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Scooby-Doo is one of the most iconic animated characters of all-time, so it's natural that he get his fair share of homages, parodies and mentions in other media, including tropes like the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, the Scooby-Dooby Doors gag and the famous You Meddling Kids quote. Sometimes the Wraparound Background and other Limited Animation tropes are spoofed.


    Anime & Manga 

    Films - Animated 
  • In The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Velma Dinkley (voiced by Trisha Gum) makes a cameo as one of Apocalypseburg's citizens.
  • In We Bare Bears: The Movie, as the bears are arguing while driving, they narrowly avoid a collision with the Mystery Machine. For bonus points, the bears are driving a similarly 60's-themed van.

    Films - Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy frequently refers to her group of friends as the "Scooby gang" or "Scoobies". Humorously enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar would play Daphne in the first two live-action movies.
  • iCarly: In "iBelieve in Bigfoot", when the creature the gang captures turns out to be a guy in a suit, Freddie quips, "Well, this is a Scooby-Doo moment."
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: The latter half "Guide to: Secrets" is a large Scooby-Doo homage. Loomer chases after Ned and Cookie after they tried to make him say out loud his biggest secret and the whole scene is framed as a classic Scooby-Doo chasing sequence, complete with background music, Scooby-Dooby Doors and Lisa Zemo (who coincidentially is dressed like Velma) falls down and loses her glasses. Then, at the end of the episode, a random kid who appeared in multiple scenes unmasks himself to reveal Suzy Crabgrass, who reacts to the whole story with a sendoff of the classic You Meddling Kids line.
  • Supernatural: Episode 16 of Season 13, "ScoobyNatural", is a straight-up Crossover with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, specifically Season 1, Episode 16 "A Night of Fright Is No Delight". Sam and Dean are sucked into a haunted television and suddenly find themselves animated characters in their favorite show from their childhood, joining forces with the original supernatural investigator team they've unconsciously patterned themselves after their whole lives to stop what — unbeknownst to the cast of a Lighter and Softer children's TV series from the 1969 — seems to be a real monster that's really killing people.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • The Pyramid magazine "Designer's Notes" for GURPS Discworld Also, says that one concept that didn't make it into the book (playtesters felt it pushed the "mirror of worlds" bit too far) was "The Mysterious Five", a group that appears to be four teenagers and a dog who don't believe magic is real, and wander the Disc in a brightly coloured cart trying to expose "hoaxes". The truth is even stranger.
  • A later Pyramid features a GURPS Monster Hunters adventure called "Terry Toucan and the Puzzle Pals in: The House of 10,000 Sock Monkeys", which is pure Scooby-Doo with two twists: 1) The monsters (this being GURPS Monster Hunters) are real, but the Puzzle Pals don't know that. 2) They also don't know that Terry Toucan hates them and wants them to die.
  • One of the vignettes in GURPS Steam-Tech features a group of Victorian monster hunters comprising Lord Frederick, Socks, Daffers, Old Lunchpail, and a dog called Skara Brae. It even has the monster being incapacitated by Lunchpail and Skara Brae in a clumsy accident.


    Video Games 
  • The Photography Club in Yandere Simulator consists of expies of the gang, the members being club leader Fureddo Jonzu, Dafuni Bureiku, Beruma Dinkuri, Rojasu Norubiru, and (sigh) Sukubi Dubidu. While normally they use the photography club to goof off and hang out, if school atmosphere drops enough the club will become detectives to try to find the culprit causing trouble at Akademi High... which is a problem for Yandere-chan. As of 7 June 2018, their appearances have changed to be less obvious a shout out.
  • A Darkest Dungeon party consisting of a Crusader, a Houndmaster, a Plague Doctor, and a Graverobber can be named "Those Meddling Kids." A tough guy, A Boy and his Dog, a smart chick, and a pretty chick. Unfortunately, they aren't going up against an old man in a Halloween costume...

    Web Animation 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated starts out as a lighthearted Affectionate Parody of Mystery Incorporated and their adventures. While things quickly turn more tragic, the videos still retain an affectionate connection to the longstanding franchise.

