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    Mortal Kombat Plot FAQ by Gavok

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    The Mortal Kombat Plot Canon Guide Ver. 4.0
    Plot guide of all games that officially exist within the canon Mortal 
    Kombat storyline, and how they fit into what has been officially 
    confirmed as canon by Midway via the creators and more importantly, the 
    games themselves. This FAQ has been written by Gavok. Please do not post 
    it to other sites without permission. Or claim credit for writing it, 
    unless you're one of the people in the credits section, of course. And 
    yes, Tiamat, writer of the Street Fighter FAQ, knows I'm ripping him off.
    MK1 = Mortal Kombat 1
    MK2 = Mortal Kombat II
    MK3 = Mortal Kombat 3
    UMK3 = Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. UMK3's storyline overrides MK3.
    MKT = Mortal Kombat Trilogy. MKT's storyline overrides UMK3 and MK3.
    MKM = Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
    MK4 = Mortal Kombat 4
    MKG = Mortal Kombat Gold. MKG's storyline overrides MK4.
    MK:SF = Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
    MK:DA = Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (aka Mortal Kombat 5)
    MK:TE = Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition. Adds to the story of MK:DA
    MK:D = Mortal Kombat: Deception (aka Mortal Kombat 6)
        Revision History
        Introduction and Opening Statement
        I.  Timeline and Canon Games
        II. Konquest
        III.  Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
        IV.  Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
        V.  Mortal Kombat 1
        VI.  Mortal Kombat II
        VII. Mortal Kombat 3 Series
            a. Mortal Kombat 3
            b. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
            c. Mortal Kombat Trilogy
        VIII. Mortal Kombat 4 Series
            a. Mortal Kombat 4
            b. Mortal Kombat Gold
        IX.  Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Series
            a. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
            b. Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition
        X.  Mortal Kombat: Deception
        XI.  Master Character List (the meat and potatoes of this FAQ)
        XII. Realms
        XIII.  Factions
        XIV. Species
        XV. Fatalities
        XVI.  Miscellaneous Questions
        XVII.  Special Thanks and Author Contact Info
    Revision History
    10/16/04 - Version 4.0 -Mortal Kombat: Deception is out and so it's only
                            natural that I update this jalopy. Also added Konquest
                            as its own game for simplicity sake. Lots of updates
                            here and there, including the merging of profiles for
                            Older Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot. Enjoy!
    9/3/04 -  Version 3.5 - So funny thing happened to me a few months ago. I got
                            an email from *the* John Vogel, the guy currently in 
                            charge of the MK story. Other than a little praise 
                            and correction (Johnny Cage stuff), he told me that he
                            felt sorry for how much stuff I was going to have to 
                            change once Deception came out. Stuff from the MK:DA 
                            endings that *should* be canon won't be canon. And 
                            that's why I'm not going to tell you specifically 
                            what's been updated so far. Changes here and there 
                            for almost every section based on the new storyline 
                            information from the upcoming Mortal Kombat: 
                            Deception. I barely touched the 
                            Realms/Factions/Species sections since I might as well
                            wait until the game is released for that. The styles 
                            for the new characters are left empty as I'm waiting 
                            for the final version of the game to tell us who has 
                            what (after all, Sub-Zero originally had tae kwon do 
                            in MK:DA before the final version). Also, for the 
                            moment, I'm considering the cameos in the MK:D Prison 
                            Stage to be non-canon easter eggs. Anyway, thanks 
                            again to John Vogel and to all you readers out there
                            for your support in this collosal waste of time.
    3/4/04 -  Version 3.1 - Mortal Kombat: Deception has been announced and that's
                            reason enough for me to update. So far the confirmed 
                            cast are as follows: Ashrah, Baraka, Bo' Rai Cho, 
                            Dragon King, Ermac, Hotaru, Kenshi, Kitana, Mileena, 
                            Nightwolf, Noob Saibot, Quan Chi, Scorpion, Sindel 
                            and Sub-Zero. Human Smoke appears in arena concept 
                            art, so he's probably in there too. Also updates for
                            Cyrax, Kabal, Kai, Liu Kang, Sareena and the mutants.
                            Thanks for this update go to ]{ombat, Sakura316,
                            Andrew Wilgus and the fine people at PSM.
    1/18/04 - Version 3.0 - Hey, it's the first anniversary of this wonderful FAQ!
                            how awesome is that?! Updates with some interesting
                            miscellaneous facts about Sub-Zero, Sindel, Moloch,
                            Johnny Cage and Shang Tsung, while fixing some 
                            spelling errors. Wait until you see what Sindel's 
                            original name was going to be. Oh man.
    9/19/03 - Version 2.7 - Mostly fixing some minor errors. Nothing big.
    9/3/03  - Version 2.6 - Full story info for Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition
                            added. Sections for Sareena, Sektor, Noob Saibot, 
                            Goro and Sub-Zero updated. The Tekunin added to
                            Factions. Probably won't have much in updates until 
                            we get some story info on Mortal Kombat 6.
    6/11/03 - Version 2.5 - Added some info on Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition,
                            which adds Sareena, Sektor and Noob Saibot to the 
                            MK:DA storyline. Plus lots of random fixes and minor
    2/14/03 - Version 2.1 - Celebrating Crippling Depression Day with an update. 
                            I've read through the MK2 comic and updated the MK1 
                            and MK2 sections, as well as the sections for 
                            Raiden, younger Sub-Zero, Quan Chi, Scorpion, Goro, 
                            Jax, Kano, Sonya, Kitana and probably some others. 
                            Also an update to the Black Dragon section and a lot 
                            of spelling errors.
    2/3/03  - Version 2.0 - Lots and lots of stuff. I've been given information 
                            on the MK2 comic which means updates to the MK1 and 
                            MK2 sections. I was reminded that Raptors are also 
                            called Saurians and that Motaro's race is called 
                            Centaurians, not Centaurs. Plus updates in the 
                            sections for Goro, Johnny Cage, Kano, Kintaro, Liu 
                            Kang, Raiden, Rain, Scorpion, Sektor, Sindel, Smoke, 
                            Sonya, Stryker, and both Sub-Zeros. Plus an update 
                            in the Special Thanks. 
    1/22/03 - Version 1.2 - Khameleon, Jade, Smoke and older Sub-Zero sections 
                            updated. Also updates in the Misc. Questions and 
                            Special Thanks.
    1/20/03 - Version 1.1 - Just fixing some grammatical errors.
    1/18/03 - Version 1.0 - Everything is new! Whee!
    Introduction and Opening Statement
    (If you read the Opening Statement for the Street Fighter Plot Canon 
    Guide, you might as well move along to the next section)
    The purpose of this FAQ is to finally give a coherent presentation of 
    the storyline of Midway's Mortal Kombat series, and all the many games 
    that tie into it. This FAQ relies on official statements and 
    confirmations from stuff that is canon, as well as using info from the 
    games to determine stuff that is PROBABLY part of the official canon 
    storyline. If I don't have a complete 100% assurance, even if it's only 
    a slight bit of doubt on a bit of info, that bit of info shall be marked 
    as such.
    Unlike the Street Fighter, King of Fighters and Tekken series, Mortal 
    Kombat comes from an American company, meaning there's less confusion due 
    to translation. Also, unlike Capcom and SNK, Midway has not published 
    any books officially giving information on characters and events. This 
    makes the events of the series a lot more vague, considering they have 
    to be perceived from the games or the creators, who rarely ever give much 
    Midway has been known to retroactively change ("retcon") their storylines 
    and established canon, mostly due to the inclusion of more characters in 
    the upgrades (i.e. MKT and MKG). Due to this, if you see something in an 
    older game and there's a new version of it in a newer game, take the new 
    version and forget the old. This FAQ goes by the latest, most up to date 
    version of the storyline, which is the currently official one, and it 
    shall continue to try to keep up to date. However, I will definitely 
    mention times when Midway has retroactively changed already established 
    parts of the storyline.
    Another note, because for some reason, people don't seem to realize this: 
    PART OF THE CANON (with the exception of the MK1, MK2 and probably MK4 
    comic books which were made by John Tobias himself). Midway did not MAKE 
    any of those things. They simply licensed out the Mortal Kombat name and 
    characters to others, but they DID NOT review any of the storylines of 
    what the people did with said license (for the express purpose of making 
    it comply with the canon. Obviously, they'd check to make sure the 
    content wasn't say... too 'inappropriate'). They are not canon in any 
    way, though as I will mention in various places, the movies did help 
    inspire parts of the MK:DA storyline. Their events are not canon, their 
    relations between characters are not canon, and the artistic license 
    portrayal of the characters' personalities within them aren't canon, 
    So in other words: Scorpion is not "Yong Park" and he doesn't have a 
    Piranha Plant living in his hand. Noob Saibot did not spawn from Ermac in 
    the heat of battle. Sub-Zero never palled around with Hydro. Nightwolf 
    is NOT a computer nerd who merges with a wolf. And if you even think I'm 
    going to do a section of this FAQ about Siro, then click that X in the 
    top right corner of your window.
    I.  Timeline and Canon Games
    This is the order that the games within the Mortal Kombat plot's universe 
    take place. For the main games, I'm going to assume that each game takes 
    place in the year it was released. Considering Kenshi's story claims that 
    he lost his sight a decade ago by old Shang Tsung, it's safe 
    to say that the story takes place in real time.
        Konquest (spans over the course of about 60 years, ending at the time of 
        Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1990: Two years prior to MK1)
        Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (Date unknown, though it has to be 
    before MK1)
        Mortal Kombat 1 (1992)
        Mortal Kombat II (1993)
        Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1995)
        Mortal Kombat Gold (1997)
        Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance/Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2002)
        Mortal Kombat: Deception (Takes place immediately after MK:DA)
    There were official comics released for MK1, MK2 and MK4 that portrayed 
    the prologue for their respective games. The first two are almost 
    definitely canon. They were written and illustrated by John Tobias 
    himself, available through order as advertised in the arcade games 
    themselves. The art and character profiles from the first one were 
    adopted for the console manuals.
    The MK4 comic was available with the purchase of the PC version of the 
    game (though a friend hooked me up with a free copy a long time ago). I 
    no longer have it and don't know how much Tobias had to do with it. So I 
    can't really say how official it is compared to the story. It does not 
    really contradict much of anything, though. I have been shown a scan of 
    the older Sub-Zero's appearance in the comic, which turns out to be nothing 
    more than a one-frame flashback, meaning his appearance is not a 
    Even though I'd like to think that there's nobody who would believe 
    otherwise, the comedic renders in MK:DA are nothing more than jokes that 
    aren't canon, except maybe Johnny Cage's VHS collection. So Quan Chi 
    doesn't have a jazz album coming out, Shang Tsung doesn't sell shoes and 
    Kano doesn't have his own cereal named after him. Just wanted to cover 
    II. Konquest
    Gameplay: Konquest was part of MK:D. It was a side-game that elaborated on
    the similarly-named training mode from MK:DA. Playing the role of Shujinko,
    players would span various realms, looking for six artifacts known as the
    Komidogu. During the adventure, Shujinko would run into various Mortal Kombat
    characters and train alongside them in order to learn their attacks. Filled
    with cameos, Konquest features an appearance by just about every Mortal Kombat
    character to ever appear in a fighting game. It also featured the means to
    unlock secret characters and arenas in the MK:D Krypt. (note: I don't count
    the sidequest cameos as canon for good reason. By that I mean stuff like Jarek
    hanging out in the Netherealm before he was even born)
    Story: A child named Shujinko was strongly interested in the Mortal Kombat
    tournament. He wished that one day he might be able to defeat Shang Tsung and
    save Earthrealm. One day, a ball of light appeared before him. It called 
    itself Damashi. It was a herald of the Elder Gods and needed Shujinko's help. 
    Damashi convinced Shujinko into believing that he was the Champion of the 
    Elder Gods and that he had to track down six powerful artifacts known as the 
    Komidogu. Shujinko agreed and was granted the power to copy the fighting 
    ability of those he would fight or train with.
    Shujinko's quest began with years of vigorous training with Bo' Rai Cho.
    Master Cho was truly impressed with Shujinko's ability to learn so quickly.
    One day, Master Cho asked Shujinko to find his warrior's medallion that he had
    lost. Shujinko wandered off and found it, but Damashi told him to keep it for
    the time being. Shujinko then traveled to the Lin Kuei's training ground,
    using Bo' Rai Cho's medallion to convince them that he was a worthy warrior. 
    Under the grandfather of the Sub-Zero brothers, Shujinko expanded his 
    fighting repetoir. He was a member of the Lin Kuei now. His first mission was 
    to deliver an artifact without being caught by the Red Dragon, but as Damashi 
    was quick to point out, it was the Earthrealm Komidogu. Damashi led Shujinko 
    to the Nexus, where he was able to insert the first Komidogu. From there he 
    went to the Netherealm.
    The Netherealm was not a friendly place, but eventually Shujinko found a
    friend in Ashrah. They trained together, followed up by Shujinko testing his
    skills against a Tarkatan warrior. Ashrah asked Shujinko to help her find
    Ermac so that she could slay him. Shujinko eventually came across Ermac, not
    realizing his name. Ermac knew that Ashrah was looking for him and was
    concerned. His magical power was diminishing in the Netherealm and he needed
    something called the Soul Stone to help keep his powers in check. Shujinko 
    assisted him in finding the stone and in return, Ermac trained Shujinko. Once 
    they were finished, Ashrah appeared and the two battled. Ermac became the 
    victor, but Ashrah continued to fight. Shujinko found the Netherealm Komidogu 
    and left.
    As he set the second Komidogu in place, something interesting happened. A
    being known only as Monster showed up, angry at Shujinko. He and Shujinko
    disagreed over who was the Champion of the Elder Gods, leading into a fight.
    Shujinko defeated Monster, who was never heard from again. Damashi had no real
    answers behind the incident. Off to Chaosrealm...
    In Chaosrealm, Shujinko had to earn the right to exist there by fighting a
    guard. During his journeys, he came across a cemetery that was being taken
    over by a Netherealm wraith. Shujinko showed off his skills by defeating the
    Hell spawn. He eventually ran into Havik, who needed help. Four Seidan
    Guardsmen had taken over the Chaosrealm water supply and needed to be stopped.
    If Shujinko could defeat them all and open their minds to the ways of chaos
    (through a special medallion supplied by Havik), Havik would train him in the
    ways of his bizarre fighting style. Shujinko defeated the four warriors, but
    Havik refused to honor such a stupid thing as a contract. It wasn't his style.
    Instead, he trained Shujinko through experience. Mainly by trying to kill
    him. Shujinko realized the meaning in Havik's actions and moved on. He found
    a labyrinth that led to the Orderealm Komidogu. To get it, he had to wade
    through a pool of strange liquid. After running into Damashi, an older
    Shujinko realized that the liquid slowed down time for him and years had
    passed since he first stepped into the pool. He returned the Komidogu to the
    Nexus and moved on to Outworld...
    Shujinko's search in Outworld was fairly quick. He ran into Mileena and the
    Tarkatan army, settled outside a rebellious village. Mileena attacked
    Shujinko, though he fended her off and studied her onslaught so that he could
    copy her attacks. Mileena decided to have Shujinko join Kahn's side and told
    him of the village that refused to give up its rule to Kahn. If Overlord 
    Zeffeero, the ruler of Lei Chen, would not give up his head, everyone would 
    die. Shujinko didn't want to see that and tried to negotiate. Zeffeero refused 
    to give up his head and instead told Shujinko of the Seidan Guard, who would 
    jump at the chance of messing with Shao Kahn. He told Shujinko of an artifact 
    in the Living Forest that would work as pay for the Guard. Shujinko wandered 
    through the forest and met with Jade, who had found the artifact first. She 
    assumed that Shujinko was an enemy and attacked. Shujinko knocked her out and 
    took the artifact, which was actually the Outworld Komidogu. Damashi 
    congratulated him and told him to continue the quest, but Shujinko's 
    conscience nagged him. He wanted to help out Lei Chen, but he knew he couldn't 
    use the Komidogu as a bargaining chip. Damashi explained the ways of Seido to 
    Shujinko and said that while they could help drive away Kahn's forces, they 
    would also take over the town as their own.
    After a stop at the Nexus to drop off the Outworld Komidogu, Shujinko ventured
    into Seido. He found Hotaru and told him of the village's plight. Hotaru
    considered helping, but then told Shujinko that they were busy dealing with 
    one of Darrius' riots. Shujinko ran off to stop Darrius himself. He was 
    successful. Hotaru was impressed and trained Shujinko to be part of the Seidan 
    Guard. From there, they returned to Outworld. The town had been liberated, but
    Hotaru was now the man in charge. Shujinko left and ran into Baraka, who was 
    rightfully furious at Shujinko. They fought and Shujinko won. He complimented 
    Baraka and convinced him to teach him how to fight. Afterwards, Shujinko was 
    visited once more by Damashi, who told Shujinko to return to Earthrealm so 
    that he could take part in the Mortal Kombat tournament. After all, Damashi 
    sensed Shujinko's hatred for Shang Tsung and felt that he deserved a chance
    at destroying the sorcerer.
    Back in Earthrealm, Shujinko met with Kenshi. Kenshi explained his background
    and what Shang Tsung had done to him. He then taught Shujinko how to fight
    without using one's sight. They parted ways with both of them looking for
    Shang Tsung. During his travels, Shujinko came across Nightwolf. Nightwolf
    noticed much evil in Shujinko's soul, much to Shujinko's surprise. For several
    years, Nightwolf trained Shujinko in his fighting style while teaching him how
    to control the darkness within. Shujinko moved on and found Shang Tsung. He
    asked Tsung for a spot in the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament. After some
    brief sparring, Shang Tsung agreed to it. He also agreed to Kenshi's entry.
    Shujinko found Kenshi again and told him about what happened. The two had a
    friendly argument over who was going to defeat Shang Tsung and ran off to join
    the tournament. On his way, Shujinko was stopped by an angered Damashi.
    Damashi was not happy with Shujinko's acts of controlling his inner evil,
    since he needed it to enter other realms and finish his quest. Shujinko was 
    ordered to spend several years in the Netherealm to regain his negativity.
    Shujinko gave up his spot in the Mortal Kombat tournament, which Liu Kang
    eventually won. On his way to the portal, Raiden stepped in his way. He was
    skeptical that Shujinko would be the Champion of the Elder Gods, but after
    a battle between the two, Raiden was convinced. He allowed Shujinko to pass,
    believing that the Elder Gods would have a good reason to bring in their
    Back in the Netherealm, Shujinko met Scorpion. Scorpion didn't want anything
    to do with Shujinko at first. He only wanted to hunt down Quan Chi and make
    him pay. Shujinko convinced Scorpion that if he were to train him, they could
    both gain from it. Shujinko would gather enough darkness from Scorpion's rage
    and Scorpion would have an ally in tracking down Quan Chi. Scorpion agreed and
    the two trained together. Afterwards, Shujinko found Quan Chi for Scorpion.
    Scorpion smacked Quan Chi around and chased him off. This led to the intro
    sequence of MK:DA. Shujinko returned to the Nexus, where Raiden was waiting
    for him. Liu Kang had been killed and the Deadly Alliance needed to be
    stopped. Shujinko agreed to help. 
    He entered Outworld, but was quickly caught by Kano. Shujinko was thrown in
    with the people of Li Mei's village, who were forced to construct a fortress 
    for Shang Tsung. Li Mei told Shujinko that she planned to kill the Deadly 
    Alliance herself. Shujinko wasn't sure that she could do it on her own, but 
    trained her with styles Bo' Rai Cho once taught him years ago. Shujinko 
    escaped the village and went to find Hotaru for help. Unbeknownst to Shujinko, 
    when asking for help, he had violated Lei Chen's curfew. Hotaru brought 
    Shujinko back to Seido, where he was imprisoned for some time. On the day of 
    his trial, elderly Shujinko was saved by Dairou, who was hired by Damashi to 
    kill the guards. Shujinko broke into a courthouse to find the Seido Komidogu, 
    but a disappointed Hotaru showed up. Hotaru was going to defend Shujinko in 
    court, but he had lost faith in his former friend and was going to punish him 
    himself. Shujinko defeated him and ran off with the Komidogu. He returned it
    to the Nexus and left for the final Komidogu in Edenia.
    In Edenia, he met Kitana. She told him about how Sindel was captured by Shao
    Kahn's henchmen (a bit of a screw up, since Kahn is supposed to be
    dead and Kitana's supposed to be in Outworld). Shujinko fought off Tanya and
    rescued the imprisoned Sindel. Sindel trained Shujinko, knighted him, and
    granted him the Edenia Komidogu. Damashi appeared, proud of Shujinko. He told
    him that because of the reuniting of the six Komidogu, he could return to
    reality in a body. Shujinko returned to the Nexus one last and prepared to
    insert the final Komidogu. But first, he found he had company.
    Scorpion had just failed once again in unleashing his rage on Quan Chi. Due
    to the events of his defeat at the hands of Moloch and Drahmin, Scorpion had
    ended up in the Nexus. He recognized Shujinko, but for reasons Shujinko didn't
    realize at the time, Scorpion tried to stop Shujinko. He failed. With Scorpion 
    knocked out, Shujinko finally completed his lifelong quest. The Komidogu were 
    set in place. But nothing happened. Onaga, the Dragon King, entered the Nexus, 
    laughing at Shujinko. It was all a trick. Damashi was not working for the 
    Elder Gods at all. He was just Onaga's spiritual essense. All Onaga needed for 
    complete domination was Shinnok's amulet, held by Quan Chi at the time. He 
    chased off Shujinko and left to find Quan Chi. Shujinko was appalled at what 
    he had done, but swore he would undo the wrongs brought forth by the Dragon 
    King's deception.
    III. Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (takes place in 1990)
    Gameplay: An unpopular sidescroller with the elder Sub-Zero as the 
    protagonist. He's played in similar fashion as his MKT incarnation, 
    including special attacks and running combos. The more experience gained, 
    the more special attacks the ninja gains.
    Story: Shinnok, fallen Elder God and ruler of the Netherealm, was 
    desperate to escape the world of damnation. His high priest Quan Chi had 
    set out to retrieve the amulet that would allow Shinnok to travel through 
    realms. But instead of getting his hands dirty, he hired two ninjas to 
    acquire the map to the amulet's dwelling: Sub-Zero of the Lin Kuei and 
    Scorpion of the Shirai Ryu. The two met on their way to the map and 
    fought for supremacy. Sub-Zero came out victorious and removed the head 
    and spine of his rival.
    Quan Chi was happy with Sub-Zero's ability and hired him again to follow 
    the map into the fortress where the amulet was held. Sub-Zero agreed and 
    successfully got past the four elemental gods who guarded it: the gods 
    of earth, wind (Fujin), water and fire. He gave the amulet to Quan Chi, 
    who cackled and escaped back to the Netherealm. Raiden appeared and 
    informed Sub-Zero of the big mistake he had just made. Raiden was unable 
    to enter the Netherealm, but thanks to Sub-Zero's soul being tainted with 
    evil, he was able to enter. Under Raiden's orders, Sub-Zero went against 
    his original mission and followed Quan Chi.
    In the Netherealm Sub-Zero met the reincarnated soul of Scorpion who was 
    obviously angry about the whole being dead thing. Sub-Zero won the 
    rematch and moved on to face Quan Chi's assassin henchwomen Kia, Jataaka 
    and Sareena. He killed the first two, but let Sareena live. Astounded 
    that she was spared, Sareena assisted Sub-Zero in defeating Quan Chi. 
    She pleaded for him to take her with him when leaving the Netherealm, but 
    then she was attacked from behind. After having Sareena die in his arms, 
    Sub-Zero saw that it was Shinnok himself who dealt the blow.
    The two fought and while Sub-Zero could not outfight Shinnok, he did 
    succeed in removing the amulet from his hands. Shinnok, enraged, 
    transformed himself into a giant monster and chased the ninja. Raiden 
    opened up a portal, which allowed Sub-Zero to escape back to Earthrealm 
    victorious. Sub-Zero returned the amulet and went back to Lin Kuei 
    headquarters. Shortly later he was asked by Shang Tsung to enter his 
    tournament: Mortal Kombat.
    John Tobias was hoping MKM would be a success in order to do more 
    sidegames based on the MK mythos. Though he did work on MK:SF, he also 
    claimed that he was interested in making games about Liu Kang and Baraka. 
    Unfortunately those games never came into fruition.
    IV. Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (takes place a little before MK1)
    Gameplay: MK:SF was a 3D action game where the player controls Major 
    Jackson "Jax" Briggs and has him hunt down criminals using his bare fists 
    and various weaponry while solving puzzles. The game turned out to be a 
    complete failure, disliked by even the most hardcore MK fanboys.
    Story: After Kano caused the escape of Black Dragon members No Face, 
    Tasia, Jarek and Tremor from prison, he and his team trapped and 
    slaughtered Jax's friends and fellow Special Forces agents in an 
    abandoned warehouse. Jax single-handedly chased each member, taking them 
    down one by one, with his love interest Gemini giving him orders via 
    After doing away with Tremor, Jax found that Kano had escaped through a 
    portal. Despite Gemini's orders to wait for her, Jax entered the portal 
    and found himself in Outworld for the first time. His search for Kano 
    ended when he found the criminal in a room with a red gem called the Eye 
    of Shitian, which apparently had the power of mind control since Kano 
    insisted Jax would be the first to serve him. The two fought and Jax 
    came out the winner. He brought Kano and the Eye of Shitian back to 
    Earthrealm and that's pretty much it.
    You might be thinking "Hey, why haven't you mentioned Sonya? Wasn't she 
    in it?" The answer is: she wasn't. The original plan was to make both Jax 
    and Sonya available for use. The two even appeared on the cover of a 
    gaming magazine (forgot which one). But John Tobias left Midway in the 
    middle of production of Special Forces, leaving the bigwigs at Midway to 
    have the game finished in a hurry in order to make a couple bucks. This 
    meant cutting plenty of corners, including the loss of Sonya in the game.
    Also, Jax fights with his metal arms that we first saw in MK3. The reason 
    for this is that they were only prototypes back when MK:SF took place.
    V. Mortal Kombat (1992)
    Gameplay: Using digitized graphics with live action characters, MK1 was 
    created to jump on the fighting game bandwagon that started with Street 
    Fighter 2. MK1 was a one-on-one fighting game with an extra helping of 
    blood and gore that caused soccer moms to have a fit. It was the first 
    fighter to incorporate directional taps and button holding in order to 
    pull off special moves. The most famous aspect of the game, as well as 
    the entire series, was the ability to do away with your opponent after 
    winning with a "Fatality" move. The SNES version took out the blood, only 
    to see the Genesis version gain more sales. It also featured the first 
    mainstream secret character in a fighting game.
    Story: Mortal Kombat was a Shaolin tournament held years ago in the name 
    of honor. But one year the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung brought his 
    apprentice, Prince Goro of the Shokan race to compete. He killed Kung 
    Lao, the reigning champion and plunged the tournament's good name into 
    darkness. Every tournament won by Goro meant the weakening of 
    Earthrealm's barriers. By "unbalancing the furies", Shang Tsung's lord 
    Shao Kahn would be able to invade Earthrealm and make it his own.
    500 years had past since Goro's victory over Kung Lao. With the entrance 
    to Earthrealm ready to give after one more Outworld victory, the young 
    warrior Liu Kang stepped forward to put a stop to Goro and Shang Tsung. 
    He had been trained by Master Bo' Rai Cho, a skilled fighter who could 
    only train and not compete because of his Outworld origin (he may be a 
    good man, but winning would still have the same effect as it did with 
    Goro). Other warriors included the mysterious ninja Sub-Zero, hired to 
    assassinate Shang Tsung; Scorpion, the specter form of a man Sub-Zero had 
    murdered two years before; Kano, a criminal who has heard stories of the 
    riches in Shang Tsung's fortress; Sonya Blade, the Special Forces agent 
    out to catch him; and Johnny Cage, a movie star who entered the 
    tournament out of spite for those who claimed his abilities were nothing 
    more than camera tricks and special effects. Shang Tsung personally 
    invited Raiden, the Protector of Earthrealm, to join the tournament. 
    Shang Tsung kept his bodyguard Reptile hidden away from plain view during 
    the proceedings. And some swear that they had seen a mysterious red ninja 
    hiding in the shadows.
    Everyone who entered and is NOT mentioned in the above paragraph was 
    killed in the tournament. Among the vagueness of what happened for most 
    the tournament, here are the only definite matches that had occurred:
    Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion: Even though he had lost the first two times 
    against his sworn enemy, Scorpion finally defeated Sub-Zero in battle. He 
    returned the favor and killed Sub-Zero, fulfilling his mission. Immediately 
    after, Scorpion faded to ash. He had no reason to face Goro or Shang Tsung. 
    His duty was fulfilled.
    Liu Kang vs. Goro: Liu Kang believed that he could use Goro's 
    overconfidence to secure a victory. Luckily for him and the people of 
    Earthrealm, he did win. Liu Kang did not kill Goro, allowing each of them 
    to move on to their own battles. And before anyone emails me: Johnny Cage 
    vs. Goro is nothing more than a fabrication from the movie.
    Liu Kang vs. Shang Tsung: Despite Shang Tsung's ability to morph and use 
    the abilities of other warriors, he still fell to the might of the 
    Shaolin fighter Liu Kang. Once Shang Tsung received the match ending flying 
    kick, his island began to crumble. Liu Kang left to escape the island 
    rather than chase Shang Tsung.
    Goro vs. Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Kano: This is according to the MK2 
    comic. The four of them fought at the Pit and the three humans were likely 
    going to win in the end. But the crumbling of the island separated them and 
    Raiden could only find Johnny Cage. He flew the movie star away from the 
    island and dropped him off near a Special Forces boat. Sonya and Kano 
    found themselves in the forests of Outworld and Goro's whereabouts were 
    Liu Kang left Shang Tsung's island and returned to his Shaolin home, only 
    to find it in ruins. An army of mutants led by a being named Baraka had 
    destroyed the ancestral land, leaving only a few survivors (one of which 
    being Kung Lao). Liu Kang realized that the story had only begun.
    VI. Mortal Kombat II (1993)
    Gameplay: Improving upon its predecessor in every way, MK2 is referred to 
    as the highlight of the series by many. The game featured more 
    characters, more Fatalities and more secrets. It also included 
    Friendships and Babalities, which proved to be popular at the time. The 
    SNES version had the blood and gore intact, showing that Nintendo was 
    finally beginning to break the mold of being a PG videogame company.
    Story: Upon the wizard's return to Outworld, Shao Kahn immediately 
    chastised the defeated Shang Tsung. He was going to have him horribly 
    punished until Shang Tsung offered an idea that would redeem the lost 
    efforts of Kahn's previous plan. He brought up the fact that if he were to 
    be able to wander into Earthrealm once more, he would be able to challenge 
    Raiden to a new tournament in Outworld. The rules said that they had to 
    accept or else they would lose by forfeit. With Liu Kang and the rest of 
    Earthrealm's champions defeated, the furies would be unbalanced and 
    Earthrealm would be Kahn's for the taking.
