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Here, we're going to list the characters introduced in Mortal Kombat 2.
Kuai Liang (Tundra/Sub-Zero VI)
The sixth member of his family to bear the mantle of Sub-Zero, the warrior has become an active defender of Earthrealm from the forces of Outworld. A powerful Cryomancer able to create and manipulate ice at will, Sub-Zero became the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, aiming to rebuild it as a force for good in the world. His real name is Kuai Liang.
Taking the name Sub-Zero after the death of his elder brother Bi-Han, the Lin Kuei sent him and fellow warrior Smoke into to Outworld during the second tournament. Their mission was the same as his fallen elder brother's, to assassinate Shang Tsung. He soon learned of Scorpion's grudge against the recently "revived" Sub-Zero. But when he showed mercy to a defeated foe, Scorpion eventually realized he was in fact his younger brother and spared him his elder's fate. Unable to kill their target but aiding the Earthrealm warriors against Shao Kahn, the duo returned home empty handed.
Unfortunately, the Lin Kuei had acquired technology to enhance their warriors and desired Sub-Zero and Smoke to become cyborg assassins. The two refused and fled for their lives. Sub-Zero managed to escape, but Smoke was captured. He was marked for death whilst his friend was turned into a machine against his will. Smoke, Cyrax and Sektor were sent to eliminate him. When Shao Kahn suddenly invaded Earthrealm and claimed the souls of countless millions, as a chosen warrior he found himself one of the lucky few spared and joined Earthrealm's defense against Kahn. Convincing Smoke he had retained his soul and restoring his humanity the two defeated Cyrax and Sektor. Sub-Zero reprogrammed Cyrax to assassinate Kahn (a task he failed in) but Smoke was captured shortly before Outworld's defeat.
Convincing an enraged Scorpion during Shinnok's war that he had no role in the murder of his clan or family and with Quan Chi revealed as the true culprit the Lin Kuei was finally freed from the specter's vengeance. In the events prior to the Deadly Alliance Sub-Zero returned to the Lin Kuei and defeated Sektor for the leadership of the clan, claiming the power-enhancing "Dragon Medallion" in the process. Vowing to reform the group into a force for good. When the "Deadly Alliance" struck he saw it as an opportunity to show the clan in a new light. Taking his new apprentice Frost with him, he aimed to aid Raiden's forces against the new threat. However, Frost's ambitions caused her to betray Sub-Zero, attempting to steal the Dragon Medallion from her master. Unable to handle its raw power, Frost was consumed by ice, with Sub-Zero blaming her failings on himself.
In Deception within a tomb in Outworld, he discovered his origins were that of a forgotten race known as Cryomancers. Laying Frost's body to rest and forgiving her treachery he donned an ancient suit of armor within the ruin and headed for an Earthrealm portal. He offered asylum to Sareena for aiding his brother in the past. Sub-Zero then found himself in direct conflict with his fallen sibling Noob Saibot and a reprogrammed Smoke during the events of Armageddon.
In Mortal Kombat 9, the younger Sub-Zero is actively seeking Scorpion for his brother's death, and so heads to Outworld with Smoke to seek him. He is also on the run with Smoke from the Lin Kuei, as they were trying to avoid being turned into cyborg ninja like Cyrax and Sektor before them. Bad thing, unlike in the original storyline, he does get caught and forcibly made into a Cyber ninja. While Jax deprograms him and make him join the good guys, he's then slain with them by Sindel and then forcibly revived as one of Quan Chi's Revenants. In Mortal Kombat X, after Raiden manages to liberate him from Quan Chi's control, he becomes one of the most stalwart allies of Earthrealm and the new Grandmaster of the fully-rebuilt, now benevolent Lin Kuei clan. And he finally manages to make peace with Scorpion.
For tropes related to Cyber Sub-Zero, check the Mortal Kombat 9 character sheet.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: How he becomes leader of the Lin Kuei in the original continuity.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: In Deception and Armageddon, his skin exhibits a gray shade while wearing his Cryomancer armor.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Dragon Medallion increases Sub-Zero's freezing powers. It's also the symbol of his status as the new Lin Kuei Grandmaster, and may have been responsible for his apparent age jump in Deadly Alliance. His ancestral Cryomancer armor further boosts his powers.
- And This Is For: The aftermath of his battle with Scorpion in 9's Story Mode.
"For my brother!"
- Badass: He's generally shown to be among the strongest of the heroic characters. Additionally in Mortal Kombat 9 he handily wipes the floor with Scorpion (who bested his brother), and then as a cyborg he thrashes both GORO AND KINTARO at once. In Mortal Kombat X he's not only Older and Wiser and back to humanity, but he's even more badass as well, especially when he readily defeats the four Second Gen warriors (and lectures them on their flaws) and in his ending where he finds and tames two Dragons..
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In his MK 9 Arcade ending, Raiden tells him the truth about what happen to his and Scorpion's families due to the Lin Kuei. He manages to convince Scorpion of this and they go forth to take on entire armies for vengeance.
- Bald of Awesome/Badass Long Hair: His alt. in Deception.
- BFS: The Kori Blade, his weapon style in Deadly Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon, is a large sword made of ice. In the reboot, he occasionally pulls out an ice sword for combos, but it's much smaller and less intricate.
- Blue Eyes: From MK vs. DC onwards, his eyes are naturally blue.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: He shoots ice towards the players in MK9, freezing the screen.
- But Not Too Foreign: Like his brother, in the original timeline he was American on his mother's side, Chinese-Cryomancer on his father's. The reboot implies that they are fully Chinese, though.
- Cain and Abel: Upon discovering Noob Saibot's identity as his elder brother reincarnated, Noob has been trying to kill him.
- Character Development: In the MK1-MKA timeline, he started out as a silent assassin in II, but when the Lin Kuei becomes interested in cybernetics in 3, he splits because he disagrees with the methodology. From there his character evolves greatly and becomes one of the most morally aware characters of the series, even taking over his former clan to lead them in a more righteous direction. A similar change takes place in the reboot: he begins as a loyal assassin who also wants to avenge his brother, then rebels against the idea of the Cyber Ninjas, breaks off from the Lin Kuei as a result, and later reforms the whole clan.
- Cool Mask: In II, 4, Deadly Alliance (as an alt.), and 9, then X. In Deception, he upgrades to a Cool Helmet as part of the armor of a long-lost Cryomancer.
- Cool Sword: His Kori Blade from Deadly Alliance onward is literally this; it's a sword made out of ice. Kori is even the Japanese word for ice. Even though he's Chinese-American/Chinese.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Defector From Decadence: In MK3.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, his Klassic skin from MK1/2/3 and his classic "Spine Rip" fatality.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him
- Everything's Worse with Bears: His Animality.
- Every Scar Has a Story: The one on his face was probably gained during his escape from the Lin Kuei prior to 3. Shaolin Monks instead shows Sub-Zero being mistaken for his brother and attacked by Kung Lao (until Liu Kang stops him and points out that Raiden told him about Bi-Han's death), but this is most likely non-canon.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars/Scars Are Forever: Oddly enough, it seems to have faded in Deception and Armageddon.
- Guest Fighter: See Scorpion's entry.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Smoke. It should be noted that it was Sub-Zero's actions that helped his buddy regain his humanity after undergoing cyborgification. According to his plot progression in DA and Deception, his short term alliance with Kenshi quickly escalated into this.
- An Ice Person: He's even seen in a few costumes with malleable sheets of ice on his forearms (and sometimes his legs). In 4, his body even emanates an icy mist.
- An Ice Suit
- Identical Grandson: According to John Vogel, the Sub-Zero who teaches Shujinko in Deception's Konquest Mode is neither Bi-Han nor Kuai Liang, but their ancestor (most likely their father or grandfather given the chronology).
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kills Scorpion in this matter in Armageddon, as seen in the intro of 9 via Freeze-Frame Bonus. He gets the same fate at the hands of Baraka.
- Irony: One of the promos for Deception shows Sub-Zero killing Baraka. In the aftermath of Armageddon? Baraka is the one who kills him.
- Legacy Character: The heroic Sub-Zero that has been around for the majority of the series is actually him, the younger brother of the Sub-Zero from MK1, and Sub-Zero has been the family codename in the Lin Kuei since their great-great grandfather.
- Locked Into Strangeness: After gaining the Dragon Medallion, Subby's eyes turn Blue Eyes, as well as his scar. Once he dons the ancient Cyromancer armor, his scar fades, but his skin becomes incredibly pale and his eyes instead turn milky white. If his alt. in Deception is any indication, his hair also goes completely white, as opposed to just graying in DA.
- Meaningful Name: Kuai Liang shares much similarity visually to Lin Kuei, the tribe which he eventually leads.
- Morality Pet: For Sareena, if her Armageddon bio is anything to go by. Not only did she tail Sub-Zero to protect him from harm while he was following Noob and Smoke, but her feelings for him were so strong that even when driven mad and forced to revert back to her demon form did Sareena flee rather than fight him.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Mukokuseki: A Western example. In his ending in the second game, he indeed looks Chinese. In 3, however...
- This was likely due to limitations in finding an actor, since in his downloadable unmasked costume in 9, he can be seen to properly have a mix of Caucasian and Asian facial features.
- My Greatest Failure: Frost fills this role.
- Name's the Same: He shares the same name with a minor character in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Kuai Liang, an advisor under Liu Biao).
- Older and Wiser: Most notable in Deadly Alliance (and to a lesser extent, in 4).
- Potty Failure: His Babality in Mortal Kombat 9.
- Pretty in Mink: His Cryomancer armor comes complete with fur ruffles around the collar.
- Proud Warrior Clan Guy: Unlike his brother and Sektor, however, Kuai Liang knew where to draw the line.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In X, he grows into this after taking over the Lin Kuei and reforming it.
- The Rival: Was this on-again, off-again for a while to Scorpion, depending on who was saying what about him to Scorpion. In 4, they make peace, and future duels are usually just Rule of Cool. It's implied they still don't like each other, though. In the reboot he seeks Scorpion out and blames his for his brother's death, but in X he finds out the truth behind the deaths of Scorpion's loved ones and not only tells him, but offers to finish their rivalry. And it works.
- Ship Tease: With Sareena, particularly in Armageddon, though the teasing was directed at his elder brother. She may not know that Bi-Han is dead.
- Interspecies Romance: He's mostly human, she's a demon in human guise.
- Sixth Ranger
- The Stoic: Easily the least vocal and most ruthless of the main heroes.
