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Here, we're going to list the characters introduced in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''.

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[[folder:Kuai Liang (Tundra/Sub-Zero VI)]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:231:''"This fight will be your last!"'']]

-> The sixth member of his family to bear the mantle of Sub-Zero, the warrior has become an active defender of Earthrealm from the forces of Outworld. A powerful [[AnIcePerson Cryomancer]] able to create and manipulate ice at will, Sub-Zero became the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei, aiming to rebuild it as a force for good in the world. His real name is Kuai Liang.

-> Taking the name Sub-Zero after the death of his elder brother Bi-Han, the Lin Kuei sent him and fellow warrior Smoke into to Outworld during the second tournament. Their mission was the same as his fallen elder brother's, to assassinate Shang Tsung. He soon learned of Scorpion's grudge against the recently "revived" Sub-Zero. But when he showed mercy to a defeated foe, Scorpion eventually realized he was in fact his younger brother and spared him his elder's fate. Unable to kill their target but aiding the Earthrealm warriors against Shao Kahn, the duo returned home empty handed.

-> Unfortunately, the Lin Kuei had acquired technology to enhance their warriors and desired Sub-Zero and Smoke to become cyborg assassins. The two refused and fled for their lives. Sub-Zero managed to escape, but Smoke was captured. He was marked for death whilst his friend was turned into a machine against his will. Smoke, Cyrax and Sektor were sent to eliminate him. When Shao Kahn suddenly invaded Earthrealm and claimed the souls of countless millions, as a chosen warrior he found himself one of the lucky few spared and joined Earthrealm's defense against Kahn. Convincing Smoke he had retained his soul and restoring his humanity the two defeated Cyrax and Sektor. Sub-Zero reprogrammed Cyrax to assassinate Kahn (a task he failed in) but Smoke was captured shortly before Outworld's defeat.

-> Convincing an enraged Scorpion during Shinnok's war that he had no role in the murder of his clan or family and with Quan Chi revealed as the true culprit the Lin Kuei was finally freed from the specter's vengeance. In the events prior to ''Deadly Alliance'' Sub-Zero returned to the Lin Kuei and defeated Sektor for the leadership of the clan, claiming the power-enhancing "Dragon Medallion" in the process. Vowing to reform the group into a force for good. When the "Deadly Alliance" struck he saw it as an opportunity to show the clan in a new light. Taking his new apprentice Frost with him, he aimed to aid Raiden's forces against the new threat. However, Frost's ambitions caused her to betray Sub-Zero, attempting to steal the Dragon Medallion from her master. Unable to handle its raw power, Frost was consumed by ice, with Sub-Zero blaming her failings on himself.

-> In ''Deception'' within a tomb in Outworld, he discovered his origins were that of a forgotten race known as Cryomancers. Laying Frost's body to rest and forgiving her treachery he donned an ancient suit of armor within the ruin and headed for an Earthrealm portal. He offered asylum to Sareena for aiding his brother in the past. Sub-Zero then found himself in direct conflict with his fallen sibling Noob Saibot and a reprogrammed Smoke during the events of ''Armageddon''.

-> In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the younger Sub-Zero is actively seeking Scorpion for his brother's death, and so heads to Outworld with Smoke to seek him. He is also on the run with Smoke from the Lin Kuei, as they were trying to avoid being turned into cyborg ninja like Cyrax and Sektor before them.

--> For tropes related to Cyber Sub-Zero, check the [[Characters/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat 9 character sheet]].
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: How he becomes leader of the Lin Kuei in the original continuity.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: In ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', his skin exhibits a gray shade while wearing his Cryomancer armor.
* AmplifierArtifact: The Dragon Medallion increases Sub-Zero's freezing powers. It's also the symbol of his status as the new Lin Kuei Grandmaster, and may have been responsible for his apparent age jump in ''Deadly Alliance''. His ancestral Cryomancer armor further boosts his powers.
* AndThisIsFor: The aftermath of his battle with Scorpion in ''9''[='s=] Story Mode.
-->''"For my brother!"''
* {{Badass}}: He's generally shown to be among the strongest of the heroic characters. Additionally in ''Mortal Kombat 9'' he handily wipes the floor with Scorpion (who bested his brother), and then as a [[spoiler:cyborg]] he thrashes both GORO AND KINTARO at once.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:As of ''Mortal Kombat X'', he's alive and organic once again.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: In his ''[=MK9=]'' Arcade ending, Raiden tells him the truth about what happened to his and Scorpion's families due to the Lin Kuei. He manages to convince Scorpion of this and they go forth to take on ''entire armies'' for vengeance.
* BaldOfAwesome: His alt. in ''Deception''.
* BearsAreBadNews: His Animality.
* {{BFS}}: The Kori Blade, his weapon style in ''Deadly Alliance'', ''Deception'', and ''Armageddon'', is a large sword made of ice. In the reboot, he occasionally pulls out an ice sword for combos, but it's much smaller and less intricate.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If he wins a match in ''9'' without performing a Fatality, he shoots ice towards the players, freezing the screen.
* ButNotTooForeign: Like his brother, American on his mother's side, [[UnevenHybrid Chinese-Cryomancer]] on his father's.
** ''Mortal Kombat 9'' has retconned this, since Sub-Zero's trailer shows both Kuai Liang and Bi-Han being abducted as children in what is clearly East Asia, contradicting the the backstory of the brothers being born to an American and later taken by their father to China.
* CainAndAbel: Upon discovering [[spoiler:Noob Saibot]]'s identity as his elder brother [[spoiler:reincarnated]], [[spoiler:Noob]] has been trying to kill him.
* CharacterDevelopment: In the ''[=MK1=]''-''MKA'' timeline, he started out as a silent assassin in ''II'', but when the Lin Kuei becomes interested in cybernetics in ''3'', he splits because he disagrees with the methodology. From there his character evolves greatly and becomes one of the most morally aware characters of the series, even taking over his former clan to lead them in a more righteous direction.
* CoolMask: In ''II'', ''4'', ''Deadly Alliance'' (as an alt.), and ''9''. In ''Deception'', he upgrades to a CoolHelmet as part of the [[AncestralWeapon armor of a long-lost Cryomancer]].
* CoolSword: His Kori Blade from ''Deadly Alliance'' onward is ''{{literal|Metaphor}}ly'' this; [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it's a sword made out of ice]]. [[BilingualBonus Kori is even the Japanese word for ice.]] Even though he's Chinese-American.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of the ''MK'' side's Chapter 4.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 8.
%% Don't pothole Cyber-Sub's focus here. That's already done in the MK9 character sheet.
* DefectorFromDecadence: In ''[=MK3=]''.
* DevelopmentGag: The original Sub-Zero was original going to be called "Tundra". In ''9'', this Sub-Zero (Kuai Liang) is codenamed "Tundra" before adopting his fallen brother's identity.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', his Klassic skin from ''[=MK1/2/3=]'' and his classic "Spine Rip" fatality.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying the game in Best Buy or Amazon UK gave you these items.
** The latest item available is his maskless look from ''3''.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars[=/=]ScarsAreForever: Oddly enough, it seems to have faded in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''. And it doesn't appear in ''9'', due to history being changed.
** EveryScarHasAStory: Averted. While it's presumably gained during his escape from the Lin Kuei prior to ''3'', it's never been officially explained. However, ''Shaolin Monks'' instead shows Sub-Zero being mistaken for his brother and attacked by Kung Lao, but this is most likely non-canon.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: His Grandmaster variation in ''X'' lets him throw his ice clones around as projectiles and use them as shields.
* GuestFighter: See Scorpion's entry.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Smoke. It should be noted that it was Sub-Zero's actions that helped his buddy regain his humanity after undergoing cyborgification.
** According to his plot progression in ''DA'' and ''Deception'', his short-term alliance with Kenshi quickly escalated into this.
* AnIcePerson: He's even seen in a few costumes with malleable sheets of ice on his forearms (and sometimes his legs). In ''4'' and ''Deadly Alliance'', [[BattleAura his body even emanates an icy mist]].
** CryonicsFailure: Starting in ''II'', he almost always has a Fatality where he at least partially freezes the opponent, leading to the below. Used on himself as a Hara-Kiri in ''Deception''.
** KillItWithIce: His preferred method of killing, natch.
** LiterallyShatteredLives
** SpontaneousWeaponCreation: His aforementioned Kori Blade is created by flash-freezing moisture in the air. He learns to make more improvised weaponry in the ''[=WB=] Games'' canon.
* AnIceSuit
* IcyBlueEyes: A literal sense as his are often a glowing shade of blue. Played straight in ''[=MKvs.DCU=]'' and ''Mortal Kombat 9''.
* IdenticalGrandson: [[WordOfGod According to John Vogel]], the Sub-Zero who teaches Shujinko in ''Deception'''s Konquest Mode is neither Bi-Han nor Kuai Liang, but their ancestor (most likely their father or grandfather given the chronology).
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kills [[spoiler:Scorpion]] in this matter in ''Armageddon'', as seen in the intro of ''9'' via FreezeFrameBonus. He gets the same fate at the hands of [[spoiler:Baraka]].
* {{Irony}}: One of the promos for ''Deception'' shows Sub-Zero killing Baraka. In the aftermath of ''Armageddon''? [[spoiler:Baraka is the one who kills him.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The heroic Sub-Zero that has been around for the majority of the series is actually him, the younger brother of the Sub-Zero from ''[=MK1=]'', and ''Sub-Zero'' has been the family codename in the Lin Kuei since their great-great grandfather.
** RedeemingReplacement: At his ''best'', Bi-Han was a dark AntiHero, with interpretation of his various deeds arguably placing him as worse. Kuai Liang, on the other hand, is a compassionate ([[GoodIsNotSoft if not realistically pragmatic]]) hero who spends a great deal of his early appearances trying to prove that he is ''not'' his brother.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: After gaining the [[AmplifierArtifact Dragon Medallion]], Subby's eyes turn {{occult blue|Eyes}}, as well as his scar. Once he dons the ancient Cyromancer armor, his scar fades, but his skin becomes [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation incredibly pale]] and his eyes instead turn [[MonochromaticEyes milky white]]. If his alt. in ''Deception'' is any indication, his hair also goes completely white, as opposed to just graying in ''DA''.
* MeaningfulName: His real name,"Kuai Liang", can translate into "fast ice," or more prosaically, "quick freeze." Considering his abilities and the fact that he's a Chinese [[AnIcePerson Cryomancer]], this is likely intentional even in-universe.
* MoralityPet: For Sareena, if her ''Armageddon'' bio is anything to go by. Not only did she tail Sub-Zero to protect him from harm while he was following Noob and Smoke, but her feelings for him were so strong that even when driven mad and forced to revert back to her demon form did Sareena flee rather than fight him.
* MrFanservice
* {{Mukokuseki}}: A Western example. [[http://tabmok99.mortalkombatonline.com/unmasked-subzero.jpg In his ending in the second game,]] he indeed looks Chinese. In ''3'', however...
** This was likely due to limitations in finding an actor, since in his downloadable unmasked costume in ''9'', he can be seen to properly have a mix of Caucasian and Asian facial features.
* MyGreatestFailure: Frost fills this role.
* NamesTheSame: He shares the same name with a minor character in the novel ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' (Kuai Liang, an advisor under Liu Biao).
* OlderAndWiser: Most notable in ''Deadly Alliance'' (and to a lesser extent, in ''4'').
* PottyFailure: His Babality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* PrettyInMink: His Cryomancer armor comes complete with fur ruffles around [[HighCollarOfDoom the collar]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Unlike his brother and Sektor, however, Kuai Liang knew ''where'' to draw the line.
* {{Pun}}: His first Fatality in ''9'' is called "Have an Ice Day."
* TheRival: Was this on-again, off-again for a while to Scorpion, depending on [[LetsYouAndHimFight who was saying what about him to Scorpion]]. In ''4'', they make peace, and future duels are usually just RuleOfCool. It's implied they still don't like each other, though.
* ShipTease: With Sareena, particularly in ''Armageddon'', though the teasing was directed at his elder brother. She may not know that [[spoiler:Bi-Han is dead]].
** InterspeciesRomance: He's mostly human, she's a demon in human guise.
* SixthRanger
* SlideAttack
* TheStoic: Easily the least vocal and most ruthless of the main heroes.
* StoneWall: Doesn't fully conform to this template, but this is a viable applicable of his freezing powers (especially his Ice Clones). The only time Subby has strictly adhered to this was in ''4'', where most of his other tactics ''were'' nerfed, but his turtling game was not.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TechnicalPacifist[=/=]ReluctantWarrior: Pinballs between the two, but usually stays rooted in the former. He has an aversion to killing, as seen by his story in ''II'' (this is also how Scorpion was able to piece together that he was not the same Sub-Zero he killed in the previous tournament, thus beginning his vow to protect the younger Sub-Zero). He even made peace with Scorpion ([[YouKilledMyFather his brother's killer]]), froze [[DeceptiveDisciple Frost]] out of mercy instead of outright killing her, and is currently trying to purify his brother's soul. All bets are off if you're a irredeemable villain, though.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In his non-ninja outfit.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We know that the Sub-Zero bros. were kidnapped by their father and taken to China, leaving behind their mother and a younger sister in America. However, no mention of their family was ever made afterward (aside from a cameo in Kuai Liang's vignette for ''9'', which detailed said abduction), and their current status (such as whether or not they survived Shao Kahn's invasion) remains unknown. It was widely believed that Frost was this long-lost sister of his, but this was {{Jossed}}.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: The whitening of his hair and hardening of his features in ''Deadly Alliance'' made him look older, but he's in his early 40s at most (he was 32 in ''II'').
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[[folder:Kitana]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:250:''"You will learn respect."'']]

