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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, airing from 2002 to 2006. Essentially a modernized (as well as more realistic) version of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — it also parodies many conventions from the older series of the franchise.

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 than she did in previous shows — she's the one to usually get the gang out of a jam and can defend herself 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 appeared 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 in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!
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  • 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 17 and Velma being the youngest at 15. While most of the subsequent series have hinted toward the characters becoming older, but it's never explained just how old they are. If the show's Valentine's Day Episode is anything to go by, they must be at least 18 or older (since they're all shown to be living on their own)note .
  • All for Nothing: The crook of "Large Dragon At Large" ended up believing in the legend of the dragon, and using it to his ends to try to scare everyone off while he searched for the treasure. Turns out the legend was just a bunch of tourist trap malarkey, to the point of the person who cooked it up shaving his eyebrows and claiming the dragon torched them — so the entire usual "Scooby-Doo" Hoax ends up being a free trip to jail and a complete waste of the perp's time.
  • 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 bitchy to her). It turns out Verona is 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.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The gang doesn't call the cops on Terry for framing her sister Chris in "Roller Ghoaster Ride" as well as sabotaging their family's theme park. They ultimately decide to leave it up to Terry's family to determine how she should be punished. Chris runs off to notify their mom about what Terry did, which makes Terry chase after her sister and beg her not to do that. We ultimately don't find out what happens to the perpetrator.
  • Anachronism Stew: In "Go West, Young Scoob" a middle-aged character is shown in a flashback to have owned a laptop as a kid.
  • Angry, Angry Hippos: In "Safari, So Good!", one of the aggressive glowing animals is a hippopotamus.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Frida Flora in "Farmed and Dangerous" wanted to take the Secret Six puppies to protect them from the Demon Farmer. Though she becomes a suspect when it's revealed that whoever possesses the puppies, owns the farm and even tried to take them by force. Fortunately, the puppies trap her inside a silo. Presumably, she gave up (if unwillingly) when the Demon Farmer was caught.
  • 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-Sneeze Finger: In "Simple Plan and the Invisible Madman", a fallen pepper shaker causes pepper to fall on Scooby's nose. After Shaggy uses this technique on him, Scooby promptly sneezes anyway...and blows the villain across the room. This proves beneficial, as said villain was about to hit the pair with a jukebox, and the sneeze results in him being flattened by it.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Law: In "Roller Ghoster Ride", the titular monster hops on rides more than once to tamper with them while riders are on them, putting them in mortal danger. In one case, a car on the Rocket Coaster ride is derailed from the track and sent flying into the water. Terry was the perpetrator behind the mask, but she doesn't go to jail onscreen; Chris goes to tell their mother to determine a suitable punishment. While this could be explained through Soft Water, the skydiving simulator that almost sliced up Fred, Velma, and Daphne is far more egregious. Fred and Daphne point out that she didn't do anything illegal. In real life, she would've certainly been arrested for attempted murder at the very least.
  • 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 redesigned body shape. And it advertised itself with Fred missing his ascot.
    • The earlier episodes of the series had a lot more deliberate animation for the characters, particularly with a lot of motion frames for characters mid-talking, though at the same time the art played more fast and loose with keeping characters on-model. The further the series went along, the more consistent the character designs became and fewer moments of those idle animation bits. This is also reflected in the direct-to-video movies in the era, with an early one like Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico having the earlier animation quirks, while something like Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword was more consistent with the later seasons.
    • In "A Terrifying Round With a Menacing Metallic Clown", the art style suddenly shifts to a giant homage to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo during a Velma flashback to why she's so afraid of clowns.
  • 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 its 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. The only reason it even attacked was due to the actual villain mining through its 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 Good!".
    • Evil toys in "Toy Story Boo", which also featured a gumball machine that snaps at Shaggy like an attack dog in one scene.
    • 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 Abominable (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 is crowding around the gang, one of them in a light grey shirt fills the screen.
  • Bedlah Babe: In an episode called called "Mummy Scares Best", a waitress is shown walking dressed like that as Mademoiselle Chantal is presenting Daphne and Velma as bellydancers.
    • In another episode called "E-Scream", somewhere you can see a woman dressed like that.
  • 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", which is set in a castle during a large storm.
  • Bland-Name Product: Like many large arenas in America, the stadium in "The Unnatural" is named for its corporate sponsor — the "Cookie Co."
  • 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 certain points.
