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If you’re a Hanna-Barbera aficionado, you’re already aware that Scrappy-Doo is the nephew of the iconic Scooby-Doo. You’ll also know he was a reviled character whenever he’d show up on the various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo cartoon series, largely due to the fact that he was utterly useless.


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While occasionally showing off enough strength to carry both Scooby and Shaggy away from danger, he is better known for his plethora of obnoxious catchphrases, like“Lemme at ’em! Lemme at ’em! I’ll splat ’em! I’ll rock ’em and sock ’em!” and, most notably, “Ta dadada ta daaa! Puppy power!”



So, needless to say, seeing the words “Scrappy Doo has been found dead in Miami” trend on Twitter recently, a solid four decades after he was born, came with no shortage of satisfaction to many who have loathed this character over the years.


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The suddenly popular meme originated, as they so often do, from fan-fiction: a story that dates back to 2011, penned by WakeGirl14 and titled “Darkly Dreaming Scooby.” In an obvious reference to the novels and TV series Dexter, the author had Scooby-Doo solving crimes alongside Dexter Morgan.

Here’s the synopsis: “Scrappy Doo has been found dead in Miami, and Dexter and the team are on the case! Who killed him? Why was he killed? More importantly, are Daphne and Fred married? Find out all the bloody details in this wonderful gruesome fan fiction.”

Nice one, WakeGirl14.

Three years after the story was published online, a Twitter account called
fanfiction_txt, which posts lines from fan-fiction minus the context, seemingly gave it a random read and tweeted out the first line: “Scrappy Doo has been found dead in Miami.”


Scrappy Doo has been found dead in Miami

— Fanfiction_txt (
fanfiction_txt) June 5, 2014

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And just like that, it went viral, transitioning into the meme you see before you today.

R.I.P. Scrappy-Doo, dead in our dreams but alive forever on the internet.

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