YMMV / Scooby-Doo

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the various 60's and 70's cartoon series, the gang are often questionably criminal themselves, routinely doing things like breaking and entering in pursuit of solving mysteries they are in no way obliged to involve themselves with. Fred, Daphne and Velma are also prone to "volunteering" Shaggy and Scooby for things that involve actual danger. There are times when it come across as Protagonist-Centered Morality with the liberties they take in what is essentially a hobby.
    • In The Movie. Was Scrappy really corrupted by the artifact like Velma said, or was he just pissed at The Gang for treating him like the annoying little runt he is?
  • Archive Panic: This franchise has run since 1969, with 16 TV series (almost 400 episodes), four live-action movies, 26 Direct to Video movies and 10 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, "Allstars" and Busta Rhymes are just the tip of the iceberg.
    • Fans adore The Hex Girls. All their songs tend to be liked, but "Hex Girl'' is their Signature Song.
  • Complete Monster: Jacques from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and the Nibiru Entity from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. See their pages for more details.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Shaggy and Scooby's out-of-nowhere farting contest in the first movie. So juvenile, so unnecessary... but so funny!
  • Crossover Ship: An interesting canon variant; in a crossover with Johnny Bravo, Johnny tries to flirt with Daphne, but the twist is that Velma has a crush on him (which he doesn't seem to notice). In promotional material for Cartoon Network thereafter, Velma/Johnny was sometimes depicted as an Official Couple.
  • Designated Hero: Think whatever you want about Scrappy, but you can't deny the heroes are responsible for his actions in the movie. (Except that he tried to take over the gang and peed on Daphne)
  • 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 Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! and Mystery Incorporated but are still in favor of the direct-to-video movies.
  • Ear Worm: You know what it is. The original theme song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Referring to Scrappy-Doo; don't mention him.
  • Fanon: It is popular to re-imagine the gang as people-of-color.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The first Scooby-Doo live action film over the second.
  • 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 MacFarlane also has an unhealthy fixation on Daphne/Scooby, as heard on the Family Guy album.
    • A 1991 article in Wild Cartoon Kingdom magazine theorizes that not only is Velma a lesbian but she's living her alternative lifestyle with Daphne. Velma/Daphne especially caught on amongst fans in the 2010s as an alternative to Shaggy/Velma and Fred/Daphne.
    • An alternative is Shaggy/Velma due to what could be seen as Ship Tease between the two in early incarnations and due to Pair the Spares. Mystery Incorporated finally made it into Ascended Fanon.
    • Fred/Daphne was originally this. In the original cartoon they were just close friends. Due to fan theories and jokes, it soon spread that they were in a Secret Relationship. Eventually a romance between the two became Ascended Fanon and it has appeared in almost every incarnation since.
  • Follow the Leader: Scooby inspired many a shows to follow his lead, most from his own studio and some from Ruby-Spears (the sibling studio founded by the two guys who helped create many of the former)
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like many of Hanna-Barbera's shows, the franchise has a strong fan following in the United Kingdom.
  • 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-Doo 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.
    • 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. Daphne being the first character to return to the series is also this, with Heather North being the next to pass on.
    • Fred's parents never appeared in the original shows. Though What's New, Scooby-Doo? introduces them, it gets rather depressing in their incarnations from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Fred Jones Sr. is too self-absorbed to properly take care of his son while his wife left them, and then it later turns out that he's his abductor, the Arc Villain, and lied to him; Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves enter Fred's life too late and are also too busy with their own issues to properly parent him and end up being Co-Dragons to the Big Bad; Brad, Judy, and Jones all were only evil because of a monster's godly influence; Donald Jones was arrested when Fred was a kid after Fred discovered he was a supervillain.
  • 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!"
    • Casey Kasem's dispute over wanting Shaggy to be a vegetarian after he had to voice Shaggy in a commercial for Burger King is amusing now that Burger King now promotes a meatless vegetarian burger, and is one of the very few major fast food chains to do so.