  • Bunny Ears Picture Prank: In "A Scooby-Doo Halloween", Scooby maneuvers two of the pumpkin-headed scarecrows into position to have their picture taken with Shaggy, who's dressed as a werewolf. When he hands them the photo afterward before he and Shaggy run off, the picture shows Shaggy giving them both rabbit ears.
  • The Cameo: Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner both make a very brief appearance at the beginning of "Old Monster, New Mexico".
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • The glowing lion and leopard in "Safari, So Good!".
    • 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.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Trudy in "Recipe for Disaster", who has Catwoman like reflexes, and wears a dark suit and mask around, while the train to steal the Scooby Snacks recipe.
  • Clear My Name: Two episodes had the gang being framed, "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo" and "A Scooby-Doo Valentine".
  • Contrived Coincidence: One episode involving a mummy has the ancient word to breaking a hypnosis spell being "relp", which is exactly what Scooby screaming for help sounds like.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Inverted in "Big Scare In The Big Easy". Velma held dry ice with her bare hands like they were normal ice cubes. Dry ice has to be at least -78 degrees Celsius to stay frozen which would've necrotized her flesh.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Susan Dinwittie from "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine!" is a villainous version of Shirley Partridge of The Partridge Family. Both are mothers of folk-style musicians who wear their blonde hair in a bob. However, the band was originally the kids' idea. Shirley had to be coaxed into joining and she never let their life as celebrities get in the way of being a loving mother and keeping her kids on the right path. Susan Dinwittie is an obsessive Stage Mom who neglects her only non-musical child and was willing to cause all sorts of destruction with the Mystery Machine to help the others return to fame.
  • Creator Killer: In-Universe, "Lights, Camera, Mayhem" has the Keanu Reeves-esque star not wishing to star in the remake of Spy Me a River, which is poorly written and cheesy. To make matters worse, the 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 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 pulls the sandcastle competitors down through the sand, covering them with mud in the process, 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 Good!" 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 Good!", it's not 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 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).
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Shaggy has a ringtone of the show's theme song in "Fright House of a Lighthouse".
  • Dinner Order Flub: In "Pompeii and Circumstance", Fred is continually misreading his Italian phrasebook. For example, at the end of the episode, he orders a potted plant at a restaurant.
  • Disappointed in You: In "Roller Ghoster Ride", Chris says this upon learning her sister, Terry, plotted against her.
  • Disguised in Drag: Briefly, in "Fright House of a Lighthouse". During the musical chase scene, the Creepy Keeper passes by a fisherman, a large fish, and a barrel to get to Shaggy and Scooby. The aforementioned people/items turn out to be Daphne, Velma, and Fred (respectively) in disguise, with Daphne including a fake beard in her fisherman costume.
  • The Ditz: Again, Fred Jones is the dumbest of the group.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Episodes with the characters in beachwear have Fred and Daphne barefoot, Velma in sandals, and Shaggy in one camp or the other depending on the episode. While the beach is hardly an unusual place for one to be barefoot, their investigations usually take them away from the beach at least once and they remain in the same outfits, including bare feet if applicable.
  • Dork Knight: Yet again, Fred. 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".
  • Distressed Dude: At least twice, Fred has been put in real danger and had been rescued by Scooby.
  • Either/Or Title: The second season's "High Tech House of the Future" also goes by "High Tech House of Horrors".
  • Elvis Impersonator: Fred’s attempt at this sounds more like Engelbert Humperdinck, according to someone who knew Elvis.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: The Ancient One from "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo" is a ghost who looks like an old wizard, and who demands that the scientists at a Tokyo factory abandon their plans for a new wharf because it would be a threat to the simple traditional Japanese way of life. The ending implies that he might be Real After All, and the scientists eventually decide to respect his wish.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Velma's opinion of Gibby is that he's too geeky, even 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.
  • 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 being his former assistant in disguise.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Velma's cousin Marcy is one of these, but without the Overprotective Dad.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Inverted in "It's Mean, It's Green, It's the Mystery Machine", where a rogue Mystery Machine drives half a mile down the freeway, against traffic and with Fred and Shaggy inside, before it's stopped by police. The verdict? Since nobody got hurt, we'll call it a malfunction and just impound the van.
  • 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 that different from their other portrayals.
  • Five-Man Band Concert: Subverted in the episode "The Vampire Strikes Back", since the gang helps in the music video of "Petrified Bride" but as actors, not as musicians (like in previous installments).
