List of Mortal Kombat characters

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The character roster for Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (excluding Taven, Daegon, and Khameleon)

This is a list of playable characters from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series and the games in which they appear. The series takes place in a fictional universe composed of six realms, which were created by the Elder Gods. The Elder Gods created a fighting tournament called Mortal Kombat to reduce the wars between the realms. The first Mortal Kombat game introduces a tournament in which the Earthrealm can be destroyed if it loses once again.

The Earthrealm warriors manage to defeat the champion Goro and the host Shang Tsung, but this leads Tsung to search for other ways to destroy Earthrealm. Since then, every game features a new villain who wishes to conquer the realms, breaking the rules of Mortal Kombat. By Mortal Kombat: Deception, most of the playable characters had been killed by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, but by Mortal Kombat: Armageddon all of them return.

Character overview[edit]

Appearances in the fighting games in the series:

Character MK MKII MK3 UMK3 MK4 MK Gold MK:DA MK:D MK:A MKvsDC MK2011 MKX
Liu Kang Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No6 Yes1 Yes Yes Yes ?
Scorpion Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raiden Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes1 Yes1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Johnny Cage Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes ?
Sub-Zero Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sonya Blade Yes No6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No6 Yes Yes Yes ?
Kano Yes No6 Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
Reptile Yes1,2 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes1 No Yes No Yes ?
Goro Yes2,10 No No No Yes1 Yes1 No Yes3 Yes No Yes2,10 ?
Shang Tsung Yes2,9 Yes Yes Yes No No Yes9 No Yes Yes Yes ?
Noob Saibot No Yes2 Yes1 Yes Yes1 Yes1 Yes8 Yes1 Yes No Yes ?
Jax No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes1 Yes4 Yes Yes Yes ?
Kitana No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes1 Yes4 Yes Yes Yes ?
Kung Lao No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes ?
Baraka No Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Mileena No Yes No Yes1 No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Kintaro No Yes2,10 No No No No No No Yes No Yes2,10 ?
Shao Kahn No Yes2,9 Yes2,9 Yes2,9 No No No Yes3 Yes Yes1 Yes2,9 ?
Jade No Yes2 No Yes No No No Yes1 Yes No Yes ?
Smoke No Yes2 Yes1 Yes No No No Yes1 Yes No Yes ?
Cyrax No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes1 No Yes No Yes ?
Sektor No No Yes Yes No Yes1 Yes8 No Yes No Yes ?
Nightwolf No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Kabal No No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Sindel No No Yes Yes No No No Yes1 Yes No Yes ?
Sheeva No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes ?
Stryker No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes ?
Motaro No No Yes2,10 Yes2,10 No No No No Yes No No6 No
Ermac No7 No No Yes1 No No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Rain No No No Yes2,3,7 No No No No Yes No Yes5 ?
Chameleon No No No Yes1 No No No No Yes No No ?
Khameleon No No No Yes3 1 No No No No Yes3 No No ?
Quan Chi No No No No Yes10 Yes10 Yes9 No Yes No6 Yes1 ?
Tanya No No No No Yes Yes No Yes1 Yes No No ?
Fujin No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No6 ?
Jarek No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No ?
Kai No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No ?
Reiko No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No ?
Shinnok No No No No Yes9 Yes9 No No Yes No No6 ?
Meat No No No No Yes1 7 Yes No No6 Yes1 No No ?
Blaze No No7 No No No No Yes1 Yes4 Yes1 No No ?
Kenshi No No No No No No Yes Yes1 Yes No Yes5 ?
Bo' Rai Cho No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No6 ?
Li Mei No No No No No No Yes Yes1 Yes No No6 ?
Mavado No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No No
Frost No No No No No No Yes1 Yes4 Yes No No ?
Nitara No No No No No No Yes1 No Yes No No ?
Hsu Hao No No No No No No Yes1 No Yes No No No
Drahmin No No No No No No Yes1 No Yes No No No
Mokap No No No No No No Yes1 No Yes No No ?
Moloch No No No No No No Yes2,10 No Yes No No ?
Sareena No No No No No No Yes8 No Yes No No ?
Ashrah No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No ?
Darrius No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No ?
Dairou No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No ?
Kobra No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No ?
Havik No No No No No No No Yes1 Yes No No6 ?
Hotaru No No No No No No No Yes1 Yes No No ?
Kira No No No No No No No Yes1 Yes No No ?
Shujinko No No No No No No No Yes1 Yes No No ?
Onaga No No No No No No No Yes9 Yes No No ?
Daegon No No No No No No No No Yes1 No No ?
Taven No No No No No No No No Yes1 No No ?
Dark Kahn No No No No No No No No No Yes2,9 No ?
Skarlet No No2 No No No No No No No No Yes5 ?
D'Vorah No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Ferra/Torr No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Kotal Kahn No No No No No No No No No No No Yes
Cassie Cage No No No No No No No No No No No Yes

Guest characters[edit]

Character Game Notes
Superman MKvsDC
Batman MKvsDC
Catwoman MKvsDC
The Flash MKvsDC
The Joker MKvsDC
Green Lantern MKvsDC
Deathstroke MKvsDC
Lex Luthor MKvsDC
Captain Marvel MKvsDC
Wonder Woman MKvsDC
Darkseid MKvsDC
Kratos MK2011 PlayStation 3 exclusive
Freddy Krueger MK20115

Notes[edit]

  1. Secret character
  2. Non-playable character
  3. Console-specific character
  4. Playable only in later iterations of the game
  5. DLC-only character
  6. Cameo appearance only
  7. Game originated rumor that set the base for the character
  8. Available only in Tournament Edition version of the game
  9. Boss character
  10. Sub-boss character

Introduced in Mortal Kombat[edit]

Goro[edit]

Main article: Goro (Mortal Kombat)

Johnny Cage[edit]

Main article: Johnny Cage

Kano[edit]

Main article: Kano (Mortal Kombat)

Liu Kang[edit]

Main article: Liu Kang

Raiden[edit]

Reptile[edit]

Scorpion[edit]

Shang Tsung[edit]

Main article: Shang Tsung

Sonya Blade[edit]

Main article: Sonya Blade

Sub-Zero[edit]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat II[edit]

Cover art of the Mortal Kombat comic book Blood & Thunder #6, showing playable characters of the first two games minus Shang Tsung

Baraka[edit]

Jade[edit]

Main article: Jade (Mortal Kombat)

Jax[edit]

Main article: Jax (Mortal Kombat)

Kintaro[edit]

Voiced by: Rhasaan Orange (MK2011)

Kintaro is a tiger-striped Shokan who joins Kahn's forces in order to conquer Earthrealm debuted in MKII as the sub-boss from the game. He challenges Liu Kang in combat during the second tournament but loses. In MK: Armageddon's Konquest mode, he is seen as an illusion in the Netherrealm working in an attempt to overthrow Shinnok's rule, which is only a test for Taven. Shang Tsung's third Fatality in MKII saw him transform into Kintaro before punching his opponent's upper torso off his body.

