison is in a hellish, lava filled cave and he brings about Hell on Earth upon his liberation.
Also an ancient evil extraterrestrial / extradimensional being that rests deep beneath an (inter-dimensional) ocean and will rise when the stars are right, as Nibiru is a planetary alignment, destroy all humanity and it's physical form is squid-like? Also his influence causes morality to devolve, not to mention Bad Dreams? Cthulhu.
Hoist by His Own Petard: It was partly via his manipulations the Gang came together. They're ultimately the ones who kill him, with Scooby-Doo, the animal mascot (the one that usually fell to corruption first), striking the final blow.
I Am Not Weasel: The thing inside the sarcophagus is not actually called Nibiru. Nibiru is the name given to the period when Earth and the Annunaki's homeworld are able to interact with one another.
Living Shadow: When its finally released from its prison, it appears as a living mass of shadows until it possesses Pericles' body.
The Man Behind the Man: Episode 47 revealed that Pericles is actively working to find the cursed treasure so he may free the thing in the crystal sarcophagus, which he refers to as "master." Given the reoccurring trend of animal mascots betraying their groups and that Annunaki can only inhabit the forms of animals, it's possible that the being inside the crystal coffin had been systematically mind raping or corrupting the talking animal mascots of the mystery groups that found the Planispheric Disc so it could have a physical agent to free it (and episode 46 reveals that talking animals are descended from Annunaki hosts, which probably made this easier to do to the animals than the people).
No Name Given: It's only referred to as The Evil Entity in the series proper.
Oh Crap: When he sees Scooby launch a spear on a collision course with what amounts to his Soul Jar and there's nothing he can do about it..
Omnicidal Maniac: The Annunaki in Nova states that his goal is consume humanity to gain increased power and eventually destroy the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, and it itself claims that it will devour entire GALAXIES!
Ret Gone: When he's sucked into the portal formed by the crystal sarcophagus' destruction, eradicating him from existence and rewriting history as if he'd never influenced Crystal Cove.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Trapped inside a crystal sarcophagus, but it seems to be influencing events in order to escape.
After he escapes, he turns into a connection to another dimension to summon his Mooks and draw strength. Unfortunately for him, this means that destroying it takes him with it, erasing him from existence.
This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Scooby and the Gang shattering the Crystal Sarcophagus, triggering a reaction that erases him from existence.
Time Abyss: We have no idea how old this thing really is.
To Serve Man: It devours all of Crystal Cove to feed off their energies and grow more powerful.
Ultimate Evil: Spends most of the series as a Sealed Evil in a Can, influencing everything from behind the scenes in terrible ways, and only being known to the audience as a demonic voice. He finally manifests in the finale and manages to be every bit as terrifying as he was made out to be.
Weirdness Magnet: Velma believes that the evil Annunaki's imprisonment under Crystal Cove is the reason for all the losers in monster costumes, and when the entity is destroyed, and all its evil undone, she is proven correct, as all the mysteries the gang solved over the series have instead never occurred, and life in Crystal Cove is better for pretty much EVERYONE! Subverted for the gang themselves, because they liked having mysteries to solve.
Nightmare Fetishist: Despite her jealousy at Fred's attention toward her, Daphne has nothing against Alice initially...not until this aspect of her personality reveals itself. Afterwards, Daphne is rightfully suspicious of her.
Pet the Dog: She's one of the many jailed criminals in "Wrath of Krampus" who plays her part in the gang's own Scooby-Doo Hoax, even if it is just running "scared" as the Krampus destroys the cafeteria while "kidnapping" someone. Mr. E ought to have posted her bail again...
Ret Gone: In the new reality created by the Nibiru entity's destruction, the masked villains of Crystal Cove all have lived good and normal lives instead of becoming masked villains. Alice May is even shown (in flashback form) among the examples when Velma talks about it.
Badass: Let's just say these are much more than just people in costumes.
Butter Face: Aphrodite.Surprisingly, her real face is quite the opposite.
