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9th Apr '17 11:34:24 PM BackgroundGuy
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The comic stated in October 1994 with the ''Mortal Kombat: Blood and Thunder'' miniseries with a prequel, ''Issue '0'' released in December. Whilst the series first adapted the story of the first game, it would later go far down its own route and forge its own storyline for the first two games.

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The comic stated in October 1994 with the ''Mortal Kombat: Blood and Thunder'' miniseries with a prequel, ''Issue '0'' released in December. Whilst Although the series first adapted the story of the first game, it would later go far down its own route and forge its own storyline for the first two games.
23rd Apr '15 5:55:37 PM MrRuano
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* BittersweetEnding: The ultimate conclusion to the ''Rayden & Kano'' three parter. [[spoiler: Kano blows his chance at redemption by allowing Shao Kahn to destroy the Ebbonrule, a sword powered by redemption, is imbued with incredible power as his reward and betrays Raiden. At the very least he deprives Shao Kahn of the chance to finish Raiden himself by throwing the Thunder God through a portal back to Earthrealm and implies that Raiden's gambit could have in fact worked, but now they'll never know.]] Raiden himself also comes to hate the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, making this an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts to Raiden's changes in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.

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* BittersweetEnding: The ultimate conclusion to the ''Rayden & Kano'' three parter. [[spoiler: Kano blows his chance at redemption by allowing Shao Kahn to destroy the Ebbonrule, a sword powered by redemption, is imbued with incredible power as his reward and betrays Raiden. At the very least he deprives Shao Kahn of the chance to finish Raiden himself by throwing the Thunder God through a portal back to Earthrealm and implies that Raiden's gambit could have in fact worked, but now they'll never know.]] Raiden himself also comes to hate the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, making this an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts to Raiden's changes in ''Deception'' ''Deception'', ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler: and ''Armageddon''.MKX]].



** King Gorbak, king of the Shokan and Goro's father, eventually appears in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatX]] comics to declare war on Kotal Kahn [[spoiler:after the latter ripped off ALL of Goro's arms and didn't kill him]].



* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Goro decides not to fight the chaos god Zaggot and turns his back on him, choosing instead to fulfill his duty as [=MK=] Champion and get back to Shang Tsung's island. Without the chaos of battle to thrive upon, Zaggot shrinks and shrinks til Goro simply eats him. Not that this kills Zaggot, but still.

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Goro decides not to fight the chaos god Zaggot and turns his back on him, choosing instead to fulfill his duty as [=MK=] Champion and get back to Shang Tsung's island. Without the chaos of battle to thrive upon, Zaggot shrinks and shrinks til 'til Goro simply eats him. Not that this kills Zaggot, but still.



* GetItOverWith: A heroic example from Sub-Zero in the last issue of ''Battlewave''. When he sees Scorpion bearing down on him, he pretty much dares Scorpion to kill him dishonourably, since Sub-Zero's already pretty tired out from beating frigging ''Goro''. Unfortunately it doesn't stop Scorpion immolating Sub-Zero...and THAT doesn't stop Sub-Zero from securing victory for Earthrealm by claiming Shao Kahn's dragon medallion.
* HeelRealization: Johnny Cage, on the cusp of solving the last riddle of the Tao Te Zhan, has one of these courtesy of Raiden. Cage had joined the MK tournament to prove he wasn't a fraud and if he did indeed solve the book's last riddle and take for himself the ultimate power of that book, he really would be the fraud the press made him out to be.

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* GetItOverWith: A heroic example from Sub-Zero in the last issue of ''Battlewave''. When he sees Scorpion bearing down on him, he pretty much dares Scorpion to kill him dishonourably, dishonorably, since Sub-Zero's already pretty tired out from beating frigging ''Goro''. Unfortunately it doesn't stop Scorpion immolating Sub-Zero...and THAT doesn't stop Sub-Zero from securing victory for Earthrealm by claiming Shao Kahn's dragon medallion.
* HeelRealization: Johnny Cage, on the cusp of solving the last riddle of the Tao Te Zhan, has one of these courtesy of Raiden. Cage had joined the MK tournament to prove he wasn't a fraud and if he did indeed solve the book's last riddle and take for himself the ultimate power of that book, he really would be the fraud the press made him out to be.



* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Played with in Kung Lao's oneshot. After having some fun harrassing Kung Lao by morphing into some of his allies, Shang Tsung decides to twist the knife further by morphing into Lao's ancestor, the Great Kung Lao. This backfires on him since suddenly, GKL's own soul begins to take charge and beg his descendant to "free him", which Kung Lao does by kicking the morphed Tsung's neck in. This finally frees GKL's soul allowing him to go to heaven at last. So in essence its not so much Kung Lao trying to rouse his ancestor's spirit from inside his ancestor's own body so much as GKL instead being somewhere inside Shang Tsung's own body and acknowleding he's inside Tsung, asking Lao to "free him" the old fashioned way but the effect is much the same.