    Shao Kahn loved this plan and in return granted Shang Tsung youth (though 
    he would not undo Shang Tsung's curse). Kahn would host and take part in 
    the tournament along with Shang Tsung, his new general Kintaro, Baraka, 
    Jade, Reptile and the twin assassins Kitana and Mileena. 
    At the ruins of their beloved temple, Liu Kang and Kung Lao were visited by 
    another ninja named Sub-Zero. He explained that he was the brother of the 
    other Sub-Zero and that the Lin Kuei had found out the perpetrators of the 
    attack thanks to their surveillance of the temple. He asked to join the two 
    so he could find Shang Tsung and finish the job his brother couldn't 
    complete. Sub-Zero was also accompanied by his fellow Lin Kuei member 
    Jackson "Jax" Briggs came across Johnny Cage in the waters near Shang 
    Tsung's island. Johnny insisted that his story about Shang Tsung's contest 
    as well as Sonya's whereabouts were true, but Jax refused to believe that 
    Sonya would ever help Kano and vice-versa. Eventually Jax set him free. 
    Johnny returned to acting very briefly until being attacked by some of Shao 
    Kahn's goons while filming a commercial. Jax and a soon-to-be dead Special 
    Forces agent arrived to lend him a hand. Johnny and Jax got out alive with 
    the help of the other Earthrealm warriors. Shang Tsung offered the challenge 
    to Raiden, which was accepted.
    Liu Kang and the others arrived into Outworld, led by Raiden. The news of 
    Sub-Zero's return reached the ears of Scorpion, who rose from the depths of 
    the Netherealm in order to slay his enemy for good. There was also an 
    appearance of a shadow-like ninja named Noob Saibot, who seemed to be more 
    interested in watching the battles as opposed to taking part in them.
    So which matches happened or are important? Here's the rundown:
    Sub-Zero vs. Unknown Opponent: At one point in the tournament, Sub-Zero 
    won a match but refused to kill his enemy. This is an important moment 
    in the series because Scorpion watched this with great confusion. As to 
    who he let live, we were never told. It is most likely one of the fellow 
    warriors from Earthrealm.
    Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion: There is a chance that this is the moment when 
    Sub-Zero got that scar over his eye. He lost to Scorpion, but to his 
    surprise was granted mercy. Scorpion disappeared from the tournament after 
    that, realizing that the ninja he fought was a different Sub-Zero then the 
    one he fought in MK1. In fact it was that ninja's younger brother. Though 
    Scorpion never told Sub-Zero, he vowed to become his protector as an 
    apology for killing his brother. There is a contradiction between what the 
    game says and what the MK2 comics says, since the comic had Scorpion on 
    Sub-Zero's side from the beginning. It isn't totally important, but I'll 
    side with the game's version of the story here.
    Kitana vs. Mileena: Through her years as an assassin, Kitana had found 
    out that she was really the daughter of the man who ruled Edenia before 
    Kahn took over. Kahn was afraid of Kitana's motives so he had her fight 
    her evil twin/clone Mileena. In the end, Kitana came out with the 
    victory, killing the freak that once considered her a sister.
    Raiden vs. Kintaro: According to Motaro's rarely used MK3 bio, Kintaro 
    faced off against Raiden in MK2 and was vaporized by the god's immense 
    power. So let's hear it for the series' most underdeveloped character, 
    Liu Kang vs. Shao Kahn: Though there are some who believe otherwise, Shao 
    Kahn did NOT win MK2. If he did, he wouldn't have needed that plan from 
    the MK3 intro. He was defeated, and according to Liu Kang's story intro 
    in MK3, it was Liu Kang who had won. The intro text claims that Liu Kang 
    had thwarted more than one of Kahn's schemes and that getting rid of Liu 
    Kang was the Extermination Squad's main priority. Defeating Shang Tsung 
    in MK1 was quite a feat, but if Shao Kahn lost to somebody else, you'd 
    think that he would be more interested in eliminating him or her instead.
    Shao Kahn had been defeated, but he wasn't killed. Since his reign was 
    still in tact in MK3, he likely used his armies to chase his enemies out 
    of his precious realm. In the chaos, Jax had released Sonya and Kano from 
    the chains that Kahn had bound them to. Kano escaped custody and eluded 
    his Special Forces enemies. But Jax and Sonya were more concerned with 
    the strong possibility that Kahn could somehow invade their home world 
    eventually. Johnny Cage returned to Hollywood where he made Mortal 
    Kombat: The Movie, revitalizing his career. Sub-Zero returned to Lin Kuei 
    headquarters for further instructions as Scorpion returned to his home in 
    the Netherealm. Kitana disappeared into the night, on the run from her 
    furious stepfather. The Shaolin combatants Liu Kang and Kung Lao returned 
    to the ruins of their devastated temple to pay their respects. Liu Kang 
    accepted the events as part of his destiny, but Kung Lao was sure that 
    their challenges were far from over.
    VII a. Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
    Gameplay: Mortal Kombat 3's engine was faster paced than MK2 and included 
    the unpopular Run button, which caused the player to run forward in order 
    to unleash a dial-a-button combo. The Fatalities were sloppy and lacked 
    the edge of the predecessor's finishing moves. It also added the ability 
    to grant your opponent Mercy, letting them fight with only a scant amount 
    of health. One needed to use the Mercy option in order to gain the 
    ability to use his or her character's Animality. Cyrax's Animality was a 
    shark, which fits considering many videogame fans consider MK3 to be the 
    moment where the franchise "Jumped the Shark".
    Story: As mentioned before, MK3 never really happened as it was upgraded 
    into UMK3 and finally MKT. So I'll use this area for the story 
    established in MK3 and bring up the changes in the UMK3 and MKT sections. 
    Sound good? All right.
    Ever since Sindel's abrupt death 10,000 years before, Kahn had had a plan 
    to use Shang Tsung and his band of shadow priests to eventually resurrect 
    her body, but in Earthrealm. This act would weaken the dimensional gates 
    enough that he would finally be able to invade the realm. And to no 
    surprise, it was a complete success. He and his armies invaded Earthrealm 
    and he immediately devoured billions of human souls, growing even more 
    powerful. The entire realm began to merge with Outworld, allowing Kahn to 
    feed off its resources. But there were a select few mortals whose souls 
    were protected thanks to Raiden. Unfortunately, Raiden would have to sit 
    this one out, as he wasn't allowed to physically face Shao Kahn.
    To counter Raiden's act, Shao Kahn had his new general Motaro lead his 
    Extermination Squads across the realm with orders to destroy any 
    survivors. Motaro and his men succeeded in taking care of most of their 
    targets, including the horrible mutilation of Black Dragon member Kabal. But 
    some survived, including Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jax, Sonya, Nightwolf, 
    Kurtis Stryker and the younger Sub-Zero.
    For Sub-Zero, it could not have come at a worse time. The Lin Kuei had 
    selected him to undergo cybernetic advancements that would make him a 
    mindless weapon. With the robotic versions of Sektor, Cyrax and his best 
    friend Smoke, Sub-Zero has to elude his hunters while helping out his 
    While Kahn brought Motaro, Shang Tsung and Sheeva with him, it was a 
    surprise to many that he had acquired the services of Kano, whose 
    knowledge of Earth's weaponry would come in handy for Kahn's army.
    Unlike MK1 and MK2, MK3 was not a traditional tournament. Instead it 
    escalated into a war between two sides.
    VII b. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)
    Gameplay: Make no mistake: Scorpion is probably the franchise's most 
    popular character (just ask Pac Man). So it's no surprise that fans were 
    disappointed in MK3's lack of the yellow ninja specter. Not to mention 
    the fact that Kitana was missing as well. UMK3 was nothing more than an 
    upgrade, adding more characters, all of them palette swaps (an overuse of 
    the two ninja outfits). There were also a few more backgrounds and the 
    Endurance mode that had been missing since MK1.
    Story: The story pretty much stays the same as with MK3. There are only a 
    couple additions.
    First off, Shao Kahn also had the support of Mileena, who he had 
    apparently resurrected. Kahn was also concerned with Kitana's audacity to 
    revolt against him. He sent Reptile and Jade to eliminate her. This was hard 
    on Jade who considered Kitana to be her best friend since childhood.
    Kahn made an attempt to steal the souls from the Netherealm, only to 
    fail. But it did allow Scorpion to escape its grasp. Without a mission at 
    the time, Scorpion was enlisted into Shao Kahn's army.
    Note: I don't mention Human Smoke, Ermac or Classic Sub-Zero here. Human 
    Smoke isn't canon, Classic Sub-Zero is either not canon or not important 
    and Ermac isn't given any story in this version of the game.
    VII c. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1995)
    Gameplay: Who wants more characters? Well that's what you're getting. 
    That along with Brutalities and the Aggression bar, which causes your 
    character to become faster with a shadow effect. There are also classic 
    versions of some of the characters and a few old backgrounds.
    Story: Okay, so they changed the story a little more. Let's recap. Kahn 
    did his thing with resurrecting Sindel and invaded Earthrealm. But this 
    time Raiden was not only able to protect the souls of a few Earthrealm 
    warriors, but fought among them, giving up his immortality.
    Sub-Zero was still being chased by the three cyber ninjas and Kitana was 
    still being chased by Jade and Reptile. Also, Mileena was able to read 
    Kitana's thoughts, making her a great asset to Kahn. A female ninja named 
    Khameleon appeared, searching for Reptile for some reason.
    So finally, Kahn's legion was made up of: Shao Kahn, Motaro, Sindel, 
    Shang Tsung, Sheeva, Kano, Mileena, Reptile, Jade, Baraka, Rain, Noob 
    Saibot and Scorpion.
    So here are the fights that happened:
    Sub-Zero vs. Cyrax: While Smoke regained his senses and fought alongside 
    Sub-Zero, the unmasked ninja defeated one of his remaining hunters in one 
    on one combat. Rather than killing Cyrax, the Sub-Zero messed with his 
    programming, changing Cyrax's orders to "Eliminate Shao Kahn."
    Jade vs. Reptile: At some point, Jade realized that she would rather 
    turn on her master than kill her best friend. So, she attacked her travel 
    companion Reptile. Jade succeeded in allowing Kitana to escape the grasp of 
    her scaly pursuer.
    Kitana vs. Sindel: Okay, so this one is mostly speculation, but Kitana 
    was the one who helped Sindel regain her memory. Considering Sindel's 
    evil intent before that, I don't think she was the kind of person to 
    stand there, listening to what Kitana had to say while refraining from 
    using any violence.
    Shao Kahn or a Minion vs. Scorpion: At one point, Scorpion realized that 
    the younger Sub-Zero was one of the Chosen Ones. He remembered his vow to 
    protect and went after Shao Kahn. We know that a representative of 
    Earthrealm defeated Kahn, so Scorpion beating Kahn is not in the cards. 
    It's likely that Kahn defeated the traitor and sent him back to the 
    depths of the Netherealm. Then again, there's the possibility that 
    someone like Motaro or Shang Tsung did it first.
    Shao Kahn vs. Kung Lao: Originally this was meant to be Kung Lao's big 
    death scene, but it was eventually retconned for MKG. Shao Kahn took Kung 
    Lao's challenge and gained a decisive victory. It was believed that Kung 
    Lao had died, but in actuality he faded from the world of violence in 
    order to live in peace.
    Raiden vs. Shao Kahn: It's almost totally certain that Raiden battled Shao 
    Kahn at one point in MKT as it is referenced in other endings (mostly that 
    Kahn's henchmen waited for him to be weakened from the fight so that they 
    could capitalize). If it did happen, then Raiden got his ass handed to him.
    If Raiden won, then Kahn was 
    forced back into Outworld. If Raiden lost, then 
    Liu Kang vs. Shao Kahn: It was Liu Kang who defeated Shao Kahn, fueled by 
    Kung Lao's "death". So says the profile for Liu Kang's Tomb in MK:D. After 
    Kahn's loss, he escaped back to Outworld, trying to at least salvage his rule 
    Sonya Blade vs. Kano: The two fought on top a skyscraper with Kano 
    winning for the most part. He tore off a lock of Sonya's hair, which left 
    him open. She grabbed him with her legs and threw him off the building to 
    his death. Motaro saw the fight and picked up Kano's dying body for Kahn, 
    who would eventually revive Kano.
    Sheeva vs. Motaro: Kano was brought back to full health through magic and 
    kept locked up as punishment for his failure in killing Sonya. But just 
    outside his jail cell, Sheeva attacked and killed Motaro with plans to do 
    the same to Kahn. Kano offered to help her if she would let him out. She 
    did, but when Kano was supposed to cause a diversion for Sheeva to attack 
    Kahn, he instead informed him of Sheeva's plan. Kahn killed the female 
    Shokan with a sword and immediately made Kano his new general.
    After the two realms split thanks to Shao Kahn's failure, he and some of 
    his minions lowered their profile and took a back seat for a few years. 
    Baraka moved on from Kahn's faction and Reptile believed him to be dead. 
    But Mileena and Noob Saibot were in fact spies for something equally as 
    evil and powerful as Shao Kahn.
    Jax and Sonya were thanked for their efforts by heading a new department 
    of the Special Forces: The Outerworld Investigation Agency, which would 
    use science to create portals used for excursions into other realms. 
    Johnny Cage returned to the world of movies. The former Black Dragon member 
    Kabal moved on from the adventure, deciding to carve his own path.
    Cyrax's new mission to eliminate Shao Kahn was seemingly over. But he began 
    to malfunction and found himself buried in a desert. Smoke was captured by
    Kahn's forces at one point and was kept in one of Kahn's dungeons. Sektor 
    was still functioning, much to Sub-Zero's dismay.
    Kitana had succeeded in bringing back her mother's memory. Sindel and 
    Kitana ruled their world of Edenia, which was also separated from 
    Note: I did not mention "Classic" versions of characters, Human Smoke, 
    Chameleon (who is different from Khameleon), Goro, Kintaro or Classic 
    Sub-Zero. They are all non-canon additions who are there only for 
    completion. Human Smoke's ending even states that he is non-canon. There 
    is a chance that Classic Sub-Zero is an exception to this.
    VIII a. Mortal Kombat 4 (1997)
    Gameplay: Mortal Kombat had hopped the 3D barrier, ditching the live 
    action actors. While the game included a weak weapon system and the 
    ability to sidestep, it was mostly just MK3 with fewer characters. Like 
    most 2D to 3D fighter translations (Street Fighter and Fatal Fury), MK4 
    was not met with much critical acclaim. In the console versions, Goro was 
    used as a penultimate boss before Shinnok. The extra -alities were 
    scrapped, leaving only two Fatalities per character.
    Story: Again, like with MK3/UMK3/MKT, MK4 was upgraded into MKG. So 
    here's what the story was like before the new characters were included.
    Ever since MKM, Quan Chi has had the special amulet, while Raiden, Shinnok 
    and Sub-Zero were fighting over a replica. Escaping into Edenia with the 
    help of a traitor they attacked the Elder Gods themselves. But Shinnok and 
    Quan Chi did not fight alone. Not only did Shinnok have Noob Saibot on his 
    team, but also his long-thought-dead general Reiko had mysteriously 
    returned. Reptile, who was a wanted felon in Edenia, agreed to join the 
    fallen god. Quan Chi had informed Scorpion that his wife and child had been 
    murdered, claiming that it was the younger Sub-Zero who did it. Scorpion 
    turned his back on his promise to protect Sub-Zero and agreed to work for 
    Only a few gods survived Shinnok's onslaught. Namely Raiden and Fujin. 
    They knew that they needed help immediately to combat this threat before 
    it was too late for Earthrealm. They found Liu Kang, who agreed to give it 
    his all, alongside his longtime friend Kai. An Edenian woman named Tanya had 
    also joined their side, though nobody realized that she was the one who 
    allowed Shinnok entry into her realm in the first place.
    As Jax and Sonya pursued the last known Black Dragon member Jarek, they 
    learned of Shinnok's plans to dominate Earthrealm. Despite being sworn 
    enemies, the Special Forces members agreed to fight alongside Jarek to destroy 
    the greater evil.
    The younger, scarred Sub-Zero never wanted to wear his Lin Kuei uniform 
    ever again. But with news of Shinnok and Quan Chi, he donned his blue 
    ninja outfit once more. Not out of loyalty to the Lin Kuei, but as a 
    tribute to his late brother whose courage foiled Shinnok's evil plans 
    once before.
    And much to the surprise of many, the legend of Mortal Kombat himself, 
    Goro had seemingly returned.
    Like MK3, MK4 is not a tournament, but a war between good and evil.
    VIII b. Mortal Kombat Gold (1997)
    Gameplay: Nothing added, really, just some new characters and a lot of 
    glitches. There was originally going to be a new character named Belokk 
    included, who looked like a big red demon, but he was taken out.
    Story: All the stuff mentioned in the MK4 section still stands. There are 
    just some story arcs added for the new characters.
    Okay, so Shinnok was still out to take over Edenia and eventually 
    Earthrealm, with a little Elder God revenge tossed in. But not only did he 
    have Quan Chi, Reiko, Scorpion, Noob Saibot and Reptile working for him, with 
    Tanya working as a spy, but Mileena was helping him out as well. Little did 
    Shinnok know that Quan Chi had his own secret minion ready to assassinate the 
    god: the Tarkatan nomad Baraka.
    The Lin Kuei had found Cyrax in the desert and tried to fix his bugs and 
    glitches. With only a few members left, they sent Cyrax to find Sub-Zero 
    again, again accompanied by Sektor. Sektor was also commanded to keep an 
    eye on his fellow cyber ninja.*
    Despite his vow to live a life of peace, Kung Lao had to scrap his plans 
    when he heard of Shinnok's evil intentions. But more importantly to him, 
    he heard that Goro was still alive. Kung Lao felt the urge to make up 
    for his ancestor's loss, so he joined his friends into battle once more. 
    Also helping out this time was Edenia's princess Kitana.
    Even though MK:DA has a deep storyline, the game almost completely 
    ignores the events in MK4/MKG. Besides Quan Chi, who is in the game, most 
    other new characters do not even get a single mention. The only exception 
    is Shinnok, who is mentioned a couple times in Quan Chi's story for 
    obvious reasons. Because of this, it is very hard to tell what fights 
    Kitana vs. Mileena: This very brief fight is shown through their 
    respective endings, occurring in Kitana's throne room. After Kitana won, 
    Mileena begged for her life. Kitana almost considered it, but Mileena 
    surprised her with an uppercut. Kitana bested her sister in kombat and locked
    her up.
    Liu Kang vs. Shinnok: Quan Chi was in possession of Shinnok's amulet, which
    was his source of power, while Shinnok only held onto a replica. This allowed 
    him to be destroyed by Liu Kang, according to the profile for Liu Kang's Tomb
    in MK:D.
    Sonya Blade vs. Jarek: With the threat vanquished, Sonya tried again to 
    take Jarek into custody. For some reason they were standing on top a 
    high cliff. Jarek rushed Sonya, only for her to move out of the way, 
    causing the Black Dragon member to plummet.
    Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion: It was the last known battle between the two, taking 
    place in Goro's Lair. Scorpion's burning hatred was too much for Sub-Zero to 
    handle and he fell to his might. Scorpion taunted him, claiming that he would 
    finally have revenge for what Sub-Zero had done to his family and clan. But 
    Sub-Zero groggily told him that he wasn't the one who did those deeds. 
    Somehow, Scorpion knew he was telling the truth. Quan Chi appeared and 
    admitted to committing the crimes and using Scorpion to get rid of his 
    enemies, the Sub-Zero brothers. He banished Scorpion back to the Netherealm, 
    but at the last moment, Scorpion grabbed Quan Chi and brought the sorcerer 
    with him.
    Reptile found out that Shao Kahn was still alive and returned to his side. 
    Kitana thanked Liu Kang for his help and offered to become his wife. Liu Kang 
    turned her down so that he could continue to protect Earthrealm. Kitana also
    became allies with Goro, bringing peace to their land. Kung Lao attacked Goro 
    and scarred his chest, but then the two talked it over and ended their feud. 
    Johnny Cage returned to making movies, even winning an award for his latest 
    flick. Jax and Sonya found Cyrax and using their technology, fully returned 
    his human will. He thanked them by joining their ranks as a Special Forces 
    * The part about Cyrax being found by the Lin Kuei and going on a second 
    mission to catch Sub-Zero seems to have been retconned by MK:DA. MK:DA 
    claims that Jax found Cyrax in the desert, ignoring the part about his 
    mission with Sektor.
    IX a. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002)
    Gameplay: The first MK of the new millennium surprised the masses by 
    breaking the shell of the past games and completely changing the fighting 
    engine. More about story and gameplay than gore, MK:DA featured a system 
    where each character had three different fighting styles with the ability 
    to switch between them during the match. The third style was usually a 
    weapon style, which made the character more prone to damage. While 
    casual gamers and fighting game fans enjoyed the game, there were many 
    fanboys who pulled out their hair because there was only one Fatality 
    per character. Because we all know that great gameplay is far inferior to 
    being able to turn people into babies. </sarcasm>
    Anyway, the game featured a new system called the Krypt where you could 
    unlock from your choice of 676 different koffins. It brought back the 
    Test Your Might mini-game and added Test Your Sight.
    Story: Unlike the previous MKs, the story in MK:DA is a little more drawn 
    After the many violent battles he had been involved in, Sektor's programming 
    had been corrupted. He had a new mission: Destroy the Lin Kuei Grand Master 
    and take over as leader. He succeeded in murdering the Grand Master, but
    before he could take leadership, the younger Sub-Zero challenged him. Sektor
    lost this fight and escaped to Japan, where he started his own clan of cyber-
    ninjas known as the Tekunin.
    Not only did Sub-Zero's victory gain him leadership of the Lin Kuei, but also
    the right to wear the Dragon Medallion, which enhanced his ice abilities 
    enough that he was almost a god. He reformed the Lin Kuei for good and 
    gained new members by holding a tournament. The winner of the tournament was 
    a young woman named Frost with abilities similar to Sub-Zero. He made Frost 
    his student and trained her. Unfortunately, her cockiness increased along 
    with her abilities.
    In the Netherealm, Scorpion made it his mission to rough up Quan Chi as 
    much as possible. Over time Scorpion became increasingly powerful while 
    Quan Chi's power began to lessen. Quan Chi met with two Oni named Moloch 
    and Drahmin who helped him out by beating up Scorpion. Moloch and Drahmin 
    knew of a way out and promised to protect Quan Chi from Scorpion if he 
    were to take them with him. He agreed until they made it to the portal 
    out. Scorpion attacked again, causing Moloch and Drahmin to attack once 
    more. Quan Chi, alone, hopped through the portal and into Outworld. After 
    that, Scorpion jumped into the portal to find himself in a different 
    place in Outworld. Moloch and Drahmin, furious at the treachery, followed 
    them and also found themselves in another location.
    Sometime later, the demon Sareena had come across the abandoned portal and 
    escaped into Outworld. She learned to feed off of the living aura of Outworld
    in order to regain her attractive human form.
    Quan Chi found himself in the tomb of Onaga, the Dragon King, a demonic former 
    ruler of Outworld who predated Shao Kahn. Using Shinnok's amulet, Quan Chi 
    was able to read the ancient scriptures, telling of the Dragon King's 
    invincible army. An idea spawned upon his bald head and he left to find the 
    one sorcerer whose powers rivaled his own: Shang Tsung.
    Through backstabbing Sheeva after she killed Motaro, Kano had become the 
    general of Shao Kahn's armies. Though the emperor was weakened by his 
    loss in MK3, his evil was still alive. At the time it was Kano leading 
    Kahn's army against Kitana and Goro leading their army. While Kano's side 
    was taking a beating, one of his soldiers, Noob Saibot, succeeded in killing 
    the legendary Goro in the midst of battle.
    The devolving Reptile was sent to retrieve Shang Tsung at his home, 
    bordered by an acid moat. He told him to report to Kahn immediately. 
    Shortly after the message, Shang Tsung heard a battle going on outside. 
    There he saw Quan Chi battling Scorpion, who had caught up to the evil 
    wizard. With a quick cheap shot, Quan Chi knocked Scorpion into the acid, 
    killing him for the time being.
    Quan Chi told Shang Tsung of his idea for domination of Outworld and 
    Earthrealm. Using Shang Tsung's ability to transmit souls between bodies, 
    he would fill the bodies of the Dragon King's undead army with the souls 
    of worthy warriors. In return, Quan Chi would construct the Soulnado, a 
    tornado of souls leading to the heavens that would give Shang Tsung 
    almost eternal life. The two shook on it, but Shang Tsung added another 
    part to the plan. He said that they had to get rid of the two who could 
    put an end to their plans: Shao Kahn and Liu Kang.
    Reptile was out of view, but he heard the entire conversation. He seethed 
    in anger, smart enough to know that he wasn't enough to defeat both 
    sorcerers. He traveled to Shao Kahn's fortress, hoping to make it before 
    it was too late. But on the way he met a vampire woman named Nitara who 
    pulled him aside to show him the base of Kitana's army. Reptile took this 
    knowledge of the base and resumed his race towards Kahn's home.
    But Shang Tsung and Quan Chi were there first. And after a false show of 
    loyalty, they attacked Shao Kahn together. Shao Kahn put up a great 
    fight, but in the end his body fell to the power of the Deadly Alliance. 
    Upon Kahn's death, Kano revealed himself from the shadows, congratulating 
    the sorcerers on their efforts and asked to join them. The three left 
    together, a while before Reptile finally made it. The knowledge that he 
    could have saved his master if he wasn't so caught up in finding the 
    location of Kitana's army caused Reptile to fall even deeper into his 
    insanity. He traveled alone, in search of a new master while blaming his 
    anger on Shang Tsung, Quan Chi and Kitana.
    Reptile eventually found Nitara again and attacked her. It wasn't that 
    he blamed her, but he was so delusional that he saw her as those who he 
    was so furious with. She forgave his attack and used him for her own 
    agenda. She instructed Reptile to attack Cyrax, the Special Forces agent 
    who was wandering through the realm. Under her instructions, Reptile 
    attacked Cyrax and sunk his teeth into his arm panel, ruining any 
    communications with Earthrealm. Cyrax scared Reptile away with his chest 
    buzz saw attack, only for Nitara to conveniently appear. She asked that 
    he help her find and destroy the orb that would separate her home world 
    from Outworld, with the reward being a portal to Earthrealm. Cyrax agreed 
    to her terms and they began their journey.
    Later on, Reptile realized that maybe it WAS Nitara's fault that Shao 
    Kahn was dead.
    Liu Kang trained at the Shaolin temple, meditating with Kung Lao 
    watching. Only it was actually Shang Tsung disguised as Kung Lao. The two 
    fought with Liu Kang gaining the upper hand. But a surprise attack by 
    Quan Chi ended the fight in Shang Tsung's favor. He snapped Liu Kang's 
    neck and devoured his soul. Mortal Kombat's champion was no more.
    Kung Lao found Liu Kang's body and screamed with rage. He would have his 
    revenge on whoever killed his best friend. Raiden appeared and solemnly 
    told him the news of the Quan Chi/Shang Tsung team-up. Kung Lao left the 
    temples to seek out Master Bo' Rai Cho, the retired trainer from Outworld who 
    taught Liu Kang how to defeat Shang Tsung ten years before. First Raiden 
    wanted him to meet him at Shang Tsung's old island from the old MK 
    Sonya and Jax had sent an agent, the mysterious swordsman Kenshi, to find 
    Cyrax and bring him back. Little did they know that Kenshi was really 
    entering Outworld in order to settle his vendetta with Shang Tsung. As 
    he found out about the sorcerer's plans, Kenshi tried to return and warn 
    Jax and Sonya. But he was too late.
    Hsu Hao, a friend to the Special Forces, showed his true colors by 
    setting a bomb that destroyed the Outerworld Investigation Agency's 
    manmade portal. Though Jax tried to stop him, Hsu Hao escaped and hopped 
    into the portal in order to meet with his leader and fellow Red Dragon 
    member, Mavado. Kenshi was stranded in Outworld.
    Mavado joined the Deadly Alliance in order to gain immunity for his Red 
    Dragon organization upon invasion. Surprised to find his enemy Kano 
    still alive, Mavado asked for a chance to kill him. Quan Chi promised 
    that he could face Kano in a fight to the death if he could succeed in 
    finding and killing the Special Forces spy Kenshi.
    Shang Tsung gained his own allies during this as well. He found Moloch 
    and Drahmin and acquired their services so that if Quan Chi was to try 
    something funny, Shang Tsung could have them attack his treacherous 
    Kano and his army forced a village to create a new fortress for Shang 
    Tsung. A young woman named Li Mei became fed up and attacked the one-eyed 
    thug. Quan Chi reprimanded her, but made a deal with her. If she were to 
    win Quan Chi's tournament, she and her people would gain their freedom. 
    She agreed to enter, not knowing that it was a ploy to gain worthy souls 
    for the Dragon King's army.
    Raiden had Kung Lao, Sub-Zero, Frost, Jax, Sonya and Johnny Cage meet him 
    at what remained of Shang Tsung's island. It was there where he recapped 
    the events leading up to Liu Kang's death. He led them to a portal where 
    they had to each fight an image of their worst enemy to make it through. 
    They succeeded and found themselves in Outworld.
    The returning Scorpion attempted to sneak into Shang Tsung's fortress to 
    get at Quan Chi. Instead of finding Quan Chi, he stumbled upon Drahmin 
    and Moloch. Scorpion could not take them both on and was overpowered. 
    They tossed Scorpion into the Soulnado where the Hell-born ninja was torn 
    apart by its forces. But all of the sudden, Scorpion vanished.
    While traveling through Outworld, Frost attacked Sub-Zero. It seemed she
    wanted the Dragon Amulet for herself all along. Unfortunately for her, she
    did not have what it took to contain its power and died from being completely
    frozen. Sub-Zero could not save her and instead searched for a worthy place to
    bury the body.
    Mavado found the Special Forces spy Kenshi and challenged him to a duel. 
    Mavado won and thought he killed Kenshi. Reporting back to Quan Chi, he 
    was given his promised match against Kano. Mavado killed his rival and 
    destroyed the last remnants of the Black Dragon. Quan Chi then informed 
    Mavado of another group that could cause the Red Dragon trouble: the Lin 
    Mavado met with his henchman Hsu Hao who awaited his new orders. Mavado 
    gained favor to Quan Chi for allowing him to kill Kano and there was 
    proof that Shang Tsung was planning to use Moloch and Drahmin against 
    Quan Chi. Mavado ordered Hsu Hao to kill Shang Tsung. Hsu Hao ran off to 
    the deed. On the way, he was ambushed and beaten half to death by Jax. 
