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  • Adored by the Network:
    • Where Are You originally aired alongside two other new Hanna-Barbera series, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop in the fall of 1969. By 1970, Where Are You proved to be such a ratings success for CBS that it was the only one of the three to be renewed for a second (admittedly smaller because of a time crunch) season. The 1971 reruns continued to excel with audiences, forcing the network to ask for a brand-new Scooby-based series.
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    • Some iteration of Scooby-Doo used to air on Cartoon Network every day. In recent years the selection has been limited and now on the main channel it's mostly just an occasional movie.
  • Approval of God: An example relating to Memetic Mutation: Despite initially expressing confusion at the meme at first, Shaggy's current voice actor Matthew Lillard has voiced his approval of Shaggy's runaway status as a Memetic Badass.
  • Ascended Fanon: It was a common joke that in the original series Daphne and Fred were somewhere having sex, though in the actual series there was really nothing to imply that any of the gang were anything but platonic. It wasn't until years later that Daphne and Fred became Implied Love Interests, then eventually just a straight-up couple.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Velma is notorious for always losing her glasses. The same goes for Daphne getting kidnapped, it really didn't occur that often enough to be her recurring character trait in the original series.
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    • Lampshaded in the Johnny Bravo crossover episode "Bravo Dooby Doo" after Velma and Johnny both grope for their displaced eyewear:
    Velma: My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!
    Johnny: My glasses! I can't be seen without my glasses!
    • "Old Man Jenkins" has become the term for the everyman Scooby-Doo villain. While there was a suspicious old man named Mr. Jenkins in one episode of the original series, he was ultimately innocent.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • The gang themselves, but most notably Velma in the movie Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire where they pose as contestants in the rock show contest (as The Meddling Kids) and eventually win by default. Velma sings the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme, which is really sung by Krystal Harris.
    • All five members of the gang and some of the other characters sing throughout the 2012 made-for-video feature Scooby-Doo: Music of the Vampire.
  • Channel Hop: From CBS to ABC in 1976. NBC may even count, as Dynomutt, Dog Wonder was paired up with Godzilla for an hour-long show in 1981 on that network and the Scooby gang's appearances in Dynomutt were subsequently aired.
  • Creator Backlash:
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    • Joe Ruby and Ken Spears hated Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, feeling that it missed the point of the characters and was too dark and cynical, whereas Scooby-Doo is supposed to be fun. Some other writers seem to agree, as a few of the Direct-to-DVD films have jokes at the series' expense — that is, unless you see it as Trolling Creator/Self-Deprecation, given that some of the crew for Mystery Incorporated returned for some of these films, including showrunners Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone.
    • Reportedly, Scott Innes, the voice of Scooby and Shaggy in pre-What's New? works, isn't fond of Mystery Incorporated either.
    • Jon Colton Barry one of the head writers for Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! let out a little in his online rant and inadvertently caused some blowback. One of his insults was towards how the new writers took one of the episodes back to corny '70's humor instead of their modern comedy approach. On one hand, it was clearly an issue for him due to the Troubled Production of the series, though it was also a shot not well received by some of the staff and fans.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Susan Blu as Flim-Flam.
  • The Danza: Vincent van Ghoul was voiced by Vincent Price.
  • Defictionalization: You'd be surprised how many people have named their dogs Scrappy-Doo.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Footage from Act II of the very first episode, "What a Night for a Knight", is missing. It's where the gang is outside the museum as Fred is unable to open the rear door. He gets a ladder out of the Mystery Machine (which must be dimensionally transcendental to hold a ladder) and volunteers Shaggy to climb up and go in through a window high above.
      Shaggy: Why me?
      Fred: Because that's a small window and you're the thinnest.
    • In the first season of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, scenes running roughly a minute and a half were made but not used until season 2. The scenes never showed up in syndication, CN/Boomerang airings or DVD releases. Among the scenes were Jonathan Winters flipping a coin with Shaggy to see who would go up to the grist mill window ("The Frickert Fracas"), and Scooby trying to get the kids' attention to tell them he found a secret passage out of Moody Manor ("Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner").
    • In the 1970-71 season, a minute of footage from season 1 episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! were cut to make room for CBS's "In the Know" interstitials. ("In the Know" were 2½-minute educational capsules hosted by Josie and the Pussycats. It would be replaced the next season with CBS's long-running interstitial series In the News.)
  • Fan Nickname: In Mexico, Scooby is nicknamed as "Stupi-Doo", a pormanteau of "estupido" (stupid) and "Scooby-Doo" , due of his perceived stupidity.
  • Follow the Leader: Scooby inspired many shows to follow its lead, most from Hanna-Barbera itself and some from Ruby-Spears (the sibling studio founded by the two guys who helped create many of the former).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While most of the shows were released on DVD, there are a couple of omissions on the complete release side. One should note episodes of these series are very much still being released in random sets and online.
    • For several years, nine of the 24 episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies weren't available either, due to having to get clearance by the guest celebrities or their estates if they died. Eight of those nine were finally released in 2019, fourteen years after the original DVD release; the lone exception was "Wednesday is Missing", AKA "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family".
    • The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show and The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries have yet to be released complete on DVD.
  • Name's the Same: "Roller Ghoster Ride", the unused Either/Or Title of the Pup episode "Terror, Thy Name Is Zombo", is also the title of a What's New episode. "Wrestle Maniacs" is also a title of an episode of both series.
  • The Other Darrin: The voices have gone through a large roundabout over the years.
    • Daphne was the first character to be recast. Her original voice actress, Stefanianna Christopherson, left the show before the end of the first season of the original series (17 episodes) to move to New York to get married, and opted not to reprise her role for the second season. The role was recast with Heather North (the then roommate of Nicole Jaffe, the voice of Velma). North continued to voice Daphne in all media until 1998 (with the exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo from 1988-91, where she was voiced by Kellie Martin) when the character was recast again, this time with Mary Kay Bergman. Bergman suddenly passed away in 1999, after voicing Daphne for 3 direct-to-video movies. Since then, Grey DeLisle has voiced Daphne in all media (except for two DTV movies in 2002-2003 in which Heather North briefly returned).
    • Velma was originally Nicole Jaffe up until the 1976 series, The Scooby-Doo Show in which she declined to reprise her role, and the character went to Pat Stevens, who voiced Velma throughout the entire run of that show, as well as in the Scooby Goes Hollywood movie, her appearances in Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and the first 11 episodes of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Velma then had a bizarre recasting with Marla Frumkin, who gained a very notorious reception among fans because of her very awkward line delivery. Frumkin played Velma in the last four episodes of that series and two cameos throughout the 80's. From 1988 to 1991, Velma was voiced on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo by Christina Lange. When Velma appeared in her normal form again in 1997, BJ Ward took over the role, and voiced Velma in all media until 2002 when Nicole Jaffe assumed the role again for two DTV movies, and from 2002-2015, Mindy Cohn voiced Velma in pretty much all other media (doing a Nicole Jaffe impression). Cohn was later nominated for an Emmy for her voicework as Velma in 2005. Stephanie D'Albruzzo voiced Velma in the 2013 direct-to-video puppet feature Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map. In the latest TV series Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Velma is voiced by Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates and Steven Universe fame, who has since taken on the role of Velma full time.
    • Shaggy was Casey Kasem for years until he quit the role in 1998 after refusing to voice the character in a Burger King commercial (Kasem was an avid vegetarian). Billy West briefly voiced Shaggy for Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island before the role was recast again in 1999 with Scott Innes. Kasem returned to voice Shaggy in 2002, and continued to voice him until his retirement in 2009 (though Scott Menville briefly played the character in Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! when Kasem played Shaggy's uncle). Since then, Matthew Lillard (who played Shaggy in the two live-action theatrical Scooby Doo movies) has been the voice of Shaggy.
    • As for Scooby-Doo himself, he was voiced by the late great Don Messick until his retirement in 1996. Hadley Kay briefly took over the role for ads, commercials, and his guest appearances on Johnny Bravo in 1997. Scott Innes then took over the role in 1998, and voiced Scooby in all media until 2002 when Frank Welker was cast. Welker has been the official voice of Scooby ever since.
    • Scrappy's original voice actor, Lennie Weinribnote , left the franchise over pay concerns shortly after the original incarnation of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, and was replaced with Don Messick in pretty much all media until the character was written off the franchise. When Scrappy re-appeared in later media such as a commercial for Cartoon Network (in which he grumbles about how little respect he gets at the studio), and his role as a villain in the live-action movie, Scrappy has been voiced by Scott Innes.
    • All four of the kids will have new voice actors in the upcoming theatrical feature Scoob (release date set for May 2020). Zac Efron will voice Fred, Amanda Seyfried is Daphne, Will Forte is Shaggy and Gina Rodriguez is Velma. Only Scooby's voice will remain as it's been with Frank Welker. Both Lillard and DeLisle were thrown off by this announcement, similar to the original voice actors' of The Powerpuff Girls being recast for the reboot.
  • Role Reprise: With the exception of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (Carl Stevens played a 10-year-old Fred) and the Live-Action films, Frank Welker has always been the voice of Fred, and is the only character to have the same voice actor throughout the entire series' fifty year run.