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* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Played with in Kung Lao's oneshot. After having some fun harrassing harassing Kung Lao by morphing into some of his allies, Shang Tsung decides to twist the knife further by morphing into Lao's ancestor, the Great Kung Lao. This backfires on him since suddenly, GKL's own soul begins to take charge and beg his descendant to "free him", which Kung Lao does by kicking the morphed Tsung's neck in. This finally frees GKL's soul allowing him to go to heaven at last. So in essence its not so much Kung Lao trying to rouse his ancestor's spirit from inside his ancestor's own body so much as GKL instead being somewhere inside Shang Tsung's own body and acknowleding he's inside Tsung, asking Lao to "free him" the old fashioned way but the effect is much the same.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Interestingly, the Sub-Zero in this comic series is the older Sub-Zero brother, Bi-Han, who survives the events of MK1. He eventually dies at the hands of Scorpion in the last issue of ''Battlewave'' but not before securing a vital victory for Earthrealm. The younger Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) is only seen at the very end of Tournament Edition #2, vowing to honour his brother's legacy.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Interestingly, the Sub-Zero in this comic series is the older Sub-Zero brother, Bi-Han, who survives the events of MK1. He eventually dies at the hands of Scorpion in the last issue of ''Battlewave'' but not before securing a vital victory for Earthrealm. The younger Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) is only seen at the very end of Tournament Edition #2, vowing to honour honor his brother's legacy.
23rd Apr '15 12:27:30 PM MightyKombat
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Malibu Comics' adaptation of the infamously violent FightingGame series by Midway, ''Mortal Kombat'' lasted surprisingly longer than their [[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter previous adaptation attempt]] based off of ''StreetFighter'', most likely because the bar of controversy was set so high by Midway. In effect ,the comics ended up being tamer than the games.

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Malibu Comics' adaptation of the infamously violent FightingGame series by Midway, ''Mortal Kombat'' lasted surprisingly longer than their [[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter previous adaptation attempt]] based off of ''StreetFighter'', most likely because the bar of controversy was set so high by Midway. In effect ,the effect, the comics ended up being tamer than the games.



* AdaptationalHeroism: Well, ''Anti''-heroism, but in any case, Baraka. In the games he's Shao Kahn's (and sometimes Mileena's) loyal soldier and killer. In the comics, he's instead part of a rebel group consisting of himself, Kung Lao, Sub-Zero and Kitana. At the end of Battlewave, this leads to the completely paradoxical sight of ''Baraka'' being counted among the ''heroes''' roster. That said, his belligerent, anti-social nutbar nature put him at odds with the others more often than not. He even willingly protects a baby, if only so he has something to fight for. Eventually, Baraka snaps and goes off on his own.
** Played utterly straight with Noob Saibot, who in the comics is not a corrupted resurrected Sub-Zero the older, but a separate being who appears in Baraka's oneshot issue, tells Baraka of the baby Nania's great destiny he has ahead of him and takes Nania away when the immediate danger (Scorpion) has passed.



** Inverted, strangely, with Baraka of all people. He's still a surly, anti-social nutbar and a danger to his allies but he joins a rebellion against Shao Kahn, consisting of Sub-Zero, Kung Lao and Kitana. He even willingly protects a child, if only to have something to fight for. That said he still clashes with the heroes and eventually snaps and goes off on his own.
** Also inverted with Noob Saibot, who appears in Baraka's special issue as a heroic character who entrusts Baraka with protecting a baby who has a great destiny ahead of it.
** Played straight with Jade and Smoke, who are Shao Kahn's assassins as well as a deadly duo. At the time, their stories were largely unknown anyhow.

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** Inverted, strangely, with Baraka of all people. He's still a surly, anti-social nutbar and a danger to his allies but he joins a rebellion against Shao Kahn, consisting of Sub-Zero, Kung Lao and Kitana. He even willingly protects a child, if only to have something to fight for. That said he still clashes with the heroes and eventually snaps and goes off on his own.
** Also inverted with Noob Saibot, who appears in Baraka's special issue as a heroic character who entrusts Baraka with protecting a baby who has a great destiny ahead of it.
** Played straight with Jade and Smoke, who are Shao Kahn's assassins as well as a deadly duo. At the time, their stories were largely only those who read Midway's official ''[=MKII=]'' comics knew that Smoke was Sub-Zero's fellow Lin Kuei warrior, while Jade's story, game-wise, was utterly unknown anyhow.at the time.



* BittersweetEnding: The ultimate conclusion to the ''Rayden & Kano'' three parter. [[spoiler: Kano blows his chance at redemption by allowing Shao Kahn to destroy the Ebbonrule, a sword powered by redemption, is imbued with incredible power as his reward and betrays Raiden. At the very least he deprives Shao Kahn of the chance to finish Raiden himself by throwing the Thunder God through a portal back to Earthrealm and implies that Raiden's gambit could have turned Kano to the side of good but they'll never know.]] Raiden himself also comes to hate the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, making this an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts to Raiden's changes in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.

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* BittersweetEnding: The ultimate conclusion to the ''Rayden & Kano'' three parter. [[spoiler: Kano blows his chance at redemption by allowing Shao Kahn to destroy the Ebbonrule, a sword powered by redemption, is imbued with incredible power as his reward and betrays Raiden. At the very least he deprives Shao Kahn of the chance to finish Raiden himself by throwing the Thunder God through a portal back to Earthrealm and implies that Raiden's gambit could have turned Kano to the side of good in fact worked, but now they'll never know.]] Raiden himself also comes to hate the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, making this an EarlyBirdCameo of sorts to Raiden's changes in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
23rd Apr '15 12:02:55 PM MightyKombat
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* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Played with in Kung Lao's oneshot. After having some fun harrassing Kung Lao by morphing into some of his allies, Shang Tsung decides to twist the knife further by morphing into Lao's ancestor, the Great Kung Lao. This backfires on him since suddenly, GKL's own soul begins to take charge and beg his descendant to "free him", which Kung Lao does by kicking the morphed Tsung's neck in. This finally frees GKL's soul allowing him to go to heaven at last. So in essence its not so much Kung Lao trying to rouse his ancestor's spirit from inside his ancestor's own body so much as GKL instead being somewhere inside Shang Tsung's own body and acknowleding he's inside Tsung, asking Lao to "free him" the old fashioned way but the effect is much the same.



** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Maggot?]]
2nd Mar '15 12:52:24 AM MightyKombat
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* OrderVsChaos: The premise of the ''Goro: Prince of Pain'' Comics, where Goro's trapped between the machinations of Order God Abacus and Chaos God Zaggot.


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* TwoBeingsOneBody: Comic-exclusive character Siang is made by the fusion of twin Shaolin Monks Sing and Sang. [[spoiler: This does get tampered with when one of the twins dies, forcing them to be merged permanently. When a dead-controlling stone gets introduced, Siang becomes partially under its control because of the merger.]]
6th Nov '14 2:50:30 PM Peteman
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* RedemptionQuest: The ''Rayden & Kano'' miniseries, which focuses on Rayden trying to use a legendary sword used by the founder of the Black Dragon Clan to purge the evilness within Kano and banish the Emperor of Outworld. [[spoiler: It is averted hard near the end when Shao Kahn and Kano agree to exchange the sword for Kano gaining the Emperor's almost godlike power in order to fight Rayden.]]

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* RedemptionQuest: The ''Rayden & Kano'' miniseries, which focuses on Rayden trying to use a legendary sword used by the founder of the Black Dragon Clan to purge the evilness within Kano and banish the Emperor of Outworld. [[spoiler: It is averted hard near the end when Shao Kahn and Kano agree to exchange the sword for Kano gaining the Emperor's almost godlike power in order to fight Rayden.]]
5th Nov '14 4:39:21 PM AndyLA
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* {{Ssssnaketalk}}: Reptile.

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* {{Ssssnaketalk}}: {{Sssnaketalk}}: Reptile.
5th Nov '14 4:38:56 PM AndyLA
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* Ssssnaketalk: Reptile.

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* Ssssnaketalk: {{Ssssnaketalk}}: Reptile.
5th Nov '14 4:38:38 PM AndyLA
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* Ssssnaketalk: Reptile.



* TheWorfEffect: Siang (Sing and Sang fused) is built up to be the ultimate warrior of good and light over ''Blood & Thunder''. Once he's introduced...Goro kills him in about 2 pages flat.

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** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Maggot?]]
* TheWorfEffect: Siang (Sing and Sang fused) is built up to be the ultimate warrior of good and light over ''Blood & Thunder''. Once he's introduced... Goro kills him in about 2 pages flat.
5th Nov '14 4:34:38 PM AndyLA
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** Her looking the same isn't unreasonable. What's truly ridiculous is that she wears ''the exact same outfit'' for no discernible reason.


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* SdrawkcabName: Sonya's doppelganger mentioned in MirrorMatch is called Aynos. Yep.
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