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Western Animation: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
"And I got away with it thanks to those meddling kids and their dog."
Iwao Takamoto, character designer for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, discussing the show's success

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is a popular animated television series created by Hanna-Barbera, launched all the way back in 1969. It consisted of two seasons which originally aired Saturday mornings on CBS. The series spawned the famous Scooby-Doo franchise, which is still running to this day, lasting over forty years!

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! featured a gang of four mystery-solving teenagers, and their talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. In each episode, the Scooby Doo Gang runs into some sort of paranormal activity, and it's up to them to solve the case. In nearly every episode, however, it just turns out to be a man in a mask, though the gang never seems to catch onto this.


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • '70s Hair: The characters were designed in 1969, but close enough.
  • Abandoned Area: The most common setting of the series.
    • Abandoned Mine: There's one in the episode "Mine Your Own Business".
    • Ghost Town: Gold City, also from "Mine Your Own Business".
    • Haunted Castle: The primary location in "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" and "Hassle in the Castle" naturally.
    • Haunted House: Of course! Standout examples include "A Night of Fright is No Delight", "What the Hex Going On", and "Haunted House Hang-Up".
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: In "Spooky Space Kook", Shaggy and Scooby build one only to find out that the door opens outwards instead of inwards.
    • In "Mystery Mask Mix-up", we have this:
    Shaggy(after they've finished nailing the door shut): He won't be able to open that door.
    The wall lifts up, revealing the ghost.
    Shaggy: Wouldn't you know he'd come through the wall?
  • Always Night: The monsters and ghosts only appear at night (and for good reason) and daylight scenes occur on only a few occasions throughout the entire series.
  • Amusement Park of Doom
  • Bat Scare: The opening credits, every time.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: The Phantom of Vasquez Castle, although he subverts the typical ineptitude such a costume usually implies by being transparent and intangible for the majority of the episode.
  • Big Eater: Guess.
  • Black Belt in Origami: In "Mystery Mask Mix-up", Shaggy tries to bluff the ghost: "Go on, I dare you to cross the line, but I warn you, I know judo, chop suey, and Chinese checkers!" The ghost (being Chinese) was not intimidated.
  • Blind Without 'Em: "My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!"
  • The Butler Did It: In "Go Away Ghost Ship", Shaggy lampshades this: "Like, I thought the butler always did it."
  • But This Is Ridiculous!: Twice.
    • Velma, when Shaggy goes off dancing with Scooby:
    Well, I've been a wallflower before, but this is ridiculous!
    • Shaggy, when he has to carry Scooby over to "investigate".
    I've heard of holding somebody's hand when they're scared, but this is ridiculous.
  • Captain Colorbeard: Redbeard, from "Go Away Ghost Ship."
  • Cartoon Juggling: Shaggy in "A Tiki Scare is No Fair" while distracting the Witch Doctor.
  • Catch Phrase
  • Chase Scene: just about every episode. Sometimes with music.
  • Cobweb Of Disuse: In "Mine Your Own Business", Shaggy and Scooby get cups full of them. In "Nowhere to Hyde", the attic has a collection of them.
  • Danger Takes a Front Seat: the Creeper.
  • Distressed Damsel: Danger-Prone Daphne.
  • The Dog Bites Back: at the end of "Decoy for a Dognapper", the kidnapped dogs chase and tree the villain.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Done in "A Clue For Scooby Doo". The villain is disguised as the alleged ghost of a dead sailor. The episode presents two suspects: the dead sailor's wife, and another sailor. The villain turns out to be the dead sailor, who was not so dead after all. (However, his wife was an accomplice.)
  • Dramatic Unmask/The Reveal: At the end of every episode.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Velma, believe it or not, in "Foul Play in Fun land" after losing her glasses. Fred also briefly resorted to this during the Chase Scene in "Mystery Mask Mix-up."
  • Expospeak Gag: In "Hassle in the Castle", Velma translates her own Expo Speak.
    Velma: When the barometric pressure dropped and the warm offshore air came in contact with the midland cold front, we ran into some unnavigable nucleation.
