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For the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated incarnation, see Vincent Van Ghoul (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated).
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Vincent Van Ghoul is a renowned magician and warlock, with extensive knowledge of the supernatural.

Physical appearance

Vincent Van Ghoul is a middle-aged Caucasian male, with slicked back black hair with streaks of grey. He often wears a black suit with a red and black cape, or a blue outfit with a purple cape.

Personality

Despite being very angry with Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo for unleashing the ghosts, he agreed to help them in their ghost-questing, and gives the group a crystal ball through which he can contact them.

Powers and abilities

He has extensive magical abilities including magical transport and casting his image through a crystal ball.

History

Early life

The last member of the Van Ghoul family, Vincent was an archaeologist in his younger days along with his friend Mortifer Quinch, who specialized in stage magic. The two sought out the vault of King Solomon, which contained Chest of Demons, and succeed in locating the artifact. While Mortifer wished to become famous for discovering the chest, Vincent felt it to be too dangerous. However, he had inadvertently broken a lock sealing the chest, resulting in all thirteen ghosts trapped within making their escape.

Eventually, Vincent and Mortifer recaptured all of the ghosts, the last being Asmodeus. However, Vincent realized that the forces of evil would seek out the chest in order to free their masters. The two decided to split up, with Vincent declining Mortifer's offer to let him take the chest. To Vincent's horror, Mortifer's attempt to distract the menacing evils resulted in his apparent death.[1]

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo

He was first visited by Shaggy, Scooby and Daphne, with Scrappy and Flim-Flam, after they needed some help with their plane, which had crash-landed in a nearby temple in Nepal. After Shaggy and Scooby unwittingly unleashed thirteen terrible ghosts from the chest in which they were locked, Van Ghoul told them that they must trap them again. "Why us?" a terrified Shaggy moans, to which Van Ghoul replied, "Because you let them out!"[2]

Van Ghoul acted as a mentor, and readily guided Scooby and Shaggy (it was strongly established that he believed the pair needed guidance to keep out of trouble).[2] He directed them to the palace where Maldor the Malevolent had taken over. Despite a valiant effort on Scooby's part (by stealing the wand Maldor wanted) it was Van Ghoul's advice that a Danish prince- Scooby himself, who is a Great Dane- that saved the day.[3]

He had to come to the gang via a flying carpet, due to malfunctions in his crystal ball thanks to the Shadow Demon. He helped them escape, and later filibustered until dawn, when Queen Morbidia and her monsters lost their power. In "Reflections in a Ghoulish Eye", the gang was falsely lured to a magic convention under the belief that Van Ghoul awaited them there. He revealed that it was a trick, disguised himself and came to the convention. He, in disguise, handed Daphne the amulet they needed, which proved useful when they were later trapped in a mirror haunted by a monster.[4]

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

After twelve of the ghosts had been captured, Vincent left the Chest of Demons with Shaggy for safekeeping. He dedicated himself to hunting down the final ghost, Asmodeus, only for the King of Demons to apparently begin hunting him. He spent months fruitlessly trying to get in touch with his young friends, only succeeding after Mystery Inc. decided to retire following an unfortunate mystery gone awry. Traveling to his home, the group found Vincent trapped in a crypt, and freed him only to be attacked by Asmodeus.

Much to Vincent's dismay, he learned that Shaggy had not brought the chest, having apparently mailed it to what he had thought was Vincent's home in the Himalayas. After briefly attacking, Asmodeus departed, apparently to seek out the chest, prompting Vincent to take the group aboard his plane after sharing his and Mortifer's story. After arriving, the group split up, with Vincent joining his old friends in investigating a strange tourist while Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley left to find the package containing the chest. Vincent's party ended up losing the suspect, and soon ran into trouble as a demonic car tried to bury them under an avalanche.

After narrowly avoiding being buried in snow and arriving in a nearby temple, Vincent confessed to his friends that his wizardly powers had failed him since Asmodeus' first appearance. They soon encountered the demon, who proved to have the Chest of Demons in his possession, and attempted to recover it. They succeeded, but were left without an avenue of escape until Vincent, thinking quickly, threw one of his crystal balls at Asmodeus' feet, causing it to shatter. The magical explosion teleported his friends to safety, and through a spare crystal Vincent instructed them to flee and leave him to finish the battle alone.

Despite Vincent's urgings, the Mystery Inc. gang-joined by a grown up Flim-Flam-came to his aid, though they lost possession of the chest. Vincent then revealed that he felt responsible to finish the battle because Asmodeus was once Asamad Van Ghoul, his ancestor. Asmodeus then opened the chest, but Velma-who had been skeptical throughout the adventure-pointed out the rule that the chest could only be opened by the living. Asmodeus was revealed to be a costumed Mortifer, who had faked his own death decades before, while the chest turned out to be a decorative cooler Shaggy had bought from Flim-Flam and then mistaken for the real thing.

Interpol agent Vance Linklater, who had been tailing Mortifer for some time, then appeared with a force of agents to arrest him. Mortifer admitted that he had wanted to get rich by selling off the chest, before using his magician skills to escape and enter the car that had triggered the avalanches previously. Vincent attempted to warn him against his vehicle's tendency to cause avalanches, but Mortifer ignored him and was caught in an avalanche that collapsed the bridge he was driving on. As snow erupted from the chasm, an image of Asmodeus appeared that transformed into Asamad before fading away.

Velma took the opportunity to explain to a confused Vincent that, by her reading of the Great Tome, Asamad had been searching for redemption rather than revenge all these centuries. Believing his ancestor had been protecting him, Vincent watched as Mortifer was taken away, though he took amusement at the thought that he could "visit him in the Ghoulag!" He then joined Mystery Inc. in reboarding his plane to depart, unaware that Velma had fabricated her translation due to her own skepticism. Before leaving, he encouraged Flim-Flam to "stay out of trouble", but seemed proud when Flim-Flam replied that he "c[ould]n't make any promises".[1]

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Appearances

Notes/trivia

  • Vincent Van Ghoul is himself a parody of Vincent Price, who voiced him, and, like Price himself, presented his character in a pseudo-serious way. He often made serious comments that still managed to be funny, much as Price did.
  • Warner Bros. presumably got permission from the Vincent Price estate in using his likeness and voice as they did with the incarnation from the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated TV series.

In other languages

Actor Language Notes
Marcos Miranda Brazilian Portuguese
Hallvard Lydvo Norwegian

References

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