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  • Sassy Black Woman: Angel Dynamite a.k.a. Cassidy Williams. Also, Lady Marmalade in episode 23 and Gorgeous G in episode 29.
  • Scarecrow Solution: Mystery, Inc. stage one in "Wrath of the Krampus."
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Hinted at with Velma and Hot Dog Water.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: It only took seven episodes for them to reappear in the episode "In Fear of the Phantom."
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: It wouldn't be a Scooby-Doo show without it. Played with a lot, though, as it's not fear that prevents people in Crystal Cove from investigating a monster, but greed.
    • Averted in episode 17. Instead of a human in a fake ghost costume, the antagonist was the deranged surviving member of a lost family.
    • Averted in episode 23. The antagonist was Professor Pericles, who gets away after trapping the gang.
    • The gang stages their own hoax in episode 39 in order to steal the other three pieces of the Planispheric Disc from the old Mystery Incorporated.
    • Other aversions: Episode 43 has the gang sussing out right away that Professor Pericles is behind the mutant cattle. Episode 50 is a straight adventure drama with a touch of humor.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: In "The Secret of the Ghost Rig", Rung Ladderton uses the alias 'G. Nur Notreddal' to hide some of the purchases he made to create his identity as the Ghost Trucker.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: All of the "Wild Brood" bikers in have these, from smooth-acting leader Odnarb, to Foog and Dren, to the disgusting Gabtraf. Justified because they are role-playing nerds who chose these names on purpose.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Nibiru entity, who is sealed inside the crystal coffin of the Conquistador's Treasure and is heard laughing from inside it at the end of episode 39.
  • Secret Relationship: Shaggy and Velma. At first it seems like Shaggy's just afraid of commitment and using Scooby as an excuse.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: The nightmare realm to El Aguirre and his men (or at least their good sides), they believe to deserve it so much that they try to stop people who want to destroy the Nibiru entity because that would set them free.
  • '70s Hair: In abundance.
  • Shadow Archetype: Hot Dog Water is what Velma would be like if she didn't have any friends to help her.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Spoofed. Fred assures Scooby they wouldn't leave him behind at the Mystery Solvers State Finals, but then excuses himself to go sob and wail — but we hear him and see his shadow angsting.
    Daphne: (winks to Scooby) They actually put it off till next week so you could get better...but we haven't told Fred yet.
  • Shadow of Impending Doom: In episode 4 the shadow the kids mistake as the Man Crab turns out to be an actual little crab. Painful none-the-less - it pinches Scooby's nose.
  • Ship Tease: Velma/Shaggy; Velma/Hot Dog Water in an alternate opening, where she clutches a photo of Velma to her chest just like Daphne normally does of Fred.
  • Shirtless Scene: This is becoming increasingly frequent for Fred in Season 2. "Art of Darkness" even becomes a Walking Shirtless Episode for him.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: The gang is still in high school, but cuts class frequently.
    Freddie: It looks like a mystery to me, and I think that's just a little more important than school.
  • Shout-Out: Enough for its own page.
  • Shown Their Work: Why yes, that IS in fact how string theory and quantum entanglement work.
    • The Annunaki are a name for the elder Mesopotamian gods; Nibiru is not only a hypothetical planetoid and cataclysmic event involving a collision between Earth and said planetoid, and an object in Mesopotamian mythology.
  • Signs of Disrepair: The Drowsy Gator. Pool, Food and Sundries.
    • And it's proving to be a potential sign of what could happen later. In episode 41, we find out that a group of mystery solvers 500 years ago had a pet donkey who detonated the settlement of Crystal Cove into the sea and tried to take off with a piece of the Planispheric Disc before he was attacked by an alligator. The mummy of Friar Gabriella Serra (and he's a real spook this time) warns the gang "this has all happened before" and presages that Scooby, being the animal of the team, will die as warned by the alligator.
