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Scooby-Doo is the 2002 live action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon franchise, written by James Gunn, and directed by Raja Gosnell starring Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Linda Cardellini as Velma, and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. The cast also features Rowan Atkinson as Emile Mondavarious, the head of Spooky Island.

After a sudden break up of Mystery Inc. the gang had gone about their separate ways for some time. Until one day they're all invited to a mysterious island to once again solve a mystery together.

The film is more of a self-aware parody of the Scooby-Doo franchise than a straight adaptation. It also pushes its PG rating pretty hard (it was originally supposed to be PG-13, and its first cut even received an R rating) with many raunchy jokes and double entendres. It wasn't a critical success, but it grossed almost $300 million at the worldwide box office and spawned a more family-friendly sequel two years later. It was the last Hanna-Barbera property to be overseen by its two founders, who served as producers. Bill Hanna passed away a year before the film was released.

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This movie provides examples of:

  • Accidental Hero: Shaggy and Scooby accidentally cause the other members of Mystery, Inc. to fail to capture the Luna Ghost at the beginning, but manage to get the Ghost captured by accident when they are stuck in a barrel and hanging from a hook, and end up swinging into the Ghost.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Only once in the entire movie could Fred say Mondavarious' name correctly.
  • Actor Allusion: It's no coincidence that Daphne's Xenafication in the live-action film comes along when she's being played by Buffy. Also, her line, "This must be the secret relic thingy they worship," could be considered Buffy Speak.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelization actually expands a lot of things, adding more dialogue to short scenes - and giving backstories for a lot of moments. It also restores some deleted scenes and treats them as Canon (Daphne finding possessed Velma, Shaggy seeing Daphne getting possessed).
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
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    • Daphne gets this big time, mostly because in the original cartoon, she didn't have much of a defined characteristic. Here she's a lot like a Valley Girl as well as an obsessive fashionista.
    • In the novelization, Fred is written to be far more of an airhead than in the film. He thinks NASA is the company that created Pokémon, and is prone to Comically Missing the Point.
    • Scrappy a friendly, if impulsive fellow to an arrogant evil mastermind.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Velma goes from this to this after she was brainwashed to be more hip, even not needing her glasses at one point.
  • Adaptational Badass: Daphne goes from an accident prone damsel in distress in the animated series to a certified Action Girl in the movie. A case could be made for the entire Mystery Inc gang who go from teenage sleuths to a crew capable of saving the entire world.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Fred's a bit more self-absorbed and douchey than the cartoon.
    • Everyone. Even Scooby, who casually abandons Scrappy - his nephew - in the middle of the desert.
    • While Scrappy could be obnoxious in the cartoons (his first in particular), he was a good-hearted individual who cared about his friends. Here, he's an arrogant, egotistical jerk whose obnoxiousness is taken Up to Eleven, leading to him getting kicked out of the gang. And that's before he's revealed to be a villain.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Scrappy-Doo of all people is the Big Bad.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the cartoons, Scrappy had super strength and was a Pint-Sized Powerhouse, able to punch through solid rock and once survived falling off a rooftop without a scratch and would occasionally be the one to incapacitate the bad guy, while movie's Scrappy (once depowered) goes down with a single punch.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Scooby franchise in general. Originally it was supposed to be a more openly parodic PG-13 movie like The Brady Bunch Movie, but the final version of the film was heavily toned town to become more family-friendly. It still retains a notable parodic edge, to the point where it's more a spoof than a straight-up adaptation.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Spooky Island.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Implied at the end, when Mystery Inc. get back together for good and decide to take on the case of the Mud Bog Ghoul wreaking havoc in London.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The movie was originally intended to have an animated opening that would transition into live action but it was cut. It can still be seen completed as a Deleted Scene.
  • Answer Cut: During the airport scene when Shaggy appears to meet up with the rest of the gang, Velma asks where Scooby is. Cut to Scooby dressed as an old woman making his way towards them.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Shaggy and Scooby initially decline the invitation to Spooky Island.
    Shaggy: Oh, Scoob and I don't go near any place with "spooky", "haunted", "forbidden", or "creepy" in the name.
    Scooby: Or "hydrocolonic".
    Shaggy: Right, or "hydrocolonic". But that's for a totally different reason, man.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Daphne really doesn't like Fred very much, but at the end, she still consents to a Big Damn Kiss. Afterwards, however, she tells him to cut it out.
  • Bare Your Midriff:
    • Most (if not all) of Mary Jane's outfits are like this.
    • Daphne for a brief moment, when she's first captured by Zarkos. Plus Velma in one of her outfits, plus in a deleted scene, a bikini.
    • Zarkos's wrestler's outfits make him a rare male example.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Attempting to destroy Scooby or put him in harm's way is Shaggy's.
    • Being captured is Daphne's. In the two years that Mystery, Inc. split up, she becomes a black belt to try and stop this from happening.
