Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
|Mortal Kombat character|
Scorpion in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
|First game||Mortal Kombat (1992)|
|Created by||John Tobias (with brainstorming input from Ed Boon)|
|Designed by||John Tobias (early games)
Luis Mangubat (Deadly Alliance, Deception)
Jim Lee (Injustice)
|Voiced by||Ed Boon (games and films)
Robert Keting (MK:DA)
Patrick Seitz (MKvsDC, MK2011, Injustice)
|Motion capture||Daniel Pesina (MK, MKII)
John Turk (UMK3, MKT)
Sal Divita (MK:SM)
|Portrayed by||Chris Casamassa (first film, Konquest)
J.J. Perry (Annihilation)
Anthony Demarco (Live Tour)
Ian Anthony Dale (Rebirth, Legacy)
|Origin||Japan, Earthrealm (reborn in the Netherrealm)|
|Fighting styles||Hapkido (MK:DA, MK:D, MKA)
Pi Gua (MK:DA)
Moi Fah (MK:D)
Axe (UMK3, MKT)
Ninjatō (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:U, MK:A)
Scorpion is a recurring player and occasional boss character from the Mortal Kombat series, introduced in Mortal Kombat in 1992. In the games, he is an undead ninja spectre looking for revenge for his own death, and for the deaths of his family and clan, Shirai Ryu, killed at the hands of their rival clan Lin Kuei and Sub-Zero.
Scorpion is one of the most well-known and popular Mortal Kombat characters and has been playable in all the games, with the exception of the original version of Mortal Kombat 3. As such he was added to the logo of NetherRealm Studios, the successor of Midway Games and is featured on the cover art for Mortal Kombat 2011, alongside Sub-Zero. He has also appeared in a variety of other media in the Mortal Kombat franchise, usually as an antagonist, and made several guest appearances in the unrelated video games.
Scorpion appeared in the first three MK games simply as a gold and black palette swap of Sub-Zero, but with a different fighting stance. The original costume used for filming in the first game was red, but yellow for the second. In his initial backstory, shown in the first MK's attract mode, he is described only as having enmity towards Sub-Zero that was attributed to rivalries between opposing ninja clans. It was not until the release of 1997's Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero that Scorpion's origins were finally touched upon in detail: his real name (Hanzo Hasashi) was revealed and his yellow outfit was described as an apparent mockery of the Lin Kuei, after former Lin Kuei member Takeda developed ninjutsu before leaving the clan and forming the rival Shirai Ryu, of which Scorpion was a member.
In the original MK's fighter selection screen, Scorpion had regular human eyes (as his identity as a resurrected spectre was meant to be a mystery), but solid yellow or white eyes for subsequent releases starting with Mortal Kombat II. The character's outfit was created from a modified ninja-like costume found at a store in Chicago. In future releases after Mortal Kombat 4 (more in particular the sixth generation based games), his outfit was enhanced with two swords crisscrossed on his back and his kunai attached to a rope tied to his belt. In the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, Scorpion's original outfit was featured as downloadable content.
Scorpion's two signature spear taunts were voiced by MK co-creator Ed Boon in the games and both feature films, but only one of them ("Come here!") was included in the home versions of MK and MKII due to memory constraints. According to Boon, the second of the character's phrases originated because he thought "it would be funny to have him yell out 'Get over here!' when he [threw the spear]," and he was thus encouraged to get behind the studio microphone and record the taunts. In 2012, Boon included creating the spear move as well as the character itself among his personal high points of the MK franchise, adding: "I remember people sitting in my office all day just doing this uppercut again and again, like 'Oh my God, that feels so good.' It just became the cornerstone of [the game]."  MK co-creator John Tobias said that the phrase "Toasty!" first originated as "You're Toast!", which was a taunt bandied among the designers during MKII game-testing sessions.
In Mortal Kombat games
"Scorpion" is the code name of the ninja named Hanzo Hasashi, formerly one of the finest warriors of the Japanese ninja clan Shirai Ryu. After he was originally killed by Sub-Zero of the rival clan of assassins the Lin Kuei, Scorpion became a hellspawned revenant residing in the Netherrealm underworld and seeking vengeance against those responsible for the destruction of his clan and the death of his family. Although essentially neutral in allegiance, Scorpion will ally with anyone who can assist his plans of revenge. He was once manipulated by Quan Chi, whom he promised his life in exchange for his impressive combat abilities in order to defeat Sub-Zero.
