History Franchise / MortalKombat

5th Feb '17 8:51:23 AM AndyLA
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* GuestFighter: Starting with ''9'', NetherRealm has added horror film characters for DLC. Includes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, The Predator and the Xenomorph.

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* GuestFighter: Starting with ''9'', NetherRealm has added horror film characters for DLC. Includes [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger, Krueger]] (in ''9''), [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Voorhees]], [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], [[Franchise/{{Predator}} The Predator Predator]] and [[Franchise/{{Alien}} the Xenomorph.Xenomorph]] (all of these in ''X'').



* HammeredIntoTheGround: Has been seen throughout the series, especially with Sheeva's Nail Driver fatality which involves her driving her defeated opponent to the ground with her four arms.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: In all the colors of the rainbow.

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* HammeredIntoTheGround: Has been seen throughout the series, especially with Sheeva's Nail Driver fatality which involves her driving her defeated opponent to the ground with her four arms. \n Jax does the same with his Three Points fatality in ''9''.[[note]]The name comes from the fact that, once he finishes hammering the opponent into the ground, he scores a field goal with their head.[[/note]]
* HighlyVisibleNinja: [[TechnicolorNinjas In all the colors of the rainbow.rainbow]].



* AnIceSuit: Sub-Zero and Frost's outfits.

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* AnIceSuit: Sub-Zero and Frost's outfits. In some games, Sub-Zero even has a coat of ice covering his forearms and hands.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Anyone who gets knocked into The Pit.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Anyone who gets knocked into The Pit.Pit, except in the second and third games, where the loser hits the pavementbelow really hard or gets shredded to bits by revolving blades, respectively. Other stage fatalities do this too (such as the Kombat Tomb in ''II'', which has spikes on the ceiling into which the losing fighter can be uppercut), and some characters too, such as [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Baraka]]. ''Deadly Alliance'' also allowed certain fighters to lodge their weapons into the opponent's body, albeit non-fatally.



* JerkAssGods: The Elder Gods are supposed to enforce the rules of Mortal Kombat. Yet they allow Shao Kahn to merge Earthrealm and Outworld in ''Mortal Kombat 3,'' reinterpret the rules to justify doing nothing in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', and generally screw over any mortal they have dealings with.

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* JerkAssGods: JerkassGods: The Elder Gods are supposed to enforce the rules of Mortal Kombat. Yet they allow Shao Kahn to merge Earthrealm and Outworld in ''Mortal Kombat 3,'' reinterpret the rules to justify doing nothing in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', and generally screw over any mortal they have dealings with.



* LudicrousGibs Every Fatality and Brutality reduces its victim to this.
* MadeOfPlasticine: The losing fighter during a [[FinishingMove Fatality]] although..

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* LudicrousGibs LudicrousGibs: Every Fatality and Brutality reduces its victim to this.
* MadeOfPlasticine: The losing fighter during a [[FinishingMove Fatality]] although..although...


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** A similar concept was used for Shinnok in ''4'', only instead of transforming into other characters, he simply copied their movesets.
18th Jan '17 5:25:29 PM Njein
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The One Being.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The One Being. It is responsible for all events that occur throughout the franchise and [[TheManBehindTheMan subtly manipulates powerful beings such as Shinnok, Shao Kahn and Onaga]], into achieving their goals by merging all the realms so it could be whole again.
17th Dec '16 8:09:27 PM Njein
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* BittersweetEnding: The current timeline ends with the heroes managing to defeat Shinnok and save both Earthrealm and Outworld form his clutches, however, [[spoiler: Raiden is corrupted from repairing the Jinsei, making him more of a KnightTemplar [[WellIntentionedExtremist than he]] [[FaceHeelTurn had]] [[JerkassGod been]] before, and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope may go on a warpath]] against those who dare to conquer his realm, and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters in the process]], [[NotSoDifferent become like]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis Shao Kahn.]] Barring Jax, Scorpion/Hanzo, and Sub-Zero, the remaining revenants are doomed to stay that way since [[RevengeBeforeReason Hanzo couldn't wait just a little longer to get his revenge against Quan Chi]], Liu Kang and Kitana are now the rulers of the Netherrealm and but for Raiden's intervention, would seek to conquer Earth Realm, and Erron Black is still running free and may or may not have killed Jax.]] Even with all of this, it's tons better than the original timeline's outcome.

