Scooby Doo

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Scooby Doo, the Greatest Detective of All Time Hey Scooby, Where are you? Scooby Doo was probably the greatest crime solver of all time. No, he was not as smart as Sherlock Holmes or as brave. Actually he was kind of a coward. No matter what, he always solved the crime and did it in thirty minutes or less. The show starred a talking dog named Scooby Doo. Each episode was the same. Scooby and his teenage friends, (Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy) would be traveling in their van, the "Mystery Machine", and it would break down or run out of gas. It always broke down in a town that was haunted by ghosts or monsters. Of course there were no ghosts or monsters, but villains trying to scare the towns people for some kind of treasure. This is where the amazing Scooby Doo came in, as he always solved the crime.

Some people may believe that Velma was the true detective of the gang, because she always pieced the clues together at the end. She probably was, but it takes a true genius to "accidentally" stumble upon clues and catch the bad guys. What I'm saying is that Scooby is the real detective in the series. Lets look at the facts that support my assumption.

First there is Fred who is the supposed leader of the gang. He is the one driving the van every time it breaks down or runs out of gas. It's bad enough the van isn't running, but to make things worse he manages to break down where there happens to be ghosts or monsters haunting the local town. Now that the gang is there, they have to solve the mystery. So, the fearless leader comes up with a plan that never works the way it's supposed too. Of course Scooby bails him out and foils the caper. The point is, Fred is more hurtful than helpful. He is to blame for getting them into all these messes that Scooby has to get them out of. Do you really want someone who can't maintain a vehicle or read a gas gauge as your leader? The main detective certainly isn't "Danger-prone" Daphne. She was the one that always managed to get caught by the villains. Who comes to her rescue? That's right Scooby Doo. She is lucky that it was a childrens cartoon or else she wouldn't have made it past the first episode. Maybe she should have considered guarding the van. At least then she could say she was a little helpful.

Next is Shaggy. Shaggy was funny, but he was a bad influence on Scooby. Conspiracy theorist believe that Shaggy was a drug dealer. He and Scooby were always jumpy and hungry, which makes one believe that they were high most of the time. Shaggy was Scooby's best friend, which is why he is to blame for Scooby's addiction. He was just an innocent dog corrupted by the evils of mankind. Damn you Shaggy! To many Velma is the real detective (the "brains" of the gang). First of all, if she is so smart why does she lose her glasses in almost every episode? But wait, there's more. When it starts to get a little messy, she won't get in the mix of things. What does she do? She bribes Scooby with a Scooby snack to do the dirty work. Some friend huh? She puts Scooby in danger then puts the clues that Scooby has stumbled upon together and when Scooby eventually catches the culprits she explains how she knew who the villains were before they were caught. If that were true then why doesn't she take her brilliant deduction to the authorities instead of putting her friends in harm's way? Because she really didn't know anything at all! That is until Scooby foiled the crime then she tries to take all the credit. Maybe sometime "Captain Obvious" will solve something that hasn't already been solved.

I think I have made my case for Scooby Doo as the true crime solver of the gang. Not only did he solve the crimes. He did so while being slowed by three flat tires. He is truly a "GREAT" Dane.