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The gang, in order from left to right, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby.
What's new, Scooby-Doo? We're coming after you
You're gonna solve that mystery
I see you, Scooby-Doo, the trail leads back to you
What's new, Scooby-Doo?

The ninth incarnation of Scooby-Doo, the show lasted for three seasons from 2002 to 2006. It is very similar to the first Scooby-Doo cartoon show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, in many respects, but has been updated with then-modern technology and is usually more realistic than the older Scooby-Doo cartoon shows. It also parodies many conventions of the older series.

Additionally, this series is no longer produced by the original Hanna-Barbera Productions (which ceased to exist by 2001), instead, it was produced by its then-parent company, Warner Bros..

See the Shout-Out page here.


This show provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Gibby Norton to Velma.
  • Action Girl: Daphne Blake plays this up a lot more; she's often the one to get the gang out of a jam, and can defend herself really well.
  • Actor Allusion: In "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", Daphne laments that the fact that she was impersonated by an extra (who, ironically, resembled her voice actor, Grey DeLisle), saying "What, Sarah Michelle Gellar wasn't available?" Sarah Michelle Gellar played Daphne in the Live-Action Adaptation of the franchise.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Most noticeably with Velma - who is given a cute face and an attractive figure here (whereas her original design had her be very plain and slightly overweight) - and to a lesser extent Shaggy, who probably benefits more from the less rough art-style.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Fred. In some cases, he seems even more scatterbrained than he was on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!
  • Age Lift: In the production bible of the original series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the characters were teenagers, with Fred and Shaggy being the oldest at seventeen and Velma being the youngest at fifteen. While most of the subsequent series have hinted toward the characters becoming older, this is the first series that explicitly leans toward the gang being in their late teens and early twenties.
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  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: The Dinwittie siblings Andy, Mandy and Randy.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • One episode introduces a girl named Verona Dempsey who plays this to Velma (all while being really bitchy to her). It turns out she's one of the episode's two villains.
    • Velma herself was this to a kid named Elliot Blender, who appeared in two episodes as both a Sore Loser, a Red Herring and an all around Jerkass.
  • Anachronism Stew: In "Go West, Young Scoob" a middle-aged character is shown to have owned a laptop as a kid in a flashback.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: "Camp Comeoniwannascareya" does not feature the entire gang; only Shaggy and Scooby as camp counselors to a group of children, whom team up to solve the mystery. Though Shaggy mentioned the three are off solving a mystery elsewhere.
  • Animation Bump: The Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cameo in "New Mexico, Old Monster." Even though it was simply animated in Korea (by Lotto Animation, to be exact), many have found it to be animated much better than The Looney Tunes Show and Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production a decade later.
  • Anti-Villain: Used several times, a first for the franchise. Every once in a while, the characters would run into a villain with sympathetic motives - generally, these folks would be let off because "nobody got hurt" (though not for lack of trying, sometimes) or the case just dropped without fanfare.
  • Art Shift: In contrast to the usual Hanna-Barbera style, the characters are redesigned in Warner Bros. Animation's typical "house" style of the time for this series (resembling a show produced by Adelaide Productions, such as Men in Black and Jackie Chan Adventures- both of which also aired on Kids' WB). It hits some characters more strongly than others, like Velma's totally redesigned body shape. And it advertised itself with Fred missing his ascot.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Occasionally episodes have this trope as Monster of the Week:
    • The Fast and the Wormius has a giant Sand Worm.
    • The monster in Big Appetite in Little Tokyo is "Shag-Zilla", a Kaiju-fied Shaggy.
    • Large Dragon at Large has, well, a large dragon at large.
    • New Mexico, Old Monster has a gigantic eagle-like bird as it's monster.
    • A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown Features a gigantic metallic clown. Also counts as a villainous example of a Humongous Mecha.
    • Block-Long Hong Kong Terror also features a dragon, this time a Chinese one.
    • Reef Grief! Features a giant Coral Monster. Though it's actually not the main antagonist in disguise, and is indeed real. In fact, the only reason it even attacks was due to the Big Bad mining through it's home.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: A lot of them:
    • Of all things, the Mystery Machine invokes this trope in It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine.