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* BittersweetEnding: The current timeline ends with the heroes managing to defeat Shinnok and save both Earthrealm and Outworld form his clutches, however, [[spoiler: Raiden is corrupted from repairing the Jinsei, making him more of a KnightTemplar [[WellIntentionedExtremist than he]] [[FaceHeelTurn had]] [[JerkassGod been]] before, and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope may go on a warpath]] against those who dare to conquer his realm, and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters in the process]], [[NotSoDifferent become like]] [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis Shao Kahn.]] Barring Jax, Scorpion/Hanzo, and Sub-Zero, the remaining revenants are doomed to stay that way since [[RevengeBeforeReason Hanzo couldn't wait just a little longer to get his revenge against Quan Chi]], Liu Kang and Kitana are now the rulers of the Netherrealm and but for Raiden's intervention, would seek to conquer Earth Realm, Earthrealm, and Erron Black is still running free and may or may not have killed Jax.]] Even with all of this, it's tons better than the original timeline's outcome.



* FinishingMove: Multiple fatalities for each character, brutalities, animalities, and stage-specific fatalities. The friendships and babalities are the LighterAndSofter versions of this.

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* FinishingMove: Multiple fatalities for each character, brutalities, animalities, Brutalities, Animalities, and stage-specific fatalities. Fatalities. The friendships Friendships and babalities Babalities are the LighterAndSofter versions of this.



* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Averted by younger gods like Fujin and Raiden, as well as the Fallen Elder God Shinnok, but the Elder Gods definitely play this trope straight. They are loathe to interfere in the events of the multiverse. Even when [[GodzillaThreshold their hand is forced]] by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a cataclysmic threat to the multiverse]], they're more likely to institute some roundabout scheme like the Mortal Kombat tournament or Blaze's contest in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', to keep from having to deal with it themselves.

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* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Averted by younger gods like Fujin and Raiden, as well as the Fallen Elder God Shinnok, but the Elder Gods definitely play this trope straight.straight, as they're notorious for being slackers. They are loathe to interfere in the events of the multiverse. Even when [[GodzillaThreshold their hand is forced]] by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt a cataclysmic threat to the multiverse]], they're more likely to institute some roundabout scheme like the Mortal Kombat tournament or Blaze's contest in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', to keep from having to deal with it themselves.



* GuestFighter: Starting with ''9'', NetherRealm has added horror film characters for dlc. Includes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, The Predator and the Xenomorph.

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* GuestFighter: Starting with ''9'', NetherRealm has added horror film characters for dlc.DLC. Includes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, The Predator and the Xenomorph.



** Sub-Zero becoming the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, despite being automated, killed and turned into an undead revenant in the new timeline;
** The older Sub-Zero being murdered by Scorpion and raisen as Noob Saibot, despite Raiden's attempt to stop Scorpion.
** In both timelines, Liu Kang will die and become undead, just under different circumstances;

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** The younger Sub-Zero becoming the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, despite being automated, killed and turned into an undead revenant in the new timeline;
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** The older Sub-Zero being murdered by Scorpion and raisen revived as Noob Saibot, despite Raiden's attempt to stop Scorpion.
** In both timelines, Liu Kang will die and become undead, just under different circumstances;circumstances.



** In both timelines, Raiden CameBackWrong as a darker version of himself, just under different situations.



* MultipleEndings: For each character. Most of them contradicted each other, to the point where figuring out the official canon is a massive undertaking; to some fans, it's just easier to ignore the endings that contradict one another and see what's left. In the past, all you had to do was go by Liu Kang's ending. But well... he's kinda KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Well, he's ''technically'' BackFromTheDead, but he's a zombie slave of Quan Chi's for most of the game, so it doesn't really count. And at the end, he and Kitana are still undead revenants after Quan Chi's defeat, but they have taken control of Outworld.]]

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* MultipleEndings: For each character. Most of them contradicted each other, to the point where figuring out the official canon is a massive undertaking; to some fans, it's just easier to ignore the endings that contradict one another and see what's left. In the past, all you had to do was go by Liu Kang's ending. But well... he's kinda KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Well, he's ''technically'' BackFromTheDead, but he's a zombie slave of Quan Chi's for most of the game, ''Mortal Kombat X'', so it doesn't really count. And at the end, he and Kitana are still undead revenants after Quan Chi's defeat, but they have taken control of Outworld.the Netherrealm.]]
27th Nov '16 2:35:22 PM EmperorNorton
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** A lot of the fatalities are not physically possible, but particularly in older games when the LudicrousGibs included bones... which often consisted of multiple full rib cages, dozens of femurs, and sometimes even multiple skulls.

