A Ranking of Daphne's Portayals
Daphne has arguably had the second most actress changes over the years compared to Velma. While I didn't dislike any of the actresses she has had like I did with Velma, there were definitely some I liked more than others. In this post, I will be ranking every portrayal of Daphne, including her live-action actresses and voice actresses. There's a bit of a hot take in here, so you can look forward to that haha.
10. Kate Melton
Once again, I want to make it clear that this getting bottom ranking doesn't mean I disliked Kate's portrayal, but I felt her version of the character wasn't quite as strong as some of the others here. It felt like a very similar situation to Nick Palatas, where she was decent in the role, but nothing about it screamed "this is Daphne." Also like Nick, it's sad that her acting career never really took off after this film, because I do think she's a good actress.
9. McKenna Grace
The young voices of the gang are kind of hard to rank at this time, since we only see them for such a brief period of SCOOB!. However, I thought McKenna was one of the strongest of the young voice actresses for the gang. She's also in Young Sheldon alongside Iain Armitage, playing Sheldon's friend Paige in a recurring role, so part of it might be that I'm more familiar with her acting than Velma and Fred's young voice talents. I also discovered when looking up the picture of her that she played young Sabrina Spellman in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which I've seen before but didn't realize it was her! So I guess I'm familiar with her in quite a few different roles haha.
8. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda was the standout voice actress to me in SCOOB!. She did a great job as Daphne, arguably the best job out of any of the four celebrity voice actors. However, I wouldn't say she was particularly memorable compared to many of Daphne's other voice actresses, thus her ranking here.
7. Sarah Michelle Gellar
I really debated about this one, because I do like her portrayal of a more strong, empowered Daphne, but I feel like part of the reason I like her is over nostalgia from Sarah's role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Setting that aside, I don't feel like her portrayal of Daphne was a case of "yes, this fits Daphne's character" exactly. She was certainly very good in the role, but I would say the remaining six actresses top her for me.
6. Kellie Martin
Kellie did a great job providing a different spin on Daphne's character. She really gets down Daphne's bossiness and standoffishness. While I would say I'd probably put Velma and Fred's young voice actors above hers, Kellie's portrayal of Daphne was still excellent.
5. Mary Kay Bergman
Although her role as Daphne was very brief given it was only for a few films, I thought she did an excellent job as Daphne and made a great replacement for Heather North. She did a great job portraying a more strong, independent version of the character than we'd previously seen.
4. Sarah Jeffery
Alas, we have arrived at my hot take haha. While I know a lot of people are not a fan of this film and are probably reading this saying "how could you rank her so high?" One of the things I most like in a voice actor is their ability to provide a different take on the character. Sarah's version of Daphne explored her quirkier, sheltered, more optimistic side, which is something we've seen throughout the franchise but it was never really explored in the depth it was here. While it was certainly a very different take on Daphne, Sarah Jeffery's version of Daphne was my favorite of the live-action Daphnes. It's certainly an unpopular opinion, and if anybody chooses to rank these in the comments, I would be very surprised to see anybody put her as high as I did, but I really appreciated this different take on Daphne. She felt more natural as Daphne than Kate Melton and Sarah Michelle Gellar did, in my opinion.
3. Indira Stefanianna Christopherson
This is one of the few cases where I didn't choose the original voice actress as my top choice. I really like Indira's voice and think she fits the role of Daphne exceptionally well, but given she was only in one season, I guess her voice didn't stand out quite enough to feel as iconic to me as Grey's and Heather's.
2. Grey Griffin
Grey Griffin is such an amazing actress, and I think she fits the role of Daphne perfectly. One of my favorite parts of Grey's Daphne voice is that she can adapt it to fit so many different versions of Daphne: the more fashionista version of her in What's New Scooby-Doo?, the quirkier version of her in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and the more typical version of Daphne in SDMI, Guess Who and the DTVs. Grey is an all-around amazing voice actress in my opinion and shows great versatility in her portrayal of every character I've heard her voice.
1. Heather North
Was there ever any doubt? haha Heather is iconic as Daphne and gets her voice down so well. When I think of classic Daphne's voice, I think of Heather North. She did such an amazing job with the role.
I hope you enjoyed reading my rankings! If you'd like to share your own, feel free to leave them in the comments!
6/16/2022 09:24:37 am
The only one that I didn’t even know who would top the list, that is how CLOSE the top 2 are
6/16/2022 10:27:44 am
8. I really debated about including them in these rankings because I never had much to say about them, but ultimately I decided to just since they will get main roles in Holiday Haunt.
6/16/2022 11:02:56 am
My Top 5 Daphnes
6/16/2022 01:13:33 pm
4. Yeah, I agree Daphne's personality in Pup felt very different, but I think Kellie did a great job with the role.
6/16/2022 03:51:45 pm
In certain shows and movies, I really like Frank Welker voicing Scooby but most of the time I find his performance just to be okay.
6/16/2022 05:27:16 pm
Just okay?... How can anybody not like Frank Welker? He is a legend!
6/16/2022 05:51:46 pm
I don't want to ruin my rankings for Scooby so I won't comment on the top thing yet haha.
6/17/2022 01:52:04 am
Love Amanda 💜
6/17/2022 05:35:51 am
After the copy paste job that was the Shaggy ranking of both of us, now we're finally getting to a ranking with some pretty big differences!
6/17/2022 05:38:08 am
(I was prepared for the cut off this time lol. Continuation:) And I understand why she did that, it was the last film in a series of movies that Mary played Daphne in, up to that point. Grey probably wanted to honor her version and keep it as close and loyal to how she did it, because it was the era of Mary's specific portrayal after all. And then, Grey brought even more character to Daphne through her performance than ever before. And she's managed to it in different ways too! WNSD, SDMI, BCSD, the DTVs, they all present different versions of Daphne to varying extents, and she pulls all of them off perfectly. Even adds more to them. Really impressive. She's the absolute best of this list, I didn't even need to think about it.
6/17/2022 08:35:54 am
At the end of Heather's paragraph I meant to say "there was some doubt", as an answer to the rhetorical question in the article haha
6/17/2022 02:50:16 pm
5. Yeah, I don't think Kellie Martin would have fit another version of Daphne as well. She did amazing for this more bossy, stuck-up Daphne but I think her portrayal would feel out of place in another series.
6/17/2022 07:09:34 am
Sorry but Sarah Jeffery was definitely the worst, you can blame more so on the writing but at least the other two live action felt more in line with the movies and shows at the time. the theater movies had the more kickass version of daphne from zombie island that we later see more of in what's new. And the origin live action movies daphne's richest was on full display with the van being her's to start off with. The daphne from the velma and daphne movie let someone else choose her outfit?! No daphne is a fashionista, that's been established for quite some time, she'd choose her own outfit.
6/17/2022 08:28:27 am
Uhm, you'd think there's probably better things to complain about than her letting someone choose her outfit. This is like the purest form of nitpicking. I'm not even a fan of this movie or the portrayal much, but that never even crossed my mind. I don't see the problem. We never really saw Daphne in general to be so much of a fashionista that she would never let such a thing happen (maybe A Pup, but that's kid Daphne, not teen/young adult Daphne)
6/17/2022 02:51:33 pm
I doubt choosing outfits was Sarah Jeffery's choice, I think that would have been something chose in the script. I know my placing her so high was definitely unpopular so it's understandable you wouldn't agree, just my opinion on it.
6/18/2022 11:28:26 am
How would you rate Jessica Chancellor's performance?
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