  • A Tumblr cartoon by samdraws contrasts the usual denouements of Scooby-Doo ("The alien monster is really old Mr. Jones wearing a rubber mask!") and Doctor Who ("Old Mr. Jones is really an alien monster wearing a rubber mask!").
  • A short arc in Charby the Vampirate involved some meddling kids entering the cabin and investigating to see who was hiding out there. Unfortunately for them the monsters in the cabin are all real and their trespassing was rewarded with being turned into monster chow.
  • Girl Genius: Du Quay's declares -And I would have ''GOT'' away with it, too, if I hadn't been for-
  • The gang showed up in And Shine Heaven Now looking for haunted houses, and mistake Integra Hellsing's very real warning about vampires for a mystery/hoax they needed to solve.
    Daphne: So he set up the vampire hoax to…to……What’s holding you up?
    Integra: That would be the “vampire hoax.”
    Shaggy: Like, it’s real this time, guys.
    Scooby: Reah. Real.
    • Erin had planned for them to make a cameo during the Millennium attacks: after their encounter with Hellsing, they became a very effective monster-hunting team who spent most of the attack mowing down zombies and being awarded for it afterward...except the one that died to save the others.
  • In Kevin & Kell Rudy and his circle of friends dressed as the gang for a costume party. Rudy was Scooby, Fiona was Daphne, Miranda was Velma, Edgar was Fred, Leona was Shaggy, Carl was the Mystery Machine, and Greta was the bad guy in the mask.
  • In Knights of Buena Vista, Mary hoped a Dramatic Unmask wouldn't turn into a Scooby-Doo thing (and it didn't).
  • In Zexion and Red XIII's storyline during the Hawaii arc of Ansem Retort, he teams up with three-fifths of the Mystery Gang to track down a 'serial rapist skeleton'. Scooby, apparently, had to be put down after contracting diabetes, and Shaggy was arrested for smuggling drugs across the border.
    Zexion: What border?! The Pacific Ocean? You live on a fucking island!