  • Big Bad: Emile Mondavarious, who really turns out to be Scrappy-Doo operating a robot. Then it later turns out that the real Emile Mondavarious was locked away by Scrappy for two years, and is actually very friendly.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Fred and Daphne have one at the end. Afterwards, she tells him to cut it out.
  • Big Eater: Shaggy and Scooby. In fact, this is the sole reason they go to Spooky Island in the first place, because of the all-you-can-eat deal that comes with the invitation. The thought of all-you-can-eat makes Scooby pass out.
  • Big "NO!": Scrappy when Shaggy uses the pincer to remove the Daemon Ritus from his chest.
  • Big Red Button: One sets off the security alarm in the castle.
  • Black Sheep: Velma says every family has one nut. In the case of Mystery Inc., it was Scrappy.
  • Blatant Lies: In fact, Scrappy saying that him urinating on Daphne was an accident.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Velma, to the point where she tries to strangle Fred thinking he's Daphne, when the latter steals her glasses.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: If you include the three female leads there is Velma who is definitely a Brainy Brunette, Daphne is quite the Fiery Redhead and Mary Jane is more Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold than Dumb Blonde. If you swap Fred out for Mary Jane then you get the Dumb Blonde.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Fred's main wardrobe, consisting of blue trousers and a blue shirt (long- and short-sleeved), although a few times he's seen with a white shirt or tank top instead.
    • Scooby's blue collar probably qualifies too.
    • Inverted with Mondavarious's blue attire after he is revealed as the Big Bad.
  • Body Horror: The demons extract a person's soul and then step into the body to possess them.
  • Bookcase Passage: Velma and Fred are trapped in a dead-end corridor with a pair of swinging axes gradually advancing towards them. There's a bookcase at the end of the corridor, so Velma quickly realizes that one of them must trigger a secret passageway, but with no way to figure out which, they're forced to just keep flinging books off the shelf until they find the right one. By the time the axes are stopped, there's only one book left on the shelf; turns out that's the right one.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: After going One-Winged Angel on Mystery, Inc., Scrappy mockingly shouts, "Scooby Doo, where are you?!"
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The gang decides to break up Mystery Inc. and go about their own paths early in the movie. They get better.
  • Brick Joke: While on the island, it's announced there is a phone call for "Mr. Doo". A guy named Melvin Doo asks if it was for him, but it was for Scooby. Later, when it is announced Scooby will be sacrificed, he panics and says "Me? Don't you mean Melvin Doo?", pointing at the same guy.
  • Burping Contest: Shaggy and Scooby engage in a burping and farting contest until Daphne walks in on them.
  • The Cameo:
    • Pamela Anderson appears at the start of the film, apparently as the one who got Mystery Inc on the case. She appears to be a spokesperson for the factory.
    • The band Sugar Ray are seen performing at Spooky Island.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The events were not even referenced in the 2004 sequel.
  • Cassandra Truth: Shaggy refuses to believe Scooby saying Mary Jane has been possessed. Scooby manages to say "Told you so!" when she does a Neck Lift on them both in a later scene while still possessed.
  • Casting Gag:
    • The reason Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Geller were cast was because they wanted to cast a real Hollywood couple as Fred and Daphne.
    • In the Japanese dub, Velma is voiced by Yuriko Fuchizaki, who already voiced sexy girls with glasses previously in her career.
  • Catch-Phrase: Two. "Jinkies" for Velma, "Zoinks" for Shaggy.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Melvin Doo. Also, Scrappy-Doo pulling a Syndrome.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Subverted. On the plane to Spooky Island, Fred flicks Scooby on the nose to stop him barking at a cat. It doesn't work. It earns him a punch in the face. Later, in the climax, Scooby attempts to do the same thing to Scrappy. That doesn't work either. Scrappy roars in his face.
    • Played straight with the disco skull and the Daemon Ritus, both of which come back in the climax.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Daphne mentions after the gang meet up at the airport that she undertook becoming a blackbelt. This comes in handy during her fight with Zarkos at the end.
  • Cleavage Window: Daphne's top in a deleted scene, featuring a martial arts practice session.
  • Compliment Backfire: Fred attempts to compliment Velma...
    "I'm a man of substance. Dorky chicks like you turn me on too."
  • Contrived Coincidence: Mystery, Inc. all go up to the castle to investigate around the same time on the same night, with Fred and Velma going up separately offscreen, then Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby joining them inside.
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: The opening scene with the skateboard.
  • Cool Shades: Fred has a pair of them.
  • Counting to Three: Played with. Shaggy tells Scooby when the latter is about to be sacrificed that they should get the hell out of there on the count of five. As they're counting, Scooby's soul is sucked out of his body.
    • Played straight during the credits when Shaggy and Scooby are each about to down a jar of hot peppers.
