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Scooby-Dooby-Doo, and guess who?
We know you're one-in-a-million,
We can count on you, Scooby-Doo,
To catch and unmask that villain!

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is an American animated series based on the Scooby-Doo franchise and the thirteenth incarnation.

Faced with some of their toughest mysteries yet, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo will join forces with some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture including NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artists Halsey and Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Wanda Sykes, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White reprising one of his iconic roles), Batman (reprised by Kevin Conroy), Sherlock Holmes, The Funky Phantom, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and many more!

Production started in 2017 and was announced in May 2018. The show is executive produced by Chris Bailey (Kim Possible), with Michael Ryan (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) serving as story editor.


In late 2018, it was renewed for a second season before the show premiered. The first season dropped on June 27, 2019, with episodes airing weekly until September 19. The series was also airing two weeks behind on traditional television broadcasting through Cartoon Network, every Monday at 10:30 am EST, until August 12, 2019. As of October 1, 2020, the show has began airing on Boomerang.

Tropes in this series include:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Done primarily on the Mystery Machine.
  • 555: The Kenathon has the message "Call now 1-800-555-0199".
  • Acting Unnatural: In "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided", Scooby and Shaggy act like this when they're tasked with baiting some ghosts.
    Shaggy: Like, geez, Scoobert, we'll have to leave this map right here in this old cannon so the ghosts can find their gold and rest in peace! MAP! (whispering) Act casual, Scoob.
    Scooby: Good idea, Norville! Yes, we are, uh, leaving!
  • Actor Allusion:
    • The episode featuring Steve Urkel has him frequently earn the ire of a loud-mouthed, overweight man with a mustache, and having to deal with evil robots. There is even Sonic's "juicing/revving" sound effect] heard when Urkel reactivates his robot made in his own image. Steve's voice and inflections are even used for Princess Sonia Hedgehog, Sonic's sister in Sonic Underground.
    • Whoopi Goldberg's episode has her in a university of psychics and she references one of her famous roles was being a medium in Ghost.
    • Mark Hamill's episode has plenty of references of him being Luke Skywalker. One person asks him to show off his "robotic hand", Shaggy asks him to use the Jedi Mind Trick on Scooby, etc. In relation to his other famous role as The Joker, Hamill slips into one of said character's trademark laughs.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In an interesting case, Mudsy turns out to have a case of this. To elaborate, see Batman Gambit below.
  • Adaptational Nonsapience: Magilla Gorilla's appearance in episode three brings him down to a more "realistic" level and has him only making grunt sounds instead of talking.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The culprit of episode 3 was Mr. Peebles, because he was so fed up with Magilla Gorilla.
  • Advertised Extra: The second episode's featured guest is claimed to be Abraham Lincoln, but the real featured guests are the cast from The Funky Phantom, while Lincoln only appears in the show for about five minutes, before being revealed as Mudsy in disguise.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Max the robot in "Total Jeopardy!", who does not take being bested at Jeopardy! by not only Velma but also Shaggy very well. Though in the end, it turns out that the only reason Max went crazy is because he was being hacked by a Jeopardy! cameraman, who had invested a lot of money in the company who built the robot and decided to take matters into his own hands to make sure Max won.
  • Alternate Continuity: The Flash episode shows that the series is not in continuity with the original series.
  • Animation Bump: The episodes animated by Snipple Animation tend to have more fluid and cartoony animation than the episodes by the Korean studios, which are more in line with the orignal series' Limited Animation.
  • Art Evolution: While the character designs are based very closely upon the Gang's original designs, the designs have some subtle alterations, such as Daphne's hair having an orange outline, and Shaggy being slightly more angular. The animation is also much less stiff despite the throwback nature.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Shaggy and Scooby do this while acting as bait in episode two. They both go further by referring to each other by their real names, Scoobert and Norville.
  • Balloon Belly: Kristen Schaal ends up with a bulging stomach in her guest appearance, as a result of stuffing herself in an attempt to eat like Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Batman Gambit: Mudsy disguised himself as Abraham Lincoln's ghost so that both Mystery Inc. and the Funky Phantom crew would stop competing with each other and instead work together to solve the mystery.
  • Behemoth Battle: Just when the gang is about to trap the Allosaurus, a second dinosaur resembling a Ceratosaurus shows up and gets into a battle with the other theropod. Lampshaded by Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Beneath Suspicion: In a twist from the original series, where the guest star was mainly just along for the ride, there have been at least five episodes where the guest turns out to be the monster.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Magilla Gorilla makes his grand appearance saving Scooby, Shaggy, and Wanda from the quicksand trap and then knocking the fish monster into it.