-> Princess of the Realm of Edenia, Kitana has been Shao Kahn's step-daughter and personal assassin, and later an important member of the Forces of Light. Her most memorable trait is her ability to wield a pair of steel fans in battle.

-> Kitana was adopted by Kahn, as an infant, to strengthen his claims to the Edenian throne after he killed its king, Jerrod, and married Jerrod's wife, Queen Sindel, who were Kitana's parents. Kitana grew up dutifully loyal to Shao Kahn, whom she believed was her real father. She grew up to be one of Shao Kahn's personal assassins, alongside her good friend Jade and her evil "sister" Mileena. At some point in Kitana's life, she finally discovered the truth about her real father, Mileena's origins, and how Shao Kahn had conquered her realm. Devastated that her whole life had been a lie, Kitana vowed to overthrow the Emperor and restore Edenia to its former beauty. Kitana's chance finally came during ''Mortal Kombat II'', when Shao Kahn and Shang Tsung lured Earth's heroes into Outworld. Kitana entered the tournament and secretly contacted Earthrealm's heroes, but Mileena discovered her efforts and she was forced to kill her in self defense. Kitana was imprisoned and sentenced to death for killing Mileena, but managed to escape and rejoin her friends from Earth. Kahn sent Jade and Reptile after her, but rather than kill her childhood friend, Jade helped the Princess to defeat and capture Reptile. Then she converted her recently resurrected mother, Sindel, to her cause, and when Liu Kang managed to defeat Kahn had his invasion forces, Kitana and Sindel freed Edenia as well. But there was little time to celebrate, as a new threat presented itself in the form of Shinnok and his grand vizier Quan Chi. They invaded Edenia and imprisoned its legitimate rulers, then Raiden and his comrades come and saved the day. Kitana Offered Liu Kang to rule Edenia by her side, but the monk reluctantly rejected to keep his role as Champion of Earth.

-> Kitana would later negotiate an uneasy truce between the Centaurians and the Shokans, gaining Goro's trust. The combined armies of Edenians and Shokans, led by Prince Goro and Kitana herself, marched against Outworld's armies a few years later, with much success at first. However, in the decisive moments, Goro was mortally wounded, and the battle ended with a draw. Shortly thereafter, Kitana learned about the demise of both Shao Kahn and Liu Kang at the hands of the ''Deadly Alliance'', and their plan to resurrect the Undead Army of the legendary Dragon King. Unfortunately, the Forces of Light were and the princess killed along the other heroes, only to be revived by Onaga into his mindless slaves.

-> After the fall of the revived Dragon King, Kitana would gather her Edenian forces once more and prepare to face the ''Armageddon''.

-> In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Kitana actually gets involved with the story at an earlier time than the previous games' canon, actually meeting Liu Kang during the events of the first game, resulting in her and Liu Kang becoming much closer than in the previous games.
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* ActionGirl
* AssKicksYou: Her Square Boost in ''9''. While she's had the attack in her movelist numerous times before (as the Square Wave Punch), here she propels herself through the air rear end-first with a hip drop.
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:Shang Tsung, under the orders of Shao Kahn]], created clones of her. And then, the latter tells her the whole truth.
* BadassPrincess
* BareYourMidriff: In ''9''.
* BraidsOfAction: In the original timeline, by the time of ''DA'', Kitana's hair [[RapunzelHair had grown out to become so long]] that she tied and braided it up into a lengthy ponytail.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Her win pose in ''[=MK9=]'' (if she does not perform a Fatality), where she laughs and [[ThirdPersonSeductress winks at the player]].
* CombatHandFan: Her WeaponOfChoice is a pair of folding fans with blades in them.
* CombatStilettos
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', she's the focus of Chapter 9.
* DesignatedGirlFight: With Mileena. Justified since, between the two, ItsPersonal.
* DetachedSleeves: Her alt. in ''9''.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight]]: Passes away [[spoiler:in Liu Kang's arms]] after a heartwrenching speech to her lover moments after [[spoiler:Sindel]] kills most of Raiden's warriors in ''9''.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', Klassic Kitana from ''[=MK2/3=]''.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying ''9'' in Amazon UK gave you this item.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* FanservicePack: Starting in ''Deadly Alliance'' (for example, both of her outfits have ''plunging'' necklines), but it's taken up a few notches in ''9'', where Kitana sports her most revealing outfit to date.
* FootPopping: When delivering her KissOfDeath.
* HairDecorations: Usually adorns her hair with ribbons or hairbands, depending on the game.
* HeartbrokenBadass: In regards to Liu Kang in the original timeline.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jade. The two have been childhood friends for nearly ''10,000 years''.
* HighHeelFaceTurn
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: She has a brief crack at this to [[spoiler:Sindel]] in ''9''. [[spoiler:It didn't work]].
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake: She delivers one to her defeated opponents as a Friendship in ''MKII''.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Liu Kang. She's Edenian, he's an Earthrealm human.
** MayflyDecemberRomance: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld As noted below]], even if they did tie the knot, she'd most likely outlive him several times over.
* KillerRabbit: A literal one. When performing an Animality in ''Ultimate [=MK3=]'', she turns into a white rabbit and then attacks the enemy in some savage manner.
* KissOfDeath: Which [[PopGoesTheHuman inflates]] the victims 'til they explode.
* LadyOfWar
* LeotardOfPower
* LongHairIsFeminine
* NobleFugitive: She becomes one in both timelines, after being sentenced to death by Shao Khan; she escapes on her own in the original, and is rescued from a public execution in the timeline of ''9'' by Liu Kang, both versions causing her to join the side of Earthrealm.
* OffWithHisHead: One of her Fatalities.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Her WeaponOfChoice and IconicItem. They appeared to just be paper fans in ''MKII'', but in more recent versions they strongly resemble [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_fan Japanese war fans,]] most likely ''tessen''.
** MindOverMatter: She sometimes wields these weapons via telekinesis.
* PrimAndProperBun: Her hairstyle (shared with every other female ninja who existed as of ''[=MK3=]'') in ''[=MK3/4=]''.
* RapunzelHair: Since ''Deadly Alliance''.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Ten Thousand Years Old]]
* RebelliousPrincess
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Her design in ''9'' gives her a tiara in place of her headband from ''II''.
* ReverseMole: In ''II''.
* SensualSpandex: Her alt. in ''Deadly Alliance'' (which became her main outfit in ''Unchained'' and ''Armageddon''). [[http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/0/02/Edenia_Golf_Outfitters.jpg The ad for the Edenia Golf Outfitters]] from ''DA'' shows [[MaleGaze a closeup of her luscious backside]].
* ShesGotLegs
* StatuesqueStunner: 5'9".
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild That Thing Is Not My Sibling]]: This is often her reaction to her "sister," Mileena.
* TrueBlueFemininity
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[[folder:Mileena]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:308:''"Hahahaha, [[LetsDance let us dance]]!"'']]

-> Mileena is a clone of Kitana, created by Shang Tsung's sorcery for Shao Kahn, using Tarkatan physiology. Vicious and evil, she despises Kitana, and feels that it is her own right to rule Edenia as Princess in her place.

-> The Emperor feared if Kitana should ever discover the truth about her past, she'd turn against him. Kahn then ordered his sorcerer Shang Tsung to create an evil, vicious, and loyal clone of Kitana who would take her place. Tsung combined Kitana's essence with a Tarkatan's to achieve this purpose. However, something went wrong and the clone's face deformed into a hideous Tarkatan's mouth. Rather than disposing of her, she was given the name Mileena and introduced as Kitana's twin sister. During ''Mortal Kombat II'', Shao Kahn began to grow suspicious of Kitana and Mileena was ordered to watch over her sister. After finding out that Kitana was indeed conspiring with the Earthrealm warriors, Mileena attacked the princess, but Kitana proved to be the superior fighter and killed her. Damned to the Netherealm, Mileena found herself recruited by the fallen Elder God Shinnok. She served the rogue deity as a spy during ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'', and then assisted in Shinnok's invasion of Edenia during ''Mortal Kombat Gold''. After Shinnok's defeat, she was again bested by Kitana and secretly locked away in an Edenian prison, perhaps in the hope that she would one day reform.

