History YMMV / MortalKombat

6th Feb '16 6:18:36 AM TMK87
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moved the previous edit under a more suitable trope
** The first movie was this to many fans. While others enjoyed to see a live-action version with lush environments and a catchy title tune, others were disappointed since the violence level (arguably the most distinguishable feature of the series) was ''considerably'' toned down in order to get that PG-13 rating .

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** * LoveItOrHateIt: The first movie was this to many fans. While others enjoyed to see a live-action version with lush environments and a catchy title tune, others were disappointed since the violence level (arguably the most distinguishable feature of the series) was ''considerably'' toned down in order to get that PG-13 rating .
6th Feb '16 6:05:50 AM TMK87
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** The first movie was this to many fans. While others enjoyed to see a live-action version with lush environments and a catchy title tune, others were disappointed since the violence level (arguably the most distinguishable feature of the series) was ''considerably'' toned down in order to get that PG-13 rating .
17th Jan '16 1:11:23 AM nendroid
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Although the series is among the biggest fighting game franchises, the series' heavy emphasis on gory violence and finishers could well turn off many people.
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Although the series is among the biggest fighting game franchises, the series' heavy emphasis on gory violence and finishers could well turn off many people. There ''is'' a reason why the series gained attention in the news when it first debuted.
17th Jan '16 1:10:27 AM nendroid
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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Although the series is among the biggest fighting game franchises, the series' heavy emphasis on gory violence and finishers could well turn off many people.
30th Dec '15 1:53:23 PM PF
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30th Dec '15 1:53:02 PM PF
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** Even the famous title scream gets this. It actually first popped up in the Mortal Monday commercials for the console ports of MK1.
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** Even the famous title scream gets this. It actually first popped up in the Mortal Monday commercials for the console ports of MK1.''[=MK1=]''.

* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again. Supposedly, it's because test audiences wanted more fights, so they went back to do some re-shooting. It's also why Johnny disappears during the course of the fight: Linden Ashby wasn't actually there for the additional filming.
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation explanation, the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again. Supposedly, it's because test audiences wanted more fights, so they went back to do some re-shooting. It's also why Johnny disappears during the course of the fight: Linden Ashby wasn't actually there for the additional filming.

** Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well received by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese-American with little character to an Australlian-born thug.
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** Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well received by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese-American with little character to an Australlian-born Australian-born thug.

* TearJerker: I can't be the only one that shed a tear when [[spoiler: Liu said goodbye to Chan after defeating Shang Tsung]].
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* TearJerker: I can't be the only one that shed a tear when When [[spoiler: Liu said says goodbye to Chan after defeating Shang Tsung]].

* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While not as great as other effects spectacles, it does have some decent effects, especially compared to its sequel: ** Goro, especially, stands out as a ''very'' detailed and well-done animatronic; you can see the behind-the-scenes creation of the ''120-lb.'' suit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVi2klX_feE here]].
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* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While not as great as other effects spectacles, it does have some decent effects, especially compared to its sequel: ** sequel. Goro, especially, stands out as a ''very'' detailed and well-done animatronic; you can see the behind-the-scenes behind the scenes creation of the ''120-lb.''120 lb.'' suit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVi2klX_feE here]].here.]]
27th Dec '15 4:25:38 PM nombretomado
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* AmericansHateTingle: The franchise is infamously unpopular in Japan, to the point that none of the games have seen a release there since ''Mortal Kombat 3'' and other Western fighting games were tarred with its brush until ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' came out (the Animesque and Kawaisa tropes may have had a major hand in SkullGirls's popularity with Japanese gamers). Reasons vary, from [[TheyJustDidntCare the lack of real work on creating authentic mythology]] to the series' infamous downward spiral after ''3'', to generally not being quite as deep or well-designed in terms of gameplay as many Japanese fighters. The heavy focus on gory violence is also often criticized. It's not without a small following, but it doesn't even have a cult classic status out there.
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* AmericansHateTingle: The franchise is infamously unpopular in Japan, to the point that none of the games have seen a release there since ''Mortal Kombat 3'' and other Western fighting games were tarred with its brush until ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' came out (the Animesque and Kawaisa tropes may have had a major hand in SkullGirls's VideoGame/SkullGirls's popularity with Japanese gamers). Reasons vary, from [[TheyJustDidntCare the lack of real work on creating authentic mythology]] to the series' infamous downward spiral after ''3'', to generally not being quite as deep or well-designed in terms of gameplay as many Japanese fighters. The heavy focus on gory violence is also often criticized. It's not without a small following, but it doesn't even have a cult classic status out there.
25th Dec '15 11:41:36 PM AdamC
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** Reptile's lizard form is a very obvious CG creature.
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** Reptile's lizard form is a very obvious CG creature. Especially painful when compared with Goro (see below).
13th Dec '15 4:50:39 AM PF
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Besides the main theme, there's the remix of said theme by Music/UtahSaints, the instrumental version of "Control" that plays while Liu Kang and Reptile are fighting, "Halycon and On and On"... and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ** Besides the main theme, there's the remix of said theme by Music/UtahSaints, the instrumental version of "Control" that plays while Liu Kang and Reptile are fighting, "Halycon and On and On"... and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
13th Dec '15 4:49:13 AM PF
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* AdaptationDisplacement: The theme song is one thing a lot of people know about the series, but it's never played in any games. It only appears in the movie.
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* AdaptationDisplacement: AdaptationDisplacement: ** The theme song is one thing a lot of people know about the series, but it's never played in any games. It only appears in the movie.