  • Big Eater: Shaggy and Scooby as usual. They gain a rival in Jim Gaffigan during a racing/eating contest, and a female counterpart in Sia while they hang around in her house.
    • The episode with The Flash starts with him devouring a stack of hamburgers in a blink of an eye (although this is justified as he needs to consume all those calories to fuel his Super Speed). In fact, the Flash decides to help Mystery Inc. unmask villains so that he (as Barry) can hang out and eat with Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Big Fancy House: Sia's mansion is filled with fun contraptions like an indoor theater, a merry-go-round and plenty of contraptions to curb her appetite.
  • Big "NO!": Weird Al screams "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" in his episode when all of his accordion students leave.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: The Batman crossover starts with Alfred checking the mail. Upon finding an actual letter among the bills (the one from Daphne), Alfred stops to wonder who writes letters nowadays.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sia's vegan chef, the janitor at Urkel's museum, Pete and Pete the fossil hunters and Mr. Peebles are all among the nicer characters in their episodes but are guilty.
  • Boxing Episode: "The Crown Jewel of Boxing!", guest starring Laila Ali.
  • Boxing Lesson:
    • Wonder Woman trains Mystery Inc in Amazonian combat; first just Velma and Daphne, later Scooby and the boys too.
    • A literal case with Laila Ali, as Shaggy and Scooby ask her for some lessons to become tougher and braver. It doesn't work.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • At the end of his episode, Ricky Gervais prompts the villain to say the You Meddling Kids line, but then has him add "and Ricky Gervais" because he believes he has done a lot more "in this episode than any other guest star."
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye discuss how the people who will be the lead colonists of other planets are the ones currently in middle school, then openly turn towards the camera and point to the audience saying "You!"
  • Brick Joke: The beginning of Whoopi's episode had her conduct a seance to find the location of a lost puppy. At the climax of the episode, Whoopi's psychic sense tells her to go right (instead of a left like Shaggy insists) because it leads her to the puppy she was trying to find.
  • Brutal Honesty: In "A Fashion Nightmare!", Tim Gunn doesn't hold back in voicing how awful he thinks Shaggy's fashion sense is and offers to help him out with looking and dressing better.
  • The Bus Came Back: After disappearing in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the Hex Girls return in "I Put a Hex on You".
  • Call-Back: In the Mark Hamill episode, Shaggy somehow has a photo of Hamill when he was parachute-jumping. When questioned as to where he got this, Shaggy says that they were hanging out with Wonder Woman at the time (which was episode 4). In the same episode, Mark Hamill knows of Mystery Inc. because of how they helped Batman out in his case three episodes prior.
  • The Cameo:
    • In the Batman episode, at Arkham Asylum, the Arnold Wesker version of the Ventriloquist (with Scarface) and Poison Ivy make silent cameos.
    • The Funky Phantom episode features the Speed Buggy crew pulling up after having heard about the Mystery of the Week, at the very end.
  • Cast as a Mask: John DiMaggio portrays the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, who is revealed to be actually Mudsy, aka The Funky Phantom, voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Catchphrase: Fred finally gets one, "Hold the phone!" Also deconstructed by Ricky Gervais, when he criticizes Scooby for just using his own name as his catchphrase.
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • A mummified cat creature appears in episode 5.
    • Same can be said of Boo, Mudsy's cat, who takes pleasure in scaring Shaggy and Scooby. Downplayed in that he's still one of the heroes.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Characters from DC Comics exist in the same world as famous celebrities, Sherlock Holmes and another group of meddling kids. This makes it quite confusing in Mark Hamill's episode, seeing as the villain of said episode is The Trickster, whom Hamill has voiced, and Hamill voiced the Joker in a previous episode.
    • In "A Haunt of a Thousand Voices!", Scooby and the gang interact with their own voice actors.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower:
    • In episode 1, Velma points out that even though the caddy was small, he was still able to be extremely strong as the Swamp Monster due to years of playing golf strengthening him.
    • In the Wonder Woman episode, the minotaur's true identity is a former pro athlete which gives him the strength and skill to briefly fight Wonder Woman in hand to hand combat.
    • Laila Ali is strong and skilled enough to fight, and defeat, an army robot powerful enough to break through walls.
  • Clear My Name: "Now You Sia, Now You Don't!" has Sia being framed for jewel robbery committed by a demonic doppelganger of her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • The man who appears to be Sherlock Holmes comes off as this, going so far as calling Velma "Watson" and Shaggy "Mrs Hudson".
    • Mudsy also has shades of this, as he misunderstands modern gadgets like memory sticks, which he thinks are "broomsticks for your brainy bits".
