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  • Awesome Music: In a Halloween Special they got the band KISS!!!!!!! playing Shout it Out Loud.
    • To be honest, most chase scenes have one of these playing in the background. Several great singers have contributed to the series during the last years.
    • The Scooby-Doo series has been nominated for an Emmy twice. The first in 1989 for A Pup Named Scooby Doo (daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Animated Program) and in 2005 for What's New Scooby Doo (primetime, Outstanding Voice Talent--Mindy Cohn as Velma).
  • Dork Age: Varies, but around the time Scrappy shows up the show switched from the standard 5 characters. First Velma and Fred disappeared, then Daphne left just Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy to bumble around for about a decade. Even for Scooby Doo, it lost a lot of the original charm until the made-for-video reboots.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Scooby Doo Movies in the '90s and beyond definitely suffered from Sequelitis, but the Hex Girls have remained popular with the fans. They even became a Canon Immigrant in Scooby Doo Mystery Inc.
    • Shaggy when compared to the rest of the gang (with the obvious exception of Scooby). Viewers preferred the comedic hijinx he got mixed up in with Scoob, as opposed to the basic mystery solving. He's the only other one to appear in every part of the franchise.
  • 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 Mcfarlane also has an unhealthy fixation on Daphne/Scooby, as heard on the Family Guy album.
    • A 1991 article in Wild Cartoon Kingdom theorizes that not only is Velma a lesbian but she's living her alternative lifestyle with Daphne.
    • Alternatively is Shaggy/Velma. The reason Fred got no love(in') is that he was... well... Fred Jones. The only person in the world with less personality than him is Keanu Reaves. Daphne was kind of flat too, in the original, and besides Shaggy and Scooby, Velma was the only one with a semblance of a personality.
  • Gannon Banned: Referring to Scooby-Doo as The Hero.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
      • Wouldn't that be Interspecies Romance?
      • Not necessarily, since Shaggy and Scooby were repulsed by the result.
    • In the Valentine's Day special of What's New it's heavily implied that Fred and Shaggy share a house, Fred looks very...domestic cooking breakfast for the two of them and then we see them locking eyes while holding the "secret admirer" valentines they just received. Not to be outdone, this is immediately followed by Velma and Daphne sharing morning coffee in a home decorated in shades of lavendar that just happens to have a fully-equipped chemistry lab in the living room. Not to mention that when Daphne says she loves Valentine's Day, Velma asks if that's because of the rampant commercialism or the pressure to identify oneself in the context of a socially-acceptable couple...
    • And then there's the way Velma and Daphne hold each other in the cave in Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword...
      • In an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Daphne told Velma to hold her hand. But there was a monster between them.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Mystery Incorporated had a recent recurring sub-plot that had Scooby being jealous of Velma as Shaggy's girlfriend. This is retconned in Curse of the Lake Monster: Shaggy develops a crush on Velma and it has Scooby feeling a bit left out at times.

 Scooby: Hmph. Velma, Velma, Velma.

    • Subverted at the end--Velma kisses Shaggy smack on the lips and Scooby takes pictures.
    • From Jeepers, It's The Creeper: At the school's barn dance, Shaggy is dancing with Velma when Scooby enters and asks Shaggy if he can 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 unmasking the villain) "It was Mr. Jameson, the fairground owner!"
  • Memetic Sex God: Two, actually.
    • Shaggy, despite Fred being the Jock, has been paired with more women than pretty much anyone else in the Hanna-Barbera line, including: Daphne (in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo), several forgettable one-off characters in the Direct-to-Video movies in the 80s, one in The Movie, and most recently (and probably dating back to the original where their were light hints) Velma. That's a short, short list.
    • The other is Velma. Especially the newest version. Really, you look at Velma, and the first thing that comes to mind is a librarian smacking a ruler on her hand.
  • 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).
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap: Ironically, it's not Scrappy but Daphne who is rescued in adaptations, with her move away from being the capture prone Damsel Scrappy.
    • This has translated to some of the new animated movies as well, particularly Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.
      • Daphne's old problem of being capture prone is lampshaded in Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster, with multiple references to the Blake family being danger prone.
        • Which is a Mythology Gag in and of itself, as during the original series, Daphne's nickname (both in-series and by fans) was "Danger-Prone Daphne".
    • 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, even by people who work on the show.
    • YMMV, this troper found Scrappy to be hilarious in the movie and loved him for once. Being the Big Bad actually did wonders for him.
  • The Scrappy: Need I say who? Also an example of a Leeroy Jenkins.
    • 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. Barring a few cameos and reunions, he also turned up rarely in the franchise after his initial series.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The girls in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, especially Patty Maloney as the mummy girl.
    • "Fred Bat" in the WNSD episode "The Vampire Strikes Back"
  • Uncanny Valley: One episode that didn't feature a villain in disguise had the heroes help an Inventor capture a runaway robot he built for an amusement park. It turns out the inventor's sister sabotaged the robot to persuade her brother not to put the robot to use, because it would scare the children away.