  • Food as Bribe: How the gang usually persuades 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 comes across blueprints for an android resembling Dr. Fleg and assumes 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 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 living like normal teenagers.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: "Camp Comeoniwannascareya" does not feature the entire gang—Shaggy and Scooby are shown working as camp counselors at a children's summer camp, and they team with the group of kids they're assigned to solve a mystery at their camp. While Freddy and the girls don't make a physical appearance, Shaggy claims that they're off solving mysteries elsewhere.
  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: Becky the orcanote  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 other than their names (Chris and Terry) and their fame obtained by building the park's rides. The gang initially assumed that Chris and Terry were men, but it turns that they're girls (and sisters at that).
  • Gentle Giant: The "Coral Creature", which turned out to be one of the few (if not only) times where the monster was real.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Velma towards Verona Dempsey (see Always Someone Better above), Daphne towards Velma's cousin Marcy due to she and Fred fawning over each other, and Fred towards anyone stealing his thunder at making traps.
  • Green Gators: "Safari, So Good!" had green crocodiles.
  • Holiday Pardon: In "A Scooby-Doo! Christmas", the monstrous Headless Snowman had been going around the small town of Winter's Hallow every Christmas and destroying people's homes, making it reach the point where Winter's Hallow refuses to even celebrate Christmas. When unmasked as the Snowman, the remorseful Professor Higginson admitted to his motive of wanting to find his family's stolen gold and told the town sheriff to turn him in... until a young, idealistic kid named Tommy suggests that, because it's Christmas, everyone should just forgive the professor. They do.
  • 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.
  • Injured Limb Episode: Fred breaks his leg in "There’s No Creature Like Snow Creature".
  • 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 *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: In this series, Velma can sometimes come off as consdescending towards those who aren't as intelligent as her.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Surprisingly only done on ONE episode: "The Vampire Strikes Back", it starts 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.
  • "Join Us" Drone: In "Mummy Scares Best", the titular mummy causes his victims to chant "join us" when going after others. This ends up happening to Fred, Daphne, and Velma when the gang explores one of the pyramids.
  • 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 say anything). After all, Terry's family could still have her arrested for what she did (or, at the very least, fire her).
    • 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 Good!". One of the jungle demons takes the form of an aggressive gorilla, which is just an ordinary gorilla that's been Brainwashed and Crazy. Normal gorillas are portrayed as gentle just like in real life.
  • Lampshade Hanging: And lots of it, too. Every episode had at least one or two parodies of the classic Scooby-Doo conventions.
  • 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: Living toys are the monster of the episode in "Toy Scary Boo". It also has a gumball machine that growls, for some reason.
  • Loophole Abuse: When none of the racers in "The Fast and the Wormiest" can get their cars to the finish line, all of them run on foot to cross it, is stopped short when they all trip over each other, and Scooby wins by reaching his paw over the line.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: This happens to Daphne three times. The 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.
  • Magic Skirt: Velma and Daphne's skirts stay in place even when they're hung upside down. Though "Recipe for Disaster" has the Marilyn Maneuver happen to them.
  • 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 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 and attacks the mini-golfers.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: "Safari, So Good!" 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Daphne goes a few episodes wearing a bikini and other attractive outfits.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Fred's attempts to use an Italian phrasebook in "Pompeii and Circumstance". And in "Ready To Scare", only with French.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The flashback scene of Velma's childhood birthday party in "A Terrifying Round With A Menacing Metallic Clown" features the gang designed in the style of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It explains her 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. Same with the Halloween episode that features KISS.
    • 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 .
    • In "A Scooby-Doo Halloween", Shaggy's costume is a werewolf, making him resemble his appearance in Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf. The same episode includes a Laugh Track, which was used in every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
    • In one episode, part of the background music is the same as the "malt shop" music from the original series.
    • In "Hi-Tech House of Horrors", Shaggy and Scooby are presumably killed when crushed into cubes by the trash compactor, only for them to be completely unharmed. Shaggy notes that they're used to hiding in small spaces, bringing to mind their iconic "filing cabinet" gag from the classic series where they both fit inside a drawer of sorts.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: In addition to her Adaptational Attractiveness, Velma gains many admirers in this series.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: In "Safari, So Goodi" Scooby and Shaggy flee from a crocodile that tries to eat them, only 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.
    • A celebrity golf champion named Cougar Forest in "A Terrifying Round With a Menacing Metallic Clown" is a reference to Tiger Woods.
  • 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"). Although, this series is still cartoony compared to the first four of the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series, which the rest of the films follow until Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword.
