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Only you can return the demons to the Chest... because you let them out!
"This is a warning to all living mortals, that whosoever opens this Chest of Demons will release 13 of the most terrifying ghosts upon the face of the Earth!"

The 1985 incarnation of the Scooby-Doo franchise and the final incarnation of its original run. This series was also the first to introduce a story arc, though it was never finished during its original run due to its cancellation.

It begins when Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne and Scrappy end up in Tibet by plane crash, and Scooby and Shaggy are tricked into opening the Chest of Demons, a chest containing 13 powerful, terrifying ghosts each bent on world domination. Fated to return the malevolent spirits to the chest, the team is guided by mysterious mystic Vincent Van Ghoul, played by Vincent Price, who exasperatedly helps our heroes catch them all before it's too late.

This show uses the globetrotting Scooby-Shaggy-Daphne-Scrappy format that had been in place the previous couple of years, though it is the last show to do so, also adding a new member of the gang in the form of Flim-Flam, a child con artist who runs into the gang and joins up with them. It was also one of the first shows to substantially feature real ghosts and supernatural creatures as opposed to people in masks, and the self-referential parody, pop-culture references and fourth wall breaking that would go on to characterize A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (this is the result of Tom Ruegger, who produced the latter, being associate producer on this one).

Fittingly enough, only 13 episodes were produced, but since the premiere established the plot, the gang only captured 12 of the ghosts before the show ended. The 2019 direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost serves as a conclusion to the show, with the whole gang (with the exception of Scrappy) helping Van Ghoul take on the last of the ghosts.

This series provides examples of:

  • 13 Is Unlucky: The show is pretty much built on this trope:
    • The show's premise involves Scooby and Scrappy Doo, Shaggy, Daphne and their newest member of the Mystery Inc. gang, Flim Flam, being tricked into opening the Chest of Demons and releasing thirteen of the most terrifying ghosts on the face of the Earth, and it's their job to find them all and return them to the chest.
    • The episode "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye" has the gang facing off with the Reflector Spector, AKA the Mirror Demon, who, as its name implies, lives in a cursed mirror in a hotel room in Marrakesh, Morocco, aptly numbered 1313.
    • The unlucky part is we never got to see them finish the job, as the show coincidentally lasted for thirteen episodes, until the release of Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost over 30 years after the show aired, where the gang finally found the last ghost.
  • Abandoned Catchphrase: Throughout the first six episodes, Flim Flam would say "In the words of the great confused one", followed by some piece of advice, at least once an episode. It was dropped afterward.
  • All There in the Script: While his name in the show is never mentioned, the mirror demon's name is Reflector Specter, which is hilariously used to identify him on the DVD subtitles. Somebody did their homework there.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Chest of Demons, which holds thirteen of the most terrifying ghosts on Earth.
  • Artistic License – Geography: In the first episode, the gang arrive at a village in the Himalyan mountains, but said village looks an awful lot like a small town from Europe instead of anything resembling any Asian culture. Even the local residents are mostly white.
  • Bad Future: The episode "It's a Wonderful Scoob". Without Scooby around, the world falls to the ghosts, Daphne is a broken slave to the Time Slime ghost, Scrappy and Flim-Flam have become his loyal servants, and Shaggy is a lone rebel that has gone crazy, adamantly believing that Scooby will return and save them (yet doesn't realize that Scooby's standing right in front of him).
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Bogel and Weerd are usually seen as incompetent ghosts who constantly mess up the schemes of the 13 ghosts, but in the pilot, they did successfully trick Shaggy and Scooby to release them in the first place. Even Vincent Van Ghoul seemed to view them as a formidable threat.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Bogel and Weerd so desperately want to join the 13 ghosts.
  • Big "NO!": In "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye", Reflector Specter screams "No" when Flim Flam uses the Vacuu-Spook on him.
  • The Bermuda Triangle: "Ship of Ghouls" has the ghosts of the passengers of the Queen Myrtle planning to open the Chest of Demons after sailing into the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Break the Cutie: The Bad Future above has Daphne being Driven to Madness and doing a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Nekara's kiss does this to Victor Voudini.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: Bogel and Weerd, a pair of bumbling ghost minions who bounce their services from demon to demon, but consistently mess up.
  • Cast as a Mask: In the episode "Ship of Ghouls", the ghost impersonating a travel agent and a ship captain is voiced by Ricard Erdman, with Robert Ridgely voicing his disguise as Captain Ferguson.
