Ultra Instinct Shaggy Makes Brief MK Animated Movie Appearance

by in Entertainment | Aug, 31st 2021

It may be considered a “dead meme” now, but Warner Bros. sort of made “Ultra Instinct Shaggy” canon in a recent MK animated film. It’s absolutely worth talking about because it’s so ridiculous. Ultra Instinct Shaggy is a spinoff of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers from the Scooby-Doo universe. He’s portrayed as an omnipotent, god-like being who cannot even comprehend his own power. There’s no known limit, as he never uses more than a fraction of his actual power. But in the intro animation to a recent MK animation, Ultra Instinct Shaggy became canon in MK, thanks to a bit of a joke from Warner Bros. It may be an older, “dead” meme, but it made so many people on the internet laugh and pop off about it.

Scorpion is No Match for Ultra Instinct Shaggy

In the MK film, Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, Warner Bros. and the writers snuck in a peek at Ultra Instinct Shaggy. This occurred during the Warner Bros. Animation sequence, where Scorpion appears in the open logo. He shows off how cool he is, but is drug back down to hell by Shaggy Rogers. With an eerie evil glow surrounding him, we also hear Shaggy use the iconic Scorpion line, “Get over here!”

Ultra Instinct Shaggy stares down the camera, glowing in frightening green energy, and just like that, he’s MK canon. Well, sort of. In many of the original pieces of art for Ultra Instinct Shaggy, he glows white/silver as Goku did at the end of Dragon Ball Super, but Shaggy’s clearly not bound to this. This meme dates back to 2017, but Ultra Instinct Shaggy was at its popularity peak in 2019. Could this be a lead to how long the MK animated film was in production, that it had Ultra Instinct Shaggy in it? Or did they just think it’s funny?

Perhaps the best use of the meme was Shaggy Rogers going Ultra Instinct in a Scooby-Doo video, which leads us to this MK reference. In the video, found on Youtube, Shaggy easily defeats a Biker Gang while “Ultimate Battle” played in the background. The actual video is from a real Scooby-Doo movie, but it didn’t quite go down this way.

Ed Boon has even teased Ultra Instinct Shaggy in his own way. Back in 2019, he teased “Hack and Slash Shaggy”. Sadly, we weren’t meant to see Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11.  It’s interesting to note that Battle of the Realms is a sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. In that film, Scorpion took Daffy Duck to Hell in the opening sequence. Perhaps Shaggy sympathized with Daffy Duck and wanted to get revenge? In the next MK animated movie, are we going to see someone drag Ultra Instinct Shaggy down? Don’t be foolish, there’s nobody more powerful than the omni-dimensional Norville Rogers.


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