Enemy Mine: The Gang consults Mary Ann Gleardon to help in their plan against Pericles. Later, all of them join forces with the people of Crystal Cove to fight the Kriegstaffebots.
Even Evil Has Standards: The Scarebear runs rampage at the Destroido charity Ball, and the Gang finds a bomb, when its announced, the Scarebear immediately stops, and voices his confusion at it, outing him as a person in a suit, and admitting that he wouldn't go so far as to blow the place up he's just a victim of the company with an out of control hair problem, the "suit," and didn't want to hurt anyone.
"I made a Wild Brood costume of my own! Form that point on, all I had to do was steal a rocket launcher, grab someone to hack a computer to divert the train, reroute said train, board the train from a moving motorcycle, defeat the train's security system, blow up the bridge the train was on which would cause the Swordfish consoles on board to be destroyed in a massive trainwreck, ruining your careers, and hopefully giving rise to my own in the process! Simple!"
Shaggy: "........Dude. Seriously?"
Or the one that says that suing would take too long and then proceeds to list off a plan that rivals Freddy's traps in complexity.
Graceful Loser: Odnarb tried to woo Daphne for the entire episode, in the end she leaves him for Fred, but at the end, his expression shows he's happy for her.
After Danny Darrow is beaten and trapped, he compliments Fred on the execution and admires his work, then he goes completely non-nonchalant and gives the team exposition and letting them leave his house.
Harmless Villain: Invoked with the Dandy Highwayman, who is perhaps the least threatening villain in the franchise and the guy who dressed up as him did so to find some excitement in his life and impress women.
Love Goddess: Aphrodite, though her face averts the standard idea of such a being being gorgeous beyond words...
Magic Music: Que Horrifico uses a pan-flute to "spookify" children, turning them into goblin-like creatures. The music of the Ska-zombies zomifies people and makes them dance uncontrollably until they break down.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all of his non-threatening Lovable Rogue antics, The Dandy Highway man still steals money (though he doesn't seem interested in it), and has blown up several cars. He's not lethal, but he is certainly skilled.
Ret Gone: After the Nibiru entity is destroyed, it is erased from history, causing all the mysteries the gang solved to have never occurred at all, thus making it so that the fake monsters had more normal lives.
Real After All:The Mummy of Friar Serra, although there was someone impersonating him.
Rhymes on a Dime: The Phantom, who also had a slight tendency to play with fire. The rhyming is partially justified, because he is a professional song-writer. Only one of his rhymes was spur-of-the-moment. The others could have been prepared in advance.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted, they were programmed to search for the piece, then they were programmed to attack the Gang, then they were programmed for all sorts of enforcing and Odd-jobs, never having more sentience than to accomplish their jobs in different ways, or trying to avoid death.
Arm Cannon: The initial Batch weren't armed, but their future appearances have them. In Scooby's dream their arm is a mini-gun, but in the real world, the mini-gun comes out of the wrist. The six under Nibiru's control demonstrate the cannon replaceing their arm. The initial batch were built by Abigail Gluck of the Benevolent Lodge of Mystery, and likely that's why they were unarmed. Future robots were likely built at Destroido, and Pericles wanted to make some additions.
Family-Friendly Firearms: Their gatling guns sometimes make gun noises, and sometimes make laser noises, most appearances have them making bothnote regular noises when firing, laser noises when hitting a target, sometimes they only sound like lasers like when Scooby used them, and sometimes they only sound like gunfire like when they shoot Marcie to death.
No Waterproofing in the Future: Averted, these bots were built in an undersea lab and they freely move around in the water. They were initially commissioned to search through the underwater ruins to find a disk piece.
Off with its Head: Several die this way, notably the first one to appear, and the last one to appear are both dispatched this way by Cassidy and Ricky respectively.
Ambition Is Evil: Wants to remain Mayor and keep his political power, evidenced when his role was challenged by George Avocados then there's his goal for the Disk, be it control or just Greed.