  • Character Catchphrase: The Brewski Sisters have a couple — blonde Hilda is always saying "Nyuk-Nyuk", Ernestine (tall, red-haired) says "Icky-poo" whenever things like Paris sewer water are brought up, and all three of them have a repeated motto — "We are witches of the night! We're so hot we're outta sight. Ssss... Cooking! Nyah-nyah nyah nyah nyah, Nyah-nyah nyah-nyah nyah-nyah nyah."
  • Charm Person: Nekara, who's able to seduce people into falling for her just by having them look into her eyes.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Flim-Flam was selling a concoction known as "Lots of Luck Joy Juice" when we first see him. One of the ingredients was Wolfsbane, and a splash of it was enough to cure the werewolf villagers that put the gang into a corner.
    • In "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye", a vendor hands Daphne a magic amulet written in gibberish. When Daphne gets sucked into the mirror world, she learns that it's a magic spell. Moreover, the vendor was actually Vincent Van Ghoul in disguise!
  • Circus of Fear: "The Ghouliest Show on Earth" has this, complete with Mind Control.
  • Cool Old Guy: Vincent Van Ghoul. You'd have to be an awesome old guy if you're a sorcerer who owns a chest used to imprison ghosts.
  • The Comically Serious: Vincent Van Ghoul, as played by Vincent Price, who loved these kinds of roles (when he wasn't playing a villain, of course).
  • Cousin Oliver: Flim-Flam was added as a result of focus testing. Tom Ruegger, the associate producer who would later handle A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, admitted that he hated Flim-Flam in an interview in which he stated that he'd even learned to love Scrappy.
  • Credits Gag: In the episode "That's Monstertainment", Zomba's movie has a custom Hanna-Barbara logo which resembles the MGM logo with Scooby-Doo in it. Scooby-Doo creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera had started out as animators at MGM Studios. The logo is also customized: it reads "Ranna-Rarrera" (Hanna-Barbera in Scooby's dialect) and has the logo read "limitus animatus" (which is Latin for "limited animation", which Hanna-Barbera was famous for).
  • Cutaway Gag: In episode 2 ("Scoobra Kadoobra"), just as a fire-breathing dragon is bearing down on our heroes, the scene cuts to Shaggy as a news anchorman, who introduces Scrappy-Doo interviewing a Moral Guardian named Loretta Cutitout, who disapproves of the use of fire on a children's show. Scrappy manages to accuse her of being anti-dragon and reduce her to tears before the show cuts back to the story.
  • Cut Short: Scooby-Doo and his friends never did catch all thirteen ghosts during the run of the show. Only eleven of them were shown being caught at all (twelve with later supplemental material confirming that the Captain from "Ship of Ghouls" was also one of the thirteen) — and no ghosts were captured in the pilot. The 2019 film Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost eventually gave a long overdue ending to the show's story, finally identifying the thirteenth ghost ( who never did get caught, as it's implied that the real one had since pulled a Heel–Face Turn).
  • Cynical Mentor: Vincent Van Ghoul
  • Damsel in Distress: Scooby, Daphne, Flim-Flam and even Vincent Van Ghoul ended up in this role a few times.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The shadow that the gang pursue in "Me and My Shadow Demon" is actually harmless.
  • Darker and Edgier: Played straight and mercilessly averted in the same show. Several of the villains in this show are among the most threatening enemies Scooby has ever been pitted against. Among them a dark sorcerer who can put people to sleep for centuries, a soul stealing circus master and a kid-friendly version of a succubus. At the same time because the show doesn't take itself seriously the show is goofier than a usual Scooby Doo show. This is played for laughs that many of the ghosts are often annoyed by the other characters' humor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vincent Van Ghoul.
  • Denser and Wackier: The creators balanced out the real and genuinely menacing demons by making this the silliest Scooby-Doo series up to that point. So the second episode features a completely serious and frightening Evil Sorcerer who turns an entire forest against the gang and puts Daphne into a coma... but it also features a Follow the Bouncing Ball singalong, lots of goofy disguises and Bavarian Fire Drill routines, and a sudden Cutaway Gag to Scrappy interviewing a Moral Guardian who disapproves of the episode's scary content.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • The first piece on this trope is obviously on the use of the terms "ghosts" and "demons" for the antagonists. They are practically used interchangeable even though some of which don't even seem to properly fit either.