-> When the Dragon King, Onaga, returned during ''Mortal Kombat: Deception'' and began his own invasion of Edenia, Mileena was freed from her prison by former ally (and possible lover) Baraka. She joined Onaga, and was ordered to pose as Kitana in order to mislead the princess' armies. However, as Mileena began her deception, she also began to consider taking control of the armies for herself. After the fall of Onaga, she used those armies to take over Shao Kahn's fortress during the period before ''Armageddon'', only to surrender it back to Kahn when the former Emperor returned and faced her.

-> Mileena has a slight upgrade to her story in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* AxCrazy
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: For completing the Challenge tower, you earn a third alt. costume for her, wearing nothing but bandages covering the naughty parts and nothing else.[[note]]It's the same "costume" she wears in her first appearance in the Story mode, in Kitana's chapter[[/note]] It is perhaps worth telling that Ed Boon apparently considers this the "[[MostGamersAreMale substantial]] [[AllMenArePerverts reward]]" for beating all the difficult challenges.
* BackFromTheDead: During ''II'', she fought Kitana and lost, badly. Shinnok resurrected her in ''Ultimate 3''.
* BareYourMidriff: Since ''Deception''.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Her win pose in ''[=MK9=]'', where she leaps at the screen. [[CartoonPhysics Even if she's fighting on The Pit]].
* BreathWeapon: One of her Fatalities. Think of BulletSeed, only with ''nails''...
* ButterFace: She's got Kitana's body... and the jawline of Baraka. 'Nuff said.
* CloningBlues: She was created originally to replace Kitana, but instead was made to be her watchdog.
* CombatStilettos
* DaddysLittleVillain: All of her actions are done to appease her beloved "father," Shao Kahn.
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkChick
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: In one of her Fatalities, Mileena pulls her sais out and stabs repeatedly her opponent to death. In another, she swallows a bunch of nails, which she then spits at her opponent.
* DesignatedGirlFight: With Kitana. Justified, see above.
* DetachedSleeves: Her alt. in ''9''.
* DistaffCounterpart: Conceptually speaking, she and Kitana where introduced into the games as the female equivalents of Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', Klassic Mileena from ''[=MK3=]'', with a change in one of her moves.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying ''9'' at Wal-Mart gave you these items.
* DragonAscendant: Strangely, this is a major role she carries in Outworld's hierarchy, according to ''[=MK9=]''. She will be the next to succeed Shao Kahn's throne should the emperor fall. Given how immature her mind is, this would place Outworld in a very odd situation to say the least...
* [[spoiler:EasilyForgiven: As hard as it is to believe, this happens in Kitana's non-cannon ending to [=MK9=]; she and Jade actually forgive Mileena and Kitana accepts her as family, the three eventually ruling Edenia as a benign aristocracy.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Not ''that'' pale, but she has the creepy factor down pat.
* EnergyWeapon: She can use energy-imbued sais as a projectile attack.
* EvilCounterpart: To Kitana.
* EvilKnockoff
* EvilTwin
* FanDisservice: Hot as hell [[NightmareFace until you see her lower face]].
** In ''[=MK9=]'', the big reward for completing the 300 challenges is a "[[{{Stripperiffic}} naked with bandages in strategic places]]" costume for her, which is the same costume she's wearing when [[spoiler:she fights Kitana in Kitana's chapter]]. Oh, and said "strategic places" '''don't include her face'''.
* FanservicePack: Starting in ''Deception''. If skin is to be barred, Mileena will most likely be the frontrunner in the pushing the envelope race. She even has a "window" in her panties baring her pubic area entirely in Mortal Kombat 9.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: If she does not successfully perform a Fatality in ''9'' after winning, she rips her mask off, leaps towards the camera (even if that's impossible given the arena she's in, like The Pit) and then makes a hideous laugh in the player's face, causing blood to appear on the screen. (This isn't the only example in the game, but it's arguably the most frightening.)
* {{Flanderization}}: The developers took the aspect of her character having half-Tarkatan teeth and sex appeal and really played it up in ''[=MK9=]''...
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: She has such strong feelings over her beloved teddy bear that she fights Scorpion over it.
* GreenThumb: As a Friendship in ''MKII'', Mileena plants a seed that turns into a flower.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: In a sense. Shang Tsung may have created her under Shao Kahn's orders, but Mileena is undoubtedly devoted to Kahn instead.
* HeelFaceTurn: In Kitana's Arcade Ladder ending in ''9''.
* HellishPupils: In ''9'', perhaps to better show off her Tarkatan features. Combined with gold eyes normally, and RedEyesTakeWarning in her alt.
* ImAHumanitarian: Used in a wide array of special moves and fatalities.
* KissKissSlap: With Baraka. Or perhaps [[SlapSlapKiss it's the other way around]]?
* LetsDance: Her opening line in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''. She also uses a variation when confronting Taven in ''Armageddon''[='s=] Konquest Mode:
-->''"Care to dance?"''
* LongHairIsFeminine: At least in ''II''. In most subsequent appearances, Mileena wears her hair shorter (about shoulder length).
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Well, sort of...
* ManChild: She gives of heavy hints of this in ''9'', like saying she wants Stryker to be her new playmate. Her bio even states her mind is more like a child than adult.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Her Friendship in ''Ultimate''.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Due to her status as half-Tarkatan.
* MsFanservice: To the point of ''[[http://mortalkombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mileena_2.JPG posing topless]]'' (in her ''Deception'' alt., one of her skimpiest outfits to date; her nipples were tastefully covered by her sais) for Magazine/{{Playboy}}. See {{Stripperiffic}} below.
* NightmareFetishist: In ''[=MK9=]'', she appears to get aroused whenever she pulls off a fatality.
* PrimAndProperBun: Her hairstyle (shared with every other female ninja who existed as of ''[=MK3=]'') in ''[=MK3/4=]''.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Well, she posed as Kitana between ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', and at least wears pink.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Her teeth were resized considerably in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''. They still look grotesque though, just not as extremely as her original design.
* PsychopathicManchild: Her bio in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' states that she's this. She even tells Stryker in an exchange (during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm) that she's looking for a new playmate.
** PerkyFemaleMinion: One who has no qualms about killing, but still, ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has made her pretty {{genki|Girl}}.
* {{Retcon}}: The earlier games suggested Mileena was raised alongside Kitana, while ''9'' involves her being created during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''.
* RollingAttack: Like Kano and Reptile, she's able to curl up into a ball and launch herself at foes.
* [[SaiGuy Sai Gal]]: Easily an [[WeaponOfChoice iconic trait]] of the character.
** [[KnifeNut Sai Nut]]
* ShesGotLegs
* SmellySkunk: She could turn into one as her Animality in ''Ultimate [=MK3=]''. Cue [[{{Fartillery}} poisonous fart]].
* TheStarscream: Her ending in ''MKII'' shows her taking over, to start with.
** During ''Deception'' and before ''Armageddon'', she also uses Kitana and Shao Kahn's deaths to her advantage and starts plotting to take over the realms.
* StatuesqueStunner: Could probably be seen as a DoubleSubversion, seeing as Mileena provides both {{fanservice}} ''and'' {{fan disservice}}.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: In a series of mostly stripperiffic characters, her costumes stand out the most—to the point that she actually ''appeared in a special edition of'' ''{{Playboy}}'' featuring video game characters, donning her alt. ''Deception'' [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060610152324/mk/images/6/6a/Mileena_2.JPG outfit.]] Luckily, [[FanDisservice her veil was still on]]. In Mortal Kombat 9, she even has a "window" on her panties, baring her pubic area. When you think of it though, she has quite a FreudianExcuse to do so: she's likely to wear more revealing and provocative clothing than her "sister" Kitana as a form of compensation for her very, ''very'' horrifying face--the lower face at least.
* TeleportSpam
* {{Underboobs}}: In ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''. She was a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.
* UnderwearOfPower: As an alt. costume.
* TheVamp: One of the more fanservice-y characters.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She mysteriously disappears during ''[=MK9=]'''s story mode.
* YoungerThanTheyLook[=/=]JailBait: Technically in ''[=MK9=]''[='s=] timeline as she is fully formed right out of the lab. This also explains her psychopathic manchild tendencies, as she pretty much is a child raised by mass murderers.
* YourSoulIsMine: Type II in her Arcade Ladder ending in ''9''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:308:''"[[BringIt Bring it!]]"'']]

-> Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs was the first African-American character in the ''Mortal Kombat'' series and an archetypical American hero. Leader of the Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA), he is an extremely capable fighter when it comes to protecting Earthrealm. His most prominent traits are his cybernetically-enhanced arms.

-> Prior the start of the series, Jax was a member of the Special Forces and was dedicated to the dismantling of the Black Dragon Clan. He almost succeeded: after disposing of the rest of their members, Jax faced the clan's leader Kano and beat him in combat. Kano was captured, but the criminal escaped at a later date. Following the events of ''Mortal Kombat'', Briggs went in search of both the escaped Kano and Lt. Sonya Blade. He confronted Johnny Cage about the tournament, but at first didn't believe Cage's claims. However, after receiving a video signal from Sonya herself, he visited Johnny at a commercial shoot with the intent to apologize to Cage for not believing him. Jax found the actor fighting a horde of Tarkatans led by Kintaro; he helped fight off the intruders until the other Earthrealm warriors showed up to help. Afterwards Jax traveled into Outworld to compete in the next tournament along with the Earthrealm warriors in hopes of finding Sonya and Kano. Here, Jax soon came to learn of the Emperor Shao Kahn's plans for Earthrealm. He was successful in freeing Sonya, but not only did Kano escape once more, the Earth government did not believe the Major's warnings. Jax began to prepare for the imminent conflict, and donned himself bionic implants. When Kahn come to Earth, Jackson Briggs was ready for it.

-> After Shao Kahn's attempt at claiming Earthrealm failed, Jax became the commanding officer of the Outer World Investigation Agency; OIA was not only assigned to explore and map other realms, but were also committed to the destruction of portals that could lead to Earth. After briefly assisting Raiden in the defeat of Shinnok in Edenia, Jax and Sonya found the Lin Kuei cyborg Cyrax, malfunctioning and trapped in a desert. Returning with him to their home base, they restored his humanity and gained a new ally. Years later, trouble would occur again, as not only were agents Kenshi and Cyrax lost in Outworld, but the OIA underground facility was nuked into oblivion by the traitor Hsu Hao. Jax tracked him in Outworld and killed the Red Dragon member. Afterward, he was among the group of warriors who made a final stand against the ''Deadly Alliance'' of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, but was unfortunately killed in the ensuing fight along with the rest of his allies. He, like his friends, was eventually found by Onaga and revived as a mindless drone.

-> Jax is pretty much the same hardass as always in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', but with a few changes to his story.
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* AllAmericanFace: He even pulls out the American flag and wraps it around him in his ''[=MK9=]'' win pose!
* AngryBlackMan: Before his arm transplant his only power was being a big black man. That and firing energy blasts.
* ArtificialLimbs
* BaldOfAwesome: In his appearance in ''MK vs. DC''.
* TheBigGuy of the FiveManBand
* BigOMG: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FgIxJEFMPo Knock him off of the Sky Temple]] in ''Armageddon'' and he'll utter one of these before screaming that he can't believe [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou this]] is happening to him right before he hits the ground.
* ButNotTooBlack: Yet another Black character who eventually went through this. Was '''very''' dark-skinned starting in ''Deadly Alliance'', with clearly African traits in previous installments. [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Now]], his complexion is that of Wrestling/DwayneJohnson and his traits are clearly mixed.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Sonya.
* CatchPhrase: "Gotcha!" Later installments also add "Oh yeah!" or "Aww yeah!"
* CoolGuns: Gets a pretty sweet assault rifle/machine gun from the time of ''Deadly Alliance'' to ''vs. DCU'', which is strapped to his back. Appropriately, his main costume in ''DA'' and ''Armageddon'' comes complete with a BadassBandolier.
* {{Cyborg}}: From ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' onwards.
** CyberneticsEatYourSoul: What happens to him in his endings in ''Armageddon'' and ''DC Universe''.
* DaChief: To Sonya.
* ADayInTheLimelight:
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse MK vs. DCU]]'', he's the focus of Chapter 3.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 6.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Jax is supposed to be Sonya's level-headed CO and a typical American hero, but this characterization doesn't always stick from game to game. ''Special Forces'' and ''Deadly Alliance'' made Jax akin to that of a {{Blaxploitation}} character. ''Shaolin Monks'' and especially ''vs. DCU'' show him as ''very'' cool-headed and sagely, putting him more in line with his intended personality. On top of that ''vs. DCU'' gives him shades of being a SpiritedCompetitor as well. ''9'' strays closer to the original trilogy, but also depicts Jax as brash, gung-ho, and gives him a bit of a nasty temper.
* DualTonfas: Wielded them as a weapon style starting in ''Deadly Alliance''.
* GeniusBruiser: A tech wiz. His expertise with computers is almost singlehandedly responsible for the respective {{Heel Face Turn}}s of Cyrax in ''4/Gold'' and [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]] in ''9''.
* GiantFootOfStomping: One of his past fatalities.
* InSpiteOfANail: In the original timeline, he voluntarily changed his arms to cybernetic ones in order to be able to better combat the Outworld forces. In the ''[=MK9=]'' timeline, [[spoiler:Ermac destroyed his human arms, and they had to be replaced with cybernetic ones]].
* KingOfBeasts: Jax can turn into a Lion as his Animality in ''[=MK3=]''.
* LightningBruiser: In ''3'' and ''[=UMK3=]''
* MegatonPunch: As a special move.
* MightyGlacier: In ''9''.
* NeckLift: One of his special moves, that follows with him punching the enemy multiple times.
* NiceHat: Both his regular and alternate outfits from ''Deadly Alliance'' and ''Armageddon'' sport one.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In his ''[=MK9=]'' ending, he uses a new cyber scanner to track down the BigBad's remaining forces. [[spoiler:While in the virtual reality interface, he ends up connecting to the cybernetics in Kano's eye. Jax beats up Kano in cyberspace and traps his consciousness inside the Special Forces mainframe, supposedly trapping him forever]]. In Kano's ending, it's revealed that after this, [[spoiler:he manages to break free as he gains control over all of the Special Forces weapons systems, basically becoming [[Film/{{Terminator}} Skynet.]]]]
* PureEnergy: He can throw purple energy waves as projectiles in some games.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His Piston Punch.
* RocketPunch: In ''MK vs. DC'', he could shoot [[MacrossMissileMassacre missiles]] out of his bionic arms.
* ScaryBlackMan: Largely averted. He's actually level-headed and easily approachable. Piss him off, however, and the trope is then played painfully straight.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Tells Cage this about his relationship with Sonya; it's apparently a strictly professional one, with Jax only acting as her CO. He had a... [[LetsYouAndHimFight quibble with Cage]] for that.
* ShockwaveStomp: Jax can punch the ground hard enough to shake the whole area, damaging his opponent.
* SickeningCrunch: Landing his backbreaker in ''[=MK2=]'' produces a meaty "SNAP!" soundbyte.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted, even for one of his fatalities.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Shades of it, including a backbreaker during his X-Ray in ''9''.
* YourHeadAsplode: He does this in his early fatalities.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Baraka]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:284:''"I am Baraka, leader of the Tarkata! I fear no one, least of all a human!"'']]

->A mean, unforgiving, and unpredictable warrior, Baraka belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkata, a crossbreed between Netherealm demons and denizens of Outworld. Baraka, like most other members of his race, possesses long blades extending from his forearms that he uses to nasty effects in battle.

->In the events leading up to ''Mortal Kombat II'', Baraka led the attack on the Shaolin Temple in Earthrealm, which spurred Liu Kang to seek vengeance in Outworld as predicted by his master, Shao Kahn. During the ensuing tournament, Baraka partnered with Mileena, herself part-Tarkata, to overthrow the Emperor and rule together, but Mileena was murdered and Baraka fleed to the lowlands of Outworld. In the time prior to the events of ''Mortal Kombat Gold'', Baraka encountered the necromancer Quan Chi while wandering through Edenia. Quan Chi offered Baraka a chance to rule the realm at his side if he agreed to join the army of Shinnok. Eager for battle, he readily accepted. Once again Baraka planned to betray his new masters, but after Shinnok was defeated by Liu Kang, his opportunity was lost once again.

->After the ''Deadly Alliance'' was defeated by the rised Onaga, Baraka and his Tarkata horde joined the Dragon King. After freeing Mileena from her prison, Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks. Posing as her sister Kitana, she misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against Baraka's Tarkatan raiding parties, thus giving time to Onaga for him to complete his schemes. However, Mileena gave command of Kitana's army to Bo' Rai Cho, and under his command a lot of Tarkatans warriors where killed, angering Baraka. In the end, Onaga was defeated, Baraka finding himself once more allied with the losing faction.

->Baraka is basically unchanged during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: His species, the Tarkatans, are said to be like this.
* AnArmAndALeg: In one of his fatalities from ''Deception'', Baraka uses his blades to slices the arms, legs, and neck of his victim. He then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOTmEeOI6fY stabs the torso and rips it out...]]
* ArchEnemy: Seems to be this to Kung Lao, judging by ''Shaolin Monks'' and ''Armageddon'''s intro cinematics. In fact, [[spoiler:it is Kung Lao who manages to kill him in the end]], judging by the intro to ''9''.
* AudibleSharpness: His Tarkata blades. Think of them like [[WolverineClaws Wolverine's claws]].
* AxCrazy: Perhaps less so than his fellow Tarkata (who are pretty over the edge as a race). He's skilled enough to be their field general and is pretty good about following orders. Shao Kahn in particular considers him a valuable ally to a degree. However in combat he's always in a bloodthirsty frenzy.
* BackToBackBadasses: Some levels in the challenge tower in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 9]] are a "hold-the-line" type, where you have to spam a certain move as a character to prevent zombies/tarkatans from reaching your end of the screen. Baraka stars in one, but back-to-back with Mileena, whom you have to control at the same time.
* BaldOfEvil: Another trait that seem to be part of his species.
* TheBerserker
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: His Animality turns him into a vulture.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Like all Tarkatans, Baraka sports twin razor-sharp blades in his arms.
* ButterFace: A male example. Has a muscular, saliently sculpted body... but the face is anything but attractive...
* CannibalClan: According to Jade's ending in ''Deception'', Tarkatans will viciously attack and devour any Tarkatan from foreign tribes. [[spoiler:Tanya, being smeared with Tarkatan essence by Jade while standing with Baraka and his horde, learns this the hard way]]. It's also heavily hinted through the series that Tarkatans aren't afraid of [[ImAHumanitarian eating regular people]] as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: His ''MK Gold'' ending sees he and the now [[AGodAmI god]] Quan Chi conquer Edenia. Baraka is fine and happy, until [[spoiler:Quan Chi then murders ''[[KillEmAll everybody]]''.]] Baraka finds this completely insane and calls Quan Chi a madman. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, Baraka doesn't live long after that.]]
* EyeScream: His X-Ray move in ''[=MK9=]'' has him impale his foe on one blade and use the other to stab their throat, and finally their eye.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* HairTriggerTemper: Nearly every one of his endings suggests this.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[WordOfGod It is said]] that Tarkatans are half-Outworld humans and half-Demons. Explains why they are all AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Courtesy of Kung Lao at the end of ''3''. In ''Gold'', he's [[BackFromTheDead held together with large metal staples]]. By ''Deception'', he's back to normal.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In ''MKII'', Baraka could finish his opponents by lifting them with and letting them slide down his blades, while the victim screams and flails about helplessly before expiring.
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during ''9''[='=]s story mode to get beaten up.
* KissKissSlap: With Mileena. This being ''Mortal Kombat'', and with both of them being AlwaysChaoticEvil, the "Kisses" are plots to rule Outworld together as king and queen, and the "Slaps" are [[MadLove betrayal and brutal attempts at murder]].
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
* NightmareFace: ''Oooh boy''... Tarkatans are all about this trope.
* TheNoseKnows: According to his endings in ''Deception'' and ''9'', all Tarkatans have a really keen sense of smell.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He's a vicious, animalistic monster... and still Shao Kahn's most trusted general. In particular, this is shown well in his ''[=MK9=]'' ladder ending. [[spoiler:It's revealed that the Shao Kahn he killed was [[TheStarscream Shang Tsung]], who had transformed into the emperor. It seemingly fooled everybody except him. The Tarkatans became Shao Kahn's favored race thanks to his loyalty!]]
* OffWithHisHead: A classic Fatality for him is to use one of his blades to cut his opponent's head off in one clean slice. Even ''his own head'', as an Hara-kiri in ''Deception''.
* PointyEars
* SpinAttack: In certain games, Baraka has a special move that allows him to spin around like a top with his blades extended. In ''MKT'' he could spin indefinitely.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Mileena.
* SwordDrag: His "between rounds" victory animation in ''[=MK9=]'' is him dragging an arm blade on the ground and snarling.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kung Lao]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:278: ''[[BattleCry "For the Shaolin!"]]'']]

-> A member of the same Shaolin order as Liu Kang, Kung Lao is the descendant of the Great Kung Lao who defeated Shang Tsung many generations before. His trademark feature is his razor-brimmed hat, which he can throw as a weapon.

-> Kung Lao is a quiet man who does not advocate violence or conflict. As such, he decided to omit himself from the Mortal Kombat tournament that Liu Kang attended and subsequently won (though this is retconned in ''9''). Later on, the Shaolin temple was attacked by Outworld monsters and Kung Lao decided that now was the time to act and stepped through the portal to Outworld to fight off the evil alongside Liu Kang. Upon returning from their success in Outworld, Kung Lao attempted to reunite the White Lotus Society, but was derailed when Shao Kahn invaded Earthrealm. Chosen as one of Raiden's protected warriors, he once again left his life of peace to defend Earthrealm from Outworld.

