Scooby-Doo Writer Says Velma Being a Lesbian Wasn’t Planned, Neil Gaiman Chimes In

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Scooby-Doo’s Velma has officially been confirmed as a Lesbian in the franchise’s 37th film, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! leading Google to celebrate with easter egg flags. However, a former writer of the show, Diane Duane and The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman recently commented on Velma’s sexuality in a Tumblr post.

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It is no surprise that fans would be curious if Velma's sexuality had long been planned behind the works or if this was an arbitrary decision. The Tumblr post came from a fan asking if “Velma being gay [was] a thing back” or “if the Writing Staff of Yore were thinking about it at all” when former writer Diane had been working on Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo in 1979. The former writer responds it was never talked about previously. Read Diane’s reply below:

“I…don’t think they were. Nor do I recall the concept ever coming up, even in casual conversation. (And it seems likely enough that it could have, as at least one of my story editors was gay). …So I think we have to mark this issue as ‘insufficient data.’ Sorry not to be able to cast more light on this.”

Seeing as the former writer admits Velma's sexuality being a mystery even back then, The Sandman writer Neil Gaiman chimes in, as his son is a big fan of the show and could not resist sharing what he knows.

Gaiman joined in the conversation by replying to Diane’s comment, saying that Velma’s version from the 2010 animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was definitely portrayed as bisexual since “she had a crush on Shaggy at the start of the first season” but then had been revealed to be in a relationship with Marcie (Velma was on a bed with Marcie, aka “Hot Dog Water” in season 1).

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“And as she (Velma) heads out, Marcie lies on the bed, looks at the camera and says affectionately, ‘That’s my girl.’ It’s clear that they are now a couple.”

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Gaiman added that not every incarnation of the Mystery gang involved romantic pursuits, referring to the next incarnation of Mystery Incorporated, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo (2015-2018), “None of them are dating anyone and Velma is a super brain with a fear of water.”

Also Read: When is Velma Coming Out?