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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 food than solving mysteries.

Why He Rocks

  1. He’s just as likable and unforgettable as his pet dog/best friend, Scooby-Doo.
  2. He has many memorable catchphrases and lines of dialogue, such as ”Zoinks!” or “Scooby-Doo, where are you?!”.
  3. Much like Scooby, he shares the same funny running gag of endlessly eating food and Scooby Snacks whenever they’re solving a mystery.
  4. Many of the actors throughout the years do an amazing job at portraying/voicing the character, especially the late Casey Kasem and Matthew Lillard (two of Shaggy’s most well-known portrayers).
  5. He sometimes steals the show with his and Scooby’s failing attempts into getting out of a mystery which comes off as super hilarious.
  6. 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.
  7. He is a great owner/best friend to Scooby.
  8. 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.
  9. He can sometimes be generous with his food, like when he first meets Scooby on the beach when they were younger and he shared his sandwich with him.

Bad Qualities

  1. 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 awful 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, he was badly flanderized into becoming dumber and a worshipper of only food; he even disobeyed Velma not to continue eating a food trap in one of the episodes. Though, he, along with Scooby, are the least flanderized and most tolerable of the main cast.
    • Likewise, he has his fair share of unlikable moments outside of "Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!", such as:
      • "The Computer Walks Among Us" (from A Pup Named Scooby-Doo!), for torturing Velma.
      • "The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall" (from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?), when he and Scooby eat 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 are unapologetic and don’t regret what they’ve done to her.
      • The movie, "Return to Zombie Island", for being an ignorant, stubborn and smug jerk, along with Scooby, although this can be somewhat justified since they were given the chance for a vacation and the gang agreed to no mysteries. They were not as bad as Fred and Velma during the movie though.