-> After driving back Shao Kahn's invasion, Kung Lao decided to retire to a solitary existence and led his companions [[FakingTheDead to believe he perished from injury]]. When word of Shinnok's ambition reaches him along with rumors that Goro, the man who had killed his namesake ancestor, is still living he returns to battle. He encounters Goro but rather than come to blows, the two warriors come to peace and end generations of bitterness. Kung Lao was the first to discover Liu Kang's body following Shang Tsung and Quan Chi's ambush and swears vengeance. He trains himself under the same master as Liu Kang with the hopes that his newfound skill would bring justice. Unfortunately, this was not the case and he would find himself unable to stand against Tsung and was vanquished. He was revived to serve Onaga's goals during ''Deception'' but frees his spirit in time to climb the pyramid in ''Armageddon''.

->Kung Lao's story changes quite dramatically in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Towards Liu Kang in ''Armageddon'' and ''9'' a little bit. ''Extremely'' blatant in ''Shaolin Monks''.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 11.
** [[spoiler:ADeathInTheLimelight]]
* DressingAsTheEnemy: According to both ''Shaolin Monks'' and ''9'', Kung Lao disguised himself as one of Shang Tsung's bodyguard to infiltrate the first game's tournament. In the latter, one of Raiden's "hot flashes" tips him off to this, causing the thunder god to berate the monk and force him into battle against Scorpion so that he'd lose and be disqualified.
* EveryoneHasStandards: While ''9'' as a whole is BloodierAndGorier than the rest of the franchise, [[WordOfGod Ed Boon himself]] has admitted that his "Jewel Cut" Fatality is brutal even for this game, saying that it was "probably the most painful-looking Fatality ever made". This sentiment is shared by many critics, including ''Cheat Code Central's'' Shelby Reiches, who included it among the four worst cinematic scenes in games, commenting: "Every time he does this to a male fighter, I can hardly watch. I try not to fight against Kung Lao anymore."
* FakingTheDead: He was apparently killed by Shao Kahn during ''Trilogy''. He survived, but for a time allowed his allies to believe him dead.
** [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: Thanks to [[spoiler:Shao Kahn]] in the end of his chapter in ''9''.
* FamousAncestor[=/=]NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The descendant of the Great Kung Lao, the Champion of Mortal Kombat who prevented Shang Tsung's tenth victory ages ago and was eventually killed by Goro. This Kung Lao is [[KingBobTheNth Kung Lao X]].
** In his arcade ending in ''9'', it turns out he's [[spoiler:actually the Great Kung Lao reincarnate.]]
* FatalFlaw: In ''9'', Pride. It gets him into a fight he can't in in the first tournament, and he gets a nice [[spoiler:NeckSnap]] while he's grandstanding after a victory.
* HeroicNeutral: While a key player in the battle against evil, at his core, he is a man of peace and would prefer to live a life of solitude and tranquility.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Liu Kang. ''Shaolin Monks'' goes the VitriolicBestBuds route (moreso from Kung Lao's side), whereas ''9'' tries to strike a fine balance.
* KillerRabbit: Literally! Two of his Vs. Fatalities in ''Shaolin Monks'' involve him [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat pulling a rabbit out of his hat]]; the first has him [[GrievousHarmWithABody beat them to death with it]], the second has the rabbit viciously maul them until they're dead.
* TheLancer to Liu Kang
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: As seen in ''4'' and ''Deadly Alliance''.
* MartialPacifist
* NiceHat: [[WeaponizedHeadgear It also doubles as a weapon!]] In 2012, ''IGN'' ranked his hat as 79th top weapon in video game history.
* PantheraAwesome: He turns into a cheetah for his Animality.
* OffScreenTeleportation
* RefusalOfTheCall: Original canon only; in both ''Shaolin Monks'' and ''9'', he decides to [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguise himself as a bodyguard]] and head to the MK tournament anyway (however, the latter gives him a justifiable reason, by having Kung Lao wanting to defeat Goro to avenge his ancestor).
* [[spoiler:{{Reincarnation}}: His ''[=MK9=]'' arcade ending reveals that he is The Great Kung Lao reborn in the modern day, which also means he got the chance to redeem his loss against Goro from 500 years ago]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He's the first to discover Liu Kang's corpse when Shang Tsung and Quan Chi kill Liu Kang in ''Deadly Alliance''. He doesn't take it well, and trains with Bo' Rai Cho to learn some new tricks to defeat the two. It... doesn't quite work out the way Kung Lao intended.
* TheRival: To Liu Kang as of ''Shaolin Monks''.
* TheSmartGuy of the FiveManBand
* SpinAttack
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WarriorMonk
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jade]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:278:''"This will be easy."'']]

->Jade is Kitana's best friend and bodyguard. Although loyal to Shao Kahn at first, she later joins Earthrealm's champions when Kitana defects.

-> She pretty much has the same storyline in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* ActionGirl
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Any time Jade is brought up in a discussion online, the speculation for her race/ethnicity ranges from Black, to Latina, to Asian, to Middle Eastern, to Southeast Asian... you get the idea. Most people tend to lean on "Black." Keep in mind that Edenians might not even have those kind of ethnic distinctions in the first place and that Edenia itself has a very [[UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast Middle Eastern]] feel (meaning that calling Jade most of the above races are all palpable).
* ArchEnemy: Jade does ''not'' take betrayal well. Tanya needs to sleep with one eye open, because Jade is having none of that crap.
* BareYourMidriff: Ever since ''Deception'', she's bound to have one outfit like this.
* BattleBoomerang: Well, more like "razorang," but close enough.
* {{Bodyguard Babe|s}}: Personally serves as Kitana's.
** BodyguardingABadass
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Klassic Jade]] in "Goro's Lair" in ''9''.
* BraidsOfAction: Her alternate in ''9''. Coupled with the [[ChainmailBikini bikini]] [[WalkingSwimsuitScene she dons]], she's a dead ringer for a darker-skinned [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia]] in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Her alt. in ''Deception'' also sported these in the form of GirlishPigtails.
* ButNotTooBlack: Her skin tone has always been brown, but in the official art and renders for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' for some reason, she's barely tan. Her ''[=MK3=]'' retro skin also qualifies, but this is due to LazyArtist since that skin is also applied to Mileena, except the clothes are purple.
* CatsAreMean: Her Animality turns her into a cat that attacks the opponent in a vicious clawing flurry.
* CombatStilettos
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', she's the focus of Chapter 10.
* DesignatedGirlFight: A Designated Black Girl Fight with Tanya. That is, we ''think'' a Designated Black Girl Fight.
** FoeYay: An odd variation in which the FoeYay comes from ''both'' sides; Jade seems to take her rivalry with Tanya a bit too seriously, and the hate is easily reciprocated.
* DistaffCounterpart: If Kitana and Mileena are conceptually counterparts to Sub-Zero and Scorpion, then Jade has got to be one to Reptile.
* DownloadableContent: Klassic Jade from ''[=MK2/3=]''.
** AndYourRewardIsClothes: Before being part of the [[DownloadableContent Klassic Pack]], buying [[Film/MortalKombat either film of the series]] on Blu-Ray gave you this item, exclusively to the [=PS3=] version.
* GirlishPigtails: Her alternate costume in ''Deception''. {{Braid|sOfAction}}ed, too.
* GroinAttack: The first part of her X-Ray in ''9'', delivered with her staff from behind.
* FanservicePack: In ''Deception''. Like the others, it continues on to ''Armageddon'' and ''9''. On top of this, her victory pose in ''9'' (should the player choose to not perform a Fatality) has Jade doing a ''pole dance with her staff'' for everyone's viewing pleasure.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Jade's staff is bigger than her.
** Averted in ''[=MK9=]'', where Jade holds the staff in her hand at all times. It's shown to extend and shrink in a manner similar to [[Manga/DragonBall Goku's Power Pole]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kitana (see above). This is perhaps driven home by her post-battle exchange with Mileena in ''9''[='s=] Story Mode ("I am more of a sister to Kitana than you"). Fans, whether jokingly or not, like to think [[LesYay that it's something a bit deeper than that.]]
** BlackBestFriend: [[AmbiguouslyBrown Maybe?]]
* LeotardOfPower
* LongHairIsFeminine: Albeit usually tied up in some fashion.
* MeaningfulName: Not only does Jade favor green as the primary coloration of her attire, she also sports [[WhatBeautifulEyes a rather striking pair of]] {{green eyes}}.
* MissedTheCall: Jade wanted to aid Kitana and the others during ''Deadly Alliance'', but was a bit late in joining up with them. This actually saved Jade's life in a SleptThroughTheApocalypse-esque manner, as she was not slain by the Tarkatan horde and subsequently revived to do Onaga's bidding.
* NoSell: In ''MKII'', Jade had complete immunity to projectiles: they simply go right through her. From ''Ultimate 3'' onward, she has a special that allows projectiles to phase through her. [[spoiler:Klassic Jade]] in ''9'' retains the full invulnerability she possessed back in ''II''.
* NonIndicativeName: Why is the Jade's Desert arena named after her? No explanation has ever been given.
* PatrioticFervor: Heavily implied, at the very least. She's the general of both the Edenian Resistance and the Edenian Freedom Fighters and the bracelets she wears are a symbol of her unshakable loyalty to Edenia. While normally warm and friendly to her allies and loved ones, she ''most definitely'' doesn't take kindly to traitors to her homeland, as seen with Rain and ([[ArchEnemy most]] [[FoeYay prominently]]) Tanya.
* PrimAndProperBun: Her hairstyle (shared with every other female ninja who existed as of ''[=MK3=]'') in ''[=MK3=]''.
* RaceLift: All over the place. Jade started out as a clearly Black palette swap of Kitana, then was Asian in the movie, before finally settling on the AmbiguouslyBrown scheme we see above.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Same deal as Kitana.
* SecretCharacter: She demanded that you win the fight before the ? in one player mode using only low kicks.
* ShesGotLegs
* SpinningOutOfHere: In ''Deception'', she gains a move called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent. Kitana and Khameleon would borrow this move in ''Armageddon''.
* SpoofAesop: Well, we can only ''hope'' she's kidding [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgt4xMTsqrc when she gives this advice.]] (Of course, as stated below, the source probably shouldn't be considered canon.)
* SimpleStaff: Usually.
** BladeOnAStick: In ''Deception''.
* StatuesqueStunner
* {{Stripperific}}: Not only her costume and such; her non-Fatality win animation in ''[=MK9=]'' features her planting her staff upright in the ground and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz_Jx34PI7U twirling around it like a stripper pole.]]
* ThirdPersonSeductress: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q75OiZTYuUo This speaks volumes.]] Apparently, Jade was kind enough to let us know that her BWH measurements are 36-24-36 and that her astrological sign is Scorpio. (This is something of an example of InformedAttractiveness; Video Game Vixens probably shouldn't be counted as canon and while Jade is indeed [[CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces a curvy beauty]], she's neither wasp-waisted nor more buxom than the other females as they ''all'' pretty much have the same perfect figure. And as for being a Scorpio, being ten-thousand years old, she was born ''long'' before the Western Zodiac system - or the calendar it is based on, for that matter - was established.)
* UnderwearOfPower: As her primary costume in ''Deception''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Smoke]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:227:''"Where there is smoke, there is fire!"'']]