Scorpion is introduced in the first Mortal Kombat game as a dead warrior who enters into the Mortal Kombat tournament seeking vengeance against Sub-Zero, the man who killed him. Scorpion manages to kill his target, but later learns that Sub-Zero plans to compete in the second tournament. Enraged at the idea that his nemesis has somehow returned, Scorpion tracks him down during the tournament. He realizes that this Sub-Zero was actually his killer's younger brother, who was sent to complete his brother's failed mission of assassinating the tournament's host Shang Tsung. As a result, Scorpion vows to serve as the new Sub-Zero's guardian in atonement for killing his older brother. He also appears as a boss character in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (set during the events of Mortal Kombat II), as he tries to kill the protagonists Liu Kang and Kung Lao. He appears in both masked and unmasked forms (the latter being named "Inferno Scorpion"). Scorpion returns to the series in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 when Shao Kahn tries to conquer the Netherealm after his invasion of Earth and enlisted the ninja in his forces. Scorpion's allegiance to Kahn quickly dissolved when he discovered that Sub-Zero was one of Earth's chosen warriors, with whom he then sided in their final showdown with Kahn.
In Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Scorpion is only a boss character, appearing twice through the game. Scorpion is enlisted by Quan Chi to find a map hidden in a Shaolin temple, a task also given to Sub-Zero. After Scorpion is killed by Sub-Zero, he again attempts to kill Sub-Zero in the Netherrealm. In Mortal Kombat 4, he is tricked by Quan Chi to believe that the younger Sub-Zero was actually involved in the deaths of his family and clan and joins Quan Chi. Scorpion emerges victorious against the new Sub-Zero, but when Quan Chi reveals afterward the truth, Scorpion grabs the sorcerer to send him to the Netherealm. In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Scorpion is attacked by the Oni Drahmin and Moloch, who free the sorcerer from the Netherealm. Scorpion continues hunting Quan Chi and eventually meets the Elder Gods, who give him a new mission to seek and destroy Onaga before he would unmake the realms during the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception. In the Konquest mode of Armageddon, Scorpion makes a deal with the Elder Gods to serve them in exchange for the resurrection of the Shirai Ryu clan, along with the resurrection of his wife and son. However, the Elder Gods resurrect them as undead beings. Enraged, Scorpion seeks to destroy the Elder Gods' chance of preventing Armageddon by taking Blaze's power that was meant for Taven or Daegon, but Taven defeats him and Scorpion is later killed by Sub-Zero in battle.
In Shaolin Monks, however, he is not only a boss but also a playable character for both versus and story modes (Scorpion's movesets in this game are largely identical to Liu Kang's with some original techniques). Mortal Kombat: Fire & Ice, which would star Scorpion and Sub-Zero in co-operative gameplay, was cancelled when Paradox Development (Midway Studios – Los Angeles), creators of Shaolin Monks, "couldn’t do it in time and under budget."
In the 2011 Mortal Kombat title, Scorpion reprises his role from the first tournaments. He serves Quan Chi, unaware that the sorcerer is the mastermind behind the Lin Kuei's murderer of his family and clan. Scorpion gets his rematch with Sub-Zero whom he defeats in the Netherrealm, and although Raiden had earlier (before the fight) offered to help revive Scorpion's family if he spared his nemesis, Quan Chi appears at the critical moment and persuades Scorpion to satisfy his revenge. Scorpion (as what happened in his original MK ending) loses his only chance to restore his family, and the damnation of Sub-Zero's soul after his death by Scorpion turns him into the evil wraith Noob Saibot. Later in the game, the younger Sub-Zero seeks revenge for his brother's death by facing Scorpion, and Quan Chi grants the request. Scorpion immediately recognizes that this is not the original Sub-Zero that he killed; the younger Sub-Zero defeats Scorpion but before he can be finished off, Sub-Zero is apprehended by his clan. In his game ending, Scorpion's clan appears before him as ghostly apparitions and reveal the truth, and aid him as Scorpion kills Quan Chi for deceiving him. Also, in Sub-Zero's ending, Sub-Zero learns the truth about their families and offers Scorpion a chance to join him in his quest for vengeance, with Sub-Zero and Scorpion joining forces to form the new Deadly Alliance.
In other games
Scorpion appears in the 2008 crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, participating in the war between the two titular series. In his ending, the essence of Dark Kahn finds a host in the body of Scorpion, making him the most powerful creature in the universe.
Scorpion also appears as downloadable content in 2013's Injustice: Gods Among Us, wearing a new costume designed by comic artist Jim Lee. In his single-player battle ending, Scorpion, wondering how he ended up in this world, confronts Trigon, who summoned him out of anger that Scorpion left his demon army and robbed him the glory of defeating the One-Earth High Councilor Superman. Scorpion fights and defeats Trigon, and afterwards takes command over his demonic forces, which he plans to use to rule the world.
In addition to fighting games, Scorpion has made appearances in four other Midway games: NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995), The Grid (2000), MLB Slugfest: Loaded (2004), and Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy (2004).