In the new reality at the end of the show, a deliberate sign that his new incarnation is a good person is that he's just a humble school principal and coach who is in it for the kids' sake rather than any personal ambition for money or power.
Becoming the Mask: Even though he originally kidnapped Freddy as a hostage against his real parents, he seems to have grown to love the kid in the years of pretending to be his father, enough to save Freddy's life at the cost of being captured.
In "Nightmare in Red", this good side is revealed in a literal sense, to the point that Fred forgives him and thinks of him as his true father.
Big Bad: Revealed to be the main villain of season 1 when it comes out that he was responsible for the disappearance of the original Mystery Inc., and thus the entire plot. He's also been manipulating the present Mystery Inc. to try and find the treasure as well.
Big Bad Ensemble: With Professor Pericles, who ends the season victorious while Jones does not.
Character Development: In the first few episodes, he seems to be a fairly neglectful parent like all the other kids' parents. But halfway through the first season, we gradually see his true colors - a massive dick who takes glee in putting his own son and his friends and possibly others at risk just to make a profit off the monster mystery exhibits.
He was even a jerkass when he was younger to begin with; he even took little Fred away from his parents!
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He helped Mystery Inc. solve the mystery of the Planispheric Map, but then backstabbed them by becoming the Freak and threatened to place a curse on them. At the same time, he teamed up with Pericles to take it all for himself then backstabbed Pericles and placed him in the asylum!
Comedic Sociopathy: Putting the gang and his citizens at risk is always played for laughs except that in the end, he really doesn't care about the town's going ons, so long as he gets the piece, and his actions stop being "funny."
Create Your Own Villain: Surprisingly averted, despite betraying and scarring Professor Pericles, the two only come into conflict over the disk. Pericles hasn't bothered to seek revenge for the betrayal and largly ignores him until he takes his disk piece.
Enemy Mine: In "Wrath of the Krampus", see the bullet under greed.
From Nobody to Nightmare: He got a scholarship to Darrow University and was drawn to the legend of the treasure. Met up with the old Mystery Inc. who had the map and then became the Freak of Crystal Cove to stop them. He made a deal with Pericles to go after the treasure together, and then backstabbed him, taking him into the asylum. 2 years after the old Mystery Inc. split up, he took Brad and Judy's son away from them stating that he'd take care of them. Cut to 17 years to the future and said son is Fred Jones Jr and he's mayor and no one's the wiser.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He constantly uses absurd oaths instead of swearing. This is likely because of his Obfuscating Stupidity act. He chooses his speech patterns to fit the character he is playing. "Me prefer Freak.".
"Nightmare in Red" shows that at the very least his sealed-away good side genuinely talks like that, as does the good-timeline version of him in the season finale.
Greed: He's always looking for a profit from the town's creatures and danger, even at the cost of lives and safety.
Wanted that Spanish treasure all to himself and thus caused all of the events for the past 20 years.
Obsessed to the point where he temporarily teamed up with the gang to help in "Wrath of the Krampus", in hopes of still getting the Planespheric Disc. He doesn't get to keep them, of course, but he's satisfied with revenge on Pericles all the same.
Hidden Depths: In episode 21, he's searching for something, one of those which includes the Cursed Treasure piece the gang recovered from Danny Darrow...
In episode 23, he has one of the treasure pieces—or as Professor Pericles called it the Planispheric Map Piece—that he stole from Pericles himself. He's denying it however.
He knew the members cause he became the Freak and wanted the treasure for himself. He even made a deal with Pericles and then backstabbed them. Oh and what makes him so evil? He snatched Brad and Judy's son and made him Freddy Jones, Jr.
His good side counts as a literal case of Hidden Depths, as it's hidden in his subconscious just like all the good sides of everyone else who became connected to the curse.
I Want Grandkids: He never says this to Freddie, but he does lament something similar to Sheriff Stone while watching Freddie and Daphne's abysmal second date.
Parental Neglect: Easily the worst of the kids' parents. Even more so when episode 26 came around, though when it all comes down to it, Fred Jones Sr. still raised Fred, and still loves him, even if he's inept at doing so due to his Enemy Within situation.
Parents as People: He's more into his job, or whatever's going on than into whatever Fred's doing. In "Nightmare in Red" Fred acknowledges that while he wasn't a great father, he did raise him and he did love him subconsciously (and it's that subconscious that Fred is actually speaking to during this acknowledgment.)
Pet the Dog: He did so much damage in the series, but when Fred was about to fall off a cliff, he saved him from falling. It ends up being because his literally repressed good side that loves Fred was able to come through for that critical moment.
Gets a more self-interested one in "Wrath of the Krampus" where he agrees to hold on to the gang's three pieces of the Planespheric Disc to fool the original Mystery Inc. and steal their three pieces of the Disc. He's not doing this out of kindness, he just still has eyes on the Disc and the treasure it leads to, not to mention revenge on Professor Pericles and his associates.
Took a Level in Kindness: After the Nibiru entity's destruction and the creation of a new reality, he becomes the principal and coach of the high school, as well as Fred's personal mentor and secondary father figure.
Badass: Barely flinched when a giant, German robot broke through the wall of her radio station, and then proceeded to use a microphone stand to destroy the robot. Which then self-destructed, destroying K-Ghoul. Then she blew another one away with a shotgun, the sixth time she'd dispatched such a robot.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: She told Velma her real identity but doesn't want to tell the others until the time is right...doesn't this seem familiar from, I don't know, the first ten episodes with Velma hiding something also?
She tells them in episode 25. Fred immediately calls out on how she kept this a secret from the gang. Whether or not he holds the same feelings to Velma—since she kept this a secret for quite some time—is unknown.
Daphne and Fred hold great resentment for Velma keeping this all a secret.
Secret Keeper: Hinted at that she knows the Myth Arc mystery the gang is investigating but keeps it to herself. It's revealed in episode 20 that she's really Cassidy Williams of the original Mystery Inc and episode 21 reveals that she's working with Mr. E.
And thanks to keeping a secret, she's now partially responsible for so much trust problems with the gang.
At least he arrests the culprits when they're caught by the Scooby Gang... even when he shouldn't.
"Arrest them... even though I have absolutely no jurisdiction here!"
Break the Cutie: You gotta feel sorry for him when Mayor Jones fired him in Episode 24. And then in Episode 26, Sheriff loses what is possibly his only friend when he finds out that the Mayor had kidnapped a baby from his parents and also being the Freak of Crystal Cove, even shedding a tear at the implications this would cause.
Butt Monkey: Whenever the gang solves a mystery, it tends to negatively affect him in some form or another.
This is averted in episode 24; thanks to the gang, he got his job back.
Bystander Syndrome: He makes it clear that his job is to turn in criminals, not to catch monsters.
There was an exception in episode 24, for good reason.
Averted in 26; he realizes that he's going to put the mayor behind bars.
By episode 28, he sees the Mystery Machine getting chased by Baba Yaga's house, and immediately whips his car around, turns on the siren, catches up, and cuffs the monster the second she emerges. Now that's character development.
Character Development: Slowly starts developing respect for the kids, especially when dealing with more dangerous or destructive monsters. Comes to a head in episode 24, where he has to go to them for help catching a ghost who wants his job.
Also his relationship with Mayor Nettle. He starts off being antagonistic toward her, but ends up respecting her more and then flat-out dating her.
And by "Gates of Gloom" he comes to admit that he's been a terrible sheriff and leads the resistance against the robots.
Commander Contrarian: Episode 27 has him refusing to acknowledge Janet Nettles as the new mayor in spite of the fact she was elected. He seems to think there's a clause in the sheriff's handbook which appoints him as a de facto Mayor in the case that the regular Mayor is unable to fulfill his duties.
Even Sheriff Has Standards: He dislikes the gang meddling in affairs but the ending of episode 26 indicates that he didn't take Mayor Jones kidnapping Fred from his real parents very kindly, actually crying that his only friend could do something so cruel.
