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Scooby-Doo character
Velma Dace Dinkley
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Gender Female
Species Human

Velma Dace Dinkley is a fictional character in the American television animated series Scooby-Doo. Being the youngest member of Mystery, Inc., she is much shorter than the rest of the gang (other than Scooby) and is the most intelligent. Without her glasses, her vision is quite poor, and she is prone to losing them. She is usually seen wearing a baggy orange sweater, short pleated skirt, knee socks, and Mary Janes.

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Character biography

Velma is the youngest and most intelligent in the group and often makes great use of her skills in such areas as reading Chinese or Japanese, deciphering scientific formulas, operating communications equipment, being logical and so forth. She, and sometimes, along with her, Fred Jones, are the ones who usually figure out the mystery. A running gag of the series is Velma's trouble with keeping her glasses on her face (usually from being accidentally knocked off her face while being chased by the villain). In the early episode "Foul Play in Funland," Scooby and Shaggy becomes even more terrified than usual when Velma takes them for a "ride" in a bumper car without her glasses, as she is very nearsighted. When Scooby and Shaggy are too afraid to volunteer for a mission (which tends to be most of the time), Velma often offers him a dog treat called a "Scooby Snack" as a bribe. Another somewhat running gag is that she is actually stronger than she appears, often able to carry Shaggy and Scooby in her arms and still be able to run. On occasions she's able to carry Daphne and Freddy too, managing to carry all four, still able to run, and mysteriously know where she is going all at the same time. Early in the series, Velma was occasionally shown to be somewhat sharp-tongued, a disciplinarian (especially towards Shaggy and Scooby), and, rarely for this show, not afraid to physically attack a bad guy (as when she kicked villain-of-the-week The Creeper in the knee). In fewer times she plays the helpless damsel-in-distress role, similar to Daphne Blake, such as in the episode "That's Snow Ghost", when she is kidnapped by the Snow Ghost and tied to a log heading for a buzz saw in a saw mill, only to be saved by Scooby. In the animated movie Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, she decided to disguise herself as the mummy of Queen Cleopatra to get away from the treasure hunters. An episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo? revealed that Velma is afraid of clowns, because one destroyed the encyclopedia she got for her birthday one year. In that episode, Shaggy became brave, like Velma, and Velma became a coward, like Shaggy. This switches back to normal at the end of the episode.But in Scooby doo where are you?she dose not show as much fear to the clown

Velma is recognized by her famous orange sweater and glasses. When the gang splits up, Velma often goes off with Fred Jones and Daphne Blake but sometimes goes with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers and on occasion, even by herself. In Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! she almost always searched for clues with Fred and Daphne, but in later series and movies she splits up with the two cowards, leading the gang to believe Fred likes to be alone with Daphne. As far as the group dynamic goes, Velma is mostly the sole brain of the bunch and usually is the one to solve the mysteries, while Fred sets up the trap to catch the criminal, though the earlier episodes generally show the two of them (and, at times, the entire gang working as a detective team) leapfrogging over each other to solve the mystery. This dynamic has been exaggerated in recent portrayals to the point where Velma is the sole brain of the outfit.

Relatives

Relatives of Velma, many of whom appear to be well-educated professionals, shown during the series' run include:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dinkley: Velma's parents.
  • Madelyn Dinkley: Velma's younger sister.
  • Aunt Thelma: works with dolphins at a marine institute.
  • Dave Walton: Velma's uncle.
  • Uncle John: an archaeologist.
  • Uncle Cosmo: another archaeologist.
  • Uncle Elmo: a doctor.
  • Uncle Ted:: another archeologist
  • Aunt Meg and Uncle Evan: Velma's aunt and uncle, who live in a small town called Banning Junction which features in a Halloween episode.
  • Marcy: Velma's cousin, the daughter of Meg and Eva

