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Velma: It sure sounds like you guys have what it takes.
Daphne: I think you two have really grown up.
Waiter: Enjoy the food.
(Shaggy and Scooby devour everything in front of them)
Fred: Then again, they're still the same old Shag and Scooby.
Scooby: Scooby-doo-be-DOO!

Shaggy and Scooby Doo, the Lovable Coward/Big Eater duo from the Scooby-Doo franchise, branch out in their own show, where Shaggy inherits a billion dollars and a mansion from his missing Uncle Albert, an inventor. However, Uncle Albert's inventions are being pursued by the sinister Dr. Phineas Phibes and his henchmen. Fortunately, Shaggy and Scooby can thwart their evil plans thanks to special Scooby Snacks that give Scooby-Doo temporary superpowers. It didn't get any further beyond two seasons, because of the CW shutting down the Kids' WB! block after 4Kids Entertainment bought it. It was the last cartoon to have any involvement from Joe Barbera, and was the final Scooby series to air on network broadcast television, with later shows airing on Cartoon Network or streaming services.

Tropes of this series:

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Shaggy and Scooby-Doo are generally much less cowardly than previous incarnations, although Scooby is still terrified of lightning.
  • Alliterative Name: Dr. Phineas Phibes has a first and last name that both start with "Ph".
  • Amusing Injuries: The pratfalls of Agents #1 and #2 in the pilot make the antics of Home Alone look like a mild slip.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Robi seems fond of doing this randomly in the middle of the episode, even if unrelated to the plot:
    Robi: Don't stand under trees during a thunderstorm.
  • Animal Superheroes: Uncle Albert has invented a nanotech formula that grants temporary superpowers, but it's only safe for use on animals, so he puts the formula into Scooby Snacks. They grant Scooby and a few other animals a multitude of powers including invisibility, super strength, shape-shifting, and turning into a giant robot.
  • Art Shift: The art style is rather different in comparison to previous Scooby shows; for instance, Scooby's eyes are now drawn as dots.
  • Bad Humor Truck: In "High Society Scooby", Agents 1 and 2 lure Scooby and Shaggy into a trap by driving an ice cream truck.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Phineas Phibes is the main villain of this series. He's also notably the first main antagonist to appear in any of the shows, when previous entries of the franchise only used one-shot antagonists.
  • Big Eater: Shaggy and Scooby are once again portrayed as perpetually hungry gluttons; some things never change.
    • In "The Many Faces of Evil" Shaggy and Scooby decide the best way to clean out the Grand Canyon filled with Jello is to eat all of the Jello. They end up so full they're actually scared to eat for a while.
  • Big Storm Episode: "Lightning Strikes Twice."
  • Black Bead Eyes: For the first time, Scooby joins the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang in their lack of sclera.
  • Bookcase Passage: The entrance to Uncle Albert's underground lab is shown to be behind a bookcase.
  • The Cameo: After their guest appearances in the series premiere and the episode "Almost Ghosts", Fred and Daphne make brief silent cameos in the episode "Inside Job".
  • Cast as a Mask: Dr. Phibes's scientist assistant Dr. Trebla is voiced by Scott Menville, but his true identity, Uncle Albert, is voiced by Casey Kasem.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: The series is kicked off by Shaggy's Uncle Albert mysteriously disappearing and keeping contact with Shaggy through holographic messages warning his nephew of Dr. Phibes' plans. At the end of the series, it turns out that Dr. Trebla was really Uncle Albert in disguise all along and he reunites with his nephew.
  • Cool Car: Shaggy uses his newfound inherited billions to... somehow make the Mystery Machine capable of transforming into multiple different vehicles, including an airplane, golfcart, snowmobile, submarine, and rocketship.
  • Cute Kitten: Dr. Phibes takes an imperfect form of Albert's nanotech formula that transforms him into a cat. For a short while after he changes back into a cat whenever he's startled.
  • Dartboard of Hate: "Party Arty" has a scene where Phibes throws darts at photographs of Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Demoted to Extra: The first series since The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries to reduce the prominence of Fred, Daphne, and Velma. Even though eagle-eyed viewers can see the three's silhouettes running across the screen twice in the show's title sequence, Fred, Daphne, and Velma only have speaking appearances in the premiere episode "Shags to Riches" and "Almost Ghosts". All that came after those guest appearances was a silent cameo by Fred and Daphne in "Inside Job".
  • Dogs Love Fire Hydrants: In "More Fondue for Scooby-Doo", the villain Misty Swiss at one point has snow fall on her and form the shape of a fire hydrant. Her dog Carla attempts to pee on her, but she stops her before she can do so.
  • Electromagnetic Pulse: Dr. Phibes' scheme in the episode "Pole to Pole" is to trigger a small EMP at the North Pole during a pole shift, thus shutting off all electronics on the planet.
  • Epic Fail: In the beginning of the episode "Pole to Pole", Robi plays a racing game with Shaggy and Scooby and gets 33rd place even though the game only has 30 racers.
  • Exact Words: When Doctor Phibes demands a nanotech formula that works, his techies offer a pill that gives the user claws, night vision, and super hearing. Phibes takes it... and it turns him into a cat.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In the series opening, Dr. Phibes demands Shaggy and Scooby Doo give him the Nanotech formula. Neither he nor any of his scientists notice they instead gave him a recipe for hot dog tacos until after they escape.
  • Fantastic Voyage: Inside Job where Shaggy and Scooby-Doo go inside Dr Phineus Phibes, to counteract the nanobot formula.
  • Fear of Thunder:
    • Scooby suffers this heavily in the episode "Lightning Strikes Twice."
    • Dr. Phibes will blast anyone who even says the word with his laser. It's totally justified as well since a lab accident turned him into a lighting rod. The moment he goes outside, regardless of the weather storm clouds will gather and he 'will' be struck by lighting, and has been eighty seven times before.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The episode "Party Arty" has a robotic assassin known as A.R.T. (Automated Robotic Tactical Unit).
  • Genre Shift: Previous installments of the Scooby-Doo franchise involved spooks, mysteries and light comedy. This series focuses more on comedy with some action and villains in the vein of something like Johnny Test, Inspector Gadget or Kim Possible.
    • "Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers" involved a mystery-solving scenario, only Scooby and Shaggy must overcome their fears to prove themselves.
    • "Super Scary Movie Night" also involves Shaggy and Scooby-Doo confronting various scary monsters in a classic Scooby-Doo fashion.
  • Giant Mecha:
    • Dr. Phibes constructs a giant robot as a replacement body for himself in the episode "Big Trouble".
    • One of the Super Scooby Snacks turns Scooby into a giant robot.
  • Grand Finale: While the ending is open-ended somewhat by having Dr. Phibes escape and vow that he'll come back, the season two finale "Uncle Albert Alert" still has a degree of finality to it because of Dr. Phibes' lair being destroyed as well as Shaggy and Scooby finally reuniting with Shaggy's Uncle Albert, who was revealed to have been disguised as Dr. Trebla the whole time.
  • Husky Russkie: One of the assassins sent after Shaggy and Scooby in "Operation Dog and Hippie Boy" is a Russian brute named Menace.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Uncle Albert has a shrinking ray in his basement. Shaggy and Scooby get a lot of use out of it.
  • Inkblot Test: Dr. Phibes is shown some ink blots by Agent 2 in the episode "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'". He identifies every one as either "dog" (Scooby) or "hippy boy" (Shaggy).
  • Instrument of Murder: In "Zoinks the Wonder Dog", the robot double of Groovy Don has a guitar that fires lasers.
  • Insult Backfire: In "Uncle Albert Alert", when trying to weed out the one who's been infiltrating his organization to inform Shaggy and Scooby of his plans, Dr. Phibes gathers together his most trusted minions and gives his reasons for why he's certain none of them are the mole. He tells Agent 2 that he's simply too stupid to be the mole, to which Agent 2 replies by happily thanking him.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: In "Scooby Dudes", Scooby paints the words "Kick Me" on Dr. Phibes' back after consuming a super speed Scooby Snack.
  • Latex Perfection: A ridiculously lifelike mask is how Uncle Albert disguised himself as Dr. Trebla, in the only instance of this classic Scooby-Doo trope showing up in the series.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: One episode features Cat Lady.
    Scooby: Cats! (Hisses)
  • Literal-Minded: Robi has trouble understanding figures of speech, being a robot with faulty programming. For example, the episode "Party Arty" has him interpret the command "lie low" to mean that he has to lie down as low as possible and "keep it cool" as an instruction to cover himself in ice cubes.
  • Lying Finger Cross: When Shaggy and Scooby find out they're taking the same vacation cruise as Dr. Phibes in "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'", they make Phibes promise that they'll hold a truce for the duration of the vacation. When Dr. Phibes makes the promise, he crosses his fingers and subsequently orders Agents 1 and 2 to try and kill Shaggy and Scooby.
  • Mad Scientist: Doctor Phineas Phibes. His name references Vincent Price's The Abominable Dr. Phibes. He also has a thick German accent borrowed from Col. Klink and Dr. Strangelove, a Red Right Hand/Artificial Limb raygun arm, and much of the same Genre Blindness as Dr. Evil.
  • Mistaken for Aliens: The episode "Lightning Strikes Twice" has Dr. Phibes' agents mistake Shaggy and Scooby for aliens due to the pair getting covered in lemon-lime pudding.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • The Mole: Uncle Albert is somehow able to get wind of all of Phibes' plans and relay them to Shaggy and Scooby. The season one finale explains how: he's disguised as Phibes' right-hand man Dr. Trebla.
  • Nanomachines: Uncle Albert's nanomachines are baked into dog biscuits to give Scooby super-powers; when viewed at microbe size they appear to be floating robots. Unusually, they are immune to EMP, since they still work after experiencing one at ground zero in "Pole to Pole".
  • Oddball in the Series: Switches from the franchise staple of solving mysteries and unmasking villains to a superhero/spy type of show, with lots of technology and a Big Bad.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: In "The Many Faces of Evil", one of Dr. Phibes' clones pantses the original Dr. Phibes.
  • Perpetual Storm: "Lightning Strikes Twice" has Dr. Phibes, recalling a bad experience from the past involving lightning, inspired to create a Weather-Control Machine that causes nonstop thunderstorms all across the world. It's especially bad for Scooby-Doo, since he is terrified of lightning.
  • Polar Bears and Penguins: A penguin can be seen while the titular characters and their robot butler are in the Arctic.
  • Robot Buddy: Robi the Robot Butler serves as a robotic friend to Shaggy and Scooby for this series.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias: Dr. Trebla turns out to be Shaggy's Uncle Albert in disguise, with Trebla being Albert spelled backwards.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: In "Don't Get a Big Head," when Scooby-Doo eats a nano-power Scooby Snack that gives him super intelligence, he starts speaking with a British accent once the intelligence kicks in, though his voice still has his distinct dog Speech Impediment. Shaggy notices this and comments, "I like the accent, Scoob. Nice touch!"
  • Spin-Off: Just like in a Situation Comedy spinoff, a subset of the cast are put in a completely different situation (investigators who uncover supernatural hoaxes becoming rich superheroes who use nanotech to fight supervillains) and rarely interact with their previous friends and acquaintances.
  • Super-Speed: The ability to move incredibly fast is one of the many super powers Scooby (and, in one episode, a mouse) can obtain.
  • Super-Strength: Scooby can get super strength from a super Scooby Snack, and Dr. Phibes is able to duplicate the ability when he modifies the Nanomachines to work on humans.
  • Technicolor Science: Uncle Albert's field of study.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: Phibes' silhoutte is seen doing the squat dance twice in the intro.
  • Thick-Line Animation: It's not a completely new style for the franchise, but this is one of the most exaggerated examples of it.
  • Time Travel: Scooby can somehow achieve this while using Super-Speed, moving back in time about half an hour to undo mistakes.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: In "Pole to Pole," Shaggy and Scooby fail to stop Dr. Phibes' scheme, forcing them to travel back in time to try again. During their first attempt, a mysterious car pursued them and kept honking; on the second attempt, the duo finds themselves driving that car and honking the horn to get the attention of their past selves. So, that was them the whole time. Moments later, they do deliver a warning to their past selves, which dramatically changes history. This not only causes a Time Paradox, since Shaggy and Scooby only go back in time if they don't go back in time, but it also only works if this universe allows you to Set Right What Once Went Wrong — which contradicts how they just established time travel works.
  • Urine Trouble:
    • A minor recurring gag has Robi's robot dog Sparky "peeing" orange juice due to having a juicer for a leg.
    • In "Zoinks the Wonder Dog", one of the things the robot duplicate of Shaggy's original dog Zoinks does to spite Scooby is piss on Scooby's new DVD player.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Dr. Phibes can't survive under an open sky (at least until the second season).
  • Weather-Control Machine: Dr. Phibes makes one in "Lightning Strikes Twice," but it's designed to just create thunderstorms across the world.
  • Wedgie: An episode has Shaggy and Scooby sneak up on Dr. Pribes and give him an atomic wedgie.


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More Fondue for Scooby-Doo

After sneaking a Scooby Snack that grants blimp powers for himself, Scooby expands in size and lets out a fart that sends Robi flying into a wall.

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