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BlackDudeDiesFirst: First named black dude, at any rate.
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CanonForeigner: He's an original character created for the film.
* MauveShirtMauveShirt: He's established as a fellow martial artist with mutual respect for Johnny Cage, but falls to Goro in the tournament semifinals.


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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The look on his face when about to square off against Goro says it all.
4th Dec '15 3:37:36 AM NTG
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* Characters/MortalKombatX[[note]]Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, Ferra & Torr, Kotal Khan, Takeda, Jacqui Briggs, Kung Ji, Erron Black, Jason Voorhees, Predator, Suchin, Forrest Fox, Kotal K'etz, King Gorbak[[/note]]

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* Characters/MortalKombatX[[note]]Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, Ferra & Torr, Kotal Khan, Takeda, Jacqui Briggs, Kung Ji, Erron Black, Tri-Borg, Jason Voorhees, Predator, Leatherface, Xenomorph, Suchin, Forrest Fox, Kotal K'etz, King Gorbak[[/note]]
22nd Jul '15 9:20:19 AM NTG
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* Characters/MortalKombat1
* Characters/MortalKombat2
* Characters/MortalKombat3
* Characters/MortalKombat4
* Characters/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance
* Characters/MortalKombatDeception
* Characters/MortalKombatArmageddon
* Characters/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse
* Characters/MortalKombat9
* Characters/MortalKombatX
* Characters/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero
* Characters/MortalKombatSpecialForces
* Characters/MortalKombatConquest
* Characters/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm

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* Characters/MortalKombat1
Characters/MortalKombat1[[note]]Scorpion, Sub-Zero (Bi-Han), Kano, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Raiden, Reptile, Goro, Shang Tsung[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombat2
Characters/MortalKombat2[[note]]Sub-Zero (Kuai Lang), Kitana, Mileena, Jax, Baraka, Kung Lao, Jade, Smoke, Noob Saibot, Kintaro, Shao Khan[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombat3
Characters/MortalKombat3[[note]]Cyrax, Sektor, Sheeva, Sindel, Kabal, Nightwolf, Kurtis Stryker, Motaro, Ermac, Rain, Chameleon, Khameleon[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombat4
Characters/MortalKombat4[[note]]Meat, Reiko, Tanya, Kai, Jarek[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance
Characters/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance[[note]]Bo' Rai Cho, Drahmin, Frost, Hsu Hao, Li Mei, Mavado, Nitara, Kenshi, Moloch, Blaze, Mokap [[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatDeception
Characters/MortalKombatDeception[[note]]Ashrah, Dairou, Darrius, Havik, Hotaru, Kira, Kobra, Shujinko, Onaga, One Being[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatArmageddon
Characters/MortalKombatArmageddon[[note]]Daegon, Taven, Argus, Delia, Orin, Caro, Wu Lae[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse
Characters/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse[[note]]The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, The Joker, Lex Luthor, Superman, Catwoman, Deathstroke, Darkseid, Dark Khan[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombat9
Characters/MortalKombat9[[note]]Cyber Sub-Zero, Skarlet, Kratos, Freddy Krueger[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatX
Characters/MortalKombatX[[note]]Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, Ferra & Torr, Kotal Khan, Takeda, Jacqui Briggs, Kung Ji, Erron Black, Jason Voorhees, Predator, Suchin, Forrest Fox, Kotal K'etz, King Gorbak[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero
Characters/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero[[note]]Quan Chi, Sareena, Fujin, Shinnok, Lin Kuei Grandmaster, Earth God, Water God, Fire God, Jataaka, Kia[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatSpecialForces
Characters/MortalKombatSpecialForces[[note]]Gemini, No Face, Tasia, Tremor[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatConquest
Characters/MortalKombatConquest[[note]]Great Kung Lao, Siro, Taja, Vorpax, Kreeya, Omegis[[/note]]
* Characters/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealmCharacters/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm[[note]]Asgaarth, Oniro, Zara, Ramath[[/note]]
12th May '15 2:45:09 PM AndyLA
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-> '''Portrayed by:''' Kenneth Edwards


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-> '''Portrayed by:''' Steven Ho
20th Nov '14 4:27:32 PM TitoMosquito
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* BadassNormal: He far outclasses most Earthrealm warriors, making it past the extremely big stairway without resting. It is mentioned in the novelization that he was granted the right to fight Goro because he was the one with the most victories up to that point.


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* WorthyOpponent: In the novelization, Goro shows respect for him, congratulating him for the fight before killing him.
10th Jun '14 3:21:20 PM AMNK
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!Introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' the video game

[[folder:Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion)]]
[[quoteright:217:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MK_Scorpion_2615.jpg]]
-->[[caption-width-right:220:''"Vengeance will be mine!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon), ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (John Turk), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Sal Divita), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Mortal Kombat: Deception]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DCU Universe]]'' (PatrickSeitz[=/=]Ed Boon), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (PatrickSeitz[=/=]Ed Boon)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Film/MortalKombat'' (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (J.J. Perry/Ed Boon), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'', ''[[MortalKombatRebirth Mortal Kombat: Rebirth]]''[=/=]''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Ian Anthony Dale/Ed Boon)

->Originally known as Hanzo Hasashi, he is the son of a former clansman who chose to live as an assassin, yet [[PapaWolf he is very devoted to his family]] and generally goes on and about the game, serving his own purposes and none other.

->One of the most recognizable characters of the game, he starts off as your typical {{Antihero}}, looking for revenge on Sub-Zero for having killed him. In the first issues of the game, Scorpion is shown to fail and be sent to Netherealm. He has a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor relationship with the second Sub-Zero, his former nemesis' younger brother. In ''4'', he ends up entangled in the machinations of [[ManipulativeBastard Quan-Chi]], who turns him against the younger Sub-Zero again. From ''Deadly Alliance'' onwards, he strikes a deal with the elder gods to destroy [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Onaga]] in exchange for his clan's revival.

->In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Scorpion pretty much keeps the same role as the previous games, with the notable difference of being more willing to be Quan Chi's soldier, as Quan Chi's treachery has so far not been detected by him.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Played literally straight in one of his fatalities, and then followed by {{neck snap}}ping in ''Deception''.
* AnimalMotifs: Scorpions, duh.
** As a kind of fix for his Animality in ''3'' not being a scorpion, the ''MK'' team gave him a [[ScaryScorpions giant scorpion]] form as one of his Fatalities in ''4/Gold''.
** In the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse DC crossover]] and ''[=MK9=]'', it's also in the mask.
** The raised arm from his fighting pose in the first four games and the hilt of his swords (starting in ''Deception'') evoke a scorpion's stinger, while the pauldrons on his shoulder for both costumes in ''9'' are also modeled after a scorpion.
* AntiHero [=/=]AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]): The best example in the entire series. Most characters in the series are either fully good or fully bad, but Scorpion is a TrueNeutral, participating in the games' events for his own purposes. While he has exhibited a little bit of a conscience and his actions (unintentionally) help the good guys, he's when all's said and done in it for himself and no one else.
* ArchEnemy: Quan Chi. Before him, the elder Sub-Zero (Bi-Han).
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: They went right with "[[HattoriHanzo Hanzo]]" for a first name, but his surname, Hasashi, is not even a word.
* AuthorAvatar: In a sense, he could be considered to be one for series' co-creator Ed Boon. [[WordOfGod Boon has gone on record several times noting]] that Scorpion is his favorite character and he even provides the voicework for Scorpion's "GET OVER HERE!"/"COME HERE!"
* BackFromTheDead: After being killed by Bi-Han (the original Sub-Zero), Scorpion is back as [[TheUndead a wraith]] at the start of ''[=MK1=]''.
** PapaWolf: He had a family as a human, but they were killed, and he believed their deaths were caused by the Lin Kuei, hence his grudge against them. He goes back on his vow to protect the younger Sub-Zero after Quan-Chi [[BlatantLies implicates him in the murder of Scorpion's family]]. His son is later kidnapped by Quan-Chi immediately after being brought back to life in his ''Armageddon'' ending.
* {{Badass}}
* BerserkButton: Sub-Zero. Coming ''back from the dead'' just because you have beef with a guy obviously makes said guy cause a reaction when he is mentioned or shows up.
** It doesn't help that Scorpion at least once remarks that he might've been able to save his wife, son, and fellow Shirai Ryu ''if only he were still alive''.
** Also, his encounter with Sub-Zero's younger brother and successor in ''9'':
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"What is this? You are not Sub-Zero!"''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"I am his family and clan. I fight for his honor."''
-->'''Scorpion''' (''furiously''): ''"He had no honor! And you will die as he did!"''
* BigNever: When Quan Chi forcibly sends him back to the Netherrealm in ''4''. [[TakingYouWithMe Scorpion manages to drag the sorcerer with him]], eliciting a BigNo from Quan Chi.
* TheCameo: He appears in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETYb6NEphw an episode of]] ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' (in his ''Deception'' attire), complete with Ed Boon providing his voice. Scorpion delivers his Head Rip Fatality on fellow video game character Xandir (a parody of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]) and when Xandir [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mentions his special move]], Scorpion gives an exasperated [[GratuitousForeignLanguage "Oy vey."]]
** He, Sub-Zero, and Smoke all show up in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit (''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Fat One]]'') to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown assist in training]] former [[BoyBand *NSYNC]] member Joey Fatone.
* CatchPhrase:
--> ''"Come here!"''
--> ''"Get over here!"''
** ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: His "Get over here!" line had "Bitch!" put at the end in ''Shaolin Monks''. There was even a [[spoiler:"get the ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]'' over here!"]] variant! Of course, this happened very rarely, making this and the former additive probably the only times in ''MK'' that there's been profanity.
* CodeName: Before becoming the hellspawn known as Scorpion, Hanzo was given the title of "Sasori" by the Shirai Ryu's Grandmaster. Sasori is the [[{{Foreshadowing}} Japanese word for "Scorpion."]]
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 5.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 3.
* DemBones: As revealed during his signature Fatality, under Scorpion's mask his head is actually a {{flaming skull|s}}.
* DownloadableContent:
** In ''9'', his klassic skin from ''[=MK1/2/3=]'' and his classic "Toasty!" fatality.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying [=GameStop=]'s regular edition of ''9'' gave you these items.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: To make up for the Scorpion Animality already being taken by Sheeva (supposedly, the dev team did not have ''Ultimate'' in mind when making ''[=MK3=]''), Scorpion's Animality form ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' is a penguin which lays [[MadeOfExplodium explosive eggs]].
* ExactWords: In ''Deception'', the Elder Gods promised to bring back Scorpion's clan if he agreed to help them by slaying Onaga. Scorpion fulfills his part of the bargain, and the Elder Gods bring back Scorpion's clan... [[spoiler:as undead abominations. Cue the RageAgainstTheHeavens.]]
* TheFaceless: As the series went on many masked ninjas have been revealing their faces at least once in one of the installments, save for some who are still covered, Scorpion is one of those, his facial features as Hanzo have never been properly shown (properly in this case meaning someone who isn't Daniel Pesina from the very first game as he played many other characters in it). Hanzo still has to show his true face sometime in the future.
* FanNickname: His rope-and-kunai combo was often called the "Spear" in the move lists of earlier ''MK'' games.
* GuestFighter: Aside from the above cameos, he also appears in several other Creator/{{Midway|Games}} titles: arcade game ''The Grid'' (alongside Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot), ''[[VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy]]'' (as an unlockable skin), ''VideoGame/NBAJam: [[UpdatedRerelease Tournament Edition]]'', and ''MLB Slugfest 2006'' (alongside Sub-Zero; both are accessible only by means of cheat codes).
* HeelFaceDoorSlam:
** Raiden, having a premonition that Sub-Zero will become a greater force for evil if killed, tries to convince him to spare Bi-Han!Sub-Zero by offering to revive his family; and Scorpion agrees. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, after defeating Sub-Zero and intending to spare him, Quan Chi goads Scorpion into killing him by showing him a vision of Sub-Zero murdering his wife and son. Sub-Zero becomes the wraith Noob Saibot, and Scorpion stays in Quan Chi's employ]].
** Like Sindel, the Arcade Ladder ending had Scorpion [[spoiler:eventually find out the truth on his own, and then rather than tormenting Quan Chi in the Netherrealm, he flat out burns him to death]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Scorpion's bright yellow garb isn't exactly stealthy, which is ironic, considering that out of all the "[[InNameOnly ninjas]]" in the series, Scorpion is the only one who was once a ninja. [[AllThereInTheManual The original manual]] tried to justify if by saying that he modeled his uniform after the Lin Kuei's and chose the yellow color as a TakeThat to the clan, calling them cowards. In Japan the color yellow [[{{Irony}} symbolizes courage]], which makes it better since Scorpion is Japanese while the Lin Kuei are Chinese.
* HotMom: [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/1/15/Kana.png His wife]] (currently unnamed in-canon, christened Kana in ''Legacy''). From looks alone, it appears that she was very much a YamatoNadeshiko. [[PosthumousCharacter Sadly...]]
* IconicItem: His signature "[[WeaponOfChoice rope with a tipped Kunai at the end]]."
** SlashedThroat: In ''[=MK2=]'', Scorpion uses it to slash the opponent's throat as part of a Fatality. Then he follows up by [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cutting the enemy in half]].
** YourHeadASplode: As a way to finish off his opponents in ''Deadly Alliance'', by means of violently pulling on the rope attached to the kunai that he just lodged in the enemy head.
** VariableLengthChain: In ''[=MK9=]'', a chain replaces the rope of his rope-kunai combo weapon.
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:]] His fate in the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon (as seen in ''9'''s intro).
* KickTheDog: Challenge #20 in ''9'' has Scorpion beat up Mileena, [[RuleOfFunny because she made a teddy bear for him and HE HATES TEDDIES!]]
* [[KnifeNut Kunai Nut:]] In ''Legacy'' it is revealed that he got his codename because of his skills with the kunai.
* LargeHam
* LikeABadassOutOfHell
* MesACrowd: In one of his fatalities from ''[=UMK3=]'', he drags his opponent into Hell, where several copies of Scorpion maul the enemy. Cue BlackScreenOfDeath.
* MonochromaticEyes
* NamesTheSame: [[{{Main/Contra}} Lance Bean]] was the first to use Scorpion as a codename. Funny how the name translates into ''Sasori,'' which is the same name as that of the [[{{Main/Naruto}} Akatsuki puppetmaster.]]
* NeckSnap: His Hara-Kiri (and the final blow of one of his fatalities) in ''Deception''.
* {{Ninja}}: Of all the ''MK'' "ninjas", he's the only one who was from Japan. Sub-Zero directly says this to Quan Chi in ''Mythologies''.
* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Ninjatos Are Just Better]]: Starting with ''Deadly Alliance'', he finally uses one. He also carries an additional one on his back, although he only starts using the second katana in ''9''.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, he has a chapter in the Story Mode of ''9'' (Chapter 3), though he is more of a neutral character.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hounded Quan Chi throughout the Netherrealm after ''4'' and delivered ''many'' of these on the sorcerer (Scorpion drew on strength from the 5th plane of the Netherrealm, whereas Quan Chi's sorcery was weakened). It was only by enlisting the aid of Moloch and Drahmin that Quan Chi was able to narrowly escape death by the vengeful spectre's hands.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: His Friendship in ''2'', in which he invites the player to "Buy a Scorpion doll!"
* OffScreenTeleportation: He would later adopt vanishing in a swirl of flame instead.
* OffWithHisHead: In ''Deception'', he borrows [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the original "Spine Rip" fatality from Bi-Han]] and rips the enemy's head off with the spine still attached.
* OneWingedAngel: Inferno Scorpion from ''Shaolin Monks'', essentially Scorpion without his mask and damaged skin. [[spoiler:He reappears in ''9'' on the [=232nd=] floor of the Challenge Tower as an opponent for Kano.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Bi-Han.
** {{Revenge}}: His hatred of Bi-Han is just as important as (if not ''more so'') the memory of his family. In ''[=MK9=]'', Nightwolf, while empathizing over his familial ties and his need to avenge them (Nightwolf claims that his ancestors were wronged as well at some point in the past), calls him out for RevengeBeforeReason. Raiden then promises to make an appeal to the Elder Gods to return Scorpion's family and the entire Shirai Ryu clan to life should he ''not'' kill the elder Sub-Zero. [[spoiler:It almost works (even with Scorpion dragging Sub-Zero to the Netherrealm)... until Quan Chi misleads Scorpion by falsely accusing Sub-Zero to have killed Scorpion's wife and son, causing Scorpion to lash out in rage and murder his foe anyway.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Scorpion is a classic vengeance-driven revenant.
* PaletteSwap: Of Sub-Zero, originally. The same is true in reverse.
* PetTheDog: Aside from his love for his family, he discovered back in ''2'' that Sub-Zero was actually the younger brother of Bi-Han--the man he had killed in the last tournament--when he saw Kuai Liang sparing the life of his opponent. He decided to become the Lin Kuei's [[MysteriousProtector guardian]] from there on out of atonement.
* PlayingWithFire
** KillItWithFire
** {{Hellfire}}
** BreathWeapon:
--> ''"TOASTY!"''
** StrippedToTheBone: In [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse the DC crossover]], Scorpion summons a pool of lava and drags the opponent in it. Moments later, the body is thrown back out of the pit, now reduced to a skeleton. This returns as his second fatality in ''9'', with the addition of stabbing them with his kunai and wrapping it around their neck.
* PowerEchoes: ''vs. DCU'' and onward.
* RealMenWearPink: According to ''Deadly Alliance'', [[HiddenDepths Scorpion's true forte is]]... [[RealMenCook cooking]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-c4U6XRtvc He's particularly good at chopping.]]
* ScrewDestiny
* SeriesMascot: Netherrealm Studios' logomark is suspiciously similar to Scorpion, even with a slightly different weapon than a Kunai, sickle in this case, fixed to the chain.
* SkullForAHead
* TearOffYourFace: His trademark fatality has him doing it to himself. See SkullForAHead above.
* TeleportSpam
* UnstoppableRage: Probably the patron saint of this. When Scorpion is on the warpath, ''run''.
** ThePowerOfHate: If this emotion was a metal and Hanzo was a blacksmith, then Scorpion most certainly forged a {{BFS}} out of it. A BFS that he promptly drove through Bi-Han's heart.
* WildCard: Strides the limit between good and evil.

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!Introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' the video game

[[folder:Hanzo Hasashi (Scorpion)]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:220:''"Vengeance will be mine!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' (Daniel Pesina/Ed Boon), ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (John Turk), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'' (Sal Divita), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Mortal Kombat: Deception]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon Mortal Kombat: Armageddon]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks]]'' (Ed Boon), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse Mortal Kombat vs. DCU Universe]]'' (PatrickSeitz[=/=]Ed Boon), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' (PatrickSeitz[=/=]Ed Boon)
-> '''Non-game appearances''':
''Film/MortalKombat'' (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' (J.J. Perry/Ed Boon), ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' (Chris Casamassa/Ed Boon), ''[[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm]]'', ''[[MortalKombatRebirth Mortal Kombat: Rebirth]]''[=/=]''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'' (Ian Anthony Dale/Ed Boon)

->Originally known as Hanzo Hasashi, he is the son of a former clansman who chose to live as an assassin, yet [[PapaWolf he is very devoted to his family]] and generally goes on and about the game, serving his own purposes and none other.

->One of the most recognizable characters of the game, he starts off as your typical {{Antihero}}, looking for revenge on Sub-Zero for having killed him. In the first issues of the game, Scorpion is shown to fail and be sent to Netherealm.
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst
* CanonForeigner
* MauveShirt
* SacrificialLamb:
He has a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor relationship with the second Sub-Zero, his former nemesis' younger brother. In ''4'', he ends up entangled in the machinations of [[ManipulativeBastard Quan-Chi]], who turns him against the younger Sub-Zero again. From ''Deadly Alliance'' onwards, he strikes a deal with the elder gods to destroy [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Onaga]] in exchange for his clan's revival.

->In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Scorpion pretty much keeps the same role as the previous games, with the notable difference of being more willing to be Quan Chi's soldier, as Quan Chi's treachery has so far not been detected by him.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Played literally straight in one of his fatalities, and then followed by {{neck snap}}ping in ''Deception''.
* AnimalMotifs: Scorpions, duh.
** As a kind of fix for his Animality in ''3'' not being a scorpion, the ''MK'' team gave him a [[ScaryScorpions giant scorpion]] form as one of his Fatalities in ''4/Gold''.
** In the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse DC crossover]] and ''[=MK9=]'', it's also in the mask.
** The raised arm from his fighting pose in the first four games and the hilt of his swords (starting in ''Deception'') evoke a scorpion's stinger, while the pauldrons on his shoulder for both costumes in ''9'' are also modeled after a scorpion.
* AntiHero [=/=]AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]]): The best example in the entire series. Most characters in the series are either fully good or fully bad, but Scorpion is a TrueNeutral, participating in the games' events for his own purposes. While he has exhibited a little bit of a conscience and his actions (unintentionally) help the good guys, he's when all's said and done in it for himself and no one else.
* ArchEnemy: Quan Chi. Before him, the elder Sub-Zero (Bi-Han).
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: They went right with "[[HattoriHanzo Hanzo]]" for a first name, but his surname, Hasashi, is not even a word.
* AuthorAvatar: In a sense, he could be considered to be one for series' co-creator Ed Boon. [[WordOfGod Boon has gone on record several times noting]] that Scorpion is his favorite character and he even provides the voicework for Scorpion's "GET OVER HERE!"/"COME HERE!"
* BackFromTheDead: After being killed by Bi-Han (the original Sub-Zero), Scorpion is back as [[TheUndead a wraith]] at the start of ''[=MK1=]''.
** PapaWolf: He had a family as a human, but they were killed, and he believed their deaths were caused by the Lin Kuei, hence his grudge against them. He goes back on his vow to protect the younger Sub-Zero after Quan-Chi [[BlatantLies implicates him in the murder of Scorpion's family]]. His son is later kidnapped by Quan-Chi immediately after being brought back to life in his ''Armageddon'' ending.
* {{Badass}}
* BerserkButton: Sub-Zero. Coming ''back from the dead'' just because you have beef with a guy obviously makes said guy cause a reaction when he is mentioned or shows up.
** It doesn't help that Scorpion at least once remarks that he might've been able to save his wife, son, and fellow Shirai Ryu ''if only he were still alive''.
** Also, his encounter with Sub-Zero's younger brother and successor in ''9'':
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"What is this? You are not Sub-Zero!"''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"I am his family and clan. I fight for his honor."''
-->'''Scorpion''' (''furiously''): ''"He had no honor! And you will die as he did!"''
* BigNever: When Quan Chi forcibly sends him back to the Netherrealm in ''4''. [[TakingYouWithMe Scorpion manages to drag the sorcerer with him]], eliciting a BigNo from Quan Chi.
* TheCameo: He appears in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETYb6NEphw an episode of]] ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' (in his ''Deception'' attire), complete with Ed Boon providing his voice. Scorpion delivers his Head Rip Fatality on fellow video game character Xandir (a parody of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]) and when Xandir [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar mentions his special move]], Scorpion gives an exasperated [[GratuitousForeignLanguage "Oy vey."]]
** He, Sub-Zero, and Smoke all show up in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' skit (''[[Film/EnterTheDragon Enter the Fat One]]'') to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown assist in training]] former [[BoyBand *NSYNC]] member Joey Fatone.
* CatchPhrase:
--> ''"Come here!"''
--> ''"Get over here!"''
** ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: His "Get over here!" line had "Bitch!" put at the end in ''Shaolin Monks''. There was even a [[spoiler:"get the ''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]'' over here!"]] variant! Of course, this happened very rarely, making this and the former additive probably the only times in ''MK'' that there's been profanity.
* CodeName: Before becoming the hellspawn known as Scorpion, Hanzo was given the title of "Sasori" by the Shirai Ryu's Grandmaster. Sasori is the [[{{Foreshadowing}} Japanese word for "Scorpion."]]
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 5.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 3.
* DemBones: As revealed during his signature Fatality, under Scorpion's mask his head is actually a {{flaming skull|s}}.
* DownloadableContent:
** In ''9'', his klassic skin from ''[=MK1/2/3=]'' and his classic "Toasty!" fatality.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying [=GameStop=]'s regular edition of ''9'' gave you these items.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: To make up for the Scorpion Animality already being taken by Sheeva (supposedly, the dev team did not have ''Ultimate'' in mind when making ''[=MK3=]''), Scorpion's Animality form ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' is a penguin which lays [[MadeOfExplodium explosive eggs]].
* ExactWords: In ''Deception'', the Elder Gods promised to bring back Scorpion's clan if he agreed to help them by slaying Onaga. Scorpion fulfills his part of the bargain, and the Elder Gods bring back Scorpion's clan... [[spoiler:as undead abominations. Cue the RageAgainstTheHeavens.]]
* TheFaceless: As the series went on many masked ninjas have been revealing their faces at least once in one of the installments, save for some who are still covered, Scorpion is one of those, his facial features as Hanzo have never been properly shown (properly in this case meaning someone who isn't Daniel Pesina from the very first game as he played many other characters in it). Hanzo still has
exists solely to show his true face sometime in the future.
* FanNickname: His rope-and-kunai combo was often called the "Spear" in the move lists of earlier ''MK'' games.
* GuestFighter: Aside from the above cameos, he also appears in several other Creator/{{Midway|Games}} titles: arcade game ''The Grid'' (alongside Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot), ''[[VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy]]'' (as an unlockable skin), ''VideoGame/NBAJam: [[UpdatedRerelease Tournament Edition]]'', and ''MLB Slugfest 2006'' (alongside Sub-Zero; both are accessible only by means of cheat codes).
* HeelFaceDoorSlam:
** Raiden, having a premonition that Sub-Zero will become a greater force for evil if killed, tries to convince him to spare Bi-Han!Sub-Zero by offering to revive his family; and Scorpion agrees. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, after defeating Sub-Zero and intending to spare him, Quan Chi goads Scorpion into killing him by showing him a vision of Sub-Zero murdering his wife and son. Sub-Zero becomes the wraith Noob Saibot, and Scorpion stays in Quan Chi's employ]].
** Like Sindel, the Arcade Ladder ending had Scorpion [[spoiler:eventually find out the truth on his own, and then rather than tormenting Quan Chi in the Netherrealm, he flat out burns him to death]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Scorpion's bright yellow garb isn't exactly stealthy, which is ironic, considering that out of all the "[[InNameOnly ninjas]]" in the series, Scorpion is the only one who was once a ninja. [[AllThereInTheManual The original manual]] tried to justify if by saying that he modeled his uniform after the Lin Kuei's and chose the yellow color as a TakeThat to the clan, calling them cowards. In Japan the color yellow [[{{Irony}} symbolizes courage]], which makes it better since Scorpion is Japanese while the Lin Kuei are Chinese.
* HotMom: [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/1/15/Kana.png His wife]] (currently unnamed in-canon, christened Kana in ''Legacy''). From looks alone, it appears that she was very much a YamatoNadeshiko. [[PosthumousCharacter Sadly...]]
* IconicItem: His signature "[[WeaponOfChoice rope with a tipped Kunai at the end]]."
** SlashedThroat: In ''[=MK2=]'', Scorpion uses it to slash the opponent's throat as part of a Fatality. Then he follows up by [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cutting the enemy in half]].
** YourHeadASplode: As a way to finish off his opponents in ''Deadly Alliance'', by means of violently pulling on the rope attached to the kunai that he just lodged in the enemy head.
** VariableLengthChain: In ''[=MK9=]'', a chain replaces the rope of his rope-kunai combo weapon.
* [[spoiler:ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:]] His fate in the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon (as seen in ''9'''s intro).
* KickTheDog: Challenge #20 in ''9'' has Scorpion beat up Mileena, [[RuleOfFunny because she made a teddy bear for him and HE HATES TEDDIES!]]
* [[KnifeNut Kunai Nut:]] In ''Legacy'' it is revealed that he got his codename because of his skills with the kunai.
* LargeHam
* LikeABadassOutOfHell
* MesACrowd: In one of his fatalities from ''[=UMK3=]'', he drags his opponent into Hell, where several copies of Scorpion maul the enemy. Cue BlackScreenOfDeath.
* MonochromaticEyes
* NamesTheSame: [[{{Main/Contra}} Lance Bean]] was the first to use Scorpion as a codename. Funny how the name translates into ''Sasori,'' which is the same name as that of the [[{{Main/Naruto}} Akatsuki puppetmaster.]]
* NeckSnap: His Hara-Kiri
main cast (and the final blow of one of his fatalities) in ''Deception''.
audience) how {{badass}} Goro is.
* {{Ninja}}: Of all the ''MK'' "ninjas", he's the only one who was from Japan. Sub-Zero directly says this to Quan Chi in ''Mythologies''.
* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Ninjatos Are Just Better]]: Starting with ''Deadly Alliance'', he finally uses one. He also carries an additional one on his back, although he only starts using the second katana in ''9''.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, he has a chapter in the Story Mode of ''9'' (Chapter 3), though he is more of a neutral character.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Hounded Quan Chi throughout the Netherrealm after ''4'' and delivered ''many'' of these on the sorcerer (Scorpion drew on strength from the 5th plane of the Netherrealm, whereas Quan Chi's sorcery was weakened). It was only by enlisting the aid of Moloch and Drahmin that Quan Chi was able to narrowly escape death by the vengeful spectre's hands.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: His Friendship in ''2'', in which he invites the player to "Buy a Scorpion doll!"
* OffScreenTeleportation: He would later adopt vanishing in a swirl of flame instead.
* OffWithHisHead: In ''Deception'', he borrows [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the original "Spine Rip" fatality from Bi-Han]] and rips the enemy's head off with the spine still attached.
* OneWingedAngel: Inferno Scorpion from ''Shaolin Monks'', essentially Scorpion without his mask and damaged skin. [[spoiler:He reappears in ''9'' on the [=232nd=] floor of the Challenge Tower as an opponent for Kano.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Bi-Han.
** {{Revenge}}: His hatred of Bi-Han is just as important as (if not ''more so'') the memory of his family. In ''[=MK9=]'', Nightwolf, while empathizing over his familial ties and his need to avenge them (Nightwolf claims that his ancestors were wronged as
YourSoulIsMine: As well at some point in the past), calls him out for RevengeBeforeReason. Raiden then promises to make an appeal to the Elder Gods to return Scorpion's family and the entire Shirai Ryu clan to life should he ''not'' kill the elder Sub-Zero. [[spoiler:It almost works (even with Scorpion dragging Sub-Zero to the Netherrealm)... until Quan Chi misleads Scorpion as give Shang Tsung a major KickTheDog moment by falsely accusing Sub-Zero to have killed Scorpion's wife and son, causing Scorpion to lash out in rage and murder devouring his foe anyway.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Scorpion is a classic vengeance-driven revenant.
* PaletteSwap: Of Sub-Zero, originally. The same is true in reverse.
* PetTheDog: Aside from his love for his family, he discovered back in ''2'' that Sub-Zero was actually the younger brother of Bi-Han--the man he had killed in the last tournament--when he saw Kuai Liang sparing the life of his opponent. He decided to become the Lin Kuei's [[MysteriousProtector guardian]] from there on out of atonement.
* PlayingWithFire
** KillItWithFire
** {{Hellfire}}
** BreathWeapon:
--> ''"TOASTY!"''
** StrippedToTheBone: In [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse the DC crossover]], Scorpion summons a pool of lava and drags the opponent in it. Moments later, the body is thrown back out of the pit, now reduced to a skeleton. This returns as his second fatality in ''9'', with the addition of stabbing them with his kunai and wrapping it around their neck.
* PowerEchoes: ''vs. DCU'' and onward.
* RealMenWearPink: According to ''Deadly Alliance'', [[HiddenDepths Scorpion's true forte is]]... [[RealMenCook cooking]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-c4U6XRtvc He's particularly good at chopping.]]
* ScrewDestiny
* SeriesMascot: Netherrealm Studios' logomark is suspiciously similar to Scorpion, even with a slightly different weapon than a Kunai, sickle in this case, fixed to the chain.
* SkullForAHead
* TearOffYourFace: His trademark fatality has him doing it to himself. See SkullForAHead above.
* TeleportSpam
* UnstoppableRage: Probably the patron saint of this. When Scorpion is on the warpath, ''run''.
** ThePowerOfHate: If this emotion was a metal and Hanzo was a blacksmith, then Scorpion most certainly forged a {{BFS}} out of it. A BFS that he promptly drove through Bi-Han's heart.
* WildCard: Strides the limit between good and evil.
soul.



