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Daphne Blake is a fictional character in the long-running American animated series Scooby-Doo. Daphne, depicted as coming from a wealthy family, is noted for her red hair, her fashion sense, her catch phrase ("jeepers!"), and her tendency to get into danger, hence earning from Fred the nickname "Danger-prone Daphne" (which, ironically, was a trait that he himself possessed as a child.

Voices

Indria Stefanianna Christopherson (1969-1970)

Heather North (1970-1986)

Kellie Martin (1988-1991)

Mary Kay Bergman (1998-1999)

Grey DeLisle (2001-present)

Character biography

Together with her other teenage cohorts, Fred "Freddie" Jones, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Velma Dinkley, and Shaggy's pet Great Dane Scooby-Doo, Daphne would engage in solving various mysteries the gang would run across. She was often portrayed as the stereotypical "damsel in distress", being the one female in the group who is most likely to get kidnapped, tied up, and left helpless in some hiding-place.

While not as smart as Velma, Daphne would attempt to solve her problems in a fashionable way. She later became more confident and started playing a more active role as time wore on. In What's New, Scooby Doo?, Daphne has also been known to open locks or do other tasks with strange items from her purse. It has been theorized by many viewers that Daphne and Fred are attracted to one another, something the later direct-to-video features and the Warner Bros. feature films toyed with while never officially putting them together.

Daphne's character gained more prominence in the early-1980s Scooby-Doo spinoffs, when the focus of the series briefly shifted to her, Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo, and Shaggy. This was particularly noteworthy in the spinoff The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

The A Pup Named Scooby-Doo version of a youthful Daphne would commonly call upon her butler, Jenkins, to do various tasks, such as ridding her of people, beating a monster up, etc. This version was also portrayed as much more fashion-sensitive than the mature Daphne.

Relatives

Relatives of Daphne shown during the series' run include:

  • George R. Blake: Daphne's father, the creator of the product "Blake's Bubbles".
  • Elizabeth Blake: Daphne's mother.
  • Uncle Matt: Daphne's uncle, a cattle rancher.
  • John Maxwell: Daphne's uncle, a movie director.
  • Olivia Derby: Daphne's aunt.
  • Jennifer: Daphne's cousin.
  • Dannika: Daphne's cousin, a famous French model.
  • Shannon Blake: Daphne's Scottish cousin.
  • Craig Allison: Irish boyfriend

Daphne's danger-prone-ness is apparently something of a family trait. As her cousin Shannon explained in Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster : "For centuries we Blakes have been falling through trap doors, finding secret passageways, getting kidnapped, and getting caught in overly complicated booby traps of our own design. If there's one thing we Blakes are famous for it's being -- how should I put this? -- danger prone."


Trivia

  • Allegedly, Daphne's father helped pay for the van the gang drives around in, the psychedelically painted "Mystery Machine".
  • In the Johnny Bravo cartoon "Bravo Dooby-Doo", while Velma liked Johnny, Daphne was a bit harsh towards him. He offered Daphne a huge dinner plate in one scene and she stomped on his foot, hard.
  • The second-season episode of The Venture Bros. entitled íViva los Muertos! features the entire Scooby-Doo cast re-imagined as famous serial killers and radicals. Daphne's analgoue, "Patty", is frightened and submissive, somewhat reminiscent of Patty Hearst.
  • In an episode of What's New Scooby Doo, Daphne is outraged that a criminal cast an television extra to impersonate her and comments "Was Sarah Michelle Gellar too busy?", making a reference to Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Daphne in the movies.

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