Fred and Daphne are a couple for the ages. They have a slow-build relationship by starting off as friends. Daphne falls first but once Fred realizes his feelings, they are on the same page. While they are young, still in high school to be specific, they face a lot of serious issues. Daphne’s parents are disapproving and Fred’s family falls apart before his eyes. But they always come back to each other. And yes, they’re cartoon characters and it’s not supposed to be that deep. But to kids who are looking for role models, it’s important that characters are kind and loving.
Scooby-Doo meant a lot of things to a lot of different people. The more philosophical saw it as a lesson in life; that the real monsters are humans. The more lighthearted just enjoyed the misadventures of some very stereotypical teenagers. Although we grew to love them through their antics, the characters are very predictable. We have the leader of the gang, a capable and morally correct jock. Following suit, we have the nerd, fashionista, and slacker. However, as the series progresses, the characters transcend their one-word tropes. They become resourceful, empathetic, and wise. They show us how to stand up for yourself and others. Continuously deceived, it is hard for any member of the gang to fully trust those they meet. Yet, they treat each new person equally and give them the benefit of the doubt. It helps that the original What’s New Scooby-Doo theme song is by Simple Plan.
23 They're How Old?
It’s easy to forget the ages of the characters due to the bizarre aging-up of female characters and the inappropriate aging of male characters. However, Fred is only 17 years old, at the start of the animated series, while Daphne is 16. This means that they originally started out as a group of high school friends. Additionally, Shaggy is 17 while Velma is 15. It is interesting that Velma is the most intelligent despite being the youngest. Even Scooby is cited as being 7 years old at the start of the series.
22 Jealousy Is A Cruel Mistress
Fred and Daphne, although there was initial attraction on Daphne’s end, didn’t start the show as a couple. They were friends who were scared to admit their mutual feelings for each other. Rather, they became jealous at any other prospects the other explored. For example, when Daphne becomes starstruck in the presence of Starchild from Kiss, she asks Fred to take pictures of the two of them together using her camera phone. Fred purposely puts his thumb in front of Starchild’s face and only captures Daphne. Additionally, Daphne becomes angry when she sees him even looking at other girls.
21 Broken Engagement
Fred finally proposed to Daphne in the episode “Dead Justice.” He places an onion ring on her finger and asks, “will you ride shotgun with me forever?” She quickly agrees saying that they’ll marry after they graduate high school. The engagement was short lived as two episodes later Fred discovers that not only was Mayor Jones the Freak of Crystal Cove, but also, he wasn’t even Fred’s Father. The Freak of Crystal Cove forced the old Mystery Incorporated out of town. Fred breaks off the engagement to grapple with this revelation and find his real parents.
20 They Were A Real Life Couple
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., Daphne and Fred in James Gunn’s live-action adaptation, are married in real life. Producers wanted a real-life couple to capture the chemistry that Fred and Daphne share. Gellar didn’t believe that she was a good match for the role but proper convincing from Gunn encouraged her to take the part. Gellar and Prinze have been married since 2002. They have a daughter and a son, neither of which are named Fred or Daphne.
19 Fred's Wandering Eye
Fred has had nine other noted female interests. These are merely interests as Fred has never actually dated anyone else. Women either show interest in him or he has fleeting feelings over physical characteristics. However, Fred always seems to go back to Daphne. He has a habit of being drawn towards the victim, or women pretending to play the victim. This leads to him being deceived on multiple occasions and falling for the villain behind the mask. An example is Lena Dupree, the werecat, from Scooby Doo on Zombie Island.
18 Daphne's Prospects
Daphne has had ten other noted male interests including John Cena and Dick Van Dyke. Daphne is in a trickier situation than Fred because Daphne’s parents are actively trying to steer her away from him. They tried setting her up with Rung Ladderton, heir to the 7th largest ladder company in town, merely for his status and looks. Her parents even compare dating someone other than Fred to “trying new meat”. Until they admit their feelings, Fred is jealous but overall approving of her other pursuits.
