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  • Anvilicious: "Scooby Dude", the Very Special Episode about drugs:
  • Ass Pull: In "Night of the Living Burger", the gang are able to simply order a Bucket O' Clues. What makes this worse is the guy who served them was the culprit. Although, the clues he gave were misleading.
  • Broken Base: To this day, it remains disputed among fans over whether this continuity was a good show in its own right or an inferior Spinoff Babies adaptation.
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  • Designated Villain: Parodied with Red Herring, who is always at the top of Fred's list of suspects for no good reason. Yes, he's The Bully, but you can't say Fred is being much better with his constant unjustified accusations.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Red remains one of the most memorable characters in the series.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Fred and Red seems rather popular in some circles instead of Fred and Daphne.
  • Foe Yay: There are a few circles that ship Fred and Red.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Scooby Dude" was created to show why Drugs Are Bad. Years later, Carl Steven, Fred's voice actor, became a drug addict before he was found dead from a heroin overdose in 2011.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Fred's parents are not seen in this show, unlike the rest of the gang's. This means nothing if you've seen the direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (where Fred's parents made an appearance and were shown to love and care for their son like good parents should), but Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! take the absence of Fred's father/parents to depressing levels: they're villains that also run around in monster costumes... or worse.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Ice Demon from "Snow Place Like Home" looks very similar to the Phantom Virus from Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.
    • Daphne being the one who tends to offer Shaggy and Scooby Scooby Snacks, when the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episode "Sorcerer Snack Scare" has her objecting to Fred convincing Shaggy and Scooby into risking their necks by offering them Scooby Snacks because she sees it as a form of bribery.
  • Ho Yay: Fred and Red. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has made a few jokes about it by having some incidentals resemble Red during funny moments involving Fred. In one example, Fred is wrestling with a Red-lookalike at a college frat. When the gang finds them in a spooning-like position, he then mentions that they're going to teach him the "happy tapioca", which according to the Urban Dictionary, is a sex position.
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  • Memetic Mutation: "The monster is... Red Herring!"
  • Moe: This show's incarnation of Velma. It's easy to see why Scooby is so attached to her.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The show's uses of Better Than a Bare Bulb, No Fourth Wall, and Rule of Funny make it a very different show that is seen by some as better than the original.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Several fans of the original cartoon loathe it for its ham-fisted attempts at parody, the overuse of cliché cartoon sight gags, the entire Spin-Off Babies angle of the show, and/or Fred being turned into an almost-total idiot instead of being at least reasonably competent as in the earlier series.
  • Vindicated by History: This show was lambasted back in its day for its repetitive animation, formulaic nature and for contributing to the trend of "babyfication"note  that was going on for cartoon franchises in the 1980s. Nowadays it's fondly remembered for being the one of the first Scooby-Doo series to not take itself seriously by frequently lampshading and parodying the clichés and tropes of the original formula, paving the way for later incarnations.


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