It's his actual first name: Sheriff. Bronson is his middle name, apparently.
In Episode 24, we find out that "Sheriff" is his real first name; that's because his mother believed in planning ahead.
Took a Level in Badass: "Gates of Gloom" has him admit that he should've been a better cop and rallies the citizens to fight the monsters off.
Too Dumb to Live: "I sure hope you've got insurance, Mayor, cause - I WANNA SEE THAT AGAIN!!"
Was It All a Lie?: Seems really teared up when Mayor Jones spills the beans about being the Freak.
He probably meant the conspiracy too. Kidnapping carries a high penatly—he's going to have to arrest his boss for sure!
Moreover, when you realize the kidnapping was kept for at least 17 years, it means that the mayor is holding for life/execution! This might probably one of the last chances the Sheriff will even SEE the Mayor!
In the second season he crosses the line into much more clear-cut villainy, though whether he really does have the ultimately good intention of saving the lives of everyone in Crystal Cove, as he claims to Velma and Marcie, making him a Well-Intentioned Extremist, or just wants power for himself, as he says to Professor Pericles. With the revelation that the Entity influences minds, further complicates the matter as to whether it was making him more self-serving, or just deluding him into thinking he was doing good by finding it.
Batman Gambit: The Alice May mystery was staged by Mr. E so that the gang would discover the yearbook with the picture of the original Mystery Inc. and start looking into the real mystery under Crystal Cove.
Mr. E does it again in Episode 25 — in order to bait Prof. Pericles, he hires Alice May again to mess with the gang.
Big Bad Duumvirate: With Professor Pericles in the second season, though Pericles is clearly the dominant force among the two.
Card-Carrying Villain: After teaming up with Pericles, he actually at one point referred to himself as evil.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Is the head of Destroido, and thus responsible for all its environmental damage and dangerous products. Though he's said that he's willing to destroy his own company if it means getting his hands on the pieces of the disc.
He seems to change his mind about the time of The Horrible Herd. He spends the entire episode griping about Pericles wasting Destroido's money and scientists on mutant cattle and missile lauchers.
Death Seeker: By the end of the series, Ricky is looking forward to the fact that he believes none of them are going to survive.
Deus ex Machina: Half the time Mr. E contacts the kids, it's not to advance his own agenda but to grant them a clue from "on high". Although, considering we know next to nothing about him, it may all be part of an even bigger plan.
Though with Fridge Brilliance when you realize that if the gang didn't survive/solve the little mysteries, then they wouldn't unravel the big one about Fred Jones Sr being the Freak and taking Fred from Brad and Judy, and Pericles and the disc, and, well, everything! If he hadn't helped, they wouldn't have done what he wanted later.
Of course, why he would want all that out in the open is still up in the air...
Later, he has a Heel Realization where he realizes that Cassidy was right about the treasure and the curse, and refused to order the deaths of the townspeople for Pericles (though the evil parrot forced him to via Cold-Blooded Torture). He also expresses regret at Hot Dog Water's death via Heroic Sacrifice to delay them from following Mystery Inc., and has his own Heroic Sacrifice saving the kids from the Nibiru entity.
Fat Bastard: After the Cosmic Retcon removing all the evil, he's considerably thinner and resembles his younger self more.
Figure It Out Yourself: At one point, Shaggy just asks Mr. E if he could give them a straight answer instead of a weird riddle.
Mr. E: Where's the fun in that?
Heel-Face Turn: Attempts one in Gates of Gloom when he refuses to order the deaths of the townspeople. A few good doses of cobra venom, however, put a stop to it reeeaaaal fast.
Heroic Sacrifice: Saves the gang from the Nibiru Entity but is killed by it seconds later. As with all its other victims, he's brought back to life when its erased from existence.
Identity Concealment Disposal: In the second season, once his identity has been revealed, he usually just shows up in person rather than use the various convoluted methods of communication he did in the first season.
Love Redeems: It's ultimately his love for Cassidy that breaks the curse's hold on him.
Omniscient Morality License: Subverted, while he seems to believe this, considering that he nearly kills the gang with Alice May in order to lure out Professor Pericles, ultimately he does not consider himself a "hero" and later calls himself evil.
Only Sane Man: Among his cohorts in the second season (Pericles, Brad, and Judy), he's the only one who the curse corrupted to just evil rather than to insanity.
Pet the Dog: Can briefly be seen looking at pictures of Cassidy in "The Devouring", possibly hinting at regret for her death.
Gates of Gloom reveals that he actually didn't know she was dead. He was looking at her pictures because he was getting worried that he hadn't heard from her. He gets another Pet the Dog after he finds this out, by refusing to order the deaths of the people of Crystal Cove. It doesn't end well.
Pragmatic Villainy: In episode 43, "The Horrible Herd", he outright tells Pericles that he has gone too far with his plan this time, mainly because the cattle had apparently EATEN 29 of his scientists, and the money they had cost (in addition to having to explain it) rather than moral concerns.
Holds a two-way conversation via car radio... when the other party has no discernable microphone.
Token Good Teammate: After Cassidy dies, the role went to Brad and Judy, but once they became thoroughly corrupted, Ricky gains the position instead, coming to realize the error of his and the others' ways and attempting to put a stop to it.
Took a Level in Kindness: After the Nibiru entity's destruction and the creation of a new reality, he's a much better, happier, and skinnier person, and his company is dedicated to helping the environment rather than hurting it.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of Destroido, which is among other things guilty of using landfill waste as an ingredient for snack products. Though he may only be the face of it, as he works for Mr. E, and in season 2, Mr. E calls it [his] company, and later says that he build it.
Enraged By Idiocy: When trying to cryptically deliver a clue to Daphne by pushing a book out of a shelf, hoping she'd open it. She puts it back in, and he pushes it out again, this process repeats itself, before Ed finally yells at her to open it, and running away before she, or the audience, sees him.
However, considering the Nibiru Entity's demise erased it from existence, it's likely he was brought back to life along with all its other victims.
Not So Stoic: A few times, like when Daphne doesn't take a hint, or when the Cicada monster attacks him or when Pericles kills him.
Scream Discretion Shot: The last we see of him is him being asked to deliver a message to Mr. E by Professor Pericles. Pericles then confesses he doesn't mean to say anything. Cut to outside the house with sounds of wings flapping and Ed screaming.
Considering they joined up with Pericles after he said Fred and co. found two pieces of the Planespheric Disks (prompting a "No!" from Judy), their evil actions are trying to steal all the pieces from Fred, and those pieces have been repeatedly established to corrupt people with greed and evil, they might just have a point here.
Didn't Think This Through: Unfortunately, despite Cassidy's warning, they press on with this course of action and the predictable outcome happens: in trying to save Fred from corruption, they become corrupted themselves, and end up so uncaring that they willingly hurt the son they wanted to protect in order to get to the treasure.
In the Blood: Fred's lack of intelligence but brilliance when it comes to traps? It comes from them.
Jerkass: More and moreso as they become more corrupted by the curse.
Pet the Dog: In spite of their villain status, they do at least seem to truly love Fred. At one point when breaking into Velma's room to find the disk pieces, they stop to fawn over how cute their son looks in a group picture Velma has. They also really admire his trap-making skills, even when having to bypass these traps themselves.
However, once they get closer to the treasure (see the below trope), their love for Fred decreases as the treasure influences them. When closest to the treasure, they only barely acknowledge him to be their son at all!
Sanity Slippage: All people who are involved with the curse go insane with evil and greed, but with Brad and Judy, we actually get to see the entire process. Compare them in their debut - two people who love each other and care for their son (despite being emotionally distant from him since they never got to raise him) and have a fondness for their old friends, to them in the finale - two utter psychopaths who don't care about their son at all, gleefully backstab their old friends without a second thought, and even turn hateful toward each other in the end.