  • Crossover:
    • The second episode has Mystery Inc. matching wits with the crew from The Funky Phantom.
    • The third episode involves the gang investigating a case at Peebles' Pet Shop from Magilla Gorilla. Both the titular character and Peebles make appearances.
    • Crossovers with Batman are nearly a staple between the two franchises, and they get to meet the Kevin Conroy version this go-round. And the comics feature plenty of team-ups with the characters for DC Superheroes, but this is their first animated crossover with Wonder Woman and The Flash.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Not even the Princess of Themyscira is immune to the charm of Scooby-Doo.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: In "Attack of the Weird Al-losaurus!", the Mystery Machine seemingly outruns the Allosaurus, but then it turns out it has caught up and is sitting in the back seat.
  • Demonic Dummy: One of these, Crazy Karl, is the Villain of the Week in "Too Many Dummies!".
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Played straight and inverted with the same character, even! Mudsy's mannerisms are more similar to Snagglepuss, borrowing his "Exit, stage left!" Catchphrase twice, but he's dropped his old Lovable Coward schtick for the most part and started playing up his role as The Gadfly to better contrast Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Wanda Sykes, as an African-American celebrity who has some personal history with Scooby, is this to Chris Paul, who similarly has some personal history with Shaggy.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength:
    • When Magilla Gorilla gives Fred a friendly slap on the back, he knocks Fred into a box.
    • When Wonder Woman tries to give Velma a hi-five, she knocks Velma down. Wonder Woman apologizes and says she is more used to hanging out with her similarly strong Amazon sisters.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Played with in "What a Night for a Dark Knight," when Man-Bat is unmasked to reveal Robert Langstrom, but Batman denies it because he saw Langstrom locked up in an asylum a while back, and under the Langstrom mask is Alfred, but then he lets out a familiar crazed cackle, and is unmasked to reveal The Joker, who comments about wearing all those rubber masks, "Those masks were SO hot, and my face was living in the tropics! Not in a good way, if you know what I mean!"
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Monster of the Week in episode 10 is an Allosaurus.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or apes, in the case of Magilla Gorilla.
  • Fan Boy:
    • Shaggy and Scooby, the last people you'd ever expect to pick up a book, are revealed to be huge fans of Sherlock Holmes, even so far as pointing out specific stories featuring Holmes.
    • Shaggy and Scooby are also fans of Mark Hamill and keep asking for his autograph in his episode.
    • Steve Urkel is a big fan of Mystery Inc., even pointing out random facts about them.
    • Macklemore is revealed to be one for Mystery Incorporated. Leans a bit into Loony Fan territory when it’s revealed that he set up an elaborate monster hoax, complete with blowing up an empty baseball stadium, just because he always wanted to say the meddling kids line.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Being from The American Revolution, Mudsy doesn't know how modern technology works. Particularly, he misunderstands memory sticks as "broomsticks for your brainy bits".
  • Food Porn: Naturally, food is drawn in great detail thanks to Scooby and Shaggy being around.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!", there were some hints that the ghost of Abraham Lincoln was not who he said he was.
      • Fred points out that the Lincoln on the $5 bill has a mole where the ghost doesn't.
      • Lincoln says, "I'll never tell... a lie", at first, seemingly referencing his reputation as Honest Abe, but most likely, a reference to the famous quotation often attributed to George Washington, "I cannot tell a lie." Mudsy would constantly claim to have known George Washington and other famous Revolutionary War figures personally in his home series.
      • Finally, Lincoln says, "Ask not what a mystery can do for you, but what you can do for a mystery," which Augie calls him out on, since this was actually said by JFK.
    • In "Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!", when Mr. Peebles tries to see what has Mr. Jones scared, Mr. Jones scratches him.
    • In "The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!", the Minotaur has athletic skills matching with the Curator's status as an athlete.
    • Sia's Doppelganger In "Now You Sia, Now You Don't!" has Sia's exact moveset as Sia's trainer can easily pull this.
  • Forging the Will: In "Hollywood Knights!", the gardener who works at the supposedly haunted mansion is trying to scare the late owner's daughter so nobody would challenge the will he forged to make himself the new owner.
  • The Gadfly: Mudsy and Boo love messing with Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Game Show Appearance: "Total Jeopardy" has Velma and Shaggy as contestants on Jeopardy!, with the late host Alex Trebek as the episode's guest star. Shaggy manages to win.
  • Genre Savvy: Ricky Gervais, full stop. He never misses an opportunity to point out the holes in Mystery Incorporated's modus operandi.
