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Master Shake (often shortened to Shake or Cup) is a fictional character on the Adult Swim animated television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known by various alternative titles). Master Shake is a lazy, selfish, arrogant, dim-witted life-sized anthropomorphic milkshake cup, who is a pathological liar and frequently torments Meatwad and annoys the rest of the characters for attention. Although his full name is Master Shake, he is mainly called "Shake" and in "Last Last One Forever and Ever" he is known as "Don Shake". Master Shake was created and designed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, and is voiced by Dana Snyder.
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force character|
|Last appearance||"The Greatest Story Ever Told"|
John DiMaggio (muscles)
Dave Willis ("Baffler Meal")
H. Jon Benjamin (live action)
Dr. Weird (creator)|
Chicken Bittle (deceased brother)
Like the other main characters, Frylock and Meatwad, Shake first appeared in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Baffler Meal", and then made his first official appearance in the show's first episode, "Rabbot". Master Shake was originally voiced by Dave Willis in "Baffler Meal" and was performed as a live action person by Jon Benjamin in the season six episode "Last Last One Forever and Ever". Master Shake has appeared in several video games and albums relating to the series including the 2007 film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Shake has also made cameos in promotional material and other media outside of the series.
Role in Aqua Teen Hunger ForceEdit
Master Shake, along with Frylock and Meatwad have lived together as roommates next door to Carl Brutananadilewski in a suburban neighborhood in South New Jersey, which is identified as Seattle, Washington during the eleventh season, and later Seattle, New Jersey. Shake is mean-spirited, extremely rude, cruel, selfish, lazy, arrogant, egotistical, and vain. He often tells pointless lies to get out of doing any work, and often boasts of having fantastic skills he clearly does not have. He very often displays narcissistic and sociopathic patterns of behavior, often playing cruel tricks on Meatwad. Shake has even gone to extreme lengths, such as committing suicide to haunt Meatwad as a ghost, or putting Meatwad's pet cat into a microwave. He oftentimes enters into confrontations with Frylock, who serves as a protective father figure to Meatwad. Like Meatwad and Frylock, Shake's gender is not talked about, but he's a male (though Frylock claims in the episode "Ezekial" that he has no penis). Despite his often violent and cruel behavior, he will sometimes express shock at immoral actions committed by other characters, and in at least one instance claimed to have "standards." As with other characters in the series he is frequently subjected to non-canon injury and/or death.
Like Frylock and Meatwad, Shake was a detective for the first three episodes, but inexplicably quit by "Mayhem of the Mooninites." Throughout the series Shake has had a series of different jobs such as a super hero, a song composer, a fast food server, a Boost Mobile sponsor, a United States Marine, a writer in "Last Last One Forever and Ever", and a rapper. With the exception of being a detective, Shake's careers typically only last one episode.
In the episode "Mail Order Bride", he, along with Carl, were both briefly married to a mail-order bride from Chechnya named Svetlana. Shake does not appear to have a family, but in the film it is claimed that he, along with Meatwad and Frylock, are creations of Dr. Weird. The film also makes the contradictory claim that their father is a watermelon, and their mother is a nine-layer bean burrito. In 2010 during the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live" tour, series creator Dave Willis confirmed that Dr. Weird is indeed the creator of Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, and Chicken Bittle, making them all brothers.
In a Season 5 episode, Shake claims that he is 30 or 40 years old (despite acting like a teenager), but "Rabbot Redux" mentions that Shake is almost forty years old. Shake is not depicted as being religious, but in the episode "Der Inflatable Fuhrer" it is implied that Shake is a Scientologist. Shake had previously been depicted as a fan of Battlefield Earth (and a collector of 7-Eleven Cups related to the movie) in "Broodwich."
Unlike Meatwad and Frylock, Shake does not have his own bedroom in the house. The only mention of this in the show was at the end of "Handbanana." Because of this, it is implied throughout the show he simply sleeps on the chair or the floor in the living room in front of the TV. Shake has no official power, except his ability to shoot a substance from his straw and making objects he throws explode.
Shake has also known to be obsessed with heavy metal music.