  • Screwed by the Network: When CBS brought Where Are You! back in 1974 after a two-year hiatus, Hanna-Barbera wanted to make new episodes. But CBS felt they could get just as much mileage, if not more, from repeats. CBS would cancel Scooby on August 7, 1976, a full month before the new season began. A week later, Scooby (which moved to ABC a month later) was replaced on CBS with Clue Club.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin, Casey Kasem voices both Shaggy and Robin. His impersonation of Burt Ward is good enough that it's not immediately obvious.
    • Scooby with Scrappy after Don Messick took over Scrappy's voice from Lennie Weinrib.
    • From Witch's Ghost to Cyber Chase, Scooby and Shaggy were both voiced by Scott Innes. Since Scooby and Shaggy share most scenes, that's quite an accomplishment.
    • Since 2002, Frank Welker has been the voice of Fred and Scooby.
    • In the European French dub, ever since the late 90’s, Scooby and Shaggy have been voiced by Éric Missoffe. There are some exceptions where Missoffe only voiced Scooby, such as the live-action movies and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (although he also voiced Uncle Albert in the latter, playing this trope straight in that case). Oddly enough, he voiced both Scooby and Matthew Lillard during their cameo in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, while Shaggy was voiced by Boris Rehlinger (who voiced Lillard as Shaggy in the theatrical live-action movies) during that same cameo.
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  • Wag the Director: Casey Kasem was a staunch vegetarian, and only agreed to play Shaggy so long as the Big Eater never ate meat. He refused to play the character any more after being forced to voice him for a 1997 Burger King commercial, at which point Billy West filled in to complete Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, making it the only time West voiced him. Scott Innes (who also provided the voice of Scooby after Don Messick's death until Frank Welker took over) took the reigns as Shaggy for the next few years. Kasem was eventually lured back in 2002 for What's New, Scooby-Doo? when the creators agreed to make Shaggy a vegetarian. Of course, following Kasem's retirement in 2009, all bets are now off.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Hanna and Barbera reflected in a later interview that the show was originally just going to be about "a group of teenagers solving crimes", but "we threw in a dog, and he turned out to be the star of the show".
    • The dog was originally a sheepdog named Too Much, but The Archie Show (which was also on CBS) already had Hot Dog, Jughead's pet sheepdog. An H-B staffer raised Great Danes as a hobby, so they made the dog a Great Dane. Fred Silverman chose the name Scooby-Doo after the scatting in one of his favorite Frank Sinatra tunes, "Strangers In The Night".
    • In its developmental stage as "Mysteries Five", there were originally five kids who, in a knockoff of The Archie Show, played rock music as well as solved mysteries. Their names were Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and W.W. (as well as their bongo-playing sheepdog, Too Much). Geoff and Mike were melded to become Fred (originally Ronnie but renamed after CBS programming head Fred Silverman), Kelly became Daphne, Linda became Velma and W.W. became Shaggy.
    • In the original pitch, Velma and Shaggy were siblings. It showed in the debut episode, "What a Night for a Knight", as Velma has Shaggy's cough medicine at hand, and in "Decoy for a Dognapper", Shaggy keeps a spare pair of glasses for Velma.
  • The Wiki Rule: Scoobypedia

The 2002 live-action film:

  • Author Existence Failure: William Hanna, one of the executive producers for the film, died of throat cancer a year before the film's release.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: According to the DVD Commentary, several of the music acts, including Shaggy (the reggae singer, not the character) and Outkast agreed to appear on the soundtrack because the name "Scooby Doo" was fun to sing.
  • Blooper: Scooby pronounced hydrochronic as "hy-dro-ca-ro-nik" while Shaggy pronounced it as "hy-dro-clo-nik", making the latter say hydrocolonic.
  • Creator's Pest: James Gunn shares the fandom's hatred of Scrappy:
    There is a Scrappy, because he exists in the cartoon, so we have to acknowledge him. I hate Scrappy's guts. We all hate Scrappy's guts. Our whole goal was to destroy Scrappy forever.
    • That said, he did apologise when he learned that some children were upset at Scrappy being the villain.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • As shown above, James Gunn later on apologized for making Scrappy the villain of the film, especially upon realizing there were actual fans of the character.
    • Matthew Lillard expressed disappointment at being Darrin'd as the role of Shaggy in the 2020 reboot and that he was not told of this before it was announced online.
  • The Danza: Freddie Prinze Jr. plays Fred.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • An alternate opening that began showing the animated counterparts dancing around to the theme song. The Luna Ghost would then kidnap Daphne and the sequence would shift to live-action.
    • Flashbacks when Fred, Velma and Daphne meet up at the airport. Fred would be shown giving a speech on his book tour to an uninterested audience. Velma would be at a support group, confess that she was a member of Mystery Inc and no one in the group would remember her. Daphne would be shown karate training but accidentally get herself stuck in a tree.
