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Coolsville (Scooby-Doo)

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Not to be confused with Coolville, Ohio, a real town.

Coolsville is the hometown of the Mystery Inc. members from the cartoon classic Scooby-Doo franchise. The cinematic version of the franchise locates Coolsville in Ohio.

Coolsville was depicted as the base for many Scooby-Doo stories including animated shows, theatrical and direct-to-video movies, Archie Comics' "Hanna-Barbera Presents" comic line and 2 DC Comics' books lines: "Scooby-Doo!" (1997-2010)[1] and "Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?" (2010-ongoing)[2], storybooks for children by Scholastic, ABDO Publishing Company and Hallmark, and various merchandise such as clothing, card games[3] and video games[4].

In terms of urban classing, Coolsville is a modern day American town with many buildings and a few suburb-like neighborhoods. The size of Coolsville varies within the franchise, being depicted sometimes as a modern city and in other times as a small town. It resides by the shore of a sea in the cartoons, or a big lake in the cinematic adaptation.

According to the "Scooby-Doo Trivia Game"[5] the Mystery Inc. members' addresses in Coolsville are as follows:

Animated history[edit]

It was first named in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, even though it was shown in older adaptions of the franchise, such as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! where it was given a much darker and spooky tone. According to A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode "Chickenstein Lives!", Coolsville was established at least by the year 1788 as it is the date engraved on one of the tombstone in its cemetery (terminus post quem).

In most of its appearances in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the town was mostly unnamed, sometimes referred to by notes in the background as "County" (as in County Museum[6]) or as "Mega County", as shown in a picture on the wall of the Sheriff's office in the end of "Decoy for A Dognapper". The town is located near a university where the episode "Scooby-Doo and A Mummy, Too" took place. It is also close to Indian gap where the "Midnight Express" train passes, and nearby some ancient Indian Village ruins where Buck Masters hid the dogs he dognapped.

According to Prestina (the culprit of "For Letter or Worse") who was disguised as Pop O'Connor, Coolsville was terrorized by a mobster called "Al Cabone" (spoof of Al Capone) during the "mobsters era" – allegedly between 1920 to 1933 as in the real world's United States – who hid all his possessions underground at the hill where the current HBTV station is located.

In the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "A Scooby-Doo Valentine", it is revealed that J.C. Chasez moved into a cabin by the outskirts of Coolsville, and tried to defame the Mystery Inc. so his girlfriend, Rachel, will forget about her romantic interest towards Shaggy Rogers. In this show Coolsville was depicted as a small town with no major buildings as were in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It's revealed that the local Officer McBride has a feud with the gang whom he sees as trouble rather than help to the local law enforcement.

Coolsville was also used as the setting for the direct-to-DVD movie Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, where the gang truly faces the power of the supernatural. In this adaptation, Coolsville was given a more rural-suburb look with an historic clocktower in the town square.

The puppet movie Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map, that is based upon A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, also takes place in Coolsville. It is revealed that Captain Gnarlybeard, a pirate from the colonial era, had hidden a treasure in an island near Coolsville.

Cinematic history[edit]

The movie Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is set in Coolsville. According to this story, the town is located in the state of Ohio, next to an old abandoned mining town and is depicted as a peninsula. It was the first to place Coolsville in Ohio, something which future films followed upon.

According to the prequel movie, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Coolsville has 81,000 citizens and is at least 100 years old, as remarked by Daphne from looking at the tombstones in the local cemetery. The town had originally been much smaller and it was destroyed in a catastrophe known as "The Great Coolsville Flood" prior to the movie's story. the town was flooded by the nearby eponymous Coolsville River and was reconstructed afterwards. Coolsville University is mentioned during the movie, as well as "Coolsville Mountain" – a mountain close to the town itself, where Vice Principal Grimes lives.

Coolsville's Vicinity Map from Scooby-Doo and the Lake Monster.

In the sequel, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, it is revealed that Coolsville is in Erie County, Ohio, south of Medina, Ohio and in the vicinity of small settlements/villages like Seville, Ohio and Creston, Ohio.


  1. Coolsville shown in "Reincarnation Ruckus!" at
  2. "Coolsville Guys And Gals Club" in "Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?" issue 91
  3. "Scooby-Doo! Coolsville 500 Game Review". May 5, 2011.
  4. "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed". GameSpot.
  5. "Scooby-Doo! Trivia Game". BoardGameGeek.
  6. "What A Night for a Knight", 1969.

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