History Characters / MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero

22nd Sep '17 8:58:26 AM Njein
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** Unlike many of his fellow revenants, it's shown that Kung Lao hates being one and wants to find a way to get out of the Netherrealm for good, but could not. [[spoiler:But Kung Jin did not give up hope, and he comes to help his older cousin's aid and redeems him in both of their arcade endings, enabling Kung Lao's HeroicWillpower to overcome the corruption that bound him to the Netherrealm as a revenant and [[BackFromTheDead escape to rejoin the]] [[HeelFaceTurn side of good]], something which neither Quan Chi nor Shinnok did not expect. And while it may be very hard for a revenant to embrace positive emotions as Quan Chi brainwashed them to the point of extreme hatred in ''MKX'', it also shows that HeroicWillpower and familial bonds are much stronger than the Netherrealm's taint, things that neither [[{{Necromancer}} Shinnok nor Quan Chi]] wouldn't be able to comprehend, a la [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort's assumption about Snape and Lily Potter towards their son Harry]].]]
15th Sep '17 10:33:55 AM IchigoMontoya
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* ArchEnemy: Serves as Scorpion's.
* BadassBaritone: Don't even deny it.
* BaldOfEvil: Not one strand of hair on his head and doesn't do one single good deed throughout the whole franchise.

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* ArchEnemy: Serves as Scorpion's.
Scorpion's primary foe.
* BadassBaritone: Don't even deny it.
This powerful sorcerer's voice is almost as deep as Shao Kahn's.
* BaldOfEvil: Not one strand of hair on his head and he doesn't do one single good deed throughout the whole franchise.



* BigBad: of ''Deadly Alliance'', he is the founder of the titular alliance and clearly the dominant one between him and Shang Tsung.

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* BigBad: of Of ''Deadly Alliance'', he is Alliance''; he's the founder of the titular alliance and clearly the dominant one between him and Shang Tsung.



* BigNo: When Scorpion [[TakingYouWithMe drags him into the Netherrealm]] in ''4''.

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* BigNo: BigNo:
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When Scorpion [[TakingYouWithMe drags him into the Netherrealm]] in ''4''.



* ButtMonkey: Scorpion killing him notwithstanding, after spending a lot of time as a KarmaHoudini, ''X'' had karma bite him back hard. Pretty much every appearance he makes in the story involves having the shit kicked out of him, and most of what goes right is all D'Vorah's handiwork. Given what he's done over the years, it's almost funny watching him fail so badly,[[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse but it gets even funnier in his Arcade ending where he is (apparently) revived by the Elder Gods with the order of killing Raiden - all without his free will.]]]]

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* ButtMonkey: Scorpion killing him notwithstanding, after spending a lot of time as a KarmaHoudini, ''X'' had karma bite him back hard. Pretty much every appearance he makes in the story involves having the shit kicked out of him, and most of what goes right is all D'Vorah's handiwork. Given what he's done over the years, it's almost funny watching him fail so badly,[[spoiler:[[FromBadToWorse but badly, [[spoiler:but it gets even funnier in his Arcade ending where he is he's (apparently) revived by the Elder Gods with the order of killing Raiden - all without his free will.]]]]]]



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: There is not a single character he's allied or bargained with that he didn't later betray.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: There is There's not a single character he's allied or bargained with that he didn't later betray.



** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''MKX''. Quan Chi serves Shinnok with no doubt. He even sacrifices himself to free Shinnok.]]

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** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''MKX''. Quan Chi serves Shinnok with no doubt. He even sacrifices himself to free Shinnok.the fallen Elder God.]]



* EpicFail: He's as fragile as the revenants, if not even weaker in ''X''.
* EvilAlbino: Like Shinnok, his skin is completely pale. Plus, he has red eyes. It is unknown if that is his real skin or just body paint, yet it is known of his role a major villain of the series.

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* EpicFail: He's as fragile as the revenants, if not even weaker in ''X''.
* EvilAlbino: Like Shinnok, his skin is completely pale. Plus, pale and he has had red eyes. It is It's unknown if that is that's his real skin or just body paint, yet it is known of his role but either way, he's still a major villain of the series.antagonist.



