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The Vampire Strikes Back is the fifth episode of the second season of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, and the nineteenth overall.


The gang travels to an old Transylvanian castle on a rainy night to watch the shoot of the Hex Girls' new music video "Petrified Bride". But when they get there, they find out that the band is breaking up, since there's a vampire on the loose. Fred decides to go straight to trapping the vampire. They do so, only to discover there's another vampire lurking around. It's up to Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery and prevent the Hex Girls from breaking up.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Mrs. Dinkley (mentioned)
  • Max (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fortescu (mentioned)
  • Baron Fortescu (mentioned)
  • Bats (only appearance)(no lines)





Suspect Motive/reason
Wrenchfield He hates that the music of the Hex Girls has replaced his beloved chamber music.
Dusk She got into a fight with the other girls and threatened to quit the band.
J.J. Hakimoto Making a film about a real vampire would allow him freedom to present anything he wants.


Culprit Motive/reason
Steve & Stu Fortescu at separate times as the Vampire To get their family castle back.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Jennifer Hale Thorn
Kimberly Brooks Luna

Dusk (speaking voice)

Jane Wiedlin Dusk (singing voice)
James Arnold Taylor Owen DeCassle
Steve Fortescu
Brian Tochi J.J. Hakimoto
Nick Jameson Wrenchfield
Stu Fortescu


Song Credits Performed by Character performance by
"Petrified Bride" Written by Rich Dickerson & Jordana Arkin Jane Wiedlin, Jennifer Hale, and Kimberly Brooks Hex Girls
"What's New Scooby-Doo? Written by Rich Dickerson & Gigi Meroni



  • This episode was billed on Kids' WB as the first unsolved mystery. After watching, viewers would have a chance to go online to guess who the culprit was.[1]
  • There is no "traditional" unmasking, instead being make-up that is wiped off.
  • Nick Jameson is uncredited entirely for Wrenchfield and Stu Fortescu.
  • Dusk is shown to have a softer side, as she is seen kissing Scooby-Doo on the cheek in the end. Additionally, it is implied that Scooby-Doo likes her, as he responds by licking her.
  • The bat wipe transition after Fred suggests the gang split up and look for clues (and Velma comments she knew Fred would say it sooner or later) is accompanied by a brief snippet of the start of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! theme song, most notably the eerie synthesizer introduction and the bats squeaking.

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode is a pun on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (starring Mark Hamill), named in honor of writer Jordana Arkin's husband being a fan of Star Wars.
  • Owen DeCassle is a spoof on Vincent Price.
  • Wrenchfield is a spoof of Peter Lorre, Price's occasional costar.
  • J.J. makes references to the taglines of both Jaws 2 and Alien; he previously referred to the former's tagline in 3-D Struction.
  • This is the only episode of the series to use the classic "Castle Thunder" sound effect as heard in older Hanna-Barbera cartoons and many older Disney productions.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • At some point Thorn's eyes switches from black to green.
    • It's possible that she changes her eye color via contact lenses as part of her vampire makeup.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Shaggy almost suggests Bavaria is in Transylvania, when it is actually in Germany. If Bavaria is still in the country it's supposed to be then Shaggy must think they can just be there in an instant.
  • Daphne says that the argument between the Hex Girls is because Dusk is rumoured to be leaving, but the front cover to Popular Magazine implies that it is Thorn who's walking out, by separating her from Luna and Dusk (which makes more sense her being the lead singer and all). However, this isn't brought up again, so it's possible that Dusk leaving was untrue.
  • When Daphne is attacked in the middle of the night, she happens to be the only one dressed for bed.
  • When the Hex Girls make the "What's New, Scooby-Doo?" video, they still wear their wedding dresses for the first few shots, which makes no sense in the context of the video.
  • It's unclear which characters and actors are supposed to be credited for their appearance or not, because Kimberly Brooks is credited for the role of Dusk, instead of Jane Wiedlin, even though Brooks is the voice of Luna. (Kimberly did both Dusk and Luna's speaking voices, while Jane provided Dusk's singing vocals.)
  • Grey DeLisle is mistakenly credited for voicing "Wormian #1", which was from The Fast and the Wormious.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Le vampire contre attaque The Vampire Strikes Back
Greek Η Επιστροφή του Βρυκόλακα The Return of the Vampire
Italian Il ritorno del vampiro The Return of the Vampire

Home media


Shaggy: Like, why are we in a creepy place, already? Our vacations usually start out normal and end up creepy.

Velma: (wearing wedding dress) My mother would have a heart attack.

Daphne: Why does she get to wear the dress?
Fred: Because Shaggy doesn't have the hips for it.

Steve and Stu: And it would've worked, if it weren't for you meddling kids!

External links

  • TBA


  1. (October 8, 2003). "It's a Screamin' Ha-Ha-Halloween on Kids' W-Boo!". Retrieved October 27, 2019.

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