  • Cowardly Lion: Shaggy. Averted at one point, as after Fred and Velma are captured, he suggests leaving them behind. Daphne talks him out of it. Played straight when he releases the souls of the gang back to their bodies, and vows to save Scooby when he learns Scooby is to be sacrificed. With the help of the others, he does. He's also the one to remove the Daemon Ritus from Scrappy's chest.
  • Curse Cut Short: This line from Scrappy at the end:
    "And I would have gotten away with it too if not for you meddling sons of-" (helicopter door is slammed shut)
  • Damsel in Distress: Daphne tries hard to avert this. In the end, she does...
  • Damsel out of Distress: ...and becomes one of these at the end.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Velma. One snark at the beginning leads to Daphne snatching Velma's glasses off her face.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The film enjoys taking apart the tropes of the Scooby Doo Universe, Daphne getting kidnapped, warning of obviously dangerous and scary locations and examining the roles of the team.
  • Designated Victim: Deconstructed with Daphne. She is genuinely offended when the gang talk about her always getting kidnapped and uses that as her reason to leave, eventually learning martial arts to overcome this.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: Shaggy and Scooby initially refused the invitation to Spooky Island. The only thing that got them to accept it was the all-you-can-eat deal that came with it.
  • Disneyfication: The novelization does this with a couple of the radar-dodging moments, eliminating Shaggy's line about that naughty French line. Daphne complains about the Luna Ghost groping her in the film, but in the book just complains about his bad breath.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Fred flicks Scooby on the nose on the plane to Spooky Island to try and stop him barking at a cat. In retaliation, Scooby punches Fred in the face.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Shaggy when he first sees Mary Jane on the plane to Spooky Island. So much so that he doesn't notice or react to Scooby gobbling up Shaggy's sandwich right out of his hand.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Literally.
  • The Dragon: Zarkos is this to N'Goo Tuana, who himself is arguably this to Scrappy.
  • Dramatic Unmask: The opening with the Luna Ghost, everyone but Velma is surprised of who the culprit is.
  • Drunk on Milk: Velma in a Deleted Scene.
  • Dumb Blonde: Fred is a male example.
  • Exact Words: The Big Bad needs a "pure soul" as a sacrifice. No one said it had to be human...
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Scooby gets a moment of this. He correctly suspects Mary Jane has been possessed when, while riding the quad bikes, she hits a branch and her face is bent out of shape, causing him to start angrily barking at her when the chase ends.
  • Evil Laugh: The two Coast Guards after hanging up on Mary Jane.
  • Face–Heel Turn / Not Good with Rejection: Scrappy. See also: Take That, Scrappy!.
  • Fake Food: In-Universe. When Shaggy and Scooby are held by strings of sausages in the castle, Shaggy suggests eating them to escape. Scooby bites one, and finds it's made of plastic.
  • Fanservice Pack: Velma, in her beach party get-up.
  • Flanderization:
    • Shaggy's cowardice reaches a new low when he suggests abandoning Fred and Velma to their fates.
    • Scrappy's obnoxiousness and over-confidence is exaggerated at the expense of his better qualities.
  • Flat "What": The boy in the orange jumper in the airport has an expression on his face that screams this as Scooby (dressed as a woman) makes his way towards the others.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Velma losing her glasses. Daphne does it as a Kick the Dog moment early on, but when she loses her glasses when the creatures attack, it ends up getting her captured.
    • The fact that Scooby is particularly important (his soul is the purest one to be absorbed through the Daemon Ritus) are hinted at first of all with the whole thing with the hamburgers in the woods before the castle scene and again when Shaggy and Scooby run into the possessed rock band and possessed-Fred says, "Get the dog."
    • After The Reveal that Emile Mondavarious is the Big Bad, having brought Scooby to the island, there's several hints in the scene where he talks to Scooby that point to his 'real' identity. First he has a photo of Scooby hanging around, a bobblehead cat, and other small things - pointing to a certain nephew, Scrappy. Also, the way he scratches at his neck earlier during Scooby's freakout at the hotel after seeing one of the monsters is similar to the way a dog scratches itself.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Mystery Inc. minus Scooby after their souls were transferred to different bodies. After a few switches, they end up back in the correct bodies.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Scrappy. When he tried to appoint himself the new leader of the gang in flashback, he said it was either that, or he was not staying. The rest of them unanimously decide to dump him and drive off.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: As the film is set-up with an acknowledgement to the animated series, Velma is annoyed at being the odd man out yet again during the obligatory Let's Split Up, Gang (Shaggy & Scooby, Fred & Daphne). Fred volunteers to partner up with her, but as they don't hang, Fred struggles to carry a conversation with her, but she appreciates the effort.
  • Game Face: The possessed students eyes glow green. When Mary Jane is hit in the face by a branch, it's literally bent out of shape, revealing her as a monster in disguise, though only Scooby notices.
