Fine connoisseurs of high quality memes and casual fans alike are sure to remember a meme that circulated online around 2019 concerning everyone’s favourite hippy and consumer of dog treats, Shaggy Rogers from Scooby-Doo. The meme originated from a clip of the 2011 animated movie Scooby Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur in which there is a scene where Shaggy beats up a gang of bikers, displaying an almost supernatural strength, speed and skill. Thus, the “Ultra Instinct Shaggy” meme was born. Fans of the super violent fighting game Mortal Kombat started bombarding the games creator Ed Boon on Twitter, pleading for Shaggy to be put in the game as a DLC fighter. Boon shot down these requests but the opening to the new animated Mortal Kombat movie- Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms– has now technically made Shaggy’s role as the ultimate fighter canon in the Mortal Kombat Universe. Well, not really but it’s an amusing reference at least.
The intro to the Mortal Kombat animated film shows Scorpion doing some flips and general martial arts stuff until Shaggy appears from the WB logo and grabs him by the throat before preceding to yeet him back into the Nether Realm. Shaggy then emits an ominous green glow- with his buddy Scoob beside him- proving his worth as the chosen one as he unleashes the ultra-instinct. Okay, so it’s just a silly reference to an old meme but I think it is interesting how popular culture is now so heavily influenced by fan-made internet jokes and this is a great example of that. If something goes viral, it’s free reign for it to show up pretty much anywhere. Just look at the popular game Fortnite and its accompanying, irritating, meme laden dance moves that have shown up in a plethora of media such as the Marvel movies. At least this meme is harmless and pretty funny. Definitely one of the less cringe worthy ones. Maybe we could get Shaggy in a fighting game one day too. We can dream at least.