    The metal-armed agent then tore out Hsu Hao's red, glowing heart, killing 
    Nitara the vampire lead Cyrax to the Dragon Egg's incubation chamber 
    where the mystical orb that bound her realm with Outworld was held. Cyrax 
    swam through boiling hot lava and found it. Nitara, true to her word, 
    sent Cyrax back to Earthrealm. She then destroyed the orb, separating 
    Outworld from her race's true home.
    Some time later, Reptile had finally tracked Nitara down to the Dragon Egg's 
    Incubation Chamber, but that's where the trail ended. Then a beam of light 
    blasted out of the cracking Dragon Egg and took hold of Reptile. He began to 
    transform into a large, reptilian emperor. He became Onaga, the Dragon King.
    In the lava, Blaze, the protector of the Dragon Egg, was finally freed 
    from his curse and left to do whatever.
    Li Mei succeeded in winning Quan Chi's tournament. Breaking his promise 
    to free her people, Quan Chi had Shang Tsung use her soul to awaken the 
    final member of their undead army. Bo' Rai Cho intervened and ended up saving
    the young woman from an existence of being nothing but a decayed slave.
    Immediately after, the heroes of Earthrealm showed up to stop Quan Chi and 
    Shang Tsung. But one-by-one, those heroes fell in battle. Kitana, Kung Lao, 
    Jax, Sonya and Johnny Cage had been killed. Raiden was the last one left and
    he fought hard against his two enemies. Their teamwork was too powerful and
    even the mighty god Raiden could not come out victorious.
    The Deadly Alliance had won.
    But treachery appeared as Shang Tsung began to eye Quan Chi's amulet. Quan Chi
    noticed this and the two turned on each other. It was a quick fight and Quan
    Chi came out the winner.
    ...for two seconds.
    IX b. Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2003)
    Gameplay: The second version of MK:DA for Gameboy Advance, due to the limited
    number of characters in the first version of MK:DA, everyone but Scorpion, 
    Shang Tsung and Quan Chi have been replaced with the rest of the characters 
    as well as three new characters: Sareena, Sektor and Noob Saibot. It also 
    features a team play system and Weapon Fatalities.
    Story: Same as MK:DA, only it added the less-than-important stories of 
    Sareena, Sektor and Noob Saibot. I added them into the MK:DA story section 
    above to save space.
    X. Mortal Kombat: Deception
    Gameplay: MK:D continues to use the MK:DA engine, though it tosses in wider, 
    more interactive environments and the inclusion of Breakers. There are at 
    least two fatalities per character, as well as "hara-kiri" suicide moves. 
    Plus a new Konquest mode that acts as an adventure mode, allowing you to 
    customize your own version of the warrior Shujinko. Not to mention a couple 
    new side-games like a chess-based team fighting mode and Puzzle Kombat, which 
    is Midway's take on Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.
    Story: Kabal wanted nothing to do with the Black Dragon, but that did not stop
    Mavado from attacking him in an act to eliminate every remnant of his rival
    syndicate. Kabal would have died, but he was saved by Havik. Havik insisted 
    that Kabal return to his roots as a member of the Black Dragon and lead a new
    faction to greatness. Kabal agreed and went to work right away. First he
    tracked down Mavado and killed him with his hook swords. Afterwards, Kabal
    searched for recruits for his new Black Dragon. He found them in Kira and 
    Upon Quan Chi's victory over Shang Tsung, Onaga appeared for his amulet. Quan
    Chi attacked Onaga, soon joined by Shang Tsung and Raiden, but their combined
    might was not enough to stop the returning villain. In desperation, Raiden
    used his energy to create a bomb made from the essense of his godhood. It
    exploded. Raiden was nowhere to be seen, Quan Chi and Shang Tsung were dead,
    and Onaga was still standing. He picked up the amulet and was on his way. But
    not before resurrecting the dead bodies of Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Kitana,
    Sonya Blade and Jax Briggs.
    Baraka looked up to Onaga as an invincible leader. He became Onaga's general
    and spread his new master's evil throughout the land. He recruited Tanya and
    released Mileena from her prison. With Kitana's body now in Onaga's posession,
    Mileena was able to impersonate her sister.
    Queen Sindel was kidnapped and imprisoned by Onaga, guarded by Kitana herself.
    Jade saved Sindel and locked up Kitana. As Kitana called for the guards, the
    two escaped. While escaping, Jade noticed the traitor Tanya at Onaga's side.
    With Shang Tsung vaporized, the soul of Liu Kang was free. But he refused to
    ascend into the Heavens. Somebody had ravaged his tomb and now Liu Kang's
    body was wandering Outworld on its own, killing innocents and the like. Liu
    Kang's spirit also realized the similar state of his friends, who fought for
    Onaga. The spirit came across Ermac, who understood Liu Kang's frustrations
    and wanted to help him.
    Under the guise of Kitana, Mileena commanded Bo' Rai Cho to lead his army into
    a battle that he could not win. Baraka's Tarkatan horde made mincemeat out of
    Master Cho's army and the drunken boxer started to lose hope. Liu Kang
    appeared in spirit form and brought the inspiration Bo' Rai Cho needed. He
    united various Edenian and Outworld armies to defeat the Tarkatans as one.
    Baraka and his kind never knew what hit them. In the midst of the melee, Bo'
    Rai Cho found Baraka and taught him a thing or two about fighting. Baraka and
    his remaining soldiers ran off.
    Mileena was surprised, yet pleased, at the events. As long as nobody knew she
    was not Kitana, she would be in control of the most powerful army of all time.
    She just had to get rid of the one who knew the truth: Baraka.
    Baraka was angry at what had happened. He blamed Mileena. He felt that she
    somehow aided Bo' Rai Cho's army with some type of sorcery. Hearing that
    Sub-Zero was sighted nearby, he sent the remainder of his army to retain him.
    Baraka then got word that Mileena had wished to see him. Baraka sent one of 
    his men disguised as him to meet with his lover. Baraka's suspicions were 
    founded as Mileena fed the imposter to flesh-eating beetles. Baraka showed 
    himself and tore Mileena to bits.
    Man, if those two can't keep it together, what chance do the rest of us have?
    Sub-Zero searched through Outworld and found ruins of a lost race of beings
    who could control ice. Sub-Zero investigated and realized that he and Frost
    were descendants of these people. He buried Frost with the rest of their
    people and donned a new set of armor. In his travels, he was cornered by what
    was left of Baraka's army. There were still too many for Sub-Zero to fight
    and he tried to elude them in the Living Forest. It was to no avail and he
    was cornered. Accepting death, Sub-Zero fought with everything he had. But
    his armor started to speak to him, helping his battle. Amazingly, Sub-Zero
    defeated the entire horde.
    Hotaru, the most decorated member of the Seidan Guard, was very busy. He had
    pledged his allegiance to Onaga, worshipping the order that his reign would
    bring. But he still had to worry about his enemies, such as Darrius, Havik
    and Dairou. He got word that Sub-Zero destroyed countless Tarkatan warriors.
    Hotaru decided to hunt the Lin Kuei master himself.
    Sub-Zero fought Hotaru and won. He thought that he killed the guardsman, but
    little did he know that it was a trick. Sub-Zero came across Kenshi, who was
    dying of the wounds from his fight with Mavado back in MK:DA. Kenshi had
    found that Shang Tsung had died at the hands of somebody else and he was no
    longer needed in Outworld. Sub-Zero helped heal Kenshi and the two wandered
    towards the portal to Earthrealm. Kenshi sensed Hotaru following them. What
    Hotaru didn't realize was that Dairou was on his trail as well.
    In the Netherealm, Noob Saibot was planning on taking over the realm with
    his henchman Smoke at his side. He was going to use Smoke's technology to
    create an army of cybernetic demons. Ashrah appeared to stop them, but mainly
    to kill Noob Saibot and allow her to be cast to a more peaceful realm. Whether
    Noob Saibot became victorious or whether Ashrah slayed him with her Kriss can
    only be speculated.
    Nightwolf had filled himself with the sins of his ancestors in an attempt to
    enter the Netherealm. What happened to him next is unknown, but it's more than
    likely that he was talked out of it by his old friend Shujinko. Shujinko was
    distressed with the damage he had done and was hoping to band together various
    heroes so that they could take down Onaga together. Other than (probably)
    Nightwolf, he brought together others who were not focusing on the true
    threat. Others like Kenshi, Sub-Zero, Bo' Rai Cho, Li Mei and Sindel.
    But there was another going after the Dragon King. Scorpion had watched the
    events unfold from the Nexus and an unlikely hero had been born. The Elder
    Gods granted him power and transformed him into their true Champion. Scorpion
    left to search and destroy Onaga for the good of the realms.
    Jade, on the other hand, had her own way of getting inside. She allowed
    herself to be captured so that she could get close to Tanya. Once she did,
    she tossed an orb filled with Tarkatan essense at her enemy. The liquid inside
    the orb splattered Tanya and made her reek of the stench of a Tarkatan male.
    The guards' instincts kicked in and they attacked Tanya. Her survival was not
    The heroes gained an unlikely ally with Havik, who gladly led them to Onaga's
    fortress. Shujinko and his friends did not have to worry about the threat of
    Onaga's controlled, Earthrealm warriors. Ermac appeared and bested all five
    of them in battle, allowing Liu Kang's spirit to free them from mind control,
    one-by-one. Kitana and the others were now back on the side of good, but Ermac
    sensed a powerful force at work, more powerful than even Onaga.
    As they cornered Onaga, Li Mei turned on her friends and joined Onaga's side.
    Shujinko learned a lesson from the way the heroes lost to the Deadly Alliance
    in the previous adventure. Rather than allow the others to die one-by-one,
    Shujinko absorbed all of their fighting power and took on Onaga himself. He
    smashed apart the Komidogu, which weakened Onaga enough to make him mortal.
    Then, with the powers of Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kung Lao and the others flowing
    through his body, Shujinko killed the Dragon King.
    The heroes left Onaga's body to rot. One of two things seemed to happen
    afterwards. Havik tore out Onaga's heart, the source of the recent
    resurrections that had taken place. Havik wanted to devour it so that he could
    bring upon more chaos and cause Shao Kahn to come back to life. But Kabal
    wanted it for himself and the Black Dragon. The canon events of his subplot
    will not be known until the next adventure.
    As for the Black Dragon, Kabal was proud of his recruits, but they still had
    one last test to complete. Kira and Kobra had to fight to the death. The
    survivor would be allowed to stay within the ranks. Kobra fought hard, but
    not hard enough. Kira smiled at the blood staining her knife, while Kobra's
    body remained lifeless. Kira was no longer a recruit, but a full-fledged
    The spirit of Liu Kang found the living corpse that killed in his name. The
    battle between the two was nothing but a stalemate. They were both Liu Kang
    and they both had the same skills. The long fight between good and evil took
    them back to Earthrealm. Raiden showed up and zapped the two forms with
    his lightning. The two forms merged together and Liu Kang, Champion of Mortal
    Kombat, was once again among the living.
    But yes, I forgot all about Raiden, didn't I? The Thunder God and Protector
    of Earthrealm had been reborn after the explosion that destroyed the Deadly
    Alliance. One would think that he was happy about the victory over Onaga, but
    Raiden was in fact furious. He saw that it was Shujinko's fault that Onaga
    came back. Raiden had given up on humanity and their tendency to threaten
    their own lives. He was going to eliminate any and all threats to Earthrealm
    with extreme predjudice. Victorious or not, Raiden planned to started with
    XI. Master Character List
    Here are the more in-depth looks at the characters of Mortal Kombat. 
    Other than the Dragon King, the list will only be of those who have 
    actually fought in the fighting games. Info on Jerrod will be found in 
    Sindel's section, the assassins from MKM will be found in Sareena's section 
    and info on other Black Dragon members can be found in Jarek's section. 
    MK1 and MK:DA featured brief character bios. Some of these bios 
    contradict each other, like characters losing lots of weight or getting 
    shorter. I went with the most recent bios with the ages depicting them 
    in MK:DA, except for the older Sub-Zero who I keep with his MK1 age.
    Now without further ado...
    Origin: Netherealm
    Species: Demon
    Affiliation: Formerly Brotherhood of Shadow
    Allies: Shujinko
    Foes: Ermac, Noob Saibot, Quan Chi
    Fighting styles: Chou Jaio, Ba Gua, Kriss
    Konquest: Ashrah met Shujinko in the Netherealm and explained her dilemma. She
    was a demon with a magical sword called the Kriss. Every time she killed an
    evil demon, she would feel evil leave her body. If she could vanquish enough
    evil, she would be rejected from the Netherealm. She trained Shujinko and
    taught him her fighting styles. She finished the training by having Shujinko
    fight a Tarkatan warrior. Ashrah convinced Shujinko to help her find the evil
    being known as Ermac so that she could destroy him and fulfill her goal of
    purification. Shujinko set up the meeting between the two warriors, which
    ended in Ashrah's defeat. She refused to stay down, but history shows that she
    never became successful in defeating Ermac. 
    Deception: Ashrah decided to kill Noob Saibot, one of the evilest wraiths in
    the Netherealm. It is likely that she defeated Noob Saibot and Smoke, only to
    be granted leave from damnation. In that situation, the Kriss would have
    stayed behind.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    For the longest time, fans speculated that Ashrah was a goddess and was a
    "female Raiden". Turned out that the two have nothing to do with one another.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Tarkatan
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn, Quan Chi and The Dragon King. Leader of his
    Allies: Mileena, Shao Kahn, Onaga, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi
    Enemies: Kung Lao, Bo' Rai Cho
    Fighting styles: Silat, Hung Gar, Baraka Blades
    Konquest: Baraka's Tarkatan army was set to attack the town of an Outworld
    town out to protect themselves from Shao Kahn's rule. Eventually, Hotaru and
    the Seidan Guard appeared to drive them away. Baraka met with Shujinko, whose
    fault it was that Hotaru showed up. They battled, but Shujinko came out the 
    victor. In defeat, Baraka was buttered up into teaching Shujinko how he 
    Mortal Kombat II: Baraka had just led the assault on to the Shaolin 
    Temples in retaliation for Liu Kang's MK1 victory. We do not know much 
    about his role in this tournament, but he did end up losing. During this 
    time, he and Mileena were having a secret romance.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Still on Shao Kahn's payroll, Baraka continued to 
    fight for evil. He grew fearful of Kahn's wrath when he failed to capture 
    several Earthrealm warriors. If Kahn were to defeat Raiden's forces, 
    Baraka planned to take advantage of the weakened emperor and kill him. 
    Because Shao Kahn did lose, Baraka's plans never came into fruition. He 
    left his people behind and refused to follow Kahn either out of fear or 
    because he just didn't know that he was still alive.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Baraka's nomadic excursions through various realms 
    led him to meet Quan Chi in Edenia. The two struck a deal where Baraka 
    would assassinate Shinnok, leaving them to rule the realm together. 
    Baraka agreed, partially because he loved to fight and found it as a good 
    excuse to crack some heads. It is unknown if he was able to kill Shinnok. 
    Deadly Alliance: He wasn't mentioned during the game itself, but according to
    MK:D, Baraka and his Tarkatan horde worked for Quan Chi and Shang Tsung.
    Deception: Baraka was one of the first recruited by Onaga, the Dragon King.
    He contacted his lover Mileena and included her into Onaga's plans. She would
    disguise herself as her "sister", and as Kitana, she would command Bo' Rai Cho
    into a diversionary battle that they could not win. For a while it seemed like
    Baraka could not lose. But Bo' Rai Cho's army struck back harder, humiliating 
    the Tarkatan horde. After being smacked around by Bo' Rai Cho, Baraka 
    retreated. He sent the remaining members of his army to chase down Sub-Zero, 
    who was seen wandering the Living Forest. Baraka had gotten word that Mileena 
    wished to see him. He suspected that she may have helped Bo' Rai Cho's army
    with the use of magical power. He sent a member of his race in his place, 
    dressed like him. As Baraka predicted, it was a trap. After Mileena killed 
    the fake Baraka, the real one showed himself and carved her guts out. 
    Considering the remainder of his army had been killed by Sub-Zero, the future 
    for Baraka is uncertain.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Baraka is a very unpredictable character, making him a liability to Shao 
    Kahn, Quan Chi and Onaga. While he may seem calm and collected at one moment, 
    before you know it he's causing decapitations left and right.
    There were two concept sketches released that depicted ideas for Baraka's 
    appearances before agreeing to his final look. One was exactly the same 
    as the final version, only with long, luxurious black hair. The other was 
    completely different, showing him as a masked ninja with swords, looking 
    nothing like the traditional MK ninjas.
    Baraka had a short cameo in UMK3 in Mileena's ending. Remember, Shinnok 
    hadn't been written into the story yet so at the time her ending was 
    completely different. In it, she kidnapped Sindel and Kitana and used 
    them as hostages for Shao Kahn, forcing him to find a way to dupe 
    Earthrealm's heroes into entering a new tournament where they would face 
    Baraka. Baraka as the boss of MK4? He couldn't have been worse than 
    The relationship between Shao Kahn and Baraka is strikingly similar to 
    the relationship between Skeletor and Beastman from Masters of the 
    Universe. The skull faced emperor who commands and regularly chastises a 
    freak who leads a legion of monsters and mutants.
    There is a MKG FAQ out there claiming Baraka's intro states that Kung Lao 
    sliced him in half during MKT and Shinnok resurrected him. Apparently it was 
    taken from a Prima strategy guide, which had an early version of the game's 
    story. It was changed before the game was released.
    While the Baraka mask came out looking cool, the budget for it was so low 
    that his teeth were made up of painted press-on nails.
    Despite Baraka's MKG ending appearing in the Krypt in MK:DA, which shows him
    dying, it's definitely not canon due to his appearance in MK:D. Besides, the
    ending also involved Quan Chi as the only living being in Outworld.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Elemental
    Affiliation: Slave to those who worship the Dragon King
    Allies: None.
    Enemies: None.
    Fighting Styles: Hapkido, Jeet Kun Do, Xing Yi
    Mortal Kombat II: Yes, Blaze was in fact here. Remember the Pit 2 where 
    the background shows a Liu Kang look-alike against a Liu Kang look-alike 
    on fire? Well, that latter guy is supposed to be Blaze. It was on that 
    bridge when he was randomly attacked by holy men serving the long dead 
    Dragon King. They enslaved him through magic and forced him to protect the 
    last known Great Dragon Egg.
    Deadly Alliance: Here Blaze did nothing more than swim in hot lava while 
    guarding the egg. He probably fought Nitara and/or Cyrax during this. 
    Once the egg cracked and took over Reptile's body, Blaze was free to 
    finish whatever quest he was in the middle of.
    Deception: Probably still on his mysterious quest. We were never told just 
    what he was up to.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    I'm sure there are some of you out there who find my Blaze in MK2 
    explanation to be hard to swallow. Prior to MK:DA's release, Boon claimed 
    that one of the two secret characters would be somehow connected to a 
    background from MK2. That got people coming up with theories of who it 
    would be. Smoke? Jade? Shao Kahn? A Shadow Priest? But most guessed that 
    it would be Blaze and they were right. 
    Before being named Blaze, the elemental was referred to as Torch by the 
    fans for many years. The MK fans even have a name for that Liu Kang 
    look-alike with the green headband that was fighting him: Hornbuckle. It 
    amazes me that they never came up with any names for the Shadow Priests. 
    Heck, it amazes me that the fans never came up with names for each 
    individual audience member in Shao Kahn's courtyard.
    The original sketches for Blaze looked a lot different from the Cinder 
    rip-off that he eventually became. Think of Paul Phoenix with a skunk 
    stripe in his hair, wearing only black pants. Then imagine him on fire 
    and you have Blaze's original look. Now that I think of it, I know plenty 
    of people who would love to see Paul Phoenix set on fire.
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 375 lbs
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Ally of the Shaolin Temples
    Allies: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Shujinko, Li Mei, Kitana
    Enemies: Onaga, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Baraka
    Styles: Drunken Fist, Mi Zong, Jojutsu, Sumo
    Konquest: Bo' Rai Cho was the first of many teachers for Shujinko. He taught
    the young boy the basics in battle. Once Damashi granted Shujinko the power
    to copy the attacks of others, Shujinko was able to best Bo' Rai Cho in a
    sparring match. Bo' Rai Cho was impressed with Shujinko's progress and trained
    him even harder. He spent years with Shujinko under his wing. Having lost his
    warrior's medallion, Master Cho asked Shujinko to fetch it. That was the last
    he had seen of him for many years.
    Deadly Alliance: With his legendary student Liu Kang dead, Bo' Rai Cho 
    met with Kung Lao who asked to learn the attack Liu used to defeat Shang 
    Tsung a decade before. Master Cho came back from retirement in order to 
    train his new student. When being pursued by Baraka's army, Bo' Rai Cho came
    across the Deadly Alliance transferring Li Mei's soul into an undead soldier.
    He saved Li Mei and escaped with her, just as the rest of the heroes showed
    up. From there, he began to train Li Mei as his student.
    Deception: Onaga's return brought feelings of doom throughout Outworld as
    Baraka's armies tore through the land. Bo' Rai Cho's feeling of lost hope
    was altered once the spirit of his student Liu Kang visited him. With Liu
    Kang's words, Bo' Rai Cho became inspired to turn the tides against the evil
    roaming his world. He united various armies and led them with Li Mei at his
    side against Baraka's horde. They massacred the evil forces and Bo' Rai Cho 
    bested Baraka in battle. Hope had returned and Bo' Rai Cho united with some
    of the other heroes to stop Onaga once and for all.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Bo' Rai Cho's name is actually a pun. "Borracho" is the Spanish word for 
    He moved to Earthrealm years ago to help prevent Shao Kahn's plans to 
    take over. He used his talents to train fighters to win Mortal Kombat. He 
    didn't succeed until Liu Kang came along. The reason Bo' Rai Cho himself 
    never entered is because he is from Outworld. Despite his good 
    intentions, entering and winning MK1 would have ended with Shao Kahn 
    breaching the portal to Earthrealm.
    MK:DA claims that Master Cho is the creator of the drunken boxing 
    fighting style. The guy loves to get drunk, especially with sake, which 
    apparently isn't available in Outworld.
    Bo' Rai Cho has never married. Gee, I wonder why.
    CYRAX (Unit LK-4D4)
    Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 650 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Cyborg
    Affiliation: Formerly Lin Kuei, currently Special Forces
    Allies: Jax, Sonya, Nitara
    Enemies: Sektor, Reptile
    Styles: Ninjitsu, Sambo, Pulse Blade
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Cyrax, along with Sektor and Smoke, pursued the 
    turncoat Sub-Zero. Cyrax eventually tracked him down and battled with 
    Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero won and had Cyrax reprogrammed. The orders "eliminate 
    Sub-Zero" were replaced with "eliminate Shao Kahn". Cyrax helplessly 
    joined the war against the evil forces from Outworld. As Shao Kahn 
    retreated, Cyrax's new mission was complete. He began to go haywire as he 
    blindly wandered in the direction of Lin Kuei headquarters. He ended up 
    buried in the sand, unable to climb out.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: The remaining members of the Lin Kuei found Cyrax and 
    brought him back to headquarters. They tried to undo the damage that 
    Sub-Zero had bestowed upon his programming. Because they were low on men, 
    they sent Cyrax to attack Sub-Zero once more, again assisted by Sektor. 
    (Everything up to this point may or may not be canon, considering his 
    MK:DA storyline) Jax Briggs from the Special Forces came across Cyrax and 
    brought him back to his base where he and Sonya helped bring back the 
    cyber ninja's human will. Cyrax thanked his new friends and joined their 
    ranks as a scout for the Outerworld Investigation Agency.
    Deadly Alliance: When on a routine excursion in Outworld, Cyrax was 
    attacked by Reptile. Reptile destroyed his arm panel, which he used to 
    communicate with his comrades in Earthrealm. Shortly after he met Nitara, 
    they made a deal: she would return Cyrax home to Earthrealm if he were to 
    crawl through lava to retrieve an orb that held Nitara's homeworld under 
    Outworld's tyranny. Cyrax agreed and after a long journey, he obtained 
    the jewel. Nitara thanked the cyborg and kept her word. Cyrax returned 
    home, but could not find his Special Forces allies anywhere.
    Deception: Stranded in Earthrealm with no way to help out his buddies.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Before finally being named in MK3, Cyrax's codename with the creators was 
    Cyrax loathes Johnny Cage for his cheesy movies. Especially Ninja Mime.
    When unmasked in his MKG ending, Cyrax was revealed to be of African 
    descent. I only mention this because, when is the last time you've seen 
    a black ninja? And no, Noob Saibot doesn't count.
    What's odd is that one of Cyrax's styles is ninjitsu. This strikes me as 
    weird since the originator of the Shirai Ryu (the Lin Kuei's rival) 
    created the style. You'd think that would be the last style they would 
    give him.
    Cyrax was originally going to be Scorpion's cyber form, but they nixed that
    pretty quickly.
    Origin: Seido
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Formerly worked for the Seidan guard
    Allies: Darrius, anyone with the cash
    Enemies: Hotaru
    Konquest: Dairou was hired by Damashi to free Shujinko from prison. He
    murdered the guards, set the old man free and took off.
    Deception: Dairou was contracted to take out his former fellow guard Hotaru,
    as set up by Darrius. What Dairou did not know was that Darrius was also
    behind all the events that led Dairou to this point, including the death of
    his family. His ending depicts him as killing Hotaru in a forest, but we won't
    know if that's canon or not until the next game.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Dairou worked as a member of Hotaru's guard. His family had been killed, 
    forcing Dairou to lose control when dealing with the killer. He was imprisoned 
    for his actions and became bitter over his treatment. During a riot, Dairou 
    was freed. He decided to become a mercenary, fighting for neither good nor 
    Dairou was originally going to be in MK:DA. Storywise, he was going to be a 
    bloodthirsty samurai from Outworld hired to protect Shang Tsung's fortress.
    Origin: Seido
    Species: Human
    Affiliaton: Heads an underground resistence
    Allies: Havik, Dairou
    Enemies: Hotaru, Shujinko
    Konquest: Darrius conducted a riot in Seido, but Shujinko stepped up to put
    an end to the violence. Darrius refused arrest and was defeated in battle.
    Deception: Darrius was free to remain the leader of the resistance in Seido.
    He hired Dairou to both kill Hotaru and steal the Declaration of Order. From
    there he planned to take over Seido with his resistance. As of now it is
    unknown whether or not Darrius had succeeded in leading a new era.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Darrius comes from the world of Seido, but is more in tune with Havik's 
    hatred for its constant order. Darrius leads a resistance to destroy Seido's 
    dictatorship. While this may make him sound noble and heroic, he is far from 
    it. Darrius is a terrorist and uses low-down tactics to get his way, such as
    his plotting to turn Dairou against the rest of the Seidan Guard.
    The last created character in MK:D.
    His second costume seems to be based on Jim Kelly, star of Enter: The Dragon.
    Early designs included the new leader of the Red Dragon and a sports athlete.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Oni
    Affiliation: Worked for Shang Tsung
    Allies: Moloch, Shang Tsung
    Enemies: Scorpion, Quan Chi
    Styles: Netherealm, Oni, Iron Club
    Deadly Alliance: Drahmin and Moloch were wandering around the fifth plane 
    of the Netherealm when they saw Scorpion beating Quan Chi into next week. 
    The sorcerer begged for their help and said he would help them escape if 
    they could get rid of Scorpion. The two Oni agreed and roughed up the 
    ninja specter. On their way to finding mystic building with a portal in 
    it, Scorpion attacked again. This time, while Drahmin and Moloch were 
    busy, Quan Chi escaped through the portal. The furious Drahmin and Moloch 
    made it through the portal before it finally closed.
    The two found themselves in Outworld where they ran into Cyrax. While 
    their numbers and raw strength were too much for the cyborg, Cyrax was 
    able to scare them off with a chest mine.
    The two Oni lived in a dark forest, feasting upon villagers who came by 
    until the day when Shang Tsung appeared before them. He offered them 
    shelter in the dungeon of his fortress. It was really a way for Shang 
    Tsung to gain the advantage if Quan Chi were to turn on him. Living in 
    the dungeon, Drahmin and Moloch found Scorpion lurking around one day, 
    trying to find Quan Chi. Even though Scorpion gave it his all, he was 
    still taken down by the demonic duo. They tossed him into Shang Tsung's 
    Soulnado and killed him.
    Deception: Probably just wandering around, reeking havoc with Moloch.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Drahmin smells really, really bad. So bad that upon entering Outworld he 
    was bombarded with Outworld rotflies that have yet to cease swarming his 
    decayed body. Lovely.
    Early sketches of Quan Chi in MK:DA show him with a "living weapon" which 
    was a head on a stick that looked exactly like Drahmin unmasked. It was 
    even shown spitting out rotflies as an attack. I guess the creators felt 
    that he'd be better to the story with an actual body.
    That colorful artifact mask he wears is called the Face of Kun-Lo. When 
    wearing it he is able to hold back his extreme rage and fight with his 
    Netherealm style. But removing it causes him to go into Oni style, where 
    he loses his focus and attacks with nothing less than murderous insanity.
    Before being tossed into the Netherealm, Drahmin was a powerful warlord 
    in Outworld. It is not known if there is any connection between he and 
    Shao Kahn.
    Drahmin's MK:DA ending showed him as tackling Quan Chi into the Inner Sanctum
    and coming out in a different form. Whether he and Quan Chi were meant to be
    fused or if Drahmin was to return to his mortal form is unknown. As John Vogel
    explained, we will more than likely never know, since they dropped that part
    of the story.
    Drahmin's voice is not exactly what you'd expect from such a savage creature.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Amalgam of souls given a human form
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies: Kenshi, Liu Kang, Shujinko
    Enemies: Ashrah, Onaga, Shao Kahn
    Styles: Huan Chuan, Choy Lee Fut, Axe
    Konquest: Ermac wandered the Netherealm, working under Shao Kahn. He wanted to
    challenge Ashrah, but his magic power was weakening in the realm's atmosphere.
    He had Shujinko find him an area with the Soul Stone that would enhance his
    power. In return, Ermac taught Shujinko his fighting styles. Ermac fought
    Ashrah and defeated her. The two were last seen continuing their battle.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Whether or not he was there doesn't matter because even 
    if he was, he didn't do a damn thing. More on this later.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: He accompanied Shao Kahn in his attempt to invade 
    Earthrealm. Along with her emperor, Ermac was defeated but he did not 
    die. Instead he followed Kahn to Outworld where he continued to serve as 
    slave to Kahn's will.
    Deadly Alliance: He did not appear in the game physically, but storywise, he
    had some interesting developments. At some point after Shao Kahn's death at 
    the hands of the Deadly Alliance, Ermac ran into the blind warrior Kenshi. 