  • Gender Bender: When the gang keeps switching bodies due to the approxamity of the Daemon Ritus, Daphne and Fred find themselves in each other's bodies. Daphne is repulsed by Fred's body whereas Fred finds Daphne's body very hot and says he can look at himself naked. Shaggy also winds up in Daphne's body and later Velma's, although he is more focused on Daphne's lack of eating and why he is dressed as a girl
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Shaggy mentions that "But you don't need to know what 'Voulez-vous coucher avec moi' means to love that song!" Kinda justified in that it is in a song, but it still means 'Do you want to sleep with me?'. If Shaggy really doesn't know what it means, then it's even more justified, since he really doesn't know what he's saying. However, it was removed in the book.
    • Daphne heavily implies that the Luna Ghost kept trying to grope her. It was altered to bad breath in the book.
    • Also the scene right after the gang has broken up with Scooby and Shaggy hanging out at a beach, in their van, laughing, whilst smoke comes out of the van's roof. It turns out they're really just making eggplant burgers. The burgers in question feature some rather unusual condiments. Also, "Pass the Dutchie" is blaring in the background.
    • Related to that smoke, when Mary Jane first introduces herself, Shaggy enthusiastically notes that she has his favorite name. (Mary Jane is a nickname for marijuana)
    • Yet another bit of drug humor: Scooby and Shaggy mention that they won't go anywhere with "hydrochronic" in the name. Hydrochronic is the name of a very potent form of marijuana, grown hydroponically.
    • When Shaggy finds Fred after the monsters attack, Fred drops the word "biatch". Subtitles render that as "bitch".
    • Right before the gang kicks Scrappy out of the group, he outright tells Fred, "You dont have the Scrote for this job, Pally!".
    • And finally, this awkward line, spoken by Fred while in Daphne's body: "Hey... I can look at myself naked!" Immediately afterwards he looks down the front of her shirt and grins. Later, Fred-in-Daphne's-body can be seen in the background, groping her own breasts. Also Shaggy-in-Velma's body can be seen trying to look up her own skirt.
  • Girly Bruiser: Daphne becomes this, as she's more of a ditzy Valley Girl in this incarnation, and she has undergone Xenafication to become a black belt. She does all her ass kicking in pink and purple outfits.
  • Groin Attack: After a henchman is Mugged for Disguise by Shaggy near the end, he gives the henchman one when he wakes up.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Mary Jane who is kind and sweet to everyone, as well as sharing Shaggy's love of food.
  • Hate Sink: Scrappy-Doo appears in a flashback showing how he was kicked off the team, though he's portrayed as a massively egotistical jerk instead of merely being overconfident. He's also the main villain of the movie, acting out of a desire for vengeance over being kicked off the team.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: A justified variation. Any good character who gets possessed by the monsters becomes bad, as seen a few times such as with Fred, Mary Jane and Velma in a deleted scene, when the former two go after Shaggy and Scooby. When their soul returns to their body, they become themselves (good) again.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Shaggy when he and Scooby are trapped in a garage by possessed-Fred and the possessed rock band, and Scooby finds two quad bikes under a sheet. The two use these to escape and pick up Mary Jane.
  • The Hero / The Lancer: Deconstructed in both cases with Fred and Velma respectively. Velma is the one who figures out most of the mysteries, yet Fred takes credit for all her plans leaving her as just The Smart Guy. Deleted scenes reveal that Fred attempts to promote a book about himself but fails miserably without the rest of the gang, and that Velma ended up in therapy thanks to her treatment from the others.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing:
    • Shaggy and Scooby are having eggplant burgers for breakfast before they receive the invitation to Spooky Island.
    • Before the castle scene, Shaggy and Mary Jane are hanging out on the island and Shaggy wins a prize from a crane machine for Mary Jane.
    • The morning after Fred and Velma are captured, a group of teens is playing volleyball further along the beach that Shaggy, Mary Jane and Daphne slept on while waiting for the Coast Guard.
    • Shaggy and Scooby are seen during the early part of the credits enjoying the all-you-can-eat deal that got them to come out to Spooky Island in the first place.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: A rare man and man's best friend case — Shaggy and Scooby-Doo. They're best friends and always look out for each other, and as such are nearly always seen together. For example, when Scooby falls down the hole during his argument with Shaggy, Shaggy dives down after him to try and find him. He's the first to actively decide to rescue Scooby after it's discovered Scooby's soul is the pure one needed for the demons' ritual. He also tries to attack Mondavarious to stop the actual absorption from happening.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Shaggy demonstrates to Mary Jane that he is quite good at crane machines, by winning a stuffed dismembered head toy for her from one.
    • N'Goo Tuana turns out to be pretty good at the piano.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar had done I Know What You Did Last Summer together prior to this. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard had done She's All That, with brief cameo appearance in that film by Sarah, as well as Wing Commander and Summer Catch.
  • Ironic Name: This version's Scrappy's middle name is revealed to be Cornelius. The first recorded Cornelius is found in the bible, and is described to be an extremely pious, righteous, and god fearing man, one of the first gentiles to convert to Christianity. Movie!Scrappy...does not really appear to match up to this.