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    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs
    • In the short "Slappy Goes Walnuts", Slappy tells her nemesis Doug the Dog "You remind me of a very young Scooby-Doo."
    • In the short "Scare Happy Slappy", Slappy compares Walter Wolf's house to the show's opening credits.
    • The short "Back in Style" has the Warners showing up in parodies of Saturday morning cartoons, one of them being Uhuru, Where Are You?. Frank Welker also voices the Fred parody for good measure.
  • The Arthur episode "Arthur's Teacher Moves In" reveals Mr. Ratburn is a fan of the "Spooky-Poo" cartoon series, with a kangaroo in place of a Great Dane. Arthur's mom recalls watching it as a kid, similar to what real-life parents may recall seeing their kids watching the show.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In the 100th episode, to avoid having their souls stolen as the series enters syndication, the Aqua Teens escape into a show blatantly parodying Scooby-Doo.
  • Danny Phantom: In "Million Dollar Ghost", the Groovy Gang and their mascot Scaredy Cat try to catch Danny for Vlad's proposed reward.
  • In the Duck Dodgers episode "Surf the Stars", when Dodgers and Crusher are doing the "one chases the other across the screen from left to right, then the other chases the first one from right to left" gag in various costumes, they're replaced by the Scooby gang at one point.
  • In one episode of The Emperor's New School, the Micchu Pacchu musical chase sequence and subsequent unmasking of the monster is a blatant Scooby-Doo send-up.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In "Twistory", Timmy manages to defeat Benedict Arnold, who says "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling kid."
    • In the TV movie Channel Chasers, one of the shows Timmy visits is Snooper Dogg and the Clue Crew, with a dog who talks like Snoop Dogg, although he also does seem to resemble Goober from Goober and the Ghost Chasers, one of Hanna-Barbera's many copycat clones of Scooby-Doo.
    • In "Dread 'n' Breakfast", Timmy is chased by his enemies to groovy 1970s music, topped off by expies of Scooby and Shaggy joining them.
    • In "Fairly OddPet", Wanda turns down Cosmo's idea of a vacation in a haunted amusement park, and he calls "Sorry meddling kids, you're on your own!" as a Mystery Machine-esque van drives off.
    • "The Wand That Got Away" is basically a full homage to the old Scooby-Doo episodes, with Timmy as Fred, Cosmo as Shaggy, Wanda as Daphne, Baby Poof as Velma and Sparky as Scooby (whom keeps saying several Scooby-Doo catchphrases as a Running Gag) driving around in a Mystery Machine-esque van to try and find Cosmo's missing wand.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "I Never Met the Dead Man", Peter watches The Scooby-Doo Murder Files. Frank Welker reprises his role as Fred for this joke.
    • The gang makes a cameo in the third segment of "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1" during a parody of the Scooby-Dooby Doors gag.
    • In "Deep Throats" (a DVD-exclusive scene), Stewie and Brian meet the Mystery Inc. gang (again with Fred voiced by Welker) while searching through City Hall for damaging evidence against Mayor West. Stewie ends up humming the show's background music to get them to leave.
    • In "Stewie Loves Lois," one of the things that's part of Stewie's lunch is a Scooby-Doo yogurt with Shaggy's eyes scratched out.
    • In "Business Guy," Lois and Carter attempt to scare Peter into giving Carter's business back, but when they realize the swamp monster that scared Peter isn't Carter in disguise, they run for it, and it leads into a parody of the many classic Scooby-Doo chase scenes, complete with the Hanna-Barbera Stock Sound Effects and the actual background music score. Then they catch the swamp monster in a net trap and unmask him to reveal Dr. House.
    • In the episode "Meg Stinks!", Brian is put outside after getting sprayed by a skunk and remarks that his nephew Scrappy-Brian didn't make it through the night. The ensuing Cutaway Gag shows him getting eaten by a dinosaur, to which Brian says "I told my sister this wasn't a good weekend."
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "Challenge of the Superfriends", Mac tries out a variety of sidekick catchphrases, including "Jinkies!", "Zoinks!" and "Arroo!"
  • Futurama: The first segment of "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" features the Planet Express crew in a parody of the show called Bendee-Boo and the Mystery Crew, with Bender as Bendee-Boo (a parody of Scooby-Doo), Fry as Shaggy, Leela as Daphne, Amy as Velma, and Hermes as Fred. The Harlem Globetrotters appear as well.
  • Gravity Falls: The reveal of the monster in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" is very similar to Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster, being a robot controlled by someone, later revealed to actually exist.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • In "Keeper of the Reaper", Scooby appears as one of several witnesses Billy calls up to go against Mandy, claiming that she makes fun of the way he talks.
    • In "Reap Walking", Gladys gets busted for killing white owls and framing Grim, and she says "And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!". The scene then cuts to the Mystery Inc. gang before Mandy calls out, "No, no, down here!" and the scene cuts back to them.
  • Johnny Bravo: The episode "Bravo Dooby Doo" has Johnny solving a mystery with the gang.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: In "A Greenthumb is not a Goldfinger", the group mistakenly attacks Alexandra thinking she was a monster, and she begrudgingly asks them "Who were you expecting? Scooby-Doo?". Incidentally, the groups would later guest-star on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law:
    • The episode "Shaggy Busted" has Shaggy and Scooby getting arrested for alleged drug possession, a nod to theories about their wacked-out behaviors. The end of the episode had Scrappy Doo killed by Avenger, and his corpse is seen among Avenger's belongings in later episodes.
    • Shaggy appears in the episode "Identity Crisis" absolutely baffled that Clamhead and Tinker look and act like him.
  • MAD
    • One sketch has the gang attacking trick-or-treaters and pulling off their masks thinking they're criminals.
    "The Scooby-Doo Gang: Ruining Halloween Since 1969."
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures: One of the shows Mighty is dropped into in "Don't Touch that Dial" is Ring-a-Ding, Where Are You?.
  • The New Teen Titans short "Turn Back the Clock" has the Teen Titans transform into their various iterations throughout the decades, with the exception of the 1970's, where they transform into Mystery Incorporated — with Robin as Fred, Starfire as Daphne, Raven as Velma, Cyborg as Shaggy, and Beast Boy as Scooby. This is also a reference to Derrick J. Wyatt's tenure as the character designer for both Teen Titans and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  • Robot Chicken
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Krusty Gets Busted", Sideshow Bob says the familiar You Meddling Kids quote.
    • In "Black Widower," the way Bart explains The Summation in foiling Sideshow Bob's plan is done in a manner similar to the Scooby-Doo episodes, complete with End-of-Episode Silliness after Bob is taken away.
    • In "A Star is Burns", Homer tries to one-up Jay Sherman by telling a Jay-style joke.
    Homer: Well, Scooby-Doo can doo-doo, but Jimmy Carter is smarter. (no response; a tumbleweed rolls by)
    • In "A Milhouse Divided", Marge asks Homer is this is how he pictured married life. He answers "Pretty much, except we drove around in a van solving mysteries."
    • In "A Star is Born Again", when Ned Flanders realizes that he is about to go on a date with a movie star, a nearby Irish cop responds "Sure you do, and I'm going apple-pickin' with Scooby-Doo."
    • In "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star", Marge, Ned Flanders and Rev. Lovejoy kidnap Bart from Catholic school and take him to a Protestant festival in Lovejoy's "Ministry Machine", which is painted to look like the gang's van.
    • In "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", Lisa walks through a graveyard in an attempt to face her fears, saying "If Scooby-Doo has taught me anything, it's that the only things to fear are crooked real estate developers."
    • At the end of the Shady and the Vamp segment from "Love, Springfieldian Style", Vamp (Homer) says "Ruh-roh" when he finds out that he and Shady (Marge) had puppies.
    • In "The Great Wife Hope", Drederick Tatum has a Scooby tattoo, which Marge punches while training for her upcoming MMA fight.
    • In "The Parent Rap", Bart and Milhouse sneak into a police car that goes out of control after being spooked by the canine officer Officer Sniffy. As they're about to crash into a tree, Officer Sniffy morphs into a Scooby parody and says "Ruh Roh!".
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • "The Cruel Giggling Ghoul" is an Affectionate Parody of Scooby-Doo. Much like the aforementioned New Teen Titans short, it features Beast Boy as Scooby, Cyborg as Shaggy, Robin as Fred, Starfire as Daphne, and Raven as Velma (albeit without dressing up like Mystery Inc., minus Raven wearing glasses like Velma).
    • "Cartoon Feud" is about Control Freak forcing the Teen Titans to compete against Mystery Inc. in Family Feud in order to decide which cartoon gets to be canceled.
  • Wander over Yonder: The episode "The Cartoon" features Lord Dominator watching The Mystery Kids Mysteries, which looks like a mashup of this, The Jetsons and Gravity Falls.
  • Young Justice:


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