No matter someone's age, they likely grew up with the Scooby gang. In this case, we are referring to the animated teenagers rather than Buffy the Vampire Slayer's group of misfits. To be fair, these two universes have a habit of intersecting.
In 1969, Scooby-Doo yelped its way on screen and television legend. Mystery, Incorporated consisted of four meddling kids and their stupid dog. Among the younger viewers, Shaggy and Scooby tend to rank as the most popular. The group would go from town to town solving crimes, unmasking ghouls, and eating enough food to send shop owners spiraling towards bankruptcy. While each member served an important role, Daphne Blake was always the hardest to decipher.
In comparison to the brainy Velma, Daphne was your stereotypical "girly" girl. She wore purple, carried around a make-up kit, and had a habit of attracting trouble. At first glance, Daphne might seem shallow and straightforward, but this heroine is a lot more than cute clothes and red hair. Over the course of 50 years, Ms. Blake has amassed a fair share of dark and insane secrets, some of which are better left hidden.
With nowhere left to hide, it is time to unmask Daphne Blake! Here are 25 dark secrets you never knew about Daphne from Scooby-Doo.
25 Ghostbusters' Heavy Shadow
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo was a massive departure for the franchise. Suddenly, the ghosts were real! By this point, Daphne was reinstated as a full-time member of the team, although Fred and Velma remained in the dark. In order to compliment Scrappy's terribleness, the series introduced Flim-Flam, who turned annoying into an art form.
Vincent Price was okay. We guess.
The new direction was due to Ghostbusters, which was released a couple of months before the launch of the series. Hanna-Barbera wanted a piece of that pie. When it comes to Daphne, her appearance bared more in common with Speed Buggy's Debbie than her original incarnation. Actually, Daphne and April O'Neil could easily pass for twins.
24 Daphne Was Hardly Scooby-Doo's Leading Lady...
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! always included a segment when Mystery Incorporated would split up to cover more ground. Fred and Daphne would venture forth on their own, while Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby headed down a path that inadvertently led to the ghost or monster. This formula inspired viewers to question whether Fred and Daphne were actually a couple, as they seemed to enjoy spending time together. Eventually, this rumor gained traction, with later incarnations pushing the duo into an official romance. In the original series, their relationship was completely innocent. The creators simply preferred writing for Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby. With their roles strictly relegated to furthering the plot, Fred and Daphne were often written out of scenes to allow for the Scooby-Doo's true stars to shine. Daphne was an extra in her own series.
23 The Truth Hidden In Plain Sight
Among cartoon rumors and myths, a popular one concerning Scooby-Doo involves Velma and Daphne. Certain fans genuinely believed the former had a thing for the latter, especially in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Their wish (almost) came true.
Scooby-Doo's Hollywood debut was originally meant to spoof the classic cartoon. The Brady Bunch Movie suggested it could work, so the animated dog planned to follow suit. Sarah Michelle Gellar has spoken before about her time as Daphne Blake, but arguably the actress' most famous revelation involved a deleted scene with Linda Cardellini. If you happen to be unlucky enough to remember this trainwreck, the gang switch bodies for a couple of scenes. In a last-ditch effort to reverse the spell, Daphne and Velma try a page from Sleeping Beauty's playbook.
22 Daphne Reaches For The Gold
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery was the franchise's 21st direct-to-video movie, although it garnered quite a bit of attention due to the involvement of the WWE. Quite a number of popular wrestlers made a cameo, including Kane, Vince McMahon, and John Cena. The latter left a massive impression on Daphne, who instantly forgot about Fred and turned her attention to the champ. Despite Blake's track record of playing it cool, she quickly gave her number, email, home address, and scarf size to Cena. The dude did not even ask for them, she simply took the initiative. You know what, we respect her tenacity. Sadly, Cena barely noticed and Daphne's signals flew over his head.
21 Um, There Seems To Be Some Buffy On Your Daphne
Hollywood's live-action Scooby-Doo flicks mostly missed the mark. Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini put in decent shifts as Shaggy Rogers and Velma Dinkley, but the rest of the cast struggled to capture the spirit of the original characters. The blame does not fall exclusively on the actors or actresses, as they could only follow what was written in the script. Sarah Michelle Gellar's main claim to fame has to be her run as Buffy Summers in Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The first Scooby-Doo movie launched when Gellar was working on the TV series, which might have influenced Daphne's portrayal. Rather than a live-action Ms. Blake, Gellar's version felt like Buffy Summers cosplaying as the popular cartoon teenager. In the films, Daphne is a martial artist who takes a more active role in combat.
