History Film / MortalKombatAnnihilation

27th Jul '17 8:45:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Queen Sindel looks pretty much the same age as her daughter Kitana. In the games, her race the Edenians are established to have [[LongLived longer-than-human lifespans]], so Sindel is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
27th Jul '17 7:58:54 AM Morgenthaler
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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Raiden (Creator/JamesRemar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.

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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) (Creator/BrianThompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Raiden (Creator/JamesRemar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.
26th Jul '17 11:06:10 PM jormis29
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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Raiden (James Remar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.

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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Raiden (James Remar) (Creator/JamesRemar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.
19th Jul '17 5:06:01 PM AndyLA
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Raiden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Raiden", "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.
19th Jul '17 5:05:38 PM AndyLA
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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Rayden (James Remar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.

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After the events of [[Film/MortalKombat the first film]], Liu Kang (Robin Shou) won Mortal Kombat for Earthrealm and broke Outworld's streak of consecutive tournament victories...and yet, [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] (Brian Thompson) -- the Emperor of Outworld -- has somehow managed to begin Outworld's invasion anyway. While Rayden Raiden (James Remar) confronts the Elder Gods over Kahn's invasion, Liu Kang undergoes specialized training in order to face Shao Kahn (who has [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil far more power than Shang Tsung ever did]]), and Sonya Blade (Sandra Hess) reunites with her partner Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Lynn Williams) to help him fight various Outworld warriors as they arrive on Earth. Kahn's Outworld forces outnumber and overpower Earthrealm's, however, and it will take every ounce of skill and power Earth's heroes have to drive back the invasion and defeat Shao Kahn once and for all.



* AbortedArc: Quite a few, owing to the film's rushed nature. The first draft of the script had an entire subplot setup for Kurtis Stryker and Kabal, detailing what happened to them after being captured by Rain (they were going to be prisoners together in a cobalt mine overseen by Baraka; incidentally Kitana was going to be held captive in this same prison, rather than the palace as she was in the final draft). This subplot is cut in the final product, turning Stryker and Kabal effectively into [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse plot mice]]. Also notable is Sheeva, who in early drafts (and the novelization) accompanies Sindel when she attacks the heroes in Outworld (befitting Sheeva's role as Sindel's protector) and is killed in battle with Rayden. In the film, she [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets a bridge dropped on her]] damn near literally. Finally, Baraka was a more fleshed out character in earlier scripts, being the warden of the prison that was cut from the final film release rather than just another slavering badguy attacking the heroes out of nowhere.

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* AbortedArc: Quite a few, owing to the film's rushed nature. The first draft of the script had an entire subplot setup for Kurtis Stryker and Kabal, detailing what happened to them after being captured by Rain (they were going to be prisoners together in a cobalt mine overseen by Baraka; incidentally Kitana was going to be held captive in this same prison, rather than the palace as she was in the final draft). This subplot is cut in the final product, turning Stryker and Kabal effectively into [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse plot mice]]. Also notable is Sheeva, who in early drafts (and the novelization) accompanies Sindel when she attacks the heroes in Outworld (befitting Sheeva's role as Sindel's protector) and is killed in battle with Rayden.Raiden. In the film, she [[DroppedABridgeOnHim gets a bridge dropped on her]] damn near literally. Finally, Baraka was a more fleshed out character in earlier scripts, being the warden of the prison that was cut from the final film release rather than just another slavering badguy attacking the heroes out of nowhere.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The final fate of [[spoiler:Rayden]], who is promoted to an Elder God at the film's end.

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The final fate of [[spoiler:Rayden]], [[spoiler:Raiden]], who is promoted to an Elder God at the film's end.



* BadBoss: Shao Kahn's entire character is just a combination of this trope and DaddyIssues. He kills his general Rain just because Rain took the Earthrealm fighters Kabal and Stryker prisoner rather than killing them and making them beg for their lives (echoing an earlier demand from Shinnok when he himself failed to kill or capture Rayden). Later minions fare little better, and in his [[AllThereInTheManual profile on the DVD]] it is expressly stated that Kahn is not happy unless everyone in a room with him, friend and foe alike, fears him.

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* BadBoss: Shao Kahn's entire character is just a combination of this trope and DaddyIssues. He kills his general Rain just because Rain took the Earthrealm fighters Kabal and Stryker prisoner rather than killing them and making them beg for their lives (echoing an earlier demand from Shinnok when he himself failed to kill or capture Rayden).Raiden). Later minions fare little better, and in his [[AllThereInTheManual profile on the DVD]] it is expressly stated that Kahn is not happy unless everyone in a room with him, friend and foe alike, fears him.



