The Scooby-Doo franchise has many recognizable catchphrases that have been referenced throughout pop culture. Some of which did not originate with the original run of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, but have carried over to future incarnations regardless.


First use: What a Night for a Knight

Scooby-Doo's catchprase, often used at the very end of an episode. As Ricky Gervais noted in Ollie Ollie In-Come Free!, it is less of a catchphrase and more just saying his name in a different way.


First use: What a Night for a Knight

"Zoinks!" is a nonsense word often exclaimed by Shaggy when he's scared and/or surprised. Sometimes in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, he'd also say "Zoink."


First use: What the Hex Going On?

Daphne's signature catchphrase. "Jeepers!" is an old-school euphemism for "Jesus!" that dates back to 1927.[1] Daphne and Fred would occasionally utter "Creepers!" as well (in The Lochness Mess, she uses both interchangeably).

You meddling kids

First use: Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright

"You meddling kids!" is a nickname given to the gang by the various villains they encounter. More recent shows like What's New, Scooby-Doo? and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated use a variation on this phrase in almost every episode. It has also appeared in similar shows like The Funky Phantom and Josie & the Pussycats. In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, the phrase is changed to "Pesky kids." In Scoobynatural, the villain in the Supernatural world uses "those meddling kids" when complaining about how he would've gotten away with his crimes, exciting Dean Winchester, a fan of Scooby-Doo that the bad guy used the famous line.


First use: Ghastly Ghost Town (Shaggy), The Frickert Fracas (Velma)

"Jinkies!" is a nonsense word exclaimed by Velma when she's scared or has found a clue, the latter of which had become a recurring gag in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, wherein little Velma would say that to make herself heard.

Puppy power

First use: The Scarab Lives!

"Puppy Power!" is frequently exclaimed by Scrappy as a battle cry before storming into the villain. Sometimes he would mix it up with whatever he's disgused as. It was ad-libbed by Frank Welker during his failed audition for the role. Joseph Barbera thought it could be the next "Yabba-Dabba-Doo."[2]


First use: Yabba's Rustle Hustle

"Yibbity-Yabbity-Doo!" is used by Yabba-Doo in a style similar to Scooby-Doo's catchphrase.

Hold the phone

By the time Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated was made, Fred was the only one who hadn't had his own signature catchphrase. So, he was given "Hold the phone," when he is surprised by something. This was carried over into several unrelated direct-to-video videos, until it faded away for some time, only to be revived in Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?.

Light it up

First use: Mystery 101

Another catchphrase for Fred (this time something more original), was to have him say "Light it up" (or some interchangeable variation, such as "Light them up") in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, which was a cue for the gang to turn on their flashlights during an investigation. In Some Fred Time, when Fred was forced to rest, Velma got to say it.


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