Velma is voted the 'most disliked TV character of 2023'

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By James Kay

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Velma has been voted as "the most disliked character of 2023" by fans who clearly aren't fond of the reimagined Scooby-Doo character.

Scooby-Doo was a huge part of many people's childhoods across the globe - I can say that from personal experience as I was obsessed with the mystery-solving dog.

To love Scooby often means that you'll have a soft spot for the rest of the gang too - Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and Velma.

However, the latest series involving Velma Dinkley, played by Mindy Kaling, has not resonated well with fans.

On the popular website, Ranker.com, fans have voted Velma as the most disliked character of 2023, which can only be summed up with one word - Jinkies!

At the time of writing, 1,460 people voted Velma as the worst character, which is far more than the 516 people who voted David in The Last of Us in second.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Rupert from Ted Lasso came in 3rd, Elia Kane from The Mandalorian came in 4th and Che from And Just Like That came in 5th.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Velma topped the list, as in early 2023 it became the 3rd lowest-ranked show on IMDb, which should give an idea of how people thought of the show.

The new show delves into the origin stories of Velma, exploring how she became the sleuth in the Mystery Inc. gang. According to reports from the Daily Mail, the series adopts a more adult-humor approach, leading some critics to claim that the characters are "over-sexualized."

Critics did not mince their words in expressing their disappointment. Nadira Goffe from Slate remarked: "Velma’s attempts at modernizing the franchise are so inept, they’ve given rise to conspiracy theories that Kaling intentionally made Velma bad as fodder for an ongoing culture war in which people would beef about it incessantly online."

Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich added: "Velma is the new bland, a deconstructed canonical bonanza pulled right off the corporate assembly line. It's so extra it's minus."

Despite the negative response to the series, Max announced back in June that Velma will live to see another day as it was renewed for a second series.

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Velma is played by Mindy Kaling. Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty

As reported by Variety, Suzanna Makkos, the executive vice president of original comedy and adult animation for Max and Adult Swim, said: "The series that we create at Max are art and voice driven, with character and comedy coming before anything else.

"We’re always looking for hard comedy with heart and edge, diverse and inclusive shows with underlying thematic resonance, and character design that showcases the hand of the artist. I am so excited to share these incredible series with the world, and continue to show why Max is a great home for adult animation."

Featured image credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty

Velma is voted the 'most disliked TV character of 2023'

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

Velma has been voted as "the most disliked character of 2023" by fans who clearly aren't fond of the reimagined Scooby-Doo character.

Scooby-Doo was a huge part of many people's childhoods across the globe - I can say that from personal experience as I was obsessed with the mystery-solving dog.

To love Scooby often means that you'll have a soft spot for the rest of the gang too - Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and Velma.

However, the latest series involving Velma Dinkley, played by Mindy Kaling, has not resonated well with fans.

On the popular website, Ranker.com, fans have voted Velma as the most disliked character of 2023, which can only be summed up with one word - Jinkies!

At the time of writing, 1,460 people voted Velma as the worst character, which is far more than the 516 people who voted David in The Last of Us in second.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Rupert from Ted Lasso came in 3rd, Elia Kane from The Mandalorian came in 4th and Che from And Just Like That came in 5th.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Velma topped the list, as in early 2023 it became the 3rd lowest-ranked show on IMDb, which should give an idea of how people thought of the show.

The new show delves into the origin stories of Velma, exploring how she became the sleuth in the Mystery Inc. gang. According to reports from the Daily Mail, the series adopts a more adult-humor approach, leading some critics to claim that the characters are "over-sexualized."

Critics did not mince their words in expressing their disappointment. Nadira Goffe from Slate remarked: "Velma’s attempts at modernizing the franchise are so inept, they’ve given rise to conspiracy theories that Kaling intentionally made Velma bad as fodder for an ongoing culture war in which people would beef about it incessantly online."

Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich added: "Velma is the new bland, a deconstructed canonical bonanza pulled right off the corporate assembly line. It's so extra it's minus."

Despite the negative response to the series, Max announced back in June that Velma will live to see another day as it was renewed for a second series.

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Velma is played by Mindy Kaling. Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty

As reported by Variety, Suzanna Makkos, the executive vice president of original comedy and adult animation for Max and Adult Swim, said: "The series that we create at Max are art and voice driven, with character and comedy coming before anything else.

"We’re always looking for hard comedy with heart and edge, diverse and inclusive shows with underlying thematic resonance, and character design that showcases the hand of the artist. I am so excited to share these incredible series with the world, and continue to show why Max is a great home for adult animation."

Featured image credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty