YMMV: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: None of the villains actually say, "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for You Meddling Kids!" word for word, but a few do paraphrase it.
  • Depending on the Artist: Similar to the fluctuation of models and layouts in Looney Tunes depending on the various directors, animation in Where Are You! never consistently stuck to one specific model per episode, and the variety of Hanna-Barbera's animators drawing styles often showed from scene to scene.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Creeper is, far and away, the most popular and iconic Monster of the Week ever to be featured on this show. Notably, he's one of the few characters on the original show outside of the main Mystery Inc. gang to become a well-remembered character in his own right, and was even popular enough that his daughter became a featured villain in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (which aired four decades after the Creeper's only episode).
    • And then there's the Space Kook, for his Crazy Awesome design and laugh.
  • First Installment Wins: This show seems to get remembered more fondly than those from the 1970s and '80s.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Scooby Doo facing real monsters is usually an argument for where Scooby stopped working for some fans, but examples of this crept in even to the original series
    • In the Funland episode, the villain is a real robot gone haywire. The franchise would later feature more.
    • At the end of the Green Ghost episode a bone on a platter mysteriously floats out to Scooby with no explanation. Again plenty more real ghosts would later enter the series
    • And while not as concrete in the Snow Ghost episode we see via flashback a characters dealing with a real yeti. It looks very much like the Snow Ghost, but of course this flashback took place years before the Snow Ghost the gang was currently investigating ever designed a costume.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: An unintentional example, surely, but a closer inspection of Dr. Jekyll's library collection consists of many interesting books, including one by the Marquis de Sade. You read that right.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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!"note 
  • Ho Yay Shipping: 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!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Scooby Snacks", Scooby's manner of speech "You Meddling Kids", and (after the villain is unmasked) "It was Mr. Jameson, the fairground owner!"
    • The popular Millennial slang term "creeper" (used to describe someone perceived as threatening or unsavory) may well have originated as a reference to this show's popular Monster of the Week the Creeper.
    • Has its own page.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Some of the things pulled by the villains of various episodes—the Ghost Clown trying to feed Shaggy to a lion, the Snow Ghost trying to saw Velma in half and then sending dynamite after her and Scooby, the ghost of Captain Cutler locking Fred, Daphne, and Velma in an underwater room, etc. Not to mention the kidnappings that were more prevalent. This gives Shaggy and Scooby a reason for their Lovable Coward moments, because there's an element of real danger despite the ghosts being fake.
  • Tearjerker: In "Scooby Doo and the Mummy Too", Shaggy is pretty upset when he thinks Scooby's been turned to stone, as is Scooby when he finds out...."Look Scoob, you've been turned to stone!" (Both proceed to cry)