* EvilSorcerer: One of the biggest users of black magic in the entire series, whose abilities have been so far the most plot relevant. In ''9'', he conjures images of Sub-Zero killing Scorpion's family, so that the enraged spectre would kill the Cryomancer; heals Shao Kahn's wounds; resurrects Sindel in Earthrealm; attempts to create a Soulnado and [[spoiler:conjures undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel to attack Raiden]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Richard Divizio (''4'') and Ron Banks (''vs. DCU'' onward) portray him with a deep baritone voice that only seems to enhance his evilness.

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* EvilSorcerer: One of the biggest users of black dark magic in the entire series, whose abilities have been so far the most plot relevant. In ''9'', he conjures images of Sub-Zero killing Scorpion's family, so that the enraged spectre would kill the Cryomancer; heals Shao Kahn's wounds; resurrects Sindel in Earthrealm; attempts to create a Soulnado and [[spoiler:conjures undead versions of the warriors killed by Sindel to attack Raiden]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: Richard Divizio (''4'') and Ron Banks (''vs. DCU'' onward) portray him with a deep deep, baritone voice that only seems to enhance his evilness.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Best seen when he talks to Raiden towards the end of ''9'', where he is dripping with contempt toward the Thunder God but never loses the polite tone in his voice.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Best seen when he talks to Raiden towards the end of ''9'', where he is he's dripping with contempt toward the Thunder God God, but never loses the polite tone in his voice.



* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[WordOfGod Ed Boon]] went on record as claiming that Quan Chi had both his most AND least favorite fatalities in the series.

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* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[WordOfGod Ed Boon]] went on record as claiming that Quan Chi had both his most AND ''and'' least favorite fatalities in the series.



* HellishHorse: Can be seen riding one in some of his pre-fight dialogue if he is the first one to speak in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. He and the revenants briefly ride some towards the end of story mode.
* InsistentTerminology: Quan Chi's use of the word "ninja" to refer to Sub-Zero (who is a ''[[McNinja Lin Kuei]]''), specifically done as a form of mockery.

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* HellishHorse: Can be seen riding one in some of his pre-fight dialogue if he is he's the first one to speak in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. He and the revenants briefly ride some towards the end of story mode.
* InsistentTerminology: Quan Chi's use of the word "ninja" to refer to Sub-Zero (who is (who's a ''[[McNinja Lin Kuei]]''), specifically done as a form of mockery.



** [[spoiler:KarmaHoudiniWarranty:]] Subverted. His own [[spoiler:gets torn]] in ''X'', thanks to [[spoiler:Hanzo Hasashi, better known to fans as Scorpion, beheading him]], but this comes with the consecquence of [[spoiler:Shinnok reviving and the remaining revenants staying that way]].
* LivingMacGuffin: Given his magic being the method by which [[spoiler:the dead kombatants of ''9'']] were turned into {{Revenant Zombie}}s, he is this in ''X'', as his magic combined with that of [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] is the only known method by which the revenant curse can be reversed. [[spoiler:Raiden manages to revive Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax, as they were present after Sonya beat Quan Chi to unconsciousness. However, years later after Jax captured Quan Chi, Scorpion attacked and killed him before any of the other revenants could be returned to life.]]

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** [[spoiler:KarmaHoudiniWarranty:]] KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Subverted. His own [[spoiler:gets torn]] gets torn in ''X'', thanks to [[spoiler:Hanzo Hasashi, better known to fans as Scorpion, beheading Hanzo/Scorpion [[spoiler:beheading him]], but this comes with the consecquence consequence of [[spoiler:Shinnok reviving and the remaining revenants staying that way]].
* LivingMacGuffin: Given his magic being the method by which [[spoiler:the dead kombatants of ''9'']] were turned into {{Revenant Zombie}}s, he is he's this in ''X'', as his magic combined with that of [[PhysicalGod Raiden]] is the only known method by which the revenant curse can be reversed. [[spoiler:Raiden manages to revive Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax, as they were present after Sonya beat Quan Chi to unconsciousness. However, years later after Jax captured Quan Chi, Scorpion attacked and killed him before any of the other revenants could be returned to life.]]



** He does it ''again'' with Scorpion and the elder Sub-Zero during ''[=MK9=]''. In the process, [[spoiler:Scorpion's now a MUCH more willing pawn for him]], and he has also secured [[spoiler:Noob Saibot]] as his servant. [[spoiler:He might also be manipulating ''Raiden himself'', if Raiden's visit to the Netherrealm and the Stinger at game's end are any indication]].

