Velma Is Finally Openly Gay In New ‘Scooby-Doo’ Film

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Velma blushes at the sight of Coco Diablo, a woman with silver hair and a red turtleneck.

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Mystery, Inc. is back and better than ever! In Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, Velma, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, and Scooby-Doo must come together to save Halloween – before it’s too late.

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This is far from the first Scooby-Doo installment from Warner Bros Animation Studios, but it’s causing quite the stir among fans online! For the first time on the big screen, Velma Dinkley is canonically gay. @scoobyhistory shared a clip of Velma first meeting her crush, Coco Diablo, on Twitter:

Velma first meets Coco Diablo in “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo” #Scoobydoohistory

In a scene shared by @MythicalLlamaXO, Velma admits to Daphne that she has a crush on Coco:

Also here’s the part where she actually admits it 🥲🥲


Velma’s dreams come true when Coco Diablo nonchalantly calls her “cute” in another scene shared by@soleildiddle:

this my fave scene of her !!

According to Varietyit has long been an open secret that Velma is a lesbian. Writer James Gunn tried to incorporate the character’s sexuality in the early-2000s live-action Scooby-Doo films, starring Linda Cardellini as Velma. However, executives watered-down Velma’s sexuality and even gave her a boyfriend in the sequel.

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Tony Cervone, who served as supervising producer on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, an early-2010s collaboration between Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network, also confirmed Velma’s sexuality during Pride Month in 2020:

“I’ve said this before, but Velma in ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why. There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago. I don’t think Marcie and Velma had time to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention.”

Scooby-Doo 2002
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Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! is streaming now and will air on October 14 and 15 on Cartoon Network.

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How To Watch 'Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!' For Halloween
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Audie Harrison directs the latest addition to the Scooby-Doo franchise from Warner Brothers Animation Studios, just in time for Halloween! Starring Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, and Kate Micucci, this film will delight Mystery Machine fans of all ages. From Warner Bros:

Mystery Inc. has cracked the case to top all cases! They’ve tracked down Coco Diablo, the head of the notorious costume crime syndicate that colludes The Black Knight, Space Kook and the Ghost Diver. With Coco and her kitty in prison, Mystery Inc. thinks that they can finally enjoy a break. Wrong! Suddenly, menacing doppelgänger ghosts of the Scooby crew and favorite classic foes show up in Coolsville to threaten Halloween. Now it’s up to the meddling kids – and their unlikely new partner Coco – to unmask the latest scoundrel and save Halloween! For Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, with trick-or-treating on the line – this time it’s personal!

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