** Rayden suffers this over the course of the film, first from the merger of Earthrealm and Outworld weakening him, and later when he [[spoiler:sacrifices his immortality to the Elder Gods in exchange for being allowed to help the heroes resist Kahn]].

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** Rayden Raiden suffers this over the course of the film, first from the merger of Earthrealm and Outworld weakening him, and later when he [[spoiler:sacrifices his immortality to the Elder Gods in exchange for being allowed to help the heroes resist Kahn]].



* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Shao Kahn is the Cain, Rayden is the Abel]].

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* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Shao Kahn is the Cain, Rayden Raiden is the Abel]].



* DegradedBoss: Reptile. In the first film he is the last and toughest of the ninja opponents, ambushing Liu Kang in Outworld and giving him one of the most dynamic fights in the whole movie. In this sequel he himself doesn't appear, due to being KilledOffForReal, but a trio of {{Mooks}} with his distinctive appearance (presumably other members of his race) appear to fight Rayden alongside Sindel. All three are very soundly beaten.

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* DegradedBoss: Reptile. In the first film he is the last and toughest of the ninja opponents, ambushing Liu Kang in Outworld and giving him one of the most dynamic fights in the whole movie. In this sequel he himself doesn't appear, due to being KilledOffForReal, but a trio of {{Mooks}} with his distinctive appearance (presumably other members of his race) appear to fight Rayden Raiden alongside Sindel. All three are very soundly beaten.



* DirtyCoward: Shao Kahn, who cynically takes a hostage after it becomes clear that he cannot defeat Rayden fairly.

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* DirtyCoward: Shao Kahn, who cynically takes a hostage after it becomes clear that he cannot defeat Rayden Raiden fairly.



* LargeHam: Shao Kahn ''tries'' to be this, but his constant DaddyIssues overshadow even this aspect of him. A better representative of the trope is Sindel, who is expressly identified as such by her actor on the DVD character profiles. Rayden also indulges in some scenery-chewing when opportunity permits.

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* LargeHam: Shao Kahn ''tries'' to be this, but his constant DaddyIssues overshadow even this aspect of him. A better representative of the trope is Sindel, who is expressly identified as such by her actor on the DVD character profiles. Rayden Raiden also indulges in some scenery-chewing when opportunity permits.



** [[spoiler:Rayden and Shao Kahn are brothers, and Shinnok is their father]].
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Kitana and Mileena, though their physical similarity is noted by Sonya]].

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** [[spoiler:Rayden [[spoiler:Raiden and Shao Kahn are brothers, and Shinnok is their father]].
** Subverted (possibly even averted) with [[spoiler:Kitana and Mileena, though their physical similarity is noted by Sonya]].



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", "Raiden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.



* StrongerSibling: [[spoiler:Rayden]] is established as this, with the late revelation that he [[spoiler:was pitted against his brother Kahn millions of years ago and was able to beat Kahn, though his brotherly compassion kept him from being able to kill him]]. This status has not changed in the present day, at least not until [[spoiler:Rayden is depowered]].

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* StrongerSibling: [[spoiler:Rayden]] [[spoiler:Raiden]] is established as this, with the late revelation that he [[spoiler:was pitted against his brother Kahn millions of years ago and was able to beat Kahn, though his brotherly compassion kept him from being able to kill him]]. This status has not changed in the present day, at least not until [[spoiler:Rayden [[spoiler:Raiden is depowered]].



* TakeMeInstead: Rayden offers himself up as Kahn's prisoner in exchange for [[spoiler: Johnny Cage]]. Kahn, [[ForTheEvulz for some reason]], accepts, then immediately declines anyway and kills [[spoiler: Johnny]].

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* TakeMeInstead: Rayden Raiden offers himself up as Kahn's prisoner in exchange for [[spoiler: Johnny Cage]]. Kahn, [[ForTheEvulz for some reason]], accepts, then immediately declines anyway and kills [[spoiler: Johnny]].



* WeCanRuleTogether: Shinnok offers this to [[spoiler:his son Rayden]] shortly before the final battle, and of course is turned down.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: Shinnok offers this to [[spoiler:his son Rayden]] Raiden]] shortly before the final battle, and of course is turned down.
17th Jun '17 11:26:50 AM zealots
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** Nightwolf's "test" involves three stages. We never see the third nor given an explanation of what it is, though in the film it is identified as [[spoiler:Liu finally overcoming his self-doubt and facing Shao Kahn in the final battle]].