    • There is also the question of can other demons free the other ones who had been retrapped. In "Ship of Ghouls" the chest being in the Bermuda Triangle will automatically force it open. In "That's Monstertainment" Zomba claims she will free her fellow spirits but never gets the chance. In "It's A Wonderful Scoob", Time Slime says he can do it in his Lair of Lost Time and according to the Bad Future he succeeds. However in "Horror-Scope Scoob" Zimbulu claims to do it as well also during the time of the Winter Solstice where allegedly "all the power in the universe will be his". When he does only three minor ghosts presumed captured before the episode get out. Even then he is defeated fairly easily for someone who thought he had all the power in the universe. It's not clear if the Chest of Demons really has any kind of specific power or if being in places with a Timey-Wimey Ball like the Bermuda Triangle or The Lair of Lost Time seem to change the rules.
  • Evil Laugh: Vincent Van Ghoul has a pretty impressive one, despite being an ally to Scooby-Doo's gang, due to being played by Vincent Price.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The episode "Ship of Ghouls" has the ghost captain of the Queen Myrtle plan to open the Chest of Demons after crossing the Bermuda Triangle. The released gestalt form of the ghosts Scooby and Shaggy recaptured at that point turns on him and consumes him when he tries to get the merged being to join his side.
  • Expy:
    • Vincent Van Ghoul's costume looks reminiscent of Doctor Strange, and in the second episode, he exclaims "By the vapors of Vahishnu!" a take-off on one of Strange's catchphrases.
    • The three inept witches the Brewski Sisters in "When You Witch Upon a Star" are shout-outs to The Three Stooges — specifically, Wanda (leader, black-haired) is equivalent to Moe, Hilda (short, dumbest and constantly saying "Nyuk-Nyuk") is based on Curly, and Ernestine (tallest, with frizzy red hair) is based on Larry.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Hilda Brewski likes drinking Paris sewer water, which makes her sisters react with disgust.
  • Fat and Skinny: The ghostly duo of Bogel (fat) and Weerd (skinny).
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: Done in two different episodes, with the first one displaying the lyrics in Scooby-speak.
    "Row, row, row your roat, rently down the ream..."
  • Ghost Invasion: Weerd and Bogel, the main villains, released thirteen ghosts from the Chest of Demons (stored in Tibet). It was a Race Against the Clock for Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Daphne and Flim-Flam to get them back.
  • Ghost Ship: The Queen Myrtle from episode "Ship of Ghouls", a cruise ship destroyed by the Bermuda Triangle (along with everyone on board) 50 years ago is disguised as its luxurious self until the ghost captain and passengers attack the gang, after which it reverts to its current form, a floating wreck.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Unfortunately, the heroes never did get all 13. At least, not until 2019.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "It's a Wonderful Scoob", after a mishap with Time Slime's scepter shows him all the horrors he's faced in his life, Scooby becomes so traumatized that he goes into a 10-Minute Retirement. Vincent shows him a Bad Future to help snap him out of it, though.
  • Holding the Floor: One of the ghosts is weak to sunlight, so the gang needs to delay the ghost until daybreak, which Van Ghoul calls a filibuster.
  • Human Disguise: "Ship of Ghouls" has a ghost who disguises himself as a human travel agent by making his body more opaque and as a human ship captain by wearing a mask.
  • I Have Many Names: A rare example of a building. In "Me and My Shadow Demon" the place they go to investigate it at different times called "Befuddled Manor" or "Befuddled Castle" or "Befuddled Hall". Given that its gimmick is it is a maze that gets people confused, it becomes a Lampshade Hanging that people even get confused about the name.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: There is debate on the name of the 12th ghost from "Horror-scope Scoob". The DVD of the series named him Simbooloo. (We know the DVD was accurate on Reflector Specter's name as it was nowhere in the actual episode). The followup movie and the Scooby Doo encyclopedia have gone with Zimbulu.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Vincent Van Ghoul was voiced by and modeled after Vincent Price.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Platypus Duck, who makes his first and last Hanna-Barbera appearance in "Scooby in Kwackyland", was originally created by Tom Ruegger for a student film called "The Premiere of Platypus Duck".
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Even before they met Scooby and the gang, Flim Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul were on good terms with each other.
  • Interspecies Romance: Two of the inhabitants of Dooville seen in "The Ghouliest Show on Earth" are a married couple named Eggbert and Constance, who are respectively a human and a cow.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: The main focus of "It's a Wonderful Scoob". After a mishap with Time Slime's scepter shows him all the horrors he's endured in his life, Scooby is badly traumatized and quits the gang, refusing to come back. When the rest of the gang is captured by Time Slime, Vincent takes Scooby to the future to show him the Bad Future that will ensue if Time Slime wins.