** The soundtrack is ''still'' the best-selling game-to-movie soundtrack ever and was the fastest EDM album ever to reach 1 million sales in the US at the time, doing it in 10 days. * BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again. ** Supposedly, it's because test audiences wanted more fights, so they went back to do some re-shooting. It's also why Johnny disappears during the course of the fight: Linden Ashby wasn't actually there for the additional filming.
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** The soundtrack is ''still'' the best-selling game-to-movie soundtrack ever and was the fastest EDM album ever to reach 1 million sales in the US U.S. at the time, doing it in 10 days. * BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The fight against Reptile, added to the movie in the last minute. Without explanation the CG critter Reptile fuses with a statue he was kicked inside to take an appearance similar as in the games, and have a long fight sequence with Liu Kang. It's never mentioned again. ** again. Supposedly, it's because test audiences wanted more fights, so they went back to do some re-shooting. It's also why Johnny disappears during the course of the fight: Linden Ashby wasn't actually there for the additional filming.filming. * CriticalDissonance: Although it got mixed reviews from critics, the movie received praise from fans and casual moviegoers alike, and it is seen today as the best [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of VideoGameMoviesSuck. The film was also a commercial hit, enjoying a three week run as the number one grossing movie at the box office and the soundtrack charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts, going platinum in 10 days. This led to a sequel -- ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' -- which did not achieve the same acclaim or success. Because of this film's success, elements of its story [[{{RetCanon}} eventually became woven into the canon of the games]].

* EnsembleDarkhorse: Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage. ** More so however for Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well received by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese-American with little character to an Australlian-born thug.
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse: ** Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage. ** More so however for Trevor Goddard as Kano. His performance was generally well received by fans and even the creators of the games loved his portayal so much Kano was actually changed from a Japanese-American with little character to an Australlian-born thug.

* FoeYay: This can pretty much be seen as how Kano views his little rivalry with Sonya. His dialogue throughout the movie about her pretty much casts any doubt of this.
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* FoeYay: FoeYay: ** This can pretty much be seen as how Kano views his little rivalry with Sonya. His dialogue throughout the movie about her pretty much casts any doubt of this.this:

* HilariousInHindsight: The "[[MemeticMutation Real ninjas]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight wear]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Nikes]]" meme takes on a whole new meaning now. See SpecialEffectFailure below. ** Likewise, the BelligerentSexualTension between Johnny and Sonya rides the line between this and HarsherInHindsight come MortalKombatX - they're just as belligerent as ''ex-spouses''. The custody battle over Cassie must have been ugly.
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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight: ** The "[[MemeticMutation Real ninjas]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight wear]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Nikes]]" meme takes on a whole new meaning now. See SpecialEffectFailure below. ** Likewise, the The BelligerentSexualTension between Johnny and Sonya rides the line between this and HarsherInHindsight come MortalKombatX - they're just as belligerent as ''ex-spouses''. The custody battle over Cassie must have been ugly.

* SpecialEffectFailure: Instead of regular ninja-esque tabi, Scorpion can be seen wearing what look like hiking boots during his fight with Johnny Cage. And in a bit of [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze Frame Failure]], If you pause the movie while Reptile's doubled over from Liu Kang kicking him over a banister, you can make out a Nike swoosh on the soles of his feet.
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* SpecialEffectFailure: SpecialEffectFailure: ** Instead of regular ninja-esque tabi, Scorpion can be seen wearing what look like hiking boots during his fight with Johnny Cage. And in a bit of [[FreezeFrameBonus Freeze Frame Failure]], If you pause the movie while Reptile's doubled over from Liu Kang kicking him over a banister, you can make out a Nike swoosh on the soles of his feet.

* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Generally seen as an aversion, or at least a GuiltyPleasure. It helps that it was based on a game that was based on [[Film/EnterTheDragon one of the greatest martial arts movies ever,]] so they had a good framework to work with. The follow-up ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', unfortunately, hits this trope hard enough to leave a smoking crater. * SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While not as great as other effects spectacles, it does have some decent effects, especially compared to its sequel.
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* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Generally seen as an aversion, or at least a GuiltyPleasure. It helps that it was based on a game that was based on [[Film/EnterTheDragon one of the greatest martial arts movies ever,]] ever]], so they had a good framework to work with. The follow-up ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'', ''Mortal Kombat: Annihilation'', unfortunately, hits this trope hard enough to leave a smoking crater. * SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While not as great as other effects spectacles, it does have some decent effects, especially compared to its sequel.sequel:
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