In Jeff Rovin's 1995 non-canon novelization, set before the first game, Scorpion is something of a combination of a father and son. The father, a former Lin Kuei member turned tolltaker named Yong Park, was killed by Sub-Zero in front of Park's family and his body dumped into a canal. Yong's spirit merged with his son Tsui's body, in order to seek revenge under the form of Scorpion.
Scorpion was portrayed in Malibu Comics' Mortal Kombat comic series as an evil entity, a spectre consumed by revenge against Sub-Zero who had decided to kill those close to him as well before killing him personally. In the conclusion of the Blood & Thunder miniseries, he has a short fight with Kitana (who stopped him from murdering an unconscious Sub-Zero) that ultimately leads to his demise. During the Battlewave miniseries, Shao Kahn returns Scorpion to the living world using a mystical gem called the Deathstone, which also allows him to resurrect an army of undead soldiers under his control. Scorpion becomes Shao Kahn's general, while his army replaces the mutants that engrossed his ranks.
Scorpion was played by Chris Casamassa in the first Mortal Kombat film. His spear was changed to a living metal snake-like entity that shot from a slit in his palm and could fly to a limited extent. Scorpion's rivalry with Sub-Zero is only mentioned in passing by Shang Tsung in the storyline, which instead had them both serving as his guardians, and he is defeated by Johnny Cage in the Netherrealm.
In the animated prequel film Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, Scorpion was again depicted as a henchmen to Shang Tsung opposite Sub-Zero. On the sorcerer's orders, the duo fight Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade and are almost successful in killing them until Raiden intervenes and put the fight to a halt. The backstory relationship of Scorpion and Sub-Zero is explored during the course of the film.
Scorpion returned in the sequel film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, played by J.J. Perry. In it, following a failed assassination attempt by Smoke and his extermination squad due to the unexpected interference of the younger Sub-Zero, Scorpion confronts the would-be victims, Liu Kang and Kitana, but is challenged by Sub-Zero to a duel. After incapacitating Sub-Zero, he successfully captures Kitana and escapes with his captive.
In the live-action short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, Scorpion is depicted as a voluntary prisoner. During a meeting with Jackson Briggs regarding an underground tournament hosted by Shang Tsung, Sonya Blade shows up with a confidential document about Sub-Zero. She reveals that the person he killed was Sub-Zero's brother. Knowing that Sub-Zero will enter Shang Tsung's deadly tournament, he agrees to participate in the tournament and leave no one alive. Unlike his game incarnation, at the beginning of Rebirth, Scorpion appears to be a normal human, though his eyes are completely white and his signature spear weapon also appears. Scorpion, referred to by his real name Hanzo Hasashi, was played by actor Ian Anthony Dale.
Scorpion appears in the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm in the episode "Sting of the Scorpion". He sends an undead army against the Earthrealm defenders and overwhelms Sub-Zero, before being defeated by Liu Kang.
He also appeared in several episodes of the TV series Mortal Kombat: Konquest with an origin different from that of the games, and was again played by Chris Casamassa. His feud with Sub-Zero was also presented in the show, with Scorpion commanding his lover, Peron, to murder Sub-Zero's sister, and Sub-Zero slaying Peron in vengeful retaliation, culminating in a duel which ends in a draw due to the arrival of Kung Lao and his allies, Siro and Taja, who come to aid Sub-Zero.
Dale reprises his role as Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries. In his episode, his story takes place during the years of the shogunate, where he is the leader of the Shirai Ryu clan. He is summoned to a meeting with the shogun, which is revealed to be a trap by Bi Han, who is the elder Sub-Zero, in order to lure Hasashi away from his village. After subduing Sub-Zero, he returns to his village where he finds his family dead. He is then stabbed and frozen by Sub-Zero. Shang Tsung appears with Sub-Zero, who then reveals himself to be Quan Chi who took the form of Sub-Zero to manipulate Hasashi. Quan Chi offers him revenge against Sub-Zero in exchange for his service. Hasashi is resurrected as a spectre and takes the name Scorpion.
Scorpion returns in the second season of Legacy. A flashback shows that Hanzo Hasashi and Bi-Han were friends as children, but they were driven apart by the mutual disdain of their clans. Twenty years later, the Shirai Ryu and Lin Kuei clans have made some effort towards reconciliation. However, Hasashi encounters Bi-Han's younger brother, Kuai Liang (whom he had bossed around as a child) and two other Lin Kuei while with his wife and son. Kuai Liang provokes a fight and is killed. Hasashi and Bi-Han later meet to discuss the incident. Both are shown to be honorable men committed to keeping the peace between their clans, and Bi-Han swears that there will be no repercussions against the Shirai Ryu. After the events of season 1, Hasashi (now Scorpion) is convinced of Bi-Han's culpability in his family and clan's murders, while Bi-Han furiously questions the Lin Kuei ranks about who carried out the attack. In the present day, Bi-Han and Scorpion fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Though he pleads with Scorpion to believe that he was not involved in the death of his clan, Scorpion rips out Bi-Han's spine.
