'Mortal Kombat' Kast and Kharacters Explained: Who the Heck Are These Fighters and What the Heck Are Their Powers? (2023)

Mortal Kombatis back on the big screen — or, depending on where you're watching it, on HBO Max! Based on the long-running, acclaimed, and controversially violent fighting video game series that started in 1992 and has most recently continued with 2019'sMortal Kombat 11, the new film from directorSimon McQuoidand an international cast of martial arts expertspromises hard-R action and a faithfulness to the property not seen in either previous live-action feature film (1995's mostly belovedMortal Kombatand 1997's mostly reviledMortal Kombat: Annihilation).

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The multimedia franchise is full of eclectic, super-powered characters with outrageous special moves, universe-spanning backstories, and fatalities — finishing moves that bloodily kill their opponent in hyperbolically entertaining fashions. For a newcomer to the franchise, or even for aKombatpro looking for a refresher before the new flick, it can be a lot to keep track of. So we've put together this handy-dandy guide of all the kombatants you'll find in the newMortal Kombatmovie, how they compare to their video game counterparts, and how they function within the larger world of the mythology at large. And speaking of which...

The World(s) of 'Mortal Kombat'

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Mortal Kombat exists in a bit of a multiverse, with different realms representing different planes of existence and foundational philosophies. For the purposes of understanding the 2021 film, we'll focus on three. There's Earthrealm, whichyou can think of as our Earth as we know it, under the protection of an elder god named Raiden. There's Outworld, a realm marked by evilness, power, decay, and corruption under the rule of an emperor named Shao Kahn. And there's the Netherrealm, which you can think of as a hellish afterlife.

"Mortal Kombat" is the name of an inter-realm martial arts tournament, in which the mightiest warriors from each realm compete. If one realm wins 10 tournaments in a row, they gain the ability to invade the rival realm with a goal toward domination, submergence, and conquering. At the start of this film, Outworld has defeated Earthrealm nine times in a row, and its highest-ranking champions, including sorcerer Shang Tsung, are primed to win again. But the uncovery of a prophecy gives Earthrealm one final shot at protecting themselves. So as Shang Tsung sends a crew of evil Outworld fighters to Earthrealm to pick off potential champions, we find ourselves zeroing in on the journeys of...

Cole Young (Lewis Tan)

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Wouldn't you know it, Cole Young, the protagonist of ourMortal Kombatfeature film, is actually a new character to theMortal Kombatmythology! So ostensibly, you should be able to get what he's about from watching the film right out of the gate, since this is his origin story. But for some brief, non-spoilery context, he's a struggling MMA fighter whose glory days are behind him. His daughter (Matilda Kimber) is his coach and biggest fan despite his constant pummelings. But a destiny beyond what he's known awaits him — and it has something to do with his curious visions of a fiery ninja, and his curious birthmark in the shape of a dragon...

Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee)

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Sonya Blade, a United States Special Forces agent, is single-minded and hotheaded in her goal to eradicate the criminal forces in her way, especially her bitter rival Kano, and usually teams up with her Special Forces partner Jax. Her fighting style involves the usage of her long legs, including cartwheel kicks and handstand feet grabs of opponents' necks, military equipment like guns and grenades, and blasts of purplish energy rings she can supernaturally shoot. Her signature fatality involves a "kiss of death," a smooch that chars and burns the victim into a dang skeleton.

In this film, Sonya has been tracking the existence and meaning of the Mortal Kombat tournament for some time, and introduces Cole to his place in the puzzle, including the meaning of his dragon mark as someone who possesses special powers known as "arcana" (she notably does not have a mark at the beginning of the film). She also undergoes a curious "alliance under duress" with rival Kano and continues to help teammate Jax.

Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Mehcad Brooks)

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Jax is another Special Forces agent, the generally more even-keeled partner of Sonya (though he is usually depicted as being responsible for the eye injury that led to Kano's injury). He's often seen struggling with the traumas that come from a life of military service, injury, and death. He's cybernetically enhanced, with a pair of buffed out metal arms part and parcel of his fighting style; he's one of the only Mortal Kombat characters whose largest superpower comes, truly, from just punching people, though he can also blast out energy waves. Jax's signature fatality is blunt and hilarious: He uses his metallic arms to "clap" someone's head, causing it to explode. Can ya blame him?