    • It also is very similar to the hebrew verb, qrn, which means "radiance". Once again, movie!Scrappy's actions do not bring the adjective "radiant" to mind.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Scrappy in the flashback depicting him shows him as an egotistical jerk, which leads to the rest of Mystery, Inc. kicking him out. Velma even calls him an egomaniac.
    • Fred too to a lesser degree. Daphne calls him egocentric as well when Fred-in-Daphne's body won't stop touching herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fred. He is very self-loving and takes credit for Velma's plans, but he's still a good guy despite that and still cares for the other members of Mystery Inc., as can be seen several times.
  • Jive Turkey: The Voodoo Maestro.
  • Kick the Dog: Daphne pulls Velma's glasses off her face for making fun of the fact that Daphne gets captured a lot, mocking her by saying "Who's helpless now?"
  • Let's Get Out of Here: Said by Fred when the small henchman sets off the security alarm in the castle. Said by Shaggy in the climax when Scrappy goes One Wing Angel and attempts to capture him and Scooby.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: The team decides to go off on their own for a while to investigate different aspects of their new mystery.
  • The Load: Mostly averted with Shaggy, who sees himself as this and early on he calls himself "the dude that carries the bags". He still is very capable of helping the others out, and in fact, some parts of the film couldn't occur without his help, as he is the only member of the gang not to get captured by the creatures, and so he is able to release the souls of the others back to their bodies when they get captured.
  • Logo Joke: A bite is taken out of the Warner Bros. shield, although you don't see him, Scooby's laugh is heard. Then the logo disappears and Scooby's dog tag reading "SD" appears, underneath it says 'A Mystery Inc. Company".
  • Lots of Luggage: Daphne has seven carry-on bags she wants to take with her to Spooky Island.
  • Magic Skirt: Linda Cardellini had her skirt taped to her legs so it wouldn't flip over in the scene where she (as Velma) dangles upside down by one foot in a scaffold chain. This was Warner Bros.' edict to help preserve the "family film" integrity.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Scrappy-Doo is the real villain of the film, with Emile just being a very convincing human robot suit he pilots.
  • Master Actor: It's revealed that Emile Mondavarious is really Scrappy-Doo, who pulls off a very convincing gentlemanly human businessman.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Friends don't quit."
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Daphne walks around dressed in plenty of flattering dresses. And Velma finds herself in some revealing beach party gear. There's also a cameo from Pamela Anderson in a sheer white tank top. Mary Jane also wears some very figure-flattering clothes.
    • An infamous deleted scene has Daphne walking in on a possessed Velma dancing around in a locker room wearing nothing but a tiny red bikini, along with several other scantily-clad girls.
  • Mythology Gag: When Shaggy is explaining why he and Scooby "don't do castles", the spooky things he mentions ("paintings with eyes that watch you, and suits of armor you think is a statue, but there's a guy inside who follows you every time you turn around!") are a reference to the first ever episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, "What a Night for a Knight".
  • Mugged for Disguise: After Shaggy swings into a henchman near the end, he disguises himself by wearing the henchman's clothes over his own. He ditches the disguise when he goes to attack Mondavarious.
  • The Napoleon: A flashback to the "good old days" shows Scrappy attempting to usurp leadership of the gang from Fred, saying he "doesn't have the scrote for the job!" before unceremoniously being given the boot.
  • Neck Lift: Possessed Mary Jane does this to Shaggy and Scooby near the end.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Despite only needing Scooby for the ritual, Emile Mondavarious/Scrappy-Doo invited the entire gang of Mystery Inc. to the island when the members had already broken up and went their separate ways two years ago, just so that they can witness his moment of triumph. This subsequently results in the previously-hostile Scooby Gang rekindling its relationship, coming together to defeat Scrappy's plan.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Fred about Scooby:
    "This is the most embarrassing thing you've done since you decided to clean your beans at Don Knotts' Christmas party."
    • According to Shaggy, he and Scooby tried to eat a man in a hot dog costume.
  • No, You: Shaggy's response to Scooby telling him that his mother eats feline excrement is simply to parrot the insult.
    Shaggy: No, Scooby-Doo, your mom eats cat poop!
  • Oh, Crap!: A LOT of them.
    • The Luna Ghost seems to have one at the start before Shaggy and Scooby slam into him while hanging off the hook.
    • Scooby in the woods when he sees the monster that sneaked up on him.
    • Said monster has one just before being subjected to a Tree Buchet.
    • Daphne in the castle just before a ride wagon slams into her soon after the power is turned on. Fred and Velma get one too at the same time when the suits of armor either side of them swing pikes at them and another wagon comes up from behind. Also at the same time, Shaggy and Scooby when they get tied up and held against the wall.
    • All of Mystery Inc. get one in the castle when the small henchman sets off the security alarm. Then again moments later when they see the shadows of Zarkos and several others coming towards them.
