Taking A Look at the Characters of Scooby Doo

We all remember Scooby snacks and the bribery that went with them.  Velma would offer Scooby a snack as long as he would agree to go in search of the villain.  Scooby Doo was one of the most popular children's cartoons of the late 1970s and the 1980s and those who grew up during that time know the show, the theme song, and all the wonderful characters they grew to love.  Those characters were later brought back in spin-offs and films and they each had unique personalities that made them so endearing.

Scooby Doo

Of course, Scooby Doo is the prime character of the show and his character shines through in every way.  Scooby is cute and cowardly and he loves to eat.  What type of dog is Scooby?  Why, he is a Great Dane, of course, and he loves to utter his favourite phrase at the end of each show – Scooby Dooby Doo!  And just watch out because if he gets scared enough he might just jump into your arms, unless you give him a Scooby snack.


Now, Scooby's owner and best friend is Shaggy Rogers.  This guy is so much like his dog in character that it is almost frightening.  He has a huge appetite and he would much rather run away from the villains than go looking for them.  Shaggy is known for saying “Zoinks” and is always searching with his faithful dog and sometimes with the brilliant Velma.


Velma Dinkley is the brains of the operation.  With her thick spectacles that generally get knocked off her face at least once during a show, she is generally the one who solves the mystery.  She is also the one who bribes Scooby with his Scooby snacks.  Velma is very talented and has a vast array of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.  She is also portrayed as a muscle woman and often single-handedly carries Shaggy and Scooby when they are scared out of their wits.  She has even been seen carrying Fred and Daphne in some of the shows.


So what about Daphne Blake, the red-head of the gang?  She is the beauty of the group, but was not originally portrayed as having much in the way of intelligence.  She was also frequently called Danger-prone Daphne by Fred because she was the one that would generally end up being kidnapped and left stranded and in need of assistance.  However, this is interesting in light of the fact that she was actually quite learned in the martial arts, having attained the level of black belt.  In a spin-off of the original series, Daphne has a higher profile in the group and together with Shaggy, Scooby, and Scooby's nephew Scrapy Doo, she becomes the leader and quite the little mystery solver.


That leaves us with Fred Jones, the handsome blonde with the neckerchief and the thing for Daphne.  Well, no one knows for sure if Fred and Daphne really had a thing for each other, but whenever Fred told the gang to split up he and Daphne were always together.  Velma was often with them, but also went with Scooby and Shaggy fairly frequently.  Fred was the one who drove the Mystery Machine and the one who always set the traps for the villains.

These five characters had a way of complimenting each other and worked so well together that fans couldn't help but fall in love with them.  Their fun-loving way of solving mysteries and bringing criminals to justice has inspired the creation of films over the last few years, films that have introduced a whole new generation to Scooby Doo and friends.  What will these five characters be up to in the future?  It's hard to say, but you can bet that they are not finished their adventures yet.