  • The Jinx: Marsella seems to be this. First she's trapped in the chest of demons, then she gets trapped inside a zone, and in order to be freed, what kind of help does she get? Expy witch version of The Three Stooges.
  • Karloff Kopy: "Horror-Scope Scooby" features a television host named Boris Kreepoff, who resembles and sounds like horror icon Boris Karloff.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A majority of the 13 ghosts, if not all of them, are portrayed more seriously than the other characters, and don't play any games either. Not too many of them seem to partake in the fourth wall humor the show has to offer either.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Coast-to-Ghost", Rankor goes back to the Chest of Demons willingly when Scrappy and Flim-Flam tell him it's the only way he can avoid the sunlight destroying him.
  • Latex Perfection: The leader of the Queen Myrtle ghosts in "Ship of Ghouls" wears a lifelike mask when disguised as the human Captain Ferguson.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Two of the ghosts from the Chest of Demons had names alluding to their species.
    • "That's Monstertainment" had a zombie witch named Zomba.
    • "Scooby in Kwackyland" had a demon named Demondo.
  • Loophole Abuse: The sleep of the century curse can apparently only be broken by the kiss of a "great Danish prince". Turns out a Great Dane dog is close enough to work.
  • MacGuffin: The eponymous 13 Ghosts.
  • Magic Kiss: This is Nekara's power. On Friday the 13th she can put any warlock into a trance of love, but whomever she kisses she steals all his power, and by the looks of Victor Voudini, it's permanent.
  • Monster Protection Racket: The gang enter Befuddled Hall as exterminators, when Scrappy asks Flim Flam how does he know they have pests there Flim Flim brings out a container letting several rats right into the building.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The series starts with Scooby and Shaggy tricked into opening the Chest of Demons, and therefore releasing the demons. As Vincent Van Ghoul states in the opening narration as to why they have to be the ones to return the ghosts to the Chest: "...because you let them out!"
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Most of the visible "ghosts" take this to a whole new level. It's not entirely clear if we are meant to take ghost literally or just a catchall. This is complicated even more that the chest that contained them is called the "Chest of Demons" instead of chest of ghosts. In fact the only genuine, classical ghosts in there were the sunken ship ghosts. The others all have a mix match of attributes on top of possibly being ghosts. Some like Maldor the Malevolent and Nekara are the Evil Sorceror or Enchantress up to eleven. Marsella is a witch of general sorts. As for the more direct explanations:
    • Zomba, perhaps the most striking example, is the ghost of a zombie (or… something like that), although not mindless at all, who also has hypnotizing powers and the ability to trap people inside TV shows. (As an aside note, exactly how and when she learned she could do that is unknown, since she was sealed in the Chest long before movies were created.)
    • Queen Morbidia is a sort of Elvira-like vampire who rules over monsters. Like Zomba, how being the ghost of a vampire works is left to our imaginaton.
    • Time Slime by looks appears to be the ghost of some kind of skeleton-like demon who is also something of a mechanical genius and time traveler (his end goal is described by Van Ghoul as turning the world into a "mechanical wasteland").
    • Demondo is the ghost of a big sort of normal bulky demon who has "cosmic ink" that apparently can bring whatever is printed/drawn with it to life. Much like Zomba, he was no doubt was very happy to have discovered comic strips when he escaped…
    • Rankor is at the crossing of a ghost, a Big Red Devil and a vampire. He can, additionally, possess various physical objects.
    • Professor Phantazmo is the ghost of a Repulsive Ringmaster who has various supernatural beings as minions. He uses bewitched calliope music to disguise his appearance into that of a living man, but his true form is that of probably what he would look like if he were still alive but looked his real age.
    • Reflector Specter is the ghost of an Eldritch Abomination from beyond the mirror.
    • Zimbulu described himself as the ghost of a "lion demon", though he only looks very broadly lion-like. Scrappy calling him out as a "lying demon" is actually more accurate since by the looks of it his powers are shapeshifting, teleporting and ordering other people to do work for him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ghoulio, who sings "To All the Ghouls I've Loved Before" in the premiere episode of the same name, is based on singer Julio Iglesias.
