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So in most Scooby Doo episodes, Shaggy and Scooby are given the task of leading the monster to the trap. This despite the fact they are the biggest cowards. It seems to me they are tricked and/or bribed (with Scooby snacks of course).

So why are they the ones usually chosen?

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A few possibilities: Scooby and Shaggy are seen as less reliable team members and so aren't trusted by the rest of the gang with the task of springing the trap. Scooby and Shaggy are legitimately terrified, so the monster will be less suspicious that he is being led into a trap. They are both pretty fast, and if the need arises, they could get away from the monster.

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The fast point seems most valid. They sure can run :) – Shantnu Tiwari Jul 17 '13 at 21:22

The main reason? Shaggy and Scooby will do ANYTHING for a Scooby-Snack. Why should the rest of the gang put themselves at risk when it is so easy to get S&S to do it?

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As per my knowledge of scooby doo episode's their are few episode where Scooby and Shaggy said they don't want to lead the monster to the trap. So they have to choice someone else but no other member got agree and they again used scooby snacks to bribe Scooby and Shaggy.

So to me the reasons are-

  • Nobody else from the team want to do this
  • Scooby and Shaggy can be easily agree with the bribe
  • They have more expertise in leading monster to trap

If you analyze then you will see their is a proper task distribution among scooby gang as per their skills. Daphne Blake can never be a choice because her focus is on makeup and she will never volunteer for it, similarly other characters are also have expertise in their work.

I think their are some exceptional episode but don't have link to them.

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