- Stone Wall: Doesn't fully conform to this template, but this is a viable applicable of his freezing powers (especially his Ice Clones). The only time Subby has strictly adhered to this was in 4, where most of his other tactics were nerfed, but his turtling game was not.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Technical Pacifist/Reluctant Warrior: Pinballs between the two, but usually stays rooted in the former. He has an aversion to killing, as seen by his story in II (this is also how Scorpion was able to piece together that he was not the same Sub-Zero he killed in the previous tournament, thus beginning his vow to protect the younger Sub-Zero). He even made peace with Scorpion (his brother's killer), froze Frost out of mercy instead of outright killing her, and is currently trying to purify his brother's soul. All bets are off if you're a irredeemable villain, though.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his non-ninja outfit.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We know that the Sub-Zero bros. were kidnapped by their father and taken to China, leaving behind their mother and a younger sister in America. However, no mention of their family was ever made of afterward (aside from a cameo in Kuai Liang's vignette for 9, which detailed said abduction), and their current status (such as whether or not they survived Shao Kahn's invasion) remains unknown. It was widely believed that Frost was this long-lost sister of his, but this was Jossed.
- A Worldwide Punomenon: His first Fatality in 9 is called "Have an Ice Day."
- Younger Than They Look: The whitening of his hair and hardening of his features in Deadly Alliance made him look older, but he's in his early 40s at most (he was 32 in II).
- In X, he's supposed to be in his late 50's. He looks like in his early 40's tops. One wonders if his powers also make him age slower than usual...
- In X, he's supposed to be in his late 50's. He looks like in his early 40's tops. One wonders if his powers also make him age slower than usual...
Princess of the Realm of Edenia, Kitana has been Shao Kahn's step-daughter and personal assassin, and later an important member of the Forces of Light. Her most memorable trait is her ability to wield a pair of steel fans in battle.
Kitana was adopted by Kahn, as an infant, to strengthen his claims to the Edenian throne after he killed its king, Jerrod, and married Jerrod's wife, Queen Sindel, who were Kitana's parents. Kitana grew up dutifully loyal to Shao Kahn, whom she believed was her real father. She grew up to be one of Shao Kahn's personal assassins, alongside her good friend Jade and her evil "sister" Mileena. At some point in Kitana's life, she finally discovered the truth about her real father, Mileena's origins, and how Shao Kahn had conquered her realm. Devastated that her whole life had been a lie, Kitana vowed to overthrow the Emperor and restore Edenia to its former beauty. Kitana's chance finally came during Mortal Kombat II, when Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung lured Earth's heroes into Outworld. Kitana entered the tournament and secretly contacted Earthrealm's heroes, but Mileena discovered her efforts and she was forced to kill her in self defense. Kitana was imprisoned and sentenced to death for killing Mileena, but managed to escape and rejoin her friends from Earth. Kahn sent Jade and Reptile after her, but rather than kill her childhood friend, Jade helped the Princess to defeat and capture Reptile. Then she converted her recently resurrected mother, Sindel, to her cause, and when Liu Kang managed to defeat Kahn had his invasion forces, Kitana and Sindel freed Edenia as well. But there was little time to celebrate, as a new threat presented itself in the form of Shinnok and his grand vizier Quan Chi. They invaded Edenia and imprisoned its legitimate rulers, then Raiden and his comrades come and saved the day. Kitana Offered Liu Kang to rule Edenia by her side, but the monk reluctantly rejected to keep his role as Champion of Earth.
Kitana would later negotiate an uneasy truce between the Centaurians and the Shokans, gaining Goro's trust. The combined armies of Edenians and Shokans, led by Prince Goro and Kitana herself, marched against Outworld's armies a few years later, with much success at first. However, in the decisive moments, Goro was mortally wounded, and the battle ended with a draw. Shortly thereafter, Kitana learned about the demise of both Shao Kahn and Liu Kang at the hands of the Deadly Alliance, and their plan to resurrect the Undead Army of the legendary Dragon King. Unfortunately, the Forces of Light were and the princess killed along the other heroes, only to be revived by Onaga into his mindless slaves.
After the fall of the revived Dragon King, Kitana would gather her Edenian forces once more and prepare to face the Armageddon.
In Mortal Kombat 9, Kitana gets involved with the story at an earlier time than the previous games' canon. She actually meets Liu Kang during the events of the first game, resulting in her and Liu becoming much closer than in the previous games. This leads to a huge change here: she also has her Heel-Face Turn rather early... only to be fatally injured by her revived and brainwashed mother, Sindel, alongside many of her newfound friends. After passing away in the arms of Liu Kang, she's turned into one of Quan Chi's Revenants. In Mortal Kombat X, she's still under Quan Chi's control, and later she and Liu Kang take over the Netherrealm and rule it together. And in Mortal Kombat 11 she's seen as both the Empress of Netherrealm and as herself, like Kung Lao and Liu Kang, thanks to Kronika... and then Kitana decides to become the Khan of the Outworld to try solving the horrible problems that have taken place in it. . .
- Action Girl
- Ass Kicks You: Her Square Boost in 9. While she's had the attack in her movelist numerous times before (as the Square Wave Punch), here she propels herself through the air rear end-first with a hip drop. She also had it in X.
- Awful Truth: Shang Tsung, under the orders of Shao Kahn, created clones of her. And then, the latter tells her the whole truth. It's played differently in the timelines.
- Badass Princess
- Bare Your Midriff: In 9 and X.
- Braids of Action: In the original timeline, by the time of DA, Kitana's hair had grown out to become so long that she tied and braided it up into a lengthy ponytail.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her win pose in MK9, where she laughs and winks at the player.
- Combat Stilettos: All of her outfits have these.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Mortal Kombat 9, she's the focus of Chapter 9.
- Designated Girl Fight: With Mileena. Justified since, between the two, It's Personal.
- Detached Sleeves: Her alt. in 9.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Passes away in Liu Kang's arms after a heartwrenching speech to him, moments after Sindel kills most of Raiden's warriors in 9.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Kitana from MK2/3.
- Every Girl Is Cuter With Hair Decs: Usually adorns her hair with ribbons or hairbands, depending on the game.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Face-Heel Turn: She's forcibly revived as one of the Revenants at the end of 9, and stays as such through X. She claims that Evil Feels Good, since she can finally kick puppies instead of being the kicked pupper, but her Arcade Ending implies that she's not as "happy" as she claims to be.
- Fan Service Pack: Starting in Deadly Alliance (for example, both of her outfits have plunging necklines), but it's taken up a few notches in 9, where Kitana sports her most revealing outfit to date.
- Foot Popping: When delivering her Kiss of Death.
- Heartbroken Badass: In regards to Liu Kang in the original timeline.
- Hello, Nurse!: She gets lots of male and sometimes female attention in X. Liu Kang is firmly in love with her, Tremor is implied to have a huge crush on her, Kung Lao admits that he admires her a lot (which can be easily seen as him being in Unrequited Love), Jacqui has one Hell of a Stupid Sexy Flanders moment, several of her and Mileena's talks drip with incestuous subtext from Mileena's side, Ferra openly calls her pretty, etc... Johnny even uses the Trope Namer in one of their intros!
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Jade. The two have been childhood friends for nearly 10,000 years.
- High Heel Face Turn: In the original timeline, she's said to have spoken to "a Earthrealm warrior" (assumed to be Liu Kang). In 9, it's explicitly shown that Liu Kang's kindness to her played a big part on her turning on Shao Kahn.
- Hot Amazon: Liu certainly seems to think so, given his impressed reaction to her fighting skills in 9 and some of their intros in X.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: She has a brief crack at this to Sindel in 9. It didn't work.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: She delivers one to her defeated opponents as Friendship in MKII.
- Interspecies Romance: With Liu Kang. She's Edenian, he's an Earthrealm human.
- Mayfly-December Romance: As noted below, even if they did tie the knot, she'd most likely outlive him several times over. Though it seems that, in the new timeline, the Edenian longevity is either magical or scientifically induced; this means she would've made him ageless/immortal if they had the chance to be together. Still, in 11's Story Mode he has pretty much become a God and she's joined his quest. . .
- Killer Rabbit: When performing an Animality in Ultimate MK3, she turns into a white rabbit and then attacks the enemy in some savage manner.
- Kiss of Death: Which inflates the victims 'til they explode.
- Lady of War
- Leotard of Power: Mostly in her original incarnations and, in the reboot, the alternate outfits inspited in them.
- Off with His Head: One of her Fatalities.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Her Weapon of Choice and Iconic Item. They appeared to just be paper fans in MKII, but in more recent versions they strongly resemble Japanese war fans, most likely tessen.
- Mind Over Matter: She sometimes wields these weapons via telekinesis.
- Rapunzel Hair: Since Deadly Alliance.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Really Ten Thousand Years Old
- Rebellious Princess: After realizing her true origins
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Her design in 9 gives her a tiara in place of her headband from II.
- Reverse Mole: In II.
- Sensual Spandex: Her alt. in Deadly Alliance (which became her main outfit in Unchained and Armageddon). The ad for the Edenia Golf Outfitters from DA shows a closeup of her luscious backside.
- She's Got Legs
- Shiny Midnight Black: Usually, but she's also been portrayed a dark brunette a few times in the past.
- Statuesque Stunner: 5'9"
- Stripperiffic: Downplayed in the originals, taken Up to Eleven in 9, then downplayed again in X and 11 save for her Revenant and Dark Empress outfits
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Liu Kang can barely spend some happy moments before being torn apart and caught in horrible suffer. In the original timeline he's killed, and in the reboot, she dies first in his arms, right before he's accidentally killed by Raiden.. But 11 gives them the chance to defy this in the Story Mode.
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Has elements of this here and there. More prominent in the movies and 9.
- That Thing Is Not My Sibling: This is often her reaction to her "sister," Mileena.
- True-Blue Femininity: All of her outfits are blue.
- Warrior Princess: Veryt much so
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: All but stated to be considered as this in the pre-fight intros from X.
Mileena is a clone of Kitana, created by Shang Tsung's sorcery for Shao Kahn, using Tarkatan physiology. Vicious and evil, she despises Kitana, and feels that it is her own right to rule Edenia as Princess in her place.
The Emperor feared if Kitana should ever discover the truth about her past, she'd turn against him. Kahn then ordered his sorcerer Shang Tsung to create an evil, vicious, and loyal clone of Kitana who would take her place. Tsung combined Kitana's essence with a Tarkatan's to achieve this purpose. However, something went wrong and the clone's face deformed into a hideous Tarkatan's mouth. Rather than disposing of her, she was given the name Mileena and introduced as Kitana's twin sister. During Mortal Kombat II, Shao Kahn began to grow suspicious of Kitana and Mileena was ordered to watch over her sister. After finding out that Kitana was indeed conspiring with the Earthrealm warriors, Mileena attacked the princess, but Kitana proved to be the superior fighter and killed her. Damned to the Netherealm, Mileena found herself recruited by the fallen Elder God Shinnok. She served the rogue deity as a spy during Mortal Kombat Trilogy, and then assisted in Shinnok's invasion of Edenia during Mortal Kombat Gold. After Shinnok's defeat, she was again bested by Kitana and secretly locked away in an Edenian prison, perhaps in the hope that she would one day reform.