  • Goofy Suit: "The Hot Dog Dogs" has one, with Haggerty Hot Dog's mascot being someone wearing a dog costume in a hot dog bun whose paws and mask bear an uncanny resemblance to Scooby-Doo (but Scooby fails to see the resemblance).
  • Hair-Raising Hare: A humanoid rabbit monster appears in the Penn & Teller episode.
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: Happens as a Running Gag in "The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder." Whenever guest star Alton Brown or another character says "Frankenfooder", Dramatic Thunder crashes and a wolf howls. At one point in the episode, Alton says it when near an open window, and a wolf suddenly appears in said window making the howling.
  • Hell Hotel: The gang stays at such a motel in "Too Many Dummies!", complete with a Psycho reference.
  • Hero of Another Story: Various guest characters like the Funky Phantom gang and Wonder Woman, as well as the Speed Bugs based on their cameo, arriving just too late to help with the mystery.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Wonder Woman takes a liking to Scooby-Doo.
  • Hidden Depths: The contractor from next door in "Quit Clowning" initially seems to just be a busy working man with ambiguous feelings about the TV station and all of the electrical shortages it causes his crew, but at the end of the episode is implied to be a big comedy fan based on the reveal at the end that he's been trying to get the TV station declared a historic landmark.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: The Janitor from "When Urkel Bots Go Mad" spends most of the episode as the only person who isn't hostile towards him, due to the constant messes caused by his clumsiness keeping her employed. At the end of the episode though it turns out she finds him just as insufferable as everyone else.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In the Batman episode it appears the main villain is Man-Bat, a villain from Batman's rogue gallery the Mystery Inc hasn't faced before. By the end of the episode it is revealed it was actually Joker, Batman's Arch-Enemy and the most frequent foe he faces when teaming up with Scooby and the gang, disguised as Man-Bat.
  • Howard Hughes Homage: "Hugo Howser", the eccentric owner/resident of the Las Vegas casino in the Penn & Teller episode, is a No Historical Figures Were Harmed expy.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Guest stars Jeff Dunham and Darcy Lynne Farmer in "Too Many Dummies!"
  • Hurricane of Puns: Wanda Sykes apparently met Scooby at a dog show, a flashback of which shows Scooby attempting to compete. He starts by showing his boxing moves, ("I'm a boxer!") then by showing his pointing skills ("I'm a pointer!"), then doing his best impression of a toro ("I'm a bulldog!"), and finally, he eats a bunch of frankfurters at once ("I'm a hot dog!").
  • In Medias Res: The first episode, after the cold open, begins with the gang unmasking "The Bee-Man of Alcatraz".
  • Interclass Friendship:
    • Shaggy and Chris Paul are evidently old friends, with Chris even having saved his life once.
    • Also Scooby and Wanda Sykes. They met at a dog show and Wanda was impressed enough by his talents that she gave him every ribbon.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: A bit, due to the series sticking to the original designs - which were more stylized than they usually appear today (see Top-Heavy Guy). Velma in particular gets an extreme hourglass, while Daphne is shaped more like a bell.
  • It Only Works Once: Invoked in "The Hot Dog Dog!". Big Eddy Eats admits he cheated his way into winning the previous year's hot dog eating competition by giving Joey Chestnut a basket of muffins so Chestnut would be too stuffed to eat hot dogs and says he used the monster costume this time because nobody would fall for the muffin trick twice.
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: Played straight in "The Lost Mines of Kilimanjaro!", though it could be somewhat justified in that the show makes heavy use of the classic Hanna-Barbera Stock Sound Effects library, which includes the classic kookaburra call (labeled on the library as "Birds, Jungle: Afternoon Jungle Birds Calling, Animal").
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • The show calls out the similarities between Mudsy's and Snagglepuss' voices by having Mudsy quote the latter's "Exit, stage left" line twice.
    • Ricky Gervais frequently points out the gang's quirks.
    • Darci Lynne Farmer brings up the question as to how Scooby is talking.
  • Latex Perfection: Many of the ghost and monster disguises utilize this sort of technique, of course, but there are also a couple of interesting variations...
    • As mentioned with Dramatic Unmask, "What a Night for a Dark Knight" has the culprit The Joker wearing rubber masks of Alfred and Robert Langstrom under his Man-Bat costume. The Joker lampshades this, naturally, saying the masks were really hot, "and my face was living in the tropics! Not in a good way, if you know what I mean."
    • In "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided!", this is how the Funky Phantom disguised himself as the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Wonder Woman is convinced that the minotaur is real, and keeps attempting to slay it with her sword.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma:
    • Like, Shaggy does this, like, same as always!
    • Inverted with the Funky Phantom, even! He likes to use his Verbal Tic as a period or an exclamation point.
