Scooby-Doo (character)

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This article is about the character. For other uses, see Scooby-Doo.
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Scooby in "A Bum Steer for Scooby."
Species: Dog (Great Dane)
Gender: Male
Member of: Mystery Incorporated
Scooby Doobies
Fearless Detective Agency
Affiliation: Shaggy Rogers
Daphne Blake
Fred Jones
Velma Dinkley
Vincent Van Ghoul
The Hex Girls
Occupation: Mascot
Sports team captain
Father: Dada-Doo
Mother: Mumsy-Doo
Sibling(s): One sister, Ruby
Three brothers, Yabba, Skippy, Howdy
Other relative(s): Six cousins, Scooby-Dee, Scrappy-Doo, Whoopsy-Doo, Dooby-Dooby-Doo, Dixie-Doo, Scooby-Dum
One uncle, Horton
Ancestor, Missing Link
Marital status: In a fantasy, Amber was his mate
Children: Unnamed puppies in aforementioned fantasy
First appearance: SDWAY: "What a Night for a Knight" (1969)
Played by: Don Messick (1969-96)
Keith Scott (1981)
Hadley Kay (1997)
George Lowe (1997)
Scott Innes (since 1998)
Neil Fanning (2002, 2004)
Frank Welker (since 2002)
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A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
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Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
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What's New, Scooby-Doo?
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Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
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Straight Outta Nowhere
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
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Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map
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Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
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Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
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Scooby Apocalypse
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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
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Scooby-Doo is a talking anthropomorphic dog, who is the main character and protagonist of the Scooby-Doo animated franchise. His voice was originated by Don Messick.

Besides being capable of human speech, he also has other anthropomorphic abilities, but remains the pet of Shaggy Rogers, and is the mascot of Mystery Incorporated, who is usually a gang of teenagers with a strong sense of purpose to solve mysteries and crimes.

Throughout the years, Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros. Animation, as well as book and video game publishers, have conceived several incarnations, which don't always fit together because new writers have come on board and disregarded what has come before or there has been a complete reboot, but the general concept has been the same, perhaps except for DC Comics' radically altered Scooby Apocalypse.

Character description

Unlike an average Great Dane, Scooby-Doo has a single shade of brown fur with some black spots covering the upper half of his body. He has a small chin, a long sausage-like tail, a sloped back, and bowed legs. He wears a teal collar with a diamond-shaped name tag; His tag bears the initials "SD".

Sharing personality traits with his owner Shaggy, Scooby is constantly hungry and is scared easily by many things. The two refuse to help out Mystery Inc. in solving haunted crimes, but are encouraged to do so when offered Scooby Snacks. Eating the snacks temporarily made Scooby appear more heroic and loyal than he is.

Beyond having the same traits as Shaggy, Scooby also has a bit of mischief in himself. He tends to do scare pranks on others and would snatch up food from Shaggy.


Scooby has the interesting ability to talk in English, albeit in a broken matter. His speech mainly consists of pronouncing the letter "R" at the start of most words and noises he made. Though incoherent at first, most people including Mystery Inc. can understand him perfectly, if they acknowledge that he can speak at all. In earlier installments of the franchise, he is a speech-impaired dog who could only spurt out single words and/or short sentences. However, in recent years (most notably in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), Scooby rarely has his speech impediment and can speak in fuller sentences. He is also able to talk to other animals (such as dogs), which may come in handy whenever the gang is in need of help of more information.

Apart from his speech, Scooby also has other anthropomorphic qualities to him. He is able to stand on his hind legs, and his paws have opposite thumbs which at times function like human hands. His body can morph to mimic any and all monsters, along with some humans, too. His tail is fully prehensile, able to swing from or press buttons in certain situations.