When the Dragon King, Onaga, returned during Mortal Kombat: Deception and began his own invasion of Edenia, Mileena was freed from her prison by former ally (and possible lover) Baraka. She joined Onaga, and was ordered to pose as Kitana in order to mislead the princess' armies. However, as Mileena began her deception, she also began to consider taking control of the armies for herself. After the fall of Onaga, she used those armies to take over Shao Kahn's fortress during the period before Armageddon, only to surrender it back to Kahn when the former Emperor returned and faced her.
Mileena has a slight upgrade to her story in Mortal Kombat 9, which has serious repercusions in X. She was only recently created by Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn, instead of raised alongside Kitana. While she mostly stays by Shao Kahn's side as his assassin, after he dies she takes over as the Empress... and in X is then dethroned by Shao Kahn's fomer general Kotal Kahn, which plunges the Outworld into one Hell of a civil war. Ultimately, she loses and is executed, though some X and 11 endings imply that she might find her way back to life.
- Ax Crazy
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: For completing the Challenge tower, you earn a third alt. costume for her, wearing nothing but bandages covering the naughty parts and nothing else. It is perhaps worth telling that Ed Boon apparently considers this the "substantial reward" for beating all the difficult challenges.
- Back From the Dead: During II, she fought Kitana and lost, badly. Shinnok resurrected her in Ultimate 3.
- Bare Your Midriff: Since Deception.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Her win pose in MK9, where she leaps at the screen. Even if she's fighting on The Pit.
- Breath Weapon: One of her Fatalities. Think of Bullet Seed, only with nails...
- Butter Face: She's got Kitana's body... and the jawline of Baraka. 'Nuff said.
- Cloning Blues: She was created originally to replace Kitana, but instead was made to be her watchdog.
- Combat Stilettos
- Cute Monster Girl: In X, she looks much less like a female Tarkatan and more like a beautiful woman who happens to have very weird rows of teeth on her cheeks.
- Daddy's Little Villain: All of her actions are done to appease her beloved "father," Shao Kahn.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark Chick
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: In one of her Fatalities, Mileena pulls her sais out and stabs repeatedly her opponent to death. In another, she swallows a bunch of nails, which she then spits at her opponent.
- Depraved Bisexual: Implied to be this in X, since she's said to have slept with three male followers (Baraka, Reiko and Rain) and a female one (Tanya; Tremor calls her "Mileena's concubine", and she doesn't exactly deny it). She also flirts with people of both genders in her pre-fight talks, including her "sister's" boyfriend and said "sister".
- Designated Girl Fight: With Kitana. Justified, see above.
- Detached Sleeves: Her alt. in 9.
- Distaff Counterpart: Conceptually speaking, she and Kitana where introduced into the games as the female equivalents of Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Mileena from MK3, with a change in one of her moves.
- Dragon Ascendant: Strangely, this is a major role she carries in Outworld's hierarchy, according to MK9. She will be the next to succeed Shao Kahn's throne should the emperor fall. Given how immature her mind is, this would place Outworld in a very odd situation to say the least... It becomes true in X: while she's more mature, she's also quite the Inadequate Inheritor, which leads to her father's former general Kotal Kahn questioning her brightright and to the Civil War.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette/Shiny Midnight Black: Not that pale, but she has the creepy factor down pat.
- Energy Weapon: She can use energy-imbued sais as a projectile attack.
- Everythings Smellier With Skunks: She could turn into one as her Animality in Ultimate MK3. Cue poisonous fart.
- Evil Counterpart, Evil Knockoff AND Evil Twin: To Kitana.
- Fan Disservice: Hot as hell until you see her lower face.
- In MK9, the big reward for completing the 300 challenges is a "naked with bandages in strategic places" costume for her, which is the same costume she's wearing when she fights Kitana in Kitana's chapter. Oh, and said "strategic places" don't include her face.
- Her veil in Deception/Armageddon was so opaque, that you couldn't see her mouth during gameplay. Even though it was made so in every artwork of hers for said games.
- Downplayed in X: she's redesigned to look much more human and even can be seen as cute, save for the row of teeth on her cheeks. There's a scene that fits here through and through, however: when D'Vorah executes her via a Kiss of Death where she forcibly shoves flesh-eating insects down her mouth, which tear her apart.. Cassie cannot help commenting on how gross this scene is, and she can't be blamed.
- Fan Service Pack: Starting in Deception. If skin is to be barred, Mileena will most likely be the frontrunner in the pushing the envelope race.
- Flanderization: The developers took the aspect of her character having half-Tarkatan teeth and really played it up in MK9...
- Foe Yay: Towards Kitana, natch. Her Deception bio even has Mileena note that her hatred of Kitana consumes her every thought. Seems to be absent in 9, and then it goes Up to Eleven in X with dialogues that all but go into incestuous feelings.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has such strong feelings over her beloved teddy bear that she fights Scorpion over it.
- Green Thumb: As a Friendship in MKII, Mileena plants a seed that turns into a flower.
- Has Two Daddies: In a sense. Shang Tsung may have created her under Shao Kahn's orders, but Mileena is undoubtedly devoted to Kahn instead.
- Heel Face Turn: In Kitana's Arcade Ladder ending in 9. Had her sister been able to accept her in these days, Mileena would've jumped at the chance.
- Hellish Pupils: In 9, perhaps to better show off her Tarkatan features. Combined with Eyes of Gold normally, and Red Eyes, Take Warning in her alt.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Used in a wide array of special moves and fatalities related to this. One of her stances in X, Ravenous, gives her biting attacks.
- Jail Bait: Technically in 9, as she is fully formed right out of the lab.
- Kiss Kiss Slap: With Baraka. Or perhaps it's the other way around?
- Let's Dance: Her opening line in Mortal Kombat 9. She also uses a variation when confronting Taven in Armageddon's Konquest Mode:
"Care to dance?"
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: In... one way, huh...
- Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Her Friendship in Ultimate, followed by a comment from Shao Kahn: "Pretty."
- More Teeth Than the Osmond Family: Due to her status as half-Tarkatan.
- Ms. Fanservice: To the point of posing topless (in her Deception alt., one of her skimpiest outfits to date; her nipples were tastefully covered by her sais) for Playboy. See "Stripperiffic" below.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Well, she posed as Kitana between Deception and Armageddon, and at least wears pink.
- Progressively Prettier: In Deception and Armageddon, her teeth were resized almost to the point of Cute Little Fangs. In X, as said above, she looks like a beautiful model who happens to have a Glasgow Grin.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Her bio in Mortal Kombat 9 states that she's this. She even tells Stryker in an exchange (during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm) that she's looking for a new playmate. As said below, she has just been created and awakened so the trope is completely justified.
- Retcon: The earlier games suggested Mileena was raised alongside Kitana, while 9 involves her being created during the events of Mortal Kombat 2.
- Sai Gal: Easily an iconic trait of the character.
- She's Got Legs
- Spin Attack: Like Kano and Reptile, she's able to curl up into a ball and launch herself at foes.
- The Starscream: Her ending in MKII shows her taking over, to start with.
- During Deception and before Armageddon, she also uses Kitana and Shao Kahn's deaths to her advantage and starts plotting to take over the realms.
- Statuesque Stunner: Could probably be seen as a Double Subversion, seeing as Mileena provides both Fan Service and Fan Disservice.
- Stripperiffic: In a series of mostly stripperiffic characters, her costumes stand out the most—to the point that she actually appeared in a special edition of Playboy featuring video game characters, donning her Deception's alternate outfit. Luckily, her veil was still on. When you think of it though, she has quite a Freudian Excuse to do so: she's likely to wear more revealing and provocative clothing than her "sister" Kitana as a form of compensation for her very, very horrifying face--the lower face at least.
- In X, the whole fanservice deal is toned down (though not eliminated)... and yet Mileena stays as the most fanservicy of the female characters there.
- Teleport Spam
- Underboobs: In Deception and Armageddon. She was a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.
- Underwear of Power: As an alt. costume.
- The Vamp: One of the more fanservice-y characters.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She mysteriously disappears during MK9's story mode.
- Yandere: In X, she has traces of this towards Liu Kang... and Kitana. On one hand Mileena implies that she wants Liu Kang as her lover, even when he clearly hates her. On the other, several of her pre-fight talks to Kitana drip with incestuous subtext, which naturally make Kitan's skin crawl.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Type II in her Arcade Ladder ending in 9.
Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs
Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs was the first African-American character in the Mortal Kombat series and an archetypical American hero. Leader of the Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA), he is an extremely capable fighter when it comes to protecting Earthrealm. His most prominent traits are his cybernetically-enhanced arms.
Prior the start of the series, Jax was a member of the Special Forces and was dedicated to the dismantling of the Black Dragon Clan. He almost succeeded: after disposing of the rest of their members, Jax faced the clan's leader Kano and beat him in combat. Kano was captured, but the criminal escaped at a later date. Following the events of Mortal Kombat, Briggs went in search of both the escaped Kano and Lt. Sonya Blade. He confronted Johnny Cage about the tournament, but at first didn't believe Cage's claims. However, after receiving a video signal from Sonya herself, he visited Johnny at a commercial shoot with the intent to apologize to Cage for not believing him. Jax found the actor fighting a horde of Tarkatans led by Kintaro; he helped fight off the intruders until the other Earthrealm warriors showed up to help. Afterwards Jax traveled into Outworld to compete in the next tournament along with the Earthrealm warriors in hopes of finding Sonya and Kano. Here, Jax soon came to learn of the Emperor Shao Kahn's plans for Earthrealm. He was successful in freeing Sonya, but not only did Kano escape once more, the Earth government did not believe the Major's warnings. Jax began to prepare for the imminent conflict, and donned himself bionic implants. When Kahn come to Earth, Jackson Briggs was ready for it.
After Shao Kahn's attempt at claiming Earthrealm failed, Jax became the commanding officer of the Outer World Investigation Agency; OIA was not only assigned to explore and map other realms, but were also committed to the destruction of portals that could lead to Earth. After briefly assisting Raiden in the defeat of Shinnok in Edenia, Jax and Sonya found the Lin Kuei cyborg Cyrax, malfunctioning and trapped in a desert. Returning with him to their home base, they restored his humanity and gained a new ally. Years later, trouble would occur again, as not only were agents Kenshi and Cyrax lost in Outworld, but the OIA underground facility was nuked into oblivion by the traitor Hsu Hao. Jax tracked him in Outworld and killed the Red Dragon member. Afterward, he was among the group of warriors who made a final stand against the Deadly Alliance of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, but was unfortunately killed in the ensuing fight along with the rest of his allies. He, like his friends, was eventually found by Onaga and revived as a mindless drone.
