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Mystery Incorporated
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Also known as: Mystery Inc.
Scooby-Doo Gang
Scooby Gang
Scooby-Doo Detective Agency
Location: Mobile
Crystal Cove
Objective: To solve mysteries
Leader: Fred Jones
First appearance: WAY: "What a Night for a Knight" (1969)
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Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
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Mystery Incorporated, often shortened to Mystery Inc., is a mystery/crime-solving team in the Scooby-Doo animated franchise. They are made up of four teenagers and their talking dog mascot, Scooby-Doo.



TV series






Video games

Stage performances


Those Original Mysteries

The Celebrity Guests

Back to Basics

In Comes Scrappy-Doo...

...Out Goes Freddy and the Girls

In the success of Scrappy's introduction, Fred, Daphne, and Velma were removed for three years, although oddly, they were still kept in each episode title card, albeit as silhouettes.

The All-New Scooby-Doo Detective Agency

Do the Old Flim-Flam

How It All Began

It's Terror Time Again!

What's New in the 21st Century?

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!

GangnamTakamoto Style

Goodbye Coolsville, Hello Crystal Cove!

Lucky There's a Scooby-Doo Guy

More Celebrity Guests

Mystery Inc. Sells Out

In the Duck Dodgers episode "Surf the Stars," During the surfing montage where Duck Dodgers and the Crusher run by in various outfits, Mystery Inc. briefly run by the screen.

Behind the scenes

  • In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Zorak," Zorak paraphrases what villains say to the kids once being caught, which is "I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids."