17 Daphne Isn't Grown Up, Gross
Fred has assumed the role of the leader due to his fearlessness and curiosity. Meanwhile, Daphne originally assumed the role of the damsel in distress by continually being taken by the monsters. Furthermore, Daphne’s color scheme leans more towards the pink side while Fred has blue tones. Given the year of the show’s conception, 1969, this is easy to pass off as part of a gender normative society. Furthermore, Daphne’s description on Scoobywikia says that she’s an “attractive teenaged female, with an hourglass figure.” Something is quite unsettling about viewing a teenager that way.
16 Denial Isn't Just A River In Egypt
While the feelings were always there, they both would not outwardly admit them for a very long time. Daphne dropped excessive hints that she wanted Fred to make the first move but he continually referred to her as a good friend. He allowed her to go on dates and refused to call her anything more than a friend. She wears a bikini in one episode to catch his eye and rubs oil on her back because “Fred likes shiny things”. Only when she gets taken by the Man Crab does he begin to realize how much he likes her.
15 Daphne Has A Lot To Live Up To
Daphne comes from a wealthy family. They immediately disapprove of not only her relationship with Fred, but also her career solving mysteries. Her four sisters are engaged, successful, and look eerily similar to Daphne. Their names are Daisy, Delilah, Dorothy, and Dawn respectively. Her parents are focused on the more superficial aspects of life while Daphne, possibly in an act of rebellion, works hard to defend her career and Fred. She notes that she likes how Fred sees things differently and wants to capture those differences. This is drastically different from the mindset she grew up around.
14 Fred's Troubled Past
Fred has a complicated relationship with his family after Mayor Jones revealed himself not to be his biological father. He also lied about his biological mother by using a picture from a magazine. He was taken as a child from his real parents, Brad Chiles and Judy Reeves. They were members of the original Mystery Incorporated. Their relationship paralleled that of Fred and Daphne. They even had their own TV show together as well. However, they turned out to be corrupt as well and were willing to deceive Fred to get what they wanted.
13 Opposites Attract
Fred is superstitious while Daphne used to not believe in the supernatural. Daphne used to be very vain while Fred was an avid reader of ghost stories and urban legends. Fred was clueless and closed off to feelings while Daphne thought with her heart. They are opposites even in color scheme, but they work very well together because they influence the other to see beyond their narrow scopes. Daphne allows Fred to feel more freely while Fred allows Daphne to think more logically.
12 Fred And Daphne Who?
Over the years, fans have come to ship Daphne and Shaggy due to their strong friendship. She worries about him and laughs at his jokes. Furthermore, she has traveled alone with Shaggy in 13 Ghosts and attends Shaggy’s sister’s wedding. This wedding occurred on the final episode of The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show. Fans also like the prospect of Fred and Velma dating as it would encompass the trope of the jock falling for the geek. It was noted that they were both the brains of most of the operations.
11 The Finish Eachothers Senten—Catchphrases
Each character has certain phrases that they say throughout the show. These are noises or words they say to signify that they’re scared or surprised. Velma’s, the most iconic, is “Jinkies!” Shaggy’s, similarly, is “Zoinks!” Daphne’s, less known, is “Jeepers!” Fred would sometimes finish Daphne’s phrase by adding “Creepers!” However, his ended up being “Hold the phone.” This phrase was short lived and didn’t gain the same popularity as the other ones did.
10 The Movie Wasn't Supposed To Be For Kids
The live-action ScDoo movies, directed by James Gunn, were almost very different from the movies we love today. Vanity Fair reported that Gunn wanted to fill the movie with cursing, grown-up jokes, and more. On Facebook, he commented, “I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into a clean cut children’s film.” Given the original air date of the series, it makes sense that the studio would want to preserve its integrity. However, it’s interesting to wonder what Fred and Daphne’s relationship would’ve looked like in this hypothetical movie.