Jax is pretty much the same hardass as always in Mortal Kombat 9, but with SEVERAL changes to his story. First, he's the one captured and Sonya has to bail him out, and then she's taken into Outworld and he decides to return the favor. Second, his arms are gruesomely ripped out by Ermac in the torunament, so he has to get his Artificial Limbs out of need. Third, he's one of the slain heroes then turned into Revenants, spending several years enslaved by Quan Chi until he's revived. All of this takes a huge toll on him, and in Mortal Kombat X he has retired and is living in a nice farm in the USA with his wife Vera. However, he ultimately returns to action to protect his beloved daughter Jacqueline aka Jacqui.
- All-American Face: He even pulls out the American flag and wraps it around him in his MK9 win pose!
- Angry Black Man: Before his arm transplant his only power was being a big black man. That and firing energy blasts.
- Artificial Limbs
- Bald of Awesome: In his appearance in MK vs. DC.
- The Big Guy of the Five-Man Band
- Blue Oni: To Sonya.
- Call to Agriculture: In the X comics and early in the X game. He later comes back, however.
- Catch Phrase: "Gotcha!". Later installments also add "Oh yeah!" or "Aww yeah!"
- Cool Guns: Gets a pretty sweet assault rifle/machine gun from the time of Deadly Alliance to vs. DCU, which is strapped to his back. Appropriately, his main costume in DA and Armageddon comes complete with a Badass Bandolier.
- Cyborg: From Mortal Kombat 3 onwards.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: What happens to him in his endings in Armageddon and DC Universe.
- Da Chief: To Sonya.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Depending on the Writer: Jax is supposed to be Sonya's level-headed CO and an atypical American hero, but this characterization doesn't always stick from game to game. Special Forces and Deadly Alliance made Jax akin to that of a Blaxploitation character. Shaolin Monks and especially vs. DCU show him as very cool-headed and sagely, putting him more in line with his intended personality. On top of that vs. DCU gives him shades of being a Spirited Competitor as well. 9 strays closer to the original trilogy, but also depicts Jax as brash, gung-ho, and gives him a bit of a nasty temper - especially regarding Johnny. In X he's much Older and Wiser (except regarding Jacqui), though quite traumatised by the shit that happened to him in 9.
- Dual Tonfas: Wielded them as a weapon style starting in Deadly Alliance.
- Genius Bruiser: A tech wiz. His expertise with computers is almost singlehandedly responsible for the respective Heel Face Turns of Cyrax in 4/Gold and Cyber Sub-Zero in 9.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: One of his past fatalities.
- Good Looking Privates: He's quite the Hunk indeed.
- Good Parents: His and Vera's daughter, Jacqui, is his world. He's quite protective of her and is very unhappy when she becomes a member of the Special Forces, but he clearly adores her and she loves him back just as much.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He smokes cigars in X, and looks damn cool while at it. In a Black Comedy moment, in one of his fatalities he can use the opponent's corpse as an ashtray.
- King of Beasts: Jax can turn into a Lion as his Animality in MK3.
- Lightning Bruiser: In 3 and UMK3
- Megaton Punch: As a special move.
- Mighty Glacier: In 9.
- Neck Lift: One of his special moves, that follows with him punching the enemy multiple times.
- Nice Hat: Both his regular and alternate outfits from Deadly Alliance and Armageddon sport one.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In his MK9 ending, he uses a new cyber scanner to track down the Big Bad's remaining forces. While in the virtual reality interface, he ends up connecting to the cybernetics in Kano's eye. Jax beats up Kano in cyberspace and traps his consciousness inside the Special Forces mainframe, supposedly trapping him forever. In Kano's ending, it's revealed that after this, he manages to break free as he gains control over all of the Special Forces weapons systems, basically becoming Skynet..
- Overprotective Dad: According to Johnny, when he told Jax that Jacqui had joined the Sepcial Forces, Jax broke his jaw with a single punch. He's also not super happy regarding her and Takeda.
- Papa Wolf: No. One. Shall. Ever. Threaten. Jacqui. Gotcha?
- Pure Energy: He can throw purple energy waves as projectiles in some games.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Piston Punch.
- Retcon: In the original timeline, he voluntarily changed his arms to cybernetic ones in order to be able to better combat the Outworld forces. In the MK9 timeline, Ermac destroyed his human arms, and they had to be replaced with cybernetic ones.
- Retired Badass: In X, Jax's terrible trauma after losing his arms, being killed, and then being a revenant leads him to retire from the military and into his family farm. It doesn't last super long, however.
- Rocket Punch: In MK vs. DC, he could shoot missiles out of his bionic arms.
- Scary Black Man: Largely averted. He's actually level-headed and easily approachable. Piss him off, however, and the trope is then played painfully straight.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Tells Cage this about his relationship with Sonya; it's a strictly professional one, with Jax only acting as her CO. He had a... quibble with Cage for that. Plus, the X comics reveal that he's Happily Married to a civilian lady named Vera, the mother of their daughter Jacqui.
- Shockwave Stomp: Jax can punch the ground hard enough to shake the whole area, damaging his opponent.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him: Averted, even for one of his fatalities.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Shades of it, including a backbreaker during his X-Ray in 9.
- Your Head Asplode: He does this in his early fatalities.
A mean, unforgiving, and unpredictable warrior, Baraka belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkatans: in the original timeline they were a crossbreed between Netherealm demons and denizens of Outworld, but they're shown as an independent race in the new timeline. Whatever their origins are, all of them plus Baraka himself possess long blades extending from his forearms that he uses to nasty effects in battle.
In the events leading up to Mortal Kombat II, Baraka led the attack on the Shaolin Temple in Earthrealm, which spurred Liu Kang to seek vengeance in Outworld as predicted by his master, Shao Kahn. During the ensuing tournament, Baraka partnered with Mileena, herself part-Tarkata, to overthrow the Emperor and rule together, but Mileena was murdered and Baraka fleed to the lowlands of Outworld. In the time prior to the events of Mortal Kombat Gold, Baraka encountered the necromancer Quan Chi while wandering through Edenia. Quan Chi offered Baraka a chance to rule the realm at his side if he agreed to join the army of Shinnok. Eager for battle, he readily accepted. Once again Baraka planned to betray his new masters, but after Shinnok was defeated by Liu Kang, his opportunity was lost once again.
After the Deadly Alliance was defeated by the rised Onaga, Baraka and his Tarkata horde joined the Dragon King. After freeing Mileena from her prison, Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks. Posing as her sister Kitana, she misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against Baraka's Tarkatan raiding parties, thus giving time to Onaga for him to complete his schemes. However, Mileena gave command of Kitana's army to Bo' Rai Cho, and under his command a lot of Tarkatans warriors where killed, angering Baraka. In the end, Onaga was defeated, Baraka finding himself once more allied with the losing faction.
Baraka is basically unchanged during the events of Mortal Kombat 9. In Mortal Kombat X he supports Mileena's side in the Civil War (and is maybe her only completely sincere supporter, being her fellow Tarkatan), but the Story Mode shows that he was killed by D'Vorah before the story itself took off. He's seen in Mortal Kombat 11, thanks to Kronika messing around with the timeline and bringing a younger Baraka to her side. But there's a chance that he may be swayed away from her. . .
- Always Chaotic Evil: His species, the Tarkatans, are said to be like this. While downplayed in 11's Story Mode (thanks to Kitana managing to somewhat reason with him and earn the Tarkata's loyalties), his own ending plays it horribly straight.
- An Arm and a Leg: In one of his fatalities from Deception, Baraka uses his blades to slices the arms, legs, and neck of his victim. He then stabs the torso and rips it out...
- Anti-Villain: In 11, he's shown as being determined to protect the Tarkatas no matter what. But since the Tarkatans are, well, what they are...
- Arch Enemy: Seems to be this to Kung Lao, judging by Shaolin Monks and Armageddon's intro cinematics. In fact, it is Kung Lao who manages to kill him in the end, judging by the intro to 9. And then there's D'Vorah, whom he LOATHES because the one brought by Kronika knows what she did to the original one of the line. . .
- Audible Sharpness: His Tarkata blades. Think of them like Wolverine's claws.
- Ax Crazy
- Bald of Evil: Another trait that seem to be part of his species.
- The Berserker
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: For his appearance in Trilogy, Baraka was given the ability to turn into a vulture to finish off his opponent as Animality.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Like all Tarkatans, Baraka sports twin razor-sharp blades in his arms.
- Brain Food: In one of his 11 fatalities, he rips out the rival's brains and eats them onscreen. EWWWWW.
- Butter Face: A male example. Has a muscular, saliently sculpted body... but the face is anything but attractive...
- Cannibal Clan: According to Jade's ending in Deception, Tarkatans will viciously attack and devour any Tarkatan from foreign tribes. Tanya, being smeared with Tarkatan essence by Jade while standing with Baraka and his horde, learns this the hard way. It's also heavily hinted through the series that Tarkatans aren't afraid of eating regular people as well, and it's definitely confirmed in 11 where Baraka literally eats brains.
- The Comically Serious: Comes off as this in some 11 dialogues, since he seems to be unable to understand any kind of sarcasm
- Even Evil Has Standards: His MK Gold ending sees he and the now god Quan Chi conquer Edenia. Baraka is fine and happy, until Quan Chi then murders everybody. Baraka finds this completely insane and calls Quan Chi a madman. Unsurprisingly, Baraka doesn't live long after that.
- Eye Scream: His X-Ray move in MK9 has him impale his foe on one blade and use the other to stab their throat, and finally their eye.
- Graceful Loser: There's ONE way to truly earn Baraka's respect - defeating him in battle. Kitanas use this to her favor in 11, making him pledge himself to her cause after she bests him.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nearly every one of his endings suggests this.
- Half-Human Hybrid: It is said that Tarkatans are half-Outworld humans and half-Demons. Explains why they are all Always Chaotic Evil.
- That's in the original timeline, in the new one the Tarkatans are their own race.
- Half the Man He Used To Be: Courtesy of Kung Lao at the end of 3. In Gold, he's held together with large metal staples. By Deception, he's back to normal.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In MKII, Baraka could finish his opponents by lifting them with and letting them slide down his blades, while the victim screams and flails about helplessly before expiring.
- Jerkass: Almost no one likes Baraka. This is the reason why.
- Jobber: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during 9's story mode to get beaten up. Taken to its natural limit in X, where D'Vorah kills him.