In popular culture

  • In the Red Razors story, a group of Sov-Block mercenary enforcers called themselves the Spooky Doo Gang, due to owning a dog called Spooky who resembled a green Scooby-Doo.
  • In Disney's Doug episode "Doug's Bloody Buddy," Doug and his friends are dressed as Mystery Inc. for a spooky teaser.
  • In the Timon and Pumbaa episode "Werehog of London," a fortune teller warns Timon and Pumbaa that no one is safe from the curse of the werehog, not even "those meddling teens and their pesky dog." Then the camera reveals an orange and blue van resembling the Mystery Machine that has been abandoned after it was knocked into a lampost.
  • In Archie's Weird Mysteries #6, Archie and his friends become parodies of Mystery Inc. while solving a mystery.
  • Looney Tunes #74 has a story entitled "Tazzy-Doo, Where Are You?," in which several Looney Tunes stars have come together, dubbing themselves the Condundrum Co., to solve a mystery at the Acme Mask Factory. Once it is discovered that it was only Pussyfoot, the kitten, scaring employees away so she could get some sleep, Tazzy-Doo responded, "Kitty wanted nap. Kitty get one, too--in spite of meddling kids!"
  • In the Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot," after Leela, Amy, and Bender escape with Lucy Liu's head, Clyde Smith says that will be exposed for being cyber criminals and they would've gotten away with it if it weren't for those "meddling adults".
  • In the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jay and Silent Bob aren't doing so well in getting hitchhiked, with Jay complaining that it works for other people while they get treated like they're in a cartoon, which is when a familiar looking van pulls up. Inside, they meet two guys, a pair of girls, and their dog, who are trying to find the hitchhiking ghouls, with Jay and Silent Bob matching the description. The gang ends up bickering, so Jay introduces them to "doobie snacks," leading to them acting wild. In reality, it is Jay and Silent Bob who have only got high and have fallen asleep. The gang wonders what to do with them when the Shaggy doppelganger suggests harvesting their kidneys and leaving putting them in a tub of ice at a seedy motel, which turns out to also be a dream of Jay's.
  • In the Hey Arnold! The Movie, the main villain Scheck is arrested after Arnold and his friends uncover his scheme, leading him to utter the words, "I would've gotten away with it, if it wasn't for that meddling football head, the kid with the weird stack of hair, and that brat with one eyebrow!"
  • In the film The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations, Jenna reveals herself to be the killer to her brother, Sam, which makes her giddily reflect, "This is so Scooby-Doo isn't it? 'I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids."
  • In "The Once and Future Ben" story of Cartoon Network Action Pack! #27, Jonah begins to say, "And I would'a got away with it, too--," after Ben and Gwen catch him, but Ben cuts him off by responding, "Yeah, yeah -- if it wasn't for us pesky kids..."
  • In the film Toy Story 3, Mr. Potato Head says "meddling toys" in the way a villain would say "meddling kids."
  • In the independent horror film Saturday Morning Massacre (later retitled Saturday Morning Mystery), the main characters are a parody of Mystery Inc.
  • In the online comic Girl Genius #15, Du Quay begins to say, "-And I would've got away with it, too, if it hadn't been for-", before he's told to shut up.
  • In the film Characterz, once the park director's scheme of setting up the mascots has been discovered, he says, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids."
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Costume Contest," Robin draws the Teen Titans as Mystery Inc. in potential Halloween costumes for them.
  • In The Goldbergs episode "Big Orange," Adam is desperate for him and his sister to solve one last case as the Goldberg Gang together, so he makes a suspect list of 36 people, even one of a seemingly abandoned chair, which apparently has a ghost sitting in it, ala a "classic Scooby-Doo villain." When Beverly is discovered to be the culprit, she says, "I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.
  • In the horror-comedy book Meddling Kids, a reference to what the villains are prone to call Mystery Inc., is about four teenagers and their dog who solve mysteries.
  • In Simpsons Comics #242, there is a story entitled "Scooby Don't!," in which Bart and his friends have taken on the roles of each member of Mystery Inc., including Ralph Wiggum in a Scooby-like costume. They get free passes to Krustyland, but find out it is closed due to apparently being haunted by a ghost. When they reveal the faux ghost to be a rich Texan, he gets away with it, informing the kids, "And I got away with it, too! Because you're just kids and I can afford a lawyer!"
  • At the end of The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Spinoffs," Rob reads some text off of Timmy, the Internet, finding a show to replace Gumball that would be something akin to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, with a Great Dane and his "kooky friends" who solve mysteries in a van.
  • In Empyre Fallout: Fantastic Four #1, Quoi says, "Everything would've gone perfectly if not for you annoying animals and your interfering little cubs."
  • In the film Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange tells Peter and his friends to "Scooby-Doo this shit," when Peter needs the help of the latter in finding the Green Goblin.
  • In the Disney+ film Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, when Dale wants to call Gadget and Zipper to help him and Chip find Monterey, he says not to as "[they]'re as much real detectives as the Scooby-Doo gang."

Comic Book Men

  • "Ghostbusting in the Stash:" Kevin Smith ends the show with "They would've gotten away with it, too."
  • "Bats Ahoy!:" Walt proposes the question of Mystery Inc. being better detectives than Batman, which Ming doesn't agree with.

Doctor Who

  • In the book The Crooked World, there was a place called Zanytown on the planet Crooked World, where there lived the Skeleton Crew, with members Mike Leader (Fred), Harmony Looker (Daphne), Thelma Brains (Velma), Tim Coward (Shaggy), and Fearless (Scooby).
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Age of Steel," Pete called the Preachers "Scooby-Doo and the gang," while adding, "They've even got a van."
  • In Doctor Who Magazine #489, the thirteenth segment of the ongoing The Daft Dimension, depicted a parallel universe where a Doctor who loosely resembled both the Twelfth Doctor and Shaggy traveled around with his companions who also mirrored the other members of Mystery Inc. (K9/Scooby, Strax/Velma, Vastra/Daphne, Jenny Flint/Fred) in The Mystery Time Machine, which resembled a police box which could travel through space and time. They unmask a crook, who in this reality, is a crooked alien named Mr. Scaroth who disguised himself as a human man. When caught, he uttered the line, "Bah! I'd have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you pesky time travellers!"