We're first introduced to Jax as having regular human arms in the film as he rescues Cole from the clutches of Sub-Zero and points him on his journey to find Sonya and get the meaning of his dragon mark. But the film features, in quite dramatic and bloody fashion, the origin story of the loss of his arms moments later, all leading to a rise from the ashes as he gets his powerful replacements.

Kano (Josh Lawson)

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Boasting a cybernetic, glowing red eye and a blunt lack of morality, Kano is one of the franchise's most reliable, and most traditionally human villains. He's a mercenary for hire, the leader of the Black Dragon crime syndicate, and the unrelenting thorn in Sonya Blade'sside, sometimes portrayed as being responsible for a death of one of her partners. His special moves emanate from his cybernetic enhancements, including red laser beams shot from his eye shield, and his signature fatality involves the removal and consumption of his opponent's heart (yum!). Interestingly, his common depiction of being Australian and having a vulgar, devil-may-care sense of humor came not from the video game, but fromTrevor Goddard's performance as him in the first 1995 movie.

The new film starts with him having already been captured by Sonya, as he seems to have acquired the dragon mark after killing a superpowered person with it. Can he manage to work with Sonya, Jax, Cole, and the rest of the Earthrealm protectors without his damn running mouth ruining everything?

Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano)

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Lord Raiden is the goddamn God of Thunder,eternal protector of the Earthrealm, and all around avatar of sage wisdom in the Mortal Kombatuniverse. He's what's known as an Elder God, a powerful, otherworldly figure who helps keep the multiverse in check fromevil figures like Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn, who try to take over control from their nefarious Outworld perches. He's typically portrayed as a father figure and trainer of our more down-to-earth (haha) heroes. As you might imagine, his powers involve the dissemination of lightning against his foes, and his signature fatality involves using electricity to decapitate fools.

In the film, Raiden protects and brings together all kinds of people, from rescuing Scorpion's daughter in the prologue sequence to reluctantly training the motley crew of Earthrealm warriors inhis temple during the middle. He is an observer of tradition, rules, and lineages, which are all shaken up by the events of the film.

Liu Kang (Ludi Lin)

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Typically seen as the central character ofMortal Kombat(so much so that he was the protagonist of the 1995 film, played byRobin Shou), Liu Kang is a trained martial artist and Shaolin monk who becomes Earthrealm's Grand Champion as a result of winning so many Mortal Kombat tournaments against the forces of Outworld, especially Shang Tsung. He's both grounded but spiritual, a fierce warrior but a kind hearted soul. His diverse set of moves involve fireballs, bicycle kicks, and the personificationof the dragon (i.e. theMortal Kombatlogo); so much so that his signature fatality involves him literally turning into a dragon and chomping his opponent for a post-fight lunch.

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The film finds Liu Kang already a teacher of sorts, rather than a student. He's already an Earthrealm champion and trains Coleto help unlock his arcana in Raiden's temple before springing into action himself when Outworld forces make their bold play.

Kung Lao (Max Huang)

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Seen on the right of the movie still with his BFF/sometimes cousin Liu Kang, Kung Lao is a fellow trained Shaolin monk, an eponymous ancestor of the Great Kung Lao, and in recent games, a bit of a rapscallion. In contrast to the humble and kind Liu Kang, Kung Lao can feel like a Han Solo type; he still follows the nonviolent, spiritual teachings of the White Lotus Society, but does so while flirting, smirking, and behaving like a lovable brute. And if you're wondering if his powers involve his big ol' hat, good news: They do! It's a razor-edged hat which Kung Lao chucks and hurls at his opponents with magical elan, culminating in his signature fatality which slices his opponent clean in half, hat-style.

The film positions Kung Lao as another teacher alongside Liu Kang and Raiden, helping the newcomers find their strength and arcana. We notably see some of the rabble-rousing tendencies of Kung Lao come out during a heated argument with Kano, and we notably see some of the selfless tendencies of Kung Lao come out during dramatic moments later.

Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada)

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Scorpion, akaHanzo Hasashi, utters the most famous line in all ofMortal Kombat: "Get over here!" He throatily barks this as he shoots a rope-spear out of his hand, plunging it into his opponents' bodies and yanking them over to pummel them. Easily one of the most recognizable moves not just inMortal Kombatbut in all of video game history, its only one of Scorpion's many powers, which also include the usage of fire, teleportation, and straight up sword fighting. Scorpion was originally perceived as a villain in the original games (and '95 film), which tracks with his signature fatality where he removes his yellow mask to reveal a skull-face, and breathes fire onto his opponent, burning them to a crisp. But recent incarnations of the character cast him as a noble, heroic member of the Shirai Ryu clan (Hanzo Hasashi) who is driven to madness, vengeance, and hellish possession (Scorpion) only when his family is murdered.

The film version takes this history and runs with it as a framing device, opening the film with the devastation of his family and life by the evil Bi-Han, aka Sub-Zero. It goes on to present an ancient prophecy that the presence of Hanzo Hasashi's blood (like, his lineage, though there's plenty of his literal blood) is the key to uniting a new group of Earthrealm warriors to stop an Outworld takeover. And as Sub-Zero continues his path of destruction and Cole keeps having strange visions of Scorpion appear before his very eyes, it allleads toa cathartic climax for Mr. Scorpion.

Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim)

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While the canon ofMortal Kombathas two separate ninjas who have adorned the "Sub-Zero" moniker, for the purposes of how it relates to the film version, we're just going to focus on one: Bi-Han. A single-minded, remorseless assassin of the Lin Kuei clan, Bi-Han is what we might call "neutral evil"; he kills his targets (including Scorpion and his family) without a second thought, his darkness ultimately corrupting his soul and transforming him into the form known as Noob Saibot (seen above, because to use the Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat 11would be using theotherSub-Zero, and we simply cannot meld continuities like that!). But under his Sub-Zero moniker, his powers obviously involve the wielding of ice as a power, with his ability to fling ice balls that freeze people in their tracks being his most notable special move. His signature fatality involves ripping a head off his opponent's body, its spinal cord hanging precariously below. Yuck!

The film, again, starts with Bi-Han finding Hanzo Hasashiand his family, and murdering him. It then presents him as a kind of ice-cold Terminator,hunting after Cole, Jax, Sonya, and any other Earthrealm warriors who get in the way of Outworld domination. Many things come to a head for Mr. Sub-Zero through the film, and he causes many things to freeze and shatter along the way.

Shang Tsung (Chin Han)

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One of the great villains of theMortal Kombatfranchise, Shang Tsung is a cunning, beguiling, and shape-shifting sorcerer with an insatiable appetite for souls. He's the main boss in the firstMortal Kombatgame who possesses the ability to turn into all of the other characters, being able to use their movesets as well. While he does pledge fealty to Shao Kahn and the other Outworld rulers, Shang Tsung has a sense of trickery and independence that makes him a particularly scary, manipulative, and even charming villain. His signature fatality, and kind of his whole M.O., is to suck the souls from his victims in the form of a green aura, leaving the deceased a gray sack of flesh. Fun fact: ThisMortal Kombat 11version of him is performed in voice and body byCary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played the villain in the '95 film and immediately calcified much of what we love about the character, Kano-style.

In this '21 movie, Shang Tsung is very aware of this "Hanzo Hasashi blood means another tournament" rule, and desperately wants to stop it before Outworld is at risk again. He's willing and ready to take over Earthrealm even if it means breaking the rules. So he gathers his team of evil chess pieces and sics them on anyone possessing that dragon mark. And don't worry, you'll see him stealsomebody'ssoul...

Kabal (Daniel Nelson/Damon Herriman)

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In a spooky, steampunk Bane mask that also acts as his respirator, Kabal strikes quite the visage in the pantheon ofMortal Kombatvillains. He is a mercenary willing to take whatever gig serves him the best, meaning that even though Outworld emperor Shao Kahn is the man who resulted in him needing his face protector and breathing mechanism, he'll still work for evil forces if the price is right. Kabal possesses super speed and ferocious hook swords, dashing and spinning around his opponents as he skewers and skins them like shish kabobs. And in one of his most notable fatalities, he actually takes off the mask and reveals his horrifically scarred face, which is so scary it makes his opponent's soulleave their body. Shang Tsung could never.

Kabal is framed as a rival of Kano's in the '21 film, making him willing to work with Shang Tsung and his Outworld crew to try and stop the Earthrealm warriors. However, he uses his skills of status-shifting to his advantage, moving character allegiances almost as quickly as his literal speed.

Goro (Angus Sampson)

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A former Mortal Kombat champion for Outworld, a Prince of the Shokan warriors, and an absolute unit of a chunky boi, Goro has four arms and they're all ready to kick your ass. He's been a loyal right hand man to Shang Tsung since serving as the first game's secondary boss, and while he has the ability to shoot fireballs, the primary appeal of his attacks come from all the things he can do while punching with four arms (I'm particularly fond of his bottom two arms picking someone up while his top two arms pummel their head). He doesn't have a "signature" fatality per se, since he didn't have one in the first game, but one of my faves since involves him standing on his opponent's torso and ripping their four limbs off all at the same time with his four arms. Hunks can get away with so much, ya know?