Master Shake was created and designed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. Master Shake, along with Frylock, Meatwad and Carl Brutananadilewski, made his first official appearance in the pilot episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "Rabbot," which premiered unannounced on December 30, 2000 and later made its official debut on September 16, 2001. Like the other main characters of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Frylock and Meatwad, Master Shake first made a rough-cut appearances in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast season eight episode "Baffler Meal", which was meant to air in 1999 but was shelved and not produced until after Aqua Teen Hunger Force became popular. It later aired in 2003.
Dana Snyder has provided Master Shake's voice throughout the entire series and every other official appearance Master Shake has ever made. Snyder had originally auditioned for the role of Master Shake after a friend of Dave Willis recommended him for the role. In a 2009 interview, Snyder said, "I'm into old showbiz stuff like Don Rickles, which I think reflects in Master Shake, of course. I always inject little secret nods to my old comedic heroes..." Willis has said, "The guy who's the main voice of Master Shake, Dana Snyder, is really, really talented, and helped us take that character in a totally different direction." Master Shake was originally voiced by Dave Willis in "Baffler Meal," and was performed as a live action person by H. Jon Benjamin in the season six episode "Last Last One Forever and Ever," Master Shake has appeared in almost every episode of the series. He does not appear in the season five episode "Sirens" or the season ten episode "Spacecadeuce", and only makes a brief speaking cameo in the season five episode "Robots Everywhere".
Master Shake is a living giant white drinking cup with a big pink bendy straw. Shake is always seen this way except in "Baffler Meal," in which Shake has the same basic look only he has the logo for the "Burger Trench"—no hands and appears shorter and more square shaped. In "Last Last One Forever and Ever", he is portrayed by H. Jon Benjamin, who wears a white jumpsuit, yellow gloves and a backwards pink baseball cap.
Shake's inner contentsEdit
It is not completely clear what is inside of Shake. In "Rabbot," he appears to be filled with a pistachio shake that comes out of his straw; in the episode "Carl," his skin is ripped off and appears to have muscles; in the episode "Diet", he appears to be full of blood when all of it is vacuumed out of him; in the episode "Super Bowl" he is capable of having diabetes and cancer; and in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters he appears to have ribs and other bones when his insides are briefly seen with Frylock's "Ultra-X-Ray." In "Baffler Meal" his insides appear to be a chocolate shake which he refers to as his "chocolate inner being." In the episode "Rabbot Redux," Master Shake calls out "Shake Power, Activate!" while he excretes a whitish substance out of his straw. When Meatwad inquires about the flavor, Master Shake replies, "It's the flavor of none-of-your-damn-business." In "Hands On a Hamburger," Shake is able to detach his hands from his body, leaving them affixed to a giant cheeseburger to win a contest. In another episode, he jumps from the roof and misses Carl's pool, making his lid fall off. Nothing falls out, but he's unable to breathe. In "One Hundred," Shake is shown to be a costume worn by his actual voice actor, Dana Snyder, attached with suspenders (though it's doubtful this is hard canon). He is also the only one that seems to be aware that the Aqua Teens are part of an 11-minute television program. In the same episode, they switch to a Scooby Doo-style animation with ridiculous names, such as Meaty Meaty Moo for Meatwad. Shake himself is renamed Captain Pistachio, meaning that he is likely pistachio flavored. In the episode "The Creditor," he is shown to have a spinal cord and large skull after it is ripped from him by the Creditor.
Christy Lemire writes that in the film, Master Shake is "voiced, as always, with wonderful snarkiness by Dana Snyder." Concerning a DVD release, Chris Gaerig describes Master Shake as "easily the funniest character".
In other mediaEdit
Master Shake serves as a protagonist in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, a 2007 feature film based on the series. Shake's voice also appears on the film's soundtrack, and the 2009 series album Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas. Master Shake is also a playable figure in the video games Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am and The Worst Game Ever.
Aside from his appearances in everything related to the series and "Baffler Meal," Shake has appeared in the Sealab 2021 episode "Murphy Murph and the Feng Shui Bunch" and the Robot Chicken episodes "Suck It" and "1987". Master Shake has made several appearances in various MF Doom albums. His acerbic manner is featured in a 2007 interview in Entertainment Weekly, where he describes some songs he hates. Images of Master Shake can be seen at random times in Perfect Hair Forever. Shake also has a very small cameo as a gold statue in the Adult Swim online video games, Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself), Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself): Family Reunion, and Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself): RELOADED.
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