    Kenshi sympathized with Ermac and freed him from Shao Kahn's mind control. In 
    return, Ermac taught Kenshi the secrets of telekinesis.
    Deception: Ermac had found Liu Kang, locked in a soul-based internal struggle.
    Ermac tried to help him deal with his situation while helping free the
    zombified bodies of Liu Kang's friends. In a surprising showing of ability,
    Ermac defeated Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sonya and Kitana on his own at the
    same time, as Liu Kang's ghost freed their minds, one at a time. Ermac was
    proud of his noble victory and rise to redemption, but he could sense an evil
    force controlling Onaga. Even in Onaga's defeat, the force would continue its
    advance in domination.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Though it wasn't intentional, Ermac is said by some to have appeared in 
    MK1. The claim was that it was a one in a million chance of the game 
    glitching and having you face a red version of Scorpion with "ERMAC" 
    (Error Macro) in the character's health bar. It wasn't until UMK3, when 
    they wanted to get as much mileage of their male ninja sprite as 
    possible, when he made his first official appearance.
    Whether or not he was actually hanging around the MK1 tournament is hard 
    to say. His UMK3 story claimed that he was very well hidden in the 
    shadows during past tournaments with his ending saying nothing more than 
    that he was really mysterious. Then MKT tossed that story out and went 
    with the idea that he was the merging of various warrior souls put into 
    human form.
    Much like Venom from Marvel Comics, Ermac constantly refers to himself as more
    than one entity. For instance, "We are Ermac. Do you truly wish to fight us?"
    The gems on Ermac's clothes enhance his telekinetic ability.
    Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 120 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human/???
    Affiliation: Lin Kuei (2)
    Allies: Sub-Zero
    Enemies: Sonya
    Styles: Tong Bei, Yuan Yang, Daggers
    Deadly Alliance: After blazing through Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei recruitment 
    tournament, Frost gained the attention of the new Grand Master Sub-Zero. 
    He took her under his wing and helped her hone her Kori powers. Frost 
    soon became full of herself, believing herself to be better than her 
    skills admitted. But considering her great abilities, she accompanied 
    Sub-Zero to Outworld to help defeat the menace of the Deadly Alliance. 
    Separated from the other Earthrealm warriors, Frost attacked Sub-Zero and 
    stole his Dragon Medallion for herself. She understimated its power and ended
    up being encased in ice. Sub-Zero had no chance to forgive her for her actions
    as she perished.
    Deception: Sub-Zero buried her in the ruins of their Outworld ancestry.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Frost's attitude does not make her a favorite among the other heroes. 
    Especially Sonya, who absolutely despises her.
    Sub-Zero insists that Frost refer to him as "Sifu", which seems to mean 
    "master" in Chinese. Personally I like to pretend it means "man with 
    giant blue suspenders".
    The daggers that she attacks with are actually created using her Kori 
    powers on the spot. Her ice abilities are notably inferior to Sub-Zero's, 
    which is shown by how he is able to do the same trick but create a huge 
    sword instead.
    Frost is believed to be the descendant of a race of beings from Outworld who
    could control the very power of ice.
    Origin: The heavens
    Species: God
    Affiliation: Gods of Earthrealm
    Allies: Raiden
    Enemies: Shinnok, older Sub-Zero
    Mythologies: Fujin, God of Wind, guarded Shinnok's amulet in a hidden 
    location along with his brethren: the Gods of Earth, Water and Fire. 
    Despite their great powers, they were each defeated by the ninja 
    Mortal Kombat Gold: One of the last few Earthrealm gods in action, Fujin 
    fought alongside his good friend and mentor Raiden against Shinnok's 
    forces. With his crossbow in hand, he proved himself against the forces 
    of evil. Raiden, promoted to Elder God, gave Fujin his spot as Protector 
    of Earthrealm.
    Deception: No idea. You'd think that he'd be helping the cause to stop the
    Dragon King, but he doesn't seem to be in the game.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    When asked where Fujin was in MK:DA, Ed Boon explained that he was still 
    the Protector of Earthrealm. But since the threat was currently in Outworld, 
    Raiden ordered Fujin to remain in Earthrealm in case he was to fail.
    As far as I know, the other three elemental gods from MKM have not been 
    graced with names. And I should point out that Blaze and the Fire God are 
    not one in the same since Blaze is an elemental of Outworld.
    Height: 8'2"
    Weight: 550 lbs
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Shokan
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn and later worked with Kitana's forces
    Allies: Kitana, Kung Lao
    Enemies: Liu Kang, Kung Lao (original), Noob Saibot, Kano, Johnny Cage
    Mortal Kombat 1: It had been 500 years since Goro's streak began, 
    beginning with his close victory against the original Kung Lao. Despite 
    his might, Goro was overconfident. And that is why he was defeated by the 
    Shaolin warrior Liu Kang. He then tangled with the combined might of Johnny 
    Cage, Sonya Blade and Kano. The island began to crumble, and since there 
    was no sign of him, his father and Shao Kahn believed him to be dead.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Goro had finally gotten over the shame of losing to a 
    human. But he still sought after Liu Kang for a rematch. He returned and 
    single-handedly ended the Shokan/Centaurian conflict. After Shinnok's 
    defeat, Goro and Kitana made plans to bring peace to Edenia. Kung Lao, 
    descendant of the man Goro slain centuries before, attacked the prince 
    with his hat, slicing his chest. But despite the attack, Kung Lao and Goro 
    made peace.
    Deadly Alliance: Goro and Kitana became close friends and joined together 
    to end Shao Kahn's tyranny once and for all. But during a battle against 
    Kano's army, Goro was badly wounded by the dark ninja Noob Saibot. He died 
    in a tent with his good friend Kitana sitting beside him.
    Deception: Still dead.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Despite what some FAQs may say, his reappearance in MK4 had nothing to do 
    with Shinnok.
    Goro had seven wives and at least one son. It's unknown if any of those 
    seven females were Sheeva.
    He appeared as a playable character in the PS version of MKT, but his 
    presence was not canon. It was only there for completion reasons.
    Origin: Chaosrealm
    Species: Human, barely
    Affiliation: None
    Allies: Darrius, Kabal, Kira, Kobra, Shao Kahn
    Enemies: Onaga, Hotaru
    Styles: Snake, Tang Soo Do, Morning Star
    Konquest: Havik asked Shujinko for help in thwarting a Seidan invasion. Though
    he promised training in return, Havik refused. Instead, he just attacked
    Shujinko with intent to kill. Shujinko realized that it was Havik's own way
    of training through experience, though Havik told him that he was serious in
    trying to kill him.
    Deception: Havik saved Kabal from certain death and convinced him to rebuild
    the Black Dragon. From there, Havik used the Black Dragon as his agents of
    chaos. Havik opposed Onaga, for he knew the Dragon King would bring some sense
    of order throughout the realms. He led the heroes to Onaga's lair and watched
    as Onaga died in battle. Once the heroes had left, Havik defiled Onaga's body
    by tearing out his heart: the device that allowed Onaga to resurrect others.
    What happened next is up in the air.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Havik's beta-name was Skab.
    Havik's design was actually an early concept for an updated Noob Saibot.
    Origin: Seido
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Seidan Guard, works for Onaga
    Allies: Onaga
    Enemies: Darrius, Havik, Dairou, Sub-Zero, Kenshi, Shujinko
    Styles: Ba Shan Fan, Pi Gua, Naginata
    Konquest: While preparing to combat Darrius during a riot, Hotaru was
    interrupted by Shujinko, who pleaded for him to help save an Outworld city
    known as Lei Chen. After Shujinko defeated Darrius on his own, Hotaru agreed.
    He and his fellow guardsmen went to Outworld and fended off Baraka's army. He
    became the new overlord of Lei Chen and ruled over it for years. Shujinko
    returned years later, asking for help in defeating the Deadly Alliance. His
    plea fell on deaf ears as Hotaru was too distracted by Shujinko breaking the
    curfew rules of Lei Chen. He had Shujinko imprisoned in Seido for a while to
    await trial for his crimes. Reluctantly, Shujinko escaped with the help of
    Dairou. Hotaru got the wrong idea and tried to execute his former friend.
    Shujinko defeated Hotaru and left Seido with the Komidogu.
    Deception: Being a freak about order, Hotaru joined the Dragon King. Though 
    the Dragon King was evil, his dictatorship would bring stability to the 
    realms. Hotaru was obsessed with taking out one of the more powerful heroes, 
    Sub-Zero. They fought at one point with Sub-Zero as the winner, but then 
    Hotaru started stalking both Sub-Zero and his traveling companion Kenshi. It
    is unknown what became of Hotaru. Such possibilities include being cut in
    half by Kenshi, being assassinated by Dairou, being killed by Darrius during
    a revolution takeover in Seido, or even helping Shujinko fight Onaga.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Hotaru's name translates to some kind of bug. His original design was going to
    have his armor look more insect-like.
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 220 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Red Dragon
    Allies: Mavado
    Enemies: Kano, Jax, Sonya
    Styles: Shuai Chiao, Wrestling, Sun-Moon
    Deadly Alliance: Hsu Hao had for many years worked with the Special 
    Forces as a free agent. He was a huge help in taking out most of the 
    remaining Black Dragon members. But he was really working for Mavado of 
    the Red Dragon, taking orders to help the Special Forces with intent to 
    eventually turn on them. Under Mavado's orders, Hsu Hao set a detonator 
    in the Outerworld Investigation Agency's portal room. Jax tried to stop 
    him, but Hsu Hao escaped into Outworld before the explosion went off. 
    Within Outworld, he sought out his leader for more orders. Mavado 
    explained that there was proof that Shang Tsung had hired Moloch and 
    Drahmin so that he could turn on Quan Chi. Hsu Hao was instructed to do 
    something about it and help Quan Chi, who Mavado admired as a great ally. 
    Hsu Hao raced to destroy Shang Tsung, but the furious Jax Briggs quickly 
    intercepted him. Hsu Hao died a violent death by having his cybernetic 
    heart torn out in a fit of rage. 
    Deception: Pushing daisies.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Hsu Hao was given a red, glowing cybernetic heart, given to him by the 
    same surgeon who implanted Kano's red eye. Because of his special heart, 
    Hsu Hao has an uncanny ability to carry out any objective without being 
    distracted. His undivided focus is what made interested Mavado enough to 
    make him his pupil.
    Originally Hsu Hao's name was going to be Kublai Khan. In his first 
    released screenshots, his name was listed as Khan in his health bar. This 
    lead people to believe that he was actually Shao Kahn, despite the 
    slightly different spelling of the last name. Even when his name became 
    Hsu Hao, people still believed he was Shao Kahn because removing H and u 
    makes his name "s Hao". But as you can plainly see from his story, there 
    is no conceivable way Hsu Hao and Shao Kahn could be the same person. 
    There are so many reasons as why they are NOT the same that I don't even 
    know where to start. 
    Origin: Edenia
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn and later Sindel
    Allies: Sindel, Kitana
    Enemies: Reptile, Tanya
    Styles: Fan Zi, Kuo Shou, Bojutsu
    Konquest: Jade fought Shujinko in the Living Forest over ownership of the
    Outworld Komidogu. They mistakenly made Jade a good guy here, working for a
    sane Sindel, but we can forgive them. Anyway, she got her clock cleaned.
    Mortal Kombat II: Never really given any story. Probably just 
    representing Shao Kahn, hiding in the background. Not sure if her being in
    Goro's Lair has any hold on the story.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sent with Reptile to go seek and destroy Kitana. 
    This caused conflict with Jade as she had loved Kitana as a friend since 
    childhood, but her loyalty to Kahn was strong. In the end she attacked 
    Reptile and saved Kitana.
    Deception: Jade found out that Sindel had been kidnapped and was being
    guarded by Kitana herself. Jade rescued Sindel and realized that Onaga had
    turned Kitana into his mental slave. She also saw that Tanya was helping in
    his quest for domination. Jade faked defeat and allowed herself to be
    captured by a group of Tarkatan warriors. Once she saw Tanya, she tossed an
    orb at the traitor and covered her in its contents: Tarakan essense. The
    Tarkatans warriors' instincts took over and they attacked Tanya, who they
    thought was a rival male. Jade later joined Sindel, Shujinko and the others
    in taking down Onaga.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Before facing her in MK2, it claims that she was an undiscovered warrior 
    from MK1. Considering the MK2 intro says only 7 survived, she may have 
    been lurking around for Shang Tsung, just like Reptile. But no, she wasn't
    actually in the game.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Black Dragon
    Allies: Kano, No Face, Tasia, Tremor
    Enemies: Shinnok, Sonya, Jax
    Special Forces: Jarek was released from prison by his leader Kano. He and 
    his fellow Black Dragon members tried to prevent Jax from trailing Kano, 
    they were each defeated.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Jarek escaped into Edenia, chased by Sonya Blade. Not 
    knowing of Kano's survival, it was believed that Jarek was the last member 
    of the Black Dragon at large. Upon finding out about Shinnok's threat, 
    Jarek and Sonya put their differences aside. Jarek was a bad guy, but he 
    wasn't going to let his world be taken over by some freak in clown 
    makeup. After the dust settled and the heroes had won, Jarek and Sonya 
    returned to their feud. Jarek attempted to rush Sonya on top a grassy 
    cliff, only to miss completely and fall off.
    Deception: Probably dead. But then again, being tossed into a pit is the 
    least effective way to kill somebody in these situations. You never know, he 
    may return one day to join Kabal's new Black Dragon.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Jarek's not one of the most original characters out there. Other than 
    his ankle kick, all of his moves are taken from Kano. He even had the 
    laser eyes and heart rip Fatalities. Midway apparently just wanted to use 
    Kano and change his appearance to make him a new character. Hell, Namco 
    has been doing that for years with the Soul Calibur series.
    As for the other Black Dragon members that appeared in MK:SF, here they 
    No Face: Bald man with a flamethrower. Expert on explosives.
    Tasia: Black-haired woman in tight purple midriff top and matching pants. 
    Uses swords.
    Tremor: Looks exactly like Scorpion only brownish. That's pretty much it.
    Notice how even though Jarek has copied Kano's style, he is still more 
    courageous than his leader. While Kano joined Shao Kahn rather than fight 
    him, Jarek risked his skin in order to prevent Shinnok from raping his 
    JAX (Major Jackson Briggs)
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 350 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Special Forces, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Sonya, Johnny Cage, Kenshi, Cyrax
    Enemies: Kano, Mavado, Jarek, Hsu Hao, Kintaro, Tasia, No Face, Tremor
    Styles: Muay Thai, Judo, Tonfa
    Special Forces: Jax listened helplessly as the Black Dragon ambushed and 
    killed his fellow Special Forces agents. With Gemini sending him helpful 
    transmissions, he hunted down and defeated each henchman of Kano's, 
    followed by entering Outworld and putting a stop to Kano's plans for 
    world domination. He hauled Kano's unconscious body back to Earthrealm, 
    completing his mission.
    Mortal Kombat II: A squadron of Special Forces members had disappeared 
    after their attempt to capture Kano and the Black Dragon. Jax's tracking 
    found that the last surviving member, Sonya Blade, was being held captive 
    in Outworld. He entered the realm for a second time and took part in Shao 
    Kahn's unholy tournament. Even though he did not win, he succeeded in 
    freeing Sonya and Kano from Kahn's imprisonment after the tournament had 
    ended. Unfortunately Kano got away, but Jax and Sonya knew they would 
    meet him again one day.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: The government didn't believe Jax and Sonya when 
    they insisted that a skull-wearing giant from another world was going to 
    attempt to take over Earth. Thanks to Raiden, Jax's soul was kept in tact 
    in order for him to take on Kahn's forces. He did his part in ending the 
    threat and soon after began the Outerworld Investigation Agency with 
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Jax followed Sonya into Edenia where they and Jarek 
    teamed up to put an end to Shinnok. During the adventure, Jax came across 
    the body of Cyrax whose programming was going haywire. Jax and Sonya 
    brought Cyrax back to a laboratory and had the cyborg's human will 
    returned. Cyrax was grateful for their gesture and joined their team.
    Deadly Alliance: Jax found Hsu Hao, a man he thought was an ally, ready 
    to bomb the portal room at the Outerworld Investigation Agency. After a 
    brief scuffle, Jax found himself unable to stop the Mongolian criminal. 
    And to make things worse, he had Agents Cyrax and Kenshi stranded in 
    Outworld. He and Sonya, with the help of Raiden, entered Outworld. Though Jax
    ambushed Hsu Hao and tore him limb from limb, Jax wasn't as successful in his
    attempt to defeat the Deadly Alliance.
    Deception: Brought back from the dead to serve Onaga. Was saved by Ermac and
    Liu Kang's spirit.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Why does Jax have metal arms in MK:SF but not in MK2? According to 
    Tobias, it's because back in MK:SF they were only prototypes and still 
    needed some work.
    The idea for the metal arms is borrowed from the noncanon MK comics by 
    Malibu, where some of the other Special Forces members had metal arms. Their 
    version had Jax resort to the metal arms after a messy fight with Baraka 
    where he was stabbed a couple times.
    Jax is supposedly the strongest man on earth.
    There's no evidence supporting a romantic relationship between Jax and 
    Sonya. There does seem to be something going on with he and Gemini, 
    In the MK2 comic, Jax was accompanied by his partner Steve Beran, named 
    after a Midway staff member. For those wondering, Steve bought it in the
    comic and was reduced to a pile of bones off-screen. Mileena is likely to 
    JOHNNY CAGE (John Carlton) 
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Screen Actor's Guild, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Liu Kang, Sonya, Jax, Mokap
    Enemies: Goro, Kano, Paul W.S. Anderson
    Styles: Karate, Jeet Kun Do, Nunchaku
    Mortal Kombat: Johnny Cage, trained by masters around the world, was 
    invited to partake in the mysterious Mortal Kombat tournament. Sick of 
    people claiming his skills were nothing more than camera tricks and special 
    effects, Cage entered the tournament where he became good friends with Liu 
    Kang and Sonya Blade. He teamed up with Sonya and Kano to face Goro, 
    following the Shokan's loss to Liu Kang, when the island began to crumble. 
    Raiden saved Johnny Cage and dropped him off near a Special Forces boat.
    Mortal Kombat II: Jax interrogated Johnny Cage about the events of the 
    Mortal Kombat tournament and the whereabouts of Sonya. After a while, 
    Johnny was let go and briefly returned to acting. It didn't take long for 
    Kahn's henchmen to track him down and attack. With the help of the Special 
    Forces, Cage escaped with Jax and met with Raiden. Cage didn't hesitate to 
    join his friends on the quest to Outworld, partially for it held the plot 
    of a real kickass movie script. In the end he was defeated and retreated 
    back to Earthrealm with the champion Liu Kang.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: He fought alongside his Earthrealm buddies. Why is this
    description so short? Check the Facts and Notes section.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Johnny Cage joined the cause to save Earthrealm once
    again by traveling with his buddies to Edenia. Once Shinnok was destroyed, 
    Johnny Cage returned to making movies. He even won an award for his latest 
    flick, where after opening his big mouth he played the target to the many 
    items the losers had tossed at him.
    Deadly Alliance: Johnny Cage was fed up with his latest movie where his 
    character was supposed to die and come back again and again. Once Raiden 
    showed up to ask for his help, Johnny complied immediately. He loved his 
    real life adventures more than making movies. Unfortunately, in Outworld, he
    lost in battle against the Deadly Alliance.
    Deception: Raised from the dead to serve Onaga. Johnny and the others were
    defeated and returned to normal by Ermac and the ghost of Liu Kang.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    As the original story goes, Cage died prior to MKT at the hands of Motaro's
    forces. Due to a loophole from Earthrealm and Outworld merging, Cage's soul
    was returned to his body. He helped stop Shao Kahn and then died again as
    things went back to normal. Then in MKG, Raiden agreed to bring him back to
    life to combat Shinnok. All of this has been retconned by John Vogel for
    MK:DA. Instead, all of that junk about him dying is just "bad writing" that
    came from his movies. So yeah, Johnny never died. At least, not until meeting
    Shang and Quan.
    The list of movies Johnny Cage has starred in: Dragon Fist, Dragon Fist 
    II, Son of Dragon Fist, Sudden Violence, Aquatic Assault, 7 Poisons, Cage 
    Match, The Gist of My Fist, 24 Karate Gold, Ninja Mime, HWAAAAA!!, Exiting 
    the Dragon of Death, Wu Shu (television show), Who's That?, Mortal Kombat, 
    Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage (unfinished), and 
    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (never made since his ending never happened).
    Ninja Mime was his first movie. It bombed in America but had a huge 
    following in France.
    Remember Smash TV? Johnny Cage appeared on the celebrity version where 
    he defeated the giant Mutoid Man using his projectile. He gave his 
    winnings to charity. What a guy.
    The question of whether there's something going on between Johnny and 
    Sonya like in the movie has been answered in Johnny's MK:DA ending where 
    a movie poster shows him posing with Sonya holding on to his leg. If the 
    MK4 comic is to be trusted, it seems the feelings are not mutual.
    Two of Johnny Cage's styles in MK:DA are Jeet Kun Do and nunchuckus. This 
    is an homage to Bruce Lee, the martial artist movie star who created Jeet 
    Kun Do and regularly used nunchaku.
    It's to be assumed that Johnny Cage didn't do nearly as much work in 
    MK:DA as he says he did in his movie based on it (from his ending). But the 
    fact that Scorpion appears on the movie poster suggests that the two may have 
    fought at one point during the adventure.
    In MK:DA, Johnny Cage joined his friends on Shang Tsung's deserted island 
    by parachuting from a plane in a tuxedo. The guy's got style.
    His real name, John Carlton, is taken from a Midway programmer with the same
    They were originally going to call him Michael Grimm. I'm glad they made the 
    Johnny Cage is based on Jean Claude Van Damme, who was originally going to be 
    involved with the game until some kind of falling out.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Black Dragon (1), Black Dragon (2)
    Allies: Kano, Kira, Kobra, Havik
    Enemies: Mavado, Motaro
    Styles: Sun Bin, Goju Ryu, Hookswords
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kabal, a member of the Black Dragon, found himself 
    alone after Shao Kahn had ravaged the souls of Earthrealm. While he was 
    chosen by Raiden to help fight Kahn, Kabal was tracked down by Motaro and 
    the Extermination Squads, who horribly mutilated him and left him for 
    dead. Using a set of respirators to cover his now-hideous face and keep 
    him alive, Kabal set off to join the heroes. He learned much from the 
    war for Earthrealm and turned over a new leaf. He left the Black Dragon 
    and swore to hunt down evil wherever it may rise.
    Deadly Alliance: (not in-game) Kabal faced off against Mavado, leader of the 
    Red Dragon. Kabal wanted to make Mavado pay for his evil while Mavado wanted 
    to eliminate any last trace of the Black Dragon. Mavado came out the 
    winner and sole survivor, taking Kabal's famous hookswords as a memento.
    Deception: Kabal was saved from death by Havik, who convinced him to bring 
    back the Black Dragon. As the new leader, Kabal's first act was to seek out
    Mavado and get his revenge. After killing Mavado and being reunited with his
    hookswords, Kabal found two worthy recruits to begin the new Black Dragon: the
    female arms dealer Kira and Kobra, a serial killer obsessed with his own
    deadly fighting skills. After the defeat of Onaga, it is possible that Kabal
    killed Havik and stole Onaga's resurrecting heart. But what is known is that
    he had Kira and Kobra face each other in a fight to the death to earn a
    full-fledged member of the Black Dragon. Kira killed Kobra and was given the
    assignment of finding two new recruits.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    His messed up face appears during one of his MK3 Fatalities, making him look 
    like the Crypt Keeper with a bigger forehead.
    Kabal's beta-name was Sandman.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: White Lotus Society, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Raiden
    Enemies: Shinnok
    Mortal Kombat Gold: One of the last surviving members of the White Lotus 
    Society, Kai joined Liu Kang in his expedition to kill Shinnok. That's 
    it, really.
    Deception: Evidence points to Kai being dead. His ending showed Raiden 
    handing him his magical staff as gratitude for his help. But in 
    MK:DA, Raiden still has his staff. And you would think he would have 
    acquired Kai's help against the Deadly Alliance if he were still alive.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    There were sketches made in the early stages of creating MK:DA of Kai 
    that were obviously never used. His look was considerably different. He 
    still had the bandana, but only wore a hakama (big, dress-like pants that 
    Geese Howard and Heihachi Mishima wear), and his tiger stripes were only 
    around his shoulders and parts of his head. His weapon was the scimitar. 
    Who knows, maybe they'll make an upgraded MK:DA with this new form of Kai 
    in it.
    Kai's beta-name was Maki. Man, what's with MK4 characters and girly names?
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 200 lbs
    Age: 45
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Black Dragon (1), worked for Kahn and later the Deadly Alliance
    Allies: Jarek, No Face, Tasia, Tremor, Shao Kahn, Sheeva, Quan Chi, Shang 
    Enemies: Sonya, Jax, Mavado, Hsu Hao, Motaro
    Styles: Xing Yi, Aikido, Butterfly
    Special Forces: Kano, leader of the waning Black Dragon, broke out some 
    of his most powerful accomplices from prison in order to help him with 
    his plan for world domination. He escaped to Outworld but was closely 
    followed by Special Forces agent Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs. Kano 
    explained his plan to make the world his using the Eye of Shitian and 
    fought the military man. Kano lost and was dragged back to Earthrealm.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Kano escaped from the Special Forces and separated from 
    his fellow Black Dragon members by boarding the ship to Shang Tsung's 
    island. His plan was to win the tournament and steal the gold from Shang 
    Tsung's castle. He ended up losing in the tournament, though he put his 
    difference aside with his enemies Sonya and Johnny Cage in order to fight 
    Goro. The island began to crumble and Kano appeared with Sonya in Outworld 
    where they were eventually captured by Shang Tsung's forces.
    Mortal Kombat II: Didn't fight in it, but was in the background of Shao 
    Kahn's courtyard, beside Kahn's throne where he was chained up and put on 
    display. He was set free by Jax, but escaped custody.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kano made a deal with Shao Kahn before the 
    invasion. He pointed out that he would make a great addition to his army, 
    as he could teach Kahn's men how to use the weaponry of Earthrealm. 
    During the great war, Kano met with his arch rival Sonya on top a tower. 
    He was winning the fight and even tore out a piece of Sonya's hair to add 
    insult to injury. But Sonya caught him off guard by tossing him off the 
    tower by using her legs. Motaro had seen the fight and took Kano's dying 
    body to the defeated Shao Kahn, who revived Kano by using magic. Kano was 
    locked up so he could be horribly punished later. But outside his jail cell, 
    Motaro was attacked and killed by Sheeva. Kano asked for her to release him 
    from the prison, claiming he would help her destroy Shao Kahn. But when Kano 
    was meant to keep Shao Kahn busy so Sheeva could surprise him with a fatal 
    blow, Kano was merely tattling on his four-armed ally. Shao Kahn thwarted 
    the assassination attempt and made Kano his new general on the spot.
    Konquest: Amidst the MK:DA storyline, Kano found Shujinko wandering through
    Outworld and had him tossed in with the prisoners of Li Mei's village.
    Deadly Alliance: Kano had led Kahn's armies into battle many times, and 
    he loved every minute of it. But when he paid his boss a visit so that he 
    could gain some advice on their war with Kitana's army, he found the 
    emperor tangled in a struggle with Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. Kano waited 
    for the Deadly Alliance to come out on top before showing himself and 
    asking to join them. As their general, he helped bring the creation of 
    Shang Tsung's new fortress. He then became surprised to see that the two 
    sorcerers had hired Kano's Red Dragon counterpart Mavado. Mavado had been 
    granted a fight to the death with Kano for his work in disposing of 
    Kenshi earlier on. It was a close fight, but Mavado's skills were too 
    much for Kano to handle.
    Deception: Dead, it looks like.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Kano's nationality was retconned in the series. At first he was a born 
    in Japan by an American woman and immediately orphaned. But the creators 
    liked Kano's portrayal in the movie so much that they changed him to being 
    Australian for MK:DA. Dig the Crocodile Hunter reference when he faces 
    Reptile in Konquest mode.
    Speaking of the MK movie, one of Kano's knife attacks in MK:DA is called 
    "Ear to Ear". This is most likely a reference to his line in the movie 
    where he pulls out a knife and explains that he sliced Sonya's partner 
    "Ear... *krrrk* to ear" then swung the knife at her.
    To his death, Kano always had Sonya's lock of hair on him. He used it as 
    a reminder of the mistake he made in that fight.
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Special Forces
    Allies: Ermac, younger Sub-Zero, Sonya, Jax
    Enemies: Shang Tsung, Mavado, Hotaru
    Styles: Tai Chi, San Shou, Katana
    Konquest: Shujinko found Kenshi in Earthrealm, a couple years before the MK1
    tournament. Kenshi explained his past to Shujinko and the two became friends.
    Kenshi trained Shujinko in fighting without sight. The two went their
    separate ways, but met again prior to the MK1 tournament. Shujinko had
    impressed Shang Tsung and got both of them spots in the tournament. Kenshi
    learned that Shang Tsung was always aware of his presense, which explained
    why Kenshi could never catch up to him. It was never explained why Kenshi
    never made it to the MK1 tournament.
    Deadly Alliance: Kenshi, a member of the Special Forces, entered Outworld 
    in order to rescue Cyrax. His true intentions were to kill Shang Tsung, 
    who was responsible for Kenshi's lack of sight. Kenshi found out about 
    the Deadly Alliance's plans to resurrect the Dragon King's army and tried 
    to reach the portal to Earthrealm so he could warn his comrades and get 
    help. His attempts were in vain as Hsu Hao destroyed the Outerworld 
    Investigation Agency's portal. Kenshi wandered through Outworld with 
    intent on stopping Shang Tsung himself. He met a ninja named Ermac, whose 
    background was similar in ways to Kenshi's. He broke Ermac away from the 
    late Shao Kahn's mind control and was thanked by learning the ability to 
    move objects via telekinesis. On his way to find Shang Tsung, Kenshi was 
    challenged by Mavado of the Red Dragon. Mavado ended up winning, leaving
    Kenshi to die.
    Deception: Kenshi was saved by Sub-Zero. Due to Shang Tsung's death, Kenshi
    no longer had any need to remain in Outworld. He and Sub-Zero wandered towards
    the portal to Earthrealm, closely followed by Hotaru. It is not known if
    Kenshi saved Sub-Zero by killing Hotaru, as explained in his ending, but the
    two ultimately did not return to Earthrealm. Instead, they joined forces with
    Shujinko to stop Onaga's plot to merge the Komidogu.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Kenshi has been after Shang Tsung since before MK1. He was a wandering 
    swordsman, filled with vanity that Shang Tsung recognized as a descendant 
    of a group of Warrior Kings. The old man convinced Kenshi to go to his 
    ancestors' tomb and open it up to find a sword that would make him an 
    even greater fighter. But when Kenshi opened a well, he was blinded by 
    the screaming souls of his ancestors, which flew past him and into Shang 
    Tsung, who devoured every one of them. Tsung was right about the sword, 
    which magically led Kenshi out of the tomb. After that, he searched the 
    far reaches of Earthrealm in order to free his ancestors and make Shang 
    Tsung pay.