The film finds Goro used as a warrior by Shang Tsung in his quest to stop Earthrealm, per usual, and gives him one of the most important fights in the film against Cole at a pivotal moment.

Mileena (Sisi Stringer)

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There is a kind, good, and just female ninja in the world ofMortal Kombat named Princess Kitana. MileenaistechnicallyKitana's sister — though "clone made under ill-advised circumstances by Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung" is a more apt description — but that's where the similarities end. Mileena isevilevil. She's vicious, sadistic, unstable. She's a particularly impetuous Outworld warrior who uses her daggers as the brunt of her special attacks, while later games find her literally eating her opponents' flesh with a set of horror-movie-monster-esque teeth. This is where her signature fatality draws from: She gobbles up her opponent in their entirety, then spits out all their bones on the floor. She would not be a fun hang.

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In the film, Mileena is basically used as one of several Outworld assassins Shang Tsung utilizes to try and stop our Earthrealm crew. She gets quite the fight scene, too!


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Reptile is a reptile. Got it? Great, moving on!

Just kidding :) Reptile is a monstrosity of a creature, of humanoid shape but of mutated lizard DNA. He's a fearsome ninja with the ability to turn invisible, and he's often used by his Outworld bosses to sneak upon and destroy his targets. However, in recent games, he's painted as a tragic figure who's trying to find other members of his race, pledging loyalty to masters who don't have his best interest at heart in the process. Beyond his invisibility, Reptile can spit burning acid and shoot force ballsat his foes. In his signature fatality, he removes his green mask, zaps his tongue towards his opponent's head, and rips it clean off. After consuming it, he rubs his belly and gives a satisfied noise. At least it's keto?

The film features Reptile in just one dramatic, brutal fight scene, where we see many of his powers including his invisibility in his attempts to stop the Earthrealm warriors on behalf of Shang Tsung. Notably, he feels less like a humanoid ninja and more like an out-and-out lizard monster.

Nitara (Mel Jarnson)

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Introduced in the slept on 2002 video gameMortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Nitara is a pretty deep cut for this film to include. She's a vampire who, as vampires are wont to do, feeds on her opponent's blood as a key part of her arsenal in kombat (she also flings blood balls at people, which rules). And while she is generally "evil," she's less interested in joining your standard Outworld players like Shang Tsung and more interested in "doing her own thing." Her fatality is absolutely a vicious blood-sucking, with chunks of blood and flesh flying as she chows down.

The film finds her operating as one of Shang Tsung's Outworld assassins, simplifying her more complicated video game relationship to serve the story. She gets to fight, and that's about it!

Reiko (Nathan Jones)

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First introduced in 1997'sMortal Kombat 4, the series' first 3D game, Reiko is another deep cut for the picture to include, and I'm here for it! He's a general of Shao Kahn's army, an Outworld company man through and through, who wields a big ol' hammer in his fighting style. And most hilariously, he haskind of a crush on Shao Kahn. He dresses like him, uses a hammer like him, even puts on his mask when he's not around. He wants to be just like him, making him a dopily endearing entry to the series. Beyond his hammer, Reiko also hurls throwing stars and uses all kinds of teleportation tactics in his fighting style.One of my favorite fatalities of his involves a huge kick to the torso — so huge that the torso flies backwards, leaving the head and arms to spin in midair before falling to the ground.

The film, sadly, does not get into Reiko's love of his boss, instead simply casting him as another body to try and stop the Earthrealm warriors. He gets to fight, he gets to hold a big hammer, he does not get to dance around playing pretend as Shao Kahn.

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Why do Mortal Kombat characters have powers? ›

Some get their powers from training. Others, from technology. Characters like Goro draw from their species' natural abilities. In the reboot, it's simplified: It all comes from arcana.

What powers does Liu Kang have? ›

Liu Kang sports a number of mystical abilities in the video games, including the ability to throw fireballs and pummel foes with a gravity-defying series of bicycle kicks. He can also summon a dragon, which we catch a glimpse of in the red band trailer.