A six-inch figure of Scorpion in MK2011 was released by Jazwares. Two polystone statues (10 inch and 18 inch) as well as two busts (mini and 1:2 scale, including a version with lit eyes) from the same game were released by Syco Collectibles in 2011-2012. Several other figures have been also released by other manufacturers for the earlier games in the series.
Scorpion is often regarded as one of the most popular and iconic characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise. He tied with Sub-Zero at the top of Game Revolution's 2006 list of top ten "old school" Mortal Kombat characters, with both noted as the most popular characters from the franchise. In 2008, UGO.com included Scorpion among the top 11 Mortal Kombat characters, noting his signature Fatality as one of their favorites in the series. In Game Informer's 2009 list of best characters in all fighting games Scorpion was third in response of his techniques. In 2011, ScrewAttack placed Scorpion at first place on their list of top Mortal Kombat "kharacters" and complimented his iconic "Get over here!" call. In UGO Networks' 2012 list of top Mortal Kombat characters, Scorpion was ranked as second only to the series' protagonist Liu Kang. Hanuman Welch of Complex placed him fifth on the 2013 list of most brutal fighters in Mortal Kombat, adding that "he's at his most deadly when he's deceived or betrayed."
Scorpion and Sub-Zero shared the fifth place on the top video game ninja list by PC World in 2009 and the fourth place on the top playable game ninja list by WatchMojo.com in 2013; a 2011 GamesRadar article discussed their evolution across the Mortal Kombat series, citing them as its two most popular characters. In 2008, IGN mentioned that although Scorpion was initially a palette-swapped character, he "is actually a lot more complicated than these initial appearances let on;" GamePro ranked Scorpion and other ninjas from the series third in their 2009 list of the best palette-swapped video game characters, adding that Midway Games "has turned the art of making new characters from other, different-colored characters into a science." In 2011, Cheat Code Central ranked Scorpion as the third top ninja character in video games.
GamesRadar included him on their 2010 list of the gaming's "most badass" scorpions, calling him "one of Mortal Kombat's most beloved characters." In 2012, Complex ranked him as the fourth "most dominant" fighting game character, while WatchMojo.com tied him with Sub-Zero for the second spot on their list of the most iconic fighting game characters. That same year, Lucas Sullivan of GamesRadar ranked him as the seventh best fighting game character in the genre's history, stating, "Scorpion has some tough competition in the MK franchise, but none come close to the sheer coolness of his 'undead antagonist' factor. Despite the fact that he started out as a mere palette swap, Scorpion’s appeal made him a frontrunner in every major MK game to date." Complex ranked Scorpion as the 23rd "most badass" video game character of all time in 2012, as well as placing him seventh on their list of video game characters that deserve a spin-off, stating that "whether you want to admit it or not, Scorpion runs the series more than Liu Kang ever has." In 2013, he was ranked as the second most badass video game character by The Ultimate Gamer. That same year, Rich Knight and Gus Turner from Complex ranked him as the 15th best video game mascot.
In 2010, IGN listed Scorpion's fire-breathing Fatality as second best from the series due to how the player's perception of the character changes when he removes his mask. IGN also noted that the Fatality was not notably changed in following games as a result of how it connects with Scorpion calling it an "enduring classic." His 'Dimensional Dilemma" from the 2011 reboot was also included by FHM on their list of nine most brutal Fatalities in the game. In 2012, Scorpion's Spear was ranked by IGN as the 76th top video game weapon. Previously, the same attack had been ranked ninth on GameSpot's list of top ten fighting game special moves of all time for being the single most powerful yet balanced attack in the original game as well as for its initial shock effect value, called "the definitive Mortal Kombat move." Scorpion's phrase "Get over here!" was also listed in Play's joke list of ten best chat-up lines. According to PlayStation Universe in 2011, Scorpion "has spawned one of the most iconic catchphrases in gaming history" and "remains a firm fan favorite 19 years since his debut." Readers of Dorkly voted him the series' greatest character in a 2013 poll.
Answering the question "Do you think it's possible to create new characters that can have the same impact?", Tobias said in 2012: "You can look at other franchises, like the X-Men for example, where there have been tons of new team members, but characters like Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Professor X, Magneto, and Wolverine will always be the core of who they are. Can you replace them? Sure, but why? The X-Men will always have Wolverine and MK will always have Scorpion and I don't think that's a bad thing."
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