      • Ultimately averted as the dog that dies ends up being Nova
  • Skunk Stripe: Velma's Mom.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Both girls get their fair share of physical pratfalls throughout the show.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Unlike most Scooby Doo incarnations, this one might perhaps be more towards the horror element. Whereas most incarnations focused on goofy humor and fun horror, this series is much Darker and Edgier in comparison to the other installments thus is much creepier and frightening than it Scooby Doo usually is.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: This adaptation is surprisingly more on the cynical end than some of the other versions of the Scooby Doo franchise. With that said, it's not relentless in its cynicism or is ungodly mean-spirited.
  • Slut-Shaming: The puritan "ghost" of Hebediah Grimm, who attacked women with a giant mallet for their "painted faces, exposed necklines, and skirts that rise above the ankle!" It turned out Hebediah was being played by two teens who would "rescue" his victims, who they found hot for exactly the reasons Hebediah was attacking. This is probably why Velma was spared, despite her short skirt, with Grimm calling her a homely "model of purity."
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: Mr. E opens his vault by playing the first few notes of his theme.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Done with Scooby and Shaggy and a cake... oddly enough.
  • Spiked Wheels: The Mystery Machine acquires spiked wheels when it is rebuilt in weaponized form in the final few episodes.
  • Spiritual Predecessor: To Gravity Falls, another supernatural mystery dramedy adventure cartoon with a focus on Comedic Sociopathy and surprisingly dark & plot-heavy themes for a children's cartoon.
  • Spy Catsuit: Angel Dynamite wears one she breaks into Destroido in "Menace of the Manticore."
    • Velma and Hot Dog Water wear some briefly while working for Mr. E.
  • Squeaky Eyes: Just about every character has them.
  • Stab the Scorpion: In "The Midnight Zone", Cassidy levels a shotgun at Mystery, Inc. with a Dramatic Gun Cock. She then uses it to shoot the robot coming up behind them.
  • Stalker with a Crush and Stalker Shrine: Velma's got one in her old lab partner, Jason. The tubby little dork's bedroom walls are a virtual to her. It's somewhat subverted in the end of episode 10 when Velma confesses she has someone she likes and that the two be 'friends'.
    • Fred turned into one in the second season towards Daphne, even giving his Teddy Bear Daphne-like hair.
  • Stealth Pun: "Hey there, Delilah."note 
    • Also, Lady Marmalade the barista's "mocha-choca-lattas."
  • Stealth Prequel: The series finale reveals that the series was actually a prequel to the Scooby Doo mythos as a whole. The show ends with the gang in an alternate reality, setting forth to go to college, stopping to solve mysteries along the way.
  • Steampunk: The Benevolent Lodge of Mystery has a definite Steampunk look to it. The Fred and Velma counterparts both wear goggles, and the Shaggy counterpart has a thick brass monocle and a similar device in his top hat.
  • Stout Strength: Shaggy and Scooby temporarily acquire this attribute after they consume all of the starchy food in Crystal Cave. While too fat to fit into the Mystery machine, they have enough strength to go one-on-one with the Gluten Demon.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Played out in an interesting fashion. They actually haven't left for any significant period of time, but after the Cosmic Retcon, the Scooby Gang are subjected to this because their lives have been changed very drastically. While most of these changes are positive ones and most of Crystal Cove's residents are alive once again, the Scooby Gang find they cannot fit in because their lifelong experiences of being considered the outcasts of Crystal Cove before the Retcon make it very difficult to adjust to a reality where they're considered productive and loved members of society. The fact that they're one of the very few who even remembers the traumatizing experiences in the previous timeline, and the relative rarity of mysteries in this new timeline, and they feel even more isolated as a result. As such, when Harlan Ellison offers them a chance to solve more mysteries at his university, they jump on the chance.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The gang's families traits were clearly passed on.
    • Actually serves as foreshadowing, since Fred doesn't strongly resemble Fred Jones, Sr. When his biological parents do show up, they fall more in line with this trope (though still not as much as the rest of the gang).