[[folder:Bi-Han (Sub-Zero V)]]
[[quoteright:167:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Elder_Sub-Zero_1340.jpg]]
-->[[caption-width-right:167:''"Now you will feel death's cold embrace!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances as Sub-Zero V:''' ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (JamiesonPrice)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (François Petit), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (J.J. Perry), ''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Kevan Ohtsji)

->A professional assassin, recently revealed to be originally named Bi-Han, of the legendary Lin Kuei clan. As his name implies, he has the ability to control ice. After succeeding in killing Scorpion, his rival, he is hired by Quan Chi to reclaim Shinnok's amulet. Along the way, he fights four of the Earthrealm gods (including Fujin), but before moving onward, he is confronted by Raiden, who reveals Quan Chi's true intentions. Furious at Quan Chi for duping him, he travels to the Netherealm to stop the evil plot, and on the way encounters Sareena, one of Quan Chi's Oni servants, and befriends her. He defeats Quan Chi, but this does not stop him from reviving Shinnok, and after retaking Shinnok's amulet in a surprise move, he escapes the Netherealm through a portal, leaving Shinnok trapped again.

->Later he is hired by Shang Tsung to enter the MortalKombat tournament. He makes his way up the ladder until he faces a newly revived Scorpion, who exacts revenge by burning him alive.

->Thus was the life of Sub-Zero.

-->NOTE: Tropes regarding the younger Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot should go into the ''Characters/MortalKombat2'' character sheet.
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* AnIcePerson: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKAtUeWCfrE Chinese Ninja Warrior with your HEART SO COLD!]]
* AnIceSuit
* {{Badass}}
* BlackScreenOfDeath: His Spine Rip Fatality in ''[=UMK3=]'', as none of the fighters had animations in place that would make it feasible to show.
** The Fatality was additionally censored so as to mock the controversy the move causes in the original game.
* BullyingADragon: In ''9'', after Scorpion defeats Cyrax and Sektor in the tournament. Granted, Sub-Zero did (canonically) defeat Scorpion twice in ''Mythologies'', but it's not a good idea to piss off the one hellspawn who ''seriously wants you dead''.
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"I will have my revenge, but I will not kill Sub-Zero."''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"Will not? Or'' [[BadassBoast cannot]]''?"''
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"You! The Shirai Ryu are dead. You shall suffer as they did."''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"To'' hell ''with your clan."''
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"No... '''TO HELL WITH YOU'''!"'' (''[[LiteralMetaphor drags Sub-Zero into]] [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the]] [[{{Mordor}} Netherrealm]]'')
* ButNotTooForeign: He was the son of an American woman and a Chinese man. Said father was also descended from the Cryomancer race, thus making the Sub-Zero brothers [[HeinzHybrid not fully human]].
* CanonName: Bi-Han.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In ''Mythologies'', he beats the tar out of all four of the elemental gods. [[spoiler:Sub-Zero also has the chance to defeat Shinnok, which would put his total up to 5.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Mythologies'' serves as one big build-up for his eventual fate as Noob Saibot.
* HeelRealization: Raiden's words that darkness existed in his soul [[ContemplateOurNavels deeply troubles]] Sub-Zero. [[IgnoredEpiphany Too bad he didn't do much to change anything]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the movie, he's pitted in a fight against Liu Kang. He seems to get the upper hand when he starts to freeze his surroundings and is rapidly cornering Liu Kang; unluckily for him, his chilling power backfires when Liu throws a bucket of water at him, which freezes, impales, and kills him.
* InsistentTerminology: {{Justified|Trope}} in that they're ''Chinese'' assassins, not ninjas, and he dislikes being called one.
--> ''"Let's get something straight here: I am not a {{ninja}}. I am Lin Kuei!"''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[ShipTease Moreso around Sareena]].
** {{Jerkass}}: From what we've seen of him in ''9''. Still, the above must hold true, given how much his younger brother idolizes him.
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during ''9'''s story mode to get beaten up.
* KillItWithFire: His fate in the original timeline [[spoiler:and again during ''9'']] at the hands of Scorpion.
* KillItWithIce: His preferred method of killing.
** LiterallyShatteredLives
* LegacyCharacter: The codename "Sub-Zero" has been handed down from father to son (and from brother to brother) for years. He is the fifth to bear the name.
* MisBlamed: An InUniverse example: he (and, by extension, the Lin Kuei) wasn't the one who killed Scorpion's clan. [[spoiler:It was Quan Chi.]]
* MonochromaticEyes
* OffWithHisHead: His infamous "Spine Rip" Fatality, which involved ripping out the opponent's head and spinal cord from their shoulders, which is almost single-handedly responsible for '''the whole ESRB rating creation!'''
** Ironically, this is how he dies in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the alternate timeline]]''.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** He entered the ''[=MK1=]'' tournament just to assassinate Shang Tsung and collect the large bounty on his head.
** He also tells Raiden in ''Mythologies'' that he was just earning his living after Quan Chi escapes with Shinnok's amulet.
* PaletteSwap: Of Scorpion.
** Interestingly, he is ''not'' a mere PaletteSwap of his ''own'' character in ''Mortal Kombat 9''. If you choose Sub-Zero's alternate outfit, he also gains the voice samples of Bi-Han instead of Kuai Liang, which means the alternate outfit is Bi-Han.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Clan Guy]]: ''Very'' devoted to the Lin Kuei.
* TheRival: Of Scorpion.
* ShipTease: In ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'', there was a briefly hinted love interest between him and Sareena, which passed on to his brother in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition]]''.
* SlideAttack
* TragicHero: Though "hero" is a bit of a stretch, seeing as he was an unrelenting assassin in life, unlike his little brother who was more compassive.
* TricksterArchetype: In ''Mythologies'', Sub-Zero is noted to be the most clever and most skilled of all the Lin Kuei.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Treated in-universe as this in his ''[=UMK3=]'' ending.
* WhatTheHellHero: Raiden chews a large bite of Cyromancer pie out of Sub-Zero when it turns out that [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero he's supplied Quan Chi with the means of freeing Shinnok from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm.]]]]

to:

[[folder:Bi-Han (Sub-Zero V)]]
[[quoteright:167:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Elder_Sub-Zero_1340.jpg]]
-->[[caption-width-right:167:''"Now you will feel death's cold embrace!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances as Sub-Zero V:''' ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (JamiesonPrice)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (François Petit), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (J.J. Perry), ''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Kevan Ohtsji)

->A professional assassin, recently revealed
[[folder:Chan Kang]]
* AscendedExtra: [[AllThereInTheManual According
to be originally his bio from the first game]], Liu Kang has a brother named Bi-Han, of Chow and his whereabouts are unknown... and that's all we hear about him. In the legendary Lin Kuei clan. As his name implies, he has movie, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS he's named Chan]], actually appears (in flashback [[spoiler:and spirit]] form) and serves as Liu's motivation for entering the ability tournament.
* CurbStompBattle: As brave as he was, poor Chan didn't stand a chance against Shang Tsung.
* DoomedByCanon: His death is Liu Kang's motive
to control ice. After succeeding in killing Scorpion, his rival, he is hired by Quan Chi to reclaim Shinnok's amulet. Along the way, he fights four of the Earthrealm gods (including Fujin), but before moving onward, he is confronted by Raiden, who reveals Quan Chi's true intentions. Furious at Quan Chi for duping him, he travels to the Netherealm to stop the evil plot, and on the way encounters Sareena, one of Quan Chi's Oni servants, and befriends her. He defeats Quan Chi, but this does not stop him from reviving Shinnok, and after retaking Shinnok's amulet in a surprise move, he escapes the Netherealm through a portal, leaving Shinnok trapped again.

->Later he is hired by
put Shang Tsung to enter the MortalKombat tournament. He makes his way up the ladder until he faces a newly revived Scorpion, who exacts revenge by burning him alive.

->Thus was the life of Sub-Zero.

-->NOTE: Tropes regarding the younger Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot should go into the ''Characters/MortalKombat2'' character sheet.
----
rest.
* AnIcePerson: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKAtUeWCfrE Chinese Ninja Warrior FinishingStomp: How Shang Tsung finishes him.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Chan or Chen?
* YourSoulIsMine: As
with your HEART SO COLD!]]
* AnIceSuit
* {{Badass}}
* BlackScreenOfDeath: His Spine Rip Fatality in ''[=UMK3=]'', as none of the fighters had animations in place that would make it feasible to show.
** The Fatality was additionally censored so as to mock the controversy the move causes in the original game.
* BullyingADragon: In ''9'', after Scorpion defeats Cyrax and Sektor in the tournament. Granted, Sub-Zero did (canonically) defeat Scorpion twice in ''Mythologies'', but it's not a good idea to piss off the one hellspawn who ''seriously wants you dead''.
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"I will have my revenge, but I will not kill Sub-Zero."''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"Will not? Or'' [[BadassBoast cannot]]''?"''
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"You! The Shirai Ryu are dead. You shall suffer as they did."''
-->'''Sub-Zero''': ''"To'' hell ''with your clan."''
-->'''Scorpion''': ''"No... '''TO HELL WITH YOU'''!"'' (''[[LiteralMetaphor drags Sub-Zero into]] [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the]] [[{{Mordor}} Netherrealm]]'')
* ButNotTooForeign: He was the son of an American woman and a Chinese man. Said father was also descended from the Cryomancer race, thus making the Sub-Zero brothers [[HeinzHybrid not fully human]].
* CanonName: Bi-Han.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In ''Mythologies'', he beats the tar out of all four of the elemental gods. [[spoiler:Sub-Zero also has the chance to defeat Shinnok, which would put his total up to 5.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Mythologies'' serves as one big build-up for his eventual fate as Noob Saibot.
* HeelRealization: Raiden's words that darkness existed in his soul [[ContemplateOurNavels deeply troubles]] Sub-Zero. [[IgnoredEpiphany Too bad he didn't do
pretty much to change anything]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In
all of Shang Tsung's victims in the movie, he's pitted Chan suffers this fate. His form is used in a fight ShapeShifterGuiltTrip against Liu Kang. He seems to get the upper hand when he starts to freeze his surroundings and is rapidly cornering Liu Kang; unluckily for him, his chilling power backfires when Liu throws a bucket of water at him, which freezes, impales, and kills him.
* InsistentTerminology: {{Justified|Trope}} in that they're ''Chinese'' assassins, not ninjas, and he dislikes being called one.
--> ''"Let's get something straight here: I am not a {{ninja}}. I am Lin Kuei!"''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[ShipTease Moreso around Sareena]].
** {{Jerkass}}: From what we've seen of him in ''9''. Still, the above must hold true, given how much his younger brother idolizes him.
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up
Kang during ''9'''s story mode to get beaten up.
* KillItWithFire: His fate in
the original timeline [[spoiler:and again during ''9'']] at the hands of Scorpion.
* KillItWithIce: His preferred method of killing.
** LiterallyShatteredLives
* LegacyCharacter: The codename "Sub-Zero" has been handed down from father to son (and from brother to brother) for years. He is the fifth to bear the name.
* MisBlamed: An InUniverse example: he (and, by extension, the Lin Kuei) wasn't the one who killed Scorpion's clan. [[spoiler:It was Quan Chi.]]
* MonochromaticEyes
* OffWithHisHead: His infamous "Spine Rip" Fatality, which involved ripping out the opponent's head and spinal cord from their shoulders, which is almost single-handedly responsible for '''the whole ESRB rating creation!'''
** Ironically, this is how he dies in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the alternate timeline]]''.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** He entered the ''[=MK1=]'' tournament just to assassinate Shang Tsung and collect the large bounty on his head.
** He also tells Raiden in ''Mythologies'' that he was just earning his living after Quan Chi escapes with Shinnok's amulet.
* PaletteSwap: Of Scorpion.
** Interestingly, he is ''not'' a mere PaletteSwap of his ''own'' character in ''Mortal Kombat 9''. If you choose Sub-Zero's alternate outfit, he also gains the voice samples of Bi-Han instead of Kuai Liang, which means the alternate outfit is Bi-Han.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Clan Guy]]: ''Very'' devoted to the Lin Kuei.
* TheRival: Of Scorpion.
* ShipTease: In ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'', there was a briefly hinted love interest between him and Sareena, which passed on to his brother in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition]]''.
* SlideAttack
* TragicHero: Though "hero" is a bit of a stretch, seeing as he was an unrelenting assassin in life, unlike his little brother who was more compassive.
* TricksterArchetype: In ''Mythologies'', Sub-Zero is noted to be the most clever and most skilled of all the Lin Kuei.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Treated in-universe as this in his ''[=UMK3=]'' ending.
* WhatTheHellHero: Raiden chews a large bite of Cyromancer pie out of Sub-Zero when it turns out that [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero he's supplied Quan Chi with the means of freeing Shinnok from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm.]]]]
final battle, but Liu Kang sees right through it.



[[folder:Kano]]
[[quoteright:328:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kano_85.png]]
-->[[caption-width-right:328:''"Oh, I got a knack for survival. You, on the other hand, are going to die here."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Richard Divizio)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat 3'' (Richard Divizio), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces Mortal Kombat: Special Forces]]'' (David Allen), ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' (Creator/MichaelMcConnohie), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Creator/MichaelMcConnohie)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Trevor Goddard), ''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm'' (Michael Des Barres), ''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Darren Shahlavi), ''WreckItRalph'' (Brian Kesinger)

->Kano is the leader of the Black Dragon organization, a criminal empire of cut-throat madmen. A portion of Kano's face is covered with a metal plate as a result of wounds he sustained at the hands of Major Jackson Briggs prior to the events of the series, with the plated eye being a glowing red orb capable of emitting laserlike beams. He entered Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament after hearing rumors that Tsung's palace was filled with gold and other riches; after the final battle between Shang Tsung and Liu Kang, Kano teamed up with Sonya and Johnny Cage to fight Goro. During the battle, the island began to crumble because of Shang Tsung's defeat, and before they knew it, Kano and Sonya found themselves in a forest in Outworld. They were found and captured by Shang Tsung. Kano managed to save his own life by convincing Shao Kahn to accept him as a weapons instructor for his armies, and later, during the events of ''Mortal Kombat 3'', Sonya tossed Kano to his surmised death from the roof of a high building, only for Kano to be healed back to life by Motaro.

->Eventually, Kahn's forces were defeated. Earthrealm was free, and so was Edenia. Shao Kahn's act of promoting Kano, however, proved to be a lucky shot, as Kano was a very competent general. During the events of ''Deadly Alliance'' Kano declared his allegiance to the Sorcerers; however, he was attacked and apparently captured by Red Dragon member Mavado.

->In ''Armageddon'''s Konquest mode, Kano is found by Taven to have been held prisoner by the Red Dragon Clan for quite some time. Before escaping their facilities, Kano explains to Taven that the Red Dragon Clan had been experimenting on him, in an effort to create Human-Dragon Hybrids, yet without apparent effects on Kano.

->Kano is pretty much the same as in the previous games in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', but is a more willing soldier to Outworld than before, even going so far as to sell the forces of Outworld Earthrealm weapons to help in Shao Kahn's invasion of Earth. Pretty much, he's a race-betraying prick.
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* AndShowItToYou
** BeatStillMyHeart: His infamous "Heart Rip" Fatality. He holds the heart up for everyone to see, including the victim in several games.
** EyeScream
* [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]]:
** The Special Forces. He's [[FoeYay quite... "invested"]] in his rivalry with Sonya[[hottip:*:in ''Deadly Alliance'', he hung a lock of her hair obtained by tearing it from her head during their battle atop the skyscraper in ''[=MK3=]'' around his neck as a symbol of their rivalry]], and Jax is responsible for the metal plate on his face.
** The Red Dragon clan. They're long time enemy of Kano's Black Dragon Clan.
* {{Badass}}
* BadBoss: In ''Special Forces''. The other Black Dragon clansmen (barring the possibility of Jarek) [[UndyingLoyalty are unquestionably loyal to Kano]], who exploits them as distractions for Jax to deal with (and unlike [[PlotArmor Jarek]], they might all be dead by Jax's hands, too).
* BaldOfEvil: His appearance in ''[=MK3=]''.
* BeardOfEvil: In most of his appearances. Started as a 5 o'clock shadow (shaven clean in ''[=MK3=]''), and became a full beard since ''[=MKvsDCU=]''.
* TheBrute
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He will take any offer that allows his own preservation.
* {{Cyborg}}: Only insomuch as needing a synthetic eye that has also been outfitted with a heat-emitting beam (justified as the Black Dragon cartel has a high proficiency in areas of technology). The rest of him is human.
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath]]: His fate in the Battle of Armageddon.
* DualWielding: His weapon style has him wielding a pair of Butterfly Knives.
* EyeBeam: It took three games, but he finally showed he was capable of doing it, in Fatality form, and later as a special move from ''Deadly Alliance'' onwards.
** In the intro to ''Armageddon'', he kills Stryker with one.
* GiantSpider: Kano's Animality in ''[=MK3=]''.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome
* ImageSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0h1DCFlOM "Kano, Use Your Might"]] where the vocalist sings about how great Kano is, how she is on his side, and describes him as a fallen angel.
* KnifeNut
* LargeHam: Especially in the first movie.
** In the games, too. Rich Divizio has stated he played Kano as over-the-top as possible.
* NeckLift: His Chokehold move.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His reason for joining Shang Tsung's tournament [[spoiler:and for siding with Outworld and selling stuff for them]].
* PetTheDog: In ''9'', he's the one who saves [[spoiler:Kabal (his former Black Dragon cohort)]] from dying and surgically implants him with [[spoiler:his mask and breathing apparatus after Kintaro roasted him alive]].
** Additionally, when he heard of Kabal's [[NotQuiteDead apparent demise]] at the hands of Mavado, it is said that he would have most likely hounded the Red Dragon leader and had his head if not for his post in Outworld as the leader of Shao Kahn's armies. Kabal had long since forsaken the ways of the Black Dragon.
* PsychoForHire
** ProfessionalKiller
* RaceLift: After Trevor Goddard's portrayal in the movie, he was [[RetCanon changed]] from [[ButNotTooForeign American-Japanese]] descent in the games to [[LandDownUnder Australian]].
* RollingAttack: The Cannonball attack, in which he tosses himself at the opponent while keeping arms and legs folded into his body.
* SigilSpam: In ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon'', the back of his vest sports the emblem of the Black Dragon clan.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to Richard Divizio ([[InkSuitActor the actor who portrayed Kano in all of the titles using digitized actors]]), Kano enjoys White Castle hamburgers (it's probable that this is Divizio's favorite meal as well).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Johnny Cage]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:239:''"I make this look easy!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (Daniel Pesina), ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]'' (Chris Alexander), ''Mortal Kombat 4'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'' ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Jeff Pilson)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Linden Ashby), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (Chris Conrad), ''Mortal Kombat: Rebirth''/''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Matt Mullins)

->Johnny Cage is a Hollywood movie star. Originally entering the Mortal Kombat tournament to display his fighting skills and prove himself to skeptical movie critics and the movie-viewing public, Cage becomes one of the brave and loyal warriors for Earthrealm.

->In ''Mortal Kombat'', When Shang Tsung's island fortress began to crumble because of his defeat to Liu Kang, Raiden saved Johnny and dropped him off at a boat that belonged to the Special Forces Agency near the island. Not long after that, Cage traveled into Outworld to join the other Earthrealm warriors in ''[=MK2=]''. Defeated, Kahn ordered his forces to kill the Earth warriors. Johnny’s comrades were fortunate to make their way back to Earthrealm. Johnny, however, was not so lucky and was killed by Kahn's forces. Raiden then resurrected him temporally during the events of ''Trilogy'' and permanently during the events of ''[=MK4=]''. However, Johnny was killed once again during the final assault on the Deadly Alliance's Tarkatan warriors.

->Later, he is, as well as many other warriors, restored to life one more time by Onaga and made into his slave. Some time later, he was freed from this state by Ermac and the spirit of Liu Kang, in time to join the ''Armageddon''.

->''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' sees Cage have a much more... err... [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold outgoing personality]], but it also makes him much more heroic, being a genuine part of the heroes' team. He also serves as a sort of AudienceSurrogate, as he's one of the few normal humans amidst the FantasyKitchenSink cast.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BackFromTheDead: ''Constantly''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when, prior to joining the battle against the ''Deadly Alliance'', he was (unwillingly) starting to film ''Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage'', in which he was repeatedly killed and brought back to life.
* BadassBoast: From the story mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'':
--> '''Johnny Cage:''' ''"Fans think my moves are all wire work and special effects. Truth is... '''I am the special effects.'''"''
* BadassInANiceSuit: In ''[=MK9=]'', he comes to the first tournament wearing a tuxedo with a loosened bow tie.
** Prior to the events in ''Deadly Alliance,'' he arrives on Shang Tsung's Island dressed in a tux via parachute. Guy's got style.
* BerserkButton: Goro should not have crushed those $500 pair of shades. That, and killing off Johnny's friend.
* BornLucky: While other kombatants can justify their special powers for they went through a TrainingFromHell, some are {{Physical God}}s themselves, and the rest are sorcerers and {{Ninja}}s[=/=]{{McNinja}}s; Johnny Cage has no background for how he got his energy blasts, he's simply naturally gifted, in ''[=MK9=]'' it is made even more obvious how his powers are so natural, Johnny initially is in disbelief about the whole Mortal Kombat and other realms thing, and yet he doesn't mention or see his powers as being equally unbelievable.
** The funny thing in all this is the whole reason he's there is because of people calling him out and saying he's all flash with no substance. He insists that his energy powers are legit and will prove it at the Mortal Kombat tournament... yet thinks nothing of them in spite of that.
** In [=MK9=], it's revealed that he is descended from a [[BadassNormal Mediterranean warrior cult who bred fighters for the gods.]]
* {{Brainwashed}}: To serve Onaga in ''Deception''.
* ButtMonkey: Rendered as such after ''Mortal Kombat II'', likely as punishment for his actor (Daniel Pesina) advertising a rival game, ''VideoGame/BloodStorm'', while in full costume. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBatReTSCU Even the dev team doesn't take him seriously.]]
* CasanovaWannabe: In the first chapter of ''[=MK9=]'':
--> ''"I'm taking you down, I'm taking you down, I'm taking you out, I'm taking you out, and ''[approaches Sonya]'' I'm taking you out... for dinner."''
* CoolShades: While they were always part of his character, with official art always depicting him wearing shades, he only started wearing them during fights from ''Trilogy'' onwards.
** In the first movie, he values them more than any worldly possession. Then Goro broke them, and [[BerserkButton the rest is history]]:
--> ''"Those were five-hundred-dollar sunglasses, asshole!"''
** In his ''[=MK9=]'' victory pose, his shades break in half. No problem: he just takes out a brand new pair and puts them on!
** SunglassesAtNight
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of the first chapter.
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be this at first, in tone with his [[Film/MortalKombat movie self]], as seen in ''[=MK9=]''.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he spends his first few fights goofing off, preening and grandstanding, hitting on Sonya, and generally making an ass of himself... [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but is horrified when Shang Tsung demands he "finish" a fallen opponent]].
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: He turns into one to kick his opponent off screen as an Animality in ''MK Trilogy''.
* FakeUltimateHero: [[{{Flanderization}} Much to his fans' chagrin.]]
** ''Armageddon'' tries to take the "fake" part out, by having him being the first of the heroes to see Shinnok back into the scene, and then rallying the band of heroes for the final battle. But since we don't know much about the game's story, we just leave what happened between this point and the all-out battle to imagination.
* FightingWithChucks
* FullNameBasis
* GroinAttack: His "Split Punch" signature attack, a special move where he does the splits and plants his fist directly into his opponent's balls. It wouldn't work on Sonya in the first game or on Kitana, Jade and Mileena in the second game since there's not much there to hit anyway.
** Also, the first part of his X-Ray move is a three-punch combo to the groin. ''Ouch''.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: His Torso Rip fatality.
** In ''Shaolin Monks'', he has a [[FinishingMove fatality]] where he ''will'' punch the opponent in [[GroinAttack the groin]] several times, mugs for the camera, punches the groin for a bit like a speed bag, and then does one final monster punch that pulverises the entire pelvic region, effectively cutting the unlucky victim in half.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold[=/=]TookALevelInJerkass: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]], especially come ''[=MK9=]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQirOSjf4ao His bloated ego]] reaches JokeCharacter proportions in ''[=MK9=]''.
** During Jax's chapter in ''9'', Johnny, Raiden, and Jax find themselves stuck at the Kombat Armory, when he probes Jax's relationship with Sonya.[[hottip:*:Mind you, Jax and co. are mulling around Outworld looking for her whereabouts, as Sonya is ''scheduled for execution'' as they speak]] Johnny, being himself, makes his intentions with Sonya a little less than subtle. This prompts Jax to challenge Johnny to a fight right there and then. However, afterwards, he brushes it off later and even good-naturedly jokes about it after they find Sonya.
* JohnnyMcCoolname: [[WordOfGod His real name]] [[CanonName is John Carlton.]]
* IllTakeThatAsACompliment / InsultBackfire: This exchange between Johnny and Sonya in the first film:
--> '''Sonya:''' (after Johnny tells her that he is facing Goro) Oh, I can't believe this! You are the most egotistical, self-deluded person I have ever met!
--> '''Johnny:''' Yeah, well you forgot good-looking.
* TheLancer of the FiveManBand
* MeaningfulName: It's probably more than coincidence that Kage in japanese means shadow and Johnny Cage is the master of many "shadow" techniques himself.
** XtremeKoolLetterz: Though the series is notorious for replacing the letter "c" with "k," Cage [[SubvertedTrope is an exception to this]].
* TheMessiah: Of ''all'' people, Johnny starts showing shades of this in the timeframe leading up to ''Armageddon'', especially thanks to Raiden's corruption.
* OffWithHisHead: His classic Fatality, in which Cage delivers a savage uppercut that tears his opponent's head off.
** The intro of ''[=MK9=]'' inverts this: [[spoiler:he's shown decapitated]].
* [[spoiler:PowerIncontinence]]: His ending in ''9''. [[spoiler:His body begins to emit large, destructive bursts of energy in uncontrollable spasms, and neither Raiden nor Nightwolf are able to soothe them. Eventually, Raiden takes Johnny Cage to Seido to control his powers, which will result in him [[TookALevelInBadass becoming more powerful than humanly imaginable.]]]]
* PersonAsVerb: Tried this with himself in ''Shaolin Monks'' and ''[=MK9=]''. "You just got ''Caged''!"
* PungeonMaster: In the Movie, he is particularly prone to {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s, to the point that he's basically the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]] of the film.
* RedHerringShirt: In ''9'', he [[spoiler:'''lives''']].
* TheRival: Of Goro. [[RetCanon Becomes canon]] after the movie.
* SharpDressedMan: His alts. in ''4'', ''Deadly Alliance'', ''Armageddon'', and ''9''.
* ShipTease: Especially in the first movie, towards Sonya. In ''[=MK9=]'', he [[CasanovaWannabe tries to conquer her]].
* {{Shotoclone}}
* SpeedEchoes: Several of his Shadow moves have this effect.
* ThouShaltNotKill: In 9, he's shown to be against killing his enemies, refusing to kill Baraka after defeating him in the tournament.
* UnfazedEveryman: During his chapter in ''9''[='s=] story mode. Also doubles as the AudienceSurrogate for those new to the series, as he's just as out-of-the-loop as newcomers probably will be.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sonya Blade]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:201:''"I guess I'll have to do this the hard way!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Elizabeth Malecki)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat 3'' (Kerri Hoskins), ''Mortal Kombat 4'' (Kerri Hoskins), ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'', ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' (Dana Lyn Baron), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Dana Lyn Baron)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Bridgette Wilson), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (Sandra Hess), ''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm'' (Olivia d'Abo), ''Mortal Kombat: Rebirth''/''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Jeri Ryan)

