Scooby-Doo Caracters: Shaggy rogers

Shaggy's Character

Scooby-Doo Caracters: Shaggy rogersShaggy closely reflects the 1960s era in which the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? series was created, particularly in his manner of speaking (he often punctuates his sentences with the word "like") and his appearance—he is lanky, with bushy brown hair and a rough goatee, and typically wears a green T-shirt and brown bell bottoms. Thus, he embodies elements of both the early-60s beatnik, and mainly the late-60s hippie. In fact, the primary inspiration for the character came from Maynard G. Krebs, a beatnik character played by Bob Denver in the early 60s sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.Shaggy has been also shown wearing a red shirt instead of green but only in the older shows.

Both Shaggy and Scooby-Doo have nearly insatiable appetites, as well as tendencies towards goofing off and cowardice. Due to these similarities, Shaggy typically treats Scooby as a normal person rather than his pet. Shaggy uses his catch phrase "Zoinks!" whenever he's surprised or scared, which is frequently.

Although usually considered a coward, Shaggy often proves useful in ferreting out the "monsters" and "ghosts" that are usually at the heart of the gang's mysteries (sometimes by reluctantly acting as "live bait" for a trap), and providing a necessary distraction for their eventual capture. Shaggy also has athletic, disguise, and ventriloquism skills which often help the gang. Once, he took his disguise skills so far he even dressed up as Scooby-Doo himself (in the episode Never Ape an Ape Man). Shaggy is a miniature golf champion from the '60s.

Shaggy's Voices

Casey Kasem (1969-1997, 2002-2005)
Scott Innes (1998-2001)
Scott Menville (2006-present)

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For a time, Shaggy was a vegetarian, by request of his original voice-actor Casey Kasem, who is a vegetarian himself. In the past, Shaggy had a tendency to overeat and eat anything he could. Shaggy's eating habits angered Kasem. In 1995 he walked out on the role when Shaggy and Scooby-Doo were to be portrayed in a Burger King commercial.

Scott Innes and Billy West briefly took over the role in several of the direct-to-video films produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In the recent series What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Kasem resumed the role. In the two live-action Scooby Doo movies, he is played by Matthew Lillard. In the newest Scooby Doo TV series, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Scott Menville voices the role, and Shaggy is no longer a vegetarian—his excessive eating habits have returned. Also, he is not as cowardly in this series as in previous series.

Shaggy's Characteristic dialog

Like no way man!
T-t-t-th-th-the ghost!
Gang way!
What is it, Scoob?
Scoob! Old friend, Old buddy, Old pal!
'Scooby Doo! Where are you?!
Check out that crazy house Scoob!
Maybe there's food inside!

Shaggy's Relatives

Relatives of Shaggy shown during the series include:

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Chastain "Mom and Pops" Rogers: Shaggy's parents. Shaggy's father is a police officer. At one point, Shaggy's parents lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Maggie Rogers: Shaggy's sister. In A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, she is portrayed as a baby named "Sugey" (pronounced SHOO-gee), which was possibly Maggie's nickname.
Wilfred: Maggie's fiancee/husband, and Shaggy's brother-in-law.
Gaggy Rogers: Shaggy's uncle, who likes to play practical jokes.
Uncle Shagworthy: Shaggy's rich uncle. Not only does he look like his nephew-he has the same appetite. Not surprisingly he keeps his most precious possession (food) in a safe!
Great Uncle Nat: Shaggy's great-uncle.
Fearless Shagaford: Shaggy's uncle, who owns the Fearless Detective Agency (see Fearless Fosdick)
Betty Lou Shaggbilly: Shaggy's Southern cousin, a hillbilly.
Uncle Beauregard: Shaggy's Southern Civil-war era uncle, deceased. Appeared in Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
Uncle Albert: in Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, the two live in the mansion of this nanotechnology researcher.
Ancestors of Shaggy included McBaggy Rogers, a Pilgrim who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

In A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Shaggy is shown to have an infant sister named "Sugey", presumably a younger version of Maggie (which would make "Sugey" a nickname). However, the difference between the two siblings' ages in Pup seems greater than the difference when both are older (i.e., Maggie apparently aged at a faster rate over the ensuing years than Shaggy did). A similar phenomenon is found in the popular comic strip Peanuts, where Sally was aged from infancy to being a year or two younger than her brother Charlie Brown.

Shaggy's Love Interests

Googie: In Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Shaggy has a girl who acts as a steady love partner and rides along with him, Scooby and Scrappy and helps him out when he is entered into a monster car race. She seems to be more involved in the relationship than Shaggy, who of course finds food more important, though they do show signs of affection such as hugging and Shaggy has the onions held from his hotdog on their date. This was her only appearance in the series.

Crystal: In Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, Shaggy meets a girl named Crystal who claims she and her dog Amber are wildlife photographers. Later at a restaurant, the gang is shocked to find out that Shaggy is so love sick he did not want anything to eat. While the gang is eating, Shaggy daydreams a musical scene called "Groovy" about getting married to Crystal and living together in a house with "Shaggy Jr.", Scooby, Amber, and their puppies. Eventually it is revealed that the two are government agents from a far away planet and the girls leave Scooby and Shaggy heart broken.

Mary-Jane: In the feature film, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy comes across a girl named Mary-Jane who loves Scooby Snacks but is unfortunately allergic to dogs. She is turned into a monster but is saved when Scooby and Shaggy tip over a tub of spirits while fighting off an evil, super-sized version of Scrappy-Doo. It has not been revealed what happened to Mary-Jane after the events of Scooby-Doo since she makes no appearance in the sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Shaggy's Cultural references

Shaa' Gi in Star Wars Clone Wars.Shaggy has been spoofed in such series as Saturday Night Live, Robot Chicken, and such movies as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and even Star Wars: Clone Wars (in the form of Jedi Sha'a Gi). In these and some other parodies of the Scooby-Doo series, Shaggy's constant giddy, hungry, and confused state is often parodied as a sign of marijuana usage.

In the film Scooby Doo, Shaggy connects with a girl on the flight to Spooky Island through a common love of "Scooby Snacks"—while the original Scooby-Doo cartoons implied these to be dog treats, the term has come to be used in stoner culture as slang for drugs. Furthermore, the girl's name is Mary Jane, a common euphemism for marijuana. Upon learning her name, Shaggy responds, "No way. That is, like, my favorite name." These and other veiled drug references in both the original cartoon and its live action progeny may seem to justify popular culture's interpretation of the zany pair. The idea was also addressed in an episode of the satirical animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law entitled "Shaggy Busted." In it, Shaggy and Scooby are arrested under suspicion of drug use. Freddy later states that Shaggy and Scooby aren't high, rather "they're just stupid."

The second-season episode of The Venture Bros. entitled "¡Viva los Muertos!" features the entire Scooby-Doo cast re-imagined as famous serial killers and radicals. Shaggy's analogue, "Sonny", is reminiscent of David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" killer. Sonny is a hallucinating drug addict who, like Berkowitz, believes his dog ("Groovy", Scooby-Doo's double) is talking to him and coercing him to commit murder. "Ted", Fred's parody (his name a reference to killer Ted Bundy), keeps Sonny on a short leash by controlling his access to "groovy treats". Both Sonny and Ted are viciously murdered by the excessively violent Brock Samson.

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