  • No Ending: There are 13 ghosts and 13 episodes. But the first episode was just Scooby and Shaggy accidentally letting them loose, and another episode didn't end with an explicitly captured ghost (Fans had speculated the ship's captain to be one or not in the years since). So the show ended with either one or two ghosts left with no conclusion. Curse of the 13th Ghost was sold as a Fully Absorbed Finale to this series over 30 years later. In the process it did give credence to the series having caught 12 of the 13 ghosts. However in a move most did not see coming the film chose to end with a wholly new No Ending debate where it is not clear if the 13th ghost has actually repented and is no longer a threat or if this is going to come back to haunt Scooby again.
  • No Man of Woman Born: In episode 2 ("Scoobra Kadoobra"), Daphne is put under a Sleeping Beauty-style spell that can only be broken by a kiss from "a great Danish prince." Fortunately, a lick from a Great Dane dog dressed as a prince fulfills the condition, and Scooby breaks the spell.
  • Not Me This Time: In episode 3 ("Me and My Shadow Demon"), the gang accuses Queen Morbidia of sending the Shadow Demon to steal the chest. She's genuinely confused by this, not knowing anything about a Shadow Demon; it's soon revealed that the demon in question is actually the shadow of Byron Befuddle, owner and builder of Befuddle Manor (whom Morbidia had imprisoned when she took over the manor), and her magic unwittingly brought it to life, allowing him to send it to trick the gang into coming to the manor in order to save him and stop Morbidia.
  • Not So Above It All: Daphne, while more level-headed than the others, will still join in on the wacky schemes and jokes.
  • The Only One: Vincent Van Ghoul makes it clear from the beginning that Scooby and Shaggy are the only ones who can recapture the 13 Ghosts because they were the ones who set them free in the first place.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different:
    • While they are all referred to as ghosts, most of the ones from the chest are not the ghosts of something that was human in the first place (we have ghost witches, ghost vampires, ghost demons, a ghost Eldritch Abomination, and — however that works — the ghost of a zombie), and in those cases they retain the abilities they had in life (or unlife or whatever).
    • Bogel and Weerd are sometimes portrayed as non-corporeal, but they can sometimes suffer Amusing Injuries at the hands of both the living and the dead. Basically they are whatever the writers need to get a laugh.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The first episode has a town of werewolves who hide their true selves from outsiders, only to attack and transform them at night, acting more like a secret cult than the general idea of a werewolf.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: "Scooby in Kwackyland" had Bogel and Weerd attempt to deceive Vincent Van Ghoul by disguising themselves as Daphne and Shaggy respectively. Vincent buys it even though he notices "Daphne" putting on weight and "Shaggy" sounding different.
  • Pet the Dog: In "Coast-to-Ghost", when Scrappy and Flim-Flam offer to prevent Rankor from being destroyed by sunlight by having him returned to the Chest of Demons, the vampire ghost returns to the Chest of Demons willingly and even shows his gratitude by referring to Scrappy and Flim-Flam as "real pals".
  • Please Wake Up: Maldor can use his magic to put people into a sleep for centuries, which he does to both the Princess Esmerelda and Daphne. When the others find Daphne, they try their best to wake her up, and nothing works until they discover a Loophole Abuse.
  • Power-Up Food: A couple of episodes show that Scooby Snacks have this effect on Scooby. One of them even has the Popeye theme song playing on the soundtrack while he eats them.
  • Put on a Bus: Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley are both absent for the run of this series and won't appear again until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Some of the ghosts from the Chest of Demons have red eyes.
    • While Maldor the Malevolent starts out with yellow sclera in "Scoobra Kadoobra", his sclera turns red when he glares at Daphne at one point and later remain red for the remainder of the episode.
    • The Reflector Specter in "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye" is a hideous red-eyed demon who hides in mirrors.
    • Marcella, who is recaptured in "When You Witch Upon a Star", has red eyes that lack pupils.
    • Weerd's eyes turn red early on in the pilot when he's plotting the release of the Thirteen Ghosts.
  • Sanity Slippage: Shaggy most of all in the Bad Future, as Vincent Van Ghoul said, "I'm afraid he's gone bananas," upon which Shaggy pulls out actual bananas from his shirt.
  • Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times: In "That's Monstertainment", Flim-Flam claims to have seen The Son of The Bride of The Ghost of Frankenstein 100 times.
  • Sealed Cast in a Multipack: Scooby-Doo opens up a box and unleashes 13 malicious ghosts onto the world, and must get them all back.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The thirteen ghosts were sealed within the Chest of Demons until Scooby and Shaggy were duped into releasing them. The whole show revolves upon getting them back into the can.