- Killed Off for Real: He was a Posthumous Character in X, as he died at D'Vorah's hands before the story properly began. And then he's shown to be in the roster for MK 11 -. or better said, his younger self is...
- Kiss Kiss Slap: With Mileena. This being Mortal Kombat, and with both of them being Always Chaotic Evil, the "Kisses" are plots to rule Outworld together as king and queen, and the "Slaps" are betrayal and brutal attempts at murder.
- More Teeth Than the Osmond Family
- Nightmare Face: Oooh boy... Tarkatans are all about this trope.
- The Nose Knows: According to his ending in Deception, all Tarkatans have a really keen sense of smell. His ending depicts this in more detail: Shang Tsung's impersonation of Shao Kahn was was near perfect... but then Baraka realized the differences in smell and rebelled against him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a vicious, animalistic monster... and still Shao Kahn's most trusted general. It's shown well in his MK9 ladder ending: It's revealed that the Shao Kahn he killed was Shang Tsung, who had transformed into the emperor. It seemingly fooled everybody except him. The Tarkatans became Shao Kahn's favored race thanks to his loyalty!
- Off with His Head: A classic Fatality for him is to use one of his blades to cut his opponent's head off in one clean slice. Even his own head, as an Hara-kiri in Deception.
- Pointy Ears
- Spin Attack: In Trilogy, Baraka could spin like a top with his blades extended as a special move.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Mileena.
- Sword Drag: His "between rounds" victory animation in MK9 is him dragging an arm blade on the ground and snarling.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Things go a liiiiiittle bit better for him in 11, but only after Kitana sways him to her cause.
- Undying Loyalty: The Tarkatans, who have been nearly universally hated and despised in Outworld, tend to have this towards leaders who both are immensely strong AND give them respect. In 11, Baraka ends up pledging himself to Kitana's cause - but only when defeated, and he's still a Jerkass afterwards.
A member of the same Shaolin order as Liu Kang, Kung Lao is the descendant of the Great Kung Lao who defeated Shang Tsung many generations before. His trademark feature is his razor-brimmed hat, which he can throw as a weapon.
Kung Lao is a quiet man who does not advocate violence or conflict. As such, he decided to omit himself from the Mortal Kombat tournament that Liu Kang attended and subsequently won (though this is retconned in 9). Later on, the Shaolin temple was attacked by Outworld monsters and Kung Lao decided that now was the time to act and stepped through the portal to Outworld to fight off the evil alongside Liu Kang. Upon returning from their success in Outworld, Kung Lao attempted to reunite the White Lotus Society, but was derailed when Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm. Chosen as one of Raiden's protected warriors, he once again left his life of peace to defend Earthrealm from Outworld.
After driving back Shao Kahn's invasion, Kung Lao decided to retire to a solitary existence and led his companions to believe he perished from injury. When word of Shinnok's ambition reaches him along with rumors that Goro, the man who had killed his namesake ancestor, is still living he returns to battle. He encounters Goro but rather than come to blows, the two warriors come to peace and end generations of bitterness. Kung Lao was the first to discover Liu Kang's body following Shang Tsung and Quan Chi's ambush and swears vengeance. He trains himself under the same master as Liu Kang with the hopes that his newfound skill would bring justice. Unfortunately, this was not the case and he would find himself unable to stand against Tsung and was vanquished. He was revived to serve Onaga's goals during Deception but frees his spirit in time to climb the pyramid in Armageddon.
Kung Lao's story changes quite dramatically in Mortal Kombat 9. He still sees Liu Kang as his best friend and sworn brother, but at the same time feels that he's The Unfavorite compared to Liu. He disguises himself as a guard to get in the first tournament (like in Shaolin Monks), but is found out by Raiden and forced to fight Scorpion so he'll be booted out. Later Raiden changes his mind and lets Kung Lao compete in the Outworld from the very beginning, and he actually wins the new tournament via fighting his way through and defeating Goro and Kintaro. Bad thing, Shao Kahn sneaks behind Kung Lao right after he defeats Kintaro and kills him via snapping the poor guy's neck, much to Raiden and especially Liu Kang's heartbroken anger. Later he's revived as a Revenant under Quan Chi's thumb, and remains as such through Mortal Kombat X; his ending states that, unlike Liu Kang and Kitana, he hates being a Revenant and doesn't want to stay in the Netherrealm.. And according to MK 11, his younger and non-Revenant self is brought by Kronika into the action - and like Liu Kang and others, he ends up breaking off from her.
Kung Lao has a younger nephew (originally cousin) named Kung Jin, who views him as an older brother figure and is a rather important character in Mortal Kombat X.
- Always Someone Better: Towards Liu Kang in Armageddon, and slightly in 9 as well. Extremely blatant in Shaolin Monks, to a borderline parody level.
- Badass Long Hair/Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As seen in 4 and Deadly Alliance. Mixed with Braids of Action in X.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kung Jin, especially when they were younger. In the X Story Mode, Kung Jin blames Raiden for Kung Lao's death and is heartbroken when he sees him as a Revenant.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Mortal Kombat 9, he's the focus of Chapter 11. Doubling as A Death in the Limelight, sadly.
- Anti-Villain: When one of the Revenants, like Liu Kang and Kitana, he's vengeful and angry. Unlike them, he believes that Being Evil Sucks and does NOT want to stay as a zombie trapped in the Netherrealm. His and Kung Jin's endings imply that there is hope for him to escape this grim fate. (Ultimately, he and other Revenants are destroyed by Fire God Liu Kang)
- Dressing as the Enemy: According to both Shaolin Monks and 9, Kung Lao disguised himself as one of Shang Tsung's bodyguards to infiltrate the first game's tournament. In the first, he willingly ditches the disguise to rescue Liu Kang when he's overwhelmed by the enemy; latter, one of Raiden's "hot flashes" tips him off to this, causing the thunder god to berate the monk and force him into battle against Scorpion so that he'd lose and be disqualified.
- Faking the Dead: He was apparently killed by Shao Kahn during Trilogy. He survived, but for a time allowed his allies to believe him dead. In the new timeline, however, he is really killed, and then forcibly made into a Revenant.
- Famous Ancestor/Named After Somebody Famous: The descendant of the Great Kung Lao, the Champion of Mortal Kombat who prevented Shang Tsung's tenth victory ages ago and was eventually killed by Goro. This Kung Lao is Kung Lao X.
- In his arcade ending in 9, it turns out he's actually the Great Kung Lao reincarnate. Ermac confirms it in X.
- Heroic Neutral: In the original. While a key player in the battle against evil, at his core, he is a man of peace and would prefer to live a life of solitude and tranquility, only fighting when it's really needed or when It's Personal.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Liu Kang. Shaolin Monks goes the Vitriolic Best Buds route (moreso from Kung Lao's side), whereas 9 and the X / 11 pre-fight talks try to strike a fine balance: they see each other as brothers, and even refer to one another as such, but Kung Lao is still unhappy over his "big bro" being the most famous one. Kung Jin even accuses Liu Kang of being a Big Brother Bully to Kung Lao in X! And then there are his ending in 11 (where he becomes The Ace and finishes the end with an hilarious "suck on THAT, Liu Kang!") and his cameo in Liu's (where Lao is among the ones who become Elder Gods with Liu (the others being Kitana, Raiden and Bo'Rai'Cho)
- Killer Rabbit: Literally! Two of his Vs. Fatalities in Shaolin Monks involve him pulling a rabbit out of his hat; the first has him beat them to death with it, the second has the rabbit viciously maul them until they're dead.
- The Lancer: to Liu Kang
- Martial Pacifist
- Nice Hat: It also doubles as a weapon!
- Panthera Awesome: He turns into a cheetah for his Animality.
- Offscreen Teleportation
- Refusal of the Call: Original canon only; in both Shaolin Monks and 9, he decides to disguise himself as a bodyguard and head to the MK tournament anyway (however, the latter gives him a justifiable reason, by having Kung Lao wanting to defeat Goro to avenge his ancestor).
- Reincarnation: His MK9 arcade ending reveals that he is The Great Kung Lao reborn in the modern day, which also means he got the chance to redeem his loss against Goro from 500 years ago.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's the first to discover Liu Kang's corpse when Shang Tsung and Quan Chi kill Liu Kang in Deadly Alliance. He doesn't take it well, and trains with Bo' Rai Cho to learn some new tricks to defeat the two. It... doesn't quite work out the way Kung Lao intended.
- The Rival: To Liu Kang, in Shaolin Monks.
- The Smart Guy of the Five-Man Band
- Spin Attack
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Warrior Monk
Jade is Kitana's best friend and bodyguard. Although loyal to Shao Kahn at first, she later joins Earthrealm's champions when Kitana defects.
She pretty much has the same storyline in Mortal Kombat 9, until she, alongside Kitana, is murdered by the revived Sindel and made into a Revenant. However, she's implied to have been killed again or at least taken out of action before X takes place, as she's not there with the other Revenants and one of Kitana's stances, named "Mournful", includes her using Jade's staff.. She appears as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11 as both her Revenant self and as a younger, untainted version of herself bought by Kronika - who ends up turning against her and joining Kitana's side. And last but not least, it's revealed that she had a lover in this continuity: none other than Kotal Kahn.
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Brown: Any time Jade is brought up in a discussion online, the speculation for her race/ethnicity ranges from Black, to Latina, to Asian, to Middle Eastern, to Southeast Asian... you get the idea. Most people tend to lean on "Black." One must keep in mind that Edenians might not even have those kind of ethnic distinctions in the first place and that Edenia itself has a very Middle Eastern feel (meaning that calling Jade most of the above races are all palpable).
- Arch Enemy: Jade does not take betrayal well. Tanya needs to sleep with one eye open, because Jade is having none of that crap.
- Bare Your Midriff: Ever since Deception, she's bound to have one outfit like this.
- Battle Boomerang: Well, more like "razorang", but close enough.
- Bodyguard Babes: Personally serves as Kitana's. Doubles as Bodyguarding a Badass.
- Bonus Boss: Klassic Jade in "Goro's Lair" in 9.
- Braids of Action: Her alternate in 9. Coupled with the bikini she dons, she's a dead ringer for a darker-skinned Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi.
- But Not Too Black: Her skin tone has always been brown, but in the official art and renders for Mortal Kombat 9 for some reason, she's barely tan. Her MK3 retro skin also qualifies, but this is due to Lazy Artist since that skin is also applied to Mileena, except the clothes are purple. In 11, however, she's again quite darker,
- Color Character/Meaningful Name: Not only does Jade favor green as the primary coloration of her attire, she also sports a rather striking pair of Green Eyes.
- Combat Stilettos
- A Day in the Limelight: In Mortal Kombat 9, she's the focus of Chapter 10.