  • Stunned Silence: When the original Mystery Incorporated think they've gotten their hands on the Planispheric Disc, they instead find a tape with a message from the Scooby Gang. It's revealed that the entire plot was orchestrated by the gang so that they would be distracted, allowing them to steal their pieces instead. When the tape finishes, all they can do is stare at the screen in shock.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: An alarmingly high rate too, compared to the older shows; there have been cars, trains, houses, helicopters exploding, even the Mystery Machine but it turned out the blowing up van was a decoy to upset Fred and the gang.
    • Propane tanks seem to only exist to be blown up as well.
    • Fred actually blows up the tricked-out Mystery Machine in episode 50 when Pericles' Kriegstauffenbots surround and attack it.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Although the robots from Scooby Doo Mystery Inc S 2 E 11 The Midnight Zone that are stated to be both WWII-era and German are not Nazi robots, they still look like they're wearing Stahlhelms and are called "Kriegstaffel."
  • Stylish Protection Gear: In "The Midnight Zone", Mystery, Inc. don scuba gear that closely matches their usual outfits, even done to the neckwear with Velma's suit having a turtleneck and Fred's an ascot.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Daphne feels inferior to her older sisters, who all graduated college before 13 and now have highly successful careers. And it doesn't help that her parents are constantly putting pressure on her to live up to her sisters' reputations. However, after the timeline reset in the series finale, the roles are reversed. Daphne is now considered the most successful sibling by everyone and her sisters are under-achievers who live in her shadow. They're the only residents of Crytal Cove whose lives were not improved by the timeline reset.
  • Super Cell Reception: Subverted. The gang has cell phones that work when they are stranded in Gatorsburg, but they reach indifferent parents who are unwilling to help.
  • Super Hero Origin: This is the only Scooby Doo story thus far that gives an explanation for why he's capable of talking while other animals are not. It turns out that Scooby was revealed to be a descendant of the Annunaki, a group of otherworldly sentient animal-like beings who were capable of speech and played a part in human history in the distant past.
  • Super OCD: Fred makes a multi-page schedule for Daphne so he'll know where she is every minute of the day. Like Monk, he got it because of the loss of a loved one, in Fred's case his abandonment by his mother.

  • Tailor-Made Prison: Professor Pericles is kept in a special isolated cell (visually based on Magneto's cell from the X-Men Film Series) in the maximum security animal asylum.
  • Tainted Veins: These show on on the Gnome's victims in Episode 8.
  • Take That!: Episode 20 has one against Scrappy Doo and Flim Flam. It's mentioned that Flim Flam was given 25 to life for being a con artist, even as a preteen. Scrappy gets a quick "We all promised each other that we would never speak of him."
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Parodied in episode 17, where Danny Darrow says that his tape is pre-recorded as they can't trick him, but then they point out he did indeed answer them and he just the charade.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Episode 27: Crybaby Clown gets away, leaving Crystal Cove in virtual ruins and Scooby, Shaggy, Fred and Velma completely defeated.
    • The perp of Episode 33, Count Evallo, gets off on a technicality—he had diplomatic immunity.
    • Professor Pericles appears to have obtained the Planispheric Disc in episode 47.
  • Tears of Joy: In episode 50. Daphne, when Fred tells her he loves her (and the subsequent kiss); and Velma, when she witnesses the act.
  • The Reveal: Mayor Jones is the Freak of Crystal Cove and is not Fred's real father.
    • Mr. E is actually Ricky Owens of the original Mystery Incorporated.
    • Angel Dynamite is Cassidy Williams of the original Mystery Incorporated.
  • The Teaser: Each episode begins with one where the Monster of the Week attacks a victim.
  • There Was a Door: Mr. E states this to Mystery Inc. and Blue Falcon when the latter barges in and knocks out all of his security.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Jabberjaw lampshades how, now that they were near water, he can actually be useful.
  • Those Two Guys: Ethan (thin red-haired guy) and Gary (large brown-haired guy), team-mates of Fred that keep showing up together.
