- This article is about the standard continuity Mystery Inc. For other incarnations, see Mystery Incorporated (disambiguation).
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Mystery Incorporated, often shortened to Mystery Inc., are an amateur crime-solving group of friends. Their mystery solving began as preadolescents in the city of Coolsville, and eventually across the globe.
- Scooby-Doo (mascot)
- Shaggy Rogers (Scooby's master/friend)
- Fred Jones (leader)
- Daphne Blake ("damsel in distress")
- Velma Dinkley ("team nerd")
- Former members
- Scrappy-Doo (Scooby-Doo's nephew)
- For a complete list of Mystery Inc.'s associates, look here.
- Main article(s): Mystery Inc./animated history
- Main article(s): Mystery Inc./biographical account of comic appearances
- Main article(s): Mystery Inc./biographical account of novel appearances
Video game history
- Main article(s): Mystery Inc./biographical account of video game appearances
Origin of name
In 1969, they were simply known as "the gang," with the designation of an a proper name first appeared in 1977, in the Peter Pan read-a-long books (which also called them Mystery Incorporated), and comics published by Marvel Comics. In 1988, when the gang appeared in the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, they were called the Scooby-Doo Detective Agency, "borrowed" from the team name used in The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show and The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (which had Scrappy-Doo, but largely no Fred or Velma).
Finally in 1998, they were officially recognized in animated form for the first direct-to-video film, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, as Mystery Inc. Following on from that, in the fourth film, Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, they were both called Mystery Inc. and the Mystery Gang. They are rarely called Mystery Inc. in animated form, but Scholastic and DC Comics regularly refer to them as such, including as Mystery Incorporated. In 2013, for the nineteenth film, Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, they were called Mystery Incorporated, which cropped up again in the twenty-fifth film, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, in 2016. The former may be largely down to its heavy use in the unrelated TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, airing from 2010-2013. It was also used in the unrelated live-action films, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (in 2004) and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (on TV in 2010, and 2011 on DVD).
They are rarely referred to as Mystery Inc., and there seems to be a general avoidance from writers to ever attempt to use it, instead opting to just call them the Scooby Gang or the Scooby-Doo Gang.