->A member of a top United States Special Forces unit known as Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA), Lt. Sonya Blade is a beautiful, stern, tough-as-nails Earthrealm warrior. Her impulsiveness is catalyzed by her superior and good friend Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs. Sonya represents a very emancipated and headstrong woman, but for all her stubbornness and pride, she deeply cares about the lives of her friends and comrades.

->Sonya and her team were in hot pursuit of Kano at the time of the original game; after following him to a remote island they were ambushed by Tsung's personal guard. To keep her team safe, she agreed to compete in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Shang Tsung, however, had no intention of fulfilling his end of the bargain and had her unit killed. After Tsung's defeat, she and Kano were taken prisoner to Outworld to appease the emperor, Shao Kahn, only to be later rescued by her comrade Jax. The two privates were among the few chosen warriors left to oppose the invasion of Earthrealm in ''[=MK3=]''. Sonya meet her old nemesis Kano on top of a skyscraper during the invasion; in the fight that ensued she managed to hurl Kano off the roof to his apparent death.

->In ''Mortal Kombat 4'', Sonya and Jax, having formed the Outworld Investigation Agency, team up with Raiden and Liu Kang to free Edenia from the Fallen Elder God Shinnok's grasp and prevent him from coming to Earth, as well as to capture the last known member of the Black Dragon Clan, Jarek, who apparently dies in his attempt to kill Sonya.

->Years later, Sonya would once again heed Raiden's call, this time to travel back to Outworld -- for Sonya, this coincided with her search for two missing OIA operatives, Cyrax and Kenshi. She is killed in a fight with the Deadly Alliance and its minions, only to be resurrected and enslaved by Onaga, along her fallen comrades. She would eventually be freed from Onaga's control by Ermac and Liu Kang, in time to participate in the events of ''Armageddon''.

->''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' sees Sonya being pretty much the same tough lady she's always been, although her pursuit of Kano is ''massively'' derailed by the events of the game, making her take a much more active role in the defense of Earthrealm.
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* ActionGirl
* ArchEnemy: To Kano, since he killed one of Sonya's partners before the series started.
* {{Badass}}
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: Sonya can morph into an hawk to finish her opponents as her Animality in ''[=MK3=]''.
* BikerBabe: In her Arcade Ladder ending from ''9''.
* {{Brainwashed}}: To serve Onaga in ''Deception''.
** In Malibu Comics' non-canon ''Mortal Kombat'' series, Sonya was kidnapped and hypnotized by Reptile into marrying Shao Kahn.
* TheChick of the FiveManBand
* CombatStilettos
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', she's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 2.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', she's the focus of Chapter 2.
* DisappearedDad: According to ''9'', she's been searching for her MIA father, although she fears that he might already be dead. [[spoiler:In her Arcade Ladder ending, she encounters a ghost claiming to be that of her father, but it's unknown if the apparition is real or if it's an aftereffect of her PTSD in the aftermath of the battle with Shao Kahn.]]
* DualWielding: In ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon'', she could use a pair of kali sticks in battle.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: At least Johnny would like to think so.
* FanservicePack: She actually had a head start on the other gals in ''3'', but still managed to remain relatively modest. This trope is more prevalent in ''9'', though.
* FirstNameBasis: Hardly anyone refers to her using her last name.
* GreenThumb: In her friendship in ''Ultimate [=MK3=]'', Sonya would salute and flowers would grow all over the floor.
* [[spoiler:[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half The Woman She Used To Be]]]]: Her fate in the Battle of Armageddon.
* KissOfDeath: Her main fatality; it comes in [[PlayingWithFire fiery]], [[LudicrousGibs crushing]], [[UniversalPoison poisonous]], and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe slicing]] varieties. In a variant on the trope, she blows her kisses at her foes.
** From MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance to [[MortalKombat9 MK9]], she was given a short-ranged stun move where she blows pink dust [[AHandfulForAnEye into the opponent's face the same way.]]
* MurderousThighs: One of her fatalities was a leg scissor hold that literally cut the opponent in half.
* NeckSnap: A move from ''4''. She also uses a variant with her legs to [[NeckSnap break Kano's neck]] in one of the movie versions.
* NoFlowInCGI: Her ponytail in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.
* {{Red Oni|BlueOni}}: To Jax.
* SheFu: Her signature move starts with her doing a backflip, grabbing the opponent between her legs, and throwing them.
** In both ''4'' and ''9'' she has a fatality where she does a handstand and ''tears the opponent in half with her legs''.
* ShesGotLegs
* ShipTease: Hinted in various media, starting with the first movie, between her and Johnny Cage. ''[=MK9=]'' has Johnny trying to conquer her.
** In ''Defenders of the Realm'', the teasing is instead directed at Jax, although it's ([[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther usually]]) of the BelligerentSexualTension variety.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She was the only female character in the original game. [[spoiler:She is also the only remaining female at the end of the story mode in ''[=MK9=]''.]]
* SpamAttack: Her Bicycle Kick move.
* StatuesqueStunner: Her [[WordOfGod official bio]] has her at 5'10".
* TheRival: With Frost, althought neither of them has ever given a reason.
* ThickerThanWater: Sonya is named after one of Ed Boon's sisters, as [[WordOfGod he]] confirms in a video interview in the special edition of ''Deception''.
* {{Tomboy}}
* TomboyishPonytail: More often than not since ''3''.
* {{Tsundere}}: In her interactions with Johnny, as part of the ShipTease. Better seen in the movie, where she mostly acts annoyed at him, but EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* UnlimitedWardrobe:
** AbsoluteCleavage: Her default attire in ''9'' manages to pull this off with ''a bulletproof vest''.
** BareYourMidriff: The only consistent form of {{Stripperiffic}} her costume has.
** {{Fanservice}}: Her shirt and pants tearing in exactly the right places.
** HotterAndSexier: She has a much more revealing outfit in ''[=MK9=]'' than in previous games. It's still modest compared to the other females, though.
** NiceHat: Usually present in her military-themed outfits.
** PaintedOnPants: Her earlier appearances.
** {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted; her costumes are way more modest than the other females.
* WomanInBlack: Her default attire in ''9'', although she's a large subversion.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: During her rooftop battle with Kano in ''3'', Sonya feigned defeat in order to lure him to the edge of the building and throw him off of it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Liu Kang]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:236:''"Show me what you can do."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Ho Sung Pak)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (Ho Sung Pak), ''Mortal Kombat 3'' (Eddie Wong), ''Mortal Kombat 4'' (Joshua Y. Tsui), ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'', ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' (Tom Choi), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Tom Choi)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie''/''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (Robin Shou), ''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm'' (Brian Tochi)

->Known as [[RedBaron "The Immortal Champion of Mortal Kombat,"]] Liu Kang is one of the best warriors of Earthrealm, and has beaten many powerful foes to prove his valor. Throughout the years, Liu Kang has been portrayed as the main hero of the series, becoming champion after the events of the first game.

->Coming home from Tsung's Island after defeating both Goro and the sorcerer, he found many of his fellow Shaolin monks killed in a vicious attack by a Tarkatan horde. Enraged, Liu Kang decided to travel to Outworld alongside Raiden and the other Earthrealm warriors. At the Outworld tournament he met Kitana, and began to fall in love with her. Liu eventually fought Shao Kahn, overpowering the emperor. Shortly after, during the events of ''Mortal Kombat 3'', he found himself the primary target of Kahn's extermination squads. Kung Lao, who went against Shao Kahn, was nearly killed by an powerful spell. An enraged Liu Kang challenged the Emperor, and after the final battle, he defeated Shao Kahn again, forcing him and his forces to retreat back to Outworld.

->Years later, upon learning that Kitana's home realm of Edenia had been captured by the fallen Elder God Shinnok, he set out on his own to save her, but he was unsuccessful. Liu Kang returned to Earth, where he began gathering Earth's warriors to save the realm and assist his mentor, Raiden. Eventually, Liu Kang confronted Shinnok and emerged victorious, effectively ending his occupation of Edenia. Liu Kang returned to the Shaolin Temples, believing he has lost Kitana forever. However, the Edenian Princess appeared through a portal from Edenia and thanked Liu Kang for all he had done. She offered him a chance to join her at the throne of Edenia. However, due to the responsibilities as a Mortal Kombat Champion, Liu Kang was forced to decline her offer.

->Liu Kang went on to enjoy relative peace for many years afterward. However, the Deadly Alliance would make itself known on Earth by its successful assassination of Liu Kang. His mutilated body was discovered by Kung Lao, and he was laid to rest at the Wu Shi Academy, where a shrine was built to honor the former Champion.

->His rest was short however, as a corrupted Raiden restored the monk as a living corpse, which went on a rampage and proceded to slaughter many of Liu Kang's fellow Shaolin monks. Liu Kang's spirit wasn't technically responsible, but he couldn't help but feel responsibile for the actions perpetrated by his corpse. Eventually, he defeated his body, stopping it from doing further harm.