    • They are voiced by Mitch Watson (producer and writer) and Tony Cervone (supervising producer) respectively, making these Creator Cameos.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Flau Gluck builds an army of Nazi Robots to aid her in her search for the disc pieces. Given her design choice, she must have had some affiliation with the Nazi Party. What verifies this as opposed to her just using Nazi imagery to scare others away is the time period: she was making the robots sometime during the 1940's. The presence of Nazi Robots off the Coast of America during this time would have assuredly triggered a response by the Navy, defeating the purpose.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Done repeatedly by the Obliteratrix in "Pawn of Shadows."
  • Title Drop: The gang eventually finds out that the kids who vanished from Crystal Cove long ago were a mystery-solving crew much like them, who called themselves "Mystery Incorporated." Fred likes the name and the group adopts it. When the Scooby show was first developed in 1969, this was their unofficial - and unused - team name.
  • Toilet Humor: Episode 11 has this all over the place, with mentions of Daphne's mom getting "the squeakers", talk of throwing "poo" on plants, and French "oui-oui" jokes, the first two of which show up in the first ten minutes.
    • Episode 19 has Vincent Van Ghoul saying he's so scared of facing Nightfright that he has to tinkle.
      Scooby: I think I already did. (Shaggy and Van Ghoul distance themselves from Scooby slightly)
    • Episode 23:
      Shaggy: A couple of late night jalapeño stuffed clam poppers and it's another all-nighter on the porcelain—
      Scooby: (disdainfully) Shaggy! Please!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Velma and Daphne, who are, of course, best friends.
  • Too Dumb to Live: "Those are radioactive symbols, meaning whatever's inside is dangerous. Meaning we need to open it right away. Don't want whatever's in there to mess up our schedule."
    • Episode 20: A fisherman and his crewman find their net empty, so the captain plans a venture to Dead Man's Point.
      Crewman: But isn't that haunted?
      Captain: Aye, 'tis what they say. And we may not even make it back alive. But don't forget, we're fishermen. We do stupid things all the time!
    • The entire gang for not ever realizing the hole in Alice May's story about being a little girl when her "father" the Creeper was caught by those meddling kids...who are still meddling kids in the present day where Alice May is a teenager.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scooby Doo is a lot braver and more proactive here than in other incarnations. Particularly in the season 1 finale and the season 2 premiere.
    • Also the monsters in this series are more threatening and do more damage than in previous shows, causing lots of collateral damage and being willing to murder people who get in their way. And that's not even getting to the main villains.
    • Fred in the second season, as he got more competent and protective, yet was still really into traps.
    • Shaggy in episode 40. He will kick your ass if you mess with Scooby-Doo. The others put up a good fight with Zin's goons as well.
    • Shaggy and Scooby in episode 45. Incredibly obese from an eating binge, they take it upon themselves to fight the gluten monster.
    • Scooby-Doo in episode 50 when the robots threaten Shaggy.
    • Hot Dog Water in Episode 51.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Velma and Scooby both due to the "love triangle" between them and Shaggy. Shaggy seems to inadvertently bring out the worst in both of them.
    • This is the effect the curse of Crystal Cove caused by the Nibiru Entity has on everyone.
  • Torture Cellar: The ruins of the Darrow Mansion in Episode 17 is a mansion variant, complete with ominous music.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Crystal Cove has a long and storied history of mysterious happenings, as well as an alleged curse. And if "Mister E" is to be believed, the gang have just invoked the curse again. Regardless, it becomes clear by the end of the pilot episode that something is very wrong with Crystal Cove.
  • Train Job: In "The Wild Brood", the villain blows up a bridge in order to destroy something being carried on a train.
  • Trap Master: Fred, to the immediate tee, and Danny Darrow, Episode 17's villain.
  • Trick Arrow: The Obliteratrix uses them to attack Mystery, Inc. in "Pawns of Shadow."
  • Trippy Finale Syndrome: Seriously the finale's a real WTF, in a good way.
