This page is dedicated to Casey Kasem (1932-2014), who was the original voice for Shaggy Rogers.
Norville "Shaggy" Rogers is a fictional character in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He is a cowardly slacker and the long-time best friend of his equally cowardly Great Dane, Scooby-Doo. Like Scooby-Doo, Shaggy is more interested in eating than solving mysteries.
Why He Deserves a Shaggy Snack
- He’s just as likable and unforgettable as his pet dog/best friend, Scooby-Doo.
- He has many memorable catchphrases and lines of dialogue, such as “Zoinks!”, “Are you challenging me?” or “Scooby-Doo, where are you?!”.
- Much like Scooby, he shares the same funny running gag of endlessly eating food and Scooby Snacks whenever they’re solving a mystery.
- Casey Kasem and Matthew Lillard (two of Shaggy’s most well-known portrayers) do an amazing job at portraying/voicing the character.
- He sometimes steals the show with his and Scooby’s failing attempts to get out of a mystery that comes off as hilarious.
- Him and Scooby’s cowardly demeanor can really get a good amount of laughs out of the viewers, which is one of the most memorable things about the Scooby-Doo franchise.
- He is a great owner/best friend to Scooby.
- There are times on rare occasions where Scooby and Shaggy’s behavior can actually help the others solve the mystery and catch the bad guy.
- He can also be forgiving, as during the rare times he does something bad, he does feel regret for what he did. For example, while he and Velma's relationship in Mystery Incorporated was weak, he apologized to Velma for hurting her feelings. She does eventually forgive him and their friendship is still very strong. Shaggy also learns to make sure he spends enough time with his other love interests and his dog, and not put one above the other entirely. This shows Shaggy can learn from his mistakes and grow as a better person.
- Also, he can get his comeuppance for his actions, like after the Guess Who? episode "The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!", in the episode "The Tao of Scoob!", show in a flashback where he and Scooby were very sick (while gross), because they ate the entire feast, which was over 100 years old, meaning the food has really expired. And if you eat expired food, it normally makes you sick, since the food goes really bad. This satisfying karma also proves to be a good lesson as Shaggy and Scooby never eat expired food again, showing that they have learned their lesson and likely regretted what they have done to the food truck chef lady.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, he (along with Scooby) suffered the least flanderization and his personality is barely different.
- In Mystery Incorporated, he got really great character development as he (and Scooby) acts brave towards his fear of monsters and actually fights against them as an act of bravery and courage, which was a great way of derivating him from his previous counterparts where he always acted cowardly towards monsters and tended to act pretty goofy at times too, which in this entry he still does, but Shaggy has a bit of intelligence in him now and can be brave and helpful during the mystery.
- Shaggy has had some good love interests over the years, with Crystal (from Alien Invaders) being his most iconic and memorable love interest.
- While his design looks good in most Scooby-Doo media, there were unfortunate times where it did not look good:
- In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, he looks really weird and a little uncanny. It's interesting to note that he’s supposed to represent his live-action appearance from the live-action Scooby-Doo movies.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, his redesign is very mediocre and looks very little to nothing like his original counterpart, and instead looks more like a bad attempt to imitate Seth MacFarlane's art style like Family Guy, American Dad! or Brickleberry's art style. Speaking of his redesign, it is unfitting in the Scooby-Doo franchise, as it fits more into an adult cartoon or parody.
- In the Scooby-Doo spinoff Velma, he is portrayed as an African American with black hair instead of his original design. Consequently, this made the fans upset, as it is not faithful to the original series.
- Despite that most of the actors do a great job for playing him, not all the actors did a good job:
- In Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, Scott Menville actually does a poor job voicing him, lacking the genuine charm that Casey Kasem or Matthew Lillard brings to the character, and just comes off as annoying.
- In Scoob!, Will Forte's voice performance as him isn't very good.
- There are times where he was unfortunately flanderized:
- In Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, he became horrendously flanderized and out of character, where he shows his absolute worst traits as he was portrayed as being extremely lazy and overall just demoted to a generic comic relief character for no real reason.
- In the live-action films, Shaggy goes from being a comedic goofball into an incompetent and unlikable idiot. For example, in one scene from the first movie, he suggests just leaving Fred and Velma to die while he, Daphne, and Scooby-Doo escape Spooky Island, which is mean-spirited and out of character. He also becomes a whole lot dumber in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
- In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, he became dumber and a worshipper of only food; he even disobeyed Velma not to continue eating a food trap in one of the episodes. But he was still tolerable (along with Scooby), as his personality was barely effected.
- He can have occasional unlikable moments outside of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!:
- In Mystery Incorporated, mainly in the earlier episodes, he can be occasionally mean-spirited, like when he choose Scooby over Velma. Though, he did later regret hurting Velma's feelings, apologized to her and restored their friendship, and learned to spend equal time with his dog and his other love interests. Also, in the episode Night Terror, he gloats about kissing Daphne (albeit unintentionally). He does immediately regret it though, as he was more worried about Scooby and Fred seeing him and Daphne unintentionally cuddle, and apologized for gloating.
- In the Guess Who? episode, “The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall”, he (and Scooby) ruins the ending, when he eats the entire feast despite the fact that Jeff Foxworthy allowed the food truck chef lady that she could analyze it and recreate old recipes. What makes it worst is he (and Scooby) is unapologetic and doesn't regret what he's done to her. Fortunately, it is shown he got karma and was sick from eating that food, and he hasn’t done anything that bad ever since.
- In Mystery Incorporated, his relationship with Velma is very annoying, repetitive, stereotypical and forced. It amounts to nothing but as an attempt of trying way too hard to make it seem more dramatic. Velma, who is smart and sarcastic, doesn’t really clash well with Shaggy’s goofy, cowardly, and hungry personality, unlike some of his other love interests (which ironically includes Velma’s younger sister, Madelyn). They have always been better off as best friends, as their friendship is very strong, and still is to this day.
- He was by far, the most memetic character in the show aside from other characters such as Fred or Scooby-Doo himself for example.
- Most notable example is from Scooby-Doo: Legends of the Phantosaur the scene where he was fighting the biker gang spawned the meme "Ultra Instinct Shaggy" which was a remake of the same clip but with the "Ultimate Battle" theme from Dragon Ball Super spawning multiple fan-arts where Shaggy defeats characters such as Thanos, Superman, Saitama, and Goku.
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