    His original name was Blind Kenshi. Before that it was going to be Blind Gi.
    Since he can't see, he uses his advanced hearing for Test Your Sight.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Raptor
    Affiliation: None
    Allies: Reptile
    Enemies: Shao Kahn
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Khameleon's intentions were to track down Reptile, 
    the last male of her species. Reptile had always been ignorant of his 
    race's past and how Shao Kahn had drove them into extinction. Khameleon 
    hoped to inform Reptile of this so that they could destroy Shao Kahn 
    together. Unfortunately for her, she never caught up with him.
    Deception: Possibly dead. Or just plain forgotten.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Khameleon was only available in the N64 version of MKT. The PS version 
    had Chameleon who was never given an official story, other than being 
    called one of Shao Kahn's deadliest warriors when you earn the right to 
    fight him. While Khameleon had the abilities of all the female ninjas, 
    Chameleon had the abilities of all the male ninjas.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Shokan
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies: Shao Kahn, Goro, Shang Tsung
    Enemies: Raiden, Jax
    Mortal Kombat II: Kintaro, the general of Shao Kahn's armies at the time, 
    was entered in Kahn's tournament as a trump card. Despite his amazing 
    power, he was killed in battle by Raiden.
    Deception: Still dead, I'm afraid.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Kintaro appeared in MKT for the PS, but like Goro, his inclusion was not 
    canon. It was only there for completion reasons.
    Early sketches of Kintaro had him as a creature totally different from 
    the Shokan he became. He only had two arms and looked like Tony the Tiger 
    on steroids.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Black Dragon (2)
    Allies: Kabal, Kobra, Havik
    Enemies: Sonya
    Styles: Xing Yi, Kenpo, Dragon Teeth
    Deception: Kira worked as a weapons dealer, disguised as a man. A sale went
    awry when her gender was discovered and she had to fight her way out. As she
    got away, she discovered Kabal, who had kept an eye on her. He made her his
    first recruit in the new Black Dragon. The two moved on to New York City,
    where they saved the martial artist Kobra from being brought to jail. The
    three of them worked as agents for Havik, spreading the ways of violent chaos.
    After the defeat of Onaga, Kira and Kobra were forced to fight for the right
    of staying with the Black Dragon. Kira killed Kobra with her knives and was
    given the assignment of tracking down two more recruits.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Her moves are a mix between Kano's and Sonya's.
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 128 lbs
    Origin: Edenia
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Formerly worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies: Liu Kang, Sindel, Jade, Goro
    Enemies: Mileena, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Tanya
    Styles: Eagle Claw, Ba Gua, Steel Fans
    Mortal Kombat II: Kitana was a private assassin for Shao Kahn. But over 
    the years she had learned the truth that she was really the daughter of 
    Edenia's original ruler Jerrod until Shao Kahn took over and made it 
    into a part of Outworld. She had been spotted talking with an Earthrealm 
    warrior (probably Liu Kang), which aroused Kahn's suspicions. In the 
    tournament, Kitana met with her "twin sister" Mileena, who was really 
    nothing more than a grotesque clone created by Shang Tsung. Kitana 
    defeated and killed her clone. After the tournament, Kitana eluded her 
    stepfather's wrath by hiding in Earthrealm.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kitana was on the run from Shao Kahn's forces, 
    trying to help out Earthrealm the best she could. She evaded Reptile's 
    assassination attempt and found her mother Sindel. After some difficulty, 
    Kitana had finally convinced Sindel who she was and what had happened ten 
    thousand years ago. Sindel rebelled against her lover and helped 
    Earthrealm win, separating Edenia from Outworld as well. Before returning 
    to her home world to rule by her mother's side, Kitana personally thanked 
    Liu Kang.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: As Kitana's realm of Edenia was taken over by 
    Shinnok, she was imprisoned so she could be tortured after he had dealt 
    with Raiden. She easily escaped and joined her allies in the war. As the 
    battles winded down, she again faced her own clone Mileena who had been 
    resurrected by Shinnok. It was a brief fight and Kitana won by dropping 
    Mileena down a trap door. After becoming great allies with the reformed 
    Prince Goro, Kitana then went on to thank Liu Kang once more for his 
    help, asking that he join her and become the King of Edenia for eternity. 
    Liu Kang turned her down so that he could further train and protect 
    Sure, he could have stayed. They would have probably made him King. But 
    in his own little world, though... he was the King. Hail to the King, 
    ...Sorry, where was I?
    Konquest: In a scene that seemed to come out of continuity, Kitana had
    Shujinko go and rescue Sindel.
    Deadly Alliance: Kitana and Goro's forces had been deep in war with 
    Kano's armies. They were gaining the upper hand when Goro fell in battle. 
    Morale was down, especially from the Shokan warriors. But in an odd turn 
    of events, assassins had killed Shao Kahn. Kitana helped her Earthrealm 
    friends take on the Deadly Alliance after Kung Lao informed her of Liu 
    Kang's tragic death. She challenged the Deadly Alliance, but was killed in the
    Deception: Onaga resurrected Kitana and made her his bodyguard. Sindel was
    kidnapped and guarded by her brainwashed daughter (oh, the irony). Jade
    showed up and locked away Kitana while running off with Sindel. Later on,
    Kitana, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Jax and Sonya were defeated by the enigmatic
    Ermac while Liu Kang's ghost individually freed their minds from Onaga's
    grasp. Kitana then joined the heroes in the siege against Onaga.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Kitana was originally intended to be in MK4, but they decided to change 
    her color scheme and introduce Tanya instead, citing that there were not 
    nearly enough new characters. She was still available to play as in the 
    N64 version by use of a Game Shark.
    According to her Konquest mode in MK:DA, Kitana joined Kung Lao on his 
    journey to find and train with Bo' Rai Cho. Judging from Bo' Rai Cho's 
    Konquest mission where he spars with Kitana, I wonder if that part about 
    her leaving because of his disgusting vomit attack holds any merit to the 
    Kitana is just a little over 10,000 years old.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Black Dragon (2)
    Allies: Kabal, Kira, Havik
    Enemies: Smart-asses who ask him to perform a Shoryuken
    Styles: Shorin Ryu, Kickboxing, Kali Sticks
    Deception: Kobra was livid with the rules of his martial arts training. He was
    the top of his class with seemingly unmatched ability, but he could never know
    for sure, seeing as how full-contact was barred. He wandered off, hoping to 
    find the answers to what "kombat" truly was. Over time he became obsessed with
    his ability to destroy with his fists and became a serial killer. The law
    caught up with him, but Kabal and Kira came to the rescue. Kobra gladly
    accepted recruitment into the Black Dragon. The three of them fought under
    orders of Havik until after Onaga's defeat. Kobra and Kira were set against
    each other by Kabal so that the winner would remain with the Black Dragon,
    while the other would perish. Kobra fought hard, but unfortunately for him,
    Kira got the best of him and killed him.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Funny story behind Kobra. Kobra's design is so similar to Ken Masters of
    Street Fighter that his prototype name in beta versions of the game was "Ken
    Masters". Midway supplied a copy of the beta to a German magazine while
    insisting that they do NOT review that specific copy of the game. Well, they
    did it anyway. And so, a German gaming magazine insisted that Ken Masters from
    Street Fighter was indeed going to be in MK:D.
    Another prototype name for Kobra was "Ben".
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: White Lotus Society, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Liu Kang, Kai, Raiden, Bo' Rai Cho, Goro
    Enemies: Baraka, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi
    Styles: Shaolin Fist, Mantis, Broadsword
    Mortal Kombat II: Kung Lao, descendant of the former Mortal Kombat 
    champion, was one of the few survivors of Baraka's attack on the Shaolin 
    Temples. He joined his good friend Liu Kang in entering the Outworld 
    tournament. Even though he lost, Liu Kang advanced to defeat Shao Kahn 
    at his own game. The two retreated back to Earthrealm.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kung Lao had been trying to reform the White Lotus 
    Society, but that came to a halt when Shao Kahn's invasion began. 
    Raiden's power protected Kung Lao's soul and he attacked the emperor 
    towards the climax of the events. Kung Lao was horribly beaten, and 
    thought to be dead. Instead, he allowed the determination of his friends 
    take care of the threat while he retreated to live a peaceful life 
    without fighting.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Kung Lao returned to action for two reasons: 
    Shinnok's threat and the apparent return of Goro. Kung Lao hoped to 
    settle the score with his blood enemy and avenge his ancestor's loss. 
    After Shinnok's defeat, Kung Lao and Goro clashed, but it ended with the 
    two of them talking over their differences and finally putting the feud 
    to rest. Kung Lao returned to Earthrealm to continue training with Liu 
    Deadly Alliance: Kung Lao tossed away his Shaolin beliefs when he found 
    his best friend Liu Kang's dead body. He joined Raiden and the other 
    Earthrealm warriors in putting a stop to the Deadly Alliance. But first 
    he sought out Bo' Rai Cho, the man who trained Liu Kang to defeat Shang 
    Tsung years ago. Though Kung Lao's skills increased, it just wasn't enough.
    He fell at the hands of the Deadly Alliance.
    Deception: Onaga transformed him into one of his zombie slaves. Kung Lao
    was again defeated, this time at the hands of Ermac. Liu Kang's ghost cleansed
    Kung Lao's mind and brought back his free will. Kung Lao then helped Shujinko
    in the quest to stop Onaga.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    There are some who believe that Kung Lao had won MK2, but to me it would 
    not make sense. Why would somebody who defeated Shao Kahn lack so much 
    confidence in facing Shang Tsung? And why would Shao Kahn be more after 
    Liu Kang than the guy who kicked his ass?
    LI MEI
    Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 120
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: None
    Allies: Bo' Rai Cho, Onaga
    Enemies: Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Kano
    Styles: Baji Quan, Lui He Ba Fa, Sai, Mi Zong, Kun Lun Dao
    Konquest: Li Mei met Shujinko while a slave under Kano. She told him her plans
    to kill Quan Chi and Shang Tsung through their tournament. Shujinko didn't
    agree with her chances, but decided to train her anyway. He taught her skills
    taught to him by Bo' Rai Cho. He realized that Hotaru might have been able to
    rescue her and left Li Mei to find him.
    Deadly Alliance: Li Mei was among a village of people forced by Kano to 
    build a structure for Shang Tsung. Li Mei rebelled and fought off several 
    soldiers and even Kano himself. But Quan Chi stepped in and made a deal 
    with her: If she could win Quan Chi's tournament, then she and her people 
    would be freed. She entered and eventually came out on top, but her 
    victory was in vain. Quan Chi and Shang Tsung had no intent on actually 
    setting her free. Instead they revealed that the true purpose of their 
    tournament was to find worthy souls to use to bring the Dragon King's 
    army back to life. Li Mei's soul was the last one needed and her victory 
    brought the army's revitalization in full circle.
    Deception: Due to Bo' Rai Cho's intervention, Li Mei was saved from
    permanently being stuck as one of the Dragon King's soldiers. Bo' Rai Cho
    trained Li Mei, finishing what Shujinko taught her. The two fought alongside
    each other to defeat the Tarkatan threat and were then brought together with
    the other heroes to stop Onaga. Due to her brief time as one of Onaga's
    soldiers, Li Mei was compelled to betray her friends and join Onaga's side.
    Her fate is unknown.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    There is a lot of confusion about Li Mei's tournament in MK:DA. Let me 
    THE MK:DA STORY. The tourney is only a side-story, unlike the MK1 and MK2 
    tournaments, which WERE the story. So guys like Kung Lao and Jax were not 
    part of this thing. It was just a way for Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to 
    build up their army. It's possible that Kenshi vs. Mavado and Mavado vs. 
    Kano were a part of this tournament, but that would just be speculation.
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human/Zombie/Ghost
    Affiliation: White Lotus Society, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Kung Lao, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Jax, younger Sub-Zero, Kitana, 
            Ermac, Bo' Rai Cho, Kai
    Enemies: Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Goro, Onaga, Quan Chi, himself
    Styles: Jun Fan, Pao Chui, Nunchaku
    Mortal Kombat 1: Liu Kang entered Shang Tsung's final Mortal Kombat 
    tournament, representing Shaolin. He made it through the grueling 
    tournament, taking down the champion Prince Goro. He was challenged to 
    face Shang Tsung, whom Liu defeated with his flying kick. Upon saving 
    Earthrealm, he returned to the Shaolin Temples to find them in ruins 
    thanks to an attack by an army of mutants from Outworld.
    Mortal Kombat II: With his friends Johnny Cage and Kung Lao, Liu Kang 
    ventured into Shao Kahn's trap: a tournament where losing would spell 
    the end for Earthrealm. Liu Kang fought strong and proved his superiority 
    by even defeating Shao Kahn, a feat thought to be impossible. Liu Kang 
    retreated to Earthrealm and paid respects to his fallen Shaolin brothers.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Once again Shao Kahn made himself a threat. Liu 
    Kang became the number one target for Kahn's Extermination Squad, but 
    succeeded in dodging them. He most likely was the one who defeated Kahn 
    and caused him to retreat to Outworld, after watching Raiden lose and 
    Kung Lao seemingly die. Kitana personally thanked Liu Kang for his part 
    in ending Kahn's reign.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Again Liu Kang tagged along with Raiden to stop the 
    latest danger to humanity. The Shaolin warrior and his allies succeeded 
    in destroying Shinnok and saving the realms once again. This time Kitana 
    asked him to join her in Edenia as her King. Liu turned her down and 
    insisted that he needed to continue protecting Earthrealm. Perhaps 
    Shinnok hit him in the head one too many times.
    Deadly Alliance: Though not playable, Liu Kang's appearance is most important.
    While meditating and doing a kata, his rival Shang Tsung attacked. He had the 
    fight won until Quan Chi showed himself and made it 2-on-1. Shang Tsung 
    snapped Liu's neck like a twig and devoured his soul.
    Deception: An evil force ravaged Liu Kang's tomb and awakened his corpse. Liu
    Kang's decaying body went on a destructive rampage, killing innocents with the
    skills of his former life still intact. With the death of Shang Tsung, Liu
    Kang's spirit was free to ascend to the Heavens, but instead felt guilty about
    its body's evil behavior. Also, Onaga had resurrected five of Liu's closest
    friends to fight as his slaves. Liu Kang met with Ermac, whose knowledge and
    thirst to fight for a noble cause would come in handy. Ermac defeated Liu's
    friends as Liu's ghost freed their minds and returned them to normal. After
    the defeat of Onaga, Liu Kang's spirit found the body and the two took part
    in a completely even fight that spanned realms. Once back in Earthrealm, the
    two were blasted by Raiden and merged together into one being. Liu Kang lived
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    In the MK:DA intro, Liu Kang is shown fighting Shang Tsung using Jeet 
    Kun Do. Considering he's based on Bruce Lee in ways, it's fitting.
    At some points Liu Kang is referred to as a descendant of the original Kung 
    Lao. This is odd since Kung Lao has been said to be the last known 
    descendant. And also because being the descendant of the original Kung Lao 
    seems to be one of the only things Kung Lao has going for him. I mean, the 
    games can't go five seconds without reminding us. Say, did you know that 
    Kung Lao is the descendant of the guy who lost to Goro?
    Another thing from the movie that some consider canon when it isn't is 
    the murder of Chan Kang by Shang Tsung. That was just added to make his 
    ambitions a little more dramatic. According to Liu's MK1 profile, he did 
    have a brother named Chow Kang, but his whereabouts are unknown. Perhaps 
    we will see him show up in a future MK game.
    In Quan Chi's MK:DA ending, Liu Kang's soul entered the body of Kano and 
    took over. MK:D shows that it was non-canon, so don't expect to see "Liu Kano" 
    in the near future.
    Liu Kang's turkey vocals are courtesy of Ed Boon.
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Red Dragon
    Allies: Hsu Hao, Quan Chi
    Enemies: Kabal, Kano, Sonya, Jax, Shang Tsung, Kenshi, younger Sub-Zero
    Styles: Long Fist, Wing Chun, Hookswords
    Deadly Alliance: Mavado was the leader of the Red Dragon syndicate. 
    Within Outworld, Mavado made a deal with the Deadly Alliance where he 
    would fight on their side in return for sanctuary for his faction during 
    the upcoming Earthrealm invasion. He found out that Kano, the last 
    surviving member of the Black Dragon, was alive and working for the 
    Deadly Alliance as well. Mavado was given orders to eliminate Kenshi, a 
    Special Forces spy from Earthrealm, with the reward of being able to face 
    Kano in a fight to the death. He proceeded to defeat both Kenshi and Kano.
    Favoring Quan Chi, he sent Hsu Hao off to destroy Shang Tsung, but Jax had 
    other ideas.
    Deception: Eventually, Kabal caught up to him and got his revenge. As shown
    in Kabal's first bio, Mavado is most definitely dead.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Those hookswords used to belong to Kabal, a former member of the Black 
    Dragon. Even though Kabal had abandoned his Black Dragon ways, Mavado 
    still felt it necessary to terminate him. He even has a couple moves with 
    names like "Kabal's Revenge".
    His original name was Malvado, which in Spanish translates to "evildoer". It's
    possible that "Mavado" is meant to be a mix between "malvado" and "bravado".
    While equally evil, Mavado is the opposite of Kano. He is more disciplined, 
    honorable and dignified than his Black Dragon counterpart.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Human/Tarkatan hybrid
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn and later Shinnok
    Allies: Baraka, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Onaga
    Enemies: Kitana, Sindel
    Styles: Ying Yeung, Mian Chuan, Sai
    Konquest: Mileena was part of the siege to destroy Lei Chan until Shujinko
    arrived. Mileena attacked the newcomer, but all it did was teach him how to
    copy her attacks. Mileena convinced Shujinko to bargain with Overlord
    Zeffeero for the fate of the village.
    Mortal Kombat II: Mileena was sent to take care of Kitana, her supposed 
    twin sister. In reality Mileena was really a monstrous clone created by 
    Shang Tsung. She also had a secret romance going on with Baraka, a member 
    of Shao Kahn's army. When she fought Kitana she was put out of her 
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Mileena had mysteriously returned and helped out 
    Shao Kahn by reading Kitana's thoughts from afar. She was really waiting 
    for Kahn to be weakened from the heroes' onslaught so that she could 
    attack in the name of Shinnok, the god who resurrected her in the 
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Mileena fought on the side of Shinnok with plans to 
    turn on him and break the chains of slavery. She also wanted revenge for 
    the death she suffered at the hands of Kitana. She tried to attack her 
    "sister" in Kitana's throne room, but she made the mistake of knocking 
    Kitana right next to the location of a trigger that opened up the trap 
    door. Mileena fell to her supposed death.
    Deception: Mileena met with Baraka, who insisted that his new master was
    invincible and had control over Kitana's body. Mileena used this news as a
    means to disguise herself as her "sister" so that she could live her life and
    trick the heroes. She ordered a diversionary battle against Baraka's army and
    sent Bo' Rai Cho to lead the battle. Mileena was surprised to find that her
    army was actually successful, which caused her scheming to continue. She had
    command of the most powerful army in Outworld and the only one who knew the
    truth was Baraka. Mileena set up a meeting with Baraka, but turned on her
    lover and fed him to beetles. The REAL Baraka then showed up and tore Mileena
    to pieces.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    I'm sure everyone knows this already, but it's worth mentioning. 
    Mileena's mask hides a set of teeth identical to Baraka's. As far as we 
    know that's the only freakish similarity between the two. I don't think 
    we've ever seen under her wrist coverings.
    Her retconned UMK3 ending had her kidnapping Sindel and Kitana and using 
    them as hostages so Shao Kahn could get Earthrealm's warriors to enter a 
    fourth tournament where Baraka would make his big return and tear them 
    apart. The reason they changed this was because of Baraka's inclusion in 
    MKT and also so they could build up Shinnok's big appearance.
    I think I speak for everyone when I classify Mileena as a "Butterface" :)
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Midway
    Allies: Johnny Cage
    Enemies: Everyone he meets
    Styles: Karate, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do
    Deadly Alliance: Mokap had absolutely no part in the story.
    Deception: Probably somewhere in Earthrealm, eating Cheetos on a couch.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    MOtion CAPture + the MK style of replacing C with K = Mokap. Get it?
    He's based on Carlos Pesina, who did the motion capturing for many of the 
    moves in MK:DA.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Species: Oni
    Affiliation: Worked for Shang Tsung
    Allies: Drahmin, Shang Tsung
    Enemies: Scorpion, Quan Chi
    Deadly Alliance:  (Repost from Drahmin's section) Drahmin and Moloch were 
    wandering around the fifth plane of the Netherealm when they saw Scorpion 
    beating Quan Chi into next week. The sorcerer begged for their help and 
    said he would help them escape if they could get rid of Scorpion. The two 
    Oni agreed and roughed up the ninja specter. On their way to finding 
    mystic building with a portal in it, Scorpion attacked again. This time, 
    while Drahmin and Moloch were busy, Quan Chi escaped through the portal. 
    The furious Drahmin and Moloch made it through the portal before it 
    finally closed.
    The two found themselves in Outworld where they ran into Cyrax. While 
    their numbers and raw strength were too much for the cyborg, Cyrax was 
    able to scare them off with a chest mine.
    The two Oni lived in a dark forest, feasting upon villagers who came by 
    until the day when Shang Tsung appeared before them. He offered them 
    shelter in the dungeon of his fortress. It was really a way for Shang 
    Tsung to gain the advantage if Quan Chi were to turn on him. Living in 
    the dungeon, Drahmin and Moloch found Scorpion lurking around one day, 
    trying to find Quan Chi. Even though Scorpion gave it his all, he was 
    still taken down by the demonic duo. They tossed him into Shang Tsung's 
    Soulnado and killed him.
    Deception: Probably just wandering around, killing stuff with Drahmin.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Moloch is the only character in MK:DA who doesn't change styles. This is 
    because unlike Drahmin, Moloch is unable to pull back his primal rages.
    Unlike Drahmin, Moloch is a natural Oni, born in the Netherealm while 
    Drahmin was a man driven to becoming an Oni.
    "Moloch" means "Something possessing the power to exact severe sacrifice." 
    The term comes from a Canaanite demon from Hebrew scripture, who as Eric C. 
    describes, "His form was of a bull and children were sacrificed to him by 
    being thrust through the idol's mouth into its hollow belly where a fire 
    was burning."
    Origin: ?
    Species: ?
    Affiliation: Worked for the Elder Gods
    Allies: Elder Gods
    Enemies: Shujinko
    Styles: Hapkido, Moi Fah, Mugai Ryu
    Konquest: Monster was the true Champion of the Elder Gods. So he was alarmed
    to find Shujinko wandering the Nexus, claiming to be the Champion himself. The
    two fought and Monster lost. That is his only known appearance in the MK
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Monster was originally going to be Scorpion. The white bone knight look was
    set to be Scorpion's alternate outfit and a storyline involving time travel
    was going to be used, but it was eventually nixed out of being way too
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Centaurian
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies: Shao Kahn
    Enemies: Sheeva, Kano
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: After Kintaro's death, Motaro was named the new 
    general of Shao Kahn's armies. As Kahn invaded Earthrealm, it was 
    Motaro's job to lead the Extermination Squad to take out any surviving 
    Earthrealm warriors. He watched as his ally Kano lost to Earthrealm's 
    Sonya Blade and brought Kano's dying body back to Shao Kahn in Outworld. 
    While locking up the revived Kano, Motaro was attacked and killed by 
    Deception: Dead. Maybe Kahn used him to make glue.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Motaro's a snoozer so I don't really have anything to put in this 
    section. He deflects projectiles with his skin. Does that work for you? 
    Okay, then. Moving on...
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Shujinko
    Enemies: Onaga, Shao Kahn
    Styles: Val Tudo, Tae Kwon Do, Tomahawks
    Konquest: Nightwolf met Shujinko and noticed much evil within him. For several
    years, Nightwolf trained Shujinko in battle and in keeping his inner darkness
    in check.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Nightwolf's soul was spared from Shao Kahn. His sacred
    homeland made for a sanctuary for the heroes to remain without Kahn's evil
    invading through. He used his shaman powers to aid the other heroes in order 
    to keep Kahn from taking over Earthrealm.
    Deception: Nightwolf absorbed the sins of his ancestors in hopes of entering
    the Netherealm. He separated himself from his allies for his journey, but the
    outcome is unknown as of now. He planned on imprisoning Onaga in the
    Netherealm, but that's not likely going to be canon. He was probably talked 
    into joining Shujinko in facing Onaga in Outworld.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    The guy who hosts the excellent fighting game site Fighter's Generation 
    (http://www.gamegen.com) claims that Nightwolf won MK3. Somebody call the 
    authorities because whatever he's smoking can't possibly be legal.
    Nightwolf's portrayal on the cartoon Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the 
    Realm has to be the most asinine representation of any MK character, 
    including the movies. Here he was a skinny twerp who was a computer wiz. 
    When his pet wolf jumped into his stomach he would become Nightwolf. The 
    guy makes Dr. Dhalsim from the Street Fighter movie look in character.
    Origin: Unnamed vampire realm
    Species: Vampire
    Affiliation: None
    Allies: Cyrax
    Enemies: Shao Kahn, Reptile
    Styles: Leopard, Fu Jow Pai, Kama
    Deadly Alliance: Nitara was in desperate need to separate her realm from 
    Outworld, but the orb that held them together was hidden under boiling 
    lava. She found out that the cyborg Cyrax was scouting through Outworld 
    and devised a plan. She used her vampire allure to trick Reptile into 
    slowing down his journey to warn Shao Kahn. Reptile ended up arriving to 
    Kahn's throne room too late to save his master so he joined Nitara. Under 
    her orders, Reptile damaged Cyrax's arm panel, which in turn damaged his 
    inter-dimensional transmitter and stranded him in Outworld. Nitara made 
    a deal that if Cyrax could get her the orb, she would drop him back into 
    Earthrealm. The robo ninja agreed and they made a long trip to the 
    incubation chamber of the Last Great Dragon Egg. There Cyrax swam into 
    the lava and found the orb. Nitara sent him home and shattered the orb, 
    which knocked her unconscious. When she awoke, she was back in her home 
    Deception: Enjoying her triumph of being back on her native soil. 
    But we haven't heard the last of her quite yet.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    According to Raiden's ending in MK:DA, Nitara and her race will likely 
    have an important role in an upcoming game.
    Nitara is incredibly thorough. She did her homework on both Cyrax and 
    Reptile. In MK:DA there is a (rather fanservicey) render showing Nitara 
    finding out info on Reptile's race.
    Nitara has a necklace that allows her to travel through realms. She and 
    her race would use it to enter Earthrealm and feast on the blood of 
    humans before the sun would come up.
    See: Sub-Zero (older one)
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Unknown
    Affiliation: Commands his own set of henchmen
    Allies: Baraka, Mileena, Hotaru, Tanya, Li Mei
    Enemies: Shao Kahn, Shujinko, Scorpion, Raiden, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi,
             Nightwolf, Sindel
    Konquest: Existing only as a spiritual form, Onaga referred to himself as
    Damashi, messenger of the Elder Gods. He tricked Shujinko into spending a life
    of gathering the six artifacts known as the Komidogu. He claimed that they
    were for the Elder Gods to use, but as Shujinko found 60 years later, they
    were nothing but a means for Onaga's prophecy to be fulfilled and for him to
    return in a physical form. In the Nexus, he explained the plot to Shujinko and
    said that only one object was left to gather: Shinnok's amulet. He chased off
    Shujinko and walked through the portal to Outworld...
    Deadly Alliance: While he was not a fighter in the game, Quan Chi and 
    Shang Tsung's plot centered around the late Dragon King's powerful army. 
    Towards the end of the story, Reptile tried to track down Nitara and 
    Cyrax. The trail ended at the Great Dragon egg's incubation chamber. The 
    egg cracked and a beam of light blasted the Raptor. He became a vessel 
    for the return of the Dragon King himself. The Dragon King was quick to
    rebuild his authority. After taunting Shujinko about his deception, he 
    stormed Shang Tsung's fortress shortly after Quan Chi found himself as the 
    last man standing. Despite the joint power of Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and 
    Raiden, the Dragon King still came out with Quan Chi's amulet in hand.
    Deception: Onaga resurrected the bodies of Kitana, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Jax
    and Sonya into zombie slaves to guard him. As a diversion for those who would
    oppose him, he had Mileena and Baraka stage a battle against Outworld's
    armies. One of his followers, Hotaru, was sent to take care of the powerful
    warrior Sub-Zero. The Edenian traitor Tanya joined Onaga's side and showed him
    to the ancient directions on how to forge the six Komidogu into one.
    Eventually, Onaga was challenged by various heroes, though one of them, the
    young woman Li Mei, was compelled to join him. Onaga was ultimately defeated,
    but it is unknown how it happened. The two most likely options are that either
    Shujinko shattered the six Komidogu and annihilated Onaga with the power and
    ability of two dozen arriors or that Onaga escaped into the Nexus where
    Scorpion hunted him down and tore him apart. Either way, it is unlikely that
    Onaga will have come out victorious.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Before Shao Kahn was a household name, the Dragon King was the supreme ruler 
    of Outworld. He ruled with an iron fist with a loyal army that had never lost 
    a single battle. He tried a plan that would gain him immortality by drinking 
    the blood of a newborn dragon, but he died prematurely, due to being poisoned 
    by his advisor, Shao Kahn. Plans were made by his priests to incubate the egg 
    for a millennia or so and the hatching of the egg would mark the return of the 
    Dragon King. His uber army had themselves mummified so that they could meet 
    with their lord in the future.
    The Dragon King's early appearance is shown in Raiden's MK:DA ending. Imagine 
    Merman from He-Man on steroids with a scepter. Ultimately, his look was
    altered for Deception so that he would look like a cross between Ogre and True
    Ogre from Tekken.
    Onaga's heart has the power to resurrect the dead.
    Though he doesn't realize it, Onaga is controlled by "The One Being", who was
    existence itself until the Elder Gods broke it up into the various realms with
    the power of the Komidogu.
