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  • Adaptation Displacement: The theme song is one thing a lot of people know about the series, but it's never played in any games. It only appears in the movie.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Sonya actually a Distressed Damsel, or was she trying to make her best out of the terrible situation she was into? She's stuck in the very dangerous Outworld and Shang Tsung is her only actual "company", trying to escape would be suicidal for a human woman (no matter her self-defense training or lack thereof) in a completely unknown world with Everything Trying to Kill You, etc.
  • Awesome Music: Besides the main theme, there's the remix of said theme by Utah Saints, the instrumental version of "Control" that plays while Liu Kang and Reptile are fighting, Halycon and On and On... and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage.
    • More so however for Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well recieved by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese American with little character to an Australian born thug.
    • Christopher Lambert as Raiden was really entertaining too.
    • Reptile too. Many whom seen the movie thought his fight with Liu Kang was actually the best fight in the whole movie; even better than the final fight!
  • Fridge Horror: After telling Johnny Cage about the tournament, "Master Boyd" is revealed to be Shang Tsung in disguise. Shang Tsung can only take the form of people he's defeated/killed in battle...
  • Foe Yay: This can pretty much be seen as how Kano views his little rivalry with Sonya. His dialouge throughout the movie about her pretty much casts any doubt of this

 "She's here; right on time! I LOVE punctuality in a woman" *smiles*

"Maybe Sonya and I should share a cabin; have our own little honeymoon cruise"

"Ello baby, did chu miss me?"

"Give it up baby; I studied ALL your moves!"

"Give me a break!"

  • Genius Bonus: The traditional Kung Fu salute, palm over fist (well, its palm against fist, but the palm overshadows) represents Peace over Power. Shang Tsung's odd bow before the final battle, fist on top of palm, is meant to represent Power over Peace, reflecting the opposing philosophies of the two characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Real Ninjas Wear Nikes meme takes on a whole new meaning now. See Special Effects Failure below.
  • Memetic Mutation:"Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole!"
    • Virtually anything coming from Kano's mouth was meme-worthy:
  • Special Effects Failure: Instead of regular ninja-esque tabi, Scorpion can be seen wearing what look like hiking boots during his fight with Johnny Cage. And in a bit of Freeze Frame Failure, If you pause the movie while Reptile's doubled over from Liu Kang kicking him over a banister, you can make out a Nike swoosh on the soles of his feet.
  • Tear Jerker: Liu Kang's goodbye to Chan's soul as he's released and can go to the afterlife.
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