-> In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Liu Kang once again is Raiden's chosen champion to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament.
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!! Tropes related to Human!Liu Kang
* [[spoiler:AGodAmI: In his ending in ''9'', he demands to take Raiden's place as the new Thunder God and defender of Earthrealm.]]
* AmazonChaser: Liu certainly seems to think so of Kitana, given his impressed reaction to her fighting skills in ''9''.
* AnvilOnHead: In one of his fatalities in ''[=MK3=]'' and [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse the DC crossover]], ''a Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet'' drops and crushes his opponent.
* ArchEnemy: Shang Tsung.
** [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] as well. Even moreso in the new timeline as [[spoiler: Kahn murdered Kang's best friend Kung Lao, and later brainwashed Sindel into killing her daughter and Kang's LoveInterest Kitana.]]
** [[spoiler:And if he returns for the next game, we can expect ''Raiden'' to be an arch-enemy]].
* BadassLonghair
** LongHairedPrettyBoy
* BareFistedMonk: For the most part.
* BruceLeeClone: He even had his own in-games vocals when the other men all had the same.
* CelibateHero: He passed up on Kitana's offer of ruling Edenia with her after ''Mortal Kombat 4'', because of his status as the Champion of Earthrealm.
* [[spoiler:DespairEventHorizon[=/=]TraumaCongaLine: All of his friends save for Cage and Sonya die, he finds his faith in Raiden completely shattered, and dies a horrible death when he attacks the latter out of rage.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of ''MK'' side's first chapter.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 5.
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: One of his fatalities in ''MKII'', in which he turns into a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Chinese Dragon]] and consumes the upper body of his opponent. This fatality was turned into an Animality in ''[=MK3=]'' and back into a normal fatality in ''[=MK4=]''.
* [[spoiler:DrunkWithPower]]: In Shang Tsung's Arcade Ending in ''9'', he becomes this after [[spoiler:successfully taking Raiden's place as a god and Protector of Earthrealm, and turning into a power-mad tyrant]].
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: In his Friendship in ''MKII'', a disco ball comes down from the top of the screen as he starts to dance.
* FallenHero: Liu must have taken notes from [[{{VideoGame/Tekken}} Jin Kazama]], as he is this in Legacy.
* FaithHeelTurn: He does this in ''9'', [[spoiler:when he starts to believe that Raiden's visions are turning him insane]]. This culminates with him completely turning against the Elder God, when he tells Liu Kang that the BigBad must be [[SheatheYourSword allowed to win]].
** In Arcade Mode, he does this again in a much more substantial fashion, [[spoiler:upending Raiden as the protector of Earthrealm, and becoming a DrunkWithPower tyrant]].
* FamousAncestor: Like his friend Kung Lao, Liu Kang is also descended from The Great Kung Lao.
** Which technically makes them distant cousins.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises
* KilledOffForReal: At the beginning of ''Deadly Alliance'' in the original timeline, and [[spoiler:at the end]] of ''Mortal Kombat 9'', as well.
* TheHero of the FiveManBand
** OurHeroIsDead: The very instant Shang Tsung and Quan Chi got the jump on Liu Kang was when fans realized ''Deadly Alliance'' was going to be a WhamEpisode of major proportions. [[spoiler:And it went FromBadToWorse from there.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kung Lao.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: If you plan to play ''Deception'' or ''Armageddon'', (or even ''9'', considering [[AfterTheEnd what the intro shows]]) bear in mind that he got killed at the beginning of ''Deadly Alliance'' and CameBackWrong as a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]].
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: His ''[=MK3=]'''s Friendship has Liu Kang using his fingers to make a shadow puppet of the ''MK'' dragon.
* JackOfAllStats
** LightningBruiser: In ''9'', he's the second-fastest character in the game behind Kabal.
* {{Kiai}}
* MartialArtsHeadband: Liu Kang wore a red one starting from ''MKII'' onward.
* MartialPacifist: Before ''MKII''.
* TheMessiah
* MrFanservice
* PlayingWithFire: His [[RuleOfCool dragon-shaped]] fiery projectiles attacks.
* RetCanon: The affection between him and Kitana was inserted into the games after the success of the first film:
** In his ending in ''4'', [[spoiler:Kitana offers him the chance [[HotConsort to rule by her side]] in Edenia and presumably other rewards. He politely declines, choosing to respect his duties as Earthrealm's champion. Then Liu Kang gets killed at the beginning of ''Deadly Alliance'']].
** In ''[=MK9=]'', [[spoiler:he spares Kitana's life after he defeats her in their first battle. This plays a part of Kitana's HighHeelFaceTurn, and there's an affection growing on both of them to the other. Unfortunately, after the group's battle with Sindel, Kitana is mortally wounded and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight passes away in Liu Kang's arms]].]]
* ScreamingWarrior
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Constantly has to bicker with Kung Lao about this regarding Kitana in ''Shaolin Monks''. Gets a brief [[MythologyGag nod]] in ''9''.
* SpamAttack: His Flying Bicycle Kick.
* SpiritAdvisor: Serves as this to Ermac in ''Deception''. After Ermac helps free his friends, he tags along with Kitana for a bit ([[ThePowerOfLove as their strong connection keeps him tethered to life]]) before Nightwolf volunteers to be his spiritual anchor in ''Armageddon''. In an example of role reversal, he also serves as this to his former master Bo' Rai Cho in his ''Deception'' ending, complete with a RousingSpeech.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* ThouShaltNotKill: Sort of. Despite still being labeled a Fatality, his butterfly kick/uppercut finishing move in ''[=MK1=]'' didn't show the screen darkening like the other characters' finishing moves did, inferring that it was nonlethal in comparison as an example of his Shaolin beliefs. This was changed in ''MKII''[='s=] variation of this particular Fatality, and he's been just as graphic as other competitors since.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He has been shirtless for almost all of the series, the only exceptions being ''[=MK4=]'' and parts of ''[=MK9=]''.
* WarriorMonk

!! Tropes related to Zombie!Liu Kang
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: He displays an unhealty skin color combination of green and gray.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:His soul is in Outworld, but his body just kept on fighting without him.]]
** CameBackWrong: His corpse, revived by Raiden. [[spoiler:Subverted with his soul, which retains his true essence.]]
* BestServedCold: Shows up in the ''Armageddon'' intro to confront Shang Tsung, his neck still snapped from when Shang killed him. After snapping his neck back, '''it's on'''. [[spoiler:If ''9'' is any indication, Zombie Liu Kang managed to kill Shang Tsung and prevent him from reaching the top of Argus' Pyramid.]]
* ChainedByFashion: By learning the secrets of an ancient cult known as the Houan sect, Raiden was able to use {{necromancy}} and his lightning powers to reanimate Liu Kang's body with the help of bloody ceremonial chains. Unfortunately, these chains are not used as weapons in gameplay (they're only seen being wielded by Liu Kang in the intro to ''Armageddon'').
* DemonicPossession: Used as a fatality in ''Deception''. He transforms his body into a spiritual state and enters the victim's body, possessing it. A second later, the victim rips their own head off to reveal his head replacing it before bowing down.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies
* MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Despite actually having the appearance of a typical zombie, he is still as fast in combat as he was when he was alive.
* TheUndead
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Raiden]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:322:''"Thunder takes you!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Carlos Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (Carlos Pesina), ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'' (Carlos Pesina), ''Mortal Kombat 4'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'' (Carlos Pesina), ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'', ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'' (Michael Garvey), ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'', (RichardEpcar), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Richard Epcar)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Christopher Lambert), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (James Remar), ''Mortal Kombat: Conquest'' (Jeffrey Meek), ''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm'' (Creator/ClancyBrown), ''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Ryan Robbins)

->Raiden is the eternal God of Thunder and former protector of Earthrealm. Being a god, he possesses many supernatural abilities and a radically different outlook on life than a mere mortal.

->When Earthrealm was young, Raiden was its protector. With the aid of the Elder Gods, Raiden managed to defeat Shinnok, a rogue Elder God who wished to rule it, and managed to banish him in the Netherealm. Some time later, Shang Tsung invited Raiden to participate in Mortal Kombat. Aware of the threat posed by this tournament to the future of Earthrealm, Raiden took human form to compete. One year later, the Thunder God found that he had no choice but to accept Shang Tsung's offer of Mortal Kombat in Outworld. When Shao Kahn reached the Earthrealm by merging it with the Outworld, Raiden was able to protect the souls of his Choosen Warriors, but couldn't join the fight himself. Following Liu Kang's defeat of Shao Kahn, Raiden and his warriors again entered battle when Shinnok escaped the Netherealm to once more wage war against the Gods; when the Forces of Light emerged successful, he was granted the status of Elder God and turned over his position as Earthrealm's protector to Fujin.

->As an Elder God, Raiden could not interfere when Shang Tsung and Quan Chi killed Liu Kang many years later. Disgusted at his peers for their refusal to intervene, he renounced his position as an Elder, gathering his warriors to stop the Deadly Alliance. This time, disaster struck the heroes. Raiden confronted the two sorcerers in front of the Soulnado chamber, but was defeated by the Alliance as Onaga, the Dragon King, entered the scene. In a desperate measure, Raiden released his godly essence, the effect of which was a single, massive explosion that apparently killed him but did not harm Onaga. While Raiden's essence soon gathered again in the Earthrealm, since his essence was corrupted because of Onaga, he had now became furious with the way Earthrealm's inhabitants had treated their own realm. He started by punishing Shujinko for his unwilling role in the Dragon King's return.

->His doings on ''Deception'' caught the attention of the Forces of Evil; Raiden joined their ranks during the Armageddon in an attempt to secretly uncover and prevent any plans that could harm the Earthrealm.

->Raiden is the linchpin of the entire plot of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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!!Tropes related to God!Raiden
* AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats
* AllOfThem: Raiden is a master of all 750 variants of Jujitsu.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: His unlockable second costume in ''9'' is [[spoiler:Dark!]]Raiden.
* {{Badass}}: Made clear in the more recent games. ''Deception'' had take on Quan Chi and Shang Tsung as the same time and did better against them the rest of the heroes did collectively, though he still lost. [[spoiler: ''Mortal Kombat 9'' has Quan Chi sick undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel and beats them, and later, he kills Liu Kang, which occurred when he was trying to avoid killing him.]]
** BadassCape: Gets a pimpin' one in ''Deadly Alliance'' and the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse DC crossover]].
* BattleAura: In the first game, ''4'', and ''Deadly Alliance'', his body constantly generates lightning bolts.
* BigGood
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 7.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 16.
* TheCameo: He appears as an [[SecretCharacter unlockable character]] in ''[[VideoGame/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict]]'' (with Shao Kahn serving as the announcer), ''NFL Blitz'', and ''VideoGame/NBAJam: Tournament Edition'' (alongside Shinnok), as well as making a bonus round cameo in a pinball machine, ''Bally's 1994 World Cup Championship''.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EleventhHourSuperpower: In the middle of a BookEnds moment in ''9'', [[spoiler:he's re-empowered by the Elder Gods, and he manages to put the BigBad in his place]]. Sadly, this [[GameplayandStorySegregation doesn't do anything gameplay-wise]], aside from [[PowerEchoes making his]] [[VoiceOfTheLegion voice distorted]].
* EnemyMine: In the intro for ''Deception'', he briefly joins Shang Tsung and Quan Chi when attempting to stop the Dragon King.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: The motif behind his alt. in ''Deadly Alliance'' (which would be passed on to his darker persona in ''Deception''). Among other things, his pants are replaced by hakama and a katana is fashioned to his waist. The costume also [[CompressedHair reveals]] Raiden to have {{long|HairedPrettyBoy}}, {{white|HairedPrettyBoy}} [[BadassLonghair hair]] (it's somewhat noticeable in his default costume, but you have to squint).
* [[spoiler:FallenHero: Liu Kang sees him as this in ''9''.]]
* GodInHumanForm
* GodOfGood
* GuiltComplex: [[spoiler:Gets one in ''9''. He constantly misinterprits the message his future-self sent and doesn't realize what it really meant until the final chapter. By then, his attempts to change the original timeline resulted in [[FromBadToWorse terrible repercussions for many characters]]. [[ItsAllMyFault He realises this is all his fault.]]]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: He pulls his staff out of nowhere.
* HeroicBSOD[=/=]DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Seems to have crossed this threshold in ''9'' with the deaths of most his allies (including Liu Kang, whom he accidentally killed himself), the futility of his actions to prevent Armageddon (including [[WhatTheHellHero getting called out by Liu Kang]]), and the Elder Gods turning their backs on him due to technicalities. He was about to [[DealWithTheDevil strike up an alliance with Quan Chi]], for Fujin's sake!]]
* HotGod
* HurtingHero: It's hard not to feel sorry for Raiden during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. [[spoiler:His actions slowly keep making things worse for Earthrealm, the heroes die one by one under his watch, and the Elder Gods seem to be pulling a major TheGodsMustBeLazy trip. By the end of the game, his actions narrowly prevented Armageddon from happening, but at the cost of [[KillEmAll practically all of Earthrealm's champions]]. Even Liu Kang, Raiden's favored champion, is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone dead (although unintentionally) by his own hand]] at the end, after having [[RageAgainstTheHeavens first turned on him for the tragedies he so far caused]]. He carries the guilt of his actions throughout the entire game and you can tell it takes its toll. By the game's ending, he's emotionally exhausted. And TheStinger at the end just makes it even worse.]] Seriously, the guy probably needs a hug badly when all's said and done.
* IdiotBall: A glaring one in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' has Raiden standing back and doing nothing [[spoiler:as Lin Kuei cyber-ninjas attack Sub-Zero and take him away, even going as far as to stop Smoke from helping out. This is despite the fact that, in a nearly identical situation involving Smoke, Raiden didn't hesitate to blast all of the cyber-ninjas with lightning, taking them out and saving Smoke.]] He stated that if he got involved that it would make the situation worse, but even then that was a weak excuse... especially considering his attempts to ''not'' intervene in the game's events were only making things worse.
* InSeriesNickname: In ''9'', Nightwolf (one of the few spiritually aware Earthrealm dwellers; he's apparently communed with Raiden a few times in the past) occasionally refers to him as [[AllMythsAreTrue Haokah, the spirit of thunder and lightning in Lakota mythology.]]
* LargeHam: Especially in the first movie.
* LargeAndInCharge: Second-heaviest of the kombatants at 350 pounds. Goro has him beat by 200 pounds. He is also 7 feet tall [[WordOfGod according to canon]] (although, like most heights in this series, [[YourSizeMayVary it's not accurately conveyed in most cases]]).
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Same warning as with Liu Kang. If you plan to play ''Armageddon'', remember that Raiden became DarkerAndEdgier.
* MegatonPunch: One of his fatalities is an explosive uppercut that literally blows his enemies into pieces.
* {{Mentor|s}}: To Liu Kang. Perhaps most evident in the movie, the DC crossover, and ''9''.
* MrFanservice
* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Myself, What Have I Done?]]: [[spoiler:After he accidentally fries Liu Kang in self defense in ''9''.]]
* NiceHat: An iconic feature of the character.
* TheObiWan
* [[spoiler:OutGambitted: The ending of ''9'' shows that Shinnok had been manipulating the events of the story the whole time, and it is strongly implied that he, too, messed with the timeline just as Raiden did (for example, Quan Chi, his servant, was not present in the original events, but features heavily here). So really, Raiden didn't actually make things worse at all, since Future Raiden could not account for the Elder Gods and in retrospect Raiden made barely any significant changes, and his role in the new timeline is actually roughly the same it was in the first.]]
* {{Retcon}}: Raiden's story in the first title was much more self-serving, as he had been invited by Shang Tsung to compete and does so in order to prove mortals are puny when matched with a god. His ending from that game has him overthrow the tournament and turn it into a showcase of the gods (that eventually destroy the world). Later games throw this characterization out the window and instead portray him as a concerned protector who feels he must participate in order to avert disaster (as this happens [[RetCanon after the first movie also changed the entire story of the first game]]).
* PhysicalGod
* PintSizedPowerhouse: His friendship from ''MKII'' has him summoning a miniature version of himself called "Kidd Thunder!"
* SenselessSacrifice: He sacrifices himself and releases his godly essence into a massive explosion in order to kill Onaga, but despite this, the Dragon King is unharmed.
** His final actions at the end of ''Armageddon'', which set up the events of ''9'', could also be seen as this, since [[spoiler:his past self really does make things MUCH worse before they get any better]].
* ShockAndAwe
** LudicrousGibs: A side effect of many of his electric fatalities.
** PsychoElectricEel: His Animality from ''Trilogy''.
** RideTheLightning
** StrippedToTheBone: In one of his [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse DC crossover]] fatalities, he uses his electric powers to burn off all the opponent's flesh, leaving behind their smoking skeleton.
** YourHeadASplode: As a Fatality. And yes, it's related to electricity.
* SilenceYouFool: In the first movie. And he's a GOOD guy.
* SpannerInTheWorks: In ''9''. Despite being out-gambitted by [[spoiler:Shinnok and Quan Chi]], Raiden is poised to be this to them because he managed to survive everything. [[spoiler:Quan Chi]] didn't expect that, though [[spoiler:Shinnok]] [[TemptingFate believes it won't make any difference.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on the game continuity or the platform in which he appears, Raiden is sometimes called Ra'''y'''den, because of copyright issues as a ShootEmUp was also named ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'', or possibly to keep from confusing him with Raiden from the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series. Curiously, sketches from ''Deadly Alliance'' also use the Ra'''y'''den spelling.
* TeleportSpam