Surgical Impersonation: Of Fred (by Brad) and an older Daphne (by Judy), in The Man in the Mirror and Pericles doesn't care enough to have it undone, to their great distress and mutual sniping.
Token Good Teammate: After Cassidy's death, they both seemed to fill the role due to the following factors: Even if they are doing questionable things, they still worry about Fred's safety and believe that owning all the disk pieces will make it safer for him, and they don't initially seem to be aware of that Cassidy is dead, or that Pericles was responsible- When asked about her status, they were told she's "no longer a concern".
As the season progresses, they show more of their evil side and Mr. E takes on the role instead. Concern for Fred's safety is now nil - they shoot down his helicopter with a rocket launcher, they call Pericles a genius when he all but states that he has murdered Cassidy and has no qualms about doing the same to E, and betray Mr. E when he tries to get their help dealing with Pericles.
Took a Level in Kindness: After the Nibiru entity's destruction and the creation of a new reality, they are dual obstetricians and are actually good parents to Fred who lovingly raised him, as shown by a picture on the wall of them with Fred as a toddler.
Walking Spoiler: They don't even get mentioned until the season 1 finale and then that's when things go downhill.
Badass Bystander: The scene below, he had no real role in the episode, but he still stood up and defended the gang from attack.
Big Damn Heroes: When investigating a dead robot, the gang is attacked by another near his restaurant, and he shoots a harpoon through its back disabling it. After shouting, he offers the kids some free food to compensate for the disturbance.
One Steve Limit: Exaggertedly averted; he and his five siblings are all Skipper Shellton.
Recurring Extra: One of the most recurring adults who doesn't become a villain.
Cowardly Lion: In his movies, he's brave. But when Nightfright arrives in real life; he's not. But he managed to demonstrate how amazing his acting skills really are by goading Nightfright into Fred's trap by being COMPLETELY nonchalant about the monster's constant attempts at scaring him... until he drops the act and reveals how freaked out he was.
Badass Teacher: In episode 25, he stood up to Obliteratrix/Alice May. Sure he got his butt handed to him, but he's pretty much better than most adults in the series.
The Bus Came Back: Returned in episode 25 to help the kids figure out the writings on the Planespheric Map.
Butt Monkey: In "Pawn Of Shadows", where he's being forced to write a teen vampire romance novel to keep up with a younger author who constantly insults him, then he gets fired.
Throw the Dog a Bone: Towards the end of the episode the dean comes back to reveal that the song Char-Gar-Gothacon, based on his book, is a massive hit in Japan, so Hatecraft get's his job back thanks to bringing all kinds of money to Darrow College.
And his personal nemesis is a Stephanie Meyer expy who writes the tween bestseller Dusk series. Hatecraft goes through a Heroic BSOD over how banal romance and mediocre writing is considered better literature than his well-thought out works. He gets over it when he finds out his stuff is "big in Japan" as stated above, and therefore not only gets his job back, but his nemesis is kicked out.
Identical Stranger: He shares aspects of the appearance of Ricky Owens, one of the original Mystery Incorporated members.
You Shall Not Pass: Tried this on Obliteratrix, but it fails. At least that's better than what most adults do in the show.
The Mole: Works with Mystery Inc. alongside Velma for Mr. E, but is also following orders from Mr. E that Velma isn't aware of. And it pains her to do it as she seems to like solving mysteries and making friends with the gang.
Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Velma. It's even invoked in the altered credits (for the US episodes) wherein she temporarily replaces Daphne and hugs a picture of Velma in the same way Daphne hugged a picture of Fred.
As Velma runs off with an epiphany in the finale, Marcie quips, "That's my girl!"
Sound-Only Death: The Kriestaffelbots advance on her with their arm cannons, then it cuts to Velma and Scooby, they hear gunfire in the distance, and Scooby starts whimpering. Velma sadly tells Scooby to go on.
Shadow Archetype: Hot Dog Water is what Velma would be like if she didn't have any friends to help her.