    • Glowing Safari Animals in Safari, So Goodi!.
    • Evil toys in Toy Story Boo.
    • The robot servant and The house itself, which was the villain the whole time in High-Tech House of Horrors
    • A monster made of Scooby Snacks in Recipe for Disaster.
    • An abdominal (literal) Snowman in A Scooby-Doo! Christmas.
    • The Baseball Specter (and this time, it's not a ghostly virus) in The Unnatural.
    • The scarecrows in A Scooby Doo Halloween.
    • The Demon Farmer in Farmed & Dangerous
    • A man made of solid gold in Gold Paw
    • An Ice-bodied Hockey player in Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
    • The Giant Bird from New Mexico, Old Monster
    • Killer robot Cowboys (led by Cold Steel) in Go West, Young Scoob
    • Mystery inc. Doppelgangers in A Scooby-Doo Valentine.
    • The Monster Truck Driver in Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters!
  • Automated Automobiles: The Mystery Machine in It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine, where it attempts multiple times to kill the very people who ride in it.
  • Back Blocking: In "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo". When a bunch of angry Japanese villagers are crowding around the gang, one of them in a light grey shirt fills the screen.
  • Belly Dancer: Velma and Daphne disguise themselves as belly dancers in the episode, "Mummy Scares Best". Scooby even joins in on the action in an attempt to distract a group of hypnotized tourists from harming Velma and Daphne.
  • Berserk Button: In Fright House of a Lighthouse, Freddy tells Shaggy and Scooby that the Monster of the Week was badmouthing Scooby Snacks; this gets them riled up enough to be bait without the usual bribe.
  • Big Eater: As always, Shaggy and Scooby are very gluttonous and are rarely seen not eating a bunch of food.
  • Big Storm Episode: The Vampire Strikes Back.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Occurs in the Halloween episode with redhead Daphne, brunette Velma and Velma's blonde cousin, Marcy.
  • Bookcase Passage: Parodied whenever necessary.
  • Bound and Gagged: Daphne in Big Scare in the Big Easy.
  • Brainy Brunette: Velma Dinkley, as usual. Though, it's a bit more exaggerated in this series than the original at times. In the original, she was often the one who figured out the story behind the cases and pulled Eureka Moments when she found a clue. In this series, she's one step away from being a rocket scientist at points.
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • The glowing lion and leopard in "Safari, So Goodi!"
    • The Monster of the Week in "Homeward Hound" is a cat creature.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Parody: Shaggy and Scooby once won a contest where the prize was either a trip to Aruba or a tour of the Scooby Snack factory in Munchville, Ohio. And the factory was run by a man dressed like Willy Wonka.
  • Creator Killer: In-Universe, "Light, Camera, Mayhem" the Keanu Reeves-esque star wishes not to star in the remake of Spy Me a River, which is terribly written and cheesy. To make matters worse, Thor ghost of the original star attacks the set. It turns out the phantom was both the director since it would tank his career and the original star since it made a mockery of the original, and both are allowed to go free since they hadn’t hurt anyone.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: While the Scooby Gang's outfits have been modernized, they retain the same classic color scheme, independent of what they wear (except for disguises): Fred's is always white and blue, Daphne is always wearing purple and magenta, and Shaggy always wears green shirts and burgundy pants (Velma's orange-on-red scheme is retained as well for other types of clothes). It borders on Limited Wardrobe.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fred Jones. While some of the movies had been toying with this to push him away from his original flat everyman characterization, this was where the new characterization really started to take hold.
  • Continuity Nod: A first for a Scooby-Doo series. The Gang would reference places they had been previously as well as feature recurring characters in a few episodes.
  • Covered in Mud: In the episode "Reef Grief!" Spencer Johnson covers the sand castle competitors with mud so they can build his underground freeway.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The show turns Fred into this, having modified the Mystery Machine to be able to turn into a submarine. In "Wrestle Maniacs", it is shown that he carries a spare wrestling outfit around in the van.
  • Cruel Elephant: One of the animal demons in "Safari, So Goodi!" takes the form of an aggressive elephant that unsuccessfully tries to capture Daphne. Subverted in that it's just a normal elephant hypnotized into acting vicious.
  • Darker and Edgier: Certain episodes, at least. The backstory for the two ghost brothers in "Big Scare in the Big Easy", for instance, states that they killed one another in a duel in the family graveyard. The provided flashback shows the two brothers loading their pistols on-screen, and ends with the sound of a gunshot.
  • Darkest Africa: In the episode "Safari So Goodi!", it's not really stated which part of Africa the gang travel to, with their guide Robbie being a student at a college in Cape Town (which is in South Africa) and accompanying t-shirt designer Lloyd who is really an undercover police officer from the Malawi police, but the reserve they visit is predominantly jungles with a few Misplaced Wildlife.
  • Demoted to Extra: Scooby-Doo himself, in most cases, and sometimes Shaggy. Typically the show would shift focus onto Fred, Daphne and Velma, but one major exception was the episode '"Camp Comeoniwannascareya", which did not feature Fred, Velma or Daphne at all; it just featured Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as the main characters (Fred is only mentioned in it).
  • Dinner Order Flub: In "Pompeii and Circumstance", Fred is continually misreading his Italian phrase book. As a result, he orders a potted plant at a restaurant.
  • Disappointed in You: In "Roller Ghoster Ride", Chris says this upon learning her own sister Terry plotted against her.
  • The Ditz: Again, Fred Jones is the dumbest of the group.
  • Dork Knight: Yet again, Fred. Apparently he's the only one who can't see how much he keeps making a fool of himself.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Played straight in "The Vampire Strikes Back".
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Velma's opinion of Gibby is that he's too geeky for her.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: In "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman", the suspects' rock-and-roll band playing is so awful that Scooby burrows into the snow to hide from it.
  • Everybody Did It: In "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman", it's shown that all the suspects were in on the plan.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The monster of '"3D-Struction" is a Tyrannosaurus rex-like Ghost.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: A young penguin accompanies the gang in "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica".
  • Faking the Dead: In "Riva Ras Regas", the magician Rufus Raucous is revealed to have faked his death so he could have a normal life, his ghost really being his former assistant in disguise.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Velma's cousin Marcy is one of these, but without the overly protective father.
  • Flanderization:
    • Yet again, Fred Jones. At least he has a character now.
    • When you look at it, Daphne (being much more fashion-conscious than before - even though she's still sharper than Fred, and still more competent than she was in the original series) and Velma (who must always be right and, whenever she's wrong, the script will find a way to prove her right at the end of the day...with a few notable exceptions) qualify as well.
    • When Scooby and Shaggy enter a scene, you know the first thing they'll say will be food-oriented. Then again, it isn't really that different from their other portrayals.
  • Food as Bribe: How the gang usually persuade Shaggy and Scooby to be monster bait. In one episode, they use Scooby Snacks to persuade Shaggy and Scooby to be literal bait—the two end up dressing like octopi.
    • Even when Shaggy and Scooby see this coming, the gang manages to work around it.
  • Forbidden Holiday: "A Scooby-Doo Christmas" has the gang staying at a place called Winter's Hollow due to a roadblock. Despite it being Christmas Eve, most people in the town had decided to stop celebrating Christmas forever thanks to the yearly attacks by the titular snowman.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Go West, Young Scoob", the gang come across blueprints for an android resembling Dr. Fleg and assume that the scientist intends to make a robotic double of himself. It later turns out that Dr. Fleg himself is a robot and that John Lawman is actually human and the real founder of Cyber Gulch.
  • Former Child Star: The Mystery Machine used to belong to the Mystery Kids, a musical group that starred a brother and a sister. They appear in the episode "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine", where their mother has been attempting to arrange a return to stardom for them. They decide at the end that they're happier being nobodies.
  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: Becky the orca in "She Sees Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore", who got a little too friendly and playful with Shaggy and Scooby.
  • The Game Never Stopped: This happens at the end of "E-Scream"... From Velma's point of view, at least.
