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The creature within the treasure of Crystal Cove, a crystal sarcophagus created by the first mystery-solving group to seal him away. However, his influence continues to effect the inhabitants of Crystal Cove as he seeks freedom...

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The creature within the treasure of Crystal Cove, a crystal sarcophagus created by the first mystery-solving group to seal him away. However, his influence continues to effect affect the inhabitants of Crystal Cove as he seeks freedom...

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* {{Expy}}: Of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' star Creator/TaylorLautner.
* MonsterClown: Crybaby Clown.

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* {{Expy}}: Of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' star Creator/TaylorLautner.
GooGooGetup: As Crybaby Clown, his disguise includes wearing a onesie, a diaper, a bib and a bonnet.
* MonsterClown: His disguise as Crybaby Clown.Clown is a hulking clown-like monster clad in baby clothes.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He is based on ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' star Creator/TaylorLautner.


%%* PollyWantsAMicrophone

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%%* PollyWantsAMicrophone* PollyWantsAMicrophone: He's a parrot who, like most fictional depictions, is actually able to talk instead of just repeating what other people say in their presence.



* TalkingAnimal: [[CaptainObvious He's a parrot]].

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* TalkingAnimal: [[CaptainObvious He's a parrot]].parrot who can talk.


* PapaWolf: Averted for the most part. He has the Sheriff cuff Fred a couple of times just to keep him from ruining another possible tourist attraction and is quite inconsiderate of his son's well-being. However, he comes through when he catches Fred before he can fall to his death, and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard this act of love is ultimately his undoing.]]



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Averted. [[spoiler:But he qualifies as one in the good timeline, being a high school principal that the students see as a fatherly figure.]]



* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted, they were programmed to search for the piece, then they were programmed to attack the Gang, then they were programmed for all sorts of enforcing and Odd-jobs, never having more sentience than to accomplish their jobs in different ways, or trying to avoid death.


* ItsPronouncedTropay: Whenever his name is spoken they pronounce it like the plant. He always corrects them.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: ItIsPronouncedTropay: Whenever his name is spoken they pronounce it like the plant. He always corrects them.


!!!Voiced by: Matt Lanter, Creator/MarkHamill as Crybaby Clown

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!!!Voiced by: Matt Lanter, Creator/MattLanter, Creator/MarkHamill as Crybaby Clown


* CreateYourOwnVillain: Surprisingly averted, despite betraying and scarring Professor Pericles, the two only come into conflict over the disk. Pericles hasn't bothered to seek revenge for the betrayal and largely ignores him until he takes his disk piece.

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: CreateYourOwnVillain:
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Surprisingly averted, despite betraying and scarring Professor Pericles, the two only come into conflict over the disk. Pericles hasn't bothered to seek revenge for the betrayal and largely ignores him until he takes his disk piece.piece.
** Now, as for the original Mystery Incorporated, his actions lead to them getting traumatized and becoming cynical -- Mr. E. becomes TheChessmaster ([[BigBadWannabe or at least tries to be]]) that drags in the other three (and eventually, four) to continue the search for the pieces of the Disc, which ends up exposing Mayor Jones as a criminal along the way. Alternatively, this might have delayed the apocalypse for twenty years.



* TheDreaded: As the Freak of Crystal Cove, the original Mystery Incorporated fears him. Brad and Judy especially fear his wrath in his civilian identity as well to the point that they take his threat to never return to town seriously after he holds Fred hostage, only feeling safe to return once he's dead or arrested.

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** Throughout Season 1, he has no idea that the original Mystery Incorporated are still kicking it and are acting against him.
** At the end of "All Fear The Freak", he says that he became Mayor so that he could have access to more resources in his search for the pieces of the Disc, and as we know, nothing had advanced in the search ever since the original Mystery Incorporated disappeared until the Gang came along. We learn soon enough in Season 2 that the pieces are located in places ''far'' from Crystal Cove, [[ShaggyDogStory so becoming mayor was the exact opposite of what he needed to be to find the pieces]].
** For being obsessed about making Fred into his successor, [[spoiler:he takes up a humble job as a high school principal in the new universe, where he has to accept how different the kids are and that he'll only be in the life of these kids for a few years and that he doesn't have children of his own]].
* TheDreaded: As the Freak of Crystal Cove, the original Mystery Incorporated fears him. Brad and Judy especially fear his wrath in his civilian identity as well to the point that they take his threat to never return to town seriously after he holds Fred hostage, only feeling safe to return once hostage and they claim they'll keep it up as long as he's dead or arrested.still alive. Even ''Pericles'' fears him as the Freak.