!!Tropes related to Dark!Raiden
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: His skin is grey.
* BackFromTheDead
** CameBackWrong: A less extreme example than most, but according to Fujin, he should have been resurrected as a blank slate. Instead, he comes back DarkerAndEdgier.
* BadassCape: Tattered and torn in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
* DarkMessiah: After his attempt to destroy Onaga failed, he reconstituted darker, and became disgusted with the humans' doings. Shujinko's screw-up souring him only made things worse.
** In his non-canon ''Deception'' ending, [[spoiler:he still kills Shujinko, despite the fact that he managed to save the Earthrealm]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]PaintItBlack: Both his main and alternate outfits are more or less unchanged from ''Deadly Alliance'', but the color schemes are now primarily darker colors, mostly black.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Or at least, DarkerAndEdgier Sounds Deep''er''. His narration in ''Deception'' (in his ending, where he [[spoiler:kills Shujinko]]) is a fair bit deeper than that of his narration from ''Deadly Alliance''.
* FaceHeelTurn
* [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture Fling A Light Into The Past]]: Pretty much what he does in ''[=MK9=]''. After the events of ''Armageddon'', he sends a message across time and space to his younger self of [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the first game]]'s timeframe, in order to [[CosmicRetcon prevent]] the repeating of events. He believes that, with proper warning, his past self will not make the same mistakes that brought the fate of the timeline which ends with ''Armageddon''.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: During ''Deception'' and onward, combined with RedEyesTakeWarning.
* GodIsFlawed
* GoodIsNotNice: He's an OmnicidalNeutral if anything.
* HeelRealization: Quite possibly the entire reason he attempts to change history in ''9'', coupled with [[TheBadGuyWins Shao Kahn's victory]]. His revival of Liu Kang is one of the key events shown in the flashback message he sends to his past self.
* IdiotBall: If he would have been more specific with his message, [[spoiler:the amount of casualties suffered on the heroes' side would have most likely been avoided]].
* TakingYouWithMe: In ''Deception'', he tries to pull this off against Onaga, but in vain. It actually works straight when used as a Fatality in that same game.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: All promotional art of Raiden in ''Deception'' as well as his appearances throughout most of that game's Konquest Mode use his depiction from ''Deadly Alliance'', perhaps as to not spoil the transformation he had undergone there.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Saving the Earth first by [[spoiler:resurrecting Liu Kang and making him into a killer zombie]], and then by destroying all the other realms, even those that were harmless to the Earth itself... yeah.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reptile]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:298:''"Your fighting styles are useless."'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Daniel Pesina)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (Daniel Pesina), ''Mortal Kombat 3'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat 4'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat 9''
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Keith Cooke), ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'' (Mark Caso/Sultan Uddin), ''Mortal Kombat: Conquest'' (Jon Valera), ''Mortal Kombat: Rebirth'' (Richard Dorton)

->A green-garbed, human-like reptilian creature. Reptile is said to be physically hideous and repulsive, but he is renowned for his great stealth, impressive fighting skills and unquestioning loyalty. Reptile has an obsession about finding the last remaining member of his race, the Saurians, and freeing his homeworld Zaterra from Outworld's grasp; While well-meaning and sincere, this obsession is so important to him that it causes him temporary fits of insanity.

->After acting as a stealthy bodyguard to Shang Tsung during the first Mortal Kombat, he returned to his master, Shao Kahn, in order to aid him in the Outworld tournament, under the promise that Kahn would release the remaining members of Reptile's race from slavery if he would unquestioningly do his bidding. Such an opportunity arose During the Earthrealm invasion: he and Jade were to recapture an escaped Kitana, killing her if necessary. He did not succeed, as Jade betrayed him to help Kitana. After the war he was bought to Edenia as prisoner, and subsequently exiled to the Netherealm. Reptile grasped the opportunity to join Shinnok's army, hoping for the rogue Elder God to revive his race. Alas, when he found himself on the losing side once more, he decided to resume his service to Shao Kahn.

->Because of his state of separation from the other members of his race, especially his matriarch, Reptile had begun to show signs of devolution, becoming progressively more insane and saurian-like. When Reptile wasn't able to protect his master from the recently formed Deadly Alliance, he went into an even greater madness. Desperately looking for a new master, he eventually came across the vampire Nitara, who shared with him artifacts and knowledges of his lost people, the Zaterran. This was enough to gain Reptile's trust; she send him to fight Cyrax in order to advance her own agenda. Afterward, when Reptile realized that she was going to leave him behind, he tracked her down to an ancient incubating chamber, but she was already gone. All that remained was the almost fully incubated egg of Onaga the Dragon King. The egg hatched, a beam of light struck Reptile as the Saurian's body became the vessel for the reincarnated Onaga.

->After the fall of the Dragon King at the hand of the Forces of Light, Reptile found himself free from the villain's possession. At the time of the ''Armageddon'', he seems to be part of the Red Dragon clan's human-reptilian hybrids experimentations. It's not clear if he's willing, but this might have been another way, in his eyes, to get his Saurian race to be restored.

->Reptile is pretty much the same he's ever been in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'': an assassin for Shang Tsung and foot soldier for Outworld.
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* AlienBlood: It's green.
* AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]): Even though he sides with the likes of Shao Kahn and Shinnok, all he wants is to revive his extinct reptilian race. Later games suggest that over the centuries since his race's destruction, he's been ever so slowly going mad, and [[ExtremeDoormat attaches himself to whatever authority figure he can]]. After Shao Kahn's apparent death, he almost ''immediately'' enters Nitara's servitude.
* BonusBoss: The very first.
* ButtMonkey: With the exceptions of ''MKII'' (as it's his first time), ''Armageddon'', [[spoiler:and ''9'']], pretty much every other ending of his can be boiled down to "His employers screwed him over":
** In ''Ultimate 3'', he [[spoiler:gets a promise from Shao Kahn to revive his race if he kills Kitana. He does it, but Shao Kahn breaks his part of the deal. Reptile kills him, but this denies him the chance to know what his true race is.]]
** In ''4'', he [[spoiler:gets a denial, again, but this time from Shinnok. He succeeded during his fight against Earthrealm's warriors, so he talks to Quan Chi so that he may convince Shinnok to send Reptile back in time to his homeworld before it was destroyed. After a useless plea, Shinnok appears, does a NeckLift on him, and [[YourHeadASplode Reptile's head explodes]].]]
** And, in (surprisingly) the only canonical ending of ''Deadly Alliance'', [[spoiler:he finds Cyrax and Nitara's essence, but not any of them. Later, he's caught by an energy cascade around what was a dragon embryo, his body providing a host for [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Onaga, the Dragon King]].]]
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''[='s=] story mode, despite that [[spoiler:he survived the events of the game]], he seems to exist solely to get his ass repeatedly kicked by the heroes. Although in the non-canon Arcade Mode, [[spoiler:he DOES gets what he wants when he forced Shang Tsung to recreate his race, and then kills him before he gets screwed again.]]
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', his classic skin from ''[=MK1/2/3=]'' and his classic "Tasty Meal" fatality.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying the game from Amazon or Amazon UK gave you these items.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: His Chimp Animality from ''[=UMK3=]''.
* FlashStep: His Running Serpent.
* HollywoodAcid: His vomit is strong enough to melt someone down into a skeleton in under a minute.
** His fatality in ''[=UMK3=]'' has him vomit a gallon of "acid" on his opponent, [[ImMelting melting their flesh clear off their skeleton]].
** His fatality in ''4'' and ''Deadly Alliance'' has him reducing the enemy's head to a mere skull via acid. In the latter, [[ImAHumanitarian he eats it]].
* ImagineSpot: Due to his [[SanitySlippage waning lucidity]], ''Deadly Alliance'''s Konquest Mode notes that Reptile's imagination tends to get out of hand frequently, causing him to daydream about hypothetical battles (such as he thwarting the Deadly Alliance's assassination attempt on Shao Kahn).
* ImAHumanitarian: He can swallow an entire human head in one bite, and some of his fatalities has him ripping and eating [[OffWithHisHead the opponent's head]], chameleon-style.
* {{Invisibility}}: He can turn invisible in nearly every game where he's playable.
* ItWasAGift: The Kirehashi blade that he uses in ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon'' is an [[AncestralWeapon ancient Raptor weapon]] offered to him as a sign of peace by Nitara. While this was mostly done to get Reptile's guard down and gain his trust so that Nitara could lure him over to her side, this also suggests that there is some sort of shared history between the people of Zaterra and Vaeternus (the Vampire race is said to be a record keeper of the history of other races, but it's unknown how deep their connection with other species were).
** BilingualBonus: ''Kirehashi'' translates to "scraps", "cut end", or "cut-off piece", all of which [[OddlyShapedSword adequately describe the sword's shape]].
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during ''9''[='=]s story mode to get beaten up.
* {{Ki Attack|s}}: His [[EnergyBall Force Ball]], a projectile sphere attack that is mainly used to set up the enemy for a juggle.
* LastOfHisKind: Well, he and Khameleon.
* NeckSnap: He has a non-lethal version of this.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: His Friendship in ''2'', in which he invites the player to "Buy a Reptile doll!"
* OverlyLongTongue
* RedHerringShirt: In ''9'', he [[spoiler:'''lives''']].
* RollingAttack: In some games, Reptile could curl himself up into a ball and roll forward, knocking the enemy down.
* SanitySlippage: Starting with ''Deadly Alliance'', its been shown that Reptile is mentally unstable due to his separation from his race, and his mental state has continued to deteriorate. In Konquest he's having full-blown battles with hallucinatory opponents, even once mistaking his then-master, Nitara, as one of the sorcerors. At the end, he "fights" the enemy he thinks has been the source of all his failures to the death. It was [[spoiler:[[MirrorMatch himself]].]]
** ''9'' also brings up his insanity. [[spoiler:In his arcade ending, he finally snaps and becomes an OmnicidalManiac]].
* SecretCharacter: The first secret character in the series. [[PromotedToPlayable Later became a regular character]].
** GuideDangIt: ''[=MK1=]'' required sheer perfection and luck on one specific fight in order to obtain him. Every so often, the game would have him pop out and drop a hint on this. And if you want to know, you are required to [[spoiler:be on The Pit stage ("[[SdrawkcabName Tip eht fo mottob]]"), win with a double FlawlessVictory ("Perfection is the key") and finish the opponent with your character's fatality ("Fatality is the key") and NOT Block ("Blocking will get you nowhere").]]
** LuckBasedMission: Even after all that, [[spoiler:a shadow has to fly past the moon for it to work ("Look to la luna")]], which only occurs '''ONCE IN EVERY 6 CONSECUTIVE GAMES!''' (unless you're cheating on a console version, in whose case you don't get the bonus points).
** TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: The only time you're allowed to [[spoiler:touch the block button is when inputting Sonya's fatality, the only one in the game that requires block.]]
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Inverted. Reptile prefers to take on a more human form, with his resemblance to a human or humanoid lizard varying from game to game. Yet, members of his race can lose their humanoid appearance when separated for long periods of time from their monarchal leader, with hints that Reptile's [[SanitySlippage temporary insanity]] is what caused his more bestial appearance in ''Deadly Alliance''.
* TheSpeechless: In ''9'', he has no spoken dialogue during the story mode, though he "converses" with Shang Tsung using growls at one point. He does have a few text-based lines in the Challenge Tower.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: He had it in the comics, and it was carried over to ''4''. For some reason however, he does not have it in ''Armageddon''.
* UndyingLoyalty: Mostly due to his status as an ExtremeDoormat and his misguided hopes that he'll eventually be rewarded with the revival of his race, but once Reptile enters the service of most his masters, he is violently determined to protect and serve them. Even more pitiable is the fact that what Reptile perceives as failure starts weighing heavily on his conscience. When he's unable to defeat Cyrax at Nitara's command and flees, Reptile (in an odd ''villainous'' variation of HeroicSelfDeprecation) starts beating himself up for being unable to carry out the wishes of another master.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In ''4'', '' Deadly Alliance'', and ''Armageddon''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Goro]]
[[quoteright:317:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/goro_3851.png]]
-->[[caption-width-right:317:''"I will grant you a warrior's death!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat''
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'', ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat4 Mortal Kombat Gold]]'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'', ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Ken Lally)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson)

->Proud member of the half-dragon race, the Shokans, Goro was the undefeated Champion of Mortal Kombat, being able to win nine consecutive tournaments over a span of 500 years. He helped Shang Tsung grow ever closer to achieving Shao Kahn's goal of domination over Earthrealm.

->In his tenth title defense, however, he faced and lost to Liu Kang. In the tournament's aftermath he went missing after a battle where he fought Kano, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, and was believed to be dead. He would later resurface after Shao Kahn's defeat to lead his fellow Shokans in a war against the Centaurians. Kitana intervened and negotiated both races an uneasy truce and peace accord. When Shinnok and his legion were defeated and Edenia was once again free, Goro and the Shokan race decided to ally with the Edenians.

->Years later, during the time of the Deadly Alliance, the united Edenians and Shokans marched on Shao Kahn's weakened army. Goro was exhausted from battle and was struck from behind by Noob Saibot. He was mortally wounded, apparently dying from the injury. So, Princess Kitana held a royal funeral for her former ally. However, Goro was able to survive, being saved from death by Shao Kahn himself, with the promise to return the Shokans to their former glory and the banishment of the Centaurians in exchange for his allegiance. Agreeing to these terms, Goro resumed his place at Shao Kahn's side and helped him to become once again the Emperor of the Outworld during the time of the ''Armageddon''.