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** He does it ''again'' with Scorpion and the elder Sub-Zero during ''[=MK9=]''. In the process, [[spoiler:Scorpion's now a MUCH ''much'' more willing pawn for him]], and he has he's also secured [[spoiler:Noob Saibot]] as his servant. [[spoiler:He might also be manipulating ''Raiden himself'', if Raiden's visit to the Netherrealm and the Stinger at the game's end are any indication]].



** Taken to ridiculous levels in X [[spoiler: where he manages to install D'vorah within Kotal Kahn's elite circle and somehow manipulated Kano to assist Mileena in getting Shinnok's amulet, then proceeded to set up a series of events where he would be captured by Special Forces while D'vorah would teleport to the exact location and hand him said amulet, so that Shinnok would be freed in Earthrealm and can corrupt the Jinsei. The only wrench in all of this was Scorpion showing up and cutting his head off, and even then it only barely failed as he managed to utter the incantation anyways and free Shinnok.]]
* {{Necromancer}}: As seen in [[CutscenePowerToTheMax the opening]] to ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler:as well as in the story modes of ''9'' and ''X'']], although [[GameplayAndStorySegregation he can't do this in gameplay]]. He CAN exert limited control over the living as well (see PeoplePuppets below).

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** Taken to ridiculous levels in X X, [[spoiler: where he manages to install D'vorah within Kotal Kahn's elite circle and somehow manipulated Kano to assist Mileena in getting Shinnok's amulet, then proceeded to set up a series of events where he would be captured by Special Forces while D'vorah would teleport to the exact location and hand him said amulet, so that Shinnok would be freed in Earthrealm and can corrupt the Jinsei. The only wrench in all of this was Scorpion showing up and cutting his head off, and even then then, it only barely failed as he managed to utter the incantation anyways and free Shinnok.]]
* {{Necromancer}}: As seen in [[CutscenePowerToTheMax the opening]] to ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler:as well as in the story modes of ''9'' and ''X'']], although [[GameplayAndStorySegregation he can't do this in gameplay]]. He CAN ''can'' exert limited control over the living as well (see PeoplePuppets below).



* NoKillLikeOverkill: One of his Fatalities in ''[=MK4=]'' entails ripping off his opponent's leg, then battering them with it, even after he is declared winner. The Fatality was lovingly recreated in ''[=MK9=]'', this time with Quan Chi splattering the victim's brain during his relentless beating.



* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:How he's killed by Hanzo]] in ''MKX''.

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* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:How he's killed by Hanzo]] Hanzo in ''MKX''.]]



* RedEyesTakeWarning: Not immediately noticeable, but it is always there. It contributes to his demonic-looking appearance.

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: Not immediately noticeable, but it is the red eyes are always there. It contributes to his demonic-looking appearance.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: His above mentioned Fatality where he beats the victim with their own leg. Even when the announcer deems the opponent dead, Quan Chi ignores it and keeps "beating the dead corpse", past the screen fading to black.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: His above mentioned Fatality where he beats the victim with their own severed leg. Even when the announcer deems the opponent dead, Quan Chi ignores it and keeps "beating the dead corpse", bludgeoning his foe's corpse, past the screen fading to black.



** WorfHadTheFlu: In the present day in ''X'', he is noticeably weaker than he was earlier, especially during the Netherrealm War, and some characters, notably Sareena, notice this. This is because, with Shinnok being a SealedEvilInACan, he doesn't have the fallen Elder God to back him up with his magical potential, and he's using all of his resources trying to break him free.

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** WorfHadTheFlu: In the present day in ''X'', he is he's noticeably weaker than he was earlier, especially during the Netherrealm War, and some characters, notably Sareena, notice this. This is because, with Shinnok being a SealedEvilInACan, he doesn't have the fallen Elder God to back him up with his magical potential, and he's using all of his resources trying to break him free.
7th Aug '17 1:17:19 PM Njein
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Reduced to a mere head by Dark Raiden at the end of ''Mortal Kombat X''.]]



** TheBadGuyWins: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of ''Mortal Kombat X''. However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the lam. [[spoiler:True to form, Shinnok is freed again and [[PyrrhicVillainy proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled]] after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his arch-enemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself (Raiden is corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the warpath]] after the events of ''X'').]]