    • A mummy, on the Orient Express. Sorry, Doctor, Scooby did it first in the 1980s.
  • 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.
    • An upcoming live-action movie, Daphne And Velma, is said to be about when the two girls of Mystery Inc. first met. Certain fans are anticipating a gay relationship.
    • From Jeepers, It's the Creeper: At the school's barn dance, Shaggy is dancing with Velma when Scooby enters and asks Shaggy to let him 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.
    • Played depressingly straight in a few episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, though. Though that series redesigned Velma to give her a more slim and petite look, there were a few episodes where it was constantly pointed out how fat and unattractive she was.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Scrappy, in the 2002 movie and in general. He is a obnoxious twerp who has a big ego, but he's such a hated character that you just wanna give him a hug at times. And in the movie, despite him being the villain, he was left to die in the desert by Scooby and the rest of the gang, and a few viewers did want to see him be a hero again. It doesn't help that he never appeared again after the movie, and some fans really do miss him.
  • Les Yay:
    • There's the way Velma and Daphne hold each other in the cave in Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword.
      • In an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Daphne told Velma to hold her hand. But there was a monster between them.
      • In "Bravo Dooby Doo", when Daphne suggests they split up, she says she and Velma will search the basement. Fred gives her a knowing smirk, so she's forced to go with Fred instead while Velma goes with Shaggy and Scooby.
    • In the episode where they meet Josie and the Pussycats, after they ran into the gang Velma just happens to have her hand on Alexandra's leg. Alexander shook Velma's hand off her leg.
    • The Mentor Ship between Drella Diabolique and Daphne in Lego Scooby Doo Haunted Hollywood.
  • Memetic Molester: Hoo, boy. Do not Google the Ghost Clown without safesearch on.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Mis-blamed: Many people blame Scrappy-Doo 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 is ... an 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.
  • Popularity Polynomial: This applies to Scrappy Doo, believe it or not. He wasn't terribly hated at the time of his debut, but as time went on, he went down in history as the Trope Codifier for the trope he named. Nowadays, though, more of his fans have come out of the woodwork (and even some of his haters have warmed up to him slightly) and believe that Scrappy could be rescued from his own heap if someone actually tried to improve him as a character. People are more willing defend the little guy, as well, such as pointing out how he actually saved Scooby Doo from petering out. Of course, that isn't to say people don't still hate him now, but the reception to the critter is warmer that it has been in years.
  • 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-Doo 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.
      • Keep in mind this trope is far from being universal. In some Latin American countries, like Mexico, this trope could be applied towards either Shaggy or Scooby-Doo himself due to their perceived stupiditynote , and while Scrappy has some detractors there (emphasis on the "some" part), he's is at least considered as just another character at worst. This is possibly the reason why for Latin American viewers of the first live-action film, the revelation of Scrappy being a villain is possibly more shocking there than for American viewers.
    • 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.
  • Special Effects Failure: Even in 2002, computer graphics weren't quite there in rendering a cartoonie character like Scooby in live-action, and could only go as far as giving his exaggerated design hyper realistic features. Even for an $80-million feature film, all of the CGI characters look more like something out of a PS1 game. To give one an idea of just how much technology has advanced since, the two made-for-TV prequels, released towards the end of the decade, had better CGI.
  • Squick: Some people react this way to Scooby's crush on Sandy Duncan.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! has been met with disdain before it's even aired, due to its Family Guy-like design and humor.
  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI designs of Scooby and Scrappy in the 2002 movie is a little bit off-putting. At least the design for Scooby in the 2004 one heavily improved.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, especially Patty Maloney as the mummy girl.
    • "Fred Bat" in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "The Vampire Strikes Back".
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A lot of the grosser jokes and sexual content in the 2002 movie make sense when you realize it was originally going to be an R-rated self-parody. The edgier content was dialed back just enough to earn it a "hard" PG. This is also why the sequel was comparatively more child-friendly.


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