Comic book fans have always known Velma Dinkley was gay. I mean, come on. Isn’t it obvious? Our suspicions were confirmed when Scooby Doo producer Tony Cervone publicly revealed Velma is a lesbian. Then Velma made her grand LGBT entrance in Scooby Doo: Trick or Treat.
Scooby Doo producer Tony Cervone lets Velma out of the closet
Velma was released from the closet in 2020 when Cervone interjected himself into an argument in the comment section of an Instagram post. The post contained a cartoon that depicted Velma and Marcie Fleach in a romantic relationship. Many fans were incensed and pointed out that Velma had once dated Shaggy in the series. She couldn’t possibly be gay. Then Cervone stepped in and set everyone straight.
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while 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 as 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. You may not like it, but this was our intention.”
Velma queer coded for more than four decades
But we already knew that, right. The series ran for over 40 years and every character except Velma had romantic interludes with the opposite sex. She dressed in a less feminine manner and was tomboyish. She was queer coded (made to look queer in subtle ways to avoid censors) during the series’ entire run.
It turns out that writers have tried to portray Velma as a gay character for decades. James Gun, writer of the first two live-action Scooby-Doo films revealed the following in 2001.
“In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down and watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”
The times changed.
Velma makes her grand entrance
Things evolved for Velma in Scooby Doo: Trick or Treat. While trying to solve the atypical mystery, the Scooby Gang enlists the help of Coco Diablo, the fashionista responsible for the various villains the team has faced over the years. Despite the lack of interpersonal skills, Velma clearly crushes hard on Coco. Early teaser trailers showed the revealing scene, and the news broke that Velma would finally be portrayed as gay. Then in the film, Velma herself confirmed what we knew all along when she said.
“I’m crushing on Coco big time, Daphne. What do I do? What do I say?”
Well, the cat’s out of the bag and Velma is out of the closet. What’s next for Velma? Discuss in the comments below.