A Tiki Scare is No Fair

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A Tiki Scare is No Fair
Premiere date October 17, 1970
Music composed by Ted Nichols
Director(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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"A Tiki Scare is No Fair" is the sixth episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! season two, and the twenty-third overall. It aired on October 17, 1970 on CBS. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The gang vacation in Hawaii, where they uncover a mystery involving a witch doctor and the Hawaiian god Mano Tiki Tia.

Detailed summary

Scooby and Shaggy are enjoying a luau, courtesy of John Simms, a local reporter who is giving them a tour of the Hawaiian islands. Shaggy is not looking forward to tomorrow's destination, though: a haunted village in the mountains. Mr. Simms is taken aback: that's not part of his tour, and he warns Shaggy against going up into it. Just after he delivers this warning, ghost drums begin to beat and a frightening, masked figure appears: A witch doctor warning them to leave the sacred grounds of Mano Tiki Tia. The villagers scatter and Shaggy finds himself alone.

Shaggy races to the local hangout where he finds Freddy and the girls and tells them of the apparition and the disappearance of everyone—including Scooby and Mr. Simms. Returning to the scene of the luau, the gang finds Scooby hiding inside a drum. They also spot an old man, who suddenly vanishes. Following a set of footprints, they find themselves up in the haunted village, where they are separated from each other by trapdoors. Shaggy, Scooby, and Velma are spotted and chased by the witch doctor but escape into the jungle, where they find an airplane (complete with a wire-activated skeleton) that has been carefully rigged up to look like a crash. They manage to reunite with Freddy and Daphne, who have meanwhile found oysters and pearls in one of the abandoned shacks. They spot the old man down in the lagoon, and there is an underwater chase that ends in a hidden cavern leading back to the village.

Back in the village, the giant stone statue of Mano Tiki Tia comes to life and chases the gang from shack to shack. They escape, and Shaggy and Scooby even put a scare into the Witch Doctor when they fall into and then emerge from the jungle. That gives Freddy the idea of trapping the Witch Doctor: Using ghost drums, they'll lure him to a place where he'll see his reflection in a fun-house mirror, scaring him back down a path and into a covered pit. But the Witch Doctor finds Shaggy and Scooby playing the drums. In the ensuing chase, Shaggy and Scooby wind up on top of the mobile statue, blinding it; it catches the Witch Doctor and falls into the pit.

The Witch Doctor is exposed as John Simms, who was trying to scare the villagers away from his pearl-poaching operation. The old man appears: he is actually a young police lieutenant working undercover, and in gratitude for the help they've given him, he pays for one last party for the gang.

Memorable quotes

Shaggy: Like, I'm too whacked to walk!

John: I'm not talking!


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Scooby-Doo Don Messick
Shaggy Rogers Casey Kasem
John Simms/Witch Doctor John Stephenson
John Simms's henchman Unavailable
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Daphne Blake Heather North
Velma Dinkley Nicole Jaffe
Old man/Lieutenant Tomoro Casey Kasem
Mano Tiki Tia John Stephenson







Credited writers are Larz Bourne, Tom Degenais, and Bill Lutz, while Joe Ruby and Ken Spears story edited.[1]

This episode is the only one out of the second season not to have a chase accompanied by a bubblegum pop song sung by George A. Robertson, Jr.



The theme song, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" was performed by George Robertson, Jr., with lyrics and music written by David Mook, while Ben Raleigh wrote the music, respectively. The rest of the music was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as the musical director.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: October 17, 1970 on CBS

Behind the scenes

  • This is the second time the gang has traveled beyond their local setting, after "Mystery Mask Mix-Up."
  • This is the only episode of season two not to have a chase song produced by La La Productions.


