Velma Dace Dinkley is a fictional character in the American television animated series Scooby-Doo. She wears glasses because her vision is quite poor, and she is prone to losing them. She is usually seen wearing a baggy orange sweater, short pleated skirt, knee socks, and Mary Janes.


[hide]*1 Character description

[edit] Character descriptionEdit

She, and sometimes, along with her, Fred Jones, are the ones who usually figure out the mystery. A running gag of the series is Velma's trouble with keeping her glasses on her face (usually from being accidentally knocked off her face while being chased by the villain). She cannot see at all without her glasses. When Scooby and Shaggy are too afraid to volunteer for a mission, Velma often offers him a dog treat called a "Scooby Snack" as a bribe.

Velma is generally dressed in a skirt, orange sweater, and glasses. When the gang splits up, Velma sometimes goes off with Fred Jones and Daphne Blake and sometimes goes with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers and on occasion, even by herself.

[edit] RelativesEdit

Relatives of Velma shown during the series' run include:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dinkley: Velma's parents.
  • Madelyn Dinkley: Velma's younger sister.
  • Aunt Thelma: works with dolphins at a marine institute.
  • Dave Walton: Velma's uncle.
  • Uncle John: an archaeologist.
  • Uncle Cosmo: another archaeologist.
  • Uncle Elmo: a doctor.
  • Uncle Ted:: another archeologist
  • Aunt Meg and Uncle Evan: Velma's aunt and uncle, who live in a small town called Banning Junction which features in a Halloween episode.
  • Marcy: Velma's cousin, the daughter of Meg and Evan

[edit] Alternate versions and other appearancesEdit

Velma appears as a junior high school student in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, a spinoff series aired on ABC from 1988 to 1991.

Velma has been called a lesbian "icon", although the Scooby-Doo series and direct-to-video films depict her as presumably heterosexual.[1]

[edit] PortrayersEdit

[1][2]Velma, as portrayed by Linda Cardellini in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.Velma has been voiced by several actresses. From 1969 to 1974, Nicole Jaffe voiced Velma; from 1976 to 1979, Pat Stevens voiced the character. From 1979 to 1980, Marla Frumkin provided her voice. Velma was silent in the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo final episode, "The Ransom of Scooby Chief". After the character's absence from 1980 to 1983 series, Marla Frumkin continued voicing Velma as a guest star in The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. Velma was absent again until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo when Christina Lange took over the role. B.J. Ward voiced Velma in a Johnny Bravo crossover episode. From the animated movie, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, B.J. Ward reprised her role continually as Velma though the animated movie Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. Nicole Jaffe continued voicing Velma in the movies, Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico. Velma in the latest Scooby series is voiced by Mindy Cohn.

In the 2002 and 2004 live-action movies, Velma is played by Linda Cardellini. Velma is portrayed by Hayley Kiyoko in the 2009 live-action movie Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and its live-action sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (filming begins in 2010).

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burke, Timothy and Burke, Kevin (1998). Saturday Morning Fever : Growing up with Cartoon Culture. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-16996-5. p 106.