    Height: 6'7"
    Weight: 210
    Origin: Unknown
    Species: Oni, sorta
    Affiliation: Worked for Shinnok, co-leader of the Deadly Alliance
    Allies: Shang Tsung, Shinnok, Noob Saibot, Mavado, Kia, Jataaka, Baraka
    Enemies: Scorpion, older Sub-Zero, younger Sub-Zero, Raiden, Liu Kang, Onaga, 
             Sareena, Ashrah
    Styles: Tang Soo Do, Escrima, Broadswords
    Mythologies: It was Quan Chi's job to get Shinnok's amulet and bring 
    forth his escape. But instead of putting his neck on the line, he hired 
    Scorpion and Sub-Zero to retrieve it. The two met on the way, fought, and 
    Sub-Zero ended up killing Scorpion while obtaining the map. Out of 
    gratitude, Quan Chi killed the remaining members of the Shirai Ryu. He 
    had Sub-Zero enter a hidden temple to attain Shinnok's amulet. Once he 
    succeeded, Quan Chi took the amulet and escaped back into the Netherealm. 
    Sub-Zero turned on the sorcerer and tracked him down within the dark 
    world. The two fought and Quan Chi was going to win until his former 
    pawn Sareena helped out Sub-Zero. Quan Chi was beaten, but he got away. And 
    unknown to everybody else, he had the real amulet.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Quan Chi had found another means of escape for 
    Shinnok by the help of Tanya from Edenia. They, with the rest of 
    Shinnok's army, defeated the Elder Gods and then battled Raiden and his 
    small army. On the side, Quan Chi made a pact with Baraka to kill Shinnok 
    for him. With the amulet, Shinnok was invincible. But the one the god 
    held was a mere replica. It was Quan Chi who owned the true amulet. 
    Because of that, Shinnok was killed and Quan Chi got away. But Quan Chi 
    then made the mistake of revealing to Scorpion that it was he who 
    murdered the ninja specter's family. Before Scorpion faded back into the 
    Netherealm, he grabbed Quan Chi and brought him along for the ride.
    Konquest: Quan Chi was in hiding in the Netherealm. Shujinko eventually led
    Scorpion to his location. Quan Chi fought Scorpion, but was beaten fairly
    decisively. He ran off, leading into the events of MK:DA.
    Deadly Alliance: Quan Chi had been a target for beatings from Scorpion 
    for a few years. His powers were fading and he needed a way out fast. He 
    made a deal with the two Oni Moloch and Drahmin, who helped him with the 
    of escape. As the three reached a hidden portal, Scorpion attacked again. 
    Quan Chi left his allies in the dust and escaped to Outworld, where he 
    ended up in the tomb of the legendary Dragon King. Using the amulet, he 
    was able to read about the prophecies of the undefeatable army. He found 
    that the transferring of souls could make the one with the amulet the 
    master of the Dragon King's army. Quan Chi knew of a man whose talents 
    could make it so.
    On his way to meet his peer Shang Tsung, Quan Chi was attacked once more 
    by Scorpion. This time, Quan Chi won the fight by knocking Scorpion into 
    an acid pit with a cheap shot. Shang Tsung showed himself and the two 
    made a deal. Shang Tsung would use his powers to awaken the army while 
    Quan Chi would have a portal to the heavens opened up so that Shang Tsung 
    could live virtually forever. But first they would rid themselves of the 
    two beings who posed the greatest threats: Shao Kahn and Liu Kang. As 
    close as the fight was, the two sorcerers were able to kill Kahn with 
    their combined powers. Then Quan Chi aided Shang Tsung against Liu Kang 
    by blasting Kang in the back with a green skull projectile. Tsung snapped 
    Kang's neck and they moved on to finding worthy warriors whose souls they 
    could use for reviving the army.
    One such warrior was Li Mei, a villager who attacked Kano and his army 
    when forced to build a tower for Shang Tsung. Quan Chi had her enter a 
    special tournament where if she were to win, she and her people would 
    gain freedom. She won the tournament, but the sorcerer did not keep his 
    word. Instead, he had Shang Tsung convert her soul into the final 
    soldier's body. The Dragon King's army fought once again.
    The warriors of Earthrealm came to put a stop to the Deadly Alliance, but the 
    result was not as they had hoped. Together, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi were 
    unstoppable. One-by-one, they defeated the heroes in their way, ending with
    the defeat of Raiden himself. But then Quan Chi suspected of wanting to steal
    his amulet. The two fought on the spot and Quan Chi quickly won. But then he
    heard ominous footsteps.
    Onaga, the Dragon King, had arrived. He wanted the amulet. Almost immediately,
    Quan Chi, Shang Tsung and Raiden put aside their differences to stop the
    Dragon King. Their power was not enough. Raiden caused a massive explosion
    that killed Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. The Dragon King was virtually unharmed.
    Deception: Dead from the explosion.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Before MKM was released, Quan Chi made an appearance in an episode of 
    Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. He used the power of a magic gem 
    to make the heroes hate each other.
    MK:DA was not the first time Quan Chi and Shang Tsung had ever struck a 
    deal. According to MKM, the two made a deal where if Shinnok and Quan Chi 
    were to help with the resurrection of Queen Sindel, Tsung would tell them 
    where the amulet was hidden.
    The tattoos that appear on his arms in MK:DA are the writings on the 
    ancient Rune Stone that told him of the Dragon King's prophecy. He 
    tattooed them for reference.
    The Inner Sanctum that he and Drahmin fell into in Drahmin's MK:DA ending was 
    a strange place he used to regenerate his energy and magic powers.
    Quan Chi was originally an Oni, but changed once he learned sorcery.
    Height: 7'0"
    Weight: 230 lbs
    Origin: The heavens
    Species: God
    Affiliation: Gods of Earthrealm, formerly the Elder Gods
    Allies: Liu Kang, Fujin, Bo' Rai Cho, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Kai, Sonya, Jax
    Enemies: Onaga, Shao Kahn, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shinnok, Shujinko
    Styles: Nan Chuan, Jujutsu, Staff
    Mythologies: Raiden appeared too late to stop Sub-Zero from handing over 
    the mystical amulet. He commanded the mortal to enter the Netherealm, as 
    Raiden would have been powerless in the realm. Once Sub-Zero had regained 
    the amulet, Raiden opened a portal and led him to safety. He pointed out 
    that Sub-Zero was indeed evil, but it was not too late to change his path 
    of destiny.
    Konquest: Raiden confronted Shujinko as he tried walking through Earthrealm's
    portal to the Nexus. Raiden did not believe that Shujinko was the Champion of
    the Elder Gods at first. The two sparred, resulting in Raiden being convinced
    by Shujinko's skill. Raiden allowed Shujinko to pass.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Raiden was personally invited by Shang Tsung to enter 
    the tournament. Raiden accepted and worked as a mentor to Liu Kang, 
    Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. He did not win, but his wisdom did help Liu 
    Kang gain a victory over Shang Tsung. He was also the sole witness of 
    Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero.
    Mortal Kombat II: While Raiden was not out for revenge like Liu Kang and 
    Kung Lao, he still had no choice but to accept Shang Tsung's challenge to 
    take part in the Outworld Mortal Kombat tournament. While he did not win, 
    Liu Kang surpassed his expectations and came out on top. Also, Raiden was 
    responsible for Kintaro's death.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Raiden gave up his godhood in order to take part 
    in the great war for Earthrealm. He used his abilities to protect the 
    souls of those warriors he felt could best face Shao Kahn's onslaught. 
    In the end he faced the mad emperor one-on-one. He either won the fight 
    and saved Earthrealm, or lost so that Liu Kang could come out with the 
    win. Once it was over, Raiden had regained his status as god.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Shinnok, a fallen Elder God who Raiden had defeated 
    in a long and grueling crusade eons ago had attacked the Elder Gods. 
    Raiden rallied his troops of dependable Earthrealm combatants and had 
    them join his battle to destroy Shinnok once and for all. In the end, 
    perhaps by Raiden's hand, Shinnok had been killed. Raiden was granted 
    Elder Godhood and asked that Fujin be his replacement as Protector of 
    Konquest: Raiden found Shujinko in the Nexus and asked him to help out against
    the Deadly Alliance.
    Deadly Alliance: Raiden watched as Liu Kang was taken apart by the Deadly 
    Alliance. After renouncing his godhood invited Kung Lao, Sonya, Jax, 
    Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero and Frost to meet him on Shang Tsung's deserted 
    island. They journeyed into Outworld to take on the combined might of 
    Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. Raiden was the last of the heroes to fall to their
    skills. He regained consciousness to see the Deadly Alliance tangling with the
    Dragon King. Raiden joined in to help, but found that he was not strong
    enough. With the use of a ethereal blast, he tried to take out the Dragon King
    once and for all. Instead, it barely hurt him.
    Deception: Raiden was reborn on Earthrealm and he was not happy. He realized
    that Onaga's return was partially Shujinko's fault. Raiden had lost his
    patience with not only Shujinko, but humanity in general. He swore to make
    the old man pay for his crime, even if he did undo his mistake. Also, Raiden
    was partially responsible for Liu Kang's return to the living, as he zapped
    Liu's ghost and zombie corpse together into one.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    MK1 lists Raiden as being 350 lbs. So by MK:DA he lost 120 lbs! Maybe 
    he's on the Subway diet.
    In MK1, Raiden's depiction was completely different from being the leader 
    of the good guys. The original story was that he entered the tournament 
    to prove that he was more powerful than any and all humans. The ending 
    even had him destroying the planet. Once MK2 came around, Midway 
    retconned him into being the mentor archetype we all know and love.
    Unfortunately there's nothing that suggests that Raiden is as jokey and 
    witty as he was in the movie and cartoon.
    Raiden was a secret character in one of the NFL Blitz games.
    His MK1 profile claimed that he has black hair, but again the creators 
    borrowed from the movies and gave him silver-gray hair in MK:DA.
    You'd think Raiden would know that Shujinko wasn't the real Champion of the
    Elder Gods considering Raiden himself was briefly one of them. Guess he didn't
    get the memo.
    Raiden's appearance in MK:D is meant to reflect his darker behavior. At first,
    fans thought he was charred from the blast against Onaga. Come on, even gods
    do their laundry once and a while.
    Origin: Edenia
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies (?): Kitana
    Enemies (?): Shao Kahn
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Rain was the son of an Edenian general who was 
    killed during Kahn's invasion 10,000 years before. During then, Rain was 
    a baby who was hidden away. He made his return before Kahn's Earthrealm 
    invasion and joined the emperor out of fear. It's hard to say what 
    happened next for the purple ninja. Either he fought for Kahn until dying 
    or escaping or Kitana had informed him of his past, allowing him to join 
    the good side.
    Deception: Whereabouts unknown.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Rain was shown in the intro for UMK3 in the arcades, but he was not 
    actually in the game. It was just those wacky Midway guys trying to trick 
    you into inserting more tokens. 
    Before his story was finalized, the idea for Rain was that he was going to 
    be a member of the Lin Kuei. This made it in to some of the manuals by 
    He exists as a reference to Prince. Get it? Purple? Rain?
    Origin: Unknown
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Worked for Shinnok
    Allies: Shinnok, Shao Kahn
    Enemies: Raiden
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Long, long ago, Reiko was the general of Shinnok's 
    unholy army. But it was thought that he was killed in battle. Now that 
    Shinnok was spreading his wrath once more, Reiko made a mysterious 
    reappearance. He fought with his master, but was defeated with the rest 
    of Shinnok's faction.
    Deception: There's no real telling.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    In the arcade and N64 versions of MK4, Reiko's ending showed him running 
    through a portal. That was it. But in the PS version, and also in MKG, 
    Reiko ran through the portal and ended up in a throne room. Then in a 
    shocking end, Shao Kahn's skull mask slid onto his face. And because of 
    that, MK fans had argued for years about whether or not Reiko and Kahn were
    the same. John Vogel eventually admitted that they were not the same, but were
    linked. MK:D's Konquest mode depicted Reiko as a former general of Kahn's
    army, proving that they are not the same.
    Noob Saibot was originally going to be playable in the arcade MK4 games, 
    but Reiko replaced him so they could add yet another new face to the 
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 189 lbs
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Raptor
    Affiliation: Worked for Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Shinnok and Nitara
    Allies: Shao Kahn, Khameleon
    Enemies: Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Nitara, Cyrax, Kitana, Jade
    Styles: Hung Gar, Crab, Kirehashi
    Mortal Kombat 1: Reptile was Shang Tsung's bodyguard who was asked by his 
    master to lay low during the tournament. No word on if he actually did 
    Mortal Kombat II: Reptile fought for the side of Shao Kahn in the 
    Outworld tournament. He lost.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Reptile was given a promotion, working as a 
    soldier for Kahn instead of just being Shang Tsung's bodyguard. He was 
    sent to seek and destroy the rebellious Princess Kitana. To do so Jade 
    accompanied him. On the way, Jade turned on Reptile so she could save her 
    friend's life. Reptile failed to capture Kitana because of that but he 
    did survive. Shao Kahn was defeated and left to Outworld, but Reptile had no 
    idea he was still alive.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Reptile was a fugitive in Edenia, but became a 
    soldier of Shinnok after meeting with Quan Chi. Reptile hoped that 
    Shinnok could grant him the ability to travel back to when his race 
    thrived in peace. The plan was bust and Reptile found out that Shao Kahn 
    really was alive. Despite knowing full well that Shao Kahn was behind his 
    race's endangerment, Reptile was ecstatic to return to working for him.
    Deadly Alliance: After giving Shang Tsung the orders of Shao Kahn, 
    Reptile overheard Tsung and Quan Chi plotting an assassination attempt 
    on Kahn. Reptile knew he was no match for them and raced back to Kahn's 
    lair. On the way he ran into Nitara, who showed him the base camps for 
    Kitana's army. Reptile knew that Kahn could easily win the war with that 
    information. But when he finally got back, it was too late. Shao Kahn was 
    dead. Reptile swam deeper into madness, blaming his anger on Shang Tsung, 
    Quan Chi and Kitana. Oh, if only he could have caught her all those years 
    Reptile ran into Nitara again, but in his psychotic little mind he saw 
    her as Shang Tsung, Quan Chi and Kitana. He furiously attacked her and 
    when he regained his composure he was amazed that she was not so angry. 
    Reptile offered his skills to her. His mission was to find the cyborg 
    Cyrax and destroy his arm panel. He ambushed the robo ninja and bit into 
    his arm, completing the mission. Before he could do any more damage, 
    Cyrax's chest opened up and scared Reptile away with a buzz saw.
    Soon Reptile realized the truth. Nitara was really the one to blame for 
    his master's death. She and that robot friend of hers were to pay dearly. 
    So Reptile tracked them down to the incubation chamber of the Last Great 
    Dragon Egg. His enemies were gone, but then something strange happened. 
    The egg began to crack. And as it did, it blasted Reptile with a beam of 
    light. It twisted his body and changed him into a new form. The Dragon 
    King was back.
    Deception: Vessel for the Dragon King.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    According to MK:DA, the lack of being near his own race has caused 
    Reptile to devolve with every passing game. At first he looked to have a 
    human structure, but after MKT his look became more and more primal until 
    his MK:DA appearance where his look is best compared to Lizard Man (Soul 
    Calibur) or Riptor (Killer Instinct). This process also made him less 
    intelligent and more crazed.
    The original MK:DA box arts (back when it was going to be called "Mortal 
    Kombat: Vengeance") depicted Reptile as being exactly the same as in MK4.
    His MK:DA look is partially based on his appearance in the first movie.
    He was a secret character in the arcade NBA Jam: Tournament Edition.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Species: Demon
    Affiliation: Worked for Shinnok
    Allies: Older Sub-Zero, younger Sub-Zero, Kia, Jataaka
    Enemies: Quan Chi, Shinnok
    Style: Tae Kwon Do, Yuan Yang, Sais
    Mythologies: Sareena, Kia and Jataaka worked together as a team of assassins 
    under the orders of Quan Chi. They were each given a piece of the key to Quan
    Chi's domain, told to protect the pieces from the intruder Sub-Zero. Kia and 
    Jataaka were both killed in the heat of the battle, but when Sareena lost,
    Sub-Zero had the option of whether or not he should kill her. He decided to
    let her go and continued on his quest to defeat Quan Chi and Shinnok. Sareena
    made a surprise appearance during Sub-Zero's fight against Quan Chi and
    assisted Sub-Zero to victory. She pleaded with him to bring her with him to
    Earthrealm. She explained that she was sick of living within the horrible
    Netherealm. Before Sub-Zero could come up with an answer, Shinnok appeared
    and killed Sareena. She lost her attractive human appearance and was
    transported back to the fifth plane of the Netherealm.
    Tournament Edition: One day Sareena came across an abandoned and forgotten
    portal to Outworld. She had a strange ability to feed off the realm and 
    regain her human appearance. What became of her is unknown.
    Deception: One can only guess.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    For some reason or another, Jataaka in MKM was played by two different
    actresses. One for her cutscenes and one for her in-game sprites.
    Her beta-name was Eia.
    SCORPION (Hanzo Hasashi)
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Origin when alive: Earthrealm
    Origin after death: Netherealm
    Species: Specter
    Affiliation: Shirai Ryu, Worked for Shao Kahn and Shinnok, Works for the Elder
    Allies: Elder Gods, Shujinko
    Enemies: Quan Chi, older Sub-Zero, Moloch, Drahmin, Shujinko
    Styles: Hapkido, Pi Gua, Ninja Sword, Moi Fah, Mugai Ryu
    Mythologies: Scorpion was a ninja hired by Quan Chi to acquire a map. On 
    the way Scorpion met with Sub-Zero of a rival ninja clan. Scorpion 
    taunted Sub-Zero and left to find the map. The two ended up finding it 
    at the same time so they dueled. Unlike Sub-Zero, Scorpion lacked the 
    special abilities necessary to win. Despite his pleading, Scorpion's 
    life was not spared. Sub-Zero tore off his head with the spine dangling 
    beneath. Unbeknownst to Scorpion, Quan Chi murdered the other members of 
    his clan along with his family as an act of gratitude towards Sub-Zero.
    Scorpion was reborn a specter in the Netherealm, fueled by hatred and a 
    never-ending desire for revenge. In an odd turn of events, Sub-Zero 
    appeared in the realm on a mission. Scorpion confronted his rival and 
    desperately asked why he killed he and his family. Sub-Zero claimed 
    that the reason he killed Scorpion was because it was his way, but insisted
    that he had nothing to do with the death of Scorpion's family. Scorpion 
    lashed out and challenged Sub-Zero, now with supernatural powers. Sub-Zero 
    won the fight and escaped.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Scorpion found his way out of the Netherealm and entered 
    Shang Tsung's tournament. On the boat transporting the warriors, Scorpion 
    appeared before Sub-Zero with the warning of whom he was and what he 
    planned to do at the tournament. And his threats were not empty. In a 
    rematch against Sub-Zero, Scorpion had exacted his revenge and killed his 
    nemesis. There was nothing left for him after that. He burned into ash and
    disappeared into the depths of the Netherealm.
    Mortal Kombat II: News reached Scorpion (perhaps from Quan Chi) that 
    Sub-Zero had somehow returned and was going to take part in the new 
    tournament. Scorpion left the Netherealm again and followed Sub-Zero into 
    Outworld. During the tournament, Scorpion stared in bewilderment as he 
    saw Sub-Zero, the ninja who needlessly murdered him, actually spare the 
    life of an opponent. Later on the two of them fought one-on-one. After 
    an exhausting fight, Scorpion came out the winner. But he had a moment of 
    clarity. It wasn't Sub-Zero he was fighting, or at least not the one he knew 
    of. Instead it was Sub-Zero's little brother who continued the original's 
    legacy. Scorpion vanished and spared Sub-Zero's life. He vowed to protect 
    the younger Sub-Zero from that day on as a way to say sorry for his act of 
    vengeance a year earlier.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Shao Kahn tried to steal the souls of the Netherealm. 
    While it didn't work, it did give Scorpion the ability to leave the forsaken 
    realm. Scorpion wandered alone as a wild card in the war until the day he 
    came across Shao Kahn. Kahn offered him a spot in his forces with the promise 
    of the ability to keep him out of the Netherealm. Scorpion agreed. But as he 
    was supposed to attack some of Earthrealm's warriors, he was shocked to see a 
    red scar over one's eye. It was Sub-Zero. Scorpion remembered his vow and 
    turned on the emperor. He was more than likely killed by either Kahn or one 
    of Kahn's men.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Scorpion learned more about the death of his family from 
    Quan Chi. According to Quan Chi, who Scorpion apparently trusted, the younger 
    Sub-Zero was the one responsible. Scorpion aided Shinnok so that he could 
    eventually meet Sub-Zero again and make him pay. At the end of the events of 
    MKG, Scorpion and Sub-Zero clashed for the final time. Scorpion won once more 
    and taunted that he could finally rest now that his family's killer was going 
    to be dead. But Sub-Zero groggily proclaimed his innocence. Somehow Scorpion 
    believed him, and Quan Chi himself verified it. Scorpion was told that he was 
    nothing but a pawn to kill both of the Sub-Zero brothers and that he was no 
    longer needed. Quan Chi banished Scorpion back to the fifth plain of the 
    Netherealm, but Scorpion rushed Quan Chi and grabbed onto him. When the spell 
    had taken effect, both Scorpion and Quan Chi were standing together in the 
    pits of the Netherealm.
    Konquest: Shujinko needed to spend time in the Netherealm to increase his
    inner darkness. He met Scorpion and noticed his unbridled rage. Scorpion
    explained that he was searching for Quan Chi. Shujinko made a deal with
    Scorpion: Scorpion would train Shujinko so that he would be a better fighter
    and would be able to increase the evil within him at a faster rate. In return,
    Scorpion would gain an ally in tracking down Quan Chi. Scorpion trained
    Shujinko and told him to go find Quan Chi. Shujinko led Scorpion to the
    location of his sworn enemy and watched Scorpion beat the crap out of his
    sworn enemy. Quan Chi got up and ran off with Scorpion in pursuit.
    Deadly Alliance: Scorpion had spent years thrashing Quan Chi until the 
    day when the sorcerer gained temporary allies with Moloch and Drahmin, 
    two Oni from the fifth plain. Though thoroughly beaten, Scorpion attacked 
    Quan Chi a second time. This time he was able to elude the Oni's attack 
    for the most part and chase Quan Chi into Outworld, though he landed in a 
    different spot. He tracked down Quan Chi and fought him, but Quan Chi 
    actually won and knocked Scorpion into a pit of acid. Again Scorpion 
    returned from the Netherealm (the SIXTH time) and entered Shang Tsung's 
    fortress so he could get at Quan Chi. But he accidentally found himself 
    in a room with Moloch and Drahmin. Scorpion gave them the fight of his 
    life and took them both on at once. But in the end he was overwhelmed by 
    their combined might. He was tossed into Shang Tsung's Soulnado, which 
    was a tornado of souls from the heavens. The purity of the Soulnado tore 
    Scorpion's body to shreds.
    Konquest: Scorpion ended up in the Nexus, where he met the legendary Elder
    Gods. They made Scorpion their new Champion. Shujinko showed up to place the
    sixth and final Komidogu, but Scorpion challenged him. After a long and brutal
    fight, Scorpion lay unconscious as Shujinko finished his fool's quest.
    Deception: Working for the Elder Gods, Scorpion hunted down Onaga as the true
    Champion of the Elder Gods. Towards the end of the adventure, Scorpion crossed
    paths with Shujinko once again. Perhaps it was the fact that Shujinko was the
    closest thing Scorpion ever had to a true ally, but somehow Shujinko got
    through to Scorpion and convinced him to lend his power to Shujinko so that he
    could stop Onaga with the might of many warriors at once.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Ed Boon supplied Scorpion's voice, but everybody knows that.
    Scorpion's original bio claimed that he wore his yellow outfit to make 
    fun of the Lin Kuei's cowardly acts. As MKM shows, Midway had retconned 
    that since Scorpion wore the outfit before dying.
    At no point did Scorpion become a specter because he was bitten by some 
    mystical scorpion like MK: Conquest claimed. God that was idiotic.
    There's a contradiction about MK2's events dealing with the comic and the 
    game. In the comic, he attacks Reptile, claiming that he already knows 
    about that the two Sub-Zeros are different guys. But in his ending it says 
    that he realized it when Sub-Zero spared an opponent during the tournament. 
    I'll just go with the game's explanation on this one.
    Weird thing is that in different forms of media, Scorpion has had 
    different versions of his spear move. In the movie he had a living 
    creature sticking out his hand. In the Malibu comic series he had a 
    spiked ball and chain. And in the cartoon he had a gold chain. Let it be 
    said that I pity the fool who messes with Scorpion's gold chains.
    Scorpion is the only guy from MK1 to have retained his exact weight and 
    height for MK:DA. And to no one's surprise, Scorpion has the exact same 
    weight and height as both Sub-Zeros.
    He was a secret character in the arcade NBA Jam: Tournament Edition.
    SEKTOR (Unit LK-9T9)
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Cyborg
    Affiliation: Formerly Lin Kuei, currently Tekunin
    Allies: None currently
    Enemies: Younger Sub-Zero, Smoke, Cyrax
    Styles: Ninjitsu, Sambo, Pulse Blade
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sektor was sent with Cyrax and Smoke to eliminate 
    Sub-Zero, a rogue ninja who refused to become a cyborg. At one point 
    Smoke turned against his programming and attacked Sektor and Cyrax. 
    Sektor may have killed him, but it's not certain. Sektor was not able to 
    locate Sub-Zero.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Sektor continued his mission to find Sub-Zero while 
    keeping an eye on the mentally damaged Cyrax. As far as we know, he 
    didn't really get much done.
    Tournament Edition: After killing the Lin Kuei Grand Master because of 
    programming defects, Sektor met with Sub-Zero in a battle over the Dragon 
    Medallion and the title of new Grand Master of the Lin Kuei. Sektor lost, 
    allowing Sub-Zero to become the man in charge of the Lin Kuei. After that,
    Sektor fled to Japan to start his own clan. There he found others willing to
    join his faction: The Tekunin.
    Deception: Currently taking over Japan with his army of cyber-ninjas. Who
    knows, maybe stopping Sektor is what Fujin's been up to.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Unlike Cyrax and Smoke, we don't know anything about what Sektor looked 
    like before the cybernetic stuff was added. The cartoon showed him as 
    being a black man with dreadlocks like the wires on his helmet. But then 
    you must remember that cartoon Cyrax was either white or Asian (it's hard 
    to tell with that animation). Also, there is a red Lin Kuei ninja 
    accompanying Sub-Zero and Smoke in the MK2 comic. Maybe that was Sektor?
    Because of his MK:TE storyline, it's likely that Sektor is a Japanese man 
    under the mask.
    Before finally being named in MK3, Sektor's codename with the creators 
    was "Ketchup".
    Much like Mokap, there is no evidence that Sektor was ever actually in
    Outworld during the events of MK:DA despite appearing in MK:TE.
    Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 200 lbs
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Tarkatan (true form)
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn, co-leader of the Deadly Alliance
    Allies: Quan Chi, Moloch, Drahmin, Kano
    Enemies: Liu Kang, Shao Kahn, Raiden, Onaga
    Styles: Snake, Crane, Straight Sword
    Deception: Shujinko asked for a spot in Shang Tsung's tournament and was
    granted one after an impressive sparring match.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Elderly Shang Tsung had been hosting the Mortal Kombat 
    tournament for 500 years. One last win would unbalance the furies and 
    allow his master Shao Kahn to enter. But things became desperate when his 
    apprentice Goro had lost to Liu Kang. Shang Tsung used his morphing 
    abilities the best he could against the Shaolin warrior, but in the end 
    he faced defeat. With Sonya and Kano as hostages, Shang Tsung escaped 
    back to his home world where he was reprimanded by Shao Kahn for his 
    Mortal Kombat II: Shang Tsung begged for his life so that he would not 
    be tortured. He saved his skin with another idea to rule Earthrealm. They 
    would hold a tournament in Outworld that the angered Liu Kang and other 
    Earthrealm warriors would have to enter according to the rules of the Elder 
    Gods. And when they would win, the dimensional barricades would be damaged 
    enough so that they could breach it. Kahn was so impressed by this idea that 
    he gave Shang Tsung his youth back, partially so that the Elder Gods could 
    not recognize him and also because he was more powerful back then. Tsung and 
    the rest of Shao Kahn's brigade ended up losing.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Shang Tsung led the Shadow Priests in the 
    resurrection of Queen Sindel in Earthrealm. Tsung then joined Kahn in the 
    invasion, though he feared that Kahn was still angry about his losses 
    earlier. When Kahn retreated back to Outworld, Shang Tsung went with him.
    Deadly Alliance: One day at his home Shang Tsung heard a ruckus outside. 
    It was Quan Chi finishing off Scorpion. Quan Chi had a proposal for a 
    team-up where if Shang Tsung were to help Quan Chi with the reawakening 
    of the Dragon King's army, Quan Chi would open up a portal to the heavens 
    that would keep Shang Tsung alive seemingly forever. Shang Tsung agreed 
    with his peer and the two made plans to eliminate the two who had the 
    best chance of putting an end to their plans.
    First Tsung introduced Quan Chi to Shao Kahn, vouching for his loyalty to 
    the emperor. But then the two rushed Kahn and fought him, killing him in 
    the end. Then Shang Tsung disguised himself as Kung Lao and tried to 
    ambush Liu Kang. Liu fought back and was about to win when Quan Chi hit 
    him with a green skull attack. Shang Tsung snapped the neck of his 
    arch-nemesis and devoured his soul. The two sorcerers found worthy 
    warriors and laid waste to their bodies so that they could feed the souls 
    to the undead soldiers. And once the final soldier was finished, Earthrealm's
    warriors arrived to put an end to the Deadly Alliance once and for all.
    Shang Tsung and Quan Chi made mincemeat out of each challenger, ending with
    the defeat of Raiden. Shang Tsung challenged Quan Chi for his amulet, but
    ended up losing to his former partner. Shang Tsung quickly awoke to find Quan
    Chi trying to fend off the Dragon King. Shang Tsung and Raiden came to aid
    him, though their might was not powerful enough. Raiden ended up blowing them
    to kingdom come. Onaga was unharmed, but the same couldn't be said for Shang
    Deception: Nothing more than a big, red stain.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    So why is Shang Tsung constantly devouring souls, you ask? Years ago, 
    prior to his first appearance in the MK tournament, Shang Tsung angered 
    the gods and paid for it by being cursed. The curse said that Shang Tsung 
    needed souls to stay young. If he were to go for a long period of time 
    without a soul to consume, he would begin to age faster than normal. That 
    is why only a few years after losing to the original Kung Lao in the MK 
    tournament, he came back as a feeble old man.
    After taking the soul of the original Kung Lao, Shang Tsung found out 
    about where Shinnok's amulet was hidden. He traded that information to 
    Quan Chi for assistance in Sindel's revival.
    Interesting fact that's been brought to my attention by Eric C. and ]{ombat: A 
    piece of concept art for MK2 showed Shang Tsung's true/original form. He looks 
    like a scrawny version of Baraka with goat horns sticking out of his head. He 
    even has the little spikes sticking out of his arms like Baraka's. Not sure if 
    he was born this way and turned human by Shao Kahn or if he was always human 
    and this is what he truly looks like thanks to the darkness of his deeds.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Unknown
    Affiliation: Leader of a bunch of henchmen
    Allies: Reptile, Motaro, Kano, Mileena, Baraka, Kintaro, Reiko
    Enemies: Raiden, Liu Kang, Sindel, Kitana, Onaga, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi
    Mortal Kombat II: Shao Kahn had Baraka destroy the Shaolin temples in 
    order to get back at Liu Kang. Then his sorcerer Shang Tsung gave him the 
    idea to set up a tournament in his own backyard. If Outworld were to 
    defeat Liu Kang and friends it would unbalance the furies and allow Kahn 
    entry into Earthrealm. Kahn held his tournament, but in the end Liu Kang 
    beat him in the final match. Kahn did not die and likely used his armies 
    to chase away the heroes.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Shao Kahn used his plan to resurrect his queen in 
    Earthrealm as a means to get through the portal and take over. Once in 
    Earthrealm, Shao Kahn devoured the souls of almost everybody on the 
    planet, leaving only the chosen warriors picked by Raiden. Kahn set out 
    his Extermination Squad to take care of them. He was challenged at one 
    point by Kung Lao, but Shao Kahn annihilated him. Then Kahn either met 
    defeat at the hands of Raiden or Liu Kang. He escaped to Outworld and 
    kept a low profile.
    Deadly Alliance: Kahn was not in the game, but he had an important 
    appearance in the intro. He was beginning to regain his momentum as a 
    warlord until the day when Shang Tsung appeared with the infamous Quan 
    Chi. The two bowed before Kahn as a show of loyalty, only to rush him and 
    attack at once. Shao Kahn fought back and almost won, but he just did 
    not have enough power to take out the Deadly Alliance.
    Deception: Dead, but he may possibly return if Havik's ending becomes canon.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    It is hard to say just what Shao Kahn is. In official character art he 
    has been shown as having weird spikes growing out of his forehead. Plus 
    he's way too big to be a mere human.
    Shao Kahn was originally the advisor to Onaga. Kahn came into power by
    poisoning his master.
    Origin: Outworld
    Species: Shokan
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn
    Allies: Sindel
    Enemies: Motaro, Shao Kahn, Kano
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sheeva was assigned to be the bodyguard of Queen 
    Sindel. But she grew suspicious of Shao Kahn after finding out that the 
    new general was Motaro of the Centaurian race. True to her instincts, she 
    found out that Kahn was enslaving her race. One night when Motaro had 
    just locked up Kano for failure to kill Sonya Blade, Sheeva commenced 
    with a surprise onslaught and killed Motaro. Then she freed Kano, under 
    the impression that Kano would help assassinate Kahn. But Kano was only 
    lying and ratted her out. Shao Kahn impaled Sheeva with a sword and 
    killed her.
    Deception: Dead and not popular enough to be brought back.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Sheeva has been rumored to be one of Goro's seven wives. So far there is 
    nothing in-game to back that up.
    Origin: The Heavens
    Species: God
    Affiliation: Leader of a bunch of henchmen
    Allies: Quan Chi, Noob Saibot, Reiko, Tanya, Kia, Jataaka, Scorpion, Mileena
    Enemies: Raiden, Fujin, Liu Kang, older Sub-Zero, younger Sub-Zero, Kitana
    Mythologies: Shinnok had Quan Chi leave the Netherealm to gain the amulet 
    that gave Shinnok his power. His associate's plan was a success and soon 
    Shinnok had gained the one thing that could allow him to enter other 
    realms. But there was a mortal from Earthrealm out to stop him. This 
    mortal, a man known only as Sub-Zero, had defeated Quan Chi and his triad 
    of assassins. One of the assassins, Sareena, was even helping him out. 
    Shinnok killed the woman and was faced to face with Sub-Zero soon later. 
    The fallen Elder God would never be defeated by a human, especially when 
    he had his precious amulet with him. But Sub-Zero did the next best 
    thing: he knocked the amulet out of Shinnok's hands and escaped. Shinnok 
    transformed himself into an unstoppable monster and pursued the ninja, 
    but Sub-Zero jumped into a portal.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Shinnok's amulet had been returned once more. His 
    first location upon freedom was the realm of Edenia, which he promptly 
    took over. He knew his rival Raiden well enough to know that he would be 
    the first to try to stop him, and he was right. But what Shinnok had not 
    considered was that the amulet he carried was not the genuine article and 
    the only reason he had been able to use its power was because Quan Chi 
    was always around with the real one. When Quan Chi left his side, it 
    didn't take long for Shinnok to be destroyed by his enemies.
    Deception: Dead. But then again, evil never dies.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    So here's a little back-story on our friend Shinnok: Tried to take over 
    Earthrealm back when it was still young. Raiden led an assault that took 
    years and almost destroyed the world itself. But Raiden was able to get 
    the amulet away from Shinnok and sent him to the Netherealm to burn for 
    eternity. While in the fiery depths, Shinnok met with a wandering 
    sorcerer Quan Chi. Together they took over the dark world from Lucifer 
    himself and ruled together with Quan Chi as Shinnok's high priest. And 
    the rest is history.
    They never really explained what Shinnok was the god of. God of War? God 
    of Darkness? God of Unoriginality? God of Sucking Out Loud?
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: None
    Allies: Bo' Rai Cho, Ashrah, Ermac, Dairou, Havik, Kenshi, Nightwolf, Li Mei,
            Sindel, Kitana, Scorpion
    Enemies: Onaga, Shang Tsung, Raiden, Scorpion, Baraka, Tanya, Mileena, Hotaru, 
    Styles: Mantis, Shaolin Fist, Dan Tien Dao
    Konquest: Oh, God. Just check the Konquest section. Do you really think
    I'm going to rewrite all of that?
    Deception: Shujinko blamed himself for Onaga's reign and continued to train
    in preparation for fighting the warlord. He brought together various heroes
    to do this. It is likely that Shujinko absorbed the abilities of all the
    major players in the MK:D story, shattered the Komidogu and overwhelmed Onaga
    with the power of his allies.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Shujinko's power is that he can copy the style of whoever he fights. It was
    granted to him by Damashi (Onaga's disguise). It is very similar to the power
    of the comic book villain The Taskmaster.
    "Shujinko" is Japanese for "protagonist".
    Shujinko's final appearance is more than likely inspired by Pai Mei, the
    old master from Kill Bill Volume 2.
    Origin: Edenia
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Once ruled with Shao Kahn
    Allies: Kitana, Jade, Shujinko
    Enemies: Shao Kahn, Onaga, Tanya, Mileena
    Styles: Zha Chuan, Fu Jowpai, Kwan Do
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sindel had been dead for ten thousand years until 
    Shang Tsung and his Shadow Priests (with some help from Shinnok and Quan 
    Chi) had resurrected her body in Earthrealm. This allowed Shao Kahn to 
    enter the realm and take it over while being reunited with his queen. 
    Kitana, Sindel's daughter, found her one day during the war for 
    Earthrealm and made her realize what was going on. Sindel never loved 
    Shao Kahn; it was only mind control. She joined the rally against her 
    false lover.
    Konquest: Kitana sent Shujinko to save Sindel from Tanya's clutches. After
    being saved, Sindel trained Shujinko and knighted him.
    Deception: Sindel was kidnapped by Onaga's forces and was guarded by her
    brainwashed daughter Kitana. Jade rescued Sindel from the prison and escaped
    alongside her queen. Sindel decided that she needed more information on Onaga
    to defeat him. Eventually she and Jade joined Shujinko in defeating Onaga as
    Liu Kang and Ermac brought Kitana back to normal.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Sindel's original husband and King of Edenia was Jerrod. We really don't 
    know a thing about him other than that he was a good guy and a warrior 
    who was killed in a one-on-one fight with Shao Kahn.
    The reason Sindel died in the first place was suicide. Turns out she wasn't 
    brainwashed until after the resurrection.
    There were concept sketches made for Sindel in MK:DA. In it she wielded a 
    sword and wore a very scant two-piece bikini.
    Originally her name was going to be Muchacha. Holy crap, am I glad they 
    changed that.
    SMOKE (Unit LK-7T2)
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species in MK2: Human
    Species in MKT: Cyborg
    Affiliation: Lin Kuei, works for Noob Saibot
    Allies: Noob Saibot
    Enemies: Younger Sub-Zero, Ashrah, Sektor
    Style: Mit Zu
    Mortal Kombat II: The best guess is that he was helping out his good friend 
    Sub-Zero. Especially since he appeared with him in the MK2 comic, which was 
    released a long while before Smoke was even mentioned as a Lin Kuei member 
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Smoke and Sub-Zero were handpicked to go under the 
    Lin Kuei's new cybernetic enhancement program. The two of them tried to 
    escape, but Smoke ended up getting caught. He was turned into a purple 
    cyborg and was sent to eliminate his best friend while with Sektor and 
    Cyrax. Smoke retained his human will and turned on his fellow Lin Kuei 
    cyborgs. He fought alongside Sub-Zero, but was eventually taken in by Kahn's
    forces. Smoke was kept in a dungeon for years and shut himself down.
    Deception: Noob Saibot found Smoke and reactivated him. To assure the cyborg's
    devotion, Noob reprogrammed Smoke into being loyal to only him. The two
    entered the Netherealm with plans of complete domination. Asrhah appeared and
    fought Noob while the good, human side of Smoke started battling with the
    robotic programming.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Robo Smoke transforming into Human Smoke in MKT is completely non-canon. 
    It was just there for the complete roster and the need to exploit the 
    male ninja sprites as much as possible. Even his MKT ending claims that 
    Human Smoke will never be anything more than a memory in Robo Smoke's 
    Before facing him in MK2, it claims that he is an undiscovered warrior
    from MK1. If this is true, then he was probably just hiding in the
    background, helping out the older Sub-Zero. A lot of good that did him.
    According to John Vogel, Noob Smoke was initially meant to have two endings:
    one for Noob Saibot and one for Smoke. The idea was dropped, but he did tell
    me what it would have been about. During the Ashrah vs. Noob sequence, Smoke's
    good was fighting the programming that forced him to work for Noob. Being in
    the Netherealm powered the negative aspects of his programming and transformed
    Smoke into a cybernetic demon of sorts. Tragic development for an already
    tragic character, don't you think?
    SONYA (Lieutenant Sonya Blade)
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Special Forces, Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Jax, Kenshi, Cyrax, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Raiden
    Enemies: Kano, Jarek, Mavado, Hsu Hao, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Frost
    Styles: Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Kali Sticks
    Mortal Kombat 1: Sonya was on the tail of Kano, her sworn enemy and 
    leader of the Black Dragon. Kano escaped onto a mysterious boat so Sonya 
    and her crew tried to follow. They were caught by Tsung's guards and 
    forced to take part in the contest. Or at least Sonya was, with the 
    promise of freeing her friends if she were to beat Goro and Shang Tsung. 
    As you can guess by now, she didn't and joined Kano in the forests of 
    Outworld after the island began to crumble.
    Mortal Kombat II: She only appeared in the background of Shao Kahn's 
    Courtyard, chained up next to the emperor's throne. She and Kano were 
    eventually released thanks to her fellow Special Forces member Jax. 
    Unfortunately for them, Kano got away.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sonya's superiors didn't believe her story about 
    Shao Kahn and his plans to one day overwhelm Earthrealm. She helplessly 
    watched as Kahn devoured the souls of almost everyone in the realm. With 
    her Earthrealm allies, Sonya fought for the destruction of Shao Kahn. 
    While she never fought Shao Kahn, she did finally face Kano on top a high 
    tower. Kano took control of the fight and even tore out a chunk of 
    Sonya's hair. Using his distraction to her advantage, Sonya grabbed Kano 
    with her legs and tossed him off the building to his doom. After the 
    world reverted back to normal, Sonya founded the Outerworld Investigation 
    Agency with Jax.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Sonya chased Jarek, the last surviving Black Dragon 
    member, into Edenia. There they found out about Shinnok's plans for 
    conquering Earthrealm and put aside their differences. When the smoke had 
    settled, Sonya resumed her mission to bring in Jarek. Jarek insisted that 
    he would not go quietly and ran straight at her. Sonya moved out of the 
    way, allowing Jarek to fall off the cliff they were standing on.
    Deadly Alliance: Agents Cyrax and Kenshi were stranded in Outworld and 
    Hsu Hao had destroyed the Outerworld Investigation Agency's portal. Sonya 
    joined Raiden on his excursion to Outworld to lend a hand. To make it 
    through the portal, she had to defeat an image of her greatest enemy. But 
    she did not recognize the stranger she faced: the Red Dragon member 
    Mavado. In Outworld, she was killed by the Deadly Alliance.
    Deception: Sonya was resurrected by Onaga and was forced to obey his every
    command. She and the other fallen warriors tried to defeat Ermac, but failed.
    Liu Kang freed her mind from the mind control and returned her to her former
    self. Along with her friends, Sonya joined in on the quest to foil Onaga's
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Sonya was originally going to be played by Cameron Diaz in the movie, but 
    she injured her wrist before filming.
    Sonya was meant to appear in MK:SF, but with Tobias gone and the clock 
    ticking, they took her out to cut corners.
    According to her MK1 bio, Sonya had a twin brother Daniel Blade listed as 
    deceased. Perhaps his death is the real reason she was out to get Kano. 
    The official MK1 trading cards claim that Sonya is after Kano for killing 
    her fiancee.
    She and Frost do not get along at all.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Raiden
    Enemies: Shao Kahn, 99% of fighting game fans
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kurtis Stryker was a riot control officer, working 
    on controlling people in the city where Shao Kahn's portal opened. Once 
    Kahn had ravaged all their souls, Stryker was the only one left. He 
    escaped the Extermination Squads and received visions from Raiden, 
    telling him that he was one of the chosen warriors and that he had to 
    meet with he and the others. Using his vast assortment of weapons as 
    opposed to martial arts, Stryker joined with the others so that he could 
    save Earthrealm. His actions after that are unknown.
    Deception: If he survived, then he's back protecting his city, but he's more 
    than likely dead. Stryker is considered a joke among the MK fans, and not 
    intentionally like Mokap. Besides, wouldn't Raiden have asked him for help in 
    the later games? Then again, he may have refused.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    In UMK3 they gave him the ability to use his gun. Before that, people 
    wondered why he used it in his win pose when he could have ended the 
    fight that much quicker.
    Fun fact: Stryker's voice on the animated series was done by veteran actor 
    Ron Perlman. You might remember him as Reinhardt in Blade II or Clayface 
    from the Batman cartoon or Hellboy from the movie.
    The role of "Special Forces agent out to catch Kano" was originally going 
    to be given to a character named Stryker in MK1. But the guys decided to go 
    with a female character and Sonya was used instead. No clue on whether or 
    not he looked like the cop we all know and love.
    SUB-ZERO (older one)/NOOB SAIBOT
    (as Sub-Zero)
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Age (at time of death): 32 years old 
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human/???
    Affiliation: Lin Kuei
    Allies: Younger Sub-Zero, Sareena, Raiden
    Enemies: Shinnok, Quan Chi, Scorpion
    (as Noob Saibot)
    Origin: Netherealm
    Species: Wraith
    Affiliation: Worked for Shao Kahn under the orders of Shinnok, 
    Brothers of the Shadow
    Allies: Smoke, Shinnok, Shao Kahn, Quan Chi
    Enemies: Younger Sub-Zero, Ashrah, Goro
    Styles: Hapkido, Pi Gua, Ninja Sword, Monkey
    Mythologies: Sub-Zero was hired by Quan Chi to fetch a map from a temple. 
    On the way to it he ended up fighting Scorpion, a ninja from a rival 
    clan. Sub-Zero won and tore out Scorpion's spine. He gave the map to Quan 
    Chi and was thanked by Quan Chi destroying the rest of Scorpion's clan. 
    Sub-Zero was hired once more to follow the map and gain the amulet within 
    for Quan Chi. Despite the many obstacles he had to face, including 
    fighting four gods, Sub-Zero came out alive with the amulet in hand. He 
    gave it to Quan Chi, who taunted Sub-Zero and exited to the Netherealm.
    Raiden appeared to reprimand Sub-Zero and insisted that he go save 
    Earthrealm. Sub-Zero waded through the horrors of the Netherealm, at one 
    point meeting up with the reincarnated form of Scorpion. Sub-Zero won the 
    rematch and went on to defeat Quan Chi and his three assassins. Sub-Zero 
    fought against Shinnok and succeeded in stealing back the amulet. Unable 
    to contend with Shinnok's next form, Sub-Zero escaped back to Earthrealm 
    thanks to Raiden's help.
    Sub-Zero asked for thanks despite causing the whole situation in the 
    first place. He asked Raiden about something Quan Chi told him, about how 
    he was able to enter the Netherealm because his soul was tainted with 
    evil. Raiden concurred with Quan Chi's words and told Sub-Zero that he 
    was evil, but it was not too late to change his ways. Sub-Zero chose to stay
    loyal to the Lin Kuei.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Two years later, Sub-Zero was introduced to Shang Tsung, 
    a sorcerer who wanted the ninja to enter his tournament of Mortal Kombat. 
    Sub-Zero entered, but he hid the fact that he was also hired by an 
    anonymous enemy of Shang Tsung to assassinate him. He blazed through the 
    competition until coming across a ghost from the past. It was Scorpion, 
    who exacted his revenge and killed the warrior.
    Mortal Kombat II: Sub-Zero was reborn in the Netherealm as a wraith, now
    completely lacking compassion. Immediately, he was obtained by Shinnok to be 
    his henchman. Known as Noob Saibot, he scouted the tournament for his new 
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Noob was given orders by Shinnok to join Shao Kahn 
    for the time being. He had plans to attack Kahn after he had been 
    weakened, but the plans never came into fruition thanks to the tenacious 
    champions of Earthrealm.
    Also, I am almost certain that this is not canon, but I should mention it 
    anyway. A warrior referred to as Classic Sub-Zero showed up with unknown 
    reasons, other than reusing the MK1 Sub-Zero profile. His ending was very 
    ambiguous and he has not been alluded to since. It's nigh definite that it 
    was nothing more than an excuse for Midway to get more mileage out of the 
    Scorpion sprite.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: They never gave him an official story, but he was 
    almost definitely fighting alongside Shinnok.
    Tournament Edition: Noob Saibot went back to fighting for Shao Kahn. While a
    soldier in Kano's army, he came across an exhausted Goro and the two did
    battle. Noob mortally wounded Goro and moved on.
    Deception: Upon Shao Kahn's death, Noob Saibot had decided to no longer serve
    anyone but himself. He discovered Smoke and made him his first recruit in 
    his quest for domination. He and Smoke entered the Netherealm in an attempt
    to take over the realm, but Ashrah may or may not have foiled their plans by
    vanquishing Noob Saibot.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    According to the official MKM website, the two Sub-Zeros are the sons of a 
    Lin Kuei ninja and an American woman. They were removed from their mother 
    and forced to fight for the Lin Kuei. Also, they had a sister but nothing 
    has been said about her since. Some fans refer to them as Sub-Zero the 5th 
    and Sub-Zero the 6th, but that comes from pure speculation.
    He has the same exact measurements as his younger brother and Scorpion.
    I've been reminded that Classic Sub-Zero's ending does not claim that he 
    was not the older Sub-Zero. The ending says that he unmasked himself
    to the surprise of the many warriors, revealing himself to be a warrior
    from a previous tournament. Since this originated in UMK3, this led fans 
    to argue over whether it was Johnny Cage or Raiden returning to the story 
    (I know it doesn't make sense with the ice powers). Once MKT came out, 
    there were only two guys we knew about left: older Sub-Zero and the 
    original Kung Lao. Since Shang has that Kung Lao's soul, there's only two 
    options: Either it was the older Sub-Zero or a new character yet to be 
    introduced, who had existed during important parts of the story's history 
    (similar to Quan Chi, Shinnok, Bo' Rai Cho, etc.). Classic Sub-Zero's 
    story is nothing more than a cliffhanger that has never been resolved and 
    likely never will.
    Originally his name was going to be Tundra.
    His name is "Tobias Boon" backwards, but everybody knows that.
    In MK4 Noob Saibot finally revealed his true form under the ninja 
    costume. His body is a glossy dark gray with a skull-like face. Not very 
    exciting, but beggars can't be choosers.
    Noob had a cameo in the game The Grid, which was also made by Midway.
    The revelation that Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot are the same being first showed
    up in MK:D. Storywise, the concept does not contradict and it answers a couple
    nagging questions. Why wasn't Noob Saibot ever mentioned in Mythologies? Why 
    wasn't Scorpion going after Sub-Zero in the Netherealm? Why did Noob Saibot 
    have an ice-based fatality in MK4? Why does Noob dress as a ninja, anyway? 
    Well, now we know, and knowing is half the battle.
    SUB-ZERO (younger, scarred one)
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Species: Human/???
    Affiliation: Lin Kuei (1), Lin Kuei (2), Earthrealm warriors
    Allies: Kenshi, Raiden, Liu Kang, Frost
    Enemies: Quan Chi, Shinnok, Hotaru, Noob Saibot, Smoke, Sektor
    Styles: Shotokan, Dragon, Kori Blade
    Mortal Kombat II: The younger Sub-Zero was sent to deal with Shang Tsung 
    as a replacement for his fallen brother. He followed the heroes into 
    Outworld and entered Shao Kahn's tournament. In it, he surprised some of 
    the onlookers, including Scorpion, by allowing mercy to a beaten 
    opponent. Sub-Zero faced Scorpion and lost, but was confused as to why 
    Scorpion allowed him to live and disappeared.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Sub-Zero was handpicked to be transformed into a 
    cyborg by the Lin Kuei. Along with Smoke, he tried to escape. While 
    Sub-Zero did get away, Smoke was still caught and given the special 
    treatment. In disgust for the Lin Kuei, Sub-Zero changed his outfit. 
    Things became complicated, as he had to help out his Earthrealm allies 
    while dodging Smoke, Sektor and Cyrax. He fought against Cyrax and won, 
    but instead of killing him, he just reprogrammed him to kill Shao Kahn. 
    Sub-Zero aided the other heroes and helped put an end to Kahn's terror.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Sub-Zero was still on the run from Cyrax and Sektor, 
    but now there was the threat of Shinnok and Quan Chi looming. Despite his 
    hatred of the Lin Kuei, Sub-Zero's respect for his brother allowed him to 
    return to his blue ninja outfit. He met with Scorpion, who assaulted him. 
    Sub-Zero lost the fight, looking up to see Scorpion going on about how 
    his family's killer would be killed and he could finally rest. Sub-Zero 
    swore that he was not the one he was looking for, prompting Quan Chi to 
    make his presence known and clear Sub-Zero's name. After a struggle that 
    sent Scorpion and Quan Chi to the Netherealm, Sub-Zero found himself 
    alone in the dark room.
    Deadly Alliance: Sub-Zero defeated Sektor for the right to become the new 
    Grand Master of the Lin Kuei. As Grand Master, he received the Dragon 
    Medallion, which caused his powers to increase. He wanted to make the 
    Lin Kuei a force of good instead of the disgrace it had become. He held a 
    fighting tournament as a way to recruit more members. The winner of it 
    was Frost, a mysterious young woman with similar Kori (ice) powers. 
    Sub-Zero took her under his wing and trained her to hone her abilities 
    better. After a little while, Raiden appeared to the ninja and asked for 
    his assistance in dealing with Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. Sub-Zero agreed, 
    hoping that it would make the Lin Kuei's image improve. He and Frost 
    followed Raiden.
    He and Frost got separated from the rest at one point. Frost attacked Sub-Zero
    and stole his Dragon Medallion. She tried to wield its power for herself, but
    she was not nearly as powerful as her master. Frost's lack of discipline
    caused the Medallion to consume her with ice, killing her. Sub-Zero forgave
    her and decided to bring her remains to a respectable grave.
    Deception: In his travels through Outworld, Sub-Zero found the ruins of an
    Outworld civilization, once made up of a race of people who could control the
    cold. Sub-Zero investigated further and decided that he and Frost were part
    of this heritage. He buried Frost with their ancestors and donned a Shredder-
    looking suit of ninja armor he found within the temple. Later on, he was
    chased through the Living Forest by the remaining members of Baraka's Tarkatan
    horde. Sub-Zero decided that he was going to die fighting and gave those
    creeps everything he had. But then his armor started talking to him, helping
    him survive the ordeal. Sub-Zero defeated the countless henchmen and moved on.
    Sub-Zero gained the attention of Hotaru, a zealot of order working for Onaga.
    Hotaru fought Sub-Zero, but seemingly perished in defeat. Sub-Zero came across
    a dying Kenshi and saved his life. The two honorable warriors banded together
    and wandered through Outworld towards the portal to Earthrealm. What Sub-Zero
    didn't realize was that Hotaru was still following them. Whether or not Hotaru
    attacked is unknown as of now, but eventually, Sub-Zero and Kenshi met with
    Shujinko. Along with the other Earthrealm champions, they joined together
    against Onaga's threat.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Some fans refer to him as "Sub-Zero the Sixth" because of he and his 
    brother being of the fifth generation of Lin Kuei warriors.
    It's popular belief that the Dragon Medallion causes Sub-Zero to look a LOT 
    older than he really is, though it may just be frost in his hair (no pun 
    intended). In actuality he's younger than 42. The Medallion also gives him 
    amazing powers like the ability to create ice swords on a whim. According to 
    Sonya's MK:DA Konquest mode, Sub-Zero created a working boat out of ice.
    The younger Sub-Zero, unlike his brother, is incredibly merciful.
    There has yet to be an official explanation for Sub-Zero's eye scar. The 
    two most likely reasons are that either Scorpion did it in MK2 or the Lin 
    Kuei did it when Sub-Zero escaped prior to MK3.
    One has to wonder whether or not Sub-Zero's ice shield move in MK:DA is 
    based on the Liu Kang/Sub-Zero battle from the first movie, where 
    Sub-Zero did a similar attack.
    His first appearance in the MK2 comic is not what you'd expect from someone 
    so noble and mysterious. He walked out of an aircraft wearing a suit, tie 
    and sunglasses. Then he even handed Liu Kang his card. Though it does make 
    sense considering his joining Raiden in MK:DA was partially for Lin Kuei 
    public relations.
    He was a secret character in the arcade NBA Jam: Tournament Edition.
    Origin: Edenia
    Species: Human
    Affiliation: Worked for Shinnok, Worked for Onaga
    Allies: Onaga, Shinnok
    Enemies: Sindel, Kitana, Jade, Liu Kang
    Styles: Zi Ram Men, Yue Chuan, Kobu Jutsu
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Tanya was the daughter of an Edenian ambassador of 
    foreign realms. She "accidentally" allowed Shinnok and Quan Chi to enter 
    and take over Edenia. She then joined the heroes, hiding the fact that 
    she was really on the side of Shinnok. They likely found her out at one 
    Konquest: Tanya guarded Sindel, but was bested in combat by Shujinko.
    Deception: Tanya wandered by herself for a while until meeting with Baraka.
    Baraka told her of the Dragon King Onaga and insisted that he join them or
    die. Tanya made the sensible decision and joined Onaga's side. Onaga needed
    Tanya for her knowledge on where he could find the directions on how to merge
    the Komidogu into one object of unmeasurable power. Tanya caught the attention
    of Jade, who unlike Tanya, was loyal to the Edenian throne. Jade had herself
    captured by some Tarkatan soldiers so she could get near Tanya. Jade tossed
    an orb of Tarkatan essense onto Tanya, covering her with the scent of a
    Tarkatan male. The soldiers went into an angered frenzy and attacked Tanya.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Originally her spot was going to be given to Kitana, but Midway decided 
    that they needed more new characters so they just changed her color 
    Am I the only one who notices that none of the women from Edenia wear 
    pants? I mean Sindel, Kitana and Tanya are always wearing one-piece 
    swimsuits. And they're supposed to be the ones running the place! Maybe 
    there are a lot of beaches in Edenia.
    XII. Realms
    Here is the part where I talk about the various worlds of the Mortal 
    Kombat universe and what we know about them. Remember, I'm going by what 
    has been said in the games, mostly. I've listed them in order of 
    Natives: Cyrax, Frost, Hsu Hao, Jarek, No Face, Tasia, Tremor, Jax, 
    Johnny Cage, Kabal, Kai, Kano, Kenshi, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mavado, Mokap, 
    Nightwolf, Scorpion (before dying), Sektor, Smoke, Sonya Blade, Stryker, 
    both Sub-Zeros, Kira, Kobra, Shujinko
    Non-native residents: Bo' Rai Cho, Fujin, Rock God, Water God, Fire God, 
    Earthrealm is fancy talk for Earth. So I probably don't have to describe 
    to you what the realm is like. Usually it is the target of rule for guys 
    like Shao Kahn, Shinnok, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. MKT was the only time 
    when it was taken over, causing it to merge with Outworld. Currently it 
    is peaceful.
    Natives: Baraka, Blaze, Bo' Rai Cho, The Dragon King, Drahmin, Ermac, 
    Goro, maybe Jade, Khameleon, Kintaro, Li Mei, Mileena, Motaro, Reptile, 
    Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sheeva, Onaga
    Non-native residents: Kano, Rain, Hotaru
    A dark realm where evil rules all. Once ruled by the Dragon King until 
    his sudden death. Shao Kahn immediately became its new ruler and went from 
    realm to realm like a juggernaut, defeating anybody who could get in his way 
    and then assimilating it with Outworld. The lifetimes of the beings in 
    Outworld are thousands of times longer than the lifetimes of those from 
    Earthrealm. Outworld can best be described as a darker version of Earthrealm.
    Natives: Kitana, Jade, Jerrod, Rain, Sindel, Tanya
    Non-native residents: N/A
    Often mistaken for Outworld in the story, Edenia was a peaceful realm 
    ruled by King Jerrod up until Shao Kahn conquered he and his world. It 
    then became a part of Outworld for ten thousand years until finally 
    breaking away at some point between MKT and MKG. Like Outworld, its 
    people have amazingly long lives. Currently it is peaceful.
    Natives: Moloch, Scorpion (after death), Sareena, Kia, Jataaka, Noob Saibot,
    Non-native residents: Drahmin, Quan Chi, Shinnok, Smoke
    The Netherealm is a fancy word for Hell. Once ruled by Lucifer, he was 
    overthrown by Shinnok and Quan Chi. They ruled the realm for quite a 
    while until leaving to conquer Edenia in MKG. Scorpion's body was reborn 
    here and continues to do so every time he is killed in another realm. 
    While in the Netherealm, his power grows stronger and stronger, 
    eventually making him invincible. Oni also wander through the various 
    planes of the Netherealm, tormenting any souls that they come across. 
    Noob Saibot has made an effort to take over the realm.