Kintaro was inspired by the Japanese mythological character Kintarō and initially conceived for MKII as an anthropomorphic bipedal tiger complete with a fur-lined costume, but the concept was scrapped due to the difficulty of creating such a complicated outfit.[1]

Kitana[edit]

Main article: Kitana

Kung Lao[edit]

Main article: Kung Lao

Mileena[edit]

Main article: Mileena

Noob Saibot[edit]

Main article: Noob Saibot

Shao Kahn[edit]

Main article: Shao Kahn

Smoke[edit]

Main article: Smoke (Mortal Kombat)

Introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 and updates[edit]

Chameleon[edit]

Portrayed by: John Turk (MKT).

Chameleon debuts in the PlayStation version (and later Sega Saturn, and PC versions) of MK Trilogy as a male ninja with partial transparency. He imitates all moves, including special moves, from other male ninja characters (in the Nintendo 64 version, he is replaced by Khameleon, a female counterpart who is a separate character). The game simply referred to him as "one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors."[2] In MK: Armageddon, his backstory states that he was present at events dating to Liu Kang's victory in the first Mortal Kombat tournament, biding his time while watching events unfold. There is no information to suggest that he is from the same race of Raptors as Reptile and Khameleon.

Cyrax[edit]

Main article: Cyrax

Ermac[edit]

Main article: Ermac

Kabal[edit]

Main article: Kabal (Mortal Kombat)

Khameleon[edit]

Portrayed by: Becky Gable (MKT)
Voiced by: Johanna Añonuevo (Armageddon)

Khameleon has been described(in biographies and ending screens in MK Trilogy) as the last female of the Saurians (Reptile's race, also known as the Raptors),[3] who were originally from Earthrealm but were either killed or driven out following a great war.[4] Raiden alludes to this in the introductions to MK4 and MK Gold, though not mentioning Khameleon by name.[5][6] They find a new home in the realm of Zaterra, but are soon discovered by Shao Kahn. After defeating them in Mortal Kombat, Kahn drives the Raptors to near-extinction and merges the realm with Outworld.[4] Khameleon informs Reptile that Kahn is responsible for their race's extinction,[4] but Reptile falls under Kahn's influence once again and turns against Khameleon. Having failed in her attempts to kill Kahn, she wanders the realms while contemplating revenge against him.[7] During the events of MK: Armageddon (Khameleon became selectable in the Nintendo Wii version of MK: Armageddon[8]), she learns of the battle that would occur in Edenia and the gift of ultimate power that would be granted to the victor. Khameleon seeks to attain this power for herself, to keep it away from Kahn while exacting revenge on him for his actions against her race.[7]

Motaro[edit]

Main article: Motaro

Nightwolf[edit]

Main article: Nightwolf

Rain[edit]

Main article: Rain (Mortal Kombat)

Sektor[edit]

Main article: Sektor

Sheeva[edit]

Main article: Sheeva

Sindel[edit]

Main article: Sindel

Stryker[edit]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero[edit]

Fujin[edit]

Portrayed by: Anthony Marquez (MKM:SZ)

Fujin is the Wind God (named after the Japanese wind god Fūjin) who makes his first appearance in the spin-off game Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero as one of the four guardians assigned by Raiden to protect Shinnok's amulet[9] and is the first of the gods that the elder Sub-Zero beats in order to acquire it.[10] He remains inactive until the events of Mortal Kombat 4, joining Raiden in his battle against Shinnok, assisting the Earthrealm forces in raiding Shao Kahn's palace.[11] After Shinnok's defeat, Fujin became a new god for Earthrealm given by Raiden.[12] Fujin's bio for MK: Armageddon states that he witnesses Raiden's transformation uncertain of what has caused the change. He and Kung Lao joined forces to bring their former comrades Raiden and Liu Kang under control, with the God of Thunder becoming "as ruthless as Shao Kahn" and Liu Kang's corpse selectively slaying various people. Fujin's bio states that if no way was found to normalize the two corrupted warriors, both he and Kung Lao would be forced to finish them. During Armageddon, it is revealed that Fujin has been a friend of Taven's family, and realizes their father Argus sent them on a quest. Fujin searches for both brothers, hoping to prevent their progress and learn the true purpose of their quest.[13] Fujin reappears in Armageddon's Konquest mode, confronting Taven outside of the Red Dragon Clan's headquarters.[14] They battle, but in the end Taven emerges victorious, allowing him to continue his journey but feeling regret at having had to do this to a friend. In Mortal Kombat (2011), Fujin makes a brief appearance in Kratos' ending alongside Raiden.

Quan Chi[edit]

Portrayed by: Richard Divizio (MKM:SZ), Adoni Maropis (Konquest), Michael Rogers (Legacy)
Voiced by: Nick Chinlund (DotR), Ronald M. Banks (MK vs DCU, MK 2011)

Much like Shang Tsung, Quan Chi is a powerful evil sorcerer. He convinces the elder Sub-Zero to retrieve Shinnok's amulet for him to give to his lord. Unknown to the fallen Elder God however, Quan Chi replaced the amulet with a useless imitation. Shortly afterwards, Sub-Zero, ordered to reclaim the amulet by Raiden, confronted Quan Chi, and defeated him with assistance from Sareena. Several years later, believing he needed a powerful warrior, Quan Chi resurrected Scorpion and tricked him into believing that this younger Sub-Zero had killed his family and clan. Scorpion's rage enabled him to defeat the Lin Kuei warrior, but Quan Chi admitted to the crime. Enraged, Scorpion grabbed him, and the both of them were sent to the depths of the Netherrealm. Quan Chi manages to trick the Oni Drahmin and Moloch into attacking Scorpion so that he can escape from Netherrealm. A portal led Quan Chi alone to the tomb containing the mummified remains of the long forgotten Dragon King. Imagining the individual who could assist him in his aims, he journeyed to Shang Tsung's palace. Together, they would achieve absolute domination of all realms, forming the Deadly Alliance. Yet before they could enact their plans, they had to eliminate the two who could oppose them: Shao Kahn and Liu Kang. Returning to Outworld, the forces of Earthrealm, led by Raiden, attacked. Their attack was in vain, as each was killed by the sorcerers and their Tarkatan hordes. With all their enemies defeated, they turned on each other. Quan Chi emerged victorious, but Onaga, the Dragon King, entered the chamber. Tsung awakened, as did Raiden, and together, the three attempted to stop him. In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Quan Chi is revealed to have teleported before the final blast; he now wishes to acquire the ultimate godlike power granted from defeating the elemental Blaze. To that end, he has formed an uneasy alliance with fellow villains Onaga, Shang Tsung, and Shao Kahn.

Kia[edit]

Portrayed by: Kerri Hoskins (MKM:SZ), Jaime Pressly (Konquest)

Kia is one of Quan Chi's three personal assassins in Shinnok's Fortress along with Sareena and Jataaka. They each protected a crystal which, when combined together, allowed access to a teleportation device that sent the elder Sub-Zero to Quan Chi's throne room. Kia fights using razor-sharp boomerang blades. She was defeated by the elder Sub-Zero. Along with Sareena and Jataaka, she makes a reappearance in Mortal Kombat: Armageddons Konquest mode, still serving Quan Chi. Together they battle Taven in the Red Dragon's lair who killed both her and Jataaka. After her death, her demon soul descended to the Netherealm.