  • Not Himself: Shaggy's bravery in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown", 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 (much to his annoyance) instead of taking over Velma's spot. Though they revert to their old selves, along with Velma facing her fears.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: In "Large Dragon at Large", the villain is sabotaging a Renaissance Fair. One of the things he does is replace the prop lances with real ones just before a joust.
  • 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 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.
  • Off-Model: The series dips into this a lot throughout the series with the characters' faces, with some of the Dong Woo Animation-helmed episodes drawing them in an Animesque style in several shots. The Season 1 episodes by Wang Film Productions are also quite crude in many instances.
  • Once an Episode: Nearly all the parodies of the old series (especially spoofing the "meddling kids" line.)
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: 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.
  • Polar Penguins: A young penguin accompanies the gang in "Uncle Scooby and Antarctica".
  • Poorly-Disguised Pilot: The episode "Camp Comeoniwannascareya" and the recurring guest appearances of the Secret Six puppies both come off like backdoor pilots for two separate spinoffs.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: Nearly every episode has a guest character or two with such names.
  • Race Lift: When the Hex Girls debuted in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, Luna was Ambiguously Brown. But when the band reappears in "The Vampire Strikes Back", she has a much lighter complexion than matches Thorn and Dusk's skin.
  • 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.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The villain behind the Wakumi from "New Mexico, Old Monster" (The Shaman/Colonel Henry Thornwald) fully explains his motives despite said motives being highly classified, kept secret from even the Governmentnote , because no one will believe a bunch of Meddling Kids. Somewhat Subverted in that he still gets arrested, but it's not revealed if anyone outside the gang believes the story.
  • 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 about 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 making Velma realize she is actually in a VR simulation.
  • Rhino Rampage: One of the glowing animals in "Safari, So Good!" 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 used 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. It's even featured in the intro.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Naturally, the gang deal with monsters that are wearing disguises. However:
    • "Reef Grief" subverts it; the monster is real, but it has nothing to do with the (human) villain's plot. The villain was unintentionally pissing it off by making too much noise underwater. It's friendly otherwise, and it even saves Scooby from drowning when escaping the villain's Collapsing Lair.
    • Pretty consistently, if the monster is some kind of robot or techno-terror (like a 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 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 a small dog, oddly enough) is disguised as an evil version of Scooby Doo. Oh, and in case you're wondering, excluding a lack of a collar, constant scowl and more aggressive behavior, it's actually a convincing disguise Yeah, that Scooby is a small dog in disguise.
    • In "Camp Comeoniwannascareya", the Toxic Terror is, of course, a person in a suit. The trope becomes more literal though when Scooby and Shaggy alongside their wards actually help Counselor Grey at the end to scare off the greedy camp director that was going to take down the camp to make a resort.
  • 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 page.
  • Sixth Ranger: Often the gang might be joined for parts of the investigation and/or chase scenes of an episode by guest character (like the kids in "Camp Comeoniwannascareya") or previous victims who they rescue from the Monster of the Week, like Janey from "Hi-Tech House of Horrors" and Leon from "New Mexico, Old Monster".
  • 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".
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Sometimes the criminals don't go to jail owing to a few factors:
    • In the amusement park episode, the gang points out that Terry may have been busted for framing Chris, but since she committed her stunts on her family property in the amusement park and designed the rides to make sure no one was hurt from the supposed sabotage, she technically got away with it. Fred even has some respect that she didn't want to hurt anyone. It would be up to her family if they want to either fire Terry or press charges. Chris, instead of doing so, thinks a better punishment is telling their mother. Cue Terry going Oh, Crap! and chasing after her sister, saying that they don't have to get Mom involved.
    • To a lesser extent, one kid who has been too short to go on any of the rides asks why he wasn't considered a suspect. Fred and Velma break it to him gently that he was too small to fit into the monster costume, even if he had been wearing stilts. Scooby and Shaggy cheer him up by saying that he can go on the ride that they designed, and they all enjoy the giant fudge sundae that the car deliberately gets stuck in as part of the design.
    • In "Lights, Camera, Mayhem", since everyone hates working on Spy Me A River, including the diva Chip Hernandez Jr. as well as the stunts coordinator and makeup crew, the crew agrees to not call the police on the director after he's revealed as the real ghost and the original Rip Bannon reveals himself as the mysterious samurai. Fred even points out he saved Shaggy and Scooby from a near-deadly fall, meaning he didn't want to hurt anyone. The crew decides to cancel the production in favor of a new movie called The Modem II and the director thanks the meddling "kids" for intervening.
