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The franchise as a whole:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the various 1970s and 1980s cartoon series, the gang are often questionably criminal themselves, routinely doing things like breaking and entering in pursuit of solving mysteries they are in no way obliged to involve themselves with. Fred, Daphne and Velma are also prone to "volunteering" Shaggy and Scooby for things that involve actual danger. There are times when it come across as Protagonist-Centered Morality with the liberties they take in what is essentially a hobby.
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    • Shaggy being a marijuana smoker, based on his being portrayed as constantly hungry, usually shown wearing a dirty t-shirt and a scraggly beard, riding around in a psychedelically painted van, and having conversations with his dog. The Movie plays with this. An episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law also played with it, lampshading the theory when they get falsely arrested for being pot-smokers. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back also plays with this: Jay and Silent Bob are picked up by the Scooby-Doo gang and turn them on to "Doobie Snacks."
      • For that matter, is Shaggy really a "lazy beatnik" or is he the Only Sane Man who wants to do the sensible thing and let the law enforcement handle the problem? Adding on to this, we only really see him when he's tired and annoyed about being somewhere he's not supposed to be doing something he doesn't really want to do in the middle of the night. In the 80's series he steps up to the plate with relative ease. In fact, he might just be one of the smarter members of the gang and among the most capable: In Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School he's a teacher which requires a college degree to be certified as, and fairly good at said job for that matter, and has a number of additional talents including being a champion mini-golfer. Many of which, as should be noted, are daytime activities when he would have more sleep than the typical scooby chase scene.
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    • Daphne could well be Silk Hiding Steel. IRL, getting kidnapped in the middle of the night once by a guy in a creepy costume would be quite traumatizing, but Daphne shrugs it off and continues trying to help. She also does quite well leading Mystery Inc. in Fred and Velma's absence.
    • The most popular interpretation for the other characters is that Fred and Daphne always run off together to have sex, and Velma is a lesbian. (Velma being a lesbian started in reference to Sheila James Kuehl, the actress who played Zelda Gilroy, a character from Dobie Gillis on whom Velma was based. Keuhl was the first openly gay person to be elected to the California Senate.)
      • Alternatively, Velma is straight. But she's traveling with a dog, a pothead, a lesbian, and a gay man (the last two acting as beards for each other).
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    • Why does the gang stick together, and why is it named the Scooby Doo Detective Agency? Fred, for whatever reason (paranoia, misguided sense of justice, just wanting to impress Daphne), wants to solve crimes. Of course he has to take Daphne, she's the one he's trying to impress. He knows that Velma is both smart and into him, so he gets her to come along to give the operation some legitimacy. But that still doesn't explain Shaggy and Scooby - they rarely make an effort to contribute to the investigations, and often are a detriment to the team, especially considering their low morale. The answer is simple: Shaggy is a pot dealer, and he owns the van. That's why they never tell him to take his dog and leave: because without him, the whole operation falls apart.
      • On top of that, some speculate that Scooby can't really talk, and his vocalizations are all in Shaggy's head from eating too many Scooby Snax...which are really "special" brownies.
    • Heavily and played with thematically in the The Venture Bros. episode "¡Viva los Muertos!" Not only are the "Groovy Gang" re-characterized as several kinds of crazy, they're also tied to actual crazies, with Daphne renamed Patty, and drawn scripted to resemble Patty Hearst, and Shaggy/Sonny modeled on David Berkowitz, the serial killer known as the Son of Sam, and Scooby/Groovy on Berkowitz's neighbor's dog Harvey that Berkowitz claimed was possessed by an ancient demon and commanded him to commit murders.
    • Scooby-Doo has multiple animated incarnations and while the characterizations for the majority of the main cast are consistent, nobody's varies more than Fred's due to his original incarnation being The Generic Guy. In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo he is a conspiracy nut that believes in aliens and monsters, the live action movies interpret him as a self-absorbed jerk whose leader status is purely self-appointed, What's New, Scooby-Doo? has him he's presented as a lovable idiot who bumbles his way through his leadership role, and finally there's Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated where he is an almost insanely oblivious guy absolutely obsessed with complicated traps.