* {{Jerkass}}: He is willing to let "spookified" children remain untreated, possibly remaining monsters ''forever'', just for the sake of tourism. This isn't even the worst thing he does for said tourism.

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
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He is willing to let "spookified" children remain untreated, possibly remaining monsters ''forever'', just for the sake of tourism. This isn't even the worst thing he does for said tourism.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He exiled the original Mystery Incorporated from Crystal Cove and backstabbed Pericles in an effort to keep the pieces of the Disc for himself, but since there was no one else who knew about the Cursed Treasure or how to even find it, the search was left on a dead end for the next two decades. It isn't until the next Mystery Incorporated finds out about it that things get back on track, which culminates in the Entity reawakening. In short, he essentially put the apocalypse on hold for twenty years.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Maybe. In the flashbacks showing him as a younger man, some of the tufts on his hair look like three points of a crown.



* ShaggyDogStory: At the end of Season 1, he reveals that he became mayor so that he could have access to resources in his search for the pieces of the Disc. We learn throughout Season 2 that the pieces were hidden ''around the world'', so taking up a job that required him to be stuck in Crystal Cove where one piece had already been found and he hadn't known that the other was hidden in the missing Darrow Mansion did nothing to advance the search for the past twenty years.



** The pinacle of this is when he shouts "Adler- und Gänseblümchen!" at a computer... is it getting crap past the radar by ForeignCussWord? No. But still quite [[StealthPun flowery]] (and birdy) [[BilingualBonus language]].

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** The pinacle pinnacle of this is when he shouts "Adler- und Gänseblümchen!" at a computer... is it getting crap past the radar by ForeignCussWord? No. But still quite [[StealthPun flowery]] (and birdy) [[BilingualBonus language]].



* KnightOfCerebus: He is easily one of the darkest Scooby Doo villains in the entire ''franchise''. Episodes where he's involved are inevitably more serious.

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* KnightOfCerebus: He is easily one of the darkest Scooby Doo ''Scooby-Doo'' villains in the entire ''franchise''. Episodes where he's involved are inevitably more serious.


* AdaptationalNiceGuy: In the now-defunct online game, "Crystal Cove Online", which adapts Season 1. This is downplayed, though, since the adaptation sought to compress the episodes.
** In the "A Haunting In Crystal Cove" adaptation, after finding the Gang trapped in a cage courtesy of Pericles at the end of the episode, Mayor Jones (who wasn't caught in this version) frees them without being prompted.
** At the end of the "All Fear the Freak" adaptation, without Fred asking, Mayor Jones confesses that he isn't actually [[spoiler:his father]].



** In [[spoiler:the CosmicRetcon]], though he's a much more serious and kind man, it's implied that he's still this to some extent, given that his [[FreezeFrameBonus list of athletic events on his clipboard]] read his various [[GoshDangItToHeck strange exclamations]] throughout the series instead of any actual athletic content.



* CatSmile: Can be seen making these a couple of times, like in "A Haunting In Crystal Cove".

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* CatSmile: Can be seen making these a couple of times, like in "A Haunting In Crystal Cove". For more or less, it's due to the artstyle.



* DramaticIrony: Before TheReveal at the end of Season 1, the cast rationalizes his ParentalNeglect of Fred as him being a {{Tsundere}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold. After TheReveal, everyone is led to assume that he was always a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk, though it isn't until near the end of the show that we learn that his behavior isn't entirely his fault, as [[HatePlague the Curse of Crystal Cove]] [[EnemyWithin repressed his good side]]. It is implied that any good things he did in the physical world after he moved to Crystal Cove -- particularly him saving Fred back in the Season 1 finale -- were a result of his good side FightingFromTheInside.

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* DramaticIrony: DramaticIrony:
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Before TheReveal at the end of Season 1, the cast rationalizes his ParentalNeglect of Fred as him being a {{Tsundere}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold. After TheReveal, everyone is led to assume that he was always a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk, though it isn't until near the end of the show that we learn that his behavior isn't entirely his fault, as [[HatePlague the Curse of Crystal Cove]] [[EnemyWithin repressed his good side]]. It is implied that any good things he did in the physical world after he moved to Crystal Cove -- particularly him saving Fred back in the Season 1 finale -- were a result of his good side FightingFromTheInside.
** At the end of "Pawn of Shadows", [[spoiler:after Angel confesses that she is actually Cassidy, having returned to Crystal Cove despite being threatened by the Freak not to... and the episode closes on the Freak, having listened in on her confession, planning his next move.]] The next episode, "All Fear the Freak", ends with [[spoiler:Mayor Jones being revealed to be the Freak and he confesses to his crimes while aware that Angel/Cassidy is right in front of him.]]