  • A Load of Bull: A minotaur appears in the Wonder Woman episode.
  • Loves Secrecy: Velma tends to be cryptic about her conclusions and keep them to herself until The Reveal (she has this trait in all the Scooby shows, probably implying that she derives pleasure from baffling others). Lampshaded by Ricky Gervais:
    Ricky: Velma, you can't just say it and keep it a secret... I mean, if she understands the mystery, just say who the bad guy is, just blurt it out, and we can all go home.
    Shaggy: Mr. G, that's not really how we do things.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In "Fear of the Fire Beast", Steve Buscemi has his hands full trying to explain to people that he's really a nice guy in real life and that he's not at all like the bad guy he plays in films. He establishes his nice guy credentials towards the end by rescuing a chipmunk from a fire even though he had a fear of chipmunks.
  • Mirror Routine: Seen in "The Sword, the Fox and Scooby-Doo!" when the Fox Monster is right on the other side of a Japanese paper wall Scooby is walking along, and he has his silhouette from the wall act like Scooby's shadow.
  • Monster Clown: The Ken Thompson episode features a ghost clown.
  • Mr. Fanservice: George Takei takes off his shirt while fencing with Duke Doombringer
    Takei: Well Shaggy, when you have abs like these, it's nice to show them off once in a while.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the Penn & Teller episode, Daphne dresses as a magician's assistant revealing both cleavage and fishnet-clad legs.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The gang from Speed Buggy make a brief cameo at the end of the second episode.
    • This isn't the first time Mark Hamill has teamed up with Mystery Inc As Himself, having done so in a parody of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Night of the Living Doo.
    • And, of course, Mystery, Inc. has teamed up with the Caped Crusader multiple times, on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and the Direct to Video film Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
    • Wonder Woman's design is based on her DCAU design (her physical appearance) with elements of her Justice League Action design (her outfit and shield).
    • Likewise, Batman appears in his DCAU design, also with elements of his Justice League Action design.
    • The Chris Paul episode features Shaggy playing golf, something he was known for in What's New, Scooby-Doo?.
      • At one point, the gang and Chris Paul go underwater in diving suits very reminiscent of those from episode 2 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! .
      • There's a gag where Shaggy and Scooby pretend to run a class and draw an immature picture to upset the monster, much like in the season 1 finale of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.
    • In the Funky Phantom's guest star episode, the ghost of Abraham Lincoln turns out to be Mudsy in disguise, which is very similar to The Reveal in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals", an episode featuring guest star appearances from numerous Hanna-Barbera cartoons (including The Funky Phantom) that emulated Scooby-Doo. There is a notable difference, though, since in that episode, Mudsy was actually the villain; he was revealed to not being a real ghost, just an unemployed actor who eventually got sick of the teens always getting all the glory, and masqueraded as the Monster of the Week in order to kidnap the mystery-solving teen teams. He also didn't really exist as the episode was a fever dream of Scooby. Here he is definitely a real ghost, and his intentions are entirely noble — he pretends to be the ghost of Abraham Lincoln in order to give pep talks and get the two competing mystery-solving teens to work together.
    • The shot of Mystery Inc. and the Funky Phantom Crew looking at Shaggy and Scooby in the diner is modeled after the iconic shot of Mystery Inc. looking at the camera from "What a Night for a Knight", famous for being the penultimate shot in the original theme song, right down to Velma seated holding up a book, or in this case, a map.
    • In the Penn & Teller episode, the gang pass by a painting of the Indian Witch Doctor from the Where Are You? episode "Decoy for a Dognapper".
    • Just a shade over fifty years since the very first episode, "What a Night for a Knight" aired, episode 13 with Batman is titled "What a Night for a Dark Knight!"
    • The "Weird Al" Yankovic episode has a dinosaur as the Monster of the Week, a reference to Weird Al's song "Jurassic Park" (a parody of "MacArthur Park").
    • In episode 11, Shaggy and Scooby eat only vegan food while they're staying at Sia's mansion. In What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy is portrayed as a vegetarian due to his VA Casey Kasem becoming one.
    • The Batman episode is a mix of the DCAU, Justice League Action, and the 1960s TV series. The latter particularly with the music, the Batmobile, and the bust of William Shakespeare.
      • In the same episode, the abandoned department store is called "Miller & Frank", a reference to Frank Miller.
      • Issue 277 of the Batman comics had Alfred have a niece named Daphne, although she was a different character altogether.
      • The scene where Scooby-Doo keeps bouncing through the air and beating on Man-Bat is reminiscent of the Where Are You? episode "Never Ape an Ape Man," when he did the same thing to the titular Monster of the Week.