    • Scooby after N'Goo Tuana's piano performance after seeing a monster's face in the window next to him.
    • This line from Fred:
    Fred: There's absolutely, absolutely, no such thing as..." (one of the creatures bursts in) "...MONSTER!"
    • Shaggy, Daphne and Mary Jane get one when they see Scooby is about to accidentally push them out of a window. Scooby as well when they're about to go through the window.
    • Shaggy and Scooby when possessed-Fred and several others breathe green gas at them, as they just realized they are possessed by the creatures.
    • Daphne when Zarkos captures her.
    • Possessed-Fred just before Shaggy and Scooby smash out of the garage they are trapped in on two quad bikes.
    • Any monster that gets exposed to sunlight has one, seconds before exploding.
    • Shaggy after Velma's Wham Line. He's just realized the pure soul needed for the ritual is Scooby's. Accentuated by a zoom into his face as he makes the realization.
    • Two more in quick succession at the start of the climax. Fred has one when he realises the ritual is beginning earlier than expected. Then Shaggy has one when he realises the cable he attached to the protoplasm vat (that Fred and Velma are about to rappel down on) is clipped through his own karabiner.
    • Shortly after that, a henchman gets one just before Shaggy slams into him and knocks him out.
    • Scooby after hearing from Scrappy that his soul would be needed for Scrappy to transform into Scrappy-Rex.
    • Zarkos at the end after Daphne overpowers him and he realizes she's about to get her own back on him.
    • Scrappy, coupled with a Big "NO!", when Shaggy uses the pincer to remove the Daemon Ritus from his chest.
  • Older Than They Look: When Scrappy appears in a flashback, Velma mentions how he wasn't a puppy anymore despite his appearances thanks to a gland disorder.
  • One-Winged Angel: Scrappy after absorbing the souls.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Big dogs aren't allowed on the plane so Shaggy dresses Scooby up in a dress, big hat and sunglasses as "Grandma". Velma and Daphne say that no one will fall for it... and then Fred does. The novelization (written from Velma's point of view) says that the disguise fooled everyone on the plane.
  • Perspective Flip: The novelization, which tells each chapter from a different character's point of view. For example, Velma's POV covers the opening break-up and the next chapter is from Shaggy's.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Shaggy: Like, dude...
    Scrappy Rex: WHAT?
    Shaggy: You're a bad puppy!
  • Pre-Explosion Glow: When the monsters are exposed to the sunlight, they glow with bright spots just before they explode.
  • Pretty Boy: Scrappy seems to think Fred is one, as when he becomes a monster after absorbing the souls, he yells, "Take that, pretty boy!" when he knocks Fred over.
  • Product Placement: Cans of Sprite and Diet Coke are seen behind Scooby in the Mystery Machine when he and Shaggy are having eggplant burgers.
    • A Coca-Cola cooler is visible outside the quad bike shed that Shaggy and Scooby take refuge in.
  • Pool Scene: Occurs during the performance by Sugar Ray the morning after Fred and Velma are captured by the monsters.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Daphne is trying to prove that she's an Action Girl and wears nothing but purple and pink.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Shaggy and Scooby want Mystery Inc. to get back together when coincidentally all five of them are invited to Spooky Island by Emile Mondavarious. After saving Scooby from Scrappy and saving the world, the gang does get back together.
  • Reality Ensues: Daphne finds out at the airport she can't take seven bags as hand luggage.
  • Red Is Heroic: Fred's red ascot, the sole red item of clothing he wears.
    • Velma probably fits this more closely, as her wardrobe is entirely red and orange.
  • Remake Cameo:
    • Frank Welker, the original voice of Fred, voices a guard with a green skeletal outfit saying "Uh, no" to Velma.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub and also overlapping with Role Reprisal of sorts, Arturo Mercado Sr., who regurlarly voiced Shaggy in the animated adaptations until the 2010s, voiced Scrappy, a role he voiced as well, while his son, Arturo Mercado Jr., voiced Shaggy instead.
  • Reverse Psychology: A voodoo man warns Daphne not to go into the Spooky Island Castle, which she takes as a trick and decides to do just that.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Emile, who is really just a robot piloted by Scrappy-Doo.
  • Right Behind Me: The Luna Ghost behind Shaggy as he's trying to explain there's no such thing as monsters. He lampshades it when Scooby points out the Luna Ghost is behind him. Happens again later on as he and Scooby are having a farting contest. He doesn't notice that Daphne is right behind him.
  • Rule of Three: Velma is seen without her glasses three times. The first is during a Kick the Dog moment when Daphne removes Velma's glasses on purpose. The second time she loses them, she gets captured by the creature who returns them to her. The third time is when Shaggy returns her soul to her body, as she is seen without her glasses and puts them back on when the creature who had previously been possessing her explodes upon exposure to sunlight.
