Western Animation / What's New, Scooby-Doo?

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The gang, in order from left to right, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby.
The ninth incarnation of Scooby-Doo, the show lasted for three seasons from 2002 to 2005. It is very similar to the first Scooby Doo cartoon show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, in many respects, but has been updated with more modern technologynote  and is usually more realistic than the older Scooby Doo cartoon shows. It also parodies many conventions of the older series.

Additionally, this series is no longer produced by the original Hanna-Barbera Productions (which ceased to exist by 1998), instead, it was produced by its then-parent company, Warner Bros..

See the Shout-Out page here.

This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Gibby Norton to Velma.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Most noticeably with Velma - who is given a cute face and an attractive figure here (whereas her original design had her be very plain and slightly overweight) - and to a lesser extent Shaggy, who probably benefits more from the less rough art-style.
  • Age Lift: In the original series the characters were teenagers, with Velma being the youngest at fifteen. Here they all seem to be in their late teens to early twenties.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The Dinwittie siblings Andy, Mandy and Randy.
  • Always Someone Better: Velma was this to a kid named Elliot Blender, who appeared in two episodes as both a Sore Loser, a Red Herring and an all around Jerk Ass.
  • Animation Bump: The Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cameo in "New Mexico, Old Monster." Even though it was simply animated in Korea (by Lotto Animation, to be exact), many have found it to be animated much better than The Looney Tunes Show and Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production a decade later.
  • Anti-Villain: Used several times, a first for the franchise. Every once in a while, the characters would run into a villain with sympathetic motives - generally, these folks would be let off because "nobody got hurt" (though not for lack of trying, sometimes) or the case just dropped without fanfare.
  • Art Shift: In contrast to the usual Hanna-Barbera style, the characters are redesigned in Warner Bros. Animation's typical "house" style of the time for this series (resembling a show produced by Adelaide Productions, such as Men in Black and Jackie Chan Adventures- both of which also aired on Kids' WB). It hits some characters more strongly than others, like Velma's totally redesigned body shape.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Occasionally episodes have this trope as Monster of the Week:
    • The Fast and the Wormius has a giant Sand Worm.
    • The monster in Big Appetite in Little Tokyo is "Shag-Zilla", a Godzilla-fied Shaggy.
    • Large Dragon at Large has, well, a large dragon at large.
    • New Mexico, Old Monster has a gigantic eagle-like bird as it's monster.
    • A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown Features a gigantic metallic clown. Also counts as a villainous example of a Humongous Mecha.
    • Block-Long Hong Kong Terror also features a dragon, this time a Chinese one.
    • Reef Grief! Features a giant Coral Monster. Though it's actually not the main antagonist in disguise, and is indeed real. In fact, the only reason it even attacks was due to the Big Bad mining through it's home.
  • Attack OF The Killer Whatever: A lot of them:
    • Of all things, [Automated Automobiles the Mystery Machine]] invokes this trope in It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine.
    • Glowing Safari Animals in Safari, So Goodi!.
    • Evil toys in Toy Story Boo.
    • The robot servant and The house itself, which was the villain the whole time in High-Tech House of Horrors
    • A monster made of Scooby Snacks in Recipe for Disaster.
    • An abdominal (literal) Snowman in A Scooby-Doo! Christmas.
    • The Baseball Specter (and this time, it's a ghostly virus) in The Unnatural.
    • The scarecrows in A Scooby Doo Halloween.
    • The Demon Farmer in Farmed & Dangerous
    • A man made of solid gold in Gold Paw
    • An Ice-bodied Hockey player in Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
    • The Giant Bird from New Mexico, Old Monster
    • Killer robot Cowboys (led by Cold Steel) in Go West, Young Scoob
    • Mystery inc. Doppelgangers in A Scooby-Doo Valentine.
    • The Monster Truck Driver in Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters!
  • Automated Automobiles: The Mystery Machine in It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine, where it attempts of kill the very people who ride in it multiple times.
  • Back Blocking: In "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo". When a bunch of angry Japanese villagers are crowding around the gang, one of them in a light grey shirt fills the screen.
  • Berserk Button: In Fright House of a Lighthouse, Freddy tells Shaggy and Scooby that the Monster of the Week was badmouthing Scooby Snacks; this gets them riled up enough to be bait without the usual bribe.
  • Big Eater: As always, Shaggy and Scooby are made of this trope.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Occurs in the Halloween episode with redhead Daphne, brunette Velma and Velma's blonde cousin, Marcy.
  • Bookcase Passage: Parodied whenever necessary.