      • Velma has two different variations to her character. There's the more snarky smart-ass version of her seen in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, the two live action films, and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and then there's the more shy and introverted version seen in The Scooby-Doo Show, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, and the live action prequels.
      • Daphne varies quite a lot too. In the original series, she was an introverted airhead who contributed nothing more than getting herself and the rest of the gang in danger, or occasionally finding a clue by accident. However as the years went by, she seemed to get smarter and more independent as Velma got more quiet and distant. By the time Pup came along, she had completely taken Velma's place as the snarky female of the gang. In Zombie Island, she even became something of a leader, which included driving the Mystery Machine itself. However, Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost saw her return to being more of The Chick, though this has lessened slightly as the years went by. In the first live action film, both Velma and Daphne were equally independent.
    • Is Scrappy truly ignorant of Scooby's cowardice? Or is he in denial? Or is he trying to boost his uncle's confidence and help him grow a spine?
  • Archive Panic: This franchise has run since 1969, with 16 TV series (almost 400 episodes), five live-action movies, 29 direct-to-video movies and 10 video games.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In a Halloween special, they got the band KISS playing "Shout It Out Loud".
    • Most chase scenes have one of these playing in the background. Several great singers have contributed to the series during the last years.
    • Fans adore The Hex Girls. All their songs tend to be liked, but "Hex Girl'' is their Signature Song.
  • Base-Breaking Character: While Scrappy-Doo is the Trope Namer for The Scrappy due to many fans finding him annoying and an unnecessary addition to the show, the character has some defenders who admire his loyalty to his uncle Scooby and the rest of the gang and wish that he'd make a comeback that didn't involve pandering to his detractors by making him the butt of the joke.
  • Broken Base: One of the most divisive issues in regards to the franchise is whether or not it benefits with Mystery, Inc. encountering and dealing with real monsters and ghosts instead of just criminals disguised as ghosts and monsters. A primary reason for the naysayers' contempt is how many of the franchise installments with genuine supernatural elements (such as The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, and Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf) were part of the era featuring the polarizing character Scrappy-Doo, while fans supportive of the concept do so because having Scooby and the gang face genuine supernatural phenomenon adds some variety to the formula.
  • Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch: It's amazing how many people claim to despise Scrappy but then mistakenly call him Scooby's "cousin". note 
  • Complete Monster: The villains from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated are far, far darker than most villains in the franchise. See their respective pages for more details.
  • Dork Age: Varies like other Hanna-Barbera shows; some series and characters serve as the jumping on point while some choose to leave at certain points:
    • The most common is to jump off when Scrappy-Doo arrives, skipping the series in which he appears, then jumping on again.
    • Some others jump off upon A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
    • Even further, some people consider the real end being when the Hanna-Barbera name died, so ending at Cyber Chase.
    • And an interesting twist: Some people have discounted the TV shows of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! and Mystery Incorporated but are still in favor of the direct-to-video movies.
    • Be Cool, Scooby Doo is controversial due to its radical changes in character design and characterization, leading to some fans jumping off.
  • Ear Worm: You know what it is. The original theme song.
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  • Fanon:
    • Shaggy, and oftentimes Scooby, as stoners is a long-standing Urban Legend, to the point where The Movie even made jokes about it.
    • Fred/Daphne started as this before it was canonized in the 1990s.
    • Dusk's real name being Muffy/Jane St. James and Luna's real name being Kimberly Moss are from a popular fanfiction and have been commonly accepted in the fan community.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Daphne/Shaggy. Noticeably in the final seasons where they traveled together with Scooby and Scrappy solving mysteries or battling ghosts, visibly aging and changing clothes, appearance, and van in the final season with no explanation. Surprisingly, (and likely in part to no one willing to admit a Scrappy season had something worth mentioning in it), nobody brings up that the two were together. Seth MacFarlane also has an unhealthy fixation on Daphne/Scooby, as heard on the Family Guy album.