Jataaka[edit]

Portrayed by: Rachel Herbert (MKM:SZ gameplay), Erica Grace (MKM:SZ FMVs), Renee Tenison (Konquest)

Jataaka is one of Quan Chi's three personal assassins in Shinnok's Fortress along with Sareena and Kia. They each protected a crystal which, when combined together, allowed access to a teleportation device that sent the elder Sub-Zero to Quan Chi's throne room. Jataaka fights using a laser sword from which she can fire blue bolts of energy. She was defeated by the elder Sub-Zero. Jataaka, along with Sareena and Kia, makes a reappearance in Mortal Kombat: Armageddons Konquest mode, still serving Quan Chi. Together they battle Taven in the Red Dragon's lair who killed both her and Kia. After her death her demon soul descended to the Netherealm.

Sareena[edit]

Portrayed by: Lia Montelongo (MKM:SZ)

Sareena is one of Quan Chi's three personal assassins ordered to kill Sub-Zero before he reached Quan Chi. In Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, she is "fractionally faster and a more accomplished fighter than her fellow assassins."[15] After being spared by Sub-Zero, she assists him in defeating Quan Chi. After expressing her desire to escape the Netherrealm with him, she is shot in the back by Shinnok. As it is later revealed in Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition the attack destroyed her human form and that her essence was then banished as punishment for her betrayal. After years of torture, Sareena escapes the Netherrealm in her human appearance before MK: Deadly Alliance, during which she encounters the younger Sub-Zero; the brother of the one she met before. Feeling he owed her for helping his brother, Sub-Zero grants her sanctuary with the Lin Kuei back on Earthrealm. In MK: Armageddon Sareena follows Sub-Zero into the Netherrealm, saving him from being killed by Noob Saibot and Smoke. After the battle, Sareena loses her human form and returns to her true demon self. She is later ambushed by Quan Chi, who returns her to human form and convinces her to join him, despite her resistance. In MK: Armageddon Konquest, Sareena, Kia and Jataaka are ordered by Quan Chi to kill Taven. The three assassins are defeated by Taven, however Sareena was freed from Quan Chi's control.[16] She also appears in Mortal Kombat (2011) as one of the fighters in the Pit background, usually facing off against Daegon or Frost.

Shinnok[edit]

Portrayed by: Gary Wingert (MKM:SZ), Reiner Schöne (Annihilation)
Voiced by: Steve Beran (MK4, MKG), Herman Sanchez (MK:A), Ken Lally (MK 2011)

Shinnok is a former Elder God who desired to rule Earthrealm and thus acquire immense power by creating a powerful amulet. In the war against his fellow gods, he came into direct conflict with Raiden, who, along with the Elder Gods, defeats Shinnok and strips him of his amulet. Trapped in the Netherrealm, he encounters a sorcerer, Quan Chi, who agrees to help Shinnok overthrow Lucifer, thus becoming ruler of the Netherrealm. During his time in the Netherrealm, Shinnok built a massive army and a fanatical cult of demons called the Brotherhood of Shadow, dedicated to worshiping him. Some time after Shao Kahn's defeat, Shinnok puts into motion his plot to escape the Netherrealm. Despite invading the Heavens and killing many gods, Raiden and his warriors manage to penetrate Shinnok's defenses, and Shinnok himself is defeated by the Shaolin monk Liu Kang. In MK: Armageddons Konquest mode, Shinnok is encountered by Taven in the Netherrealm, where he had been a friend of Taven and his family for many years. Taven rescues him from Li Mei, and then helps Shinnok regain control of his spire from an army of demons wishing to overthrow him. The demons in the spire are later revealed to have been apparitions, forming a test for Taven that Daegon had passed earlier. In MK: Armageddon, Shinnok appears to make alliances with other characters as well, but only as a part of a plan to conquer the realms, including with Raiden, though the thunder god intends only to discover Shinnok's plans, and Onaga, who Shinnok had offered to free from the Netherrealm in exchange for his servitude. In his Armageddon storyline, Shinnok sends a false duplicate of himself to accompany Daegon to the pyramid. As a result, he is one of the few characters to survive the final battle. Shinnok is revealed as Quan Chi's master at the end of 2011's Mortal Kombat and is alluded to have a significant role in future installments.

Introduced in Mortal Kombat 4[edit]

See also: Mortal Kombat 4

Jarek[edit]

Debuting as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 4, Jarek was the brutish and short-tempered second-in-command of the Black Dragon clan. In the games, he initially utilized special moves and Fatalities popularized by Kano, his teacher. His storyline in MK4 stated that he claimed to be the last member of the Black Dragon and was chased by Sonya Blade for crimes against humanity. Captured, he decided to join her and Earth warriors to help eliminate Shinnok. After Shinnok's defeat, Sonya convinces Jarek to return to the Special Forces with her, but he refuses and tries to save himself by killing Sonya. Jax interferes and drops Jarek off the cliff. In MK: Armageddon, Jarek's bio explains that he survives, using his weapon to climb to the top. Badly injured, he thinks that his death would help him regain enough strength for revenge while traveling the realms searching for the ancient texts that would show him a Fatality worthy of his betrayer. Impressing Quan Chi after witnessing his new skills, he invites Jarek to join the Forces of Darkness in order to get his revenge. Jarek was unable to take his revenge, however, as he perished in the final battle. As with most of the warriors, he dies in battle. Jarek made his first chronological appearance in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces as a boss, where he and other Black Dragon members were freed from a United States Special Forces detention facility by Kano, who had proposed to reform the Black Dragon clan but in reality, Kano merely wished to use them as pawns to slow down any Special Forces agents who may have pursued him in his quest to obtain an artifact called the Eye of Chitian.

Jarek ranked second-to-last (65th) in a 2013 online fan-voted poll hosted by Dorkly that rated the MK series' entire character roster.[17]

Kai[edit]

Portrayed by: Sultan Uddin (MK4)

His biography screen explains that Kai is a Nepali former member of the secretive White Lotus Society. He met Liu Kang who happened to be in the USA at the time, recruiting to train a new generation of Shaolin warriors. During the events of Mortal Kombat 4, Liu Kang and Kai join the Earth warriors in Edenia to assist Raiden in his battle against Shinnok.[18] He then reappears in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon as a playable character, where he dies in battle.