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** Nightwolf's "test" involves three stages. We never see the third nor given an explanation of what it is, though in the film novel it is identified as [[spoiler:Liu finally overcoming his self-doubt and facing Shao Kahn in the final battle]].



** Rain tells Shao Kahn that Outworld's forces captured two fighters (Kabal and Kurtis Stryker) without making them beg for their lives or killing them. Kahn shows his displeasure by hitting Rain with a giant hammer and knocking him into some sort of Hell Well.

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** Rain tells Shao Kahn that Outworld's forces captured two fighters (Kabal and Kurtis Stryker) without making them beg for their lives or killing them. Kahn shows his displeasure by hitting Rain with a giant hammer and knocking him into some sort of Hell Well.
17th Jun '17 11:22:57 AM zealots
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* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which Shinnok warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal Physical God warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for Heroic Willpower.

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* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which Shinnok warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal Physical God PhysicalGod warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for Heroic Willpower.HeroicWillpower.


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* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Though the movie does not state this, it is indirectly implies that this is the reason behind Shao Kahn's defeat: being an ageless warlord with ImmortalImmaturity, it has been eons since Kahn last had a fight with anyone on his level, and he has long since gotten used to crushing anyone who challenges him with raw brute force, having nothing to fear from any comer thanks to his immortality. [[spoiler:When said immortality is taken from him by the Elder Gods, he is rendered utterly demoralized, allowing Liu Kang to dominate and ultimately defeat him]].
17th Jun '17 11:09:48 AM zealots
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** Shao Kahn. In the games he is a genuinely terrifying threat, the first BiggerBad in the series (though later ones like Shinnok would be established, Kahn's threat still remained constant). Here, he's little more than a ''very'' physically capable PsychoticManchild, and his DaddyIssues with Shinnok are emphasized to the point of making him more pathetic to viewers than fearsome.

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** Shao Kahn. In the games he is a genuinely terrifying threat, the first BiggerBad in the series (though later ones like Shinnok and Onaga would be established, Kahn's threat still remained constant). Here, he's little more than a ''very'' physically capable PsychoticManchild, and his DaddyIssues with Shinnok [[spoiler:Shinnok]] are emphasized to the point of making him more pathetic to viewers than fearsome.



* BadBoss: Shao Kahn's entire character is just a combination of this trope and DaddyIssues. He kills his general Rain just because Rain took the Earthrealm fighters Kabal and Stryker prisoner rather than killing them and making them beg for their lives (echoing an earlier demand from his father Shinnok when he himself failed to kill or capture Rayden). Later minions fare little better, and in his [[AllThereInTheManual profile on the DVD]] it is expressly stated that Kahn is not happy unless everyone in a room with him, friend and foe alike, fears him.

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* BadBoss: Shao Kahn's entire character is just a combination of this trope and DaddyIssues. He kills his general Rain just because Rain took the Earthrealm fighters Kabal and Stryker prisoner rather than killing them and making them beg for their lives (echoing an earlier demand from his father Shinnok when he himself failed to kill or capture Rayden). Later minions fare little better, and in his [[AllThereInTheManual profile on the DVD]] it is expressly stated that Kahn is not happy unless everyone in a room with him, friend and foe alike, fears him.



* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the character bios on the DVD), but willingly allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?

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* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the DVD character bios on the DVD), bios), but willingly allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?



* AnIcePerson: Sub-Zero has ice-based powers.

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* AnIcePerson: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin As his name unsubtly indicates]], Sub-Zero has ice-based powers.



--> '''Liu Kang:''' [[WhamLine Your blood flows, Kahn]]. [[spoiler:Just like a mortal]].
* PragmaticVillainy: In stark contrast to his AxCrazy son, Shinnok has little use for CartoonishSupervillainy, and would easily be the film's KnightOfCerebus if he was not bound from acting by [[spoiler:the rules and limits of his position as an Elder God]]. Near the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Kahn is going to lose, [[spoiler:he sneers at his sniveling son "Must I do everything for you?" and prepares to use his godlike power to dispatch Liu Kang himself, wasting no time with threats or boasts as his son would. Only the timely arrival of the Elder Gods saves Liu]].

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--> '''Liu Kang:''' [[WhamLine Your blood flows, Kahn]]. [[spoiler:Just like the blood of a mortal]].
* PragmaticVillainy: In stark contrast to his AxCrazy son, Shao Kahn, Shinnok has little use for CartoonishSupervillainy, and would easily be the film's KnightOfCerebus if he was not bound from acting by [[spoiler:the rules and limits of his position as an Elder God]]. Near the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Kahn is going to lose, [[spoiler:he sneers at his sniveling son "Must I do everything for you?" and prepares to use his godlike power to dispatch Liu Kang himself, wasting no time with threats or boasts as his son would. Only the timely arrival of the Elder Gods saves Liu]].