    • Velma, Fred and Daphne on a tour bus going around Spooky Island. This is where she'd meet her love interest, and he says "you've always been a chick?"
    • A really random sequence in Dead Mike's bar where Velma would get up on stage and start singing "Too Good To Be True" to mock Fred and Daphne. As she does this Mondevarious says "she does know that Bloody Skulls are non-alcoholic?"
    • Daphne encountering a possessed Velma in the girls' locker room, having a similar encounter to Shaggy and Scooby with the possessed Fred. Velma would be acting like a Valley Girl before turning on the Game Face. This is included in the novelization.
    • Shaggy witnesses Daphne's soul getting extracted and a demon possessing her - explaining why he knows to look for her head in the vat as well. This is also in the novelization.
    • A kiss was filmed between Daphne and Velma. During the scene where the souls keep swapping into the wrong body, Daphne and Velma's would keep getting in the wrong ones - so they decide to kiss to make sure they go in properly.
    • While Scooby is locked up in the cage, he fakes a heart attack to try and escape. The guard points out that he's done it eight times already.
  • DVD Commentary: One by Raja Gosnell and one by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
  • Fake American:
    • The Scottish-born Australian Isla Fisher plays the American Mary Jane.
    • Brisbane-born Neil Fanning as Scooby-Doo.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: When asked about the Shaggy cast interview caption memes, Matthew Lillard merely stated "This is wrong." and "Who the hell... stop this nonsense.". Though given that he then links to r/BadAssShaggy and found it hilarious, it would seem that he liked the interview memes.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • For the teaser trailer, it was made to look like a Batman sneak peak until you see Scooby's shadow with him saying, "Who? Me? Nah-uh!"
    • Velma, while drunk thought that Scooby-Doo means "Scooby-Poop".
    • Fred asks Scooby/actually Scrappy "Did somebody spike your dog bowl?"
  • Old Shame: Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) don't think very fondly about the live action film. Among other things, Prinze hated wearing the trademark ascot, and Gellar hated wearing Daphne's trademark Go-go boots. Linda Cardellini (Velma) states that she felt that the final cut of the film could've been adjusted a bit more. Originally played straight but later averted with Matthew Lillard. Originally Lillard stated he regretted working on the live action films as it seemed to ruin his movie career, but once he became the full time voice of Shaggy in the cartoons following Casey Kasem's retirement he's since changed his mind, and now thanks the movies for leading into a consistent role for him to play. Though nowadays, Freddie has embraced having played in Scooby-Doo and pokes fun at it sometimes.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • James Gunn was more than happy to write an adaptation of his favorite cartoon. Although this does bother some fans due to his not playing the material straight, that is a reminder there are more than one way to be a fan.
    • Linda Cardellini happily notes to have watched Scooby-Doo for many years even as she went away to college.
  • Romance on the Set: Fred and Daphne are played by husband and wife Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The film had been in Development Hell as far back as the 1990s, with Jim Carrey as Shaggy Rogers and Sara Gilbert as Velma Dinkley. Kevin Smith was also attached to direct the movie at one point as well (which suddenly makes Mystery Inc.'s cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back make a lot more sense).
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers always show Daphne's fight against Zarkos.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Mike Myers was approached for the role of Shaggy Rogers before the casting of Matthew Lillard.
    • Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher were considered for the part of Daphne Blake before Sarah Michelle Gellar was cast. Fisher would eventually go on to portray Mary Jane in the film.
    • Alyssa Milano, Christina Ricci, and Carla Gugino were considered for Velma Dinkley before the casting of Linda Cardellini. Lisa Jakub (Lydie in Mrs. Doubtfire and Alicia Casse in Independence Day) also claims she auditioned for the role shortly before retiring.
    • Tim Curry was the first choice to portray Mondavarious before Rowan Atkinson was cast, but turned it down when he heard that Scrappy-Doo was going to be in the film - as he has always despised the character.
    • While the film has plenty of self-aware humor as it is, the original plan was for a straightforward R self-parody along the lines of Josie and the Pussycats. Shaggy would have explicitly been a stoner and Daphne and Velma would have had a closeted lesbian relationship. After Pussycats flopped, the project was retooled to a "hard" PG, cutting out some of the more adult material but leaving in all of the gross-out jokes.
    • The Luna Ghost or 'Old Man Smithers' from the beginning of the film was planned to be revealed as the main villain in an early draft. This explains why the Luna Ghost features on the movie's poster, despite only appearing in the opening.
    • James Gunn said he wanted Velma to be a lesbian in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie and for her to kiss Daphne but Executive Meddling insisted the movie be more child friendly.
  • Word of Gay: James Gunn, in response to a question regarding a potential romantic subplot between Velma and Daphne, has admitted he had originally written Velma to be gay.


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