Family Guy

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  • "Chitty Chitty Death Bang:" With the television transmitter cut, Peter wonders what the Scooby gang is up to, with the scene then cutting to an adult spin-off spoof called The Scooby-Doo Murder Files, where Mystery Incorporated investigates and describes in detail how someone was killed, as well being able to curse, as Fred demonstrates by saying, "Son of a bitch." There's also a van with the words "Murder Machine" written on the side as a reference to The Mystery Machine.
  • "Family Guy Viewer Mail:" A segment parodies the Little Rascals with the adults as kids, which includes a portion of time at a spooky mansion, where the regressed boys also copy the hallway chase gag, featuring Mystery Incorporated in a cameo also running out of one door and into another.
  • "Deep Throats:" In a DVD-exclusive scene, when Brian and Stewie sneak into the town hall, they run into Mystery Incorporated, but Stewie gets rid of them by humming their own walk music against them.
  • "Excellence in Broadcasting:" John McCain and Rush Limbaugh, joined by a Scooby-like dog called Hot Dog, are tipped off by the groundskeeper of a mummy burning the American flag at the swamp, but after investigating they don't find what they're looking for. They set some crazy trap involving a pig, which catches the mummy, who they unmask to be "Old Man" Barney Frank, who yells, "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling Republicans!" McCain then suddenly turns to celebrity guests, the Harlem Globetrotters, for the help (just like an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies). One of them tries to give McCain a high five, but McCain being the racist he is, turns him down.
  • "Dog Bites Bear:" Stewie tells Brian that his stuffed bear, Rupert, called Brian "Scooby Don't."

The Fairly OddParents

Main article: The Fairly OddParents
  • Channel Chasers: Timmy, Wanda and Cosmo are sent into a parody of Scooby-Doo called "Snooper Dog and the Clue Crew."
  • "The Wand That Got Away:" Timmy and the fairy gang take on the roles of Mystery Inc.

Harley Quinn (comic)

  • Issue #1: In one panel, there is a cameo of the gang (sans Scooby) chasing a crook, but they are in alternate colors of skin tones and clothes.
  • Issue #64: In a comic book Harley Quinn is reading to her mother, she inserts herself into a mystery the Justice League Dark are solving, where they have taken on the roles of Mystery Inc. in an homage to "A Clue for Scooby-Doo."

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • "Operation Rich in Spirit:" In the last skit, "A Scooby Friday," Mystery Inc. goes sleuthing at Camp Crystal Lake where they all get killed by Jason Voorhies, except for Velma, as she is a virgin. Jason Voorhies, who's really an old man, rectifies this by sleeping with Velma. The voices of Mystery Inc. are provided by those who starred in the first two live-action movies, except for Dave Coulier as Scooby.
  • "Help Me:"
  • "Malcolm X: Fully Loaded:" Zune Man breaks the CD on CD's chest, responding with a mocking, "Ruh-roh."
  • "Punctured Jugular:"
  • "Cheese Puff Mountain:"
  • "Scoot to the Gute:"
  • "Jew #1 Opens a Treasure Chest:"
  • "Snoopy Camino Lindo in: Quick and Dirty Squirrel Shot:"
  • "May Cause the Need for Speed:"

The Venture Bros.

Main article: The Venture Bros.
  • "¡Viva los Muertos!:" The gang is reenvisioned as middle-aged serial killers and radical figures: Fred is Ted (Ted Bundy), Shaggy is Sonny (David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz), Daphne is Patty (Patty Hearst), Velma is Val (Valerie Solanas), and Scooby is Groovy (Harvey, Berkowitz's neighbor's dog), who are collectively known as the Groovy Gang who drive in the Groovy Van. Ted bribes Sonny to get out of the van with pills called "groovy treats," which makes Sonny run toward them in a comical effect.
  • "The Lepidopterists:" The Monarch was criticized for using the word "retard," but he wasn't going to say "bungling boobs" or "meddling kids."