    Natives: N/A
    Non-native residents: N/A
    When Raiden and Shinnok had their ancient war in Earthrealm it almost 
    tore the world apart. The Raptors escaped the fury of the gods and 
    entered Zaterra, a world where they could live in peace. Then Shao Kahn 
    came by and forced it to join Outworld, spreading its evil even more. 
    Currently nothing is known about it (see next part).
    Natives: Nitara
    Non-native residents: N/A
    We never got to learn much about Nitara's home world, other than that it 
    is where vampires came from and was taken over by Shao Kahn. There is a 
    good chance that this realm is Zaterra, especially considering how the 
    vampire race's archives have lots of information on the Raptors. 
    Currently free from Outworld.
    Natives: Fujin, Earth God, Water God, Fire God, Raiden, Shinnok
    Non-native residents: Liu Kang
    The Heavens and Heaven are the same. It's where all the gods came from 
    and where all good people go when they die. Johnny Cage resided there for 
    a little while until being resurrected by Raiden in Earthrealm. It was 
    attacked at one point by Shinnok. Currently it is peaceful.
    Natives: Hotaru, Dairou, Darrius
    Non-native residents:
    Also known as Orderrealm. The people of Seido are known for being extremely
    strict about all things. Law is more important than anything else, which makes
    the realm come across as a nightmarish interior clouded by a utopian exterior.
    Seidans have been at war with the people of Chaosrealm for quite a while and
    have been known to attempt stealing their water supply. The civilizations in
    Seido are advanced and include structures and cities in the sky. Currently the
    strict way of life is under siege by Darrius and the resistance.
    Natives: Havik
    Non-native residents:
    Chaosrealm is the complete opposite of Seido. There are no rules and chaos
    reigns supreme. The civilizations are made up of floating rock formations,
    linked together by teleportation devices. The inhabitants worship water and
    its formless nature. Chaosrealm isn't the official name of the realm, but
    the inhabitants refuse to have one.
    Apparently it used to be a normal realm until the God of Chaos had unleashed 
    the Tempest there. That seems to be what changed everyone in the realm, to the 
    point of it ruining people's memory and whatnot.
    Non-native residents: Monster, Scorpion
    The Nexus is the crossroads of all the various realms in existence. The realm
    was created by the Elder Gods and is much like a headquarters for the Champion
    of the Elder Gods.
    XIII. Factions
    And here we go with the section that explains the various organizations, 
    teams and clans of the Mortal Kombat Series. Noob Saibot's story says he 
    is part of the Brothers of the Shadow. I'm not sure if that is the 
    official name for Shinnok's faction or if it is just a separate group 
    that happens to worship him. But for the hell of it, I'll just use it to 
    reference Shinnok and friends.
    These are listed in order of appearance in the games released.
    Members: Sonya, Jax, Cyrax, Kenshi, Gemini
    Enemies: Black Dragon, Red Dragon
    Special Forces: A bunch of agents were killed by the Black Dragon so Jax 
    went after them with Gemini calling in every once and a while.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Sonya tried to hunt down Kano, but she and other agents 
    were kidnapped by Shang Tsung's forces. She was forced to fight for their 
    freedom. In the end, she was the only survivor.
    Mortal Kombat II: Jax entered Outworld to rescue Sonya, which he did.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: The two failed to convince their superiors of 
    Kahn's threat. They joined the other chosen ones and defeated Shao Kahn. 
    Sonya seemingly killed Kano. The Outerworld Investigation Agency was 
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Again they joined the other good guys, along with 
    Black Dragon member Jarek to stop Shinnok. Sonya later caused Jarek to 
    fall to his supposed death. Jax found Cyrax and used Special Forces 
    technology to undo his programming. Cyrax joined the team.
    Deadly Alliance: Cyrax was stranded in Outworld because of Reptile's 
    attack. Kenshi went to save him, but also ended up stranded because Hsu 
    Hao blew up the portal system. Jax and Sonya were again recruited by 
    Raiden and fought the Deadly Alliance. Nitara sent Cyrax back home, Kenshi
    got tangled up in a fight against Mavado and Jax and Sonya got the snot beaten
    out of them by the Deadly Alliance.
    Where Is It Now: Major members spread out. Not looking good for them.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    The Outerworld Investigation Agency was a means for the agents to enter 
    various realms using portals created by science. Cyrax was the scout for 
    Hsu Hao worked with the Special Forces for several years until showing 
    his true colors.
    Members: Kano (leader), Jarek, Kabal (former member), No Face, Tasia, 
    Enemies: Special Forces, Red Dragon
    Special Forces: Kano busted out Jarek, No Face, Tasia and Tremor from 
    prison. They tried to each stop Jax from following Kano, but failed. Kano 
    tried to find the Eye of Shitiar, which would give him awesome power, but 
    in the end he was taken into custody by Jax.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Kano's attempt to break away from the Black Dragon and steal 
    from Shang Tsung blew up in his face. He was forced into fighting into Tsung's 
    tournament, which ended with he and Sonya being brought into Outworld.
    Mortal Kombat 3: Kano joined Shao Kahn's army while the surviving Kabal was
    beaten almost to death by Motaro. Kabal ended up opposing Kano and sided with
    Jax and Sonya.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: The last known member of the Black Dragon, Jarek, fought
    alongside Sonya and Jax against Shinnok's forces. He was still strongly loyal
    to Kano, who he thought was dead. With Jarek's fall off a cliff in an attempt
    to kill Sonya, it seemed as if the Black Dragon was gone for good.
    Deadly Alliance: Well, it seemed Kano was really alive all that time. Mavado
    took care of that.
    Where Is It Now: Erased, thanks to the efforts of the Special Forces and Red 
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    The Black Dragon was a spin-off group of the Red Dragon. At some point 
    in the twentieth century, some members of the Red Dragon became fed up 
    with their codes and discipline and started this organization. Unlike the 
    Red Dragon, the Black Dragon is fairly well known. According to the 
    dialogue in MK:SF, the Black Dragon was seemingly falling apart during 
    the MK series.
    The Black Dragon was founded by Morihei Uyeshiba, who existed in real life 
    as the creator of Aikido.
    LIN KUEI (1)
    Members: Younger Sub-Zero, Older Sub-Zero, Cyrax, Sektor, Smoke, Shujinko
    Enemies: Shirai Ryu, Quan Chi, Red Dragon, Younger Sub-Zero, Smoke
    Konquest: An earlier incarnation of Sub-Zero personally taught Shujinko how to
    fight like him. Shujinko became a member of the team, but left once he was
    given the Earthrealm Komidogu.
    Mythologies: The Lin Kuei's assassin Sub-Zero was sent to attain a map 
    for Quan Chi. He went against his mission so that he could save the world 
    from Shinnok. While the older Sub-Zero had the chance to turn his life 
    around, he loyally refrained from leaving the Lin Kuei.
    Mortal Kombat 1: Sub-Zero was invited by Shang Tsung to enter the 
    tourney, but his superiors informed him that he was also hired to 
    assassinate Shang Tsung. Sub-Zero failed as he was killed by Scorpion.
    Mortal Kombat II: The younger Sub-Zero was sent on the same mission to 
    kill Shang Tsung as a replacement for his brother. He never completed his 
    mission and instead was beaten up by Scorpion. No idea what Smoke was 
    doing there.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: The Lin Kuei selected Sub-Zero, Smoke, Sektor and 
    Cyrax to undergo cybernetic surgery to make them more powerful. Sub-Zero 
    and Smoke tried to escape, but Smoke was caught and forced into surgery. 
    The three cyber ninjas chased Sub-Zero, but Smoke turned against his 
    programming to help his friend. Sub-Zero defeated Cyrax and reprogrammed 
    him to kill Shao Kahn. Cyrax went haywire and got lost in the desert 
    while trying to locate the Lin Kuei base.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Sektor was again sent to catch Sub-Zero, though 
    whether or not he had Cyrax with him is unsure. Jax found Cyrax and 
    deprogrammed him. Cyrax left the Lin Kuei for the Special Forces. After 
    losing to Scorpion and almost getting killed, Sub-Zero defeated Sektor 
    for the right to be the new Grand Master of the Lin Kuei.
    Where Is It Now: Reborn into a new Lin Kuei.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Based in China.
    Lin Kuei members don't like being called "ninjas" as they consider 
    themselves to be something completely different. I wasn't going to put 
    you folks through the torture of referring to them as "the blue Lin Kuei" 
    or "cyber Lin Kuei". Then it would have gotten confusing.
    Interestingly enough, the MK2 comic foreshadows the events of MK3. It shows 
    that the Lin Kuei did in fact use state-of-the-art technology, which the 
    older Sub-Zero was against. At the time, the younger Sub-Zero had no 
    problem with it.
    Members: Scorpion
    Enemies: Lin Kuei, Quan Chi
    Mythologies: When Scorpion failed to defeat Sub-Zero, he was killed. 
    Quan Chi thanked Sub-Zero for giving him the map by killing off the rest 
    of the Shirai Ryu.
    Where Is It Now: All dead except Scorpion, who is trying to get revenge 
    on Quan Chi. Actually, Scorpion's dead too but... eh, you know what I mean.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Based in Japan.
    Lin Kuei member Takeda created the Shirai Ryu after breaking away from 
    the dark assassins and modifying their secrets.
    All of their ninjas wear yellow as a way to make fun of the Lin Kuei.
    Members: Shao Kahn (leader), Shang Tsung, Sindel (former member), Goro 
    (former member), Kintaro, Motaro, Sheeva (former member), Kano, Reptile, 
    Scorpion (former member), Baraka, Mileena, Kitana (former member), Ermac, 
    Rain, Jade, Noob Saibot, Reiko
    Enemies: Earthrealm Warriors, Sindel, Goro, Scorpion, Kitana, Sheeva
    Mortal Kombat 1: Shang Tsung and Goro almost won the realm for Shao Kahn, 
    but Liu Kang defeated them both.
    Mortal Kombat II: A tournament was held by Kahn in Outworld. Again, the 
    members were all defeated. Kitana left for she had learned the truth of 
    her past.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kahn succeeded in breaching Earthrealm and 
    devouring most of its souls. The Extermination Squad, a group within the 
    group made up of Centaurians, was sent to eliminate the survivors. In the 
    end the faction lost with Sindel, Scorpion and Sheeva leaving the team.
    Deadly Alliance: Shao Kahn was killed by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi.
    Where Is It Now: Nowhere. Kahn is dead and all his followers have moved 
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    The list of generals goes as follows: Kintaro, Motaro and Kano. MK:D's 
    Konquest depicted Reiko as a general at one point, but he doesn't really fit
    in anywhere.
    It seems that every non-Lin Kuei ninja in MK besides Khameleon has worked 
    for Kahn at some point. I guess he likes the two outfits.
    Members: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kai, Bo' Rai Cho
    Enemies: Shao Kahn and His Henchmen
    Mortal Kombat 1: After being trained by Bo' Rai Cho, Liu Kang entered 
    the Shaolin tournament and came out as the winner. He returned to find 
    the temples destroyed.
    Mortal Kombat II: With only a couple members of the Society left in tact, 
    Liu Kang and Kung Lao went to Outworld for revenge. Despite it being a 
    trap, Liu Kang succeeded in avenging the deaths of his brethren.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Kung Lao was trying to rebuild the White Lotus 
    Society, but Kahn's invasion stunted it. After losing to Shao Kahn, Kung 
    Lao left to live a peaceful life on his own.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Kai joined Liu Kang in his quest to destroy Shinnok. 
    Kung Lao made his return.
    Deadly Alliance: Liu Kang and Kung Lao were finally rebuilding the White 
    Lotus Society before the Deadly Alliance killed Liu. Kung Lao found his 
    body and entered Outworld, looking for revenge. He found Bo' Rai Cho and 
    trained with him.
    Where Is It Now: Still around, I guess.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Kai was a member but still was not an official Shaolin warrior.
    The White Lotus Society's goals are to teach about the threats of 
    potential inter-realm threats and train to fend them off.
    The Order of Light is the Shaolin temple that created the White Lotus
    Society. The two are close enough that I figured that there's no reason to 
    split them into two sections.
    The White Lotus Society's creation was headed by Raiden.
    Members: Raiden (leader), Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Fujin, Jarek, 
    Jax, Kabal, Kai, younger Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Nightwolf, Stryker, Frost,
    Enemies: Shao Kahn and His Henchmen, Brothers of the shadow
    Mortal Kombat 1: Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Raiden met for 
    the first time.
    Mortal Kombat II: Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Johnny Cage entered the Outworld 
    tournament to seek revenge. Raiden followed in order to make up for their 
    foolishness by helping win the tournament.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Raiden spared the souls of Liu Kang, Kung Lao, 
    Johnny Cage, Jax, Kabal, younger Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Nightwolf and 
    Stryker. Together they fought off the power of Shao Kahn's team.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Raiden, Fujin, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, 
    Jarek, Jax, Kai, younger Sub-Zero and Sonya Blade banded together to face 
    the Brothers of the shadow.
    Deadly Alliance: Following Liu Kang's death, Raiden called together a team of 
    Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Jax, younger Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade and Frost. Together 
    they took on the Deadly Alliance and failed. Shujinko was asked to come with
    them, but got tied up due to complications with Kano and Hotaru.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    None really.
    Members: Shinnok (leader), Quan Chi, Reiko, Noob Saibot, Tanya, Scorpion, 
    Mileena, Kia, Jataaka, Sareena
    Enemies: Earthrealm Warriors, Older Sub-Zero
    Konquest: A wraith tried to take over a part of Chaosrealm, only to be driven
    out by Shujinko.
    Mythologies: Once Shinnok got his amulet back, he, Quan Chi, Kia, Jataaka 
    and Sareena attempted to stop the elder Sub-Zero from stopping him. They 
    all failed. Kia, Jataaka and Sareena all died with Sareena killed by 
    Shinnok himself.
    Mortal Kombat II: Noob Saibot was sent by Shinnok to scout the Outworld 
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Noob Saibot joined with Shao Kahn. Mileena was 
    resurrected by Shinnok and forced to join Noob in a plan to kill Kahn if 
    he were to have defeated the Earthrealm warriors.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Thanks to Tanya, Shinnok and friends escaped and then 
    assaulted the Elder Gods. Quan Chi convinced Scorpion to join. Because 
    Quan Chi was the one in possession of Shinnok's amulet, Earthrealm's 
    champions were able to kill the god.
    Where Is It Now: Gone, just about.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Mileena's UMK3 ending made no reference to Shinnok.
    Members: Raiden, Fujin, Earth God, Water God, Fire God
    Enemies: Brothers of the shadow, Older Sub-Zero
    Mythologies: Fujin, Earth God, Water God and Fire God guarded Shinnok's 
    amulet. Sub-Zero defeated all four to gain it. Raiden appeared to insist 
    that he go save the world from Quan Chi and Shinnok.
    Mortal Kombat II: Raiden denounced his godhood in order to fight Shao 
    Kahn. He went back after the day was saved.
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: See above.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: The gods and Elder Gods fought with Shinnok and were 
    mostly killed or captured. Raiden and Fujin survived and led the assault 
    along with Earthrealm's champions. Afterwards, Raiden was promoted to 
    Elder God and Fujin became the Protector of Earthrealm.
    Deadly Alliance: Raiden dropped his title of Elder God to face the Deadly 
    Alliance, while insisting Fujin stay and protect Earthrealm. Raiden got his
    butt whipped.
    Deception: Raiden got all angry and dark. He wants to fry Shujinko. No word
    on Fujin.
    Where Is It Now: The gods are still around, protecting their world.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Nothing I can think of.
    Members: Raiden (former member), Shinnok (former member)
    Enemies: Brothers of the shadow, Onaga
    Konquest: Monster, the Champion of the Elder Gods, tried to stop Shujinko, who
    believed he was actually the Champion. Monster lost and faded into obscurity.
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Former Elder God Shinnok attacked and imprisoned the 
    other Elder Gods. Raiden led the attack to defeat Shinnok and was 
    rewarded by becoming one of the Elder Gods.
    Deadly Alliance: The other Elder Gods refused to help put a stop to Shang 
    Tsung and Quan Chi, despite the danger they held. Raiden left them in 
    disgust and never came back.
    Konquest: Scorpion became the new Champion of the Elder Gods, but couldn't
    stop Shujinko from planting the Edenia Komidogu into the Nexus.
    Deception: The Elder Gods sent Scorpion off to go kill Onaga and prevent the
    return of the One Being.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    We got to see one of the Elder Gods appear in Raiden's MKG ending. Aright!
    The first mention of the Elder Gods was in the MK2 comic.
    Originally, there was the One Being, who was existence. He fed off the Elder
    Gods, who created the Komidogu in retaliation. The One Being was split off
    and the realms were born.
    Members: Shang Tsung, Quan Chi (co-leaders), Kano, Mavado, Moloch, Drahmin, 
    the Dragon King's undead army
    Enemies: Earthrealm Warriors, Kitana, Kenshi
    Deadly Alliance: Quan Chi and Shang Tsung struck a deal: Shang Tsung 
    would help Quan Chi revive the Dragon King's army while Quan Chi would 
    create the Soulnado, a portal to the heavens that would give Shang almost 
    eternal life. They offed Shao Kahn and Liu Kang, then acquired the help 
    of Kano and Mavado. Shang Tsung hired Moloch and Drahmin on the side to 
    stop Quan Chi from turning on him first. The two won the war against the
    heroes, turned on each other and then reunited once the Dragon King showed up.
    Where Is It Now: Completely disbanded, what with the blown up Quan Chi and
    Shang Tsung.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    It's unknown if Kano even knew Mavado was on the payroll.
    While neither ending truly happened, the endings for Quan Chi and Shang Tsung 
    each had them turning on each other. Quan Chi's wasn't very successful since 
    it ended with Liu Kang coming back in Kano's body.
    Members: Mavado, Hsu Hao
    Enemies: Black Dragon, Special Forces, Lin Kuei
    Deadly Alliance: Hsu Hao had completed his mission of helping the Special 
    Forces eliminate the Black Dragon. His next mission was to destroy the 
    Outerworld Investigation Agency's portal generator and escape into 
    Outworld. He did so and met with Mavado, who had aligned himself with the 
    Deadly Alliance. Mavado was granted a match against Kano as thanks for 
    defeating Kenshi. Because Quan Chi allowed the fight, Mavado considered 
    himself in his debt. Hsu Hao was asked to eliminate Shang Tsung, but he 
    was killed by Jax on the way.
    Where Is It Now: Probably still around, but without its leader Mavado. He was
    killed by Kabal in an act of revenge.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Unlike the Black Dragon, the Red Dragon had been around for centuries. 
    Their specialty is swiftness and stealth. That's partially why the likes 
    of the Special Forces had no idea who they were up until Kenshi was 
    attacked in MK:DA.
    Members: Sektor
    Enemies: Lin Kuei
    A ninja clan created after Sektor faced defeat from Sub-Zero prior to MK:DA.
    Located in Japan, it is made up of Sektor and many others willing to undergo
    the cybernetic treatment. Chances are that they aren't just choosing the
    willing for the treatment.
    Where It Is Now: Spreading through Japan like a virus. Or maybe not. I don't
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    I got nothing.
    LIN KUEI (2)
    Members: Younger Sub-Zero (leader), Frost
    Enemies: Deadly Alliance, Red Dragon
    Deadly Alliance: Sub-Zero started his rebirth of the Lin Kuei by holding a
    tournament for recruits. Frost, a young woman with similar kori powers, came
    out the winner. Sub-Zero trained her and brought her with him into Outworld to
    stop the threat of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. Frost turned on Sub-Zero due to
    her idiocy and ended up dying as a result.
    Deception: Sub-Zero discovered a temple of his ancestry. He buried Frost
    within its confines and moved on, where other stuff happened. Nothing really
    Lin Kuei-related.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Unlike the original Lin Kuei, this incarnation is based on doing good and
    setting things right.
    Members: Kabal (leader), Kira, Kobra
    Enemies: Seidan Guard, Red Dragon... you know what? Just about everyone.
    Deception: Kabal would have died from Mavado's doing if it had not been for
    Havik. Havik convinced Kabal to bring back the Black Dragon to its former
    glory. Kabal agreed and went on a mission to find Mavado. He killed the Red
    Dragon leader and took back his hookswords. Kabal found his first recruit in
    Kira, a young woman who made her living selling weapons to terrorists. The two
    of them saved a serial killer named Kobra from being brought to justice.
    Kabal, Kira and Kobra fought under Havik as a faction of chaos. After the
    defeat of Onaga, Kabal had Kira and Kobra face each other for a spot in the
    Black Dragon. Kira killed Kobra and was given the assignment of finding two
    recruits of her own.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Due to Kabal's ending, it's possible that by MK7, the Black Dragon will have
    the power to resurrect the dead by use of Onaga's heart. If so, expect Kano
    to return.
    Members: Hotaru, Dairou (former member), Shujinko (former member)
    Enemies: Havik, Darrius, Dairou, younger Sub-Zero
    Konquest: The Seidan Guard were called in by Shujinko to aid him in saving
    Lei Chan from Shao Kahn's forces. Shujinko was trained to be one of them after
    helping stop one of Darrius' riots. The Seidan Guard saved Lei Chan and
    protected it, though under strict rules. Shujinko later asked for help again
    in dealing with the Deadly Alliance, but he was arrested for breaking a
    curfew. Shujinko escaped with the help of Dairou and knocked out Hotaru in a
    Deception: Hotaru had to juggle his responsibilites as a henchman of Onaga and
    as a Seidan Guardsman. There are so many possible events with him that it's
    hard to figure out what will become canon.
    Miscellaneous Facts and Notes:
    Everything's been said, really.
    XIV. Species
    There are plenty of different races and whatnot in the MK series, so I 
    figured I'd list what we know about them in this section.
    Origin: Earthrealm, Outworld, Edenia
    Characters: Bo' Rai Cho, Frost, Hsu Hao, Jade, Jarek, Jax, Johnny Cage, 
    Kabal, Kai, Kano, Kenshi, Kitana, Kung Lao, Li Mei, Liu Kang, Mavado, 
    Mokap, Nightwolf, Rain, Reiko, Sindel, Smoke (used to be), Sonya Blade, 
    Stryker, Sub-Zero brothers, Tanya, Dairou, Darrius, Havik, Hotaru, Kira,
    Kobra, Shujinko
    You're more than likely a human, so I won't bore you with what you already 
    know. Outworlders and Edenians who are humans have ridiculously long 
    lifespans. For people of Seido and Chaosrealm, it's not quite as long. While 
    Outworlders and Edenians live for thousands of years, Seidans and 
    Chaos...lings(?) live for centuries. Still a lot.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Characters: Scorpion
    A specter is a ghost of a man with unfinished business. Only until the 
    specter finishes whatever mission it had been reincarnated for can it 
    rest in peace. In other words, ever seen The Crow? Same deal.
    The MK definition of what a specter looks like is hard to explain. 
    Scorpion appears as a man with a fleshless skull head, but that could be 
    because of the way he died.
    Origin: The Heavens
    Characters: Raiden, Shinnok, Fujin, Earth God, Water God, Fire God, Kochal,
    God of Chaos
    A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshipped 
    by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of 
    nature or reality.
    Origin: Outworld
    Characters: Goro, Kintaro, Sheeva
    A being of superior size and strength of a human, plus two more arms. 
    They have three fingers on each hand, two toes, red eyes and strange 
    spikes sticking out their foreheads. They are predominately 
    yellow-skinned, but Kintaro has a strange tiger stripe pattern on his 
    back. They are half-man/half-dragon.
    Origin: Earthrealm (originally), Outworld
    Characters: Reptile, Khameleon
    A race that evolved from the dinosaurs from Earthrealm. During the war 
    with Raiden and Shinnok, they escaped into Zaterra for sanctuary. It was 
    eventually taken over by Kahn and the Raptors were sent into years of 
    slavery. By MKT, only Reptile and Khameleon were left of the race. They 
    are able to camouflage themselves and can even make themselves look 
    human. Without it they appear to be nothing more than giant lizards with 
    arms and legs.
    Origin: Outworld
    Characters: Baraka, Mileena (half), Shang Tsung
    The Tarkatans are a mutant hybrid of the species from Outworld and the 
    Netherealm. Shang Tsung's inclusion to this list is explained in his section.
    It's been brought to my attention that originally, this was what all Outworld
    humans were supposed to look like, but they nixed that idea.
    Origin: Earthrealm
    Characters: Smoke, Sektor, Cyrax
    Human beings who are at least half robotic. Created by the Lin Kuei, the 
    three cyborgs have various weapons living in their chests and arm panels.
    Origin: Outworld
    Characters: Motaro
    Centaurians are the rivals to the Shokan. They are half man/half horse and 
    have a bronze skin color. The Centaurians in MK lore seem to also be part 
    Minotaur, considering Motaro's horns.
    Origin: Unnamed Vampire Realm
    Characters: Nitara
    Vampires in MK seem to be mostly like the traditional mythology, with the 
    addition of the wings sticking out their backs. They are fanged, live off 
    blood and can be killed by wooden stakes through the heart. The sun part 
    of the vampire mythos is half-right here. Only the Earthrealm's sun is 
    toxic to vampires, meaning they can only come to the realm at night.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Characters: Moloch, Drahmin, Quan Chi
    Oni are demons that live off hatred and suffering. Sometimes, though it is 
    rare, a human can be filled with so much rage and hatred that he would become 
    an Oni. Such is the story of Drahmin, while Moloch was an Oni since creation. 
    Whenever a sorcerer is in need of the services of an Oni, the three headed God
    Kochal transports the Oni to wherever they are needed.
    Quan Chi was an Oni until learning sorcery and changing himself to a more
    human form.
    Origin: Outworld
    Characters: Blaze, Earth God, Water God, Fire God
    A being made up of an elemental power, such as Blaze with fire. Some gods 
    can be elementals.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Characters: Sareena, Kia, Jataaka, Ashrah
    A tormenting creature from the bowls of Hell. They can disguise themselves
    with human forms.
    Origin: Netherealm
    Characters: Noob Saibot
    An apparition of a person in his exact likeness seen before his or her death.
    They are reborn as demons in the Netherealm and lack any and all compassion
    and human emotion.
    XV. Fatalities
    Fatalities are irrelevant to a plot canon FAQ, jackass. Moving on...
    XVI. Miscellaneous Questions
    "How many Sub-Zeros are there and in which games are they each in?"
    There are two Sub-Zeros in the MK series, both brothers from the fifth 
    generation of the title.
    Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Older Sub-Zero
    Mortal Kombat 1: Older Sub-Zero
    Mortal Kombat II: Younger Sub-Zero
    Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Younger Sub-Zero with a cameo by Older Sub-Zero
    Mortal Kombat Gold: Younger Sub-Zero
    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance: Younger Sub-Zero (despite looking pretty 
    Mortal Kombat: Deception: Younger Sub-Zero
    "How come you claim that the events of more than one ending happen? I 
    thought only one person could be the winner of each game."
    A lot of the events in the endings happen because they don't depend on 
    the character winning. Scorpion is able to kill Sub-Zero in MK1 without 
    facing Shang Tsung. Jax could save Sonya and Kano despite not winning 
    Just because Scorpion's ending occurred in MKG does not mean that he even 
    fought Shinnok. It just means that he defeated Sub-Zero and Quan Chi did 
    not die. Obviously not all ending events occur. Especially those like 
    Tanya in MKG who has Liu Kang killed by Shinnok.
    It's really just common sense.
    "What's your problem? MK3/UMK3/MKT and MK4/MKG are tournaments!"
    Yeah, except they aren't. Or at least MK4/MKG isn't. MKT was meant to be a
    tournament and was mentioned as one in the endings for Kung Lao, Classic
    Sub-Zero and the UMK3 endings for Mileena and Ermac (which were retconned 
    anyway, but that's not the point). Since Shao Kahn had nothing to prove 
    and everything to lose, he sent his soldiers out to destroy the would-be 
    challengers before they could make it to him. Once they did, the fights 
    became more tournament-esque. As much as I hate to mention it, the format 
    was a lot like the events in the second movie.
    Meanwhile, several subplots like Sub-Zero/cyborgs and Kitana/Reptile/Jade 
    were obviously not part of any tournament.
    MKG, on the other hand, was nothing more than Raiden's side against
    Shinnok's side in an all out war.
    Which brings us to...
    "Well MK:DA is definitely one! Look at Li Mei's story!"
    The main story of the game is again just Raiden and his army vs. The Deadly 
    Alliance. The tournament in Li Mei's story is a side tournament, likely 
    featuring no other in-game characters. The idea of the tournament was to find 
    strong warrior souls for Shang Tsung to use for the Dragon King's army. The 
    Li Mei tournament is about as important to the story as Sub-Zero's tournament 
    that Frost had won.
    "Where is the section about Meat?"
    Meat wasn't exactly a character, but a bloody skeleton model used as an
    alternate outfit for whoever you are using. He didn't have an iota of
    anything that can be considered a story, so I didn't include him.
    "Why did Mr. Smith kill everybody?"
    It was *symbolism*! He was *mad*!
    XVII. Special Thanks and Author Contact Info
    First off, thanks a whole lot to Tiamat for allowing me to use his 
    format for this. He's a really cool guy and his Street Fighter FAQ is 
    Thanks to black dub, Jumpy, Metal, Thomas Wilde and vidstudent for 
    prereading. And thanks to Keio, AoD, Sklabah, Skunk, Fenix and JL tha 
    Infamos for helping me out with several details. Especially Sklabah, who 
    transcribed the MK3 intro before either of us had realized that somebody 
    at Gamefaqs probably already did that. Thanks to Eric C. and Andrew Wilgus 
    for some extra tidbits.
    HUGE thanks goes to ]{0MBAT and Anyanka, who helped me with a crapload of 
    stuff for the updates.
    And a big thanks goes to Midway (bet you didn't see that coming!). Thanks 
    for their great story that has spanned over eight games and their respective 
    upgrades. And especially thanks to John Vogel whose support of this FAQ and
    interest in fan opinion has made this worth all the time I could have been
    using for making a ship in a bottle or learning German.
    Gavok's e-mail is gjj2192@rit.edu. If you want to use this FAQ to post on 
    a site or something (in its original form, please), please ask. I'm easy. 
    This FAQ has been submitted to and thus can be found at GameFAQs 
    (http://www.gamefaqs.com), the Kombat Pavilion 
    (http://www.mk5.org/tabmok99/), IGN FAQS (http://faqs.ign.com), Fighter Mania
    (http://kattuggla.oru.se/dmd01/dm0103/test/) and Sub-Zero.Place 
    Feel free to send me additional info, questions or whatever. But for the 
    love of God, please proofread what you're going to say.
    Thanks for reading!
    Copyright 2004
    Gavin "Gavok" Jasper
    Half Horse Productions
    (Mortal Kombat is property of Midway. Just covering my ass, folks)

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