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Scooby-Doo Doors are named for running gags and tropes based in cartoon and movies scenes where characters, being pursued by another character, will dodge into a room down a hallway. The pursuer, knowing or unknowing their where the runners have hidden, will open a door and go in, only for the runners to flee out of another doorway.
The gag has been used since before the 1930’s, has appeared in various plays on stage, and still finds itself used on occasion in modern animated and live-action television. Despite coming to play decades after its first usage, the 1960’s television show Scooby-Doo used this in nearly every single episode. It became so synonymous with the running gag that it became part of the trope’s name. Because of the hand-drawn animation styling, it was easy to focus only on a single, easy-to-draw hallway and fill the characters in when needed. This allowed for time to be filled on a low-budget.
The original gag was so common within television and other forms of media that it became comedic by simply using it. Various television shows such as South Park, Family Guy, Doctor Who, and the Simpsons have used it in the past to either fill time or mock its use. Live action shows do occasionally include the gag through use of stop-motion, but these variations are notably less common.
The running gag has become tropic in nature, and as such, has earned a page on the TvTropes website.