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YMMV / Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Cracked makes an interesting argument highlighting some Fridge Horror about the Scooby Doo universe. Namely between the sheer number of abandoned areas and the fact that many of the criminals Mystery Inc., encounter are highly-skilled yet desperate for money, it carries the implication that the economy in the country has completely collapsed.
    • During 2015, it became very popular to interpret the gang from the original 1969 series as being draft-dodgers who were attempting to get to Canada. More on it here.
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    • For some reason a lot of fans seem to think that Shaggy is a Manchurian Agent and that Scooby (as well as the entire Doo family) are the result of illegal government experimentations to make hyper intelligent animal soldiers.
    • After the ending of Mystery Incorporated, we're lead to believe that the events of the show are actually a Stealth Prequel to Where Are You!, as Mystery Incorporated ends with the gang going on a road trip to college and being urged to continue their adventures, though this contradicts how several villains they faced during Where Are You? are mentioned as already caught in Mystery Incorporated.
  • Awesome Art: Limited Animation aside, there's no denying the artists of the series didn't go all out with the visuals (especially considering it's Hanna-Barbera!). Especially when it came to their backgrounds and character designs.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Sing it with us, folks.
    • An incidental piece from Ted Nichols' underscore, sometimes called "Cool Days", that makes use of the Hammond organ has become stuck in many a viewers' heads.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Creeper is, far and away, the most popular and iconic Monster of the Week ever to be featured on this show. Notably, he's one of the few characters on the original show outside of the main Mystery Inc. gang to become a well-remembered character in his own right, and was even popular enough that his daughter became a featured villain in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (which aired four decades after the Creeper's only episode).
    • And then there's the Space Kook, for his Crazy Awesome design and laugh.
  • First Installment Wins: This show seems to get remembered more fondly than those from the 1970s and '80s.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Scooby-Doo facing real monsters is usually an argument for where Scooby stopped working for some fans, but examples of this crept in even to the original series.
    • In "Foul Play in Funland", the villain is a real robot gone haywire. The franchise would later feature more.
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    • At the end "A Night of Fright Is No Delight", a bone on a platter mysteriously floats out to Scooby with no explanation. Again, plenty more real ghosts would later enter the series.
    • And while not as concrete, in "That's Snow Ghost", we see via flashback a character dealing with a real yeti. It looks very much like the Snow Ghost, but of course this flashback took place years before the Snow Ghost the gang was currently investigating ever designed a costume.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: 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!
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Scooby Snacks", Scooby's manner of speech, "You Meddling Kids", and (after the villain is unmasked) "It was Mr. Jameson, the fairground owner!"
    • The popular Millennial slang term "creeper" (used to describe someone perceived as threatening or unsavory) may well have originated as a reference to this show's popular Monster of the Week, the Creeper.
    • Has its own page.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Some of the things pulled by the villains of various episodes—the Ghost Clown trying to feed Shaggy to a lion; the Snow Ghost trying to saw Velma in half and then sending dynamite after her and Scooby; the ghost of Captain Cutler locking Fred, Daphne, and Velma in an underwater room, etc. Not to mention the kidnappings that were more prevalent. This gives Shaggy and Scooby a reason for their Lovable Coward moments, because there's an element of real danger despite the ghosts being fake.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Phantom of Haunted Isle looks like a cheap Bedsheet Ghost, especially when compared to the other, more threatening-looking villains in the series. His laugh, on the other hand...
  • Tear Jerker: In "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too", Shaggy is pretty upset when he thinks Scooby's been turned to stone, as is Scooby when he finds out...."Look, Scoob, you've been turned to stone!" (Both proceed to cry)