  • Gender Misdirection: The gang once went to an amusement park without knowing anything about its owners than their names (Chris and Terry) and their fame obtained by building the park's rides. The gang (mostly Shaggy) expected Chris and Terry to be men but it turns out they're girls.
  • Gentle Giant: The "Coral Creature", which turned out to be one of the few (if not only) times where the monster was real.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "A Scooby-Doo Halloween", Velma's cousin Marcy says that she's turning 18, "Able to legally... vote." While giving Fred a flirtatious look that would've been toeing the line on its own.
  • Human Popsicle: Dr. Armind Zola attempts to freeze himself in "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica".
  • Humongous Mecha: All of the gigantic monsters (minus the Coral Creature) are this, whether it's ascetically or through a reveal.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", Daphe and Velma are shown wearing orange prison jumpsuits when Officer McBride interrogates them. Daphne pleads that she doesn't want to go to jail because she doesn't want to wear the same clothes every day, when, like many cartoons, the main cast of Scooby-Doo always wear the same clothes.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Brett Hull, Mike Piazza and skateboarders Chris Klug and Ryan Sheckler are among the celebrities to appear on the show in cartoon form. In "A Scooby Doo Valentine," the Hollywood extras who disguised themselves as the human members of the gang are unmasked to be caricatures of their voice actors — Frank Welker (Fred), Grey DeLisle (Daphne), Casey Kasem (Shaggy), and Mindy Cohn (Velma), with former Music/NSYNC member J.C. Chasez disguised as Scooby-Doo.
    • One-shot character Mr. Wackypants ("Riva Ras Regas") greatly resembles his voice actor, Rip Taylor.
    • As does Gibby, the nerd who had a crush on Velma, resemble his V.A, Eddie Deezen.
  • Insufferable Genius: Velma in this series sometimes comes off as condescending towards those who aren't as intelligent as she is.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Surprisingly only done on ONE episode: "The Vampire Strikes Back," it starts off as your classic Scooby-Doo thunderstorm (complete with crackles, pops and vinyl hiss on the first couple of lightning flashes), but then it gets more realistic and LOUD, and then after the loudest thunder crash of them all (when Fred leaps down from a tower to save Daphne near the end), the storm abruptly comes to an end.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Subverted with Terry in "Roller Ghoster Ride". While she avoids being arrested for sabotaging her sister's theme park rides because the group somehow deduce that the rides were only made to look sabotaged but were still completely safe (which doesn't line up at all with her derailing a roller coaster with Shaggy and Scooby on it and almost getting the others killed by a giant fan by removing the safety net), it's implied that she's about to be in big trouble with her parents, since her sister has gone off to tell their mom about everything (Terry is last seen running after her, begging her not to).
    • Played for laughs in "Lights! Camera! Mayhem!", where the villain gets off scot free because everybody agrees with him (including the gang). Instead, they end up covering up his crimes and thinking up a solution that gives everyone what they want, complete with the catchphrase being played with as the bad guys thanks "those wonderful, meddling kids."
  • Killer Gorilla: Played with in "Safari, So Goodi!". One of jungle demons take the form of an aggressive gorilla, which is just an ordinary gorilla that's been Brainwashed and Crazy. Normal gorillas are portrayed as docile just like in real life.
  • Lampshade Hanging: And lots of it, too. Every episode had to have at least one or two parodies of the classic Scooby-Doo conventions, to the point where it was no longer funny.
  • Latex Perfection: Typically avoided in this series in favor of the villains using makeup, animatronics, holograms, etc. Though there are a few exceptions in this series, such as in the intro, and in "A Scooby-Doo Valentine" when the gang is framed by rubber-masked impostors, and Scooby is unmasked to reveal J.C. Chasez of *NSYNC!
  • Laugh Track: A laugh track is used in the Halloween special.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: In pretty much every episode. The show does occasionally break the pattern of the two groups: Fred, Daphne and Velma in one group and Scooby and Shaggy in the other.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original shows and the early direct-to-video movies, this series is more light-hearted and really tones down the scariness of the villains.