20 An Unexpected Turn Of Events
In these troubling times, we need something to believe in. Faced with instability and unpredictability, there are a couple of truths which stand the test of time. As one of society's bedrocks, we have come to accept that Shaggy and Scooby cannot be outeaten. Regardless of the generation, the duo's stomach will remain undefeated.
Yet, the times they are a changing.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated shattered this small comfort. In the cartoon's 19th episode, Daphne leaves Shaggy and Scooby in her dust. She ate until nobody could deny who was the real big eater for the night. Years of watching as Rogers and his dog cleaned everyone's plates lit a fire inside Daphne's belly, as she rose above expectations and took the throne. The universe will never be the same again.
19 The Endless Void
As the years rolled by, Daphne soaked up a couple of quirks or personality traits from other popular shows. In essence, What's New, Scooby-Doo? tried to return to the franchise's classic formula, only with a heavier focus on comedy and character development. The series lacked a bit of staying power, but it was nice to see Mystery Inc. focus on what they do best.
Daphne's main power is her purse.
When it comes to the gang, Daphne's role received the most substantial update. She refused to be treated like a walking punchline and when the team found itself in a spot of bother, Daphne would often save them. Far from the strongest or smartest character in the group, Daphne macgyvered her way out of frustrating situations by rummaging through her purse for the perfect gadget. The cartoon avoided making this TOO absurd, but the girl's bag seemed to have enough room to carry an entire wardrobe.
18 Giving The (Older) Fans What They Want
For a cartoon character, some might be inclined to describe Daphne as visually appealing. Hanna-Barbera's 2D heroine probably served as the first crush for quite a few young viewers, but the earlier shows rarely tried pushing the envelope. While Scooby-Doo's redhead falls short of Jessica Rabit or the tamest anime, the cartoon is not above fanservice. Unsurprisingly, Daphne tends to act as Scooby-Doo's answer to Harley Quinn.
Time for a beach episode.
This is especially true when it comes to the recent animated movies. Aloha, Scooby-Doo takes place in Hawaii, providing Daphne a perfect excuse to try out her new summer wear. On the other hand, 2010's Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare showed that she does not need much of a reason to change her clothes.
17 How Does Mystery Incorporated Finance Its Adventures?
Cartoons and logic rarely need to interact. While that might be true for classics like Tom & Jerry and The Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo is presented as a more grounded and investigative series. The gang's power is intelligence and logic, so the stories are required to be consistent. One of the biggest questions looming over Hanna-Barbera's franchise concerns the financial burdens of their trips. Focusing only on the original series, the teenagers are clearly not employed; so, how do they pay for expenses? Feeding Shaggy and Scooby must cost a small fortune!
Thankfully, Daphne has a big fortune. Mystery Incorporated's redhead comes from a wealthy family who can afford mansions and butlers. Okay, that makes a lot of sense! Daphne's main role in the team is to act as a bank.
16 The Many Faces Of Daphne Blake
Scooby-Doo is slowly approaching its 50th birthday. Mystery Inc. has experienced a ton of adventures, with each member going through numerous changes. For example, late on, the franchise decided to give Fred a personality besides "leader." Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby have remained largely intact, but Daphne's life has been a long rollercoaster ride. She has gone from incompetent to an expert martial artist while securing numerous jobs along the way. While her main profession tends to be journalism, which is often used as an excuse to solve mysteries, Daphne also worked as a fashionista. At times, it has felt like Scooby-Doo has no clue what to do with Daphne. Could this be on purpose? It is hardly uncommon for a young adult to lack direction. Could Daphne be one of television's most grounded portrayals of a teenager? That might be stretching it.
15 Daphne Possess Certain "Skills"
Assisted by her Harry Potter-ish bag of wonder, Daphne has picked up a couple of useful tricks. Sarah Michelle Gellar's version only needs make-up to unlock a cage, while the animated incarnations have pulled off more than their fair share of mesmerizing escapes. If the mystery-solving business dries up, Daphne has all the skills necessary to become a master thief. Considering the villains who populate Scooby-Doo's universe, she would instantly rank among the best of the bunch. Where did she learn these tricks, anyway? Admittedly, there are tutorials for everything on the internet, but Daphne does not seem like the type of person who would follow a YouTube video on how to pick locks. Could the Blake family be hiding an even darker secret? Gang, it seems we have a mystery on our hands!
14 Daphne, Stop Getting In The Way!
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is the latest entry in Hanna-Barbera's franchise. Following up the fantastic Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, this series decided to go in a more comedic direction. The team is presented as caricatures of themselves and the mysteries serve more as a backdrop for the group's hijinks.
Ms. Blake is slightly insane.