    • A 1991 article in Wild Cartoon Kingdom magazine theorizes that not only is Velma a lesbian but she's living her alternative lifestyle with Daphne. Velma/Daphne especially caught on amongst fans in the 2010s as an alternative to Shaggy/Velma and Fred/Daphne.
    • An alternative is Shaggy/Velma due to what could be seen as Ship Tease between the two in early incarnations and due to Pair the Spares. Mystery Incorporated and later Scooby Apocalypse finally make it into Ascended Fanon, although their takes are taken in rapidly different directions.
    • Fred/Daphne was originally this. In the original cartoon they were just close friends. Due to fan theories and jokes, it soon spread that they were in a Secret Relationship. Eventually a romance between the two became Ascended Fanon and it has appeared in almost every incarnation since.
  • Fair for Its Day: While there have been several instances of Values Dissonance, as shown below, there were several times where the show was remarkably progressive for the time.
    • While there were a number of times that First Nations were depicted incredibly badly, or their cultures and language was played for comedy, which is cringe inducing today, the gang shows plenty of respect to the people themselves, and the First Nations people who are interacted with do not have any traditional stereotypes attached to them. This was unheard of in the 60's and 70's and it still rarely happens today.
    • While Daphne was all too often depicted as being the one who fell into traps and become the Damsel in Distress, there were a number of times where she was able to escape by herself, and at times, throw a wrench into the villains plan, which did not happen often in the 60's.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like many of Hanna-Barbera's shows, the franchise has a strong fan following in the United Kingdom.
    • Recently the idea of a polyamorous relationship between the human members of the gang has risen in popularity especially on Tumblr.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The disembodied pair of eyes at the beginning of most Scooby-Doo opening credits was pretty sinister to begin with, but at least you knew it was really just some petty criminal who probably wouldn't do any real harm. Then we get Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, where we get to meet Nibiru, the most terrifying Scooby-Doo villain ever. And he is very, very, real. What is the first form he takes on? A pair of disembodied eyes, of course! The Fridge Horror really sets in when you realize that, due to the creature's nature, the eyes probably mean that Nibiru's been watching the gang the whole time. And because of his connection to Mystery Incorporated's Cosmic Retcon, which is hinted to be the cause of every Continuity Reboot in the franchise's history, that series probably wasn't the first time the gang fought encountered Nibiru.
    • As of 2012, the episode "The Tar Monster" may fall into this, as the name of the government official was "Ben Ghazi".
    • The show changing the main cast to be just about Shaggy, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo becomes this when you realize that their original voice actors, Casey Kasem and Don Messick, were the first to pass away. Daphne being the first character to return to the series is also this, with Heather North being the next to pass on.
    • Fred's parents never appeared in the original shows. Though What's New, Scooby-Doo? introduces them, it gets rather depressing in their incarnations from Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: Fred Jones Sr. is too self-absorbed to properly take care of his son while his wife left them, and then it later turns out that he's his abductor, the Arc Villain, and lied to him; Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves enter Fred's life too late and are also too busy with their own issues to properly parent him and end up being Co-Dragons to the Big Bad; Brad, Judy, and Jones all were only evil because of a monster's godly influence; Donald Jones was arrested when Fred was a kid after Fred discovered he was a supervillain.
    • One outside the show, but the internet's embrace of Shaggy's Memetic Badass becomes this when Matthew Lillard, who took over the role of Shaggy for the newer shows (and by an extent in the past, the 2002 live action movie), was replaced for the upcoming Scooby Doo projects. Without knowing he was replaced.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At the end of Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy, Fred's dad mentions they should give them a trip to the Himalayas for Fred's birthday next year, which Shaggy quickly passes on because he doesn't want to risk a run in with the abominable snowman. The next year's movie, Chill Out, Scooby Doo! saw this happen as the main plot.
    • The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries Halloween Episode "A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle" saw Shaggy attend a costume party as a werewolf. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf aired four years later.