TV series



Theme park rides




Video games

Stage performances


German Expressionism is an Art Form

The N̶e̶w̶ Decades Old Scooby-Doo M̶o̶v̶i̶e̶s̶ 40 Minute Episodes

Back to Basics

Dynomic Duo

Scooby Doobies FTW

Scooby Hollywood-Meta

The Scrappy years

Scrappy Saves the Show

Daphne, Freddy, and Velma MIA

Fearless Scooby

Daphne Tests Well

Gotta Catch 'em All

Celebrating another 50 years! 50 years of fun!

The Coolest Pup Around

You Ain't Never Had a Dog like Scoob


Cartoon Network Spoofs

Harvey Birdman Represents

Scooby Gets Real

Scooby Goes (Pop)Punk

What's New in the Movies

Gonna Sing This Song ALL DAY LONG

Scooby Gets Real (again)

Return of the Ascot (DTVs since Abracadabra-Doo)

Crystal Cove Chronicles

Scooby Ain't Nobody's Puppet

Scooby in the Lego world

Scooby Griffin

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who the Creators Wanted to See Thirty Years Ago?

Scooby Sells Out

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In the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episode "Unplugged," Sabrina zaps herself into Leonard's computer to remove footage of when she used her powers in the Scorch office, meeting the screensaver versions of Scooby and Shaggy in the process.


In the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Scooby and Shaggy are at a restaurant with Matthew Lillard who have umbrage with his portrayal as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo. Shaggy tells Lillard he made him look like a "space cadet" and better not "goof on him" in the sequel, Scooby will offer him a Scooby Snack in a nasty way.

In the Warner Bros. Serververse in Space Jam: A New Legacy, the gang (based on their Scoob! designs), arrive at the basketball game between the Tune Squad and the Goon Squad in the Mystery Machine, then watch from outside the van. Mystery Inc., like all the other IPs, has no particular preference and just reacts to whatever is happening.

Like a Good Neighbour...

The gang gets help from State Farm agent Lucy Rodas after the Mystery Machine gets knocked into a ditch by the Creeper.

Scooby tries to make a phone call to Mysteries Insurance, but they can't understand him.

Scooby is shocked to discover that Shaggy can't eat after getting a huge bill from Mysteries Insurance, with the narrator suggesting that he should get help from State Farm.

Titans Go!

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Scooby appears twice in Teen Titans Go! The first time as a non-speaking cameo with Shaggy in "I See You," when they appear in the Mystery Machine next to Beast Boy and Cyborg in the T-Car during their stakeout song. Next, is a full guest appearance in "Cartoon Feud," when Scooby and his friends are forced by Control Freak to compete against the Teen Titans in a game of Family Feud.

Scooby takes a step back in Scholastic's Daphne and Velma

SCOOB! on the Big Screen (epic fail)

Scooby in the Funny Books

Scooby Survives the Apocalypse

Scooby-Doo in the Cyber Realm of Video Games


Scooby began life as a bongo playing big shaggy dog called Too Much.[1] There was some fear out of having him a Great Dane due to the comparisons with Marmaduke. The name "Scooby-Doo" apparently came from CBS children's programming executive, Fred Silverman, who was on a plane one day listening to Frank Sinatra sing "Strangers in the Night," although according to Takamoto in his book My Life with a Thousand Characters, there was another dog called Scooby he saw in the Hanna-Barbera archives dating back to the early 1960s.[2]


