History Headscratchers / MortalKombat

10th Jul '17 5:48:03 PM ImaginaryMetroid
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** "Gods" often have nebulous parameters in fiction. I see Raiden and the other guardian gods as being powerful, but not insurmountably so. Shao Kahn defeated Raiden on several occasions, Liu Kang [spoiler: and the Cages]] were able to defeat Shinnok, and Sub-Zero defeated the elemental guardians. Being a god probably gives you a leg up over most opponents, but a sufficiently skilled or empowered fighter could still take one down.

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** "Gods" often have nebulous parameters in fiction. I see Raiden and the other guardian gods as being powerful, but not insurmountably so. Shao Kahn defeated Raiden on several occasions, Liu Kang [spoiler: [[spoiler: and the Cages]] were able to defeat Shinnok, and Sub-Zero defeated the elemental guardians. Being a god probably gives you a leg up over most opponents, but a sufficiently skilled or empowered fighter could still take one down.
18th May '17 12:30:03 PM TrashJack
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** If I had to guess, destroying the Realms probably ''wouldn't'' take the One Being with them. Instead, that would probably just wake it back up. Which begs the question: Why would the Elder Gods let ''anything'' that led to Armageddon happen? Why would they let Shao Kahn do his thing (albeit greatly delayed due to the Mortal Kombat tournament) rather than simply warn him ''once'' to stop his inter-realm conquest, and then if he persists, kill him like they do at the end of MK9? Why would they let ''any'' villain get even the slightest bit close to reawakening the One Being? Why would they foist ''everything'' that needs to be done to ensure their own survival to mere mortals and lesser gods rather than use their own incredible, divine power? It's like they don't even ''care'' that their sheer laziness is the ''only reason'' why the One Being can ''ever'' return to threaten them.
11th May '17 10:13:43 PM MadAnthony94
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* Okay. Bo'Rai Cho is a pretty good fighter... but he didn't fight for Earth in the first game's tournament. Oh, it's explained that he's an Outworlder, so his victory wouldn't count as a win for Earthrealm. That explains it. Except.. no. Shang Tsung is an Earthrealmer. His victory wouldn't have counted for Shao Kahn under those rules, right?

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* Okay. Bo'Rai Cho is a pretty good fighter... but he didn't fight for Earth in the first game's tournament. Oh, it's explained that he's an Outworlder, so his victory wouldn't count as a win for Earthrealm. That explains it. Except.. no. Shang Tsung is an Earthrealmer. His victory wouldn't have counted for Shao Kahn under those rules, right?right?

* So how are kombatants chosen? There must be some kind of restriction to stop Raiden or Shang Tsung from just packing the rosters with as many fighters as they can to wear the other side down. And somehow Sonya and Johnny wind up fighting in the first game when, if I remember right, they didn't even have any foreknowledge of what the tournament ''was''. Did Shang Tsung simply lure them there with trickery? If so, what if they hadn't been capable enough fighters to survive as they did? Would Raiden have been able to then interject and point out that they weren't his picks?
11th May '17 10:05:54 PM MadAnthony94
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** It's a moot point after the events of ''X'', but perhaps Scorpion was just happy to know Bi-Han was suffering. Or perhaps once Scorpion gave into vengeance, Quan Chi owned him lock, stock and barrel (it would explain why Quan is so eager to push Hanzo in that direction).



* Why don't the Elder Gods allow Armageddon? Why try to prevent it? Armageddon is supposed to destroy the Realms aka the One Being. The Elder Gods have made it clear their are indifferent to the realms unless a direct threat to them arises. If Armegeddon destroys the realms than their is no more One Being and no more threat to them. So why take steps to prevent it?

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* Why don't the Elder Gods allow Armageddon? Why try to prevent it? Armageddon is supposed to destroy the Realms aka the One Being. The Elder Gods have made it clear their are indifferent to the realms unless a direct threat to them arises. If Armegeddon destroys the realms than their is no more One Being and no more threat to them. So why take steps to prevent it?it?

