Ever wondered who would win in a fight between Scorpion and Shaggy from Scooby-Doo? Probably not, but there is a growing number of individuals who want to see the famed member of Mystery Incorporated added as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11. The reason why seems to be virtually inexplicable, but the internet hardly needs a reason to encourage something this unusual.
The petition was started by a group identified as Woken News and has since taken off like wildfire. As of this writing, the petition has garnered more than 84,000 signatures and is now looking to hit 150,000. The idea is that they want to get Warner Bros., who happens to be in charge of both the Mortal Kombat and Scooby-Doo brands, to add Shaggy as a playable DLC character within the upcoming game. The petition reads as follows.
"Woken News Network (WokenNews.com) is taking the much needed initiative of starting this petition to make Shaggy a DLC character for Mortal Kombat 11. We're calling on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to give the fans the fighter they most certainly need."
So where on Earth did this idea come from? It's hard to say, really, but a recent meme trend may be to blame. As of late, Shaggy memes (some of which we've included below) have become quite popular and they tend to center on the idea that the member of the Scooby gang is supremely powerful and gifted on a superhuman level. Many of them feature screenshots of the cast from the live-action Scooby-Doo movie recounting unbelievable stories about Shaggy. For example, this gem, which is featured over an image of Sarah Michelle Gellar's Daphne.
"At one point during filming, Shaggy left his mortal body and didn't come back for three months. We dare not question him though, as we know he had the power to bring us into a dimension only consisting of pain."
While these meme powers that have been bequeathed unto Shaggy are by no means canon, it's easy to see why certain people would like to see an ultra-powerful version of the character squaring off against Raiden, Sub-Zero or Sonya Blade. Dare we even ask the question; is this at all possible? The answer is both yes and no.
Warner Bros. could easily make this happen, as far as licensing is concerned, and that's usually a pretty big hurdle to jump through. But Shaggy is associated with Scooby-Doo which is and always has been a very kid-friendly franchise. Would they really want to mix Shaggy in with one of the most violent franchises, video game or otherwise, ever created? Almost certainly not. Mortal Kombat 11 is set to arrive on April 23 and, until we get some sort of movement on the live-action movie reboot, this is what fans have to look forward to. Just don't get your hopes up when it comes to seeing Shaggy actually make the cut. But those who want to sign the petition can do so over at Change.org.