9 They Have Cute Nicknames For Eachother
Like most couples, Fred and Daphne have nicknames that only they called each other. Daphne calls Fred “Freddie” while Daphne is referred to as “Danger Prone Daphne.” Daphne’s is used by the team rather than being specified by Fred. This nickname has obvious origins as Daphne frequently is the damsel in distress. She finds herself taken the most often and, at least when the show first started, she needed saving. When the live action films were released, this quirk was modified by her knowledge of martial arts.
8 She Rides Shotgun
The Mystery Machine is the van that the gang uses to get where they need to go. Fred owns the van but lets the others borrow it when need be. However, he does most of the driving. Letting Daphne ride shotgun is a special privilege and gives way to how highly he thinks of her. While she is first unimpressed with him, he instantly recognizes her innovativeness. The van originally belonged to a band called the Mystery Kids before the painter and pianist left.
7 They Had A Rocky First Appearance
The very first episode, Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: The Very Beginning opens with Shaggy and Scooby discovering a person, presumably a ghost, in a suit of armor sitting in a car. The person runs off and the team comes forward to investigate. Fred and Daphne immediately presume their roles as the obvious clue seekers, pointing out names written in and around the car in question. They start walking around the car and are clearly the more dominate figureheads. They bounce off each other and immediately show a strong, unified connection.
6 Daphne In The Workforce
When the gang separates, Daphne continues her crime pursuits by becoming a journalist. The first time they came apart, she acted as a freelance reporter. The second time she combined her love of beauty and attention and headlined the show Coast To Coast with Daphne Blake. Fred also played a role on the show. As a two-person team, they showcased crimes and reported them to the public. The show only made one appearance before the team was once again reunited.
5 Fred In The Workforce
Fred also continued his crime pursuits by becoming a novelist. While he never published any works, the effort was certainly put forth. His writing passion comes from his love of magazines such as the National Exaggerator, which he was hired to write an article for once. He also, as stated previously, was the producer and cameraman on Daphne’s show. He basically acted as the entire crew to make her show a reality. For a time, he worked as a construction worker with Shaggy and Scooby for extra money.
4 Expressing Feelings By Song
Fred and Daphne share a kiss on Talent Stars in the Scooby Doo Stage Fright movie. They sing a duet that follows their love story. The song was composed by Fred but written by Daphne. It’s appropriately titled “I love you”. The lyrics are “We’ve been close a long time. As close as friends can be. But in my heart’s a secret for only you and me. I’ve tried to tell it many times but my nerves got in the way. Well, I can’t wait another night to say what I must say. I love you.”
3 Velma And Daphne Were Almost Together
Fans over the years have come to ship Daphne and Velma due to Velma sometimes splitting off with her and Fred, and their best friend relationship. While the much-discussed spinoff about the pair seems to be headed in the direction of platonic female detectives solving crimes together, fans are still holding out hope. When James Gunn, director of the live-action Scooby-Doo movies, confirmed via Twitter that Velma was interested in women in the original script, let’s just say that people were upset that this wasn’t shown on the big screen.
2 Wardrobe Consistencies
Daphne frequently wears purple/orange while Fred wears blue/orange. He has an orange ascot tied around his neck. This shows that they are somehow connected due to the matching colors. This is further evidenced by Daphne sewing Fred a new one to replace the one he had. The temporary color he replaced it with was purple. It is even acknowledged that they all wear the same clothes when they forget to pack suitcases and Shaggy claims that they wear the same thing every day anyway.
1 The Writers Didn't Like Them
While Fred and Daphne ultimately had a great love story, fans suspected that they were doing more than looking for clues when they split off together. According to the clipd.com, this was because the writers did not enjoy writing their characters as much as the others. Therefore, they would send Fred and Daphne in a “less successful direction” to draw the attention towards Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby. While Shaggy and Scooby were where most of the comedy is drawn from, the writers have yet to confirm.