    Fred: You're right, Velma — whatever you said.
    Velma: I said, we're lost in a fog.
  • Fine, You Can Just Wait Here Alone: In "Spooky Space Kook", Shaggy and Scooby declare they aren't going any farther. Fred responds, "Fine, if you want to stay here — alone." A ghostly laugh sends the two running to catch up.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Floorboard Failure: in "Mine Your Own Business". Justified as the mine is decades old.
  • Ghostly Gape: The Phantom Shadows from "A Night of Fright is No Delight" have orange spots for eyes and a gaping orange mouth.
  • Ghost Pirate: The villains from "Go Away Ghost Ship" which shockingly features a...
  • Ghost Ship
  • Hero Stole My Bike: in "Decoy for a Dognapper", Shaggy asks a friend if he has anything for him to follow Scooby's abductors. When the friend says, "Only my motorbike", Shaggy roars away with it. At least he asked...
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Nowhere to Hyde", Fred, Velma, and Daphne scare the Villain of the Week so badly that he falls through his own Trap Door.
  • Impact Silhouette: Shaggy and Scooby tend to leave these when they're running from the villain.
  • Implied Love Interest:
    • In this series, it was strongly implied that Fred and Daphne were boyfriend-and-girlfriend, such as dancing together at parties and whatnot, but it was never confirmed if they were an Official Couple.
    • The same could be said for Velma and Shaggy. As well as being designated dance partners, he carries her spare glasses on him at all times and she brings his cough medicine when he's ill. Not to mention how they dressed up as Tarzan and Jane, as well as Mark Anthony and Cleopatra.
  • Imprinting: Scooby has a baby chick do this in one episode. When he returns it, a whole nest of eggs hatch and all of them imprint on Scooby.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: in "Who's Afraid Of the Big Bad Werewolf".
  • In Universe Nickname: Danger-Prone Daphne.
  • The Ketchup Test: Fred pulls this off in "What a Night for a Knight", in order to confirm that the 'blood' on the museum floor wasn't blood. It was paint.
  • Knew It All Along: In "Never Ape an Ape Man", Shaggy gets "grabbed" by a stuffed ape. When Velma tells him it's not real, he answers, "Well, I hope you don't think he had me fooled for a minute. I knew it all the time."
  • Large Ham: Scooby. "What a ham," indeed.
  • Laugh Track
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Trope Namer.
  • Little Girls Kick Shins: Velma does it to the Creeper.
  • Lost My Appetite: Shaggy, of all people.
    Old Man: I'm the hermit of the hills, and you're just in time to join me for dinner! (Laughs)
    Shaggy (laughs): I just lost my appetite.
  • The Movie: Besides the series of revived direct to video films, it did get two theatrical ones.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying Over You: In the episode "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too", Shaggy did this over a stone statue of Scooby: "He was like a brother to me! (the real Scooby approaches him) Look, Scoob, you've been turned to stone!"
  • Now I Know How an X Feels: Shaggy in "Scooby's Night With a Frozen Fright".
    Velma: Are you all right?
    Shaggy: Yeah. But now I know how a baseball feels when it gets knocked out of the park.
  • Ominous Fog: Becomes a plot point in "Go Away Ghost Ship".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fans didn't learn that Shaggy's first name was Norville until years later ([[spoiler:he has a younger named Maggie in later series, but her nickname is "Sugie").
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: For starters, they're all just people in costumes, but that's not to say the villains didn't get creative. Examples range from a floating white sheet to glowing blue alien with a skull head, and even a "ghost" who could actually walk through walls (by using a mirror-projected image of himself).
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: During the chase sequence in "Don't Fool With a Phantom", Shaggy and Scooby paint a fake door on the wall before fleeing the room in another direction. When the Wax Phantom catches up to where they had been he opens the fake door...and promptly crashes into (and through) the very real brick wall behind it.
  • Panty Shot: Velma in "Decoy For A Dognapper." She and Shaggy flail their arms and legs warding off a flock of bats; Velma kicks her skirt up high enough to show panties the same color as her skirt.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Velma. She's the shortest but can lift all the other members of the group at once.
  • Real Estate Scam: Frequently the villain's motive.
