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YMMV: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Traps Illustrated, if you know what the word trap can also mean.
    • From episode 11: "Nothing says I love you like 200 ft. of parachute cord and a cargo net!" Looks like Freddy is also into bondage.
    • In the first few episodes of Season 2 Daphne goes on and on about how she found a "real man," one who isn't obsessed with traps over her. Comedy gold.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Mayor Jones: did years of Becoming the Mask leave him with some affection for his "adopted" son? Did he save Fred's life because he cared, or because he feared the wrath of Brad and Judy Chiles?
    • Nightmare in Red confirms that he truly did grow to love his son. He didn't show it usually because his good side was literally trapped in his subconscious. Through talking to said good side, Fred forgives him and acknowledges him as his the only true father he ever had.
  • Awesome Music: Trap. Of. Love.
  • Badass Decay: Mr. E's actions never quite stop being threatening or competent, (with the exception of one instance of being Out-Gambitted) but you have to admit knowing he's grotesquely overweight and actually playing his background keytar music doesn't do a whole lot for his air of menace, and it gets particularly bad when he ends up being personally intimidated by a confrontational Shaggy at one point.
  • Base Breaker: Scooby and Velma. Some sympathize more with Scooby than Velma in the "love triangle" with Shaggy, while some sympathize more with Velma. And some sympathize with neither of them because they both displayed creepy Yandere behaviour towards Shaggy.
  • Broken Base: There are a few fans that aren't really pleased with the Cosmic Retcon Reset Button Stealth Prequel ending.
  • Cargo Ship: Fred and traps. Seriously, he can't walk past a net or a cage without swooning over it.
  • Complete Monster: The Bigger Bad, the Nibiru Entity. A member of a normally benevolent interdimensional alien race called the Anunnaki, his own kind considers him the most evil member of their entire species. He's spent untold centuries corrupting and manipulating the people around him, especially the Team Pets of mystery solving teams, by perverting his species' ability to use animals as mediums to communicate, all working towards freeing him from his prison. In the process he's ruined and ended countless lives through his Unwitting Pawns (including Professor Pericles, who the Entity turned into a murderous psychopath) without a second thought. When he's finally released in the Series Finale, he proceeds to gleefully eat his loyal minions alive along with Mr. E. He follows this by turning Crystal Cove into Hell on Earth and devouring the entire town with sadistic glee, planning to move on to the rest of the universe when he's done, all for the sake of power. When Mystery Inc finally kill him, erasing him from time in the process, we see what Crystal Cove would've been like without his influence: a normal town with everyone living good, happy lives, showing just how much pain and misery he was truly responsible for.
    • To put it in a non-spoiler way, when your level and methods of being a Complete Monster actually retroactively absolve all of the other villains in the show you know you're bad.
  • Continuity Lockout: As the show progresses and all the plot points and backstory are piled on about the questions about the Conquistadors and the original Mystery Incorporated, it becomes rather unfriendly to newer viewers regardless of the Previously On segments. The show's ending, however, at 52 episodes and 2 seasons, may mitigate this. It is nonetheless a lot better in one sitting.
  • Crazy Awesome: Just about all of the Monsters of the Week qualify to some degree, but Ernesto, Mary Ann Gleardon, and Mrs. Wyatt really stand out.
  • Creepy Awesome: Professor Pericles. Creepy? Oh yeah. Awesome? Udo Kier makes it so.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the first episode, Angel Dynamite gives the call letters and frequency of her radio station, naming 101.4 on the AM dial. Two problems with this for anyone who has ever taken a look at a radio: AM stations are between 540 and 1610, in increments of 10 and no decimals (e.g. 760 AM, 1370 AM). In the US, FM stations, which do have decimals, only use odd numbers for the tenths place (e.g. 101.1, 101.3, 101.5 but never 101.4).
  • Ear Worm: The "Dance in my Pants" song in episode 7 "In Fear of the Phantom".
    • "Yer Dead Right Mates" and "We're The Good Bad Girls" from episode 44 "Dance of the Undead".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Professor Pericles, by virtue of being a genuinely creepy and brilliant counterpart to Scooby Doo. And for being voiced by the one and only Udo Kier.
    • Marcy "Hot Dog Water" Fleach due to being the gang's Sixth Ranger and especially all of her Les Yay with Velma.
    • Alice May, mainly for the reason stated below.
