Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, a new animated Mortal Kombat film from Warner Bros. Animation, was released on Tuesday, telling the familiar, bloody storey of Earthrealm warriors battling Outworld villains. It also quickly confirms the canonical existence of “Ultra Instinct Shaggy,” the old Scooby-Doo meme inspired by Dragon Ball (aka 2017).
Scorpion punches, kicks, flips, and generally try to intimidate in Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, only to be snatched by the throat by a green-glowing Shaggy, reaching out from behind the Warner Bros. shield from his lair in NetherRealm. “Zoinks!” Shaggy borrows Scorpion’s signature catchphrase and adds his own slacker flair: “Man, get over here!” Scooby-Doo is also present.
The joke is a mash-up of the Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme from the 2011 animated film Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur, in which Shaggy single-handedly defeats a biker gang, and Goku’s first Ultra Instinct form in the Dragon Ball Super episode “Son Goku Wakes!” The Awakened have reached a new level!” It’s also a sort of sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, the animated prequel to Battle of the Realms, with the WB Animation production logo. Scorpion drags a hyper Daffy Duck into Mortal Kombat hell through the same WB logo portal in that intro, which you can see below.
Ultra Instinct Shaggy in Mortal Kombat Legends has a green aura that resembles the soul-based energy used by Outworld’s Shao Khan, Quan Chi, Ermac, and others.
His inclusion could also be a concession to a fan-driven effort to persuade Warner Bros. and Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios to include Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11 (which, despite more than 380,000 signatures on a Change.org petition, didn’t happen).
The announcement of Ultra Instinct Shaggy’s arrival in the Mortal Kombat universe went viral on Twitter early Tuesday morning, drawing the attention of Ed Boon, NetherRealm’s creative director and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise.