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  • Author's Saving Throw: In addition to ignoring the previous movie, the overall tone feels a lot closer to the cartoons, having fun hitting on familiar Scooby Doo beats instead of making fun of them.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Cotton Candy Glob scene probably would've lasted longer if that particular monster didn't meet Shaggy and Scooby.
    • Even earlier, Shaggy and Scooby mess with potions in the villain's hideout, mutating into various forms. The resulting explosion reveals the Monster Hive and reunites them with the rest of the gang, but the rest of the sequence is bizarre even for this movie.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Alicia Silverstone's character Heather Jasper-Howe being the Big Bad. You have to admit, a famous celebrity playing a supporting character in a Scooby-Doo movie would definitely tip a few people off.
  • Contested Sequel: For some, it is a Surprisingly Improved Sequel or a film that has an odd case of Sequelitis.
  • Critical Dissonance: Although still panned by audiences and fans, it was considered a Step up from the original for various reasons. Despite this, it got even worse reviews than the original.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Pterodactyl Ghost got a lot of popularity for being a genuinely cool villain.
    • The 10,000 Volt Ghost had less than 60 seconds of screen time, but a lot of viewers found him to be rather impressive.
    • The Tar Monster, who steals the show during the final battle and almost takes out the heroes all by himself.
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  • Evil Is Cool: A lot of the classic Scooby-Doo monsters thanks to undergoing Adaptational Badass changes.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Inverted. The first movie was pretty much not mentioned at all, which made hardcore fans extremely happy.
  • Fridge Horror: The monsters are created from costumes. What would happen if one of them went through the monster making process while someone was still wearing it?
  • Genius Bonus: If you listen closely to Scooby at the end, he is seen saying "Mary Jane is a man in a mask", which is what he said in the first film.
  • It Was His Sled: Jonathan Jacobo is still alive and IS Heather-Jasper Howe.
  • Ham and Cheese: Tim Blake Nelson as Jonathan Jacobo, Peter Boyle as Old Man Wickles, and Alicia Silverstone as Heather Jasper Howe ham it up to the best of their abilities, and are clearly having a blast doing it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • The cast for the Scooby Gang would go on to mock their roles in Robot Chicken along with Seth Green.
    • Wally Wingert voiced a Green-Eyed Skeleton Man and he later voiced Riddler in the Batman: Arkham Series.
    • The Big Bad using a disguise as a woman to further his plans would be reused by another Warner Bros. property.
    • Shaggy becoming buff during the potion scene became funnier in early 2019 thanks to a resurgence of memes about Shaggy being extremely powerful.
  • Memetic Badass: Hilariously, Scooby-Doo turns into one thanks to his bizarre action scene.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I think Coolsville sucks!"
    • "Who's your mommy?" "...Mommy?"
    • Captioning an image of the Tar Monster with "We... are... Venom."
  • Narm: Some of the unnecessary references to hip hop.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Tar Monster nearly drowning the gang in his tar.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Cotton Candy Glob. He's not a villain from any Scooby-Doo cartoon in the past, but nobody could ignore his single scene.
  • Pandering to the Base: Adults or non Scooby-Doo fans can be quite bothered by all of the references to the cartoon.
  • Signature Scene: The potion scene.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While the film isn't exactly Oscar bait, a lot of people enjoyed some of the genuinely good attempts at praising the Scooby-Doo lore and capturing some qualities from the classic cartoon.
    • Realistically, this might be the best way to take the film by nonfans, or people older than kid age. It's been pointed out in places, most recently by the Nostalgia Critic, that the film actually has a decent amount of comedic potential, it's just that the actors didn't have the comedic potential to make it all work that well, or maybe got poor direction, despite the fact that James Gunn wrote the script.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The film may have been inspired by Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights, thanks to its deep similarities as well as how faithful it is to the cartoon.
  • Squick:
    • Scooby-Doo flirting with a human woman while disguised as a normal man.
    • Shaggy transforming into a woman.
    • Heather-Jasper Howe's Unsettling Gender Reveal.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: For those who hated the first movie for not following the cartoon close enough, this sequel rectifies this. Critics didn't seem to think the same, however, as this movie received even worse critical reception than its predecessor.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The film concerns monster costumes being brought to life. At the Faux Ghost, we meet the men and women behind those costumes, but none of them, not even Old Man Wickles, acknowledges that their alter-egos have come to life.
    • The costume/prop department also did a fantastic job recreating the costumes of the monsters from several incarnations of the show, even if the monsters mainly show up as background elements.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: When Velma discovers an altar dedicated to Jonathan Jacobo, it is easy to conclude that Heather is the Doctor's daughter, who is trying to get revenge on Mystery Inc. for his death. Nope, as it turns out Jacobo is the one who built the altar to stroke his massive ego, and was actually posing as the female reporter this entire time. What would be a perfectly reasonable motivation for the villain is thrown out of the window for the sake of making one bad joke.
  • Values Resonance: The film depicting Heather-Jasper Howe as a shady reporter didn't have much of an effect in 2004, but by the late 2010s, especially following the presidential election of the extremely controversial Donald Trump, the film showed an accurate representation of fake news according to this article.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Great idea, Daphne. Try to beat a ghost made of living electricity by kicking it. Obviously didn't take 6th grade science.
    • Shaggy and Scooby accidentally create more monsters while randomly screwing around with a machine they knew nothing about. Granted, they didn't know it made monsters, but they've done this song and dance enough to know better than to mess with that sort of stuff now.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Fred is tricked into saying "sucks" with one instance of "crap" said by the Black Knight. It's still more family-friendly than the first film.

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