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** TheBadGuyWins: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of ''Mortal Kombat X''. However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the lam. [[spoiler:True to form, Shinnok is freed again and [[PyrrhicVillainy proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled]] after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his arch-enemy ArchEnemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself (Raiden - the thunder god is now corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the warpath]] after the events of ''X'').''X''.]]
18th Jul '17 10:53:05 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ActuallyADoombot[=/=]FightingAShadow: According to both his ''Armageddon'' ending and ''9'', the Shinnok present in ''Armageddon'' was nothing more than a clone sent by the real Shinnok, who was GenreSavvy enough to not sully his hands with either the big battle itself or the in-fighting of the villains.

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* ActuallyADoombot[=/=]FightingAShadow: According to both his ''Armageddon'' ending and ''9'', the Shinnok present in ''Armageddon'' was nothing more than a clone sent by the real Shinnok, who was GenreSavvy enough to not sully his hands with either the big battle itself or the in-fighting of the villains.Shinnok.
10th Jul '17 8:40:11 AM Njein
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-> A sorcerer from the Netherrealm, Quan Chi is quite easily the most [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder treacherous]] character in all the games. While originally supposed to serve the Elder God Shinnok, Quan Chi's true allegiance is only to himself, and he will make and break deals with anyone if it furthers his goals. Quan Chi, contrary to most characters in the series, does not actually belong to either a mortal race or the myriad gods: he used to be an oni, a demonic torturer from hell, who eventually took a humanoid form.

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-> A sorcerer from the Netherrealm, Quan Chi is quite easily easily, one of the most [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder treacherous]] character characters in all the games. While originally supposed to serve the Elder God Shinnok, Quan Chi's true allegiance is only to himself, and he will make and break deals with anyone if it furthers his goals. Quan Chi, contrary to most characters in the series, does not actually belong to either a mortal race or the myriad gods: he used to be an oni, a demonic torturer from hell, who eventually took a humanoid form.
6th Jul '17 7:38:17 AM Njein
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* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler: This is what happens in his non-canon ending in ''Mortal Kombat X'', which involves him awakening the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality upon the One Being's revival and devour his fellow Elder Gods.]]

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* CessationOfExistence: [[spoiler: This is what happens in his non-canon ending in ''Mortal Kombat X'', which involves him awakening the One Being, allowing it to destroy all of reality upon the One Being's revival and devour his fellow Elder Gods.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: He's generally calm even when invading other realms, but when pissed off or is in VillainousBreakdown mode, he ''really'' gets nasty.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He's generally calm even when invading other realms, but when pissed off or is in VillainousBreakdown mode, he ''really'' gets nasty. And his office-like chatter towards Raiden and Fujin in ''X'' is just a veneer for the intense hatred he harbors towards his fellow Elder Gods, who exiled him to the Netherrealm for his crimes against them.



* JerkassGod: Just like his fellow Elder Gods, Shinnok is a big douche for a god.



* PhysicalGod: Like the other elder gods or realm gods, he possesses a more ethereal form, but takes a physical one to participate in mortal events. He may have lost this ability upon his fall.

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* PhysicalGod: Like the other elder gods Elder Gods or realm gods, he possesses a more ethereal form, but takes a physical one to participate in mortal events. He may have lost this ability upon his fall.
16th Jun '17 8:29:03 PM Njein
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: In one of his intros with Scorpion in ''MKX'' (if the player chooses the Hanzo Hasashi skin), he seems to be baffled that the spectre is no longer his wraith.
8th Jun '17 7:18:11 AM Njein
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* ArtifactOfDoom: His amulet is among the most powerful of all mystic talismans within all the realms. Many have sought after it so they can increase their powers drastically, and is a focal point for ''Mortal Kombat X'''s plot.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: His amulet is among the most powerful of all mystic talismans within all the realms. Many have sought after it so they can increase their powers drastically, and is serves a focal point for the plot of ''Mortal Kombat X'''s plot.X''.



* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off an epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. [[spoiler: Shinnok set off the Battle of Armageddon by spreading word about the godlike power that could be gained from killing the elemental Blaze, then manipulated demigod brothers Taven and Daegon in their quest in order to guide them both along opposite paths so they would fight one another instead of working together. Through all this, he was even savvy enough to use a clone instead of personally risking his own neck. The resulting "final battle" between the Forces of Light and Darkness raged out of control until the only two kombatants left standing were a weakened and insane Thunder God (Raiden) and a vicious warrior king who the battle had left sans an army (Shao Kahn). Shao Kahn would go on to ultimately kill both Blaze (after Taven failed) and Raiden, to win Armageddon, presumably following up by conquering the realms and then going mad. With only Shinnok, Taven, Daegon, Shao Kahn, and the disembodied spirit of Lui Kang left alive, nothing short of a ResetButton could stop Shinnok from creating an EnemyMine to go after Shao Kahn and then picking up the scraps.\\
Miraculously, Raiden had regained some of his sanity and used his Elder God amulet to send a message to his past self from the first MK tournament before suffering the final blow at Kahn's hand, essentially pressing said button on the entire series and foiling Shinnok's plan. Except, in a move that ups the gambit level from Batman to Xanatos, ''Shinnok somehow counted on this to happen and would capitalize on this by sending his disciple Quan Chi in to position himself into Shao Kahn's inner circle over the course of the first three tournaments in order to work his necromancy on fallen kombatants with impunity''. The ensuing alterations in the timeline result in the Forces of Light being almost irreparably crippled, with the three most powerful women of Edenia as well as most of Earth's champions killed and turned into wraiths and thralls for the Netherrealm, and the most powerful obstacle to Shinnok's ascension, would-be Armageddon victor / Outworld emperor / first link in an entire army's immortality chain Shao Kahn, eliminated from existence. By the end of ''[=MK9=]'', Shinnok and Quan Chi are poised to begin their invasion once he's set free, with Earthrealm and Outworld '''FAR''' more vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the Netherrealm than they were in ''Mortal Kombat 4''/''Gold'' in the original timeline. In either timeline, Shinnok finds himself literally two moves away from becoming the evil king of the universe.]]
** TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of ''Mortal Kombat X''. However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the lam. True to form, Shinnok is freed again and [[PyrrhicVillainy proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled]] after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his arch-enemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself (Raiden is corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the warpath]] after the events of ''X'').]]

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* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off an epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. [[spoiler: Shinnok set sets off the Battle of Armageddon by spreading word about the godlike power that could be gained from killing the elemental Blaze, then manipulated demigod brothers Taven and Daegon in their quest in order to guide them both along opposite paths so they would fight one another instead of working together. Through all this, he was even savvy enough to use a clone instead of personally risking his own neck. The resulting "final battle" between the Forces of Light and Darkness raged out of control until the only two kombatants left standing were a weakened and insane Thunder God (Raiden) and a vicious warrior king who the battle had left sans an army (Shao Kahn). Shao Kahn would go on to ultimately kill both Blaze (after Taven failed) and Raiden, to win Armageddon, presumably following up by conquering the realms and then going mad. With only Shinnok, Taven, Daegon, Shao Kahn, and the disembodied spirit of Lui Kang left alive, nothing short of a ResetButton could stop Shinnok from creating an EnemyMine to go after Shao Kahn and then picking up the scraps.\\
Miraculously, Raiden had regained some of his sanity and used his Elder God amulet to send a message to his past self from the first MK tournament before suffering the final blow at Kahn's hand, essentially pressing said button on the entire series and foiling Shinnok's plan. Except, in a move that ups the gambit level from Batman to Xanatos, ''Shinnok somehow counted on this to happen and would capitalize on this by sending his disciple Quan Chi in to position himself into Shao Kahn's inner circle over the course of the first three tournaments in order to work his necromancy on fallen kombatants with impunity''. The ensuing alterations in the timeline result in the Forces of Light being almost irreparably crippled, with the three most powerful women of Edenia as well as most of Earth's champions killed and turned into wraiths and thralls for the Netherrealm, and the most powerful obstacle to Shinnok's ascension, would-be Armageddon victor / Outworld emperor / first link in an entire army's immortality chain Shao Kahn, eliminated from existence. By the end of ''[=MK9=]'', Shinnok and Quan Chi are poised to begin their invasion once he's set free, with Earthrealm and Outworld '''FAR''' more vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the Netherrealm than they were in ''Mortal Kombat 4''/''Gold'' in the original timeline. In either timeline, Shinnok finds himself literally two moves away from becoming the evil king of the universe.]]
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** TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Zig-zagged and later on, downplayed. Despite weakening the Forces of Light, Shinnok is shown to be trapped in his own amulet by Raiden in the opening moments of ''Mortal Kombat X''. However, this was before the time-skip, and Quan Chi was still on the lam. True [[spoiler:True to form, Shinnok is freed again and [[PyrrhicVillainy proceeds to corrupt the Jinsei (Earthrealm's life force), but is eventually defeated and foiled]] after one hell of a struggle. Also, according to a vision shown to Kitana, the one who would've been destined to lead the charge in knocking off Shao Kahn and take power in the fallout of Armageddon in the original timeline was not Shinnok, but Kitana herself, who then would've reigned as Queen of Edenia. But despite his defeat(s), he DOES manages to break his arch-enemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself (Raiden is corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the warpath]] after the events of ''X'').]]



