Velma Dinkley is a fictional character in the Scooby-Doo franchise. She is the smartest nerd of Mystery Incorporated, and is a very loyal friend to her teammates. She’s shown to be helpful many times throughout the gang’s adventures.
Why She Rocks
- She’s the most likable and unforgettable smart one of Mystery Incorporated, as she’s very smart like many other smart Cartoon characters, Dexter for example.
- She has many memorable catchphrases and lines of dialogue, such as ”Jinkies!”, "My glasses!", and "My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!"
- Velma always thinks through the situation to try to come to a logical solution, especially when solving mysteries.
- Velma is capable of creating inventions, as some examples include the Motorized Skateboard and Dogbot.
- Velma has decent/great voice actors (besides Nicole Jaffe), most notably Mindy Cohn and Kate Micucci.
- She has an awesome and believable friendship with Daphne, as they talk to each other about their main life issues, and help each other out.
- Velma may be a nerd, but her smarts aren’t the only useful thing about her, as she’s able to find clues, help trap the bad guys, and save her friends and others when they need it, showing she’s a very loyal friend.
- Velma is not afraid to admit when she is wrong, while she was denying herself in the What’s New, Scooby-Doo? episode "It's All Greek to Scooby" when she got the mystery wrong as well as who the bad guy was, she grew from that, especially in the crossover with Supernatural, Scoobynatural!, when the Supernatural boys told the gang that the ghosts were real and very dangerous, she was shocked they were telling the truth, but absolutely believed them, along with the rest of the gang.
- Nicole Jaffe (while not terrible) wasn't always the best at voicing Velma, as mentioned above.
- While her design looks good in most Scooby-Doo media, there were unfortunate times when it did not look good:
- In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, she looks really weird and a little uncanny. It's interesting to note that she’s supposed to represent her live-action appearance from the live-action Scooby-Doo movies.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, her redesign is awful and looks very little to nothing like her original counterpart, and instead looks more like a bad attempt to imitate Seth MacFarlane's art style like Family Guy, American Dad! or Brickleberry's art style. Speaking of her redesign, it is unfitting in the Scooby-Doo franchise, as it fits more into an adult cartoon or parody.
- In the Scooby-Doo spinoff Velma, she became an awful person to everyone, acting like she was the best one around. In fact, she has a page in Loathsome Characters Wiki.
- She’s absent in a few Scooby-Doo shows, most notably Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! after appearing in just one episode, which was wasted potential.
- She has a fair share of some unlikeable moments.
- There have been unfortunate times where she fell into flanderization territory:
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, while she wasn’t actually flanderized, it felt like she was, because she could come off as an angry, mean-spirited, shallow sitcom nag at times, and acts domineering towards Shaggy.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, despite being the most likable, she was flanderized into the person hiding in the gang's shadows and no one takes her seriously. And when she has her moments, she is a complete worshipper of technology and science with no moral depths.
- In Velma, it's teaser trailer shows her sending a death threat to the employees of HBO Max, which is not a good start to introduce her character.
- In Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy, Velma got hypnotised by an electro wheel machine. Eventually, it was temporarily and it spun the opposite direction and brought her back to normal.
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