    • The Flash locks up several classic Scooby Doo monsters in Iron Heights with The Creeper being the only one caught normally.
    • During the chase sequence in the Malcom McDowell episode:
    • "The Hot Dog Dog" has the Haggerty Hotdog mascot, whose Goofy Suit includes a mask that bears an uncanny resemblance to Scooby-Doo, very similar to the Scooby Latex Perfection mask the titular villain wore in the classic episode "Never Ape an Ape Man" for pulling a Mirror Routine on the real Scooby.
    • The plot of "A Moveable Mystery!" is notably similar to the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Ready to Scare". Both episodes take place at a fashion show in Paris (and feature a detour to the Parisian catacombs), and both have very similar monsters (gargoyles who both turn out to be people who are important to running the fashion show.)
    • In "Total Jeopardy", the Gang hide in barrels to avoid being spotted by Max the Robot, with Scooby bumping into Max, popping his head out of the barrel, followed by an ominous closeup of Max's face. This mirrors a scene from "Foul Play in Fun Land", the Where Are You? episode with Charlie the Robot, which was also part of the series' intro.
    • In "When-Urkel Bots Go Bad", the Technomancer's design is almost directly taken from the Green Ghosts from Where Are You's "A Night of Fright is No Delight", just with computer code moving around the robe and lacking the shackles, but when the Gang removes the mask, the costume loses the computer code and better resembles that monster.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: The series is aimed at kids and adult fans, with cameos from characters from old shows, like the 1980's character Urkel.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile:
    • The alligator monster from the Halsey episode.
    • A giant sewer gator briefly shows up in the Hex Girls episode, where it manages to scare the gang AND the Monster of the Week.
  • Noodle Incident: Chris Paul and Shaggy apparently knew each other prior to the series, with Chris having once saved Shaggy's life, and intent on having Shaggy pay him back. Chris shared a pizza with Shaggy, who hadn't eaten in three or four hours.
  • Not Me This Time: In Batman's episode, Batman goes to Arkham Asylum to confront the Man-Bat...but he's been in his cell the entire time. This causes the Caped Crusader to realize that the Mystery Gang is in a trap by whoever's masquerading as said Man-Bat.
  • Off the Rails: The Flash episode has most of the events of the original series got changed by the Flash's presence.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The New York Underground episode has Shaggy react like this when he finds out he's tricked to perform a poetry slam with Halsey by Scooby.
    • Shaggy when he goes on Jeopardy! in the Alex Trebek episode and realizes that not all of the categories are food related (as they had been in auditions).
  • On One Condition: In "The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!", the titular university's founder made a will saying that, if it closes, the property goes to his nearest living relative.
  • Once an Episode: Upon meeting the guest star for the episode, expect the Mystery Gang to say who said person is in unison. This gets into Overly Long Gag with Halsey's episode as she clarifies that Halsey is just a Stage Name and they repeat her introduction but also adding her real name into it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Halsey's real name is only mentioned when she tells it to the Mystery Gang and they add it while repeating her introduction.
  • Only Sane Man: For the Funky Phantom gang, Mudsy and to a lesser extent April. Mudsy is the only one of the Funky Phantom Crew to want to cooperate with Mystery Inc from the start and April does slightly less arguing with the gang than Skip and Augie and is the first to share one of their clues in the end).
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the first episode, when Scooby yells in the announcer's tent, Frank Welker's regular voice slips through.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Monster of the Week in the Halsey episode is a weregator. According to legend, it is a man who turned into an alligator due to eating too much alligator-based dishes.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Scooby and Shaggy hide in the pantry to escape from Sia's doppleganger. When the others find them afterwards, they are chomping down on fruits out of fright.
  • Psychic Powers: The basis of Whoopi's episode is that she wants to become a medium for a real. She actually does have some talent for it like being able to sense that Fred, Daphne and Velma were in danger of being frozen over.
  • Real After All: Episode 2 is notable for featuring real ghosts, and The Funky Phantom, even! Mystery Inc. insists otherwise though, believing it's really good special effects.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • 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.
  • Red Herring:
    • In the Wonder Woman episode, a grumpy janitor is suspected of being the minotaur because he's unfriendly and snorts the same way the minotaur does. It's not him.
    • In the Penn & Teller episode, the demolition boss seems be be the culprit when he was not seen when the Ghost attacked his employee and shows to hate Penn & Teller for exposing how magicians do their tricks, but he never appeared again and was not the culprit.
    • In the Steve Urkel episode, we're initially led to believe the museum director is the Technomancer due to openly showing his dislike for him, as well as the fact they have the same voice actor. It's actually the janitor.