    • Mary Jane's soul is the third one we see to return to its body when Daphne knocks Zarkos down a shaft into the protoplasm vat, knocking it over.
  • Say My Name:
    • Velma screams "Fred!" after the latter accidentally sprays a fire hose at her and causes her to fall off a ledge.
    • Daphne screams "Fred!" when he is captured by a monster at the hotel. Shaggy then screams "Velma!" when she is captured too. Daphne then does it again when Mondavarious is captured.
    • Shaggy, Daphne and Mary-Jane all scream "SCOOBY!" during an Oh, Crap! moment when Scooby accidentally pushes them out of a window.
    • Shaggy screams "SCOOB!" when the latter falls down a tunnel. Moments later, Shaggy dives down the tunnel to try and find him.
    • Shaggy does this again a few times, when Scooby's soul is sucked out of his body by N'Goo Tuana's pincer.
  • Schmuck Bait: The mysterious phone call Scooby receives the night the gang arrive at the island.
    Caller: Got a bag of uhhh... hamburgers here for ya.
    Scooby: Mmmm!
    Caller: Just walk into the dark shadowy part of the forest where no one can see you.
    (Beat, dramatic music)
    Scooby: Roh-kay!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • This happens when Velma, Fred and Daphne quit Mystery Inc. leaving only Shaggy and Scooby. Velma even says "I'm outta here" before walking away.
    • Subverted later on. Shaggy and Scooby try to flee the Mystery Machine when the man attempts to invite them to Spooky Island, but when they burst out, they bump right into him and end up going anyway.
    • When the alarm is triggered in the castle with Mystery Inc. inside, they all get an Oh, Crap! and run for it. At least by then, they had picked up some clues they needed.
    • Shaggy suggests doing this after Fred and Velma are captured. Daphne talks him out of it.
  • Self-Deprecation: In a flashback, Scrappy is portrayed as an egotistical maniac instead of merely overconfident, as part of a nod to how reviled he was by fans.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Shaggy does this to Scrappy when he threatens to kill the other members of Mystery Inc., by tapping him with the pincer and using it to remove the Daemon Ritus from his chest, turning him back into a puppy.
    • Non-verbal example soon after the above example. Scrappy says he can still take them and demands Scooby to put 'em up. Scooby simply punches him away into a wall.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Daphne, as portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who has green eyes.
  • Ship Tease: Velma and Fred, Daphne and Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray. Especially in the former case, since the official pairing in the movie is Fred and Daphne. The latter have barely interactions except for the body-swapping scene and a Big Damn Kiss at the end. Compare that with...
    • The fact that Fred's subplot revolves around learning to appreciate Velma.
    • Despite being established as very self-absorbed and easily irritated in this continuity, Fred is surprisingly patient when Velma accidentally tries to strangle him at the beginning of the movie, just gently pushes her off and goes, "Watch the ascot!"
    • Them being the only two members of Mystery Inc. to not immediately start bickering with another when they meet again, and sitting next to each other on the plane to spooky island.
    • Velma is very bitter when Fred wants to go off with Daphne, and when she makes her jealousy known Fred actually obliges her.
    • Just all of their time in the castle. All of it.
    • And then we have this lovely moment from the novelization:
    Velma: Jinkies.
    Fred's Internal Monologue: Hearing her say that brought back a wave of memories. I suddenly felt a wave of tenderness for good old Velma.
    • It really doesn't help that every time the two have a touching moment there is as swell of almost romantic sounding music... seriously, was someone on the team secretly a Frelma shipper or something? The Fraphne bits seem almost like an afterthought.
    • The novel also ships Daphne with Shaggy, describing Shaggy as "The only person she was happy to see."
  • Skewed Priorities: When Velma strangles Fred after Daphne removes her glasses early on, he makes her let go and indignantly says, "Watch the ascot!"
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Daphne swaps out her traditional long-sleeved outfit for dresses that have no sleeves. But then again in the final scene where she does the most ass-kicking, she's wearing a bodysuit with sleeves.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Velma, who wears glasses and is The Smart Guy. The only thing that slows her down is the glasses themselves, as she is Blind Without 'Em.
  • Starter Villain: The Luna Ghost.
  • The Stinger: The first part of the credits feature Scooby and Shaggy doing a hot pepper eating contest.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: The Big Bad needs a pure soul for his ritual. The only soul meeting the requirements on the whole island is Scooby's.
  • Team Hand-Stack: Mystery Inc. do two of these. The first one is when they decide to save Scooby and stop the Darkopalypse ritual from happening. The second one is when they officially get back together at the end.
  • Technicolor Death: When the monsters possessing the humans are freed and exposed to sunlight, they explode into sparks and green smoke.
  • Tempting Fate: This quote from Fred: “There’s absolutely, absolutely, no such thing as...” Guess what bursts in right at that moment. “MONSTER!”
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Happens in the climax with MXPX's cover of the theme song playing.