** In "Pawn of Shadows", we learn that the Freak was active twenty years ago and is still active in the present. Mayor Jones is old enough to fit that timeframe.



* GoshDangItToHeck: He constantly uses absurd oaths instead of swearing. It seems to be because of his ObfuscatingStupidity act, though as we find out in "Nightmare In Red" and "Come Undone", his sealed-away good side [[spoiler:and his good version in the new timeline]] reveals that he genuinely talks like that.

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* GoshDangItToHeck: He constantly uses absurd oaths instead of swearing. It seems to be because of his ObfuscatingStupidity act, though as we find out in "Nightmare In Red" and "Come Undone", his sealed-away good side [[spoiler:and his good version in the new timeline]] reveals that he genuinely talks like that. Given that these exclamations are usually directed towards Fred, one ''could'' assume he does this to avoid cursing in front of him, but this is not made clear.



** [[https://twitter.com/BridgetHaazen/status/307354908175253505?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3 He]] [[https://twitter.com/Tony_Cervone/status/307368747298091009?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3 considered]] killing the original Mystery Inc., but presumably went against it out of [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatism]]. This is why he is seen threatening them with a cutlass in the flashback at the end of "Pawn of Shadows", but isn't seen using it in the following flashback in "All Fear the Freak".

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** [[https://twitter.com/BridgetHaazen/status/307354908175253505?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3 He]] [[https://twitter.com/Tony_Cervone/status/307368747298091009?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E3 considered]] killing the original Mystery Inc. and the new Mystery Inc., but presumably went against it out of [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatism]]. This is why he is seen threatening them with a cutlass in the flashback at the end of the present-day of "Pawn of Shadows", but isn't seen using it in the following flashback in "All Fear the Freak".Shadows".



** He also terrorizes the present day Mystery Inc. as the Freak, like nearly killing Shaggy & Scooby and Fred in two separate incidents.

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** He also terrorizes the present day present-day Mystery Inc. as the Freak, like nearly killing Shaggy & Scooby and Fred in two separate incidents.incidents, although he regretted the latter case and tried to make up for it.


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Two of Fred's teammates on the school's soccer team.
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* {{Foil}}: To Hot Dog Water.
** Both were the {{Sixth Ranger}} of the Mystery Inc. of their times. At some point, they became the SixthRangerTraitor, though later redeemed themselves by helping the new Mystery Inc.
** Both became enemies to their respective Mystery Inc. after doing a ScoobyDooHoax and ended up donning the costume for two major events. Mayor Jones only got caught after the second time, and Hot Dog Water got caught the first time.
** Both initially did their ScoobyDooHoax out of {{greed}} (though Hot Dog Water was more justifiable) and used scamming the first time, though this later evolved into them getting involved in a grander scheme.
** Mayor Jones tore apart the original Mystery Inc., while Hot Dog Water commits a HeroicSacrifice to let the new Mystery Inc. survive.
** Both are book-smart, if inept with social skills. Their knowledge has played a part in the plot when they worked with their respective Mystery Inc.'s, as it allowed Mayor Jones to take advantage of the original Mystery Inc. while Hot Dog Water becomes a genuine help to Mr. E & the new Mystery Inc.
** Mayor Jones is charismatic, though the people that have interacted with him the most know that he's actually a self-serving {{Jerkass}}. Meanwhile, Hot Dog Water is an outcast, but her friendship and partnership ends up becoming invaluable.
** Mayor Jones is from an upper-class and is rich, while Hot Dog Water is poor. Mayor Jones attended Darrow University for college, while Hot Dog Water's poverty situation is bad enough that her parents are worried that they won't have enough money to send her to one.
** In addition, Mayor Jones dresses in a suit (or that one time, a nightgown), while Hot Dog Water dresses in worn-out clothes.
** Mayor Jones wears JadeColoredGlasses while Hot Dog Water wears red-framed glasses.
** Both are AmbiguouslyGay.

