Jinkies! Scooby-Doo fans rejoice as Velma is finally portrayed as a lesbian

Scooby Doo character Velma stands in front of the Mystery Machine Van. (Warner Bros)

After many decades, several spin-offs and desperate fan pleas, it has finally happened – Scooby-Doo’s Velma is canonically a lesbian. 

In the movie animation Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, viewers are treated to many scenes of Velma falling head over heels for Coco Diablo, head of a notorious crime syndicate. And it is extremely gay.

This confirmation of Velma’s queerness explicitly on the screen has been a long time coming, with a history of queer coding, cut scenes and spiked queer plot lines consistently disappointing LGBTQ+ fans. 
In the latest film there is no holding back on how hard Velma is crushing on Coco, with heart eyes, deep chats with Daphne and freaking out when Coco touches her shoulder.

The first Scooby-Doo iteration that alerted fans to the fact that Velma was definitely not straight is the infamous live-action 2002 Scooby-Doo.

Back in 2020, the film’s director James Gunn confirmed in a since deleted twitter exchange that he had pushed for Velma to be a lesbian. 

After there was speculation of a third live-action Scooby-Doo movie, one fan asked if Gunn could make live-action Velma a lesbian to which he replied: “I tried! 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 having a boyfriend (the sequel).”

In the original script Daphne and Velma shared a kiss, but, unfortunately, that scene will never see the light of day. 

The same pattern was repeated with the animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. In the show, Velma ends up dating Shaggy but many fans felt the relationship just didn’t sit right with them. 

And then, series animator Tony Cervone took to Instagram to set the record straight. 

I obviously don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people that represents this one. 

“We made our intentions as clear as we could ten years ago. Most of our fans got it. To those that didn’t, I suggest you look closer. There’s no new news here.”

Of course, after decades, fans are thrilled to see Scooby-Doo finally acknowledging what has always been true. 

One fan wrote: “Just having Velma go full lesbian meltdown over a girl in a classic Scooby thing is WILD”.