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    Velma Dinkley (Velma TV series incarnation)

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    Velma Dinkley
    "Jinkies! What have they done to me?!" -
    Velma Dinkley when Mindy Kaling and the writers raceswapped and flanderized her.
    Gender: Female
    Type: Unlikable, cantankerous, "witty" jerk
    The mean-spirited side of Velma
    Age: 15
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Mindy Kaling
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Velma (2023)
    First appearance: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? (1969)


    Velma Dinkley is the titular main protagonist of the critically-generally mixed 2023-24 Max (formerly known as HBO Max) adult animated series Velma, a spinoff series based on the Scooby-Doo franchise. She is voiced by a producer of the show, Mindy Kaling, who is best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor in the critically acclaimed show The Office and she also voiced Disgust from the 2015 Disney-Pixar critically acclaimed film Inside Out, the first film in the Inside Out franchise, where she was recasted by Lisa Lapria in Inside Out 2.

    In general, she is one of the most beloved cartoon characters; unfortunately, she has suffered a horrendous case of flanderization in her self-named series.

    Why She Goes "Jinkies!" So Badly

    1. First and foremost, this iteration of Velma is barely anything like her actual Scooby-Doo counterpart since this 2023 show of her first name was supposed to be the prequel of the entire Scooby-Doo franchise as she has more bad traits than the actual Velma, resulting in her being flanderized beyond recognition. Sound familiar? She shockingly makes her Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! incarnation more likable in comparison.
      • She is unnecessarily race-swapped into being South Asian and serves as an example of her voice actress and producer Mindy Kaling portraying Indian girls as self-loathing, something that she is known for in her style of writing.
      • If anything, she feels more like a self-insert caricature of Mindy cosplaying as the character rather than the actual Velma.
      • More insultingly, all of her bad traits as described below are hardly even displayed in the actual Velma in the slightest, which just shows how Mindy Kaling knew nothing about Scooby-Doo and the Velma Dinkley character in general, despite Mindy Kaling herself claiming that she identifies with the Velma character, hypocritically.
      • Not to mention she has become a criminal mastermind in the style of a drug dealer making her very aggressive as being a drug dealer in reality solves nothing and creates conflict.
    2. Her character design, while somewhat faithful, renders her to be near-unrecognizable, as she looks too much like Quinn Ergon from Final Space in terms of how her eyes and lips are drawn.
    3. As she lacks the traits of her original self, she is super rude and mean-spirited to everyone, mostly insulting them for the smallest things. And worse, she hardly even shuts up about it every minute she's on-screen.
      • She also lacks her original counterpart's intelligence, and instead, she stubbornly refuses to ever admit she is wrong about anything.
      • There is also evidence, where she is nowhere smart, such as Norville, does work on her math homework and believes in flat earth theory.
    4. The cruel scene in episode 3 in which she reads from Daphne's journal in front of the audience, expecting them to cheer for her because she "made Daphne vulnerable".
    5. She is a pretty bad friend to Norville, who is the real name of his nickname, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo’s pet owner, as she laughs when he tries to talk to her and tries to get him to get her stuff.
    6. Additionally, she is shown to be a hypocrite as she critiques sexism and fat-shaming but is herself a slut-shamer who assumes all popular kids are dumb and shallow.
    7. She is extremely ungrateful, as she is pleased with the thought of her pregnant stepmom being arrested and is glad Fred was arrested, even though he previously saved her from a school riot, albeit getting her gender wrong.
    8. Her backstory is not sympathetic as she was abusive to her mother until she lost her eye.
    9. She even acts way too short-tempered, to the point that it becomes exaggerated and unfunny.
    10. Awful first impressions: In the first reveal trailer, she is seen sending a death threat to the employees of HBO Max because of how they butchered Judy Jetson's character, which was a bad start to introduce her character. The writers probably wanted her to be self-aware, but it failed horribly as discussed below.
    11. Additionally, she was just made to insult viewers who don't like the show, as in the second trailer and episode two she is seen saying "Adults who still watch cartoons" as an insult which screams to the world that animation is only for kids and that if adults and teenagers watch it, then they're immature.
      • Yes, cartoons have a level of complexity that is toned down for younger audiences to understand, but adults can enjoy a level of charm to it. We're at an age where many children's cartoons, including the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Likewise, many adult cartoons (both good and bad) have an unbearably large amount of violence, toilet humor, swearing, and jokes that are plain offensive to brag about how their shows aren't meant for children.
      • This also comes off as very hypocritical of her as she is saying this in an adult cartoon from an IP that was originally meant for kids. In a way, this is a double standard and doesn't work as a joke.
    12. She also has poor detective skills, which results in her failing to find the murderer at the high school.
      • Additionally, most of the time she is making more jokes rather than investigating to find the murderer.
    13. She is also occasionally very gross as in the ending to "Marching Band Sleepover", she dared to smile after losing one of her teeth with blood leaking out from her mouth. That is an eyesore to look at, although this was the fault of a police officer because he knocked out Velma's tooth with his car.
    14. In the season 1 finale, The Brains of the Operation, she's happy that Fred’s mom got impaled by stalactite and starts twerking over her corpse. Even if Fred’s mom was a villain who turned out to be the killer, this moment is unnecessarily tasteless and mean-spirited, especially considering Fred was with her when it happened, very distressed about it. Showing her unsympathetic hypocrisy by leaving an evil smirk on her face celebrating her victory.
    15. Since she's the main character, she appears in every episode, meaning we have to put up with this nuisance to no end
    16. To make matters worse, this version of Velma makes the original to modern versions of Velma look bad in comparison.
    17. Because of all these reasons and overall, this incarnation of Velma has become the most hated character of not only the entire show (despite being the main protagonist, ironically) but the entire Scooby-Doo franchise, even surpassing both Scrappy-Doo (including his villainous 2002 live-action incarnation) and the original version of Flim-Flam McScam combined. And that makes her not only a scrappy, but also the worst character in the entire Scooby-Doo franchise, and also one of the worst characters in adult animation history.
    18. While her death in the season 2 finale is satisfying, as she is finally killed off by Scrappy-Doo, this can be seen as way too disturbing to some Scooby-Doo fans.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Despite not being as great as Velma's previous voice actors like Kate Micucci or Mindy Cohn, Mindy Kaling does a good job voicing Velma for the most part and is the best cast member who has the best acting in which she puts her twist to Velma's voice, not just an imitation of Kate Micucci's Velma voice.
    2. Her design is at least scarcely faithful despite being mentioned at WSGJSB#2.
      • Speaking of her design, in the episode "Velma Kai", her hair design is decent and like that from the original Scooby-Doo.
    3. Luckily, she still does have some traits from her original counterpart, such as her catchphrase, "Jinkies!", being here.
    4. She got her comeuppance, knocked down by Sheriff Cogburn's police car, and ended up being arrested in the episode "Marching Band Sleepover" due to her violating curfew and insulting the police while he was driving.
      • She was finally called out by Norville in episode 9, in which he points out her hypocrisy and cruelty, which is very satisfying.
    5. She is a much better and more likable character outside this show. Yes, that even includes Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! and the live-action movies, which makes her flanderization sadder than ever.
    6. She thankfully gets her comeuppance in the second season, as she is finally killed off by Scrappy-Doo.

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