Nightmare in Red is the twenty-second episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the forty-eighth overall.


When the Freak of Crystal Cove appears in Scooby's nightmares, the gang has to investigate what's going on.


Scooby is having nightmares with the "dancing man", and Nova. When suddenly his dreams get worse he runs into the once defeated Freak of Crystal Cove—now more scary than ever.

The next morning, Scooby wakes up, and panics to the gang about his dream. The gang shows Scooby a book about "supernatural curses", with a picture of the author on the back; Professor Horatio Kharon, university hypno-therapist, who studied the supernatural. Scooby recognizes him as "the dancing man" in his dreams.

Later on, they drove down to see Prof. Kharon to see if he could shed some light on Scooby's nightmares. Velma thinks the idea is crazy; she never believed in real monsters. When the gang arrived at Prof. Kharon's mansion, he first yelled at them to leave. But when Scooby told him that he was in his nightmares, he let them come in.

When they met, the gang saw that the professor had pictures of "the Monstrous Freak" on his walls, seeing them in his nightmares. The professor kept yelling at them, but then calmed down. He lost "the best part of him", which is the man Scooby sees in his dreams, dancing. Then, he told the gang about "the Sitting room", a waiting room between time, space, and different dimensions. He said that they would find the answers "to whatever it is they need to find" there. Hypnosis was the way to enter the Sitting room, that's how Horatio's "best part" got trapped there. He also warned Scooby that if the "Monstrous Freak" got him in his dreams, he will never wake up. He pointed out to the gang that they need to find the monster's "true identity" and it will be defeated.

The professor had the gang lie down on the floor, in a circle. He gave Velma a talisman to give to his "other self" when time was up. He gave them one hour to confront the Monstrous Freak, and after that, there was no coming back. He pressed a button on his desk, and a big hypno-wheel, lowered from the ceiling, over the gang, spinning. Slowly, the gang were hypnotized into a deep sleep. Then, Prof. Kharon started counting the hour...

The next minute, the gang found themselves in the Sitting Room, surrounded by the "best parts" of other people, trapped there by the cursed treasure. They looked like the old Mystery Inc, Ed Machine, and ex-Mayor Jones. Fred thought that "Mayor Dad" has something to do with the Monstrous Freak, being the one they unmasked. The ex-Mayor Jones figure came to life, and tells Fred that the Monstrous Freak in Scooby's nightmares inspired his Freak of Crystal Cove idea. Suddenly, the Monstrous Freak appears, and the gang scattered in different directions.

Fred then finds himself in the old west; before him stand the Mystery Gang: four mystery solving cowgirls, and their bull, Tiny, who are using one of the keys, the conquistador's helmet. Shaggy and Scooby find their way to Spanish Crystal Cove, where they find Alianza Misterio, the mystery solving banditos, and their skunk, El Fuchi using the mortar bowl. Velma finds the Mystery Fellowship (the Darrow family) using the flintlock. Daphne, appears back at the Burlington Library where the Benevolent Lodge of Mystery have the sailcloth, the fourth key.

Later, the Freak catches up with all of them. The gang get chased to an area where a temple stood; the Freak gets weakened by the light (atop the temple), and runs off. The gang meet Anunnaki Nova, and Velma has a nervous breakdown over things not making sense to her, which Daphne calms her down about.

Anunnaki Nova tells the gang about the very first group of mystery solvers (immortalized at the top of the temple), the Hunters of Secrets. They attempted to destroy the crystal sarcophagus, and the Evil Entity inside with the Heart of the Jaguar. But were stopped when the conquistadors took it, believing it to be treasure. And it was the Hunters of Secrets' intentions, that led to the other mystery solving groups; including the current Mystery Incorporated.

Meanwhile, time is running out, and Fred, along with Daphne, has gone to see his fake dad, who forgives him for what he did, because he wasn't really that bad, and ex-Mayor Jones says that Fred is the best part of him and will be proud of him no matter what happens. The rest of the gang appear and Velma gives the to the Dancing Man, sending the gang and him back to the real world. As this happens, Anunnaki Nova instructs Scooby to find the Heart of the Jaguar to destroy the evil beneath Crystal Cove.

In the conscious world, the Dancing Man rejoins with Kharon, making him whole again, as the gang wake up. Kharon is overjoyed and thanks the gang. The gang, however, are in shock from the revelations they have found out, making them doubt what they should do, but Scooby reminds them of their quest ahead.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


  • Monstrous Freak (single appearance)(Fernando El Aguirre's transformation)(dream only)
  • Fernando El Aguirre (final appearance)(main story in dream; also flashback)(redeemed)

Other characters:





Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Monstrous Freak
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Amy Acker Nova
Michael J. Anderson Professor Horatio Kharon
Dancing Man
Gary Cole Fred Jones, Sr.
Christian Lanz Fernando El Aguirre



  • This episode was aired in Italy on March 8, 2013
  • This episode was aired in Latin America and Brazil on March 29, 2013.
  • Daphne announces the "previously on..." recap.
  • Interestingly, Professor Pericles isn't among the still figures, perhaps implying that he never had any "best parts" to lose.
  • Velma's meltdown when things didn't make sense is similar to the standard continuity Velma's reaction in the DTV, Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King, although the latter was more for humour than seriousness like the former.

Cultural references

  • The Miskatonic University that Horatio Kharon is a professor at is a reference to the location of the same name from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Scooby's line "Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in," is a reference to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in the film, Godfather III.
  • The theory about the best parts of people trapped 'in between worlds' is a spoof of the theory of the doppelgänger (evil doubles of people in the Black Lodge) from the TV series, Twin Peaks.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (Latin America) Pesadilla En Rojo Nightmare In Red
Italian Il Segreto Del Sarcofago The Secret of The Sarcophagus
Hungarian Vérvörös rémálom Blood Red Nightmare
Norwegian Mareritt i rødt Nightmare in red
Greek Κόκκινος Εφιάλτης Red Nightmare
Polish Koszmar w czerwieni Nightmare in Red

Home media


Scooby: (Wearing an eye mask) That scary monster stole my eyes!

Velma: I have spent my whole life believing in facts and clues. But we're in some dream world, fighting a nightmare monster! It doesn't make sense! I want it to make sense! (sobbing) I NEED IT TO MAKE SENSE!
Daphne: It's ok. It's alright, Velm. Sometimes you have to not think. Sometimes you need to feel your way in order for things to make sense.

Shaggy: I really, really hate always being the bait!
Scooby-Doo: Me, too. It is so unfair!

Fernando El Aguirre: No! Do you not see?! If you destroy the Entity, myself and my men will be set free from this endless curse! We should never be set free! We must pay for all the horrible atrocities we committed, while in service to the Entity!

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