As though it has not been extremely obvious to generations of fans, longtime Scooby-Doo icon Velma Dinkley has been all but confirmed as a lesbian in the franchise’s brand-new movie, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!
Over a swelling string section, Velma registers Coco’s “amazing turtleneck,” “incredible glasses,” love of animals and obvious brilliance. We see her glasses fog up as she blushes and breathes out an obviously smitten “Jinkies…”.
Although many are saying that this is the franchise’s official way of “confirming” that Velma is gay, other offshoots of the Scooby Doo Extended Universe have previously stated as much. In 2020, the team behind the animated series Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated explicitly stated that Velma is gay, even confirming the implied relationship between the turtleneck-sporting detective and her rival-turned-”friend,” Marcie Fleach.
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is not bi. She’s gay,” series producer Tony Cervone wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
He’s since deleted this post, but filmmaker James Gunn, who directed the truly iconic 2002 Scooby Doo live action film, also went on the record in 2020 to say that he had “tried” to make Velma explicitly gay.
He alleged that the studio kept “watering it down,” with gay subtext in the version that he shot, then “nothing” in the officially released version, ultimately ending with Velma having a boyfriend in the sequel. Although, we’d say that some subtext made its way into the sequel anyway: who could forget Velma’s harem of very obviously queer fangirls?
At a time when conservatives are coming down hardcore on children being “indoctrinated” into the homosexual agenda — not even Ducktales is safe from their ire — it’s pretty satisfying to see Scooby Doo doubling down on the subtext that we’ve always known was there.
Oh, and, your move, Ashley Spinelli!
This story originally appeared on Them.