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Missing Sixth Member of the Scooby-Doo Gang

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Missing Sixth Member of the Scooby-Doo Gang refers to an internet theory and series of posts in which people claim that it feels as if there is a missing sixth member of the Mystery Inc. crew in Scooby-Doo despite there only ever being five core members: Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Scooby-Doo. The earliest known post to share this opinion was published on Tumblr by user technogodhead in January 2019, gaining viral spread over the following years and inspiring further posts and memes about a potential missing member. The posts also lead to several theories on why people might feel this way, including that guest members of the crew, such as Scrappy-Doo, are responsible for the feeling, the fact that Scooby is a dog rather than a traditional human crew member, leaving a space in some people's minds for another member, with others suggesting that the Mystery Machine is the sixth member.

Origin

On February 1st, 2019, Tumblr[1] user technogodhead made a text post, writing, "every time I look at the mystery gang I have this like visceral feeling that someone is missing. but nobody ever is. who are they. what happened to them." They continue, posting an image of the core gang, writing, "logically I know this is them. these are the only people in the mystery gang. fred, daphne, velma, shaggy, and scooby. thats the 5 of them. but something deep within my lizard brain is telling me theres a 6th member that has been, for unknown reasons, banished from this timeline and our collective memory as a species." The post gained over 302,800 notes in five years (shown below, left).

The thread was reposted and added to numerous times over the following years, with users adding jokes and theories about the missing sixth member. For example, Tumblr[2] user wonder-where-pete-wentz added to the post, writing, "Its because of this gap between shaggy and daphne. Everyone else is touching in some way and it looks like daphne should be leaning on someone too, but they’ve been edited out and daphne has been moved along" (shown below, right).


technogodhead every time i look at the mystery gang i have this like visceral feeling that someone is missing. but nobody ever is. who are they. what happened to them technogodhead logically i know this is them. these are the only people in the mystery gang. fred, daphne, velma, shaggy, and scooby. thats the 5 of them. but something deep within my lizard brain is telling me theres a 6th member that has been, for unknown reasons, banished from this timeline and our collective memory as a species truntechgodhead Follow every time i look at the mystery gang i have this like visceral feeling that someone is missing. but nobody ever is. who are they. what happened to them technogodhead 191 logically i know this is them. these are the only people in the mystery gang. fred, daphne, velma, shaggy, and scooby. thats the 5 of them. but something deep within my lizard brain is telling me theres a 6th member that has been, for unknown reasons, banished from this timeline and our collective memory as a species cosmic-aria Follow 5002panda Follow wonder-where-pete-wentz Follow fan Its because of this gap between shaggy and daphne. Everyone else is touching in some way and it looks like daphne should be leaning on someone too, but they've been edited out and daphne has been moved along. mochitail Follow It's Johnny Bravo Source: truntechgodhead

every time I look at the mystery gang I have this like visceral feeling that someone is missing. but nobody ever is. who are they. what happened to them. Logically I know this is them. these are the only people in the mystery gang. fred, daphne, velma, shaggy, and scooby. thats the 5 of them. but something deep within my lizard brain is telling me theres a 6th member that has been, for unknown reasons, banished from this timeline and our collective memory as a species

Spread

The post gained viral spread over the following years. It was screenshotted and reposted to /r/tumblr[3] on February 2nd, 2019, garnering over 2,500 upvotes in five years. That day, u/dahope[4] posted a comment that garnered over 1,200 upvotes in the same period of time offering a theory on the reason why this might be, writing:

"For an honest theory that isn‘t scrappy, I‘d think because scooby has a lot of human characteristics in the shows and plays a big role in the plots, but in photos like these he‘s just a dog. His human side, the last member, is missing."

On April 16th, 2021, the post was shared to /r/tumblr[5] again, garnering over 17,000 upvotes in three years. On June 22nd, Tumblr[6] user candlesdearheart posted a long-form theory on the missing member linking it to character archetypes and The Breakfast Club, writing, "if you feel like The Mystery Gang is missing a member or two, maybe it’s because they’re missing a 'criminal' and a 'basket case.'"

On November 29th, 2023, X[7] user @DewEnjoyer posted a variation on the original Tumblr post, using a different image of the Mystery Inc. crew, garnering over 52,000 likes and 3,000 reposts in two months (shown below). That day, X[8] user @ThePrimalDino offered a theory in the comment section again claiming it's because Scooby is a dog and not a human, garnering over 14,000 likes in the same span of time (shown below, right).


Rel @DewEnjoyer Is it just me or does it feel like there's always a missing member in Scooby Doo, it feels like we live in a f----- up alternative timeline where one of the members just doesn't exist when they should at 10:13 AM - Nov 29, 2023 5.1M Views . *** Joil David Willis @ThePrimal Dino I have a theory about this. The theory is that Scooby takes up a main character slot, but he's not a human character (or even an anthropomorphic character) so our brains know there is supposed to be 5 main characters, but only see 4 human characters, and that cognitive disconnect makes our brain think there must be a missing 5th human character. But that 5th human doesn't exist. Because it's a Dog. ... And this disconnect is only furthered but the fact that scoob is consistently paired up with shaggy, so these two characters in our mind become one character. So the short of it is, we see 4 characters (scoob is often paired up with shaggy, and is a dog) yet we know their are supposed to be 5 characters (because scooby is indeed a character all on his own) That's my hypothesis 5:01 PM - Nov 29, 2023 - 286.6K Views

Is it just me or does it feel like there's always a missing member in Scooby Doo, it feels like we live in a fucked up alternative timeline where one of the members just doesn't exist when they should

The post also inspired memes and responses through quote-reposts. For example, that day, X[9] user @_claypot posted images of the shortlived Scooby-Doo character Flim-Flam, writing, "the children yearn for flim-flam," garnering over 1,500 likes in two months (shown below, left). On November 30th, X[10] user @irose_artoo posted a video of Shaggy and Crystal, a love interest of Shaggy's who appeared in Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, garnering over 17,000 likes. On December 3rd, X[11] user @137Force posted a photoshop adding Tanimura from the Yakuza games to the image, garnering over 1,800 likes in a month (shown below, right).


clay @_claypot the children yearn for flim-flam *** X Force 137 @137Force Why Tanimura hasn't been in anymore Yakuza games

On January 24th, 2024, TikToker[12] @jpall20 posted a video sharing the original Tumblr post, garnering over 14 million views in a week (shown below).

@jpall20 Idk this really has me messed up lmao #scoobydoo #mysteryinc #cartoons #mandelaeffect #nausea #mandela #powerofsuggestion #mysterymachine ♬ Blade Runner 2049 – Synthwave Goose

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moomin @moominside It's Goemon Ishikawa SCOOBY-DOO!

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[1] Tumblr – heart

[2] Tumblr – wonder-where-pete-wentz

[3] Reddit – tumblr

[4] Reddit – dahope

[5] Reddit – tumblr

[6] Tumblr – candlesdearheart

[7] X – DewEnjoyer

[8] X – ThePrimalDino

[9] X – _claypot

[10] X – irose_artoo

[11] X – 137Force

[12] TikTok – jpall20

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