In the latest case of contemporary pop-culture head canons running rampant over their respective source material, Mystery Inc.’s newest animated adventure Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! has confirmed the team’s resident ‘brains’, Velma, as a member of the LGBT community.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

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Making its digital debut on October 4th, Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! sees the famous team of teen detectives undertaking an investigation of one Coco Diablo, a prolific fashion designer who is revealed to have created most of the ‘monsters’ faced by the gang over the years.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

Eventually arrested for her role in providing equipment to individuals in service of committing crimes, Diablo is later approached by Mystery Inc. in regards to a recent attack by Count Nefario on the Coolsville Halloween Fest.

Initially, the gang believe her to be the mastermind behind the plot, but after adamantly denying her own involvement, Diablo offers her services in getting to the bottom of the mystery.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

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Unsurprisingly, it is this diabolic fashion designer who Velma develops an attraction towards, with her rush on Coco being revealed within the cold open of Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo!

Therein, upon making her way into Coco’s warehouse after the police and the rest of her team have already secured the scene and discovering what the villain truly looks like, Velma is left stunned, her cheek proceeding to blush and her glasses fog up.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

From there, Velma is seen throughout the film near-obsessing over Coco, reading her various books, over-excitedly agreeing with the proposition of enlisting her help, and jumping to wear the heart-shaped ‘tether’ to the criminal’s ankle monitor.

“Yeah, it’s just weird, because I didn’t know convicted felons were your type,” Daphne quips as the team leaves the prison housing Coco with their new teammate in tow.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

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Initially meeting Daphne’s jesting with comical denial, Velma soon admits, “Okay, who am I kidding? I’m crushing big time, Daphne. What do I do, what do I say?!”

“Don’t overthink it,” replies her red-headed friend. “Don’t overthink it.”

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

Ultimately, this romantic sub-plot culminates in Velma’s awkwardly approaching Coco in the aftermath of their film-ending action set piece and admitting her feelings to her former foe.

“I’d like to think that under different circumstances, we’d really get along,” sheepishly suggests Velma as their time together comes to an end.

“Oh, really?” asks Coco in turn.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

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“Oh, there I go, saying the wrong thing again,” groans Velma, to which her crush vaguely replies, “No, it’s just thought that we got along great.”

“Do you know how rare it is for me to like someone other than myself?” she asks in conclusion, proceeding to turn herself back in to the police.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

Despite this scene making Velma’s feelings explicitly clear, Coco’s retort does not seem to be given with any sort of ‘romantic’ undertone.

Whether this is meant to imply that Coco is slightly misreading Velma’s feelings or is a misinterpretation based on awkward voice direction remains to be seen.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

Notably, prior to Velma’s meeting of Coco, all of her love interests have been depicted as strictly male.

These include her teammate Shaggy Rogers (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), her ‘male doppelganger’ Winsor (Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur) and even Johnny Bravo (Johnny Bravo, S1E3 “Bravo Dooby-Doo).

Source: Johnny Bravo, S1E3 “Bravo Dooby-Doo” (1997), Cartoon Network

Trick or Treat, Scooby-Doo! is now available digitally.

A Cartoon Network premiere is set for October 14th, with the film being made available on HBO Max the next day.

Fans interested in a home video release can pick it up three days later on October 18th.

Source: Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022), Warner Bros. Animation

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