  • Lighthouse Point: In "Fright House of a Lighthouse".
  • Living Toys: Apparently living toys are the monster of the episode in "Toy Scary Boo".
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: This happens to Daphne three times. First time she loses a shoe in E-Scream, then in Big Scare in the Big Easy and finally in Recipe for Disaster.
  • MacGyvering: It's not rare for Daphne to do this, usually with items she carries around in her purse.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Ancient One in "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo". Considering he isn't brought up when the actual villain of the week is arrested, everyone is left wondering if he was a hoax by a third party or if he really was a ghost who wanted the factory to be moved. Whatever he was, he got his wish, so it became a moot point.
  • Mini-Golf Episode: The episode "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Clown" features Shaggy competing in a competition at "Putt Putt Paradise," a mini-golf course haunted by a clown-shaped course obstacle that seemingly comes to life an attacks the mini-golfers.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: "Safari, So Goodi!" features lions, giraffes, zebras, impalas, warthogs, and cheetahs living in a jungle rather than the savannah. At one point, jaguars make an appearance (although they're most likely meant to be leopards, with the spots in their rosettes being an animation error).
  • Monster Clown: A giant, mechanical version of this attacks a mini golf course in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown". This is more of a problem than usual because Velma has a phobia of clowns.
  • Monster of the Week: The series once again has the team deal with a different monster in every episode, though the monster almost always turns out to be fake.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Fred's attempts to use an Italian phrase book in "Pompeii and Circumstance". And in "Ready To Scare", only with French.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The flashback scene of Velma's birthday party in "A Terrifying Round With A Menacing Metallic Clown" is designed in the style of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It explains Velma's fear of clowns—the clown hired for her party destroyed her prize gift, a set of encyclopedias, and it made Velma run off crying.
    • The episode "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman" pays homage to The New Scooby-Doo Movies, where celebrity guest stars in animated form helped the gang solve cases.
    • When the Scooby Gang impersonators are revealed in "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", Daphne complains about them not being able to get Sarah Michelle Gellar (who did play Daphne in the movies) to play her.
    • "Camp Comeoniwannascareya" seems to be one to the late 70s/early 80s era of the franchise, in which Shaggy and Scooby starred in the show without the rest of the gang, mostly by themselvesnote .
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: In "Safari, So Goodi!" Scooby and Shaggy flee from a crocodile that tries to eat them, only to for it to end up swallowing their rubber raft and comically inflating. Later during the chase sequence, Fred and Daphne briefly get surrounded by jungle demon crocodiles.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Vincent Wong and Chip Hernandez Junior from "Lights, Camera, Mayhem" are Expies of John Woo and Keanu Reeves.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Most of the human characters are drawn quite realistically (in Warner's typical "house" animation style of the time), and even Fred, Daphne and Velma had been redesigned a bit to fit with the show's art style (Velma noticeably got slimmer and more shapely.) But Shaggy still retained his classic semi-cartoonish design (albeit with eye sclera now), and the cartoony Scooby-Doo still stuck out from the rest of the realistically-drawn animals in the series (aside from the cartoony-looking penguins and seal in "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica").
  • Not Himself / Out-of-Character Moment:
    • In-universe: In "E-Scream", this is what tips Velma off to the fact that she's in a virtual reality game: Freddy doesn't want to split up, Daphne is okay with wearing mismatched shoes, and Shaggy and Scooby are perfectly willing to be bait for a trap even without being offered Scooby Snacks. Shaggy saying "Toinks!" instead of "Zoinks!" is just the final nail in the coffin.
    • Shaggy's bravery in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown" could count as well, if only because he didn't want a monster stopping him from winning the mini-golf tournament. In the same episode, Velma goes off cowering with Scooby as her childhood fear of clowns comes to the surface. Rather than a perfect swap, though, Shaggy acts more like a second Fred instead of taking over Velma's spot.
  • Notzilla: An episode has a giant monster named "Shagzilla". He's supposed to be Shaggy cursed to transform into a Godzilla parody at night (Actually, it's a giant robot built by the villain of the week, and Shaggy is duped into believing he really is the monster because, while he is asleep, he is made up as the monster and placed on a Tokyo maquette.).