* PsychoticManchild: Behind the thin veneer of his near-PhysicalGod strength Shao Kahn in this film is little more than an immortal manchild whose every act goes back to pleasing daddy Shinnok.

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* PsychoticManchild: Behind the thin veneer of his near-PhysicalGod strength Shao Kahn in this film is little more than an immortal manchild whose every act invariably goes back to pleasing daddy Shinnok.Daddy.



* ShootTheMessenger: In the novelization only, one of the Tarkatans from the Baraka battle survives the fight with Liu Kang and reports his and Kitana's escape to Shao Kahn. Ever the Bad Boss, Kahn prepared to do this, only to be stopped by, of all people, his father Shinnok (though Shinnok is by no means benevolent, he ''is'' [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]]).
* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which his father warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal Physical God warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for Heroic Willpower.

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* ShootTheMessenger: In the novelization only, one of the Tarkatans from the Baraka battle survives the fight with Liu Kang and reports his and Kitana's escape to Shao Kahn. Ever the Bad Boss, Kahn prepared to do this, only to be stopped by, of all people, his father Shinnok (though Shinnok is by no means benevolent, he ''is'' [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]]).
* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which his father Shinnok warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal Physical God warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for Heroic Willpower.Willpower.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.
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* DegradedBoss: Reptile. In the first film he is the last and toughest of the ninja opponents, ambushing Liu Kang in Outworld and giving him one of the most dynamic fights in the whole movie. In this sequel he himself doesn't appear, due to being KilledOffForReal, but a trio of {{Mooks}} with his distinctive appearance (presumably other members of his race) appear to fight Rayden. All three are very soundly beaten.

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* DegradedBoss: Reptile. In the first film he is the last and toughest of the ninja opponents, ambushing Liu Kang in Outworld and giving him one of the most dynamic fights in the whole movie. In this sequel he himself doesn't appear, due to being KilledOffForReal, but a trio of {{Mooks}} with his distinctive appearance (presumably other members of his race) appear to fight Rayden.Rayden alongside Sindel. All three are very soundly beaten.



** Sheeva [[spoiler:gets a cage gets dropped on her]]. The filmmakers seem to really hate the Shokan. There were plans to have a fight scene between her and Raiden which never panned out. Her actress Marjean Holden herself lamented that they gave her character such an inglorious send-off.



** Sheeva [[spoiler:gets a cage gets dropped on her]]. The filmmakers seem to really hate the Shokan. There were plans to have a fight scene between her and Raiden which never panned out. Her actress Marjean Holden herself lamented that they gave her character such an inglorious send-off.



* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the character bios on the DVD), but willing allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?

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* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the character bios on the DVD), but willing willingly allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?
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** Scorpion is a strange case. In the games he is something of a WildCard, having no affiliation with either the heroes or the villains, but solely pursuing his own goals (though he would become more heroic as the series progressed). In the first film he is a henchman of Shang Tsung, but is expressly identified as having been enslaved into this state. In this film he, by all intents and purposes, is working for Outworld again, kidnapping Princess Kitana and delivering her to Shao Kahn. What makes this a weird case is how his character bio attempts to assert that he is still the WildCard that he is in the games, and the only reason he attacks the good guys is because they inadvertently wander into his territory the Netherrealm during their journey (why he delivers Kitana to Shao Kahn is left unexplained). This is not supported at all by the film, unless the Netherrealm of the films is located deep under the Earth rather than in another... well, ''realm''.

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** Scorpion is a strange case. In the games he is something of a WildCard, having no affiliation with either the heroes or the villains, but solely pursuing his own goals (though he would become more heroic as the series progressed). In the first film he is a henchman of Shang Tsung, but is expressly identified as having been enslaved into this state. In this film he, by all intents and purposes, is working for Outworld again, kidnapping Princess Kitana and delivering her to Shao Kahn. What makes this a weird case is how his character bio attempts to assert that he is still the WildCard that he is in the games, and the only reason he attacks the good guys is because they inadvertently wander into his territory the Netherrealm during their journey (why he delivers Kitana to Shao Kahn is left unexplained). This is not supported at all by the film, unless the Netherrealm of the films is located deep under the Earth Earth's surface rather than in another... well, ''realm''.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The final fate of [[spoiler:Rayden]], who is promoted to an Elder God at the film's end.



* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Baraka and the other Tartakans.



** [[spoiler:Shao Kahn]] gets hit with this midway through the final battle, [[spoiler:as punishment for breaking the rules of Mortal Kombat]].



