|First appearance||"What a Night for a Knight" (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode, 1969)|
|Created by||Joe Ruby|
|Significant other||Fred Jones|
Daphne Blake is a fictional character in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Daphne, depicted as coming from a wealthy family, is noted for her orange hair, lavender heels, fashion sense, and her knack for getting into danger, hence the nickname "Danger-Prone Daphne".
The Daphne character was inspired by the sophisticated and money-hungry teen character Thalia Menninger, as played by Tuesday Weld, from the late 50's/early 60's American sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! shows her birthday to be December 25 to create a personal conflict for her regarding Christmas overshadowing her birthday. But Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island indicates her birthday is in the middle of September because the gang gets back together for her birthday.
According to Scooby-Doo: Behind the Scenes, Daphne always wanted to be both a supermodel and a detective even as a child (the latter of which disappointed her parents). Her aspirations had an effect on her personal life as she was always late for dates whenever she went on mysteries with the gang; she and Fred deny the rumors that they are dating. Her father gave her and her friends the money to start off and, prior to buying the Mystery Machine, Daphne gave her parents gas money to drive them to where there were mysteries to be solved.
Together with her other teenage companions, Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, Shaggy Rogers, and Shaggy's Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, Daphne would engage in solving various mysteries. In the first series, Daphne was portrayed as the beautiful and enthusiastic but clumsy and danger-prone member of the gang (hence her nickname, "Danger-prone Daphne") who always follows her intuition. She serves as the damsel in distress and would occasionally get kidnapped, tied up, gagged, and then left imprisoned. But as the franchise went on, she became a stronger, more independent character who could take care of herself.
During the series' fourth incarnation, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, some of the episodes focused on Daphne. In the episode, "Shiver and Shake, That Demon's a Snake", Daphne buys an idol which is cursed by a snake demon. On the sailboat, the snake demon attacks Daphne and demands an idol to return. In the episode, "The Scary Sky Skeleton", Daphne is reunited with her old friend, Wendy.
In the episode, "I Left My Neck in San Francisco", Daphne becomes sick and she's unable to help the gang to solve the mystery about The Lady Vampire of the Bay. Due to the vampire's look, Daphne's unseen reflection in the mirror, the bat flying around Daphne's bed and herself returning to bed a little later, Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy are convinced that Daphne is a vampire. When the vampiress is revealed to be Lefty Callahan, Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy realize they made a mistake in suspecting Daphne and she is feeling well again.
When the original Mystery Inc. group took a hiatus from the franchise in the 80's, Daphne was initially absent too, with the series focusing on the comedy antics of Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy. However, when the "Whodunnit?" aspect returned to the series with The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, Daphne returned, now an accomplished investigator assisted by Shaggy and the two dogs, investigating supernatural occurrences. She continued to help Scooby battle evil forces of the supernatural in the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo series.
The youthful Daphne portrayed in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo would commonly call upon her butler, Jenkins, to do various tasks. The younger Daphne is shown (along with her parents) to not believe in ghost/monsters/supernatural (one of her catchphrases in that series was "There is no such thing as ghosts (monsters)!), a trait she lacks outside the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo series.
In the film Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Daphne as an adult had a very successful investigative TV series called Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake on a fictional channel called "Americana", which the show had aired on for two seasons. The producer of the show was Fred Jones.
Throughout the various incarnations of the character, there has been speculation that Daphne and Fred had an attraction toward each other. This is emphasized in many of the direct-to-video films and the TV series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. By the time of the second season, they are shown to be actively dating, showing more of their feelings toward each other. In the first live-action Scooby-Doo film, the two initially are just friends with but as the film progresses, they begin to develop a romantic interest in each other and briefly kiss after saving Spooky Island. In the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, they are in a relationship.
- Stefanianna Christopherson (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (season one))
- Heather North (Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (season two), The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo Show, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Johnny Bravo, Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire, Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico)
- Norma MacMillan (Kenner Talking Show Projector record)
- Robyn Moore (Pauls commercial)
- Kellie Martin (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)
- Mary Kay Bergman (Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, The Scooby-Doo Project, Scooby-Doo! Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders)
- Grey DeLisle (2000–present)
- Rachel Kimsey (Scooby-Doo! in Stagefright - Live on Stage)
- Sarah Michelle Gellar (Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (live-action), Robot Chicken (voice))
- Emily Tennant (Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (young Daphne in a flashback sequence))
- Adrienne Wilkinson (Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: The Video Game)
- Cree Summer (Drawn Together)
- Selina MacDonald (Scooby-Doo! and the Pirate Ghost - Live on Stage)
- Kate Melton (Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster)
- Rachel Ramras (Mad)
- Melissa Rapelje (Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries (2013))
- Julia Cave (Scooby-Doo Live! The Mystery Of The Pyramid)
- Erin Cottrell (Robot Chicken)
- Charlie Bull (Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries (2016))
- Sarah Jeffery (Daphne & Velma)
- Cristina Vee (Scooby-Doo! Playmobil Mini Mysteries)
- Amanda Seyfried and Mckenna Grace (teenager and child in Scoob!)