* Okay. Bo'Rai Cho is a pretty good fighter... but he didn't fight for Earth in the first game's tournament. Oh, it's explained that he's an Outworlder, so his victory wouldn't count as a win for Earthrealm. That explains it. Except.. no. Shang Tsung is an Earthrealmer. His victory wouldn't have counted for Shao Kahn under those rules, right?
5th May '17 2:17:10 PM Zozma
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** "Gods" often have nebulous parameters in fiction. I see Raiden and the other guardian gods as being powerful, but not insurmountably so. Shao Kahn defeated Raiden on several occasions, Liu Kang [spoiler: and the Cages]] were able to defeat Shinnok, and Sub-Zero defeated the elemental guardians. Being a god probably gives you a leg up over most opponents, but a sufficiently skilled or empowered fighter could still take one down.
1st Dec '16 8:59:53 PM DCHorror
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*** At that, they only really did anything because Shao Kahn WON by cheating. That was sort of the point of Raiden's message to the past, beating Shao Kahn more or less led directly to the events of the following four games, in which more death and destruction was caused by the bad guy of the week circumventing the tournament as opposed to letting the Elder Gods enforce the rules.
17th Nov '16 3:54:56 PM seekquaze1
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** RuleOfCool. It's just too awesome to be able to fight with/against these characters, despite the NostalgiaFilter that will clearly come to play when dealing with some veteran fans.

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** RuleOfCool. It's just too awesome to be able to fight with/against these characters, despite the NostalgiaFilter that will clearly come to play when dealing with some veteran fans.fans.

* Why don't the Elder Gods allow Armageddon? Why try to prevent it? Armageddon is supposed to destroy the Realms aka the One Being. The Elder Gods have made it clear their are indifferent to the realms unless a direct threat to them arises. If Armegeddon destroys the realms than their is no more One Being and no more threat to them. So why take steps to prevent it?
13th Nov '16 9:32:49 AM ErikModi
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** Much as I hate to cite ''Film/MortalKombatAnnhilation'' for ''anything'', the one really good plot point in the film is that, when Shao Kahn accepts Liu Kang's challenge to Mortal Kombat to fight for the fate of Earth, Kahn loses his godly immortality, as it would be [[{{Understatement rather an unfair advantage in a fight to the death.]] Perhaps, when Raiden actually participates in a tournament (instead of just coaching from the sidelines), he's BroughtDownToBadass. The rest of the time, he's beholden to the byzantine rules that govern conduct between realms, so while he might be metaphysically capable of snapping his fingers and permanently sealing all portals to Earthrealm, the rules don't allow it.

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** Much as I hate to cite ''Film/MortalKombatAnnhilation'' ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' for ''anything'', the one really good plot point in the film is that, when Shao Kahn accepts Liu Kang's challenge to Mortal Kombat to fight for the fate of Earth, Kahn loses his godly immortality, as it would be [[{{Understatement [[{{Understatement}} rather an unfair advantage in a fight to the death.]] Perhaps, when Raiden actually participates in a tournament (instead of just coaching from the sidelines), he's BroughtDownToBadass. The rest of the time, he's beholden to the byzantine rules that govern conduct between realms, so while he might be metaphysically capable of snapping his fingers and permanently sealing all portals to Earthrealm, the rules don't allow it.
13th Nov '16 9:31:34 AM ErikModi
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** Much as I hate to cite ''Film/MortalKombatAnnhilation'' for ''anything'', the one really good plot point in the film is that, when Shao Kahn accepts Liu Kang's challenge to Mortal Kombat to fight for the fate of Earth, Kahn loses his godly immortality, as it would be [[{{Understatement rather an unfair advantage in a fight to the death.]] Perhaps, when Raiden actually participates in a tournament (instead of just coaching from the sidelines), he's BroughtDownToBadass. The rest of the time, he's beholden to the byzantine rules that govern conduct between realms, so while he might be metaphysically capable of snapping his fingers and permanently sealing all portals to Earthrealm, the rules don't allow it.
13th Nov '16 9:25:54 AM ErikModi
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** FromACertainPointOfView, she is Kitana's sister. Her "father" (Shao Kahn) ordered her creation, using Kitana's DNA, melded it with another of his choosing (Tarkatan), and taught her to be exactly what he wanted. Mileena asserting that she's Shao Kahn's daughter, and thus Mileena's sister, is probably a lot better for her self-esteem than admitting she's Shao Kahn's living weapon. [[spoiler: Besides, in MKX, Mileena presses hard her claim to the throne of Outworld, based on her being Shao Kahn's daughter. When it's revealed to others that she's just a clone created through sorcery and her claim has no real validity, it's kind of a huge deal.]]
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