  • Troperrific
  • True Companions: Fred already thinks of the gang as this, stating in episode 8 that the relationship of the group as a whole is more important than the individual romances within and that they're going to be together their "whole lives."
    • This is important in the series finale, where the true heart of the jaguar that they used to destroy the evil entity was their friendship.
  • Turn in Your Badge: In Episode 24, Mayor Jones fires Stone in favor of a vigilante in a rubber mask. He gets it back thanks to the gang.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: The gang talk to their parents this way in the beginning of the first episode.

  • Ungrateful Bastard: Dr. Zin in "Heart of Evil."
  • Unwitting Pawn: Scooby, Angel and the gang in Episode 16; Mister E's legman arrives at the end of the episode to tell them they've not only been played, they may well have unleashed the very destruction they were supposed to prevent.
    • Velma in episode 21. Angel plants an eavesdropping bug in her sweater collar so Mr. E can find out who has the disc piece.
    • The final episodes reveal that Mystery, Inc. as a whole were pawns being manipulated by the Evil Entity, right down to their formation, much like the former mystery solving groups before them. The Evil Entity even boasts that it created them, and calls them the "Children of Nibiru".
  • Upper-Class Twit: Daphne's and Shaggy's parents both have shades of this, Daphne's more so than Shaggy's given their vapidness and implied history of hospitalization and psychotherapy.

  • Vandalism Backfire: In "Heart of Evil", Dr. Zin captures the Blue Falcon and Scooby-Doo. Having established that the Falcon would do anything to save his dog, Zin proceeds to subject Scooby to the agonizer ray. This fails to convince the Falcon to talk and Zin asks him why. The Falcon replies "That's not my dog."
  • Vicious Cycle: Ever since the Artifact of Doom was left behind in Crystal Cove, it has manipulated groups of intrepid mystery solvers throughout the town's history in a bid to free itself. And in each case, the animal companion always betrayed the others.
    • That's because the search for the treasure had corrupted the human members, so the animal mascot took it upon itself to destroy the disc. It was trying to stop the curse.
      • Except, notably, Professor Pericles, who willingly manipulated everyone to try to free Nibru so he could try to gain its power. He wasn't smart enough to realize that trying to mess with a Cosmic Horror always ends badly and winds up the first to be absorbed in the series finale.
  • The Virus: In Episode 16, a woman with a huge grudge against the town tried destroying it by making the locals mad with love.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Professor Pericles, Mr. E, the Freak Of Crystal Cove. Take your pick.
    • The Nibiru Entity blows them out of the water. In addition to being responsible for them, he eats the entire town. This isn't 'Disney Death by a guy in a mask', this is an Eldritch Abomination eating people onscreen. It makes one wonder what happened to the censors.
  • Villain Reveals the Secret: This happens many times:
    • In the finale of the first season, Mayor Fred Jones Sr. admits that he isn't really Fred's dad, and that his real parents are Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves.
    • In Menace of the Manticore", when Mr. E's identity is revealed to be Ricky Owens of the original Mystery Inc, we get this line.
    Mr. E: You see, Scooby is a far more trusting companion than Pericles was to me.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Technical issue: the credits of episode 38 have Jeff Bennett as the voice of Mr. E. It's not readily clear if this was a typo or Lewis Black has been replaced—it still sounds the same. Must have been a typo. Episode 39 has Mr. E voiced by Black.
    • Jonathan Wellington Muddlemore's spectral cat, Boo, has a ridiculously bass voice when he speaks at the end of Episode 14.

  • The War Has Just Begun: The last line in episode 26: "I'll get the gang back together, Pericles. We'll be coming for you, or my name isn't Scooby-Dooby-Doo!"
    • Scooby issues as similar threat to Pericles at the end of episode 50: "Professor Pericles will regret the day he ever messed with Scooby...Dooby Doo!"
  • Was It All a Lie?: In Episode 18, Shaggy asks Mai Le this after she'd been caught with the ruby she'd come to Crystal Cove to steal; the answer "Yes, you fool!" devastated him.
