History Characters / MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero

1st May '18 7:49:32 AM Njein
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* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off an epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. Shinnok 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.
** 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 ArchEnemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself - 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''.]]

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* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off an a massively epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. Shinnok 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 banked 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: 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 ArchEnemy Raiden by twisting him into something as evil as himself - the thunder god is now corrupted after purifying the Jinsei of Shinnok's taint, and [[FaceHeelTurn vows]] [[KnightTemplar to]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist go on]] [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope the a warpath]] after the events of ''X''.]]



* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasion on Earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.

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* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasion invasions on Earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.
24th Mar '18 11:21:51 PM nombretomado
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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. Shinnok 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.\\

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* BatmanGambit -> XanatosGambit: Pulls off an epic one through both ''Armageddon'' and ''[=MK9=]'' that would have made [[ASongOfIceAndFire [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Tywin]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Lannister]] either proud or jealous. Shinnok 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.\\
2nd Jan '18 5:56:10 AM MinisterOfSinister
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--> '''Shinnok''': "A deal? I am not a god of my word, Reptile. All deals are off!"

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--> '''Shinnok''': "A '''Shinnok:''' A deal? I am not a god of my word, Reptile. All deals are off!" off!
* InsultBackfire: In ''X''.
-->'''Takeda:''' Father of All Evil!\\
'''Shinnok:''' You flatter me.



* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasion on earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.

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* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasion on earthrealm Earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.



** As of Mortal Kombat X, [[spoiler: he intends to awaken the One Being by merging the realms. This process includes wiping out existence itself, including his fellow Elder Gods.]]

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** As of Mortal Kombat X, [[spoiler: he intends to awaken the One Being by merging the realms. This process includes wiping out existence itself, including his fellow Elder Gods.]]]] His non-Fatality outro involves him conjuring an image of Earthrealm, grunting "Death to all!" and reducing it to a burnt crisp.
16th Dec '17 5:13:50 AM MaxyGregoryyyy
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* NeverMyFault: Blames Raiden for the suffering he endured in the Netherrealm, when his attempted invasion on earthrealm is what caused Raiden to banish him there.
3rd Dec '17 2:09:07 PM AgentSkyblueM7
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* ThanatosGambit: Subverted. [[spoiler: Scorpion cutting his head off only resulted in Shinnok being freed, but part of it was because he finished the incantation in time. Shinnok is also apparently smart enough not to revive him.]]
30th Nov '17 8:00:52 AM Njein
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Like Quan Chi, he seems genuinely confused as to why some of the revived revenants fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he and Quan Chi [[ReforgedIntoAMinion turned them into their minions]].
28th Nov '17 8:41:39 AM Njein
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** In several intros with the other revived reverent, he seems genuinely confused as to why they fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he turned them into his slaves.
** 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]].]]

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** In several of his intros with the other revived reverent, revenants, he seems genuinely confused as to why they fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he turned them into his slaves.
** Unlike many of his fellow revenants, it's shown that Kung Lao secretly 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 Harry]] or [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 Lotso the Hugging Bear's thoughts regarding Woody, Buzz and their son Harry]].loyalty to each other and their friends]].]]
19th Nov '17 2:16:44 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* ArchEnemy: Serves as Scorpion's primary foe.

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* ArchEnemy: Serves as Scorpion's primary foe.foe, at least when Scorpion isn't his pawn.



* 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.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: EvilCannotComprehendGood:
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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.wraith.
** In several intros with the other revived reverent, he seems genuinely confused as to why they fell out of his service and calls them ungrateful despite being told that he turned them into his slaves.



* ManipulativeBastard: Quan Chi is the one who killed Scorpion's family and clan, ''not'' Sub-Zero. He told Scorpion that it was the younger Sub-Zero, because he wanted Scorpion on his and Shinnok's side during the events of ''[=MK4=]''.

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* ManipulativeBastard: ManipulativeBastard:
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Quan Chi is the one who killed Scorpion's family and clan, ''not'' Sub-Zero. He told Scorpion that it was the younger Sub-Zero, because he wanted Scorpion on his and Shinnok's side during the events of ''[=MK4=]''.



* WasOnceAMan: Inverted. He was an oni who became human.

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* WasOnceAMan: Inverted. He was an oni who became human.humanoid.



* WeHaveReserves: Casually kills one of his own demon minions in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' just for ''standing in the way.''

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* WeHaveReserves: [[BadBoss Casually kills one of his own demon minions minions]] in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' just for ''standing in the way.''



* AmbitionIsEvil: He is described more than once as having an unsatiable lust for power, which is what caused his crimes against his fellow Elder Gods. Shinnok may be far more brutal than Shao Kahn.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: He is described more than once as having an unsatiable insatiable lust for power, which is what caused his crimes against his fellow Elder Gods. Shinnok may very well be far more brutal than Shao Kahn.



** The latter comes back to bite him in ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[spoiler: where he is given an AndIMustScream death at the hands of Raiden]].

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** The latter comes back to bite him in ''Mortal Kombat X'', [[spoiler: where he is given an AndIMustScream death fate at the hands of Raiden]].



* BadBoss: He demands unwavering faith and loyalty from his followers and will not hesitate to kill anyone who dares to question him.

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* BadBoss: He demands unwavering faith and loyalty from his followers and will not hesitate to kill anyone who dares to question him. One of his pre-fight animations in ''X'' has him casually vaporize one of his own minions for no particular reason than to intimidate.



* 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.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He's generally calm even when invading other realms, but [[BerserkButton when pissed off 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.



* TheMovieBuff: Bizarrely, he, of all people, comes across as one in ''MKX'' due to being the only fighter to recognize each GuestFighter.

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* TheMovieBuff: Bizarrely, he, of all people, comes across as one in ''MKX'' due to being the only fighter to recognize each GuestFighter. Whether he is omnipresent enough to know who they are due to being a former Elder God, [[HiddenDepths or that he has some serious explaining to do]], is up in the air.



** Until ''[=MKX=]'', whereupon he's now been stuck ''inside'' his amulet as one.

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** Until ''[=MKX=]'', whereupon he's now been stuck ''inside'' his amulet as one. [[spoiler:Until he's released, of course.]]
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.
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