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* {{Foil}}: {{Foil}}:
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To Hot Dog Water.
** *** Both were the {{Sixth Ranger}} of the Mystery Inc. of their times.times, although this was a brief venture. At some point, they became the SixthRangerTraitor, though later redeemed themselves by helping the new Mystery Inc.
** *** Both became enemies to their respective Mystery Inc. after doing a ScoobyDooHoax and ended up donning the costume for two major events. Mayor Jones only got caught after the second time, and Hot Dog Water got caught the first time.
** *** Both initially did their ScoobyDooHoax out of {{greed}} (though Hot Dog Water was more justifiable) and used scamming the first time, though this later evolved into them getting involved in a grander scheme.
** *** Mayor Jones tore apart the original Mystery Inc., while Hot Dog Water commits a HeroicSacrifice to let the new Mystery Inc. survive.
** *** Both are book-smart, if inept with social skills. Their knowledge has played a part in the plot when they worked with their respective Mystery Inc.'s, as it allowed Mayor Jones to take advantage of the original Mystery Inc. while Hot Dog Water becomes a genuine help to Mr. E & the new Mystery Inc.
** *** Mayor Jones is charismatic, though the people that have interacted with him the most know that he's actually a self-serving {{Jerkass}}. Meanwhile, Hot Dog Water is an outcast, but her friendship and partnership ends up becoming invaluable.
** *** Mayor Jones is from an upper-class and is rich, while Hot Dog Water is poor. Mayor Jones attended Darrow University for college, while Hot Dog Water's poverty situation is bad enough that her parents are worried that they won't have enough money to send her to one.
** *** In addition, Mayor Jones dresses in a suit (or that one time, a nightgown), while Hot Dog Water dresses in worn-out clothes.
** *** Mayor Jones wears JadeColoredGlasses while Hot Dog Water wears red-framed glasses.
** *** Both are AmbiguouslyGay.AmbiguouslyGay.
** To Cassidy.
*** Just as Cassidy is Velma's analogue as the group's TheSmartGuy, Mayor Jones could be considered Marcie's analogue as TheSixthRanger who is also TheSmartGuy.
*** They are both close to the Gang in some way, except Cassidy is supportive of them while Mayor Jones usually is not. [[AdultFear The fact that they of all people hold dark secrets]] is what leads the Gang into {{Heroic BSOD}}s.
*** Mayor Jones was the OlderSidekick to the original Mystery Incorporated, and Cassidy is the OlderSidekick to the new Mystery Incorporated.
*** Both revealed the truth about their true identity and actions at night at the Spanish church in the endings of the final two Season 1 episodes. The reveal of their lies pushes their successors away and they beg them not to leave them. In Cassidy's case, it's because she fears for their safety. In Mayor Jones's case, it's because [[ItsAllAboutMe he doesn't want Fred to abandon him.]] They were also present at each other's confessions without the other knowing — the Freak was watching Cassidy confess from a distance and Mayor Jones confessed while Angel, whose true identity was unknown to him, was present.
*** They may be AmbiguouslyGay. Angel is on the receiving end of some interesting admiration by Principal Quinlan in "Mystery Solvers State Club Finals" (although this ended up being AllJustADream), and Mayor Jones has some interesting moments with Sheriff Stone, such as dancing with him under Aphrodite's love pheromones in "Where Walks Aphrodite".



** He laughs off his answers to the gang's questions about his possible involvement in the show's MythArc when they catch him doing something suspicious in "A Haunting In Crystal Cove" and "Menace of the Manticore", as if he was avoiding the truth.

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** He laughs off his answers to the gang's questions about his possible involvement in the show's MythArc when they catch him doing something suspicious activity in "A Haunting In Crystal Cove" and "Menace of the Manticore", as if he was avoiding the truth.


** On a minor note, he has a lot of American history decor in his office and home. "All Fear the Freak" reveals that he majored college in history.

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** On a minor note, he has a lot of American history decor in his office and home. "All Fear the Freak" reveals that he majored his college major was history.
** Judging by the flashback
in history."All Fear the Freak" as well as his apparent passion for American history and him having fond memories of his college fraternity, it would seem that he likes school. [[spoiler:So of course he ends up being a high school principal in the CosmicRetcon.]]


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** In "When the Cicada Calls", he expresses annoyance when the Gang talks over each other while trying to explain their suspicions about the Cicada Creature, and he asks them to talk one at a time. [[spoiler:Almost like how a teacher might do the same to his students. Also helps that this scene takes place in the school.]]

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** In a Season 1 episode, Daphne thinks that her mom is the MonsterOfTbeWeek (she wasn't). At the end of the season, Fred refuses to believe that his father is suspicious, and it turns out that he is indeed the MonsterOfTheWeek.


* OneOfUs: In-universe.
** At a few points, he exclaims [[Film/GalaxyQuest “By Grabthar’s hammer!”]] and [[Film/OfficeSpace “Chotskies!”]]. Also doubles as NotSoAboveItAll.
** In “Dead Justice”, it’s mentioned that he’s tired of people Poking him on his social media page in an attempt to Friend him. Presumably, he’s using Facebook or some ''Scooby-Doo'' equivalent of it.

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