-> Formerly a deadly Lin Kuei assassin from Prague named Tomas Vrbada, Smoke was forced against his will to become a cyborg assassin. However unlike other warriors converted into killing machines he retained his soul which constantly battles against his programming to assert Smoke's free will.

-> During the second tournament in Outworld, Smoke was assigned to aid the sixth Sub-Zero in his assassination of Shang Tsung. The mission was unsuccessful but the two did aid the Earthrealm warriors against Shao Khan. Returning home to find the Lin Kuei planned to convert their members into cyborgs, Smoke and Sub-Zero fled to avoid being turned into machines. Unfortunately Smoke was captured and then forcibly made into a cyborg assassin. Sent after his former friend Sub-Zero, he eventually realised he still had a soul and overcame his programming. Despite aiding his ally in Cyrax and Sektor's defeat, Smoke was captured by Shao Kahn's forces.

-> Taken as a trophy to Outworld, he rotted in Kahn's dungeon deactivated until revived by the evil Noob Saibot to be his ally against his will. Noob intends to use Smoke as a template for a cyber-demonic army. But there have been signs that his true nature remains.

->Smoke's story is probably the one which most dramatically changed in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' when compared to his previous incarnation.
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!!!Tropes related with Smoke (human) (''MKII''[=/=]''[=UMK3=]''[=/=]''MKT''[=/=]''[=MK9=]'')
* AnimeHair: His ''[=MK9=]'' design.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy[=/=]MysticalWhiteHair: As a result.
** CompressedHair: In his alt.
* BattleAura: His body emits a constant fume of smoke. His cyborg form does the same, but this is [[{{Nanomachines}} by artificial means]].
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Klassic Smoke]] in "The Living Forest" in ''9''.
* CanonName: Tomas Vrbada.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', he's the focus of Chapter 7.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', Klassic Smoke from ''II''.
* FanservicePack
** MrFanservice: The moment his design from ''9'' was revealed, Smoke's female fanbase rose up out of the depths and swarmed like sharks attracted to blood. [[http://g0069.deviantart.com/art/Bishiality-209213416 We're]] [[http://mkninjachick.deviantart.com/art/Chibi-Smoke-209739330 not]] [[http://brucestache.deviantart.com/art/Unmasked-Mortal-Kombat-212112843 joking.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With the younger Sub-Zero. Smoke considers Sub-Zero to be like a brother to him.
* HotterAndSexier: In ''9'', as noted above.
* [[spoiler:InfantImmortality]]: As noted below, averted with a vengeance. Again, [[spoiler:Smoke was the HumanSacrifice offered to a demon ''as a baby''.]]
* {{Invisibility}}
* LeeroyJenkins: Shows some shades of this in ''9''. When his friend is captured by [[spoiler:the Lin Kuei to be automated]], he almost blows his cover, risking his own capture. Later, after [[spoiler:Jade defeats Mileena and attempts to contact Raiden]], Smoke believes that [[spoiler:Jade]] just knocked out [[spoiler:Kitana]] and challenges her to a battle, despite [[spoiler:Jade]] and Raiden telling him otherwise (given his words, it's likely that he perceived [[spoiler:Jade's relationship with Kitana]] to mirror [[HeterosexualLifePartners that of his own with his friend]]).
* MeaningfulName
* McNinja: ''9'' reveals he's actually Czech.
* MysteriousPast: According to his bio in ''9'', Smoke has no memory of his childhood and hopes that his time with the Lin Kuei [[QuestForIdentity will help him uncover his past and the origin of his powers]]. In his Arcade Ladder ending in ''9'', he remembers this: [[spoiler:as a child, he was sacrificed to a demon by an unknown cult, returning to life as [[HumanoidAbomination an Enenra, a creature made of smoke and vapor]], and slaughtering the ones who killed him]].
* MysticalWhiteHair
* PottyFailure: His Babality in ''Mortal Kombat 9''.
* PricklyPorcupine: His Animality turns him into a porcupine that shoots its quills at the opponent
* {{Pun}}: His pre-battle quote in ''9'', reproduced above.
* SecretCharacter: In ''MKII'', he required you be at the Portal. Whenever you uppercut, sometimes sound designer Dan Forden appears in the corner saying "Toasty!" If you're on the portal, hit Down and Start at the same time.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: According to ''9'', Smoke was born in the Czech Republic. That's right, a ''Slavic'' McNinja.
* SuperSmoke
** SmokeOut: Inverted in ''9'', where he throws a wispy projectile at the ground. If it connects with his opponent, ''they'' are forcibly transported into the air.
* SuperSpeed: In his ''MKII'' appearance, he was a Scorpion clone who had three distinguishing features: the smoke coming from his body, his throwing, and his insane speed.
* TeleportSpam
* ThrowTheDogABone: In ''9'', he gets:\\
'''1.''' To escape his fate from the original canon [[spoiler:and stay human]].\\
'''2.''' [[DivergentCharacterEvolution More unique specials]].\\
'''3.''' [[ADayInTheLimelight His own chapter in Story Mode]].
** YankTheDogsChain: Too bad that...\\
'''4.''' He's brutally offed by [[spoiler:Sindel]].\\
'''5.''' He's [[spoiler:resurrected by Quan Chi to serve him in the Netherrealm]].
* TheWorfEffect: A less severe case. In his chapter of Story Mode, he faces off against Kitana and Sektor and triumphs without much difficulty. When they meet again (Kitana and Nightwolf's chapters, respectively), [[spoiler:Kitana beats him alongside Cage, and Sektor treats Smoke like a rag doll, with Smoke being unable to successfully land a blow before Sektor gets him into a chokehold and Nightwolf has to intervene]].
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In ''9'', the first part of him X-Ray move has him German suplexing his opponent. He then turns around and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown kicks them hard in the face]] while telling them to "[[TrashTalk Stay down.]]"

!!!Tropes related with Smoke (cyborg) (every other game, also ''[=UMK3=]''/''[=MKT=]'')
* ALoadOfBull: His Animality.
* AssimilationPlot: His ending in ''Armageddon''.
* AssistCharacter: Becomes one to Noob Saibot in ''Deception''.
* BareFistedMonk: In ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', he has no weapon. In ''Deception'', this was because he was a tag team with Noob, but in ''Armageddon'', he doesn't pick up a weapon after Sub-Zero frees him from Noob's control. Instead, he has two unarmed fighting styles, Mi Tzu and Judo.
* CoolMask: His alt. in ''Deception'' (later his default costume in ''Armageddon'').
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: He's the most obvious subversion in the series. His personality and identity are suppressed, but his soul is still intact. However, while Cyrax and Sektor could not be detected by Shao Kahn for their lack of souls, Smoke did, though his couldn't be stolen as he was one of Raiden's [[TheChosenMany chosen warriors]], but it went FromBadToWorse for him: even his later reprogramming by Noob Saibot is implied to not be sticking.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: After ''Mortal Kombat 3'', Shao Kahn kept his deactivated body as a trophy.
* EatTheBomb: One of his Fatalities in ''[=MK3=]''.
* EarthShatteringKaboom Used as an (obviously non-canon) Fatality.
* FightingFromTheInside: ''Deception'' hints that Smoke's good nature has not been entirely suppressed by Noob's programming. In Ashrah's ending, he starts to short-circuit in the Netherrealm, as only demons and truly evil people can remain there unharmed. In Konquest mode, Smoke passes along several messages and plans for Sub-Zero through Shujinko, suggesting that he's acting as a ReverseMole.
* GreyGoo: His nanomachines become this in his ''Armageddon'' ending. The realms are, simply put, screwed.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Good by default, but unwillingly turned evil in ''3'' and ''Deception''. By ''Armageddon'' (or specifically, Konquest mode of that game), he's back on the side of Good, seen with the Forces of Light during the Battle of Armageddon.
* IAmLegion: His ending in ''Armageddon''.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Noob attempts to harness them in his conquest of the realms. They're responsible for repairing Smoke's robotic body, explaining his new appearance in ''Deception''.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: From what info has been given between the two continuities, [[spoiler:he's a Slavic human-turned Enenra-turned human ''again''-turned cyborg]].
* TakingYouWithMe: His ''[=MK3=]'' World End Fatality is an example of this and ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill. Not only did he take ''you'' with him, HE TOOK THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH HIM.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Again, his World End Fatality, which blew up both you, him and the entire planet to boot.
** SlapOnTheWristNuke
* UnwillingRoboticisation
* [[JustForPun Vapor]] [[VaporWear Wear]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bi-Han (Noob Saibot)]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:231:''"Fear me!"'']]

->Upon dying, Sub-Zero V's soul was corrupted and he became a wraith named Noob Saibot. He lost his ice abilities but gained a new power: the ability to control darkness. Under his new identity, he served Shinnok as the head of the Brotherhood of Shadows for a time. He mainly played the role of observer until Shinnok's apparent demise in ''4'', which caused the Brotherhood to disband. He made a triumphant return when he nearly killed Goro under the servitude of Shao Kahn during ''Deadly Alliance'', but after Shao Kahn (apparently) died, his role shifted to observer again until ''Deception'', where he finds Smoke in one of Kahn's old prisons. He reactivates Smoke and reprograms him into servitude. He now aspires to enslave the Netherrealm under his iron rule by assembling a new Brotherhood of Shadows.