Her usual appearance in the franchise consists of a purple mini-dress, pink pantyhose, purple shoes, and a green scarf. In Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost, and Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, she wore a purple and green three-piece suit with matching shoes. In Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, she wore a purple sleeveless shirt with pink shorts and purple trainers boots or shoes.
As a child, she wore a pink sweater, red skirt, and pink pantyhose with white go-go boots, which she hates getting dirty. In The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, she wore other purple and pink clothes. Some included a purple jumpsuit and a purple dress with a white belt. In Scooby-Doo, she wears various outfits, but mostly a purple/pink dress with pink knee high boots.
Relatives of Daphne, including her four identical sisters, shown during the series' run include:
- George Robert Nedley Blake and Elizabeth Maxwell-Blake: Daphne's parents. In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, they are named Barty Blake and Nan Blake. Voiced by Frank Welker and Kath Soucie.
- Daisy Blake: Daphne's sister, a doctor. Voiced by Jennifer Hale.
- Dawn Blake: Daphne's sister, a model.
- Dorothy Blake: Daphne's sister, a race car driver.
- Delilah Blake: Daphne's sister, in the Marine Corps. Voiced by Jennifer Hale.
- Uncle Matt Blake: Daphne's paternal uncle, a cattle rancher.
- John "J.J." Maxwell: Daphne's maternal uncle, a movie director.
- Olivia Dervy: Daphne's aunt.
- Jennifer Blake: Daphne's cousin.
- Danica LaBlake: Daphne's cousin, a famous French model. Voiced by Vanessa Marshall.
- Shannon Blake: Daphne's Scottish cousin. Voiced by Grey DeLisle.
- Anna Blake: Daphne's cousin in the video games; Scooby-Doo! First Frights and Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp.
- Anne Blake: Daphne's younger cousin in the Scooby-Doo video game.
- Thornton Blake V: Daphne's uncle, owner of a golf course near Lake Erie.
Note: Frank Welker, Kath Soucie, and Jennifer Hale voice the Blakes in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated series, Vanessa Marshall voiced Danica in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? series and Grey DeLisle voiced Shannon in the film Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster (direct-to-DVD). Welker also voiced George on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The late voice actor Don Messick voiced two of Daphne's uncles: Matthew "Matt" Blake on The Scooby-Doo Show and John Maxwell on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
In other media
Daphne was portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar in the film Scooby-Doo and its sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and voiced in the animated series Robot Chicken. Her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. played Fred in the same films.
In these films, Daphne and Fred began a relationship in the first that followed on through the second. Unlike the previous incarnation of the character, Gellar's version of Daphne is trained in martial arts during Mystery Inc.'s 2-year-long departure in the first film, as she is tired of being a damsel in distress on every case that she is involved in with the gang. Coincidentally, this subversion of the damsel in distress to a strong female fighter almost mirrors Gellar's widely recognized role of the title character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Though in the first film, she is captured by the masked wrestler Zarkos, she beats him in a fight at the end.
Daphne is portrayed by Kate Melton in the third film Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (released as a TV film in 2009) and its sequel Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (which premiered on October 16, 2010). These two films are prequels to the first two live-action films and show how the gang met while in high school. Daphne is the president of the drama club at Coolsville High School and the lead in the school musical. It is also revealed that she is the actual owner of the Mystery Machine.
Sarah Jeffery portrayed Daphne in the live-action film Daphne & Velma. This film provided a different origin to how Daphne met the rest of the gang. In this film, Daphne is shown to have met Velma first, and the two of them started solving mysteries before meeting Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby.
- Evanier, Mark. (July 10, 2002).Post Archived May 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine on "News from Me" blog for Povonline.com. Retrieved March 27, 2006. Excerpt: "Fred was based on Dobie, Velma on Zelda, Daphne on Thalia and Shaggy on Maynard."
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- "Voice of Daphne Blake in Mad". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
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