Thirteenth direct-to-video Scooby-Doo
film produced by Warner Bros. Animation
, Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword
was (thus far) the final production animated in the same style as What's New, Scooby-Doo?
; in addition, this film featured Casey Kasem
's final voice work as Shaggy (though he would continue to work in the Scooby-Doo franchise
as the voice of Shaggy’s father Colton
until the show's end), though interestingly enough, on European releases, Shaggy is voiced by Scott Innes, who provided the voice for the character in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders
and Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
. As of now, the movie is the last time the monster is of purely supernatural origin
So, we have the Scooby Doo Gang coming to Tokyo, Japan so Daphne can compete in a martial arts contest at a prestigious school. Before heading to the school in a fully functioning robotic plane, they meet up with Daphne's friend Miyumi, who is also a student. However, at the tournament, Mr. Takagawa, the curator at a Tokyo museum of ancient history, tries explaining to Mirimoto, the head of the tournament, that an ancient evil known as the Black Samurai has risen, and will be after a scroll in the school known as the Destiny Scroll. That night, the Black Samurai and his ninja robots attack during a feast, stealing what he thinks is the destiny scroll, but is actually only a copy.
Now, there is a race between the gang and the Black Samurai. After Velma solves the riddle of the scroll, they realize they must get to an ancient sword, known as the Sword of Doom before the Black Samurai.
This is a list of examples of Tropes that this films provides:
- Badass Bystander: The samurai sushi chef.
- Bigger Bad: The Black Samurai. What, you thought he was the Big Bad?
- Captured by Cannibals: Happens at the Temple of a Thousand Steps.
- Cat Fight: Between Daphne and Miyumi.
- Catchphrase: When the robot ninjas attack, all the members of the gang say their catchphrases, except for Fred, who lamphades that he still doesn't have one.
- Convection Shmonvection: The patch to the gate of fire.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Checkout that fall Scooby and Shaggy take when the robot ninjas attack!
- Everything's Better with Samurai
- Expy: Green Dragon use Hyper Beam!
- Foot Focus
- Go-Go Enslavement: Miyumi, Daphne and Velma when captured by the cannibals are put into skimpy tropical outfits. But there are no female members of the tribe.
- Gone Horribly Right: The real Black Samurai.
- Heel-Face Turn: Miyumi.
- Honor Before Reason: Miyumi.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Green Dragon.
- Lava Surfing: Used by Shaggy and Scooby to get through the Gate of Fire, which is a lone gate sitting in the middle of a lava current. How it is still standing is the effects of Convection Shmonvection, mentioned above.
- Magic Skirt: Miyumi, during her battle with her sensei.
- Mecha-Mooks: The robot ninjas.
- Parasol Parachute: Scooby and Shaggy use a paper umbrella to first fly, and then parachute. It works fine till Scooby tries climbing on top of it.
- Rolling Attack: During the attack on the karate school, Scooby and Shaggy temporarily become sumo wrestlers and roll over the top of the robot ninjas.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Well, it worked.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Black Samurai's soul is said to be sealed in the Sword of Doom. This is the truth, and he's released at the end of the film.
- Seashell Bra: Daphne and Miyumi are forced into wearing these after they are captured by the natives.
- Stylish Protection Gear: Mystery, Inc. don karate uniforms with trim that matches the colours of their usual outfits. Plus they have one that fits the dog.
- Took a Level in Badass: This is one of the Scooby-Doo films where Scooby and Shaggy are the main characters. And the only one of the films where they ride a green dragon with the Sword of Fate to a battle between them and an ancient terror.
- Tragic Villain: The Black Samurai is only evil due to being corrupted by the Sword of Doom, and desperately desired to be a great warrior. He even thanks Scooby and Shaggy for breaking the sword and the curse before he dies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Miss Mirimoto was last seen being pushed away and knocked out by the Black Samurai. She's likely arrested.
- Xenafication: Daphne is suddenly revealed to be a kick-ass martial artist in this movie.