Kai came in at 47th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and 61st in Dorkly's 2013 online fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Meat[edit]

His backstory in Armageddon describes Meat as a horrific experiment created by Shang Tsung. He escapes the sorcerer's clutches before he could be completed.[19] The official strategy guide for the game describes Meat as being "a fun character who assists Shinnok", although this relationship is not mentioned in the game's story.[20]

Quan Chi as Meat in MK4

Meat initially served as a "skin", created by art director Tony Goskie, for each fighter in Mortal Kombat 4.[21] The name "Meat" was simply a designation given to the model so it could be used in the game. It was later decided to make him a playable character as part of an Easter egg.[21] Players first learned of the character's given name after "Meat lives!" appeared on Ed Boon's website promoting Mortal Kombat 4's third arcade revision.[22] Strategy guides also referred to the character as "Meat", subsequently making it an official moniker.[6][23] Meat next appeared in the Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: Deception, establishing him in the series' canonical storyline. During the character's video in IGN's "MK Fighter of the Wiik" series, Mortal Kombat art director Steve Beran humorously states that Meat has a cousin named "Skully", who is just a skeleton with no muscle or tissue, lamenting that he never made it into the game.[21]

In 2011, Meat was ranked as the fourth-worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack, and the second-goofiest MK character by Topless Robot.[24][25] He placed second-to-last (49th) in UGO's 2012 listing of the top 50 MK characters, and 52nd in Dorkly's 2013 online fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Reiko[edit]

Portrayed by: Jim Helsinger (Konquest)
Voiced by: Ed Boon (MK4)

Reiko is a general for the armies from Shinnok, Shao Kahn and the Brotherhood of Shadow.[23] During the time of Mortal Kombat 4, Shinnok is defeated and Reiko disappears,[26] later emerging in Shao Kahn's army.[27] Reiko apparently has great aspirations to one day replace the emperor. Mortal Kombat: Deception's Konquest mode states that he likes to sneak into Kahn's chamber room and wear his helmet.[28] In MK: Armageddons Konquest mode, Taven encounters Reiko in his war room in Shao Kahn's fortress. Reiko tries to get Taven to join Kahn's army, impressed by his skills in combat, but Taven was not fazed by Reiko's impression as he only intends to kill Quan Chi and defeats Reiko. He appears in the background of the Pit II stage fighting Daegon, Frost, Kenshi, or Sareena in Mortal Kombat (2011).

Reiko placed 42nd on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and 45th in Dorkly's 2013 online fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29]

Tanya[edit]

Portrayed by: Lia Montelongo (MK4)
Voiced by: Lia Montelongo (MK4)

Tanya is a slender, gloomy female from Edenia. Introduced as relative and innocent, she quickly turns out to be corrupted by evil, as evidenced in her worship of Shinnok and her later service to both the Deadly Alliance and Onaga. She seems to view herself as more of a survivor rather than anything else, justifying her choices as being the "right decisions". During this time, she attempts to lure Liu Kang into a trap, but the attempt does not succeed, and Shinnok's power base is soon destroyed. With her master gone, and herself a wanted traitor in Edenia (having earned in particular the wrath of Jade), Tanya flees to Outworld. Years later, Tanya resurfaces in the Deadly Alliance's ranks as an enforcer. She imposes Shang Tsung and Quan Chi's will upon the denizens of Outworld. When the Deadly Alliance is killed, Tanya is found, however, by Baraka, who gives her the choice of serving the newly resurrected Onaga or death. She joins the ranks of the Dragon King, who was searching for ancient incantations that would enable him to fuse the Kamidogu into one, and thus acquire incredible power. Believing that such information still existed in Edenia, Tanya brings Onaga to her native realm. Tanya survives a Tarkatan attack caused by Jade, but not the final battle in Armageddon. Tanya could be considered to be the single most untrustworthy character in the series: she betrays Liu Kang in her Mortal Kombat 4 ending, plus her entire home realm of Edenia as well as fellow residents Sindel, Jade and Kitana. In her Deception ending, she fulfills her duties to Onaga, but then kills him while he is distracted by his victory, therefore becoming the most powerful being in the realms. Tanya can be seen chained in the "Kahn's Coliseum" stage in Mortal Kombat (2011).

MK co-creator Ed Boon named Tanya after his younger sister, Tania.[30] She ranked 34th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 MK characters, and 50th in Dorkly's 2013 online fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29] Her "Triple Neckbreaker" Fatality from MK4 was ranked tenth on ScrewAttack's 2011 list of the series' ten worst finishing moves.[31]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance[edit]

Blaze[edit]

Blaze is an elemental who had been pursuing a quest when he was attacked on a bridge by an ancient sect. The group of holy men, described as still serving the dead Dragon King Onaga, capture Blaze and bind him to the task of protecting the last Great Dragon Egg. After the egg hatches, Blaze is able to resume his past mission.[32] It is said that Blaze was created to oversee the strength of all of the fighters in the realms. Upon being freed from the egg incubation chamber, Blaze discovers that, in his absence, the power and numbers of these fighters had become too great and that Daegon had already been revived.[33] He then plans to bring all the fighters together in one final battle, where the actions of the two brothers would end up determining their fates and prevent Armageddon.[34] Sensing that something evil from the Netherrealm was influencing Daegon, Blaze decides to travel there in order to find its source.[35] In Armageddon's Konquest mode, Blaze appears confronting both Taven and Daegon. When Taven defeats Daegon, Blaze prepares to face Taven. When he had been enslaved by Onaga's Holy Men, the spell used on him corrupted his mission. Blaze is finally defeated by Shao Kahn, causing Armageddon.

Blaze originated in Mortal Kombat II as a nameless, distant burning figure on a bridge deep in the background of the Pit II stage, squaring off against a character wearing green and black pants. Fans nicknamed them Torch and Hornbuckle, respectively, and both were palette swaps of Liu Kang.[36][37] Midway officially named him Blaze for his true series debut in Deadly Alliance. He placed 37th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and 35th on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted poll that ranked the entire MK character roster.[17][29]

Bo' Rai Cho[edit]

Voiced by: Carlos Pesina (MK:DA, MK:D, MK:A)

Bo' Rai Cho is a corpulent native of Outworld who has trained many warriors. Since he is originally from Outworld, he never enters the Mortal Kombat tournament as it would have meant competing on the behalf of Outworld and thus the brutal emperor Shao Kahn. Upon hearing that Liu Kang has been murdered by the Deadly Alliance, he takes Kung Lao under his wing. While a group of Earthrealm warriors prepares for a frontal assault on the Deadly Alliance, Bo' Rai Cho secretly enters the palace and escapes with the body of Li Mei. He regroups with the other Earthrealm warriors led by Raiden and retreats to safety rather than joining the attack. His back story is that he has trained warriors for centuries to compete in the tournaments. After many failures, success finally came when he trained Liu Kang, who defeated Shang Tsung and became champion of the Earthrealm tournament. He makes a cameo appearance at the end of the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot, where he trains Shang Tsung as a new protector against the now-corrupt god Liu Kang.

The character's name is a play on the Spanish word "borracho," which in English means "drunk." He is usually depicted as intoxicated and carrying a canister of alcohol. His fighting moves consist of drunken style fighting mixed with vulgar actions such as vomiting on the ground to make the opponent lose their footing, and propelling himself back up to his feet by flatulating. Bo' Rai Cho placed 37th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 MK characters, and 40th on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29] ScrewAttack rated him tenth in their 2011 list of the series' ten worst characters.[24]

Drahmin[edit]

Drahmin made his debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as one of two Oni, demons of the fifth plane of the Netherrealm. The mask he wears is an artifact called the Face of Kun-Lo. Wearing it allows him to control his rage and fight with his disciplined Netherrealm style. Removing it causes him to go into Oni style where he loses his focus and attacks with murderous insanity. Centuries ago, he was a cruel human warlord in Outworld. For his crimes, he was exiled to the Netherrealm where his body and soul were to be tortured for all eternity. The two Oni known as Moloch and Drahmin are allies. During the time of the Deadly Alliance, Shang Tsung fears treachery from his new ally, Quan Chi. He hires Drahmin and Moloch to protect him. Quan Chi also hires Drahmin and Moloch. Scorpion finds the palace where Shang Tsung and Quan Chi are. In a desperate attempt to defeat Quan Chi he breaks in, but is stopped by the Oni. They soon defeat him and throw him into the portal to the Heavens. Scorpion's body is then ripped apart by the purity of that realm. In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Konquest mode, Drahmin again battles Taven in the Netherrealm but loses. Shinnok reveals later on Taven was merely tested by illusions, causing uncertainty if Drahmin was really in hell. The real Drahmin dies during the final battle in Armageddon.

