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    Scrappy-Doo (Lennie Weinrib)

    NOTE: This page is dedicated to the late Lennie Weinrib (1935-2006) and the late Don Messick (1926-1997).

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    Scrappy-Doo (Lennie Weinrib)
    Remove the S, capitalize the C, replace the D with a P, and what do you get?
    Gender: Male
    Type: Loathsome Egotist who's responsible for coining the trope Scrappy
    Age: TBA
    Species: Great Dane (Dog)
    Portrayed by: Lennie Weinrib
    Don Messick
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Scooby-Doo
    First appearance: The Scooby & Scrappy Doo Show


    Scrappy-Doo is a fictional Great Dane puppy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1979, with the catchphrases "Scrappy Dappy Doo!", "Lemme at 'em!" and "Puppy Power!". He is the nephew of Hanna-Barbera cartoon star Scooby-Doo. Scrappy-Doo has appeared in a number of the various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo franchise. The late Lennie Weinrib provided his voice for one season in 1979, and from 1980 on it was performed by Don Messick (who also voiced Scooby-Doo). In the first live-action theatrical movie, video games, and commercials, he was voiced by Scott Innes. Scrappy-Doo was able to save the show's ratings which by 1979 had begun to sink to the point of cancellation threats from ABC.

    Why He's Really (and will Always be) a Scrappy

    1. He mostly existed to save the declining ratings of Scooby-Doo, and while that may be great and all, it also contributed to the downfall of the franchise.
    2. He tries to challenge monsters much stronger than him to a fight in the most overwhelmingly annoying and predictable ways possible.
    3. His catchphrases like "Let me at em!" and "Puppy...Power!" will get old and tedious pretty quickly.
    4. His design, while kinda cute, feels unoriginal and pointless, with it being deliberately intended to look like a miniature or infant version of Scooby-Doo.
      • Unlike his uncle Scooby-Doo or his other relatives, he doesn't shockingly even at the slightest look like a Great Dane, since his head looks like an American Terrier's while his body resembles a dachshund.[1].
      • Also, unlike Scooby-Doo, he somehow has this strange tendency to stand up on his hind legs like a human for no apparent reason, which could resort in a plot-hole.
    5. His character generally feels out of place in the gang. While the gang is cowardly or resourceful, Scrappy-Doo is mostly noisy and obnoxious, and sometimes messes with the flow of the episode.
      • Not helping is the fact that following his first appearance, and despite improving after the original 1979-1980 season that introduced him, he basically replaced the roles of mh:greatcharacters:Fred Jones and mh:greatcharacters:Velma Dinkley (whom are basically the brains of the Mystery Inc.) and Daphne Blake as the main characters of the Scooby-Doo franchise with mh:greatcharacters:Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo being the only main characters which stayed on, especially in his earliest appearances, though mh:greatcharacters:Daphne Blake, Fred and Velma are eventually slowly restored back into Scooby-Doo franchise as the series progresses.
    6. He acts way too loud, that he becomes grating to hear after a while.
    7. He has a big ego, and he is often oblivious to Scooby's fear.
    8. Despite being absolutely hated, he was even made the villain in the first live action Scooby-Doo movie in order to mock his low popularity. He was originally an obnoxious and brave puppy with plenty of redeeming qualities in the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979) cartoon, but then he improved, where his good counterpart was a brave, kind, smarter, and only occasionally annoying puppy in the 1980s Scooby-Doo cartoons. However, his live-action version was horribly flanderized into an intentionally obnoxious and insufferable jerk with almost absolutely zero redeeming qualities whatsoever who holds an intense grudge against the entire gang (including his uncle Scooby-Doo) in the live-action film. There was also a scene where he provided toilet humor, as he urinated on Daphne.
      • Scrappy may have been an obnoxious jerk in Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), but not to this extent of being diabolical like how writer James Gunn and Warner Bros. made him out to be in the 2002 live-action film, all because both James Gunn and Warner Bros. hated the character.
      • In fact, after the movie, he has never came back in the Scooby-Doo franchise, with Mystery Inc. even making a pact to never mention him again, except for brief cameos where he only exists just to reflect on how hated he has become after said movie by either having the onscreen characters hate him, have something bad happen to Scrappy-Doo for no reason whatsoever, or have Scrappy-Doo be an angry jerk to other characters, or both, thus completely downgrading this character.
    9. His voice performance by the late Lennie Weinrib is below average and pretty annoying with very little emotion and effort put into it, as he also speaks in an unnecessary Brooklyn accent.
    10. This infamous Cartoon Network bumper where he rants and holds grudges towards all the toons of the Cartoon Network on how he has been largely ignored by Cartoon Network, including the infamous scene of him making Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory cry at the end of the bumper. Keep in mind that this Cartoon Network bumper was produced and aired around the same time as the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo film which completely ruins Scrappy's character altogether to become even worse than he previously was.

    "Puppy...Power!" Qualities

    Note: These redeeming qualities only apply to his original 1979 counterpart.

    1. As the series progressed after Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), and when Don Messick took over the role, Scrappy-Doo started to become a whole lot better portrayed as he became more nicer, his ego decreased, he was more observant, and did many helpful things, such as stopping monsters. He also began to know when to not pick fights with villains, and when to pick fights with villains. This is unlike most TV shows, which don't understand that a certain character is bad. Well...until the 2002 movie that is.
    2. While his character design is flawed, he does look kinda cute.
    3. While he can still be an obnoxious jerk at times at least he is still very friendly to a lot of those he meets.
    4. He is shown to be a quite good fighter whenever he has any actual action scenes.
    5. He saved the Scooby-Doo franchise's ratings from sinking completely.
    6. He is at least braver than most of the gang. He is cocky but brave.
    7. Like a good dog, he's loyal and cares about his friends, especially his uncle.
    8. He's proved to be quite smart and resourceful on occasion.
    9. Despite his annoying traits, he is an overall good puppy who cares about Mystery Inc., wants to be a big hero like his uncle, and overall has good intentions.

    Trivia

    • Similar to Ned Flanders from The Simpsons and Flanderization, the unlikable character TV trope (named The Scrappy) is named after him.
    • The reason Scrappy-Doo is such a hated character is because he is one of those characters that have their flaws presented and exaggerated so much that it makes him seem more hated, and it causes other people to join in the hate. Warner Bros. decided to join in on this hate, and for years they have constantly been bashing Scrappy-Doo by removing him from advertisements, trailers, and DVD and VHS covers. They even went as far as to make him the main antagonist of the first live-action film, in an attempt to axe the character from the franchise entirely, and they succeeded. And they portrayed him as an unlikable character in the TV promos.
    • After the 2002 live-action film, he has never been heard from or seen again, aside from a few cameos that get mocked and a few non-cameo appearances; in Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, Fred tells Daphne to stay away from the Scrappy-Doo statue and promises that they will never speak of him again, and in Jellystone!, Scrappy-Doo appears on a milk carton in the episode "Bleep".
    • Similar to his nephew Scooby-Doo, he has not appeared or been mentioned in the HBO Max original series Velma.

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