    • Janet Lawrence in "Space Ape At The Cape" has been working on space data, ordering people not to see her work even if they have clearance, and studying a so-called alien egg. The alien seems to hatch and grow overnight, running wild at the space station. It turns out that a bit of reality undoes the scheme: Janet's research wasn't ready, and the alien scam was to keep her from being found out. She was being snippy even to her coworkers, who assume that she was stressed about the rampaging alien but misunderstood. Velma realized that the "egg" was dehydrated organic material, thanks to Shaggy playing with the food dehydrator, and Janet added water to make her fake egg explode. To top it all off, Janet's supposed alien find attracted the attention of the FBI, who was interested in the possibility of galaxy life, and said agent realizes in a matter of days that Janet's work was fraudulent.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: It's mentioned that if Shaggy is cursed to become a Godzilla monster and rampage through the city, either he could turn himself in to the police and they could watch him see if he's the suspect while lawyering up to prevent possible framing. The gang vetoes that by running away from the officer wanting to take them into custody, and deciding to go on the lam. It turns out that was the right call since Velma's professor was framing Shaggy in revenge.
  • Survival Mantra: In"Camp Comeoniwannascareya" Shaggy and Scooby are taking the summer off to serve as camp counselors and find themselves in the middle of a pretty terrifying mystery. This repeatedly causes Shaggy to repeat to himself:
    Shaggy: The Gang is somewhere creepier. The gang is somewhere creepier.
  • Swapped Roles: Shaggy and Velma in "A Terrifying Round with a Menacing Metallic Clown", with Shaggy being uncharacteristically fearless and laser-focused on solving the mystery so he can get back to stomping losers at the mini-golf tournament as quickly as possible, while Velma's phobia of clowns means she's the one running and hiding from the monster with Scooby.
  • Tally Marks on the Prison Wall: When the gang gets 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daphne Blake, surprisingly.
  • Took a Third Option: In "Light, Camera, Mayhem", when it's found out that both of the would-be ghosts in the director and the original film's star don't want the movie to be, combined with the remake's newer head star himself wanting out as well, the episode's resolved by all three agreeing not to press charges since no one got hurt, and simply canceling the film production altogether.
  • 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.
  • Unexpected Kindness: In "It's All Greek to Scooby", the crew thinks that a man with a scary face is the villain since he's chasing them and yelling in Greek. He actually wants to return Daphne's purse.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: Played for Laughs. In the episode "E-Scream", Fred plays a driving game that ends when the car he's driving runs out of gas.
    Fred: Out of gas? Wow, this is realistic!
  • 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 human and the true founder of Cyber Gulch.
  • Vague Age: As noted above under Age Lift, we never find out how old the (human) members are, but this show implies that they're probably in their late-teens/early-20s (they're at least legally old enough to be living on their own instead of still living at their home with their parents).
  • 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.
  • Wham Line: "Riva Ras Regas" features the gang investigating the ghost of a magician who was buried beneath a collapsing building during an act gone wrong. When they catch one suspect off-guard while he's taking a steam bath, he inadvertently drops quite the bombshell.
    Fred: You know anything about this ghost business with that magician fellow?
  • Wham Shot: Shaggy being visible right through the ice-creature he's standing behind in the series pilot: proof positive the baddies in this version of the franchise has moved beyond rubber suits.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Happens sometimes with people terrorized by monsters in the Cold Openings, such as the previous safari in "Safari So Good", skateboarder Rich Curman in "San Franpsycho", and the second burglar in "Recipe for Disaster".
  • 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.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: In "High-Tech. House of Horrors", the gang defeats the supercomputer by just sitting down. Velma realized it wanted attention when they wouldn't give it to it, the computer suffers a breakdown.
  • Worf Had the Flu: "A Terrifying Round With a Menacing Metallic Clown" reveals Velma having a crippling phobia of clowns, though she didn't have this problem back in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! against the Ghost-Clown.
  • 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" has a Running Gag that involves a young boy being told that he is too short to go on certain rides, such as the Sky-Diving Simulator, the Slingshot, and the Rocket Coaster. Also, he's ruled out as a suspect for being too short for the costume. In the end, after the villain of the episode is 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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Belly Dancing Daphne & Velma

What's New Scooby Doo: E16 Mummy Scares Best - Mystery Inc, along with ally Melbourne O'Reilly, track some tourist who earlier were acting like zombies. To get close, Velma and Daphne take a job as belly dancers at the cafe they visit.

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