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** A lot of the fatalities are not physically possible, but particularly in older games when the LudicrousGibs included bones... which often consisted of multiple full rib cages, dozens of femurs, and sometimes even multiple skulls. In behind-the-scenes videos for ''Mortal Kombat X'', the creators mention that they go out of their way to avoid the fatalities being something that a normal human could realistically do, in order to cut down on the possibility of someone trying to imitate them.
20th Nov '16 3:43:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Plus Cybernetics.
19th Nov '16 7:57:13 AM seekquaze1
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* CrapsackWorld: Outworld, obviously as explained in DeathWorld below, but really the entire multiverse counts. As presented in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''... there's a LawfulStupid realm that basically runs on perpetual tyranny. There's a ChaoticStupid realm where people do whatever they feel like, which is usually "murder each other for fun." There's the Netherrealm, which is basically Hell, [[DevilButNoGod but there's no Heaven]]. There are gods who are more or less benevolent, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy except that you can't count on them for anything]]. It really doesn't even matter if you're good or evil in the end anyway, as it seems that once you die, any demon, sorcerer, emperor, or god that wants to can come along and [[YourSoulIsMine just take your immortal soul]] and there's nothing you can do about it.

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* CrapsackWorld: Outworld, obviously as explained in DeathWorld below, but really the entire multiverse counts.many other realms veer into this. As presented in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''... there's a LawfulStupid realm that basically runs on perpetual tyranny. There's a ChaoticStupid realm where people do whatever they feel like, which is usually "murder each other for fun." There's the Netherrealm, which is basically Hell, [[DevilButNoGod Hell. There is a {{Heaven}} for virtuous souls, but there's no Heaven]]. a powerful enough sorcerer can steal souls from it without fear of retribution. There are gods who are more or less benevolent, [[TheGodsMustBeLazy [[GodsHandsAreTied except are bound by rules from higher gods that you can't count on prevent them for from actually doing anything]]. The Elder gods are a cross between TheGodsMustBeLazy and JerkAssGods. It really doesn't even matter if you're good or evil in the end anyway, as it seems that once you die, any demon, sorcerer, emperor, or god that wants to can come along and [[YourSoulIsMine just take your immortal soul]] and there's nothing you can do about it.it. A few nicer realms like Earthrealm and Edenia are either invaded every other game or under constant threat of invasion. The best the heroes can do is beat back the latest threat for a brief peace since villains either suffer from JokerImmunity or are replaced by new ones. Oh, and if the good guys fail once it results in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKNowIt. If mortals get too powerful or the battles too extreme it will cause a ApocalypseHow/ClassZ Omniversal FUBAR with perhaps only the Elder Gods surviving.
19th Nov '16 7:34:22 AM seekquaze1
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* JerkAssGods: The Elder Gods are supposed to enforce the rules of Mortal Kombat. Yet they allow Shao Kahn to merge Earthrealm and Outworld in ''Mortal Kombat 3,'' reinterpret the rules to justify doing nothing in ''Mortal Kombat 9'', and generally screw over any mortal they have dealings with.
25th Oct '16 10:10:31 AM Dix
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* KillingYourAlternateSelf: Since the game allows [[{{mirrormatch}} mirror matches]], and its original gimmick was being able to gruesomely eradicate your defeated opponents, this one was inevitable.
16th Oct '16 11:02:30 PM WillBGood
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** From the original game to the current, there has always been "tests" that differ from beating the shit out of somebody. These include Tests of [[BrickBreak/Might]], Sight, Strike, and Balance (in the PS Vita version).

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** From the original game to the current, there has always been "tests" that differ from beating the shit out of somebody. These include Tests of [[BrickBreak/Might]], [[BrickBreak Might]], Sight, Strike, and Balance (in the PS Vita version).
25th Sep '16 6:02:57 PM BlazePfeff
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* NiceHat: Some of the ''MK'' cast have some funky headwear, with Raiden's [[AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats conical Chinese fisherman hat]] being most memorable. Kung Lao's is a special example as ''[=MK2=]'' proved that [[WeaponizedHeadgear it was an outright lethal weapon]].

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* NiceHat: Some of the ''MK'' cast have some funky headwear, with Raiden's [[AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats conical Chinese fisherman hat]] being most memorable. Kung Lao's is a special example as ''[=MK2=]'' proved that [[WeaponizedHeadgear it was an outright lethal weapon]]. In MortalKombatX, Erron Black has a cowboy hat with a bullet belt, but is only worn in Story Mode, and in the Gunslinger variation.


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** From the original game to the current, there has always been "tests" that differ from beating the shit out of somebody. These include Tests of [[BrickBreak/Might]], Sight, Strike, and Balance (in the PS Vita version).
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