Ultra-Instinct Shaggy Meme
Well over a year since its introduction, the Ultra Instinct Shaggy Dragon Ball meme has reemerged in full power. It combines the adorable goofball from Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo with the powerful Ultra Instinct shape from anime series Dragon Ball Super. The improbable mix has seen such a resurgence in popularity, that a petition has circled online asking for Shaggy Rogers be made a playable downloadable character in Netherealm Studios’ energetic battling game Mortal Kombat 11. The request has racked up more than 100,000 marks in under 24 hours.
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How It Started
The inceptions of this meme started in October 2017. When YouTube user Midya posted a re-altered battle scene from 2011 vivified film Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur. In the clip, Shaggy dispatches a gang of bikers with the tune “Extreme Battle,” from the Dragon Ball Super soundtrack. The viral clasp roused an entire influx of fan art delineating the character in a changed, Ultra Instinct state. This is a form assumed by Dragon Ball Superhero Goku as he battled Jiren in the Tournament of Power and focussed his idle battle to climb to a higher level.
The Dragon Ball Super: Broly has presently ended up being an enormous overall hit both in the cinema world and with critics. Dragon Ball is back in the American standard in the greatest way it has been in years, even getting a balloon at the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade this past November. Thanks to this, the Scooby-Doo meme has grown its popularity online. That is particularly after catching the eye of one familiar face: former Shaggy actor Matthew Lillard.
Matthew Lillard And The Meme
Lillard depicted the live-action version of the character in the first 2002 Scooby-Doo film and its 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He had the meme drawn out by a fan through Twitter, photoshopping pictures and doctoring quotes taken from behind-the-scenes interviews the actor gave while advancing the film dressed as the character. This inferred that Shaggy was a kind of strange and supreme being directing himself through the actor.
— Skele-Connor (@Connorwithano) January 26, 2019
From that point forward, Lillard has grasped the particular meme. He has been sharing fan art and other photoshopped pictures of Shaggy Rogers in different conditions of enlightened and all-powerful change through his social media accounts. He has given them his approval, even going as far to utilize the character’s irrational catchphrases.
You have done well my child. Zoink. https://t.co/J9h53HcbgY
— matthew lillard (@MatthewLillard) January 28, 2019
Floated by Lillard’s support and enthusiasm for Dragon Ball Super among overall audiences, the meme has not just picked up a revitalizing burst of energy. And it’s obviously the most famous it has ever been. A lot of fan art has been made and shared to spread the image with a “Boss Shaggy” subreddit created. This is to respect the Hanna-Barbera symbol as a definitive, all-powerful lifeform with the subreddit also picking up Lillard’s open approval.
— matthew lillard (@MatthewLillard) January 27, 2019
The fan art includes novice outlines and re-altered sequences from the last battle against Jiren in the Tournament of Power from Dragon Ball Super and even proficient artists are joining on the good times. One of the most recent pieces is from fan-favourite artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, who made his very own Shaggy Dragon Ball meme, changing him into an Ultra Instinct state.
Not sure if I am ready for this. Anyway I did this over google hangout with my Discord members. You are invited to join our art community to learn and grow together. Link: https://t.co/e2nt7BpBqk #shaggy pic.twitter.com/IoE8JotHzM
— Stanley Artgerm™ Lau (@Artgerm) January 29, 2019
For years, Shaggy Rogers was expelled as one of the greatest weaklings in Hanna-Barbera’s broad library of characters. He’s the first to run and stow away whenever there’s any hint of trouble. Even regularly jumping into the arms of his Great Dane partner Scooby-Doo instead of facing danger himself.
His weakness had turned into 50 years punchline over every single past incarnation of the character. His concealed heroic side uncovered amid the unexpected battle succession in Legend of the Phantosaur. And fans clamoured to give the voyaging crime solver the regard he really merits. Since his creation, the reality about Shaggy Rogers has finally been revealed to the overall population:
Shaggy Rogers is our almighty, ultimate being. Zoinks, for sure.