    • Not to mention, Harlan Ellison for fairly obvious reasons.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Alice May, especially as Obliteratix in episode 25.
  • Fan Nickname: As it turns out, Nibiru is not the name of the thing inside the sarcophagus seen with the cursed treasure. Nibiru is the name of a certain time when the thing's homeworld and Earth are able to interact with one another.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: A lot of Mayor Jones' "wacky" moments from early in the season become this after seeing the finale...
  • Genius Bonus: Daphne's "radical idealist friend" Ernesto seems to be named after Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
  • Growing the Beard: The first season, while starting strong, did struggle with balancing the mysteries, story arc, humor, and romance. As the first season progressed and romance mostly dropped, the show caught a better balance, using the characters to play off each other and develop, and focusing on the main Story Arc with goofy episodes in-between.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" is an amusing episode, and the reveal of Mudsy as the villain is rather funny. Season 2 then starts to imply that the animal or any unique companion to a Mystery solving group will turn evil because of the mystery of Nibiru.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "The Shrieking Madness", Shaggy reacts unfavorably to the vegan burgers being served. Funny because Casey Kasem was rumored to have insisted that Shaggy become a vegetarian in order to bring him more in line with Kasem's vegan diet.
    • Also in "The Shrieking Madness", Ernesto gets his followers to consider protesting against shawarma, two years before a certain superhero blockbuster unexpectedly made shawarma a well-known food.
    • Matthew Lillard becoming the new voice of Shaggy despite being threatened by the animated Shaggy and Scooby in Looney Tunes: Back in Action for his performance in the first live action movie.
  • Hollywood Homely: in The Creeping Creatures the landlady wouldn't let Velma sleep in the same room as Daphne because she (the landlady) thought Velma was a boy.
  • Ho Yay:
    • When discussing plans for after High School, Fred implies that he and Shaggy will be rooming together, but actually asks if Shaggy prefers cotton or linen bedsheets.
    • When Scooby realizes that Shaggy's relationship with Velma is serious, he acts just like a jilted lover.
      Scooby: Are you... cheating on me?
    • And when they're too caught up in a happy reunion to run from a Killer Robot dog, Velma tells them "Let's go, lovebirds."
    • Fred's dad's old fraternity Mu Gamma Tau only seem to be interested in working out and wrestling... a lot.
    • In episode 3, Rung Ladderton and Fred comment on each other's ascots... and then swap saying how good they look on each other.
    • In episode 4, Velma appreciatively looks Daphne over when Daphne changes into a bikini. Daphne then asks her to rub sunblock on her back.
    • Daphne gets some with Thorn of the Hex Girls in episode 7.
      Thorn: I'm a good look for you, Daphne.
    • Episode 11 - Sheila Altoonian and Elizabeth Blake.
    • Episode 14 - The Principal and Angel Dynamite.
    • Episode 16 - When Aphrodite casts her love spell, everyone seems to fall for a member of the opposite sex...except Mayor Jones and Sheriff Stone, who are seen dancing together in the streets. Not to mention all the little dates they seem to go on...
    • Episode 20 - Velma and Amy the mermaid.
    • Episode 22 gives us Dr. Rick Spartan and his assistant Charles/Cachinga. They argue like an old married couple, but the minute Rick is seriously injured, Charles is rushing to his side, worried sick. Of course, Rick is married and his wife's love for him is the reason she dressed up like the Headless Horror to begin with, to try to convince him to live a normal, non-adventuring life, but it only plays down the Ho Yay a little.
    • Episode 24: Night Ranger collects magazines with men in what Daphne calls "mankinis."
    • In Season 2, we get one of the most blatantly intentional examples with Hot Dog Water and Velma, who have gone from rivals to partners and friends.... really, really close friends. Justified in that Velma now has a friend that can also understand her Techno Babble and enjoys science, where Velma is pretty much Marcy's first and only friend.
      • The altered credits in the episodes where Hot Dog replaced Daphne in the group show her hugging a picture of Velma!
      • Their final scene together in the Grand Finale makes it borderline canon.
    • The Hodag of Horror features a disgruntled Fred who complains about being labeled 'Scarf Boy' by Velma. If her codename of 'Smart Chick' is anything to go by, she chose all the codenames...including Daphne's codename of 'Smoking Hottie.'
    • Season 2 also gives us Ricky and Pericles' relationship. Pericles even seems to quite literally want Cassidy Williams to Die for Our Ship!