    • The episode where they're trying to stop the Monster Clown. Said clown hypnotizes Shaggy into being a lion tamer. Shaggy is found in there yelling "Back up there, Simba!"
      • Although that may be because Simba is the Swahili work for "lion".
    • Casey Kasem's dispute over wanting Shaggy to be a vegetarian after he had to voice Shaggy in a commercial for Burger King is amusing now that Burger King now promotes a meatless vegetarian burger, and is one of the very few major fast food chains to do so.
    • A mummy, on the Orient Express. Sorry, Doctor, Scooby did it first in the 1980s.
    • All those theories about Velma being a lesbian can be this in light of the fact that the actress who plays her in the live action Scooby-Doo prequels is a real life lesbian.
  • Ho Yay: The last scene of the What's New episode "Pompeii and Circumstance". Supping on a plate of spaghetti, Shaggy and Scooby are sucking in the same noodle, and...well, you know what happens next. Might be considered Interspecies Romance if Shaggy and Scooby weren't repulsed by the result.
  • Ho Yay Shipping:
    • Mystery Incorporated had a recent recurring sub-plot that had Scooby being jealous of Velma as Shaggy's girlfriend. This given a Take That! Curse of the Lake Monster: Shaggy develops a crush on Velma and it has Scooby feeling a bit left out at times only for them to kiss and realize relationships aren't for them.
    Scooby: Hmph. Velma, Velma, Velma.
    • An upcoming live-action movie, Daphne And Velma, is said to be about when the two girls of Mystery Inc. first met. Certain fans are anticipating a gay relationship.
    • From Jeepers, It's the Creeper: At the school's barn dance, Shaggy is dancing with Velma when Scooby enters and asks Shaggy to let him cut in. To Velma's shock and disappointment, Scooby goes off dancing with Shaggy.
    Velma: Well, I've been a wallflower before. But this is ridiculous!
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • Subverted with Velma. She fits the appearance but Fred says she's attractive and she even gets a guy for herself.
    • Played depressingly straight in a few episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, though. Though that series redesigned Velma to give her a more slim and petite look, there were a few episodes where it was constantly pointed out how fat and unattractive she was.
  • Les Yay:
    • In "Bravo Dooby Doo", when Daphne suggests they split up, she says she and Velma will search the basement. Fred gives her a knowing smirk, so she went with Fred instead while Velma went with Shaggy and Scooby. Although this is mainly shiptease for Daphne and Fred.
    • In the episode where they meet Josie and the Pussycats, after they ran into the gang Velma just happens to have her hand on Alexandra's leg. Alexandra shook Velma's hand off her leg.
    • The Mentor Ship between Drella Diabolique and Daphne in Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood.
  • Memetic Badass: Amusingly enough, despite the fact that he's canonically a cowardly goofball only capable of bravery when there's an edible payoff involved, Shaggy has developed this reputation in recent years, with many fans arguing that he's actually an entity of godlike power who deliberately keeps his true strength at bay so to protect the criminals and other members of Mystery Inc., with many drawing fanart of him beating the tar out of obviously stronger characters like Goku, Superman, Sasuke, Dio, or Thanos. Some people have even proposed that Scooby Snax don't make Shaggy stronger, they actually make him weaker for the protection of everyone else.
  • Memetic Molester: Hoo, boy. Do not Google the Ghost Clown without safesearch on.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • In canon, Scrappy had super strength and was actually the one to put away the monster for the gang on many occasions. His Hatedom tends to portray him as a Boisterous Weakling with a massive Napoleon Complex. This can be partially blamed on Standards And Practices putting a limit on how much Scrappy could do to help combat-wise, the reasoning being that having a child being so capable would give kids the wrong idea about their own capabilities, and the fact that the writers realizing that if Scrappy were able to act on his super strength the story would be significantly shorter, thus resorting to handing Scrappy a major Idiot Ball to keep him from being too overpowered, or, more often, writing Shaggy and Scooby to carry Scrappy away. And since everyone knows Shaggy and Scooby are always right about everything, fans took this at face value.