  • Rise from Your Grave: The zombie from "Which Witch is Which?" is brought 'back to life' by the eponymous witch.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Trope Namer. Though used before Scooby-Doo, this series could've made it famous.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Once again, the Trope Namer.
  • Security Cling: Scooby often jumps into Shaggy's arms. Shaggy jumps into Velma's once.
  • Shaggy Search Technique: Trope Namer once again.
    Daphne: Look! A secret passage!
    Fred: You're right! Shaggy, you're a genius!
    Shaggy: I am?
    Velma: Sure. Who else but you could've sat down on the rock that opened the secret passage?
    Shaggy: I thought that rock was pretty suspicious.
  • Shout-Out: Check it out here.
  • Smoke Out: Used by the witch in "Which Witch is Which?" as well as by Velma in "Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too".
    Velma: Pardon me; it's time for a smoke-screen exit.
  • Spooky Painting: The first of many appears in "Hassle in the Castle".
  • Spooky Seance: The gypsy fortune teller provides one to the gang in "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts". Needless to say, it does nothing to deter their curiosity.
  • Stop Drowning and Stand Up: In "Haunted House Hang-Up", a chase ends with Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma falling into a well, leading to the following exchange:
    Shaggy: Help! Help, I'm drowning! Call the Coast Guard!
    Velma: Stand up. The water's only knee-deep.
    • Also, from "Foul Play in Funland", after the villain has upset their boat:
    Shaggy: Don't worry, I'll save ya!
    Velma: Thanks, Shaggy, but why don't we just walk out?
  • The Straight Man: This is the reason why Fred and Daphne often disappear into the background, the writers preferred focusing on more interesting characters.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: Happened in some episodes, such as "Spooky Space Kook."
  • The Summation: Every time the monster is revealed to be fake, the gang explains why the masked man went through all the trouble he did, how he did it and how the gang managed to piece the clues together.
  • Title Theme Tune: In the lyrics: "Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?"
  • Toon Physics: Applied several times, sometimes characters (usually Shaggy and Scooby) could do things like hang from ceilings by jackhammers or leave things suspended in midair.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: In "A Night of Fright is No Delight", the gang gets trapped between the encroaching walls of the room they're in. Only Scooby "playing" the piano saved them.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: The last episode of the series "Don't Fool With a Phantom" takes place in one, although given that this is Scooby-Doo there are no actual dead bodies.
  • Witch Doctor: Two prominent examples as both are featured in the theme songs of their respective seasons. Firstly, the Navajo inspired witch doctor from "Decoy for a Dognapper" and the Hawaiian inspired one from "A Tiki Scare is No Fair" with the latter being a more iconic example.
  • Wolfman: In the episode "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?". One also makes an appearance in "A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts".
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: in "A Night of Fright is No Delight", Scooby alone of all the potential heirs manages to stay the night in the "haunted" castle. Unfortunately, the million dollars that are legally his are all Confederate.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Although they never actually reach this point due to the type of show this is, most villains in the series definitely aren't above this.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Scooby expresses this to Fred in both "Hassle in the Castle", and "Don't Fool With a Phantom".
    Fred: Okay, Scooby. Go in and take a look around. We'll keep watch out here.
    Scooby: You're kidding.
    Fred: No, I'm not kidding.

    Fred (after chipping Scooby out of wax he accidentally encased him in): Okay, Scoob?
  • You Just Had to Say It: Of the "original speaker" variant, in "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Werewolf?" Shaggy comments, "I wish I knew how Mr. Hairy fits into all this." When Fred answers that they'll figure it out, Shaggy groans, "Oh, why don't I just keep quiet?"
  • You Meddling Kids: And they would've gotten away with it, too.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Invoked verbatim on more than a few occasions.
  • You Wouldn't Hit A Girl With Glasses: Yes, the Creeper would.

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