  • Toilet Humour: Scooby and Shaggy have a farting contest and Scrappy urinates on Daphne.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daphne had a radical change from her classic Damsel in Distress characterization. Elements of this change stuck around in future Scooby-Doo media, notably in What's New, Scooby-Doo?.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Everyone compared to the original series. Fred is the most glaring example, frequently taking credit for the plans Velma came up with. Even Shaggy and Scooby aren't immune. And of course, Scrappy becomes egotistical on top of his overconfidence, even before he seeks his revenge on the gang.
  • Totally Radical: The creatures have learned to imitate human speech - using this as an example. So it's easy to spot who's been possessed and who hasn't.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Chocolate-covered eggplant burgers for Shaggy. He says so in the first scene we see after the two-year gap as he's about to eat one. Also Scooby snacks, for Shaggy as well as for Scooby.
  • Tree Buchet: A monster that tries to capture Scooby in the woods ends up being flung away in this manner.
  • Un Limited Wardrobe: All of the gang, especially fashionista Daphne. Her outfits are:
    • Long-sleeve dress, scarf, gogo boots, headband (Luna Ghost investigation; this one has the closest resemblance to that of her cartoon counterpart)
    • Trench coat, headband, sunglasses, gogo boots, mini dress (airport)
    • Cheongsam top, athletic headband, flats, pants (deleted scene)
    • Halter top, sunhat, sunglasses, flare pants, gogo boots (arriving at Spooky Island)
    • Sleeveless low-cut dress, gogo boots, clutch purse (Investigating the castle)
    • Different sleeveless dress from above, gogo boots, different clutch from above (monsters)
    • Different long-sleeve dress, scarf, and headband (flashback)
    • Cropped halter tankini top with skirt bottoms, wedges, handbag (Beach/captured)
    • Lowcut wrap dress, gogo boots, 3rd clutch (Possession)
    • Jumpsuit, gogo boots (Battle/Epilogue)
      • Velma is the same case, though is second to Daphne.
  • Tropical Island Adventure: The gang are invited to Spooky Island in the first movie, a tropical island resort with a ghostly and mystical theme.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Shaggy gets Daphne's protoplasm out of the vat after freeing Velma and Fred. She tells him to put her back in, as she wants to get herself out. He releases her anyway.
  • Urine Trouble: In a flashback Scrappy pees on Daphne, which - in addition to his massive ego - is what got him kicked off the team.
  • Valley Girl: Daphne talks like this at the beginning but has dropped it when the gang reunite.
  • Villain Ball: Scrappy-Doo's plan to unleash the demon army and take over the world might have succeeded, but since he wanted Mystery Inc. to witness his victory, he invited the entire team and encouraged them to come together (albeit while disguised), thus giving them the chance to defeat him.
  • Villains Out Shopping: After the castle scene, N'Goo Tuana is seen playing the piano at the hotel. He's pretty good at it, considering the applause he gets afterwards.
    • Possessed characters are seen in a pool, playing with a beach ball and generally just chilling and listening to Sugar Ray perform, who are also possessed, before turning on Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Vocal Dissonance: When Mary Jane says "No, Shaggy" when Shaggy tells her he has to rescue Scooby, she mysteriously sounds like a man. Justified because she was possessed at the time.
  • Voices Are Mental: When the members of Mystery Inc. swap bodies.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: After the capture of the Luna Ghost, Shaggy remarks this to Scooby about the chase they just had, and that they should find another skateboard and "like, do it again".
  • Wham Line: Mystery Inc. deduced that the villains need a pure soul for their plans. Fred wonders where they are going to find a pure human soul.
    Velma: I didn't say human...
  • Wham Shot: Fred removes what he thinks is a mask of Mondavarious's face. Underneath is not a human face, but a series of robotic workings, revealing him to be a robot.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Mary Jane in the second act.
  • Who's Laughing Now?:
    Daphne: (having just overpowered Zarkos) Now who's the damsel in distress?
    Zarkos: Me?
    Daphne: Straight up!
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Near the beginning of the movie, when Scooby disguises himself as an old woman in order to be allowed onto the plane.
    Daphne: No one is stupid enough to believe that.
    Fred: Who's the ugly old broad?
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Shaggy mentions how creepy castles always have paintings with eyes that watch you and suits of armor that have guys in it who follow you but stop every time you turn around. Daphne has to ask how many times has it actually happened. According to Shaggy, the answer is 12.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: The gang formulates a plan to stop the sacrificial ceremony and briefly explain what it is before it commences. Naturally, everything goes wrong but in the end it still does its job
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The hilarious expression of a boy in an orange jumper at the airport seeing Scooby poorly disguised as a woman. Velma states the trope almost word-for-word immediately afterwards.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: When one of the island demons growls in Velma's face, Velma says "Nice Mask, bad breath".
  • Your Mom: Comes up during a tiff between Scooby and Shaggy.
    Scooby: Your rama reats rat roop!

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