    • Shaggy and Scooby are, in canon, fairly goofy and uninvolved in the mysteries, but fairly clever when it came to evading monsters (The only reason they didn't stay far away being pushed or bribed into it by their friends) and Scooby is known to be fairly fierce with spooks when his friends are in danger. They're commonly portrayed in fanworks (And some post-WB reboots)as complete morons who would be literally be unable to function without Fred, Daphne, and Velma holding their hands every single second of their waking lives.
    • While Shaggy is treated as a "powerful entity" by many, several also portrayed him as weak god when it comes to him targeting all Anime/Manga girls, which they also strike him back.
  • Mis-blamed: Many people blame Scrappy-Doo for ruining Scooby-Doo (specifically, dumping half the original cast, switching to a Two Shorts format, and the franchise's first clumsy attempts to lose the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax) due to the timing of his introduction. Ironically, Scrappy is what probably saved the show from cancellation way back in 1979. And the success of that new incarnation of Scooby Doo is likely what has kept the franchise going on for some 40 years. It doesn't help that nearly everyone hates the poor character as if he had destroyed an entire planet despite the fact he was only created by mandate. To put how much people don't like him is ... an understatement.
  • Moral Event Horizon: There have been some villains that were people dressed as monsters that have actually attempted to murder or critically maim the gang in order to keep their schemes safe (The Snow Ghost, Mr. Hyde, the Ghost of the Red Baron, among others). This explains why Shaggy and Scooby are Lovable Cowards
  • Periphery Demographic: To some people, the franchise is mere formulaic kid stuff, but science pundit, Carl Sagan, loved the show in the sense that it basically promoted a skeptic point of view of the supernatural with the heroes continually exposing paranormal incidents as mere elaborate hoaxes and providing logical explanations instead.
  • Popularity Polynomial: This applies to Scrappy Doo, believe it or not. He wasn't terribly hated at the time of his debut, but as time went on, he went down in history as the Trope Codifier for the trope he named. Nowadays, though, more of his fans have come out of the woodwork (and even some of his haters have warmed up to him slightly) and believe that Scrappy could be rescued from his own heap if someone actually tried to improve him as a character. People are more willing defend the little guy, as well, such as pointing out how he actually saved Scooby Doo from petering out. Of course, that isn't to say people don't still hate him now, but the reception to the critter is warmer that it has been in years.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Ironically, it's not Scrappy but Daphne and Fred in recent TV shows and DTV movies.
    • Funny enough, Scrappy himself was rescued for several shows. He matured somewhat and showed capability to actually handle some of the bad guys, unfortunately this largely goes unnoticed.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Scrappy-Doo is so infamous that he is the Trope Namer, though presently he is more of a Base-Breaking Character. Also an example of Leeroy Jenkins, annoying some of the audience with his thoroughly obnoxious behavior of vainly boasting about picking a fight with villains he couldn't hope to harm. Our page for The Scrappy tells much more about why the show introduced Scrappy, why the fans came to hate him, and how the franchise reacted.
    • Before Scrappy, there was Scooby-Dum. Though generally speaking, people didn't seem to mind him as much, as he had a low-key personality in contrast to Scrappy, who started out as high-strung and obnoxious. Scooby-Dum even made it into the Laff-a-Lympics team over the other gang members.
    • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo had an Ethnic Scrappy in the form of Flim-Flam. What makes this example amazing is that Scrappy himself was in the show, but due to a setup that made better use of his usual antics, he became Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. The result is that Flim-Flam became more of a Scrappy than the actual Scrappy.
  • Squick: Some people react this way to Scooby's crush on Sandy Duncan.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! was met with disdain before it even aired, due to its Family Guy-like design and humor.
  • Values Dissonance: Given the franchise is 50 years old, some of the older shows have depictions and plots that would make modern viewers cringe.
    • Depicting Daphne as a constant Damsel in Distress in the 60's and 70's would be very hard to get away with in the current decade due to the rise of several powerful female protagonists.
    • Several episodes, especially in the 60's and 70's have played Indigenous culture and language for cheap jokes, or them being used for gags. The increasing awareness about how many Indigenous languages and cultures are imperilled with extinction, along with the issue of cultural appropriation, would make any such depiction impossible today.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, especially Patty Maloney as the mummy girl.
    • "Fred Bat" in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "The Vampire Strikes Back".

The first live-action film:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Scrappy-Doo could be a sympathetic villain. In the cartoons, he idolized his Uncle Scooby; in the live action movie, he wanted to destroy humanity with a plague of monsters. Maybe he found out what a coward Scooby was and that his own parents didn't want him around. He may have a genetic disorder that kept him at midget canine status, which made him twisted when he grew up. The bloated ego in the movie could be his need for attention and affection.
  • Awesome Music: Outkast, "Allstars" and Busta Rhymes are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The encounter and unmasking of the Luna Ghost.
    • Special props to Shaggy and Scooby's burping and farting contest.
  • Broken Base: The film's depiction and treatment of Scrappy-Doo. If you never liked the character, his portrayal as a villain and being defeated by Mystery, Inc. in the end is a very satisfying Take That, Scrappy! scenario. If you're one of the characters' fans, you'll likely find it off-putting to see his negative qualities ramped up and the way he's treated by Scooby and the others in the flashback scene coming off as blatantly out-of-character, in addition to the dubiousness of Scrappy wanting to kill his uncle when the cartoons clearly showed him as thinking his uncle is the best thing since sliced bread.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Shaggy and Scooby's out-of-nowhere farting contest. So juvenile, so unnecessary... but so funny!
  • Critical Backlash: Though much is made by Scrappy's very Vocal Minority about how "annoying" he is, viewers can get surprised by how normal he is. Even in his earliest appearances he didn't spout "Puppy Power" a tenth as much as said hatedom implied, and had more personality and dynamics than Fred and Velma.
  • Cult Classic: Though it received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, it's loved in it's own right by fans of early 2000s pop culture.
  • Designated Hero: Fred, Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby are pretty unlikable in this movie due to getting hit with Adaptational Jerkass. When Fred, Daphne and Velma spend much of the movie bickering, Shaggy suggests letting Fred and Velma get eaten after they're abducted by monsters, and the gang (in a flashback) casually abandons Scrappy in the middle of the desert (yeah, he did pee on Daphne and act annoying, but that was still uncalled for), it's hard to feel anything but contempt for them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Melvin Doo.
  • He Really Can Act: Matthew Lillard's performance as Shaggy has been heavily praised by critics and the audience for nailing the character so much that he was chosen to be Casey Kasem's successor for the cartoons.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: James Gunn's script with the film shared various similarities with his later film Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Scooby and Rocket are seen by James Gunn as the heart and soul of both teams.
    • Scooby/Shaggy and Rocket/Groot stick together and never quit as friends.
    • Daphne and Gamora are badass women who know martial arts.
    • Fred and Starlord are the slick leaders.
    • Velma and Drax have high intelligence and vocabulary.
    • Music is a thematic element in both screenplays. Modern day for Scooby-Doo and retro music for Guardians.
    • The Big Bad is after a MacGuffin to take control of the world.
    • The Big Bad had a rep for causing psychological trauma. For Scrappy's case, his ego made him kicked out and driven him into being a villain. For Ronan's case, he killed Drax's family.
    • The Big Bad brought together the team at a tropical location as they try to attack.
  • It Was His Sled: Scrappy-Doo is the villain.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Scrappy is an obnoxious twerp who has a big ego, but he's such a hated character that you just wanna give him a hug at times. And despite him being the villain, he was left to die in the desert by Scooby and the rest of the gang, and a few viewers did want to see him be a hero again. It doesn't help that he never appeared again after the movie, and some fans of the series really do miss him.
  • Memetic Molester: The Luna Ghost because it is heavily implied that he groped Daphne.