Sixth Ranger: Sort of. She fills in for Daphne when she initially refuses to return to Mystery Inc. in the second season. As soon as the original 5 are back together, though, she's given the boot which is made up for when they recruit her as an ally again in "Wrath of the Krampus".
Stripperiffic: Dark Lilith is a subversion, the skin is all just rubber and Latex, and it's very durable, since she was dragged along a rocky cliff side with only a tear in the leg, exposing it as a costume.
Characterization Marches On: A subtle example. In the first few episodes, Velma's mom appeared to be just as thoughtless as the other parents, but as the show progressed the gang would go to her for advice on the supernatural. She even helps them during a case involving a headless zombie, and once offered to "take care" of Shaggy after he chose Scooby over Velma (she was kidding). Granted, Angie still got in a couple of snarky comments here and there, but her reveal that she actually reads Velma's blog is something you'd expect of a typical parent. And, by the disastrous events of the last episode, she's the only parent shown comforting their child and not making the situation worse.
Open Minded Parent: While she does make a big fuss over her daughter solving mysteries and ruining her business, that doesn't stop her from providing her all the resources she can. The only time she seems to discourage her hanging around Shaggy was after he broke Velma's heart, and even then she didn't use that as leverage to try and pry her away from the team.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He kidnaps a host of people for his personal staff for the set of his new movie, and Daphne to be his small town girlfriend for the press... when he could have easily hired those people to come with him and Daphne was already coming with him.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He was a mayoral candidate, but lost to Fred Jones Sr. He was later an Avocado farmer (the family business), but Destroido rotted and mutated his crops and the gang blew them up accidentally. Then he was a palm reader (and seemed to be bad at it), a jewel thief, and finally a janitor.
Disney Death: Falls out of a helicopter and appears to have been trampled in The Horrible Herd, only to start whimpering and moving when Scooby picks her up. She Appears to flatline at the hospital, but she get's better.
Demonic Possession: Inverted. Instead of The Nibiru Entity, the thing using her body as an avatar is actually an Annunaki, a benevolent entity dedicated to stopping Nibiru.
Miss Muffykins: Judy babytalks her, she sits in laps and is carried around like a teddy bear by the Gang, she's fluffy and well-groomed, but she isn't a yappy, useless runt. She even helps with a trap by alerting the others to incoming monsters in one episode.
Sixth Ranger: After the Krampus gambit, Scooby decides that Brad and Judy don't deserve her and she ends up being a second Team Pet for the Gang. She now lives with Fred at the Blake house, and served a small role in the team's capture of the Queen of the Horrible Herd.
Gary and Ethan
Voiced by: Tony Cervone (Gary Season 1), Jeff Bennett (Gary Season 2), Mitch Watson (Ethan), Clancy Brown (Hebidiah Grim)
Slut Shaming: A more child friendly subversion. Hebediah Grim repeatedly assaults girls because of their necklines, leg exposure, or make-up because he's a Puritan Judge. However, it's all just a ploy to get Gary and Ethan the girls, whom they're attracted to implicitly because of these qualities.
He curiously absolves Velma of any indiscretions, but only because he thinks she's homely.
Too Dumb to Live: They thought climbing a mesa with their soccer ball would help them win the game. When they play Hebediah Grim they plant a yearbook on a patsy, with their names on the book. In addition, the video they have setting up Gary's allibi that Ethan accesses has both him and Ethan on it, meaning it was recorded earlier.
Took a Level in Kindness: Their ultimate fate, without the negative influence, they turn out to be pretty nice and friendly, at least to Fred, complimenting him on winning their game.
Adults Are Useless: In episode 2, none of the kids's parents can pick them up from Gatorsburg after the Mystery Machine breaks down.
Out of Focus: While it's safe to say that these characters's recurring appearances are fairly consistent, Dale Dinkley appears the least often. You'd be hard pressed at finding his name anywhere in the series, if anywhere at all. While his wife appears more frequently, he is hardly ever seen or mentioned, even in situations where he should be, such as the events of "Dark Night of the Hunters".