Over the course of more than fifty years, the Scooby-Doo franchise has produced nearly 500 separate mysteries, spread across over a dozen animated series, as well as over 30 animated films and specials. However, despite the plethora of content, there have only been 150 mysteries with women represented in a villainous role, 68 of which still include at least one man sharing that role.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! currently holds the record for containing the most women in a villainous role, with a total of 27, as well as the most episodes with ONLY a woman in the villain’s role, with a total of 11.
As there are some mysteries in which multiple women appear, the series break down as follows:
2 women in 2 episodes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
2 in 2 episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies
7 in 7 episodes of The Scooby-Doo Show
2 in 2 episodes of Scooby-Doo & Scrappy Doo (first series)
4 in 4 episodes of The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show
8 in 6 episodes of The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour
1 in 1 episode of Scrappy & Yabba-Doo
4 in 3 episodes The New Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Show
12 in 11 episodes The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
11 in 6 episodes of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
6 in 6 episodes of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
25 in 21 episodes of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
3 in 2 episodes of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
23 in 22 episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated*
27 in 22 episodes of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
8 (so far) in 8 episodes of Scooby-Doo & Guess Who?
48 in 24 animated films
1 in 1 animated special
Additionally, upon a closer examination of these 194 women, a surprising 41 are disguised as a specifically male character (21%), while only 37 wear the disguise of a specifically female character (19%). The remaining women are either in a non-gendered disguise (12%), an animal disguise/working with animals (9%) or are a real monster/not in a mask (38%).
*this counts both Alice May and Marcie Fleach twice for their dual appearances as Ghost Girl/Obliteratrix and the Manticore/Dark Lilith respectively.
Thanks so much, B, for writing today's fun fact! If you want to download the full chart of a list of the female villains that make up those percentages, you may do so below: