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The Horrible Herd is the seventeenth episode of the second season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and the forty-third overall.


A herd of mutated skeleton cattle are destroying farms, and heading to destroy all of Crystal Cove.


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Culprit Motive/reason
Professor Pericles bred a genetically-modified cow-piranha-bee hybrid animal To destroy Crystal Cove, which would leave the gang with no place to hide and therefore he would be able to get the Planispheric Disk.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Miss Vampire Waitress
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Lewis Black Mr. E
Tia Carrere Judy Reeves
Sullen female farmer
Kate Higgins Mayor Janet Nettles
Udo Kier Professor Pericles
Tim Matheson Brad Chiles
Patrick Warburton Sheriff Bronson Stone
Mitch Watson Farmer



  • Professor Pericles announces the "previously on..." recap for this episode. This is the first time a guest character has done this instead of a member of the gang.
  • A rift between Mr. E and Professor Pericles forms after the latter spent a huge amount Destroido Corp.'s funds and losing its best scientists just to create the Horrible Herd.
  • Brad and Judy have become completely obedient to Pericles and his highly devious plans to destroy Crystal Cove to get the Planispheric Disk, even endangering their own son, and their former dog who's badly wounded by falling out the mayor's helicopter.
  • This is the first episode in which the deputy speaks.
  • Pericles can form his wings into hands.
  • Mayor Nettles served time in the Air Force.
  • A villain's scheme involving a mutated herd of cattle also occurred in the Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! episode, Scooby Dudes.
  • Daphne states that the Horrible Herd functions like normal bees, but all of the cows are referred to as male drones by Pericles. In real life, the majority of bees in a hive are female, with the males' only purpose being to mate and die.

Cultural references

  • Nova losing Scooby's grip and falling into the skull cattle's stampede is reminiscent of when Mufasa was thrown off a cliff by his brother Scar and was mortally wounded from falling through the wildebeest's stampede in the Disney film The Lion King.
  • The Queen Skull Cow's crested head, her initial appearance attached to a giant egg sac, and her ripping free to chase the heroes after they attack her eggs is a reference to the Xenomorph Queen in Aliens.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • The farmer says they have not had cattle in 25 years, but in The Night the Clown Cried, Scooby talked to a cow in the barn.
  • City Hall appears undamaged, although in the previous episode, it was burned.
  • How do the gang get back in the helicopter after it lifts the herd queen into the air?  That would require other winches in the helicopter or expert level prusik skills.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Brazilian Portuguese A Manada Monstruosa The Monstrous Cattle
Italian Caccia Alla Regina Queen's Hunt
Spanish (Latin America) La Manada del Horror The Herd of Horror
French La Horde de L'enfer The Hordes of Hell
Greek Το Καταραμένο Κοπάδι The Cursed Herd

Home media


Scooby: (Watching Nova) Aah. I just love the way she rolls in the dirt.

Mr E: This macabre herd of skull cattle you've created is costing millions of Destroido's money. My money. And I currently have twenty eight of my best scientists listed as"presumed missing". (Screams heard in distance) Make that twenty nine.
Professor Pericles: Ricky. One can not make a genius omelette without breaking a few worthless eggs.

Professor Pericles: And make no mistake Ricky. I will break any egg that gets in my way. Ed Machine, Cassidy Williams. Or perhaps even you!

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