One of the great Scooby-Doo mysteries has finally been solved. No, not who is the Ghost Clown terrorizing the local circus, but if Velma Dinkley is canonically a lesbian.
Clips from the new direct-to-home Scooby movie, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! went viral on Twitter this morning (Oct. 4), with scenes showing Velma (voiced by Kate Micucci) crushing hard on a new character, Coco Diablo (Myrna Velasco).
According to the official film synopsis, Coco is a reformed villain who is "the head of the notorious costume crime syndicate that colludes The Black Knight, Space Kook and the Ghost Diver." So basically she's behind the most iconic designs from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? rogue gallery.
In a scene from Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, it's love at first sight when Velma meets Coco. The encounter leaves Velma speechless with her glasses fogging up, and her face turning red.
As if that wasn't enough to consider the case of Velma's sexuality closed, there is another scene where Velma admits to Daphne that she is "crushing big time" on Coco, causing Velma to ask for advice on what to do with her newfound feelings.
Fans took to social media to excitedly tweet about Velma being a confirmed lesbian after all these years:
This is far from the first time Velma's sexuality has made headlines. As Logo previously reported back in 2020, Tony Cervone, supervising producer for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated confirmed that the nerdy teenage sleuth was supposed to be a lesbian on the critically acclaimed animated series that ran from 2010-2013.
"I've said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She's gay," Cervone responded to a fan on Instagram. "We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why."
"There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago," he adds, citing Marcie Fleach, a character introduced in the cartoon.
Scooby-Doo fans have long questioned Velma's sexuality, and after Cervone confirmed their theories, Scooby-Doo movie director James Gunn also chimed in saying Velma was "explicitly gay" in his initial script—before the studio watered it down to nothing.
In 2019, Linda Cardellini, who played Velma in the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies, told Logo that she acted as if Velma was gay in the films:
James Gunn wrote that script and it originally had a lot of funny stuff tackling that, but a lot of it got taken out of the movie. I had this whole scene where Velma got drunk, danced on a piano, ripped open her shirt, and had on this orange and red Cross Your Heart bra. I sang a love song, and at the end I pointed. Because she’s drunk, the point was right between Daphne and Fred, so they looked at each other and couldn’t figure out who I was pointing at. There was an ambiguity there that people felt from the cartoons. But I think that scene got cut because the studio didn’t want kids seeing Velma drunk.
Can Velma and Coco make it work? Find out in Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, available now for digital purchase. The animated movie will also hit HBO Max on Oct. 15, part of the streamer's annual Scoobtober programming.