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Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Scooby-Doo and KISS are together in an animated movie with a rock and roll inspired mystery. It is the 24th Installment in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series. It is also the final entry in the franchise (to date at least) to feature Mindy Cohn as the voice of Velma. Kate Micucci would replace her starting with Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!.

The story features Scooby and the gang coming to the Kiss World amusement park to see KISS play a Halloween concert where — surprise surprise — they stumble upon a mystery. Or perhaps, everything is not as it seems? Or is it?


Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Catman's nails become these when his superpowers manifest.
  • Accidental Kiss: When Daphne uses a churro to revive Shaggy and Scooby, they end up doing the famous spaghetti-kiss with each other.
  • Actor Allusion: Starchild paints Daphne's portrait at one point on a lark. Paul Stanley is a painter in real life.
  • Amusement Park: Kiss World is an amusement park themed after KISS.
  • Another Dimension: The cosmic realm of Kissteria is another reality.
  • Attack Reflector: Spaceman's able to summon a spherical barrier that reflects the Crimson Witch's own energy blasts back at her.
  • An Axe to Grind: Demon's guitar doubles as an axe, which he uses to smash a giant meteor-like rock into bits when it's thrown at him.
  • Barefoot Loon/Barefoot Sage/Magical Barefooter: Chikara is some combination of all three: she is quite loony, but at the same time seems to have genuine precognitive abilities and posesses a lot of knowledge about Kissteria. And she never wears anything on her feet.
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  • Big Bad: The Crimson Witch is set up as our big villain of the movie to well let's just quote her. "GIVE ME ROCK!"
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The ending revealed that the Crimson Witch is this with her imposter with both their goals being different from each other and is an example of the two not being aware of each other and the rest of the gang thinking there is one sole Big Bad, with Scooby and Shaggy being the ones who are aware of the Ensemble.
  • The Cameo:
  • Chase Scene: Several chase scenes are in the film, accompanied by KISS songs.
  • Cool Airship: KISS has an airship designed to look like a guitar.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: Scooby and Shaggy try to walk in KISS's boots. They have expected trouble.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Velma has her moments of snarking. The Elder even refers to her as "the sarcastic one".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Chikara never wears shoes, even when she goes outside of her tent.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Done twice. At first it seems like all the fantastic elements were a hallucination but the real end reveals otherwise.
  • Fictional Fan, Real Celebrity: The Mystery Inc. are obviously big fans of KISS.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Destroyer is some kind of powerful monster trapped away years ago by KISS. The Crimson Witch seeks to free him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Fred becomes this when Daphne shows to have a Celeb Crush on KISS band member, Starchild.
  • Hero of Another Story: KISS has their own experience with groovy mysteries, but as they clarify, the ones they deal with are often more cosmic in nature.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: KISS are playing their stage personas as actual superheroes ala KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
  • Legacy Character: In a neat Mythology Gag the super-powered KISS origin mentions that the current members are descendants of originals. This tends to allow for the idea there have been multiple incarnations of the team over the years. Though mind you the real members of the band weren't related, nor were they super heroes from Kissteria, we think.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Starchild can project sonic waves while singing.
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: Averted, they help save the universe!
  • Merchandise-Driven: The merchandise manager for KISS is an in-universe example of this trope, obsessing over making a profit over any kind of merchandise bearing the band's image.
  • Mythology Gag: So so many.
    • For KISS, there's a black diamond, The Destroyer, a woman named Delilah Domino, a woman named Shandi Strutter with her assistants Christine and Beth, a fortune teller named Chikara, etc.
    • KISS has their superpowers from KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Which was also produced by Hanna-Barbera. The Amusement Park setting is also a part of this.
    • In general, Scooby and Kiss briefly interacted in What's New, Scooby-Doo?. Although there only Paul Stanley did his own voice.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: KISS members are only referred to by their stage names, Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman.
  • Playing with Fire: This is Demon's power, as he summons a ball of fire that turns into his Axe guitar, and can project fire from it.
  • The Power of Rock: Given that this is a movie that prominently features KISS, naturally, they used the trope of rock music being able to save the world.
  • Real After All: It is once again Scooby and Shaggy that are the ones to remember that all their crazy shenanigans really happened.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: At first the gang expect the Crimson Witch to be one. Then they think not as they travel with Kiss to a cosmic dimension. However then that is "revealed" to be a hallucination making the whole thing a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax again. Until Scooby and Shaggy see that Kiss really are super powered and that the whole adventure was not just an hallucination. Got all that?
  • Shock and Awe: Spaceman's guitar lets him shoot lightning.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Let's get one out right off the bat. It seems fitting a movie with lots of shout outs features the KISS song "Shout It Out Loud".
    • The belt the Crimson Witch uses (or was it?) is from Quest Industries. As in Jonny Quest.
    • Kissteria's design aesthetics are basically a mix of the kind of 80s Scifi/Fantasy shows Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears made (Thundarr the Barbarian and Galtar and the Golden Lance), mixed in with some stuff from Silver Surfer, right down to the Kirby Dots. (Kirby also did some KISS comics and some design work at both HB and RS, so it kinda comes full circle.)
    • KISS' Transformation Sequence is taken straight from Sailor Moon, specifically Mars' (Demon), Jupiter's (Spaceman), Star Fighter's (Catman), and Venus' (Starchild).
    • In the epic battle against the Crimson Witch in Kissteria, Starchild calls the Crimson Witch "Witchie-Poo".
  • Transformation Sequence: KISS undergoes a transformation sequence to change their outfits.
  • Two-Keyed Lock: Four-keyed example. The McGuffin the witch wants is kept inside a box that cannot be opened unless Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman open it together.