After decades of fan speculation, Velma is officially a lesbian.
New clips from the new Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! showing the Mystery Inc. brain swooning hard over costume designer Coco Diablo have gone viral on social media as fans of the long-running franchise react to having their suspicions confirmed.
YouTuber Not Even Emily shared one of the clips on Twitter, writing, “Velma is just like me fr (lesbian).” Another user by the name of Reese shared sweet fan art of Velma and Coco, writing, “Velma getting her lesbian debut after five decades thank u.”
Though this may be an official “coming out” for the Scooby-Doo character, the closet was made of glass—beyond just fan theories, creators who have worked on various installments in the franchise have spoken out about their intentions to make Velma gay.
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Among those is James Gunn, who wrote the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, starring Linda Cardellini as Velma. Gunn says that while the Mystery Inc. member began as “explicitly gay” in his initial script, the less-than-progressive studio pushed back little by little until Velma ended up with a boyfriend.
“In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally [Velma] having a boyfriend (the sequel),” he tweeted in 2020.
Mystery Incorporated Producer Weighs in on Velma’s Sexuality: ‘She’s Gay, Not Bi’
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Tony Cervone, supervising producer on the Mystery Incorporated animated series that ran from 2010 to 2013, is also adamant that Velma is gay and was written to be seen as such despite her dating Shaggy in the series.
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay,” Cervone said in a post for Pride Month in 2020, leaving nothing up to interpretation. “We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why.”
“There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems clear as we could make it 10 years ago. I don’t think Marcie and Velma had time to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple.”
He added, “You can not like it, but this was our intention.”
Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! is now available digitally.