    • In "Movable Mystery" Big Pete, always disappeared when the Gargoyle shows up,he is just getting pastries offscreen.
    • Simone can sometimes show up sporadically in an episode as someone with an axe to grind against an establishment but she never ends up being the monster.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In the first episode, Chris Paul dribbles a hot dog.
  • Related in the Adaptation: "What A Night For A Dark Knight" reveals that this version of Alfred Pennyworth is the Honorary Uncle to Daphne.
  • Revisiting the Roots: This series returns the gang to their original designs and is done in the Limited Animation style that put them on the map. Even the theme song is adapted from the classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme.
  • Retraux: Same as above, but also with designing all the other characters and guest stars in the same early 70s Iwao Takamoto/Alex Toth-influenced style ala the older shows, and even using many of Hanna-Barbera's classic Stock Sound Effects (even the original Mystery Machine driving sound effects), something many Warner-produced Scooby-Doo productions avoid doing.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • In the Penn & Teller episode, Hugo Houser has a very familiar voice after viewers find out that Teller was the culprit.
    • Once you know who the culprit of the Steve Urkel episode actually is, it suddenly makes a lot of sense why the museum janitor frequently thanks Urkel for keeping her job secure early on; she isn't so much talking about her job as a janitor as she is talking about her scheme to smuggle gold out of the museum, and the rest of the museum staff is so busy reacting to Urkel's various accidents and disasters that it distracts them from said scheme. It also puts a blink-and-you-miss-it moment where she visibly struggles to get the (covered) garbage can she is pushing around moving in a new light; why would a simple garbage can be so heavy to push unless there was something much heavier than janitor supplies or trash in it?
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Most of the dialogue in Halsey's episode is spoken in rhyme and involves poetry in some way.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the Penn & Teller episode:
    Penn: Really, Teller? [*insert trick that Teller just did*]? Seen it a million times.
    • In the Steve Buscemi episode, he keeps meeting people who mistake him for the bad guys he portrays in movies.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In "What a Night, For a Dark Knight!", Shaggy sarcastically agrees to go to a "spooky abandoned department store in the middle of the night in one of the toughest towns, like, ever". Fred (who's driving at the moment) replies with "That’s the spirit, Shaggy. Let’s hit it!" and turns the wheel to the left to get to the store, much to Shaggy's annoyance.
  • Schizo Tech: Despite being animated in the style of the original show, the series is still set in the 21st Century, with the gang being seen using smartphones and tablets.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Inevitable, and when it's normally featured, it starts out normal, but gets crazier as it goes on, usually with the gang and guest-star(s) wearing random silly costumes.
    • In the first episode, it's done with underwater caverns.
    • Also done in the third episode with storage shelves.
    • And in the fifth episode with museum display cases.
    • Halsey's episode has them in the sewers underground.
    • Mark Hamill's episode has them in a Japanese restaurant where they constantly open and close the sliding doors as the pass.
    • Malcolm McDowell's episode uses time portals.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: As expected from the Trope Namer, only with at least one real one with The Funky Phantom.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • The skeletons of Camarasaurus can be seen in episode 8.
    • Tardigrades are prominently featured in the episode starring Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Particularly, the Monster of the Week is a giant tardigrade.
  • Self-Deprecation: In "Too Many Dummies", Jeff Dunham says that Crazy Carl was once owned by the most evil ventriloquist who ever lived, at which point Walter turns and looks at him.
  • Self-Parody: In the first episode, the formula of Scooby has become so cliché, that it actually starts with a random unmasking and the gang leaving in the middle of You Meddling Kids line.
  • Sewer Gator:
    • The Monster of the Week in Halsey's episode, and it's a weregator to boot.
    • An actual sewer gator shows up as a one-off gag during the Scooby-Dooby Doors sequence in the Hex Girls episode.
  • Shout-Out: Has it's own page
  • Shown Their Work: In "Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!", kippers are correctly depicted as smoked-orange herring cut in butterfly-fashion (in contrast to most kippers in cartoons which are drawn like regular fish).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ebb and Jeb in the second episode. One is burly and mustached, the other lanky and clean shaven. One believes in ghosts and one doesn't. One wants to steal the civil war treasure and the other hopes to return it.
  • Slasher Smile: The Fox monster.
  • Smoke Out: The Knowledge-keeper in Halsey's episode tries to escape by using green smoke bombs...but after the smoke dissipates everyone can see her utterly failing in escaping.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: A cobra menaces Scooby and Shaggy in episode 3. It should be asked why a pet shop would even have a potentially deadly cobra.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Scooby and Shaggy have an accidental one in "Fear of the Fire Beast". They promptly fight over the spaghetti.
