Honestly, though, it's just confusing. I mean, there's so many directions you could go with Daphne's character—have her feel useless and try to gain some sort of helpful skills! Or Take a Level in Badass
gradually to get out of the Distressed Damsel
But nope. She's completely functionless and only around to facilitate romance. Hell, I was hoping that the episodes where she's gone would indicate what she contributes, but instead her absence makes Fred and Velma dumb (for some reason) and this is fixed by adding Hot Dog Water. So if she is contributing something, it's a something that can be done by damn near anyone.
Velma...I feel like we're told a lot that she's got a superiority complex, but we're not really shown it except in the Saw
homage episode. Mostly she just angsts about how things with Shaggy are going. Oh, and keeps secrets from the rest of the group even after doing that once broke them all up and damn near doomed Crystal Cove.
She has skills in research, so at least she's functional, but just barely.
It doesn't help that we don't really know why
Daphne's into Fred or Velma into Shaggy. It all seems fairly arbitrary.
edited 21st Aug '12 6:14:30 PM by Wackd