  • Obfuscating Disability: Invoked in one episode, by our villain of the day, Avalanche Anderson, to prevent anyone from knowing that he was behind the Snow Creature.
  • Once an Episode: Nearly all the parodies of the old series (especially spoofing the "meddling kids" line.)
  • Panty Shot: Velma in "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine". But you've gotta not blink or you'll miss it. (For the record, they're white as opposed to matching her skirt color as before.)
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: "Riva Ras Regas" features Fred, Shaggy and Scooby in a steam room with the suspect. The suspect can't see them, Fred disguises his voice via an Elvis impression, the suspect believes it to be Englebert Humperdink.
  • Precious Puppies: The Secret Six are a group of six golden retriever puppies that appear in several episodes. And they are adorable, especially when they're performing military exercises.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode: "Wrestle Maniacs" has the gang investigate a monster interfering with a wrestling tournament.
  • Recycled Title: "Wrestle Maniacs" shares its title with an episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. Interestingly, both series' episodes revolve around wrestling and feature characters voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The evil clones of Mystery, Inc. in "A Scooby-Doo Valentine" have red eyes.
  • Revealing Continuity Lapse: "E-Scream", most members of Mystery Inc. start behaving heavily out of character: Fred doesn't tell the gang to split up but instead they all go together, Daphne goes around wearing mismatched shoes without worrying of her look and Shaggy and Scooby offer themselves as bait for the monsters with no need of bribing them with Scooby Snacks. All these changes (plus the fact that Shaggy says "Toinks" instead of "Zoinks") end up to make Velma realize she is actually in a VR simulation.
  • Rhino Rampage: One of the glowing animals in "Safari, So Goodi!" is a rhino.
  • Robot Clown: The Monster of the Week in "A Terrifying Round With a Menacing Metallic Clown" is, as the title indicates, a giant robotic clown. It starts out disguised as an obstacle on a mini-golf course, then comes to life to terrorize golfers. It turns out to be controlled by Mayor Snipper, who specifically built it to scare people away from the golf course because he believes that golf ruined his son's life.
  • Robotic Reveal: In "Go West, Young Scoob", the alleged creator of the Cyber Gulch animatronics Dr. Fleg turns out to be a robot himself when Velma destroys him by splashing water at him.
  • Scarecrow Solution: In "Camp Comeoniwannascareya", Counselor Gray masquerades as the Toxic Terror to protect the camp from becoming an adult resort.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Parodied in almost every episode.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Naturally, the gang deal with monsters that are actually criminals wearing disguises. However:
    • "Reef Grief" subverts it; the monster is real. It's just a creature that was disturbed by the crooked plan of the villain.
    • Pretty consistently, if the monster is some kind of robot or techno-terror (like hostile robot or a Killer Mystery Machine), it's real. This is consistent with the occasional way-out science-fiction explanations for the more conventional hoaxes.
    • Some Monsters are actually remote-controlled instead of someone riding them like vehicles or being in a costume.
    • You'd think the Big Bad of High-Tech House of Horrors would be some sort of hacker or Jeeves. However in reality, it's actually S.H.A.R.I., the AI inside the House, That's right, the haunted house itself was the villain the whole time.
    • The Space Ape's infant form subverts this trope (although the adolescent and adult forms are indeed a human), as the infant version is still a living, breathing creature in disguise, just not a human in disguise.
    • In a more non-monster example, in Homeward Hound, the big bad's dog (which is small dog, oddly enough) is disguised as an evil version of Scooby Doo. Oh, and in case you're wondering, excluding a of a lack of a collar, constant scowl and more aggressive behavior, it's actually very convincing disguise Yeah, that Scooby is small dog in disguise.
  • Self-Parody: Nearly the entire show is like this, perhaps even more than its predecessor A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Velma gets shoved inside a makeover machine by Daphne. Parodied slightly in her reaction.
    Velma: I feel like I'm wearing ten pounds of makeup and these shoes are so tight and...