What is Kabals power? ›

Powers and Abilities

Kabal's other defining trait is his superhuman speed. He is able to move at such blinding speeds he appears as a blur, making him the fastest character in the series. His speed has even been compared to The Flash from the DC Universe.

Who is the most powerful guy in Mortal Kombat? ›

Mortal Kombat: The 15 Most Powerful Kombatants, According To Lore
  • 8 Raiden.
  • 7 Quan Chi.
  • 6 Shang Tsung.
  • 5 Shao Kahn.
  • 4 Shinnok.
  • 3 Kronika.
  • 2 Blaze.
  • 1 The One Being.
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Who is the god in MK? ›

Raiden (Japanese: 雷電) is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway Games and NetherRealm Studios. Based on the Japanese deity Raijin, he is depicted as the god of thunder who possesses control over lightning.

Who is stronger Liu Kang or Raiden? ›

Raiden is, by far, one of the most powerful characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise and is the spiritual leader of the combatants of Earthrealm such as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and others.

Who turned Liu Kang into a zombie? ›

Quan Chi and Shang Tsung were also effected by Raiden's blast but they managed to survive. Afterward, Raiden used his magic to reanimate the dead body of Liu Kang. Even though Liu Kang was brought back to life, he became a zombie instead of his former self.

Can Liu Kang turn into a dragon? ›

Liu Kang is also able to transform into a dragon, as well as create or summon tiny dragons in the palm of his hand.

Who is Kabal rival? ›

Kabal is framed as a rival of Kano's in the '21 film, making him willing to work with Shang Tsung and his Outworld crew to try and stop the Earthrealm warriors.

Who is faster Kabal or Flash? ›

Erm... it's actually been proven that Kabal is faster than the flash, look it up!

What are Skarlets powers MK? ›

Powers and Abilities

Skarlet's entire body is made of blood. She can teleport through blood, and the more blood she has on her body, the more stronger she becomes.

What is Sonya Blade to Johnny Cage? ›

The series' rebooted timeline also depicts her as the love interest to martial arts actor Johnny Cage and the mother of their daughter Cassie. A mainstay of the franchise, Sonya has also appeared in various media outside of the games.

What did Kano do to Sonya? ›

As Sonya is still recovering, Kano throws her body off a ledge and fires his eye laser at an overhanging statue, which crushes her body and somehow does not kill her, after which he departs, probably to collect payment from Shang Tsung after Raiden forces Shang to retreat.

Who is Johnny Cage based on? ›

He is inspired by martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme, particularly Van Damme's character in the 1988 film Bloodsport. A staple of the franchise, Cage has appeared in various media outside of the games.

Who is the most broken character in Mortal Kombat? ›

The 10 Most Broken Characters in Mortal Kombat History
  1. 1 Noob Saibot - Mortal Kombat: Trilogy.
  2. 2 Cyrax - Mortal Kombat 9. ...
  3. 3 Bo'Rai Cho - Mortal Kombat: Deception. ...
  4. 4 Raiden - Mortal Kombat. ...
  5. 5 Tanya - Mortal Kombat X. ...
  6. 6 Acidic Alien - Mortal Kombat X. ...
  7. 7 Mileena - Mortal Kombat II. ...
  8. 8 Fujin - Mortal Kombat 4. ...
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Who is the god of chaos in Mortal Kombat? ›

Zaggot, God of Chaos. Zaggot was a God that represented the forces of chaos, and was the brother of Abacus, who instead represented the forces of order. Due to the two opposing concepts, Zaggot was always in an antagonistic position against Abacus and sought nothing but to feed his hunger for more chaos.

Who is the weakest in Mortal Kombat? ›

Meat is an unlockable character in several Mortal Kombat games, starting in Mortal Kombat 4, he's usually a secret character, and he makes cameos in many others. Meat, though, is bar-none the weakest character in Mortal Kombat lore.

Why can t Raiden fight in Mortal Kombat? ›

It is also because of his godly status that he is forbidden to directly participate in any Mortal Kombat tournaments unless he takes on a mortal form.

Is Sub-Zero a god? ›

For example, Sheeva becomes a goddess of destruction; Nitara became a blood goddess; Kira became a goddess of death in Kobra's ending; Sub-Zero becomes an ice god; and Sektor transformed into a god without given an exact title although he is called "an abomination of flesh and technology".

Who is the demon in Mortal Kombat? ›

Quan Chi is a master manipulator, able to use his demonic powers to open portals or summon beasts in battle in Mortal Kombat X.

