- “There's no need to fear! Underdog is here!”
Underdog, also known as Shoeshine, is a canine superhero and the titular protagonist of the live-action film of the same name. He was previously a normal dog until he was exposed to a variety of DNA of different animals, which modifies the beagle's DNA and gives him supernatural powers and abilities.
Powers and Abilities
Underdog possesses super-canine strength, speed, durability, agility, aging, healing, regeneration, senses, invincibility, invulnerability, endurance, longevity, intelligence, and flight. He is able to speak like a regular human. He is also able to emit a bark that is so strong it can shatter glass.
- The scene where Underdog and Sweet Polly eat spaghetti together is a parody of the similar iconic scene from Disney's Lady and the Tramp.
- Underdog is a canine spoof of the famous comic book superhero Superman. Also, Shoeshine is based on Superman's secret identity, Clark Kent.
- In the original animated series, Underdog was an anthropomorphic character named Shoeshine because he literally shined shoes for a living, and he would always take his super energy pill whenever he was weakened or in a jam. He was also voiced by Wally Cox.