  • The lining around the top of Scooby's collar turns brown a couple of times as Shaggy tells Mr. Simms about the non-part of the tour the rest of the gang want to go to and how there won't be a luau there.
  • Daphne's nose is missing when Shaggy crashes into the Pineapple Parlor.
  • When Velma asks Shaggy where Mr. Simms and Scooby are, Daphne's pantyhose are missing.
  • When the gang is first seen in the Mystery Machine to go find Scooby, Shaggy is seen with a map in his hand, but in the next scene, it disappears from his hands.
  • Whilst in the Mystery Machine on the way to find Scooby, Velma has three freckles under each eye, which are not apparent in any other scene.
  • When Scooby flipped the drum he was hiding in before the lighter blue was above the darker blue. After he flipped it, the colors remained the same position when they should have been the darker blue above the lighter blue.
  • When Scooby barks in agreement after Shaggy decides to help find Mr. Simms after all, his neck separates a little from his collar letting the green from Mystery Machine behind him poke through.
  • When Scooby listens to Daphne say that the jungle won't be a problem with his keen-tracking nose, the gap in his collar is teal when it should be his brown fur.
  • Daphne's pantyhose are missing in the couple of shots shown of Velma carrying them all away after Scooby and Shaggy's tracking leads them to the old man.
  • When Scooby first says "Rikes!" after seeing the bats, his mouth doesn't move.
  • The wild boar's eyes change from whitish-red sclerae when it first jumps out the bushes, then to flesh-colored sclerae and pinkish pupils when Shaggy begins to run away, then going back to red sclerae, but with black pupils added when it was about to charge, and then finally when it does charge at him and Scooby its sclera switches to a pinkish.
  • The piglets also start from whitish-red when they walk out from the bushes to flashing completely white when they run over Scooby and Shaggy.
  • Scooby is a lot bigger than he should be at the end of his hula dancing, right before the Witch Doctor presses the trap wall button.
  • The whole time the gang is underwater, Daphne's headband is missing.
  • When Shaggy asks what they're going to do after being trapped between Mano Tiki Tia and the Witch Doctor, Daphne's mouth disappears.
  • When Mano Tiki Tia picks up, and then puts down, the shack with the gang in it, Daphne's scarf is missing.
  • When Scooby and Shaggy use the house with the trap wall, the wall in front of the camera is missing.
  • When Velma says it's strange how the Witch Doctor could get "shook up by a jungle creature," Daphne's pantyhose are missing.
  • Once unmasked, the Witch Doctor returns to the complexion of Simms himself, having been darker for the rest of the episode.
  • Simms's teeth are flesh-colored when he refuses to say anything after Fred tries to get him to what he did.
  • At the end of the episode, Scooby shouts "Yow!" whilst surfing, without moving his mouth.
  • When the Witch Doctor first appears, his skull staff has grass on it, but then for the rest of the episode, there is no grass on the staff. One in-universe explanation could be that the first time the Witch Doctor was seen it was actually Mr. Simms's henchman. Mr. Simms could've removed the grass once he took over.
  • The Witch Doctor should've made it clearer which village was to be stayed away from because it's not the village Scooby and Shaggy had the luau on, it was the one with the secret underwater cavern, which would make more sense since this was the village Shaggy was talking about going to with the gang right before he made his warning.
  • It's unknown what happened to the villagers who fled. It's possible they just went to another village (depending on whether they stayed together).
  • The Pineapple Parlor is conspicuously empty of other customers, despite there being one other car outside beside the Mystery Machine (although this could possibly be a staff vehicle).
  • From the side-view of the Mystery Machine as it drives back to the village, Shaggy is holding a map, but when the camera changes to the front of the van, the map is gone. Shaggy's need for a map would be unnecessary as he didn't need one to find the Pineapple Parlor so he probably wouldn't need one to just go back in the direction he came from.
  • Mr. Simms's name is conspicuously put at the top of the newspaper, likely so it would be seen by the audience, right where the name of the paper itself would be (since Velma was reading from the front page). When Velma reads about the sighting, a caption and picture about it are seen at the back. It's unknown what side it was on when the camera switched to a close-up of the image. When the camera returns to holding it, the words and picture have gone.
  • Lt. Tomoro, in his old man disguise, seems to enjoy scaring the kids. Since he's supposed to be innocent, this could only be to make him look more suspicious to the audience. Maybe he thought he was doing it for their own good.
  • Of all the objects to use Scooby out of, Shaggy using him as a club is probably the most inhumane.
  • Due to toon physics, Shaggy can survive unharmed being run down by a wild boar and falling out of a tree with Scooby and Velma landing on top of him.
  • Simms, as the Witch Doctor, does not appear to be very intelligent or perceptive (especially strange for a journalist/tour guide), as he falls for Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby's disguises, and is also easily scared by Shaggy and Scooby covered in leaves.
  • Fred states "That's the way out... I hope." having only just arrived in the cavern.
  • The wheels under Mano Tiki Tia's feet were visible the whole time, only being noticed by the gang once it was turned over. Not only that, but they didn't hear its mechanical movements. The weight of the statue should've made tracks in the ground as it moved, as it wasn't riding along the pavement.
  • It was never explained who set up the fake plane crash (and why). One would imagine it was Simms and his henchman trying to make the village look more dangerous and frightening.
  • The gang is at the top of Mano Tiki Tia when it's caught with the Witch Doctor in its arms, but Velma and Daphne are suddenly at Mano Tiki Tia's feet when the former replies to Shaggy that it's just a parade float, and then they are quickly back at its head again as Fred gives the exposition.
  • Simms's henchman seems to pop out of Mano Tiki Tia, despite the fact that it looked perfectly intact, which itself would seem implausible. One reason could be he stuck out due to being dazed and/or exhausted from Mano Tiki Tia tipping over and falling into the pit.
  • When Shaggy says "But [Simms] was at the Luau with us!", Velma says "No," when in fact, he was. It is likely she answered to the gist of Shaggy's statement rather than exactly what he said.
  • In the close-up shot of Lt. Tomoro telling the gang he'll take care of their last day, he's given much more detail but looks a lot older. He also looks different at the party.
  • It is unknown how Simms and his henchman made their skin look dark while disguised as the Witch Doctor.

Everlasting influence

  • This episode has been adapted several times in the following decades:

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Greek Η Εκδίκηση του Μάναο Τίκι Τία The Revenge of Manao Tiki Tia
Hungarian Tök ciki ez a tiki This tiki is fully uncool

Home availability


  1. ^ Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Scooby Addicts. Retrieved April 15, 2020.