  • Bound and Gagged: Daphne in Big Scare in the Big Easy.
  • Brainy Brunette: Velma Dinkley, as usual. Though, it's a bit more exaggerated in this series than the original at times. In the original, she was often the one who figured out the story behind the cases and pulled Eureka Moments when she found a clue. In this series, she's one step away from being a rocket scientist at points.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Shaggy and Scooby once won a contest where the prize was either a trip to Aruba or a tour of the Scooby Snack factory in Munchville, Ohio. And the factory was run by a man dressed like Willy Wonka.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: While the Scooby Gang's outfits have been modernized, they retain the same classic color scheme, independent of what they wear (except for disguises): Fred's is always white and blue, Daphne is always wearing purple and magenta, and Shaggy always wears green shirts and burgundy pants (Velma's orange-on-red scheme is retained as well for other types of clothes). It borders on Limited Wardrobe.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fred Jones. While some of the movies had been toying with this to push him away from his original flat everyman characterization, this was where the new characterization really started to take hold.
  • Continuity Nod: A first for a Scooby Doo series. The gang would reference places they had been previously as well as feature recurring characters in a few episodes. Even the Hex Girls made an appearance.
  • Covered in Mud: In the episode "Reef Grief!" Spencer Johnson covers the sand castle competitors with mud so they can build his underground freeway.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The show turns Fred into this, having modified the Mystery Machine to be able to turn into a submarine. In "Wrestle Maniacs", it is shown that he carries a spare wrestling outfit around in the van.
  • Darker and Edgier: Certain episodes, at least. The backstory for the two ghost brothers in "Big Scare in the Big Easy", for instance, states that they killed one another in a duel in the family graveyard. The provided flashback shows the two brothers loading their pistols on-screen, and ends with the sound of a gunshot.
  • Demoted to Extra: Scooby-Doo himself, in most cases, and sometimes Shaggy. Typically the show would shift focus onto Fred, Daphne and Velma, but one major exception was the episode '"Camp Comeoniniwannascareya", which did not feature Fred, Velma or Daphne at all; it just featured Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as the main characters.
  • Dinner Order Flub: In "Pompeii and Circumstance", Fred is continually misreading his Italian phrase book. As a result, he orders a potted plant at a restaurant.
  • The Ditz: Again, Fred Jones.
  • Dork Knight: Yet again, Fred. Apparently he's the only one who can't see how much he keeps making a fool of himself.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Played straight in "The Vampire Strikes Back".
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Velma's opinion of Gibby.
  • Everybody Did It: In one episode it's shown that all the suspects were in on the plan.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The monster of 3D-Struction is a Tyrannosaurus rex-like Ghost.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Velma's cousin Marcy is one of these, but without the overly protective father.
  • Flanderization: Yet again, Fred Jones. At least he has a character now
    • When you look at it, Daphne (being much more fashion-conscious than before - even though she's still sharper than Fred, and still more competent than she was in the original series) and Velma (who must always be right and, whenever she's wrong, the script will find a way to prove her right at the end of the day...with a few notable exceptions) qualify as well.
    • When Scooby and Shaggy enter a scene, you know the first thing they'll say will be food-oriented. Then again, it isn't really that different from their other portrayals.
  • Food as Bribe: How the gang usually persuade Shaggy and Scooby to be monster bait. In one episode, they use Scooby Snacks to persuade Shaggy and Scooby to be literal bait—the two end up dressing like octopi.
    • Even when Shaggy and Scooby see this coming, the gang manages to work around it. See the Genre Savvy entry.
  • Former Child Star: The Mystery Machine used to belong to the Mystery Kids, a musical group that starred a brother and a sister. They appear in the episode "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine", where their mother has been attempting to arrange a return to stardom for them. They decide at the end that they're happier being nobodies.
  • The Game Never Stopped: This happens in the episode E-Scream.
    • From Velma's point of view, at least...
  • Gender Misdirection: The gang once went to an amusement park without knowing anything about its owners than their names (Chris and Terry) and their fame obtained by building the park's rides. The gang (mostly Shaggy) expected Chris and Terry to be men but it turns out they're girls.
  • Gentle Giant: The "Coral Creature", which turned out to be one of the few (if not only) times where the monster was real.
  • Genre Savvy: In one episode, Shaggy and Scooby brought their own Scooby Snacks so they'd not have to accept the ones the gang offered as bribe. The gang reacted by offering milk, which they accepted.
    • This show is often genre savvy a LOT; every episode has to parody the classic Scooby-Doo formula in some way.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "A Scooby-Doo Halloween", Velma's cousin Marcy says that she's turning 18, "Able to legally... vote." While giving Fred a flirtatious look that would've been toeing the line on its own.