Love Interests

  • Shaggy: Shaggy and Velma both have always had an on and off/love-hate relationship. He shows very little love interest in Velma in the series, but in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, he shows a large love interest in her. She rarely ever acts nice to him. Once in the while they are shown dancing together, in a friendly way.
  • Patrick: He is the Coolsonian's Criminology Institute curator in the film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He is quite shy and seems to be rather suspicious. In the end, Patrick is really a good person and has genuine feelings for her.
  • Ben Ravencroft: A successful horror and mystery novelist, Ben was seen in the film Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost as a possible love interest of Velma. She admires his work (she even states that she has read all of his books), and feels fascinated by the things they have in common with each other. But when Ben reveals that he was using her and the rest of the team so that they could find a spell book for him, she loses all interest in him to the point that she hates him.

Alternate versions and other appearances

Velma appears as a junior high school student in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, a spinoff series aired on ABC from 1988 to 1991. This version of Velma was, like the other characters, remodeled in a "wackier" Looney Tunes inspired style, with oversized glasses, a rapid walk similar to that of Marvin the Martian, and the ability to pull a large supercomputer out of an inexplicably small briefcase. Unlike her older self, she is much more quiet and shy rather than showing off her intelligence a lot.

The traditional teenaged version of Velma appeared in "Bravo Dooby Doo", a 1997 episode of Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo cartoon series produced as a homage to Scooby-Doo. In this episode, Velma develops a crush on Johnny Bravo, but he is more interested in Daphne. Ironically, a later Cartoon Network TV commercial features Johnny relating to Fred Flintstone how he and Velma had a whirlwind romance that ended when she rejected his marriage proposal. Velma is voiced in this episode by B.J. Ward.

Scooby-Doo was parodied in an episode of Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken series, aired as part of its Adult Swim block. In this parody, Velma (voiced by Linda Cardellini from the live-action Scooby films) is portrayed as a virgin constantly bemoaning her nonexistent sex life (even about the fact that the virgin lives the longest in horror films) until, by the episode's end, she sleeps with Jason Voorhees after revealing he's actually Old Man Phillips.

A handful of outside properties have featured Velma or characters derived from Velma when parodying the Scooby-Doo series. Some of these, including the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and the TV series The Venture Bros. have interpreted the Velma character as a lesbian, viewing men as "incomplete females" due to their XY chromosomes (however another episode of The Venture Bros. has "Action Johnny" mentioning he caught herpes from her, though this revelation surprised his companions who indeed did believe her to be homosexual). The character has a considerable fan base among real-life lesbians, who see her as one of their own, although the Scooby-Doo series and direct-to-video films depict her as presumably heterosexual.[1]

Performers

Velma, as portrayed by Linda Cardellini in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Velma has been voiced by several actresses. From 1969 to 1974, Nicole Jaffe voiced Velma until she got married and retired from acting to become an agent. From 1976 to 1979, Pat Stevens voiced Velma until she became a college professor and acting teacher. From 1979 to 1980, Marla Frumkin voiced Velma. Velma was silent in Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo final episode, "The Ransom of Scooby Chief". After the character's absence from 1980 to 1983 series, Marla Frumkin continued voicing Velma as a guest star in The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. Velma was absent again until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo when Christina Lange took over the role. B.J. Ward voiced Velma in Johnny Bravo crossover episode. From the animated movie, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, B.J. Ward reprised her role as Velma until to the movie Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. Nicole Jaffe continued voicing Velma in the movies, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico. Velma in new Scooby series is voiced by Mindy Cohn. In the 2002 and 2004 live-action movies, Velma is played by Linda Cardellini.

Velma is portrayed by Hayley Kiyoko in the 2009 live-action movie Scooby Doo 3: The Mystery Begins and its live-action sequel Scooby Doo 4 (filming begins in 2010).

References

  1. ^ Burke, Timothy and Burke, Kevin (1998). Saturday Morning Fever : Growing up with Cartoon Culture. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-16996-5. p 106.

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