Saturday, April 13, 2024

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo fully embraces a lesbian Velma

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, a new movie from director Audie Harrison, has gone a step further from just giving Scooby-Doo fans a whale of a good time by confirming something we’ve always secretly known: Velma is queer.

Let’s rewind a little. Ever since Scooby-Doo first aired back in 1969, there were always questions surrounding the Mystery Inc gang that couldn’t exactly be explained. One particular question was that of Velma Dinkley, the gang’s resident genius who – depending on what Scooby-Doo iteration you’re watching at the time – has often been speculated to be queer.

The speculation surrounding Velma’s sexuality has even been confirmed as true sometimes. For example James Gunn, the director of the 2002 live-action film Scooby-Doo, confirmed that he had initially written as a lesbian, but unfortunately it was watered down by Warner Bros until nothing was left. Velma even went on to get a boyfriend in the sequel. Thanks film studios!

It wasn’t just Gunn who wanted to see a gay Velma come to life, though. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s producer Tony Cervone claimed that his depiction of Velma in this iteration would be that of a lesbian character, despite her having been in a relationship with Shaggy in the first season. This was written in a way to highlight how comfortable Velma was in her relationship with Marcie Fleacher, in comparison to the uncomfortable and controlling one she had shared with Shaggy.

As you can tell, Velma’s identity has been a hotly-discussed topic for a while. But now with Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, it looks as though Velma and her identity as a lesbian woman has been all but confirmed.

As expected when talking about a new film, there will be SPOILERS ahead – so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

In this new film, Mystery Inc has found themselves with quite the conundrum. After having cracked down Coco Diablo, the head of a costume crime syndicate that’s given them the run around, the crew feel like they can take a break to enjoy Halloween. Of course, that doesn’t actually seem to be the case, especially when doppelgangers of previous foes start to show up in Coolsville to threaten everyone’s favourite holiday.

Ultimately this leads to a team up with Coco Diablo and Velma, with the latter’s reaction to the convict being a tad…fruity.

While the straights could chalk the previous clip to be Velma simply admiring Coco Diablo, her interactions with the cute convict only grows progressively gayer throughout Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! For example, there is one instance where after Coco calls her ‘the cute one’ Velma’s face scrunched up as though she’s trying to imitate every single face of Mount Rushmore.

There is also a scene where Daphne, a fan-favourite partner for Velma for a lot of Scooby-Doo fans, teases the genius that she didn’t think her type would be convicted criminals. It is explicitly clear during this conversation that Daphne means to poke fun at her friend’s crush, and, again, it only gets gayer as later on it’s Daphne herself who tries to wingwoman Coco and Velma together.

While we won’t be spoiling the ending for Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, there’s a lot to love for fans who are looking for a new, inclusive adventure for Mystery Inc.

Trick or Treat Scooby Doo! is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.