    Sees herself in the mirror
    Velma: Wow, I'm hot!
  • Sheathe Your Sword: In the episode High-Tech House of Horrors, Velma discovers that S.H.A.R.I., the house's AI and Monster of the Week, thrived on getting attention from people by attacking and terrorizing them, and deduced that the way to defeat it is not to proactively find a way to deactivate it, but to simply refuse to give it what it wants. As such, Velma directs everyone to sit on the floor and do nothing, prompting the AI to scream at them to pay attention to it until it overloaded and fried its circuitry.
  • Ship Tease: There's some of this between Fred and Daphne, particularly in the Valentine's Day episode. They are the main Fan-Preferred Couple, after all.
  • Shout-Out: Enough references to other works to warrant its own page.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Scooby and Shaggy have an accidental one in "Pompeii and Circumstance", much to their disgust.
  • Stage Mom: Susan Dinwittie. She's more concerned with making her Former Child Star kids Andy and Mandy famous again than they are and neglects her other son Randy. Once it's revealed she made their former van seem haunted as a publicity stunt, Andy and Mandy decide they're happy as has-beens.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Gibby Norton, who obsesses over Velma.
  • Super OCD: Daphne.
  • Surfer Dude: Daphne impresses one of these with her surfing in "She See Sea Monsters by the Sea Shore".
  • Tally Marks on the Prison Wall: When the gang get arrested in "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", Fred is seen using a knife to carve five tally marks into the wall of his cell and stating that they've been locked up for five hours.
  • Teen Drama: Has some traits of this at times, in addition to the usual mystery-solving formula. Not that surprising, given the show aired on The WB.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Shaggy has a ringtone of the show's theme song in "Fright House of a Lighthouse".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daphne Blake, surprisingly.
  • Totem Pole Trench: In the episode "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters", Jimmy and his sister Cindy wore a jumpsuit, with one on the other's shoulders.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: All Daphne needs to look identical to her cousin Danica is a wig. She says that her Uncle Julius also resembles Danica when he wears heels.
    • Velma looks like her cousin Marcy's parents, especially in contrast to Marcy herself, ironically.
  • The Unfavorite: Randy Dinwittie in "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine". His mother only cares about making his siblings Andy and Mandy famous again and his accomplishments mean nothing to her except when she can use his skills to improve Andy and Mandy's career no matter if it's by hook or by crook.
  • Unrobotic Reveal: In the episode "Go West, Young Scoob", John Lawman at first seems to be one of the animatronics created by Dr. Fleg for Cyber Gulch, even having a scene where he stutters and repeats himself as if he were malfunctioning. When Dr. Fleg is revealed to be a robot once Velma shorts him out with a splash of water, the same water does not affect John Lawman, revealing that he's actually human and the true founder of Cyber Gulch.
  • Wacky Racing: Fred enters the Mystery Machine in one of these in the episode "The Fast and the Wormious". Because this is Scooby-Doo, the already bizarre race gets interrupted by a large worm monster, which turns out to be one of the racers.
  • Wicked Toymaker: In "Toy Scary Boo", a wicked toymaker uses living toys to wreak havoc in a mall as a cover for his real crime.
  • With Friends Like These...: Fred, Daphne, and Velma could be so mean to Shaggy and Scooby sometimes.
  • You Meddling Kids: Parodied in nearly every episode as well; instances include having twin villains say it in unison (in "The Vampire Strikes Back") and a young kid calling the gang "meddling grownups" (in "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters"), and another villain referring to them as "interloping adolescents" before Velma corrects him (in "There's no Business Like Snow Business"), another villain has called them "meddling teenagers", etc.
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: The episode "Roller Ghoster Ride" featured a few scenes that had a young boy being told that he was too short to go on certain rides, such as the Sky-Diving Simulator, the Slingshot, and the Rocket Coaster. Also, he was ruled out as a suspect for being too short for the costume. In the end, after the villain of the episode was caught, the boy gets to ride with Shaggy and Scooby on the food-based ride that they'd designed for the amusement park.


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