Today’s the 50th anniversary of Scooby-Doo, so let’s take a look at the most shocking moments of one of the best – and weirdest – SD shows, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated!
The Scooby Gang Aren’t The First Mystery Incorporated
The USP of Mystery Incorporated! is that it mixes in an overarching series-long mystery in with the typical weekly mysteries. Living in Crystal Cove, “the most hauntedest town on Earth”, the Scooby Gang discover they aren’t the first group of kids with an animal sidekick to have foiled crooks in ghost costumes. Inspired by the previous team, they adopt the name Mystery Incorporated. It’s later learned that versions of the team have existed throughout the history of their hometown. This is a big twist to the usual Scooby mythology.
Shaggy And Velma Are Dating?!
The other USP of Mystery Incorporated! is that it focuses a lot more on the interpersonal relationships between the gang than usual. So one big shock the show has in store for fans in its early episodes is that Shaggy and Velma are dating! The pair have started going out prior to the beginning of the series. However, due to Shaggy preferring to spend time with his best pal Scoob instead of his girlfriend, this romance doesn’t last long as Velma soon dumps him and they go back to being friends.
The Dark Fates Of Scrappy And Flim-Flam
Mystery Incorporated! can be watched by Scooby newbies, but it’s best if you know your Scooby history as the show likes to feature fun and irreverent nods to the past. The best is the shocking reveal of what happened to Scrappy and Flim-Flam. In the Mystery Museum, Daphne and Fred react with shame as they look at a statue of Scooby’s hated nephew, saying they promised never to talk about him. As for Flim-Flam, another unpopular character from 80s Scooby-Doo, he’s apparently serving 25 years in jail!
Fred Proposes To Daphne
One of the most fan favourite aspects of Mystery Incorporated! is the romance between Fred and Daphne. Initially, Fred is portrayed as a trap-loving doofus who doesn’t realise how Daphne feels about him and his own feelings for her. Across the first season, though, the couple get together and, eventually, he makes his love for Daphne known by proposing to her – with an onion ring! Fans are used to the Fred/Daphne romance never going anywhere so this development came as a huge shock.
Fred’s Dad Isn’t His Dad
In the season 1 finale, it’s revealed that the latest ghoul haunting the town is none other than Fred’s dad, Mayor Fred Jones snr, in disguise. It also turns out that Mayor Jones kidnapped Fred from his biological parents when he was a baby. Fred is heartbroken by the revelation. Determined to find his real family, he breaks off his engagement with Daphne and leaves Crystal Cove. I think it’s fair to say this was the most dramatic unmasking in the history of Scooby-Doo.