The original name for Drahmin was going to be Amon, after a biblical demon in keeping with the tradition of Moloch. It was changed during preproduction of Deadly Alliance.[citation needed] Drahmin placed 56th in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Frost[edit]

Frost was discovered by Sub-Zero. Impressed by her skills, including abilities almost exactly like his he took her as his protégé. Sub-Zero was unable to teach her humility. The MK Deadly Alliance Konquest mode reveals that Sonya had a brief fight with Frost. Desiring to become Grand Master of the clan herself, she immobilizes Sub-Zero with a freezing blast and tears the Dragon Medallion (an artifact which enhanced Sub-Zero's abilities, as well as the symbol of Lin Kuei leadership) from his chest. Without the strength and discipline required to control the medallion's power, she is consumed by her own freezing ability. Sub-Zero buries her next to the ancestors of Cryomancers in Outworld, forgiving her. In MK: Unchained, Frost was awakened and realized she was still in Outworld, believing that Sub-Zero had taken the Dragon Medallion from her. She returned to the Lin Kuei temple in Earthrealm with the intention of killing only Sub-Zero, but killed many of his clansmen and became delusional to the point of seeing him everywhere. Sub-Zero then froze her and placed her body in a shrine deep in the temple. Frost remained frozen until MK: Armageddon Konquest mode, when Taven entered the Lin Kuei temple; he breaks open the block of ice and releases her. At first, she thinks that he is Sub-Zero and battles him; afterward she realizes Taven is not Sub-Zero and runs off embarrassed and upset.

Frost appears in the background of "The Pit" stage as one of several characters who appear through cameos in Mortal Kombat (2011). She ranked 31st in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Hsu Hao[edit]

Hsu Hao is of prime importance for the events on Earthrealm leading up to MK4. Mavado orders him to act as a Chinese Secret Militant for the Special Forces and aid them in completely destroying the Black Dragon clan. Hsu Hao carries out his instructions without question and helps the Special Forces for years until the entire Black Dragon clan is seemingly eradicated after Jarek's death. Mavado then instructs him to destroy their underground base and with it, their only means of inter-realm travel. He arms a miniature nuclear weapon and just escapes through the portal before it detonates. As a result of his betrayal, his former superior at the Special Forces, Jax, has a score to settle with him. Mavado then sends Hsu Hao to kill Shang Tsung under orders from Quan Chi. On his way to Tsung's palace he is cornered and killed when Jax rips out his artificial heart.

Hsu Hao was ranked 64th—third from last—by fans in Dorkly's 2013 online Mortal Kombat character poll.[17]

Kenshi[edit]

Li Mei[edit]

Li Mei made her debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Her village was forced into slavery to help construct Shang Tsung's palace around the Soulnado, which had been a long-time legend of her people. In attacking Kano, she gains the attention of Quan Chi, who promises her freedom if she wins a tournament. Around this time she befriends Shujinko, captured by Kano during his 40 year quest for the Kamidogu. Shujinko offers to train her even though he feels that her chances in the Deadly Alliance's tournament are slim. She later journeys to a nearby forest where she is attacked by Moloch and Drahmin. She escaped through the trees as Shang Tsung came and formed an alliance with the Oni. Her ending in Deadly Alliance depicted her winning Quan Chi's tournament and "earning" the right to be imprisoned forever in one of the Dragon King's soldiers' bodies. In Deception Bo' Rai Cho rescues her from this fate. However, he is apparently only partially successful, and Li Mei takes on some aspects of these ancient warriors. It is revealed that, upon the return of the Dragon King, she is to be his queen. Her ending results in her willfully becoming the Dragon Queen. In MK: Armageddon's Konquest mode, Li Mei fights Shinnok in the Netherrealm. She begins to gain the upper hand on him until Taven (who is unaware that Shinnok had turned evil) appears and makes her go away. Shinnok later reveals that this was all created as a test for Taven.

In one of the older patches of Mortal Kombat 2011, Li Mei was seen chained in Kahn's Arena in Kitana's place, using her primary costume from Deception and Armageddon. She was ranked 42nd in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Mavado[edit]

Mavado's influence in the games' storyline began before the events of MK4. Since the Red Dragon's top priority is the extermination of the Black Dragon while still desiring to keep their existence secret,[38] they decide to use the Special Forces for their own purposes. To that end, Mavado instructs his subordinate, Hsu Hao, to infiltrate the Outer World Investigation Agency and help them in tracking down and killing the last members of the Black Dragon, a mission Hsu Hao performs to great success.[39] After Mortal Kombat 4, Mavado is hired by the Deadly Alliance to fend off Kenshi, in return acquiring the opportunity to be given the last Black Dragon member, Kano, at the time a general in the service of the Deadly Alliance.[38] They also request that the Red Dragon destroy the Outer World Investigation Agency's techno-portals to prevent the Special Forces from being able to travel to Outworld. During the events of MK:DA, Mavado accomplishes these tasks. He instructs Hsu Hao to destroy the Outer World Investigation Agency's underground portal facility,[39] shortly before traveling to Outworld himself through a secret inter-realm portal located in the Lost Sea.[38] Mavado tracks down and defeats Kenshi,[40] allowing him to fight Kano; however, Mavado captures Kano and has his Red Dragon minions bring him to their headquarters. Shortly before MK:D, Kabal returns fully recuperated from his stay in Chaosrealm and seemingly kills Mavado, retrieving his hookswords.[41] In MK:A's Konquest mode, Mavado reports to Daegon in the Red Dragon's lair that the clan has located Blaze. He is ordered by Daegon to kill his brother Taven, but fails.

Mavado finished 48th in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted Mortal Kombat character poll.[17]

Mokap[edit]

Originally introduced in MK:DA as a secret character, Mokap is a motion-capture actor with a vast knowledge of martial arts and fighting styles. He continually finds himself inexplicably transported to and wrapped up in the battles, simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.[42] Mokap's Deadly Alliance bio reveals that he is a former martial arts teacher on the North Side of Chicago. One day he was called upon by Johnny Cage to do some motion capture work for his new movie and became the primary martial arts talent for motion capture in this film. Mokap was flown to Hollywood to begin his first session.[43] It is unknown how Mokap participated in the events of Deadly Alliance. Although he fights on the side of good, he does not appear to affect the outcome of the battle. Some time after this, Mokap gained some telekinetic powers, although the source of these powers was not explained. Mokap returns in MK: Armageddon, again fighting for the side of Earthrealm and for his life.[42] Mokap also made two brief appearances in Mortal Kombat: Deception Konquest mode.

