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The year was 1979. The old Scooby-Doo formula was getting old, and ABC was looking into other shows to fill in its slot instead. But...Hanna-Barbera had one last trick up their sleeves. So, maybe for worse, maybe for better...they introduced Scooby's nephew, Scrappy-Doo, to the formula.

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo ran from 1979 to 1980. Afterward, it was retooled into a “Three Shorts” format, which carried on for three seasons from 1980 to 1983. The entire season can be found legally by digital download and was released on DVD in 2015.


Tropes Found in Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo! Ruff!

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Scooby has this from Scrappy.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Downplayed in "Night Ghoul of Wonder World." The titular Night Ghoul robot is a malfunctioning dangerous but ultimately mindless automaton at first and then it becomes the disguise for the Villain of the Week and as for the Sherlock Holmes robot, it is on the hero's side (albeit unable to be much help, being turned to the highest difficulty).
  • Anachronistic Clue: One of the hints that reveal that the mystery in "The Night Ghoul of Wonderland" was genuine was the TV antenna on a picture of Big Ben with a television antenna in an otherwise 19th-century environment.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Scrappy and Scooby both eat chocolate cake with no consequences, not that is the biggest stretch concerning their species, in either culinary preferences or general physiology.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Downplayed with Scrappy, for the most part, but if—Did someone say monster? Lemme at it!
  • Bears Are Bad News: In "Hairy Scare from the Devil Bear", if the title didn't tip you off.
    • The Mama Bear from "When You Wish Upon a Star Creature" counts as well.
  • Big Eater: While Scooby and Shaggy are still big eaters, Scrappy sometimes beats them to the punch.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    Shaggy: You mean we came all the way to Japan just to chase ghosts again?
    Velma: Let me put it this way, Shaggy: Yes.
  • Broken Pedestal: Shaggy, Scrappy, and Scooby are all horrified that The Blue Scarab is acting like a villain, more than the fact that a supposedly fictional character appears for real.
    Scrappy: That’s the real Blue Scarab! So why is my hero being such a meanie?
  • Brooklyn Rage: Scrappy speaks in a very strong Brooklyn accent, which was dropped after this season. Justified that he grew up in New York.
  • Brown Note: Scrappy's "secret whistle" in "Ransom of the Scooby Chief". The only ones who seem to tolerate it are Duke and Annie. It's powerful enough to wreck the windows and tyres of the Mystery Machine. That's powerful lungs for a small dog.
  • Call-Back: To the pilot of the original series.
    Knight: Blimey, what a night!
  • Challenge Seeker: Lefty Callahan clearly has to be one. While Velma points out the jewels from the Lefty Callahan job were hidden in "plain sight", one of them was in the eye of a restaurant's statue arch and the other in the opera house chandelier, getting those gems there in the first place are pretty daring challenges, after the challenge of stealing them and the ruby in the first place.
  • Characterization Marches On: Scrappy is a hyperactive Hot-Blooded Large Ham Boisterous Bruiser. Later seasons would gradually tone him down while not losing his feistiness and love of adventure.
    • He also speaks with a heavy Brooklyn accent. This disappeared when he changed voice actors.
    • He had a few traits that disappeared after this season, such as saying "ruff" mid-sentence.
    • Later seasons would show him to be quite smart. Here, he borders on Dumb Muscle. Though he does have moments of cleverness. (Object permanence forthcoming).
  • Chekhov's Gag: In "The Ghoul, The Bat, and The Ugly", a revolving secret door is used for a joke among Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and the Shadow Creature mid-episode. Later it's used to catch said monster at the end.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy nearly fall victim to this in "The Scarab Lives!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: Surprisingly enough, Scrappy was this occasionally, taking advantage of his strength and small size to knock his opponent off balance, and "The Night Ghoul Of Wonderworld" and "The Ghoul, The Bat, and The Ugly" both involve him tricking the villain into a spot (A clock gear and a revolving door respectively) where he could spin them dizzy and incapacitate them.
  • Composite Character: In "The Ransom of Scooby Chief", which mostly focuses on Scrappy and his friends (Velma, Daphne and Fred are only seen at beginning and end, Shaggy and Scooby spend most of the episode kidnapped), the three of them show combined traits of the typical gang:
    • Scrappy of himself and Fred, taking the role of The Leader and initially being the one to initiate the rescue operation.
    • Duke of Velma and Scooby, showing signs of being The Smart Guy and holding Scrappy back when he gets too hotheaded (which Scooby usually does).
    • Annie of Shaggy and Daphne, being The Chick and relying on Duke and Scrappy to figure things out, and being rather cautious when it comes to the kidnappers.
  • Crisis Catch And Carry: A Running Gag involving Scrappy-Doo: He would always try to fight the Monster of the Week only for Scooby or Shaggy to pick him up in the midst of their escape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Velma. Shaggy becomes one to Scrappy sometimes as well in this series.
  • The Door Slams You: Shaggy and Scooby fall victim to this a lot.
  • Dramatic Unmask: It was the fourth Scooby series, so this was still in effect.
  • Exactly What I Meant To Say:
    Scrappy: Professor Spaulding, eh? I bet that’s an alien!
    Velma: You mean an alias?
    Scrappy: Nope! I mean alien! Like in Star Creature!
  • Face–Heel Turn: In a meta, in-universe kind of way it first appears to be so with The Blue Scarab, where he seems to have gone from being a crime-fighter to a crook.
  • Fan Boy: Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy are all huge fans of the superhero The Blue Scarab. They are for once seen gushing over his new comic-book rather than over something edible.
  • A Foggy Day in London Town: In "The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld" the robotic park is designed after Victorian London complete with the mysterious fog that characters disappear into.