  • Human Popsicle: Dr. Armind Zola attempts to enact this trope in "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica".
  • Humongous Mecha: All of the gigantic monsters (minus the Coral Creature) are this, whether it's ascetically or through a reveal.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Brett Hull, Mike Piazza and skateboarders Chris Klug and Ryan Sheckler are among the celebrities to appear on the show in cartoon form. In "A Scooby Doo Valentine," the perps who disguised themselves as the gang are unmasked to be caricatures of their voice actors — Frank Welker (Fred), Casey Kasem (Shaggy), Grey DeLisle (Daphne) and Mindy Cohn (Velma).
    • One-shot character Mr. Wackypants ("Riva Ras Regas") greatly resembles his voice actor, Rip Taylor.
  • Insufferable Genius: Velma.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Surprisingly only done on ONE episode: "The Vampire Strikes Back," it starts off as your classic Scooby-Doo thunderstorm (complete with crackles, pops and vinyl hiss on the first couple of lightning flashes), but then it gets more realistic and LOUD, and then after the loudest thunder crash of them all (when Fred leaps down from a tower to save Daphne near the end), the storm abruptly comes to an end.
  • Lampshade Hanging: And lots of it, too. Every episode had to have at least one or two parodies of the classic Scooby-Doo conventions, to the point where it was no longer funny.
  • Latex Perfection: Typically avoided in this series in favor of the villains using makeup, animatronics, holograms, etc. Though there are a few exceptions in this series, such as in the intro, and in "A Scooby-Doo Valentine" when the gang is framed by rubber-masked impostors, and Scooby is unmasked (as seen in the trope page) to reveal J.C. Chasez of *NSYNC!
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: In pretty much every episode. The show does occasionally break the pattern of the two groups: Fred, Daphne and Velma in one group and Scooby and Shaggy in the other.
  • Lighthouse Point: In "Fright House of a Lighthouse".
  • Living Toys: Apparently living toys are the monster of the episode in "Toy Scary Boo".
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: This happens to Daphne three times. First time she loses a shoe in E-Scream, then in Big Scare in the Big Easy and finally in Recipe for Disaster.
  • MacGyvering: It's not rare for Daphne to do this, usually with items she carries around in her purse.
  • The Minnesota Fats: One episode introduces a girl named Verona Dempsey who plays this to Velma (all while being really bitchy to her). It turns out she's one of the episode's two villains.
  • Monster Clown: A giant, mechanical version of this attacks a mini golf course in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown". This is more of a problem than usual because Velma has a phobia of clowns.
  • Monster of the Week: Though the monster almost always turns out to be fake.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Fred's attempts to use an Italian phrase book in "Pompeii and Circumstance".
    • And in "Ready To Scare", only with French.
  • Mythology Gag: The flashback scene of Velma's birthday party in "A Terrifying Round With A Menacing Metallic Clown" is designed in the style of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It explains Velma's fear of clowns—the clown hired for her party destroyed her prize gift, a set of encyclopedias, and it made Velma run off crying.
    • The episode Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman pays homage to The New Scooby-Doo Movies, where celebrity guest stars in animated form helped the gang solve cases.
  • Not Himself / Out-of-Character Moment: In-universe: In "E-Scream", this is what tips Velma off to the fact that she's in a virtual reality game: Freddy doesn't want to split up, Daphne is okay with wearing mismatched shoes, and Shaggy and Scooby are perfectly willing to be bait for a trap even without being offered Scooby Snacks. Shaggy saying "Toinks!" instead of "Zoinks!" is just the final nail in the coffin.
    • Shaggy's bravery in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" could count as well, if only because he didn't want a monster stopping him from winning the mini-golf tournament. In the same episode, Velma goes off cowering with Scooby as her childhood fear of clowns comes to the surface.
  • Notzilla: An episode has a giant monster named "Shagzilla". He's supposed to be Shaggy cursed to transform into a Godzilla parody at night (Actually, it's a giant robot built by the villain of the week, and Shaggy is duped into believing he really is the monster because, while he is asleep, he is made up as the monster and placed on a Tokyo maquette.).
  • Obfuscating Disability: Invoked in one episode, by our villain of the day, Avalanche Anderson, to prevent anyone from knowing that he was behind the Snow Creature.
  • Once an Episode: Nearly all the parodies of the old series (especially spoofing the "meddling kids" line.)
  • Panty Shot: Velma in "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine". But you've gotta not blink or you'll miss it. (For the record, they're white as opposed to matching her skirt color as before.)