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Toys and merchandise

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Behind the scenes

In popular culture

  • In the Moesha episode "The Regulations of Love," Moesha was critical of Neicy's choice of dance date (Ernest) by calling him "Mumbles," who according to her, made Scooby-Doo sound like James Earl Jones.
  • In Disney's Doug episode "Doug's Bloody Buddy," the teaser has a fantasy of the kids dressed similar to Mystery Inc. Porkchop is, of course, Scooby's counterpart, and has a diamond-shaped dog tag, spots added, and his voice is deeper to match.
  • 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," and 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 the 1998 Godzilla film, Audrey has a Scooby stuffed doll in her room.
  • In the ER episode "Be Patient," a kid has a Scooby printed on the backpack.
  • In Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? series 8, episode 15, the £300 question is "What is the name of the cartoon dog who solves mysteries with Shaggy?"
  • In the Gilmore Girls episode "Run Away, Little Boy," a Scooby action figure is mysteriously under a glass of muffins in Luke's Diner.
  • In the film The House Bunny, the dim Shelley mentioned she wore a Scooby-Doo mask for a month because she thought she was ugly, until a boy took it off and showed her she was wearing it upside down.
  • In the Smallville episode "Abandoned," Lois said to Shelby that he was Scooby to Clark's Shaggy.
  • In the film Pain & Gain, Daniel has Scooby seat covers in his sports car. Sorina later ridicules him for this because he tried to trick her that he was a flashy director.
  • In the Comic Book Men episode "Captain and the Clerk," Kevin Smith begins the show by declaring it the only one to be smart enough to keep Scooby away from Groot.
  • In the October 3, 2017 episode, a question in the TV category for $200 was, "He's the Loveable Great Dane Who Hangs Out With Daphne, Freddy, Shaggy & Velma," with the answer being, "Who is Scooby-Doo?" (with Austin giving a bit of a voice).
  • In the film Show Dogs, Max says "Ruh-roh" when losing control of the plane.
  • In the Bless the Harts episode "Hug N' Bugs," Betty says "Ruh-roh" when the water cuts out while she's taking a shower.
  • In the Mom episode "Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steaks," one of the main characters wants a Scooby-Doo-themed check.
  • In the Billie Eilish-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, during the Weekend Update sketch, Colin Jost begins to go on a tirade about the Chinese government, but is cut off and replaced with a technical difficulties card with an image of Michael Che saying "Ruh-roh!"
  • In the Supergirl episode "Prom Night," Alex said that when Kara was younger she and her boyfriend had appointed themselves Midvale's "Scooby-Duo" by all the rescues they had made.
  • The song "Syrup" by Slum Ak starts with the rapper doing an impression of Scooby's laugh.
  • In the 2022 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."
  • For Warner Bros.' 100th anniversary, they celebrated by licensing a range of Looney Tunes Funko Pops with a Scooby-Doo motif, which included Taz's spinning body covered in Scooby's dog collar and tag.

Teen Titans Go!

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  • "Costume Contest:" Robin draws the Teen Titans as Mystery Inc. characters, with Beast Boy as Scooby.
  • "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star: Second Greatest Team Edition Part 1:" Beast Boy is forced to sing "Happy Birthday" after Me-Too steals the song he intended to sing. Beast Boy drags it out by adding nonsensical lines like "Scooby-Doo on channel 2."

The Cleveland Show

  • "A Nightmare on Grace Street:" Cleveland and Rallo are forced to put an end to their feud by staying in a spooky mansion at night on Halloween. Rallo says it's nice, but Cleveland responded that it "seemed a little Scooby-Doo". He then says "Zoinks" like Shaggy, and jumps on Rallo like Scooby would jump on Scooby, with appropriate sound effects. Rallo then feeds him a dog biscuit, with Cleveland responding in a happy Scooby-like tone.
  • "Sex and the Biddy:" When Rallo was served a giant pastrami on rye, he responded, "What am I, fucking Scooby-Doo?"

Robot Chicken

Main article: Robot Chicken
  • In the Robot Chicken skit "Laff-A-Munich" segment of the episode "Ban on the Fun," he and Shaggy are tasked with killing the Really Rottens after the murders of the Yogi Yahooeys. He is startled by Shaggy in the middle of the night and fires his gun randomly, unaware that the safety isn't on. After successfully killing the Rottens and being devasted by the death of Hong Kong Phooey, he enjoys a Scooby Snack.


  1. ^ Takamoto, Iwao, Mallory, Michael (March 30, 2009) Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters, page 127. University Press of Mississippi. Retrieved July 23, 2022.
  2. ^ Takamoto, Iwao, Mallory, Michael (March 30, 2009) Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters, page 125. University Press of Mississippi. Retrieved July 23, 2022.