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YMMV: Scooby-Doo
  • Affectionate Parody: Night of the Living Doo, which aired on Halloween in 2001.
    • Bravo Dooby Doo, an extremely on-target spoof where Johnny Bravo crossed paths with Mystery Inc.
    • The Scooby Doo Project, a series of interstitials from 1999 spoofing "The Blair Witch Project." Daphne even appeared as a member of the Hanna-Barbera tribe in Cartoon Network's "Staylongers" (spoof of "Survivor") interstitials.
      • Some fans however see these as examples of the Cartoon Network people never "getting" Hanna Barbera in the first place.
    • A not-so-affectionate parody: "Ring-a-Ding, Where Are You?," one of the shows to which Mighty Mouse gets juxtaposed in the 1988 episode Don't Touch That Dial from his Bakshi-produced TV show.
    Mighty Mouse: Gosh...I feel my I.Q. dropping by the minute!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In The Movie. Was Scrappy really corrupted by the artifact like Velma said, or was it all him?
  • Archive Panic: This franchise has run since 1969, with sixteen series, four movies, and ten video games.
  • Awesome Music: In a Halloween Special they got the band KISS playing "Shout it Out Loud".
    • To be honest, most chase scenes have one of these playing in the background. Several great singers have contributed to the series during the last years.
    • Even the live-action movies got some great music, particularly the first. Outkast and Busta Rhymes are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Complete Monster: Jacques from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and Nibiru Entity from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. See their pages for more details.
  • Designated Hero: Think whatever you want about Scrappy but you can't deny the heroes are responsible for his actions in the movie.
  • Dork Age: Varies like other Hanna Barbera shows some series and characters serve as the jumping point some people left
    • The most common is to jump off when Scrappy Doo Arrives
    • Some others jump off upon A Pup Named Scooby Doo
    • Even further some people consider the real end being when the Hanna Barbera name died, so ending at Cyber Chase
    • And an interesting twist some people have discounted the tv shows of Get a Clue and Mystery Incorporated but are still in favor of the dtv movies.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Hex Girls have remained popular with the fans. They even became a Canon Immigrant in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
    • The Ghoul School Girls, who only appeared in one special to date, but are fondly remembered by the fanbase.
    • Shaggy when compared to the rest of the gang (with the obvious exception of Scooby). Viewers preferred the comedic hijinx he got mixed up in with Scoob, as opposed to the basic mystery solving. He's the only other one to appear in every part of the franchise.
    • Out of the main cast, Velma is extremely popular, sometimes even more than Shaggy or Scooby in some parts. Being an Adorkable shapely nerd girl probably has something to do with it.
    • Also, let's not forget Vincent Van Ghoul from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. Being voiced by Vincent Price may have something to do with it, and it's most likely the reason why he returns in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
    • Several of the monsters have become very popular, such as the Tar Monster and Captain Cutler.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Referring to Scrappy Doo.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Daphne/Shaggy. Noticeably in the final seasons where they traveled together with Scooby and Scrappy solving mysteries or battling ghosts, visibly aging and changing clothes, appearance, and van in the final season with no explanation. Surprisingly, (and likely in part to no one willing to admit a Scrappy season had something worth mentioning in it), nobody brings up that the two were together. Seth Mcfarlane also has an unhealthy fixation on Daphne/Scooby, as heard on the Family Guy album.
    • A 1991 article in Wild Cartoon Kingdom theorizes that not only is Velma a lesbian but she's living her alternative lifestyle with Daphne.
    • Alternatively is Shaggy/Velma. The reason Fred got no love(in') is that he was... well... Fred Jones. The only person in the world with less personality than him is Keanu Reaves. Daphne was kind of flat too, in the original, and besides Shaggy and Scooby, Velma was the only one with a semblance of a personality.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The disembodied pair of eyes at the beginning of most Scooby Doo opening credits was pretty sinister to begin with, but at least you knew it was really just some petty criminal who probably wouldn't do any real harm. Then we get Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, where we get to meet Nibiru, the most terrifying Scooby villain ever. And he is very, very, real. What is the first form he takes on? A pair of disembodied eyes, of course!
    • The Fridge Horror really sets in when you realize that, due to the creature's nature, the eyes probably mean that Nibiru's been watching the gang the whole time. And because of his connection to Mystery Incorporated's Cosmic Retcon, which is hinted to be the cause of every Continuity Reboot in the franchise's history, that series probably wasn't the first time the gang fought encountered Nibiru.
    • It is important to note while this explanation does wonders just taking Mystery Incorporate to task, the writers They Just Didn't Care attitude to some HB research pokes many holes in this, a Continuity Reboot that works would blow out the only possible idea of a HB canon.
    • As of 2012, the episode "The Tar Monster" may fall into this, as the name of the government official was "Ben Ghazi"
    • The show changing the main cast to be just about Shaggy, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo becomes this when you realize that their original voice actors (Casey Kasem and Don Messick) were the first to pass away.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the end of Scooby Doo Pirates Ahoy Fred's dad mentions they should give them a trip to the Himalayas for Fred's birthday next year, which Shaggy quickly passes on because he doesn't want to risk a run in with the abominable snowman. The next year's movie, Chill Out Scooby Doo saw this happen as the main plot.
    • The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Halloween Episode "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle" saw Shaggy attend a costume party as a werewolf. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf aired four years later.
    • The episode where they're trying to stop the Monster Clown. Said clown hypnotizes Shaggy into being a lion tamer. Shaggy is found in there yelling "Back up there, Simba!"
      • It should be recalled though Simba is one of the two most generic lion names long before The Lion King was ever made. You think there's a lot of human's named "Joe?". Trying going to a lion zoo exhibit and call "Leo" and "Simba".
  • Ho Yay: The last scene of the What's New episode "Pompeii And Circumstance." Supping on a plate of spaghetti, Shaggy and Scooby are sucking in the same noodle, and...well, you know what happens next. Might be considered Interspecies Romance if Shaggy and Scooby weren't repulsed by the result.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Mystery Incorporated had a recent recurring sub-plot that had Scooby being jealous of Velma as Shaggy's girlfriend. This given a Take That Curse of the Lake Monster: Shaggy develops a crush on Velma and it has Scooby feeling a bit left out at times only for them to kiss and realize relationships aren't for them.
    Scooby: Hmph. Velma, Velma, Velma.
    • From Jeepers, It's The Creeper: At the school's barn dance, Shaggy is dancing with Velma when Scooby enters and asks Shaggy if he can cut in. To Velma's shock and disappointment, Scooby goes off dancing with Shaggy.
    Velma: Well, I've been a wallflower before, but this is ridiculous!
  • Hollywood Homely: Subverted with Velma. She fits the appearance but Fred says she's attractive and she even gets a guy for herself.
  • Love It or Hate It: To a smaller extent the live-action movies.
    • To the larger the franchise in general. Some love the humor and mystery, others hate the formulaic nature, and often poor animation quality. (essentially the same reasons their studio in general is Love It or Hate It.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Sex God: Three, actually.
    • Shaggy, despite Fred being the Jock, has been paired with more women than pretty much anyone else in the Hanna-Barbera line, including: Daphne (in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo), Googie and Saide-Mae in the Superstars 10 films, Mei Ling and a clerk girl in What's New, Crystal in Alien Invaders, Madelyn in Abracadabra, and later on even attempted with Velma in another Base Breaker continuity.
    • The other is Velma. Especially the newest version. Really, you look at Velma, and the first thing that comes to mind is a young and attractive librarian. Lampshaded by later series, where the first movie gives her a makeover, and the latest series injected a bit of sultriness into her personality.
    • And before that was Daphne, who was most likely intended to invoke this, before viewers' curiousities wandered over to Velma.
  • Mis-blamed: Many people blame Scrappy for ruining Scooby-Doo (specifically, dumping half the original cast, switching to a Two Shorts format, and the franchise's first clumsy attempts to lose the Scooby-Doo Hoax) due to the timing of his introduction. Ironically, Scrappy is what probably saved the show from cancellation way back in 1979. And the success of that new incarnation of Scooby Doo is likely what has kept the franchise going on for some 40 years. It doesn't help that nearly everyone hates the poor character as if he had destroyed an entire planet despite the fact he was only created by mandate. To put how much people don't like him understatement.
  • Moral Event Horizon: There have been some villains that were people dressed as monsters that have actually attempted to murder or critically maim the gang in order to keep their schemes safe (The Snow Ghost, Mr. Hyde, the Ghost of the Red Baron,among others). This explains why Shaggy and Scooby are Lovable Cowards
  • Periphery Demographic: To some people, the franchise is mere formulaic kid stuff, but science pundit, Carl Sagan, loved the show in the sense that it basically promoted a skeptic point of view of the supernatural with the heroes continually exposing paranormal incidents as mere elaborate hoaxes and providing logical explanations instead.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ironically, it's not Scrappy but Daphne who is rescued in adaptations, with her move away from being the capture prone Damsel Scrappy.
    • This has translated to some of the new animated movies as well, particularly Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.
      • Daphne's old problem of being capture prone is lampshaded in Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster, with multiple references to the Blake family being danger prone.
      • Which is a Mythology Gag in and of itself, as during the original series, Daphne's nickname (both in-series and by fans) was "Danger-Prone Daphne".
    • Funny enough, Scrappy himself was rescued for several shows. He matured somewhat and showed capability to actually handle some of the bad guys, unfortunately this largely goes unnoticed.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Scrappy is so infamous that he is the Trope Namer. Also an example of Leeroy Jenkins, annoying some of the audience with his thoroughly obnoxious behavior of vainly boasting about picking a fight with villains he couldn't hope to harm. Our page for The Scrappy tells much more about why the show introduced Scrappy, why the fans came to hate him, and how the franchise reacted.
    • Before Scrappy, there was Scooby-Dum. Though generally speaking, people didn't seem to mind him as much, as he had a low key personality in contrast to Scrappy, who started out as high-strung and obnoxious. Scooby Dum even made it into the Laff-a-lympics team over the other gang members.
    • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo had an Ethnic Scrappy in the form of Flim-Flam. What makes this example amazing is that Scrappy himself was in the show, but due to a setup that made better use of his usual antics, he became Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. The result is that Flim-Flam became more of a Scrappy than the actual Scrappy.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, especially Patty Maloney as the mummy girl.
    • "Fred Bat" in the WNSD episode "The Vampire Strikes Back"
  • The Woobie: Some will feel that Scrappy is this. The poor character hasn't appeared much, is blamed by a lot of internet people of the fanbase. Cartoon Network takes jab at him at a lot of times. Even though he hasn't been seen since, many, many fans feel he might as well be THE Woobie of the franchise.
    • Although one of the attempts from Cartoon Network has become quite Hilarious in Hindsight for Scrappy and Harsherin Hindsight for Cartoon Network.
    • If it wasn't for Scrappy, Scooby-Doo wouldn't be around anymore. Sadly, this hasn't been resolved.

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