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  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Original series:
      • "A Clue For Scooby-Doo"; the gang (in skin-diving apparatus) is underwater looking for the ghost of Captain Cutler. He chases Shaggy and Scooby aboard a sunken ship where Shaggy tries to light a cannon to use against the ghost. Then he remembers that matches don't light underwater.
      • "Never Ape an Ape Man": There is a scene where Scooby (normally a cowardly character) actually gets the Ape Man to back off, just by snarling at him after mustering up courage. The Ape Man may be intimidating, but he is as per usual just a guy in a suit (a stuntman, specifically), and the undisguised human, if they did threaten the team, would never win a verbal argument against Scooby-Doo, who is a large Great Dane who could take down a decent-sized man with ease. Cowardly Lion, indeed!
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    • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island:
      • The gang splits up after getting tired of fighting criminals in masks. Turns out that no matter how well you get along with your teammates, after doing the same song and dance over and over again the gang will eventually split when one of them wants something different. Given that Daphne was the one who split first, it quickly led to the other gang members parting ways (although reluctantly). Sometime after splitting up, the gang is shown as dissatisfied with their current positions or their quirks (such as Shaggy and Scooby's Big Eater habits) bringing negative consequences for them since others wouldn't be so tolerant of them as their teammates would be (Shaggy and Scooby getting fired from airport security for eating contraband).
      • Simone and Lena were able to kill large amounts of people for several centuries in large part due to the fact that the area they lived in was remote, the time period usually had people die from disease, ships sinking, and war anyway, and if it wasn't that, they were usually fugitives who no one would care about. Once it becomes obvious that more modern tourists are starting to disappear on the island, it doesn't take long for the cops to launch an investigation. Given Beau was The Mole for them working as a gardener, it quickly becomes obvious they were considered prime suspects in spite of whatever alibi they have.
      • Why are most of the zombies in the area of the swamp or near them? Simone, Lena, and Jacques quite realized very quickly that while pirates and colonists, along with soldiers could be washed away, large amounts of people from the modern era could not, so they threw the bodies in the swamp for several reasons. Number one, the alligators are a massive deterrent. The quicksand, while the zombies seem to be smart enough to move around it, force lengthy detours that are long enough to delay anyone from getting to the chamber. But thirdly, in the event the cops suspected them of murder or launched an investigation, they threw them into the swamp to ensure that it wouldn't be an area close enough to the house to portray them as potential murderers.
      • The movie itself could be this when it comes to showing what happens when a bunch of civilians, whose shtick is dealing with criminal hoaxes run into actual, dangerous, supernatural creatures. The cheerful gang we know who were never in such peril end up running for their lives from a horde of undead monsters. Never before had the gang looked so terrified, being blatantly out of their depth and barely surviving only by luck, not really by working as a team. The gang punching way above their weight class debatably even appears in the end after the supernatural threat is dealt with, when Daphne laments at the end they can't reveal what happened on the island due to quicksand swallowing up the camera.
      • As Simon and Lena learn the hard way, just because two of their targets are Cowardly Lions, that doesn't mean they can't be a liability. It was due to writing off Scooby and Shaggy as not worth using their voodoo dolls on them and thinking their third, Jacques, can take care of them that ultimately ended up being their downfall.
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    • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
      • Shaggy and Velma's relationship ends up being rather rocky, due to Shaggy's insisting they keep it a secret from Scooby. When Scooby does find out, he doesn't take it well, and Shaggy is forced to choose between his Scoob and Velma. He ends up choosing Scooby, leaving Velma crushed that she's been dumped for a dog. Later, Shaggy wants to get back together, but Velma, while still having feelings for him, doesn't want to risk getting hurt again and turns him away, squelching the Will They or Won't They? plot often depicted in various shows, and they never end up getting back together, although they do end up becoming friends again.
      • Shaggy gets sent to military school at the end of the first season. When he returns in season two, he now has a crew-cut. It takes several episodes for his hair to grow back.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?:
    • Played for Laughs. In the episode "E-Scream", Fred plays a driving game that ends when the car he's driving runs out of gas.
      Fred: Out of gas? Wow, this is realistic!
    • Big Scare in the Big Easy shows the risks of pulling a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax based on existing persons. The first clue that tips Velma off that the Monster of the Week (the ghosts of two brothers on opposite ends of the Civil War) is fake is when she sees a picture of them when they were alive, and notices how they were different heights, when the ghosts they've been dealing with are the same height.