Who is more powerful than Kronika? ›

Overcoming that isn't like dodging a fireball. Thankfully, Kronika has one major weakness: while she can rewrite history, she can't omit the gods. She can't create a world without Raiden. Raiden still can't beat her one-on-one, but it's through that loophole that Kronika ultimately meets her downfall.

Who can beat Raiden? ›

The best team to defeat Raiden Shogun in Genshin Impact must have at least one Electro character that breaks the remembrance flower, a strong pair of damage dealers like Ganyu, Xiao, Hu Tao, Itto, Diluc, Ayaka, or Eula, and finally, a healer/shielder.

Who kills Liu Kang? ›

This eventually leads to Raiden accidentally killing Liu Kang while attempting to stop Shao Kahn. Liu Kang returns in Mortal Kombat X. In the game's story mode, Quan Chi resurrects him as an undead revenant to serve him. He fights Jax and Raiden, blaming the latter for his death.

Who snapped Liu Kang's neck? ›

The game's narrator reveals that Quan Chi, one of the primary antagonists of MK4, has escaped from his prison. We cut back to Liu Kang fighting off a disguised Shang Tsung just as Quan Chi pulls off a sneak attack. Shang Tsung snaps Liu Kang's neck and steals the soul from his body.

Who is Liu Kang's brother? ›

Liu Chan, also known as Chan Kang, is the supporting character of the first Mortal Kombat film. He is depicted as a late younger brother of Liu Kang.

Who is the son of Liu Kang? ›

Chairman of National Arts Council and eldest son of Liu Kang, Liu Thai Ker speaking during Liu Kang Artworks donation and gallery naming ceremony at Singapore Art Museum.

Who is Liu Kang's father? ›

Lee Kang is a minor character in Mortal Kombat franchise. He is Liu Kang's father. He was died before the first Mortal Kombat Tournament.

How did Kabal turn evil? ›

Kabal joined the Forces of Darkness in the battle of Armageddon due to him getting brainwashed, and was seen trying to stop Stryker from climbing the Pyramid of Argus, however, it backfires and Kabal was thrown off of the pyramid. Along with most of the kombatants, he was killed.

Why does Kabal need a mask? ›

After the thunder god Raiden chose him to help defend Earthrealm, Kabal became a target of the Kahn's extermination squads, who subjected him to a vicious attack that left him badly maimed and scarred; forcing him thereafter to rely on artificial respirators for survival and a mask to hide his now disfigured face.

What race is Kabal? ›

He is Chinese before moving to outward in which he made a deal with She Kahn.

Who is faster than Barry? ›

Wally West is the Fastest Flash and is arguably the fastest being that has ever existed, as said by Max Mercury—and it has been remarked that Wally and Barry are the only two speedsters that were fast enough to even outrun death itself.

Is Kabal a hero or villain? ›

Kabal is a character from Mortal Kombat. While being a member of the Black Dragon at first, he later becomes a hero, during Shao Kahn's invasion. However, in both the original and rebooted timeline, whether willingly or not, Kabal falls into villainy once again because he got brainwashed.

What hero is faster than the speed of light? ›

In the comics, Superman flies and surpasses the speed of light and eventually even reaches the "limits of existence." However, since flight isn't something to be considered, it's most important to note he rivals Flash's speed.

What is kronika's power? ›

Kronika possesses the ability to manipulate time and space on a scale previously unseen before in the history of the Mortal Kombat franchise. Her demonstrated power over time includes stopping the flow of time itself around those save herself or anyone else she includes.

What race is Skarlet? ›

Skarlet is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. She made her debut in Mortal Kombat 9 as a DLC and served as a created daughter of Scorpion along with Mileena.
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Does Skarlet use her own blood? ›

About Skarlet

Due to her affiliation with blood, Skarlet is fascinated by the blood of her enemies, revealing to Shao Kahn that Edenian blood is the most unique to her. However, she refrains from the blood of the Kytinn, which has negative effects on her as compared to the blood of humans and Outworlders.

Who did Sonya Blade marry? ›

Mortal Kombat X: "General Sonya Blade has been through a lot since helping Raiden defeat the Netherrealm and Shinnok 25 years ago, including marriage to action hero Johnny Cage, with whom she had a daughter.

How did Johnny Cage get his powers? ›

Although Cage is a human being, he possesses superhuman powers. According to MK 2011, Johnny descended from a Mediterranean cult that bred warriors for the gods: warriors with special abilities. One of these is the ability to propel himself forward and increase the strength of his blows.