Mokap's name is short for motion capture (with the "C" being replaced by a "K" as per Mortal Kombat tradition), as in the devices used by the actors to capture the movements of characters. The character had been added late in Deadly Alliance's development, so he lacked many character-specific features such as his own fighting styles, a weapon stance, and a Fatality.[42][44] However, he is slightly compensated with three fighting styles instead of two (just like Blaze). Mokap is a tribute to Carlos Pesina, the actor who played Raiden early in the series.[42]

ScrewAttack named Mokap the second-worst Mortal Kombat character in 2011, calling him "a fucking guy with balls on his body."[24] He finished last in UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 MK characters, and fans rated him 59th in Dorkly's 2013 online MK character poll.[17][29]

Moloch[edit]

Moloch is the only known ally of his Oni counterpart, Drahmin. Unlike Drahmin however, distorted and consumed by rage as he may be, Moloch has most likely always been a demon from the Netherrealm. The sorcerer Quan Chi confronts Moloch and Drahmin with an offer to free them from the Netherrealm if they protect him from the ninja spectre Scorpion. It is no surprise to Moloch that Drahmin accepts the offer and so they smash Scorpion whenever he came near Quan Chi. He appears as the sub-boss to MK:DA. Like many bosses, he is very hard to knock down, immune to being thrown and most projectile attacks have very little to no effect against him.

Moloch ranked 54th in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted Mortal Kombat character poll.[17]

Nitara[edit]

Nitara, the only vampire in the Mortal Kombat series, spends a long time trying to find a mysterious orb that binds her realm to Outworld before actually discovering its location. The orb, however, was inaccessible to her, submerged under molten lava. At one point she tricks the Outer World Investigation Agency agent Cyrax into retrieving the orb after sending Reptile to attack him. Nitara smashes the orb into pieces on the floor, separating her realm from Outworld at last. The ordeal knocks her unconscious, but when she awakens, she is home.[45] She then makes it her mission to protect the realm's fragile stability.[46] During the events of MK: Armageddon, mass genocides of her people begin to occur in her realm. Nitara is sent by her people's elders to a crater in Edenia to find a prophesied force of great power that could destroy the murderer's blade. While traveling there, she comes upon the demon Ashrah, the blade's possessor. To protect the rest of her race, Nitara lures Ashrah out of her realm and continues to Edenia, planning to bring her attacker to the Edenian weapon where it may be used against her.

Nitara's character in Konquest Mode makes many references to different classic heavy metal bands and songs, such as Def Leppard (which is where her primary style, "Leopard" is derived from), Journey, KISS (also used to describe her alternate costume in Armageddon), Guns n' Roses and Scorpions.[citation needed] Fans ranked her 46th in Dorkly's 2013 online MK character poll.[17]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deception[edit]

Ashrah[edit]

Voiced by: Johanna Añonuevo (Armageddon)

Ashrah is a Netherealm demon with the appearance of an elegant and demure woman, dressed in a white outfit with a large hat attached with a veil covering the back of her head. She was once a member of Quan Chi's Brotherhood of Shadow, which worshiped the fallen Elder God Shinnok. One day, Ashrah refuses to carry out one of Quan Chi's orders. In response, he sends her sister to kill her. While escaping in the Netherealm, she finds a holy sword known as a "Kriss" that cleanses her spirit of evil with each kill. What she does not know is that the blade is actually the "Datusha", a mystical vampire-slaying weapon that corrupts its wielder with the false belief that they are using it to fight vampires and other demons. She searches for Noob Saibot, whom she considers to be a powerful demon, because doing so would enable her to complete her ascension.

Her Armageddon bio explains that, after slaying a multitude of demons in the Netherealm, she transcends that plane of hell and emerges in an unfamiliar realm, surrounded by celestial beings. The celestial beings make her into their chosen warrior, who would become an "angel of light" once she uses the weapon to "consume the darkness." After submitting to their will, Ashrah is transported to Vaeternus to start slaying the vampire race, whom she sees as vile beings. She is defeated by Nitara, but then escapes to Edenia seeking Blaze's power in order to destroy Nitara and gain ascension. She wrongly assumes that destroying Ermac would help purify her soul, because his powers are common in the Netherealm even though he is a force of good.[47]

Complex ranked her "Voodoo Doll" Fatality from Deception seventh in their 2013 list of the top twenty finishing moves from the series, explaining that while the character herself "didn't quite work," the finisher was "a lot of fun," yet they were surprised "that it took the franchise this long to exploit voodoo as one of its magical elements."[48] Ashrah was ranked 45th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters,[29] and 58th in a 2013 online fan-voted poll hosted by Dorkly that rated the MK series' entire character roster.[17]

Dairou[edit]

Dairou was once a highly respected Seidan guardsman, much like Hotaru, but he is imprisoned when he kills the man whom he was led to believe murdered his family. He eventually escapes from prison during a riot caused by the resistance led by Darrius. After escaping, he no longer follows the Seidan law and becomes a mercenary. In Deceptions Konquest mode, Dairou is hired to free Shujinko from prison. In the present, he has been hired by Darrius to steal the constitution of Seido and kill Hotaru. It is unknown if Dairou really did kill Hotaru, but both returned in Armageddon.

While Dairou himself has never been highly rated—he finished near the bottom (63rd) on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll and was omitted from UGO's 2012 list of the top fifty series characters[17][29]—his "Ribs to the Eyes" Fatality from Deception has received much positive critical attention. Prima Games ranked it fourth in their 2014 list of the top fifty Fatalities from the entire series,[49] while Game Informer's Dan Ryckert, in 2010, ranked it among the series' best Fatalities,[50] and ScrewAttack placed it eighth on their list of the series' top ten finishers the same year.[51] It was also the only finisher by an MK character on UGO's 2010 list of the top video game fatalities: "Dairou may be a C-list celeb, but his fatality is A+." Additionally, UGO included The Joker's "Censored" Fatality from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe in the same list "as a reminder that Mortal Kombat went from Dairou's rib-ripping to censoring a headshot in half a decade."[52] K. Thor Jensen of UGO ranked the "amazingly demented" Fatality fifth in his 2011 list of the fifty most gruesome finishing moves in video games.[53]

Darrius[edit]

A former Seidan Guardsman who became disillusioned with the oppressive nature of Seido, the Realm of Order, Darrius leads a resistance movement which seeks to overthrow Orderrealm's senate. He takes advantage of the strict laws of Orderrealm to manipulate individuals into joining his movement. One tactic is to have a Guardsman's (apparently Dairou) family murdered, to drive him to retaliate and be expelled from the Guard. They are then ripe for induction. During Deception, he hires fellow former guardsman Dairou to steal the Seidan government's Declaration of Order, a scroll depicting its laws.