  • Spiders Are Scary: In episode 3, Scooby and Shaggy accidentally knock a tarantula terrarium off a shelf and promptly freak out from having the spiders crawl over them.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The New Scooby-Doo Movies and Scooby-Doo! Team-Up.
  • Spooky Séance: The opening of Whoopi's episode has her trying to find a lost dog through seance...and she accidentally summons a nightmare ghost instead.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Shaggy and Scooby's interactions with Mark Hammil come across this way. They have a picture of him from a private sky-diving trip he took, as well as photos that he'd thought were locked in his car along with giving excuses as to how he obtained them.
  • Story-Breaker Power: In "One Minute Mysteries", The Flash showed that with his powers, he had what it took to lock up every last Monster of the Week that the Mystery Gang faced in a nanosecond, depriving the show of any drama. The rest of the gang outside of Shaggy and Scooby were exasperated by this after a while.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • In "The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U" Headmaster Williams is the spitting image of the portrait of school founder Maximilian Fielding. It isn't a big surprise when the gangs research finds out that Williams is one of the three descendants of Fielding (presumably his grandson, given how Flavius, who looks to be a 20 years or so younger, is Fielding's great grandson).
    • In "The Last Inmate" Velma is revealed to have realized that the camera-woman was hiding something due to spotting Her resemblance to the picture of the warden.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Daphne apparently knows how to speak Cockney rhyming slang and mime. The latter is most likely a Mythology Gag to Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! (she became a mime in one episode).
  • Suddenly Speaking: At the end of Penn & Teller's episode, Teller tells Penn and the gang why he pulled off the hoax of the week. But this isn't really so sudden, as some have heard Teller speak before, usually with his hand covering his mouth.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: Happens a couple of times, caused by activating a fire alarm pull station...
    • In "Now You Sia, Now You Don't", Sia's doppelgänger ghost pulls the fire alarm in a jewelry store, causing all the fire sprinklers to activate in order to slow down the gang.
    • In "The Crown Jewel of Boxing" when the evil Robot is wreaking havoc in the new boxing museum, Velma decides to short it out by pulling the fire alarm, setting off all the sprinklers that cause the robot to short-circuit. (You'd think Velma would know that pulling a false fire alarm is a serious offense, though...)
  • This Is Unforgivable!: This is Sia's reaction when she finds out that the culprit, her trainer and chef, has been sneaking bacon into her home. She can forgive jewel robbery and being framed for a crime she didn't commit, but certainly not betraying her vegan household.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Simone in Quit Clowning doesn't get much respect as a comedian, can't get Keenan to let her work with him and inadvertently Spoils a trap while trying to do a clown routine but at the end of the episode Gets to pie the culprit in the face and gets complimented for the comedic timing.
    • This trope is also the motive of Steve Buscemi's Nana in "Fear of the Fire Beast". She had enough of everbody thinking Steve was the villains he played in his movies, so she came up with the Fire Monster of Mount Etna to show everyone he was actually a hero.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Wonder Woman gives Daphne and Velma warrior training. Eventually, she is convinced to give the training to Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby too. They put their skills to good use against the minotaur.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Just like Impossible Hourglass Figure above, Fred gets shades of this due to being based on his original design.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Maybe not in a romantic sense but in "Quit Clowning" Simone clearly feels left behind by Keenan sense High School Drama Club and wants to still be part of his act.
  • Vocal Evolution: It's been a good 20 years since Jaleel White last played Steve Urkel, so naturally his famous nerd voice sounds much deeper and noticeably aged in his guest appearance.
  • What Are Records?: In "The Internet on Haunted House Hill!", when Velma says the titular house is haunted by the ghost of a guy who used to run a newspaper, Scooby asks what newspapers are.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "The 7th Inning Scare," the gang and Macklemore go to a baseball collectible store run by an old man. After a while, the monster seemingly gets the old man and soon enough, the store gets blown up. It's never revealed what happened to the old store owner and whether or not he even survived the explosion.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Used in the Wonder Woman episode - the villain there is a minotaur, which Wonder Woman believes is a real monster and is thus intent on hunting down and destroying. The Mystery Inc gang, who suspect the minotaur is just a person in a mask, continually have to stop her.
  • Wolf Man: The Monster of the Week in Christian Slater's episode.
  • You Meddling Kids: Coupled with whoever is accompanying them for the episode. Lampshaded by Ricky Gervais when he gets the villain to say this very line. In the George Takei episode, Velma lampshades it when somebody says the line before the unmasking.


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Wonder Woman vs Minotaur

Without other options left, Wonder Woman decides to face the Monotaur on a Final Showdown, in her own way

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