Daphne is presented as a hyper teenager who desperately wants to experience everything the world has to offer. In every single episode, she obsesses over same mundane activity or trend, before moving on to something else. Admittedly, this version of Daphne is more than capable of handling herself, but she often gets in the gang's way. At times, Velma refuses to be paired up with her, actively choosing to go with Scooby and Shaggy. Occasionally, Fred even loses his temper since Daphne seems more preoccupied with having a good time than solving the mystery.
13 Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Anyone else found it puzzling that members of Mystery Inc. were typically described as kids in the original series? In comparison with the villains, Shaggy and company might come across as pretty young, but we would hardly call someone in their mid-20s as kids. Fred drives like a seasoned pro and Daphne dresses like an uptown housewife. How old could they really be?
Ready for a shock?
In Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Daphne is 16 years old! She cannot even vote! Incredibly, she is not the youngest of the group, with Velma acting as her junior by a single year. Fred and Shaggy are only 17; so, technically, there is not a single adult within Mystery Inc. Apparently, we were wrong to doubt the cartoon's campy villains. Clearly, they know better.
12 The Dark (Scrappy-Doo) Ages
Scrappy-Doo was a travesty. Okay, that is not COMPLETELY fair, as the annoying puppy tends to be popular with children, but everyone makes mistakes. With more than a decade on the air, Hanna-Barbera shook things up by adding Scooby-Doo's nephew to the mix. Brash and overly talkative, Scrappy was his uncle's exact opposite. Unfortunately, he was racking in the cash for the studio, who promoted Scrappy to a title character.
Guess who was shown the door?
Alongside Fred and Velma, Daphne disappeared from America's screens and lives. Four years passed without a mention of the redhead, before The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show brought the character back from limbo. At the time, Daphne was the only one to be revived as a full-time cast member.
11 Road Rage
Scooby-Doo has gone through dozens of different incarnations, but Hanna-Barbera has never stated whether they are canon. As the shows and movies tend to reference each other, we have to assume they are occurring within the same universe and timeline. Building on this basis, Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness establishes that Daphne does not have a driver's license. Well, that is definitely an issue, as she has gotten behind the wheel in quite a few of the previous movies. While this might just be a continuity error, we prefer to believe that Daphne is a rebel who cares not about the rules of the road. If Ms. Blake wants to drive the Mystery Machine, there is no warden who can stop her. Daphne is the true menace.
10 Stay Away From Chocolate For Valentine's Day
Children's cartoons love to include a character who is labeled as a chocoholic. It is an obvious metaphor and one that is unlikely to annoy any (reasonable) parents. A small bite of the good stuff sends them into a frenzy, as they try to get their hands on more chocolate.
Once you try chocolate, there is no going back.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated employed this joke for a couple of episodes, turning the usually level-headed Daphne into an insane chocoholic. The Gathering Gloom episode established that only a tiny sample is required to send Daphne running for the hills. The poor girl has developed no tolerance for chocolate, so the only remaining option was to go cold turkey. Daphne might be rich and popular, but everyone has their kryptonite.
9 Daphne Stopped Worrying A Long Time Ago
Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma brought the laughs. Fred and Daphne acted as straight men to the trio's (unintentional) hijinks, but recent incarnations have tried to stray away from these tropes. What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Mystery Incorporated turned Fred into somewhat of an idiot, leaving Daphne as the only "normal" member of Mystery Incorporated.
Oh, that is no longer the case.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! turned everything upside down and inside out. Daphne is easily the funniest character, as she goes through eccentric quirks faster than Shaggy can finish a burger. The rest of the gang might try to solve a mystery, but Daphne only wants to have fun. The teenager is a bundle of energy and sarcasm is her greatest skill. Admittedly, she is practically a completely different character, but we like this version of Daphne.
8 Scatterbrain Daphne
Daphne's place in the gang is hard to decipher. The teenager is quite intelligent, but Velma definitely has her number. While possessing some leadership skills, Daphne is destined to live in Fred's Shadow. When it comes to bait, Blake is an amateur next to Shaggy or Scooby.
Why are you here?
Daphne possesses characteristics exhibited by the rest of the gang, although she does not excel in one particular area. Crucially, Daphne can be a goof or ridiculously absent-minded. The best example occurs in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated's seventh episode, when the mystery-solver refuses to notice a clue. A ghostly helper pushes an important book off the shelf near Daphne, who returns it without reading a single page. This comedy routine repeats for a couple of times before the frustrated ghost spells it out for her.
