History (Submitted by Four-Eyes)
The novice mage Norville Rogers (aka: "Shaggy") ended up with a pup named Scooby-Doo while working in the meteor rock rich American Midwest. Shaggy and his Uncle Chester were conducting an independent investigation of their own into the effects of meteor rocks on local flora and fauna while Shaggy's Aunt Liz was looking into a string of old metahuman scares of the early 21st century.
While just outside of Smallville, Kansas, the three encountered a farmer named Ben Hubbard who invited them back to his farm to show them his own experiments with using meteor rock enriched fertilizer on his alfalfa which he would then use to feed his cows.
Though the cows were pretty unremarkable by and large, Shaggy became interested in the neighboring farm. No, not the Kent's Family Farm, Hubbard's other neighbor: Mrs. Knittingham's Puppy Farm, a small farm and dog breeding kennel run by an old widow.
What had drawn Shaggy in was he heard a puppy howling along with Mrs. Knittingham's singing crooner melodies while feeding her chickens. Shaggy inquired as to how she taught the puppy to do that and Mrs. Knittingham explained she hadn't trained the dog to do anything, he just seemed to enjoy music.
Shaggy and the widow Mrs. Knittingham talked a bit longer and Shaggy learned that this pup was the runt of its litter and had gone unbought for weeks after all his siblings were bought within days, mostly on account of it having been at a vet's office for a few days after the pup dug up some orange rocks in the pasture. Shaggy decided to buy the pup.
Later that night, while discussing names for the pup with his aunt and uncle in the car, the dog began to hum along with the radio. Shaggy took notice and turned the radio up in time to hear the closing riff of Strangers In The Night, prompting the pup to belt out his own approximation of the words and so Shaggy decided that was his name.
Scooby-Doo: 2012 - 2013
After a few more months on the road, Shaggy and Scooby ended up on their own. By this time, the bond between man and pup had developed considerably. The residual mystical energies from Shaggy had enriched this bond more so and Scooby had become Shaggy's familiar, transformed into a creature that was more than a pup of above-average intelligence and a knack for Rat Pack music.
Scooby-Doo: 2013 - Present
Following his trial by hellfire, Scooby only grew more intelligent and capable as his bond with Shaggy strengthened. He was recruited, along with Shaggy, to the investigative group known as Mystery Incorporated and became its mascot. Thanks to Daphne Blake's recipe for "Scooby Snacks," Mystery Inc. is able to suppress Shaggy's cowardice, allowing Scooby's innate bravery to shine through in moments of great peril.
Way to be cool, Scooby-Doo.
- (Submitted by Four-Eyes) Scooby is able to approximate human speech in limited doses (usually just a short sentence or two) but many words sound like they begin with an 'R' and/or littered with 'roos' and 'ruffs'. Some of his favorite phrases are "Ruh-oh" (Uh-oh), "Raggy" (Shaggy), and of course his name which doubles as a victory cry: "Scooby-Dooby-Doo!"
- (Submitted by GothGurl) Here are some fun facts I was able to dig up about this dog:
- Despite being called "Great Dane", these dogs were originally bred in Germany, not Denmark.
- Great Danes were bred from the Irish wolfhound and the old English mastiff and used to take down wild boars. As such they needed to be physically strong as well as brave. Scooby is definitely strong (even stronger than other Great Danes) but his bravery usually only comes out when his friends are in danger (particularly when Shaggy is threatened). This is likely due to to Shaggy's own cowardice influencing Scooby.
- There is a lot of lore about Great Danes warding off evil spirits. Perhaps Scooby's success with Mystery Inc. is no coincidence?
- After a successful investigation in Steel City, resulting in the defusing of what was described as an "Ecto-Bomb", the city named July 6th 'Scooby Day' and awarded Mystery Inc a ceremonial key to the city. If you're curious as to who disarmed the bomb, that was Scooby himself. He did what any heroic dog would do to disarm a bomb. He peed on it.
- Meta-Canine Physiology
- Approximation of Human Speech
- Enhanced Digestive System
- Enhanced Quadrupedal Speed
- Enhanced Senses
- Balance, Hearing, Smell, Taste
- Prehensile and Malleable Tail
- Occult Familiar
- Connection to the Red
- Universal Bestial Language
- Heightened Supernatural Awareness
- Limited Bipedal Locomotion
- Psionic Link to Shaggy Rogers
- Connection to the Red
- Unbelievable Metabolism
- Addicted to "Scooby Snacks"
- Lazy Glutton
- Physicality: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Occult: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Weaponry: 4 - Expert / Enhanced
- Expertise: 2 - Basic / Typical
- Range: 3 - Trained / Exceptional
- Strategy: 3 - Trained / Exceptional
Trivia and Notes
- Scooby has a Threat Assessment ranking of 42, marking him as an Low Threat.
- Scooby has developed an interest in human food (apparently he can even eat chocolate), and can even walk on his hind legs (albeit clumsily).
- The orange rocks Scooby ate were Orange Kryptonite. The orange one has the ability to stimulate meta-genes in animals.
- His tail is prehensile enough to pick locks.
- Scooby-Doo is the lead character of the Scooby-Doo franchise and its related media.
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo are names of TV series in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
- Mrs. Knittingham's Puppy Farm is Scooby-Doo's home from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
- In the comics Ben Hubbard is the Kent's neighbor.
- Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night is supposedly an inspiration for Scooby-Doo's name.