by Aaryan Gondal

Scooby-Doo has been around for quite a few decades now. Characters like Shaggy and Scooby have continued to entertain us with their humor and childish behavior, while other characters like Velma have continued to outsmart as we ourselves try to solve the mystery with the gang while being immersed into the screen. Scooby-Doo has been successful for so many years now, but why? what keeps it going?

It’s actually quite simple. It’s what I like to call the Scooby-Doo Plot Formula.

Like every episode/movie ever to be made with Scooby-Doo, it first starts with the gang visiting a location. Thinking they’ve finally got a break from all this mystery-solving, they’re ready to hit the road or snack on something really delicious. But what next? By now you’ve probably already guessed. There’s a monster lurking around the town. An old legend of a dead man, an evil beast found in the water, a wannabe zombie, well the possibilities are endless, but we’re always treated with something new. Later as the fear intensifies, the gangs then forced to put an end to all of this. That’s when the action starts to unravel. Scenes with Scooby and Shaggy running, Fred thinking of setting a trap, Daphne combing her hair and Velma trying to put all the pieces together. We’re now slowly coming to an end. Any guesses about what’s gonna happen next? Well like always Shaggy and Scooby are used as bait to lure the villain into Fred’s trap. Fred with the aid of Daphne and Velma finally manages to catch and then comes the much-awaited scene where the villains finally unmasked. Viewers are on their feet, jumping with excitement as the mysteries finally about to be solved, and then it happens. The villains unmasked and he or she is finally revealed to be ________. Right after this, we see a short clip of the story and motive of the villain’s actions through their perspective in an entertaining flashback. And finally, as the officer gets ready to the villain into prison, he or she yells!

“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

That is the Scooby-Doo plot formula. So next time you’re watching a Scooby-Doo movie or episode. Be sure to remember every single detail I just mentioned above.

Aaryan Gondal is a member of the Ascent Newspaper Club and a 10th grader in Ascend International School. He loves to write about sports (football in particular), technology and inspirational stories. Aaryan has been writing for the Ascent for over a year now. Through the Ascent, he informs, entertains and educates the community around him.