* [[spoiler:Cyber]] Sub-Zero beating both Goro and Kintaro in a handicap match.
* [[SuperCop Stryker]] taking on [[spoiler:Reptile, Mileena, Kintaro, and Ermac]] all in a row and WINNING!
* Liu Kang [[spoiler: defeating Shao Kahn after the later killed Kung Lao by punching him right through his chest.]]
* Shao Kahn's speech at the intro; atop a pyramid surrounded by the bodies of dead Kombatants, he delivers an extremely BadassBoast as he delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Raiden about how he has won, and it marks TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler: The CallBack at the end of the game suggests he had the speech planned out years in advance, and it shows.]]
* Kung Lao singlehandedly taking out the duo of [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Shang Tsung and Quan Chi]]]]. Keep in mind that in the original timeline, those two mopped up Kung Lao ''and'' his companions. Furthermore, Kung Lao bests [[spoiler: Kintaro]] immediately afterwards.
* Raiden charging at [[spoiler:Motaro]], knocking him through a bridge and into the river below. [[spoiler: It's revealed shortly after that this killed Motaro, [[ForWantOfANail kickstarting the biggest]] WhamEpisode [[ForWantOfANail of the story.]]]]
* A RealLife one - the game sold well enough that it ''made back the money WarnerBros spent purchasing the Midway assets in the first place''.
** Even better: [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/323255/golden-joysticks-2011-mortal-kombat-tops-capcom-in-best-fighting-game/ the game won the award for Best Fighting Game at the Golden Joysticks 2011.]] ''[[TakeThat Over]]'' [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Capcom's]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 offerings]].
** The game actually got awarded best fighting game of the year in an Australian gaming magazine [[BannedInChina despite being banned there.]] That's how well-received it was.
*** Even better: thanks to the new R-18+ rating for games, as of May 1, 2013, MK9 has been un-banned from the land down under. But we don't get the normal game, oh no: ''[[SoCoolItsAwesome we get the Komplete Edition.]]''
* In the finale, [[spoiler:a rejuvenated Raiden channels the power of the Elder Gods and kills Shao Kahn, possibly for good.]]
* Sindel [[spoiler:slaughtering most of the heroes without breaking a sweat. Really sets the tone for the finale, a warning that things are going to be VERY different.]]
* Sub-Zero's ladder ending where he and Scorpion ''[[BackToBackBadasses join forces]]'' to easily defeat the Lin Kuei who murdered both of their families. People have wanted to see something like this for a while, and now they did.