->Noob's storyline in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' is pretty much the same. He serves Quan Chi more readily than in the previous games, but he also hasn't lived the events post-''Deadly Alliance'', so it remains to be seen if he'll eventually strike out on his own. He is apparently still alive (err... [[TheUndead existing]]) and serving the Netherrealm by the game's end.
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* BackToBackBadasses: As a win pose in ''[=MK9=]'', he does this with a clone he can summon during the fight.
* BackFromTheDead
** CameBackWrong: As Raiden foretold in ''Mythologies'', the darkness in Sub-Zero's soul corrupted him upon entering the Netherrealm, stripping Sub-Zero of all compassion and moral restraint, turning him into this HumanoidAbomination. This is also what Raiden tries to avoid to happen to him in ''[=MK9=]''. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Quan Chi had different ideas]].
** DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Mostly because he now lacks any positive qualities he had in life, but Noob most certainly does not lament this change. He instead revels in it, going as far to state in ''9'' that his new form and allegiance to Quan Chi suits his purpose.
** TheUndead
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Klassic Noob]] in "The Cathedral" in ''9''.
* CainAndAbel: He's the Cain to Kuai Liang's (the younger Sub-Zero) Abel.
** In ''Deception'' [[spoiler:he attempts to kill his younger brother]].
** In ''Armageddon'' [[spoiler:he storms the Lin Kuei temple]].
** In ''9'' [[spoiler:he tries to kill Cyber Sub-Zero as Quan Chi prepares the Soulnado]].
* CastingAShadow
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: His first appearance in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has him wearing his alt. costume, which is ''exactly the same as Sub-Zero's alt.'' (i.e. the same one shown during the island tournament), [[PaintItBlack only black]]. How Kung Lao, who was present at said tournament, is unable to recognize him is unknown (although he does remark that Noob seems familiar somehow).
* CycleOfRevenge: He still holds a grudge against Scorpion.
** At the end of ''Armageddon'' (as recounted in ''9'''s intro), he's killed by [[spoiler:Scorpion]]. Noob's dead body is seen near Reptile's on the path to the Pyramid of Argus, [[spoiler:with Scorpion's katana sticking out of him]].
* DarkIsEvil
* DeathIsCheap
* DiscardAndDraw: Upon his revival, Bi-Han lost his cryomancy in favor of shadow and darkness-aligned powers.
* DoppelgangerAttack: In ''9'', Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself who sends out to attack his foes.
** LivingShadow: If you look closely, Noob's real shadow doesn't return until his ink clone finishes its attacks.
* DownloadableContent: In ''9'', Klassic Noob Saibot from ''II''.
* TheDragon: Apparently, plays this to Quan Chi (ironically, Scorpion--in his less rational moments--could also be seen in this light), although various bios throughout the series state that [[DragonWithAnAgenda he's simply biding his time before carrying out his own agenda.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Kuai Liang. Perhaps driven home in ''9'', where [[spoiler:Cyber Sub-Zero]] notes that they are both corrupted versions of their former selves.
** Can also considered to be one to Scorpion. A spectre of a ninja? Check. Killed by his arch-nemesis? Check. Gets resurrected in the Netherrealm? Check. His death and resurrection are result of Quan Chi's manipulations? Check.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Subverted in that his voice was already that deep when he was human, perhaps serving as a clue to his character progression.
* FallenHero: Well "[[NominalHero hero]]" is a stretch. As an Earthrrealm dweller Bi-Han wasn't particularly "nice" or even "good", just a man "earning his living", by his words. We'll say making into Noob Saibot made him a lot nastier than he already was.
* FlechetteStorm: Used as a Fatality in both ''4'' and ''Deception'' (in the former, it was directly lifted from Reiko) and as a special in both ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', both via shuriken (the WeaponOfChoice for members of the Brotherhood of Shadows).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Aside from the hints given in ''Mythologies'', in ''[=MK4=]'' he's given his brother's Ice Shatter Fatality, perhaps hinting to TheReveal in ''Deception''.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Both of his fatalities in ''9'' involve severing the opponent in two -- one horizontally, the other vertically. Additionally, his ''Deception'' ending has him and Smoke killing Sub-Zero in a manner not unlike that of his "Make a Wish" Fatality from ''9''.
* InTheHood: In his ''[=MK9=]'' incarnation. Also used as an alt. in ''4''.
* {{Invisibility}}: Had this ability as a special in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
* {{Irony}}: He ends up serving the very same forces he fought adamantly against in his past life.
* {{Jobber}}: Has a tendency to repeatedly show up during 9's story mode to get beaten up.
* KickTheDog: You could say that he does this to all of his former allies, but Smoke and his little brother ([[HeroWorshipper who once adored him]] and originally sought to avenge him) get the short end of the stick. He even tells [[spoiler:Cyber]] Sub-Zero this in ''9'':
-->''"We share blood. We are'' not ''brothers."''
* [[spoiler:LikeABadassOutOfHell: Takes over the Netherrealm with help from Havik in his Arcade Ladder ending from ''9''.]]
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Possibly. In ''9'', Noob gains an ink-like shadow clone of himself; according to developer notes, this entity is Saibot, while Bi-Han is Noob, the main body and controller of said shadow creature (see LivingShadow above).
* MadeOfEvil: Having been stripped of his humanity, Noob Saibot might just be the most malicious character in the series. At least the other villains ''choose'' to be evil; Noob simply ''is''.
* MeaningfulName: His name is both "Boon" and "Tobias" spelt [[SdrawkcabName backwards]], after developers Ed Boon and John Tobias. Note that Tobias leaving Midway has nothing to do with "Saibot" being removed in gameplay for ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon''.
** UnfortunateNames: The first name may be Boon backwards, but internet forum goers would say otherwise. In some ''MK'' games, he was broken enough to fit the name, others just shortened the name. And then, Midway decided to play to the joke by giving Noob a [[DropTheHammer Troll Hammer]] in ''Armageddon''.
* MonochromaticEyes
* PaintItBlack: His body, skin and outfit alike, is pitch black (excluding ''Deception'', where his default costume gives him normal-colored pigmentation; his regular and alt. outfits would be swapped around in ''Armageddon''). Played straighter with his alt. in ''9'', which is the same as Sub-Zero's alt. in that game (supposed to represent Noob himself while he was still human), only black.
* PowerEchoes: In ''9''.
* PowerNullifier: His Disabler/Ghostball technique temporarily prevents enemies from using their specials.
* PortalCut: His second fatality in ''9''.
* TheReveal: ''Deception'' confirmed that Noob Saibot is Sub-Zero from the first ''Mortal Kombat'' game revived as a wraith after his death at Scorpion's hands.
** AscendedFanon: This transformation was the result of Dan Forden fielding a suggestion from a fan, and said suggestion being approved and enshrined in ''Deception''.
* SecretCharacter: In ''II''. He asked for 50 wins in a row.
* SinisterScythe: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: With Smoke in ''Deception''.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: His X-Ray move in ''[=MK9=]'' results in this from his opponent.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kintaro]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:337:''"I will eat your heart!"'']]

-> Stronger and more agile than his predecessor, he is enraged by his cousin Goro's defeat. Kintaro vows to take revenge on the earth warriors responsible.

-> In the second tournament, after learning of Goro's apparent death at the hands of a mere mortal, Kintaro vowed to avenge his cousin and destroy Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat. After a restored Shang Tsung was defeated again yet by Liu Kang, Kintaro then challenged Liu Kang to Mortal Kombat. He ultimately lost just as Goro did.

->Kintaro is basically the same in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* BackFromTheDead: Raiden vaporized him in ''II'', but like so many others, he came back for ''Armageddon'' with no explanation.
* {{Badass}}
* BeastMan: According to his bio in ''9'', Kintaro hails from a lower lineage of Shokan known as the Tigrar (as opposed to Goro and Sheeva hailing from the more noble and aristocratic Draco lineage).
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In ''9'', it's revealed he's the one who [[spoiler:nearly killed Kabal during the events of ''Mortal Kombat 3''.]]
* BreathWeapon: By ''[=MK9=]'', has breathing a stream of fire as a move.
* TheBrute
* TheDragon: To Shao Kahn in ''MKII''.
* InNameOnly: He's named after a Japanese folk hero, but has nothing to do with him at all. The original Kintaro was more of a Japanese version of Literature/{{Tarzan}}.
* TheJuggernaut
** TheWorfEffect: Gets his ass handed to him in every battle he's in in ''9''[='s=] story mode, even though his bio states [[spoiler:he became Shao Kahn's bodyguard by slaughtering several Centaurs single-handedly out of sheer ''grandstanding''.]]
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Losing a match to this guy is going to be humiliating even if he ''doesn't'' kill you; his non-Fatality winning pose in ''9'' consists of knocking his opponent into the air, catching him or her by the leg, and then holding the victim aloft by the heel, upside-down.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:What he delivers to Kabal via BreathWeapon in ''9'', minus the killing part.]]
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110509195026/mk/images/1/11/Mk2-development01.jpg Originally designed as a tiger/human hybrid,]] this look was ultimately scrapped due to it not being feasible to construct at the time and replaced with the "Shokan plus tiger stripes" look he sports in ''[=MK2=]''. For his return in ''Armageddon'' he was given more tigerlike characteristics, an aspect carried over to ''[=MK9=]''.
** During an interview Gamepro did with John Tobias, John stated "Even in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', we still didn't have all the time to do everything we wanted", citing Kintaro. He says, "I based him on Goro's species, adding different markings, but I was never fully satisfied with the Kintaro character."
** CuteKitten: What happens to him during his ''[=MK9=]'' Babality transformation.
* {{Loincloth}}
* MonsterModesty
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Like his cousin Goro, he sports four arms.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: In his ending in ''9'', [[spoiler:he kills Shao Kahn in order to gain more glory, but gets hounded as a traitor by all of Outworld, as a result.]]
* SNKBoss: All the stuff that made Goro hard applies to him, plus he has a really damaging air throw.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Goro, status-wise as a Shokan sub-boss.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Despite his status as a furry, no one seems to notice or care.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shao Kahn]]
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-->[[caption-width-right:317:''"I am Shao Kahn! Konqueror of worlds! You will taste no victory!"'']]

-> The supreme ruler of Outworld and one of the biggest threats facing Earthrealm, Shao Kahn is one of the most powerful forces in all the realms. The emperor has long been obsessed with the conquest of earth.

-> Shao Kahn was once The Dragon King Onaga's advisor. Before the Dragon King could obtain immortality, Kahn poisoned him and took his former master's throne. Eventualy going on to conquer countless lesser realms through brute force and Mortal Kombat, he consumed untold souls in his neverending quest for power.

-> When he took Edenia, a milestone in his campaign, he murdered King Jerrod in battle and took his wife Sindel as his bride. He then raised Jerrod's daughter Kitana as his own and trained her to be his personal bodyguard. Sindel eventually killed herself rather than be his slave but even death would not free her of Shao Kahn; he trapped her soul in Outworld denying her the afterlife. His next target was Earthrealm. He sent Shang Tsung and then Goro to gain enough victories in Mortal Kombat to allow him to freely invade. Despite a 500 year winning streak, Goro was denied the vital tenth victory by Liu Kang, a descendant of the very man who had put an end to Shang Tsung's dominance of the tournament centuries ago. Enraged, Kahn brought Tsung before him to punish him personally. However the sorcerer begged him for another chance, one that the emperor believed might hold the key to undoing five centuries of wasted plans. The plan was to draw Liu Kang and his allies into an Outworld tournament where they would surely die. However, the champion of Mortal Kombat proved too great even for the emperor himself, defeating him personally. Unwilling to accept this, Kahn ordered his forces to kill the Earthrealm force but they managed to escape.

-> Shao Kahn had one last plan up his sleeve however. Ordering Shang Tsung to complete a plan 10,000 years in the making, his long dead wife Sindel was resurrected, not on Outworld but on Earthrealm. This allowed Kahn to step through the realms to claim her and undermine the safeguards of Mortal Kombat, where he then launched a full invasion of Earth. Consuming countless millions of souls upon entering the realm he sent extermination squads to destroy those possessing souls he could not steal. The chosen few eventually defeated Outworld's forces, with the emperor falling once again to the might of Liu Kang. Shao Kahn was greatly weakened by this defeat and Earthrealm was restored. Much of his so-called loyal soldiers had abandoned him, and Kitana had turned Sindel to her side, restoring Edenia as an independent realm. To make matters worse for Kahn, the Shokan had joined them. When Shang Tsung and Quan Chi came before him to pledge allegiance, it soon became an assassination attempt and seemingly his reign had finally come to a violent end. However ''Deception'' revealed the emperor had planted a clone in his stead and restored the mortally wounded Goro with his remaining power regaining the Shokans as allies.

