You No Longer Have to Guess at Velma's Sexual Orientation

'Scooby-Doo' character crushes hard on a woman in new Halloween flick
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2022 11:56 AM CDT
Updated Oct 9, 2022 11:30 AM CDT

The sexual orientation of Scooby-Doo character Velma Dinkley has been as hot a topic as that of any actual celebrity—and perhaps more so, given that fans haven't received clear confirmation of their suspicions for "generations," per Deadline—until now. In the animated HBO Max flick Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, released digitally on Tuesday, Velma's attraction to another woman is acknowledged outright. Upon meeting famous fashion designer Coco Diablo, Velma takes in her brilliant mind and attractive appearance as she blushes and her glasses fog up.

"I didn't know convicted felons were your type," fellow Mystery Incorporation crew member Daphne Blake (Grey Griffin) says to Velma (Kate Micucci), referring to Coco (Myrna Velasco), per the Hollywood Reporter. "I'm crushing big-time, Daphne," Velma responds. "What do I do? What do I say?" In another scene, Velma adopts a lovestruck expression as Coco calls her "the cute one" and touches her shoulder. In yet another interaction with Coco, Velma's glasses literally melt off her face. This means Velma is now "officially a lesbian,” according to Variety, which reports this fact has been "an open secret among fans and Scooby-Doo creatives" for years.

James Gunn, director of 2002's live-action Scooby-Doo and the 2004 sequel, previously noted his intention was to portray Velma as "explicitly gay" but said Warner Bros. interfered. Tony Cervone, a producer for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the animated series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013, also described Velma as "gay"—"not bi." He added the series showed sparks between Velma and female character Marcie Fleach, though their relationship wasn't explicitly acknowledged. "OMG LESBIAN VELMA FINALLY," reads one Tuesday tweet, liked more than 225,000 times. (Read more LGBTQ stories.)

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