  • Funny Foreground Event:
    • In "Night Ghoul of Wonderworld", a knight in shining armor can be seen wobbling around as Fred, Daphne, and Velma discuss the mystery with Sherlock Holmes.
    • In "20 Thousand Screams Under the Sea", Shaggy makes a pun about the sea, and he and Scooby share a laugh, while Velma can be seen rolling her eyes in front of them.
  • Furry Reminder: Scooby and Scrappy both get this occasionally.
    • It's a bit more noticeable with Scrappy, who was the more anthropomorphic of the two. When he got really worked up, he'd start putting barks in mid-sentence, and when the gang was running, he went on all fours.
  • The Glomp: Scrappy gives one to Scooby after they've been reunited in "Ransom of Scooby Chief".
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress:
    Scooby: You're upside down!
    Shaggy: I'm not upside down! You are!
    Scooby: Ruh-oh.
    (falls off the ceiling)
  • Hammerspace: A lot characters make use of this, particularly Scooby and Scrappy.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The assistant of the Blue Scarab’s creator was masquerading as The Scarab to get the comic to stop being printed because he was tired of being that “unknown assistant”.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Scrappy makes use of this to fit his beliefs that Scooby-Doo is the bravest, most heroic dog ever. In one case when he can't figure out how to make Scooby taking a detour to the kitchen into a monster fighting tactic, he draws the same conclusion anyway.
    Shaggy: Like I know the just the place [to look for clues]! The kitchen!
    Scooby: Rummy!
    Scrappy: Oh, I get it! No, wait, I don't get it! But I know Uncle Scooby always gets his monster! Ruff!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. Scrappy isn't really a jerk, but rather Innocently Insensitive and oblivious to the damage he did on occasion. Nonetheless, he genuinely cares for the others and when he did realize he did the damage, he was always regretful and willing to put things to rights. Eventually, as he became more aware of his surroundings and others he became just plain Nice Guy.
  • Laugh Track
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The gang still splits up mostly now with Scrappy going with Scooby and Shaggy.
  • The Maze: The climax of "The Ghoul, the Bat, and the Ugly" takes place in a labyrinth.
  • Name and Name
  • No Object Permanence: Scrappy is under the impression that the human-sized alien can fit in the human-foot sized boot, and seems hilariously bewildered when he's trapped in what he must think is thin-air (actually a clear glass box)
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In "The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld", Scrappy is strong enough to punch through a stone wall like it was nothing. Damn.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The last episode introduces Scrappy's old gang in which the main gang takes a seat. It is, in a way, a pilot attempt to where the next series began, and also has a detail that didn't actually lead into a "Scrappy's Gang"–type series.
  • Precious Puppy: Scrappy dislikes being referred to as this in-universe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Scrappy's red to Scooby's blue.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The disguise from "Shiver and Shake, That Demon's a Snake" is not quite a snake, but definitely reptilian and definitely unfriendly.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Lefty Callahan, who is mentioned offhand earlier in the episode, is revealed to be a woman.
  • Scarab Power: Used in-universe with The Blue Scarab as a comic book superhero who seems to be their version of Batman and who appears in the real world using his intimidation tactics for super-villainy.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Well, what did you expect?
    • The Blue Scarab case, however, stands out as one where the masked figure doesn't pretend to be a ghost and doesn't try to scare anyone away from a place, it is clear that there is a man behind that mask and the question is how much will it drop the popularity of the comic-book he was based on.
    • There's also the Night Ghoul that becomes a hoax after the original robot that represented a fictional villain has gone haywire and caused trouble to everyone forcing the real villain to step on its shoes.
  • Scout-Out: Scrappy claims to be a "Scooby Scout", but it's possible he made it up; we never see any other members of such a group.
  • Shout-Out: A lot in "The Night Ghoul of Wonderland". While there is the direct crossing with Sherlock Holmes, the whole setting of a world where robots allow you to live out a fantasy is a reference to Westworld. Along the way, the gang does pass by a western-themed area, as well as one like Jurassic Park. This is partly ironic as by this time Michael Crichton had written Westworld but had yet written Jurassic Park.
    • Not to mention that the host character is clearly made to resemble Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island.
    • In one episode, Shaggy mentions having tickets to a concert by The Bee Gees.
  • Some Nutty Publicity Stunt: Most of the gang think this at the beginning of "The Scarab Lives!" The down-to-earth members specifically with Daphne voicing that belief.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Scrappy is added as the newest member of the Doo Family. However, oddly enough besides this, the rest of the incarnation doesn't introduce any other relatives.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Scrappy actually tries to avoid this in-universe (and often fails, since lots of the adults find him to be adorable) but he solidly fits into this when he eagerly checks a normal-sized boot for a human-sized alien (he'd seen the alien at that point) and then falls into it, in his haste. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Scrappy, Duke, and Annie in the season finale.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Comes up in "I Left My Neck in San Francisco", where Scooby and Shaggy get the idea to ward of the Lady Vampire of the Bay by eating a garlic pizza.
  • Verbal Tic: Scrappy putting "Ruff!" at the end of his sentences. It wore off after this season.
  • Wait Here: Usually said to Scooby and Shaggy.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Scrappy.


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