->Goro has a similar role in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', although he is much less important in the story and sticks around after his initial defeat to get [[VillainDecay beaten again and again]]
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* {{Badass}}
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: For centuries before the game, too.
* TheDragon: To Shao Kahn. He's literally a dragon-human hybrid, somehow...
** CoDragons: Goro and Shang Tsung served as Co Dragons under Shao Kahn.
* GoombaStomp: His Leaping Stomp, an attack which is shared with the other four-armed characters of the series.
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: The only constant in his motive is his desire to do right by the Shokan race, and he will ally himself with whoever can provide them the best status. To wit: started out as Evil in the first ''Mortal Kombat'', then was more Neutral in ''[=MK4=]'', then turned Good at the end of ''[=MK4=]'' and ''Deadly Alliance'' (to the point of even making peace with Kung Lao over Goro's rivalry with Lao's ancestor; [[YankTheDogsChain he's then killed by Noob Saibot]]) then back to Evil in ''Deception''.
* HulkSpeak: Averted, though when he refers to the humans he says "[[PunyEarthlings puny humans]]."
* ImplacableMan
* LargeAndInCharge: [[WordOfGod Official canon]] has Goro at an imposing 8'2" and 550 pounds.
* LargeHam: Especially in the first movie. Also this in the Malibu comics.
* {{Loincloth}}
** UnderwearOfPower
* MightyGlacier: In the later games.
** LightningBruiser: His original appearance.
* MonsterModesty: Subverted with his alt. in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', which decks Goro out in armor and a shirt that covers most of his chest.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
** AnArmAndALeg: One of his fatalities has him using his four arms to rip off his opponent's limbs.
** SpinAttack: Goro's Spinning Slaps.
* OddFriendship: With Kitana. If ''Deadly Alliance'' is indication, the two are old friends, to the point that she attended his funeral at Kuatan Palace after he was slain by Noob Saibot sometime between ''4'' and ''DA''.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: There are others who embody this as well (such as his fellow Shokan, Moloch, and Onaga), but Goro is probably the most well-known example within ''MK''.
** EvilIsBigger: When allied with Shao Kahn and the like.
* PlayingWithFire: He can throw fireballs either from his hands, up to four in a row in some games, or [[BreathWeapon from his mouth]].
* PointyEars
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: A member of the Shokan race.
* ReallyGetsAround: In his profile on the official comic and instruction manual for the first game, he is stated to be a polygamist, having seven wives. Fans often assume that Sheeva was one of them, but this has not been proven.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: At the time of the first ''Mortal Kombat'', he has already lived something like ''2000 years''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedHerring: The line that Goro could "eat you alive" from [[AllThereInTheManual the Sega Genesis instruction manual]] had many believing the Goro could perform a fatality in the first game. However, he gets fatalities of his own in the [=GameCube=] version of ''Deception'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* SlipknotPonytail
* SNKBoss: In the early games, Goro was far from balanced. All of his moves did way more damage than all of the other characters, and because of that he was notoriously difficult to defeat in the first game.
* StopMotion: In his very first incarnation he was animated this way. This set the precedent for [[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 Kintaro]], [[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Sheeva, and Motaro]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: In the Malibu Comics, Goro refers to himself by name.
--> '''Goro:''' (''as he prepares to [[PreMortemOneLiner "discipline" the staff]]'') ''"You do not deserve to be guards for Shang Tsung. All you deserve is '''death.''' Death at the hands of '''Goro.'''"''
* WarriorPrince: His official title is Prince Goro. You know what he's the prince of? ''[[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Kicking]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething your]] [[CurbStompBattle ass]]''.
** In the Malibu Comics, Goro is known as the 'Prince of Pain.' How appropriate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shang Tsung]]
[[quoteright:279:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shang-tsung_1306.png]]
-->[[caption-width-right:279:''"YourSoulIsMine!"'']]

-> '''Debut game''': ''Mortal Kombat'' (Ho Sung Pak)
-> '''Other appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat II'' (Phillip Ahn, M.D.), ''Mortal Kombat 3'' (John Turk), ''Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero'' (Richard Divizio), ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'' (cameo), ''Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks'', ''Mortal Kombat: Armageddon'', ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe'' (James Kyson-Lee), ''Mortal Kombat 9'' (Andrew Kishino)
-> '''Non-game appearances''': ''Mortal Kombat: The Movie'' (Creator/CaryHiroyukiTagawa), ''Mortal Kombat: Conquest'' (Bruce Locke), ''Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm'' (Neil Ross), ''Mortal Kombat: Rebirth'' (James Lew), ''Mortal Kombat: Legacy'' (Johnson Phan)

->A powerful and deadly sorcerer and a primary villain in the ''Mortal Kombat'' series, Shang Tsung is a demonic shapeshifter who needs to consume souls in order to sustain his health and life. Throughout his unnatural lifespan, he has achieved an intellectual and mental sophistication far greater than that of any other baddie of the series.

->Several centuries before the start of the series, a young and promising Tsung was taken to Outworld and trained by the Emperor in the Black Arts. For a time, Shang Tsung would be the Grand Champion of Mortal Kombat himself, but when he lost his title to the legendary Shaolin warrior, the Great Kung Lao, he had to wait several years for his greatest student, the Shokan prince Goro, to restore once more Outworld's domination of the Mortal Kombat Tournament. This time Tsung, now aged and weakened, secured his domain on the Tournament, by becoming its sole Grandmaster and holding future competitions on his private island, a zone in between Earth and the Outworld.

->During the tenth Mortal Kombat tournament, the final victory that would enable Shao Kahn to conquer Earth, Liu Kang, a Shaolin Monk, defeated Goro, breaking the streak. Liu Kang then challenged Shang Tsung in Kombat to restore the honour of the once-sacred tournament; Liu Kang prevailed, and Shang Tsung fled to Outworld. He confronted an enraged Shao Kahn and convinced him that, if they challenged Earthrealm to Mortal Kombat in Outworld, they would have to accept or forfeit. Kahn agreed to this plan, and restored Tsung's youth. Despite this, in the Tournament the sorcerer lost again to Liu Kang, who also defeated Kahn. Shortly after, with the aid of his cult of Shadow Priests, Shang Tsung managed to revive Shao Kahn's former queen, Sindel, on Earth, giving Kahn and his forces a way to invade the Realm. Tsung was granted more power than ever before, but during the invasion that followed he lost to Liu Kang once more.

->Some time after the merge of the two Realms failed, the fellow sorcerer Quan Chi come to Shang Tsung with an offer: if Tsung helped him revive the lost army of the Dragon King by means of his ability to transplant souls, he would open a "Soulnado" to the Heavens, giving him an endless supply of souls. Tsung accepted, and they formed the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly]] [[TitleDrop Alliance]]. Together, the sorcerers not only managed to assassinate both Liu Kang and Shao Kahn, but eventually the duo defeated Earthrealm's champions and triumphed over Raiden himself in a final battle. Their victory, however, would not be savored. Shang Tsung's lust for power and Quan Chi's suspicion finally came to light. The two fought, with Quan Chi emerging the victor, and immediately after that, Shang Tsung had to confront a revived Dragon King alongside the two enemies; in the battle that ensued, Tsung was killed by Raiden's self-sacrificial blast.

->His soul, still bound to Kahn, reached the not-so-dead Emperor. Kahn provided Tsung with a host body and then allied with him and Goro in taking his kingdom back. Some time later, during the ''Armageddon'', the sorcerer formed an alliance with Onaga, Shao Kahn, and Quan Chi so that the group may prevent the Forces of Light from obtaining the power that Blaze possessed.

-> The events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' happen pretty much the same for Shang Tsung as in the previous games, with an exception.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: We don't really know where Tsung came from initially, but it's repeatedly implied to be Earthrealm.
* AmplifierArtifact: Somewhat. He wears a runestone around his neck that [[SoulJar houses all of the souls he's absorbed over the ages]] and is able to replenish his strength.
* BadassGrandpa
** OldMaster: ''[[OlderThanTheyLook Way]]'' old.
** ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* BadassLongcoat: In the movie.
* BadassLonghair
* BeardOfEvil: White in the first game, black in the other ones.
* BigBad: In the first game.
* CastFromHitPoints: [[WordOfGod According to the official comic]], Shang's signature Flaming Skulls are in fact the lifeforce of deceased souls.
* CursedWithAwesome: When Shang Tsung committed the atrocity of taking a soul, he was cursed by the Elder Gods not only to kill his enemies, but to take their souls as well. Only in this way would he hold off his grim fate: [[RapidAging to age rapidly and die prematurely]]. However, as a side effect of his consuming the souls of others, Tsung was able to access their memories and knowledge, a happenstance which would greatly benefit him in the future.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 6.
* DemonicPossession: In ''MKII'', he enters his opponent's body, which violently shakes until it explodes as Shang appears in the opponent's place. It inspires one of Liu Kang's ''Deception'' fatalities, and in ''[=MK9=]'' it comes full-circle with it being based on Liu Kang's one instead of his ''MKII'' one.
* TheDragon: To Shao Kahn.
** TheStarscream: The degree varies with the adaptation, but he's always just a little too ambitious to be a good number 2.
** TreacherousAdvisor
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Inverted. He disguised himself as Kung Lao in order to get the drop on Liu Kang in ''Deadly Alliance''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* EnergyAbsorption: In later games, he can absorb part of his opponent's soul during a fight to restore his health.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: His Friendship in ''MKII''.
* EvilGenius: Of the ''[=MK3=]'' FiveBadBand.
* EvilMentor: To Goro, the Shokan prince.
* EvilSorcerer: One of the classic modern examples.
* FantasyGunControl: Subverted. In ''9'', he was very interested in modern weaponry, and bought rocket launchers and shotguns from Kano.
-->''"Well done. You might tell your fellow Black Dragon that I'm very interested in your merchandise."''
* FlamingSkulls: He uses them as projectiles in some games.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: In some of his incarnations.
** MonochromaticEyes: [[ProphetEyes White]] in the original, green in ''3''.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: One of his fatalities from ''2'', in which he morphs into Kintaro and punches the upper half of the opponent's body clear across the stage.
* HazyFeelTurn: The most likely interpretation of his Ladder ending in ''9'', in which [[spoiler:Bo' Rai Cho trains him to help defeat a power-mad and newly-deified Liu Kang]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** In ''[=MK3=]'', Tsung can summon a bed of nails onto which he slams his dazed opponent as a finisher.
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He meets his demise this way in the movie.]]
* IWasQuiteTheLooker: Compare [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110912181333/mk/images/thumb/b/bf/Shang_tsung_render_1000px.png/250px-Shang_tsung_render_1000px.png his elder form]] to when [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxz8z0zPlv1r5gqil.jpg his youth is restored.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:"Volunteered" his essence in ''9'''s story to Sindel by way of Shao Kahn to give the former a power boost. Ended up working pretty well since she went on a CurbStompBattle all over the Earthrealm heroes, though Shang Tsung does seem to be toast.]]
* KungFuWizard: While a sorcerer, he does plenty of fighting with his bare hands as well.
* LargeHam: Especially in the first movie.
--> (''to [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Goro]], after he gets [[GroinAttack punched in the goolies]] by [[FakeUltimateHero Johnny Cage]]'') ''"You '''IMBECILE'''! Follow him! FINISH HIM!"''
** There's also his behavior in ''[=MK9=]'''s story mode, especially after [[spoiler:he has his youth restored]].
* MonsterClown: One of his ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' Fatalities, which doubles as a TakeThat to ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]''[='s=] censors.
* NeckSnap: In ''Deadly Alliance'', he delivers one to [[spoiler:Liu Kang]], killing him for good. This comes back in the Battle of Armageddon, where [[spoiler:Undead!Liu Kang]] necksnaps him.
* OnlySaneMan: In the DC crossover, he has apparently the strongest self-control of all characters from both worlds, as he never gives up to the rage [[spoiler:until Dark Khan reveals himself and makes rage take everybody. But even after that, he managed to bring himself back to normal, while Raiden was still under Dark Kahn's infulence.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Summons skulls on fire as projectiles.
* ThePunishment: This is what the Elder Gods call his soul-sucking ability. Admittedly it's required to keep him sustained, though he can do much more with it than that and he's definitely not objecting.
* ScaledUp: He could turn into a cobra to finish his opponents as an Animality in ''[=MK3=]''.
* ShapeShifter
** ShapeShifterGuiltTrip: In the movie.
** ShapeShifterSwanSong: His demise in the first game.
** DittoFighter: A trademark of the character which [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut varies from continuity to continuity]].
* ASinisterClue: Given his weapon style in later games, Shang would appear to be a lefty.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: In his younger form.
* TournamentArc: He ''really likes'' these, to the point that, in ''[=MKvDCU=]'', when he encounters Captain Marvel in the Netherrealm, he has his allies face off against Marvel one at a time, announcing results between rounds as if it were Arcade Mode ("Captain Marvel wins!").
* UnlimitedWardrobe: There's no better example in this franchise. Shang Tsung's "main" appearance has changed considerably from game to game, except in ''Armageddon'', which reutilized his ''Deadly Alliance'' model.
** WalkingShirtlessScene: After his rejuvenation.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Elder Gods?]]: For the atrocity of stealing a soul, Shang Tsung was condemned to... do it over and over again. Just to twist the knife, Shang doesn't give a crap about the souls he takes either, ''and'' it actually makes him more and more powerful. It's like condemning a murderer to a life as a SerialKiller, and the murderer [[ForTheEvulz enjoys killing]].
* YellowPeril: In the original game, though it's balanced by the fact that the protagonist is also Chinese.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: According to WordOfGod, he was biologically nineteen years old in ''MKII''. [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110216184320/mk/images/d/d6/Shang_Tsungend2.gif He doesn't exactly look like it.]]
* YourSoulIsMine: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, and his iconic Fatality.
** Also happens in ''9'' [[spoiler:''to him''. After Motaro's death, Shao Kahn chooses to use Shang Tsung to [[SuperEmpowering empower]] Sindel, fueling the massacre of the heroes]].
[[/folder]]

!Introduced in ''Film/MortalKombat'' the film

[[folder:Art Lean]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst
* CanonForeigner
* MauveShirt
* SacrificialLamb: He exists solely to show the main cast (and the audience) how {{badass}} Goro is.
* YourSoulIsMine: As well as give Shang Tsung a major KickTheDog moment by devouring his soul.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chan Kang]]
* AscendedExtra: [[AllThereInTheManual According to his bio from the first game]], Liu Kang has a brother named Chow and his whereabouts are unknown... and that's all we hear about him. In the movie, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS he's named Chan]], actually appears (in flashback [[spoiler:and spirit]] form) and serves as Liu's motivation for entering the tournament.
* CurbStompBattle: As brave as he was, poor Chan didn't stand a chance against Shang Tsung.
* DoomedByCanon: His death is Liu Kang's motive to put Shang Tsung to rest.
* FinishingStomp: How Shang Tsung finishes him.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Chan or Chen?
* YourSoulIsMine: As with pretty much all of Shang Tsung's victims in the movie, Chan suffers this fate. His form is used in a ShapeShifterGuiltTrip against Liu Kang during the final battle, but Liu Kang sees right through it.
[[/folder]]
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