  • Never Live It Down: James Gunn is repeatedly blamed by Scrappy Doo fans for cementing him in the status of the trope associated with him. While he would apologize for it, Scrappy's reputation would have him be said trope for years and Warner Bros. endlessly throwing Take Thats towards him, with Scooby Apocalypse being the only material to feature him, even if it's just another version of his character.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Luna Ghost of the prologue.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Funny though he may be, Rowan Atkinson is only in this movie because Tim Curry bailed when he discovered that Scrappy would be in it.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Scrappy goes from a devoted young child to a very rude and egotistical small adult Who also attempts to take over the world.
  • Shocking Swerve: Scrappy is the main villain.
  • Special Effects Failure: Even in 2002, computer graphics weren't quite there in rendering a cartoony character like Scooby in live action, and could only go as far as giving his exaggerated design hyper realistic features. Even for an $80 million feature film, all of the CGI characters look more like something out of a PS1 game. To give one an idea of just how much technology has advanced since, the two made-for-TV prequels, released towards the end of the decade, had better CGI.
  • Squick: Scooby making Scrappy sneeze and get covered in his snot.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The fact that the group not only were separated for two years, but even after all that time still held a grudge is sad for anyone remembering the show for their friendship.
    • The entire gang splits after Velma quits, leaving only Shaggy and Scooby. Shaggy drives the Mystery Machine away while Scooby looks out the back window for the others, heartbroken.
      Shaggy: Looks like it's just you and me now, Scoob.
    • The fact that as the Gang are fighting, Shaggy tries to smooth things over, and as they quit he can just softly protest.
    • Even more of a Tear Jerker if you consider "The Mystery Begins" to take place in the same continuity and you learn how Shaggy and Scooby came to join Mystery Inc. in the first place, Scooby had been rejected countless times until he was adopted by Shaggy and Shaggy was a Shrinking Violet that had trouble making friends until he met Fred, Daphne and Velma and the reason he stays with the group is because he considered them to be his friends. To have his closest friends, whom he has been with for such a long time to suddenly break up and not speak to each other for two years must have been really hard for him, even more if you consider what he said to Scooby.
    Scooby: (sadly) Do I quit too?
    Shaggy: (somberly) No, Scoob, best friends DON'T quit....
    • The way he says, he probably tried hard to stay strong for Scooby's sake.
    • In the deleted scenes, Fred's, Velma's and Daphne's descriptions of their lives since the gang split up show that, despite their claims, their lives were not going well since they left the gang.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The actors clearly commit to the film's goofy aesthetic, and their dedication makes it all the funnier.
  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI designs of Scooby and Scrappy are a little bit off-putting. At least the design for Scooby in the 2004 one was heavily improved. An intentional example appeared with both Mary Jane while possessed and Scrappy's disguise.
  • Uncertain Audience: The film is intended to be an Affectionate Parody of the franchise, except that older fans who grew up with the cartoons will recognize that the characterizations of the five in the film is radically different, making the film seem like it doesn't fully understand its subject matter or how to parody it. That aside, younger fans who don't know the cartoons will be lost with all the continuity references the film contains and hinge their plot around, and older fans are probably gonna be put off by the presence of real monsters when the cartoons (mostly) focused on fake monsters.
  • Unexpected Character: Scrappy-Doo's appearance clearly made viewers and fans surprised.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The gang just abandon Scrappy in the middle of the desert. Annoying as he could be, the others always considered him part of the gang. Especially in Scooby's case, considering they're family. Not only is this grossly out of character for all involved, it comes back to bite them in the arse later.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A lot of the grosser jokes and sexual content in the movie make sense when you realize it was originally going to be an R-rated self-parody. The edgier content was dialed back just enough to earn it a "hard" PG. This is also why the sequel was comparatively more child friendly.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The Luna Ghost's glow is one of the few CGI effects that isn't dated at all.
    • After James Gunn revealed that the cleavage was digitally removed with CGI in 2017, it is retroactively stunning.

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