- Designated Girl Fight: With Tanya.
- Distaff Counterpart: If Kitana and Mileena are conceptually counterparts to Sub-Zero and Scorpion, then Jade has got to be one to Reptile.
- Downloadable Content: Klassic Jade from MK2/3.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her alternate costume in Deception.
- Groin Attack: The first part of her X-ray in 9, delivered with her staff from behind.
- Fan Service Pack: In Deception. Like the others, it continues on to Armageddon and 9. On top of this, her victory pose in 9 (should the player choose to not perform a Fatality) has Jade doing a pole dance with her staff for everyone's viewing pleasure.
- Hammerspace: Jade's staff is bigger than her.
- Averted in MK9, where Jade holds the staff in her hand at all times. It's shown to extend and shrink in a manner similar to Goku's Power Pole.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Kitana (see above). This is perhaps driven home by her post-battle exchange with Mileena in 9's Story Mode ("I am more of a sister to Kitana than you.").
- Leotard of Power
- Missed the Call: Jade wanted to aid Kitana and the others during Deadly Alliance, but was a bit late in joining up with them. This actually saved Jade's life in a Slept Through the Apocalypse-esque manner, as she was not slain by the Tarkatan horde and subsequently revived to do Onaga's bidding.
- No Sell: In MKII, Jade had complete immunity to projectiles: they simply go right through her. From Ultimate 3 onward, she has a special that allows projectiles to phase through her. Klassic Jade in 9 retains the full invulnerability she possessed back in II.
- Patriotic Fervor: Heavily implied, at the very least. She's the general of both the Edenian Resistance and the Edenian Freedom Fighters and the bracelets she wears are a symbol of her unshakable loyalty to Edenia. While normally warm and friendly to her allies and loved ones, she most definitely doesn't take kindly to traitors to her homeland, as seen with Rain and (most prominently) Tanya.
- Race Lift: All over the place. Jade started out as a clearly Black palette swap of Kitana, then was Asian in the movie, before finally settling on the Ambiguously Brown scheme.
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Same deal as Kitana.
- Secret Character: She demanded that you win the fight before the ? in one player mode using only low kicks.
- She's Got Legs
- Shiny Midnight Black
- Spinning Out of Here: In Deception, she gains a move called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent. Kitana and Khameleon would borrow this move in Armageddon.
- Simple Staff: Usually.
- Blade on a Stick: In Deception.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She was in this situation with the current Khan of Outworld, Ko'atan alias Kotal Kahn. They loved one another a lot, but she was killed alongside other warriors while he was a prisoner of Shao Kahn, and she became The Lost Lenore. Fortunately, the Story Mode gives them a second chance: the Jade brought by Kronika is still in love with Kotal, so they're reunited - and while they have more than one disagreement (since he's become harder than she remembers him), they ultimately stay together.
- Stripperific: Not only her costume and such; her non-Fatality win animation in MK9 features her planting her staff upright in the ground and twirling around it like a stripper pole. Downplayed in 11, where she has a still form-fitting but far less revealing primary outfit - but one of her alters is more fanservicy.
- Third Person Seductress: This speaks volumes. Apparently, Jade was kind enough to let us know that her BWH measurements are 36-24-36 and that her astrological sign is Scorpio. (This is something of an example of Informed Attractiveness; Video Game Vixens probably shouldn't be counted as canon and while Jade is indeed a curvy beauty, she's neither wasp-waisted nor more buxom than the other females as they all pretty much have the same perfect figure.)
- Underwear of Power: As her primary costume in Deception.
Formerly a deadly Lin Kuei assassin from Prague named Tomas Vrbada, Smoke was forced against his will to become a cyborg assassin. However unlike other warriors converted into killing machines he retained his soul which constantly battles against his programming to assert Smokes freewill.
During the second tournament in Outworld, Smoke was assigned to aid the sixth Sub-Zero in his assassination of Shang Tsung. The mission was unsuccessful but the two did aid the Earthrealm warriors against Shao Khan. Returning home to find the Lin Kuei planned to convert their members into cyborgs, Smoke and Sub-Zero fled to avoid being turned into machines. Unfortunately Smoke was captured and then forcibly made into a cyborg assassin. Sent after his former friend Sub-Zero, he eventually realised he still had a soul and overcame his programming. Despite aiding his ally in Cyrax and Sektor's defeat, Smoke was captured by Shao Kahn's forces.
Taken as a trophy to Outworld, he rotted in Kahn's dungeon deactivated until revived by the evil Noob Saibot to be his ally against his will. Noob intends to use Smoke as a template for a cyber-demonic army. But there have been signs that his true nature remains.
Smoke's story is probably the one which most dramatically changed in Mortal Kombat 9 when compared to his previous incarnation. As Tomas Vrbada, he was ritually killed by a cult at a very early age, then his vengeful soul (named Enenra) killed his murderers. Traumatized by this, Tomas/Enenra lost all of his memories and then was taken in by the Lin Kuei, which renamed him as Smoke. In the present, he is not made into a Cyborg and manages to join Raiden's group... but he's killed alongside Cyborg Sub-Zero and their other companions, and then revived into a Revenant with them.
Tropes related with Human!Smoke (MKII/UMK3/MKT/MK9)
- Anime Hair: His MK9 design.
- Battle Aura: His body emits a constant fume of smoke. His cyborg form does the same, but this is by artificial means.
- Bonus Boss: Klassic Smoke in "The Living Forest" in 9.
- Canon Name: Tomas Vrbada.
- A Day in the Limelight: In Mortal Kombat 9, he's the focus of Chapter 7.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Smoke from II.
- Fan Service Pack: He's notoriously more handsome in 9.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With the younger Sub-Zero. Smoke considers Sub-Zero to be like a brother to him.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Shows some shades of this in 9. When his friend is captured by the Lin Kuei to be automated, he almost blows his cover, risking his own capture. Later, after Jade defeats Mileena and attempts to contact Raiden, Smoke believes that Jade just knocked out Kitana and challenges her to a battle, despite Jade and Raiden telling him otherwise (given his words, it's likely that he perceived Jade's relationship with Kitana to mirror that of his own with his friend).
- Mr. Fanservice: The moment his design from 9 was revealed, Smoke gained MANY female fans. It's not a joke
- Meaningful Name
- Mysterious Past: According to his bio in 9, Smoke has no memory of his childhood and hopes that his time with the Lin Kuei will help him uncover his past and the origin of his powers. In his Arcade Ladder ending in 9, he remembers this: as a child, he was sacrificed to a demon by an unknown cult, returning to life as an Enenra, a creature made of smoke and vapor, and slaughtering the ones who killed him.
- Potty Failure: His Babality in Mortal Kombat 9.
- Secret Character: In MKII, he required you be at the Portal. Whenever you uppercut, sometimes sound designer Dan Forden appears in the corner saying "Toasty!". If you're on the portal, hit Down and Start at the same time.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: According to 9, Smoke was born in the Czech Republic. That's right, a Slavic McNinja.
- Super Smoke
- Smoke Out: Inverted in 9, where he throws a wispy projectile at the ground. If it connects with his opponent, they are forcibly transported into the air.
- Super Speed: In his MKII appearance, he was a Scorpion clone who had three distinguishing features: the smoke coming from his body, his throwing, and his insane speed.
- Teleport Spam
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In 9, he gets:
1. To escape his fate from the original canon and stay human.
2. More unique specials.
3. His own chapter in Story Mode.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Too bad that...
4. He's brutally offed by Sindel.
5. He's resurrected by Quan Chi to serve him in the Netherrealm.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Too bad that...
- White-Haired Pretty Boy
- A Worldwide Punomenon: His pre-battle quote in 9, reproduced above.
- The Worf Effect: A less severe case. In his chapter of Story Mode, he faces off Kitana and Sektor and triumphs without much difficulty. When they meet again (Kitana and Nightwolf's chapters, respectively), Kitana beats him alongside Cage, and Sektor treats Smoke like a ragdoll, with Smoke being unable to successfully land a blow before Sektor gets him into a chokehold and Nightwolf has to intervene.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In 9, the first part of him X-Ray move has him German suplexing his opponent. He then turns around and kicks them hard in the face while telling them to "Stay down."
Tropes related with Cyber!Smoke (every other game, also UMK3/MKT)
- A Load of Bull: His Animality.
- Assimilation Plot: His ending in Armageddon.
- Assist Character: Becomes one to Noob Saibot in Deception.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: In Deception and Armageddon, he has no weapon. In Deception, this was because he was a tag team with Noob, but in Armageddon, he doesn't pick up a weapon after Sub-Zero frees him from Noob's control. Instead, he has two unarmed fighting styles, Mi Tzu and Judo.
- Cool Mask: His alt. in Deception (later his default costume in Armageddon).
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He's the most obvious subversion in the series. His personality and identity are suppressed, but his soul is still intact. However, while Cyrax and Sektor could not be detected by Shao Kahn for their lack of souls, Smoke did, though his couldn't be stolen as he was one of Raiden's chosen warriors, but It Got Worse for him: even his later reprogramming by Noob Saibot is implied to not be sticking.
- Dead Guy on Display: After Mortal Kombat 3, Shao Kahn kept his deactivated body as a trophy.
- Eat the Bomb: One of his Fatalities in MK3.
- Earthshattering Kaboom Used as an (obviously non-canon) Fatality.
- Fighting From the Inside: Deception hints that Smoke's good nature has not been entirely suppressed by Noob's programming. In Ashrah's ending, he starts to short-circuit in the Netherrealm, as only demons and truly evil people can remain there unharmed. In Konquest mode, Smoke passes along several messages and plans for Sub-Zero through Shujinko, suggesting that he's acting as a Reverse Mole.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: Good by default, but unwillingly turned evil in 3 and Deception. By Armageddon (or specifically, Konquest mode of that game), he's back on the side of Good, seen with the Forces of Light during the Battle of Armageddon.
- I Am Legion: His ending in Armageddon.
- Nanomachines: Noob attempts to harness them in his conquest of the realms. They're responsible for repairing Smoke's robotic body, explaining his new appearance in Deception.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: From what info has been given between the two continuities, he's a Slavic human-turned Enenra-turned human again-turned cyborg.
- Taking You with Me: His MK3 World End Fatality is an example of this and There Is No Kill Like Overkill. Not only did he take you with him, HE TOOK THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH HIM.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Again, his World End Fatality, which blew up both you, him and the entire planet to boot.