      • It doesn't help that by the time "The Devouring" happens Pericles has pretty much gone abusive boyfriend on Ricky, smacking him around and telling him he's only there to serve him.
    • Episode 45: Scooby and Shaggy go on an eating binge to chase away a gluttonous demon; they tuck into a giant cake at each end and end up kissing each other-on the lips!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Velma. You can't help but feel sorry for her when Shaggy picks Scooby over her. Granted, Shaggy probably wasn't a good match for her anyway...
    • Feel more sorry for her; she's all alone now that the gang's split up. Oh and remember...she's being blamed for it by Daphne.
    • Sheriff Stone can fall into this territory too, especially in "Dead Justice" and "All Fear the Freak".
    • Danny Darrow when he was a child; he and his family go crazy with greed after finding a piece of the planespheric disc, and their house sinks underground where he's forced to live out his life (about 75 years), obsessed over the piece, while he and his family grow old, and they all die. A run in with the original mystery inc. leads him to set traps all over the house, and he almost kills the current ones with them, and later with a fire poker. In one scene, the gang sets a trap, and Scooby lures him in while pretending to be his mother, he responds with a genuine hopeful smile and says "Mommy, you came back to me?" Despite knowing that she died years ago.
  • Jossed: Many people liked to believe that Cassidy survived the underwater explosion, and that she was just hiding. This is not the case, as she does not reappear until the timeline had been reset.
  • Les Yay: The first season had open animosity between Velma and Hotdog Water. The stated reason was because they were simply scientific rivals, though many fans interpreted it as a Foe Yay situation. By season two the writers seem to have adopted this theory, or at least deliberately played with it. The most obvious sign is that, when Hotdog Water replaces Daphne briefly in the opening sequence, she's seen cuddling a photograph of Velma.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Professor Pericles definitely qualifies — nearly every episode he shows up in, he gets exactly what he wants, usually at the expense of the gang. "The Wrath of Krampus" was the first time he's suffered a defeat. And that was because the entire town and Rouge Gallery were in on the Batman Gambit.
  • Magnum Opus: In the wide range of Scooby-Doo TV Series, fans and critics alike hold this one in high regard over the others.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Daphne and Velma both.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Nibiru Entity gets one when, after it is freed, it proceeds to EAT Brad and Judy (AFTER they had pledged their servitude, then Mr. E., then the rest of the town, all for power (and you can tell it's enjoying it), and it claims it will go on to devour entire GALAXIES! Then again, it is the most evil Annunaki EVER.
  • Narm / Narm Charm: Scooby ending his promise to get the gang back together and go after Pericles with "or my name isn't Scooby Dooby Doo!" either undercuts the tension entirely or just sort of works depending on who you are.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Nibiru entity is terrifying for the most part, its initial appearance is.....not. Thankfully it doesn't stay in that form for very long, and it's new look is a complete 180 in frightening.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: This series has done this for Fred. He used to be the Trope Namer for Standardized Leader (aka 1-Dimensional Leader). This show's interpretation of the character is arguably the most popular incarnation of the character yet.
    • Mayor Fred Jones Sr. was rescued twice. People hated him for being a Jerkass who put money ahead of his child's safety. The first time he was rescued he was revealed to be the Freak of Crystal Cove, the first season's Big Bad, meaning that one was supposed to dislike him, and he fell into Love to Hate as a truly nasty Knight of Cerebus, or if not then Hate Sink. He was rescued again when it was revealed that he's a better fit for a parent for Fred than his biological ones; Brad and Judy, whose greed exceeded the mayor's due to them being more closely connected to the curse. His best part's reconciliation with Fred and his later Cosmic Retconned self pulls him from being hated.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: A general consensus for the first half of Season 1 was that too much time was spent on the relationship drama between the characters. It's considered to have gotten much better from Season 1's second half and onward.
  • The Scrappy: Lampshaded with the real Scrappy at the musuem. Fred reminds Daphne they agreed to never speak of him again.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Considering all the Scooby-Doo stuff that was coming out after What's New, Scooby-Doo? ended.