    • Fred to Angel in episode 25.
    • Fred about his whole life in episode 26.
    • And Sheriff Stone to Mayor Jones about being the Freak of Crystal Cove.
    • The Gang question whether or not their own friendship is this, after the reveal that the Nibiru Entity manipulated them all along to form a group.
  • Weaponized Car: The Mystery Machine is rebuilt as an armoured battle van after it is destroyed towards the end of season two.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Nearly everyone in the Gang suffers from this to some degree. Shaggy's parents are embarrassed by him and Scooby as a couple of Big Eater slackers, Daphne's parents wish she was more like her successful prodigy sisters and completely disapprove of her not being a Spoiled Brat and her relationship with Fred, and Fred's got an entire truckload of issues with his fake AND real parents. Only Velma has got a stable relationship with her parents, mostly her mom.
    • As the result of the World-Healing Wave unleashed by destroying the Nibiru entity, this has changed entirely. Fred's birth parents Brad and Judy are no longer self-serving dimwit psychopaths and are implied to have raised Fred with lots of healthy love and attention, and even Fred Jones Sr., who is now the principal and head coach at Crystal Cove High, considers Fred to be like the son he always wanted. Daphne's parents are completely supportive and proud of her and now wish she her so-called "underachieving" sisters were more like her, to the point that they're helping plan Daphne and Fred's wedding because they think he's a great guy. And Shaggy's parents are bursting with pride over what an accomplished, award-winning chef Shaggy is, to the point that they have a hard time imagining him to be a slacker.
  • Wham Episode: Can be found here.
  • Wham Line:
    • "Mystery Inc. is dead." in "All Fear the Freak."
    • "Don't expect me home for dinner...ever." in "Wrath of the Krampus."
      • And right before that: " If you're watching this, you're probably wondering what's happened to your pieces of the Planispheric Disc. In a word, you've been conned, scammed, bamboozled."
    • " The dog... DIES!"
    • " Nibiru. Nibiru is coming."
    • "The Legend of Alice May": "It'll be a long time before they find out that Deacon Carlswell never had a daughter.
    • "The Siren's Song": "I'm saying Angel Dynamite isn't your real name. I think your real name is Cassidy Williams, and you're one of the members of the original Mystery Incorporated that vanished in the caves beneath Crystal Cove. Tell me I'm wrong, friend!"
    • "Menace of the Manticore": "It seems that Scooby is a far more trustworthy companion to Shaggy than Professor Pericles ever was to me!"
    • "The Anunnaki have a great history of helping humans, but we have no physical form and must inhabit animals. This is why some animals, our descendants, can talk and others cannot." Not only does the revelation come out of nowhere yet fit in perfectly with the ongoing storyline, it also finally answers a lingering question that's forty-four years in the making: how come Scooby-Doo can talk?
  • What Are You in For?: "Wrath of the Krampus" has the gang trying to get help from one of the people they've put away. Shaggy and Scooby, in their usual fashion, slink away to the cafeteria. One inmate asks them what they're in for, and Shaggy responds "The food!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In episode 13 the gang visits a victim in the hospital and asks for information on the Cicada monster. They end up giving the poor guy a heart attack, his monitor flatlines, and they sneak off as the nurses are rushing in the crash cart. His fate is never revealed.
    • Episode 21: We never know what happened to Brenda and Dylan after the Manticore attacked them in the cold opening.
      • Brenda and Dylan show up in episode 35 and discuss their hospitalization and therapy.
    • Episode 26: We don't know what became of Ed Machine after Professor Pericles visits him. We just see lights flashing and hear Ed in what sounds like agony.
    • Episode 52: After the alternate timeline was created, we see Marcy and Cassidy alive again. But we never see Ed Machine.
    • In the Episode 'Night on Haunted Mountain' the gang briefly encounter a delusion woman named Boron, who has taken up the Lucky Soccer Ball as a 'man'. After they arrive at the Conquistador ship Boron simply vanishes and is never mentioned again.