    • After her initial release from the Chest of Demons in the pilot, Marcella managed to get herself trapped again, this time in the Zone of Eternal Evil. Her episode revolves around her trying to get out with the help of the Brewski sisters, only for her to end up being sucked straight into the Chest of Demons.
  • Self-Referential Humor: One of the first times the franchise started using it. Though, of course, the next show after kicked it up a notch.
  • Story Arc: The first Scooby-Doo show to have an overarching plot, and the last one until Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  • Take a Third Option: Bogel and Weerd use a villainous version of this in the pilot. They stage a game show for Shaggy and Scooby where they have to choose between their stolen plane, a doggy dream house and a box. Shaggy wants the plane, Scooby wants the house, they settle for the box... which turns out to be the Chest of Demons.
  • Taken for Granite: In the episode "Coast-to-Ghost", the gang have to save Vincent Van Ghoul when Rankor uses the Eye of Eternity to cause him to gradually turn into stone in 24 hours.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In "Scooby in Kwackyland", Vincent Van Ghoul has been staying with the crew for a week while his home is being re-cobwebbed, and has spent most of that time laying in bed and making unreasonable demands. Daphne actually refers to him by the trope name shortly before the gang's latest adventure begins.
  • To the Tune of...: In the episode where the gang is sucked into the Sunday funnies, Platypus Duck's theme song uses the theme from The Great Grape Ape.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The town of werewolves in the first episode; Their ancestors were the ones who trapped the 13 Ghosts into the Chest of Demons, so the ghosts cursed the townspeople with lycanthropy.
  • Trapped in TV Land: "That's Monstertainment" has Zomba trap our heroes inside a horror film playing on television called The Son of The Bride of The Ghost of Frankenstein.
  • True Love's Kiss: In episode 2 ("Scoobra Kadoobra"), Daphne is put under a spell which sends her into a deep sleep that can only be broken by a kiss from a Danish prince. Scooby, a Great Dane and dressed in a prince's outfit, licks Daphne's face and breaks the curse.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Weerd and Bogel set the events of the series in motion by tricking Shaggy and Scooby into opening the Chest, hoping that the thirteen demons within would be thankful for granting their freedom. Unfortunately, the duo don't receive the gratitude they were hoping for; in the pilot, the ghosts leave them Squashed Flat as they were escaping, and in every other episode they appear in, they're relegated to Bumbling Henchmen Duo of the episode's ghost.
  • Vampiric Werewolf: Most of the visible ghosts take Hybrid Monster to a whole new level, which includes, yes, the ghost of a vampire who's also a zombie. And a witch.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • In "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye", the character Sandy has a tendency to end his sentences with "I must say". This is due to his being an obvious homage, both physically and in behavior, to Ed Grimley, for whom this was also a catch-phrase.
    • Boris Kreepoff from "Horror-Scope Scooby" has a habit of ending his sentences with "or else".
  • Weakened by the Light:
    • Queen Morbidia from "Me and My Shadow Demon" is defeated when sunlight turns her into ash. Her ashes are then swept up and put into the Chest of Demons.
    • Rankor from "Coast-to-Ghost", being a vampire ghost, naturally has a vulnerability to sunlight. Right when he's about to be destroyed by it, however, Scrappy and Flim-Flam offer to protect him from the sunlight by returning him to the Chest of Demons, resulting in Rankor being the only ghost in the series to go back into the Chest of Demons willingly.
  • We Will Meet Again: At the end of "A Spooky Little Ghoul Like You", Nekara promises to get even with Vincent Van Ghoul right before she's sucked back into the Chest of Demons.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: In the pilot, Vincent Van Ghoul explains to Daphne and Scrappy that the evil spirits keep trying to trick mortals into opening the Chest of Demons, but fortunately, only a complete fool would fall for such a trick.
    Vincent: Fortunately no one but a complete fool would ever open that awful box.
    Flim Flam: Yeah no one but a real dodo. A cuckoo bird. A total loon.
    Daphne: Which reminds me, where are Shaggy and Scooby?
    Scrappy: Uh-oh...
  • WPUN: In the last episode ("Horror-scope Scoob"), the gang goes to station KREEP to appear on an episode of Boris Kreepoff's show.


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Alternative Title(s): The Thirteen Ghosts Of Scooby Doo


Scooby Opens the Demon Chest

Shaggy and Scooby are tricked into opening the Chest of Demons and unleashing the thirteen ghosts within it upon the world. Unfortunately, this makes Mystery Incorporated the only ones capable of putting them back in the chest.

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