7 Cold As Ice
The Daphne fans know and love is caring and a genuinely nice person, but that was not always the case. Flashbacks and prequels, including A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, paint the wealthy girl as somewhat of an ice queen. Arguably a product of her sheltered and pampered upbringing, the younger Daphne is usually depicted as sarcastic and slightly obnoxious. While the rest of her family continue to possess these character traits; over the years, the fashion conscious redhead seems to have matured. Considering she spends the majority of her time hanging around with Shaggy and Scooby, Daphne had to drop her smug personality or they would have driven her insane. Apparently, nothing solves a bad attitude like some good old fashioned mystery-solving.
6 Locked In The Closet
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! followed a set formula. Week after week, Mystery Inc. would roll into town and learn about the existence of a ghost, prompting Fred to declare that "they have a mystery" on their hands.
No need to fix what is not broken.
The main characters were assigned specific roles for each episode. As the bland leader, Fred gave the orders and set the traps. The well-read Velma often solved the mystery by putting the clues together. Scooby and Shaggy served as bait, while Daphne accidentally did the same thing. Putting aside her later incarnations, Blake's main skill was an ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As THE quintessential damsel-in-distress, Daphne spent most of the adventures locked in a closet and waiting for the gang to save her. This character flaw would persist throughout the ages, but it used to be Daphne's defining feature.
5 The Many Voices Of Daphne Blake
Temporarily ignoring the live-action movies; over the decades, Daphne's voice has gone through a great many changes. With the series spanning multiple generations, nobody should be surprised to learn that Blake's voice actress has been updated a couple of times. Stefanianna Christopherson was the original Daphne, but she only lasted for a single season. In 1970, Heather North stepped into the role and her voice is probably tied to most people's memories of the show. She voiced the character for 15 years and was brought back numerous times.
Who was the best?
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and its spiritual sequels are regarded as some of the franchise's finest moments. By the late '90s, North had moved on, so Mary Kay Bergman was brought in for the movies. The actress only worked on the animated films, prompting Hanna-Barbera to hire Grey DeLisle as North's long-term replacement. Including each incarnation of the character, 10 different actresses have stepped into Daphne's shoes.
4 Nosferatu's Bride
With the exception of a handful of instances, Mystery Incorporated rarely deals with real-live monsters. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost subverted this trope, but the remaining films tend to stick close to the original formula. Still, there is always a slight chance the gang is dealing with an actual ghost.
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire follows Scooby and the team as they investigate some strange happenings at a theatre, which happens to be rehearsing for a vampire-themed show. Daphne becomes interested in Bram, who believes he is a genuine vampire. Daphne seems oddly okay with this and feels honored when Bram picks her to serve as his bride, although her enthusiasm quickly drops once she learns it was all an act. Daphne does not date actors.
3 Runs In The Family
While on the subject of Daphne's terrible luck; apparently, she inherited this trait from her family. Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster sees the gang traveling to Scotland to visit Daphne's sister, Shannon Blake, who lives in a massive castle overlooking Loch Ness.
Yes, Daphne is Scottish. The accent is an obvious giveaway.
As they prepare to solve one of the world's greatest myths, Shannon explains how the Blake family developer an ancient tradition where they would consistently get captured by ghosts and ghouls. This specific incident happens often enough for the family to recognize it as a family trait. Everyone's favorite redhead was literally born to be a damsel-in-distress. With destiny out to get her, Daphne deserves some praise for surviving for this long.
2 Mystery Incorporated's Passionate Redhead
Daphne spent a number of years struggling to discover a personality. At times, it felt like she was merely coming along for the ride, but a couple of character traits (or flaws) did slowly start to bloom. At first, Daphne's most prominent feature was her temper, a trait that has survived the test of time. Without exception, Daphne tends to have the shortest fuse within Mystery Incorporated. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! ditched this trope, but the previous incarnations largely stayed true to this formula. In Mystery Incorporated, Daphne had a habit of jumping to conclusions and, due to Fred's obliviousness, losing her cool. While Scooby and Shaggy might scream the loudest, Daphne is the most overtly emotional member of the gang.
1 Stuck Between A Rock And A Dumb Place
Anyone familiar with Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and The Scooby-Doo Show should recognize the phrase "Danger-Prone Daphne." No matter what she did or where they went, this nickname stuck to Daphne like a piece of chewed gum. As previously mentioned, the redhead had a habit of finding herself in perilous situations; on special occasions, she would trap herself.
Pianos can be tricky.
In Scared a Lot in Camelot, Daphne did the impossible and managed to get captured by an inanimate object. The team set up a trap to catch Merlin and the Black Knight, one that depended on Daphne playing a song on a piano. Incredibly, she got her finger stuck between the keys and the plan fell apart. Honestly, she had to be doing this on purpose.