History Headscratchers / MortalKombat

9th Apr '18 9:44:25 PM timemonkey
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** While it's never been stated outright there are some hints that the Elder Gods are just as limited by the rules as mortals are. It's not that they choose not to interfere directly so much as they can't just interfere except in certain circumstances. Likely because the Realms and everyone in them are formed from the One Being.



* 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?

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* 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?picks?
** It seems that Raiden chooses his champions and Shang Tsung makes sure they appear to the tournament via whatever means necessary (sending invitations, kidnapping friends, etc.). The new timeline has also made it very clear that there's a difference between a combatant and an ordinary fighter: kombatants are inherently stronger and tougher, basically super-human and it's these people that Raiden chooses from to act as his champions. It's never stated how many he's allowed to choose from but it does seem to be a limited number.
10th Jan '18 1:35:56 PM Dragon101
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** It is shown in his very own ending (can't remember if he got one or if it was an unlock able feature) that Onagas plan was to fuse the realms with himself and BECOME the One Being. It is also generally implied in that game and others that the One Being is manipulating him and every other major villain with the possible exception of Shinnok to get them to conquer the realms and merge them together so that it can be reborn that way, so Onaga might just be an UnwittingPawn.
13th Nov '17 2:08:35 AM zacheus
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** Shang Tsung is soul-bound to Shao Kahn.
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?
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