  • When the Planets Align: Referred to as “Nibiru”; a 5000-year cycle where not just the planets of the solar system align but so too a tenth astral body only known as “Planet X”. During this cycle, the barrier between dimensions is at its most malleable and passage is permitted.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Being thoroughly convincing up until the inevitable unmasking, the monsters are (almost) always asked where they get their get the resources to be monsters in all but physical constitution. The explanations are usually utterly ludicrous.
  • Where's the Fun in That?:
    Shaggy: Can you give us a straight answer?
    Mr. E: Where's the fun in that?
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: There's a real Crystal Cove south of Los Angeles proper along Pacific Coast Highway (California highway 1) between Newport Beach and Dana Point, but the show's Crystal Cove is simultaneously a Pacific coastal town founded by conquistadors, a former Old West town in the middle of the desert, and three miles from the bayou. At one point in the episode "Theater of Doom", it is mentioned that their location is next to the Pacific so the viewer can only assume that Crystal Cove is somewhere along the West Coast.
  • White-and-Grey Morality: Episode 20. "We have to destroy the environment to save it!"
    • Episode 32: Cassidy pleads with Brad and Judy to place Fred's interests first; that the search for the treasure has destroyed everything the team originally stood for. They turn a deaf ear so Cassidy leaves them.
  • Who Is Driving?: In episode 27, Scooby barrels a tank into the barracks at the military school where Shaggy is attending so he can break him out.
    • Shaggy operates Blue Falcon's Falconcar in episode 40.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • Howl of the Fright Hound lifts almost the entire plot from The Terminator, right down to the music and the way the dog's robotic form is revealed.
    • Chargargothicon was a reference to the many Necronomicon forgeries. The names have been changed to protect the innocent... and for some reason implicate Robert E. Howard.
    • "Where Walks Aphrodite" is basically Invasion of the Body Snatchers, down to the inhuman shriek.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: In "The Midnight Zone", Mystery, Inc is threatened by a group of partially assembled robots who crawl towards them on whatever limbs they have.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: At the end of "Nightfright."
  • Wilhelm Scream
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Curse of Crystal Cove turns out to be that everyone who gets involved in the search for the treasure, from the Spanish Conquistadors, to Mayor Jones, to every mystery-solving group including the original Mystery Incorporated, will gradually lose their good side to the Sitting Room, while their physical selves become more cold, callous, and obsessive in their search for the Planespheric Disc and the Crystal Sarcophagus. Nobody truly wanted to commit the sins they've done, and from what we're briefly shown, Mayor Jones and Fernando el Aguirre show remorse for their actions and wish to repent.
  • Working with the Ex: There's some tension in the team after Shaggy break up with Velma in Season 1. In Season 2, Daphne returns to the team, but emphatically wants to remain Just Friends with Fred. It is also revealed that Cassidy/Angel Dynamite used to be the object of affection of Ricky/Mr. E.
    • In episode 37, just before sacrificing herself, Cassidy is asked by Daphne about her relationship with Ricky. She tells Daphne that ended a long time back and in Fred's case, she urges Daphne to not make the same mistake.
    • There's something about Velma, being Cassidy's counterpart, that Mr. E seems to fancy. In episode 33, he wants her to join his side again. She refuses.
  • World of Mysteries: The town of Crystal Cove itself is this. It was built above a buried crystal sarcophagus containing an otherworldy Evil Entity, whose influence made people commit crimes and dress up as ghosts and monsters using increasingly outlandish means and technologies. After Mystery Inc. defeated the Entity, the town was brought to normal.
  • The Worm That Walks: The Cicada Creature, shaped like and made of cicadas, in episode 13.
  • Wrong Insult Offence:
    Villain: And I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you interloping adolescents.
    Fred: You mean "meddling kids".


  • Yellow Peril: Dr. Zin in "Heart of Evil."