* TheCameo: [[spoiler:In the SequelHook of ''Mortal Kombat 9'', foreshadowing his role in ''X''.]]

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* TheCameo: [[spoiler:In In the SequelHook of ''Mortal Kombat 9'', foreshadowing his role in ''X''.]]



* TheChessmaster: TheManBehindTheMan to Daegon and is trusted by Taven (who is unaware that he had fallen), and pits the two against each other. He seems to have a greater awareness of what is going on than most other heroes and villans, and he chooses to use an avatar for the final battle rather than show up in person. [[spoiler:It is implied in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' that the entirety of that game is a result of his machinations in ''Armageddon''.]] Quite impressive, though he's as much of an AntiClimaxBoss as a fighter as he ever was (even if, granted, he's not technically a boss).

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* TheChessmaster: TheManBehindTheMan to Daegon and is trusted by Taven (who is unaware that he had fallen), and pits the two against each other. He seems to have a greater awareness of what is going on than most other heroes and villans, and he chooses to use an avatar for the final battle rather than show up in person. [[spoiler:It It is implied revealed in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' that the entirety of that game is a result of his machinations in ''Armageddon''.]] ''Armageddon''. Quite impressive, though he's as much of an AntiClimaxBoss as a fighter as he ever was (even if, granted, he's not technically a boss).



* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: He was manipulating the events of ''Mortal Kombat 9'' from behind the scenes, through his minion Quan Chi. To a lesser extent, he was also this during the events of ''Armageddon''.]]

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* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: He was manipulating the events of ''Mortal Kombat 9'' from behind the scenes, through his minion Quan Chi. To a lesser extent, he was also this during the events of ''Armageddon''.]]



* LeakingCanOfEvil: [[spoiler: Implied in the ending of ''9''. He was able to communicate with Quan Chi and manipulate the events of the game to his favor but, according to him, he is not yet free. By ''X'', he bursts free, twice for good measure.]]

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* LeakingCanOfEvil: [[spoiler: Implied in the ending of ''9''. He was able to communicate with Quan Chi and manipulate the events of the game to his favor but, according to him, he is not yet free. By ''X'', he bursts free, twice for good measure.]]



** It's also possible the [[GreaterScopeVillain One Being]] was manipulating Shinnok from [[ManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]] in ''X'', just as it did with Shao Kahn and Onaga in the past.

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** It's [[spoiler:It's also possible the [[GreaterScopeVillain One Being]] was manipulating Shinnok from [[ManBehindTheMan behind the scenes]] in ''X'', just as it did with Shao Kahn and Onaga in the past.]]
25th May '17 12:06:44 PM Njein
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** His ''[=MKX=]'' arcade ending seems to indicate that Shinnok was [[TheManBehindTheMan being subtly manipulated by the One Being]], the overall GreaterScopeVillain of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series, into merging the realms.

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** His ''[=MKX=]'' arcade ending seems to indicate that Shinnok [[spoiler:even he was [[TheManBehindTheMan being subtly manipulated by the One Being]], the overall GreaterScopeVillain of the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series, into merging the realms.realms]].
6th May '17 7:27:01 AM Njein
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* ArtifactOfDoom: His amulet is among the most powerful of all mystic talismans within all the realms. Many have sought after it so they can increase their powers drastically, and is a focal point for ''Mortal Kombat X'''s plot.
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