Velma: In the Scooby-Doo series, Velma Dinkley is a fictitious character.
She usually wears a baggy orange turtleneck sweater, a short red pleated skirt (sometimes an A-line skirt in later episodes, or sometimes shorts), knee socks, Mary Jane shoes, and a pair of black square spectacles she frequently loses. She is regarded as the group’s “brains.”
Velma will get her streaming television series, which will be released on HBO Max, beginning February 10, 2021. The series will be titled Velma and will be aimed at adults. Velma will be of South Asian ancestry.
Description of the character
Velma is frequently depicted as a bright young woman who enjoys science in all of her incarnations. She is also often shown as being highly well-versed in arcane topics such as Norse literature (as in the third Scooby-Doo series The Scooby-Doo Show).
Velma was “born with a mystery book in her hand,” according to her younger sister Madelyn in Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo. Velma is usually the first to solve the mystery due to her intelligence and problem-solving ability.
Like Sherlock Holmes and many other fictional investigators, she often keeps her conclusions hidden until the end of the story. The brainy sweater girl Zelda Gilroy, played by Sheila James in the late 1950s/early 1960s American sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, as Velma Dinkley.
Velma’s severe nearsightedness and difficulty keeping her glasses on her face (often resulting in them falling off while a villain is chasing her) is a running gag in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and The New Scooby-Doo Movies, with her saying, “My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!” whenever she loses them.
Other frightened figures leap into her arms despite being portrayed as the minor character, a reoccurring gag.
Velma is the sceptic of the group, and she is the most likely to dismiss any supernatural explanations for their problems.
This is especially noticeable in the movie Scooby-Doo! And the Curse of the 13th Ghost and Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, in which she dismisses ghosts and zombies that could not be unmasked by stating they must be hallucinations.
In the Scooby-Doo movie from 2002, she is given the nickname “Veloster.”
Background information on the characters
Like the other Scooby-Doo youngsters who were later renowned as Mystery Incorporated members, Velma had various personal backgrounds and histories in different Scooby-Doo series.
Velma attended the same high school as the rest of the group in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series (as stated in the inaugural episode “What a Night for a Knight”).
On the other hand, Velma is believed to have graduated from a different high school in The New Scooby-Doo Movies (as stated in the episode “Spirited Spooked Sports Show”). Daisy is revealed to be her middle name in the film Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.
Velma just uttered “Oh, my!” before saying “Jinkies!” according to Scooby-Doo: Behind the Scenes. Velma claims it wasn’t all that catchy; the hook came from Shaggy.
Her parents encouraged her to excel in school from an early age, and she has received hundreds of prizes for great achievement as a result.
As a result, she can be a little louder than her teammates prefer, but she also does her fair amount of sweet-talking.
Velma is in a romantic relationship with Shaggy during the first season of the 2010–2013 series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, much to Scooby-chagrin.
Doo’s In “Howl of the Fright Hound,” their romance comes to an end (season 1, episode 10). Velma is depicted to be secretive and dominating in this series’ iteration.
Velma is shown secretly working for Mr E, the series’ main villain, in the second season of Mystery Incorporated, alongside Marcie “Hot Dog Water” Fletch, Velma’s former scientific fair adversary.
After Velma rejoins the gang, the two become friends, and by the end of the series, Velma and Marcie are teammates in the Tri-state Olympiad of Science. [requires citation]
In response to comments on his Instagram account in 2020 concerning the episode’s director categorising Mystery Incorporated’s version of Velma as bisexual, producer Tony Cervone stated that his objective was for this incarnation of Velma to be depicted as a lesbian—as clearly as possible at the time.
In the series finale, her relationship with Marcie was supposed to be passionate, but her prior connection with Shaggy was supposed to be uncomfortable and fruitless.
In a similar vein, James Gunn, the screenwriter of the 2002 Scooby-Doo film, revealed that Velma was originally written as a lesbian in early draughts of the script, in keeping with the film’s initial intent as an R-rated deconstruction of the Scooby-Doo canon (Shaggy was also intended to be a stoner, and Fred a gangster).
Among Velma’s relatives who appeared onscreen during the series’ run are
• Kevin Dunn and Frances Conroy voiced Dale and Angie Dinkley, Velma’s parents, in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–13). They own the Crystal Cove Mystery Museum, which houses all of the outfits worn by the villains the group has battled throughout the years, as well as other paranormal and incomprehensible things.