    • In "Light, Camera, Mayhem", when it's found out that both of the would-be ghosts in the director and the original film's star don't want the movie to be, combined with the remake's newer head star himself wanting out as well, the episode's resolved by all three agreeing not to press charges since no one actually got hurt, and simply cancelling the film production altogether.
  • Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! : A mystery cruise targeted towards normal tourists are not particularly challenging for a group of expert mystery solvers, as a result the gang go through a week's worth of mysteries in 2 days.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico:
    • When the gang was chased by a mob of angry tourists, they used obvious disguises like they always did in their previous adventures. The angry tourists saw through their disguise immediately.
    • Mr. Smiley learned the hard way that if you only speak English in a foreign community, chances are a vast majority of them won't understand what is being said. His attempt to impersonate a ghost and convince the town's inhabitants to sell off their land fails because no one knows what he said.
  • Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown: Fred's first attempts at riding a horse and using a lasso, with no instruction, go poorly for him. So does him attempting to shoe a horse, again without instruction.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost:
    • After fifty years, Mystery Inc. was bound to get one wrong eventually. And as they're just meddling kids without any legal law enforcement ability, the sheriff warns the gang how the law will come down extra hard on them if another screw-up happens in their adult years as well as give his own ultimatum. The potential legal issues force the gang to reconsider and quit.
    • The gang's reaction to said forced retirement is also a good show of their thoughts on it. Fred and Velma, who loved the thrill and intellectual challenge, are the most disheartened. Daphne is more ambivalent due to her being in danger so much. Shaggy and Scooby, who hated the dangerous antics and only stuck with it out of concern for their friends, take to retirement with gusto.
    • Because of Scooby suffering a breakdown, Daphne and Shaggy decide to end their hunt for the escaped ghosts before completing the capture of all 13. As Fred points out to her, they didn't consider that leaving this unfinished business alone might come back at some point in their lives.
    • Scooby having had a nervous breakdown makes perfect sense when in episodes like "It's a Wonderful Scoob", he was forced to relive every horrifying moment of his life and in "Ship of Ghouls", Bogel and Weerd specifically attempted to murder him in a moment of vulnerability via fear-induced heart attack. It's no wonder Shaggy and Daphne agreed to keep quiet after that.
  • Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?:
    • In "The Fastest Fast Food Fiend!", Scooby, Shaggy, and Jim Gaffigan eat a decades-old burger which they find has a... less than pleasant taste.
    • In "Attack of the Weird Al-losaurus!", Scooby finds himself unable to play the accordion well due to having paws.
    • Wanda Sykes mentions she's never been invited back to judge the dog show again after she awarded Scooby the grand prize after being charmed by his Hurricane of Puns.
    • One episode had the bad guys trying to steal the crowned jewels. After being caught they're told the jewels that were stolen were fake and the real jewels were in a place that hadn't been disclosed to the public to avoid this exact scenario.
    • The episode with Batman shows the problem with pulling off a Multilayer Façade by having the Joker complain it was very hot wearing several masks at once.


  • Scooby-Doo: Daphne finds out at the airport she can't take seven bags as hand luggage.
    • Daphne gets fed up of being the Damsel in Distress and undergoes martial arts classes offscreen to stop it from happening. She still gets captured. However, at the end, what she learned does help her to defeat Zarkos.
    • Being The Friend Nobody Likes of Mystery Inc., Fred and Velma aren't too happy to see Daphne at the airport, and the feeling is mutual.
    • Two years after Mystery Inc. split up, even though all of them were invited to Spooky Island, only Shaggy and Scooby want the gang to reunite. The others were the ones who instigated the split in the first place and are initially reluctant to work together, because the bitterness and resentment they each felt towards each other was obviously still present. They only decide to work together when they realise the scale of the threat they're facing and how one of their own - Scooby - is in danger of being sacrificed. Their success in stopping Scrappy's plan does inspire the gang to finally reunite, though.
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: Shaggy and Scooby go undercover at the Faux Ghost and find Jeremiah Wickles, the Black Knight Ghost. He expresses remorse for his past deeds, but makes it clear he has not forgiven Mystery Inc for unmasking him. It's only till they prove his innocence for being the Evil Masked Figure does he forgive them.

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