  • Tear Jerker: The end of season one was utterly heartbreaking. Fred's whole life has been a lie, he leaves Crystal Cove and the group he worked so hard for and cared so much about to find his real parents. Hate or love his "father", there's enough sadness in his voice to wonder if he's regretful as well. Fred ends his engagement with Daphne so she's had her heartbroken. Shaggy and Scooby are separated - Shaggy to a military school and Scooby to "a farm"... which horrifically implies death. Velma has to deal with the fact her decision to keep Angel's identity a secret was part of the reason the team has broken up. Even the Sheriff gets some sympathy, after Jones Sr reveals everything he cries, knowing that a) everything was a lie, b) the second person on his hero list was a criminal and a liar, and c) he has to be the one to arrest him, also considering the crimes (kidnapping, etc) it's hard to predict when he'll get out of prison (if at all). He's probably the only friend the Sheriff has...
    • The season 2 premiere. Fred's plan failed because Daphne's no longer in the team. Hell, Daphne has decided to move on even though Fred postponed the wedding, meaning that he'd come back. The town's in ruins, The Bad Guy Wins...and did I mention this is the season 2 premiere?!
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While the show is considered very good by a lot of people, a very large amount of old school Scooby Doo fans hate it because of things like drastically changing or "derailing" old characters, ditching "Coolsville", focusing more on relationships than mysteries, and not having Scooby Snax. The most passionate of haters even play the "rape my childhood" card!
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Three identical blondes, wearing Fanservice outfits, doing nothing but cooking, never speaking at all and bursting out crying when Daphne politely refuses to eat chocolate are presented as perfect girls in-universe and as such by Shaggy and Fred.
      • Although this is somewhat justified from Shaggy's perspective due to the fact that's probably just interested in how good at cooking food they are.
    • In the final episode after the big cosmic retcon, its revealed that Daphne's sisters were only successful when the curse was still in effect.
  • The Untwist:
    • "The Creeping Creatures" involves a case with three gator-men trying to scare people away from their town. There are only three people around, all of them act super creepy, and just in case that wasn't enough, the shapes of their heads match the three gator-men. Are we even supposed to see a mystery in this?
    • "The Secret Serum" tries to fool the viewer into thinking Daphne's mother is the vampire attacking the town. The misdirection might have been more successful if she wasn't accompanied by a very obviously creepy, shifty-looking and pale assistant who's accompanied by creeping sound effects and walks without seemingly moving her feet.
    • In "Menace of the Manticore" it was painfully obvious that Hot Dog Water was the Manticore. And since they bring it up in season 2 it could also be a Late-Arrival Spoiler.
    • The entire point of "The Gathering Gloom"'s mystery. The rest of the gang chides Velma for immediately suspecting Count Evallo as the Monster of the Week, and begin investigating the incredibly friendly Oktoberfester blonde and her three beautiful daughters. Velma manages to find the evidence to prove Evallo's guilt, with the help of just Scooby and the Sheriff. To make things worse, while Velma was totally right, the Count, being a count, had diplomatic immunity.
    • In "The Song of Mystery", not only is Mary Anne is the only other character besides Luis, she's the only child that isn't affected by the song, and she's just the right height to be the monster!
  • What an Idiot:
    • Anyone who tries to scare people away in a town where hauntings are a tourist attraction. That's just asking for paranormal enthusiasts to get too close.
      • Then again, that also means that the local authorities are reluctant to stop you if you dress like a monster.
    • Also, "the slime monster" might have gotten away with it, too, if he hadn't staged an attack in broad daylight!
      • The intention might have been to lead someone to trapped victims who needed medical help.
    • The whole gang still not having realized the gaping hole in Alice May's Daddy's Little Villain con by the time of her reappearance.
    • Season 2, Episode 9: While leaving fake evidence at Dougal McGuines' house was a somewhat smart move on Gary's part, leaving his own yearbook with his name in it and trying to frame a person that would give the gang evidence was not.
    • Brad and Judy aren't too bright. Their whole reasoning behind their Face-Heel Turn is to protect Fred from seeking the treasure and becoming corrupted. And thus the predictable outcome to this plan happens: THEY become corrupted and end up so obsessed with the treasure that they forget all about the son they were supposed to be protecting and willingly hurt him in order to get to the treasure.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This show is surprisingly darker, violent, gorier and scarier than the previous shows have (threats to kill the gang have occurred, stuff blows up, people get injured, etc.) yet it was rated TV-Y7-FV! Ironically, its sister show The Looney Tunes Show was rated TV-PG, yet is much tamer.
  • The Woobie: Fred. Fred. and Fred. Episode 26 revealed that he was taken away from his real parents by the mayor and he's leaving to find them. But deep down you can feel him sob and choke because all this time his real parents have been worried sick about him.

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