- Unwilling Roboticisation
- Vapor Wear
Bi-Han (Noob Saibot)
Upon dying, Sub-Zero V's soul was corrupted and he became a wraith named Noob Saibot. He lost his ice abilities but gained a new power: the ability to control darkness. Under his new identity, he served Shinnok as the head of the Brotherhood of Shadows for a time. He mainly played the role of observer until Shinnok's apparent demise in 4, which caused the Brotherhood to disband. He made a triumphant return when he nearly killed Goro under the servitude of Shao Kahn during Deadly Alliance, but after Shao Kahn (apparently) died, his role shifted to observer again until Deception, where he finds Smoke in one of Kahn's old prisons. He reactivates Smoke and reprograms him into servitude. He now aspires to enslave the Netherrealm under his iron rule by assembling a new Brotherhood of Shadows.
Noob's storyline in Mortal Kombat 9 is pretty much the same. He serves Quan Chi more readily than in the previous games, but he also hasn't lived the events post-Deadly Alliance, so it remains to be seen if he'll eventually strike out on his own. He is apparently still alive (err... existing) and serving the Netherrealm by the game's end. In Mortal Kombat X he doesn't appear, but comments by Quan Chi and Bo'Rai Cho imply that he's still around. Confirmed: having NOT been destroyed by the Soulnado of 9, he's playable in Mortal Kombat 11.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: As a win pose in MK9, he does this with a clone he can summon during the fight.
- Back From the Dead
- Came Back Wrong: As Raiden foretold in Mythologies, the darkness in Sub-Zero's soul corrupted him upon entering the Netherrealm, stripping Sub-Zero of all compassion and moral restraint, turning him into this Humanoid Abomination. This is also what Raiden tries to avoid to happen to him in MK9. Unfortunately, Quan Chi had different ideas.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Mostly because he now lacks any positive qualities he had in life, but Noob most certainly does not lament this change. He instead revels in it, going as far to state in 9 that his new form and allegiance to Quan Chi suits his purpose.
- The Undead
- Bonus Boss: Klassic Noob in "The Cathedral" in 9.
- Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Kuai Liang's (the younger Sub-Zero) Abel.
- In Deception he attempts to kill his younger brother.
- In Armageddon he storms the Lin Kuei temple.
- In 9 he tries to kill Cyber Sub-Zero as Quan Chi prepares the Soulnado.
- Casting a Shadow
- Charlie Brown From Outta Town: His first appearance in Mortal Kombat 9 has him wearing his alt. costume, which is exactly the same as Sub-Zero's alt. (i.e. the same one shown during the island tournament), only black. How Kung Lao, who was present at said tournament, is unable to recognize him is unknown (although he does remark that Noob seems familiar somehow).
- Cycle of Revenge: He still holds a grudge against Scorpion.
- At the end of Armageddon (as recounted in 9's intro), he's killed by Scorpion. Noob's dead body is seen near Reptile's on the path to the Pyramid of Argus, with Scorpion's katana sticking out of him.
- Dark Is Evil
- Death Is Cheap
- Discard and Draw: Upon his revival, Bi-Han lost his cyromancy in favor of shadow and darkness-aligned powers.
- Doppelganger Attack: In 9, Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself who sends out to attack his foes.
- Living Shadow: If you look closely, Noob's real shadow doesn't return until his ink clone finishes its attacks.
- Downloadable Content: In 9, Klassic Noob Saibot from II.
- The Dragon: Apparently, plays this to Quan Chi (ironically, Scorpion--in his less rational moments--could also be seen in this light), although various bios throughout the series state that he's simply biding his time before carrying out his own agenda.
- Evil Counterpart: To Kuai Liang. Perhaps driven home in 9, where Cyber Sub-Zero notes that they are both corrupted versions of their former selves.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted in that his voice was already that deep when he was human, perhaps serving as a clue to his character progression.
- Fallen Hero: Though hero is quite stretching it.
- Flechette Storm: Used as a Fatality in both 4 and Deception (in the former, it was directly lifted from Reiko) and as a special in both Deception and Armageddon, both via shuriken (the Weapon of Choice for members of the Brotherhood of Shadows).
- Foreshadowing: Aside from the hints given in Mythologies, in MK4 he's given his brother's Ice Shatter Fatality, perhaps hinting to The Reveal in Deception.
- Half the Man He Used To Be: Both of his fatalities in 9 involve severing the opponent in two -- one horizontally, the other vertically. Additionally, his Deception ending has him and Smoke killing Sub-Zero in a manner not unlike that of his "Make a Wish" Fatality from 9.
- In the Hood: In his MK9 incarnation. Also used as an alt. in 4.
- Invisibility: Had this ability as a special in Deception and Armageddon.
- Irony: He ends up serving the very same forces he fought adamantly against in his past life.
- Kick the Dog: You could say that he does this to all of his former allies, but Smoke and his little brother (who once adored him and originally sought to avenge him) get the short end of the stick. He even tells Cyber Sub-Zero this in 9:
"We share blood. We are not brothers."
- Like a Badass Out of Hell: Takes over the Netherrealm with help from Havik in his Arcade Ladder ending from 9.
- Literal Split Personality: Possibly. In 9, Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself; according to developer notes, this entity is Saibot, while Bi-Han is Noob, the main body and controller of said shadow creature (see "Living Shadow" above).
- Made of Evil: Having been stripped of his humanity, Noob Saibot might just be the most malicious character in the series. At least the other villains choose to be evil; Noob simply is.
- Meaningful Name: His name is both "Boon" and "Tobias" spelt backwards, after developers Ed Boon and John Tobias. Note that Tobias leaving Midway has nothing to do with "Saibot" being removed in gameplay for Deception and Armageddon.
- Monochromatic Eyes
- Paint It Black: His body, skin and outfit alike, is pitch black (excluding Deception, where his default costume gives him normal-colored pigmentation; his regular and alt. outfits would be swapped around in Armageddon). Played straighter with his alt. in 9, which is the same as Sub-Zero's alt. in that game (supposed to represent Noob himself while he was still human), only black.
- Power Echoes: In 9.
- Power Nullifier: His Disabler/Ghostball technique temporarily prevents enemies from using their specials.
- Portal Cut: His second fatality in 9.
- The Reveal: Deception confirmed that Noob Saibot is Sub-Zero from the first Mortal Kombat game revived as a wraith after his death at Scorpion's hands.
- Ascended Fanon: This transformation was the result of Dan Forden fielding a suggestion from a fan, and said suggestion being approved and enshrined in Deception.
- Secret Character: In II. He asked for 50 wins in a row.
- Sinister Scythe: In Mortal Kombat 4.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Smoke in Deception.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: His X-Ray move in MK9 results in this from his opponent.
Stronger and more agile than his predecessor, he is enraged by his cousin Goro's defeat. Kintaro vows to take revenge on the earth warriors responsible.
In the second tournament, after learning of Goro's apparent death at the hands of a mere mortal, Kintaro vowed to avenge his cousin and destroy Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat. After a restored Shang Tsung was defeated again yet by Liu Kang, Kintaro then challenged Liu Kang to Mortal Kombat. He ultimately lost just as Goro did.
Kintaro is basically the same in Mortal Kombat 9. The X comics change things, however, as he's forced to join the Shokan troops in the Outworld Civil War. Later he becomes Queen Sheeva's companion and implied consort, but is killed by Sonya (while brainwashed) before the X game takes place.
- Back From the Dead: Raiden vaporized him in II, but like so many others, he came back for Armageddon with no explanation.
- Beast Man: According to his bio in 9, Kintaro hails from a lower lineage of Shokan known as the Tigrar (as opposed to Goro and Sheeva hailing from the more noble and aristocratic Draco lineage).
- The Brute
- The Dragon: To Shao Kahn in MKII.
- The Gump: In 9, it's revealed he's the one who nearly killed Kabal during the events of Mortal Kombat 3.
- In Name Only: He's named after a Japanese folk hero, but has nothing to do with him at all. The original Kintaro was more of a Japanese version of Tarzan.
- The Juggernaut
- The Worf Effect: Gets his ass handed to him in every battle he's in in 9's story mode, even though his bio states he became Shao Kahn's bodyguard by slaughtering several Centaurs single-handedly out of sheer grandstanding. Even more, in the X comics he's first defeated by Kotal Kahn, and then killed by the brainwashed Sonya.
- Kill It with Fire: What he delivers to Kabal via Breath Weapon in 9, minus the killing part.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans, Oh My!: Originally designed as a tiger/human hybrid, this look was ultimately scrapped due to it not being feasible to construct at the time and replaced with the "Shokan plus tiger stripes" look he sports in MK2. For his return in Armageddon he was given more tigerlike characteristics, an aspect carried over to MK9.
- During an interview Gamepro did with John Tobias, John stated "Even in Mortal Kombat 2, we still didn't have all the time to do everything we wanted", citing Kintaro. He says, "I based him on Goro's species, adding different markings, but I was never fully satisfied with the Kintaro character."
- Cute Kitten: What happens to him during his MK9 Babality transformation.
- Loin Cloth
- Monster Modesty
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Like his cousin Goro, he sports four arms.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his ending in 9, he kills Shao Kahn in order to gain more glory, but gets hounded as a traitor by all of Outworld, as a result.
- SNK Boss: Mortal Kombat's Trope Codifier.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Goro, status-wise as a Shokan sub-boss.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Despite his status as a furry, no one seems to notice or care.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
The supreme ruler of Outworld and one of the biggest threats facing Earthrealm, Shao Kahn is one of the most powerful forces in all the realms. The emperor has long been obsessed with the conquest of earth.
Shao Kahn was once The Dragon King Onaga's advisor. Before the Dragon King could obtain immortality, Kahn poisoned him and took his former master's throne. Eventualy going on to conquer countless lesser realms through brute force and Mortal Kombat, he consumed untold souls in his neverending quest for power.
When he took Edenia, a milestone in his campaign, he murdered King Jerrod in battle and took his wife Sindel as his bride. He then raised Jerrod's daughter Kitana as his own and trained her to be his personal bodyguard. Sindel eventually killed herself rather than be his slave but even death would not free her of Shao Kahn; he trapped her soul in Outworld denying her the afterlife. His next target was Earthrealm. He sent Shang Tsung and then Goro to gain enough victories in Mortal Kombat to allow him to freely invade. Despite a 500 year winning streak, Goro was denied the vital tenth victory by Liu Kang, a descendant of the very man who had put an end to Shang Tsung's dominance of the tournament centuries ago. Enraged, Kahn brought Tsung before him to punish him personally. However the sorcerer begged him for another chance, one that the emperor believed might hold the key to undoing five centuries of wasted plans. The plan was to draw Liu Kang and his allies into an Outworld tournament where they would surely die. However, the champion of Mortal Kombat proved too great even for the emperor himself, defeating him personally. Unwilling to accept this, Kahn ordered his forces to kill the Earthrealm force but they managed to escape.