• Velma Dinkley’s sister in Scooby-Doo!
• Madelyn Dinkley: Velma’s sister in Scooby-Doo! Danica McKellar voices Abracadabra-Doo. She appears to be in her late teens, and her appearance and disposition are similar to Velma’s.
Madelyn is referred to as a nerd by Velma, who does not seem to know how similar they are. When a monstrous gryphon terrorises the magic school where she is enrolled, she assists the gang.
• Velma’s aunt and uncle (voiced by Julia Sweeney and Diedrich Bader) who live in the small town of Banning Junction, which appears in a Halloween episode of What’s New Scooby-Doo?
• Marcy is Velma’s cousin and Meg and Evan’s daughter. She is a mechanical engineering student in college. She was born on Halloween, which made her dislike the holiday because it always overshadowed her birthday. As a result, on her seventeenth birthday, she exploited local folklore and her engineering background to make mechanical scarecrow monsters to threaten the village.
• Aunt Thelma: A Coolsville Marine Institute marine biologist whose dolphins were taken in the episode “Scooby Dude” of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
• Fred Rogers-Dinkley: As shown in the final volume of Scooby Apocalypse, Velma’s son with Shaggy Rogers (named after Fred Jones).
• Uncle Dave (Walton): As shown in the episode Watch Out!, a member of the United States Border Patrol. Williwaw, Williwaw!
• Your Great Uncle Dr Basil Von Dinkenstein: Velma’s infamous great-uncle, who is said to be the creator of the Frankencreep monster from the Scooby-Doo! Movie. Frankencreepy.
Velma’s crime-solving profession is due to him. [requires citation] In-universe, his monster is said to have inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein, although he is actually based on the protagonist of Shelley’s novel.
• In What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Verona Dempsey plays Velma’s competitor importer.
Actors who perform voiceovers
Nicole Jaffe played Velma from 1969 to 1973. Pat Stevens played the character from 1976 to 1979. Marla Frumkin was her voice from 1979 to 1980. Marla Frumkin returned to the role of Velma in The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries as a guest star after the character’s hiatus from the 1980 to 1983 series.
Velma was not seen again until Christina Lange took up the role of Scooby-Doo in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. Velma was first voiced by B.J. Ward in a Johnny Bravo crossover episode.
And she went on to reprise her part in all Scooby-Doo films from Zombie Island through Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, as well as an episode of the Adult Swim animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
Nicole Jaffe reprised her role as Velma in Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico direct-to-video films.
Velma was voiced by Mindy Cohn in The Facts of Life from 2002 to 2015. Stephanie D’Abruzzo plays Velma in Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map.
Kate Micucci has been confirmed as the new Velma in the upcoming Scooby-Doo! series Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on July 8, 2015. Velma was played by Trisha Gum in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. In the animated film!,
Velma was voiced by Ariana Greenblatt as a child and Gina Rodriguez as a teenager, and she also appears as a spectator in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Mindy Kaling will voice Velma in a spin-off adult animated prequel in February 2021, which she will executive produce alongside Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein, and Sam Register.
Patricia Parris (Parris, Patricia) (Hanna-Barbera Educational Filmstrips)
• Robyn Moore (commercial for Pauls)
• Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, Mad, one line)
• Linda Cardellini (Robot Chicken, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: The Video Game)
• Bets Malone (Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire’s singing voice)
• Cristina Vee (Scooby-Doo! Playmobil Mini Mysteries) (Scooby-Doo! Playmobil Mini Mysteries) (Scooby-Doo! Playmobil Parodies
• Lori Alan (The Simpsons)
• Meredith Salenger (Mad) (Mad) (Mad) (Mad) (Mad) (Mad)
• Mad (Julie Nathanson)
• Kathryn Griffiths (Kathryn Griffiths) (The Demon Road Trilogy, as Linda)
• Joanna Adler is a writer (The Venture Bros, as Val) Clare Grant (Robot Chicken)
Actors in live action
Velma was portrayed by Linda Cardellini in the 2002 and 2004 live-action films, and she later voiced her in the Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed video game and Robot Chicken.
In Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Lauren Kennedy played young Velma in a flashback sequence. 2009 live-action film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and its 2010 sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster:
Hayley Kiyoko plays Velma. In the 2018 direct-to-video film Daphne & Velma, Sarah Gilman played the young Velma.