Scooby Doo’s Velma Dinkley Comes Out as Lesbian

In the animated film Trick or Treat Scooby Doo, Velma finds herself attracted to a new character named Coco Diablo.

After so many theories about the character of Velma Dinkley in Scooby Doo, it’s now confirmed that she is a lesbian. The new animated film Trick or Treat Scooby Doo confirms this. Velma finds herself getting attracted to a character named Coco Diablo, a female owner of a costume crime syndicate.

In a short clip posted on social media, Velma blushes when she meets Coco Diablo for the first time.

In another clip, Velma admits to Daphne that she is attracted to Coco.

Why Velma coming out matters for today’s viewers

For years, Velma’s sexuality has been a topic among fans of Scooby Doo. And those behind the franchise have been trying to explain it for years. Back in a 2020 tweet, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who wrote the live-action movies released in 2002 and 2022, said that he wanted to depict Velma as gay. However, the producers took it out.

Tony Cervone, who served as supervising producer of Mystery Incorporated also shared that Velma was indeed a lesbian. But they were never able to portray it on the show.

Speaking to NPR, Audie Harrison, Trick or Treat Scooby Doo movie director, said that they never thought it was going to be groundbreaking. “While writing and directing this, I just set out to have fun with the comedy of an awkward teenage crush.”

“I actually thought it was a bigger deal for Velma’s character that she is in love with the villain of the movie. The fact that she is a girl is just…well, a fact. That being said, it does feel great to be a part of normalizing representation. Especially with such a well-known franchise like Scooby-Doo!”

First aired in 1969, Scooby Doo is about a talking dog and four teenagers who always solve mysteries. It became one of the top cartoons under Hanna-Barbera Productions and has since gotten various spin-offs including two live-animated films. In fact, many millennials and Gen Zs grew up watching Scooby Doo.

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