Shao Kahn had one last plan up his sleeve however. Ordering Shang Tsung to complete a plan 10,000 years in the making, his long dead wife Sindel was resurrected, not on Outworld but on Earthrealm. This allowed Kahn to step through the realms to claim her and undermine the safeguards of Mortal Kombat, where he then launched a full invasion of Earth. Consuming countless millions of souls upon entering the realm he sent extermination squads to destroy those possessing souls he could not steal. The chosen few eventually defeated Outworld's forces, with the emperor falling once again to the might of Liu Kang. Shao Kahn was greatly weakened by this defeat and Earthrealm was restored. Much of his so-called loyal soldiers had abandoned him, and Kitana had turned Sindel to her side, restoring Edenia as an independent realm. To make matters worse for Kahn, the Shokan had joined them. When Shang Tsung and Quan Chi came before him to pledge allegiance, it soon became an assassination attempt and seemingly his reign had finally come to a violent end. However Deception revealed the emperor had planted a clone in his stead and restored the mortally wounded Goro with his remaining power regaining the Shokans as allies.
In the events of Armageddon he would go on to form an uneasy alliance with Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, and Onaga in the hopes of preventing the forces of good from defeating Blaze and then seizing his own oppertunity to strike when it came.
Avoiding Shao Kahn's causing of Armageddon is the basis of the entire storyline of Mortal Kombat 9. Still, things tend to go similarly to the first games, until the very end... When he revives Sindel, he also kills Shang Tsung to feed her his soul (and the ones he had absorbed) and empower her, before he sends her to kill Raiden's allies. When she succeeds and kills everyone but a few of them (only stopping when Nightwolf pulls a Taking You with Me) he properly invades Earthrealm. And then it's revealed that this is his downfall: having invaded Earthrealm AND merged it with Outworld (under the excuse of 'reclaiming' Sindel) is considered illegal under MK rules, so as soon as Kahn properly fights Raiden on Earth and is about to kill him, the Elder Gods finally intervene to Earthrealm's favor, and Raiden is allowed to defeat and kill him.
... And even after all of this, he reappeared as a DLC character in Mortal Kombat 11. HOW in Earthrealm and Outworld he managed to survive? He was revived by the Big Bad Kronika and told that, if he followed her, he'd recover Outworld and then be the Emperor of all realms. Of course, he took the chance!
- Actually a Doombot: Remember him getting killed by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in the beginning of Deadly Alliance? Yeah, neither does he.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Normally, he looks like a monster under his helmet (see "Butter Face" below). In Annihilation he looks like a regular human being. In Legacy, he's even got a good head of hair!
- A God Am I: Worshipped as such in Outworld and other realms, or expects his subjects to anyway. He is Raiden's opposite number too, which implies he might be the geniune article. Definitely one in Annihilation, but the less said about that, the better.
- In 9, at the end, when he's staring down an elder god-empowered Raiden, Kahn casually laughs at the deities arrayed against him and announces that he will become the Elder God.
- The Announcer: In MKII and MK3, to the point that if he wins a round in the latter, he says, "I win."
- Attack Reflector: From Deception to vs. DCU, Shao Kahn can erect an energy barrier that reflects projectiles. Contact with it can also harm his opponent.
- Badass Boast: Delivers a truly amazing one at the begining and at the end of MK9. Evil Is Hammy at its best.
- Badass Cape: Often shown with one in other media, but it wasn't until recently when he started wearing one in the games themselves.
- In MK9, his younger self doesn't wear it, but the one from the original timeline does.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He ultimately wins after the events of Armageddon; surviving the ascent up the pyramid and follows that by attempting to kill Raiden. This prompts the thunder god to Invoked Trope the Timey-Wimey Ball and telepathically send a message to his younger self from the time of Mortal Kombat, warning him of the events to come, before Kahn can strike the killing blow.
- Subverted Trope in 9, where this trope actually proves to be the key to Shao Kahn's defeat and the prevention of Armageddon. Raiden's words to his past self ("He must win.") actually refer to Shao Kahn; Earthrealm must let Shao Kahn win and merge Outworld with Earthrealm so that the Elder Gods will then punish the emperor for his treachery.
- Bald of Evil: Under the helmet.
- Big Bad
- Black Magic
- Butter Face: Below the neck: musclebound shirtless hunk. Above the neck: what looks like a cross between Darth Maul and an orc. Thank goodness for the helmet.
- Cool Helmet: And as seen in MK9, it got cooler as time went on.
- Drop the Hammer: It was his most feared special in MK3 and later became his weapon style in the Gamecube version of Deception. Raiden had one too for MK4, before it got put on the top of the Lightning tower. (His favoured weapon's a Staff, which he uses in Deadly Alliance onward even though he supposedly gave it to Kai, canonically.)
- The Emperor
- Evil Counterpart: To Raiden.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Sorceror: He's mostly seen fighting directly with his Hammer. but he's also a pretty good magic user. He IS the one who restored Shang Tsung's youth, after all.
- Evil Is Hammy:
"Is that your best?"
"You're still trying to win?"
"You will never win!"
- Eye Beams
- Go-Go Enslavement: His victory pose in Mortal Kombat 9 features such a Beautiful Slave Girl crawling up to and embracing his leg. In his 9 stage, one can see two pretty girls chained: they can be either Kitana (who's canonically like this in the Story Mode), Skarlet, Tanya, Kira or Li Mei.
- Hammerspace: Literally in his case. Look closely at the sprites for his hammer attack in MK3 and the move in MK9 and it appears to materialize out of thin air.
- Hero-Killer: Was thought to have done this to Kung Lao in 3, but Kung Lao was Faking the Dead. He kills Kung Lao for real in 9, and his self from the original timeline kills (at least) Raiden during Armageddon.
- Immortality: Type II at least, though its not clear how he differs from the millions of others in Outworld or Edenia (or, basically, anywhere but Earth). Raiden explicitly refers to him as an immortal in the first film, and the games are somewhat vague on the matter. Several characters do try to kill him but actually doing it seems to be a bitch. However, Raiden, with the help of the Elder Gods may have actually succeeded in killing him at the end of MK9.
- He does seem to be the oldest of Outworld's denizens (who seems to be pushing tens of thousands of years), and when he offed Onaga he seemed to shelve the latters plans of gaining eternal life, suggesting he already had it. His origins have never been explored but its generally implied that he is was not an oridinary citizen of Outworld. The most plausible explanation seems to be that he is a god, or at least some kind of demigod.
- In Deception's Konquest mode, Damashi who is the spirtual avatar of Onaga states to Shujinko that Shao Kahn was to Outworld is what Raiden is to Earth. So, he seems to be a god or was one, at any rate.
- He does seem to be the oldest of Outworld's denizens (who seems to be pushing tens of thousands of years), and when he offed Onaga he seemed to shelve the latters plans of gaining eternal life, suggesting he already had it. His origins have never been explored but its generally implied that he is was not an oridinary citizen of Outworld. The most plausible explanation seems to be that he is a god, or at least some kind of demigod.
- I Shall Taunt You: Subverted. He just taunts you because you fight against him in Outworld and you were supposedly stupid enough to want a fight with the big cheese around here. So he assumes that some casual gloating here and there won't hurt since, in his mind, he could swat you away with his index finger. However, in reality, there's nothing calculated behind these taunts and in doing so, he's unable to move or react so he's completely vulnerable to a big combo (this is a major part of beating him in II and 9).
- Killed Off for Real: It's a bit early to say, but judging by the amount of divine intervention that was required at the end of Story Mode in the new continuity, he may finally have met his ultimate defeat. But it seems he has cheated death in MK 11, probably thanks to Kronika.
- Large and In Charge
- Large Ham: The all-time king in MK. In some games, he takes time during the fight to personally insult you, spouting such nonsense:
"I AM SHAO KAHN... BOW TO ME!"
"You weak, pathetic FOOL!"
"FEEL THE POWER OF SHAO KAHN!"
"It's official... You Suck!"
- In the second film, he borders on Ham and Cheese.
"Father, the merger has begun! Earth is under attack! AND IT. IS. GLORIOUS!"
- Lightning Bruiser
- Loin Cloth
- The Man Behind the Man: To Shang Tsung.
- Mr. Fanservice: As long as he wears the helmet...
- Neck Snap: Delivers one to Kung Lao in 9 to show that Anyone Can Die. Liu Kang was most unpleased.
- Painting the Fourth Wall
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Given that he's been around since the time of Sindel (if not longer), his age is easily in quintuple digits.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Rouge Angles of Satin: We dare you to type his name on Google and take a drink every time it's misspelled as "Khan." Your liver will fail and you will die.
- Gannon Banned: Sometimes, there will be heated discussions only by his surname's mispronounciation.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet
- Sophisticated As Hell: One of his taunts' is "You suck." There's also an even MORE faux-sophisticated, almost memetic version: "Its official. You suck!"
- Sorcerous Overlord
- SNK Boss: Shao Kahn in MK3 and its updates (Trilogy included). While his moveset is exactly the same as in MKII (even his sprites were mostly unchanged, aside from the addition of some new moves, such as his infamous hammer), he is way more Hammer Crazy than in his previous appearance.
- Back with a vengeance in MK9, thanks to the ability to negate hit-stun with most of his moves (some of which are unblockable AND stagger), boosted attack and defense power, and inhumanly fast counterattack reactions. True to form of the title of SNK Boss, he is very susceptible to a simplistic attack pattern (he's aggressive to a fault, attacking as much as possible and leaving himself open to being jumped over).
- The Starscream: Towards Onaga.
- Stripperiffic: A very rare male version of this. Just look at his costume!
- Downplayed in his alts in Deception and Armageddon, which give him pants.
- Unholy Matrimony: Took Sindel as his wife after killing King Jerrod and usurping the throne, although Sindel was soon Driven to Suicide afterward. This is more noticeable in 9, when he enthralls the revived, yet Brainwashed and Crazy Sindel to his side, effectively making her his new Dragon. Sindel seemed pretty eager to serve as his right-hand woman. An almost exactly similar situation between the two also played out in Annihilation.
- In Mortal Kombat: Legacy, it's stated that he actually fell in love with Sindel himself. However, the series is non-canon.
- Victory Is Boring: If he takes over all the Realms in Armageddon, this is his ending. Almost became canon, if it wasn't for Raiden rebooting the franchise before this could happen in MK9.
- Given the fact that what happens in 9 is an alternate course of history, it is canon, we just don't see the fallout from what happens when he does.
- Villainous Valor: In MK9. Even when the Elder Gods (through Raiden) are telling him quite clearly how he's going to pay for breaking their rules, Kahn just scoffs at them and declares he'll be THE Elder God.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- ↑ It's the same "costume" she wears in her first appearance in the Story mode, in Kitana's chapter