Darrius was ranked as the sixth-worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack in 2011, and placed 55th on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][24] Cheat Code Central rated his "Picasso Project" third on their top-ten list of the series' best Fatalities,[54] while Game Informer named it one of the series' "most confusing" finishers.[50] Gameranx ranked it seventh out of ten in a 2012 list of the series' most gruesome Fatalities.[55]

Havik[edit]

Voiced by: Paul St. Peter (MK: D, MK: A)

Havik is a cleric from Chaosrealm. Neither good or evil, his ambitions are to spread discord and he allies himself with those who can further his ends, regardless of their goals. He is a frequent troublemaker in Orderrealm, where he forms an alliance with the revolutionary Darrius, and is heralded as a hero by the populace of the Chaosrealm. He opposes the Dragon King, Onaga, who rules by diktat. Along the way, he encounters a severely wounded Kabal, who has just been defeated by the Red Dragon Mavado. Healing Kabal's injuries, Havik manages to convince Kabal to restore the former glory that the Black Dragon clan once possessed in the name of anomie. He did this in order to promote chaos in Earthrealm. Havik, along with Kabal and his new Black Dragon recruits, Kira and Kobra, ventured into Outworld. There, Havik revealed his plans: lure the heroes into a battle with Onaga, and, once the Dragon King had been defeated, take down or distract the victors of the battle long enough so that Havik could consume Onaga's heart. This would grant him Onaga's ability to resurrect the dead. Havik lures the heroes to the Dragon King as planned and thus put his schemes into motion. Havik makes a cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat (2011) in Noob Saibot's Arcade ending, This could be a reference to his origins as an alternate costume for him.

Havik was ranked 38th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and 51st in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29] He was originally designed as an alternate outfit for Noob Saibot, but was then given a storyline of his own.

Hotaru[edit]

Hotaru is a general from Seido, the Realm of Order, and devotes himself to preserving law and order at any cost. So much so that he could be described as a zealot. Hotaru is neutral (equivalent to Havik, who spreads discord and chaos) because he preserves law and order for those of a higher authority whether good, neutral or evil (most notably Onaga, the Dragon King) regardless of their intentions. He first appears halfway through Mortal Kombat: Deception Konquest mode, when Shujinko requires his help. Hotaru then ventures into Outworld to confront Shao Kahn's Tarkatan armies who are laying siege to the walled city of Lei Chen to complete the task Shujinko paid him for. When Shujinko visits him for another task, Hotaru jails him for breaking curfew. Shujinko grows old in Hotaru's jail cells for years, then is broken out by Dairou. Hotaru thinks Shujinko killed the two guards and escaped. They then battle and Shujinko emerges victorious, leaving his old friend lying on the ground. Years later, however, the forces of Hotaru were under the command of Onaga. Believing that this newly resurrected ruler would bring order to the universe, Hotaru helps Onaga's hordes in their attacks and pursues those who would stand against them, such as Sub-Zero. At the time of Deception, Hotaru has set out to bring the Lin Kuei Grandmaster to justice before Onaga. He is, however, unaware that a bounty has been placed on his head. In the past, Hotaru had served as a guardsman for Dairou while he was incarcerated. Dairou now is under contract to murder Hotaru. Hotaru's body can be seen at the beginning of Mortal Kombat (2011).

Hotaru was ranked 43rd on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and 53rd in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29]

Kira[edit]

In her backstory, Kira disguises herself as a man, and sells weapons to terrorist organizations in the mountains of Afghanistan. During one such transaction in a cave, her gender is revealed and she has no choice but to fight her way out. Emerging victorious, she encounters Kabal, who was waiting outside to behold the victor. He decides to reconstitute the Black Dragon, and as Kira's cold and calculated moves remind him of the Red Dragon, the organization from which the Black Dragon split. Since the Black Dragon did not have this presence, Kabal offers to make Kira his first recruit. Accepting, Kira devotes herself to her new organization. She then goes with Kabal to New York City to recruit Kobra. According to Kira's MK: Deception ending, Kabal makes her fight Kobra to the death as a test; Kira wins. However, both return in Armageddon. In one of the older patches of Mortal Kombat (2011), Kira was seen chained in Kahn's Arena in Skarlet's place in her alternate costume from Deception/Armageddon.

Kira was ranked 44th on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17]

Kobra[edit]

Kobra is a young warrior from New York City. He's also a wanderer who wants to use his martial arts in a real fight. The thrill and excitement of fighting starts to consume him, and he starts killing opponents. Eventually, he is arrested, having no clue as to how many lives he had destroyed. Kabal and Kira had found out about him and come to induct him into the new Black Dragon syndicate. After killing the officers and escaping, Kabal takes Kira and Kobra to Outworld, where they work for Havik, the cleric of Chaos. He appears in MK:Armageddon's Konquest mode, as Taven's first combatant, protecting a bridge with Kira in the Botan Jungle that Taven needs to cross. Kira abandons Kobra as he starts battling the newcomer, eventually escaping after he fails to stop him. According to Kira's MK: Deception ending, Kabal makes Kira fight Kobra to the death as a test; Kira wins. Kobra somehow returns in Armageddon.

Kobra ("generic white guy") was ranked as the fifth-worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack in 2011, and placed 57th in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][24]

Onaga[edit]

"Onaga" redirects here. For other uses, see Onaga (disambiguation).

A millennium ago, Onaga, also known as The Dragon King, was the ruler of Outworld. Shao Kahn, one of his chief advisors, had him poisoned and took control of Outworld. Onaga actually was able to retain consciousness from beyond the grave. Quite some time before Liu Kang's victory over Shang Tsung at the Mortal Kombat tournament, Onaga communicated through death to Shujinko through an avatar named Damashi (which translates as "Deceiver" or "Deception"). He persuaded Shujinko to embark on a quest to unite the Kamidogu from the six realms, claiming he was carrying out the will of the Elder Gods. When the dragon egg hatches, the egg transfers its energy into Reptile, which fulfills the prophecy of Onaga's return. The Dragon King, as such, uses the transformed body of Reptile as a host. After defeating Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and Raiden, Onaga revives the Earth warriors as his pawns. He forms an alliance with the Tarkatan horde to keep Edenia's army at bay while he searches for the spells that would allow him to fuse the Kamidogu together and grant him supreme power. However, Shujinko defeats Onaga, leaving Onaga with only Shinnok's amulet as his sole form of protection. Then Nightwolf seals Onaga's soul within the realm, separating it from Reptile's body. Some time later, Onaga is approached by Shinnok in the Netherrealm. Shinnok offers to restore Onaga's rule over Outworld if Onaga helps Daegon defeat Blaze and gain godlike power. He is released from his bondage and returned to his own body. In MK: Armageddon Konquest mode, he is seen joining an alliance with Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn for their plans to destroy Blaze that took place in Edenia.

Onaga was ranked 39th on UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and placed 38th in Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29]

Shujinko[edit]

Voiced by: Max Crawford (MK:D, MK:A)

As a young teenager in Konquest mode of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Shujinko is trained by Master Bo' Rai Cho in the art of Kombat. Soon, Shujinko encounters Damashi, who claims to be an emissary of the Elder Gods and tells Shujinko to embark on a quest searching for a Kamidogu from each of six realms. To enable Shujinko to do his bidding, Damashi gives him the ability to absorb fighting styles and special attack patterns of warriors he encounters with great ease. Shujinko's mission takes him more than forty years to complete. Afterward, Damashi reveals himself to be none other than the Dragon King, Onaga, speaking to Shujinko from beyond death. For this, Shujinko assumes full responsibility, and embarks on a desperate quest to destroy Onaga, believing himself the only warrior capable of doing so. After defeating Onaga, Shujinko becomes known as the hero of Outworld. Some time later, Shujinko deliberately allows himself to be captured by Mileena to get closer to Shao Kahn, Onaga, Shang Tsung, and Quan Chi, whom he plans to defeat. Shujinko also appears in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon as a much older figure.