  • You Are What You Hate: The greeter at the medieval fair professes nothing but contempt at the pirates who attend on the outside, but in private secretly wishes to be one.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Professor Pericles says this about the citizens of Crystal Cove once they have successfully unearthed he door to the Nibiru Entity's tomb.
  • You Meddling Kids: Lampshaded in the first episode, and then becomes a Mad Libs Catch Phrase.
    Episode 2: Gunther Gator: If it weren't for you meddling juveniles with your unauthorized investigation of our synthetic gator accessories.
    Episode 3: Rung Ladderton: If it weren't for you meddling... peers.
    Episode 6: Alice May: If it weren't for you meddling.... schoolmates .... of mine.
    Episode 12: Howard E. Roberts: If it weren't for the dark elder forces conspiring in the inky black of time most foul! ...Oh, and you meddling kids.
    Maxwell the copy boy uses it straight in Episode 15, but the gang say it doesn't apply; that's because a group of video game designers who dress up as Noble Demon Orks on motorcycles are the people who actually captured him.
    * Or possibly because his plan was so loony it wouldn't have had the desired effect even if they hadn't stopped him.
    In Episode 18, Fred interrupts the speech while Scooby agrees that it's been run into the ground.
    Episode 19 has the bad guy thank the meddling kids because after he gets out of jail, he'll be able to collect the rights for the movie based on his time as a jackass in a rubber mask messing with people.
    Episode 20 has the perps saying if it wasn't for the mermaid that tipped Velma off about the mystery earlier.
    Episode 21 has the perp gets a card from a fortunetelling machine which reads, "Meddling kids and a dog will foil your plan" which satisfies Fred, who felt there was something missing when it wasn't said by the perp out loud.
    Episode 22 has the culprit calling the gang "those meddling sycophants."
    Episode 23: Averted as the culprit was Professor Pericles, who took off with the disc piece Fred's dad had—and apparently took from Pericles years ago.
    * When they trap him, he mutters something in German that ends in "kinder" (meaning "kids").
    Episode 24: Fred tells his dad that perp "wouldn't have gotten away with it if it weren't for us meddling kids."
    Episode 25: Alice May calls Angel a "meddling sassy pants".
    Episode 26: Mayor Jones calls Fred "my meddling... Fred.", tying into the revelation that he's not actually Freddie's birth father.
    Episode 28: Curator Vronski would have gotten away with it "if it wasn't for you decadent bourgeois teenagers and your slobbering democracy-loving dog!"
    Episodes 17 and 34 avert this. The antagonist in episode 17 was swallowed by an earthquake, while in episode 34, Hot Dog Water—unmasked by Velma as the perp—simply hands Velma the disc piece and leaves. The rest of the gang was still covered in debris from the galleon wreckage.
    Professor Pericles delivers the line straight in episode 37, attributing his failure to eliminate Cassidy to those "meddling kids".
    Episode 48: Professor Kharon's trapped spirit is reunited with himself "thanks to you meddling kids! You beautiful, brave meddling kids!"
    Episode 52: After Harlan Ellison reveals he's gotten the gang enrolled in Miskatonic University, he comments that "there's a lot of meddling to do".
    AMC cell phone reminder: The entire audience says, "Keep it down, you meddling kids!"
  • You Monster!: Mr. E says this to Pericles after he orders the death of everyone in Crystal Cove.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: At the end of Episode 18, it turned out that the girl the dude in the costume was chasing was also after the Dragon's Heart ruby; she'd used Shaggy's crush on her to manipulate the gang into taking out the competition.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In "The Midnight Zone", Cassidy stays behind in the undersea base to keep the doors open long enough for the Moby Dick to escape and hold off the killer robots.
  • You Will Know What to Do: Said by the possessed Nova to Scooby-Doo when she freezes time in the series finale to tell Scooby that the heart of the jaguar was never the spear, and that he'll know what to do when the time comes.
    • Lampshaded by Scooby, who tells her to just seriously, tell him what to do.


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