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There Was A Conspiracy To Make You Hate Scrappy-Doo, And We Can Prove It

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In 1979, Scrappy-Doo was brought on to revitalize the Scooby-Doo franchise. Before long, the charismatic Great Dane had taken center stage, pushing Daphne, Velma, and Fred out of the spotlight. 

However, Scrappy's reign was short-lived. In 1988, he vanished from the scene completely, and when he returned in the late '90s, the cartoon industry had soured on his persona.

Cartoon Network began running promotional shorts that besmirched the pint-sized star's reputation, then the live-action Scooby-Doo movie turned everyone against Scrappy by making him the main antagonist.

While some might attribute Scrappy's fall from grace to his annoying cartoon voice, there's compelling evidence to suggest the dog caught the short end of the stick. There's even an extremely meta Scooby-Doo fan theory that attempts to shed light on why people dislike Scrappy-Doo. If it's to be believed, Scrappy may not be to blame for his unscrupulous public image. 

  • Scrappy Is A Major Antagonist In The 'Scooby Apocalypse' Comics

    Scrappy Is A Major Antagonist In The 'Scooby Apocalypse' Comics
    Photo: DC Comics

    In 2016, DC Comics launched a gritty Scooby-Doo reboot comic called Scooby Apocalypse. The teen-rated story follows Scooby and the gang as they traverse mutant-infested badlands. 

    In this wretched future, Scrappy-Doo is a survivor of the "smart dog" program, an initiative carried out in secret at an underground facility in Nevada. Free to roam the wastes, Scrappy has two main goals: he wants to use cybernetic implants to increase his anthropomorphism, and he dreams of murdering Scooby. 

    It seems that even in an imagined post-apocalyptic future, Scrappy-Doo is destined to be at odds with the rest of Mystery Incorporated. 

  • Scrappy Lends His Name To A Negative TV Trope

    When new characters are added in midway through a series's run, there's no guarantee they'll gel with the rest of the cast (let alone fans). When such a character is universally reviled, they embody a common TV trope known as The Scrappy.

    For a character to reach Scrappy status, fans need to be able to rally around their shared hatred, to the point that disliking said character becomes a fandom in and of itself. Bella Swan from the Twilight series and Jar Jar Binks from The Phantom Menace are two other notable Scrappies. 

  • Scooby-Dum Fared Better With Audiences Than Scrappy

    Scooby-Dum Fared Better With Audiences Than Scrappy
    Video: YouTube

    Scooby-Dum served as a precursor to Scrappy, as he was a supporting character in The Scooby-Doo Show during the late '70s. Referred to as Scooby-Doo's cousin, he's a buck-toothed dimwit who's, in his own way, endearing.

    Scooby-Dum never enjoyed the central role that Scrappy achieved, but he embodies the creators' attempts to reach outside the immediate Scooby Gang for material. Interestingly, Scooby-Dum is generally well-liked, and even received his own Funko Pop vinyl figure in 2017. 

  • Scrappy Made Cameos In 'Harvey Birdman'

    Long after his run on Scooby-Doo came to an end, Scrappy managed to find a home on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. In 10 different episodes, Scrappy has blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameos. He's even seen crying during Harvey's funeral in the final episode.