-> In in the events of ''Armageddon'' he would go on to form an uneasy alliance with Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, and Onaga in the hopes of preventing the forces of good from defeating Blaze and then seizing his own opportunity to strike when it came. He eventually succeeds and take's Blaze's power, pretty much killing Raiden.

-> Avoiding Shao Kahn's causing of Armageddon is the basis of the entire storyline of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
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* ActuallyADoombot: Remember him getting killed by Shang Tsung and Quan Chi in the beginning of ''Deadly Alliance''? Yeah, neither does he.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Normally, he looks like a monster under his helmet (see ButterFace below). In ''Annihilation'' he looks like a regular human being. In ''Legacy'', he's even got a good head of hair!
* TheAgeless: At least, though it's not clear how he differs from the millions of others in Outworld or Edenia (or, basically, anywhere but Earth). Raiden explicitly refers to him as an immortal in the first film, and the games are somewhat vague on the matter. Several characters do try to kill him but actually doing it seems to be a bitch. However, [[spoiler:Raiden, with the help of the Elder Gods may have actually succeeded in killing him at the end of ''[=MK9=]'']].
** He does seem to be the oldest of Outworld's denizens (who seems to be pushing tens of thousands of years), and when he offed Onaga he seemed to shelve the latter's plans of gaining eternal life, suggesting he already had it. His origins have never been explored but it's generally implied that he is not an ordinary citizen of Outworld. The most plausible explanation seems to be that he is a god, or at least some kind of demigod.
*** In ''Deception''[='s=] Konquest mode, Damashi [[spoiler:who is the spirtual avatar of Onaga]] states to Shujinko that Shao Kahn was to Outworld is what Raiden is to Earth. So, he seems to be a god, or was one at any rate.
* AGodAmI: Worshpipped as such in Outworld and other realms, or expects his subjects to anyway. He is Raiden's opposite number too, which implies he might be the geniune article. Definitely one in ''Annihilation'' (and ''vs. [=DC=] Universe''), but the less said about that, the better.
** In ''9'', at the end, when he's staring down an elder god-empowered Raiden, Kahn casually laughs at the deities arrayed against him and announces that he will become '''the''' Elder God.
** One of the [[http://www.mortalkombatonline.com/content/forum/showmessage.cds?id=101886 backwards dialogues]] in Deception's Konquest Mode says that Shao Kahn is part of the same race of beings as Lucifer and Raiden.
* AmbitionIsEvil: His whole motivation for merging all of the all the realms with Outworld and ruling over everything is based solely on ego and a lust for conquest and power.
* TheAnnouncer: In ''MKII'' and ''[=MK3=]'', to the point that if he wins a round in the latter, he says, "''I'' win."
* AttackReflector: From ''Deception'' to ''vs. DCU'', Shao Kahn can erect an energy barrier that reflects projectiles. [[BarrierWarrior Contact with it can also harm his opponent.]]
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: Delivers a truly amazing one at the begining [[spoiler:[[BookEnds and at the end]]]] of ''[=MK9=]''. EvilIsHammy at its best.
** BadassCape: Often shown with one in other media, but it wasn't until recently when he started wearing one in the games themselves.
*** In ''[=MK9=]'', his younger self doesn't wear it, but the one from the original timeline does.
* TheBadGuyWins: He ultimately wins after the events of ''Armageddon''; surviving the ascent up the pyramid and follows that by attempting to kill Raiden. This prompts the thunder god to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] the TimeyWimeyBall and telepathically send a message to his younger self from the time of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', warning him of the events to come, before Kahn can strike the killing blow.
** [[spoiler:{{Subverted|Trope}} in ''9'', where this trope actually proves to be the key to Shao Kahn's defeat and the prevention of Armageddon. Raiden's words to his past self ("He must win.") actually refer to ''Shao Kahn''; Earthrealm must ''[[SheatheYourSword let]]'' Shao Kahn win and merge Outworld with Earthrealm so that the Elder Gods will then punish the emperor for his treachery.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Under the helmet.
* BigBad: Of the first three games, after which his position was usurped by other villains. Returns as this in ''[=MK9=]''.
* BlackMagic
* BloodKnight
* ButterFace: Below the neck: musclebound shirtless hunk. Above the neck: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060613183108/mk/images/5/5b/Shao_Kahn_comic.jpg what looks like a cross between]] [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul]] and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings an orc]]. Thank goodness for the helmet.
* TheCaligula
* CoolHelmet: And as seen in ''[=MK9=]'', [[RuleOfCool it got cooler]] as time went on.
* DropTheHammer: It was his most feared special in ''[=MK3=]'' and later became his weapon style in the Gamecube version of ''Deception''. Raiden had one too for ''[=MK4=]'', before it got put on the top of the Lightning tower. (His favoured weapon's a Staff, which he uses in ''Deadly Alliance'' onward even though he supposedly gave it to Kai, canonically.)
* TheEmperor
** GodEmperor: See AGodAmI.
* EvilCounterpart: To Raiden.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilOverlord
* EvilSorceror
* EvilIsHammy:
--> ''"Is that your best?"''
--> ''"You're still trying to win?"''
--> ''"You will never win!"''
* EyeBeams: A move in the versions of ''3'' where he shot an EnergySphere from his eyes.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: When he taunts his victim, he will happily point at them too. Especially if they're lying on the ground.
* GoGoEnslavement: His victory pose in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' features such a slave crawling up to and embracing his leg.
** In fact, he seems to be big on this. The female characters who are seen chained in the Kahn's Coliseum arena are wearing barely-there bikinis, and given how female Edenian warriors (even ones who are loyal to him) tend to dress, this sort of thing may well be a law he is enforcing. (In fact, when Kitana is officially working on the heroes' side, her outfit is a lot more modest.)
* GracefulLoser: It seems that way for ''9'', seeing as he's the InteractiveNarrator, and continues to narrate the characters' endings, no matter ''whose'' ending it is (even if the outcome was bad for him).
* {{Hammerspace}}: Literally in his case. Look closely at the sprites for his hammer attack in ''[=MK3=]'' and the move in ''[=MK9=]'' and it appears to materialize out of thin air.
* IShallTauntYou: Subverted. He just taunts you because you fight against him in Outworld and you were supposedly stupid enough to want a fight with the big cheese around here. So he assumes that some casual gloating here and there won't hurt since, in his mind, he could swat you away with his index finger. However, in reality, there's nothing calculated behind these taunts and in doing so, he's unable to move or react so he's completely vulnerable to a big combo (this is a major part of beating him in ''II'' and ''9'').
* InteractiveNarrator: Of the entire franchise. In [=MK3=], he even says "I win!" if he wins a round.
* JokerImmunity: Despite ''II'' and ''3'' ending with his apparent death, he survived and even after supposedly being KilledOffForReal in ''Deadly Alliance'' he returned. This is somewhat lampshaded in ''9'' where Raiden states Khan always survives and it will take more than simply defeating him during his invasion he stop him for good.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: It's a bit early to say, but judging by the amount of divine intervention that was required at the end of ''9'''s Story Mode in the new continuity, [[spoiler:he may finally have met his ultimate defeat]].
* LargeAndInCharge: Is depicted as being around the size of Goro and Kintaro, only Onaga is bigger than him.
* LargeHam: The all-time king in ''MK''. In some games, he takes time during the fight to [[YouFightLikeACow personally insult you]], spouting such nonsense:
--> ''"I AM SHAO KAHN... BOW TO ME!"''
--> ''"You weak, pathetic FOOL!"''
--> ''"FEEL THE '''POWER''' OF SHAO KAHN!"''
--> ''"It's official... [[ThisLoserIsYou YOU SUCK]]!"''
** In the second film, he borders on HamAndCheese.
--> ''"Father, the merger has begun! Earth is under attack! '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis AND IT. IS. GLORIOUS!]]'''"''
* LightningBruiser
* {{Loincloth}}
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Shang Tsung.
* MrFanservice
* NeckSnap: Delivers one to [[spoiler:Kung Lao]] in ''9'' to show that AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler:Liu Kang]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge was most unpleased]].
* PaintingTheMedium
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Given that he's been around since the time of Sindel (if not ''longer''), his age is easily in ''quintuple'' digits.
** Taven in Armageddon notes that Shao Kahn was infamous before he was sealed in stone. Considering that the demigod was sealed several thousand years ago...
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: We dare you to type his name on Website/{{Google}} and take a drink every time it's misspelled as "Khan." Your liver will fail and you will die, mortal.
* SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset
* SophisticatedAsHell: One of his taunts' is "You suck." There's also an even MORE faux-sophisticated, almost memetic version: "It's official. You suck!"
* SorcerousOverlord
* SNKBoss: Shao Kahn in ''[=MK3=]'' and its updates (''Trilogy'' included). While his moveset is exactly the same as in ''MKII'' (even his sprites were mostly unchanged, aside from the addition of some new moves, such as his infamous hammer), he is way more [[AxCrazy Hammer Crazy]] than in his previous appearance.
** Back with a vengeance in ''[=MK9=]'', thanks to the ability to negate hit-stun with most of his moves (some of which are unblockable AND stagger), boosted attack and defense power, and inhumanly fast counterattack reactions. True to form of the title of SNKBoss, he is very susceptible to a simplistic attack pattern (he's [[AttackAttackAttack aggressive to a fault]], attacking as much as possible and leaving himself open to being jumped over).
* TheSociopath
* TheStarscream: Towards Onaga.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: A very rare male version of this. Just look at his costume!
** Downplayed in his alts in ''Deception'' and ''Armageddon'', which give him pants.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over the Multiverse]]
* UnholyMatrimony: Took Sindel as his wife after killing King Jerrod and usurping the throne, although Sindel was soon DrivenToSuicide afterward. [[spoiler:This is more noticeable in ''9'', when he enthralls the [[BackFromTheDead revived]], yet {{brainwashed|AndCrazy}} Sindel to his side, effectively making her his new [[TheDragon Dragon]]. Sindel seemed pretty eager to serve as his right-hand woman. An almost exactly similar situation between the two also played out in ''Annihilation''.]]
** In ''[[MortalKombatLegacy Mortal Kombat: Legacy]]'', it's stated that he actually fell in love with Sindel himself. However, the series is non-canon.
* VictoryIsBoring: If he takes over all the Realms in ''Armageddon'', this is his ending. Almost became canon, if it wasn't for Raiden rebooting the franchise before this could happen in ''[=MK9=]''.
** Given the fact that what happens in ''9'' is an alternate course of history, it ''is'' canon, we just don't see the fallout from what happens when he does.
* VillainousValor: [[spoiler:In ''[=MK9=]''. Even when the Elder Gods (through Raiden) are telling him quite clearly how he's going to pay for breaking their rules, Kahn just scoffs at them and declares he'll be THE Elder God.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WholeCostumeReference: To [[MadMax The Lord Humungus.]]
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