  • Precious Puppies: The Secret Six are a group of six golden retriever puppies that appear in several episodes. And they are adorable, especially when they're performing military exercises.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: "Wrestle Maniacs", thankfully unrelated to it's cash-cow counterpart.
  • Scarecrow Solution: Counselor Gray/Toxic Terror, to protect a camp from becoming an adult resort.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied in almost every episode.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: Naturally, however:
    • One episode plays with it; the monster is real. It's just a creature that was disturbed by the crooked plan of the villain.
    • Pretty consistently, if the monster is some kind of robot or techno-terror (like hostile robot or a Killer Mystery Machine), it's real. This is consistent with the occasional way-out science-fiction explanations for the more conventional hoaxes.
    • Some Monsters are actually remote-controlled instead of someone riding them like vehicles or being in a costume.
    • You'd think the Big Bad of High-Tech House of Horrors would be some sort of hacker or Jeeves. However in reality, it's actually S.H.A.R.I., the AI inside the House, That's right, the haunted house itself was the villain the whole time.
    • The Space Ape's infant form subverts this trope (although the adolescent and adult forms are indeed a human), as the infant version is still a living, breathing creature in disguise, just not a human in disguise.
    • In a more non-monster example, in Homeward Hound, the big bad's dog (which is small dog, oddly enough) is disguised as an evil version of Scooby Doo. Oh, and in case you're wondering, excluding a of a lack of a collar, constant scowl and more aggressive behavior, it's actually very convincing disguise Yeah, that Scooby is small dog in disguise.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Velma gets shoved inside a makeover machine by Daphne. Parodied slightly in her reaction.
    Sees herself in the mirror
    Velma: 'Wow, I'm hot!
  • Ship Tease: There's some of this between Fred and Daphne, particularly in the Valentine's Day episode. They are the main Fan-Preferred Couple, after all.
  • Shout-Out: The third episode of season 3 has a character named Bocephus, as in Hank Williams, Jr.'s nickname.
  • Stage Mom: Susan Dinwittie. She's more concerned with making her Former Child Star kids Andy and Mandy famous again than they are and neglects her other son Randy. Once it's revealed she made their former van seem haunted as a publicity stunt, Andy and Mandy decide they're happy as has-beens.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gibby Norton, who obsesses over Velma.
  • Super OCD: Daphne.
  • Surfer Dude: Daphne impresses one of these with her surfing in "She See Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daphne Blake, surprisingly.
  • Totem Pole Trench: In the episode "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters", Jimmy and his sister Cindy wore a jumpsuit, with one on the other's shoulders.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: All Daphne needs to look identical to her cousin Danica is a wig. She says that her Uncle Julius also resembles Danica when he wears heels.
    • Velma looks like her cousin Marcy's parents, especially in contrast to Marcy herself, ironically.
  • The Unfavorite: Randy Dinwittie. His mother only cares about making his siblings Andy and Mandy famous again and his accomplishments mean nothing to her except when she can use his skills to improve Andy and Mandy's career no matter if it's by hook or by crook.
  • Wacky Racing: Fred enters the Mystery Machine in one of these in the episode "The Fast and the Wormious". Because this is Scooby-Doo, the already bizarre race gets interrupted by a large worm monster, which turns out to be one of the racers.
  • Wicked Toymaker: In "Toy Scary Boo", a wicked toymaker uses living toys to wreak havoc in a mall as a cover for his real crime.
  • With Friends Like These...: Fred, Daphne, and Velma could be so mean to Shaggy and Scooby sometimes.
  • You Meddling Kids: Parodied in nearly every episode as well; instances include having twin villains say it in unison (in "The Vampire Strikes Back") and a young kid calling the gang "meddling grownups" (in "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters"), and in "Gold Paw", the villain refers to them as "interloping adolescents". And the villain of "There's no Business Like Snow Business" called them "meddling teenagers".
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: The episode "Roller Ghoster Ride" featured a few scenes that had a young boy being told that he was too short to go on certain rides, such as the Sky-Diving Simulator, the Slingshot, and the Rocket Coaster. Also, he was ruled out as a suspect for being too short for the costume. In the end, after the villain of the episode was caught, the boy gets to ride with Shaggy and Scooby on the food-based ride that was built for the amusement park.
  • Younger and Hipper: Basically, this is the original 1960s show retooled for the 21st century, complete with more modern and realistic settings, situations and sound effects, and a poppy punk soundtrack (included the reworked main theme by Simple Plan).

Alternative Title(s): Whats New Scooby Doo

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