Shujinko was ranked 41st on both UGO's 2012 list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters and on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted MK character poll.[17][29] However, he was also rated as the eighth-worst Mortal Kombat character by ScrewAttack in 2011.[24]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon[edit]

Daegon[edit]

Voiced by: Tom Taylor (MK: A)

The main antagonist of Armageddon's Konquest mode, Edenian half-god Daegon is the evil younger brother of Taven, and the second son of the Edenian protector god Argus and the prophet Delia. When Delia foretold the future of the realms as Armageddon, Argus had his sons put into incubation guarded by two dragons. They would be awakened one day to fight Blaze and save the realms from Armageddon. Daegon awoke prematurely due to an error by his guardian dragon. Daegon became unbalanced by the early awakening, and killed his parents after learning the true nature of the quest, forming the Red Dragon Clan. The quest required that both brothers accept a weapon from their father (the Drakeswords) and their armor from their mother. Taven and Daegon eventually reach Edenia, where Daegon is defeated and killed in battle, allowing Taven to fight Blaze. Daegon can be seen fighting Kenshi, Frost, Sareena, or Reiko in The Pit Stage in MK 2011.

Daegon was ranked 62nd on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted poll that rated the Mortal Kombat series' entire character roster.[17]

Taven[edit]

Voiced by: Paul St. Peter (MK: A)

Taven made his first appearance in Armageddon as the game's hero. He is an Edenian half-god and the first son of Argus, the Protector of Edenia, and Delia, a powerful sorceress who has the ability to see into the future. Taven's ability is mainly to control fire, much like his younger brother Daegon. Taven is featured as the main character in Armageddon's Konquest mode. The Konquest Mode revolves around a contest between Taven and his brother Daegon set by their father to save the realms from Armageddon by defeating a creature named Blaze. They are sent to Earthrealm and are kept in incubation by two dragons, until Blaze calls for them to be awakened and the quest to begin. The victor would succeed his father's place, becoming a full god and Protector of Edenia. When Taven is released by his dragon, he finds that Daegon had been awakened centuries ago, killed their parents and formed the Red Dragon clan, in order to locate Blaze sooner, as well as to eliminate Taven. Eventually, Taven defeats Daegon in battle and confronts Blaze. After defeating Blaze, Blaze's powers surged through Taven and he became a full god. In the end, however, because Blaze's design has been corrupted by Onaga's holy men, his victory over Blaze resulted in none of the fighters dying or losing their powers, but instead increasing the powers of the combatants, potentially "exacerbating" the onset of Armageddon. As a result, Taven made it his duty as a new god to delay Armageddon until a solution could be found. He has a cameo in Mortal Kombat (2011) in the first (actually the last) of Raiden's visions, where Taven appears fighting Dark Raiden.

Taven came in at 48th on UGO's list of the top 50 Mortal Kombat characters, and last (66th) on Dorkly's 2013 fan-voted character poll.[17][29]

Introduced in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe[edit]

In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, 11 of the DC Universe characters first appeared, including Superman, Batman, Catwoman, Flash, Joker, Green Lantern, Deathstroke, Lex Luthor, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and unlockable character Darkseid.

Introduced in Mortal Kombat (2011)[edit]

Mortal Kombat (2011) includes two exclusive guest characters in the game, one of them Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street horror film franchise, and the second being Kratos from the God of War series.[56][57] Jason Voorhees was originally chosen to be one of the downloadable content (DLC) characters for Mortal Kombat (2011) but Ed Boon ultimately chose Freddy Krueger to be the final DLC character, most likely because Jason does not seem to ever grunt or make any voice sounds as an adult.[58][59][60]

Skarlet[edit]

Voiced by: Dana Lyn Baron

Skarlet is a warrior created by Shao Kahn using sorcery and the blood of countless warriors, only to be released by Shao Kahn as a last resort. Her sole purpose is to discover Quan Chi's true reason for attending the Mortal Kombat tournament. Skarlet uses kodachi swords and kunai knives as well as her power to turn into, and absorb, blood.

Similar to the Ermac rumors in the first Mortal Kombat but received with far less fanfare, Skarlet originated as a nonexistent character in Mortal Kombat II due to false reports of a glitch nicknamed "Scarlet" by players in which the palette swaps of either Kitana or Mileena would turn red. NetherRealm Studios confirmed that the name of the character had been decided to be Skarlet,[61][62] and in March 2011, nearly two decades after the rumors originated, she was announced as one of Mortal Kombat's first two downloadable characters,[63] released on June 21.

The character was very well received by Dan Ryckert of Game Informer,[64] and in 2013, Skarlet was ranked as the seventh "fiercest female in today's fighting games" by Mike Andronico of Gamenguide, who commented: "Nothing screams 'fan service' like when a developer takes an age-old game glitch and turns it into a key part of their franchise."[65] That same year, Official Xbox Magazine included her among the eight best downloadable characters on the Xbox 360 for her "delightful" fighting style, even though "she wasn't the best selling MK DLC character."[66] She was ranked 30th on Dorkly's 2013 fan poll that rated the MK series' character roster.[17]

Kratos[edit]

Main article: Kratos (God of War)

Freddy Krueger[edit]

Main article: Freddy Krueger

Unofficial characters[edit]

These characters were created by fans and sources other than Midway.

Belokk[edit]

Belokk (right) in a Mortal Kombat Gold leaked screenshot

Belokk was originally slated for Mortal Kombat Gold but was cut from the final release.[67][68] He was created by Eurocom and, according to Ed Boon, was removed from the game as the developers did not have time to complete him.[69] Nevertheless, Eurocom accidentally sent information about the game with Belokk in it to Game Informer, and as a result, six screenshots of him were leaked to the public in a preview, upon special request.[70]

Hornbuckle[edit]

Well after the home ports of MKII by Probe and Sculptured Software were released, rumors of extra hidden characters started to swirl around these and the original arcade versions despite the fact that all the secrets of the game were known by that time. In all versions of MKII, the background of the Pit II stage depicts palette swaps of Liu Kang - one shrouded in flames and the other wearing black and green pants - as the source of many of these false rumors and were eventually given the names Blaze and Hornbuckle respectively by gamers. Hornbuckle was never named anywhere in Midway's plans because his name is derived from Leanne Hornbuckle of Sculptured Software, who added Hornbuckle Who? to the dozens of other cryptic messages in red text that would appear upon defeating Shao Kahn. The Hornbuckle Who? phrase is exclusive to the SNES port - Sculptured Software added it as a joke to see if fans read the end-game credits.[citation needed]

Nimbus Terrafaux[edit]

Nimbus Terrafaux was rumored to be a playable character (a kickboxer) in the first Mortal Kombat game as an unlockable secret character. It was later revealed as a creation of Electronic Gaming Monthly as part of an April Fool's Day joke,[71] though Ed Boon had originally hinted at the character in an interview with the magazine, which then intentionally published false information on this character, complete with doctored screenshots and a fabricated storyline. The character was included in Game Revolution's list of "Top 10 Old School Mortal Kombat Characters" in 2011.[72]

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