Did Jax and Sonya date? ›

Jax is her best friend, was her mentor when working her way up through the special forces and is basically like an older brother to her. They love and respect each other immensely and wouldn't hesitate to die for each other, but it's a purely platonic love.

Who did Kano betray? ›

Kano is a mercenary and Leader of the Black Dragon, one of the most dangerous, feared and respected Crime Cartels located in Earthrealm. At first, Kano appeared to be loyal to the Special Forces. However, he was revealed to be a mole for the Black Dragon all along feeding false information to the Special Forces.

Why did Kano help Kabal? ›

One of the reasons Kano saved Kabal was to try and convince him to rejoin the Black Dragon. Kabal was originally a member but had left to pursue his own ambitions. This organization is a clan of mercenaries that splintered off from the Red Dragon due to infighting.

Did Kano go blind? ›

Kanao used the Final Form to defeat Doma, although it rendered her almost blind in her right eye. She later uses the technique once again to administer the demon antidote to Tanjiro.

Why is Raiden red? ›

The biggest nod to that is how Raiden looks. His normally white eyes and lightning are now a blood red, signifying that he is evil. The official MK 11 press release describes the cinematic trailer that includes " two iconic characters, Dark Raiden and Scorpion.."

Who is Cassie Cage based on? ›

Cassie Cage – Felice Herrig.

Who is Johnny cages daughter? ›

Cassie Cage: The daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, has a lot to live up to. Her parents were among the few kombatants to survive the wars against Outworld and NetherRealm, and were instrumental to EarthRealm's victories.

How did Raiden get his powers? ›

About Raiden

After the second defeat of Shinnok, he ascended to the status of Elder God. As a result of his divine nature, he possesses many supernatural abilities, such as the ability to teleport, control lightning, and fly.

How did the Scorpion get his powers? ›

Mac Gargan, as the Scorpion, was given superhuman powers through chemical and radiological treatments, include splicing his genetics with a scorpion's DNA, which produced mutagenic effects.

Why does Liu Kang have powers? ›

In the games, each character has always had their own unique explanation for their supernatural abilities – Kano had cybernetic implants, Liu Kang channeled ancient magic, Scorpion wielded hellish abilities after his resurrection, etc.

Was Sub-Zero born with his powers? ›

14 His Powers Are Genetic

Rather, he was born with them. Sub-Zero belongs to an ancient race from Outworld known as the Cryomancers, who have the ability to shape and control ice. The entire race of Cryomancers is believed to have been exterminated by Shao Kahn in the past.

Why is Raiden missing his jaw? ›

As a prisoner, the Patriots used Raiden as a test subject for experiments in exoskeletal enhancement surgery, during which he had his head and spine excised from his body from his lower jaw down and subsequently grafted into an enhanced synthetic body.

Why does Raiden cover his left eye? ›

Although not an eyepatch, Raiden utilized a cloth to cover his missing left eye, after a fight with Samuel Rodrigues resulted in his eye being injured and amputated, and because a cybernetic replacement eye wasn't fully created prior to his surgery, in 2018.

What made Raiden evil? ›

Raiden defeated Shinnok, but in purifying the Jinsei he became corrupted himself, with the game's post-credits revealing him to be a more vengeful and war-hungry god.

How did the scorpion bite the mother? ›

The poem opens in a way that suggests reflection—the speaker remembers (and, is so, older now) the night his mother was stung by a scorpion, which bit the mother because of its predatory impulse, while hiding beneath a bag of rice to escape from the rain.

How did Scorpion turn human? ›

After Raiden arrives to save Cage's life, Scorpion is fully resurrected to his human self along with Jax and Sub-Zero by the Thunder God when Raiden uses his and Quan Chi's magic to do so.

What made the Scorpion King turn evil? ›

After becoming The Scorpion King, he became a conquerer just as the last king was, why he decided to become one is unknown but it's possible the power of being a king went to his head and thus became a tyrant, the thing he himself went to great lengths to defeat.

Who is Sub-Zero's lover? ›

About Sareena

Sareena is a demon who made her first appearance in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero as a non-playable boss character. She was first playable in Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition for the Game Boy Advance and later in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

What race is Scorpion? ›


Why are sub zeros eyes white? ›

Although Sub-Zero originally had blue eyes, they turned white after he obtained the Dragon Medallion in the game.


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