* DropTheHammer: As in the games, Shao Kahn uses a warhammer as his WeaponOfChoice, though he strangely only uses it once (to kill Rain with) and does not carry it with him into battle.



* ForTheEvulz: You'd be forgiven for thinking the Lin Kuei ninja clan were AdaptedOut; as it turns out they were ''not'' (something only mentioned in the character bios on the DVD), but willing allied themselves with Outworld for... reasons?
** This is also the motivation of Shinnok, who has near-unlimited power as an Elder God yet wants even ''more'' power by proxy through Shao Kahn.



* PragmaticVillainy: In stark contrast to his AxCrazy son, Shinnok has little use for CartoonishSupervillainy, and would easily be the film's KnightOfCerebus if he was not bound from acting by [[spoiler:the rules and limits of his position as an Elder God]]. Near the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Kahn is going to lose, [[spoiler:he sneers at his sniveling son "Must I do everything for you?" and prepares to use his godlike power to dispatch Liu Kang himself. Only the timely arrival of the Elder Gods saves Liu]].

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* ThePowerOfBlood: After Shao Kahn and Liu Kang's Animality fight, both kombatants crash to the ground and demorph to their regular forms, bruised and bleeding. Liu Kang copes with this, but Kahn is downright ''horrified'', [[spoiler:as his bleeding indicates that he is no longer immortal, a fear which his father quickly confirms]].
--> '''Liu Kang:''' [[WhamLine Your blood flows, Kahn]]. [[spoiler:Just like a mortal]].
* PragmaticVillainy: In stark contrast to his AxCrazy son, Shinnok has little use for CartoonishSupervillainy, and would easily be the film's KnightOfCerebus if he was not bound from acting by [[spoiler:the rules and limits of his position as an Elder God]]. Near the end of the film, when it becomes clear that Kahn is going to lose, [[spoiler:he sneers at his sniveling son "Must I do everything for you?" and prepares to use his godlike power to dispatch Liu Kang himself.himself, wasting no time with threats or boasts as his son would. Only the timely arrival of the Elder Gods saves Liu]].



* ShootTheMessenger: In the novelization only, one of the Tarkatans from the Baraka battle survives the fight with Liu Kang and reports his and Kitana's escape to Shao Kahn. Ever the Bad Boss, Kahn prepared to do this, only to be stopped by, of all people, his father Shinnok.
* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's overconfidence, which his father warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD). Being an immortal PhysicalGod warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for HeroicWillpower.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock". Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.

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* ShootTheMessenger: In the novelization only, one of the Tarkatans from the Baraka battle survives the fight with Liu Kang and reports his and Kitana's escape to Shao Kahn. Ever the Bad Boss, Kahn prepared to do this, only to be stopped by, of all people, his father Shinnok.
Shinnok (though Shinnok is by no means benevolent, he ''is'' [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]]).
* SmugSnake: Shao Kahn's total overconfidence, which his father warns him about (and is expressly identified as his only weakness in his bio on the DVD). DVD), and near-absolute contempt for everything and everyone that is not himself or his father, turns him into one of these. Being an immortal PhysicalGod Physical God warlord, Kahn has utterly no understanding of the human capacity for HeroicWillpower.
Heroic Willpower.
** Shao Kahn's name is consistently spelled in the DVD bios as "Shao-Kahn", with a hyphen.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the novelization Shinnok's name is spelled as "Shinnock"."Shinnock", though it is spelled correctly in the DVD bios. Raiden's name is also spelled "Rayden", as was the standard spelling for the character's name at the time.



** This trope also comes into play with the "Velospheres", man-sized hollow metal balls that the heroes make use of early in the film. They are propelled through a series of tunnels in the Earth by volcanic gases, and allow their users to travel across the planet in a matter of hours.
--> '''Kitana:''' They are faster than I remember.



* ThisWasHisTrueForm: [[spoiler:After being beaten at the end, Shao Kahn's body devolves into a living version of the dragon crest tattoo that is his family's crest, which then blinks out of existence just like the fake crests used by his minions]].



** Rain tells Shao Kahn that Outworld's forces captured two fighters (Kabal and Kurtis Stryker) without making them beg for their lives before killing them. Kahn shows his displeasure by hitting Rain with a giant hammer and knocking him into some sort of Hell Well.

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** Rain tells Shao Kahn that Outworld's forces captured two fighters (Kabal and Kurtis Stryker) without making them beg for their lives before or killing them. Kahn shows his displeasure by hitting Rain with a giant hammer and knocking him into some sort of Hell Well.
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